October

Festive biscuits

Several Cadbury's biscuit products and a new Maryland cookies tub will be available from Burton's Foods for Christmas. The company has re-introduced a seasonal range for Maryland, with a 675g sharing tub and a White Choc Chip Mini Cookies carton (150g).

One year on

If you're making wraps, hot cross buns, part-baked bread, pancakes, crumpets, English muffins, brioche and waffles for supermarkets then pop open a bottle of Champers or more fittingly for these austere times an attractively priced Lidl Cava. If you're supplying paninis, bagels, sticky buns, Danish pastries and pikelets, then break out a slab of value lager, close the curtains and start weeping.

Training on track

Bakery training provision is undergoing the most radical change in its history. Well, modern history at least. Ancient Egyptians discovering yeasted doughs probably required a bit more syllabus re-writing.

Northern lights on bakers

Bakers from up and down the land flocked to Manchester for Bakers' Fair, to glean some crucial tips in readiness for the run-up to Christmas. Machinery, ingredients, drinks, packaging and software systems suppliers were on hand to offer advice on the latest developments in the trade, while a line-up of industry experts took to the stage.

Edible nut pricing

Almonds: Prices have continued to increase over the past month. Predictions are that total production might fall even below the 1.3bn lb level (590,000mt), when earlier forecasts were up to 1.65bn lbs. The short- to medium-term view is that prices will continue to rise, possibly until December/January.

Cocoa

As cocoa prices go through the roof, bakers are urged to source sustainably
The high cost of cocoa looks set to continue as its commodity market price globally reaches near-record highs. Chocolate makers have been stocking up amid fears of supply shortages from the Ivory Coast, a leading supplier.

Northern reveals strong bakery rise

Northern Foods has reported strong underlying growth in its bakery division, with revenue up 3.9% for the 26 weeks to 26 September 2009.

Bakery manufacturers on the up but retail slides

Despite the economic downturn, there has been an increase in the number of bakery manufacture businesses, according to new data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

In Short

Recession hits Aryzta
Aryzta's UK and Irish business has been hit the hardest by the recession, said the company, as it announced revenue losses in its Food Europe division. In its full year results, ended 31 July 2009, the firm, which focuses primarily on speciality bakery, revealed a drop in revenue of 2.2% to 1.14bn (£1.0bn) in its Food Europe division. Operating profit rose 11.4% to 135,103 (£124,561).

Warrens' staff gain on-the-job NVQs

Warrens Bakery staff have become the first to get a new-style qualification without spending time in the classroom, doing coursework, or exams.

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