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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.

Phat Pasty Co introduces halal products

The Phat Pasty Co has launched two halal products as part of its exotic range of pastries.

Morrisons extends opening hours for shopping trends

Morrisons has extended its opening hours in response to the emergence of a ‘dawn and dusk’ shopper trend.

Keep calm! National Cupcake Championships deadline extended

Think you have missed out on entering the National Cupcake Championships? Then think again… as the deadline for entries has been extended.

Pork Farms acquires Kerry Foods’ pastry assets

Pork Farms has acquired the chilled savoury pastry assets of Kerry Foods.

WC Rowe plans £2m spend on bakery recovery

WC Rowe is contemplating a £2m spend on its Falmouth site to bring it back up to standard, the director in charge of the renovation has said.

Paul bakery set to expand

Family-run bakery, Paul is looking to expand its UK business, after Jean-Michel Orieux became CEO last year.

99p Stores open first bakery and coffee concept

99p Stores has introduced a brand new coffee and bakery concept, which opened this week in Northampton. 

Bloomers bakewell pudding bakery sold

Derbyshire based Bloomers Bakery is changing hands for the first time in 20 years.

GBBO 2013 winner devises prune pout recipe

Last year’s Great British Bake Off winner has created her second recipe for the California Prune Board.

Street artist designs live installation for Greggs

A street artist is creating a graffiti image based on products from Greggs’ new sandwich range on a billboard in Old Street, London.

Cocomaya cronuts
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Cocomaya bakery concentrates on sweet yet innovative products

Bakery and chocolatier Cocomaya has told British Baker of its plans to develop on-trend products, but said it will also experiment with healthier alternatives.

Bakery uses crowd-funding to expand

Woodstock’s Artisan Bakery is looking to expand after it celebrated its first year of trading in July. 

White’s wins contracts with major retailers

Family-run White’s Bakery has won contracts with John Lewis and Asda, as part of its plans to build on four years of successive growth. 

Bakers wheel in more than £1k for charity

A group of bakers has raised more than £1,000 after they took to the saddle to cycle 26 miles from Manchester City to Manchester United stadium twice.

Competition authority reviews Dorset Cereals sale to ABF

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) is reviewing the proposed £50m sale of Dorset Cereals to Associated British Food (ABF).

CBA to make Make-A-Wish logo cake toppers

The Craft Bakers’ Association is organising for the Make-A-Wish Foundation UK logo to be made into sugar discs as toppers.

Cornish fudge firm celebrates 50 years

A family-run Cornish bakery celebrated its 50th anniversary at the flagship Padstow store last week. 

BRC reports third fall in a row for food sales

Food sales are down for the third month in a row, in both like-for-like (LFL) and total terms, according to the British Retail Consortium (BRC).

BIA and social media

The finalists for this year’s Baking Industry Awards (BIA) have been announced – and they are already causing a stir on social media.

Pret looks to China for growth as it plans 40 more shops

Pret A Manger is researching opportunities for growth in China as it plans 40 more openings this year in its existing markets.

Chocolatier sold by private equity owners

Premium chocolatier House of Dorchester has been acquired by confectioner Charbonnel et Walker.

The #GBBO phenomenon and big brands

The Great British Bake Off is back and here British Baker looks at how the show has become a social media phenomenon.

SSP to link with celebrity chef for airport bakery concept

SSP Group, worldwide operator of outlets in travel locations, has revealed plans for a new bakery concept with UK chef James Martin, as part of a £135m contract.

Welsh Tesco outlet to include cake concept

Cardiff’s newly refurbished Tesco Extra store now features a cake concept, The Cake Shop, as well as a scratch bakery.

Pop up cookie firm looks for permanent site

A new cookie concept is to open a permanent shop in London, after pop-up stall successes. 

United Biscuits:
Kellogg company declines comment on £2bn bid
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United Biscuits bid speculation

Kellogg Company has declined to comment on speculation regarding a £2bn bid for United Biscuits (UB).

Oliver Peyton:
"bakeries on every high street."
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Peyton and Byrne sets bakery sights high

Restaurateur Oliver Peyton has spoken of his vision to have a bakery on every high street.

Fire in Bolton Bakery

A fire has begun Pound Bakery in Bolton town centre.

