Ingredients

Firm requests FSA opinion on chia seeds approval in EU

A company has asked the Food Standards Agency’s (FSA) expert advisers on novel foods to consider approving chia seeds for use in the European Union under the simplified approval procedure.

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Lallemand yeast approval
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Research shows many are deficient of the vitamin
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Lallemand gains approval for vitamin D yeast

A baker’s yeast, rich in vitamin D, has been approved by the European Commission on June 24th

Unicorn begins selling ingredients to China

Ingredients company Unicorn has started selling into China after recently being approved as a food importer and agent to the Chinese market.

Salt pledge 2017
Lantmännen Salt pledge 2017
The 2017 pledge hopes to achieve an average intake of 6g per day for adults.
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Lantmännen is first to sign up to 2017 salt pledge

Leading bakery and finished goods supplier Lantmännen Unibake UK is the first to commit to the Department of Health 2017 salt pledge.

Raise wins Virgin Atlantic birthday deal

Family-run Sussex-based bakery Raise has won a one-off contract to supply cupcakes for Virgin Atlantic’s 30th birthday celebrations on 22 June.

New European warehouse boosts packaging firm’s sales

Mariani Packing, the largest independently-owned producer and packer of dried fruit in the world, said it had seen increased sales since the opening of its European warehouse.

Campaigners call for sugar tax

Campaign group, Action on Sugar has called on the government to introduce a sugar tax and to reduce added sugars by 40% by 2020.

CSM joins Federation of Bakers

CSM UK, the bakery ingredients supplier, has joined the Federation of Bakers (FoB) as an associate member.

Premier Foods enters into JV for £16m beverages and desserts business

Premier Foods has entered into another joint venture (JV) to manufacture powdered beverages and desserts worth around £16m.

Companies join forces for American Sweet Bakery Week

California Raisins has teamed up with Dawn Foods to make a splash with its National American Sweet Bakery Week (1 to 7 July).

Village Bakery recognised as top employer at awards

Welsh craft bakery the Village Bakery was named runner-up in Wales’ VQ Employer of the Year awards.

Bacheldre Watermill for sale for £1.4m

An award-winning watermill business, which supplies organic and traditional flours and bread mixes, has been placed on the market for £1.4m. 

Entries invited for FreeFrom awards

The FreeFrom Eating Out Awards are open for entry across seven categories including cafés and coffee shops.

Attempts to exempt fortified flour from new labelling unlikely

The Federation of Bakers (FoB) said there was no sign that the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) could exempt fortified flour from EU Food Information Regulation labelling rules, despite a new consultation.

Wholesaler Booker posts sales growth

Wholesale giant Booker this morning unveiled like-for-like sales growth of 2.1% - as it said it continued to strive to give customers an ‘improved choice’.

Poor weather causes surge in cinnamon prices

EHL Ingredients has reported a global surge in prices for cassia cinnamon following heavy rainfall in south-east Asia.

Caffeina brings taste of Italy to London

Italian company Caffeina has opened its first site in London.

Surge in number of coeliac sufferers

The number of people diagnosed with coeliac disease in the UK has increased fourfold since 1990, new results show.

Coffee#1 enjoys 55% rise in sales

Rapidly growing coffee shop chain Coffee#1 saw sales grow by 55% last year as it continued to open new outlets.

Curly Whirly Cake achieves Eurovision limelight

Konditor & Cook’s Curly Whirly Cake has gone viral after it appeared on Eurovision 2014.

Dawn plans American bakery week

Dawn Foods is to launch a new national bakery week as part of its American bakery campaign.

Chocolate supplier sets out ambitious expansion plan

Belocade is investing €21m (£17.1m) in an expansion that will increase capacity by 50% amid plans to grow turnover to €5bn by 2030.

Pieminister chooses Brazilian theme

Bristol firm Pieminister has released a Brazil-inspired pie in time for this year’s Football World Cup.

