Hovis avoids strike

Strike action looks to have been averted at Hovis’ Avonmouth bakery after management and union leaders entered into negotiations. The Bakers’ Food & Allied Workers Union had planned to ballot members on industrial action following proposed changes to shifts, payment and holidays, but decided to enter further discussions at the last moment.

Waitrose’s cake box

Waitrose will launch a new cake box product in the run-up to Christmas containing all the ingredients required for Delia Smith’s iconic Christmas Cake recipe. It will contain the right amounts of ingredients for the cake, including flour, pre-soaked fruit and black treacle.

Rowe’s to the rescue

Cornish bakery Rowe’s said it answered an emergency call from the set of Brad Pitt’s latest movie, World War Z, to supply cast and crew with 700 Cornish pasties and 500 sandwiches when the original catering plans were hampered by rough seas. Filming is currently taking place on a ship in Falmouth harbour.

Bertinet success

The Bertinet Bakery saw its second successful year at the Soil Association Organic Food Awards 2011, winning the baked goods category with its sourdough. Two new products, the Bertinet Baguette and the Bertinet Burger Bun also received commendations.