March

The Bread Factory doubles capacity

Doubling its sales has prompted handmade speciality bread and cake producer The Bread Factory to build a new production facility. The wholesale baker, which has been baking breads and morning goods for more than 17 years, needed more space after sales rose in the last two years.

Your chance to shine, as we launch BIA 2009

British Baker is delighted to announce the launch of the 2009 Baking Industry Awards, to be held on Tuesday 8 September at the Park Lane Hilton in London.

FSA pushes major chains on health

Major sandwich shops and coffee chains have announced commitments to produce 'healthier' products as part of a wider project by the Food Standards Agency (FSA) targeting food outlets.

In Short

== Change of venue ==

FoB event

The Federation of Bakers' annual conference will take place on Wednesday 20 May 2009 at the Dorchester Hotel, London. The speakers in the morning session are John Cridland, deputy director-general of the CBI; Dr Susan Jebb, head of human nutrition research from the Medical Research Council; and Scott Clarke, bakery category director at Tesco. A panel debate will include Jebb and Clarke, along with Paul Molyneux, quality director of Hovis, and NFU president Peter Kendall.

Patisserie UK folds after losing Costa contract

Lees Foods' Patisserie UK subsidiary has been placed into administration after attempts to sell it as a going concern proved unsuccessful.

Greggs remains resilient, despite decline in profits

Growth plans for Greggs, the UK's biggest bakery retailer, are still on track, despite taking a hit on profits due to cost increases and a withdrawal from Belgium, CEO Ken McMeikan revealed to British Baker.

Reporting in Don't over-play the value deals

Price is the big issue on everyone's mind these days - but are we really doing the right thing in cutting everything to the bone?

Pork Farms changes distribution

Savoury pastry company Pork Farms has decided to discontinue its relationship with Kerry Foods Direct To Store (KFDTS), in a move to build its business through the wholesale and independent network. In support of the brand, Pork Farms is also planning a £2m marketing push this year.

French bakery company makes UK debut at IFE

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