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Mike Roberts Chairman of Federation of Bakers

Mike Roberts

If Brexit and COVID weren’t difficult enough for the bakery sector, the resulting rise in commodity prices and other costs is a completely unprecedented challenge, wrote FoB chairman Mike Roberts in the Report’s foreword.

The Russia-Ukraine conflict, too, is further intensifying the situation, making budgeting and planning ahead extremely difficult, if not impossible, for the bakery sector.

However, the industry continues to endure and rise to the challenges, added Roberts, supported by the Federation’s efforts on behalf of its members and the industry.

“As an industry we continue to rise to the challenges, and I would like to thank the Federation of Bakers board and the various committees for their hard work and support over the past twelve months,”​ said Roberts.

“I would also like to extend a special thanks to the FoB Associate Members who support the sector.”

Representing members’ interests

Andrew Pyne, recently appointed as chief executive of the Federation of Bakers, said the UK bakery industry maintained its focus to ensure the nation continued to be supplied with bread, even as the global pandemic entered into its second year and faced an increased demand for bread and bakery goods.

“We represented our members’ interests as clarity unfolded around the issues of Brexit and the supply chain,” ​said Pyne.

“We built on the strong relationships we had established with government, and stakeholders across the supply chain.”

These included bodies like Public Health England, DHSC, Defra, FSA and FSS, WRAP and the HSE on issues and policies impacting the bakery industry.