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Martin Braun-Gruppe has issued a call out for bakery startup with disruptive ideas. Pic: Martin Braun-Gruppe

Martin Braun-Gruppe sets up VC to root out bakery startup disruptors

By Gill Hyslop

The leading European bakery, confectionery and frozen bakery supplier has partnered with AgriTech accelerator StartLife to revolutionise the bakery sector – particularly targeting alternative ingredients and ideas that address the most pressing challenges...

The raft of recipients of IBIE's 2022 Best in Baking Awards will be showcasing their innovations at the non-profit bakery trade show in Las Vegas in September. Pic: GettyImages/doomu

The 2022 Best in Baking recipients pioneering the bakery of the future

By Gill Hyslop

Grupo Bimbo’s sustainably baked Supán & OroWeat 100% Whole Grain Organic Bread, Dawn Foods’ Women’s Leadership Development Programme and Apex Motion Control’s Baker-Bot are among the raft of recipients to receive the coveted Best in Baking Awards...

Three Scottish companies have been shortlisted as the FDF's 2022 Award finalists. Pic: GettyImages/Andrew Brookes/Image Source

Nairn’s Oatcakes shortlisted for 2022 FDF Award

By Gill Hyslop

Nairn’s Oatcakes is one of three of Scotland’s leading producers to be nominated for the FDF Awards 2022 – to be announced in September – which celebrates exceptional talent, excellence and innovation in the industry.

Scottish Bakers - through its National Food and Drink Training arm - is a leading UK independent provider of high-quality apprenticeship and skills training. Pic: GettyImages/andresr

Scottish Bakers’ training arm gains best practice accreditation

By Gill Hyslop

National Food and Drink Training (NFDT) – the training arm of Scottish Bakers – has been accredited to the matrix Standard, which recognises the quality of its apprenticeship programmes and skills courses to meet the needs of an increasingly complex landscape.

The Real Bread Campaign is urging bakers to think of all communities during Sourdough September. Pic: GettyImages/aristotoo/Mediterranean

Real Bread Campaign’s call for support

By Gill Hyslop

The Real Bread Campaign is calling on bakers, retailers, caterers and passionate bread advocates to underscore its mission to get Defra to consider its Honest Crust Act, as well as to consider everyone in the upcoming month-long ‘bread for all’ event.

Meals and More Summer Lunch Club with Scotland's National Chef Gary Maclean. Pic: Brakes

Brakes ramps up its attack on school holiday hunger

By Gill Hyslop

UK foodservice wholesaler Brakes has pledged another £500,000 over the next five years to support Meals & More in its ongoing fight to end holiday hunger, bringing its total contribution to the charity to over £1m.

Robb MacKie. Pic: ABA

ABA’s Robb MacKie to step down after 17 years at the helm

By Gill Hyslop

The American Bakers Association (ABA) has announced that Robb MacKie will step down as president and CEO at the end of 2022, after 17 years overseeing all aspects of ABA’s administration and operations, representing the interests of almost 800,000 skilled...

Giving bakers a fighting chance as the flour price continues to soar

Giving bakers a fighting chance as the flour price continues to soar

By Gill Hyslop

The runaway flour price – caused by the atrocious weather in North American wheat-growing areas in 2021, the Russian invasion of Ukraine and rising fuel costs – is expected to have a long-lasting impact on the bakery industry – meaning bakers need to...

UK manufacturers and importers of 10 or more tonnes of plastic packaging are expected to submit their PPT return by end of July or face penalties. Pic: GettyImages/Rafmaster

Are you Plastic Packaging Tax return ready?

By Gill Hyslop

Packaging data specialist Ecoveritas has issued a reminder to UK businesses to be prepared to submit their Plastic Packaging Tax (PPT) return before the end of July.

Research has found that consumers are still leaning towards treats that are higher in fat, salt and sugar, despite the proposed restrictions. Pic: GettyImages/Peter Cade

Gauging the consumer appetite for HFSS treats

By Gill Hyslop

Research by innovation intelligence platform Vypr around the National Food Strategy revealed 83% of consumers believe there is a need for new or reformulated food products that are healthier, however, the appetite for so-called ‘unhealthy’ food remains.

How Finsbury has defied crippling headwinds to remain buoyant

How Finsbury has defied crippling headwinds to remain buoyant

By Gill Hyslop

The UK bakery group’s FY2021 record results defied what was then considered one of the toughest markets in living history, and has continued to demonstrate ‘resilience and a strategic focus’ despite an even rougher environment this year.

FDF UK and Scotland extend vital helping hands to the food and beverage sector. Pic: GettyImages/Kelvin Murray

FDF UK and Scotland rally to improve food affordability and health

By Gill Hyslop

Food and Drink Federation (FDF) UK has published a cross-government approach to ensure the sector continues to deliver consumer choice, affordability and tangible gains for the economy, while FDF Scotland applauds the sector's steps towards health.

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