Genius makes Spanish debut

Genius has announced that its white and brown gluten-free loaves will be on the supermarket shelves of retail chain Carrefour, in Spain, from the end of March.

Gluten-free firms make inroads into foodservice

Gluten-free bakery manufacturers are tipping foodservice as the next big market for their products as consumers search out restaurants, cafés and hotels that offer 'free from' menu options.

Independents prove popular

Nearly 70% of independent retailers are doing well. And, within that 70% figure, independent bakers are among the most popular on the high street, according to a new report from the Local Data Company.

SSP breathes life into Panopolis

Foodservice company SSP has revived its Panopolis sandwich shop concept after securing a deal to operate five cafés and restaurants at London City Airport.

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Caught in the Web

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Mouthing off

"Someone on the Barclays equity floor is stealing the tops off muffins in the trader café. Someone noticed the muffins this morning and mentioned it to the woman working the register. She is apparently frustrated by it as well, because she doesn't know how she doesn't see it happening since they are right in her line of sight"

Indie coffee shops go indie

First Starbucks launched its own 'elevator music' record label, now South Wales' indie coffee shops are set to get a lift themselves, through a cross-promotion with Cardiff-based indie band Paper Aeroplanes. The folk group will give away an exclusive four-track CD for free with food at 12 independent cafés. In turn, the coffee shops feature on the CD cover and receive promotion at gigs and through social networks. Lead singer Sarah Howells told The Guardian: "Tracks from our debut album got added to the Costa Coffee playlist. But our music and ethos are far more geared to those smaller, unique hidden gems."

Size matters in the subs world

Fans of spurious corporate litigation that we are, Stop the Week was as pleased as ever to see Subway up to its old tricks. The sandwich chain, has been wrangling its way through the UK courts, trying to prove that its toasted subs are VAT-exempt, and in so doing, posing the most profound philosophical, 'when is a toasted sandwich not a toasted sandwich?'. This time, it is going to be getting its subs out in court after trying to trademark "footlong" for its 12-inch subs.

Workers turn noses up at office sandwiches

To our desk-bound readers: have you noticed that those blue-sky brainstorming meetings have subdued to a sombre grey of late? Is your new product development drizzling rather than sparkling? Losing clients left, right and centre? It could be something to do with your limp, pappy office sarnies.

Packing a crunch

The potential for cookies and biscuits is as vast as the imagination. Indeed, Jania Boyd, marketing manager of Macphie, a bakery ingredients manufacturer, says the possibilities are endless.

Baker'S tales


Witness and lies

As part of a disciplinary investigation, you will usually interview witnesses. During this process, you have every right to expect honesty. But suppose one of them lies in order to protect the employee under investigation: how should you deal with their actions and what effect do they have on the original proceedings?

Equality and discrimination

This was with the aim of making it easier for employers to understand discrimination legislation. The Act applies to England, Scotland and Wales and most of its provisions came into force in October 2010, with some further additions in April 2011 and some aspects being implemented through subsequent regulations.

Can you visit a sick employee at home?

Although sickness absence rates have fallen in recent years, the average employee in the private sector still has 6.4 days off work each year due to "illness". Further research shows that, at any one time, 3% of the entire working population is away from work because of it. So it remains a major headache for employers.

Workplace romance

American companies are renowned for their hard-line approach towards workplace romances; many ban them outright and will sack any employee discovered to be having a personal relationship with a colleague. But this type of attitude is inappropriate under our laws which probably explains why one-in-six people openly confess to dating a colleague.

Introducing the brand new 'Employers Charter'

The government is confident that businesses in the private sector, particularly the smaller ones, are going to "lead this country out of recession"

Counting the cost of flu

Employees can be expensive to run. If they are off sick, you lose their services while they are ill, yet still have to pay them.

Quantum leap

To grow or not to grow, that is the question. And while investment remains a problem for many, one rapidly growing company convinced its lenders on performance.

The mean streets

As a headline, it was rather scary: "Many high streets are doomed to die". Taken from last week's Daily Mail, it quoted figures issued by the Local Data Company, which scours 800 town centres throughout the country every six months, checking on each independent shop closure and opening.

Coming clean

The UK baking industry has come to rely on a whole host of additives to make a classic range of products, from crumpets to loaves. Over the past few years, the tide has been turning towards additive-free. But there is a lot of misunderstanding about what function ingredients such as bread improvers perform and how to replace them.

Onward journey

Ask people what SSP is and they may hazard a guess at Statutory Sick Pay or maybe the Scottish Socialist Party. Those are two of search engine Google's top answers anyway.

hot cross Panettone By John Haynes

Here's a great hot cross bun recipe, with a twist! As hot cross buns are already on sale in the supermarkets, and Easter is late this year, avoid consumer fatigue by baking them like a mini panettone. These are great for cafés, served in panettone cases.

