Date set for BIA

British Baker is pleased to announce that the Baking Industry Awards will take place on Wednesday 8 September at the Park Lane Hilton, London. For companies interested in supporting the event, please contact 01293 846595. For information on past awards, see

Grocery code arrives

The new Groceries Supply Code of Practice, in force from 4 February, aims to ensure suppliers do not have costs imposed on them "unexpectedly or unfairly by retailers", banning them from making retrospective adjustments to supply terms and conditions.

Cup heats deadline

The 26 February deadline for entries for the UK national heat of the Louis Lesaffre Cup is fast approaching, with the UK team to be selected at the Baking Industry Exhibition (21-24 March). Entrants will pit their skills in bread, Viennese pastries or an artistic piece in the Live Bakery. To enter, visit or email

British Bakels MD

British Bakels has promoted its general manager Ade Abass to managing director. Abass joined Bakels in March 2002 as financial controller, and was appointed general manager in January 2009.

BSB dinner

The British Society of Baking Dinner will take place at the Baking Industry Exhibition from 21-24 March. The dinner will be on Monday evening, 22 March, at the Forest of Arden Marriott hotel in Birmingham. Tickets are £60 for members and £65 for non-members. BBC Radio 4 sports commentator Garry Richardson will be the after-dinner speaker.