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Sales climb to nearly €1bn for Aryzta

Aryzta, the Swiss-based bakery group behind brands like Delice de France and Otis Spunkmeyer, saw its third-quarter revenue climb 13.2% to nearly €1bn. 

Supermarkets see slight sales growth

New figures show continued slow growth in the supermarket sector, with sales up 0.2% for the 12 weeks to 24 May.

Wholesaler Bidvest changes name

UK foodservice provider Bidvest 3663 will now be known as Bidvest Foodservice.

Tate & Lyle
Tate & Lyle sees profits plunge 30%
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Tate & Lyle suffers ‘challenging year’

Full-year profit and earnings at sucralose producer Tate & Lyle have taken a hit after a “very challenging year”. 

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A number of buyers are interested in stakes in Bakkavor
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Bakkavör to sell stakes in the business

A bidding war for a stake in UK convenience group Bakkavör is looming after reports of interest from a number of buyers, including private equity firms PAI Partners and Pamplona Capital. 

SSP sees UK LFLs growth

SSP, the leading food operator in travel locations worldwide, saw like-for-like sales (LFLs) grow by 3.7% in the UK in its first half.

West Cornwall Pasty Co has revamped its estate and offer
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West Cornwall Pasty Co sees 6% LFL growth

The new owners of West Cornwall Pasty Co have seen like-for-like (LFL) sales growth of 6% in the year since they took over, it has been revealed.

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Patisserie Valerie has seen financial growth in the past six months
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Ebitda up 23% at Patisserie Holdings

Underlying profit increased by 23.1% to £8.7m at Patisserie Holdings in the six months to 31 March 2015.

Asda reports Q1 3.9% decline in LFL sales

Asda has announced a 3.9% fall in like-for-like sales in its first quarter, in what it describes at the “most challenging year yet” for UK supermarkets.

Convenience sector boost Greencore profits

Sandwich-maker Greencore has seen profits soar as its convenience food sector booms, despite a challenging market.

Premier Foods reports full-year losses, due to impairment of sweet sector

Food giant Premier Foods has increased its losses due to impairment charges, largely related to its sweet business, which includes the Mr Kipling brand.

BFP appoints new chief executive

Bakery ingredients supplier BFP Wholesale has appointed a new chief executive, it was revealed today.

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Bako NW buys Northern & Scotland
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Bako NW buys Northern & Scotland

Bako North Western is to buy sister company Bako Northern & Scotland, it has been revealed. 

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RGF sugar arm Napier Brown's sale is approved
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Real Good Food sugar arm sale approved

Real Good Food’s proposed sale of its subsidiary Napier Brown Sugar has been approved. 

Pieminister
Pieminister to launch summer pies with cider
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Pieminister's flagship Leeds site opens

Pieminister has opened its flagship store in Leeds – its biggest yet – as it gears up for a summer pies launch next month. 

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Supermarket sales growth slows in 12 weeks to April
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Grocery price deflation hits supermarket sales

Supermarket sales have slowed to a revenue growth of 0.2% compared to last year, according to the latest figures from Kantar Worldpanel. 

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Sainsbury's chief executive Mike Coupe insists company is strong
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Sainsbury's posts first loss in a decade

Sainsbury’s has revealed a pre-tax loss of £72m for the year to 14 March - its first loss in a decade. 

John Duffy: "strategy to diversify into new channels."
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Finsbury Food to save 150 jobs in desserts acquisition

Bakery giant Finsbury Food Group has today announced the proposed acquisition of Johnstone’s Just Desserts (Johnstone’s), from administrators FRP Advisory.

Thorntons suffers sales decline, despite better Easter

Sales at chocolate company Thorntons have dropped in both its retail and FMCG divisions, as the firm has lost orders from a commercial customer.

Research firm identifies morning goods and lunch opportunities

The morning goods market is expected to grow 2.7%, as retailers are advised to capitalise on the convenience food trend.

Napier Brown to sell for £34m

Real Good Food is to sell its sugar distribution business Napier Brown for £34m to Tereos, the world’s fifth-largest sugar group.

Greggs new style 'bakery-to-go' shop
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Greggs turns in another robust performance

Greggs the bakers has posted another set of “strong” trading results, with like-for-like sales up 5.9%- ahead of its expectations.

British Sugar factory at Bury St Edmunds
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Farmers’ alliance to stage British Sugar protest

A farmer’s movement is to march outside British Sugar’s Bury St Edmunds factory today (29 April) to protest the “lack of support” for small-scale producers.

Product innovation sees Costa LFL sales surge

Costa Coffee, the Whitbread-owned chain, has seen like-for-like sales leap by 6%, driven by an increase in transactions.

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EAT follows ambitious expansion plans
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Sandwich chain outlines ambitious store plan

High street sandwich chain EAT will open two more London sites in May as it presses on with expansion plans to double the business over the next three years. 

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Free-from store Holland & Barrett More has opened in Chester
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Holland & Barrett launches first of 50 free-from stores

Health store chain Holland & Barrett has today opened the country’s first-ever free-from concept store under the brand Holland & Barrett More. 

Tesco suffers record loss

Tesco has posted a record £6.4bn annual pre-tax loss for the year to the end of February.

