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.

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