Inflation and unemployment figures up

The number of unemployed people in the UK rose again in the second quarter of the year, to a total of 2.51 million, the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show.

National Cupcake Week hits the internet

National Cupcake Week is now in full swing after getting off to a bang when it was featured on television and radio.

The Bakehouse revamps to become Flour & Bean

Norfolk craft bakery chain The Bakehouse is rebranding its shops as Flour & Bean, with a greater focus on freshly prepared coffee and food, in an effort to attract younger customers.

High winds crush cars at Bako Northern

Bakery wholesaler Bako Northern bore the brunt of the winds yesterday when a roof collapsed on 15 cars as storms battered parts of the UK.

Tetley moves into bakery market

Tetley is to branch out into the world of bakery with the launch of Tetley Tea Folk Scones this week.

ABF: “Earnings will be in line.”

Associated British Foods (ABF) – the parent company of Allied Bakeries and AB Mauri – has reported it is on track to turn out profits in line with earlier predictions.

Organic retailers make plans for store offensive

After suffering several years of sales decline, the organic bakery sector received some much-needed good news last month after upmarket food retailers Daylesford Organic and Planet Organic revealed plans to open dozens of new stores.

High street chains criticised in Irresponsibility Deal report

Companies including Subway, Costa and Samworth Brothers, have been slammed for not signing up to elements of the government's public health Responsibility Deal in a new report from the Children's Food Campaign.

Speakers line up for BSB

The British Society of Baking's (BSB) annual autumn conference will play host to a series of talks including: '50 years of the Chorleywood Bread Process', by BakeTran director Stan Cauvain; 'High speed mixing machines', by Steve Philpott of Baker Perkins; and 'Some facts on acrylamide' by Andrew Curtis, scientific & regulatory affairs manager, European Snacks Association.

Scottish Bakers offers tax relief service to members

An innovative new scheme has seen bakers in Scotland receive £165,000-worth of tax relief for their research & development (R&D) work.

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