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Salted caramel:
Clam's Cakes delivers around the UK
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Clam’s Cakes set to hit £1m turnover

Handmade cake supplier Clam’s Cakes has predicted a turnover of £1m this year, after expanding into larger premises in Ebbw Vale, Wales.

Dave Lewis:
new chief is dealing with the impact of the overstatement
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Financial Conduct Authority to investigate Tesco

Troubled supermarket giant Tesco is to be investigated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) for overstating profits by £250m.

Mike Coupe:
Sainsbury's chief outlines future plans
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Sainsbury’s bullish despite drop in LFL sales

Sainsbury’s has seen a fall in like-for-like (LFL) sales, due to a “dynamic and fiercely competitive market”, according to the supermarket.

Stephen McAllister:
Current 'world champion' for his Scotch pies
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World Scotch Pie Championships 2014 open

The entries for the 16th World Scotch Pie Championships have opened, with butchers and bakers getting ready to battle it out for the top spot.

Aldi profits boom

Aldi has announced a soar in profits after competitive prices attracted customers to the discounted supermarket.

Fabulous Baker Brothers:
Tom and Henry Herbert are supporting Craft Bakers' Week 2014
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Craft Baker’s Week begins!

A whole week dedicated to celebrating craft bakeries has kicked off today.

Pierre Hermé:
The chef is set to open it's second stand alone London boutique
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Pierre Hermé to open London boutique bakery

Pierre Hermé, French pastry chef, is to open a stand-alone boutique in London, located in the Seven Dials area.

Handmade:
New shops in the pipeline for Patisserie Valerie
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Patisserie Valerie accelerates expansion plans

Patisserie Valerie has said it is currently opening “a store every two to three weeks”, this comes after its stock market floatation plans prove successful. 

'Artesian feel':
The new look display table for larger stores
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Cuisine de France to roll out 120 refreshed in-store bakeries

Cuisine de France, part of food business Aryzta, has said it aims to roll out 120 new-look in-store bakeries over the next year. 

Grocery inflation low
Inflation decrease means food costs are the same as last year
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Supermarket war continues as market reaches low

Competition within supermarkets has driven down grocery inflation to zero. 

Moves to restructure UB's Manchester plant could lead to 157 job cuts
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United Biscuits to cut jobs at Manchester site

United Biscuits (UB) has confirmed it could cut up to 157 jobs at its McVitie’s plant in Manchester. 

Burton's Biscuits:
The new line up of 'out of home' snacks
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Burton's Biscuits expands snack range

Burton’s Biscuit Company has expanded into the 'out of home' market, by launching a range of single serve snack packs aimed at adults.

Strawberry Cheesecake flavour cupcakes launched in line with National Cupcake Week
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Supermarkets get involved in Cupcake Week

Sainsbury’s has launched its new cupcake products in line with National Cupcake Week.

Artist impression of what the new shop will look like
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Rebrand for Esquires coffee house

Franchise chain Esquires Coffee is to reopen its first new-look shop in Durham as part of its plans to rebrand.

Premier Foods restructure allowing honed focus on cakes

Premier Foods has announced the restructure of its commercial sector, creating three new Strategic Business Units (SBU’s).

Greggs:
Expansion into c-stores could be on the horizon
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Greggs trial expansion in c-store sector

Greggs has teamed up with owners of Spar, Blakemore Retail to trial franchise offerings in c-stores. 

Price cuts impact Morrisons’ sales and profits

Morrisons has unveiled plunging profits and like-for-like sales (LFLs) for the first half of the year, following its price cutting strategy.

Bath Bakery branches into gluten-free

Family-run Bath Bakery has launched a new range of gluten-free goods to meet customer demands.

The range will be stocked in the chilled free-from section
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Gluten-free brand scoops first major multiple contract

NO.G gluten-free brand has won its first major supermarket contract with Sainsbury’s. 

Costa Coffee:
The brand has seen an impressive sales growth in the past year
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Costa Coffee sales boom

Costa has seen like-for-like sales (LFLS) increase by 7.3% in the 11 weeks to 14 August.

Low food inflation hits sales

Food and drink sales have reached a new low in August.

The Great White loaf:
A white bread with the same amount of fibre as a wholemeal loaf.
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Allied Bakeries forecast for profit increase

Associated British Foods plc (ABF) has said sales and profits will be up this year at Allied Bakeries, following the launch of its Kingsmill Great White loaf.

First drive through bakery plans for Scotland

Scottish based Stephens Bakery hopes to open a drive-through bakery concept.

