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Olympic trading success for bakers

Customers have flocked to high street bakeries throughout the UK during the London 2012 Olympic Games. Despite reports of ‘ghost town’ scenes in the capital, Ken McMeikan, chief executive of Greggs, said last week’s sales at its London outlets were up over 10% on a like-for-like basis, while growth in shops near Olympic venues, rose between 30-80%.

Home-based baker’s deal with Tesco

Home-based business The Chocolate Brownie Company has struck a deal to supply 50 Tesco stores in Wales, on an introductory price promotion.

July retail sales weak

It was meant to be the summer of sales - because of the Olympics.

Record rainfall hits Greggs’ LFL sales

Greggs is looking to maximise on new markets and store formats, as like-for-like (LFLs) sales dropped 3.5% in the second quarter of 2012.

Greggs reaches 500,000 Facebook ‘likes’

Greggs has reached a social media milestone by accumulating more than half a million 'likes' on its Facebook page.

High street gluten-free bakery to open

The Foodamentalists will be opening a new gluten-free high street bakery this November.

Ditty’s lands oatcake deal with Tesco

Ditty’s Bakery has told British Baker it has signed an agreement to supply a series of oatcakes for Tesco’s Irish stores this September.

Patisserie Holdings estate totals 93

Patisserie Valerie will open a new site in Eastbourne, East Sussex, this weekend taking its total number of outlets to 62.

Cook & Garcia opens in Richmond

A new artisan food-to-go outlet has opened on Richmond High Street, which plans to expand across London and the south-east in the future.

Fabulous Baker Brother unveils culinary plans

Baker Tom Herbert – one half of the television duo The Fabulous Baker Brothers – has unveiled plans to open a restaurant and cookery school at the flagship family bakery in Chipping Sodbury, Gloucestershire.

British food inflation hits two-year low

Figures released today by the British Retail Consortium (BRC) revealed food inflation fell to 3.1% in July.

Cooplands to rebrand 22 Peters outlets

Coopland & Son (Scarborough) will rebrand all of its Peters Bakery outlets in the next two to three months.

Lola’s Cupcakes interested in global franchising

Lola’s Cupcakes has told British Baker it plans to expand oversees as it looks at potential opportunities for international franchising.

Tesco trials new food-to-go format

Tesco reportedly opened a new trial food-to-go format at its Chester Frodsham Square site last week, which offers goods from its in-store bakeries.

Olympic fever hits UK bakeries

The opening weekend of the London 2012 Olympic Games boosted sales and volumes at bakeries UK-wide.

Breaking news: Peters Bakery sold to Coopland

Peters Bakery has been sold to Scarborough-based Coopland & Son in a deal that will save more than 200 jobs.

World Chocolate Masters competition is launched

Five UK finalists will compete against each other this September, for a place at the grand final of the World Chocolate Masters in 2013.

SSP to run Starbucks airport sites

SSP has sealed a deal to operate seven of Starbucks’ UK sites in national airports.

Krispy Kreme celebrates doughnut on the road

Krispy Kreme UK has hit the road to celebrate the 75th anniversary of its signature original glazed doughnut.

Cost-conscious shopping sees surge for discounters

Discount supermarkets have continued to see their market share and sales soar as cash-strapped consumers turn their back on premium lines.

Officials soften Olympics stance

Bakers might have been thrown a lifeline on producing goods to celebrate the Olympics thanks to the government.

Sales of pies boosted by dismal UK weather

The recent wet weather has caused pie sales to increase, as consumers opt for warming winter food. Poole's Pies said it had seen an 11% year-on-year increase in its pie sales this summer, while Pieminister said sales were up 20% on its usual summer season.

Tesco 'playing catch-up' on bakery

Tesco's plan to overhaul its in-store bakery (ISB) format is a way of playing catch-up with other UK supermarkets, according to a leading retail analyst.

Food retailer jobs boosted despite drop in shops

Food retailers have provided more work in the second quarter of 2012, despite the first drop in shop numbers in at least three years.

Workfare demonstrators target Greggs

Demonstrators have protested outside a central London Greggs store, as part of a direct action campaign against its involvement in the government’s Workfare Scheme.

New guidance for sustainable businesses

UK businesses can highlight their corporate sustainability credentials in a simple way thanks to new guidance released yesterday.

