Our Bakery Events

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Bakers Fair Bakers' Fair Summer Bakers’ Fair is the UK’s only exhibition for progressive and professional independent bakery companies, cafés and coffee shops. It’s the ideal opportunity to meet key suppliers under one roof, find new products & services and get new business tips and ideas.
Date 24 June 2012
Location Kempton Park
Type Exhibition
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Baking Industry Awards Baking Industry Awards Launched in 1987 the awards have grown to be the most prestigious event in the baking industry calendar. The Baking Industry Awards recognise achievement and professionalism across the industry.
Date 12 September 2012
Location Park Lane Hilton, London
Type Awards
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National Cup Cake week National Cupcake Week National Cupcake Week is a fantastic week-long extravaganza being organised by British Baker to celebrate this very special bakery product. The event will be highlighted in bakery and café outlets via special merchandising materials and bright window stickers, urging customers to come in and treat themselves
Date 17 - 23 September 2012
Location National
Type PR Week
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Bakers fair autumn 2012 logo Bakers' Fair Autumn

Situated on the outskirts of Harrogate the Autumn event is ideally located to attract visitors the Midlands as well as the north of England and Scotland. Following the same format as the Summer Fair the event will play host to a range of exhibitors from across the bakery and food-to-go industry. There will also be plenty of live activity throughout the day. The show will once again be co-located with Butchers’ Fair.

Date Sunday 7th October 2012
Location Yorkshire Event Centre, Harrogate
Type Exhibition
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Past Events
Food & Drink Expo Food & Drink Expo featuring Farm Shop & Deli 2012 Food & Drink Expo featuring Farm Shop & Deli will be the largest food and drink trade exhibition in the UK in 2012 and is an important showcase for suppliers from across the UK and internationally featuring small artisan producers through to big name brands.
Date 25-27 March 2012
Location NEC, Birmingham
Type Exhibition
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Foodex 2012 Foodex 2012 Foodex is the UK show for food & drink processing, packaging and logistics - a one-stop show for professionals in all areas of food manufacturing. Building on past successes, sector interest has extended further into the manufacturing supply chain.
Date 25-27 March 2012
Location NEC. Birmingham
Type Exhibition
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Online venture looks for bakery participation

A new online venture is looking for small independent artisan bakeries to put their products on the virtual shelves of its Love Your Larder (LYL) website.

Mixed views on impact of Royal Wedding

The Royal Wedding is expected to hit retail bakers in the pocket with some set to close their shops for the day, and those that do open predicting a drop in takings.

Coffee chain goes to work on food offering

Coffee Republic is revamping its food range as it rolls out a modern lighter interior design across its shops.

Euphorium reveals growth strategy

North London-based Euphorium Bakery has revealed ambitious expansion plans, both nationwide and internationally.

Fosters issues challenge to would-be apprentices

Aspiring bakers will get to compete in an Apprentice-style contest for the chance to bag paid training with Fosters Bakery in Barnsley.

Rising costs fail to push up UK bread prices in 2010

Despite rocketing input costs in the second half of last year, the retail price of a loaf of bread in the UK actually fell in 2010 compared to 2009, according to new data from the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU).

Real bread option urged

Community supported bakeries could provide a solution to shortages of 'real' bread across large swathes of the country, according to the Real Bread Campaign.

Question mark over Burton's site

Council and union bosses hope to convince Burton's Foods to keep its Moreton factory open.

White bread sales dip as healthy lines find favour

White bread sales dipped last year as growing numbers of shoppers embraced brown and healthy loaves.

Royal visit for Artisan School of Food

The Artisan School of Food had a visit from the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall, who were given a tour around the facilities, and unveiled a plaque to commemorate their visit this week.

Caught in the Web

Small sweet pies have been tipped as "the next cupcake" by The Food Channel in the US... bit.ly/eC4Jdg

Mouthing off

"Some people thought bread was a bit boring; it's been around for a long time. I wanted to make a bread which is nice to look at as well as nice to taste"

Cake behind closed doors

You may be aware of secret dining clubs, where pop-up restaurants open for one-off banquets and intimate high-cuisine dinners. The same is now happening with cake.

