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Sales of pies boosted by dismal UK weather

The recent wet weather has caused pie sales to increase, as consumers opt for warming winter food. Poole's Pies said it had seen an 11% year-on-year increase in its pie sales this summer, while Pieminister said sales were up 20% on its usual summer season.

Tesco 'playing catch-up' on bakery

Tesco's plan to overhaul its in-store bakery (ISB) format is a way of playing catch-up with other UK supermarkets, according to a leading retail analyst.

Food retailer jobs boosted despite drop in shops

Food retailers have provided more work in the second quarter of 2012, despite the first drop in shop numbers in at least three years.

Workfare demonstrators target Greggs

Demonstrators have protested outside a central London Greggs store, as part of a direct action campaign against its involvement in the government’s Workfare Scheme.

New guidance for sustainable businesses

UK businesses can highlight their corporate sustainability credentials in a simple way thanks to new guidance released yesterday.

Scottish Bakers and NAMB seal new training deal

The training arm of the Scottish Bakers, National Bakery Training (NBT), has signed an agreement to become a preferred provider of training within the whole of the UK.

Portas picks 15 new towns

An additional 15 UK towns have been selected to be part of the government’s high street revival scheme, headed up by retail guru Mary Portas.

Pure to take store count to six

A London independent bakery and food-to-go business will look to open four outlets in the next 12 months as part of an expansion plan.

Campden highlights importance of gluten-free

Independent food research firm Campden BRI will host a two-day conference for bakers and food manufacturers to examine the technological challenges associated with gluten-free baking.

Spianata&co continues London expansion

Spianata&co is hoping to bring its store count to eight with plans to open two further bakery retail outlets in the next 12 months.

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