Our Bakery Events
A new online venture is looking for small independent artisan bakeries to put their products on the virtual shelves of its Love Your Larder (LYL) website.
The Royal Wedding is expected to hit retail bakers in the pocket with some set to close their shops for the day, and those that do open predicting a drop in takings.
Coffee Republic is revamping its food range as it rolls out a modern lighter interior design across its shops.
North London-based Euphorium Bakery has revealed ambitious expansion plans, both nationwide and internationally.
Aspiring bakers will get to compete in an Apprentice-style contest for the chance to bag paid training with Fosters Bakery in Barnsley.
Despite rocketing input costs in the second half of last year, the retail price of a loaf of bread in the UK actually fell in 2010 compared to 2009, according to new data from the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU).
Community supported bakeries could provide a solution to shortages of 'real' bread across large swathes of the country, according to the Real Bread Campaign.
Council and union bosses hope to convince Burton's Foods to keep its Moreton factory open.
White bread sales dipped last year as growing numbers of shoppers embraced brown and healthy loaves.
The Artisan School of Food had a visit from the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall, who were given a tour around the facilities, and unveiled a plaque to commemorate their visit this week.
Small sweet pies have been tipped as "the next cupcake" by The Food Channel in the US... bit.ly/eC4Jdg
"Some people thought bread was a bit boring; it's been around for a long time. I wanted to make a bread which is nice to look at as well as nice to taste"
You may be aware of secret dining clubs, where pop-up restaurants open for one-off banquets and intimate high-cuisine dinners. The same is now happening with cake.
If further evidence were needed of the fashionable status of cake, so-cutting-edge-it's-obsolete-by-the-time-you-read-it AnOther Magazine will be celebrating its 10th birthday by commissioning 10 of the world's best designers to work with cake makers to create the "ultimate birthday cakes".
Following last issue's revelation that Disney had patented 'augmented reality' cake projectors to transform your humble celebration cake into a story-telling device, this latest advance in cake boffinery will have you quaking over the future of your craft (and indeed, humankind).
Almost before Santa was back up the chimney this year, the sound of hopping was heard as the Easter bunny came into view. Supermarket Tesco put out Easter ranges on New Year's Day, even though Easter is late this year, on 24 April, almost a month after the earliest date it could fall, 22 March.
A huge variety of options to suit every space and budget is available in sheeting and laminating equipment intended for massive factories, giant retail chains, such as Greggs, or even down to smaller craft bakeries.
Is 2011 going to be the year of radical activism? It is when it comes to bread. Students of industrial loaf-making might not torch their bread plants this year, but the arrival of the first major breakthrough in dough processing for many years will at least cause people to sit up and take notice.
A business' brand identity can be an important selling tool. It's what makes you recognisable on the high street and should be what your customers think of when they hear your name. Having said that, you cannot just rely on a pretty logo; your brand identity must work in conjunction with the rest of the business great-tasting products and customer service.
If the fashion for iced biscuits had been on the wane, The Biscuiteers have single-handedly made it their mission to revive the tradition in the UK.
British bakeries have been flooded in the past few years with American bakery items such as the cupcake. Cupcakes can be done well, and I think they'll be around for a long time to come, but the trend seems to have finally reached a plateau. For months, journalists have been desperately seeking its successor, tipping US confections such as the cake pop and the whoopie pie to take its place, but my prediction is that 2011 will see a return to British classics the scone, the flapjack, the Viccy Sponge and the Bakewell.
Allied Bakeries has launched a range of seeded Kingsmill loaves, including a smooth seeded loaf the first in the UK, according to the firm. The three lines: The Secretly Seeded One, The Lightly Seeded One, and The Really Seeded One, will be rolled out across the UK this month.
The Fabulous Bakin' Boys has launched Fruit 'n Oat slices, which it claimed is the first-ever baked snack to contain one portion of fruit. Individually packaged, the 40g bars are available in Strawberry 'n Oat, Blackcurrant 'n Oat and Apple 'n Oat variants. The product comprises two layers: a fruit base containing sultanas, apple and apricots, topped with oats and sprinkled with strawberry, blackberry or apple pieces.