CMA gives provisional clearance for Pork Farms merger

The Competition & Markets Authority (CMA) has provisionally cleared Pork Farms Group’s acquisition of chilled savoury pastry business Kerry Foods.

Sugar
Tate & Lyle repositions business for maximum return
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Tate & Lyle readjusts global focus

Tate & Lyle has announced a major realignment to focus on speciality food ingredients amid a significant restructuring of its Splenda sucralose business. 

Sugar
ABF's sugar arm weakened and profitability hit
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ABF recoups ‘lost volume’ for Kingsmill

Associated British Foods (ABF) has claimed that “lost volume” following Tesco’s de-listing of Kingsmill sliced last month has “been replaced elsewhere”. 

Pret A Manger
Pret A Manger posts strong year-end results
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Pret A Manger reveals strong full-year performance

Sandwich chain Pret A Manager has reported a 9.7% increase in like-for-like sales in the 52 weeks to 1 January 2015. 

Mr Kipling boosts Premier’s performance

Premier Foods continues to show improved trading performance in Q1 as master brand Mr Kipling “remains the star”.

Puratos extends ingredients offer with Italian acquisition

Ingredients and bakery firm Puratos has acquired Italian ingredients specialist Bakery Future Lines (BFL), as it plans to expand production and meet consumer demand.

Bakkavor pizza
Bakkavor has sold the remainder of Italpizza to Dreamfood
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Bakkavör sells remainder of Italian pizza business

Bakkavör has sold the remaining stake of its Italian manufacturing pizza business Italpizza to Dreamfood after the sale of a 40% share in it last year. 

Biscuit firm keeps sale option open

Thomas J Fudge, biscuit maker, has revealed it has been working with corporate adviser Grant Thornton about the potential sale of the business to achieve growth plans.

Carr's mill in Kirkcaldy
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Carr’s Group praises its flour mills

Carr’s Group, the farming and food conglomerate, said its flour mills had delivered an ‘excellent performance’ in its first half.

Co-op
The Co-operative Group sees rise in food sales
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The Co-op achieves solid performance

The Co-operative food business delivered a 0.4% increase in like-for-like sales overall for the 52 weeks ended 3 January 2015. 

Aldi
Aldi jumps into position as UK's sixth-largest supermarket
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Aldi bypasses Waitrose in supermarket leaderboard

German discounter Aldi has leapfrogged Waitrose in the leaderboard to become Britain’s sixth-largest supermarket. 

Bakkavör sees corporate credit rating upgraded

Chilled food and bakery producer Bakkavör has seen its corporate credit rating rise from a B- (positive outlook) to B (stable).

‘Healthy treating’ to boost quick-service bakery, finds study

The quick-service bakery market (QS bakery) is to see an accelerated growth rate this year, with the concept of “healthy treating” becoming “key” to driving incremental increases in visits.

Marks & Spencer
Marks & Spencer beats the curve on food sales
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M&S food enjoys ‘excellent’ Q4 sales

Marks & Spencer (M&S) delivered an “excellent” performance on food in its fourth quarter as food sales were up 3.7%. 

Tate & Lyle
Tate & Lyle anticipates "modestly" poorer results
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Tate & Lyle investment results in higher net debt

Ingredients manufacturer Tate & Lyle reported net debt to be around £34m higher than expected, as group profit sank “modestly” in its year to 31 March. 

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Barry Callabaut posts good results
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Barry Callebaut outpaces chocolate market in latest results

Chocolate giant Barry Callebaut Group has outperformed the chocolate market in its half-year results. 

Napier Brown
Napier Brown suffering in difficult tradiing
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Real Good Food in talks over sugar division

Real Good Food, owner of UK sugar distributor Napier Brown, is “in discussions regarding a transaction” regarding its sugar arm that would “strengthen its balance sheet”. 

Bakkavor
Bakkavor extends banking facilities
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Bakkavör uses banking facility for early repayment of bond debt

Food manufacturer Bakkavör has agreed an extension and increase to its existing banking facilities, as well as a material reduction in the interest rate margin. 

Aryzta
Aryzta buys 49% stake in Picard
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Aryzta to take stake in French food retailer

Swiss bakery group Aryzta has entered into negotiations to acquire a 49% stake in Picard - a speciality French food retailer, owned by private equity group Lion Capital. 

Crepeaffair
Crepeaffair eyes more sites
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Crepe firm reveals plans for new outlets

London-based Crepeaffair has just opened its 12th UK outlet as it strives for 15 in total by mid-summer as well as adding international sites and launching a ‘grab and go’ range. 

Kraft and Heinz merge to create food giant

Kraft Foods, parent company of Mondelez, has merged with H J Heinz, resulting in what has been called the fifth-largest food and drink company in the world.

Finsbury’s share price hits highest level in a year

Finsbury Food Group’s share price closed yesterday (23 March) almost 6% higher than on opening that day at 73.6p, up 5.9%.

Finsbury
Finsbury Food Group's Frozen cake has enjoyed popularity
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Finsbury turns in positive revenue performance

UK bakery manufacturer Finsbury Food Group has posted group revenue up 24.1% to £107.6m following it's acquisition of Fletchers Group last year. 

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