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Whole Earth Sweetener Co launches in UK

Whole Earth Sweetener Co, which produces low-calorie sweeteners, has launched in the UK.

People who eat white bread are no less healthy, says new study

‘Cheap’ white bread is just as good for you as whole wheat sourdough, a new study has claimed.

Eurostar doubles chapati flour production

Yorkshire-based Eurostar Commodities will double the production of ‘healthy’ chapati flour, because it says sales since the launch a year ago have increased by 53%.

Signature Flatbreads extends healthy offering

Dunstable-based Signature Flatbreads has launched a new Deli Kitchen range, which it claims creates “new lunchtime sales opportunities” for retailers.

New sugar replacement for baking

Clean-label ingredients specialist Ulrick & Short has launched Avanté, a sugar replacement aimed at the bakery industry.

Should the NHS be paying £25m for gluten-free food?

Medical experts have been fiercely debating the £25m the NHS spends on prescription gluten-free food for coeliacs.

Dentists urge businesses to combat ‘cake culture’

Dentists say ‘cake culture’ – celebrating success or special occasions with sweet treats – has made the workplace a main site of sugar consumption for many Brits.

Health campaigners attack ‘shocking’ level of salt in crumpets

Crumpets have come under fire from health campaigners Consensus Action on Salt and Health (CASH), who found a single Warburtons’ Giant Crumpet contains more salt than three bags of ready salted crisps.

Use of non-wheat flours tipped to grow in 2017

Ingredients supplier EHL has predicted chickpea flour will be a major trend for the coming year.

FDF Awards open for applicants

The Food and Drink Federation is inviting entries for its annual awards.

Will these be the big food trends of 2017?

Modern versions of traditional favourites, plant-based recipes and waste reduction are expected to be major global food trends next year, according to a new study.

Cornelius joins with New Holland Extraction to develop into Europe

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

Baked goods must become less sweet or smaller says government

Restaurants have been ordered to cut the size of their puddings by the government, or face being named and shamed.

Edme extols benefits of sprouted grains

Ingredients supplier and manufacturer Edme is ramping up sales of its new Wholesoft concept in a bid to counteract declining sales of bread and bakery products and appeal to millennial consumers.

All M&S sandwiches to contain vitamin D

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

Scotland takes charge on childhood obesity challenge

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.

Department of Health set to introduce teaspoon measures on food packs

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.

Campaigners slam government obesity strategy

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.

Action on Sugar slams government obesity report

A leaked copy of David Cameron’s Childhood Obesity Strategy has prompted campaign group Action on Sugar (AoS) to call for its revision.

Spelt mix brand gains Ocado listing

Cathy's, an Irish spelt brand based in Co Wicklow, has secured a major listing with Ocado in the UK.

FDF warns against Action on Sugar

The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) has warned members not to engage with health charities on product reformulation.

Sugar tax to be extended?

The recently-announced levy on fizzy drinks has edged closer to the bakery sector, as it could soon affect cereals and snacks, according to a government health minister. 

New report claims fatty foods are healthy

New advice that eating more fat could be the answer to the nation’s obesity crisis has caused a furious backlash from senior UK nutritionists.

Haydens fined £40k

Wiltshire bakery firm Haydens Bakery, part of the Real Good Food Company, has been fined £40k for safety failings, after one of its workers was injured by a bowl mixer.

Gluten sensitivity is a growing problem

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

WHO takes aim at sugar

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

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). 

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.

Sugar is Brit’s biggest health concern, not fat

New research from market analyst, Mintel, has shown that we are more concerned about sugar than fat and calories.

Sugarwise – a solution to the sugar debate?

Today, (11 March) students at the University of Cambridge will announce details of a “ground-breaking free sugars test”.

New Hovis Sunflower & Pumpkin Seed loaf

Hovis’ special-edition loaf, which launches this month, has a seeded dough for extra crunch, is a source of protein and is rich in fibre. 

Sugar tax would save £10m a year

A tax on sugary drinks could prevent 3.7m obesity cases by 2025, according to Cancer Research UK and the UK Health Forum.

Report points to benefits of breakfast

Trying to lose weight? – Eat breakfast, according to research produced by the University of Bath.

Cornelius to expand range

Cornelius Group, an independent European distributor of raw materials and ingredients, will expand its health and nutrition offer across Europe.

