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Employment hits fastest rate since 2007, claims CIPD

UK employers are hiring staff at the fastest rate since before the financial crash, according to latest reports.

Surge in number of coeliac sufferers

The number of people diagnosed with coeliac disease in the UK has increased fourfold since 1990, new results show.

Coffee#1 enjoys 55% rise in sales

Rapidly growing coffee shop chain Coffee#1 saw sales grow by 55% last year as it continued to open new outlets.

Curly Whirly Cake achieves Eurovision limelight

Konditor & Cook’s Curly Whirly Cake has gone viral after it appeared on Eurovision 2014.

Burton’s rumoured to be targeting Fox’s

Burton’s Biscuit Company has approached the owner of Fox’s Biscuits for a potential takeover deal, according to reports.

Finsbury appoints new chairman

Bread and cake manufacturer Finsbury Food Group has appointed Peter Baker as non-executive director chairman, effective from 1 July 2014.

Irish bakery extends Tesco contract

Portadown-based Irwin’s Bakery has signed a deal to extend its Freshly Baked table bread range across 25 Tesco stores in Northern Ireland.

Dawn plans American bakery week

Dawn Foods is to launch a new national bakery week as part of its American bakery campaign.

Chocolate supplier sets out ambitious expansion plan

Belocade is investing €21m (£17.1m) in an expansion that will increase capacity by 50% amid plans to grow turnover to €5bn by 2030.

Pieminister chooses Brazilian theme

Bristol firm Pieminister has released a Brazil-inspired pie in time for this year’s Football World Cup.

Poll: Is this the end of the ISB?

This week revealed the news that Tesco is to close more than 100 in-store bakeries in a shock move.

Research finds health is key to gluten-free

Health has become the main reason consumers purchase gluten-free products, according to a new survey.

Waitrose introduces new-style bakery counters

Waitrose has launched new-look bakery and patisserie counters in 12 branches, selling coffee, cakes and pastries to take away or eat in.

Pie company introduces miniature versions

Gourmet chain Square Pie has launched a wholesale range of miniature pies.

Rascals change to Scallywags in Yorkshire scone stand-off

A Yorkshire bakery claims it has been forced to change the name of one of its best-selling scones after a request by famous tearoom and bakery Bettys & Taylors of Harrogate.

Bakkavör enjoys positive Q1 growth

Like-for-like revenues at fresh prepared foods company Bakkavör increased by 6% in the first quarter, thanks to favourable weather and successful new products.

Warburtons introduces gluten-free wraps to coffee chains

Warburtons’ Newburn Bakehouse brand is launching its gluten-free wraps into Starbucks UK and Costa Coffee.

Morrisons’ share price takes a hit as sales drop

Morrrisons saw like-for-like sales tumble 7.1% in the 13 weeks to 4 May – a bigger fall than many analysts were expecting.

Pret bullish as it reports 15% sales increase

Pret A Manger has reported a 15% rise in sales as it continues to expand across the UK.

Food and drink initiative targets women

The government has launched a national campaign to attract more women into the food and drink industry.

Tesco ISB staff react angrily to closure plans

Reports of Tesco’s plans to close more than 100 in-store bakeries has been met with anger from staff.

Timeline: Euphorium Bakery & Tesco

Following the news that Tesco plans to close more than 100 in-store bakeries, British Baker looks back at the development of the Euphorium Bakery.

Aldi and Lidl hold strong as competition heats up

Once again, Aldi and Lidl have continued to dominate market share, while market growth hit its lowest level in 11 years.

Starbucks' Seattle's Best Coffee available in Asda

Seattle’s Best Coffee, part of Starbucks Coffee Company, is now available in select partner cafés in the UK including Asda.

Silver environment award for Maple Leaf

Maple Leaf Bakery UK has been recognised at the Zero Waste Awards 2014.

Village Bakery gains permission for academy

Welsh business the Village Bakery has secured planning permission for a new £2.3m baking academy.

Tesco to close 100 in-store bakeries

Tesco is set to close more than 100 in-store bakeries affecting 600 staff.

London sees arrival of gourmet doughnut firm

New artisan doughnut concept Crosstown Doughnuts has launched today in London with a market stall.

John Jackson, Midlands regional general manager
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Allied completes £25m bakery spend at West Bromwich

Allied Bakeries has unveiled a £25m investment at its West Bromwich bakery.

Bakels bring out retro doughnut fillings

A new range of retro flavoured doughnut fillings has been launched by Bakels to coincide with the start of National Doughnut Week. 

Handmade Cake Company targets pubs

Pubs are a target for business growth for cake manufacturer The Handmade Cake Company, its managing director has revealed.

König devises new roll plant line

Manufacturer König has created a new automatic roll plant range.

Innovation is key, says Warburtons

Product innovation is the key to Warburtons’ survival within the market, according to its chairman.

Morecambe Football Club scoops British Pie Award

Morecambe Football Club has been named Supreme Champion at the British Pie Awards 2014.

Interbake designs own depositor

Interbake, the bakery equipment supplier, has designed its own depositor and claims it is set to boost the company’s profits by 50%.

Folic acid decision delayed

The government will delay its decision to reintroduce folic acid into flour until 2015.

Bachmann’s in finals of excellence awards

Former Baking Industry Awards winner Bachmann’s Patisserie and Chocolate Creations has been made a finalist in the Annual Awards of Excellence (AAE) 2014.

Ashford café fined on insurance failure

An Ashford café business has been fined £800 by the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) for not holding Employers Liability (Compulsory Insurance) or ELCI.

Pieter Totte, executive chairman of The Real Good Food Company
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Sugar dispute blow for The Real Good Food Company

Bakery ingredients supplier The Real Good Food Company (RFGC) has warned that an ongoing dispute with British Sugar will hurt its underlying profits.

Arla VP to step down

Global dairy company Arla Foods Ingredients has announced UK executive vice-president Peter Lauritzen will step down after seven years in the role.

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Greggs’ sales boosted by lower costs

Like-for-like sales (LFLs) at Greggs, the BB75 bakery retailer, have increased by 3.7% – helped by weaker comparatives and lower cost inflation.

Costa sees LFLs and profit growth

It seems the nation’s thirst for coffee shows no signs of abating - as Costa revealed like-for-like sales (LFLs) growth of 5.7% this morning.

Cornish brewer introduces baked goods in pubs

St Austell Brewery has launched a range of bakery products across its managed pubs as it expands its Brewer & Bean brand to include stand-alone coffee shops.

Cranks to sell sandwich competition winner across UK universities

Sandwich supplier Cranks has introduced the winning sandwich from a student competition into universities nationwide.

Greggs is second most popular brand among young people

Retail bakery chain Greggs is the second most popular brand on social media for young people, according to a new report.

Starbucks reports first sales drop in 16 years

Starbucks has reported a drop in UK sales for the first time in its 16 year history, and revealed it closed 44 branches last year.

World's largest Costa Coffee opens in Norton Canes

The world’s largest Costa Coffee has opened at Roadchef’s Norton Canes service area.

New bread price war could spell ‘race to the bottom’

Loaves at 75p are at the front line of a new price war between the major multiples, which campaigners say threatens to become a “race to the bottom”.

City centre bakery to open in Birmingham

The founders of a Birmingham food project have launched a commercial bakery in the city centre.

Patisserie Valerie to extend its UK reach

The company behind Patisserie Valerie is to open shops in Wales and Northern Ireland for the first time, as well as branching into retail parks and service stations.

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