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Date loaf

This straightforward and reliable cake both tastes good and is low in fat. What more could you want to satisfy today's demanding consumers?

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Down on the farm

Spring Lane Farm in Mapperley, Nottingham, is a working farm, solely producing products to sell on-site - from free range eggs and vegetables to fresh meat.

Do-it-all Doolittles

Sandwiches might seem a rather stodgy subject for an exciting new launch in a highly competitive market, but that's exactly what Jenni Timony of Doolittles in Co Donegal has done. She started her firm in 2001 and it has since shown 70% year-on-year growth. It now produces about 110 different product lines, including 21 varieties in the firm's original sandwich range, and the newest premium line, Bon Vivant, has just been launched.

Flour crisis hits Zimbabwe

Two of the biggest bakeries in Zimbabwe said last week that they were about to run out of flour, adding to bread shortages. Lobels Bread, the country's biggest bakery and Innscor, which runs Bakers Inn, have used up reserve flour stocks.

ABF talks to customers about loaf price increase

Allied Bakeries' parent Associated British Foods (ABF) said this week that it was negotiating with customers to increase the price of a loaf.

Immigration swoop on bakery sextet

Immigration officers have arrested six people on suspicion of working illegally at the Rathbone Kear bakery in Wigan, Greater Manchester.

Scotch Pie Week to do its bit for charity

Organisers plan to double the £11,000 raised for charity last year, as Scotch Pie Week returns for its second time in November.

Bakbel fills portfolio gap

Bakbel Europe's new ¤6m fruit fillings and jam factory near Brussels was officially opened by the minister for economy of the Walloon region in Belgium last Friday.

Fletchers may axe jobs at Sheffield site

Up to 211 jobs may go as Fletchers' Sheffield bakery is "reshaped", following a strategic review.

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