February

Walker's updates Sensations

Crisps and snacks manufacturer Walker's has redesigned the packaging of its Sensations crisps brand as part of a multi-million-pound campaign to drive the brand's growth.

Reporting in

Alex Waugh

Starbucks fights back in US with value meal deals

Starbucks announced this week, that it would be introducing breakfast meal deals in its US stores for $3.95, in response to the financial pressures faced by its customers.

'Traditional bread' sales break £200m in ISBs

Last year saw the revival of traditional bread and rolls selling through supermarket in-store bakeries (ISBs), with sales of traditional breads breaking through the £200m barrier.

In Short

== Subway on a roll ==

Esquires Coffee Houses expands on UK franchise

Esquires Coffee Houses UK has announced plans to grow its franchise by another eight stores in the UK, by summer 2009.

Budget report

Alistair Darling revealed his plans for the UK economy in his first ever budget this week, but how will the baking industry be affected? See 21 March British Baker

48%

...the extra cost consumers pay for healthy foods such as wholemeal bread and brown rice compared with less healthy options; this has gone up from 18% in 1988, according to a survey published in Food Magazine

Feb 29

“We’ll do our damndest to be the lowest priced [grocer]. We will be as aggressive as possible with prices. I’m not going to squeeze suppliers, but I am going to be very assertive.”

On vegetarianism

Dr Allinson refused to eat meat as a point of principle, and that principle was safeguarding the health of his bowels. If you’re thinking of turning veggie for ethical reasons, then think again.

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