May

Pork Farms to display British Lion egg logo

Pork Farms has become the first major retail brand to display the British Lion egg products mark on-pack.

Cake decoration company’s sales skyrocket

Warrington-based company Windsor CakeCraft has seen its internet sales increase 2,300% as the credit crunch encourages consumers to decorate their own celebration cakes.

Northern Foods sees strong performance in bakery

Northern Foods announced a “strong performance” in its Bakery division in its full year results to 28 March 2009.

Mouthing off

Customer: "So it'll be either you or Joanna Lumley running the country next?"

Next issue 5 June

l Conference report From farmers to hoteliers to chip shop owners to bakers, two eccentric entrepreneurs have the SAMB conference in the palms of their hands

In the BB archives

5 January, 1941: BB nearly burns

Dan gives Delicious food for thought

As a big fan of ex-BB columnist Dan Lepard, Stop the Week was amused to see a scuffle break out between him and Matthew Drennan, editor of Delicious - a magazine he contributes to (or should we say, has done) - on his Guardian baking blog.

Missing out on a Mini

The truth of the phrase "you've got to be in it to win it" has never been more cruelly exposed - at least in the world of bakery - than it was last week at Bako London's showcase event to mark its 50th anniversary.

Selling the eco ethos

Environmentally friendly packaging is not only a good way for your business to 'do its bit', but can also act as a selling point for goods, as consumers become increasingly aware of their benefits. But are eco-only packaging companies better than generic companies that offer sustainable options as part of their range?

Comfort in mind

The market for small treats has benefited as recession-hit consumers seek comfort in cakes. "Consumers still appear to have a taste for small cake products," says Michael Evans, communications manager for cakes giant Greencore. "Tubs of mini cake rolls, bars, flapjack bites and the like are still fairly prominent in retailers' fixtures, with almost 90% of households buying small cakes, partaking on average 15 times a year," he says. Indeed small cakes make up the largest sector of the £1.3 bn ambient cake market, standing at £464m and growing at 6.6% per year. "Promotional activity has inevitably helped generate some of this growth," he explains.

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