October

Put to the test

When Conservative leader David Cameron visited Cotswold miller FWP Matthews to see the company's new facilities and learn about a partnership with French miller Moul-bie, he was a little surprised to be asked questions by British Baker (see panel opposite page). Yet in a short, but wide-ranging conversation, he answered willingly.

Naturally Nero

The recession has killed off many things banks, bakeries and, erm, very nearly Iceland but try as it might, it has failed to knock the coffee shops off their perch. While Starbucks cut stores and Coffee Republic filed for administration, to hopefully emerge leaner and stronger, Caffè Nero and Costa have sat and watched sales sheets ticking over rather nicely, thank you.

Fit for purpose: Part 4 - for the love of location

If we were to believe the overused adage location, location, location, we often assume that this is critical to success, but how important is it? When the high street was the hub of every town, location was important and people would purchase their weekly provisions from local retailers because convenience was king, bread, bacon and broccoli all easy to find and simple to purchase.

Spice rack: Cumin

Cumin is a spice that is used in many countries around the world, but in particular in India, The Middle East, North Africa and Mexico. It is also added to some European cheeses.

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Dip, coat or drizzle

KeyChoc has launched new processing machines, designed to appeal to bakers and patissiers.

Stiletto cuts to free-from

Mrs Crimble's free-from range has been refreshed to offer a wider range for consumers and to create a more uniform brand identity. Owned by Stiletto Foods, the free-from foods brand now includes light cheese crackers in Rosemary and Onion, Sun-dried Tomato and Pesto and Original Cheese flavours, as well as its more traditional products, such as frozen apple and rhubarb pies. The newest addition to the range is Mrs Crimble's fresh gluten- and wheat-free bread, available in both seeded and white varieties. The full range comprises cakes, biscuits, corn and rice cakes, baked snacks, bread, pastry and muffin mixes.

Mama's plans for winter

National Cupcake Week's overall recipe champion Mama's Cupcakes has launched a new winter range, including its competition-winning Black Forest variety a chocolate sponge laced with kirsch and glacé cherries.

Bring back the great British tea

By Max Jenvey of Oxxygen Marketing Partnership, a strategic management agency that focuses on business and brand development within the bakery foodservice and convenience sectors

Peros aims for One World

A new Fairtrade bakery range, One World, has been launched by ethical foodservice distributor Peros. It comprises: traditional flapjacks; chocolate chip flapjacks; fruit flapjacks; large Eccles cakes; chocolate brownies; chocolate chip shortbread; toffee muffins, lemon muffins, chocolate muffins and blueberry muffins.

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