Waitrose introduces new-style bakery counters

Waitrose has launched new-look bakery and patisserie counters in 12 branches, selling coffee, cakes and pastries to take away or eat in.

Rascals change to Scallywags in Yorkshire scone stand-off

A Yorkshire bakery claims it has been forced to change the name of one of its best-selling scones after a request by famous tearoom and bakery Bettys & Taylors of Harrogate.

Morrisons’ share price takes a hit as sales drop

Morrrisons saw like-for-like sales tumble 7.1% in the 13 weeks to 4 May – a bigger fall than many analysts were expecting.

Pret bullish as it reports 15% sales increase

Pret A Manger has reported a 15% rise in sales as it continues to expand across the UK.

Tesco ISB staff react angrily to closure plans

Reports of Tesco’s plans to close more than 100 in-store bakeries has been met with anger from staff.

Timeline: Euphorium Bakery & Tesco

Following the news that Tesco plans to close more than 100 in-store bakeries, British Baker looks back at the development of the Euphorium Bakery.

Aldi and Lidl hold strong as competition heats up

Once again, Aldi and Lidl have continued to dominate market share, while market growth hit its lowest level in 11 years.

Silver environment award for Maple Leaf

Maple Leaf Bakery UK has been recognised at the Zero Waste Awards 2014.

Tesco to close 100 in-store bakeries

Tesco is set to close more than 100 in-store bakeries affecting 600 staff.

London sees arrival of gourmet doughnut firm

New artisan doughnut concept Crosstown Doughnuts has launched today in London with a market stall.

Bakels bring out retro doughnut fillings

A new range of retro flavoured doughnut fillings has been launched by Bakels to coincide with the start of National Doughnut Week. 

Innovation is key, says Warburtons

Product innovation is the key to Warburtons’ survival within the market, according to its chairman.

Morecambe Football Club scoops British Pie Award

Morecambe Football Club has been named Supreme Champion at the British Pie Awards 2014.

Interbake designs own depositor

Interbake, the bakery equipment supplier, has designed its own depositor and claims it is set to boost the company’s profits by 50%.

Folic acid decision delayed

The government will delay its decision to reintroduce folic acid into flour until 2015.

Bachmann’s in finals of excellence awards

Former Baking Industry Awards winner Bachmann’s Patisserie and Chocolate Creations has been made a finalist in the Annual Awards of Excellence (AAE) 2014.

Pieter Totte, executive chairman of The Real Good Food Company
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Sugar dispute blow for The Real Good Food Company

Bakery ingredients supplier The Real Good Food Company (RFGC) has warned that an ongoing dispute with British Sugar will hurt its underlying profits.

Arla VP to step down

Global dairy company Arla Foods Ingredients has announced UK executive vice-president Peter Lauritzen will step down after seven years in the role.

Orchard Valley Foods buys food ingredients firm

Orchard Valley Foods has acquired a rival company in a deal which it said will boost sales to more than £20m a year.

Brixton prisoners to learn art of coffee-making

Inmates at a London prison are to learn coffee-making skills to help find employment upon release.

Coeliac charity urges multiples to act on gluten-free

Charity Coeliac UK has launched a campaign urging supermarkets to improve the availability of gluten-free foods in their smaller stores.

UK’s chocolate consumption habits revealed

Consumed one too many Easter eggs this weekend? New research has revealed that eight million British consumers eat chocolate every day.

Easter boosts cake decorating sales at Waitrose

Waitrose has reported a 20% increase in cake decorating sales, thanks to the Easter school holidays.

Burton's ploughs £14.75m into factory investment

Burton’s Biscuit Company will invest £14.75m in its manufacturing operation to support business growth.

Scottish firm relocates silo in expansion drive

Scottish manufacturer Brownings the Bakers is relocating its flour silo as part of a £1.3m expansion plan.

Carr’s reaps benefits of new mill

Milling group Carr's said its new Kirkcaldy flour mill was already boosting performance in its food division as it posted half-year results today.

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