February

£2m spend for Phileas Fogg

United Biscuits has launched a £2million marketing campaign for its snack brand Phileas Fogg, which includes new pack designs and new television advertising to start mid-February.

Pret continues expansion in airports

Pret A Manger has taken three steps towards its goal to be represented at all major airports across the UK, after securing locations at Birmingham airport.

Award win spurs growth for Anne’s

Anne’s Patisserie in Flint has announced plans to expand the business in 2010, following two gold wins at last year’s Great Taste Awards.

Bakery enlists help of business doctor

Royston’s Traditional Bakery in Long Stratton has enlisted the help of a ‘business doctor’ to help grow its bakery and coffee shop business.

Caught on the Web

Can a humble sausage roll conceivably have more Facebook fans than Cheryl Cole? Join the campaign and make it happen... http://bit.ly/aRtAzH Thought you could only make coffee out of coffee beans? How about using grapes instead? http://bit.ly/6xIzQu Ever wondered what happens to all those thin wooden coffee stirrers when you're not looking? Well, one artist is making a livelihood out of them... http://bit.ly/ctcozR Baking tins to make giant cupcakes go on sale in America but not everybody's happy about it... http://bit.ly/8F5z61 Taking a cake into work and office-based cake-offs are the new team-building alternatives to paintballing... http://bit.ly/aYYkaz Police crack down on 'sexpresso' stalls in the US... http://bit.ly/cVrTWV

Mouthing off

"The girl told me, 'You don't look over 21. I need to see some proof of age'. I told her I was certain the proof of age laws did not apply to quiche but she said, 'We have to be really strict now and this applies to quiche bought over the counter.' She was deadly serious"

The Mirror takes on Andre

Through reasons only known to themselves, aspirational coffee chain Costa recently chose durable tabloid magnet Peter Andre to front its publicity drive around the launch of its 'flat white' coffee, featured in these very pages (see Masterclass, pages 34-35).

Great white hope

Got your head around the difference between a latte and a cappuccino yet? No? Well, you've got a whole new coffee option to worry about now: the flat white.

Paris in the spring

From March 6-10, Europain will welcome hordes of craft bakers to its popular site at Parc des Expositions near Paris. It will fill almost four halls. And it is certainly not an exclusive craft show indeed, Hall 4 is given over to industrial bakery. But just as Iba leans more towards machinery, the character of Europain is different and, as the French are keen to say, "Vive la différence".

Weighty argument

The world's first integrated check weigher has been launched by Benier as part of a divider control system, which aims to optimise accuracy of dough weight.

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