March

Bakery firms first to join Improve scheme

Bakery companies have become the first employers to sign up to a new Young Apprenticeship Scheme, set up by food and drink skills council Improve.

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- Jenny Hudson, a former pastry chef with Claridges, will be making a cake for the first wedding anniversary of Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall. It will be a chocolate cake decorated with berries and chocolate swirls. Ms Hudson runs her Warwickshire based company, Sweet As, as an on-line operation (www.sweet-as.co.uk). She started the business with assistance from The Prince's Trust and plans to open a shop in the near future.

Cake Break Day to raise multiple sclerosis funding

On April 28, thousands of people around the country will host an MS Cake Break party to raise money for the Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Spar gives boost to Kindness sales

Scottish wholesale and retail bakery Kindness Bakers says sales are up since it rebranded its two shops under the Spar fascia. The family bakery's shops in New Deer and Maud Aberdeenshire, previously traded under the Mace fascia for 15 years, but have just officially launches as Spar. Sales have increased since the change due to an enhanced range, bakery manager Mark Kindness told British Baker.

New start for Harry’s Russian plant

Russian pre-packed bakery specialist Harry's has reopened a production plant in Russia which burned down in 2004.

Rich products trims lines after David Powell buy

Bakery supplier Rich Pro-ducts is rationalising its range in the UK, following its acquisition of craft business David Powell Bakeries in June 2005.
L to R: Ran Avidan, Gail Stephens and Tom Molnar, owners
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The Bread Factory comes under one roof

Wholesale bakery The Bread Factory has opened its new 18,000sq ft bakery, after a year of planning and six months of building. The company, which won British Baker's Speciality Bread Award in 2005 (sponsored by Tesco), has moved its three bakeries from Stanmore and Park Royal in London to one Hendon plant. Trading director Tom Molnar said the £1.5 million investment had allowed the company to bring all its talented bakers together, to share expertise and create new products.

Michael Carey, chief executive
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Jacobs’ workers agree to revised conditions

Some 300 workers at the Jacobs Biscuits plant in Dublin have voted in favour of a survival plan that will mean significant changes in work practices after an ultimatum from management, writes Hugh Oram.

Deal for diabetic

A bakery assistant has reached a settlement with a bakery in Gloucestershire after she was dismissed because she was a diabetic.

Mathiesons moves home

After basing itself for more than seven decades in Falkirk town centre, Mathiesons, with 25 retail outlets and nine restaurants and cafés, has completed a move to an extensive new

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