December

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== Dunkin' into China ==

In Short

== Award for Fosters ==

'Real' bread campaign starts

Thousands of people have pledged their support to Sustain's Real Bread Campaign, which promotes bread that is made without additives and has been fermented for at least four hours.

Apprenticeship funding of £10m made available

The baking industry could benefit from new government plans to make over £10m of funding available to businesses, with the launch of a trial to develop Apprenticeship Expan-sion Programmes.

Waterfields scoops up Merseyside bakery chain

Waterfields has bought Pimblett's 10 shops in the St Helens' area of Merseyside out of administration, after the craft bakery chain went out of business at the beginning of the month.

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== Sayers rebrand ==

Bakery chain plans UK growth

The UK franchise operator for international eat-in bakery chain Le Pain Quotidien (LPQ) is planning to open four new London sites over the next few months, two of them before March.

Opportunities for Fairtrade, says director

There are plenty of opportunities to grow Fairtrade in the bakery sector, according to Harriet Lamb, director, Fairtrade Foundation.

Quiznos admits closures as credit crunch bites

More than a third of Quiznos' sandwich shops in the UK have closed in the past year, due to the current financial crisis, leaving the company a long way short of its ambitious plan to open 200 franchise stores.

Bakers avoid the worst of Irish contamination

British bakers and manufactu-rers have largely been unaffected by the Irish pork contamination issue, but a number of pork products have been recalled as a precautionary measure.

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