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Waitrose to pay small firms within a week

Waitrose supermarket has pledged to pay its smaller suppliers within seven days at the most, in a bid to give them “more financial stability”. 

Sugar tax ‘should be scrapped’

The proposed sugar tax on soft drinks will fail in its health aims, result in fewer jobs and damage the UK’s economy, according to the TaxPayers’ Alliance (TPA).

Bahlsen in 500,000 multipack pick drive at Tesco

Biscuit brand Bahlsen has offered 500,000 pick-up multipacks over the summer to 100 Tesco stores around the UK.

Paul, Notting Hill

Paul opens outside Notting Hill tube station today

London’s Notting Hill is to get a new Paul patisserie and bakery outside the tube station.

New ad campaign for Subway

A new TV campaign has launched to support the Subway £3 Lunch.

Mrs Crimbles bought by Wessanen

The Hampshire-based gluten-free bakery Mrs Crimbles has been bought for an undisclosed sum by Dutch organic and natural food company Wessanen.

London bakery crowdfunding for expansion

L’Orchidée, a London-based bakery selling French macarons, luxury cakes and desserts is looking to raise £200,000 to expand across the capital.

Grocery prices see largest drop in over a year

Food prices saw their biggest fall for over a year last month as prices continued to drop, according to market analyst British Retail Consortium-Nielsen (BRC).

Denbigh craft baker changes name

Henllan Bread, as it has been known since 1908, will now be known as Henllan Bakery, which it said is to better reflect the range of products it now sells.

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Cinnamon Square to publish book

Rickmansworth bakery and café Cinnamon Square is to publish its first book, Cinnamon Square, A Measured Approach.

Bath to get two new Costas and a Pret

High street coffee chains Costa Coffee and Pret A Manger both plan to open new outlets in Bath city centre.

AHDB lays out EU trade implications post-Brexit

The Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) has released the first in a series of articles looking at the potential implications for the food industry of the UK’s decision to leave the EU.

Muffin Break sales up 42% after refurb

Bakery café chain Muffin Break has seen sales jump by more than two thirds at its Worcestershire store following a refurbishment. 

Ministry of Cake wins business award

Taunton-based Ministry of Cake, the manufacturer of frozen desserts, has been named as the winner of PwC’s West of England Business of the Year.

Holland’s extends pies and puddings range

Pie manufacturer Holland’s, part of the 2 Sisters Food group, has developed its product range with a new variety of frozen pies and puddings.

Gail’s secures new Surrey site

Gail’s Artisan Bakery, the Luke Johnson-backed bakery chain, has strengthened its regional pipeline by securing a site in Surrey.

Rio fun day for Bako

Bako North Western invited customers to a Rio-themed family fun day at its depot in Preston on 3 July.

Sterling boosts ABF but outlook mixed

Kingsmill-owner Associated British Foods (ABF) expects its bottom line to be boosted by a Brexit-weakened pound in the final quarter, it said in its trading update today. 

Barry Callebaut grows revenue despite ‘sluggish’ market

Chocolate and cocoa manufacturer Barry Callebaut says it has grown revenues and sales volumes despite declines in the overall global chocolate confectionery market.

M&S food sales down 0.9%

M&S’s food division has recorded a 0.9% fall in like-for-like (LFL) sales for the 13 weeks to 2 July. 

New MD for Soreen malt loaf

Samworth Brothers has appointed Mark Simester as managing director of malt loaf brand Soreen.

Bakers Pantry signs new deal

North east bakery chain Bakers Pantry has partnered with Lakes & Dales Co-operative, a northern co-operative group.

Thirty three go coast to coast for GroceryAid

Thirty-three cyclists undertook a 333km expedition from Whitehaven to Whitby to raise funds for GroceryAid.

The Cornish Bakery wins awards for rebrand

A recent rebrand across its outlets has earnt The Cornish Bakery a Gold Design Business Award from the Design Business Association.

Pret A Manger to open first motorway outlet

Coffee shop chain Pret A Manger will be opening its first motorway service shop, as part of a trial partnership with Welcome Break. 

