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‘It is imperative manufacturers have ways of discriminating brands from each other’

Andy Pollard, managing director of AB Mauri UK and Ireland, talks about the benefits generated by the company’s recent acquisition of Holgran and Fleming Howden.

‘We’ve had some brilliant successes using GPS tracking’

Steve Millward, general manager of bakery equipment company Bakers Basco, explains why bread baskets now come with chips

‘Compared to conventional ways of generating electricity, CHP plants can reach efficiencies of 80%’

Nigel Thompson, sales manager for gas power solutions at Finning UK & Ireland, looks at why more bakery producers are opting for combined heat and power systems

‘Retailers demand pack security to prevent pilfering; if it wasn’t required, plastics usage would reduce’

Graham Kershaw, managing director of supplier Macpac, addresses recent consumer and media concerns over packaging waste

‘Developments have opened new possibilities to produce bespoke items’

Mike Wilson, business & development manager, UK and Ireland, ABB Robotics, on the role robots can play in smarter bakery production

‘There is a huge challenge to inspire more young women to join the industry’

Nina Sparks, general manager of Pladis’ bakery in Harlesden, asks how young women can be encouraged to take up engineering

Karl De Smedt: ‘Sourdough chimes with the trend for local’

Puratos global communications & training manager Karl De Smedt on the latest  trends shaping the sourdough market

Legal: You have the PUWER, so use it wisely

John Mitchell, a partner at law firm Blake Morgan, offers advice on complying with the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations

"Long, complicated supply chains are not conducive to product security and traceability"

Ian Jones, chairman of British Lion Egg processors, looks at regaining consumer trust following the fipronil contamination scandal

‘Bakery is arguably a perfect example of the range of roles available’

Ian Wright, director general of the Food & Drink Federation, on the skills shortage facing bakeries and the wider food and drink industry

“Preventative maintenance enhances the lifespan of equipment and enables higher performance”

Rob Pedler, after-sales contracts manager at European Process Plant (EPP), looks at the importance of proactive equipment maintenance in a competitive market

“Many bakers across Scotland have identified a range of bakery products with huge export potential”

Alan Clarke, chief executive of industry organisation Scottish Bakers, celebrates the news that food and drink exports from Scotland have grown to record levels