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Tale of two export markets: cake booms as bread falls

Exports of UK-produced cakes have soared almost 20% year on year in the past quarter – but bread exports have slumped 15%.

Synergy may have the solution to butter shortage issue

Flavouring specialist Synergy has created a range of dairy solutions that can enhance mouthfeel and dairy notes in bakery products where butter may have been reduced.

‘Low prices of SMP have reduced the profitability of butter’

Michael Liberty, market analyst at Mintec, on the background to today’s soaring butter prices – and what the future might hold

10 steps to ‘best Brexit outcome’ for food industry

Food industry groups including the Federation of Bakers and the National Association of British and Irish Flour Millers have set out 10 Brexit negotiation priorities to protect the food and farming sector.

Tackling industry skills shortage ‘never more urgent’, warns FDF

More support is needed from government to tackle the skills shortage in the food and drink industry, a new report by the Food & Drink Federation has urged.

US winter wheat plantings lowest in more than 100 years

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

Bakery associations warn government food prices will rise without EU workers

A number of bakery associations are among a list of 30 food representatives that have signed an open letter calling on the government to reassure EU workers about their right to work in the UK.

Autumn Statement: FDF boss Ian Wright responds

FDF director general Ian Wright has said an effective partnership between the industry and government has “never been more important”.

Spending on everyday essentials is flat, found Deloitte
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What Brexit blues? Consumer confidence rises to five-year high

While Brexit has shaken the confidence of many business leaders, low inflation has helped consumers shrug off such concerns, according to a new survey.

What could Brexit mean for the UK wheat industry?

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

Prime Minister reveals family recipe for scones

Prime Minister Theresa May has revealed her favourite family scone recipe in an interview with the Sunday Times.

Carotino Group launches two new varieties to Baker’s Friend

The London-based Carotino Group has launched two new varieties of the new bakery product, Baker’s Friend.

Consumer spending soars to 13-month high in August

The latest Barclaycard consumer spending data has reached a 13-month high of 4.2%, a counteraction from muted growth of 2.6% in July.

Brakes reveals new pricing strategy

Foodservice wholesaler Brakes has revealed a new and more transparent pricing strategy, which will go live in November following extensive pilots.

FDF reveals rise in UK exports to non-EU countries

The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) has announced British food and drink exports are up by 6.2% in the first half of 2016 compared to the same period last year, following the fall of the pound since Brexit.

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.

Supermarket sales below £100bn for first time in six years

Supermarket sales have decreased below £100bn for the first time since 2010 as the price war continues in the UK grocery sector.

Bakkavör enjoys Q2 revenue increase

International food manufacturer Bakkavör has seen revenues rise 3.2% to £438.7 million in its second-quarter (Q2) results for the 13 weeks ended 25 June 2016, compared with the same 2015 period.

Baker takes steps to counter Brexit effect

Britain’s only organic gluten-free bakery is looking to expand into Europe in a bid to combat escalating costs caused by Brexit.

Grocery trade escapes immediate Brexit fallout

Brexit has had little impact on grocery share figures, according to the latest data from research firm Kantar Worldpanel.

Cadbury cake drives Premier’s sweet treats

Premier Foods, the manufacturer of Mr Kipling and Cadbury cakes, has delivered sales growth of 1.9% for the 13 weeks ended 2 July 2016.

Carr’s reports 1.6% rise in food

Carr’s Group, the agriculture, food and engineering business, has issued a trading update for the year ending 3 September 2016, with performance in line with the board’s expectations.

Finsbury Food Group reports near 25% sales jump

Leading UK speciality bakery manufacturer Finsbury Food Group has reported a rise in sales revenue of 24.8% to £319.7m for the full financial year ended 2 July.

FDF appeals to May over Brexit

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.

Barclaycard reveals post-Brexit consumer data

The decision to leave the EU has not taken an effect on shoppers after Barclaycard data has shown that spending and retail sales increased during the second quarter.

Grocery prices see largest drop in over a year

Food prices saw their biggest fall for over a year last month as prices continued to drop, according to market analyst British Retail Consortium-Nielsen (BRC).

AHDB lays out EU trade implications post-Brexit

The Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) has released the first in a series of articles looking at the potential implications for the food industry of the UK’s decision to leave the EU.

M&S food sales down 0.9%

M&S’s food division has recorded a 0.9% fall in like-for-like (LFL) sales for the 13 weeks to 2 July. 

Brexit to overshadow obesity strategy?

Health campaigners fear the government will use the Brexit vote to divert attention from David Cameron’s childhood obesity strategy.

UK food prices to go up, says NFU

The National Farmers Union (NFU) has warned the UK leaving the EU will probably result in a short-term spike in the price of food, and has called for MPs to support farmers.

Costa considers Brexit impact as coffee prices rise

Costa Coffee owner Whitbread may rein back investment following the Leave win in last week’s referendum, while coffee prices could soon rocket due to severe droughts.

