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Comment: Kingsmill "youth" appeal bodes well

In the UK branded bakery space, Associated British Foods-owned Kingsmill has youth appeal. The brand, which is operated by ABF's bakery unit...

Comment: Boulder eyes slice of UK gluten-free pie

US health and wellness firm Boulder Brands has acquired a small UK-based gluten-free company, Davies Bakery. The US gluten-free specialist h...

Gluten free: The UK market

Jonathan Thomas | 30 Apr 2013

The UK continues to witness a rapid increase in demand for gluten-free foods. The sector represents the largest within the UK market for free-from foods, targeted at people with food allergies or intolerances, and it is a category seeing dramatic growth.

Gluten free: marketing & regulatory environment

Jonathan Thomas | 30 Apr 2013

As the market for gluten-free foods expands in the future, it is highly likely the way companies target and market their products may undergo some form of change.

City left wondering if more Premier changes ahead

Dean Best | 20 Nov 2012

"Radical" and "decisive" was how one City analyst described Premier Foods' announcement today (20 November) of how wholesale changes to its bread division. But could the Hovis maker have more up its sleeve?

Questions remain for Carrefour, Premier CEOs

Dean Best | 5 Nov 2012

The work the chief executives of Carrefour and Premier Foods - two companies with a lot on their plates - has been welcomed by industry watchers but, writes Dean Best, there are questions hanging over both companies, which had lost their way in recent years.

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Warburtons on free-from plans at home and abroad

Dean Best | 5 Jun 2015

Warburtons, the UK baker, continues to enjoy growth from its free-from unit Newburn Bakehouse as demand for gluten-free bakery products in the UK continues to rise. However, competition is intensifying. Dean Best spoke to Warburtons' free-from director Chris Hook at the Free From Food Expo in Barcelona, to find out more about the group's plans - not just in the UK but, potentially, elsewhere in Europe.

just the answer - Dr Schar UK MD Bob Trice

Dean Best | 26 Feb 2014

Gluten free is a category growing rapidly in a number of markets, including the UK, where mainstream companies like Warburtons, as well as overseas firms like US group Boulder Brands, have moved into the sector. Italy-based Dr Schar is the world's largest gluten-free specialist. Bob Trice, the MD of Dr Schär's UK arm, spoke to Dean Best about the growing competition in and the outlook for the industry.

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Warburtons' Newburn Bakehouse eyes Europe

Dean Best | 5 Jun 2015

Warburtons is weighing up taking its free-from brand Newburn Bakehouse into Europe, the UK baker has told just-food.

Food industry quotes of the week: Divine Chocolate

Hannah Abdulla | 5 Jun 2015

This week, Nestle said it was withdrawing its Maggi noodle brand in India after a food safety scare that has seen local authorities insist the product has elevated levels of lead. Elsewhere, Abbott Laboratories was tied up in a class action lawsuit over its Similac product with allegations it is misleading consumers since the product contains non-organic ingredients. Elsewhere Nomad Holdings confirmed it is in acquisition talks with Findus Group. just-food visited the Free-From Expo in Barcelona this week and spoke to Warburtons among others. We also interviewed the CEO at Divine Chocolate. Here is the week in quotes

Warburtons launches handmade free-from loaves

Hannah Abdulla | 8 Apr 2015

Warburtons is adding handmade, artisan loaves to its free-from range in the UK.

Warburtons adds "premium" loaves to range

Hannah Abdulla | 4 Nov 2014

Warburtons has added a line of "premium" loaves to its bakery range.

ABF launches Kingsmill sandwich thins in UK

Katy Askew | 3 Sep 2014

Allied Bakeries, the bakery unit of Associated British Foods, is extending the Kingsmill brand with the launch of a line of sandwich thins.

Hovis eyes Leicester bakery closure

Dean Best | 24 Jul 2014

UK bread maker Hovis has put forward plans to close a plant in Leicester to "simplify" its production network.

Sales, operating profit up at baker Warburtons

Dean Best | 3 Jul 2014

Privately-owned UK baker Warburtons has reported higher annual sales and operating profits in its most recent accounts - although the absence of a dividend from a subsidiary hit its bottom line.

Warburtons expands presence in gluten-free sector

Hannah Abdulla | 7 May 2014

Baker Warburtons is bolstering its presence in the gluten free sector with the launch of new gluten free sandwich thins under its Newburn Bakehouse brand.

UK baker Warburtons given go-ahead for new plant

Hannah Abdulla | 10 Mar 2014

Warburtons has received planning permission for a new plant in Burnley, the UK baker said today (10 March).

