Planning ahead

Subtitled 'Whole Grain Products: the Holy Grail for Health Conscious Consumers?', this conference at Newcastle University aims to explore the use of wholegrains and their role in nutrition, health and food manufacturing. The aim is to contribute to current debates by policy-makers, such as EFSA and the FDA in the US, on ways to promote wholegrain use, legislate on associated health claims and establish workable definitions of whole grain and wholegrain foods.

Diary Dates

== 15-18 March ==

On the ball

There's no better symbol of how the world has been turned on its head than the jammy doughnut. At the beginning of last year the poor old ball doughnut was in a sorry state. Sales had been declining for several years, with sexy young newcomers such as iced ring doughnuts, making all the running. It looked like the jam doughnut's best days were behind it.

The wholegrain truth

The breakfast cereals industry was quick to fully capitalise on the potential for marketing the health benefits of wholegrain. In contrast, bakery is only now truly catching up, with a glut of wholegrain wrapped bread launches in recent months.

Welsh wizards

Despite the fact that the founders of The Village Bakery in Coedpoeth, North Wales, came from a plant background, the business was founded on craft ideals and principles. These have always been important to the company and no doubt played their part in the company scooping the Rank Hovis-sponsored Craft Business Award at last years' Baking Industry Awards.

Trainee Baker of the Year

Are you a baker training at college or with a company? Are you a keen apprentice? Are you a company with good trainees who deserve recognition? Or perhaps you are a bakery trainer with some outstanding students, whom you feel should be noticed.

The Customer Focus Award

In today's challenging trading environment, simply meeting customers' expectations is not enough - we need to surpass them," says John Lindsay, who is country manager and business unit director at BakeMark UK.

The Craft Business Award

The focus of this award is not about size of operation or number of shops, but about product excellence, enterprise and ideas, says UK miller Rank Hovis, which is proud to once again sponsor The Craft Business Award in 2009.

The Innovation Award

Innovation is the lifeblood of any industry - and the baking industry is no exception. This is why Asda is pleased to support the newly launched Innovation Award, which recognises the companies that are driving the sector forward.

celebration cake maker of the year

Renshawnapier is proud to continue its support of the industry by sponsoring Celebration Cake Maker of the Year once again.

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