December

Harvestime sale draws close

Administrators are considering a number of offers for Harvestime (2005), after setting a deadline for bids of today (Friday, December 16).

Asda to pilot discount bakery

ASDA is creating a largely own-brand bakery range for a new model “discount convenience store”, to be trialled in Northampton in spring 2006.

Bread Bakeries’ profit up 21.8% says parent RHM

Food giant RHM said its Bread Bakeries division had seen a 21.8% increase in operating profit, as it posted its maiden interim results this week.

Festive fun in BB's stores

Shopping Centre café operator BB’s Coffee and Muffins (Brentford, Middlesex) has developed a cranberry and white chocolate muffin for Christmas.

In Brief

- Colin the caterpillar and other party cakes are among six products being recalled by Marks & Spencer over fears that they could cause choking. The retailer is asking customers to return the cakes after coloured plastic strands from a sieve, used for processing, were found in some lines.

Analyst forecasts record plant profits

Plant bakers are set to see record profits over the next year, top city analyst David Lang from Investec has predicted.

World’s tallest sandwich

More than 500 slices of bread and toast were used to create what is believed to be the world’s tallest sandwich.

Carlisle miller Carr’s grows profit despite obstacles

Carr’s Milling Industries said it has weathered storms and fire as it delivered annual results ahead of expectations last month.

Loan write-off sees loss for Brennans

Joseph Brennan Bakeries, Dublin, had a pre-tax loss of E19.5 million, according to accounts lodged at the Companies Registration Office for the year ended December 31, 2004, writes Ann Marie Foley.

New Master of the Worshipful Company of Bakers

Alan Willis (pictured far right) became the new Master of the Worshipful Company of Bakers at the annual Election Banquet, held at the Mansion House in London last week.

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