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Coeliac UK announce £180k gluten-free research fund

Bakery businesses are being urged to apply for a slice of a new research fund worth £180,000 from Coeliac UK and Innovate UK.

Coeliac UK appoints food waste expert as CEO

Coeliac UK has appointed Hilary Croft as its new CEO.

Pret acquires Eat to drive veggie store expansion

Pret A Manger is to buy food and drink retailer Eat – and plans to convert the brand’s shops to vegetarian Veggie Prets.

Help for Heroes reveals UK forces’ favourite cakes

Lemon drizzle is the UK’s favourite baked good – a view supported by the Royal Navy and Royal Air Force (RAF), according to new research from charity Help for Heroes.

McVitie’s and Mind team up for mental health campaign

McVitie’s is partnering with charity Mind to launch a campaign aimed at promoting positive mental health by encouraging people across the UK to get talking.

Roberts targets gut health with digestion boost loaves

Roberts Bakery is tapping the burgeoning gut health trend with the launch of a three-strong range of Digestion Bloomers.

Businesses warned of food hygiene rating scam

Food businesses have been warned about a scam involving the Food Hygiene Rating Scheme.

Four lessons from the 2019 BSB spring conference

Dozens of bakers, suppliers and retailers gathered at Campden BRI’s site in Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire last week for the British Society of Baking’s spring conference.

Coeliac diagnosis inspires launch of cake business

A former finance assistant has developed an online cake-making business after being diagnosed with coeliac disease.

Campden BRI seeks help for egg alternatives project

Campden BRI is launching a project to investigate non-allergenic egg replacements.

Anger at timing of HFSS advertising consultation

Health chiefs have come under fire for launching a consultation on advertising of foods high in fat, sugar or salt (HFSS) while the industry faces Brexit.

Mr Kipling expands lower-sugar cake slices range

Premier Foods has rolled out lower-sugar versions of its Mr Kipling Angel and Chocolate Slices.

Bakery event aims to tackle period stigma

Period-themed pancakes and tampon macarons are to be served at a London eatery, which is taking part in what has been dubbed the UK’s biggest-ever brunch.

Cafés urged to apply calorie labelling to scones

Coffee shops and cafés in Northern Ireland should consider applying calorie labelling to scones, according to the Food Standards Agency.

Asda labels buns and baps to raise cancer awareness

Asda is stickering items including buns, baps and pancakes to raise awareness of breast cancer.

Pret food safety chief warns of incident reporting delays

Pret A Manger food safety boss Tim Smith has urged for change in the way allergen-related deaths and serious incidents are reported.

McVitie’s promotes mental health initiative

McVitie’s has joined forces with charity initiative Time to Change to promote conversations around mental health on Time to Talk Day (7 February 2019).

The F word: why bakers need to take note of fibre

Gut health is so hot right now. The trend for fermented food has got people sipping on kombucha, adding kimchi to scrambled eggs and scoffing sourdough like it’s going out of fashion.

Burton’s launches Maryland sugar-free cookies

Burton’s Biscuit Company is targeting consumers looking to cut down on sugar with its latest piece of NPD – Maryland Sugar Free Cookies.

Tesco boosts fibre content in pies and chilled bread

Tesco has increased the fibre content of own-label baked items, including pies, pasties, sausage rolls and chilled breads.

Pladis extends Go Ahead with snacking bar NPD

Pladis has extended snacking brand Go Ahead with two new ranges – Nutty Crunch and Fruit & Nut Breaks.

Timing of promotions ban consultation rapped by FDF

Health chiefs have been branded “out of touch with economic realities” for launching a consultation on banning price promotions while suppliers are facing the threat of a ‘no-deal’ Brexit.

‘Sugar tax’ schemes backed by 60% of consumers

In the week health chiefs have again raised the idea of taxing cakes and puddings, more than half of consumers have said they back ‘sugar tax’-style initiatives.

PHE plans for 1,040-calorie limit on pizzas revealed

Health chiefs are considering setting tough calorie caps on a wide range of take-away and restaurant foods.

Bakers at risk from heat-related health problems

Bakers are among the professions at risk from heat-related health problems, a study has revealed.

