Convenient traybakes

Border Homebake has launched a range of traybakes in individual slices, to cater for coffee shops, delis, sandwich bars and convenience retailers. It has also launched a new website with an online shop offering delivery throughout the UK. Its range includes flapjacks, caramel shortcakes, honeycomb crunch, biscuit tiffin and brownies.

Italian breads demo

FWP Matthews is to host its first Italian bakery demonstration on 1 September at 12pm. The event is free and Aldo Cordero will be attending from Italy to demonstrate how to produce authentic Italian products, such as focaccia and ciabatta. Email if you would like to attend.

Village opportunity

The makers of a new Channel 4 series, The Village, are looking for couples and families, including those working in a skilled trade, such as bakery, who would like a chance to start a new life in the English countryside and the opportunity to win a three-bedroom cottage in Yorkshire. The series will follow the participants as they move to the village for a week. Local residents will then decide on who wins the cottage. Filming will last between one to three weeks. To find out more call 0207 534 2029 or email:

Gosport bakery fire

An investigation is being carried out into a fire at a bakery in Gosport on 20 July. According to Portsmouth Today, police are hunting a suspected arsonist, who broke into The Cottage Loaf in the high street and is believed to have set fire to packaging inside. The owner’s son Sam Porter told the newspaper that the back of the shop looked badly damaged, but that the shop itself was in relatively good condition.