March

Donut Tree blossoms

“People are switching back to doughnuts,” according to Noel Johnston. Mr Johnston is owner of the newly opened Donut Tree, a retail outlet in Lisburn’s Bow Street Mall in Northern Ireland.
Tony Phillips is past president of the NA and is (allegedly) retired from running Janes Pantry with 10 shops in Gloucestershire
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A simple country baker

Scientists believe lust has a lifespan of only two years, so thank goodness we are in the bakery business, where my best-selling lines of 20 years ago are still my top sellers today. (On a personal note, I am sure my lust lasted longer than two years, but I cannot speak on behalf of my wife Barbara!)
Surf’s up: Sara Louise Staples at the Witney bakery
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Working the web

Online food retailing has yet to fully mature, but some forward-thinking companies are already embracing the potential of the web. While December and November last year saw one million customers shopping at Tesco’s (not exclusively food) website, the online opportunity is being tapped lower down the food chain too, by niche and specialist food ‘e-retailers’.
LIZ HAIGH-REEVE
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FACE TO FACE - LIZ HAIGH-REEVE, Director of Fundraising, The Children's Trust

Q. How did you get involved with The Children’s Trust?
Sylvia Macdonald
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Viewpoint

It will come as no surprise to bakers to know that the busiest time at this week’s Food & Bake exhibition at the NEC (March 19-22) was between the hours of 10.30am to 1.30pm; it is an early trade by profession. As I write, the show is still taking place. Whether it was ‘a good pr exercise’ for exhibitors or ‘good leads or orders’ ensued, is something we shall evaluate shortly.

National Doughnut Week draws near

British Baker is proud to support National Doughnut Week 2006 on May 6-13. All high street craft bakers can register – to do their bit for charity and reap the significant business benefits of getting involved.
Tesco's Tony Reed
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Tesco vows to ride the health wave

Tesco’s bakery sales are now worth £1bn a year and are growing 14% annually, bakery director Tony Reed has revealed.
Left to right: Hugh Weeks, Jean Grieves and Neil Jackson
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BSB marks Jean Grieves’ service to society

The British Society of Baking’s conference chairman Jean Grieves stepped down at the Society’s 50th jubilee conference this week.
L-R: Speakers Professor Henry, Alex Waugh and Sir Michael Darrington at the conference
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Speakers address the BSB

more than 150 delegates attended the British Society of Baking’s 50th Jubilee conference in Birmingham this week.

In Brief

- Ingredients and sugar company Tate & Lyle has formed a joint venture with an Israeli partner to build and operate a sugar plant supplying products to users in the Israeli market. This will partially replace traditional sugar imports from the Eropean Union, which will be restricted following European sugar regime reform and the WTO ruling on exports.

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