June

Barnsley bakers hit salt targets

Barnsley City Council has praised its local bakers for the work they have done to reduce salt in bread.

Sainsbury’s bakery college achieves C&G accreditation

City & Guilds has formally accredited Sainsbury’s six Food Colleges and Bakery College.

Wrights Pies’ £1m distribution warehouse opens

Wrights Pies has opened its new £1m state-of-the-art central distribution warehouse at its bakery in Crewe.

Expansion for Northern Irish firm

Northern Irish bakery distributor Andrew Ingredients has invested £1m in a move to new premises to meet growing demand for its products across the whole of Ireland.

Make-over prompts turnover boost for Carrie’s Cakes

Carrie’s Cakes in Ennis, Co Clare, has seen turnover increase by 50%, after its complete shop makeover was featured on an Irish television show.

Biffa launches new food waste plant

Waste specialist Biffa has launched the UK’s first ‘super’ anaerobic digestion plant dealing with food waste near Cannock, Staffordshire.

TV star search

BBC producers are searching for talented young bakers to star in a TV programme later this year.

Baker hits out at PAYE fines

Craft bakers hit by tough new fines are being urged to take their case to Chancellor George Osborne.

EU rethink on chocolate rules

Fears that bakers could be forced to print impractical country-of-origin labelling on products containing Swiss and Belgian chocolate have eased after the EU decided the proposals needed further investigation.

Sayers places 149-strong estate on the market

Sayers The Bakers, the north west-based bakery and café chain, which operates 116 outlets under its eponymous brand and 33 Poundbakery sites, has been placed on the market, with an asking price believed to be in excess of £10m.

German bakery shops make inroads in the UK

We have had ciabatta from Italy and pain de campagne from France, now Germany is the next Continental bakery superpower targeting British high streets after two of the country's leading retail bakeries revealed ambitious roll-out plans for the UK.

UK narrowly misses out on Bakery World Cup spot

The UK team has narrowly missed out on a place at the Bakery World Cup 2012, after Costa Rica was named as the ‘wild card’ team.

National Cupcake Championships open for entries!

It’s time again to launch British Baker’s annual National Cupcake Championships, in a bid to find the UK’s best professional cupcake maker for 2011. Will it be you?

Cupcake bakers urged to support children with cancer

British Baker is urging bakeries, coffee shops and retailers across the UK to raise money for children with cancer, as part of National Cupcake Week, 12-18 September.

McErlain's scoops major new contracts with Tesco

McErlain's Bakery has ramped up its business with Tesco, securing deals to supply 460 stores in the UK and all 38 of the retailer's in-store bakeries in Northern Ireland.

Last chance to nominate top bakery person

Time is running out, so make sure you get your nominations in for the Lifetime Achievement Award, sponsored by Délifrance, by the 30 June deadline.

Supermarkets miss out on cupcake boom

Latest figures suggest supermarkets are failing to satisfy the booming demand for cupcakes, with consumers turning to craft, foodservice and home baking.

Rain relieves crops but not concerns

Heavy rain earlier this month brought some relief to wheat farmers in the South East and East Anglia, but yields in the UK and across Europe are still forecast to be below average after one of the driest springs on record.

Wrights revamp sees sales boosted by 20%

Wrights Pies has seen sales in its newly refurbished shops climb by around 20% following a £1m investment by the Crewe-based company.

Media reports mislead shoppers over bread price

Headline-grabbing government statistics showing bread inflation at nearly 6% do not reflect the real price of a loaf, which has barely risen in the past year despite a massive increase in wheat costs.

Some interesting legal cases

Dismissal: when does notice start to run?

Dress code: how far can you go?

A leading law firm recently directed 105 female trainee solicitors to "dress far more appropriately" and "brush their hair". It seems this was justified, but exactly how far can you go when telling your employees how they should look?

Duties discharged

If you delve into some of the more specialised content on YouTube, the vexed question of "how do they get the filling into garlic bread?" will be resolved.

Tackling the number of tribunal cases

The government's consultation on changes to the tribunal service, with a view to reducing the number of cases, has now closed. A survey by legal firm Eversheds on the proposed government reforms found that:

Guidance on the Agency Workers Regulations

The controversial Agency Workers Regulations 2010 will finally come into force on 1 October 2011. To help you prepare, the government's official guidance has just been released. So what does it include?

Opportunist theft: who covers the losses?

An opportunist thief has stolen an employee's bag from your workplace; it contained their railcard, mobile phone, house keys and £100 in cash. You are as upset about it as they are, but can they claim on your insurance?

Watching for fraud

Difficult economic times can provide additional motivation to dishonest employees to commit fraud against their employer. What can you do to reduce the risk of fraud in your business?

