n Brennans Bakery in Ireland has teamed up with Irish tour operator Sunway for an online promotion. An offer on the wrappings of Brennans’ half-pan packs directs consumers to a website, [http://www.sunway.ie/brennans]. They can book holidays with a E100 discount, and have a chance of winning a four-star holiday.
n Earls bakery shop in the Arndale Centre in Eastbourne has been shut, with rising overheads and competition from companies such as Starbucks and Millies Cookies blamed. It had been operating for 12 years. Owners Simon Knight and Stuart Cowley-Wenham said that they would concentrate on their five other shops in East Sussex.
n Australia-based KH Foods has sold its cake business to George Weston Foods of Canada. KH Foods plans to use the proceeds to pay off debt, with a write-off of more than AU$15 million.
n Atchison Topeka, a Worcester-based food ingredients distributor, has been awarded a rolling two-year distribution contract with ingredients manufacturer Dawn Food Products. The Evesham-based UK operation of Dawn Foods is celebrating its 15th anniversary this year.
n Greggs North East is asking budding bakers to send in favourite recipes to their local Greggs store. It aims to put together a cookbook to raise money for the North of England Children’s Cancer Research fund. The book is set to go on sale in time for Christmas.
n Two sister bakery shops in Cumbria, called The Bread Shop, will now both operate as Appleby Bakery. Owners Jackie Kirkpatrick and Carol Thornton have rebranded and relaunched the company.