Bakers invited to pork contest

The Bpex Foodservice Pork Product of the Year competition for 2011 is now accepting entries for its Pork and Pasty category, supported by British Baker.

Mich Turner reveals big plans for the new year

Celebration cake maker Mich Turner MBE has revealed exciting plans for 2011, including new premium branded cakes for retail, a book, a range of baking utensils and the UK's first cake-making tuition app.

NAMB takes action to train teachers to bake

Teachers around the country are getting bread-making lessons so that they can inspire teenagers to bake.

Dessert bar arrives in UK

Burger King has opened its first standalone UK dessert bar, following the initial launch of the concept in Benidorm, Spain earlier this year.

Patisserie Valerie ramps up out-of-London expansion

Patisserie Valerie is continuing its expansion outside London with a new outlet in Salisbury, and more planned in the New Year.

De Gustibus closes one 'high-rent' London store

Award-winning artisan bakery De Gustibus is closing its shop in Marylebone after being stung by a 40% rent increase.

Maple Leaf relaunches bagel brand

Maple Leaf Bakery UK has announced its New York Bakery Co brand is to be relaunched on 4 January, as the firm aims to drive growth in the bagel sector.

Brace’s to take over Warburtons’ Newport bakery

Welsh independent bakery Brace’s has announced it is to take over Warburtons’ Newport bakery in Rogerstone, with plans to safeguard many of the 114 jobs at risk.

Indulgence targets £12m as it invests in new site

Premium dessert manufacturer Indulgence Patisserie has announced it will be investing £250,000 in a new site, and hopes to increase turnover to £12m over the next few years.

Europe opens door to enzyme labelling on pack

The Real Bread Campaign is calling for any new European food labelling law to flag up bakery enzymes as potential allergens.

Real Bread Campaign launches initiatives for schoolchildren

The Real Bread Campaign (RBC) is going into schools in a bid to spread knowledge about its definition of ‘real bread’ to the next generation.

Get your tax return filed in good time

Bakers are being urged to beat the New Year rush and file their tax return before 31 January or face a £100 fine.

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Bread influences CPI

Christmas cheer

Silly season has arrived in force. For evidence, you need look no further than The Herald in Scotland, which reported on another town collectively embracing its inner loon.

Mouthing off

Christmas cake if someone can find out who he is. He's been a hero. Many people would have just looked out of the window and thought the weather was just too bad but he's kept going and deserves some praise"

Caught in the web

While the Yeo Valley rappers are a viral marketing sensation in the UK, cake toppings brand Duncan Hines had to pull its ad featuring 'blackface' hip hop cupcakes... (A)

?? Download of the week: Bakery Story, iPhone

We know what you're all burning to do when you step away from the bakery at the end of a busy Christmas shift: run a virtual bakery on your iPhone. Yes, no longer do you have to switch off from the bakery world in your downtime, following the launch of the Bakery Story game this month. Here, you not only design the products but also the layout of the bakery, and then sell to an online community. Incredible though it may seem, those budding bakers with crazy ambitions that cannot be fulfilled with the in-game virtual money alone, can actually spend real money in iTunes to decorate their outlets. At which point, presumably, an alert is signalled in the social services office, your kids are taken into care and you're locked away for the safety of others.

A Dresden dynamo

Another week, another record. This one is notable for being the product of a town's dedication to beating its own Stollen world record every year, and because of the collective madness that entails.

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Planning ahead

9-10 February 2011

The essential muffin

Dan Lepard extols

Muffins hold steady

Widespread innovation is keeping the muffin category very much alive, as Andrew Williams discovers

Get fresh

Long-life has long dominated the free-from bakery sector, but the arrival of Genius bread has changed all that. Linda Harrison reports

A taste of New York

A front-runner in UK bagel manufacturing, Maple Leaf Bakery has invested in the redevelopment of its branded bagel range and hopes to widen its eating occasions. Georgi Gyton finds out more

The cook & the baker

By Dean Brettschneider & Mark McDonough; Random House NZ

Traditionals with a twist christmas bread

This French loaf of enriched, buttery bread is sometimes said to be the "cake" that Marie Antoinette was referring to when she said of the starving French peasants "Let them eat cake". This may well be apocryphal, but it does illustrate the texture of brioche, which is half way between being bread and cake.

