December

Bakery Services to see management buyout

Troubled bakery group Bakery Services is set to sell its two operating divisons, Inbake and Don Millers, to current directors Keith Bentley and David Drury for £50,000.

Health watch

With salt levels in bread and bakery products in the UK ever under scrutiny, a new global study claims that efforts to cut down on salt intake will prevent millions of deaths each year. By reducing salt around the world by 15%, the study claimed, this could prevent almost nine million deaths between 2006 and 2015.

Coveney to head Greencore

Food group Greencore has announced that its chief executive, David Dilger, will retire in March and Patrick Coveney, currently chief financial officer, will succeed him from that date.

Warburtons averts strike with new offer

A two-day strike by staff at Warburtons, due to take place this week, was called off after an improved pay deal was offered.

Tea break stabbing

A man was stabbed through the heart at Warburtons' bakery in Bellshill after a row over tea breaks, a court was told this week.

Bakery price rises fail to reflect 2007 cost increases

Latest pricing data shows how own-label and budget breads have seen minimal price increases over 2007, with the big brands also slow to increase prices, despite steep rises in the cost of ingredients.

Walkers reshuffles at the top

Walkers Shortbread chairman Peter Simpson has stepped down to be replaced by new non-executive chairman Michael Walker of financial public relations company Broadgate Marketing. He is not related to the Walker family that owns the business. Simpson stays on as non-executive director.

HGCA conference

The Home-Grown Cereals Autho-rity (HGCA) will hold its annual Processor Conference in March, entitled 'Food for Thought: Future Challenges'.

Student wins Kenwood crown

Francesa Tomkins, a Level 2 Bakery Student from the Birmingham College of Food, has been crowned winner of the recent Kenwood 'Let Them Eat Cake' competition.

Briefs

n Which are the UK's biggest high street bakery chains? Watch out for the latest annual British Baker Top 50 Bakery Retailers' league table 2008 in the 11 January issue!

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