A matter of taste

D espite some recent data highlighting a dip in growth for seeded breads, the general consensus from the industry seems to be that these types of products are still performing strongly, with high-fibre breads also high on the consumer agenda.

Ambitious streak

Amelia Nutting is no ordinary baker, and her shop in Wolverhampton, Shuga Budz, is no ordinary cake shop. Because in an era when nearly one million under-25s are unemployed, 21-year-old Amelia has been co-owner of her own successful business for four years.

Artisanal aptitude

The recently formed School of Artisan Food has just seen its first batch of students complete an intensive year-long diploma in bread-baking. It transpires that among the first to graduate was a student who hailed from... yes, Chorleywood: the spiritual home of the industrial loaf. You could not make it up! Nor pass it up.

Start-ups: hiring your first employees

In my world

A while ago I wrote about how you could save your business money by doing the simplest of things, such as putting a note in your diary for the renewal dates on your insurance, electricity and gas contracts, telephone lines and broadband providers. With it being the consumer's market out there, one can save thousands of pounds over a single year! Yes, that's right! My businesses have and so can yours. All you have to do is shop around when it comes to renewing your contracts.

Holding the fort

When Starbucks' new UK MD Kris Engskov met staff at head office last month (July) he described the UK as "one of the most dynamic markets in the world for us".

Creating a Wow2go factor

Enivronmentally friendly packaging firm wewow has launched a new presentation box for the food-to-go market. The firm developed its wow-box for the outside catering industry earlier this year, and has now introduced the first Wow2gobox as an eye-catching presentation for cupcakes.

Alternative to vinyl gloves

Janitorial and personal protection equipment supplier Needlers has developed an alternative to vinyl gloves, which it said could save businesses 15-20% of their glove spend.

ISA builds Pagoda range

ISA has launched a new refrigerated cabinet for the display of pastry, ice cream and chocolate. The Pagoda has been designed with concave glass and split level display areas, therefore offering excellent product visibility and versatile merchandising opportunities, according to the firm.

Country Choice adds to options

Country Choice has added a couple of new additions to its portfolio. A cheese & onion lattice bake joins its line-up of savoury pastries. Made with a potato, cheese and onion filling, the lattice puff pastry lid is finished with a cheese crumb topping. Free associated A4 and A3 posters and shelf-talkers are available to retailers.

Unifine moves to Odense

Unifine has launched a new all-almond mix called Odense Almond Mac. The firm said that where most almond pastes are made from a blend of almond and apricot kernels, this one is made from nothing but almonds.

Renshaw takes brands professional

Following the introduction of the first Renshaw-branded products on to the consumer market, the firm has launched a number of the products in trade formats, available through major bakery wholesalers including Bako and BFP Wholesale.

Metcalfe offers flexibility

Metcalfe Catering is offering three processors under the MC range, which it claims can chop, purée, mix, liquidise, knead, grind and blend. The MC line includes a compact MC3 three-litre model, the more substantial MC5 five-litre model and the heavy-duty MC8 eight-litre model.

Rancilio tops up on Classe success

Italian espresso machine manufacturer Rancilio has announced a successor to its best-selling Classe 6 machine the Classe 7. Distributed in the UK by The Coffee Machine Company, the machine is available in automatic or semi-automatic models, and has a range of new features. It has 'soft touch' buttons, and two steam wands operated by Rancilio's innovative 'C' levers, which require only a quarter turn, so are easier to use, said the firm. It is available with two or three group heads and there is also a Compact 2-group unit if counter space is an issue.

Wrapped cupcakes for FMCG

Quorn Country Foods has launched a range of cupcakes onto the FMCG market this month, under the brand name Charlotte's Cupcakes. Designed to transfer the popularity of the boutique cupcake market into the FMCG arena, the cupcakes are hand-decorated; a 'four-stage topping', features a swirl of frosting, topped with vermicelli, hologram glitter and a sweet treat.

Reporting in

Mid-way through August and the UK wheat harvest is under way.

Greencore likely to secure Uniq buy

Greencore's purchase of chilled prepared food group Uniq looks likely to go ahead at the end of September.

