Dibas decks out its offer

Dibas is promoting its deck oven for establishments that bake-off snacks and pastries, but which also want to serve pizzas as part of their offering. The EBO Deck Oven, manufactured by Dibas, is distributed in the UK by CBES Food Systems. It allows up to three baking chambers to be stacked on top of each other, but each has its own individual controls, enabling bakers to bake a range of different products at the same time.

Sollich keeps an even temper

Sollich is promoting the Minitemper 100 FD to add real chocolate to your product, for bakers aiming to enhance sales appeal and profitability. Sollich said it was important to use real chocolate, despite the fact the cocoa butter present makes it more challenging to handle compared to compound chocolate.

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Join the drive for craft bakers

In recent years, the independent craft bakery sector has sometimes struggled to promote itself to customers and potential employees. Now, the time has come to banish the 'humble baker' persona and start shouting about yourselves!

Strength in numbers

How do you grow in a recession? That was one of the interesting topics discussed at the recent British Confectioners' Association meeting in Gloucester.


Imports of macadamia nuts are experiencing year-on-year growth, according to the latest figures published, with the baking industry also seeing increased use of the nut. In 2008, macadamia nut imports rose by 45%, from 500 to 737 tonnes. However, consumption of these nuts is thought to be much higher, as the figures do not include the quantity of the nut imported as part of fruit and nut mixes.

Seeds pricing

Pine nuts: Prices have remained firm since our last report and are now trading some 15% higher than in December. Apart from the volatile currency, availability from China this season seems very sporadic, with a reduced supply to China from Russia and Siberia.

Allied workers concerned by contract loss

Workers at Allied Bakeries' plant in Netherton are fearing for their jobs after Tesco reduced its business with the firm, which employs 150 staff at the site.

Shop planning refusal could cost Costa

Costa Coffee could be forced to close one of its shops, following a planning appeal in Beverley. The coffee chain opened a store in the Yorkshire market town last year, without permission to change the use of a former shoe shop - a Grade 2 Listed Building in the town's conservation area.

Supermarkets manage to pull in the apprentices

Supermarket chains are attrac-ting record numbers of young bakers to their apprenticeship schemes.

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