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Greencore fined £40,000+ after worker severs fingers

Greencore Food To Go has said it “deeply regrets” an incident last April where a worker had two fingers severed by a mixing machine at its Spalding site. 

Sugar tax not the answer says think tank

A tax on sugar will not solve the obesity crisis, the chief executive of the independent social enterprise think tank 2020health has warned. 

New legislation could trigger a flood of cheap sugar
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Liberalised sugar market could lead to a flood of cheap imports

Europe could be flooded by cheap sugar because of plans to liberalise the sugar market, according to a new study.

Glanbia gluten-free oats gain official recognition

Oats from Glanbia Nutritionals have been recognised for their gluten-free purity by three leading European coeliac organisations.

Greggs in £2,000 robbery

Raiders forced their way into a Greggs in Birchencliffe in Yorkshire at 11.30pm on 25 October, stealing a safe containing £2,000.

Irish Pride collapse recriminations

A new independent accountant’s report has suggested that Irish bakery Irish Pride, which is shortly due to be sold out of receivership, could have been saved by taking the examinership option in June.

£20k Jammie Dodger and lager lorry suspect denied bail

A man appeared in court last week charged with stealing a lorry load of Burton’s Biscuits and a lorry load of lager.

Subway failed to pay staff, says BIS report

Sandwich retailer Subway has appeared in a new report naming and shaming firms who have failed to pay all staff the minimum wage.

Gluten-free products ‘not up to scratch’, says research

A new study has found nearly 40% of coeliac sufferers are critical of gluten-free bread and mixes currently on the market.

Ministers urged to introduce sugar tax in new report

A sugar tax and reductions in the sugar content and portion size of everyday food and drink products are among the recommendations made by Public Health England (PHE) to address concerns about the nation’s sugar consumption.

Shoppers set own healthy-eating rules

Four out of five (80%) consumers do not trust the health advice they are given, according to The Waitrose Food and Drink Report 2015.

Delay on sugar report criticised

Campaigners have blasted a move to shelve a report which claimed a sugar tax would decrease purchases of the types of food and drinks blamed for Britain’s obesity crisis.

Big brands join forces to call for trans-fat limit

Major food producers Mars, Kellogg’s, Nestlé and Mondelēz have thrown their weight behind a campaign to put a limit on trans-fats in food by signing an open letter to the European Commission.

Special yeast decimates bread cancer chemical

In-house testing of Renaissance Ingredients’ acrylamide-reducing baker’s yeast has suggested its use lowers the presence of the chemical in fresh and toasted bread by an average of 80%.

US gluten-free brand expands UK in-store trial

US-based gluten-free brand Udi’s has expanded a trial of in-store bakery goods from two to four Asda stores as part of a long-term development plan.

Iceland has bread advert banned

Iceland has had one of its bread adverts banned by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) after a complaint it misled the public.

British Lion Eggs’ Code of Practice reviewed

The British Egg Industry Council (BEIC) is preparing to relaunch its Lion Eggs Code of Practice at the end of this month, and has also lodged a trademark application for a logo for products such as quiche made with Lion eggs.

Real Bread Campaign celebrate Sourdough September

The Real Bread Campaign held Sourdough September last month to raise public awareness of the taste and potential health benefits of traditional bread-making.

Costa Coffee ordered to improve hygiene

Costa Coffee has received a string of damning reports from recent hygiene inspections, making it the major high street coffee chain with the most stores rated less than satisfactory.

Greggs wins health award

Highstreet bakery chain Greggs has won the Health and Wellness Award at the IGD Awards 2015 for the positive health impact of its Balanced Choice range.

Pie companies square off

Wiltshire-based pie producers Eat Square has been told not to refer to its pies as square by a London-based rival.

IGD: the health debate is at ‘tipping point’

The health debate around obesity has reached a “tipping point”. That is the view of Joanne Denney-Finch, chief executive of food and consumer goods research charity IGD. She told delegates at IGD’s Big Debate that the organisation’s analysis showed 56% of consumers were sceptical of nutrition advice.

Feel Free For Gluten Free launches doughnut range in Tesco

Feel Free For Gluten Free has launched a new doughnut product in 250 Tesco stores.

Heather Hancock
Heather Hancock joins the FSA as deputy chair with immediate effect
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FSA welcomes new deputy chair

Heather Hancock has been appointed deputy chair of the Food Standards Agency (FSA). 

