May

Revamped exhibition for the baking industry

British Baker's publisher William Reed Business Media has announced that Bakery@Foodex is to be a new element of its well-established biennial Foodex show.

Greggs scoops top British Sandwich Industry Award

Both large and small sandwich producers were honoured at the British Sandwich Industry Awards last Thursday (19 May), with Greggs taking home the top gong.

Allied Bakeries refutes supply claim

Allied Bakeries has rejected claims that supplies of Kingsmill bread will be affected in the West Midlands region, after distribution and transport workers at its West Bromwich site voted in favour of industrial action.

S M Bayne takes on Fords shops

Fife-based bakery S M Bayne has added five shops to its estate, moving it into the top 30 in the BB75 table of bakery retailers, by store number.

FoB chairman addresses baking industry issues

"We are in a highly competitive business, where long-term volume and value growth is a challenge," said Federation of Bakers (FoB) chairman Mark Fairweather at the organisation's annual lunch on 11 May.

EU food labelling plans could kill off “Belgian chocolate”

It has added a premium cachet to products for decades, but producers of goods labelled as using ‘Belgian chocolate’ could be dealt a blow by proposed EU country-of-origin labelling (COOL) regulations.

Cake attack

The BBC's Daily Politics show last week baked a cake to mark a year of the coalition government being in office. As John Prescott whizzed by the cameras, one reporter asked what the former deputy prime minister thought of it, only for Prezza to mutely shove his hand through the cake, to the shock of said hack. Punching voters is one thing, but such grievous acts of aggression against a baked good cannot be tolerated. Stop the Week is demanding an inquiry into the matter.

Cookie monster reveals all

AOL beat Stop The Week to an exclusive interview with Sesame Street's Cookie Monster the baking industry's number one ambassador of biscuits to pre-schoolers to clear up some of the myths behind the monster. Does he bake his own? Of course, and to a family recipe dating back generations. And how does he like his cookies? "Crispy on the outside and a little bit chewy in the middle". One question was presumably dodged: how do we tackle the problem of childhood obesity? huff.to/jz2HY4

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Muck spreading

Our cultural highlight of the month comes courtesy of the Home Grown Cereals Authority, whose Grassland and Muck 2011 event and no, we're not talking about Glastonbury is shaping up to be the must-be-seen-at society function of the season. Farmers are invited to bring along a manure sample with them to this special celebration of slurry in May. The first 25 farmers to bring along a sample will qualify for free muck analysis. Get in line we've already got our tent pitched at the entrance (the bucket's staying outside).

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