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.

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