December

Delice ramps up Christmas offer

Delice de France (Southall, Middlesex) has launched several new festive products.Iced Fruit Cake Slice is topped with white icing. Individually wrapped, this Christmas cake is aimed at hotels, coffee shops, sandwich bars and buffets.

‘Homemade’ mince pies

RHM Foodservice (Reading, Berks) says its McDougalls High Yield Pastry Mix and Robertson’s Mincemeat give mince pies a homemade taste.

Whiter than white decorations

British Sugar’s (Peterborough) Icecraft is a new icing sugar designed for making smoother, whiter sugarpaste for cake decoration.

Festive cookie comeback

Rich Products (Hartlebury, Worcs) is re-launching its award winning festive cookie for Christmas 2005. Self-service wholesalers Makro will again stock Rich’s white chocolate and cranberry cookies in stores nationwide throughout the festive period.
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Bakers read up on clean-label

“If the customer looks at the ingredients declaration and it reads like War and Peace, then it’s a worry,” warns Simon Solway, sales and marketing director at Unifine Food and Bake Ingredients. Speaking at the company’s Ingredients in Action workshop last month, he adds that this has prompted surging demand for clean-label products, from independents to large bakeries to supermarkets.
Stephen Silvester and Michael McMahon, MSP
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IAWS INVESTS in Scottish training academy

IAWS Foods UK – the company behind Cuisine de France, Delice de France and La Brea Bakery – has reinforced its commitment to the Scottish market by locating its latest baking academy in Bellshill near Glasgow.
Rachel Thomas won four student class trophies
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Welsh wonders

With 15 bread classes among the 88 classes to be decided, the judges at this year’s National Baking Exhibition in Wales lost no time in trawling the tables, knives at the ready, to reveal the inner secrets of every variety, from bloomers and tins to currant loaves and French sticks.

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Cake supplier Inter Link said it had achieved its goal of becoming the UK’s number two cake supplier, with the £12.25m purchase of the Yorkshire Cottage Bakeries Group. The deal was the Blackburn-based firm’s ninth and largest acquisition and will put annualised turnover at approximately £125m a year, chief executive Paul Griffiths said. That puts Inter Link ahead of Northern Foods annual £110m cake turnover. But RHM was still ahead with a £300m cakes turnover.

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Lofty ambitions

Asda baker Brian Highfield has been working 12-hour days at the supermarket’s recently launched Brech Road store in Liverpool. The store only opened on November 16 and it is all hands on deck as staff make sure everything is just right for customers. But after his 6am start, and a busy day baking, Brian does not go home and put his feet up. Instead, he heads to the gym for a three-hour cardiovascular workout.

Exceedingly good performance for Mr Kipling mince pies

RHM division Manor Bake-ries said “Christmas has come early” for its troubled Mr Kipling brand this year, with record sales of Mr Kipling mince pies.

ABF criticises gas market as energy prices increase

Associated British Foods said the market for gas is not operating as intended, as it

Thomas scoops mince pie vote

Yorkshire family firm Thomas the Baker claims to have captured the secret of the perfect mince pie.

In Brief

- Leicester-based Mayur Foods has achieved British Retail Consortium (BRC) Global Standard Grade A under the new BRC accreditation structure. Mayur Foods, which supplies products

Griffin’s to close as building is sold

Griffin’s Bakery, one of the oldest bakeries in the west of Ireland, looks set to close when the building it occupies in the centre of Galway is sold early next year, writes Hugh Oram.

Warburtons backs filled rolls

Warburtons will start a new TV advertising campaign for its All in One Riddlers filled rolls in the new year.

Polish employee alleges abuse at hands of bakery

A BAKERY company has been accused of a catalogue of abuse towards a former Polish employee, placed through a recruitment agency.

Restructure gives Geary’s growth platform

Leicester-based Geary’s Bakeries blamed rising fuel costs, as it made 18 redundancies last week, and restructured to boost profitability.

Economy bread slumps as grains and seeds see surge

Economy bread sales declined by a dramatic 22.7% over the 12 months to July 2005, and now account for less than 2% of bread sales by value, says the new Warburtons Bakery Review 2005.

