Bakers' Fair pulls in enthusiastic crowd

It was where Wallace & Gromit met the Master of the Worshipful Company of Bakers, where equipment suppliers, such as Norbake, showed a vast amount of equipment on an unbelievable footprint, while Renshaw, Rank Hovis and others had the very tough job of judging fabulous competition entries, organised by the British Richemont Club.

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Mantinga to manage Manoucher

Mantinga, the specialist bread company, is to distribute the Manoucher range of soft Mediterranean-style breads outside London and the M25.

Coffee Republic fights its corner

More aggressive sales and marketing activity have helped Coffee Republic reverse a downward trend, according to its latest trading update.

Upmarket bakery brings taste of Italy to central London location

Milanese boutique bakery chain Princi has opened its first shop in the UK and plans to launch a further 10 outlets in the capital over the next five years.

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Callebaut invests in Spanish venture

Barry Callebaut has opened a new factory in Spain, dedicated to the production of frozen pastry - "haute patisserie" - in the Alicante/Valencia region.

Sterling drop may halt a lowering of flour prices

The plunging value of sterling against the dollar and the euro, combined with a decline in UK wheat quality, may put a stop to the recent falls in flour prices.

Greenhalgh's extends its van service

Greenhalgh's craft bakery has expanded its business-to- business delivery service into Wigan, with the addition of a third catering van.

Irwin's takes the plunge on loaf sizes

Irwin's Bakery is a slice ahead of the game in Northern Ireland, with the launch of its new bread sizes. These come in advance of a new EU directive in April 2009, which will see bread weight restrictions lifted.

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