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Dear Member

Our annual conference takes weeks of organising, so it is always good to hear members go away saying the best ever! The AGM covered a possible change of name for the NAMB and you will soon receive a letter asking for your thoughts it is your association and your views count.

Firms face paying for eye tests

Businesses facing the prospect of thousands of pounds in eyesight test charges for staff should consider offsetting occupational health costs with cash plan provision. That is the view of employee healthcare and risk management specialist PMI Health Group in the wake of an EU directive making regular eye tests mandatory for employees who drive while on company business.

Russian revolution

Tucked away in a quiet residential street, just off Mile End Road in Whitechapel, London, is wholesale bakery Rinkoffs. Established by Russian-born master baker Hyman Rinkoff in 1911, the bakery is now run by the third and fourth generation of the family. Although the business, which employs around 35 staff, is now predominantly a wholesale operation, with around 5% of its business from its shop attached to the production bakery in Jubilee Street, and a café on Vallance Road, that wasn't always the case.

Breathing space

Incidents of occupational asthma among bakers and flour confectioners could be 10 times higher than official estimates, Chris Grayling warned parliament on 16 May.

Craft opinion

As Mary Portas tackles her government-commissioned review of the diversity of Britain's high streets, David Jenkins, commercial director of 25-shop Jenkins Bakers, says the retail guru should visit Llanelli for a case study on how it all went wrong

A modern take on baking oreo cookie cupcakes

I made these gluten-free oreo cookie cupcakes for an order. A confused customer called up and asked if I could make Oreo cupcakes like the ones she'd seen with Oreo cookies on top but gluten-free. I tried to explain that Oreos contained gluten, but this didn't seem to matter. Anyway, I made the cakes, they are gluten-free, but for the Oreos on top. The texture and flavour is as in an Oreo.

In my world

Jo Fairley is co-owner of Judges organic bakery and grocery shop in Hastings and co-founded and sold Green & Black's chocolate firm, with hubby Craig Sams

Barr places emphasis on provenance

Barr Soft Drinks hopes to grow sales of Strathmore water with a new look.

Try out some Tascas

La Pizza Company is offering British Baker readers the chance to try out its Tascas range fully baked, folded soft bread pockets for free. The first 12 readers to email their company name, address and telephone to offers@talkingfood.co.uk will receive a mixed case of 24 Tascas, available in red onion, Caesar, plain and multigrain varieties.

OVF lets trade in on its Secrets

Orchard Valley Foods' Secret Ingredients line is targeting larger firms as well as home bakers.

Push for Ice Tea

Britvic is to launch a £1m summer marketing campaign to push sales of its Lipton Ice Tea brand. The drink fits into the 'Cold Hot Drink' category, which Britvic said is the fastest-growing sub-category, up 123% in volume (data: Nielsen Scantrack Total Coverage MAT 16.04.11).

Chiorino aims to exceed on belt hygiene

International conveyor and transmission belt manufacturer Chiorino UK has launched a new belt, which it says ensures absolute hygiene.

Pruvé offers easy way to a Genoese

New ready-prepared Genoese sheets from Pruvé can be used straight from the box.

Heinz revamps desserts

Heinz Foodservice has relaunched its desserts brand with a new look as well as a refreshed range containing old favourites and some new recipes.

Cal-Rise for reduced sodium

Innophos is promoting its sodium-free leavening agent Cal-Rise following positive trials on texture, taste and nutrition when used in reduced-sodium tortillas.

New pasty slant

The Pasty Shop claims to have launched the first ever stuffed crust pasty, as part of a new three-strong range of Italian-inspired pasties.

Move to modernity

Most people in the industry have always referred to the National Asso-ciation of Master Bakers as the NA. With the organisation entering its 125th year in 2012, it looks certain to drop the 'MB' for good in a bid to update its image. At a time where locally sourced, crafted products are in the ascendancy, how does National Association of Craft & Artisan Bakers sound?

Calling all cupcakers

It took no less than the Pope's visit to the UK to keep National Cupcake Week off the top spot of the most talked about topics on Twitter during last year's festival of all things cupcakey. This year we again plan to give any visiting digni-taries, super-injuncted footballers or ritually humiliated celebs a run for their money on the chatter wires.

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Study predicts growth in EU bakery market

Fresh bakery products have bucked the downward trend in bakery consumption in the UK, according to a new report by strategic consultancy and market research firm Gira.

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Action needed on training

Sylvia Halkerston, HR director of Macphie of Glenbervie and chair of the Scotland Food & Drink Skills Academy, has called for action to ensure that skills, employees and products are of world class standard in today's baking industry. Speaking at the Scottish Bakers conference last month, she said: "Our aims must be to safeguard craft skills and raise awareness of different product innovation, plant technologies and leadership skills."

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