February

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.

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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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