March

Consumer watch How do we get customers to spend more?

Seventy-seven per cent of coffee chain customers are drinking their purchase in the outlet. Those who spend 15 minutes in a coffee chain spend £4.78 per trip on average. However those who spend more than four times longer - at least an hour - only spend 10% more or £5.22 on average.

Pain Delice offers Polar experience

Polarbröd, which translates as Polar Bread, is a Swedish company that produces bread from within an area of the same name in the Arctic Circle. Distributed by Pain Delice, the bread is promoted on healthy credentials, but the company said it does not compromise on taste.

Bakehouse homes in on burger buys

Bakehouse's new Gourmet Burger Bun - designed to hold a fresh 4-8oz burger - has been developed to capitalise on increased consumer demand for premium fresh burgers.

Brakes develops savoury tastes

Brakes has added two new products to its savouries and pastry portfolio. Brakes 8-inch Giant Sausage Roll is a ready-to-bake flakey pastry roll containing chopped and shaped pork. Featuring a laddered pattern, which ensures the pastry rises and cooks more evenly, the sausage rolls are available in packs of 40.

Fruit pricing

Coconut: Origin coconut prices have eased over the past 1-2 months, although these declines have been largely offset by the stronger dollar. Demand for coconut should pick up in the run-up to Easter.

Report

The latest National Statistics on UK milled wheat and flour production, from Defra, revealed an increase of 2.9% in the total wheat milled in the UK, for the crop-year to date (starting July 2008), compared to figures for the 2007/08 crop year.

Reporting in Long live local competitions

Where have all the bread and confectionery competitions gone? Down in Kent we still run a county competition each year to find the Champion Kent Baker. The Western Region has been running bread and confectionery competitions for many years. Both competitions are well-supported by bakers from all over their areas.

Consumer tracking

Wheat-free bakery products are more commonplace in Australia than the UK, according to the latest Austrends 2009 Trade report, and there are good growth opportunities available. The report, published by the Australian Trade Commission, provides insight into how Aussie food and beverage producers are delivering innovation within key trends in the UK market.

Aryzta blossoms with half-year health

Aryzta has announced a healthy performance in its half-year results. Adjusted profit rose by 14.6% within its food division with underlying revenue increasing 6% for the six months to 31 January 2009.

Bakers asked to sign petition on late payments

Bakers are being urged to sign up to an online petition calling for an end to late payments. If enough people sign up, it is hoped the government will introduce industry standard contractual payment terms, ensuring that all companies pay suppliers within 28 days.

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