With less than a week to go until the deadline, it's time to get those Baking Industry Awards entries in. Due to a number of requests, the cut-off date for entries has been extended to 23 May.
Craft bakers around the country are gearing up for National Doughnut Week from 10-17 May with a host of exciting ideas to help raise funds for the event’s chosen charity The Children’s Trust.

Cryptic bready quiz

18 April, 2008
See if you can match up the crypric clues to types of bread. And, yes, some of the answers made us groan too.

Next issue 2 May

18 April, 2008
l Local sourcing

28 Oct, 1955

18 April, 2008
The news has come this week of the experiments of a large producer of bread to combat the competition of the "oven-hot" loaf of the family baker. With the widening field that must ever be sought for plant-produced bread, these manufacturers have been seeking a method of producing oven-fresh bread before the customer.

Groom boom

18 April, 2008
Aspiring brides have literally been left on the shelf at a Nottingham bakery. Paul Brown, owner of Sweet Success bakery, told a British Baker journo that the company has been busy making wedding cakes for gay men's civil partnership parties. But the high demand for groom figurines has left a pile of unwanted brides.

On salt

18 April, 2008
Learned, dapper and with a bowel to set your watch by, healthy-eating prophet Dr Allinson was over a century ahead of his time and a self-proclaimed authority on everything from farting to skinny dipping. Here's his vital advice on kids' salt intake.

85%

18 April, 2008
...of shoppers would like to be able to recognise free-from foods more easily with improved packaging, says a poll by allergy magazine Foods Matter, with clear 'flashes' to identify wheat-free and dairy-free products wanted by 98%. Isn't the whole 'free-from' section in the supermarket enough of a clue...?

April 18

18 April, 2008
"Aaaaaarrgh ****! Somebody PLEASE make it stop!"

Nappy baker's happy

18 April, 2008
You may remember, three weeks ago, when Stop the Week featured a story on [http://www.baby-cakes.co.uk], which makes its cakes from unconventional ingredients: nappies. Well, owner Miranda Hart got in touch to express her delight at the coverage, and concurred that the concept would have struggled in the BBC's Dragons' Den. "I quite agree - definitely not a conventional filling, but one which is literally flying out like 'hot cakes'! I don't think I would like to put myself through the Dragons' Den - I can hear their comments now 'Nappy what?', 'Cakes?', 'I wouldn't want a chocolate-filled one!' etc."

Fired-up thinking

18 April, 2008
This recipe was devised by Nicolas Boussin, winner of the coveted title of Best Pastry Chef in France. Inspired by a burning log fire, but by no means confined to Christmas, this recipe has warm fiery overtones. This luxury chocolate cake costs less than £1 per slice net to make, but can retail for up to £4 per slice in a high-end bakery, café or patisserie. Each cake serves eight slices or can be sold whole.
Now - 10 cases

Cool customers

18 April, 2008
A few years ago, while digging up the M1, workmen dozily pierced the pipeline taking water to Coca-Cola's biggest factory in Wakefield, Yorkshire.
John Montague (1718-1792), the fourth Earl of Sandwich, often gets the credit for inventing the sandwich.

No weak Link

18 April, 2008
Back in 2005, McCambridge's chairman, Michael McCambridge, was quoted in the Irish Times as saying: "McCambridge is linked almost exclusively with brown bread and we want to keep it that way." Two years later, it acquired the second-biggest cake manufacturer in the UK, in the shape of Inter Link Foods. But they'd already picked up three UK businesses by that point, en route to the 10 in total that they've accrued in the UK and Ireland since 1999.

The great outdoors

18 April, 2008
With summer just around the corner, outdoor parties are promising to be in full swing - and you don't need to be an events organiser to cash in.

From Humble beginnings

18 April, 2008
With a trained chef as a mother to teach her cookery from an early age and a father who worked for Lloyds Bank providing commercial nous, it's perhaps not surprising that Gemma Parker has ended up running an increasingly successful cake-making business in Norfolk.

Talking Heads

18 April, 2008
Vera Foreman, training manager - apprentices, Morrisons

Call to arms

18 April, 2008
One small step for bakers (or a few steps upstairs to the conference rooms at Baking Industry Exhibition), one giant leap for baking kind. What last year appeared a challenge at one time as unlikely as putting a man on the moon - getting the baking industry to speak with once voice - last week came a significant stride nearer.

Book review

18 April, 2008
With a title like 'Fantastic Party Cakes', cake maker extraordinaire Mich Turner's latest opus, which features a gushing endorsement from alpha male chef Gordon Rammo on the cover (the f-words must have been edited out), could equally be strapped with the anti-Yorkie tagline: 'It's not for boys'.

Asparagus

18 April, 2008
The first of the English asparagus will be appearing at the end of April. The British asparagus season, which lasts just eight weeks, really gets going in May and is finished by the end of June, although fresh asparagus is available all year round from places as far away as Spain and Peru.

The plant baker

18 April, 2008
According to the food pundits, the snacking agenda for the year ahead is healthy eating. Well I have a problem with healthy eating; it's all so negative, so depressing - you can't eat this, you can't eat that. It's 'free-from' this and 'low in' that and definitely none of the other!

