January

Dawn adds to mix with Easter recipe

Sweet bakery and ingredients specialist Dawn Foods (Evesham, Worcestershire) is offering an Easter recipe, using its Baker's Select Carrot Cake base, as an alternative to the traditional fruit cake recipe.

BakeMark's

Cheshire-based BakeMark's (Wirral) Easter lines range includes a number of versatile, easy-to-use products.

ADM Milling

(Brentwood, Essex) the independent flour miller, offers bakers a range of premixes, concentrates and toppings, for producing Easter goods.

DIY icing set to add profit

Do-it-yourself cake decorating is already a big hit in the USA. Now, new company Cake Décor, based in Glasgow, is set to capitalise on this growing trend in the UK.

Yes, chef!

Over-worked, obsessed by details and prone to fits of temper, chefs have a fearsome reputation thanks to the on-screen antics of Gordon Ramsay. So you might think selling bread to top restaurants is a nerve-wracking affair for a baker. Turn up with something that doesn't match the head chef's lofty expectations and there's a good chance you'll be sent away with a flea in your ear or at least a stream of invective.

Marching into the limelight

Last year, Bolton-based Greenhalgh's set in motion ambitious plans to rebrand and expand its retail estate. Production director, David Smart explains that traditional bakeries like Greenhalgh's are facing increasingly tough competition from modern fast food chains and cafés, such as Starbucks and Caffè Nero, making modernisation and product innovation essential.

A formula for convenience

As with many things in life, size isn't everything. While the behemoths of the baking industry will naturally take up the lion's share of shelf space in multiple retailers, opportunities are opening up for small regional operators to supply at a local level.

Better-for-you bakery

With the countdown on to 2010, when the new Food Standards Agency (FSA) guidelines on salt levels begin to bite, and with retail giants continually shifting their marketing stance on additive-free, non-GM or low salt, bakers are under constant pressure to keep up with changing demands.

SIAB ready For Verona

This year SIAB, the Italian bakery exhibition, comes around again, following the three-year agreed rotation with Europain France and IBA Germany.

Commodities - flour

Flour cost rises of over 25% will result in a 10% increase in bread prices in the Republic of Ireland (approximately 10-17 cents loaf), according to the Irish Bread Bakers Association (IBBA), which represents the major plant bakeries in Ireland.

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