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Tyne & Wear bakery loses £2,000 in robbery

A family bakery in Tyne & Wear lost more than £2,000 last week after a drug addict crawled through an air vent and emptied the company safe.

Food suppliers make big strides in reducing waste

Food and drink manufacturers have achieved “substantial reductions” in the amount of waste sent to landfill, according to the latest results.

New finance head at Pret

Pret A Manger has appointed Adam Jones as its new chief financial officer.

Scottish association begins hunt for top baker

A bakery masterclass has been held with celebrity cake-maker Mich Turner to mark the search to find the Scottish Baker of the Year 2014.

Kent bakery teams with Waterstones for book launch

Cake business Bluebell Kitchen is producing 190 cupcakes in support of Waterstones’ World Book Day.

Dum Dum Doughnuts rocked by explosive demand

Dum Dum Doughnuts is to postpone online orders having sold 5,000 doughnuts within three days.

Greggs introduces loyalty app

Greggs has launched a new mobile payment app, designed to reward customer loyalty.

Blog: Gerhard Jenne's Icing on the Cake

The planets are aligning for Gerhard Jenne, as he dusts down and shapes up his business for the year ahead.

Greggs’ profits fall in challenging market

Greggs has seen an 18.9% fall in pre-tax profit following competitive trading conditions, according to latest figures.

Digital media programme targets smaller firms

A new initiative aimed at making the UK’s smaller businesses digitally active will be launched this spring – after it was revealed just 1% use social media to increase sales.

Ex-prisoner set to grow bakery business

A baker trained in prison for a Gordon Ramsay TV show has plans to expand his business with four sites.

Indulgence Patisserie completes second desserts manufacturing site

Desserts manufacturer Indulgence Patisserie has completed the construction of a second manufacturing facility in Colchester.

What is this year’s cronut?

British Baker is broadcasting a live web event next month that will help your business identify the key trends in bakery in 2014.

Genius crowned Best Newcomer in Dubai

Free-from brand Genius Foods has won two awards at the Gulfoods Trade Show in Dubai, having launched in the United Arab Emirates last month.

Demonstrators hold rally to save bakery

A rally has been held in Dublin in protest over the planned closure of The Paris Bakery, a well-known bakery and restaurant business.

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14% growth in sales of Fairtrade Products

The sales of Fairtrade Products rose by 14% in 2013 to an estimated £1.78bn.

Bread Ahead opens bakery school

London-based bakery Bread Ahead has opened its new school in Borough Market with a launch day.

Asda sees Q4 sales fall 0.1%

Asda has reported a 0.1% drop in like-for-like sales during its fourth quarter, citing 2013 as a tough year for UK retailers.

Action on Sugar attacks Responsibility Deal

The Responsibility Deal is a disaster for public health, a spokesperson for Action on Sugar (AOS) has claimed.

Insights into the bakery market

Do you want to know more about the retail bakery market in the UK? British Baker is broadcasting a live web event next month that can help.

Insights from the Bakery Market Report 2014

On demand Web Broadcast: British Baker presents expert opinion and discussion on the retail bakery market, offering an insight into its  Bakery Market Report.

Thoughtful Bread Company opens bakery school

The Thoughtful Bread Company has opened its first flagship bakery, shop and school, in a move which has seen the business relocate to the centre of Bath.

Hambleton Bakery confirms new shop locations

Hambleton Bakery has confirmed locations for two new shops, set to open this year.

Unemployment rate rises to 7.2%

The rate of unemployment has risen to 7.2%, according to the latest figures.

Campden BRI posts sourdough course dates

Campden BRI has announced dates for a specialised sourdough technology course.

Ca’puccino reveals UK expansion plans

Italian café company Ca’puccino is planning to open its sixth UK outlet in November this year, with a seventh planned for early 2015, according to its COO.

Suffolk business named Britain’s Best Bakery

The Cake Shop Bakery, Suffolk has been crowned this year’s Britain’s Best Bakery.

Costa MD to head high street initiative

Costa Coffee’s managing director Jason Cotta will head a new initiative to revive the UK high street.

Ingredion reveals new starches at French show

Ingredient solutions provider Ingredion has showcased its latest nature-based label starches at agri-food show CFIA Rennes 2014.

BSB announces annual Golf Day details

The British Society of Baking has announced details for this year’s Golf Day.

Eating out sector to reach pre-recession heights

The UK’s eating out sector is forecast to grow 3% in value, to £82.5bn, over the next 12 months, despite an increasingly competitive trading environment.

BFree announces new Asda listing

Irish free-from business BFree has announced a new listing in Asda for its brown seeded bloomer.

App launched to promote healthier food and drink choices

Food campaigners have launched a free smartphone app to help consumers switch to healthier food and drink choices.

Tate & Lyle warns on profit decline

Falling artificial sweetener prices will impact Tate & Lyle profits, the company has warned.

Bakeries recognised for free-from innovation

Bakeries have been recognised for their free-from products in this year's FreeFrom Food Awards shortlist.

Plans revealed for international bakery academy

Plans have been put forward for a UK-based international academy for bakery and confectionery.

Grupo Bimbo to buy Canada Bread

Mexican bakery firm Grupo Bimbo has acquired Canada Bread, the bread division of Maple Leaf Foods, for C$1.8bn (£1bn).

United Biscuits invests in A&P Foods

United Biscuits has invested in Nigerian biscuit manufacturer A&P Foods.

Scotmid launches fiery pie competition

Scottish retailer Scotmid has launched a touring “fiery pie” competition for consumers.

Charity launches flapjack range

Charity Pilgrim Bandits has launched its own range of flapjacks to help fund injured personnel from the armed forces.

Grocery market growth falls to 2.4%

Aldi and Lidl dominated sales growth once again, as overall grocery market growth hit its slowest rate since 2005, new figures show.

East of England Co-op invests in delivery

The East of England Co-operative has invested £500,000 in its new free home delivery service.

Krispy Kreme announces Valentine’s range

Krispy Kreme has launched a loved-up doughnut range for Valentine’s Day.

Britain has ‘too many shops’ claims LDC

As shop vacancy rates fall below 14% for the first time in four years, the Local Data Company’s (LDC) director has claimed Britain has too many shops.

Supermarkets face independent discounter threat

Supermarkets face a threat from independent retailers as over 60% of UK adults choose to shop in discount stores, new figures reveal.

Make Your Own sandwich concept eyes UK

Australian sandwich concept Make Your Own (MYO) is looking to re-enter the UK market, according to its CEO.

Bakers in the south face further flood warnings

Further flooding is threatening bakery trade in the south as the Met Office issued an Amber warning.

The Cavan Bakery announces expansion plans

Family-owned business The Cavan Bakery has opened its sixth retail outlet in Teddington, Middlesex.

Workshop Coffee Co announces City expansion

London-based Workshop Coffee Company is opening a third site in Holborn Viaduct, London.

Ziferblat café faces eviction

Russian café concept Ziferblat faces the closure of its London outlet, following a lease dispute.

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