Harvestime sale draws close

Administrators are considering a number of offers for Harvestime (2005), after setting a deadline for bids of today (Friday, December 16).

Asda to pilot discount bakery

ASDA is creating a largely own-brand bakery range for a new model “discount convenience store”, to be trialled in Northampton in spring 2006.

Bread Bakeries’ profit up 21.8% says parent RHM

Food giant RHM said its Bread Bakeries division had seen a 21.8% increase in operating profit, as it posted its maiden interim results this week.
Left: The 20p loaf: Cypriots buy them by the dozen; Right: Simit 50g loaves, coated with sesame seeds
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Cyprus on a plate

Northern Cyprus is not the best country in the world for a gourmet to live. Imported foodstuffs are rare and expensive, locally produced fruit and vegetables are good but limited in variety and very seasonal.

Country Choice extends thaw-and-sell line

Country Choice (Orpington, Kent) has added a Chelsea bun to its thaw-and-serve confectionery range.

Patisserie serve-over counters

Refrigeration specialist Valera (West Thurrock, Essex) has a range of patisserie serve-over counters to suit various applications.

Macphie extends Sensations mix

Macphie (Glenbervie) has introduced two new flavours to its Sensations range of cake mixes – blueberry and banoffee.

Britvic aims to make splash with young water drinkers

Britvic Soft Drinks (Chelmsford) is targeting 16- to 34-year-olds with the £2m launch of Drench water.

Less salt for McDougalls

McDougalls (Reading) Muffin Mixes are now 50% lower in salt with added fibre, to target health-conscious customers, says the company.

Mule in the crown of kids’ menu

BB’s Coffee and Muffins (Brentford, Middlesex) has created a children’s range of products to support a recent licensing agreement for the cartoon character Muffin the Mule.

Move your muffins to the Mississipi

Macphie (Glenbervie, Scotland) says its American Cake Muffin and Mississipi Muffin mixes and concentrates eliminate the time and inconsistencies associated with making muffins

Dawn cuts fat and salt in concentrate

Dawn Foods’ (Evesham, Worcs) new concentrate is 97% fat free with a sodium content of less than 300mg per 100g serving.

Products change with the seasons

David Powell Bakeries, acquired by Rich Products (Kidderminster, Worcs) earlier this year, bakes up to 55 different products every day in its Fareham bakery.

Thaw-and-serve to bag extra sales

Country Choice (Orpington, Kent) has two varieties of fun size, thaw-and-serve muffins in its Bake & Bite range. These products, available in double chocolate or blueberry flavours, do not require any baking.

Take the weight off your treat

The Weight Watchers range of muffins from Anthony Alan Foods (Barnsley, South Yorkshire) have the taste and texture of regular muffins but with significantly less fat and fewer calories, says the company.

Bakels in Complete control

Bakels (Bicester, Oxfordshire) says it has a complete range of products suitable for making muffins.

Bakers look to cut trans fats

Food Design (Harrogate, Yorkshire) has recently received its first major order for low-trans-fat confectionery inclusions, which can be used in muffin recipes.

Sweet creations with caramel

Renshaw’s (Liverpool) new caramel range can be used with colours and flavours to create banana caramel, rum caramel or mint caramel muffins, says the company.

Festive fun in BB's stores

Shopping Centre café operator BB’s Coffee and Muffins (Brentford, Middlesex) has developed a cranberry and white chocolate muffin for Christmas.
If we suddenly have a bad batch, where the ‘mushroom’ is a bit flat, our sales will halve. It’s absolutely extraordinary’ Paul Ettinger
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Cup Winner

Despite a slowdown in the number of coffee shops opening on the high street, the big three – Starbucks, Costa Coffee and Caffé Nero – are focusing on the quality of their food offering for future growth. With recent figures showing mixed fortunes for muffins in the retail sector, the growth in branded coffee outlets could see gains for a select few muffin suppliers.

'This is not just bread'

Picture a black backdrop and a lushly spotlighted loaf. Fleetwood Mac plays softly in the background, while a sexy voice says: “This is not just a French stick. This is a hand-crafted baguette made using the best French flour, stone baked to crusty, golden perfection by artisan bakers.”

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