Valeo Foods snaps up Irish biscuits

Some of Ireland's best-known biscuit brands have been acquired by private equity-backed Valeo Foods after it agreed a deal to buy Jacob Fruitfield.

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Sales rise for Lees

Profit-hit Greggs takes heart from Iceland trial

Bakery chain Greggs said it was encouraged by results so far from a trial with retailer Iceland as it posted its interim results this week. The firm is five weeks into a 10-shop trial in Liverpool, where Iceland is selling its bake-at-home frozen sausage rolls in Greggs-branded four-packs.

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Soreen launch

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Calorie labelling test

Rioting hits bakery businesses across UK

Bakers have been hit by riots and looting in London and around the UK, with losses expected to cost millions.

Richemont contests at fair

The prestigious Richemont Club's competitions will for the first time be open to all, not just members, at Bakers' Fair.

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Hovis avoids strike

Lidl rolls out in-store bakeries

Competition in the supermarket bakery sector is set to intensify as fast-growing discount chain Lidl rolls out in-store bakeries (ISBs) across the UK and Ireland.

Logistics firm and Bakers Basco team up

Logistics firm Norbert Dentressangle has formed a partnership with asset recovery specialist, Bakers Basco to combat the loss of returnable transit packaging in the supply chain, including plastic trays and buckets, dollies and roll cages.

HMRC helpline for businesses hit by civil disorder

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has today announced a single helpline number – 0845 366 1207 – to help businesses and individuals adversely affected by the recent civil disorder.

Bakers braced as riots spread across UK

The Patisserie Holdings chain – owner of Patisserie Valerie and Druckers – is the latest to be hit by riot damage, having been targeted for a second night running as civil unrest spread around England yesterday.

Krispy Kreme 'office heroes’ get free doughnuts

Krispy Kreme is using a branded van to visit 75,000 office workers throughout the UK and hand out 6,500 free doughnuts to "office heroes", such as the person who always stays late.

Businesses warned to act fast on riot damage insurance

Businesses that have suffered damage from rioting must act quickly or risk not being able to recover their losses, city law firm Reynolds Porter Chamberlain LLP has warned.

Riots-hit Greggs announces "challenging" trading

Bakery chain Greggs said profits had been hit, with trading “more challenging than expected”, as it announced its half-year results to 2 July this morning. Meanwhile, a Greggs shop in Peckham was burnt out in riots in London last night, another was looted and a delivery driver assaulted.

Swizzels launches Love Hearts cupcakes

Swizzels Matlow, manufacturer of the iconic Love Hearts sweets, has teamed up with a Manchester-based cupcake firm to launch a line of cupcakes decorated with new Mini Love Hearts.

Krispy Kreme dismisses Enfield riot tweets

Kristy Kreme has moved to dismiss Twitter postings suggesting that its Enfield store with onsite bakery was burned down in the London disturbances last night (Sunday, 7 August).

Deal to boost Bagel Nash expansion

YFM Equity Partners has backed the management buy-in of Leeds-based bagel manufacturer and retail chain Bagel Nash, for an undisclosed sum.

Sweet success for Real Good Food

Increased demand for sugar and bakery ingredients has helped boost sales at The Real Good Food Company by 21% to £110m in the six months to 24 June 2011.

Snowball-maker Lees announces record results

The popularity of Lees of Scotlands’ iconic Snowball and Teacakes shows no sign of fading after the Scottish company announced record results for the first half of 2011.

Charity benefits from pie maker's food waste initiative

Pukka Pies has donated over 70,000 pies to under-privileged people as part of its support of charity FareShare.

Bakers welcome government review of town parking

The National Association of Master Bakers (NAMB) has welcomed moves to reduce parking restrictions in town centres.

Brand firm offers secret for healthier donuts

A method for making healthier-option baked donuts has been made available for licensing through brand consultancy Intangible Business.

High street bakers squeezed as consumers turn to lunchboxes

The return of the adult lunchbox and escalating raw material costs could hit high street bakers like Greggs for as long as the consumer downturn continues, analysts at Oriel Securities have warned.

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