Model behaviour

If further evidence were needed of the fashionable status of cake, so-cutting-edge-it's-obsolete-by-the-time-you-read-it AnOther Magazine will be celebrating its 10th birthday by commissioning 10 of the world's best designers to work with cake makers to create the "ultimate birthday cakes".

Man versus machine

Following last issue's revelation that Disney had patented 'augmented reality' cake projectors to transform your humble celebration cake into a story-telling device, this latest advance in cake boffinery will have you quaking over the future of your craft (and indeed, humankind).

Spring into action

Almost before Santa was back up the chimney this year, the sound of hopping was heard as the Easter bunny came into view. Supermarket Tesco put out Easter ranges on New Year's Day, even though Easter is late this year, on 24 April, almost a month after the earliest date it could fall, 22 March.

Animate your laminates

A huge variety of options to suit every space and budget is available in sheeting and laminating equipment intended for massive factories, giant retail chains, such as Greggs, or even down to smaller craft bakeries.

Revolutionary moments

Is 2011 going to be the year of radical activism? It is when it comes to bread. Students of industrial loaf-making might not torch their bread plants this year, but the arrival of the first major breakthrough in dough processing for many years will at least cause people to sit up and take notice.

Craft brands

A business' brand identity can be an important selling tool. It's what makes you recognisable on the high street and should be what your customers think of when they hear your name. Having said that, you cannot just rely on a pretty logo; your brand identity must work in conjunction with the rest of the business great-tasting products and customer service.

Book Review

If the fashion for iced biscuits had been on the wane, The Biscuiteers have single-handedly made it their mission to revive the tradition in the UK.

A modern take on... BAKEWELL TART by Lily Vanilli

British bakeries have been flooded in the past few years with American bakery items such as the cupcake. Cupcakes can be done well, and I think they'll be around for a long time to come, but the trend seems to have finally reached a plateau. For months, journalists have been desperately seeking its successor, tipping US confections such as the cake pop and the whoopie pie to take its place, but my prediction is that 2011 will see a return to British classics the scone, the flapjack, the Viccy Sponge and the Bakewell.

Kingsmill's smooth style

Allied Bakeries has launched a range of seeded Kingsmill loaves, including a smooth seeded loaf the first in the UK, according to the firm. The three lines: The Secretly Seeded One, The Lightly Seeded One, and The Really Seeded One, will be rolled out across the UK this month.

Snack with a difference

The Fabulous Bakin' Boys has launched Fruit 'n Oat slices, which it claimed is the first-ever baked snack to contain one portion of fruit. Individually packaged, the 40g bars are available in Strawberry 'n Oat, Blackcurrant 'n Oat and Apple 'n Oat variants. The product comprises two layers: a fruit base containing sultanas, apple and apricots, topped with oats and sprinkled with strawberry, blackberry or apple pieces.

Genesis Crafty scoops film promo

Northern Ireland-based artisan bakery Genesis Crafty has launched a new on-pack promotion 'pic-a-nics', in association with film-maker Warner Bros to promote its new release Yogi Bear 3D.

Eye to Easter

Unifine Food & Bake Ingredients is promoting its hot cross bun dough recipe for Easter 2011, and says there is no bitter aftertaste from its bun spice.

Gourmet doughnuts - the latest trend

Nearly half the population like to treat themselves to indulgent foods, boding well for snacks pitched as affordable luxuries, such as doughnuts. The doughnut category grew by 7.6% in value to £59m and 12% in volume in 2010. In particular, the US-style doughnut category shows massive potential, especially among young people.

Dr Karg adds organic line

Seed crispbread brand Dr Karg has added to its portfolio with the launch of a new line of organic wholegrain snacks.

