4 August 2007

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  • Focus On Home Baking

    04 Aug 2007

    Sales growth has been static, but home baking is slowly gaining a new legion of followers – with a little encouragement from celebrity chefs. Helen Gregory reports

  • interest rate and commodity price hikes

    04 Aug 2007

    Are rising interest rates and commodity prices affecting the type of products you are sourcing? Yes90% No10% Are you changing your ranges as a result of high interest rates and commodity prices? Yes80% No20% Will you be sourcing more premium...

  • Six of the Best: cereals

    04 Aug 2007

    Star buyer: Stuart Hargreaves senior buyer, Morrisons Hargreaves joined Morrisons in 1983, working part-time two evenings a week after college. Between 1987 and 1989, he worked within operations, fresh and frozen food. In 1989 he became part of a...

  • Buyer survey - commodity prices

    04 Aug 2007

    Rising interest rates and escalating commodity prices are expected to prompt major changes in supermarket ranges, according to grocery buyers, but in most cases, not just yet.This summer's deluge, which has devastated pea, broccoli, cabbage...

  • Six of the best - cereals

    04 Aug 2007

    Rising wheat prices have challenged cereal suppliers recently, and the star buyers in this month's Six of the Best have been singled out by companies for their help and co-operation in these tough times.Stuart Hargreaves, senior buyer at...

  • 1% starch threshold proposals blasted

    06 Aug 2007

    Trading Standards officers have criticised an FSA proposal to set a 1% threshold below which meat processors wouldn't have to tell consumers about starch and protein added to a product. They are concerned consumers will be misled if the information...

  • 3663 agrees deal to supply Pizza Express

    06 Aug 2007

    Foodservice giant 3663 First For Foodservice has won a multi-million pound contract to supply Pizza Express restaurants from struggling wholesaler Woodward Foodservice. The contract to supply the chain's 334 restaurants with frozen and ambient...

  • A helping hand - or a hindrance?

    06 Aug 2007

    The most significant change in retail planning guidance for more than a decade is about to take place. In less than eight weeks the government will unveil details of its draft revision of 2005's Planning Policy Statement 6 (PPS6). A key plank of the...

  • acid test - Fruitasia and Little Stars

    06 Aug 2007

    Expert's verdict: 6/10 ?The only thing that lets this down is the packaging, which looks second-rate and is unlikely to have much appeal for women. There are too many colours going on and the name makes it sound Oriental. The taste, however, is...

  • Artisan suppliers hit by flood losses

    06 Aug 2007

    Many small organic and artisan suppliers have been devastated by last week's floods in the south of England with a likely impact on quality, price and quantity for months and years to come. Tamara Schipu, who represents regional suppliers...

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