Butterbursts out

Byron Bay has launched a new limited-edition festive cookie as well as a range of biscuits specifically targeted at the hospitality industry.

Hollywood highlights

As Niall Irwin, director of Irwin's plant bakery, Portadown, NI, incoming president of the Irish Master Bakers Association, received the chain of office from outgoing president Patrick Smyth, it was a significant moment. "He has been inspirational for the trade!" said Irwin.

Talking trends

One of the things enjoyed in the 'community' of baking is the chance to network, share ideas, and enjoy good food and wine. There is a real 'warmth' in the bakery trade that you don't find in other sectors, said a Sainsbury's buyer recently, and this was apparent at the British Society of Baking (BSB) conference.

Food in the news

Photographs of a McDonald's Happy Meal taken every day for six months, by American artist Sally Davies, revealed that the burger, bun and fries had not started showing even the first signs of mould, reported The Daily Mail. Davies said that at six months old, the food felt plastic to the touch and had an acrylic sheen to it.

Report: Price still the deterrent to organic purchase

Consumers still balk at the price of organic food, a new report from YouGov SixthSense reveals. Price remains a strong deterrent, with 58% of UK consumers stating that they avoid purchasing organic foods, because of perceived high prices.

Reporting in: Wheat market firm, but pricey

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Thorntons plays it cool with bakery and desserts

Thorntons has made the move into the branded chilled bakery and desserts sector with the launch of a nine-strong range into the grocery channel this month.

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