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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.

Groceries Adjudicator gets new fine powers

The Groceries Code Adjudicator has been handed the power to fine large supermarkets up to 1% of their UK turnover.

Cereal sugar levels up on 2012

Sugar lobbyists have found that some cereals contain more sugar than they did in 2012.

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.

Objections raised to new Coffee#1 shop proposal

Plans for a new Coffee #1 shop in the Bedminster district of Bristol have been knocked by local traders, who submitted over 60 objections to the planning application.

David Cameron cuts out bread

Prime Minister David Cameron has said that he is ‘giving up bread’ in a bid to shed the pounds - a move that has been criticised by a nutritionist. 

Shadow Health Secretary Andy Burnham would cap sugar fat and salt in products for kids
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Labour makes fats, salts and sugar pledge

Shadow Health Secretary Andy Burnham will announce that Labour would set a limit on fats, salt and sugar in food marketed to children, should they be elected.

Greggs reviews decision on Glasgow store pay

Greggs has changed its mind on a decision to dock the pay of those who didn’t work their shift, after the Glasgow lorry tragedy.

Cornish Pasty claims dismissed

The European Commission and Defra have dismissed reports that protection for EU products such as Cornish pasties could be weakened under the proposed Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) agreement.

Competition authority moves to phase two on Pork Farms/Kerry deal

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has confirmed it will launch a phase two investigation into the acquisition by Pork Farms of the chilled savoury pastry business of Kerry Foods Limited.

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.

CMA to investigate pie giant

The acquisition of Kerry Foods' savoury pastry business by pie-maker Pork Farms is to be investigated by the Competition and Marketing Authorities (CMA).

FSB responds to 2 Sisters payment terms

The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has responded to the Newsnight report that 2 Sisters Food Group has been criticised for poor payment practices.

Scientists evaluate acrylamide comments

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has met to discuss the results of a recent consultation on the contaminant acrylamide.

FSB reveals “alarming” levels of supply chain bullying

An investigation by the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has revealed what it calls “alarming” levels of unfair dealing, just a week after Premier Foods hit the headlines.

The company own brands such as Mr Kipling
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Premier defends ‘pay and stay’ practice

Premier Foods has denied claims it has been ‘blackmailing’ companies into investing money – to stay as its suppliers.

Round up: What the Autumn Statement means for your business

British Baker fine-combs the Autumn Statement to ensure you are informed of the plans which could impact on your bakery.

Chancellor promises business rates review

Chancellor George Osborne has announced there will be a full review of the business rates structure in the UK.

The Autumn Statement:
George Osborne will reveal plans today
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Autumn Statement expected to review business rates

A review of business rates is expected to be unveiled in Chancellor George Osborne’s Autumn Statement today.

The Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne will give his annual Autumn Statement to Parliament on 3 December 2014.
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Retail body calls for reform of business rates

The British Retail Consortium (BRC) is calling for business rates reform in the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement next week.

‘Healthy’ snacks forecast to grow

Arla Foods Ingredients has predicted that ‘healthy’ will continue to lead the way in the future of snacking and has launched products to cash in.

Scottish Bakers launches new export help group

Scottish Bakers has launched an industry Bakers Export Group aimed at bakers in Scotland who are exporting or considering starting.

The war on sugar continues
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Re-evaluated sugar guidelines loom

Today could be the day that the World Health Organisation (WHO) will announce its plans for a crackdown on sugar.

Changes will be made to the way food must be labelled
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New food labelling laws meet mixed preparation

A new report has found that that some businesses are still struggling to prepare for new food regulations, which will be enforced next month.

Warburtons BHF packaging
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Warburtons strikes two-year partnership with BHF charity

Warburtons has announced a two-year commercial venture with the British Heart Foundation (BHF) to raise awareness about healthy eating.

2020 health want a new strategy to tackle obesity
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Obesity crisis needs government test

A new report, backed by AB Sugar, has claimed fast food outlets should be licensed and all government policies should face an obesity “test”.

The system ranks levels of fats, sugar and salt on a scale of green to red
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Italy fights against labelling system

Italy has won a ruling from the European Commission that the traffic light system is overly ‘simplistic.’

FSA testing:
warnings about food containing soya must appear on labels
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FSA tests for soya presence in flour

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) is beginning its sampling and testing programme at 13 milling plants across the UK, to look for the presence of soya in wheat flour.

Batch #5:
Gluten-free cupcakes
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Bath Bakery wins gluten-free certification

Bath Bakery’s Batch #5 range has been awarded the Cross Grain Symbol, following testing of its gluten-free products. 

Napier Brown to step up sugar complaint

Napier Brown, UK sugar distributor, is planning to take its dispute with British Sugar to the European Complaint Authorities. 

Study reveals misunderstanding on sugar

AB Sugar has found that many people misunderstand the outcome of reformulating a product. 

Labour promises £8 minimum wage

Labour has promised to raise the minimum wage to £8 per hour, if it wins the next election.

Grain For Good webinar registration still open

Bakery professionals can gain insight and free expert advice on using whole grains by signing up to the latest British Baker webinar.

AB Sugar fights back in sugar obesity row with facts website

Bakery supplier AB Sugar has launched a new website that aims to debunk some of the myths around sugar and obesity.

Slash sugar intake further say experts

Health experts have called for a more ambitious target on sugar reduction. 

Prime Minister meets food bosses at job summit

Leading food companies and the major supermarkets met with the Prime Minister yesterday to discuss improving the employability skills of the young unemployed. 

Gluten intolerance:
Gluten free products have become more popular due to allergies
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One in five suffer food allergies

Research has revealed that one in five people are now affected by a food allergy or intolerance.

Gail’s fined £12k following customer injury

Artisan bakery chain Gail’s is to pay £12,000 after a customer fractured her pelvis at the premises.

Competition authority reviews Dorset Cereals sale to ABF

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) is reviewing the proposed £50m sale of Dorset Cereals to Associated British Food (ABF).

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NHS criticised for junk food

The NHS has been criticised for fuelling obesity levels after an investigation revealed hospitals house dozens of fast food restaurants and coffee shops.

CBA gives cautious welcome to ‘Tesco Tax’

Proposals to tax large supermarkets have been welcomed with caution by the Craft Bakers’ Association (CBA). 

A ripened poppy seed head:
Regulation to reduce opium levels
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Guidelines for poppy seed usage

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has issued new guidelines to producers to reduce the presence of opium in poppy seeds. 

Study fins pesticides in bread
'Scaremongering':
The federation of bakers claim the report is missleading
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FOB hits back at bread pesticide ‘scaremongering’

The Federation of Bakers (FOB) has slammed a report claiming two thirds of bread contains pesticides. 

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