Krispy Kreme growth

Doughnut firm Krispy Kreme is continuing its plan to double UK store numbers in the next five years from its total of 42, with three new outlets announced. A kiosk opened at the Liverpool ONE Shopping Centre on 15 April; Cardiff’s St David’s shopping centre saw the addition of one of its coffee bar units on 19 April; and it will open a ’hotlight’ store at Centre 27 Retail Park in Leeds, in July.

Gluten-free success

Gluten-free bakery brand Mrs Crimble’s has unveiled more listings in major retailers. Its Jam Coconut Rings, Dutch Apple Cakes and Original Cheese Crackers are now in 500 Co-op stores. All Asda stores will sell its Mini Choc Orange Macaroons, and Sundried Tomato Cheese Crackers, while its Original Cheese Crackers will be stocked in more Tesco stores.

Brace’s on profit list

Brace’s came 57th on this year’s Sunday Times PwC Profit Track 100, which ranks Britain’s 100 private companies with the fastest-growing profits, after seeing profits rise by 57% a year from £1.1m in 2006 to £4.1m in 2009.

Record price drop

A record 2.6% drop in the price of bread and cereals contributed to the overall decrease in the price of food and non-alcoholic drinks, seen in the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics.