January

Gastro Pro goes green

The Gastro Pro range of cabinets and counters from Foster Refrigerator (Kings Lynn, Norfolkshire) can improve the energy efficiency of a bakery, says the company.

Licenced cookies star at the show

BakeMark UK (Wirral, Merseyside) showed new products on its stand at IFE05, including a range of licensed items developed in collaboration with Nestlé.

Bag a new design

Belcolade Belgian chocolate from ingredients supplier Puratos (Buckingham) has been

Healthy eating: Wholegrain Rye Bread

100% Rye Wholegrain Loaf
Dan Lepard
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FIGHT BACK

“When the Red Cross try to help in war-torn countries one of the things they do is set up a little bakery, because a bakery represents the heart of a community. People will gather around the oven and you rebuild that community,” craft baker and writer Dan Lepard said recently, in a talk on the struggle of the craft baker. “I have a lot of hope that we can rebuild this industry.”

CANADA CALLING

The Scottish Association of Master Bakers (SAMB) 40 Group, which is run by bakers under the age of 40, has always liked to do things differently. So when the idea of a bakery study tour to Vancouver was first mooted 18 months ago, I was keen to make sure this would go down in history as the most ambitious study tour to date, and the best.
Leading analyst David Lang, of Investec, says the battle for the south of England will hot up
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Plant bakers line up record profits

This year should see record returns for plant bakers. As good news stories go, that is not a bad one to kick off the New Year. And it is all down to confident pricing on branded sliced loaves, says a leading city analyst. A better understanding of consumer trends is driving competition where price was once king. Meanwhile, the gains from premiumisation of the market have yet to be fully mined. In fact, a “fundamental change in plant baking economics” is underway, no less.

Baking for generations

Hot bread rolls from a barrow, klezmer players fiddling down the street, and a lechayim with honey cake to toast the occasion. A journey through the history of one of London’s bakery landmarks took place recently, when the Grodzinski family celebrated the 75th anniversary of its bakery shop in Stamford Hill.
Sylvia Macdonald
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Viewpoint

A new year and, by the time you read this, the likelihood is that Harvestime (2005) Walsall plant bakery will be under new ownership.

Fiddes Payne

Fiddes Payne, the herb, spice and home bakery producer, has signed a character licensing agreement with Disney for Winnie the Pooh and the Disney Princess rights for home bake cakes.
MMPPA chairman Matthew O’Callaghan O'Callaghan
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Setback for Northern Foods in its Melton Mowbray pork pie battle

Northern Foods has had another setback in its battle to stop production of Melton Mow-bray pork pies being restricted to a 1,800 square mile zone around the Leicestershire town.

Obituary - Jack Williamson

Jack Williamson, aged 92, died recently after a short illness, writes his daughter Pat Harwood. Jack was well-known, firstly in Thames Ditton where he bought his first bakery, originally called Taylors.

Sainsbury’s fined £10k

Sainsbury’s has been prosecuted following an accident that left a Cheshire in-store bakery manager with serious neck and back injuries.

Multi-temperature vehicles at Bako

Bako London and South East has taken delivery of its first 16 multi-temperature vehicles from Doncaster-based Gray & Adams.

Irish Pride gains defence deal

IRISH Pride, one of Ireland’s leading plant bakeries, has won a contract to supply the Irish Defence Forces, writes Ann Marie Foley.

Doctor seeks firm to make allergy-free baked goods

Dr Chrissie Jenkins, who runs a Harley Street consultancy, Waistrim Foods, for allergy sufferers, is seeking bakers, preferably London-based, to develop a new range of breads.

Small shops news

The All Party Small Shops Group has attacked “hilariously uninformed” press leaks about its report on the future of the High Street in 2015. The Group is preparing to release the report within the next three weeks.

Ireland considers folic acid

Fortification of bakery and other foods with Folic Acid in Ireland will not get under way until at least March or April, writes Anne Marie Foley.

Allied goes for fuller impact with changes to Kingsmill

Allied Bakeries this week relaunched its Kingsmill Everyday bread range in new packaging and renamed three lines, in a bid to increase impact on consumers.

IAWS profits from growth in food business

FOOD group IAWS increased its stake in Swiss bakery Hiestand by a further 10.6% to 32% last month. The company spent E36.6m to buy 56,547 shares in the Swiss firm.

Neil Houliston

Neil Houliston, the 17 year old son of British Bakels’ sales director Keith Houliston was tragically killed in a road accident on Christmas Day. He was returning home, having driven his sister to Selby Golf Club where she was temping as a waitress.
William from The Children’s Trust with Mark Biggs
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Extra charity from bakery

Littlehampton bakery A W Biggs raised £1,091 to buy Christmas presents for 200 severely disabled children with a Christmas raffle.

Speculation surrounds Harvestime's future

Administrators said they were on the brink of concluding the Harvestime (2005) sale as British Baker went to press.
Gordon Polson: vital first step
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Bread is excluded from EU’s Nominal Quantities

A EUROPEAN Commission committee has voted to allow bread and other staples to be excluded from the EU Nominal Quantities Directive.
Gordon Polson: vital first step
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Bread is excluded from EU’s Nominal QuantitiesBread is excluded from EU’s Nominal Quantities

A EUROPEAN Commission committee has voted to allow bread and other staples to be excluded from the EU Nominal Quantities Directive.

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