St. Louis / MO. (wib) Panera Bread Company reports that revenue jumped 28 percent in the second quarter as its systemwide same-store sales climbed 2,3 percent for the four weeks ended June 26. In that period, company-owned bakery-cafe sales rose 2,1 percent and sales in franchise-operated units were up 2,4 percent.
London / UK. (wib) Pre-packed sandwiches may contain the same amount of salt as a Big Mac. A study, carried out by health lobby group Consensus Action on Salt and Health (CASH), suggests that many sandwiches bought at retail outlets contain more than a third of the day´s recommended salt intake.
Brussels / EU. (wib) The European Nutrition and Health Claims Regulation came with the beginning of July into force. That means, food companies will only be able to make claims about their nutritional or health benefits approved by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).
Southport / AU. (wib) Australian Retail Food Group Limited (RFG) manages under licence the Donut King and bb´s cafe brands throughout Australia and New Zealand. With headquarter in Queensland RFG now announces that the group´s interest in Brumby´s Bakeries Holdings Limited surpasses 90 percent.
Schaumburg / IL. (acn) The «dog days of summer» may not have originally been coined because of hot dogs, but given the sheer volume sold during summer months, it´s not a stretch to imagine why the phrase could be appropriate.
Northfield / IL. (kf) Kraft Foods Inc. announced that it has made a binding offer to acquire the global biscuit business of Groupe Danone for 5,3 billion Euro (7,2 billion USD) in cash. As required by French law, Danone must consult with its Works Council prior to entering into a definitive agreement.
Nashville / TN. (nbj) Tennessee Bun Co. and Nashville Bun Co. recently expanded its contract with its largest customer McDonald´s to supply buns and rolls to locations in Puerto Rico. McDonald´s footprint there encompasses 112 restaurants.
Shanghai / CN. (wib) The price of mooncakes will rise by more than ten percent ahead of the Mid-Autumn Festival, which falls on September 25 this year, according to the Shanghai Food Association Bakery Commission.
Bagsvaerd / DK. (nz) Novozymes is entering a new partnership with the Center for Sustainable and Green Chemistry and the Department of Chemical Engineering at The Technical University of Denmark (DTU).
Presov / SK. (wib) Sarisske Pekarne a Cukrarne A.S. reports total sales of 294 million SKK in 2006 – plus 5,1 percent in relation to 2005. Production costs grew by 8,6 percent to 221,8 million SKK. The industrial bakery company generated added value of 125,6 million SKK.