January

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Bread prices have at last begun to rise, but this mainly reflects the mammoth increases in flour and energy prices. Our world poll on bread prices (pg 4), collated by the Economics Intelligence Unit, is up to date for September 2006. The places on the chart showing the price of bread in London and Manchester make shameful reading!

Snacks add bite to the market

A new snacks brand - The Funky Snack Company - is being launched by Chaucer Foods (Hull). The brand's first products include a range of bite-sized toasties, which are shaped like mini toast and are available in both sweet and savoury flavours, including strawberry jam, cinnamon & raisin, marmalade, Worcestershire sauce, cheese & pickle and bacon & brown sauce. Marketing director Richard Brewer, says: "The toasties are ideal snacks for both adults and kids and great as food-on-the-go or in lunch boxes. They are high on taste but low on guilt and contain significantly less fat than many crisps and corn snacks. When we unveiled the range at a leisure exhibition, the brand's wacky logo attracted plenty of attention and the products themselves are recognisably different."

Belcolade

Belcolade, the Belgian chocolate from Puratos (Buckingham, Bucks), has re-launched its website, [http://www.belcolade.com], making it more user-friendly and interactive.

Butt Foods

Butt Foods (Nottingham) has launched a Bread Bowl, which is sturdy enough to hold soups, chilli and curry, and yet soft and tasty enough to eat.

Délifrance UK

French bakery manufacturer Délifrance UK (Wigston, Leics) is continuing to extend the grab-and-go market with the launch of four ranges of added-value ranges including sweet pastry baskets, filled croissants, filled brioches and a unique deep swirl of French croissant pastry. Délifrance UK's marketing controller Lucy Pickersgill explains: "The market for new and innovative snacks to eat on-the-go is constantly evolving, with consumers demanding more choice and variety in Continental morning goods and more fruit-based alternatives to meet their five-a-day intake. We are continuing to develop our traditional Viennoiserie recipes for the British market."

Greenhalgh's

Greenhalgh's (Bolton, Lancs) has just launched its new range of savouries, jointly developed with top Indian chef Bishal Risaily, head chef at Victoria's India in Longridge, Preston.

Livwell

It is thought that up to 45% of us may suffer from food allergies and intolerances. Livwell, (Hull) the gluten-free brand, has spent four years improving its bread range and has taken to Europe to source equipment.

Dawn Foods

dawn foods (Evesham, Worcestershire) is promising a breakthrough for bakers with the launch of its 'just-add-water' Choux Pastry Mix. Once baked, it can then be filled with fresh cream or Dawn New England Frosting and finished with Dawn Spread 'n' Gloss to make classic éclairs and choux buns.

Kluman & Balter

January is the time of year when most consumers are looking towards healthy products to kick-start their New Year. Bread is a low-fat food, packed with vitamins and minerals, including calcium, iron, folic acid and B vitamins, says Kluman & Balter (Waltham Cross, Herts).

Steenbergs Organic

Steenbergs Organic has relocated its organic spice, herb and seasonings activities to a new purpose-built building, which uses 100% green energy.

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