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New chief executive for Tesco

Tesco has announced that Dave Lewis of Unilever will replace Philip Clarke as chief executive on 1 October 2014.

Pasty maker:
Rowes bakery shows smoke damage and scorch marks
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Bakery confirms electrical fault causes fire

WC Rowe's Bakery has confrimed an electrical fault as the cause of a factory fire, which tore through its Falmouth premises late Friday evening. 

Bake & Take to restart expansion

German café and bakery concept Bake & Take is set to restart its expansion programme.

Flour mill launches naturally Gluten Free range

Specialist flour mill, Doves Farm, has launched their Gourmet Collection range to meet demand for gluten free products.

‘Gay cake’ row company given extra time

The Equality Commission has given Ashers Baking Company extra time to respond to the threat of court action.

NY bakery co seeded bagel
Seeds of change:
The new bagel hopes offer healthy snack alternative
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Bagel company seeds new product

New York Bakery Co. has launched a limited-edition seeded bagel to its premium bagel range.

The grocer rich list
Rich List:
Bakers make The Grocer's top 100
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Host of bakery figures make Rich List

A horde of bakery players have made BB’s sister title The Grocer’s 2014 Rich List.

The flying coffee bean expands
Unconventional:
Making the move from railway to high street
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Railway-based coffee shop chain to expand and hit the high-street

The Flying Coffee Bean is to double its number of coffee shops before venturing onto the high street.

CH&Co
CH&Co appoints new managing director at Apostrophe
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Apostrõphe café group gains new MD

CH&Co, the privately owned corporate and commercial caterer, has announced that Richard Franks is joining high street café group Apostrõphe as managing director.

Firm requests FSA opinion on chia seeds approval in EU

A company has asked the Food Standards Agency’s (FSA) expert advisers on novel foods to consider approving chia seeds for use in the European Union under the simplified approval procedure.

Campden BRI holds sugar event

Campden BRI is holding a seminar to help bakers with the challenges surrounding sugar.

Katy piper bakery money
£2,000:
Frozen cakes bakery supports Katy Piper charity
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Bakery raises thousands for burns charity

Swedish baker Almondy has raised £2,000 for the Katie Piper Foundation, following a week-long awareness campaign.

Halo donuts
Popular:
A spike in doughnut sales prompts new products
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Readi-Bake launches new doughnut range

Readi-Bake, the brand owned by bakery ingredients supplier CSM, has launched a new range of sticky ring doughnuts.

Sign up for Grain for Good webinar

Have you signed up for British Baker’s latest webinar – which is being held in conjunction with bakery ingredients producer Edme?

Hi-Lo protein bread
Hi-Lo protein bread is a hit with consumers as it develops a bread roll version
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High-protein bread brand develops rolls

High-protein bread brand Hi-Lo is developing a roll version as its second product to market.

Pieminister BrewDog
Pieminister launches two pies made with BrewDog beer
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Shareholders name new Pieminister pies

Two of Pieminister’s hybrid pies have been named by the shareholders (known as ‘punks’) of Scottish craft beer company, Brewdog.

50th Subway:
Euro Garages continue expansion plans
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Subway and Euro Garages open 50th store

Subway and Euro Garages have opened their 50th integrated Subway store as part of growth plans.

Paddington bear warburtons
Childhood favourite:
The marmalade loving Paddington bear will be the face of 'Warbeartons'
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Paddington Bear hijacks Warburtons

Warburtons will become Warbeartons as it announces a partnership with Paddington Bear this November.

American bakery week proves a success

The first National American Sweet Bakery Week (1 to 7 July) was a success, with increased sales and customer engagement.

Gay cake bakery
"Gay cake" row:
The image the customers wanted on the cake
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‘Gay cake’ row could go to court

A bakery in Northern Ireland is facing legal action after it refused to produce a cake with the picture of Sesame Street characters Bert and Ernie in support of gay marriage. 

LFL sales up:
M&S are still on track to open 150 Simply Food stores
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Marks & Spencer food sales continue to grow

Total food sales at Marks & Spencer (M&S) were up 4.2%, and like-for-like sales were up 1.7% in the in the 13 weeks to 28 June.

MuscleFood.com healthy cookie
Healthy protein-enriched cookie from MuscleFood.com
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Online firm sees sell-out sales of ‘healthy’ choc chip cookie

An online retailer claims its protein-rich chocolate chip cookie can aid weight loss by keeping people fuller for longer.

BN biscuit range new ads
1.3m ad campaign:
“These catchy ads will re-launch the famous BN brand"
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UB extends its ‘sweeet’ biscuit campaign

United Biscuits (UB), a leading international manufacturer of biscuits and cakes, has invested £1.3m in an advertising campaign for McVitie’s BN biscuit range.

Bakery chain uses tech to tackle waste and stock

Bakery chain Chatwins, will roll out a new point-of-sale solution to improve stock management and customer experience.

Asda to make more than 1,000 redundant

Asda’s latest shake-up is likely to result in 1,360 redundancies. 

New packaging for hovis
Going green:
Hovis will reduce it's carbon footprint 'by 75%'
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Hovis develops eco-friendly bread bag

Hovis Seed Sensations will be sold in a new green-friendly bread bag.

Irish chocolatier pulls out of UK café scene

Gourmet Irish chocolatier Butlers Irish Chocolates has closed its only UK café and left the country.

