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Costa
Costa links with fresh food firm in new initiative

From today, a Costa link-up with London salad chain Chop’d will launch across six sites in the capital. 

Barry Callebaut urges support for Afternoon Tea Week

Operators, including bakeries, are being urged to support Afternoon Tea Week between 10 to 16 August to boost their businesses.

Essex to see new bakery hybrid

A new £200,000 bakery-hybrid concept called Bake n’Grape is set to open in Chelmsford, Essex, at the end of this month. (July)

Summer Budget: what you need to know

Chancellor George Osborne confirmed the planned relaxation of Sunday trading hours and a national living wage in the Summer Budget.

United Biscuits Sweeet campaign turns to breakfast

A flying squirrel with jet-pack is the latest character being used to advertise United Biscuits (UB) products with the relaunch of McVitie’s Breakfast range. 

Budget
Union slams Sunday all-day trading plans

The GMB union has lashed out at government plans to introduce all-day trading on Sundays in the biggest reform of opening hours for 20 years. 

Nostalgia a driver in confectionery, claims Canadean

Six out of 10 consumers go for confectionery that reminds them of their childhood.

M&S enjoys Q1 food sales increase

Marks & Spencer has seen food sales rise in its first quarter, while it remains on track to open 90 new Simply Food stores this year.

Shopping
Price of grocery basket rises

Prices for the UK’s most popular grocery products have risen for the first time in more than six months. 

Insomnia
Insomnia adds to Food for Life line

Irish coffee shop chain Insomnia has added more lines to its Food for Life range. 

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