n Honeytop Speciality Foods has more than doubled its chiller capacity at its manufacturing plant in Dunstable, Bedfordshire, with a £250,000 investment.
This will provide for greater blast-chilling and holding capacity, allowing additional fresh ingredient handling, as well as extra capacity for Honeytop’s fresh and chilled naan bread production.
n Lord Haskins, former chairman of Northern Foods and now government advisor on food and farming, will be the keynote speaker at the 2008 City Food Lecture, organised by the seven City Livery Companies, including the Worshipful Company of Bakers.
Lord Haskins and a panel of food industry experts will address the impact of international food issues on the UK. The lecture will take place on 29 January 2008, at the Guildhall in London.
n Scenes from the latest Harry Potter movie have been shot outside Lacock Bakery in Wiltshire. Owner Jean Sheard told British Baker: "It’s very exciting, as I’m a big fan and have read all the books. We expect that this will be good for business as fans like to visit the places where the movie was shot."
Most of the filming for Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince took place at night.
n A hooded youth robbed a Baker’s Oven shop in Crawley, West Sussex with a knife in a lunchtime raid last week. A bakery worker was forced to hand over several hundred pounds in the raid. Members of the public gave chase but could not catch the robber.
n Quest Equipment and Wiesheu GmbH are among the latest companies to sign up as exhibitors at the Baking Industry Exhibition, due to take place at Birmingham’s NEC from April 6 to 9 2008.