January

UBUK updates for 2009

United Biscuits (UBUK) is making several changes to its product range. The go ahead! brand is to be relaunched in 2009, with a £3m campaign aimed at capitalising on the trend for healthier snacks. UBUK will also increase the prominence of the brand's green colour scheme and plans to use the GDA labelling device on the packs.

Impress focuses on quality

Independently-run firm Impress Sandwiches has launched its new range in response to an increasing demand for premium quality and added-value sandwich products from catering and retail operators.

Nescafé broadens coffee remit

Nescafé has launched a bigger coffee offering for retailers who want to make more of their coffee sales. Go Large has been designed by Nestlé Professional to meet consumer demand for larger hot beverage sizes.

Future view

"At the moment, things haven't slowed down that much in terms of basic food sales and petrol is cheaper than it was six months ago. From a general trade point of view, we have to be careful not to talk ourselves down too much. We have to keep positive and keep doing what we know we can do well; we are in a better position than many trades.

Scrummie deal for Northern

Matthew Walker is to launch a new sponge pudding range in Tesco and Sainsbury's. The Scrummie puddings from the Northern Foods-owned business consist of five varieties, each topped with a different sauce.

Warburtons' Easter loaf

Warburtons' Hot Cross Bun Loaf is to feature on the shelves of retailers once more from January. It will be available in a 400g format, made with sultanas and currants within sweet and mildly spiced glazed bread.

Consumer watch Men and children first?

As we all know, the out-of-home market has grown substantially over the last 10 years and both chains and independent outlets have enjoyed a period of high consumer "affluence". But what happens when finances get tight and the first thing to be cut is discretionary spending, such as the out-of-home eating and drinking that has fuelled this growth?

Stacking up the cookies

Sugden, which specialises in hot plate baking equipment, has launched the Forpak 'Grouper' Stacker Model GS range, following the formation of a strategic partnership with the Forpak Division of US-based company MultiSource.

Dawson Foodservice makes Comenda-ble dishwasher

Dawson Foodservice equipment has launched a new dishwasher for 2009. The Comenda XLC has been designed for coping with the washing-up needs of medium or large catering operations. It can be used to wash plates, cutlery, glasses, cups, trays and bake-ware.

Firm keeps lid on hazardous dusts

Manufacturer Dustcontrol UK is offering a range of air cleaners and vacuum cleaning systems for the bakery market, to guard against the dangers of airborne particles to bakers' health.

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