Dawn Foods launches new pomegranate compound

A pomegranate compound is the latest addition to Dawn’s existing range of 20 compound flavours.

NHS England to tax sugary treats by 2020

NHS England is set to introduce a sugar tax on snacks and drinks sold in its hospitals in an effort to tackle the UK’s obesity crisis.

Review of the Year: Part 2

Sadly, 2015 could not all be about good news. It was a tough year for craft bakeries and even mighty brands like Hovis found themselves needing to cut costs. This was also the year the health debate around sugar erupted, with the full effect perhaps yet to be felt in 2016.

European stance on trans fats welcomed

Campaigners against trans fats (TFAs) in food have welcomed a report from the European Commission stating legal limits on their presence in food would be the most effective response to improve public health.

MPs back sugar tax, but industry fights back

A group of MPs has thrown its weight behind a proposed tax on sugary drinks to battle child obesity – along with other measures.

Department of Health to reassess potassium salt stance

Department of Health (DH) advice on using potassium salt is being revised as part of an effort to reduce public consumption of table salt.

A mouse infestation has shut down a Birmingham branch of Muffin Break
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Mouse infestation closes Birmingham Muffin Break

A recently opened branch of Muffin Break in Birmingham’s flagship Grand Central shopping mall was shut down due to mouse infestation yesterday (9 November).

Whitworths has revamped its packaging
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Whitworths revamps packaging

Fruit and nut retailer Whitworths has redesigned its packaging to capitalise on the expanding snacking and home-baking markets.

UK’s first crisp sandwich shop shuts down

The UK’s first crisp sandwich shop has closed down three months after opening, in a development blamed on the owner’s poor health.

Shoppers set own healthy-eating rules

Four out of five (80%) consumers do not trust the health advice they are given, according to The Waitrose Food and Drink Report 2015.

Delay on sugar report criticised

Campaigners have blasted a move to shelve a report which claimed a sugar tax would decrease purchases of the types of food and drinks blamed for Britain’s obesity crisis.

Greggs wins health award

Highstreet bakery chain Greggs has won the Health and Wellness Award at the IGD Awards 2015 for the positive health impact of its Balanced Choice range.

IGD: the health debate is at ‘tipping point’

The health debate around obesity has reached a “tipping point”. That is the view of Joanne Denney-Finch, chief executive of food and consumer goods research charity IGD. She told delegates at IGD’s Big Debate that the organisation’s analysis showed 56% of consumers were sceptical of nutrition advice.

Celebrity chef attacks sugar in new documentary

A new documentary by Jamie Oliver in which he urges the government to reduce the nation’s sugar intake is aired tonight.

New salt link to obesity

Obesity could be linked to a high salt intake – regardless of overall calorific consumption, a new study has found.

Cake and biscuits market in slow growth, but future positive

The biscuit and cake market has seen a “subdued” growth, threatened by home baking and competition between confectionery, health foods and ice cream products.

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Greggs' breakfast and low-calorie options are a success
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Greggs sales boom with breakfast demand

High street bakery giant Greggs has reported “a strong first half” as consumer demand for its low-calorie and breakfast options grows. 

Food and drink firms unite behind diet and health research

Food and drink manufacturers and retailers are helping to fund a £3.7m research project investigating the link between diet and health, which will ultimately inform new product development.

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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:

Hovis drives premium loaves in landmark campaign

Hovis is relaunching its Seeded and Granary ranges, in what it calls its biggest campaign since the new ownership.

Scientific Advisory Committee prepares to discuss carbs

A government nutrition board will meet next week to discuss the SACN Carbohydrates and Health report.

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Sugar is in the spotlight again
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Sugar debate reignites with new report

Health campaigners have released findings of higher concentrations of sugar in so-called ‘healthy’ snacks than in a bag of Haribo. 

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Georgia Kousoulou backs bread campaign
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TOWIE star joins pro-bread drive

The Federation of Bakers has teamed up with The Only Way is Essex (TOWIE) star Georgia Kousoulou to counter the perception among women that bread is unhealthy. 

TV's Peter Sidwell helps NHS with healthy offering

TV chef and judge on Britain’s Best Bakery Peter Sidwell is to help NHS Scotland in creating healthy bakery options in its coffee shop chain Aroma.

