== EC looks at ABF plan ==

The European Commission has opened an in-depth investigation into a plan by Associated British Foods (ABF) to buy parts of the Dutch yeast producer GB Ingredients. In a statement, EC Competition Commissioner Neelie Kroes said the Commission "must make sure" that the transaction would not affect the quality or price of yeast products in southern Europe.

== Rimini Expo 2009 ==

The International Exhibition of Artisan Gelato, Confectionery & Bakery Production will be back at Rimini Expo Centre from January 17 to 21 2009. The exhibition - which has run for 30 years - will showcase artisan confectionery, pastry, ice-cream and bakery. Next year, it will also have a dedicated coffee area for the first time. More information is available at [http://www.sigep.it].

== Brussels conference ==

CAOBISCO, the Association representing the chocolate, biscuit and confectionery industries of Europe, is holding a one-day event on May 27 in Brussels. It will consider the challenges the industry faces as European Union legislators focus on diet and lifestyle issues. Contact Paula Byrne on +32 2 539 1800 or email paula.byrne@caobisco.be.

== Symphony in plastic ==

Hertfordshire-based Symphony Environmental, which supplies degradable plastics, has signed a deal with South African company Albany Bakeries to supply it with biodegradable plastic packaging for all of its bakery products.

== O’Briens expands ==

O’Briens has opened a café in Glasgow shopping centre Silverburn - its 43rd outlet in Scotland. The café is one of three scheduled to open in Scotland this spring.