December

Coffee kiosk firm Puccino’s enters administration

Coffee kiosk and cafe operator Puccino’s Ltd has gone into administration, following the sale of leases for 43 of its units to Puccino’s Worldwide. Its 29 remaining units ceased trading immediately.

UK coffee shops set to grow despite recent casualties

The UK coffee shop sector has remained resilient in recession despite a number of key players having gone into administration, but slower growth is forecast for 2010, according to a new report.

Festive season prompts bakery donations

A raft of baked goods are to be donated to charities for the homeless, as the festive season puts people in a giving mood.

Craft bakery Hobbs House has teamed up with FareShare, a national charity based in Bristol, which tackles the issues of food and waste poverty, so that its unsold loaves go towards the cause.

CASH criticises retailers on high festive salt levels

Consensus Action on Salt and Health (CASH) has slammed supermarkets, coffee shops and sandwich chains for selling Christmas bakery products that contain high levels of salt.

Finsbury to cut production at Memory Lane

Production is to be cut at Finsbury Food Group’s premium cake business Memory Lane Cakes, as sales continue to fall in the recession.

The bread, cake and morning goods manufacturer said production at the Cardiff business is likely to be cut from seven to five days a week.

CASH criticises retailers on high festive salt levels

Consensus Action on Salt and Health (CASH) has slammed supermarkets, coffee shops and sandwich chains for selling Christmas bakery products that contain high levels of salt. 

The pressure group, which argues that salt is responsible for raising blood pressure and increasing the risk of strokes and heart disease, surveyed 87 products in seasonal ranges. These included sandwiches,
salads, pies and desserts.

The highest salt product found on the high street was the Christmas Full Works Sandwich from EAT, which contained 4.2g salt per portion, over two-thirds of the daily maximum salt intake for adults.

Other sandwiches with high salt levels included Marks & Spencer’s Three Wise Sarnies (3.07g), the Co-op Festive Triple (2.6g) and Subway Chicken and Stuffing (2.5g).

CASH was also critical of some sweet treats, pointing out that a Costa Christmas Chocolate cake had 0.94g salt per portion – the equivalent of nearly two packets of crisps.

“The huge level of salt seen in some of the products is particularly shocking when you consider that many children may be eating these products,” said Katharine Jenner, nutritionist and CASH campaign manager. “To offer new high-salt options on the menu, when the nation is trying to reduce its salt intake, is quite simply irresponsible.”

Rowe’s set to grow Asda concessions

Cornish craft bakery chain Rowe’s has announced it is set to open a further two concessions in Asda stores in the south west.

“On the back of the success of our Rowe’s branded concession within Asda, St Austell, we are set to open two new concessions at the Asda stores in Plymouth and Falmouth,” confirmed Paul Pearce, director of marketing.

Rowe’s first concession opened in July this year, and was Asda’s first in-store savoury bakery concession. “We will be recruiting approximately 20 new staff members in total and we anticipate opening in the Plymouth and Falmouth Asda stores in the early part of 2010,” added Pearce.

“Rowe’s is delighted to be continuing to expand our partnership with Asda and we’re looking forward to working together at both new locations.”

Rowe’s has supplied breads, cakes and pastries to Asda’s in the West Country for the past 15 years. It also supplies frozen unbaked savouries nationally for both the in-store bakeries and Asda Cafés.

Rowe’s set to grow Asda concessions

Cornish craft bakery chain Rowe’s has announced it is set to open a further two concessions in Asda stores in the south west.

Bakery firms help FDF reach carbon reduction targets

UK food and drink manufacturers have reduced their carbon emissions by 19% – the equivalent of one million tonnes – since 1990, announced the Food and Drink Federation (FDF).

Konditor & Cook opens new Southbank outlet

Upmarket cake shop and café chain Konditor & Cook has opened its sixth outlet near London’s Southbank.

Located on Stamford Street, the shop’s layout is inspired by “a new take on the domestic kitchen”, which has been designed to showcase its best-known cakes and savouries.

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