July

Unwrapped bread weights guidance published

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills has published guidance for businesses to accompany The Weights and Measures (Specified Quantities) (Unwrapped Bread and Intoxicating Liquor) Order 2011.

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My Career

How did you get into the baking industry?

Max out your snacks

Working, commuting, exercising or hobbies whatever the activity, it all takes energy. So how and where do customers find a much-needed boost? The first part of the answer can be found in a 'snack' a food portion that is smaller than a regular meal, eaten between main meals and often on-the-go. If the right snack is eaten at the right time it can even out hunger spikes, give a boost between meals, and provide nutrition.

A slice of life

It's the ultimate in indulgence; a slice of cake, a square of shortbread or an oaty flapjack with a cup of tea. Neat, single-portion quick fixes of cake and other baked treats are increasingly tempting customers as the grab-and-go coffee shop culture of busy lifestyles and the sweet treat market continue to grow.

Making a Tilly Mint

If you're after a case study of how to start up a successful cake business from nothing, then look no further than Truro-based Tilly Mint Bakery. Maxine Nelson started the business in 2009 with just £126 in her pocket and, within one year, the bakery was turning over £147,000, with no grants, loans or family help.

Bakery challenge

Bakery competitions are seeing a revival in the trade, writes Andrew Williams.

Start-ups: Thinking outside the cake-box

By Mellissa Morgan, aka Ms Cupcake.

In my world

You may have read in previous editions that I now have the honour of being president of the Alliance for Bakery Students and Trainees (ABST). I regard this as a particular privilege, as these youngsters will be the future of our industry and so I am very keen to do all I can to support and help them.

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