Face value or valuable face?

F orget 'looks aren't everything'. Forget 'beauty is only skin deep'. And you can forget 'it's what's inside that counts'. In retail, looks are - almost - everything. You could have irresistible bakery products, but if no-one comes into the shop, then no one's going to know.

Bourne to be great

Holiday park chain Bourne Leisure had just six weeks before the start of last year's caravanning season to reinvigorate the bakery products sold at its 34 caravan parks in the UK.

Apple appeal

This apple flan, flavoured with lemon zest and cinnamon, makes a spectacular autumnal dessert. Although very simple, if care is taken with the presentation, it has great visual appeal and can command a premium price.

Greencore: tough six months

Food and agriculture group Greencore said its convenience foods division had a difficult second half of the year.

IAWS turnover swelled by Spunkmeyer acquisition

IAWS Group announced this week that group revenue is up 22.5% to €1.9bn (£1.3bn) and operating profit increased 31% to €146.4m (£1bn).

Time running out for Queen's Awards

Bakery businesses have just over a month to apply for the 2008 Queen's Awards for Enterprise.

Warburtons increases presence across UK

New figures suggest that Warburtons has grown its share of the bakery market in all parts of Britain, taking sales from its rivals' flagship brands Hovis and Kingsmill.

Top speakers for BSB event

Bakery industry leaders are to address the British Society of Baking's two-day Autumn Conference, from 8-9 October at Coombe Abbey Park Hotel, Coventry.

'Centre of excellence is vital'

The baking industry has been urged to support a centre of excellence to plug gaps in UK bakery skills provision.

Country Style buys frozen desserts site

Bakery company Country Style Foods has acquired the former RHM frozen desserts factory, in Wales from Premier Foods in a deal that completed on Saturday.

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