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WRAP unveils roadmap to reduce plastic waste

The Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP) has published a roadmap outlining the key steps UK businesses need to take to reduce plastic waste.

FDF sees fall in pre-Brexit business confidence

Business confidence among British food and drink manufacturers has plummeted ahead of Brexit, latest research from the Food and Drink Federation has revealed.

Ashers general manager Daniel McArthur and his wife Amy at the Supreme Court
  (Photo: The Christian Institute )

Court rules in favour of bakery in ‘gay cake’ case

The Supreme Court has ruled that a bakery did not discriminate against a customer by refusing to make a cake supporting gay marriage.

Natasha Ednan-Laperouse's family outside West London coroner's court
  (Photo: PA Wire/PA Images )

Pret pledges to learn from teen’s sesame allergy death

Pret A Manger has said it will make “meaningful change” following the death of a teenager who suffered a fatal allergic reaction to one of its sandwiches.

Bakery giants pledge to halve food waste by 2030

Hovis, Warburtons and Premier Foods are among 90 of the UK’s biggest food retailers and suppliers to pledge to halve food waste by 2030 as part of a “ground-breaking” industry roadmap.

No-deal Brexit is ‘grisly prospect’, warns FDF

The Food & Drink Federation has said government advice for businesses on a no-deal Brexit will have frightened many small and medium food businesses.

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.

Speakers and topics for FOB conference announced

Health, the economy and food safety are to be the key themes of this year’s Federation of Bakers conference.

Bakery manufacturers commit to reducing plastic

Allied Bakeries, Premier Foods and Speedibake are among 42 business to sign up to the UK Plastics Pact, a collaboration to tackle plastic waste.

Tunnocks ad ruled ‘socially irresponsible’

An advert for Tunnocks Tea Cake featuring a female tennis player has been banned by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA), following a single complaint that it was ‘offensive’.

Federation of Bakers and Hovis sign up to Courtauld Commitment 2025

The Federation of Bakers, Hovis and the Real Bread Campaign are among the latest organisations to sign up to Courtauld 2025.

Food Hygiene Rating delivers tangible benefits, says FSA science adviser

The Food Hygiene Rating Scheme has driven up standards, according to the Food Standards Agency’s (FSA’s) chief scientific adviser.

EU introducing legislation on acrylamide reduction

Food businesses must put in place steps to manage acrylamide under EU laws that go into force next year.

WRAP releases guidance on bread labelling to help tackle food waste

The Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP) has released best practice guidance designed to clear up confusion around food labelling, which can lead to food being wasted.

Bakers Basco boosts GPS technology to prevent equipment misuse

Bakers Basco has stepped up its equipment security with the launch of its latest GPS tracking chips across its bread baskets.

Allied Bakeries staff vote in favour of strike action

Drivers and other workers at Allied Bakeries’ West Bromwich site have voted to take strike action in a row over pay.

EU plans too late for many workers, warn trade bosses

Industry bosses have welcomed government plans to allow EU citizens to stay in the UK – but point out that many workers have already left the country.

Former bakery boss disqualified from running a business for five years

A former director of The Royal William Bakery in Plymouth has been disqualified from running a business for the next five years after failing to pay more than £130k in tax bills.

Asda fined £700k after health inspectors find live mouse on baking tray

Asda has been fined £700,000 after Environmental Health Officers found mice droppings and a live mouse at the bakery in its Bromborough store.

Fipronil scandal: now trade cake mixes are withdrawn

Trade packs of cake mixes from suppliers including Domson and Bako have been withdrawn over fears they may be contaminated with fipronil.

Fipronil scandal: Cocovite egg products withdrawn

Certain batches of liquid egg products have been withdrawn in a further escalation of the fipronil contamination scandal.

Windmill Bakery director given suspended jail sentence

A director of Coventry-based Windmill Bakery risks going to prison if he continues to breach an injunction to not use Bakers Basco’s bread baskets.

Warburtons fined £1.9m following bread line injury

Warburtons has been fined £1.9m after a worker trapped his arm in a running conveyor belt.

Drapers Bakery hit by hefty bill in bread baskets misuse case

Tewkesbury-based Drapers Bakery has been ordered to pay £5,500 in costs and damages following persistent misuse of Bakers Basco bread baskets.

New sugar reduction course announced

Sugar Reduction In Foods is a new course from Chipping Campden-based Campden BRI, taking place on 31 October at its Gloucestershire centre.

