March

Chef Jamie Oliver (right) starred in a recent TV advert promoting Sainsbury’s in-store bakeries
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Sainsbury’s launches apprenticeship scheme

Sainsbury’s is targeting school leavers for an in-store Bakery Apprenticeship Scheme which it plans to roll out to all 360 of its scratch bakeries.

New chief executive of the NA

Chairman of the National Association of Master Bakers, Noel Grout, is pleased to announce on behalf of the association and its board that Gill Brooks-Lonicon has been appointed chief executive of the NA from November.

Aga in growth

Aga Foodservice Group said it saw strong sales and profits in 2005. Revenue rose 15.7% to £501.8m while pre-tax profits were up 18.5% to £43m.

Kingsmill promotion

Kingsmill has started a promotion for its packs of white and wholemeal rolls, called Roll on Summer, designed to capitalise

Canadian giant tipped to take over Walsall bakery

Canada’s market leader in industrial baking is tipped to be pushing further into the UK with the purchase of Walsall's Harvestime (2005) bakery.

Mowbray pie dispute goes European

Northern Foods is likely to have to wait another 18 months for a verdict, as it takes its fight to prevent Melton Mowbray Pork Pies from gaining Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) to the European Court of Justice.

Industry lobbies soften FSA salt content targets

The FOOD Standards Agency has bowed to pressure from food industry bodies including the Federation of Bakers with revised targets for salt content in foods including bread.

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The British Society of Baking’s Golden Jubilee Spring Conference, held at Food & Bake, will provide bakers with an insight into business issues affecting the whole of the industry. Speakers from Greggs, Tesco and Allied Bakeries will be among the roll call.

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Escher Mixers (stand P255) has recently opened a UK office and distribution warehouse in order to deal directly with UK customers. The company holds a large stock of mixers and spare parts, which are available for immediate delivery and offer 24-hour nationwide back-up service.

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Russell Finex (stand J130) will feature two new units that complement its range of powder sieves and liquid filters.

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