Coopland & Son fined £160k for flour dust offence

East Yorkshire bakery business Coopland & Son has been fined almost £160,000 after exposing its staff to flour dust.

FSA reassures bakers over selling well-fired bread

Bakers can sell well-fired loaves as long as they follow acrylamide mitigation steps, the Food Standards Agency (FSA) has stated.

Allied Bakeries overhauls Burgen brand

Allied Bakeries is hoping to “breathe new life” into its Burgen brand with a major revamp, including a packaging overhaul and celebrity partnerships.

Supermarkets to review bakery allergen labelling

Asda, Sainsbury’s and Tesco are set to improve allergen labelling across their in-store bakeries.

Coeliac vaccine enters phase two clinical trials

A vaccine for people with coeliac disease is one step closer, as phase two clinical trials get underway across Australia.

Ulrick & Short launches fat alternative for pastry

Ulrick & Short has developed a new fat alternative for bakers looking to reduce the calorie content of shortcrust pastry.

Government to launch consultation on mandatory folic acid fortification

A consultation is to be launched next year on mandatory fortification of flour with folic acid.

One in five shoppers thinks about health when buying on-the-go snacks

Twenty-one percent of consumers say health is a feature they look for when choosing a snack to eat on the go, according to a survey by Carrs Foods.

Folic acid fortification to be mandatory, claims report

Fortification of flour with folic acid is to become mandatory in the UK, according to national media reports.

Callebaut debuts 1% added sugar milk chocolate

Chocolate manufacturer Barry Callebaut has launched a 1% added sugar chocolate called Ecl1pse under its Callebaut brand.

Fry’s launches vegan baked goods into Sainsbury’s

Vegan food company The Fry Family Food Co is launching a range of chilled meat-alternative products exclusively at Sainsbury’s.

Pret to list all ingredients on fresh-made lines following teenager's allergen death

Pret A Manger has pledged to list all ingredients, including allergens, on products that are freshly made in its kitchens.

Sainsbury’s croissants are recalled in nut allergy scare

Sainsbury’s has recalled its in-store bakery all-butter croissants because they contain almond filling that is not declared on packaging.

Axe puddings from school menus, urge Scots dentists

Sugary puddings should be dropped from school lunch menus, according to the Faculty of Dental Surgery of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow.

Scientists say further research needed on gluten and type 1 diabetes link

Scientists say more research is required to determine if there is a link between gluten intake and type 1 diabetes.

NHS Trust: ‘We do not want to replace Cornish pasties’

Hospital chiefs have insisted they do not want to replace the Cornish pasty – despite suggesting they could be made with filo rather than the traditional pastry.

Coeliac disease diagnosis rate rises to 30% in the UK

Coeliac UK has announced that diagnosis of coeliac disease in the UK has risen from 24% to 30%.

Low-carb diets should be discouraged, says study

Weight loss diets that switch out carbs in favour of meat or fat are associated with a higher mortality rate, according to a new study.

Mindful baking workshop aims to combat stress

A new workshop is combining bread making with the idea of ‘mindfulness’.

Kara reduces sugar in Tulip muffin range

Kara, Finsbury Food Group’s foodservice brand, has redeveloped its Tulip muffin range with less sugar.

Sugar tax has ‘little impact’ on consumer behaviour

The sugar tax imposed on soft drinks, and suggested for bakery items such as cakes and biscuits, has had little impact on consumer behaviour, Nielsen research has revealed.

Bakers urged to use high-fibre alternative flours

Bakers could capitalise on the wellness trend by introducing more fibre-rich flours into their recipes, a registered nutritional therapist has claimed.

Warburtons rolls out new gluten-free wraps

Warburtons has unveiled its first new free-from products since dropping the Newburn Bakehouse branding from its gluten-free range

Severe obesity in Year 6 schoolkids hits record high

The proportion of 10 to 11-year-old children who are severely obese has reached a record high, according to new figures.

B-Tempted launches gluten-free vegan range

Free-from brand B-Tempted has unveiled a selection of gluten-free vegan cupcakes and muffins.

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