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Food safety starts with ingredient quality and handling, Mikey’s CEO said

Chef-turned-CEO of gluten-free bakery brand Mikey’s, Michael Tierney, has underscored the proper handling of ingredients at the beginning stages of food production is crucial.

Grupo Bimbo outlook remains positive after co-founder’s death: Analyst

Grupo Bimbo is expected to maintain growth after the death of the Mexican bakery magnate Don Lorenzo Servitje Sendra, who founded the company in the 1940s, says an analyst.

Rust continues to damage world wheat supplies

Scientists are warning that wheat crops around the world could be severely battered by a fungal disease if not quickly contained.

Winter Fancy Food show 2017

Ozery Bakery launches new single-serve pita bread against declining segment sales

Family-owned Ozery Bakery unveiled its latest single-serve Muesli Morning Rounds at the Winter Fancy Food Show in San Francisco this year. 

Exact Mixing creates higher hydration levels of flour and water for bakery manufacturers

Exact Mixing, part of Reading Bakery Systems (RBS), has launched a Hydrobond Technology for even hydration of a dry ingredient stream (such as flour) before it enters a continuous mixer.

General Mills, Grupo Bimbo and Hostess post dramatically different sales results

IRI releases bakery data, highlighting pies and cakes category growth

BakeryandSnacks analyzes IRI’s multi-outlets with c-stores data regarding the bakery category for the 52 weeks ending December 25, 2016.

Ardent Mills joins partners to help feed Africa

The US flour-milling and ingredients company has joined General Mills, Cargill, Royal DSM, Buhler and The Hershey Company in assisting eight African countries to feed themselves.

Weight Watchers bread range gains listings at Canada’s supermarket chain Longo

Canadian supermarket chain Longo has started carrying a line of Weight Watcher-branded breads to offer consumers a guilt-free bakery option.

Brexit blamed for Pizza Factory job losses, says Unite

Theresa May’s ‘hard exit’ Brexit has been partly blamed by bosses for the imminent threat to 280 jobs at The Pizza Factory in Nottingham, UK.

Goodman Fielder’s major restructuring strategy; cuts 200 jobs

More than 200 jobs could be lost under restructuring plans by the Australian bakery giant.

Entrepreneur sees demand for bakery processing equipment following eCommerce Hub success

Entrepreneur George Spears, of ePurchasing Network (ePN), has created an eCommerce Hub for resellers (dealers) and distributors.

Industry welcomes GFIA, the UK's gluten-free trade group

UK food firms have created the Gluten Free Industry Association (GFIA) to promote best practice manufacturing tips, gluten testing and ingredient sourcing for the free-from sector's most lucrative category. 

Protect Britain’s bees: ban pesticides on wheat, calls environmental group

Friends of the Earth is appealing to DEFRA to cut pesticide use on wheat as part of its post-Brexit farming policy.

What do executives from bakery and snack industry expect in 2017?

BakeryandSnacks correspondent has collected comments from several renowned US CPG brands about their business plans for 2017, and what direction the food industry is headed.

US farmer/bakery partnership produces 100% proprietary flour

Izzio Artisan Bakery has partnered with local millers and farmers to create a proprietary flour blend that’s 100% traceable.

Allinson’s unveils new bread loaf size designed for smaller households

The UK bakery has launched a range of 12-slice 650g bread loaves based on customer insights.

Braskem in $957m penalty over illicit bribes to Brazilian government officials

Brazilian-based petrochemical manufacturer Braskem has agreed to pay $957m to settle charges it created false books and records to conceal millions of dollars in illicit bribes to Brazilian government officials...

2017 salt targets in danger of failing, warns CASH

The caution was issued by the health watchdog after a survey revealed that a number of branded crumpets still contain a high sodium content.

Flowers Foods to sell Specialty Blending business, focusing on branded bakery foods

One of the largest yeast and bakery ingredient products and solutions firm in the US, AB Mauri, has reached an agreement to acquire the business and assets of Specialty Blending...

SternLife serves up high-protein breakfast ideas for food manufacturers

The German functional food specialist has launched a range of protein-fortified products to put onto the breakfast table.

Pre-gelatinized flours boost bakeries’ clean label credentials

Kröner-Stärke (KS) has developed a range of pre-gelatinized flours and starches for the baked goods market that it claims will give professional bread manufacturers the edge on their competition....

News in brief

Man jailed for smuggling cigarettes hidden under baguettes

A lorry driver has been jailed after being caught smuggling cigarettes into the UK hidden under half-baked mouldy baguettes.

Dave’s Killer Breads producer to pay $9m to settle distributor class action lawsuit

Flowers Foods has reached deal to settle a class action lawsuit that alleged it misclassified three distributors as independent contractors, according to a filing to the US Securities and Exchange...

ABA calls FDA’s 10-year sodium reduction guidance ‘premature’

The American Bakers Association (ABA) has sent the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) a letter, complaining that the agency’s 10-year sodium reduction targets will negatively impact baked goods.

Premium Brands extends its business offerings with three acquisitions

US-based specialty food producer Premium Brands has acquired Island City Baking, Conte Foods and Larosa Fine Foods.

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