Dublin firm Kooky Dough has signed a deal with Tesco to supply a range of own-brand cookie dough mixes.

Caffè Ritazza has won the Bel UK Café Food Award at the Café Society Awards 2011, for its Firecracker Chicken and Chorizo Panini Melt.

Dawn Foods looks set to acquire Unifine Food & Bake Ingredients, following the announcement in December that Unifine’s parent company Royal Cosun was investigating its potential sale.

Two major ingredients suppliers are leading the charge towards using sustainable palm oil.

Sales of cakes and cake bars have enjoyed significant growth, according to the latest data from Mintel, with seven out of 10 consumers purchasing them on a regular basis.

The Real Good Food Company (RGFC) saw total sales down 7% as its sugar business experienced the “toughest ever” financial year. Meanwhile growth in its bakery ingredients division Renshaw, beat its highest expectations.

AMT Coffee aims to take on bigger rivals by growing all of its three formats after signing a £1m finance-raising deal with Close Leasing.

Savouries giant Ginsters has opened its first-ever retail outlet at Manchester’s Victoria railway station.

In the wake of the publication of the government’s Responsibility Deal, which outlined food manufacturers’ commitments to reducing salt levels in bread, Consensus Action on Salt and Health (CASH) is pressing for even more stringent salt reduction targets for 2014.

Glasgow food distribution firm Lomond Fine Foods is launching a cake-making venture in a bid to increase its sales.

Fiona Cairns and McVitie’s Cake Company have been tasked with making cakes fit for royalty at the wedding reception of Prince William and Kate Middleton.

Traditional wheat grower Heritage Harvest hopes a cash boost from Prince Charles will help spread the word about unusual varieties.

Finsbury Food Group has announced rising sales for the six months to 1 January 2011, driven by a return to growth of its Cake division, and a strong performance in Bread and Free From.

Fords Bakery in Prestonpans has been placed into liquidation, with 35 staff made redundant, and around 25 set to move to its parent company.

Mouthing off

25 March, 2011

"Stop. Collaborate and listen; Ice is back with a brand new invention; rap while you wrap so gimme a handclap; what we're gonna make is called the squareish wrap; spread some pesto and add some tomato, a lotta mozzarella and a little bit of basil"

Wedding wings

25 March, 2011

Thinly-stretched royal wedding bandwagon product of the week goes to Toastabags, for its 'Toast the Royal Couple' toaster sleeves, used for making less-than-regal toasties. No, the image of Wills and Kate does not burn on to the bread. It's just a picture on a bag.

Cakewatch update

25 March, 2011

This is the woman police are searching for in connection with the nation's first recorded case of cupcake rage. The customer in question allegedly went berserk in Cardiff cupcakery Sugarswirlz when it ran out of her favourite 'Sweet Tooth Fairy' cupcakes, smashing up the shop and assaulting staff. The net is closing.

Here's a wedding dress that twists an age-old epithet to coin a new one: "A moment on the hips, a nightime on the lips".

Stealth and welfare

25 March, 2011

The residents of the fictitious mono-cultural town of ITV's Midsomer Murders may not like it, but the days of unadulterated whiteness are over.

With today's consumer ever-more pressed for time, the need to be able to find everything in one place has never been greater. So bakery retailers need to stock the right soft drinks to offer consumers with their lunchtime sandwich or afternoon hot savoury.

Tiny treats at Starbucks

25 March, 2011

Starbucks has launched a Petites range of bakery products this spring. It includes cake pops - small cake balls, dipped in chocolate, on a lollipop stick - in almond, rocky road and sparkle varieties; red velvet, and chocolate whoopie pies, a salted caramel pecan bar, and a raspberry white chocolate cake.

Sweet ideas for royal day

25 March, 2011

Delice de France has developed a range of products to capitalise on the upcoming Royal Wedding.

Brownies are all white

25 March, 2011

CSM (UK) has added a White Fudge Brownie Mix to its Craigmillar American range of cake mixes. The mix only needs the addition of water and oil and can be used to create 'white brownies' or variations such as pecan, or orange marmalade.

All wrapped up

25 March, 2011

Linpac Packaging has launched a new packaging range specifically for the bakery sector. The LINbake range offers packaging solutions for cakes, biscuits, bread, gateaux and much more.

Scones score sales leads

25 March, 2011

Scone manufacturer Haywood and Padgett has launched a new premium scone range targeted at the foodservice sector.