Are you serving up a 'moment of truth'?

Jonathan Winchester, MD of mystery shopping and customer service specialist Shopper Anonymous, points to the power of moments of truth

In my world

Jo Fairley is co-owner of Judges organic bakery and grocery shop in Hastings and co-founded and sold Green & Black's chocolate firm, with hubby Craig Sams

Sainsbury's new naans

Naan bread supplier Honeytop has launched a chilli and mango naan for Sainsbury's as part of the retailer's recent Taste the Difference (TTD) range relaunch.

Country Range launches certified coffee

Country Range has launched 100% Rainforest Alliance Certified roast and ground filter coffee. The firm described the coffee as sweet, but well-balanced with toasted almond notes.

QED adds Italian style

Retail and catering refrigeration and modular display systems supplier Quality Equipment Distributors (QED) has launched an Italian-designed range of display counters, storage systems and accessories, called Deblasi.

Warburtons extends lines

Warburtons is to introduce two new lines in a bid to offer consumers an alternative to standard sliced sandwich bread. Its Square-ish Wraps and Sandwich Thins will be available from February, and the firm hopes they will appeal to a younger consumer profile.

Bring on the bran

Kampffmeyer Food Innovation launched a new type of bran at the HiE (Health Ingredients Europe) exhibition in Madrid last month. Softbran Don Minus is milder in taste and displays a significantly better mouthfeel than conventional bran products, but has the same dietary fibre value, according to the firm.

Price vs product - compromise or confrontation

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

Sherwood's fresh packs

The Sherwood Group's packaging division has launched Purepack, a new concept in barrier-coated printed packaging, suitable for use in the food industry. Using technology suitable for a wide variety of boards and weights, it features a water-based coating that provides a direct food contact barrier while also offering potential cost savings over traditional barrier coatings, according to the firm, as the printing and coating take place in a complete inline process, rather than requiring two separate operations. Its protective properties also provide a grease- and water-resistant barrier and it is also fully biodegradable, compostable and recyclable.

Danes mix it up for bakers

Danish firm A/S Wodschow & Co has added two new Ergo Bear series hygienic mixers to its range, primarily for use in large-scale industrial bakeries.

Salt venture

Food manufacturer and ingredients supplier Jardox has collaborated with Cornish Sea Salt to produce two new Cornish pasty seasonings.


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Seed pricing

Pine nuts: On the basis that we expect to see a major step to normal supply being resumed, now that Russia and China appear to have settled their cross-border issues, we would hope to see prices ease into 2011 and to correct to more recognisable levels in the course of the next few months. However, varying reports suggest progressive climate change has radically altered the volumes that can be produced. Despite the high price of pine nuts over the past two years, domestic demand in the key producing countries is rising, and will affect exports.

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Crottys' return

Reporting in Upping the Environmental Ambition

Julian Hunt

Bakers battle through the Arctic conditions

Bakeries in northern England and Scotland are continuing to struggle with the bad weather, while deliveries to the region have also been hit.

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Master bakers dinner

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Hollywood lights up museum masterclass

Scottish body offers bakers free PR deal

Bakers north of the border are getting help to raise their profile with a free PR service.

Wheat prices hit new high for crop year to date

The UK wheat price has reached its highest point for the current crop year, with bakers set to face even higher prices from January as the entire UK export surplus is now spoken for.

Costa sees mince tart sales rocket

Costa Coffee has seen sales of its mince tarts rocket this year, with 200,000 sold in just over three weeks – marking year-on-year growth of 70%.

Food firms set themselves greener goal

Food companies are setting themselves more ambitious green challenges as part of the Food and Drink Federation’s (FDF) environmental strategy.

Tim’s Bakery battles snow to lay on school buffet

Yorkshire company Tim’s Bakery took time out from battling through the snow to visit children at Grimethorpe Ladywood Primary School.

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