March

The Organic Award

A sda says it is seeing massive growth in its organic business and understands that the organic baked goods offering is becoming more and more important to its customers.

Bakery Supplier of the Year

T he relationship between supplier and retailer is vital in building success in the bakery category. With this in mind, Sainsbury's, the sponsor of Bakery Supplier of the Year, is keen to encourage entrants who are able to demonstrate a successful partnership they have developed with a retail customer. Entrants do not have to supply Sainsbury's to enter this award.

The Achievement in Bakery Training Award

T his year, Rich Products will be sponsoring the Achievement in Bakery Training Award, which aims to highlight best practice in training and encourage the industry to invest more in its staff.

Functional foods

The baking industry could do its bit to combat cancer by including extracts from mangos in a range of products. Mangos are rich in antioxidants and dietary fibre, according to new scientific research.

Rogue trader fuels price rises

A rogue trader at the commodity broker MF Global played a large part in pushing up global wheat prices at the end of February, taking huge personal bets on the direction of wheat prices and losing $141.5m (£71m).

IAWS' earnings up 30% as it eyes long-term takeovers

Irish bread and pastries company IAWS Group has revealed a 30% rise in half-year earnings and said it expected continued growth due to strong demand.

Premier's bakery brands

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Premier negotiates a breathing space

The market reacted positively to Premier Foods' announcement on 4 March of its financial results for 2007. Investors and analysts breathed a collective sigh of relief when the doomsayers' predictions of a rights issue, possible sell-offs and breached banking covenants were not realised.

Bakery academy

Does the baking industry need its own National Skills Academy for the bakery sector? Anyone who feels bakery needs a higher profile when it comes to training and attracting new blood is urgently asked to attend a drinks reception on Tuesday April 8 at the Gallery Seminar Suite, NEC Birmingham, starting at 5.30pm, at the Baking Industry Exhibition.

Confectionery products

and biscuits are more easily recognised on the supermarket shelf and are more likely to be purchased if they are in cartons. A study by market research company TNS Dimarso, showed consumers three different product categories, each of them packed in a carton as well as another format. Cartons were preferred by consumers, due to eye-catching colours and print effects, said the researchers.

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