Around 140 attendees are expected at the 76th National Federation of Bakery Students Societies and the Institute of Bread Bakers Alliance annual conference in Southport this Bank Holiday weekend.

The event, which runs from April 28 to 30, will include a student competition for bread and confectionery, with 131 entries expected. The Alliance will also hold its AGM at the conference, which has been sponsored by bakery supplier California Raisins. Social activities will include a banquet and a musicals-themed fancy dress buffet.

Paul Morrow, MD of ingredients company Bakels, will take over the presidency from David Tomlinson at the conference, and Simon Solway of Unifine Food & Bake Ingredients becomes president elect.