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Industry celebrates over government's tax U-turn

"This is a great day for bakers, no matter how large or small," Ken McMeikan, chief executive of Greggs told British Baker, following the government's U-turn on pasty tax. The move, which would have seen 20% VAT slapped on all hot bakery products, prompted a nationwide campaign by bakers for the government to rethink its proposals. This included a rally of more than 500 bakers at Downing Street to deliver a petition with more than half a million signa-tures to the government.

New chairman at Federation of Bakers

The Federation of Bakers (FoB) has elected a new chairman – Paul Molyneux of Premier Foods.

Mandatory display of food hygiene rating planned

Bakery retailers could be forced to display their Food Hygiene Rating, as the Food Standards Agency (FSA) sets out its long-term goal for the scheme.

Starbucks rated in UK’s top 10 social media brands

Starbucks has been named the second most prolific brand on social media networks such as Twitter and Facebook.

Costa director shortlisted for Women’s Award

Caroline Harris of Costa Coffee has been shortlisted for the Women’s 1st Shine Awards 2012.

Pret achieves revenue increase

Pret A Manger has posted group revenue of £377.3m for the full year to 29 December 2011, up 15% on 2010.

Mathiesons sold in pre-pack deal

Scottish bakery Mathiesons has been sold to Prestige Bakeries in a pre-pack deal, which has seen more than 240 jobs saved.

The fall and rise of Greggs’ share price

Greggs’ share price saw a 6% year-on-year rise yesterday following the government's decision to make a U-turn over the pasty tax.

GF Foods bags free-from deal with Ocado

Gluten Free Foods has struck up a new deal with online food retailer Ocado to stock its range of savoury pastry products and festive cupcakes.

Primrose targets celebrations in third book

Martha Swift and Lisa Thomas of Primrose Bakery are writing a third book based on catering for a variety of occasions.

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