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Action on Sugar says lower intake recommendations are not going low enough
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Action on Sugar: government has not gone far enough

Campaigners have called on the government to go further than its own recommendations – and have demanded a 40% reduction of sugar in food and drink by 2020. 

Bread
Bakers should back WeLoveBread in light of SACN's fibre recommendations
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Blog: how to take heart from SACN

Martyn Leek, British Baker editor, breaks today's SACN report down in a way that bakers can take heart from its dietary recommendations. 

Gordon Polson
Gordon Polson, director of the Federation of Bakers, supported the call for additional fibre and carbohydrates in the diet
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Sugar: the reaction

The report today on sugar and carbohydrates has prompted a raft of mixed reactions - from supporters to those who feel the targets will be difficult to attain. Here British Baker compiles those comments:

Halve sugar intake says government

The Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (SACN) has advised the government to radically reduce intake of free sugars in the population’s diet, while upping fibre consumption. 

Holland's Pies
Holland's Pies priced up in convenience channel
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Pie firm switches to price-marked packs in convenience

Holland’s Pies is moving to price-marked packs in convenience stores. 

Droppa and Droppa
Droppa & Droppa closes manufacturing arm
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Free-from firm closes manufacturing arm

Droppa & Droppa Specialist Foods, the gluten-, wheat- and dairy-free manufacturer and allergen training company, is to close the manufacturing arm of its business. 

Watch: bakery @ Hyper Japan 2015

With influence from abroad bang on trend, British Baker decided to gather some inspiration from Japan. 

Sugar in the headlines

The war on sugar has been a strong media narrative throughout the past 12 months. Here British Baker looks at some of the headlines:

Bakkavör sells off pizza firm

Bakkavör Group has completed the sale of its remaining pizza business to Dreamfood.

Greggs gets behind high street regeneration

Bakery giant Greggs is backing a scheme to help regenerate high streets across the UK.

Competition body highlights ‘misleading’ supermarket pricing tactics

Supermarket pricing has been deemed potentially confusing by the Competition & Markets Authority (CMA) following a formal complaint by consumer rights campaigner Which?.

Pret
Pret is looking to recruit 35 school leavers
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Pret looks to recruit school leavers

Pret A Manger has opened applications for the 2015 intake of its School Leavers Programme. 

Finsbury Food Group
Finsbury posts sales jump
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Finsbury reports strong sales growth

Speciality bakery manufacturer Finsbury Food Group is outperforming profit expectations as its total sales revenue grew to £256.2m in the year to 27 June 2015. 

Competition body clears path for Bako merger

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has cleared the anticipated merger of Bako North Western and Bako Scotland.

Jacob's Cracker Crisps
The TV campaign or Jacob's Cracker Crisps has launched as part of a £15m spend for the brand this year
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Jacob’s Cracker Crisps campaign gets under way

The media campaign for United Biscuits’ (UB) latest product launch for savoury brand Jacob’s has kicked off as part of a £15m investment in the Masterbrand. 

Baking Industry Awards 2015: don't miss out

Time is running out to guarantee your place at this year’s Baking Industry Awards (BIA) – the place to be seen in the baking industry.

Acrylamide-reducing baker’s yeast set for patent

A Canada-based global ingredients company has developed a non-GMO acrylamide-reducing (AR) baker’s yeast.

Tim Davies, chief executive of Carr's
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Carr’s reports positive growth for food division

Carr’s Group has seen volumes in its food division up ahead of last year, despite the “challenging” market.

Bakery companies move to contactless

With the launch of Apple Pay in the UK, bakery and café companies are refreshing payment options.

Square Pie issues ‘Pie Bonds’ on CrowdCube

Retail pie brand Square Pie is crowdfunding investors to grow its business across the UK.

Ferrero-Thorntons bid ‘unconditional’ as decision deadline nears

Ferrero's £112m takeover bid of Thorntons has become ‘wholly unconditional’, subject to the chocolate brand’s acceptance by shareholders.

Truffles closes Burgess Hill bakery

Truffles Bakery has announced it will be shutting its Burgess Hill store.

Joanne Bland will join the team at the South Shields head office and production facility
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Dicksons takes on NPD advisor to extend baked range

Dicksons Pork Butchers is expanding its product offering to the retail and wholesale market, by appointing a new product development (NPD) consultant.

MD Peter Tichbon collected the accolade
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Edme scoops top business award

Edme Ingredients has won a Food and Farming Excellence Award for its investments and future potential.

Only five days until Cupcake Championships deadline

Bakers have just five days to enter the National Cupcake Championships 2015 as we confirm events for the grand final.

Renewed calls for sugar tax

There has been a renewed call for a tax on sugar – with the British Medical Association (BMA) suggesting 20% be levied on sugary drinks.

