October

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.

Bettys challenges name use for Cheesey Nibbles

Bettys Café Tea Rooms, based in Harrogate, Yorkshire, has lodged a complaint with the Patent's Office, after a local company starting selling a cheesey nibble using the name 'Betty'.

Rowe's brings in Savers sandwiches

Cornish baker W C Rowe is to launch a new line of products - Rowe's Savers - into its retail outlets to appeal to price-conscious consumers.

Farm-level costs could force up bread prices

Rises in "underlying costs at farm level", including energy and fuel, could force up bread prices in the longer term, according to Alex Waugh, chief executive of the National Association of British and Irish Millers (nabim).

Late payment relief urged for SMEs

As the economic downturn intensifies, small business groups are urging the government to do more to put a stop to late payments - a problem keenly felt by many bakeries.

Watch out for changes to grievance law

Businesses should be aware of changes to grievance procedures, warned legal expert Ray Silverstein, in a talk on employment law at the Bakers' Fair in Sheffield.

Bakery documentary wins acclaim

An 11-minute documentary about Garvald Edinburgh Bakery, which is staffed by people with learning disabilities, including Down's syndrome and autism, has won $75,000 (£46,000) at the Middle East International Film Festival, taking The Black Pearl for Best Documentary - Short Film.

Coffee shop market to continue rise, says study

The coffee shop market will continue to grow despite the credit crunch, with new data showing that the number of outlets in the UK increased by 15% in the 18 months to October.

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