Editor's choice: highlights on just-food last week

Dean Best | 3 Mar 2014

Tesco's bid to try again to revitalise its UK sales grabbed the headlines this week and we looked at the retailer's moves to build a multichannel business. just-food also reported from the Gulfood trade fair in Dubai, where we met a series of senior executives including Mondelez International's regional boss. Our interview pages this week also featured the boss of gluten-free firm Dr Schär's UK arm and the CFO of Scandinavian dairy giant Arla Foods.

Quote, unquote: just-food's week in words

Hannah Abdulla | 10 Feb 2014

Sales growth at Hain Celestial fell slightly short of expectations, prompting the question of whether the natural and organic group is trying to run before it can walk. Elsewhere analysts picked up on Wal-Mart's failure to impress with its quarterly figures. Kellogg results also fell short and CEO John Bryant insisted the initial start-up costs of Project K will pay off in the long term.

Warburtons ad banned over "biggest baker" claims

Hannah Abdulla | 5 Feb 2014

The UK's Advertising Standards Authority has banned an advert from bread maker Warburtons after its claims it is London's biggest baker.

UK baker Warburtons eyes new plant

Dean Best | 2 Jan 2014

UK baker Warburtons is planning to build a new facility at its site in Burnley to produce its range of "sandwich alternatives" lines.

Warburtons continues international scale-back

Katy Askew | 28 Aug 2013

UK baker Warburtons has continued to reel in its fledgling international businesses with the confirmation that it will exit the French market.

Editor's choice: highlights on just-food this week

Dean Best | 28 May 2013

Plum Organics this week joined Happy Family and Ella's Kitchen as three organic baby food brands set to have new, multinational owners. Campbell Soup Co. is to buy Plum, joining Danone and Hain Celestial as three food majors that have looked to invest in the growing category in just a month.

Warburtons buys garlic bread firm Giles Foods

Michelle Russell | 21 May 2013

Baker Warburtons has acquired UK garlic bread producer Giles Foods for an undisclosed sum.

PepsiCo's Campbell to join Warburtons as MD

Dean Best | 25 Mar 2013

PepsiCo executive Neil Campbell is set to become the managing director of UK baker Warburtons.

Quote, unquote: just-food's week in words

Michelle Russell | 4 Mar 2013

UK retailer Tesco grabbed the headlines last week as the horsemeat saga rumbled on. CEO Philip Clarke announced a raft of changes to its supply chain, including a promise to source all fresh chicken from within the UK. Elsewhere, just-food spoke with Genius CEO Roz Cuschieri about its plans for the Finsbury free-from brand it is set to acquire, and the CEO of Hostess Brands announced the successful sales of the majority of its bread units to Flowers Foods.

Warburtons to cut bakery jobs

Katy Askew | 28 Feb 2013

UK baker Warburtons is mulling potential job cuts at its Variety bakery in Bolton.

Allied Bakeries launches Allinson high fibre line

Michelle Russell | 5 Feb 2013

Associated British Foods has added to its Allinson bakery line in the UK in addition to launching a GBP1m (US$1.6m) marketing campaign, which includes the first TV ad for the brand for a decade.

Editor's choice: the highlights on just-food

Katy Askew | 28 Jan 2013

This week saw the debate around the food industry's role in the obesity epidemic come to the fore once again, as the UK Government warned that the industry must do more or face the possibility of legislation. The inauguration of Barack Obama for his second term in office gave us a timely opportunity to look at what has been achieved under his administration - and what could be in store for US food makers. Meanwhile, news that Christine Tacon has been named UK Groceries Code Adjudicator put supply chain relationships firmly in the spotlight. We were able to delve a little deeper into Tacon's take on the subject when we interviewed her shortly after her appointment.

Quote, unquote: just-food's week in words

Michelle Russell | 25 Jan 2013

just-food managed to secure a number of key interviews with leading industry figures this week, including that of the new Groceries Code Adjudicator, Christine Tacon, who outlined her new role and the challenges she might face. Other interviews included Warburton's free-from director Chris Hook Plum Organics CEO Neil Grimmer who told just-food about the firm's recent acquisition of Plum UK. Elsewhere, Unilever CEO Paul Polman told of his disappointment at the performance of its food division last year and the horsemeat scandal rumbled on.

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What's the outlook for gluten-free in Europe?

Dean Best | 3 Jun 2015

The development of markets for gluten-free products in the UK and the US has grabbed much of the sector's attention in recent years but what are the opportunities in Europe? just-food has headed to Barcelona this week to find out.

Can UK food sector avert talent shortfall?

Katy Askew | 12 Sep 2014

The UK's food and drink sector is working to attract the "next generation of leaders" through efforts such as the Feeding Britain's Future initiative - but is this too little too late?

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