== Premier’s debt talks ==

Hovis owner Premier Foods has confirmed reports in the national press that it has hired advisors to help push through a speedy reduction in its debt burden. The company’s principal bankers - Lloyds TSB and Royal Bank of Scotland - have appointed accountancy firm Deloitte to act on behalf of Premier’s 35-strong lending syndicate.

== Buoyant Sainsbury’s ==

Sainsbury’s interim results for the 28 weeks to 4 October 2008 have revealed profit before tax is up 11% to £258m (2007/08: £232m). Total sales are up 7.6% to £10,756m. In its retailing division (supermarkets and convenience) profit before tax stands at £289m compared to £234m for the same 2007 period.

== Have you seen him? ==

Hackney Police are appealing for information about a missing person, who may have been working casually in bakeries around London. Torstien Boekhoff, known also as Daniel Boekhoff, is described as 190cm tall, with blue eyes. He was last known to be living at Cambridge Court, N16, London earlier in 2008. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Missing Persons Unit on 0207 275 3402.

== Amendment ==

In the Product News pages of British Baker’s 31 October issue, we incorrectly printed Cuisinewine’s website address. It is in fact cuisinewine.com.