Rise for biscuits

Sales of biscuits, cookies and crackers has risen by 22% over the past five years to reach a value of £2.2bn last year, according to a new report from Mintel. The research firm predicted the sweet biscuit market would reach £1.9bn in 2011and £2.2bn by 2015.

Bako’s challenge

Bako North Western is to host its second Bakery Challenge on 2 June 2011. Bako NW has also decided to devote an extra day of judging to ’Bakers of the Future’. Bakery students from surrounding colleges have been asked to submit their entries for the Battenberg and Innovation categories. For details, visit www.bakonw.co.uk.

Emissions target

The government’s Department of Energy and Climate Change has proposed a fourth carbon budget, which calls for emissions to be cut by 50% by 2025. Food and Drink Federation director of sustainability Andrew Kuyk said the key to going further with energy reductions will lie in energy market reforms and other electricity supply measures yet to be announced.

Couture cake line

London-based The Little Venice Cake Company has launched a ’Runway Collection 2011’ range of cakes, including: Gold Leaf Rock and Couture Rose, Firenze White, Painting the Roses Red, Vintage Pearl Rose, and Marilyn designs.