n Bakery retail group Lyndale Foods says it saw good trading in the run up to Christmas. The company, which operates the Maison Blanc, Sayers and Hampsons fascia, will complete a strategic review by April, chairman Sandy Birnie told British Baker.
n TeaSmith, a new tea shop concept by John Kennedy and Tomoko Kawase, has opened its first outlet in Spitalfields Market, London. The new store sells 40 types of high-quality Chinese and Japanese tea leaves to be sampled and to take away. The husband and wife team also sells handmade chocolates and cakes to accompany the teas.
n The Duke of York will open a new £1.1m extension at Crantock Bakery’s plant in Indian Queens, Cornwall, on 7 February.
The investment will see an increase in pasty production by 40,000 a day and will create 30 jobs. MD Nick Ringer said the Cornish pasty business was worth £150m a year to the local economy and that the pasty market was increasing abroad.
n Packaging machine company Bradman Lake Group has been granted planning permission for a new multi-million-pound manufacturing site in Norwich. The new site will be home to its Autowrappers and Europack brands, which will start production of packaging machinery in 2007.
n Subway, the world’s largest sandwich chain, opened its 27,000th store in Ealing, west London, on 17 January, owned by franchisees Vishal Kakar and Farris Al-Naqeeb. The chain has opened more than 850 stores in the UK and Ireland, with 20 new stores opening every month in 2006.