Pâtissier’s first outlet

Celebrated chef pâtissier Pierre Hermé has opened his first London shop, following his UK debut in Selfridges. The famous macaroons from the man described as the ’Picasso of Pastry’ will be available in the outlet on Lowndes St, Belgravia, from September.

Warburtons role

Warburtons has appointed its first female general manager in the company’s 134-year history. Vivienne Jones has taken up the role at the Pennine Bakery in Shaw, near Oldham, and joins from rival Premier Foods, where she was factory manager at the firm’s Reading site.

Bakers in Top 100 list

In the annual Top 100 listing of consumers’ favourite retail brands in Ireland, compiled by AC Nielsen for grocery trade magazine Checkout, Brennans Bakery was third, up one place from last year. Irish Pride was 13th; Pat the Baker, 17th; and Johnston, Mooney & O’Brien was 28th.

Internet advice

Small businesses are being encouraged to attend a series of free events around the UK to discover how they can get more from the internet. The Forum of Private Business is hosting the meetings to show how using search engine optimisation and learning about website development can help companies increase sales, boost profits and diversify into new markets. See www.fpb.org.


Incorrect dates were printed in the commodities table which appeared on the market prices page in the 27 August issue. The coffee arabica, coffee robusta, white sugar and cocoa futures were not for a specific contract date and the futures (LIFFE and ICE exchanges) were correct as of 20/08/2010 not 2009.