Scottish Bakers and NAMB seal new training deal

The training arm of the Scottish Bakers, National Bakery Training (NBT), has signed an agreement to become a preferred provider of training within the whole of the UK.

Portas picks 15 new towns

An additional 15 UK towns have been selected to be part of the government’s high street revival scheme, headed up by retail guru Mary Portas.

Pure to take store count to six

A London independent bakery and food-to-go business will look to open four outlets in the next 12 months as part of an expansion plan.

Tesco to spend millions on bakery revamp

Tesco has announced plans to overhaul 850 of its in-store bakeries (ISB) to offer a wider range of continental bread products.

The supermarket chain has said it will invest millions of pounds in the new bakery format, which will be called Your Bakery at Tesco, and will extend its current speciality breads line from 10 to 30 products.

Campden highlights importance of gluten-free

Independent food research firm Campden BRI will host a two-day conference for bakers and food manufacturers to examine the technological challenges associated with gluten-free baking.

Spianata&co continues London expansion

Spianata&co is hoping to bring its store count to eight with plans to open two further bakery retail outlets in the next 12 months.

Pop sensation boosts London bakery business

The Cake Store has been inundated with a wealth of new orders and social media followers after producing a bespoke cake for One Direction boy band member Louis Tomlinson.

Food retailers faring best in Scotland

Food sales in Scotland during June helped to achieve a 1.2% growth in total sales compared to the previous year.

Supermarket grocery market shares down to 2.1%

The latest grocery share figures have revealed a drop in growth to 2.1% for the 12 weeks ending 8 July 2012.

Subways for school lunch?

Subway is in initial discussions with a sixth form college in Manchester about offering lunch provisions for its students.

Craft bakers' packs in short supply

Bakers are being urged to sign up for a limited-edition ingredients and equipment pack as part of this year’s National Craft Bakers’ Week (8-13 October).

Asda brings out own-label free-from loaf

Asda has just launched an own-brand free-from loaf, as competition on the fresh free-from market hots up.

Rain hits trade in the south west

Bakery businesses in the south west are counting the cost of the torrential rain that fell last weekend causing rivers to burst and flooding along coastal areas.

Second outlet for Bachmanns

Bachmanns Patisserie and Chocolate Creations, of Thames Ditton, Surrey, is to expand to a second outlet. Owner Chris Bachmann has bought a new premises in Weybridge, Surrey. Bachmann told British Baker: "We have always wanted a second site with a high profile and more interior seating. Some customers make a special trek from Weybridge, but too infrequently.

Room for progress on health deal

Progress been made, but there is still a long way to go on the pledges made by bakeries as part of the Public Health Responsibility Deal.

The Worshipful Company of Bakers

has admitted four new liverymen as part of its July Court meeting at Bakers' Hall in London. Pictured left to right with the Master, Peter Gossage (centre), are Graham Duckworth, industrial ingredients specialist at Puratos and the Alliance for Bakery Students and Trainees' competition chairman, and Simon Jeffreys, chief operating officer for global charity Wellcome Trust.

Starbucks rolls out Android app in UK

Starbucks is to expand its mobile platform, with the roll-out of its Android app to the UK and Canada.

Spinata&co to open sixth site

Artisan bakery Spinata&co will open its sixth outlet in London’s Mayfair this month.

Subway to appeal toasted sandwich tax

Sandwich franchise chain Subway will appear in the High Court on 23 July over the 20% VAT added to its toasted subs.

Garth Bakery moves into Tesco

Garth Bakery has agreed to supply 35 Tesco stores in South Wales with nine of its bakery lines as part of a new contract.

Estate clean-up costs West Cornwall Pasty Company

The West Cornwall Pasty Company has reported a £2.8m drop in turnover during the past 12 months.

Four new liverymen at Worshipful Company

The Worshipful Company of Bakers has admitted four new liverymen as part of its July Court meeting at the Bakers’ Halls.

BRC develops free small business lease

The British Retail Consortium (BRC) has launched a free small business retail lease in a bid to attract independent businesses back on to the UK’s high streets.

Terry Tang to appear in new TV series

Terry Tang, last year's winner of the Celebration Cake Maker of the Year at the Baking Industry Awards (BIA), will appear in a Sky One television series this November.

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