Banette concept hits the UK

An iconic French artisan bakery concept, 'Banette', is now available to the UK for the first time, exclusively through FWP Matthews. Banette Flour is milled by FWP in the Cotswolds under licence from Banette International. "Using the unique registered process 'Banette Fermentation Primeur', an original artisan baguette can be created," said the miller.

Wire cake slicer devised

Following increasing demand from customers for pre-portioned cakes, baker Noreen Salador devised CakePortioner, a wire portioner now in production with worldwide patents pending.

Bolton awaits bakers' visit

B olton arena will play host to the 5th annual Bakers' Fair this autumn, which takes place on Sunday 2 October. The free-to-attend event, sponsored by Norbake, will be coupled with Butchers' Fair as it was at the spring fair in April, giving great opportunities to those companies that work across both sectors.

Seed pricing

Pine nuts: Prices have eased then risen again over the past few months, for the following reasons: there are positive expectations for Russian, Chinese and South Korean new crops, following successive years of availability issues, resulting in prices falling from the highs of the past two years. This has put pressure on Pakistan, which will now return to playing second fiddle to the origins. Also, because importers were expecting continued price weakness, increasing numbers were importing progressively fewer containers in order to avoid potentially selling out later at a loss in a falling market. This has caused prices to bounce back, as availability has now become extremely tight.

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EU sugar quota abolition could push prices down

Bakers could benefit from falling sugar prices if the EU's widely leaked plan to abolish sugar quotas is successful.

Arden creates exclusive item for Waitrose

Continental bakery distributor Arden Fine Foods has developed a new Italian brand exclusively for Waitrose, with four new biscuit lines hitting the retailer's shelves this month.

Kerry to expand via SuCrest buy

The Kerry Group is to expand its sweet ingredients and flavours business in the Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA), with the proposed acquisition of SuCrest.

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