n Combining a business exhibition with seminars, demonstrations and training, the Caffè Culture show, from 21-22 May, 2008, presents an opportunity for the café community to generate business, share information and gain an insight into the future of this fast- moving sector.
The event, supported by major industry players, is open to suppliers, distributors, independent café owners, buyers from the branded chains and entrepreneurs entering the market for the first time.
n Kevin Barke and his family, founders of Barke’s Craft Bakery in Wickford, Essex, celebrated the firm’s 25th anniversary by selling hot cross buns at 1983 prices - 15p each. The money raised went to some of the charities Barke has supported, including WarChild, which he worked with in Afghanistan, setting up a field bakery that made 26,000 loaves a day to feed refugees.
n Sayers’ revamped bakery in Maghull, Merseyside, will now open on Sundays. Sayers is carrying out modern makeovers to many shops in its chain.
n The Chief Environmental Health Officers Group in Northern Ireland is urging bakers to reduce the salt in their soda breads, wheaten and white floury baps.
n Roger Whiteside, ex-CEO of Threshers and one of the founders of online grocer Ocado, has joined Greggs as a non-executive director.