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Free-from store Holland & Barrett More has opened in Chester
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Holland & Barrett launches first of 50 free-from stores

Health store chain Holland & Barrett has today opened the country’s first-ever free-from concept store under the brand Holland & Barrett More. 

Bread fibre argument lacking, says expert

A leading nutritionist says the importance of fibre in food such as bread is “poorly recognised” - with the nutrition of a loaf “well below the radar”.

Dietary debate questions sat fat advice

Debate has sprung from claims that official guidance on saturated fats lacked solid evidence.

We Love Bread campaign
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We Love Bread: British Baker campaigns for the loaf

This is a call to arms. Bakers we need you to defend bread.

Dr Zaks high protein bagel
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Consumers clued up on protein health benefits

A new report has found that half of UK consumers are now aware of the health benefits protein can offer.

Shadow Health Secretary Andy Burnham would cap sugar fat and salt in products for kids
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Labour makes fats, salts and sugar pledge

Shadow Health Secretary Andy Burnham will announce that Labour would set a limit on fats, salt and sugar in food marketed to children, should they be elected.

Change4life say children are consuming too much sugar
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New health campaign targets sugar

A new government campaign which encourages parents to cut down the amount of sugar their children consume has been launched today.

Pizza has been criticised for its salt content
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Half of pizzas have more than recommended amount of salt

Half of all pizzas have more than the recommended level of salt – with some containing the equivalent of seven Big Macs.

Scottish bakers are working on reducing sugar and salt in products
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Scottish bakers prove inspiration for healthy recipe guide

Small to medium food producers, including bakers and butchers across Scotland, have been lowering the salt, fat and calorie content in products by as much as 50%. 

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Scientists say sugar is worse than salt
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Sugar ‘worse’ for health than salt, say researchers

Health experts have slammed sugar as being worse for blood pressure than salt. 

The low carb bakery will open this month
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Andre Agassi fronts expansion plans for healthy Bistro-deli in UK

Health food brand Update 1 is to launch its first UK Low Carb Bistro-Deli in London this month. 

Channel 4 Dispatches:
Supermarkets: The Real Price of Cheap Food aired on Monday
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Documentary highlights health and safety issues at honeytop bakery

Bakery supplier Honeytop Speciality Foods was featured on television’s Channel 4 after a reporter went undercover in the factory, allegedly discovering numerous health and safety breaches. 

MuscleFood.com healthy cookie
Healthy protein-enriched cookie from MuscleFood.com
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Online firm sees sell-out sales of ‘healthy’ choc chip cookie

An online retailer claims its protein-rich chocolate chip cookie can aid weight loss by keeping people fuller for longer.

Callebaut sales increase
Barry Callebaut:
The company have also opened a new factory and academy earlier this month
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Chocolate firm reports strong sales growth

Global chocolate producer Barry Callebaut saw sales increase by 22% to CHF4.3m (£2.8m) in the first nine months of its financial year.

Salt pledge 2017
Lantmännen Salt pledge 2017
The 2017 pledge hopes to achieve an average intake of 6g per day for adults.
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Lantmännen is first to sign up to 2017 salt pledge

Leading bakery and finished goods supplier Lantmännen Unibake UK is the first to commit to the Department of Health 2017 salt pledge.

Healthy ‘buzzwords’ mislead, says academic

Buzzwords on food packaging is duping consumers into believing the products are healthier than they are, an academic has claimed.

New call for sugar targets

The government should enforce sugar targets on the food industry, as it has with salt, according to a leading medical campaigner,

Research finds health is key to gluten-free

Health has become the main reason consumers purchase gluten-free products, according to a new survey.

New ‘lunch box’ guide to bust bread myths

The Federation of Bakers (FOB) has launched a new tongue-in-cheek guide to packing a lunchbox.

Sugar the main health target of 2014

A group of health experts and academics have pledged to tackle rising obesity by combating sugar.

Pie-maker guilty of health and safety breaches

Andrew Jones Pies has been found guilty of health and safety breaches, after an employee was killed in a gas explosion at its factory, it has been reported.

Food labelling plan launched

The government has announced plans for consistent front-of-pack food labelling, which will include traffic lights and guideline daily amounts (GDAs), to be introduced next year.

Global summit to promote UK food exports

A global summit and a showcase of food and drink was held yesterday in a bid to highlight the UK success story in exports.

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