60-second sales pitch

18 April, 2008
== What service do you sell? ==

Linx takes down solvents

18 April, 2008
Linx Printing Technologies has launched a new model of continuous inkjet printer, which is capable of reducing solvent usage by up to 40% and delivering additional cost of ownership savings.
Allen Coding Systems has launched a low-cost, thermal transfer printer specifically designed for food industry users of traditional hot stamp equipment. The 53LTi enables customers to upgrade to a more versatile system that easily prints vital fixed and variable text and graphics.
Husky Group has launched the IcePod 2 Modular display freezer or chiller combination, which has three separate stackable pods.
Positive ID labelling has developed a new multi-purpose label that can both carry printed data and indicate when pre-packed foods have achieved the correct temperature. The label is printed with a special ink strip that remains invisible until it changes to black at the specified temperature, ensuring the food has been properly heated. The change is permanent and irreversible.

German firm cuts to suit

18 April, 2008
Ultrasonic cutting machine manufacturer Döinghaus, from Germany, has launched a cutter designed to cut slab products in or out of trays. It will cut triangles and portion round cakes. The unit incorporates a positioning device for accurate product placement and also has an integral cleaning system which uses UV light to kill bacteria.
Barbel Quattro has developed a vegetable preparation machine, which can process up to 30kg of vegetables or fruit an hour.

Hoshizaki plays it cool

18 April, 2008
Hoshizaki has introduced the super-compact DSM 12 ice dispenser, for use when only relatively low volume is required or when usage is occasional.
Warewashing company Meiko UK has taken the first step in implementing a carbon offset programme for every road, air and freight mile undertaken on behalf of the company. Several of the firm's energy, chemical and sustainable kitchen food waste products will automatically qualify for 'footprint points' that convert into pounds for the Meiko UK Carbon Offset Fund. At the end of the year, proceeds from the fund will be distributed to a number of organisations that actively contribute to reducing CO2 in the atmosphere, whether in support of replacing non-renewable fuel projects, forest restoration or energy efficiency.
Gilberts Food Equipment has launched the Nemco Easy Tomato Slicer 11, which can slice tomatoes and onions to a uniform size within seconds for burgers, buffets, salads or sandwiches.

Product news

18 April, 2008
Tyrrell's Potato Chips has launched a seasonal variety - Garden Herbs. The launch blends four classic herbs - basil, thyme, rosemary and oregano - to give "delicately balanced yet flavoursome" crisps.

Potted history

18 April, 2008
Bruno and Sergio Costa set up their first coffee roastery in Lambeth, London, in 1971, supplying local caterers and Italian coffee shops with coffee, slow roasted the Italian way.

Face to face at Costa

18 April, 2008
How did your career progress before joining Costa Coffee?

Show us your va-va-voom

18 April, 2008
Bakers and confectioners are advised to get their skates on if they want to take part in this year's Baking Industry Awards, as the deadline, Friday 16 May, is fast approaching. The Awards have a category to suit everyone, so there's no excuse not to have a go.
Piping bags that pipe themselves

BIE showing in style

18 April, 2008
Visitors to the Baking Industry Exhibition 2008 (BIE) not only had access to 120 exhibitors, but could also take advantage of a range of innovative features.

Wheat comment

18 April, 2008
Uncertainty is likely to remain in the market for the remainder of the old wheat crop marketing campaign, and weather is now critical for the new crop. Analysts are expecting a record wheat crop for 2008/09. In the meantime, the new crop forwards market is broadly tracking old crop movements in the absence of solid market fundamentals of its own.
In these days of economic uncertainty, fuelled by the credit crunch, falling equity markets and commodity market speculation, it is increasingly important that we all (suppliers, wholesalers, and bakers) work together throughout the supply chain and focus on the consumer.

Letter

18 April, 2008
Dear Sylvia

In Short

18 April, 2008
== Gates boost for wheat ==
Award-winning Northern Ireland bakery Knotts has made inroads south of the border by securing a contract to supply its range of premium, quality "pound" cakes to Donnybrook Fair, a major retailer in Dublin.
UK bake-off and food-to-go giant Country Choice is planning to take on rival Cuisine de France (CDF) on its own turf, by entering the Northern Irish market, which the latter dominates.
Carr's Milling Industries, the Cumbrian-based agriculture, food and engineering firm, has seen a 45% rise in half-year profits.
The Real Good Food Company (RGFC) achieved increased sales last year, but profits suffered as a result of soaring commodity prices, with a decline in its bakery ingredients division from £5.6 million to £4m, according to its end-of-year results.

In Short

18 April, 2008
== BB's juicy deal ==

Obituary

18 April, 2008
Dan O'Donohoe (63) of Foxrock, Dublin, who collapsed and died suddenly at the beginning of April, was a well-known figure in the Irish baking industry, writes Hugh Oram.

Aulds negotiates a move

18 April, 2008
Scottish bakers Aulds is consulting with its 150 employees at its Greenock factory about a possible move to a new manufacturing facility 16 miles away in Inchinnan, as its current plant is outdated.

Costa ethic

18 April, 2008
Costa Coffee is to source its entire coffee supply from sustainable farms.

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