May

FEDERATION OF BAKERS’ CONFERENCE

Bakers were urged to support the work of food and drink skills sector council Improve at the Federation of Bakers’ (FoB) conference. Warburtons’ director Brett Warburton told delegates the organisation had a growing amount of influence, with initiatives including skills academies being developed, which bakers must help mould to their requirements.

FEDERATION OF BAKERS’ CONFERENCE

The Federation of Bakers (FoB) reported a trading loss of £29,278 for the year to 31 March 2006 as it held its AGM on 10 May.
Mike Coupe: in-store surge
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FEDERATION OF BAKERS’ CONFERENCE

Sainsbury’s has seen an 8% rise in bakery sales value over the last year, driven by growth in in-store bakery sales, according to trading director Mike Coupe.
Debate chairman Julian Hunt (centre) with (l to r) Gill Fine, Mike Coupe, Brian Robinson and Fiona Hunter
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FEDERATION OF BAKERS’ CONFERENCE

“Live issues in the wider food industry”, such as labelling and health, were debated at the Federation of Bakers’ (FoB) conference last week, as a panel session wrapped up the day’s proceedings.

In Brief

Allied Bakeries last week recalled several batches of bread rolls due to possible contamination with small pieces of metal.

Van franchisees harbour grievance over Benjys

Sandwich chain Benjys is locked in a dispute with a number of its Benjys Delivered franchise operators, which deliver sandwiches to offices and other workplaces. Some 33 of its 116 franchisees, which operate delivery vans, joined forces to issue a 29-page letter to Benjys Group at the beginning of last month, outlining various grievances and demanding confidential business figures.

Deadline is looming for training awards

Time is running out to apply for three prestigious baking industry training opportunities, administered by the Worshipful Company of Bakers.

Gordon Shaw

Gordon Shaw, commercial director of Fleming Howden sadly died on Tuesday morning May 16. He had been suffering from cancer since Christmas.
Cooks: rolling out new fascia
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Cooks consolidates stores as it chases profitability

Retail bakery chain Cooks, formerly Three Cooks, has reduced its estate to 180

Asda adapts to individual needs

Asda is enjoying increased sales of bread after completing the roll-out of a new store-specific merchandising system this month, according to bakery director Huw Edwards.

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