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Miss Macaroon prepares to launch

Birmingham social enterprise company Miss Macaroon will be opening its first shop in Birmingham’s Great Western Arcade in the last week of October.

Ocado sales climb despite price wars

Group sales at Ocado climbed 15.4% to £314 million in the third quarter, despite the chief executive indicating that price wars were expected to continue in the future.

Christmas competition for pastry chefs launched

Classic Fine Foods and Valrhona Chocolate have launched a Christmas dessert competition, where pastry chefs can win a trip to New York. 

Simmons goes purple

Simmons the Bakers will be supporting the Hospice of St Francis’ Grow Purple fundraising challenge at its 34 shops in October.

Lidl investigates Muffin choking incident

A one-year-old girl almost died after choking on a piece of plastic inside a mini-muffin bought from the Lidl store in Darlington, according to reports in the Daily Mail.

Food-to-go outlets slammed for unhealthy breakfasts

High street food-to-go operators including Greggs, Starbucks, Costa, Pret and Caffè Nero have been slammed for selling unhealthy breakfast lines in a new survey.

Costa Express hits the 6,000 mark

Costa Express has installed its 6,000th self-serve coffee bar globally in Tesco High Wycombe and says it is on track to have more than 8,000 machines by 2020.

Scotty Brand and Kerrs celebrate Asda listing

Scotland’s Scotty Brand has gained a £150,000 listing with Asda to stock two cake lines in Scottish stores, with both lines handmade by Motherwell’s Kerrs Bakery.

Manchester bakery Sheldon’s remains upbeat

Manchester wholesale bakery GH Sheldon’s saw a sharp drop in profits in the year to the end of February, according to its recently filed annual accounts.

End of an era for Burton’s Biscuits

Planning permission is set to be granted for almost 300 new homes to be built on the former Burton’s biscuit factory site in Moreton, Wirral.

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