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Pret sales up thanks to breakfast

High street coffee chain Pret A Manger’s financial results for the 52 weeks to 31 December 2015 showed group sales were up 13.9% year on year (YOY) to £676.2m (+7.5% like-for-like). Ebitda was up 14.5% to £84.3m. 

New CEO for Hovis

Hovis has announced that Nish Kankiwala will be its new chief executive, as Martyn Wilks retires. 

ABF profits up despite “challenges” in bakery

Kingsmill owner Associated British Foods (ABF) has seen grocery profits rise, despite a fall in sales and “challenges” within the UK bakery market.

Bexhill Farm Kitchen scoops hat-trick in Britain’s Best Loaf

Lee Smith, co-owner of Bexhill Farm Kitchen, has won Britain’s Best Loaf for the third time with a white tin loaf.

Topping to present Queen with birthday pie

Yorkshire family bakery The Topping Pie Company has baked a Queen’s Pie, which will be delivered to Her Majesty on 20 April.

60% of consumers want sugar tax

The Grocer’s Bridgethorne Shopper Index has shown that 60% of consumers are in favour of a sugar tax. 

New GM for Comark

Comark Instruments, the international manufacturer of precision thermometers, data loggers and wireless monitoring solutions, has appointed Lika Dutta as general manager.

Manchester welcomes first dessert restaurant

Due to open next month, Milk Jam is the brainchild of Manchester baking trio Claire Kelsey, Charlotte O’Toole and Nicky Griffiths. 

Cooplands staff walk out in Lincoln

Staff at Cooplands of Doncaster bakery firm in Lincoln have walked out, as they say they have not been paid for several weeks.

ADM Milling supports Great Ormond Street

Essex-based ADM Milling has launched a new partnership with London’s Great Ormond Street Hospital children’s charity.

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