September

Finsbury looks to further buys as it integrates units

Finsbury Food Group said this week that it is ready to look at possible acquisitions, as it posted record results for 2007.

Support charity in kart racing fixture

A limited number of places are left on the grid for this year's Kart Racing Grand Prix, an annual charity event to benefit the Bakers' Benevolent Society (BBS).

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A very big thank you to everyone who helped make the Baking Industry Awards such a fabulous, fun night - sponsors, finalists and guests (pg 4 and pgs 15-22). John Waterfield won the accolade Baker of the Year, sponsored by Vandemoortele, and I think it made the whole industry proud that such an innovative, quality craft baker, who is up-to-the-minute on everything from new products to waste management, shop design to staff training, walked off with the top prize.

Pie firm charged over hygiene

A pie factory in the West Mid-lands, has been fined almost £7,000 this month for poor hygiene conditions.

Distribution watch

The cost of petrol is expected to rocket, due to the price of crude oil reaching record levels, pushing up costs for bakery distributors. The price of oil recently broke through the $80 (£40) a barrel for the first time. These price increases are expected to be passed on to road users.

Summer sees mixed results for bakers

Craft bakers say they put up their prices due to rising costs for ingredients such as flour and butter, following a mixed summer's trading.

BSB sets out its agenda

'The Tesco Approach to Baked Products' and 'Managing Change in a Family Business' will be among the topics addressed at the British Society of Baking conference in October.

Baked range launch for TV chef

TV chef Antony Worrall Thompson has launched a licensed range of baked breadsticks and croutini, now on sale through supermarkets Morrisons, Waitrose and Booths.

Waterfield scoops top prize at Baking Industry Awards

John Waterfield, managing director of Lancashire craft bakery chain Waterfields, scooped the prestigious Baker of the Year prize as British Baker held its spectacular 20th annual Baking Industry Awards this week.

Briefs

The owner of a bakery infested with flour beetles and covered in mud has been fined £3,700 for breaching food hygiene laws.Maxime Barrowcliffe of the Village Bakery, Magdalen Road, Exeter, was also ordered to pay £1,097 costs by Cullompton Magistrates Court.

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