Ingredients

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.

Hemant Gupte:
India office manager
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Unicorn Ingredients opens India office in strategic move

Ingredients supplier Unicorn Ingredients has opened an office in India, as it sets up for global growth.

FSA continues investigation into undeclared almond presence
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Paprika is probable culprit in bakery product recall

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has confirmed that a batch of paprika is “most likely” the source of undeclared almond protein in three food products that have been recalled. 

Romain Curnier:
will help London patisseries
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Zeelandia supports London clients with new account manager

Bakery ingredients supplier Zeelandia has employed a new account manager for clients around London, to offer extra support in product development.

Gluten-free suppliers urged to address fat content and cost

Sales of gluten-free bakery are booming, but manufacturers and retailers must do more to address issues such as cost, fat content and availability, said charity Coeliac UK.

Tate & Lyle issues new profit warning

Tate & Lyle, the international food ingredients, supplier has issued its third profit warning in a year.

Dee Light Bakery scoops Farm Shop & Deli Show award

The Dee Light Bakery in London has been named the Farm Shop & Deli Awards baker of the year.

Christophe Duchez, export director of Grands Moulins de Paris
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French flour prices rise after poor harvest

French millers have been forced to source strong wheat from Canada for the first time in decades, after heavy rain damaged the 2014 harvest.

Allied Bakeries announces 100% sustainable palm oil usage

Allied Bakeries, owner of brand Kingsmill, has announced that it will now be using 100% sustainably sourced palm oil.

Simon Wooster (l), Edme technical director with Peter Tichbon (r), Edme managing director outside the Gluten-Free Mill
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Edme opens new gluten-free facility

Edme, the bakery ingredients supplier and manufacturer, has opened a new gluten-free mill.

Dr Zaks high protein bagel
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Consumers clued up on protein health benefits

A new report has found that half of UK consumers are now aware of the health benefits protein can offer.

London bakery starts own milling project

Hackney artisan bakery E5 Bakehouse has started to mill its own wheat to make a more unique loaf.

Cereals authority to undergo name change

The HGCA is to rebrand as AHDB Cereals and Oilseeds, following a decision by the Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) to simplify its brands.

Carr’s reports growth in flour, but lower revenue

Carr’s Milling Industries has outperformed its previous performance in food, with flour volumes up on last year.

The Morning Foods new gluten free range
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Gluten-free oat range launched

Oat miller and manufacturer Morning Foods has launched a new gluten-free oat range, in a bid to break into the free-from sector.

New plants and oat shed at Glebe Farm
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Glebe Farm invests in new gluten-free oat mill

Glebe Farm Foods, one of the UK’s biggest gluten-free oat suppliers is to build a new multi-million-pound plant to increase production.

Change4life say children are consuming too much sugar
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New health campaign targets sugar

A new government campaign which encourages parents to cut down the amount of sugar their children consume has been launched today.

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Beer Bread mixes introduced to UK

South African baking company Barrett’s Ridge has launched a range of bread mixes that can be made with beer to British consumers. 

NBPO's Liverpool refinery
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NBPO see sales soar while take over plans are stalled

New British Palm Oil (NBPO) has seen sales for the first nine months of 2014 rocket to £320.7m ($503m) from £274.9m in the previous year.

Juan Luciano will take up position of CEO in January
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New ADM boss plans to step up pace of progress

ADM’s new chief executive plans to accelerate growth of the company, when he steps into the role on 1 January next year.

Paul A Young to grow business

Leading London-based chocolatier Paul A Young plans to expand his four-strong business to span from Scotland to the south of England.

Bakkavor to give children insight into food industry

Leading food manufacturer Bakkavor is to provide children with a glimpse of working in the food industry following a deal with The Prince’s Trust.

Wheat:
next year's harvest area could be down
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Wheat harvest area forecast to be lower next year

Areas of wheat for harvest in 2015 will be down in favour of barley and pulses, according to a survey.

Arla opens lactose plant in Denmark

Arla Foods Ingredients had opened a €120m (£95.1m) lactose manufacturing plant in Jutland, Denmark. 

Tate & Lyle
Tate & Lyle results suffer from adverse weather
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Tate & Lyle profits tumble

Ingredients manufacturer Tate & Lyle has announced a 40% fall in first-half adjusted pretax profit at the top end of its range. 

Peter Verhagen:
new CEO
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Bakery ingredients group appoints new CEO

Bakery ingredients firm, Sonneveld has appointed Peter Verhagen as chief executive, taking over the position from Cees Hack who resigned earlier this year.

AB Mauri:
"strong turnaround" for the ingredients firm
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ABF reports turnaround for ingredients division

Associated British Foods (ABF) has described its bakery ingredients business AB Mauri as making a “strong turnaround” in its year-end results.

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