Square Pie predicted Brexit

Last week Hackney-based Square Pie successfully predicted the EU referendum result through sales of its pies in a Brexit Bake Off.

Brexit and what it means for bakers

Britain has voted to leave the EU. On the morning of the historic vote, British Baker spoke to industry representatives about what this might mean for bakers.

Pasties under threat?

The Cornish Pasty Association (CPA) has raised concerns that a Brexit could invalidate the PGI status that protects their products.

Costa boosts Whitbread performance

Whitbread-owned Costa Coffee has boosted the group’s overall Q1 performance for the 13 weeks to 2 June 2016, with total sales at the high street coffee chain up 11.5% to £414.3m and retail like-for-like (LFL) sales increasing by 2.6%.

Happy Bread found guilty of fraud

Bradford bakery firm Happy Bread has been found guilty of driving qualifications fraud.

Square Pie launches Brexit-themed pie poll

Square Pie has waded into the Brexit debate by launching a pie-themed poll to test the nation’s mood.

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.

ABF acquires majority Illovo stake for £262m

Kingsmill owner Associated British Foods (ABF) is to spend £262m to buy up the remaining stake in Illovo Sugar.

Bakers advised to secure dairy supplies

Bakers have been warned to lock in their dairy commodity prices, which are at a 10-year low.

Patisserie Holding’s Luke Johnson backs Brexit

The Vote Leave campaign group has published a list of 250 business leaders whom it says support Britain leaving the EU, including Luke Johnson, chairman of Patisserie Holdings.

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).

FDF opposes Brexit

The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) wants the UK to remain part of the European Union (EU), as 71% of its members “overwhelmingly endorse” staying in Europe.

Fairtrade sales up, but not sugar

The Fairtrade Foundation charity said that shoppers and businesses are choosing Fairtrade for most groceries, but not sugar.

European sugar crisis imminent?

A sugar supply crisis in Europe is almost certain, bakers have been warned.

Real Good Food’s share price falls 20%

Food ingredients and bakery supplier Real Good Food (RGF) saw share prices drop 20% after it warned that profits for the year would not hit market expectations.

Piero Scacco, director at Montana Bakery
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Montana Bakery suffers profit drop

Montana Bakery, the artisan wholesale bakery, has reported a slump in operating profit from £1.3m to £1.2m for the 12 months to 28 March 2015.

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.

The first publicly available advice on producing free-from products has been published
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First free-from food manufacturing advice published

The first publicly available guidance for food manufacturers aiming to produce free-from products has been published.

Public exposure to acrylamide could be higher than previously thought, says FSA
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FSA warns levels of cancer-chemical underestimated

The level of public exposure to the cancer-inducing chemical acrylamide could be higher than previously thought, due to people ignoring manufacturer cooking instructions.

ABF profits and revenues hit by commodity deflation and currency woes

Revenues and profit fell at Associated British Foods – the parent company of Kingsmill – as it was hurt by commodity deflation and currency difficulties.

Big brands join forces to call for trans-fat limit

Major food producers Mars, Kellogg’s, Nestlé and Mondelēz have thrown their weight behind a campaign to put a limit on trans-fats in food by signing an open letter to the European Commission.

British Lion Eggs’ Code of Practice reviewed

The British Egg Industry Council (BEIC) is preparing to relaunch its Lion Eggs Code of Practice at the end of this month, and has also lodged a trademark application for a logo for products such as quiche made with Lion eggs.

Bakery fat up by a third at New Britain Oils

Liverpool-based New Britain Oils has increased its bakery fats production capacity by 30% to cope with increasing demand for traceable, segregated palm-based products.

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Cornish pasty ‘invented in London’

A leading historian has claimed that the Cornish pasty was actually not founded in Cornwall.

Bramley apple pie filling given protected status

Traditional Bramley apple pie filling has joined the Cornish Pasty in being given protected status by the European Commission.

Scientists evaluate acrylamide comments

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has met to discuss the results of a recent consultation on the contaminant acrylamide.

HealthBread
HealthBread: spreading word on more nutritious baking techniques
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Project seeks to drive healthy bread technology across the EU

The EU HealthBread project intends to form an association to drive commercialisation of its healthy bread technologies and concepts across the Europe. 

UK consumer confidence declines

GfK has revealed a decline in consumer confidence this month.

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.

Foodex opens for baking industry

Foodex, the UK’s largest exhibition for food processing, packaging and logistics, opened yesterday and saw thousands of people pour through its doors.

New figures show latest world bread prices

The UK was among the cheapest countries in the world in which to buy bread last year, according to new figures from Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU).

Italy complains about “traffic light” food labelling

Italy has complained over the UK’s use of voluntary colour-coded food labels, claiming the system is discriminatory.

International climate change has greater UK impact

A new report has suggested that climate change abroad will have more of an impact on the UK than that from climate change at home.

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