Northern Ireland-based artisan bakery Genesis Crafty has launched a new on-pack promotion 'pic-a-nics', in association with film-maker Warner Bros to promote its new release Yogi Bear 3D.
Unifine Food & Bake Ingredients is promoting its hot cross bun dough recipe for Easter 2011, and says there is no bitter aftertaste from its bun spice.
Nearly half the population like to treat themselves to indulgent foods, boding well for snacks pitched as affordable luxuries, such as doughnuts. The doughnut category grew by 7.6% in value to £59m and 12% in volume in 2010. In particular, the US-style doughnut category shows massive potential, especially among young people.
Seed crispbread brand Dr Karg has added to its portfolio with the launch of a new line of organic wholegrain snacks.
The Food Doctor is making a break from the health food aisles with a new range targeted at the mainstream sector. The new line-up features several bakery items including bread, bagels, pittas and wraps.
United Biscuits UK has added a caramel wafer to its McVitie's Penguin range, available in a nine-pack, to sit alongside the existing Penguin Wafer.
Ginsters has refreshed its sandwich range for January, in a bid to offer a more compact and easy-to-manage option to retailers, while maximising choice in-store for consumers. The full portfolio will feature a core range of standard and deep-fill consumer favourites, including BLT, chicken salad, and cheese ploughman's, supported by a number of special edition options. These will initially include cheddar & bacon, New York deli-style beef, salmon & cucumber and cheddar & chilli jam.
Soaring inflation, massive bankers' bonuses, Tory government... 2011 is turning out to be so gloriously '80s-retro that an egg scare was, perhaps, an inevitability. What is more surprising is that it could even happen in 2011, given that manufacturing bakers have more traceability systems in place than you could shake a quiche at.
According to foodnavigator.com the German bakery market is likely to see further consolidation as the dominance of small bakeries are unsustainable in the long-term, claimed the new director of the bakery ingredients division of Arla Foods, Søren Krarup. She said the time was ripe for larger companies domestic and foreign with better economies of scale to make a play for market consolidation in the German bakery sector.
The food industry needs to change more radically in the coming decades than ever before, if it is to address the unprecedented challenges that lie ahead, warns a new government report.
In a previous Reporting In column I highlighted the importance for the baking industry of creating 'Brand Baker'. In the piece I aired the view that the industry needed to raise its profile and, in some way, make it stand out from the multitude of careers available, so that the recruitment of new blood into the profession became that much easier.
Greencore enjoys rise
BBC's bakery drama
Pret A Manger and EAT are facing the prospect of a powerful new competitor on the high street after Sainsbury's launched a standalone takeaway food shop called Fresh Kitchen.
Pret activates PR
The UK's biggest bakery retailers are defying the tough economic conditions with the overall number of new outlets opened by the leading 75 companies (by store numbers) up 6.9% in the past year.
Finsbury Foods is disputing recovery costs after its Memory Lane cakes were recalled from supermarket shelves during the egg dioxin scare.
Associated British Foods (ABF) has warned that a damaged UK sugar beet crop could slow growth this year, after reporting group revenue up 10% in the 16 weeks to 8 January.
The UK will have a tense wait to find out if its team will progress to the Bakery World Cup 2012 as a wild card, after narrowly missing a guaranteed slot at the European heat this week.
Probiotic bread and cakes could be on UK shelves within the year, potentially stealing share from dairy cabinets.
Bread accounts for lower levels of sodium in the British diet than previously claimed by both industry and the Food Standards Agency (FSA), say scientists.
British Baker can announce there will be 10 competition classes open to all bakers to enter at the new Bakers' Fair Spring event this April.
Bakery and patisserie ingredients supplier Bekaert & Dupont has changed its name to Ranson UK, and is looking to increase its turnover through more business with industrial bakeries.
The number of UK bakery manufacturers and retail bakery businesses fell only slightly in the year to 22 March 2010, according to the latest data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS).
Craft bakers are waiting until spring to put up prices, fearing a VAT rise could jeopardise trade during the toughest time of the year. Although many don't sell that many VAT-rated products, such as hot takeaway food, the hike to 20% would compound a patchy Christmas nationwide.