March

Showgirl glitz

Designing somebody's birthday cake and creating sugarpaste figures to go on it is all in a day's work for cake decorator Leanne Tang, but this doesn't mean it all comes easily. The winner of Renshaw-sponsored Celebration Cake Maker of the Year at the Baking Industry Awards 2008, says one of the most challenging parts of the competition was trying to keep her showgirls' heads on with spaghetti.

Seasonal seller

Sweet mild peppers, sometimes referred to as bell peppers or capsicums, are related to chillies.

National Doughnut Week: a chance for charity

With National Doughnut Week (NDW) not far off (9-16 May) sponsor BakeMark UK is urging craft bakers to get a head start and make the most of the charitable week with a great giveaway.

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In my world

Sorting through my grandmother's bakery file with my pop, we came across a folder containing old documents and newspaper clippings. One item from the year dot was my great grandmother's birth certificate, dated 1887, and the rank/profession of father is recorded as baker. That confirmed my heritage as being at least a fifth-generation baker and gives my son, Milo, the opportunity of being the sixth (no pressure - but we're already seven years into an 18-year training programme).

Jus-Rol takes new shapes

Jus-Rol is expanding its frozen pastry shapes range with the launch of a new shortcrust oval. The company is promoting the new shape as a convenient way to top pies, but it can also be used as an individual pie base.

Yazoo shake-up

Milkshake brand Yazoo has unveiled a new £3.5m television and outdoor advertising campaign, which forms part of the brand's ongoing mission to drive growth in the UK flavoured milk category.

PFM uses Pro2Pac for integrated launch

Italian manufacturer PFM Packaging Machinery launched a new integrated multihead weigher and bagging machine at the Pro2Pac exhibition at the ExCeL centre in London this month.

Mecaplastic seals deal

Mecaplastic offers a range of sandwich filling and sealing machines, enabling businesses to select the right capacity for their requirements.

Mono stages display day

Swansea-based machinery firm Mono Equipment hosted an open day at Miller's Vanguard's Training facility in Bury earlier this month, to display the latest machinery, designed to increase efficiency, productivity and profit.

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