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Pop sensation boosts London bakery business

The Cake Store has been inundated with a wealth of new orders and social media followers after producing a bespoke cake for One Direction boy band member Louis Tomlinson.

Food retailers faring best in Scotland

Food sales in Scotland during June helped to achieve a 1.2% growth in total sales compared to the previous year.

Supermarket grocery market shares down to 2.1%

The latest grocery share figures have revealed a drop in growth to 2.1% for the 12 weeks ending 8 July 2012.

Subways for school lunch?

Subway is in initial discussions with a sixth form college in Manchester about offering lunch provisions for its students.

Craft bakers' packs in short supply

Bakers are being urged to sign up for a limited-edition ingredients and equipment pack as part of this year’s National Craft Bakers’ Week (8-13 October).

Asda brings out own-label free-from loaf

Asda has just launched an own-brand free-from loaf, as competition on the fresh free-from market hots up.

Rain hits trade in the south west

Bakery businesses in the south west are counting the cost of the torrential rain that fell last weekend causing rivers to burst and flooding along coastal areas.

Second outlet for Bachmanns

Bachmanns Patisserie and Chocolate Creations, of Thames Ditton, Surrey, is to expand to a second outlet. Owner Chris Bachmann has bought a new premises in Weybridge, Surrey. Bachmann told British Baker: "We have always wanted a second site with a high profile and more interior seating. Some customers make a special trek from Weybridge, but too infrequently.

Room for progress on health deal

Progress been made, but there is still a long way to go on the pledges made by bakeries as part of the Public Health Responsibility Deal.

The Worshipful Company of Bakers

has admitted four new liverymen as part of its July Court meeting at Bakers' Hall in London. Pictured left to right with the Master, Peter Gossage (centre), are Graham Duckworth, industrial ingredients specialist at Puratos and the Alliance for Bakery Students and Trainees' competition chairman, and Simon Jeffreys, chief operating officer for global charity Wellcome Trust.