January

BakeMark's new Rootz

BakeMark has brought out a new range of Fairtrade products under the Rootz brand, in time for Fairtrade Fortnight, which runs from 23 February to 8 March.

ADM: ready for romance

ADM Milling is introducing a cake mix to its product range to capitalise on Valentine's Day. Love Raspberry & Passionfruit Cake Mix has been designed to produce treats such as love-heart shaped cakes, as well as muffins, cupcakes, slices and squares. Bakers only need to add water and vegetable oil to the cake mix, which is available in 12.5kg bags.

Solo Cup's Bare essentials

Bare, the new range by Solo Cup Europe, consists of single-use products made from alternative resources. It uses sustainable and environmentally friendly packaging options, using recycled, compostable and post-consumer materials. The range includes PLA (polylactic acid)-coated paper hot cups, rPET tumblers, compostable drinks lids, PCF (post-consumer fibre) paper hot cups and rPET deli containers. Different size cups and containers are available. Solo Cup says the Bare range will be "constantly evolving".

Bigberry goes natural

Devon-based Bigberry, part of Extreme Drinks, is to launch its new look smoothies, available in Pineapple & Pear, Acai & Strawberry and Raspberry & Mango varieties. They contain no artificial colourings, preservatives, stabilisers or sweeteners and are packaged in 100% recyclable 250ml bottles.

Gluten-free assortment

ABO Artisan Bread Organic has launched Glutinis on the market. The gluten-free sandwich bread is sold in freezer tubs of 12 or bags of nine, and can be frozen and toasted on a panini toaster. Glutinis were initially launched on ABO's on-line shop in 2008, but have now been introduced into retail outlets nationwide.

National Starch takes on fat

Ingredients supplier National Starch Food Innovation has launched a new speciality starch for the reduced-fat cake market. This can be used by bakery manufacturers to create cakes using up to 75% less margarine, butter or shortening.

Win a top-of-the-range toaster with Kingsmill

'Wake up to Wholegrain' and set yourself up for the day with a breakfast that includes half or even all of your daily allowance of healthy whole grains.

Greggs powerhouse

Tesco opened its first Tesco Express outlet in October 2002 and now has 880. Not bad for six years' work.

Exchange tactics

It's not just British holiday-makers accustomed to flashing their cash on the Costa Brava that are crying into their bottles of San Miguel. The dramatic fall in the value of the pound just before Christmas, which saw it reach close to parity with the euro, is also worrying news for bakers in the UK, who are surprisingly reliant on their Continental cousins for equipment, ingredients and packaging.

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