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Keep Sunday Special campaign rallies retailers

The Keep Sunday Special (KSS) campaign is urging retailers to attend a mass lobby of parliament next week, in a bid to persuade MPs to vote against changes to Sunday trading legislation.

Tasty Bake recalls cakes

Undeclared milk has caused Tasty Bake, the wholesale bakery, to recall its range of branded cakes.

Asda recalls cake over walnut fears

Asda has withdrawn its Extra Special Chocolate and Beetroot Cake because some packs might contain walnuts.

Sugar tax would save £10m a year

A tax on sugary drinks could prevent 3.7m obesity cases by 2025, according to Cancer Research UK and the UK Health Forum.

Chris Ormrod, managing director
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Ministry of Cake talks immigration on ITV News

Ministry of Cake managing director Chris Ormrod has spoken to ITV News about immigration, ahead of the Brexit referendum.

Breakfast Week web visits up 37%

AHDB Cereals & Oilseeds’ Breakfast Week 2016 has been “overwhelmed by the support” it has seen for its campaign website.

Warburtons invests £300k in charity initiative

Warburtons has announced a three-year partnership with parkrun, which organises running events across the country.

Boulder Brands UK recalls products over sesame contamination

Boulder Brands UK, which owns the Udi’s Gluten Free brand, is recalling packs of several products, due to possible contamination with sesame seeds.

Anne Nilsson, associate professor at the food for health science centre at Lund
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Barley bread can reduce diabetes and obesity risk

Bread made using barley could cut the risk of obesity and diabetes, according to research by Lund University in Sweden.

Action on Sugar rounds on coffee shops

A “shocking” amount of sugar can be found in many hot flavoured drinks, according to Action on Sugar.

Report points to benefits of breakfast

Trying to lose weight? – Eat breakfast, according to research produced by the University of Bath.

Cameron to scrap sugar tax plans

According to the Financial Times, the government has abandoned plans to introduce a sugar tax as part of its ‘obesity strategy’.

Free-from market set for strong growth

The UK free-from market could grow 13% to £531m in 2016 and climb to £673m by 2020, a new report by market analyst Mintel has claimed.

Bread vital to nation’s future health, says Warburtons research

Bread has an important role to play in UK consumers’ micronutrient intake, said Warburtons, following recent research commissioned by the company.

Bakery appears on minimum wage shame list

The Welbeck Bakehouse, the Worksop-based bakery, is among businesses mentioned in a new report who have failed to pay all staff the minimum wage.

Sunday trading laws to be relaxed?

Prime Minister David Cameron has revived plans to allow shops to open for longer on Sundays, despite opposition from MPs and trade unions. 

Ashers Baking Company appeal adjourned until May

Ashers Baking Company's appeal against its £500 fine for refusing to make a pro-gay marriage cake has been adjourned, due to the intervention of the Attorney General for Northern Ireland.

Morrisons extends Free From range

Supermarket chain Morrisons’ Free From range will include additional gluten-free core staples and on-the-go items.

New free business app to track allergens

A new app, MenuLab, designed for any business serving food to the public, is now available on Google Play and the Apple App Store, free of charge.

Salmonella risk triggers tikka sandwich recall

Two sandwich brands have recalled products using tikka powder supplied by Catermix, due to the possible presence of salmonella, a bacterium that can cause food poisoning.

Real Bread Campaign to consult supporters over labelling

A delegation from the Real Bread Campaign (RBC) has met with government representatives to discuss the RBC’s demand for legislation.

World Health Organisation backs sugar tax

A new report by The World Health Organisation (WHO) has backed the divisive plans to implement a sugar tax as a method of tackling childhood obesity.

Frustrated Scotland considers folic acid legislation

Scotland is considering introducing mandatory fortification of flour with folic acid in an effort to reduce the number of children born with birth defects.

Letter: FSA responds to labelling claims

Michael Wight, head of food safety policy at the Food Standards Agency (FSA), responds to our Reporting In column in the 8 January issue.

Food Standards Scotland proposes sugar tax

Food Standards Scotland (FSS) has proposed a sugar tax as part of a plan to defuse a “health time bomb”.

Waitrose to take 25 tonnes of sugar out of own-label products

Retailer Waitrose has revealed plans to remove 25 tonnes of sugar from its own-label products this year.

Ashers Baking Company enlists top lawyer in gay cake row

Ashers Baking Company has enlisted the help of human rights lawyer Professor Christopher McCrudden as it prepares to appeal against an anti-gay discrimination ruling.

Metal parts found in Sainsbury’s loaves

Sainsbury’s is recalling two of its own-label wholemeal loaves because of the presence of small pieces of metal.

Raise Bakery pays Living Wage to staff

Raise Bakery, the Worthing-based cake maker, has pledged to pay its staff the Living Wage of £8.25 per hour.

NHS England to tax sugary treats by 2020

NHS England is set to introduce a sugar tax on snacks and drinks sold in its hospitals in an effort to tackle the UK’s obesity crisis.

Chief executive, Roger Whiteside
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Greggs to offer new gluten-free range

The high street bakery chain, Greggs, is set to introduce a new gluten-free range later this year, the company's chief executive has announced.

Bread in 28% of UK breakfasts

Research by Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board Cereals and Oilseeds (AHDB) has found that bread features in 28% of breakfasts in the UK.

Patisserie Valerie launches Gloriously Gluten Free range

High street patisserie and cake shop Patisserie Valerie has launched a new gluten-free range, which will be available from 18 January.

M&S follows ‘healthy’ policy with new loaves

Marks & Spencer (M&S) has launched three new loaves of bread as part of the company’s new healthy initiative.

White bread is healthy, says Stephen Smart

Stephen Smart, head of development at Greenhalgh’s Craft Bakery, has hit back at suggestions that white bread is unhealthy.

Sugar tax is ‘useless’ say experts

New research by the Institute for Economic Affairs (IEA) has suggested customers will simply opt for cheaper, poorer quality alternatives if a tax on sugar is introduced.

M&S to add fibre to all bread

Marks & Spencer (M&S), the food and clothing chain, has announced it will become the first UK retailer to start adding fibre to its entire range of pre-packed bread and rolls.

Cameron says sugar tax is still a possibility

Prime Minister David Cameron says he does not want to rule out introducing a sugar tax in order to tackle Britain's “obesity crisis”.

World’s first sugar tracking app launched

Public Health England (PHE) has created a mobile phone app that allows parents to monitor the sugar intake of their children. 

Folic acid must be added to flour, say experts

UK experts are calling for the fortification of folic acid to be made mandatory in order to reduce serious birth defects.

Village Bakery aims for environmental first

A Welsh business intends to become the greenest bakery in Britain after installing more than 1,000 solar panels on its premises in Wrexham.

Derek Ferrol, founder of EasyRecruitUK
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Recruitment firm urges flexibility ahead of Living Wage

The founder of a Glasgow-based recruitment agency for the food and drink and hospitality industries has warned that businesses need to adopt a “flexible labour mode” ahead of the National Living Wage (NLW).

Waitrose withdraws biscuit packs after mix-up

Waitrose has withdrawn packs of its own-label Stem Ginger Cookies 200g after it was found they contained the supermarket’s Cherry & Almond Cookies 200g.

Tesco recalls shortcakes over egg labelling

Tesco has recalled packs of its own-brand Tesco Chunky Chocolate Shortcakes 175g because of a failure to declare the presence of egg on the label.

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills has urged employers to prepare for the National Living Wage
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Employers must prepare for Living Wage, says BIS

UK bosses have been urged to better prepare for the National Living Wage (NLW) and avoid potential legal action by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) as it emerged only 45% of employers had updated their payrolls.

European stance on trans fats welcomed

Campaigners against trans fats (TFAs) in food have welcomed a report from the European Commission stating legal limits on their presence in food would be the most effective response to improve public health.

Bakery involved in alleged ‘slave labour’

West Midlands Police has rescued three men who were allegedly being used for slave labour at a Black Country bakery. 

Eat Natural in peanut allergy withdrawal

Eat Natural, the fruit and nut bars and cereal company, has withdrawn one of its lines from Waitrose after a manufacturing error meant it contained undeclared peanuts.

M&S recalls crispbakes

Marks & Spencer (M&S) has issued a recall for its Vegetable Crispbakes with a use-by date of 7 November 2015 because it may contain egg, which is not mentioned on the label. This means the product is a possible health risk for anyone with an allergy to egg.

United Biscuits (UB) now runs 16 trucks on waste cooking oil
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UB slashes CO2 emissions

United Biscuits (UB), the biscuit and snack manufacturer, has extended its fleet of trucks fuelled by waste cooking oil to 16.

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