Craft Bakers’ Week sees hundreds participate

first_imgHundreds of independent bakeries across the country took their skills and products out into the community during last month’s National Craft Bakers’ Week.At least twice as many com-panies took part in the event as last year, with bakers offering customers samples of their products outside their shops in a promotion called ’A Big Taste’, while others hosted bakery demonstrations in schools. The event, which was organised by the National Association of Master Bakers, was designed to promote locally produced, hand-crafted bread and confectionery in the community.”I stood outside the shop and asked shoppers to take a taste challenge. ’Can you tell which is factory-made bread and which is craft bread made here at BF Done and Sons?’ It gave us the opportunity to introduce the bakery and what we do,” said Amy Sehmbhy at the Wolverhampton-based bakery.Warings Bakery in Reading celebrated every day with a different event, including Marvellous Monday, when it gave away 1,393 cream lemon puffs and Fruity Friday when it gave away 1,614 fruited muffins. Meanwhile, Hurst’s Bakery in Birkenhead focused on educating tomorrow’s consumers by visiting local schools and teaching pupils baking skills.”This is the third National Craft Bakers’ Week and it has gone from strength to strength. This year, more than ever it seems, bakers have found their voice and have been proud to shout about the traditions, care, passion, provenance and skills invested in their locally produced, freshly baked goods. In return, high street shoppers have been treated to ’A Big Taste’ of the best of British craft baking,” said Gill Brooks-Lonican, CEO of the NAMB.last_img read more

Greggs opens fourth drive-through in Newcastle

first_imgGreggs has opened a new drive-through in Newcastle, close to its first-ever store.The latest opening, which is the fourth drive-through in Gregg’s estate, is located in North Gosforth, just down the road from where John Gregg opened his first bakery.The food-to-go retailer said the opening would create 20 new jobs in the area.To commemorate the launch, Greggs decked a vintage ‘Sausage Rolls’ Rolls Royce in bunting, and allowed it to be the first car to use the drive-through, accompanied by a brass band.The first customers through the drive-through snapped up free Greggs-themed merchandise including air fresheners and stickers.“Since Greggs was founded 80 years ago, we’ve constantly evolved as a business to meet the changing needs of our customers. We know having convenient access to quality food on the go is key, so that’s why we’re opening more stores where our customers want us to be, including more travel locations,” said Greggs chief executive Roger Whiteside.“We’ve experienced high demand from our existing drive-through shops and we hope to replicate this successful format elsewhere across the UK.”Greggs’ three other drive-throughs are located in Irlam (Greater Manchester), Ashby-de-la-Zouch (Derbyshire) and Blackburn (Lancashire).last_img read more

Liam Kearns to decide on his future as Armagh loss marks end of term

first_imgLiam Kearns’ two-year term as manager has come to an end with a loss to Armagh in the qualifiers of the football championship.It’s not yet known if he’ll continue in the role, and said after the game that he will talk to the various stakeholders in Tipperary football and his family before deciding on if he should continue.With Kearns at the helm of Tipperary he’s taken the players to an All-Ireland semi-final last year, and earned promotion to Division Two of the National League this year.Speaking to Tipp FM Sport after the game Liam Kearns said that what he decides to do will be in “the best interests of Tipperary football”…last_img