May

Concern as dry weather threatens wheat yields

The UK's parched wheat fields are entering a 'critical' phase, with yields already down 10-15% and more dry weather on the way.

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Rise for biscuits

One more week for BIA entries

Late entries for this year’s Baking Industry Awards will be allowed one more week, so make sure you get them all in by Friday 27 May.

Biscuit sales break through £2bn mark

Sales of biscuits, cookies and crackers increased 22% over the past five years to reach a value of £2.2bn last year, according to a new report from Mintel.

Quiche market in slow progression

Sales growth in the chilled quiche market was sluggish last year, with consumers put off by the product’s dated image and uninspiring flavours.

Good to Go set to boost Waitrose offer

Bakery products will play a leading role in Waitrose’s new Good to Go food range, developed to support its move into the convenience store market.

Cost wins over taste when choosing a sandwich

Cost is the most important factor for consumers when choosing a sandwich at lunchtime, according to a new survey by YouGov.

Upper Crust launches first UK ad campaign

Baguette chain Upper Crust, part of the SSP group, has launched its first ever UK advertising campaign as part of a £250,000 marketing initiative.

Irish bakeries to come head-to-head in court

Two leading bakeries in the Irish Republic have gone to court, with one accusing the other of deliberately copying its packaging and producing a ‘look-alike’ brown bread.

Hot cross bun sales boost Greggs’ profits

Sales were strong at Greggs over the Easter period as the bakery retailer announced like-for-like growth of 0.8% for the 18 weeks to 7 May 2011.

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