Organic bakery sector sees further fall in sales

Sales of organic bakery products fell dramatically again last year, with the sector predicted to struggle in 2011 as rising wheat costs and low consumer confidence continue to take their toll.

Yellow rust fungus brings wheat threat

British wheat is coming under attack from new strains of the fungal disease yellow rust, with farmers warned to keep a close check on crops and to spray fungicides earlier than usual.

Get your BIA entries in post-haste

Don't forget to get your entries in for the Baking Industry Awards 2011, by the 20 May deadline.

Bako NW announces next Bakery Challenge

Bako North Western is to host its second Bakery Challenge on 2 June 2011.

Stuarts looks to develop wholesale division

Baker and butcher Stuarts of Buckhaven is looking to expand in the wholesale market after securing a £1m funding deal with Clydesdale Bank.

Kapelad goes to work on BB's Coffee and Muffins

BB's Coffee and Muffins has unveiled the first of its UK outlets to be rebranded in what will be a makeover of its full 70-plus shop estate.

Acrylamide warning as new research emerges

A new report published by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) on acrylamide levels in food reveals that although soft bread and biscuits were identified as major contributors, a longer-term approach needs to be taken to assess trends.

Bakers report buoyant Bank Holiday sales

Despite planning difficulties and the raft of Bank Holidays, high street bakery sales held up well over the Easter period and the run-up to the Royal wedding.

Pieminister plans shift to Welsh production site

Bristol-based pie-maker Pieminister plans to move to a new factory in South Wales later this year, because its current production site is being put up for sale.

Wigan firm hit by fire

Fire has severely damaged Wigan pie firm William Edwards Bakery, with the cause currently under investigation.

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