David Rae, chief executive
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ACS calls for help in fight for independents

The Association of Conven-ience Stores (ACS) is urging retail bakers and other independent retailers to join a high street “fight for survival”.

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DESSERTS company Vittles Desserts is planning to expand its bakery in Leicester from 10,000sq ft to 14,000sq ft in the next 18 months. The £2.5m turnover company needs more space, primarily due to increased demand on the cheesecake side of its business, MD Martin Zalesny told British Baker. Vittles Desserts supplies coffee shops and own-label for foodservice customers including Booker and Delice de France.

Image change for Anglo

Bakery brokerage Anglo Brokers is to be relaunched as BakeSense on April 2, to reflect its focus on the bakery market.
Chris Riley, sales director, Mantinga
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Mantinga on track for profit

Bake-off supplier Mantinga is on track to report a turnover of £1.8 million to £1.9m for the year to August 2006, as it continues to expand.

ABF issues warning on Allied’s volumes

Associated British Foods has warned that Allied Bakeries has achieved lower volumes than expected, as it prepares to release its interim results.
Mr Kipling cakes: sales saw a slight increase
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Mr Kipling stems decline in tough ambient market

Manor Bakeries has stemmed the decline in sales of its Mr Kipling brand, but sales of its other main cake brands continue to fall, latest TNS data suggests.

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- Artist Sharon Baker, 45, made a life-size model of her own body entirely out of bread for an exhibition in London's Docklands last weekend. The 5ft 3in model weighed 36 kilos before it was baked at Brooklands College, Weybridge.
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Tesco’s Tony Reed climbs from bakery

Tesco’s high-profile bakery director Tony Reed has been promoted to operations director for 240 northern superstores, with a successor yet to be named.

Evron extends reach with Pontypool plant

Northern Irish bakery supplier Evron Foods is to open a manufacturing plant in Pontypool, South Wales next month to extend its reach in the UK.
Nick Donovan: commercial role
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Allied Mills gets back to business in British market

Allied Mills is returning to the commercial market in Great Britain after a three-year gap, which followed the sale of six of its nine milling sites to ADM Milling.

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