Craft bakers are gearing up for National Craft Bakers' Week by planning events and promotions designed to raise their profile in the local community.

Don't forget to register to attend Bakers' Fair Autumn on Sunday 2 October.

Greggs could open stores outside the UK after CEO Ken McMeikan revealed that he is eyeing international expansion as a way to maintain growth in the longer term.

Jennifer Buls of Absolute Treats is enjoying a quadruple celebration after winning two category awards and the title of National Cupcake Champion at the National Cupcake Championships, at the same time as securing a permanent premises for her business.

Bakery retailers in the West Midlands and Wales are fighting big drops in footfall, while London has actually seen shopper numbers rise, according to new research from the British Retail Consortium.

British Baker is to host a special event – The BB75 Lunch – on 29 February 2012, at The Boundary in Shoreditch.

French bakery manufacturer Délifrance UK has moved into the Italian breads market following the acquisition of Italian bread manufacturer SEFA earlier this year.

The financial instability in US and European markets is helping to drive down prices of fats and oils, with bakers urged to start shopping around for deals.

Festive flair

26 August, 2011

C raft bakeries can easily get an inferiority complex when it comes to the supermarket chains.

Packs feel the cost squeeze

26 August, 2011

In the heyday of the high street, a supply of paper bags was all the baker needed in the way of packaging.

Taking control

26 August, 2011

Andrew Jones has not been a bakery man all his life. In fact, until seven years ago, the MD of Swansea-based Mono Equipment, which scooped the prize for Bakery Supplier of the Year at the 2010 Bakery Industry Awards, worked in the automotive industry.

Tribunal watch

26 August, 2011

Dismissal - redundancy scoring

QOne of our employees has raised a grievance. Do they have the right to be accompanied during a meeting where it will be discussed?

VITAL FOR BUSINESS

26 August, 2011

A problem with short-term sickness absence has been identified in your workplace But the culprit is expecting and claims all her time off has been "pregnancy-related". Must you accept this explanation at face value?

RIOT INSURANCE

26 August, 2011

The recent riots have highlighted a need for business owners to ensure they have no gap between insurance covers. We have been inundated with calls from business owners in the riot-hit areas, who have let their cover lapse and are now wanting cover. This presents a problem as we are unable to backdate cover.

The last chance debtor

26 August, 2011

Increasing your chances

Tech advice

26 August, 2011

Richard Stevenson, technical manager at the NAMB answers member's queries on food and trading law and other business issues

As you can see (left and on page 15) we are now in full swing preparing for National Craft Bakers' Week. We have engaged an extremely competent marketing company to help you gain extra sales and encourage new customers into your shop.

As a key part of the National Craft Bakers' Week 2011 celebrations, from 19-24 September, organisers are urging all bakers to join in 'A Big Taste' a national 'taste experience' event, taking place on Wednesday 21 September .

Park Life

26 August, 2011

Seventy-three years ago, Park Cakes was a small bakery selling to corner shops. Now it is a major manufacturer of premium cakes and desserts, on track this year to turn over £115m.

Absolute's the winner

26 August, 2011

Those of you schooled in the Indiana Jones back catalogue will know that, when picking out the holy grail, the cup of Christ is always the least showy, coweringly humble and the most easily overlooked in a sea of masquerading imitations.

Taste test

26 August, 2011

With the third National Craft Bakers' Week only a few weeks away the campaign is building momentum with more bakers registering to take part than ever before

Reporting in

26 August, 2011

Chris Young

Lancashire-based Cherrytree Bakery has invested close to £1m in new technology and expanding its premises to meet demand from a major coffee shop chain.

In Short

26 August, 2011

BB's flagship to open

In Short

26 August, 2011

Pub vending machine

A pub in Staffordshire has installed a vending machine selling staples like bread, milk, eggs, bacon and butter. The Raddle Inn in at Hollington installed the machine outside the pub after failing to get planning permission to have a local shop at the site.

In Short

26 August, 2011

LASER's boat venue

In Short

26 August, 2011

BB's Facebook page

Martyn Leek to head up BB

26 August, 2011

British Baker is delighted to announce that Martyn Leek has been appointed editor of the magazine. Leek, currently deputy editor of sister title Meat Trades Journal, will start his new role on 30 August. His previous roles include news editor on M&C Report. He takes over from Sylvia Macdonald who left the magazine last month, but will return as an editorial consultant in November.

New Agency Workers Regulations are to come into force on 1 October 2011 across the UK. Under the new rules, temporary agency workers will be eligible for equal treatment after 12 weeks of working on an assignment.

With just over 65% of the UK’s wheat harvest combined, the quality reports look promising, despite yield being down on its five-year average. Elsewhere in Europe, however, heavy rain has hit the German harvest with a number of farmers forced to source wheat from the UK.

Time has almost run out to book your place at the Baking Industry Awards 2011, so make sure you don’t miss out.

A Bristol cookery school is to host a workshop in support of the Real Bread Campaign’s mission to put ‘real bread’ on public sector menus.

The Federation of European Union Manufacturers and Suppliers of Ingredients to the bakery, confectionery and patisserie industries (Fedima) is to host a ‘business session’ on national bread and pastry promotional campaigns in Europe, at its General Assembly next month.

Free-from bakery brand Mrs Crimble’s has undergone a major packaging revamp, with a “brighter, bolder and more contemporary” look.

Mr Kipling has thrown its hat into the ambient dessert market, with the launch of Mr Kipling Puddings. It marks a new focus for the brand, which currently produces cakes, tarts, pies and slices.

Asda has been working with regional food group Heart of England Fine Foods (HEFF) to extend its range of local food and drink, with a key focus on bakery.

Edinburgh-based ingredients supplier Fleming Howden is offering Scottish bakers the chance to save money on a range of products used for cupcake baking.

A free legal advice helpline has been launched to offer support to victims of the recent riots.

Bath Cake Company has acquired past National Cupcake Competition award winner Country Cupcakes.

Krispy Kreme has teamed up with popular women’s magazine Glamour to develop a limited-edition doughnut, based on Glamour’s trend predictions that the 1970s and bright colour influences will be key for Autumn/Winter 2011 fashions.

Supermarkets are expanding their own-label gluten-free bakery ranges as sales in the category boom.

Only a handful of tables are left for this year's Baking Industry Awards, which takes place on Wednesday, 7 September, at the Park Lane Hilton.

Kingsmill is to be an official partner of The Big Lunch next year - a special celebration to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

Rye flour that is claimed to be low-GI is among the products that have failed to win approval by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) in its final batch of rulings on food health claims.

Coffee chain Costa is closing the gap at the top of the BB75 tracker of store numbers, as the 2011 half-year update of figures shows.

Britain’s National Cupcake Champion 2011 has been announced – and the winning craft baker, who has been a baking for less than a year, won with a vegan cupcake that used no butter or eggs.

Trade body Scottish Bakers wants to have 70% of Scottish bakers on its membership books by 2015 and give Scottish bakers a stronger voice in parliament.

American sandwich giant Quiznos is facing financial difficulties.

The firm, which peaked at 29 outlets in the UK in 2008, closed its head office in Hove at the start of 2011 and is still seeking a new master franchisee.

A new wave of healthy bakery products could hit the market after the publication of industry guidelines for labelling whole and half portions of fruit and vegetables in 'composite' food products.

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