20 April, 2007
n Bakery chain Greggs plans to trial keeping shops open until the early hours to tempt people coming out of pubs and clubs. The company said in a statement: "Late night opening will offer a new opportunity and we intend to trial the concept in a number of locations, starting with the Sunderland area."
n In the latest poll on British Baker's [http://www.bakeryinfo.co.uk] website, some 36% of respondents said they believed freshly made sandwiches were the best way to draw customers into bakery shops, followed by friendly staff and hot drinks, both at 20%.Seating and toilet facilities were seen as the most important factor by 9% of participants, followed by quality drinks (4%) and internet access (2%).n Subway has announced it will roll out deep-dish-style personal pizzas to its 13,000-plus sites in the US, after years of in-store trials. The company is to start installing high-speed commercial ovens across its US estate.n Latest research from Mintel shows sales of chilled desserts, like cream cakes, cheesecakes and trifle, have increased by 40% since 2001, to reach just over £390 million in 2006. n Portadown based Irwin's Bakery scooped the Excellence in Marketing Achievement accolade at the 2007 Belfast Telegraph Northern Ireland Business Awards.n Will readers who know James Thomas Foreman please contact British Baker on 01293 846 591. Known as Jim Foreman - 'the man with the bowtie' - he worked in the industry for over 40 years for firms including Betabake, Wonderloaf, British Arkady and SRS Puratos.