What was the UK’s most recalled bakery item in 2016?

New research from pest control experts Rentokil has examined the cost of product recalls to the bakery industry, and how they can be avoided. 

Former bakery staff awarded £40,000 at employment tribunal

Five former employees of a Staffordshire bakery business that ceased trading last year have been awarded more than £40,000 by an employment tribunal.

Morrisons fined £55k for selling mouldy pork pie

Morrisons has been fined £55,000 after it sold a mouldy pork pie from the deli counter at its Elvetham Heath store in Fleet, Hampshire.

Manchester bakery fined £14k for mouse droppings

Wong Wong Bakery Limited has been fined more than £14,000 after council health inspectors uncovered a host of food safety violations.

Bells of Lazonby ordered to pay £70k fine over injuries

Gluten-free bakery Bells of Lazonby has been ordered to pay more than £70k following two workers suffering hand injuries while operating machinery.

Sugar reduction targets: the industry reacts

Specific sugar reduction targets have been published by Public Health England today (30 March). But what does this mean for bakers?

Tesco to pay £129m fine for false accounting scandal

Tesco has agreed to pay a £129m fine for false accounting, rather than face prosecution.

Sayers plans to appeal £170k fine

Sayers the Bakers, which was fined £170,000 last week for 13 breaches of food safety laws at a shop and a café in Liverpool, has told British Baker it plans to appeal the level of the fine.

EFSA proposes simplified approach for bakeries on food safety

The European Food Safety Agency (EFSA) has proposed a simpler approach to food safety management in bakeries.

Sayers Infestation

Sayers hit with £170,000 fine over mouse and cockroach infestations

Sayers the Bakers has been fined £170,000 after admitting 13 breaches of food safety laws at a shop and a café in Liverpool.

Metal contamination fear sparks Lotus Bakeries Biscoff biscuit spread recall

Lotus Bakeries has recalled selected batches of its Biscoff Crunchy Biscuit Spreads as they may contain small pieces of metal.

CBA takes action in face of business rates furore

Trade body the Craft Bakers’ Association (CBA) has raised concerns about the impact of business rates hikes with Chancellor Philip Hammond.

Food industry ‘being sacrificed to keep prices low’

Food safety expert professor Chris Elliott has called for a new approach to food at The City Food Lecture 2017.

Coeliac UK to share gluten-free pancake recipes for Shrove Tuesday

Coeliac UK is sharing its ‘tried-and-tested’ gluten-free pancake recipes for Shrove Tuesday (28 February).

Greggs launches first ‘healthier shop’

A new Greggs shop in a hospital in the Midlands is focusing on soups and salads rather than the traditional Greggs fare.

New cake bars from Mrs Crimble’s

Gluten-free brand Mrs Crimble’s is to launch three new cake bars in supermarkets from April.

Real Bread Week 2017 prepares for launch

The Real Bread Campaign (RBC) is calling on bakeries and baking schools to join in the ninth annual Real Bread Week between 6 and 14 May.

Gluten-free bakery expands and rebrands

Primal Joy, which makes all-natural, gluten-free snacks and granolas, has unveiled a new look and improved packaging as part of its continued expansion. 

International businesses partner up to combat child labour

Food and agriculture company Cargill has partnered with the International Cocoa Initiative (ICI), to expand their joint actions on child labour in Côte d’Ivoire.

‘Cake culture’ backlash: Civil servants urged to cut back on sweet treats

Civil service staff have been warned that bringing cake to work for birthdays or other celebrations could be a “public health hazard”.

Lancashire bakery fined £10,000 for mouse droppings

A bakery in Fleetwood has pleaded guilty to three offences under food safety and hygiene legislation after mouse droppings were found on the premises.

Marks & Spencer unveils vegan sandwich range

Marks & Spencer (M&S) is launching its first-ever vegan sandwich range.

Warburtons fined £2m after worker breaks back

A Warburtons worker broke his back after falling nearly two metres at the bakery’s Wednesbury site.

Barton Fabrications awarded SafeContractor accreditation

Storage silo manufacturer Barton Fabrications has secured accreditation from the SafeContractor scheme for its commitment to health and safety.

Yellow Door begin research into ancient grains of healthy baking

Northern Ireland artisan bakery Yellow Door has begun research into using ancient grains for baking healthier bread.

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