== Waitrose motors on ==

Waitrose is to rival M&S in the motorway service station stakes, after striking a deal with operator Welcome Break to open two 2,500sq ft outlets. The first will open on 1 May at Oxford Services at Junction 8a on the M40, followed by another on 15 May at Junction 23 of the M25. It will sell sandwiches and salads, as well as ’top-up’ items, including bread.

== Starbucks’ UK growth ==

Starbucks has announced it plans to open new stores in the UK this year and is looking at new types of locations and formats for its outlets. It opened two new formats in 2008 - Drive Thru and Drive To. "Feedback about these has been positive and we’re looking for new locations throughout the UK," said a spokesperson.

== Anson closes plant ==

Bakery packaging firm Anson Packaging is to close its plant in Wrexham, North Wales, resulting in the loss of 62 jobs. The Cambridgeshire-based firm, part of the Avro Industries group, manufactures sustainable rPET packaging for foodservice, including bakery items. It has been reported that job losses at its sites in Haddenham and Sutton in Cambridgeshire may also occur as it restructures.

== Mey’s carbon labels ==

Food brand Mey Selections has become the first Scottish consumer goods company to put carbon labels on its products. Its Luxury Shortbread and two honey products will carry the Carbon Trust’s Carbon Reduction Label in stores from 1 May, and it aims to have the label on its entire range.

== Campbell acquisition ==

Campbell Soup Company in the US, has acquired New Jersey-based artisan bread maker Ecce Panis and will operate it as a distinct brand in its Pepperidge Farm bakery portfolio.