Border Homebake looks to treble production

Northumberland bakery Border Homebake is aiming to treble production after it invested over £20k in its tray bakes business.

Belfast venue for Irish event

The Irish Association of Master Bakers biennial conference takes place at the Culloden Hotel, Hollywood, near Belfast, on 8-9 October. Attendees will include prominent bakers in Ireland North and South, comprising both plant and craft.

Cooplands reveals its plans to double business

Cooplands of Doncaster continued with its ambitious expansion plan this month after acquiring two shops from Sparks Confectioners in Bradford.

Aryzta sees revenue fall in UK and Ireland

Declining revenues in the convenience retail and foodservice markets has hit speciality bakery business Aryzta’s profits.

Cupcake champion sees sales take off

The winner of National Cupcake Week's second Cupcake-off to find the country's best cupcake baker is fighting to keep up with demand, having seen sales rocket by 50% following his win last month.

Co-op pie contract is top news for Topping family

Doncaster-based The Topping Pie Company has won a national contract to supply 200 Co-operative stores with its pies and quiches as part of a strategy to increase business with the major multiples.

Islington firm to spread Euphorium across UK

Islington's Euphorium Bakery has outlined ambitious expansion plans, which will eventually see its model franchised out across the UK.

Scone company expands as it plans to diversify

Scone manufacturer Haywood & Padgett (H&P) is investing in expansion at its Barnsley bakery, with plans to develop new lines, and diversify into foodservice.

Book your place at the BSB conference

The British Society of Baking (BSB) Autumn Conference is now taking bookings for the networking dinner on Monday 4 October, and conference on Tuesday 5 October.

Bakery with a kick

It is the classic adage of every drug dealer to 'never get high on your own supply' one which the management of America's first ever 'caffeine bakery' would be well-advised to issue to their bleary-eyed staff at the start of a 3am shift.

Mouthing off

Art of the grotesque

Here at Stop the Week, we've developed pretty strong constitutions and consider ourselves connoisseurs of all that is weird, left-field and extreme in baking. However, our stomachs are about to be tested next month at the bakery world's first-ever 18-certificate event.

Italian innovation

Autumn is an important season for exhibitions and Italy's major bakery show, AB Tech Expo, takes place at Milan's massive Rho Fiera showground from 23-27 October. If you catch the shuttle bus from the airport directly to the show (see details page 40), don't forget to ask the driver to stop at Fieramilano.

Tunnels channelled

Ask a baker if they want their bottom boosted and chances are they'll run a mile. Those who stick around are clearly in the market for the latest in tunnel oven kit, as was the case with one leading bakery food manufacturer, which is installing Britain's first Mecatherm three-deck tunnel oven. While we're not allowed to reveal the name of the baker, we can share the specs with you. The unique oven combines convection and radiant, allowing products to be baked on both the trays and the hearth. The Mecatherm FTM oven incorporates a Bottom Bake Booster (BBB) system, which consists of a controlled hot air convection bake limited to the sole of the product. The top is baked by radiant heat without any turbulence in the baking chamber.

Power flours

There's a prevailing myth that a good baker should be able to craft all manner of excellence from a cheap bag of strong white flour, a mixer on its last legs and an ancient temperamental deck oven just months from being scrapped. If you're in that situation, tell your bakery manager from me that, in the right hands, the best equipment will increase sales and pay for itself.

When can you use hidden CCTV cameras?

Q You are suspicious that an employee is up to no good and are thinking about installing hidden CCTV cameras to catch them red-handed. Is there anything you must consider first?

MEPs vote in favour of country-of-origin food labelling

Compulsory country-of-origin food labelling came a step closer recently when MEPs voted in favour of the measure. Under the proposals, all pre-packed meat and meat product labels would have to show where livestock was born, reared and slaughtered.

Can sickness absence trigger maternity leave?

There are only a few weeks to go before a pregnant employee goes on maternity leave and she has just rung in sick. You don't want to be messed about; you need certainty. So can you rely on this event to trigger an earlier start date?

New threat to ready-to-eat foods?

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has now responded to the Pennington Report on the E.Coli 0157 outbreak in Wales in 2005 by issuing a consultation document entitled 'Reducing the Risk from E.Coli 0157 controlling cross contamination'. To view the consultation yourself go to

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Playing by the rules

Although the holiday season is nearly over, every year we get the same problems. "A member of my staff has announced her husband has booked a week's holiday", but they haven't gone through the right channel and it isn't convenient.

Hot and cross at EU

Take Pidy

What rhymes with brunch? How about drunch and slunch? No, you are not reading Stop the Week, these two are for real.

