December

A family affair

But for the intervention of one of its customers, Stuart's of Buckhaven would probably have been making a note in the diary to celebrate its 150th anniversary some time in the year 2020. In the event, the company has been marking this milestone in 2007.

Gingerbread Houses

Gingerbread houses are very common throughout Europe, particularly at Christmas time. They are relatively simple to make, and will look fabulous in your shop during the festive season. Children adore them.

News round up 2007

January

Commodities watch

]Since May, prices for Argentine and Mexican honey have continued to decline, despite a weak US Dollar, according to Fuerst Day Lawson's (FDL) Market Report: 30 October 2007 on honey.

KK sales down

In the US, Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, reported an 11.7% revenue decreased to $103.4m for the third quarter ended 28 October, 2007, despite the closure of 17 factory stores, 12 US domestic stores and 25 franchises. Third-quarter sales decreased approximately 2.6% from the third quarter of last year, while the net loss was $798,000, compared to a loss of $7.2m in the comparable 2006 period.

International markets offer growth prospects for ABF

Associated British Foods (ABF) said the proportion of its profits earned by its UK-based operations now accounted for less than half of the total, compared to almost three-quarters at the turn of the century.

FoB spins new web

The Federation of Bakers (FoB) is set to relaunch its website in a bid to reach more consumers.

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It has been quite a momentous year. Flour and other commodity prices have seen very steep increases. Big names such as Inter Link have been sold to McCambridge while Lightbodys of Hamilton and Finsbury Foods forged a partnership that took many by surprise.

Mike Holling, president, National Association of Master Bakers

The past year has seen plenty of highs and lows. Chairman Peter Freeman of the Competition Commission reported back its latest findings, which didn't promise anything positive to give a level playing field on the high street or protect the independents from the domination of the big four in a multitude of areas.

Roberts team scales peaks

A team from Roberts Bakery has completed the Three Peaks Challenge to raise money for a children's charity.

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