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Ireks fundraises for Macmillan

Ten bakers from Chester-based bakery ingredients company Ireks UK have cycled around Loch Ness for Macmillan Cancer Support.

Craft bread is ‘good value’ says CBA president

David Smart, president of the Craft Bakers Association, has given an impassioned defence of artisan bread on BBC Radio 5 Live.

Costa pledges to reduce sugar by 2020

Costa Coffee, the high street café chain, has announced it will reduce the added sugar content in its beverage range by 25% by 2020.

Third of consumers avoid gluten, says Almondy

According to new research released by Almondy, the Swedish gluten-free bakery, millennials are driving gluten-free demand.

Paul increases turnover to £28.7m

Turnover at French bakery and café Paul is up 17% in its results for the year ended 31 December 2015, and group turnover increased to £28.7m.

Greggs sales up thanks to sandwiches

Greggs, the high street bakery, has reported like-for-like (LFL) sales were up 3.7% for the first 18 weeks of the year, which it credited to hot sandwiches and breakfasts.

Welsh Hills bakery staff walk for Coeliac UK

Staff from the Aberdare-based gluten-free bakery have walked 10k to raise money for Coeliac UK.

Lactic acid can extend shelf life says new study

The shelf life of bread can be increased by up to four days, with the addition of certain strains of lactic acid bacteria, according to a recent study.

Prewett’s launches gluten-free competitions

Gateshead-based Prewett’s, the gluten-free biscuit brand, will launch a series of social media competitions to highlight Coeliac Awareness Week (9-15 May).

New healthy menu for Poundbakery

Budget bakery chain Poundbakery has launched a new balanced choice menu.

Hertfordshire bakery fined more than £5k

The owner of The Garden City Bread Company in Hertfordshire, has been fined more than £5,500 after pleading guilty to 16 food hygiene offences.

Sugar smart app reaches 2m downloads

Public Health England’s (PHE’s) sugar reduction app has been downloaded nearly two million times since it was launched in January.

Leicester MP rounds on Samworth

Liz Kendall, MP for Leicester West, has demanded that Ginsters' manufacturer Samworth Brothers scrap their newly-imposed contracts, as they are accused of “systematic bullying”.

Ginco recalls chocolate honeycomb

Sweet, nut and snack producer Ginco has recalled packs of chocolate-coated honeycomb due to the undeclared presence of milk and soya.

Sweetpea Pantry wins at FreeFrom Awards

Sweetpea Pantry, the baking mix producer, won the Store Cupboard category at the FreeFrom Awards for its Grainy Brainy Pancakes.

Roberts Bakery raises £25k for charity

Cheshire-based Roberts Bakery has raised £25,000, half its target, to help Genesis Breast Cancer Prevention.

Greggs to roll out Balanced Choice range

In a continued bid to target the ‘healthy eating’ market, high street food-to-go chain Greggs will launch its Balanced Choice range on 2 May. 

Genius wants to lead gluten-free market

Gluten-free brand Genius has spelled out its ambitions to become the global leader in free-from bakery, outlining an international expansion programme.

Butter alternative launched for baking industry

The London-based Carotino Group has launched a new bakery product called Baker’s Friend, which tastes and bakes just like real butter, but is healthier and up to half the price.

60% of consumers want sugar tax

The Grocer’s Bridgethorne Shopper Index has shown that 60% of consumers are in favour of a sugar tax. 

ADM Milling supports Great Ormond Street

Essex-based ADM Milling has launched a new partnership with London’s Great Ormond Street Hospital children’s charity.

Cornish pasty producer receives top health accreditation

Cornwall-based Etherington’s Farm Shop has received a new health standard accreditation for its pasties.

Bakery company fined over £7k after accident

Yorkshire-based Thomas the Baker has been fined £7,191.45 following an incident that left a worker with several broken fingers.

New sugar research says it’s addictive

Sugar might be addictive in a similar way to cocaine and tobacco, according to researchers.

Warburtons says baking industry doesn’t get enough credit

Warburtons’ chairman Jonathan Warburton has said that the baking industry doesn’t get enough credit for its work on reducing salt levels.

