n Hull-based bakery chain AC Skelton & Sons went into administration on March 27, blaming competition from supermarkets and energy costs. Skelton’s has 43 retail outlets and supplies supermarkets, airlines and food service customers. PricewaterhouseCoopers has been appointed administrator. No-one was available for comment as British Baker went to press.
n Puratos will demonstrate O-tentic, its new ingredient for making sourdoughs. The event, open to all and free to attend, will be held at Mono Equipment in Swansea on 18 and 19 April. Contact Dave Brimley on 07885 967104 for details.
n Pub operator Greene King has teamed up with Coffee Republic to trial a number of the coffee shop chain’s formats at pubs in central London.
n Food industry employees said career progression is the most important factor in deciding to apply for a job, in the latest survey by IGD’s Leading Edge, a networking forum. Some 45.6% rated career progression as the main reason for applying for jobs.
n Warburtons has launched a Strawberry Swirl loaf priced at £1.45. Available from April to September, it has a strawberry and raspberry swirl, with a crustless end.
n Bradford-based film packaging supplier National Flexible’s accreditation has been renewed by the BRC.
n Falko Burkert’s bakery in Edinburgh won the judges’ best producer award in the Observer Food Monthly Food Awards 2007.