October

Ferrari's closes down eight stores

South Wales-based, Ferrari's has closed eight of its bakery retail shops in response to the current economic climate. Its Mumbles, Porthcawl, Mountain Ash, Tredegar, Abertillery and one of its Bridgend shops were closed after trading on Saturday, 25 October. Further closures were seen at its shops in Abergavenny and Hereford after trading on Monday, 27 October.

Weight relaxation just for wrapped bread

Craft bakers selling unwrapped loaves cannot take advantage of the recent relaxation of bread weight laws, which abandons specified loaf quantities, because the new legislation only applies to packaged bread.

National skills academy edges closer to launch

The UK has taken a major step towards creating a bakery qualification to suit plant, craft and supermarket needs alike, as the pilot for a new bakery skills aca-demy gears up for launch early next year, subject to funding.

Sandwich guru: spicing it up

The 'panini' has become hugely popular as a cheaper alternative to the hot meal and there are a wonderful variety of fillings and breads to choose from, writes Adam Gilbert. Here is another fantastic hot sandwich concept that has been filling the stomachs of Mexicans for hundreds of years and is about to fill ours.

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Pumpkins are believed to have originated in North America. Seeds have been found in Mexico dating back to before 5000 BC, but the name is derived from the Greek word "pepon", which means large melon. Native American Indians used pumpkin as a staple in their diets before the pilgrims landed.

Your say: letter

In recent years the craft bakery sector has come under pressure from many fronts. This has led to companies struggling and a poor perception of the industry among customers, the government and potential employees.

In my world - the deli bakery

Jo Fairley is co-owner of Judges organic bakery and grocery in Hastings and co-founded Green & Black's chocolate firm with hubby Craig Sams

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It is not often that the editorial eye becomes focused on the game of golf, but when we hear that a Manchester baker and a Midland farmer have bought a whole golf course, we are considerably impressed. According to a news item, they have purchased a golf course in North Wales.

Picture this in your coffee

Coffee art featuring leaves or logos is just so passé. We want lions, monkeys and solar systems (preferably in the same cup).

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