n Three armed robbers wearing balaclavas stole cash from a bakery in Long Melford village, Suffolk, last week. The men threatened staff and customers at The Patisserie with what is believed to be a shotgun and a baseball bat.
n Baking expert Dan Lepard has written around 50 new recipes for a 100-page guide in The Guardian’s Saturday, 24 November issue, The Guardian Guide To Baking. The guide features stories from celebrities, including Ronnie Corbett on growing up with a baker for a father.
n British Sugar launched a competition to find the UK’s most talented cake decorator at the Cake 2007 show in Birmingham last weekend. Deadline for entries for the new Icecraft Trophy is 31 March, entry is free, and the winner will receive the new Icecraft Trophy and £500. The winner will be chosen at on 16 November at Cake 2008, in the NEC, Birmingham.
n Has anyone attempted to burgle your bakery and messed up? A new show for Channel FIVE called Crime Botch, due to be aired in the spring, is appealing to bakery owners across the country to send in CCTV footage of botched crimes. Cash will be paid for the best clips.
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n Scottish ingredients supplier Ingram Bros has asked us to point out that its nut products are manufactured at a third-party site, not its own dedicated factory (see BB, 9 November, pg 8).
n Hubbard Ice Systems has announced the death of Trevor Fellowes, technical manager. He died suddenly at his home in Guildford, on 11 November.