Weight Watchers to get its just desserts

Greencore has revealed it is planning to launch a range of Weight Watchers branded chilled desserts within the next two months. The products are currently undergoing development in the firm's cakes and desserts facility in Hull.

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Preservatives in bread are seen by bakers as key in delaying spoilage. But while consumers, the media and retailers generally regard convenience as a good thing, they share a negative perception of preservatives.

Barilla sells off bakery division

Italian pasta company Barilla has put its German subsidiary Kamps Bakeries up for sale, six years after acquiring in a deal worth around E1.8bn.

Legislation watch

From 6 April, 2008, both private and public sector organisations can be held responsible for corporate manslaughter and companies of any size could face an unlimited fine if found guilty.

Sultana supplies face short-term shortage

UK bakeries have faced a 15% rise in the price of sultanas over the last two months amid warnings that supplies from Turkey could dry up by early summer - three months before the next harvest.

The Worshipful Company

of Bakers held its second annual ladies' lunch last week presided over by the Master of the Company John Renshaw (centre). Guests included, from left to right, Jill Renshaw; the Lady Mayoress of the City of the London, Theresa Lewis; Dee Cassey, marketing manager of California Raisins and Sylvia Macdonald of British Baker. The event was held at Bakers Hall in the City close to where the Great Fire of London was started, allegedly at a bakery. The Lady Mayoress spoke of her empathy with bakers as she too runs a business and works with her hands - creating pottery. The fire, however, is confined to her kiln. The Worshipful Company funds bakery education through scholarships and sponsorships.

More time for awards entries

The deadline for entries to the Baking Industry Awards has been extended to Friday, 16 May.

Trademark bid leads to 'gingerbread war'

Cumbrian bakery The Gingerbread Shop says it will have to wait until August to find out if its application to trademark the term 'Grasmere gingerbread' has been successful, after objections from a local cafe owner.

Baker wins scholarship at New York institute

A Scottish craft baker has won a £9,400 scholarship to study traditional artisan bakery techniques in New York.

Soaring euro adds to pressure on struggling baking industry

Bakers and suppliers who source ingredients, finished products and machinery from Europe say they are under increasing pressure from the strong euro.

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