A modern take on chocolate cupcakes... Dark Chocolate and Avocado Cupcake by Lily Vanilli

Avocado meat replaces butter as the fat in this frosting. The cake is rich and moist with a hint of espresso.

In my world

In my journey through life, many of my seemingly mundane experiences have been reduced to metaphors, revealing life-changing philosophies.

Temperature control

The new ThermaLite 2 thermometer, designed for routine day-to-day food and catering applications, indicates temperature over the range of -39.9C to 149.9°C with a ±0.5°C accuracy guaranteed for the life of the instrument, said the firm.

Burger buns go upmarket

Lantmännen Unibake UK has added a Gourmet Burger Bun to its Americana range of fast food breads. The Kaiser Bun features a subtle sour flavour and a slightly firmer texture, finished with a maize dressing, according to the firm. It has been designed to cater for operators of any kind looking to develop a more premium hamburger offering. The buns are pre-sliced for convenience and are available in packs of 6x8.

Prima goes for local approval

Scorrier-based bakery Prima Bakeries has launched a range of Cornish sliced bread lines in a bid to take on "the big boys". The six lines feature a brand new Cornish heart logo, and can be distributed across Cornwall.

LCI innovates

Limagrain Céréales Ingrédients (LCI) has launched a new clean-label preservative for bakery products called Bakesafe.

Tortillas with a difference

Discovery Foods claims to have launched the first preservative-free tortillas, in a bid to drive further growth within the Mexican eating category.

UBUK back to priced packs

United Biscuits (UBUK) has reintroduced its range of price-marked packs on some snacks and nuts.

Printer offers greener style

SATO has launched the TH2 label printer which helps users meet food standards requirements and reduce unnecessary wastage.

Baker Perkins cuts to suit

Baker Perkins has launched a new wire-cut machine for soft dough cookies and bars. The kit has been designed to minimise costs and improve hygiene.

Pieminister pursues royalty

Gourmet pie manufacturer Pieminister has launc hed the Kate & Wills commemorative pie ahead of the Royal wedding in April. The new variety has been released to coincide with British Pie Week (7-13 March) and will be available until the end of April.

Handmade whoopies

The Handmade Cake Company has launched whoopie pies in two varieties: lemon berry with a cream cheese filling and chocolate with a buttercream filling.

Beyond the zone

Bakehouse is moving out of its sweet pastry comfort zone, and into a new category with the launch of Do-licious Donuts. The firm, which also supplies savouries and speciality breads has added a six-strong range of donuts to its portfolio. They will be available in: Glazed; Double Choc; and Maple & Pecan ring varieties, and Choc & Creme; Lemon & Creme; and Strawberry & Creme filled formats.


The wholesale prices of key bakery ingredients, such as butter, cream and skimmed milk powder, are on the rise as demand puts pressure on supply.

Dried fruit pricing

Coconut: The market continues to reach all-time highs. Weather has hindered supply in Indonesia and the Philippines, while coconut oil prices have risen to record highs, due to demand from the biofuel sector.

Reporting in Combined approach should reap rewards

Over the past few months, the Federation of Bakers, as part of the Food and Drink Federation, has been working with the Department of Health on its Public Health Responsibility Deal. This covers food, physical activity, alcohol and health in the workplace, and enables industry to work in partnership with government to improve public health outcomes.

Hovis profits increase as wheat cost pressure rises

Hovis saw its trading profit rise by nearly 26% last year despite a fall in value sales, but 2011 may prove more challenging as pressure from high wheat costs builds.

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Chevler ups capacity

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DoH pursues initiative on calorie labelling

The Department of Health (DoH) is attempting to revive voluntary schemes for calorie labelling, similar to those put in place by the Labour government.

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Crop to crust

Bakers can support rural communities by using flours milled at traditional wind and watermills.

Maple Leaf Bakery sees further consolidation

Sales at Maple Leaf Bakery UK have held up against falling volumes at its North American sister companies, according to parent company Canada Bread’s latest trading statement. However, plans are in place to close its Cumbrian bakery.

British Pie Awards now taking entries

Entries are now open for the third annual British Pie Awards, which will take place at St Mary’s Church in Melton Mowbray, on Wednesday 8 June.

Bread prices set to rise

Bread prices are set to rise again, with the on-shelf price for an 800g loaf predicted to increase by 10-15p in the next few weeks.

Europe acts to free up sugar

Faced with spiraling prices and low stocks, EU member states have backed the European Commission initiative to release 500,000 tonnes of out-of-quota sugar onto the domestic market.

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