Bridor adds French touch

25 March, 2011

Bridor has been working with French baker Frédéric Lalos to develop three artisan breads, unveiled at the show. Le Pain de Partage Blé Grand Arôme, is a tear-and-share bread in a 300g format, made using a natural yeast and wheat flour to add softness and avoid acidity, while a durum wheat flour finishes the product. Le Pain Cerealier stoneground flour, in a 450g format contains a grain mix of sesame, brown flax, yellow flax, sunflower and wheat, and uses a house stoneground flour yeast. Le Pain Pochon buckwheat flour, also available in a 450g format is made with a mixed buckwheat yeast, featuring Camp Remy flour. Its four corner folds are shaped by hand.

Gluten-free cheesecakes

25 March, 2011

Dessert manufacturer Aulds was promoting a range of new gluten-free products at IFE.

Délifrance display

25 March, 2011

Délifrance unveiled several of its 36 new lines at this year's IFE, including a selection of cupcakes orange & cinnamon and raspberry & chocolate; and a chocolate & coconut whirlwind.

Pastry pull

25 March, 2011

Belgian pastry manufacturer Pidy displayed a whole selection of new products at the IFE exhibition at ExCeL, London last week.

Report

25 March, 2011

UK food and non-alcoholic drink exports have grown for six years in succession, passing the £10bn mark for the first time in 2010. Cereals and bakery exports pushed through the £2bn mark, up 8.1% on 2009 to £2,079.2m.

Edible nut pricing

25 March, 2011

Almonds:

The weather during the critical "bloom" in California will determine the short- to medium-term direction on pricing. Last year's crop was the largest on record, so it is likely to be smaller this year.

There is increasing mainstream media interest in baking, helped by programmes such as the Great British Bake-off and the Great British Food Revival, with Michel Roux Jr arguing the case for bread. This has begun to generate more coverage for the debate about how bread is made.

In Short

25 March, 2011

Boost for Greggs

of the London and South Eastern Region of the National Association of Master Bakers, at the recent AGM, which took place at Bakers' Hall. Flanagan comes from a bakery family and has three shops in Essex under the name Home Made Bakery. A former student of the National Bakery School, he is pictured with his wife Stella (left) and Julia Valbret, wife of outgoing president Laurent Valbret.

In Short

25 March, 2011

Asda cupcake deal

In Short

25 March, 2011

Belgian into UK

at its Newport store last week, in order to raise money for Red Nose Day. Claiming to be the largest creation of its type in the UK, the gingerbread man a replica of the supermarket's Mr Red Nose Gingerbread biscuit stood at 15ft tall, 9ft wide and weighed 440 pounds. Food artist Prudence Stait and a specialist team took over a month to create the giant biscuit, made using 36 sheets of gingerbread, fixed together with a gingerbread-coloured chocolate paste.

Industry man passes on

25 March, 2011

It is with great sadness that Dawn Foods announced that Fred Gascoyne passed away suddenly on Wednesday 9 March.

A revamped bakery apprenticeship pathway is in the pipeline, as part of an overhaul of apprenticeships offered in the food and drink industry, with a £2.2m funding pot available to cover the full costs of training.

In Short

25 March, 2011

BIA gets under way

Don’t forget to register for free for Bakers’ Fair Spring.

A number of measures that should help both small and large bakery firms were announced in the 2011 Budget on Wednesday.

Sales of soft drinks in the impulse channel have grown ahead of the grocery multiples for the first time, reserving its 3% decline last year, according to the latest Britvic Soft Drinks Report, published this week.

The International Dairy Federation (IDF) has welcomed an FAO/WHO report, which found there was no convincing evidence that total dietary fats had a significant effect on coronary heart disease (CHD) or cancer.

Health Minister Anne Milton will give an insight into government strategy at the Federation of Bakers’ annual luncheon.

Maple Leaf Bakery is to entertain consumers with an early morning performance of Grease as part of a New York Bakery Breakfast Club initiative.

Celebration cake maker Jeanette Chappell has moved from her kitchen to the high street after 18 years.

The contest to find a team to represent the UK in the 2012 Sigep Bread Cup is now on.

Cupcake producer Mama Doreen’s has won a listing in Asda following a tie-up with deliciouslyorkshire.

Speciality bakery business Aryzta believes a sales decline in Ireland and the UK is stabilising.

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