AAK consults over closure of Oldham plant

Up to 40 jobs could go at AAK Bakery Services if a proposal to close its Oldham site in March 2012 gets the go-ahead.

Bakers air strong views on decline of high street

Cheaper parking, lower rents and greater local council powers have all been suggested by craft bakery chains as ways to halt the decline of British high streets.

Job cull at pie and pizza firm RF Brookes

South Wigston based pie and pizza manufacturer RF Brookes, part of Premier Foods, has announced it is to shed up to 200 jobs, following the loss of its pie contract with Marks & Spencer (M&S).

Big job losses at two Leicestershire bakery firms

Breaking news - Leicestershire bakery Coombs Hampshires has gone under, with the loss of 120 jobs. The firm has reportedly closed all its 18 shops, and its Rushey Mead factory.

Door opens to supply Waitrose in the south west

Small and medium-sized businesses looking for a supply route into Waitrose could benefit from a new distribution centre, set up by Hayden’s Bakeries.

A bridge too far?

Ever wondered how to poach doughnuts at -196°C? Of course you have. And now your curiosity will be quenched by a new series of books, Modernist Cuisine: The Art and Science of Cooking, which shows how to make doughnut-infused crème anglaise in liquid nitrogen. At £395 a pop, we're happy to stick with our pre-modern ignorance.

Clocking up a difference

Here's one for the clock-watchers out there: a rare automaton mahogany longcase (grandfather) clock has come up for sale, which features a moving figure carrying a sack of flour or wheat. The bakery scene in the arch is engraved with 'The Large Bread Warehouse'. The clock was almost certainly specially made for a baker by clock-maker Thomas Bullock of Bath and dates from about the 1790s. It's for sale at £5,850. Interested? Then call Paul Kembery on 0117 9565281.

Unicorn cake depositor

As organiser of National Cupcake Week, BB is always on the internet scanning for quality cupcake merchandise. Instead we found this jaw-droppingly bizarre t-shirt at www.cafepress.co.uk.

Mouthing off

"We weren't using our food display cabinets so I tried putting one or two cakes in there and when I saw the response I thought, 'There's a market here'. All the cakes are made here. It's got so popular now that people come in just for the cakes and don't bother stopping for a drink!"

A dream residence

Construction began a week last Friday on one house that is not going to win any prizes for using sustainable building materials. Nope, this real life "edible gingerbread house featuring meringue clouds, a cupcake lawn, and a pond filled with sweets" is not built to last, so get along to the Brunswick Shopping Centre, Bloomsbury, London this weekend (3-5 June) while it still stands.

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