The Craft Bakers’ Association (CBA) has begun a journey which will see it focus on youth and training in the baking industry.

That is what directors told members of the organisation at its annual conference held in London last weekend.

The event, the organisation’s 127th, saw David Smart, managing director of craft bakery chain Greenhalgh’s installed as president for the next two years, replacing Anthony Kindred.

Speaking at the event, Smart said the organisation was on a journey and added: “The baking industry has never had it so good.”


Director George Fuller noted: “The next year is about youth, training, commitment and relevance.”

The CBA also said its membership had increased by 10% (59 new members) and that it had generated a turnover of £249,007 with a net profit of £30,000 - compared to a loss of £10,518 last year and £9,683 in 2011.

The conference, which was held at the Park Plaza Hotel, Riverbank, London, saw talks by Clare Rayner, founder of the shop local campaign; Stephen Spice, of Campden BRI; and former Scottish Baker of the Year, Andre Sarafilovic, director of Stephen’s Bakery.