Retail

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.

Walkers Bakers and Chocolatiers completes £150k expansion

Yorkshire-based Walkers Bakers and Chocolatiers has completed a £150,000 expansion and refurbishment at its Skipton premises.

Snaps & Rye launches in London

A new Danish kitchen and bakery concept has opened in North Kensington.

Eat chain launches Xmas menu

High street sandwich and cafe brand Eat has launched its Christmas food range.

LFLs slump again, Morrisons insists it’s on track

Like-for-like sales suffered a 6.3% slump in the 13 weeks to 2 November 2014 at under pressure supermarket Morrisons.

M&S
M&S: good growth in food
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M&S food shows strong sales growth

Marks and Spencer (M&S) food business has reported like-for-like sales are up 1%. 

Brioche Pasquier
Brioche Pasquier gains listing with Ocado
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Brioche firm gains Ocado listing

French bakery Brioche Pasquier is to list two of its ranges with retailer Ocado for the first time. 

Fabulous Bakin' Boys
Fabulous Bakin' Boys go nuts
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Fabulous Bakin’ Boys to invest in new on-the-go snacks

The Fabulous Bakin’ Boys is making a “major brand investment” that will see new product lines from March 2015 amid a move away from its nut-free manufacturing status. 

Urban Eat
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Urban Eat introduces Christmas specials

Sandwich brand Urban Eat has unveiled a range of five Christmas specials available from today.

4 new Warburtons loaves:
"guaranteed to tantalise your taste buds"
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Warburtons invests £750k in new bread offering

Warburtons has added a new line of more premium everyday loaves to its bread range.

Euro Bakery Naan:
the bakery sold products in Tesco and Morrisons
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Jobs hit as Asian bakery is liquidated

A Manchester Asian bakery has gone into liquidation, resulting in the loss of 18 jobs.

Dave Lewis
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Tesco probed by Serious Fraud Office

Tesco has confirmed it is under investigation from the Serious Fraud Office (SFO).

The Biscuiteers:
DC comic biscuits
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Biscuiteers signs licensing deal with Warner Bros

London biscuit company The Biscuiteers has signed a deal with Warner Bros. Consumer Products UK & Ireland for a range of iced biscuits, cupcakes and cakes, inspired by popular blockbusters.

PAUL UK:
The new site on Oxford high street
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Paul UK opens first site outside the capital

French artisan bakery Paul UK is to open its first shop outside London, as the beginning of a brand roll-out.

Kate's Cakes lemon drizzle and chocolate fudge squares will be sold in Tesco
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Kate’s Cakes hit Tesco shelves

Cake brand Kate’s Cakes has launched its new square cake product range into Tesco stores nationwide.

Second Cup
Second Cup: opening in Manchester
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Canadian coffee shop comes to the UK

Canada-based coffee shop Second Cup is to open in Manchester today, as part of global expansion plans. 

DS-gluten free bourbon biscuits
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Boots to stock DS-gluten free snacks

Gluten-free company DS-gluten free has announced it will be launching into Boots retailers with immediate effect. 

Paul Sykes:
founder of Paul's Pies
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Pie firm strikes first supermarket deal

Paul’s Pies has secured its first supermarket listing in 20 Asda supermarkets.

Greggs:
the popular bakery will soon open on a Whitelink ferry
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Greggs bakery gets its sea legs

Greggs bakery is to open its first branch on a ferry. 

Tesco shares hit rock bottom

Tesco shares have hit an 11-year low last night after newly appointed chief executive Dave Lewis refused to reveal his business plans for the struggling supermarket.

Irish bread week proves to be a hit

National Bread Week took off in Ireland this year, baking up 62,000 tweets on Twitter about the event.

Foodservice sales rise as confidence returns

The foodservice industry is seeing an increase in food sales year-on-year, with half of retailers serving more meals on weekends.

Olivia’s Artisan Bakery and Café:
the bakery is a social enterprise
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Artisan bakery plans £500k investment for growth

A Darlington bakery plans to make a £500,000 investment to double its retail outlets after expanding into a new production site.

Wafflemeister is to open site number seven
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Waffle firm seeks UK expansion

London-based Belgian waffle group Wafflemeister is on the hunt for 10 to 15 more UK sites over the next year. 

The Bakers’ Marque
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Commercial partner sought for Bakers’ Marque

The Worshipful Company of Bakers has announced it is seeking a commercial partner for its quality assurance standard, The Bakers’ Marque.

