Babies who consume high amounts of gluten products before the age of two are at higher risk of developing coeliac disease, according to researchers.

Christmas pudding manufacturer Matthew Walker has launched a brand new gluten-free sponge pudding range that is available in two variants.

Marks & Spencer has announced its take-out sandwiches will all contain extra vitamin D.

Cotswolds bakery fined £25k

19 September, 2016

Cotswolds-based bakery La Tradition has been fined around £25k after pleading guilty to six charges of hygiene issues.

A one-year-old girl almost died after choking on a piece of plastic inside a mini-muffin bought from the Lidl store in Darlington, according to reports in the Daily Mail.

Simmons goes purple

15 September, 2016

Simmons the Bakers will be supporting the Hospice of St Francis’ Grow Purple fundraising challenge at its 34 shops in October.

High street food-to-go operators including Greggs, Starbucks, Costa, Pret and Caffè Nero have been slammed for selling unhealthy breakfast lines in a new survey.

Lobby groups have renewed calls for action as they pick over the latest National Diet and Nutrition Survey (NDNS) published by Public Health England last week.

Bakery chain Greggs is introducing sourdough pasties with less than 300 calories and up to two-thirds less fat and saturated fat than its standard pasty.

Denmark-based firm Arla Foods Ingredients has developed a suite of protein and calcium snacking solutions for kids that offer a healthier alternative to chocolate bars and other popular children’s snacks.

UK supermarket Waitrose has recalled its 150g Orange and Milk Chocolate Cookies, with a best-before date of 30 March 2017 over concerns that some of the packs may contain hazelnuts.

Lactose-free requests on the up

02 September, 2016

According to research conducted by Almondy, 72% of people would like to see more lactose-free options on menus when eating out.

The Ballymena-based Moditions bakery will be supplying its gluten-free ranges to Asda stores across Northern Ireland, the company has announced.

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. 

Scotland is taking the challenge of tackling childhood obesity into its own hands, after the Scottish government expressed disappointment at the UK government’s childhood obesity strategy, published last week.

Denmark-based firm, Arla Foods Ingredients has launched an exclusive breakfast campaign for its £100m commitment to back healthier eating among its consumers.

International foodservice firm Sodexo has announced that it will source only cage-free eggs globally by 2025.

Cheshire-based business Roberts Bakery has joined forces with Derby County football club to launch a new app aimed at getting youngsters to improve their footballing ability.

A recent study by US researchers has identified a link between a high-salt diet and lower blood levels of uric acid, a condition recognised to trigger gout, but sodium could also worsen blood pressure.

Scotland’s new food authority, Food Standards Scotland (FSS), will take a hard line on tackling obesity, with suggested measures including a junk food tax and advertising bans.

The Department of Health has stated that food packaging will be labelled with how many teaspoons of sugar and salt are added to a product, following the decision to leave the European Union.

Bakers have been told by the government to cut the amount of sugar in their products by 20% over the next four years.

Action on Sugar (AOS) has lambasted the government over its “weak obesity strategy”, describing it as “appalling” that no further action to improve the strategy has been taken since the leaked report a few weeks ago.

Hackney-based bakery, E5 Bakehouse is helping a Kenyan charity sell sourdough bread to fund the growing need for eye operations in its local Nakura region.

The Cornelius Group has partnered with international food ingredients company Agropur to supply the purest whey protein supplement available on the market today.

Bakery retail chain Muffin Break has announced that it will support the NHS’s introduction of a 20% sugar tax in hospitals by 2020 by bringing out a healthier range of products at its stores based in the University Hospital Lewisham and Whittington Hospital, both in London.

Trade union GMB has protested outside Sainsbury’s headquarters over its frustrations about the working conditions at Bakkavör.

Speciality health retailer Planet Organic has announced its new addition to the free-from bakery department: an organic, gluten-free, vegan, soy- and nut-free range of bread from Good Grain Bakery.

Huddersfield-based bakery and deli La Jawaab has been forced to closed over hygiene concerns after an infestation of cockroaches.

Supermarket giants Morrisons and Sainsbury’s have taken the precautionary measure to recall some of their chilled desserts after manufacturer Bakkavör reported they could contain flakes of metal.

Free-from bakery, Genius has expanded its bread range by bringing out the first gluten-free toastie loaf – Genius Toastie.

Bakers are being urged to understand the function of sugars in bakery items before moving to reduce the sugar content.

Retailers are being urged to “play their part” in the fight against obesity in light of new research which shows that supermarkets carry more promotions on ‘less healthy’ food and drink.

Lancashire based- craft bakery, Clayton Park Bakery has recalled some of its sausage roll products with a Best Before date of 3 and 4 August as they may contain plastic.

Helston-based company The Good Food Bakery has launched what it claims is the world’s first gluten-free Cornish pasty after taking four years to develop the product.

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has published a summary of food incidents handled between April and June 2016, which includes five bakery products.

UK supermarket, Morrisons has recalled its Busy Bee Cake after discovering that a batch of its stock may contain traces of salmonella.

Food to go brand Urban Eat has developed a range of sandwiches and wraps aimed at vegetarians and vegans.

Gluten-free baker Free From Fairy has launched the first ever gluten- and rice-free wholegrain flour blend – available exclusively from Honest Eats.

Bakery brand Genius Gluten Free has scooped the Ones to Watch award at the 19th annual Sunday Times Virgin Fast Track 100 awards.

Starbucks will begin testing a new kind of recyclable coffee cup as it looks to cut waste.

Grocery Aid, which is the trading name of the National Grocers' Benevolent Fund (NGBF), spent £4.3m on welfare projects, according to its end of year financial results.

It looks like bread, behaves like bread and is named after bread, but Pão de Queijo is actually made from tapioca and cheese, and could be the next big thing in the lucrative gluten-free market.

New Prime Minister Theresa May has received a message from health campaigners, urging her to make sure the food and drink industry learns from its mistakes, when the government publishes the childhood obesity strategy.

Campaigners have called on high-profile bread manufacturers and supermarkets not to use wheat that is sprayed with glyphosate before harvest.

George Eustice has retained his position as food and farming minister in the latest round of ministerial appointments by prime minister Theresa May. 

UK supermarket Asda has recalled packs of its Baker’s Selection 20 Mini Rocky Road Bites, with a best-before date of 4 August.

A report commissioned by the Food Standards Agency has said pre-packed sandwiches have been responsible for the majority of listeria outbreaks in hospitals since 2003.

Bettys and Taylors of Harrogate has given details of its Christmas bakery range.

The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) has outlined the industry’s key priorities in the Brexit negotiations in an open letter to incoming prime minister Theresa May.

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