Golden loaf raymond blanc
Expensive loaf:
The loaf is made with gold flakes and champagne
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Baker launches golden bread

A loaf made with champagne and 24 carat gold is to be launched by a baker.

Warburtons turnover rise
Success:
Warburtons see's positive growth due to wide product range
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Diversification pays off for Warburtons

Warburtons has reported a 52% increase in operating profit after diversifying and expanding its range.

Callebaut sales increase
Barry Callebaut:
The company have also opened a new factory and academy earlier this month
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Chocolate firm reports strong sales growth

Global chocolate producer Barry Callebaut saw sales increase by 22% to CHF4.3m (£2.8m) in the first nine months of its financial year.

Parkers sell penny loaf
Northfield Avenue, West London:
The penny loaf will be sold for just one day
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Return of the penny loaf

A London bakery will celebrate 100 years of their business by selling a traditional penny loaf.

Geary's bakery expands
Geary's:
Loughborough bakery expands after just 4 years in new premises
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Geary’s bakery plans £2m extension

Loughborough based Geary’s bakery plans to spend £2m on a 10,000sq ft extension, British Baker can reveal. 

Greggs LFLS up
Growth:
Greggs sees increase in sales
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Greggs LFLS up by 3.2%

Greggs, the BB75 leading bakery retailer, has seen like-for-like sales growth of 3.2% in the first 26 weeks of the year to 28 June.

Bewley's cafe, dublin, rent hike
Court battle:
Bewley's must pay increased rent
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Irish café loses fight to halt rent hike

Bewley’s Café, Dublin has lost a court case against its landlord to prevent a hike in its rent and now faces a bill of 1.5 billion (£1.2bn).   

The doorstop bakery, fife
A recipe for success:
Scottish community bakery shares knowledge
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Scottish community bakery to share first-class business model

A community bakery in Scotland, Fife, is fired up to support social entrepreneurs by sharing its business secrets. 

Grocery market
On the up!
lowest levels of grocery inflation since October 2006
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Grocery sales figures rebound after historic low

Grocery market growth has bounced back to 2.8% in the 12 weeks to 22 June after a historic low of 1.7% last period.

Waterstones selects Yorkshire producers to supply to in-branch café

Yorkshire’s local foodstuffs will be on sale in Waterstones’ Café W, Coney Street, York, thanks to the book shop giant choosing local producers to supply the branch, such as Shipley bakery, Just Desserts.

Subway opens new store
Sub of the day:
Subway reaches milestone opening
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Milestone opening of Subway store

The Subway brand has opened its 1,800th store in the UK and Ireland. 

Hamish Allan
Hamish Allan opens the head offices at Scottish Bakers
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Success for Scottish Bakers head office opening

Scottish Bakers opened its new head office in Dunfermline last week.

Greggs go Wimbledon crazy
Strawberries and cream flat-breads:
Would you go for it?
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Greggs set to serve a Wimbledon-inspired range

Greggs is set to serve up a strawberries and cream-inspired sandwich, after a survey indicated fewer than 7% of Britons immediately associated Wimbledon with tennis.

Scottish snowballs
The snowball:
A soft marshmallow covered in chocolate and coconut
  (Photo: Credit: Madeleine Shepherd )

A snowballing victory: Scottish snowballs win VAT-free status

Scottish snowballs, made by Lees of Scotland and Thomas Tunnock, have been ruled as zero-rated on tax, after they were classed as cakes.

Genius loaf
A bold move:
This will be the first time gluten-free options will be sold with mainstream bread
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Genius to merge loaves with mainstream bread aisle

Gluten-free brand Genius is to introduce its bread to the mainstream bread aisle of 150 Asda stores across the UK.

Nisa launches new-look pies and pastries

Nisa has revamped its Heritage range of pies and pastries to begin its re-launch of the own-brand label.

New app for coeliac sufferers

Coeliac UK has announced the launch of its new app, ‘Gluten-free on the Move’.

Dr Zak's protein bread
Dr Zak's plans product expansion amid anticipated sales growth
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Dr Zak's plans to treble sales amid product extension

High-protein bread brand Dr Zak’s plans to double or treble sales in a year with several new product launches planned by the end of 2014.

Gluten-free brand moves into the breakfast market

Yorkshire-based brand Feel Free for Gluten Free has moved into the breakfast market with the launch of its granola cereals and granola bars. 

Student conference attracts greater participation

Lesley Foottit reports from the Alliance for Bakery Students and Trainees’ (ABST’s) annual conference 2014, which saw the AGM, prizes awarded and plenty of opportunities for students to network with industry professionals.

Delice de France launches Customer Innovation Centre

Delice de France has opened its customer innovation centre in Covent Garden, London.

Craft bakers week
Craft bakers week 2014
A range of bread, cakes and pies will be available for people to try and buy at the event
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Bakers urged to sign up for Craft Bakers’ Week

Bakers are encouraged to sign up to take part in Craft Bakers’ Week to maximise the support available.

Sugar Tax Survey
Sugar tax bakers survey
Sugar Tax: Your Views.
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Sugar survey: bakers, give us your views on tax

There has been a mixed reaction to plans announced this week to introduce a sugar tax and reduce added sugars by 40% by 2020. But what do you think?

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