Big-top bonanza at BIA

It was a night of fun and surprises! As over 800 guests gathered for the Baking Industry Awards they were greeted by three white-shrouded living statues performing tricks. Then, heading into Warburtons' champagne reception, it was time to network, greet friends and finalists and begin enjoying the circus-themed evening.

Trade snapshot FWP Matthews' Italian bakery workshop

Earlier this month, FWP Matthews hosted an Italian bakery demonstration at its mill in Chipping Norton. Italian baker Aldo Cordero, from the Cordero family mill, produced a range of breads, including focaccia, ciabatta rustica and pugliese. The mill has hosted French bakery demonstrations for a number of years, but this was the first time for Italian.

You learn nothing in your own midden*(*literally a rubbish tip, but here a back yard)

Alan Stuart is MD of Stuarts of Buckhaven and president of Scottish Bakers

Jiffy has van with a plan

Jiffy Trucks has launched its latest snack food delivery vehicle the Jiffy Estilo, based on the Citroën Dispatch.

Austrian soy arrives in UK

New to the UK market are Soja soya flours and ingredients from Austria. Soja produces gluten- and lactose-free whole soy products and is currently supplying into international bakery and pasta brands.

Cashing in on cupcakes

Food ingredients manufacturer Macphie is launching a range of Rainbow Frostings to help bakers capitalise on the cupcake boom.

Bakery start-up - rising to the challenge part II

By Max Jenvey of Oxxygen Marketing Partnership, a strategic business accelerator specialising in the bakery, foodservice and convenience retail

Lovetub pud double act is hot stuff

Farmhouse Fare has launched a range of puddings designed to take dessert eating from the dining table to the sofa.

Ethical oils

All bakery fats in Bako's own-label Classic range are now made using ethically and sustainably produced palm oils.

Wall's extends into hot pies

Arla's money-saving glaze

A new egg-free glaze from Arla Foods Ingredients gives a long-lasting shine and golden colour to baked goods.

Bolton's calling

Bakers' Fair, supported by Norbake, is back at the Bolton Arena this year and takes place on Sunday 3 October (9.30am-3.30pm). The event, now in its fourth year, is free to attend and is the UK's only autumn exhibition for progressive and professional independent bakery companies, cafés and coffee shops. Whether you want some ideas for Christmas or a new mixer, you will find it here.

A frenzy of frosting

National Cupcake Week came to a sweet conclusion on Sunday, with British Baker having whipped up the UK into a frosting frenzy. The idea behind the launch of the week last year was to support the trade by driving footfall into bakeries. We did this with a media and PR campaign, with the backing of our sponsors Renshaw and Chevler and supporters BFP Wholesale and Robert Dyas. This year, the cupcake craze reached new heights; for the first two days, 'National Cupcake Week' was one of the most popular subjects on social media site Twitter in the UK, according to its Trending league table.

Dried fruit pricing


Prices this year have continued to climb steadily and recently settled around 25% higher than at the start of this year.

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M&S takes half measures for new loaf

Marks & Spencer has launched a 'Half & Half Super Soft Loaf', which contains both sliced white and wholemeal bread.

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Welsh winner invests £3m

Hot on the heels of being named Baker of the Year, Robin Jones, MD of The Village Bakery (Coedpoeth), has announced plans to invest £3m in a new 30,000 sq ft bakery to meet growing supermarket demand.

Last chance to register for Bakers' Fair

Don't forget to register to visit Bakers' Fair, supported by Norbake, which will take place at Bolton Arena on Sunday 3 October.

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British wheat demand sees further price surge

Wheat prices surged again last week, surpassing the highs of August, as global supply problems boosted demand for British wheat and the UK harvest was smaller than expected.

Reporting in Convincing consumers of bread's value

Gordon Polson

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Brace’s in bid to save Warburtons bakery from closure

Warburtons has confirmed it is proposing to close its Newport bakery in South Wales, with the loss of up to 114 jobs. However, Brace’s Bakery has already stepped forward to try and save the site in Rogerstone.

Tunnock’s staff walk out over pay dispute

Unite members at Tunnock’s biscuit factory in Uddingston, Lanarkshire, continued with planned strike action today, after rejecting the offer of a 2% pay increase at a meeting held yesterday.

Real Good Food’s profit hit by sugar prices

The Real Good Food Company has seen continued growth in its bakery and bakery ingredients businesses. However reduced sugar cost levels in the market has led to a 19% drop in sales in its sugar business Napier Brown.

Asda own-label products now Chosen By You

Asda has relaunched its entire range of 3,500 Asda own-brand products under the new name Chosen By You (CBY).

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