November

I chose to be a baker

I 'm a mature student in my second year at Castle College in Sheffield, currently sitting an NVQ Level Two Bakery, Patisserie and Cake Decorating, having gained Level One last year.

Tate & Lyle sales rise 9%

Supplier Tate & Lyle has posted strong results, thanks to its profitable value-added food and industrial ingredients sectors.

Commodities tracker

Information from 64,000 wheat samples and 22,000 barley samples has been received and analysed by HGCA for its final Cereals Quality Survey.

ABF revenue lower

Associated British Foods said its Allied Bakeries division had seen "a very disappointing year", as it posted preliminary results for the year ended 16 September this week.

Northen Foods signs skills deal

Northern Foods has signed a multi-union National Learning Agreement.

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Flour prices seem set to rise - again! A formal announcement is due in the next few weeks but British Baker has gained advance knowledge that another price increase is imminent (pg 4).

Reporting in - Gordon Polson, director,Federation of Bakers

It has been a busy 12 months since the industry announced its plans to reduce salt in bread and we are already making significant strides in meeting our targets.

Burger King feels heat in UK

Bakeries and sandwich shops are enticing fast food fans away from Burger King in the UK.

Naan bread likely cause of UCB fire

A fire that destroyed part of United Central Bakeries' (UCB) West Lothian factory last week is believed to have started in a naan oven.

Ingredients watch

"Provenance and traceability are really important at the moment. Consumers are becoming more interested in the story behind their food and where it actually comes from.

Warburtons to open new bakery in south

Baker Warburtons has revealed it will open another bakery in the south in the next two years, as nationwide expansion continues.

Brown made COO of Bakehouse

Continental pastries and speciality bread producer Bakehouse restructured last month, with former sales director Tony Brown promoted to chief operating officer.

Greggs blames mild and wet weather for poor trading

Greggs blamed unseasonably mild and wet weather for particularly disappointing trading in the four weeks to 7 October.

Three Cooks' management make rescue bid

Management of retail bakery Three Cooks said they remain locked in rescue talks with administators after the chain collapsed last week.

Briefs

n Sales of New York Bagel Company-branded bagels have increased 30% in the last few weeks following a TV advertising campaign. Owner, Maple Leaf Bakery UK, said sales were flying since the adverts first aired on 6 October.

Flour: price up again

The price of flour is set to rise by another £25 a tonne before Christmas, as increased costs continue to hit the milling sector.

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Weight Watchers has extended its popular reduced-fat cakes range with the launch of Almond Cake Slices, made from a combination of almond sponge, pastry, jam and almonds.

Briefs

n Bakery company Finsbury Food Group is assessing damage after an overnight fire at its United Central Bakeries site near Edinburgh. It said recovery plans were being implemented and alternative production facilities sourced where necessary.

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