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Bakers should back WeLoveBread in light of SACN's fibre recommendations
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Blog: how to take heart from SACN

Martyn Leek, British Baker editor, breaks today's SACN report down in a way that bakers can take heart from its dietary recommendations. 

Gordon Polson
Gordon Polson, director of the Federation of Bakers, supported the call for additional fibre and carbohydrates in the diet
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Sugar: the reaction

The report today on sugar and carbohydrates has prompted a raft of mixed reactions - from supporters to those who feel the targets will be difficult to attain. Here British Baker compiles those comments:

Halve sugar intake says government

The Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (SACN) has advised the government to radically reduce intake of free sugars in the population’s diet, while upping fibre consumption. 

Sugar in the headlines

The war on sugar has been a strong media narrative throughout the past 12 months. Here British Baker looks at some of the headlines:

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.

Cleaning fluid found on Co-op doughnuts

Co-operative shoppers in Oswestry, Shropshire have been left feeling ill after eating doughnuts that had been contaminated with cleaning fluid.

Baking industry concern over Budget's Living Wage

Plans to introduce a National Living Wage (NLW) will have a 'major impact' on skilled sectors like bakery, industry leaders have warned.

Budget
George Osborne will reveal plans in today's Budget
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Union slams Sunday all-day trading plans

The GMB union has lashed out at government plans to introduce all-day trading on Sundays in the biggest reform of opening hours for 20 years. 

Gunstones bakery ‘last-ditch’ talks continue

Union leaders have said ‘as of yet’ further strikes at 2 Sisters Food Group’s Gunstones bakery will still go ahead.

£12k-worth of Burton's biscuits stolen in Wales

A trailer full of biscuits worth £12,000 has been stolen from Burton’s Biscuits factory in Wales.

BFree
BFree wraps to join Costa menu
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BFree wraps snapped up by Costa

Health-conscious bakery brand BFree has partnered with Costa Coffee so the high street chain can use its BFree Multigrain Wraps. 

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. 

Gay cake bakery outlines appeal grounds

Ashers Baking Company, the business at the centre of the ‘gay cake’ row, has outlined the grounds which it will appeal over.

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. 

Reading sandwich vans could face new £861 licensing fee

Mobile sandwich traders in Reading could face a new annual charge of £861, as Reading Borough Council considers a new report.

Scientific Advisory Committee prepares to discuss carbs

A government nutrition board will meet next week to discuss the SACN Carbohydrates and Health report.

Tesco sandwich
Sandwiches falling out of favour with Tesco customers
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Sandwiches under threat as Tesco trebles salad range

Tesco said it was a case of “move over sarnies” as it trebled its ready-to-eat salad range to nearly 50 lines. 

Barry Callebaut buys American Almond

Chocolate manufacturer Barry Callebaut is to acquire the assets of nut products company American Almond Products.

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. 

Sugar
Sugar is in the spotlight again
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Sugar debate reignites with new report

Health campaigners have released findings of higher concentrations of sugar in so-called ‘healthy’ snacks than in a bag of Haribo. 

Gay cake
Gay cake row lives on as Ashers Bakery decides to appeal judge's decision
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'Gay cake' bakery to appeal after discrimination ruling

The Christian bakery at the centre of the ‘gay cake’ row is to appeal against a discrimination ruling. 

Auditing
Financial Reporting Council highlights importance of quality audits
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Financial watchdog to help SMEs in quality auditing

The complex relationships between retailers and their suppliers is to be investigated by the Financial Reporting Council (FRC) as it pledges to help smaller businesses. 

Mice
Sharon's Bakery has reopened following mice and cockroach infestations
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Bakery fined £28k over pest infestation

A bakery has been fined £28,000 after mice and cockroach infestations were discovered at two London branches. 

Tesco to discuss 'gay cake' supply contract

Supermarket giant Tesco has said it is ‘reviewing’ the judgement of Ashers Baking Co, after it was found guilty of discrimination towards a gay customer.

Bakery charged over contaminated water

Irish bakery brand Easibake Food has been found guilty of using contaminated water in its products at its Pontypool facility in Wales.

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. 

New study prompts cake tax calls

There have been renewed calls for a tax on biscuits, sweets and cakes, as research revealed that fruit and vegetables have tripled in price in the past three decades.

TV's Peter Sidwell helps NHS with healthy offering

TV chef and judge on Britain’s Best Bakery Peter Sidwell is to help NHS Scotland in creating healthy bakery options in its coffee shop chain Aroma.

Bakers urged to use safe eggs

Bakers have been warned to make sure they are sourcing eggs from verifiable sources following the conviction of an American egg supplier.

Gay cake row decision due

The verdict on the gay cake row is expected to be announced on 7 May, the same day as the UK election.

Election
The election outcome is still uncertain
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Election: bakers put Conservatives in first place

With six days to go until the election a British Baker poll has placed the Conservatives out in front, commanding 48% of the vote. 

Which?
Which? has issued challenge on supermarket pricing
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Which? issues challenge on supermarket pricing tactics

Consumer rights campaigner Which? has issued the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) with a “super-complaint” regarding supermarket pricing practices. 

Bread fibre argument lacking, says expert

A leading nutritionist says the importance of fibre in food such as bread is “poorly recognised” - with the nutrition of a loaf “well below the radar”.

Scottish food safety body gets to work

A new Scottish independent regulatory body has launched to tackle food safety, diet and nutrition north of the border. 

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. 

WC Rowe
WC Rowe commits to paying living wage from November 2015
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WC Rowe is largest baker to commit to the living wage

Cornish baker WC Rowe has become the third and largest baker to commit to paying the living wage. 

Checkout chocolate
Chocolate at checkouts under fire from Birmingham nutritionist
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Nutritionist calls for ban on ‘unhealthy’ foods at checkouts

A nutritionist has likened the sales of sweets, chocolate and crisps at store checkouts to those of cigarettes and has called for a ban. 

The 2015 budget: what you need to know

The Chancellor has revealed his sixth, and final, budget of this Parliament- and declares that Britain is “walking tall”. 

Morrisons sees profits plummet

Morrisons has posted its worst results in eight years, as it revealed a profit loss of £792m before tax after taking account of a £1.3bn write down in the value of its supermarkets. 

Sugar trade questions WHO recommendations

The sugar industry has hit back at the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) sugar recommendations - calling a review on the scientific evidence behind the guidelines.

Action on Sugar is 'disappointed' with the outcome on sugar recommendations
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WHO comes under fire for stance on sugar

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has been criticised for maintaining its draft guidelines on sugar, following a year-long consultation around the issue.

David Potts: the new chief executive of Morrisons
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Morrisons appoints new chief executive

David Potts, the former boss of Tesco in Ireland and Asia, has been appointed as the new chief executive of Morrisons.

Sandwich firm on minimum wage shaming list

A sandwich firm is among 70 firms named and shamed by the government, which have failed to pay the minimum wage.

Asda’s LFL sales fall marginally amid challenging environment

Asda has seen like-for-like sales fall 1% this year, in what it has called one of “its most challenging and changeable periods in history”.

John’s Sandwich Bar, Hull
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Sandwich bar owners jailed for tax fraud

A family sandwich business in Hull has committed a £1m tax fraud, resulting in a jail sentence.

Bakery union calls for £10 minimum wage

A major bakery workers’ union has released a video in its campaign to up pay to £10 per hour.

Obesity advisor citicised over food industry funding

The British Medical Journal has attacked the government’s leading obesity advisor for compromising independence by accepting funding from food industries for research projects.

Dietary debate questions sat fat advice

Debate has sprung from claims that official guidance on saturated fats lacked solid evidence.

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