October

Kavis plays it hot and cold

Disposable catering product supplier Kavis has added two new products to its range - a Dual hot drink paper cup and a PET tumbler.

Dawn boosts energy products with latest cookie additions

Dawn Foods has launched energy cookies to complement its range of energy-boosting products. The Mega Muesli and Jumbo or Mega Oatmeal and Raisin Cookies are available individually wrapped. The Muesli Cookie contains rolled oats, raisins, apricots and pumpkin seeds and is high in fibre. The Oatmeal and Raisin Cookie contains rolled oats and raisins and is also available as pucks for baking off on-site.

Owlet woos bakery firms with juices

Owlet Juices has just launched a new "bag in a box" of juice, which the company claims is suitable for bakery retailers. The juice, which has a 12-month shelf life, comes in a 10-litre pack size with a recyclable cardboard box and there is no glass packaging to recycle.

Fanta goes natural in new brand drive

Fanta now contains no artificial flavours or colours, thanks to a reformulation of the drink, as part of a £6.25m brand investment by Coca Cola Enterprises (CCE) this year.

Firefly reintroduces flavoured H20s

Drinks company Firefly has relaunched its waters range. The tea-infused antioxidant drinks were originally launched in glass bottles, but Firefly hopes the new PET bottles will help to open up new areas of business for the firm.

GB growth boosts Britvic

Britvic has seen its revenue increase 29.3% to £926.5m for the 52 weeks to 28 September 2008, compared with the same 2007/08 period. The figures incorporate a full 52-week contribution from Britvic Ireland of £200.7m.

Richemont razzamatazz

As the yellow Chinese dragon reared its head and the drumming of the band became more frenzied, passers-by stopped to stare at the spectacle threading its way through Manchester's busy streets. Behind the dragon was a formation of British and overseas members of the International Richemont Club, on their way to a special Chinese banquet to kick off a three-day gala, hosted by the British members.

Academy on course

OK, so we're nearly there. The treacle quagmire of funding has (nearly) been traversed, the boggy lack of consensus over an industry stan-dard qualification has (virtually) been overcome, and the muddied waters of how and where to find adequate training have (almost) been cleared. The formation of a national academy for bakery skills is now within reach.

Richemont Club of Great Britain Fifth Annual Competition 2008

== Winners and runners-up ==

The popular stage area at the Bakers' Fair, supported by Rank Hovis, was the place to get advice, see demonstrations and glean innovative ideas

Now we're not suggesting making the likes of 'hash cakes' to sell to your customers, but hemp, which has around 20,000 different uses, can be used as an ingredient in various forms (which have no drug content). Hemp seeds can be cold-pressed into oil, which leaves a 'cake' that can then be milled into flour. Paul Jenkinson of Yorkshire Hemp said that using 5% hemp flour in bakery gives products added colour, texture and a nutty taste. Products cannot be made using 100% hemp flour and Jenkinson recommends using 5-10% hemp of flour weight. Hemp seeds are rich in protein - around 34% - and are gluten-free, so can be used with potato or rice flour for gluten-free products. Shelled hemp seeds can also be added to bread, cakes or flapjacks to add to the texture, or as a topping. However, it loses some of its nutritional benefits as a topping, due to heat exposure in the oven.

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