September

McDonald's moves into cafés in Japanese market

Some 1,190 Japanese customers queued in Tokyo for more than two hours last week to get into a new café-style eatery, serving sandwiches and croissants with vegetable soups from McDonald's.

International Activity

The International Grains Council has said that, in the EU in particular, the price of wheat has surged to new heights.

Lion set to snare Nordic firm

Weetabix owner Lion Capital is on the brink of clinching a multi-million-pound deal to buy one of Scandinavia and the Baltic region's leading breadmakers, Vaasan & Vaasan.

Cheques in decline as payment method

The number of retail customers writing out cheques for goods has plummeted by almost a half in Britain during the past decade - faster than in any other sector, a report by the UK payments association APACS has revealed.

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T here is one overriding story this summer: wheat and commodity price increases. They have affected the interim results of Premier (pg 4) and they have affected every strand of bakery. I have taken more phone calls and comments about this subject recently than anything else. It has made people wary because the situation is fluid - not finite - and further price increases cannot be ruled out.

Alex Waugh director general of nabim

The UK harvest is now estimated to be 80-85% complete. There is little left to do in the south, although there are still fields to be cut further north and in the west.

Best of British at German fair

Bakery companies will be showcasing the best of British at this year's Anuga trade show in Cologne, Germany.

BB's installs training for own facilities

Café chain BB's Coffee & Muffins is scaling up its training facilities with the launch of a new academy in Ireland.

Ingredients Watch

US-based bakery brand Dunkin' Donuts said that it has developed a new oil in order to create donuts free from trans fats.

Poll reveals deregulation favour

Some 57% of our readers are in favour of bread weights being deregulated, according to the latest poll on British Baker's website [http://www.bakeryinfo.co.uk], with the remaining 43% against the proposals.

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