Online technology helps bakers select products

Foodservice supplier Bidvest 3663 has created an online tool to help bakery customers choose the right products.

Mr Kipling makes edible ad campaign

Mr Kipling, owned by Premier Foods, has created a poster board made from baked goods as part of its ‘Life is better with cake’ campaign. 

£300,000 of funding helps Northampton bakery project

The Good Loaf Community Interest Company has been granted £386,487 of National Lottery funding to employ female ex-offenders.

Battle of the loaves:
Sainsbury's have joined the price war on bread
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Sainsbury’s joins price war on loaves

Sainsbury’s is the latest in the glut of supermarkets to slash the price of its loaves in an ongoing “race to the bottom”.

The Indulgent Bakery:
The new site is set to open next month
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Warings Bakery expands

Berkshire-based Warings Craft Bakery is to open its seventh shop, under its Indulgent Bakery brand. 

Buttermilk's Salted Caramel Fudge:
The £60,000 deal will see products sold at NT sites across the UK
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Cornish Fudge Company bags National Trust deal

The Buttermilk Confectionery Company has won a deal to supply 60,000 packets of fudge a year to the National Trust.

Lees Foods invests £1.7m after year success

Lees Foods has announced it will invest £1.7m in its Coatbridge factory to better production of its snowball and teacake products.

What’s your take on GBBO?

The Great British Bake Off hit the headlines last week more than ever, thanks to the media hyped ‘Alaska-gate’.

Tesco share price hits 11 year low

Tesco’s share price has continued to fall following its latest warning of the supermarket’s worsening trading performance.

Tesco rolls Euphorium Bakeries into C-stores

Tesco has introduced a Euphorium Bakery at Hammersmith Metro, as part of the refresh programme.

PETA opens vegan bake-off voting

Animal rights charity PETA has opened the voting in its bid to find the best vegan baker in the UK. 

Tesco cut trading profit

Tesco have cut its trading profit from £2.8bn to £2.4bn, following what it is calling ‘challenging trading conditions.’

Lola's vegan cupcakes:
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Lola’s goes vegan in response to customer demand

Lola’s Kitchen, a London based cupcake company, has introduced a new vegan cupcake following customer feedback.

Paul UK updates telecoms estate as business grows

Paul UK, the French family bakery and patisserie, has chosen Olive Communications to manage its mobile telecoms estate. 

Lidl:
600 Bakeries have now been rolled out by the German supermarket
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Lidl finalises in-store bakery roll-out

Discounter Lidl has completed its roll-out of in-store bakeries in all 600 nationwide outlets.

Bakery wins contract with Cricket club

Clayton Park Bakery has won a contract to supply Lancashire Cricket Club with pies for the upcoming cricket season. 

Tea company expands range as market for ethical tea grows

The London Tea Company has launched a new range of ‘ethical’ teas, in response to the growing market for speciality teas. 

Charity sets up own bakery

A bakery is to be set up by a charity for adults with learning difficulties, in the hope to help workers gain valuable skills.

St Austell Brewer & Bean coffee
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Success for St Austell own-brand coffee

St Austell's own-brand coffee has pushed hot drinks sales up by as much as 99% in its pubs. 

On-the-go bakery style could be the future say consumers

Research has found an increased potential for on-the-go bakery snacks after many consumers now replace a three-meals-a-day routine with regular smaller eats. 

Harris +Hoole Tesco Concession
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Closures for Harris + Hoole Tesco-backed coffee shops

Tesco-backed coffee shop chain, Harris + Hoole, will reportedly close six stores around the UK.

Footfall down in high streets

A study has found that footfall has fallen -1.7% in July, but has increased by 1.7% in out-of-town locations.

Pomme de Pain:
The sandwich chain prepares for UK expansion
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French sandwich firm targets London

French sandwich chain Pomme De Pain is set to expand into the UK in London later this month.

Pret Leavers Programme increases intake for third year

Café chain Pret A Manger is offering 30 places on its National Apprenticeship Service scheme.

Proper Cornish sets up team for growth

Proper Cornish Group is preparing for innovation growth by recruiting a new marketing director, sales director and NPD manager. 

Google hack:
Following a nasty logo replacement, Greggs social media requested a Google Doodle
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Greggs offensive logo goes viral

Greggs has been hacked on its Google listing with fraudsters putting up an offensive slogan on its official branding.

Gail’s fined £12k following customer injury

Artisan bakery chain Gail’s is to pay £12,000 after a customer fractured her pelvis at the premises.

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