‘Mr Sunflower’ Geert Sonneveld
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Sunflower power

Have you ever seen fields of sunflowers swaying gently in the summer breeze, a beautiful blend of yellow and green emboldened by dramatic black centres?

Big just got bigger

When Warburtons opened its futuristic £40m Enfield bakery in October 2003 it struck awe into rival bakers and customers. The massive high-tech automated bakery, capable of making 8,000 800g loaves an hour, set a new gold standard in efficient plant baking.
Sylvia Macdonald
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It has been a very busy week in the industry: Warburton’s opening a new bakery, and the continuing situation at Harvestime; Greggs’ results; the Competition Commission Review; Sonneveld breaking into the improvers market.

Bakery industry welcomes grocery market review

Craft bakers are celebra-ting after the announcement last week that the Competition Commission is to start a review of the grocery market.


Some 25 LASER members attended its Annual General Meeting on March 6, in Bakers Hall, London.
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The decision by the Office of Fair Trading to refer the supermarket industry to the Competition Commission is a victory for the Independent Retailers Confederation (IRC) and the All-Party Parliamentary Small Shops Group of MPs .

In Brief

- Ingredients company Macphie has launched a new website – – showcasing ingredients for bakers, foodservice operators and food manufacturers. To celebrate the launch, it is running an on-line competition to win one of five iPod nanos. Readers can log-on and register their details before April 30 for a chance to win.


ROBERT Rich, founder and chairman of Rich Products Corporation, has died, aged 92.

Wellbeing tops the agenda at BCCCA event

Wellbeing is the theme of the Biscuit Cake Chocolate and Confectionery Association’s (BCCCA’s) annual Technology Conference, which is being held in Daventry on March

FSA scheme gives bread green light on all but salt

Almost all plant bread would get an amber light because of salt content, if latest Food Standards Agency (FSA) “red, amber and green” labelling criteria were applied on loaves.

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