January

Ginsters updates line

Ginsters has refreshed its sandwich range for January, in a bid to offer a more compact and easy-to-manage option to retailers, while maximising choice in-store for consumers. The full portfolio will feature a core range of standard and deep-fill consumer favourites, including BLT, chicken salad, and cheese ploughman's, supported by a number of special edition options. These will initially include cheddar & bacon, New York deli-style beef, salmon & cucumber and cheddar & chilli jam.

Cracking the egg problem

Soaring inflation, massive bankers' bonuses, Tory government... 2011 is turning out to be so gloriously '80s-retro that an egg scare was, perhaps, an inevitability. What is more surprising is that it could even happen in 2011, given that manufacturing bakers have more traceability systems in place than you could shake a quiche at.

Global bakery news

According to foodnavigator.com the German bakery market is likely to see further consolidation as the dominance of small bakeries are unsustainable in the long-term, claimed the new director of the bakery ingredients division of Arla Foods, Søren Krarup. She said the time was ripe for larger companies domestic and foreign with better economies of scale to make a play for market consolidation in the German bakery sector.

Report

The food industry needs to change more radically in the coming decades than ever before, if it is to address the unprecedented challenges that lie ahead, warns a new government report.

Reporting in Is the industry making the most of the popularity wave?

In a previous Reporting In column I highlighted the importance for the baking industry of creating 'Brand Baker'. In the piece I aired the view that the industry needed to raise its profile and, in some way, make it stand out from the multitude of careers available, so that the recruitment of new blood into the profession became that much easier.

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Greencore enjoys rise

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BBC's bakery drama

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Gluten-free priorities

Sainsbury's new concept takes on takeaway market

Pret A Manger and EAT are facing the prospect of a powerful new competitor on the high street after Sainsbury's launched a standalone takeaway food shop called Fresh Kitchen.

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Pret activates PR

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