Ingredients

Eggs
Egg price is increasing following US bird flu outbreak
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US bird flu increases pressure on egg prices

Fears are growing that egg prices could rise as European supplies are sent to the US after a massive bird flu outbreak. 

Costcutter
Costcutter's own-label sandwich range has hit the market
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Costcutter introduces own-label sandwiches

Costcutter is introducing sandwiches, wraps and rolls to its own-label Independent range. 

Bramley apple pie filling given protected status

Traditional Bramley apple pie filling has joined the Cornish Pasty in being given protected status by the European Commission.

The doughnut effect: preserves firm benefits from bakery trend

A rise in popularity of filled bakery products such as doughnuts has sparked business growth in a Manchester-based preserves company.

Obesity
Obesity is a growing problem
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US professor identifies “harmful” ingredients

Bakery ingredients such as emulsifiers, fat and sugar could be creating harmful cycles within the human body, new evidence has shown.

Olive oil
Olive oil prices are still rising
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Olive oil prices jump 10%

Extra virgin olive oil prices are up almost 10%, with little sign of the sourcing situation improving.

Soil Association defends Not In Our Bread campaign

The Soil Association says that the Federation of Bakers (FOB) is “wrong” for branding its Not In Our Bread campaign as “misleading”.

SACN consults on Vitamin D intake

The Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (SACN) has published draft recommendations on vitamin D, finding that the UK is not getting enough in winter.

EFSA wheat pesticide review will consider carcinogen claims

The European Food Safety authority (EFSA) is officially reviewing the risks of pesticide glyphosate, and will consider new research suggesting it is “probably carcinogenic”.

Sugar
Action on Sugar says lower intake recommendations are not going low enough
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Action on Sugar: government has not gone far enough

Campaigners have called on the government to go further than its own recommendations – and have demanded a 40% reduction of sugar in food and drink by 2020. 

Competition body clears path for Bako merger

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has cleared the anticipated merger of Bako North Western and Bako Scotland.

Tim Davies, chief executive of Carr's
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Carr’s reports positive growth for food division

Carr’s Group has seen volumes in its food division up ahead of last year, despite the “challenging” market.

MD Peter Tichbon collected the accolade
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Edme scoops top business award

Edme Ingredients has won a Food and Farming Excellence Award for its investments and future potential.

Renewed calls for sugar tax

There has been a renewed call for a tax on sugar – with the British Medical Association (BMA) suggesting 20% be levied on sugary drinks.

Fire crews attend the blaze at British Bakels in Bicester
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Production unaffected by blaze at Bakels

British Bakels is back in full production following a fire in its powder plant.

Callebaut’s European sales buck the global chocolate trend

Global chocolatier Barry Callebaut has seen sales volumes rise in Europe - outperforming the declining global chocolate confectionery market.

Kerr Concentrates products can be added to baked goods
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Ingredion extends ‘clean-label’ offering with acquisition

Global ingredient solutions company, Ingredion Incorporated, has announced it will acquire Kerr Concentrates for around $100m (£65m).

Maltings firm welcomes students on food science project

Edme has hosted several groups of students at its Mistley-based maltings, as it continues to support education in food science.

Ingredients firm raises money for cancer

Bakery ingredients company Ireks UK has launched a new fundraising campaign for Macmillan Cancer Support.

Jon Gatfield has left Rank Hovis after just five months
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Rank Hovis boss departs

The managing director of flour miller Rank Hovis has left the business just five months after joining.

Irish ingredients firm celebrates 70 years with £750k spend

Andrew Ingredients has invested £750k in new facilities, which it will open in line with its 70 years of business celebrations.

gluten free
The free from category has plenty of growth left
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Gluten-free set for more aggressive growth

The meteoric rise of gluten-free is set to continue for at least three years before starting to plateau. 

Genius
Genius social media hit hard over contaminated products fall-out
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Genius faces consumer backlash on social media

‘Gluten-free’ brand Genius is facing the backlash as consumers say their piece following the recall of 25 products made at its Bathgate bakery. 

Genius
Genius gluten-free crumpets were one of 25 products to be contaminated
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Genius recalls five more lines over contamination fears

Five more supermarket own-label products have been recalled by gluten-free label Genius following a contamination issue revealed earlier this week. 

Genius crumpets
Genius crumpets are one of the items recalled following gluten contamination
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Genius 'gluten-free' products recalled by supermarkets

A number of Genius-branded and own-label gluten-free products have been recalled after it was found they are contaminated with gluten. 

Protein bakery facility planned

The Protein Works is to invest a significant sum of money into a new protein-focused bakery facility in Cheshire. 

