Who shrank all the pies? Greggs downsizes and puts prices up

Britain's biggest bakery chain has reduced the size of several savouries while puffing up prices months after forcing the Government to back down over the “pasty tax”.

On the Menu: Tate & Lyle; Corinthia Hotel; Eggs; The Chocolate Shop; Osprey

This week I've been eating... sugar and spice and all things nice

When is jam not a jam? When the EU says it should be a fruit spread

When is jam not a jam? When the EU says it should be a fruit spread

Politicians do not normally enjoy it when they are ambushed on a television programme.  But Vince Cable, the Business Secretary, is an exception. 

Alan Sugar: Hero or Villain?

Alan Sugar: Hero or Villain?

We know 'e don't like bullshitters. And 'e don't like schmoozers and 'e don't like arse-lickers. So just one question, if we may, Lordsuralan: 'oo do you like?

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Trouble in TOWIE: Mick Norcross quits reality show and bans cameras from nightclub

The Only Way is Essex star Mick Norcross has quit the reality show and banned its cameras from his nightclub, which was a regular venue for the cast.

Market Report: Sugar looks likely to sour ABF success

Flogging cheap clothes has been keeping punters in Primark owner Associated British Foods happy, but City scribblers think the shares are no longer quite so sweet. The Primark to Twinings tea group could be facing bitter times at its European sugar business.

Album: Johnny Marr, The Messenger (Warner Bros)

It's hard to believe this is Marr's first solo album, perhaps because he's played with so many bands since sealing his signature, chiming guitar sound with The Smiths.

Brazil’s big landowners have far too much power

Every 12 days in Brazil, someone gets murdered in a land-related conflict - how do the landowners get away with it?

Duck breast with sweet and sour rhubarb

Duck breast with sweet and sour rhubarb

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Shadow of the spring

There may be snow on the ground but the new beauty season is upon us. Brighten up, says Rebecca Gonsalves

Labour calls for cut in sugar in food would see some breakfast cereals banned

A ban on sugary cereals and high fat foods aimed at children should be considered to help curb obesity, Labour has urged.

Album: Nils Landgren, Christmas with My Friends Vol III (Act Music)

A third Christmas live album by the Swedish trombonist, recorded in a Stockholm church.

St Lucia: Sweet luxury in a tropical hideaway

Room Service: Sugar Beach, A Viceroy Resort Saint Lucia

Last count: Cubans at a Mayan ritual last week

Doomsayers await the end of the world – on 21/12/12

But governments try to reassure their citizens not to panic

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