There is a lot happening in this week’s issue, bread weights deregulation, which looked to be on hold, has suddenly been the victim of a coup d’état. So sometime next year, we should see a virtual free-for-all, specifically on wrapped bread and possibly unwrapped (pg 4).It is news that will delight most of the supermarkets and some plant bakers – but definitely not others. Most have refrained from speaking publicly on the issue, but privately they know that it will cause some havoc and plenty of discussion.While millers will be concerned that a range of smaller loaves might mean less flour sold, bakers and retailers will be concerned that more air and water may make loaves look larger than they should, meaning prices will not reflect true content – and so it goes on.It was a topic discussed at the recent Federation of Bakers conference – before news of the deregulation came through (pg 16). But nothing is likely to happen before 2008, so there’s still time for reflection.Also this week, Patak’s seems a perfect fit for ABF (pg 5). And at the Scottish Conference at Peebles, I learned that the next increase in the minimum wage in October has been limited to 3.2%, with quite a bit of credit for the limit going to Low Pay Commission representative and past president of the SAMB Ian Hay.The SAMB also reported that it had seen a rise in employment queries about age discrimination, so I hope that our article this week, Age Aware (pg 14) proves timely.Meanwhile, the UK’s branded coffee shop market is continuing to expand significantly (pg 8) with Starbucks leading the growth. It is all about branding and ambience, but bakers can do just as well with the right offering in the right place. On page 21, we look at how even opening a small in-store coffee shop can really boost your business. And the bakery offering in many coffee shops is nowhere as good as in a baker’s shop, although the cakes and biscuits are usually imaginative.No, it’s mainly the coffee and ambience that is the draw. So if you go ahead, give the coffee equal importance and give your shopfitter a brief to visit all the coffee shop chains. Bakers can do it better!
Hosts Egypt have recalled Amr Warda to their Africa Cup of Nations squad two days after they sent the midfielder home for disciplinary reasons.The 25-year-old, who plays for Greek club PAOK, was suspended after social media conversations between him and a number of women were released.Africa Cup of Nations: Amr Warda sent home by Egypt for disciplinary rea… Midfielder Amr Warda is sent home from the Africa Cup of Nations by hosts Egypt after social media conversations…Warda missed Egypt’s group win over DR Congo but his ban has been reduced and now runs to the end of the group stage.Egypt 2-0 DR Congo: Mohamed Salah helps Africa Cup of Nations hosts into…Mohamed Salah’s goal helps hosts Egypt beat DR Congo and move into the last 16 of the Africa Cup of Nations.He has apologised to family, friends and team-mates in a video on Twitter.Hours earlier, team-mate Mohamed Salah tweeted: “We need to believe in second chances… we need to guide and educate. Shunning is not the answer.”Mohamed Salah on Twitter“We need to believe in second chances… we need to guide and educate. Shunning is not the answer.”Egyptian Football Association president Hani Abu Reda met with the players and technical staff on Thursday, along with Egypt’s minister of youth and sports, Dr Ashraf Subhi.An EFA statement read: “Hani Abu Reda praised the spirit of solidarity between the players, their desire to pardon their colleague Amr Warda and to lift the suspension from him, and their commitment to any decision issued by the football association in this regard.Egyptian Football AssociationThe Egyptian Football Association is the governing body of football in Egypt. It was founded on 3 December 1921,…“He decided to reduce the penalty of suspension until the end of the first round of the tournament only.”Wednesday’s win means that tournament favourites Egypt are already through to the last 16, when Warda will be available again, having missed the final group game against Uganda on Sunday.He appeared as a substitute in the hosts’ opening game, a 1-0 win over Guinea last Friday.Nigeria 1-0 Guinea: Kenneth Omeruo goal takes Nigeria into last 16Nigeria become the first team to qualify for the last 16 of the Africa Cup of Nations as they beat Guinea 1-0.The decision to effectively overturn Amr Warda’s suspension has caused a split among sections of Egyptian society and also put a rare dent in Mohamed Salah’s iconic status.Having often stood up for women’s rights previously, Salah’s call for Amr Warda – who has had several sexual harassment claims against him in the past – to be given a second chance has not impressed many.Many Egyptian women believe that sexual harassment is largely condoned in local society, and the decision to allow the player back has only strengthened these beliefs, given the message it has sent out.Some have called for women to boycott Egypt matches, while one male Egyptian fan has spoken online of people now willing the team to fail – a dramatic twist as the Pharaohs seek to win the tournament for a record-extending eighth time.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram