Following Theresa May’s announcement that the UK is set to leave the single market, the industry has reacted to the news that could affect their businesses.

Winter wheat plantings for the coming year are the second-lowest ever recorded by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA).

Gluten-free crumpets are the latest addition to the free-from line-up from Warburtons-owned Newburn Bakehouse.

New trade body the Gluten Free Industry Association (GFIA) has been created in response to soaring sales of gluten-free food.

New gluten-free wheat?

15 December, 2016

Gluten-free might not have to mean wheat-free, according to a new report, with new wheat crops being developed as an alternative to a gluten-free diet. 

Businesses have been invited to comment on a new three-year strategy for cereals and oilseeds published this month by the Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board (AHDB).

The level of Nabim Group 1 varieties hitting the high-quality bread wheat specification has hit a 13-year high this season.

Gluten and wheat-free brand Lovemore is set to extend into the Chinese market after attending a trade event in the country last month.

Key bakery ingredients have soared in price following the Brexit referendum as weak sterling hits the cost of imports.

Northern Ireland entrepreneurs Mark Douglas and Lady Vibse Dunleath have collectively created sourdough bread using flour from wheat provided by a local farmer.

UK gluten-free brand Schär has added the new Wholesome Vitality Loaf to its gluten-free bread range.

Increasing productivity and profitability across the agricultural supply chain will be essential following Brexit, the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) has warned.

The proportion of UK wheat hitting the high-quality bread specification is set to be the highest in 10 years, latest Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) figures have revealed.

Speciality ingredients supplier Cornelius is teaming up with New Holland Extraction to continue its development within Europe.

UK milling wheat is set to be on the up from a good-quality harvest as demand is increasing from Europe due to the French crops falling to a 10-year low.

Linwoods Bakery recalls loaf

09 September, 2016

Northern Ireland-based Linwoods Bakery is recalling its Multigrain Loaf due to an inconsistent emphasis of wheat ingredients and a soya ingredient, according to the Food Standards Agency.

Kerry Foods, the owner of Homepride flour, is to launch a 100% British Wheat Campaign in September which will involve new marketing and packaging for the brand. 

French analysts have revised down their expectations for the country’s milling wheat harvest, but UK traders are eyeing export opportunities to North Africa.

Social business Scotland The Bread (STB) is looking to raise £30,000 by the end of the month in a bid to ramp up a programme of wheat breeding and research and create the most “nutrient-dense and digestible grains and bread possible”.

A bakery that specialises in artisan wheat- and gluten-free breads, Wheat Free Bakery Direct, has purchased the new FP016 evo flow wrapper from packaging supplier KernPack.

The GB wheat area planted for the 2016 harvest is down 2% to 1.8m hectares (ha), according to the latest AHDB Planting and Variety Survey, released by AHDB Cereals & Oilseeds.

Sales of rye have moved into growth, according data from market analysts Nielsen, reversing a decline from the previous year.

Discount supermarket Lidl is recalling its Bread Baking Mix because it contains wheat, rye and barley (gluten), which is not mentioned in English on the label. 

KWS Wheat has launched two new wheat varieties that offer high yields of grain suitable for biscuit and cake flours.

AHDB is staging an International Baking Workshop, taking place from 12-14 April, to showcase the export potential of British milling wheat to international buyers.

Wheat prices are expected to stay low, despite an estimated 1m-hectare reduction in global planting.

The US wheat crop could be the lowest since 2006, according to a report by the Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board (AHDB).

Review of the Year: Part 1

23 December, 2015

The past year has produced plenty to celebrate for our industry, with strong investment in production equipment, moves to propagate the next generation of bakers and, to cap it all, the best British wheat harvest on record. British Baker looks back over the top 10 successes of the year.

A long-term study to improve the efficiency of wheat breeding is to be set up using £3.68m of funding from the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC).

British Baker’s round-up of the most important stories from the last seven days.

Warburtons, the bakery giant, has today announced the finalising of new wheat-growing contracts with more than 300 British farmers.

A new survey has predicted 2016’s wheat harvest will be similar in size to this year’s return at 1.8Mha.

Mo’s Cookie Dough, the chilled cookie dough producer, has temporarily withdrawn its products due to a labelling issue.

Unaudited figures show the food division of Carr’s Group has enjoyed a 6.3% rise in profit before tax for the year ended 29 August 2015.

Artisan pitta bread producer Nina Bakery has released new product savoury pitta sticks.

This year’s harvest is set to become the biggest wheat yield on record, it has been revealed.

Cocomacs launches in Birmingham

25 September, 2015

A new artisan micro-bakery, Cocomacs, has opened in the newly launched Grand Central Birmingham shopping centre.

Lewes-based The Hearth Pizzeria & Bakehouse is harvesting its first crop of heritage wheats to produce its own breads and pizza doughs. 

Food prices returned to inflation in July for the first time this year driven in part by the rising cost of wheat, according to latest figures released by the British Retail Consortium. 

Current estimates for the UK’s 2015 wheat crop are down 3% on 2014 at 1.87Mha. 

The European Food Safety authority (EFSA) is officially reviewing the risks of pesticide glyphosate, and will consider new research suggesting it is “probably carcinogenic”.

Early indications suggest that the US will be looking at a “slightly smaller” wheat crop this coming harvest with knock-on effects for the UK. 

Bakery brand Genius Gluten Free has “significantly increased” the distribution of its frozen range with the launch of five skus into Tesco and Morrisons. 

British wheat could be in danger as it is thought a strain of fungal disease could wipe out half of this year’s crop. 

A major cereals levy board has outlined the benefits of GM crops for both consumers and farmers.

French millers have been forced to source strong wheat from Canada for the first time in decades, after heavy rain damaged the 2014 harvest.

UK wheat prices must fall in order to be more competitive to export to Europe. 

Carr’s Milling Industries has outperformed its previous performance in food, with flour volumes up on last year.

A new report has found that that some businesses are still struggling to prepare for new food regulations, which will be enforced next month.

Areas of wheat for harvest in 2015 will be down in favour of barley and pulses, according to a survey.

While wheat yield is up this year, bakers should expect a wide price spectrum depending on which type they need. 

The EU cereals crop for the 2014/2015 marketing year is estimated to be a bumper one, up 6.1% on last year.

A survey has found that the 2014 UK harvest for wheat has a record high yield, following “near perfect” growing conditions. 

Development of an admixture in grain to control insects is to begin, after technology firm Exosect was granted funding.

British wheat quality on the up

01 September, 2014

A cereal survey has revealed a year-on-year improvement in Britain’s wheat quality.

ADM Milling has described the first 2014 harvest of Skyfall, a commercial crop, as ‘very promising’.

The genetic blueprint of bread wheat genome has been published to improve wheat crops. 

A survey has shown that wheat levels are up 22% on last year’s plummeting decrease, as anticpated by British Baker last month.

Wheat costs could soar this season following outbreak of disease among crops.

Hovis has returned to using 100% British wheat.

The global wheat harvest area is forecast to increase by 2.5%, to 224.2 million hectares (Mha), according to the International Grains Council (IGC).

The planted area for winter wheat is down 25% on December 2011, according to the latest data from the ADHB/HGCA Planting Survey.

US maize production estimates have been revised downwards in the latest United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Grains: World Markets and Trade report.

Carr’s Flour has announced plans to build a new £17m flour mill at the port of Kirkcaldy – after the success of moving a wheat distribution area to the location.

Total UK-grown wheat milled was up 1% to 419,000 tonnes (t) during April compared to last year, according to the latest statistics.

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