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Warburtons has been given the green light for its new factoryUK: Warburtons given go-ahead for new plant

10 March 2014

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

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

3 March 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.

just the answer - Dr Schar UK MD Bob Trice

26 February 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.

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

10 February 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.

UK: Warburtons ad banned over "biggest baker" claims

5 February 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: Warburtons eyes new plant

2 January 2014

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

FRANCE: Warburtons continues international scale-back with French exit

28 August 2013

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

Interview: Freedom Foods Group eyes US, NPD for growth

4 July 2013

Australia-based Freedom Foods Group is targeting expansion overseas for the next stage of growth from its allergen-free business, of which gluten-free is its largest business. In an interview with Dean Best, MD Rory Macleod outlines the company's plans, explains why gluten-free need to focus more on taste and defends Australia's threshold on gluten.

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

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.

UK: Warburtons buys garlic bread firm Giles Foods

21 May 2013

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

Comment: US firm Boulder eyes slice of UK gluten-free pie

3 May 2013

US health and wellness firm Boulder Brands has acquired a small UK-based gluten-free company, Davies Bakery. The US gluten-free specialist has ambitions to expand the UK business well beyond Davies' current scale. However, Katy Askew suggests, Boulder is likely to come up against stiff competition in the increasingly crowded space of the UK gluten-free sector.

Gluten free: The UK market

30 April 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: The marketing and regulatory environment

30 April 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.

The just-food interview - Associated British Foods CEO George Weston

24 April 2013

Discount clothing chain Primark again grabbed the headlines for Associated British Foods as it booked higher half-year profits and sales - and saw its shares hit a record high. But what about ABF's grocery business? Dean Best spoke with CEO George Weston about the performance of and prospects for the UK group's food operations.

UK: PepsiCo's Campbell to join Warburtons as MD

25 March 2013

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

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

4 March 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.

just the answer - Genius Foods CEO Roz Cuschieri

1 March 2013

UK gluten-free specialist Genius Foods has experienced phenomenal growth since its inception three years ago. Genius has become a leader in the UK's fast-growing gluten-free sector and is set on expanding its presence still further. As part of this drive, it plans to buy out venture partner Finsbury Food Group. Michelle Russell spoke with Genius's CEO Roz Cuschieri.

UK: Warburtons to cut bakery jobs

28 February 2013

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

UK: Allied Bakeries launches Allinson high fibre line

5 February 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 this week

28 January 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

25 January 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.

INTERVIEW: Warburtons plots free-from drive

22 January 2013

Warburtons has unveiled an ambitious plan for its free-from business. The UK baker intends to double sales of free-from products during 2013. Katy Askew caught up with Warburtons free-from director Chris Hook to find out how this can be achieved.

UK: Warburtons adds rolls to Half & Half line

18 January 2013

UK baker Warburtons has extended its Half & Half bread offering further with the launch of sliced rolls.

UK: Warburtons eyes free-from top spot

16 January 2013

Warbutons aims to double its free-from sales during 2013 with a view to becoming the largest brand in the growing free-from sector.

UK: Warburtons plots major brand spend

4 January 2013

Warburtons has said it will launch a GBP16m (US$26m) marketing campaign to "future-proof" its brand, after confirming the loss of 55 jobs via the closure of its Blackpool plant.

UK: Warburtons confirms closure of Blackpool facility

4 January 2013

UK baker Warburtons has announced the closure of its plant in Blackpool amid increasing competition in the sector.

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

4 January 2013

Despite the week being a shorter one due to the Christmas break, the news has continued to roll in. One deal in particular that has dominated the headlines is Hormel's acquisition of Unilever's Skippy brand. Hormel CEO Jeff Ettinger is confident the deal will allow it to grow its share of the US nuts and spreads category. Elsewhere, just-food spoke with Tyrrells about the firm's export plans, while Dole got analyst tongues wagging after issuing a worse than expected profit outlook.

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

17 December 2012

Barry Callebaut CEO Juergen Steinemann last week insisted its acquisition of Petra Foods' cocoa ingredients unit will strengthen its future with the deal making it the world's largest processor of cocoa and high-quality cocoa powder. Elsewhere, the European Commission said it would come forward with ideas for a grocery code adjudicator by next autumn if no system of self-regulation is put into place. Parmalat, meanwhile, confirmed a raid on its offices over tax investigations, and David Heath, UK minister for environment, food and rural affairs said his department was working with the UK Government to identify export priority markets.

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

17 December 2012

The top two stories on just-food's pages last week included Barry Callebaut's deal to buy Petra Foods' cocoa ingredients business and the European Commission's warning it will come forward with ideas for a grocery code adjudicator next autumn if no system of self-regulation is in place. Elsewhere, there has been a focus on the dairy sector with FrieslandCampina announcing plans to cut over 200 jobs across its business in Germany, and Parmalat having had its offices raided by Italy's financial police over an investigation into tax. We also brought you news from the FDEA's UK export event in London where just-food was an exclusive partner.

UK: Warburtons pulls bread lines from central Europe

10 December 2012

UK baker Warburtons has pulled its bread lines from sale in Tesco stores in central Europe.

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