Freeman to lead NA

Christopher Freeman, of Dunns of Crouch End, has been nominated as president-elect of the National Association of Master Bakers (NA). Chief executive Gill Brooks-Lonican said: "He has been a staunch supporter of the NA, the ABST, and the Worshipful Company of Bakers for many years, and is an excellent ambassador for the craft baking industry."

Dorset bakery closes

The Cottage Loaf bakery in Gillingham high street in Dorset has been forced to close after being hit by the economic downturn and rising business rates. Owner Alan Thorn had run the shop since 2008, but said it had struggled in recent months as regular wholesale customers stopped their orders.

’Fat tax’ dodged

Oldham Council says bakery chains are not likely to be covered by a possible ’fat tax’ of £1,000, which it is considering placing on takeaway food shops in the town. Only those outlets that sell at least 70% hot food to takeaway could be forced to pay up if the plan gets the go-ahead.

Hovis to lose Hale

John Hale is retiring after 47 years with Rank Hovis, mainly in the sales division, where he was latterly responsible for both the north and south teams, and restructuring them into business units following the acquisition of the company by Premier.

Allied supports nature

Allied Bakeries has partnered with Conservation Grade, a nature-friendly farming scheme, by investing £400,000 in a new marketing campaign through its Allinson range. From February to April, all Allinson rolls and loaves will feature an on-pack promotion for consumers to collect tokens, which they can then send off to claim a free bird feeder.