May

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Hovis results

Industry conference season gets under way

With conference season almost upon us, make sure you've got your tickets and accommodation sorted. First up is the Scottish Bakers' 120th anniversary conference from 14-15 May. Taking place at the MacDonald Cardrona Hotel in Peebles, it will include talks from Marks & Spencer's bakery technologist Jim Hawkridge and top baker and chef Nick Nairn, as well as the AGM on Sunday. For more details on the event, contact fay@scottishbakers.org.

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50/50 line extended

Braby is victim of recession

Braby, manufacturer of bulk storage and process systems, has gone into administration, with 27 of its 53-strong workforce made redundant.

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Dunn's buns are tops

Rising costs hit margins and profits

Almost half of bakery firms in the UK are making a loss, with many finding it difficult to pass on cost inflation to their customers, according to a new report from research company Plimsoll on the baking industry.

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Room for improver

In the current trading climate, there is no error for margin when it comes to recipe cost control. Quite literally, if you go by a market report by Plimsoll (March 2011), which stated that 56% of bakery companies saw their gross margin fall in the last year.

Greggs high flier to feature in BBC’s The Apprentice

The executive assistant to the chief executive of Greggs is to take part as a contestant in the new series of The Apprentice, with the first episode to be screened on BBC1 next Tuesday (10 May) at 9pm.

Quest for the ultimate toasting bread

A fourth-generation Scottish bakery has collaborated with a deli to create the ultimate bread for toasting.

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