Baguette Viennoise

31 August, 2007

This dough is an alternative to brioche - although not as rich - and much quicker to make.

Polish Bakery gains acclaim

31 August, 2007
The bakery market in Poland is the yin to the UK's yang. Dominated as it is by the craft sector, with nearly nine in 10 loaves sold unpackaged and produced 'artisanally', it holds up a mirror to the UK, where four in five loaves are plant-baked. But craft baking in Poland is in decline, while plant bread production is on the rise. Could it be because all their bakers are over here?

Aulds enters a new era

31 August, 2007
Operating from three different factories on the same site in the space of less than two years is not an exercise Aulds managing director Alan Marr would like to repeat. But he recognises the experience has enabled his company to hone the design of its latest £7m production base to the specific current and future needs of its frozen desserts business.

Mutually beneficial

31 August, 2007
The success of Britain's bakery sector is built around a strong, mutually beneficial relationship with the major supermarkets.
Belgian food group Vandemoortele has strengthened its presence in central Europe with the takeover of the Polish frozen bakery firm Gourmand Poland, part of Group Dossche, for an undisclosed sum.

Chinese beet deal for ABF

31 August, 2007
International food, ingredients and retail group Associated British Foods (ABF) has announced a deal with the China-based Hebei Tian Lu Sugar Group in a move to boost sugar beet yields.

Grocery sales slow to 3%

31 August, 2007
Growth in consumer spending in the grocery market is slowing, according to figures compiled by TNS Worldpanel.
A family-owned bakery in East Sussex has won a contract with Sainsbury's as part of the retailer's Supply Something New initiative.
Results from an interim report into salt levels in foods suggests there may be wide regional variations in salt levels in breads.
Privately owned bakeries are increasing in value faster than their corporate competitors, making them potential takeover targets.
Millers and bakers are going through "hair tearing" times as wheat and commodity prices soar, says the National Association of British and Irish Millers (Nabim).
British Bakeries said last week it was consulting on closing its Bradford bakery and scaling down activities at its Telford depot. It also refused to rule out possible future closures at other sites.
Pat Higgins, founder and owner of Pat the Baker in Ireland, has died aged 84. He and his wife Rita, who died in 1991, set up the bakery in Granard, Co Longford, her home town, in 1953.
Whitbread said its Costa business saw substantial sales increase driven by new store openings and a strong like-for-like performance, in a trading update this week.

Briefs

31 August, 2007
Inspection and certification provider SAI Global/EFSIS is now able to carry out assessments against the ISO 14001 Environmental Management Standard. The standard looks at every aspect of how a company's operations affect the environment, from waste management to its carbon footprint. Inspections can be carried out in conjunction with recognised food, national and proprietary standards.

Rondo steps up for bakers

24 August, 2007
Normally, when I get an invitation to "come and see the latest additions to our new make-up line", the sender is a beauty firm - the likes of Estée Lauder or L'Oréal.

Personal touch

24 August, 2007
Setting up your own bakery seems a perverse choice for someone whose memories of birthdays growing up are scarred by upset tummies from eating birthday cakes. It was only in adulthood that Emma Killilea discovered she had been suffering from an acute wheat allergy and she is now on a mission to replace what she sees as the bland cardboard often passing as a gluten-free alternative with her own taste-oriented products.

Pavlova

24 August, 2007

This is a variation of a classic dessert, which makes a perfect light summer treat. It is made using a stiff meringue mix, which can be easily piped into shape. We sell our Pavlova for £17.

A recent survey of company directors in the food supply chain conducted by Grant Thornton, leading business and financial adviser to the food industry sought to probe the relationship between supermarkets and their suppliers and the extent of supermarket power.
The baking industry has been criticised for trying to make bread cheap.

Weather hits logistics firm

24 August, 2007
Logistics company Christian Salvesen said its UK logistics business had been hit by wet weather in July, in an update this week.
Irish miller Odlums has indicated that its flour prices will increase by over E90 (£61) a tonne.
North-east bakery supplier Tindale & Stanton says it is back to full strength, expanding its new product development facilities and looking at new lines, two years after a fire destroyed its factory.
Leicester-based desserts company Vittles is planning to double the size of its business in the next three to four years.
Fine Lady Bakeries has been ordered to pay £8,000 after plea-ding guilty to polluting the River Cherwell in Banbury with diesel and waste bakery washings.
Retail bakery chain Cooks the Bakery has revealed it currently has 100 outlets, down from 121 at the start of the year.

