January

NA throws its weight behind Baking Industry Exhibition

The National Association of Master Bakers (NA) has given its support to the Baking Industry Exhibition, which takes place from 6-9 April, 2008, at the Birmingham NEC.

FoB reveals conference line-up

The Federation of Bakers' (FoB) seventh annual conference will be held on 16 May, with a variety of high-profile speakers.

Vision Capital realigns Northern Food purchases

Vision Capital has ordered a shake-up of former Northern Foods' bakery businesses, after its purchase of the assets was approved by shareholders on 15 January.

Briefs

nSTOP PRESS: Women can halve their risk of breast cancer by eating a diet rich in wholemeal bread and wholegrain cereal, according to new research. The Leeds University study, published in the International Journal of Epidemiology this week, tracked the eating habits of more than 35,000 women over seven years.

Unifine Food & Bake Ingredients

The bun spice formula from Unifine Food & Bake Ingredients (Milton Keynes, Bucks) is three times as strong as the average liquid spice, claims the firm. Quality Bun Spice enhances the flavour of fruit in specialities such as hot cross buns, Bath buns, teacakes, fruit loaves and tea breads. It also banishes that bitter aftertaste often associated with spice concentrates, says Unifine.

Macphie

Macphie of Glenbervie's (Stonehaven, Kincardineshire) market research shows that, consumers are keen to try new flavours in hot cross buns, with apple and cinnamon, lemon and raisin and chocolate versions all making an appearance in the market last year, as well as mini versions for children, and hot cross bun loaves.

Zeelandia

Specialist ingredients manufacturer Zeelandia (Billericay, Essex) offers a range of custards, including Roma Cold Classic, to create trifles and Easter gateaux.

Kluman & Balter

Bakers can use Kluman & Balter's photocake decorating system for Easter cakes. Images of rabbits, flowers, eggs or other Easter themes can be transferred from a PC to a special printer that uses coloured, food-safe ink to print onto sugarpaste sheets, which can be placed directly onto the cake. Kluman & Balter (Waltham Cross, Herts) also supplies basic cake pre-mixes, chocolate drops, shavings, curls, marzipan blocks and specialist glazing gels for Simnel cakes.

Gb Plange UK

With Christmas over, the next treats to appear on bakery shelves are hot cross buns, according to Gb Plange UK (Runcorn, Cheshire).

Bakehouse

With chocolate being a hit at Easter time, Bakehouse (Bagshot, Surrey) has developed the Triple Chocolate Danish, with a filling of soft, dark chocolate with white and milk chocolate drops, encased in a traditional plait of flaky Schulstad Danish pastry and topped with real chocolate pieces.

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