02 February, 2007
n Bakery retail group Lyndale Foods says it saw good trading in the run up to Christmas. The company, which operates the Maison Blanc, Sayers and Hampsons fascia, will complete a strategic review by April, chairman Sandy Birnie told British Baker.
n TeaSmith, a new tea shop concept by John Kennedy and Tomoko Kawase, has opened its first outlet in Spitalfields Market, London. The new store sells 40 types of high-quality Chinese and Japanese tea leaves to be sampled and to take away. The husband and wife team also sells handmade chocolates and cakes to accompany the teas.n The Duke of York will open a new £1.1m extension at Crantock Bakery's plant in Indian Queens, Cornwall, on 7 February.The investment will see an increase in pasty production by 40,000 a day and will create 30 jobs. MD Nick Ringer said the Cornish pasty business was worth £150m a year to the local economy and that the pasty market was increasing abroad.n Packaging machine company Bradman Lake Group has been granted planning permission for a new multi-million-pound manufacturing site in Norwich. The new site will be home to its Autowrappers and Europack brands, which will start production of packaging machinery in 2007. n Subway, the world's largest sandwich chain, opened its 27,000th store in Ealing, west London, on 17 January, owned by franchisees Vishal Kakar and Farris Al-Naqeeb. The chain has opened more than 850 stores in the UK and Ireland, with 20 new stores opening every month in 2006.