Polish first for Scotland

24 August, 2007
An entrepreneur has built Scotland's first large-scale Polish bakery to supply East European migrants and his own restaurant outlets.
Improve, the food and drink sector skills council, wants to see employers' own training programmes recognised as part of a new framework governing vocational qualifications across the industry.
The Competition Commission has sent out legal notices to Asda and Tesco demanding access to e-mails sent to suppliers over the summer, to cast light on their relationships with suppliers.
Maple Leaf Bakery UK added to its growing UK empire with the £18.75 million acquisition of premium breads supplier La Fornaia this week, announcing plans to expand the London-based business.

Briefs

24 August, 2007
n Brennans Bakery in Ireland has teamed up with Irish tour operator Sunway for an online promotion. An offer on the wrappings of Brennans' half-pan packs directs consumers to a website, [http://www.sunway.ie/brennans]. They can book holidays with a E100 discount, and have a chance of winning a four-star holiday.

Too hot to handle

17 August, 2007
In today's competitive baking environment, the pressure for higher throughput and maximum yield is unrelenting. Handling and transfer of the product during production is especially critical, and with target yields in the upper-90s percentage-wise, there is minimal room for error.

O'Briens' overhaul

17 August, 2007
W e were very much trying to target the young female professional," says O'Briens' retail and operations director Andrew Moyes, recalling the sandwich and coffee chain's old look. Then, with exquisite timing, he gives a cheeky nod in the direction of the walking embodiment of the Irish franchise firm's broadening appeal - a silver-haired 70-plus woman, who seats herself at the next table.

Face to face...

17 August, 2007
Q How did you come to be involved in the baking industry?

Let's take training to task

17 August, 2007
Several readers have commented that they have little or no faith in NVQs. Others say they wouldn't ask if a candidate for a job had one. In fact, I have not yet found anyone to sing their praises.

Inflation falls to below 2%

17 August, 2007
The Office for National Statistics said this week that the UK's rate of inflation fell to 1.9% in July, below the government's target of 2%.
Zimbabwe's Grain Marketing Board ran out of wheat last week, with the impact likely to be felt by bakers this week.
An Aberdeen bakery, which provides work for adults with learning disabilities, has been nominated for a national award.
Bakery ingredients suppliers are being hit by export restrictions designed to counter the recent foot-and-mouth disease outbreak.
Firms are flocking to join the Baking Industry Exhibition (BIE), organised by William Reed Events.

Legislation watch

17 August, 2007
New rules come into force on 30 October that will require bakeries to reduce the amount of waste they send to landfill.
Tesco has launched its first range of breads made using no artificial additives. The range of eight products goes on sale across Britain this month.
Suppliers and creditors have raised serious concerns about London wholesale bakery European Bakeries, which recently spent a week in administration.

Wheat crop in balance

17 August, 2007
The quality and yield for the rest of the UK wheat harvest now depends on the weather during the next two to three weeks, says the Home Grown Cereals Authority (HGCA).
A new report sets out to highlight what it calls "bully-boy tactics" used by some of the supermarkets when dealing with suppliers.

Briefs

17 August, 2007
n Three drug addicts were jailed this month after threatening a baker with a sawn-off shotgun and an axe. In April last year, the burglars forced baker Royston Owen - who was working at Mr Bunn the Baker in Long Stratton, Norfolk - to hand over £500 in cash. Owen was made to draw money out of his account from a cash machine and was hit on the side of the head with the gun.

Going the extra mile

10 August, 2007
Foodservice supplier Brakes is increasing its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) activity with a set of environmental and social programmes.

Cook's craft

10 August, 2007
Seventeen years ago, Peter Cook was a sandwich maker for his in-laws' bakery in Ludlow. Today, he's a Rick Stein food hero and he takes the job seriously.

Investing in the future

10 August, 2007
Having spent the past few months acclimatising to its new production headquarters in Inverurie, west of Aberdeen, JG Ross Bakers is embarking on the acquisition trail as it aims to turn anticipated sales of £8.3m for 2008 into an annual turnover of £11m by 2011. "We now have the capacity to target more volume," executive chairman and company founder George Ross tells British Baker.

In search of a tasty slice

10 August, 2007
Booths Supermarkets was established in 1847 and celebrates its 160th anniversary this year. It has 26 stores across Lancashire, Cheshire, Cumbria and Yorkshire, with a company turnover of £230m.

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