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Gin continues to be a top seller at Waitrose

Total sales excluding fuel were 0.4% higher for Waitrose in week to Saturday August 12, compared with the same week last year. The supermarket chain’s supply chain director Wim van Aalst said: “Our Waitrose 1 promotion [of 25% off the grocery multiple’s premium food range] continued to be a success …

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Brand new Jamie Oliver cookery TV series airs on Monday

Celebrity cook Jamie Oliver is returning to the small screen with a new eight-part series. ‘Jamie’s Quick & Easy Food’ starts on Monday (August 21) at 8pm on Channel 4. The broadcaster said that in each 30-minute episode, Jamie will present ‘the ultimate set of go-to recipes, using just five …

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Squires Kitchen shares cake design trends

Metallic detail on cakes is big news this summer, according to Squires Kitchen. The cake decorating and sugarcraft specialist said: ‘Glittering gold, silver and copper cakes are one of the hottest trends in cake design this year, whether it’s delicate little touches or whole gilded tiers. ‘In particular, rose gold …

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‘Unleash creativity’ for Pyrex National Baking Week

Pyrex is encouraging the nation’s home bakers to ‘unleash creativity’ and showcase their star bakes this October. The housewares supplier is the brand behind National Baking Week 2017, which runs from Monday October 16 to Sunday October 22. Pyrex founded the initiative in 2007 with like-minded baking brands. The aim …

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Sainsbury’s predicts Bake Off trends

With the return of ‘The Great British Bake Off’ round the corner, Sainsbury’s has forecast five food trends that it expects to hit our screens from episode one. The supermarket chain’s predictions are: 1.Alternative sugars: ‘Those in the know are opting for alternative sugars such as coconut and date syrup, …

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Bake Off is back very soon

Channel 4 has confirmed that ‘The Great British Bake Off’ starts on Tuesday August 29 at 8pm. The BBC announced last Autumn that the show was moving to Channel 4 after Love Productions, the maker of the hit show, signed a three-year agreement with Channel 4. Judge Mary Berry and …

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Wayfair partners with Lorraine Kelly

Homeware retailer Wayfair has today (Monday August 14) announced a partnership with TV presenter Lorraine Kelly for its UK brand. The star of her eponymous weekday morning, lifestyle and entertainment show will star in a new TV campaign for the online brand which airs on UK screens in mid-September. Wayfair …

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Dinghams Cookshop opens in-store café

Independent retailer Dinghams has launched an in-store cafe at its Wiltshire cookshop in Salisbury. Located upstairs at the front of the store, the 20-seater café is open from 9am to 5pm from Monday to Saturday. The menu offers cakes and hot and cold drinks and there are plans to start …

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Products for the home and retail parks lead in slow July

UK retail footfall in July fell by 1.1% year-on-year, according to the latest data from the British Retail Consortium (BRC) and Springboard. This figure is below the three-month rolling average of -0.4%. Covering the four weeks from July 2 to July 29, the BRC-Springboard’s monthly monitor said the high street …

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Nadiya holds top spot in bestselling books list

Five cookbooks appear in ‘The Mail on Sunday’ weekly list of the UK’s top 10 best-selling non-fiction hardback books. Heading up the league again is ‘Nadiya’s British Food Adventure’. Written by 2015 Bake Off winner Nadiya Hussain, the book is a tie-in to her current BBC2 show of the same …

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