Sugar
Ian Wright of the FDF has written tot he NHS over its obesity concerns
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FDF pens open letter after NHS's "demonisation" of sugar

The director general of the Food and Drink Federation (FDF) has published an open letter to the NHS complaining of its “demonisation” of sugar. 

Sales climb to nearly €1bn for Aryzta

Aryzta, the Swiss-based bakery group behind brands like Delice de France and Otis Spunkmeyer, saw its third-quarter revenue climb 13.2% to nearly €1bn. 

Real Good Food: bakery and cakes showing growth

Real Good Food plans to focus on its cake decorating and bakery arm, the company revealed this morning.

Olive oil shortage threat

Soaring olive oil prices and the looming threat of shortages caused by poor harvests in Italy and Spain could force speciality bread bakers to increase prices.

Tate & Lyle
Tate & Lyle sees profits plunge 30%
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Tate & Lyle suffers ‘challenging year’

Full-year profit and earnings at sucralose producer Tate & Lyle have taken a hit after a “very challenging year”. 

Harvest
Wheat harvest is looking smaller for 2015 crop
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Preliminary forecasts for US wheat crop

Early indications suggest that the US will be looking at a “slightly smaller” wheat crop this coming harvest with knock-on effects for the UK. 

Kudos
Kudos shortlisted for leavening agent award
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Bakery ingredients firm shortlisted for export award

Ingredients supplier Kudos Blends is a finalist in the Exporter of the Year category at the Herefordshire and Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce Business Awards. 

Delifrance
Delifrance's third place sandwich used acidic and sweet flavours
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‘Inspired’ sandwich contest winners revealed

Délifrance has awarded winners of its first international ‘inspired’ sandwich competition for young talent. 

BFP appoints new chief executive

Bakery ingredients supplier BFP Wholesale has appointed a new chief executive, it was revealed today.

Chicken sandwich
Chicken is still the most popular flavour in sandwiches
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Sandwiches take healthy share of food-to-go

Sandwiches account for a 20.2% share of the total food-to-go category worth £4.4bn, according to new data from the British Sandwich Association (BSA). 

Sandwich
Not enough meat-free sandwich options, says study
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Healthier sandwich choices needed

Food manufacturers are failing to provide healthier sandwich options for people trying to eat well, according to a new survey. 

Jill Richardson (l) and Emma Pitt-Steele with Edme's Technical Baker, Richard Ball
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Edme shows support for coeliacs

Ingredients company Edme is supporting Coeliac Awareness Week, following the instalment of its gluten-free mill earlier this year.

Thorntons suffers sales decline, despite better Easter

Sales at chocolate company Thorntons have dropped in both its retail and FMCG divisions, as the firm has lost orders from a commercial customer.

Napier Brown to sell for £34m

Real Good Food is to sell its sugar distribution business Napier Brown for £34m to Tereos, the world’s fifth-largest sugar group.

Great North Pie Co. takes Supreme Champion title

A chicken, mushroom, English mustard and cream pie made by Great North Pie Co. has taken home the title of Supreme Champion at this year’s world-renowned British Pie Awards. 

Pret A Manger
Pret A Manger posts strong year-end results
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Pret A Manger reveals strong full-year performance

Sandwich chain Pret A Manager has reported a 9.7% increase in like-for-like sales in the 52 weeks to 1 January 2015. 

Puratos extends ingredients offer with Italian acquisition

Ingredients and bakery firm Puratos has acquired Italian ingredients specialist Bakery Future Lines (BFL), as it plans to expand production and meet consumer demand.

Wheat
British wheat could be half wiped out by 'Warrior' fungal strain
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Warrior disease poses threat to British wheat

British wheat could be in danger as it is thought a strain of fungal disease could wipe out half of this year’s crop. 

Real Bread Campaign launches bread week

Real Bread Week will kick off this May (9-15) to celebrate independent bakeries which bake ‘real bread’.

HGCA introduces crop disease projects

Three initiatives have been funded by cereals authority the HGCA to alert the industry to in-season disease pressures and maximise the value of crop-protectant sprays.

Simon Wooster, Edme's technical director chats with students Jodi Thomas and Max Watkins
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Ingredients firm delivers enzyme lesson to pupils

Malted ingredients producer Edme visited Manningtree High School to give an lesson on enzymes to students as part of British Science Week.

Dundee cake
PGI status ruling for Dundee cake will be announced soon
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PGI status ruling for Dundee cake is imminent

Those behind a campaign for Dundee cake to become a geographically protected product will soon find out whether they have been successful. 

Puratos
Puratos bread using S500
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Puratos marks 40 years of bread improver

Bakery ingredients firm Puratos has marked 40 years since the launch of its S500 bread improver. 

GM crop benefits detailed in new study

A major cereals levy board has outlined the benefits of GM crops for both consumers and farmers.

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