Warburtons profits hit by supermarket price war

Continued pressure on the UK grocery market has hit profits at bread giant Warburtons. 

London hotel launches arty afternoon tea

Lancaster London hotel has devised an afternoon tea for those who know their Monet from their Picasso.

Waitrose targets ex-pats after deal with online retailer

Suppliers of Waitrose’s own-label biscuits and cakes could benefit from a new deal between the supermarket chain and international online retailer British Corner Shop.

Krispy Kreme's Original Glazed Doughnuts

Krispy Kreme takes to the air

Doughnut retailer Krispy Kreme is ramping up its UK business with two new outlets opening in Glasgow and a new high-flying deal on airline Flybe.

Gail’s launches breakfast drive for charity

London-based Gail’s Artisan Bakery is heading a campaign to raise funds for Magic Breakfast, a charity that aims to end hunger as a barrier to education in UK schools. 

New trucks for Roberts

Roberts Bakery has five new bespoke bread transport trucks, thanks to its contract with Bibby Distribution.

Bonds to launch American baked goods line

Traditional British confectionery company, Bonds of London, has launched an extensive new range of American products.

Barclaycard launches mentoring programme

Barclaycard and The Guardian Small Business Network have teamed up with leading entrepreneurs to champion UK small businesses

Baker signs 500k deal with Allergy and Free From Show

Doves Farm, the family-owned Wiltshire-based miller and baker, has confirmed a £500k deal with the Allergy and Free From Show. 

Sainsbury’s to close Netto chain

Sainsbury’s is to close its Netto stores after deciding to end its joint venture with Danish supermarket chain Dansk Supermarked in the UK.

New price point for McVitie’s

United Biscuits-owned McVitie’s has announced the re-launch of the popular on-the-go range with the addition of three 2 for £1 price marked packs.

Mich Turner to become tv presenter

Mich Turner, founder of Little Venice Cake Company, is joining Create and Craft TV as a guest presenter. 

Hobart in Top 100 for record fourth time

Warewash equipment manufacturer Hobart has appeared in The Top 100 awards for the most innovative small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in its native Germany.

Big fire at Morrisons bakery

A huge fire broke out at a bakery owned by Morrisons in Wakefield yesterday afternoon.

New vegan bakery for Cheltenham

Flamingo’s Vegan Bakery is the brainchild of Natasha Mackenzie-Ford and her wife Susan, who found there was a gap in the local market.

New patisserie lines for Coup de Pates

Foodservice supplier Coup de Pates unveiled two new patisserie lines at the Taste of London food festival.

Ex UB boss is new Continental Bakeries chairman

Jeff van der Eems, the former chief executive of United Biscuits (UB), has been made chairman at European bakery group Continental Bakeries (CB).

Dawn launches new fillings

Bakery ingredients producer Dawn Foods has launched three ready-to-use cream fillings, ideal for layering, filling or topping patisserie, desserts, doughnuts, cakes and muffins.

New brioche buns from Kara

Kara, the foodservice brand of the Finsbury Food Group, has added two sliced brioche burger buns to its Gourmet range. 

Macphie employees take on charity mud run

A team of staff from independent food ingredients manufacturer Macphie took part in the Pretty Muddy race to raise money for Cancer Research.

Burton’s launches new Chocolate Fingers snack pack

Burton’s Biscuits, owner of Jammy Dodgers and Maryland Cookies, has launched a new snack pack for its Cadbury Chocolate Fingers.

AmazonFresh expands across London

Amazon Fresh has added 59 London postcodes to its existing delivery area in the capital, which takes it up to 128 in total. 

Asda deal for naan supplier

An Indian breads supplier has secured a £150k contract with Asda in Scotland for its naan breads.

Pies in space

Crewe-based Wrights Food Group has seen one of its pies sent into space as part of a project to support the 2016 KMF Young Engineer of the Year Competition.

Birds raises £5k to fund guide dog

Birds bakery of Derby has raised £5k to sponsor Daisy, a six-week-old puppy, through her guide dog training. 

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