February

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Italian flair

Baking industry showtime in Italy this year runs from May 5-9. In Milan, AB tech expo and AB tech expo pizza - the AB stands for Arte Bianco or white art - will take place in two halls of the ultra-modern new exhibition centre in Milan, called Rho.

Evron's evolution

Long before Peter Kay uttered the immortal line in Phoenix Nights, "Garlic bread - it's the future, I've tasted it!" a Northern Irish bakery was having the very same flashbulb epiphany.

Happy wrapping

In the last couple of years, wraps have really taken off, and you only need to look in the food sections of high street shops or garages to see how popular they're proving with consumers as a convenient, tasty snack. From busy mums preparing school lunchboxes to late night kebab fans, following an evening in the pub, it seems the tortilla wrap is fast becoming the new sandwich.

The facts on fats

Love blooms for Kingsmill

Allied Bakeries claims its 16-year-old Kingsmill brand is already one of the best-known brands in the UK, but now management feel it is time to "take it on to the next level".

The best of British bakery

Very few people - especially those in the baking industry - can have failed to have heard about the EU Protected Food Name Scheme (EUPFN) in recent months. High-profile cases, such as the Melton Mowbray Pork Pie Association vs Northern Foods, have ensured the idea of protec-ting Britain's food heritage is one of 2007's industry hot topics.

Takeaway: hot beverages

February's round-up of new products, from Productscan, throws up some novel ideas in the international coffee and beverages market. Productscan is an international on-line market intelligence service, published by New York-based Datamonitor.

Tate & Lyle offloads Redpath

Tate & Lyle, the cereal sweete-ners and starches company, has announced the sale of its Canadian sugar refining business, Redpath, to American Sugar Refining, for a net consideration of £132 million.

Greencore growth

Irish food and sugar producer Greencore expects its convenience foods division will drive further growth in 2007, despite recent raw material cost increases and an electrical fire at its largest sandwich facility, Manton Wood.

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