Retail

Greggs raises profits outlook

Bakery chain Greggs delivered a shock trading update this morning to reveal that its full-year profits would be ahead of analysts’ expectations.

Paul UK expands beyond capital

Paul UK has opened its first site outside London, situated in Oxford city centre. 

BIA 12 Days of Christmas: Wild Thexton goes into partnership with The Bread Factory

Tom Thexton, winner of the BIA Rising Star Award runs a gluten-free bakery called Wild Thexton, and told British Baker of his huge plans to open a new completely gluten-free bakery with The Bread Factory.

BIA 12 Days of Christmas: Just: Gluten Free Bakery expects innovation

Number two on the BIA 12 days of Christmas is the Just: Gluten Free Bakery, winner of this year’s Free-from Bakery Product of the Year, which says 2015 will be about improving allergen-free treats.

Online sales mean decreased high street footfall
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Footfall down as online sales rise

Footfall has continued to decline, down 2.4% on November last year, with high street footfall struggling most. 

BIA 12 Days of Christmas: Baker of the year to open bakery school

In a special Christmas feature, British Baker has asked its 2014 Baking Industry Awards (BIA) winners to tell us what they are predicting for 2015.

The Beyond Bread team outside the shop
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Gluten-free bakery to open in London

Beyond Bread, a 100% gluten-free bakery and café is set to open in central London this month.

Warrens nails ‘oldest Cornish pasty maker’ claim

Cornish pasty company Warrens Bakery has declared itself the “oldest Cornish pasty maker in the world” after the Advertising Standards Agency (ASA) confirmed that its heritage claims were valid. 

Tuckey’s clinches ‘classic’ digestive biscuit deal with Sainsbury’s

An ex-McVitie’s director is taking on the biscuit market with his 'real biscuit' company Tuckey’s.

The Topping Pie Company
The Topping Pie Company will supply to cruise ships
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Pie firm steps aboard cruise lines

Doncaster-based family bakery The Topping Pie Company has struck a deal to supply into the cruise-line market. 

Bakers create ‘Pastry Paradise’

A world of bakery-inspired architecture has been created by five UK bakers at a London art gallery.

Pasty waste:
the supermarket is perplexed about the claim
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Morrisons reported to have ‘wasted’ thousands of Cornish pasties

A report into food waste in Britain has found that Morrisons turned away more than 9,000 pasties after a delivery van turned up 15 minutes late.

UK coffee shops outperform retail

The UK coffee shop market is outperforming the UK retail sector, with significant sales growth of 10.7% on last year equating to £7.2 bn in turnover.

The all star animal cast of UB's Victoria Biscuit selection
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Victoria Biscuits TV ad campaign launched

United Biscuits has launched a £1m TV advertisement for McVitie’s Victoria Biscuit selection as part of its ‘Sweeet’ campaign.

Record Purple Friday

Gerhard gets involved in the hype of Black Friday, and reaps the benefits with his best online sales day- ever.

Social media reaction to Premier Foods’ supplier payment row

As usual the internet, particularly social media, has been quick to react in the light of the criticism of Premier Foods.

Premier Foods criticised over controversial supplier payments

Premier Foods, the company behind Mr Kipling cakes, has hit the headlines for asking suppliers to hand over money – or risk losing contracts.

Harris + Hoole:
the coffee shop has over 40 sites on the high street and in Tesco stores
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Tesco-backed café sees financial loss

Coffee chain Harris + Hoole has made a pre-tax loss of £12.8m in its year-end results.

Genius bread was amongst one of the most popular gluten free products purchased
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Online research points to rise in gluten-free purchases

Gluten-free products are increasingly popular, according to a leading shopping and comparison site.

The Autumn Statement:
George Osborne will reveal plans today
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Autumn Statement expected to review business rates

A review of business rates is expected to be unveiled in Chancellor George Osborne’s Autumn Statement today.

Gail's:
The bakery will soon expand to have 18 sites
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Gail’s Bakery starts London delivery service

London-based Gail’s Bakery has launched a delivery service to provide London offices with boxes of its products.

The Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne will give his annual Autumn Statement to Parliament on 3 December 2014.
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Retail body calls for reform of business rates

The British Retail Consortium (BRC) is calling for business rates reform in the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement next week.

Hovis white loaf:
one of the top ten most purchased products
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White loaves make retail popularity list

Three white loaves made it on to a list of the most-bought items in the UK.

Three of Cheshunt Eight leave Tesco

Three of the suspended Tesco executives have reportedly left the company.

M&S and SSP join-up to extend

Marks & Spencer has launched a new site at Sutton station with SSP, in a bid to extend its breakfast and lunch offering in the food-to-go market.

Own label
Popularity of own label still on the up
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Own label products still in growth

Own-label products continue to flourish with supermarkets offering reduced ranges missing out on revenue. 

