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Bakery event aims to tackle period stigma

Period-themed pancakes and tampon macarons are to be served at a London eatery, which is taking part in what has been dubbed the UK’s biggest-ever brunch.

Cafés urged to apply calorie labelling to scones

Coffee shops and cafés in Northern Ireland should consider applying calorie labelling to scones, according to the Food Standards Agency.

Asda labels buns and baps to raise cancer awareness

Asda is stickering items including buns, baps and pancakes to raise awareness of breast cancer.

Pret food safety chief warns of incident reporting delays

Pret A Manger food safety boss Tim Smith has urged for change in the way allergen-related deaths and serious incidents are reported.

McVitie’s promotes mental health initiative

McVitie’s has joined forces with charity initiative Time to Change to promote conversations around mental health on Time to Talk Day (7 February 2019).

The F word: why bakers need to take note of fibre

Gut health is so hot right now. The trend for fermented food has got people sipping on kombucha, adding kimchi to scrambled eggs and scoffing sourdough like it’s going out of fashion.

Burton’s launches Maryland sugar-free cookies

Burton’s Biscuit Company is targeting consumers looking to cut down on sugar with its latest piece of NPD – Maryland Sugar Free Cookies.

Tesco boosts fibre content in pies and chilled bread

Tesco has increased the fibre content of own-label baked items, including pies, pasties, sausage rolls and chilled breads.

Pladis extends Go Ahead with snacking bar NPD

Pladis has extended snacking brand Go Ahead with two new ranges – Nutty Crunch and Fruit & Nut Breaks.

Timing of promotions ban consultation rapped by FDF

Health chiefs have been branded “out of touch with economic realities” for launching a consultation on banning price promotions while suppliers are facing the threat of a ‘no-deal’ Brexit.

‘Sugar tax’ schemes backed by 60% of consumers

In the week health chiefs have again raised the idea of taxing cakes and puddings, more than half of consumers have said they back ‘sugar tax’-style initiatives.

PHE plans for 1,040-calorie limit on pizzas revealed

Health chiefs are considering setting tough calorie caps on a wide range of take-away and restaurant foods.

Bakers at risk from heat-related health problems

Bakers are among the professions at risk from heat-related health problems, a study has revealed.

Coopland & Son fined £160k for flour dust offence

East Yorkshire bakery business Coopland & Son has been fined almost £160,000 after exposing its staff to flour dust.

FSA reassures bakers over selling well-fired bread

Bakers can sell well-fired loaves as long as they follow acrylamide mitigation steps, the Food Standards Agency (FSA) has stated.

Allied Bakeries overhauls Burgen brand

Allied Bakeries is hoping to “breathe new life” into its Burgen brand with a major revamp, including a packaging overhaul and celebrity partnerships.

Supermarkets to review bakery allergen labelling

Asda, Sainsbury’s and Tesco are set to improve allergen labelling across their in-store bakeries.

Coeliac vaccine enters phase two clinical trials

A vaccine for people with coeliac disease is one step closer, as phase two clinical trials get underway across Australia.

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Ulrick & Short launches fat alternative for pastry

Ulrick & Short has developed a new fat alternative for bakers looking to reduce the calorie content of shortcrust pastry.

Government to launch consultation on mandatory folic acid fortification

A consultation is to be launched next year on mandatory fortification of flour with folic acid.

One in five shoppers thinks about health when buying on-the-go snacks

Twenty-one percent of consumers say health is a feature they look for when choosing a snack to eat on the go, according to a survey by Carrs Foods.

Folic acid fortification to be mandatory, claims report

Fortification of flour with folic acid is to become mandatory in the UK, according to national media reports.

Callebaut debuts 1% added sugar milk chocolate

Chocolate manufacturer Barry Callebaut has launched a 1% added sugar chocolate called Ecl1pse under its Callebaut brand.

Fry’s launches vegan baked goods into Sainsbury’s

Vegan food company The Fry Family Food Co is launching a range of chilled meat-alternative products exclusively at Sainsbury’s.

Pret to list all ingredients on fresh-made lines following teenager's allergen death

Pret A Manger has pledged to list all ingredients, including allergens, on products that are freshly made in its kitchens.

