April

Inside the red briefcase

Gordon Brown’s 10th and possibly final Budget contained some nasty surprises together with some sweeteners for businesses of all sizes.

Inside the red briefcase

Gordon Brown’s 10th and possibly final Budget contained some nasty surprises together with some sweeteners for businesses of all sizes.
Anne Bruce
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Viewpoint

Is the plant baking industry getting more profitable? That is the question raised by the new 2006 Key Note report into bread and Bakery Products.

Letter

I was amazed to read the start of the piece by David Powell on fruit bagel bars in the British Baker Recipes Supplement of February 24. He asks: “Who says bagels have to be round?” The answer is anyone who eats bagels. You may choose to call something a “fruit bagel bar”, but if it’s not round, if it doesn’t have a hole, if it’s not dense and chewy it certainly isn’t anything I, and millions of others, would recognise as a bagel.

In Brief

INGREDIENTS supplier Bakels has expanded its pro-duct development department, led by new head of product development Gary Gibbs.

UCB aims for gluten-free

United Central Bakeries (UCB) has underlined its commitment to the gluten-free market with the opening of a dedicated production area at its Bathgate headquarters, writes Ian Martin.

National Doughnut Week: Join the fun!

Making James’s Life Worth Living

Cornish pasty chain expands

Cornish pasty franchise Oggy Oggy, owned by New-quay-based Crantock Bakery, is
Gill Brooks-Lonican: rising wages a threat to employers
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Wage rise worry for bakery firms

Craft bakers are looking at ways to cut overheads after the Low Pay Commission confirmed the minimum wage will rise again in October.
Lord Bach is to headline the FoB’s annual event
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Bach on song for FoB’s

the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) minister Lord Bach will be keynote speaker at the Federation of Bakers’ fifth Annual Conference, on May 10.

Bakery consolidation continues

Consolidation and rationalisation in the bakery manufacturing industry is particularly hitting smaller enterprises, a new Key Note report indicates.

Queen of Hearts joins Husseys at McCambridge

Dublin-based McCam-bridge Group has acquired Oxford-based cakes supplier Queen of Hearts as it expands its UK operations.

Easter displays

Easter is only a week away, so get ready to enter our Easter display competition.
Deacon Norrie Fyfe and Debra Cunningham
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Awards winners honoured

Two Baking Industry Awards 2005 winners and one finalist have been made members of the Incorporation of Bakers of Glasgow, in recognition of their achievement at the awards, organised by British Baker.

FSA gets ready to consult on folic acid

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) is preparing for a 12-week consultation on fortification of bread with folic acid.

Better plant baking profit found under “the muck”

The plant baking industry is in improved financial health, despite negative indications in a new Key Note market report on bread and bakery products.

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