Online sales
Online retail sales will be bigger than before
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Digital transactions to play major role in festive retail sales

Retail sales this December are expected to rise 4% year-on-year to £42.4bn – more than £1.5bn than last year. 

ON THE UP: SSP brands like Upper Crust are performing well
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Sales up 4% at SSP

SSP, the global giant behind travel brands such as Upper Crust and Caffè Ritazza, has seen revenue increase by 4% - helped by a strong performance in the UK.

Pie firm strikes Ocado supply deal

Doncaster-based The Topping Pie Company has signed to supply online grocery supermarket ocado.com.

Customers are encouraged to get involved with the Santa selfies
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Santa selfies at centre of Greggs’ festive campaign

Greggs has launched a new social media campaign, tying its pasty packaging to the internet with its #PastySanta selfies.

2014 Great British Pie Awards
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Pie Awards add gluten-free category

The British Pie Awards have introduced a new Free From Gluten category, as the competition officially opens for entries today.

Edme's MD, Peter Tichbon (r) and Technical Baker, Richard Ball (l) hand over the malt loaves to friends from Acorn Village
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Edme to sell malt loaves for charity

Ingredients firm Edme has been baking batches of malt loaves to raise money for a local charity.

Fortnum & Mason enjoys busiest year in store history

Luxury retailer Fortnum & Mason has seen a 14% increase in overall sales for the year up to July 2014, compared to last year.

Gail's Bakery Barnes
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Gail’s opts for private over public growth

Gail’s Bakery has reportedly ended talks of stock market flotation, and will now focus on growing the business privately.

Paul A Young to grow business

Leading London-based chocolatier Paul A Young plans to expand his four-strong business to span from Scotland to the south of England.

Crepe firm plans broad international growth

London-based Crepeaffaire is on the verge of major UK and international expansion plans with four new UK sites in the next four months.

Paul A Young chocolate
Paul A Young tempers chocolate
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Chocolate facing supply shortage

The world faces a chocolate shortage with demand outstripping supply as prices have already risen 25% this year. 

Barry Callebaut launches chocolate challenge for caterers

Chocolate specialist Barry Callebaut is offering caterers the chance to win a trip to a cocoa plantation in its For The Love of Chocolate Challenge.

First decline on record for grocery market
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Discounters continue to dominate, as overall grocery declines

Aldi and Lidl have continued to storm the grocery market, despite an overall decline in the sector since Kantar Worldpanel records began in 1994.

Genesis Crafty breads:
the new range will be launched in Waitrose
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Genesis Crafty launches speciality breads to Waitrose

Northern Irish bakery firm Genesis Crafty has launched a new range of speciality breads into 200 Waitrose stores throughout the UK.

Earl of Sandwich
The opening of a previous Earl of Sandwich site
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Earl of Sandwich brand to launch in Middle East

London sandwich and restaurant business Earl Enterprises has signed two deals worth £1m to launch its brand in the Middle East. 

Cadbury
Cadbury's Christmas TV campaign launches
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Mondelēz embarks on TV drive for Cadbury

Confectionery multinational Mondelēz has revealed a major ITV festive advertising drive for its Cadbury brand including tie-up with a number of celebrities. 

Dunkin' Donuts:
seen as one of the top brands in food service
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Horizons highlights bakery sector as one to watch

Dunkin’ Donuts and Pieminister are among the top brands named in foodservice consultancy Horizons’ latest list of food companies on the ascendant.

Bake n' Grape:
the new bakery concept to open next year
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New bakery hybrid to hit British high street

A new £200,000 bakery-hybrid concept is to open next year, with a further 12 openings planned throughout the UK by 2018.

Tom Dixon Sandwich
Tom Dixon Sandwich Shop open at London's Harrods
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Harrods installs upmarket Tom Dixon sandwich shop

London’s Harrods department store has welcomed the opening of a high-end sandwich shop under furniture company Tom Dixon. 

McVitie's Victoria selection
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McVitie’s to extend ‘sweeet’ campaign with Victoria biscuits

United Biscuits’ (UB) Christmas TV debut for its McVitie’s Victoria biscuit selection will kick off on 4 December.

Small high street shops could benefit
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Call for local government to set business rates

Independent firms could pay less to trade after the Local Government Association (LGA) said that local government should set local business rates.

Scotch pie judging
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Scotch Pie Championship attracts record entries

A record number of Scotland’s bakers have entered their best pies into the 16th World Scotch Pie Championships.

Biscuiteers:
the new shop front will be hand-illustrated
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Biscuiteers to open second shop

London biscuit company Biscuiteers is to open its second retail site this month.

Mike Coupe:
new chief executive at the supermarket
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Underlying profits and LFLs down at Sainsbury’s

Supermarket group Sainsbury’s this morning unveiled a 2.1% fall in like-for-like sales and said underlying profit had dropped by 6.3% to £375m.

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