The road ahead

The humble filling station is not historically known for top bakery cuisine. Not too many years ago, picking up a soggy pasty was about the best the average driver could hope for. But the UK's fuel retailing industry has been through some pretty major changes recently, and this has resulted in consumers increasingly starting to seek out petrol stations as a destination stop for food including bakery products as either food-to-go or for take-home.

Trade Snapshot on: Sirha

What news trends are appearing across the Channel? We asked some exhibitors at the recent Sirha exhibition in Lyon...

A modern take on... savoury cupcakes by Lily Vanilli

These cupcakes I first made for a breakfast event with (jelly experimenters) Bompas & Parr. The theme was 'MEAT' and the centrepiece a hog's head. Never knowingly doing anything by halves, or even three-quarters, they had decorated their place with huge diagrams of animals divided into their cuts. There was champagne with strawberries injected with ether, and I made these breakfast meat cupcakes with bacon. I tried to echo the flavours you would find in a traditional American French toast and bacon breakfast so it's very buttery and light, with maple syrup frosting, nutmeg, toasted pecan and caramelised bacon slices.

Helping your team to sell more products

Jonathan Winchester, managing director of mystery shopping and customer service company Shopper Anonymous, asks are your staff really making the sale?

In my world

Alan Stuart is MD of Stuarts of Buckhaven and president of Scottish Bakers

Daymark's BB offer

Daymark UK is offering readers of British Baker the chance to try out its HighGrip piping bags for free. The first 10 readers to call 0800 783 7933 or email enquiresuk@daymarksafety.com (quoting the name of the magazine in the subject line) will receive a free roll of its piping bags. Daymark said the piping bags are EU-certified for food contact, and are available in two sizes 455mm and 535mm.

Co-op takes seasonal drive

Pies, sandwiches and cakes make up a big part of The Co-operative's new product range, Taste the Seasons, which will be updated throughout the year.

IFE Show preview

The International Food and Drink Exhibition takes place from 13-16 March 2011 at ExCeL, London, and will feature a number of bakery exhibitors and new product launches. The Bakery & Confectionery area is just one part of the show, which expects to attract up to 20,000 visitors this year. Exhibitors include Bagel Nash, which will be promoting its range of bagels, muffins, brownies, bagel bars and pizza bagel melts. Delifrance, which is exhibiting for the first time in 10 years, will be showcasing its latest range of French-style bakery products. Scone manufacturer Haywood & Padgett will also be at the show, as will Heavenly Cakes, a handmade cake specialist based in Hertfordshire, which supplies shortbreads, brownies, chocolate cakes, flapjacks and its new gluten-free varieties to businesses across the UK.

Pretzel snacks put on dark chocolate coat

Dark chocolate is the new twist on a savoury pretzel snack from The Big Yum. The original milk chocolate-covered variant was launched in March 2010, but its success in retailers such as Harrods and Selfridges encouraged co-founders Pippa & Aaron Witcher to launch their Dark Chocolate Swerves eight months ahead of schedule.

CSM revises icing

CSM UK has launched a new and improved recipe for its Wrapice icing, which has now been rebranded under the firm's leading confectionery brand, Craigmillar. It said the new recipe offers a natural vanilla taste, a smoother application, better coverage and a longer shelf-life.

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