Asda bakery changes

Asda has had a reshuffle of its bakery department. John Cummings has replaced Ian Martin as the new category director for bakery. Martin moves to frozen. David Miles joins as the new commercial director for bakery and frozen.

Cake sale for Pakistan

British Baker contributor Huma Qureshi has organised a charity cake sale in Spitalfields, London to raise money for flood-stricken Pakistan. On 3 September (11am-4pm) The Cake in the City stall will sell cakes donated by Hummingbird Bakery, Bea’s of Bloomsbury, Le Dolci and Mitty’s Cakes. All money raised will go to the Islamic Relief’s Pakistan Floods Emergency Appeal. You can also donate online at

Italian coffee for Shell

Coffee Republic is to sell its premium Italian roasted coffee at up to 450 Shell forecourts in a link-up with MyCoffee, which runs self-serve speciality coffee bars. The ’To Go’ range will include premium coffee specialties such as cappuccino, caffè latte and espresso.

King passes on

Former master baker and confectioner George King passed away in June, aged 96. He was formerly in business at Landor Road, Stockwell and was past chairman of the NAMB Lambeth Borough Association in 1955.

Depot in doubt

As British Baker was going to press, it has been reported that the future of a Hovis Bakery distribution depot in Inverness, is in question, after ’for sale’ signs were placed on the building. According to BBC News, the site at the Longman Industrial Estate employs 38 people, but management said no decision had been taken to close the depot.