Fire crews attend the blaze at British Bakels in Bicester
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Production unaffected by blaze at Bakels

British Bakels is back in full production following a fire in its powder plant.

Florence Hellier and Darren Bland of the Hoxton Bakehouse
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Hampshire's Hoxton Bakehouse to move into retail

Hoxton Bakehouse, the sourdough specialist bakery supplier, is to open its first retail site in Winchester with a view to rolling out across Hampshire and London.

Stop the Week: online

This week's Stop the Week looks at a wildlife penchant for Cornish pasties and what people will do for a bacon sarnie. 

Waitrose
Waitrose makes sales gains as the sun shines
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Sun helps Waitrose sales soar

Sales at Waitrose leapt 6% to £132.2m in the 22nd week of its current financial year versus the same week in 2014. 

Cocktail Fancies
Mr Kipling's French Fancies have grown up
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Mr Kipling dresses up French Fancies

Mr Kipling has launched a revved up version of its French Fancies in the form of Cocktail Fancies. 

People love pasties: Cornish pasty drive-thru a success

The world’s first Cornish Pasty drive-thru has been inundated in its first few days of opening, managing director of Portreath Bakery Marion Symonds has exclusively told British Baker.

Callebaut’s European sales buck the global chocolate trend

Global chocolatier Barry Callebaut has seen sales volumes rise in Europe - outperforming the declining global chocolate confectionery market.

Blog: charm your way to a successful bakery Halloween

In this issue of British Baker we have a whole feature lined up for you with in-depth advice on what to do for Halloween - ranked number three in the biggest UK spending occasions. But how do you appeal to adults as well as children?

Cleaning fluid found on Co-op doughnuts

Co-operative shoppers in Oswestry, Shropshire have been left feeling ill after eating doughnuts that had been contaminated with cleaning fluid.

Costa
Select London Costa outlets will sell Chop'd meals in a trial until September
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Costa links with fresh food firm in new initiative

From today, a Costa link-up with London salad chain Chop’d will launch across six sites in the capital. 

Kerr Concentrates products can be added to baked goods
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Ingredion extends ‘clean-label’ offering with acquisition

Global ingredient solutions company, Ingredion Incorporated, has announced it will acquire Kerr Concentrates for around $100m (£65m).

Barry Callebaut urges support for Afternoon Tea Week

Operators, including bakeries, are being urged to support Afternoon Tea Week between 10 to 16 August to boost their businesses.

Kingsmill
ABF announces Kingsmill is increasing its volumes while the market remains tough
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ABF steps up volumes at Allied Bakeries

Associated British Foods (ABF) has revealed that Kingsmill owner Allied Bakeries is increasing its volumes in its trading statement for the 40 weeks ended 20 June 2015. 

Baking industry concern over Budget's Living Wage

Plans to introduce a National Living Wage (NLW) will have a 'major impact' on skilled sectors like bakery, industry leaders have warned.

Essex to see new bakery hybrid

A new £200,000 bakery-hybrid concept called Bake n’Grape is set to open in Chelmsford, Essex, at the end of this month. (July)

Summer Budget: what you need to know

Chancellor George Osborne confirmed the planned relaxation of Sunday trading hours and a national living wage in the Summer Budget.

United Biscuits Sweeet campaign turns to breakfast

A flying squirrel with jet-pack is the latest character being used to advertise United Biscuits (UB) products with the relaunch of McVitie’s Breakfast range. 

Budget
George Osborne will reveal plans in today's Budget
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Union slams Sunday all-day trading plans

The GMB union has lashed out at government plans to introduce all-day trading on Sundays in the biggest reform of opening hours for 20 years. 

Royals open Welsh Baking Academy

The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall officially opened a new £4m Baking Academy and Innovation Centre built by the Village Bakery at Wrexham Industrial Estate yesterday.

Nostalgia a driver in confectionery, claims Canadean

Six out of 10 consumers go for confectionery that reminds them of their childhood.

Gunstones bakery workers to strike

Eleventh-hour talks at Gunstones bakery have failed to avert secondary strike action, after the union dubbed a proposed pay offer from management “unacceptable”.

M&S enjoys Q1 food sales increase

Marks & Spencer has seen food sales rise in its first quarter, while it remains on track to open 90 new Simply Food stores this year.

Shopping
Grocery basket price rises
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Price of grocery basket rises

Prices for the UK’s most popular grocery products have risen for the first time in more than six months. 

Insomnia
Insomnia has added a wrap line to its Food for Life range
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Insomnia adds to Food for Life line

Irish coffee shop chain Insomnia has added more lines to its Food for Life range. 

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