Discounting causes grocery deflation

Heavy discounting by supermarkets means the grocery market has been pushed into deflation, according to the latest figures.

Costa Coffee growth continued in H1
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Costa underlying profit up 20.5%

Costa Coffee, the Whitbread-owned chain, saw its first-half underlying profit increase by 20.5% to £52.4m, it revealed today.

New BSB Chairman Mike Bagshaw with Sara Autton
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BSB conference tackles key bakery topic

The recent British Society of Baking (BSB) conference saw speakers discuss topics ranging from health and European trends to running a successful bakery. Here, Martyn Leek and Sylvia Macdonald outline some of the key points from the event.

Skills Academy appoints head of programmes

The National Skills Academy for Food & Drink has taken on a head of programmes to lead the industry’s Industry Skills Partnership.

Nancy Birtwhistle:
GBBO winner 2014
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Great British Bake Off star explains passion for teaching

Just a week after Nancy Birtwhistle won the fifth series of The Great British Bake Off (GBBO), she is looking forward to her future in the world of bakery. In an exclusive interview with British Baker, she updates us on her life since bake-off, and plans for the future.

Bakels launches gluten-free bread mixes

 Ingredients supplier British Bakels has launched a range of gluten-free bread mixes for retail.

Plymouth bakery invests £80k to grow business

Artisan bakery The Column Bakehouse is to make an £80,000 investment in its infrastructure to increase production by at least 50%.

Premier Foods Halloween range from Mr Kipling
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Consumers to spend £240m on Halloween

Consumers will spend up to £240m on Halloween in 2014, according to the latest research.

Allergen training offered

Following the new allergen legislation for food manufacturing employees, Train4Academy has launched a new training package to prepare food handling staff for the laws. 

Thorntons:
the chocolate company hope for a positive full year despite sales drop
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Thorntons reports sales slump

Thorntons has reported an overall sales decrease of 11.9% in its first quarter.

The Sawley Kitchen
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The Sawley Kitchen hopes for hat-trick with local awards

Artisan biscuit bakery The Sawley Kitchen has been shortlisted for two Yorkshire awards. 

IGD:
the convention hosted a line-up of conferences and events about the retail industry
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Simple strategies advocated by food company CEOs

Food company chief executives, speaking at the IGD Convention in London, agreed that keeping business strategies simple is important during a challenging economy.

Mary Berry worked as a food writer since the 1960s
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Panasonic finds that GBBO sparks increase in home baking

Ahead of tonight’s Great British Bake Off final, research finds 57% of people have been inspired to bake more, after watching this year’s show.

Highest wheat yield on record
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Wheat yields ‘highest on record’

A survey has found that the 2014 UK harvest for wheat has a record high yield, following “near perfect” growing conditions. 

Blind cake icing
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BAKO North Western raises £550 for Craft Bakers’ Week charity

BAKO North Western (BNW) has raised more than £550 for the Make-A-Wish foundation as part of Craft Bakers’ Week.

The low carb bakery will open this month
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Andre Agassi fronts expansion plans for healthy Bistro-deli in UK

Health food brand Update 1 is to launch its first UK Low Carb Bistro-Deli in London this month. 

Insomnia:
Irish coffee brand will come to the UK next year
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UK in sight for Irish coffee retailer Insomnia

Irish coffee chain Insomnia will open its first UK outlet early in 2015.

Beans and Steam
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Bidvest introduces new coffee brand package

Foodservice supplier Bidvest 3663 has launched a ‘full front of house’ coffee brand named Beans and Steam.

Rocky road sponge:
the bakery sells classic and new flavour bakes
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Sponge soaks up £300k eco revamp

Norfolk-based cake company Sponge, owned by Byfords, has just completed a £300,000 refurbishment on its bakery to make it more eco-friendly.

The system ranks levels of fats, sugar and salt on a scale of green to red
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Italy fights against labelling system

Italy has won a ruling from the European Commission that the traffic light system is overly ‘simplistic.’

Morrisons:
the loyalty card scheme will reach all of its supermarkets by Christmas
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Morrisons takes on discounters with loyalty card

Morrisons is to launch a new loyalty card scheme in a bid to climb back up the ranks in the supermarket battles. 

Cake firm launches nostalgic ranges

Exquisite Handmade Cakes, based in Leeds, will launch cocktail and sweet shop cake ranges early next year.

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