Facing up to the healthier british male

Can pasties 'face' the challenge of cosmetic surgery? Before we answer this eyebrow-raising question, here are some interesting facts to consider:

International activity

The Netherlands is to launch carbon-based packaging tax, the first of its kind in Europe. The tax will be based on the estimated CO2 emissions produced in making particular packaging.

Buoyant performance for retailers in third quarter

Two-thirds of retailers (62%) listed on the London Stock Exchange issued positive trading statements in the third quarter of 2007, with 100% of all food and drink retailers reporting an increase in like-for-like sales, according to a new report.

Tate & Lyle sells Mexican assets

Tate & Lyle Mexico is selling its 49% stake in Grupo Industrial Azucarero de Occidente to ED&F Man Holdings, owner of Man Sugar, for US$93m (£46m), subject to shareholder and competition authority approval.

Greggs rolls out trial ideas across UK sites

Greggs has started to roll out ideas it has been trialling at four stores around the UK, following some "quite encouraging" results.

Mike Holling, president, NAMB

"Summer? What summer?" is the general thought for 2007. What we will remember is the flooding that devastated businesses and displaced communities in some parts of the country.

Visitor profile for Starbucks

What is the profile of the typical Starbucks customer? That was question posed by the IGD in its recent Café Culture report.

Genesis products

Northern Ireland bakery Genesis Breads has awarded a three-year contract to IPP Logipal to supply pallets from its Portadown depot for delivering the plant baker's products to major retailers in the UK and Ireland.


This week's issue of British Baker contains a reader research form and I would be most grateful if you could take a few minutes to fill it in. It will tell us what you want to see more of, less of and any new directions you want us take the magazine in or whether you would rather we leave it pretty much as it is at the moment. We really do value your readership and your opinion.

Morrisons takes up regional approach

Morrisons has become the first major multiple to introduce a range of regional breads baked in-store from locally grown wheat.

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