Lees stays ahead

Lees Foods has predicted its full year pre-tax profit will be ahead of expectations despite the rising cost of raw materials. The group, which owns confectionery manufacturer Lees of Scotland and Waverley Bakery, reported that sales had increased by 6% in the six months to 30 June, up from £9.6m to £10.2m. Gross profit increased 5% to £3.4m.

Warburtons’ drive

Warburtons has launched a new £2.4m marketing campaign aimed at driving incremental bakery sales at lunchtime. The campaign started with the sponsorship of a new ITV1 weekday show called There’s No Taste Like Home, which is fronted by TV chef Gino D’Acampo.

Free-from importance

Free-from has hit the big time, according to speakers at a recent Food and Drink Innovation Network (FDIN) seminar. David Jago from market research firm Mintel said UK retail sales of free-from food were set to hit £519m by 2016, and were still growing at nearly 10% year-on-year.

Roberts’ charity event

Roberts Bakery hosted its first charity ball on Saturday, 24 September, in aid of

The Genesis Breast Cancer Prevention Appeal, and raised more than £21,000 for the cause. Radio presenter Michelle Eagleton was compère.