November

The Forum of Private Business is urging consumers to avoid large shopping

centres this Christmas and, instead, buy their freshly baked products from small independent bakeries.

IGD agrees 8g/serving whole grain definition

An agreed definition and recommended level of inclusion for whole grains in foods has been put forward by UK food and grocery industry body IGD.

Ingredients watch

Antioxidant-rich chocolate, which can be used in bakery applications, helps heart health, according to new research from Japan.

Tim Smith inherits FSA chair

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has appointed a new chief executive. Tim Smith is the former head of UK dairy company, Arla Foods UK. He will take up his new post next March.

Dispute over bakery facing liquidation

Liquidators were called in to London wholesale bakery DM Holdings (UK) Ltd, trading as European Bakeries (UK), on 22 November, following a debacle over rent (British Baker, 23 November, pg 5).

Sainsbury's strikes flour deal for in-store bakery supply

Sainsbury's says it has struck a unique deal to supply its 360 in-store bakeries with traceable British flour, as part of an initiative to become what it calls "the best baker in town".

Food & Drink Expo adjoins BIE

Food & Drink Expo 2008, an exhibition for sourcing food and drink products and services from around the world, will run alongside Baking Industry Exhibition (BIE) at the Birmingham NEC from April 6-9 next year.

Show to go biennial

French bakery exhibition Europain is set to become a more frequent event, switching from every three years to every two, show organisers said at the launch of the 2008 exhibition.

Greencore profits hit by difficult summer trading

Convenience foods giant Greencore has become the latest supplier to complain that unseasonal summer weather and raw material cost inflation had hit its profits in 2007.

Briefs

n Bakery companies Walkers Shortbread and Honeytop Speciality Foods have been short-listed for the Food Exporter of the Year award and Small to Medium Business Food Exporter of the Year award, respectively, in the Food from Britain Awards 2007.

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