Ainsleys deal nears
Ainsleys’ administrators are in "advanced" talks with some of the interested parties for all or part of the business. Joint administrator at Grant Thornton Joe McLean explained that he was in talks with 10 interested parties, and was looking at a variety of options for the business going forward. All 29 of the craft bakery chain’s shops are still trading.

Borders woe
Following the announcement that the Borders chain has gone into administration, a spokesperson for Starbucks has said until the situation becomes clear, "we’re unable to speculate on the future of the 36 Starbucks coffee houses located in Borders’ stores".

NAMB weekend
The National Association of Master Bakers hosted over 80 guests at its recent social/business weekend held at the Welcombe Menzies Spa and Golf Resort at Stratford-upon-Avon. It was the first mid-year catch-up for members for five years. During the weekend Mike Holling was voted in as chairman of the National Craft Bakers’ Week 2010, which takes place from 7-12 June.

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Sustainable agenda
Around 85% of manufacturers have either increased their investment in sustainability or kept it the same during the recession, according to new research from food and grocery experts IGD.