08 February, 2008
n Irish firm Johnston Mooney & O'Brien has won a E2m contact to provide fresh bread to the Irish Defence Forces.
n The Co-operative Group plans to switch all its own-brand teas to Fairtrade and stop selling eggs from caged hens. The company started stocking Fairtrade food products 10 years ago and produces Fairtrade mince pies and Christmas puddings.n Coffee and bakery chain Dunkin' Donuts plans to open in Shanghai this spring, as part of a push into China.n Honeytop Speciality Foods, UK producer of ethnic breads, has been working with Marks & Spencer to relaunch a range of premium naan breads for its bakery category. Honeytop will supply a range of premium naan products to the retailer, including large plain naans, large garlic and coriander naans and mini plain naans.n Asda has pledged a 25% reduction in packaging on own-brand products, including bakery. The retailer claimed that this would bring £10m savings for its customers. n The Campden and Chorleywood Food Research Association (CCFRA) is to provide three-day bakery Masterclasses for Tesco's in-store bakers. The classes are designed for managers of the retailer's 470 scratch bakeries. The first classes of this kind were held at CCFRA in November 2007. A further 27 courses have been planned for 2008-09. See Meet the Buyer, pg 18.