Mexican grocer expands gluten-free range

Online Mexican grocery supplier, mexgrocer.co.uk, has expanded its gluten-free product range.

Bako NW celebrates 50th year anniversary in the baking industry

Bakery wholesaler Bako North Western hosted a family fun day last weekend, in celebration of its 50th year in the industry.

Little Waitrose:
The shop will open with a bake-off oven
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Waitrose to open first railway store

Waitrose will open its first railway-based store at London King’s Cross station, creating up to 60 new jobs.

Supermarket sandwich sales
Supermarket sandwich sales ahead of market, says Greencore
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Supermarket sandwich sales ahead of market

Sales of sandwiches are growing twice as fast in grocery retail as in the UK market overall, own-label supplier Greencore has claimed.

Online confectionery sales soar

Consumers spend more than £100m on online confectionery, according to a report.

Greggs’ healthy sandwich range boosted by good weather

Greggs has seen sales of over £1m a week on its healthier range of sandwiches, helped by good weather, the company claimed.

Greggs interim results:
The baker reports strong trading results
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Greggs sees turnaround for LFLs

High street bakery chain Greggs has reported a 3.2% increase in first-half like-for-like sales (LFLs), an improvement on its half-year 2013 LFL decline.

Fabulous Bakin' Boys:
Kids get stuck in at aspiration day
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Fabulous Bakin’ Boys hosts children’s visit

The Fabulous Bakin’ Boys’ headquarters in Witney recently welcomed schoolchildren to find out about the development of bakery products.

Afternoon tea week:
Charlies & The Chocolate Factory Afternoon Tea at One Aldwych
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Bakeries get creative for Afternoon Tea Week

A number of UK venues have launched their own versions of afternoon tea for Afternoon Tea Week, running from 11 to 17 August.

MCC holds Lord’s Bicentenary Cake Bake

Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) has invited budding bakers to enter its baking competition to mark the 200th anniversary of the current Lord’s Cricket Ground. 

Pasty company sends 6,000 pasties to France

Trevithick Bakery is sending 6,000 pasties to Brittany as part of an international festival being held from 1-10 August.

Sales up for Starbucks

Starbucks has seen a 3% rise in third quarter European like-for-like sales.

Roberts launches summer campaign

A bakery has launched an online activity pack, showcasing summer recipes and encouraging families to get outdoors.

Giant tea cakes:
The costumes were created by the production company with the permission from Tunnocks
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Tunnock's predicts sales increase after games display

Scottish confectionery company Tunnock's has predicted an increase in sales of its teacakes, after the treat was aired on BBC One on Wednesday as dancers performed in giant teacake costumes.

Third franchise for Dunkin' Donuts

Dunkin’ Donuts is to open a new store in Hounslow, as part of its newest franchise agreement.

Loaf & Larder:
The deli will sell home-made and local produce
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Olives Et Al launches new deli concept

Dorset company Olives Et Al has launched its new deli in Cheddar Garden Centre, to offer customers a “quality” dining experience.

Coffee shops:
The report states that drinking coffee has become part of UK culture
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Coffee and sandwich shops grow 34.9% in value

A report has estimated that the UK sandwich and coffee shop market has grown by 34.9% in market value from 2009 to 2013.

Coffee shops:
The report states that drinking coffee has become part of UK culture
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Coffee and sandwich shops grow 34.9% in value

A report has estimated that the UK sandwich and coffee shop market has grown by 34.9% in market value from 2009 to 2013.

Paul Rankin irish bread abu dhabi lulu
Pauk Rankin:
The Irish breads will be on Abu Dhabi shelves within 24 hours
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Irish bakery expands to Abu Dhabi

Irish breads, developed by UK celebrity chef Paul Rankin, will now be on the shelves in LuLu supermarkets in Abu Dhabi.   

Premier Foods profits welcomed, sales decline a worry

Premier Foods’ hike in first-half profits has been welcomed by a leading City analyst.

Wendi Peters:
An all-star Masterchef collaboration
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Wright & Sons teams with Celebrity Masterchef finalist

Bread and cake manufacturer, Wright & Sons, have teamed up with Coronation Street actor and Celebrity Masterchef finalist, Wendi Peters.

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