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Issues

'If an item of furniture isn’t food-grade, it has no place in a facility'

Sue Springett of hygienic furniture and equipment supplier Teknomek discusses reducing food contamination risks.

Why does the bakery trade remain so male-dominated?

Sophie Braker, test baker at Zeelandia, asks why, despite women accounting for the majority of bakery students, men account for such a large proportion of the industry

‘When negotiating, understand any movement in material costs’

Brian Clarke, director at European Food Consultants, looks at the relationship between suppliers and retailers.

'We hear the need for 20% of training to be ‘off the job’ as a barrier to recruiting'

David Hall, founder of the The London Bread & Cake Company, on the opportunities and challenges of bakery apprenticeships.

Brexit chaos has deepened bakers’ fears

In 2017, 10% of bakers felt Brexit would have a negative impact on them. This year, that figure is 46%.

Taxation: Are you ready for Making Tax Digital?

Anita Monteith, tax manager at the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, on the requirements of the HMRC Making Tax Digital programme

Diverse ambassador line-up with 12 women appointed by Real Bread Campaign

Nobody likes criticism. I suspect the folks over at the Real Bread Campaign weren’t thrilled when they were called out for the lack of gender diversity among its ambassadors last year.

“The price of an artisan loaf means many consumers won’t buy them every day”

Vince Bamford, editor of British Baker, considers whether the audience for artisan bread is limited to middle-class foodies

‘We have created a women’s development program to provide peer support’

Greggs’ chief executive Roger Whiteside, who recently received an OBE for his services to women and equality, on how the business has benefited from its attitude to equality in the workplace

'An important part of AIBI’s work is promotion of the industry, and the highlight of this is the congress'

Joseph Street reports on the work of the AIBI and plans for this year’s congress in Manchester in May.