Bakers report a mixed bag of Christmas results

December's snow created a mixed picture for Christmas trading.

Greencore’s food to go sales up

Greencore has announced a strong performance in its Convenience Foods division for the three months to 24 December, 2010.

'Buy British' plea to bakers after egg scare

Bakers are being urged to buy British after the dioxin egg scare, which forced Memory Lane Cakes and Kensey Foods products off the shelves.

Increase in fuel prices hits the baking industry

The ever-increasing price of fuel is hitting bakery firms hard as they continue to contend with higher commodity prices.

Heston Xmas pudding aids bakery growth at Northern Foods

Strong sales of biscuits and Christmas puddings has aided Northern Foods’ “good” trading performance for the 13 weeks to 1 January, 2011.

In Short

Non-horror cake of the week

So what could the brief have been for this wedding cake, made to resemble a Welsh Spotted Sheep? So long as no laws were broken, then we're fine with it. The cake was made by Louise Hill of www.lovetocake.co.uk, whose CV includes a stint making body parts for BBC1's Holby City.

An edible autopsy

If you thought the over-18s Halloween pop-up bakery shop last year was messed up, the Eat Your Heart Out team will up the ante from adults-only to snuff cake-making. This time it will be creating the world's most anatomically correct cake inside and out.

Number crunching

The number of people who have received a breadmaker as a present but rarely fire it up the most under-used Christmas gift gadget, according to a Mintel report

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