So Organic
Experts mooted growth for organic with products such as Sainsbury's range
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Opportunities in organic foods identified

The steady growth in organic foods presents new opportunities for brands and retailers, research from market data company Nielsen has revealed. 

Trans fats
Momentum is building against trans fats
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Trans fat ban could lower death rate, finds study

A total of 7,200 deaths could be prevented in the next five years if trans fats were removed from processed food in the UK, the British Medical Journal (BMJ) has reported. 

Real Bread
Real Bread Campaign wants a legal definition for sourdough
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Real Bread urges legal ‘sourdough’ definition

The Real Bread Campaign is calling for a legal definition of the word ‘sourdough’ as part of an Honest Crust Tax. 

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Top 5 stories this week

Been a bit busy? Read our round-up of the five biggest stories this week. 

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New Britain Oil's refinery in Liverpool has seen investment of more than £40m
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New Britain Oils expands production capacity

New Britain Oils, the producer of sustainable palm oil products, has increased its bakery fats production capability by 30%. 

Sugar
FDF director advises industry to unite in war on sugar
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FDF urges industry to unite on sugar attack

The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) boss has warned the industry that no sector is safe from the attack on sugar. 

Applaud Coffee
Applaud Coffee will open on Thursday following its name change
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Family company changes name after trademark mix-up

A two-year-old family company has been forced to change its name after finding a similar name had already been taken just weeks before it set up. 

Celebrity chef attacks sugar in new documentary

A new documentary by Jamie Oliver in which he urges the government to reduce the nation’s sugar intake is aired tonight.

New salt link to obesity

Obesity could be linked to a high salt intake – regardless of overall calorific consumption, a new study has found.

Real Good Food finalises sugar arm sale

Real Good Food has completed the disposal of its sugar business Napier Brown to Tereos, and announced it received a further £3.4m for the business.

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Cornish pasty ‘invented in London’

A leading historian has claimed that the Cornish pasty was actually not founded in Cornwall.

Flooding impacts Hertfordshire baker’s trade

Rickmansworth bakery Cinnamon Square has lost out on trade after flash flooding this week.

UK shoppers cite sugar as major concern, finds study

Sugar content in food is the UK’s biggest concern, research has found.

Salmonella concerns linked to one supplier

The recall of four products due to the possibility of salmonella presence has been linked to one Dutch supplier.

Bread
Not In Our Bread campaign gathers momentum
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Wheat pesticide petition nears 20,000

A petition to stop UK bread manufacturers using the pesticide glyphosate has reached nearly 20,000 signatures. 

AMF
AMF Bakery Systems promotes Jason Ward
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AMF Bakery Systems appoints executive vice president

AMF Bakery Systems has promoted Jason Ward to executive vice president. 

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Apprenticeship levy consultation opens today
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Consultation on apprenticeship levy opens today

The baking industry has questioned how the government’s apprenticeship plans will help the craft sector, as consultation on the apprenticeship levy opens today. 

Product recall
Tesco's Belgian wafers are one of several product recalls recently
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Salmonella risk and incorrect labelling behind product recalls

Tesco and convenience store group Nisa Retail are the latest companies to recall bakery products. 

Daily Mail taken to task over gluten-free prescription figure

The huge figure put on the cost of gluten-free prescriptions has been found incorrect, after a dispute broke out yesterday.

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Daily Mail targets NHS spend on gluten-free

A row has broken out over a reported £116m spend on prescription gluten-free food by the NHS, which included biscuits, doughnuts, muffin mixes and bread.

Pret A Manger will trial vegetarian-friendly ideas gleaned from online poll

Pret to increase veggie option in-store

Pret A Manger will increase the vegetarian and vegan options in its stores following a blog and poll led by chief executive Clive Schlee. 

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The bid to geographically protect Dundee cake remains in the balance
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Outcry over Dundee cake PGI bid

An attempt by the Scottish government to give Dundee cake protected status has caused an outcry from bakers outside the city. 

Pie firm gains Grade A food safety certification

Lewis Pies, the Swansea-based pie company, has secured a Grade A certificate for food safety from the BRC Global Standards.

High-GI diet found to contribute to depression

Research in America has suggested that the consumption of things like sugary foods and white bread are linked with an increased risk of depression in women. 

BSB opens back catalogue to encourage bakery youngsters

The British Society of Baking (BSB) is opening up its past papers to all as it launches a new website.

Pret A Manger
Pret A Manger could introduce all-vegetarian outlets
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Pret takes a vote on going vegetarian

Pret A Manger, the high street sandwich chain, is considering opening an all-vegetarian shop. 

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