Food Doctor branches out

The Food Doctor is making a break from the health food aisles with a new range targeted at the mainstream sector. The new line-up features several bakery items including bread, bagels, pittas and wraps.

Penguin opts for caramel

United Biscuits UK has added a caramel wafer to its McVitie's Penguin range, available in a nine-pack, to sit alongside the existing Penguin Wafer.

Ginsters updates line

Ginsters has refreshed its sandwich range for January, in a bid to offer a more compact and easy-to-manage option to retailers, while maximising choice in-store for consumers. The full portfolio will feature a core range of standard and deep-fill consumer favourites, including BLT, chicken salad, and cheese ploughman's, supported by a number of special edition options. These will initially include cheddar & bacon, New York deli-style beef, salmon & cucumber and cheddar & chilli jam.

Cracking the egg problem

Soaring inflation, massive bankers' bonuses, Tory government... 2011 is turning out to be so gloriously '80s-retro that an egg scare was, perhaps, an inevitability. What is more surprising is that it could even happen in 2011, given that manufacturing bakers have more traceability systems in place than you could shake a quiche at.

Global bakery news

According to foodnavigator.com the German bakery market is likely to see further consolidation as the dominance of small bakeries are unsustainable in the long-term, claimed the new director of the bakery ingredients division of Arla Foods, Søren Krarup. She said the time was ripe for larger companies domestic and foreign with better economies of scale to make a play for market consolidation in the German bakery sector.


The food industry needs to change more radically in the coming decades than ever before, if it is to address the unprecedented challenges that lie ahead, warns a new government report.

Reporting in Is the industry making the most of the popularity wave?

In a previous Reporting In column I highlighted the importance for the baking industry of creating 'Brand Baker'. In the piece I aired the view that the industry needed to raise its profile and, in some way, make it stand out from the multitude of careers available, so that the recruitment of new blood into the profession became that much easier.

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Sainsbury's new concept takes on takeaway market

Pret A Manger and EAT are facing the prospect of a powerful new competitor on the high street after Sainsbury's launched a standalone takeaway food shop called Fresh Kitchen.

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Bakery retailers see a rise in outlet openings

The UK's biggest bakery retailers are defying the tough economic conditions with the overall number of new outlets opened by the leading 75 companies (by store numbers) up 6.9% in the past year.

Finsbury disputes recovery costs after dioxin scare

Finsbury Foods is disputing recovery costs after its Memory Lane cakes were recalled from supermarket shelves during the egg dioxin scare.

Sugar beet quality could hit ABF rise

Associated British Foods (ABF) has warned that a damaged UK sugar beet crop could slow growth this year, after reporting group revenue up 10% in the 16 weeks to 8 January.

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UK team named as contender for Bakery World Cup

The UK will have a tense wait to find out if its team will progress to the Bakery World Cup 2012 as a wild card, after narrowly missing a guaranteed slot at the European heat this week.

Probiotics reach UK baking industry

Probiotic bread and cakes could be on UK shelves within the year, potentially stealing share from dairy cabinets.

Study points to lower sodium levels in bread

Bread accounts for lower levels of sodium in the British diet than previously claimed by both industry and the Food Standards Agency (FSA), say scientists.

Bakers' Fair to stage NAMB competitions

British Baker can announce there will be 10 competition classes open to all bakers to enter at the new Bakers' Fair Spring event this April.

Ranson aims at industrial bakers in UK

Bakery and patisserie ingredients supplier Bekaert & Dupont has changed its name to Ranson UK, and is looking to increase its turnover through more business with industrial bakeries.

UK bakery numbers hold firm despite economy

The number of UK bakery manufacturers and retail bakery businesses fell only slightly in the year to 22 March 2010, according to the latest data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

Craft bakers hold off on passing on VAT increase

Craft bakers are waiting until spring to put up prices, fearing a VAT rise could jeopardise trade during the toughest time of the year. Although many don't sell that many VAT-rated products, such as hot takeaway food, the hike to 20% would compound a patchy Christmas nationwide.

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