Sainsbury’s croissants are recalled in nut allergy scare

Sainsbury’s has recalled its in-store bakery all-butter croissants because they contain almond filling that is not declared on packaging.

Axe puddings from school menus, urge Scots dentists

Sugary puddings should be dropped from school lunch menus, according to the Faculty of Dental Surgery of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow.

Scientists say further research needed on gluten and type 1 diabetes link

Scientists say more research is required to determine if there is a link between gluten intake and type 1 diabetes.

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NHS Trust: ‘We do not want to replace Cornish pasties’

Hospital chiefs have insisted they do not want to replace the Cornish pasty – despite suggesting they could be made with filo rather than the traditional pastry.

Coeliac disease diagnosis rate rises to 30% in the UK

Coeliac UK has announced that diagnosis of coeliac disease in the UK has risen from 24% to 30%.

Low-carb diets should be discouraged, says study

Weight loss diets that switch out carbs in favour of meat or fat are associated with a higher mortality rate, according to a new study.

Mindful baking workshop aims to combat stress

A new workshop is combining bread making with the idea of ‘mindfulness’.

Kara reduces sugar in Tulip muffin range

Kara, Finsbury Food Group’s foodservice brand, has redeveloped its Tulip muffin range with less sugar.

Sugar tax has ‘little impact’ on consumer behaviour

The sugar tax imposed on soft drinks, and suggested for bakery items such as cakes and biscuits, has had little impact on consumer behaviour, Nielsen research has revealed.

Bakers urged to use high-fibre alternative flours

Bakers could capitalise on the wellness trend by introducing more fibre-rich flours into their recipes, a registered nutritional therapist has claimed.

Warburtons rolls out new gluten-free wraps

Warburtons has unveiled its first new free-from products since dropping the Newburn Bakehouse branding from its gluten-free range

Severe obesity in Year 6 schoolkids hits record high

The proportion of 10 to 11-year-old children who are severely obese has reached a record high, according to new figures.

B-Tempted launches gluten-free vegan range

Free-from brand B-Tempted has unveiled a selection of gluten-free vegan cupcakes and muffins.

Raw vegan cake shop Rawnchy opens in Glasgow

A self-taught raw cake maker who has catered for the likes of Stella McCartney and Vivienne Westwood has opened a vegan cake shop in Glasgow.

Latest acrylamide survey results published by FSA

Food safety chiefs have said the latest results of its acrylamide testing have not increased its concern about the risk to human health.

Health chiefs in new push for menu calorie labelling

Government health bosses are to start consultations over calorie labelling on restaurant, café and takeaway menus as part of new plans aimed at combatting childhood obesity.

How scientists plan to boost fibre in white bread

Scientists investigating ways to create healthier white bread and wheat-based products have revealed plans to modify the starch in wheat.

Waitrose cheesecakes get ‘veggie makeover’

Waitrose has launched two sweet vegetable cheesecakes, featuring beetroot and avocado, in what it claims is a first for a UK supermarket.

Burton’s overhauls Minis to hit 100 calories per serve

Burton’s Biscuit Company is to reformat its core Minis product lines in support of the Public Health England’s (PHE) 100-calorie snack initiative.

Baked goods account for more of kids’ sugar intake than soft drinks

Cakes, biscuits and other baked goods account for almost a quarter of children’s sugar intake, according to government body Public Health England.

Can apple by-product cut sugar and sat fat in cakes?

A Welsh consortium has secured £350,000 in funding for research into using an apple by-product to reduce levels of sugar and saturated fat in items such as cakes.

Waitrose’s step-by-step guide to reducing sugar

Pressure on bakery manufacturers and retailers to reduce the sugar content of their goods has been renewed after the food and drink industry fell short of government targets.

What we learned at the FOB conference 2018

Experts from Waitrose, Public Health England and the Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP) were among the speakers at the Federation of Bakers’ (FOB) annual conference last week.

New call for mandatory out-of-home food labels

Health campaigners Action on Sugar and Action on Salt are calling on government to make colour-coded nutrition labelling mandatory on café and restaurant items.

Suppliers fall short of PHE sugar reduction targets

Food and drink suppliers have fallen short of government targets to reduce sugar.

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