Independent success

June's National Independents' Day generated 53 items of radio, TV and press coverage, with estimated 'opportunities to see' totalling 70 million, according to organiser FWD. Plans for next year's event, on 1 June, are well underway.

Oil removal

Waitrose will complete the removal of hydrogenated vegetable oil from its bakery and patisserie ranges by October. It has completed the removal from chilled ready meals and expects HVO to be absent from all own-label goods by the end of the year.

Barbecue growth

The value of the UK barbecue market will grow 13% year-on-year to an estimated £330 million in 2006 as good weather extends the season beyond the traditional 16-weeks to a predicted 25-week record, according to coatings manufacturer Witwood Food Products. Consumers are spending double on products compared with five years ago.