Brooks steps down from Finsbury

Dave Brooks, chief executive of major own-brand premium cakes supplier Finsbury Food Group, who steered the business into its number two position within the UK cake industry, is to step down from his role with effect from 29 September.

Poor weather hits wheat

Continued poor weather is prompting fears of a shortage of bread-making wheat, a decline in quality because of falling protein levels and rising bread prices, as only half the harvest has been completed in some areas.

Tesco director to speak at CSR Summit

Tesco's executive director of corporate and legal affairs Lucy Neville Rolfe will be giving an insight into the supermarket's corporate social responsibility strategy (CSR) at British Baker's Baking Industry Summit, to be held in London on 27 November.

Fresh module for Bakery School site

Online training provider The Bakery School is adding a further module to its 40-module bakery training portfolio. The module, Training Matrix, will go live on 5 September. Designed to support the employer or super-visor, the module will help them to set up a simple matrix system for bakery training, in an easy-to- follow format, enabling the operative to see the progress of the training.

Lancashire bakery falls victim to ticket scam

A bakery in Merseyside has become a victim of identity theft. A fraudster, claiming to be connected with Liverpool's artisan bakery and patisserie Satterthwaites, misled hundreds of people into sending money by electronic transfer for concert and festival tickets, which never materialised.

Greggs boss vows action to reduce landfill waste

Greggs' chief executive Ken McMeikan has pledged to crack down on wasted food, as he takes the helm of the UK's largest bakery retailer.

Ian Dobbie to take on leading role at British Bakels

Paul Morrow, managing director of British Bakels, has appointed Ian Dobbie as new managing director designate from 1 October. Dobbie, who currently heads up the UK division of Délifrance, takes over full responsibility at Bakels from 1 January.

Last chance for BIA places

It's your last chance to get tic-kets for the Baking Industry Awards 2008, to be held at London's Grosvenor House hotel on 15 September.

Hovis makes biggest ever investment in its brand

A £15m relaunch of the Hovis brand - the largest in its history - gets under way this month, after its declining market share contributed to a 23.2% slump in half-year profits to £14.6m at Premier Foods' bakery business.

National Skills Academy comes a step closer

The baking industry has moved one step closer to establishing a National Skills Academy for Bakery, after a shortlist of academic institutions invited to bid to become the 'network champion' was decided this week.

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