New Real Bread Week plans

The eighth annual Real Bread Week is proving nicely, and will be coming out of the oven on 14 May.

Jacobsens recalls Disney cookies

Danish cookie manufacturer Jacobsens Bakery is recalling tins of its Disney-brand cookies due to the presence of undeclared milk.

Gluten sensitivity is a growing problem

A leading consultant has suggested that the UK might be suffering from gluten overload.

Almondy launches lactose-free cake

Almondy, the Swedish gluten-free bakery, has launched a lactose-free chocolate and almond cake.

WHO takes aim at sugar

Sugary food consumption should be discouraged, according to anti-diabetes recommendations issued by the World Health Organization (WHO).

Bakery market suffers as snacking falls

The war on sugar is starting to have an impact, with people turning their backs on sweet baked goods and pastry products because of health concerns, according to new figures.

Jammie Dodgers thieves sentenced

The gang who stole £20,000 of Jammie Dodgers from a Burton’s Biscuits factory in Cwmbran, Wales, have been jailed for more than 11 years.

Aberdeen bakery faces underweight goods charge

Chalmers Bakery in Aberdeen has been charged with producing 50 underweight packs of cheese straws and one pack of underweight oatcakes.

Pret covers NLW by putting prices up

High street coffee chain Pret A Manger is covering the cost of the new national living wage (NLW) by charging customers more for their coffee.

New gluten-free muffins for Flower & White

Shrewsbury-based Flower & White has created a range of gluten-free muffins for the foodservice sector. 

Belfast Chamber of Commerce seeks Sunday trading extension

Belfast Chamber of Commerce (BCC) is to lobby the city council to apply for holiday resort status as it seeks to extend Sunday trading hours.

Pieminister enters gluten-free market

Premium pie maker Pieminister has entered the free-from market with the introduction of two gluten-free pies.

The government will fight legal challenges to sugar tax

Chancellor George Osborne says “bring it on” to the threat of legal action from drinks firms.

FDF calls for salt reduction measures

The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) has highlighted three key measures it says would drive down salt consumption in the UK.

Survey finds demand for more gluten-free products

There is insufficient choice in the gluten-free market, according to 73% of consumers who buy coeliac-friendly products.

Sugar tax: Action on Sugar says bakery could be next

Industry experts have said that the sugar tax on soft drinks is “a slippery slope”, and the bakery industry could be next.

PHE says UK salt intake has stayed the same

The UK is consuming the same amount of salt as it was three years ago, despite numerous campaigns, according to Public Health England (PHE). 

MPs underline commitment to apprenticeships

MPs George Eustice and Nadhim Zahawi spoke at the Food and Drink Federation’s (FDF’s) stand at the Big Bang UK Scientist and Engineers Fair in Birmingham last week.

Cornish baker adopts National Living Wage

W C Rowe, one of the first large-scale Cornish employers, has adopted the soon-to-be-mandatory National Living Wage (NLW) for its workforce.

Starbucks responds to recycling jibes

Starbucks, the coffee shop chain, has announced that it will offer a 50p discount to customers who bring in their own coffee cup.

First gluten-free industry event launched

Coeliac UK, the national charity for people with coeliac disease, is hosting its first gluten-free networking event for food industry professionals who wish to benefit from the growing gluten-free market. 

Eat faces £3.6m bill for toasted sandwiches

Sandwich chain Eat has been issued with a £3.6m VAT bill after its toasties were found to be subject to the “pasty tax”. 

Defra urges manufacturers to apply for PDOs

UK manufacturers are to be encouraged to apply for protected status for their regional speciality food and drink names, according to Elizabeth Truss, minister at the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra).

Public Health England says “eat plenty of bread”

Public Health England (PHE), part of the Department of Health, has issued advice on what consumers should and should not be eating.

Government has “no plans” to tax coffee shops

The government says it has no plans to tax coffee shop cups after a minister suggested it could repeat its "success" in cutting plastic bag waste.

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