Market research expert Mintel has revealed that sodium reduction features in its 2010 global Consumer Packaged Goods predictions as "the next major health movement". Mintel director of trends and innovation David Jago said the difference with sodium reduction was that it is being "pushed by food companies and health bodies, not by consumers".
Milligans to expand
Newcastle-based bakery chain Milligans has revealed plans to open five new cafés next year as it continues its expansion across the north, according to nebusiness.co.uk. The chain sold 15 of its bakery shops and a manufacturing site to rival North East Bakery in 2007. It has since set about growing as a coffee shop operator with its brand ’Café M from Milligans’.
Independent family flour miller Marriage’s recently sponsored Baker of the Year categories at the Essex, Suffolk and Norfolk Food and Drink Awards. The bakeries were nominated by the public, before independent judges assessed finalists on their product range, quality and customer service. The Norfolk champion was Steven Winter, Dozen Artisan Bakery; Christine Wright, The Cake Shop, Woodbridge took the Suffolk title; and Essex Baker of the Year went to Simon Cosson, Cosson and Son of Harold Hill.
Dawn’s student day
Dawn Foods recently held an open day for 13 A-level Business Studies students from Pershore High School in Worcestershire. The students were taken on a tour of Dawn’s Evesham production facilities and gained an insight into the history and culture of the company, including a look at the recruitment process.