May

Sir Digby backs science scheme

Sir Digby Jones, former director-general of the Confederation of British Industry, has given his support to Northern Foods' £450,000 initiative to sponsor undergraduates on food science courses.

Waterfields' double delight at Sammies

Craft chain Waterfields was named Bakery Sandwich Shop of the Year at the 12th British Sandwich Industry accolades (the 'Sammies') held in London last week.

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I'm not sure of my opinion on whether folic acid should be made a mandatory ingredient in bread.

Questions remain over folic acid

The detail of how folic acid will be added to baked goods remains unclear despite the Food Standards Agency (FSA) board's decision last week to recommend mandatory fortification to health ministers.

Aulds unveils desserts factory

Scottish firm Aulds has opened its new £7m factory in Renfrewshire. Employing over 170 people, the new 35,000 sq ft factory and office complex at Inchinnan replaces a previous facility destroyed by fire in September 2005.

Doughnut Week targets £40k as bakers rally to the cause

More than 700 bakers and businesses took part in the recent National Doughnut Week, sponsored by BakeMark UK. Money is still being collected, but it is hoped to raise up to £40,000 in total.

More exhibitors sign up to BIE

The latest exhibitors confirmed for next year's Baking Industry Exhibition include ingredients company Orchard Valley Foods, bakery products supplier Dawn Foods and catering equipment firm Reynards.

Hutton stresses open approach

Food Standards Agency (FSA) chair Dame Deidre Hutton told last week's Federation of Bakers conference that the agency wants to be "porous" and "as open as possible to external views" on key issues.

Briefs

n A man has denied murdering a fellow bakery worker in the car park at Fine Lady Bakeries, Banbury. Shahid Rehman, 29, of Grimsbury Green, Banbury, is accused of the murder of Imran Shah, 23. Mr Shah died from multiple wounds on Monday, 27 November, 2006. Rehman's trial will begin at Oxford Crown Court on September 24.

Restructure at Allied

Allied Bakeries is restructuring its UK mainland business into eight regional business units to improve service levels and efficiency.

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