In Brief

first_img– Jenny Hudson, a former pastry chef with Claridges, will be making a cake for the first wedding anniversary of Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall. It will be a chocolate cake decorated with berries and chocolate swirls. Ms Hudson runs her Warwickshire based company, Sweet As, as an on-line operation ( She started the business with assistance from The Prince’s Trust and plans to open a shop in the near future.- Police are investigating a recent robbery at Kent Bakery shop Mr Pastry. A man wearing a balaclava entered the shop in Ramsgate, just before 8am. He pointed what appeared to be a children’s toy pistol at the woman behind the counter and demanded money. She handed over a small amount of cash.last_img

Norbake adjusts pressure

first_imgThe Pietroberto Bread Plant from Norbake (Batley, West Yorks) can produce bloomers, tinned bread and full-sized French sticks, among others, and 150 of the units are already in service in the UK.The compact Pietroberto has a weight range of 120-1,200g and features variable speed and adjustable time in the pocket prover. The divider has a Teflon-coated hopper and a new styler/hander-up system, eliminating the need for a conical rounder. The moulder is fitted with an adjustable top pressure board, which moves more slowly than the bottom belt, helping to reduce the stress on the dough during the final mould. Both divider and moulder are fitted with lockable castors, making them easy to move and maintain.last_img

Co-op revamps bakery offer

first_imgThe Co-operative Group is overhauling its bakery department, as part of a new strategy to make its 3,000 shops “more exciting”.The group launched a “truly irresistible” premium brand this week, including speciality bakery products, benchmarked on quality against Marks & Spencer. Co-op category development manager, produce and bakery, Jill McCann told British Baker that while shoppers trusted the Co-op, they tended to only buy basics at its shops, not dinner party and indulgent foods.New ranges started to roll out this week across a variety of categories, with bakery a priority area. Facings of standard plant bread have been reduced and new premium products brought in.McCann said: “Plant bread is still very important to our business but the range has been trimmed. The new products include batch seeded, white and wholemeal loaves and rolls, supplied by British Bakeries, as well as topped Ciabatta and Cheese and Onion Focaccia, supplied by La Fornaia.The Co-op has also reviewed its in-store bakery range and plans to relaunch that from April 28. And the retailer is experimenting with an in-store bakery own-brand at five trial sites in the south west and south east. It will measure the success of the own-brand at these sites across 2007, before rolling it out.last_img read more

£1,000 prizes to be won at Bolton show

first_imgBakers from all over the country will be flocking to Bolton next Sunday, 14 October, for Bakers’ Fair. This one-day event brings together specialist bakery exhibitors, millers, ingredients manufacturers, machinery suppliers, wholesalers and drinks companies, and is a great opportunity to gauge the latest innovations and services on the market.A number of prizes will be up for grabs for visitors at the event. Attendees can enter a competition on the day, sponsored by Coca-Cola, to win a prize of £1,000 worth of vouchers. And every visitor who brings a copy of the 5 October issue of British Baker to Coca-Cola’s stand – where the drinks firm will be showing a case study of Coca-Cola supplying Sparks Bakery in Bradford – will receive a free bottle of 500ml Coke.What’s more, we are giving away 10 LCD TVs to people who get to the show early. And the Richemont Club of Great Britain, which has a membership of top craft bakers and confectioners, will be hosting live competitions throughout the day.Some of the UK’s finest bakers and confectioners will test their skills across 20 categories, ranging from fresh creams to Christmas novelties. There will also be new British Baker-sponsored competition classes for young bakers. n—-=== How to get to Bolton Arena ===The Bolton Arena has free parking, convenient hotel accommodation and direct motorway links to the M61, M6, M62 and M65. It is adjacent to the railway station, with links to Manchester, Preston, Lancaster, Liverpool, Stoke-on-Trent, Chester, Leeds and York.last_img read more

Finsbury puts ’free-from’ market firmly on agenda

first_imgThe Finsbury Food Group has strengthened its operations in the ’free-from gluten’ market with the £8.9 million acquisition of Yorkshire Farm Bakery (YFB) and A&P Foods.YFB is a major manufacturer of gluten-free breads as well as rolls and cakes and is located on a freehold site in Hull. A&P shares the same site and produces gluten-free premixes for YFB, as well as United Central Bakeries, also part of the Finsbury Group.Both businesses have been acquired by Finsbury from the Arnett family, three of whom will remain involved. Finsbury has created a new trading company, Livwell, and £4.8m will be paid on completion, with the remainder payable in stages, with a final payment of £2.5m in July 2010.Finsbury group, chief executive Dave Brooks told British Baker: “Yorkshire Farm is the biggest UK supplier of free-from with sales approaching £10m in the UK gluten-free market so this is an excellent opportunity.”In a statement issued by the company Brooks said: “The UK retail market offers huge scope for growth, as more and more consumers choose a wheat-free diet, and the UK medical prescription market brings new opportunities.”There is significant scope to develop a stronger export business, as awareness grows in Europe. These businesses fit our acquisition criteria and are further evidence of our confidence in our market positioning and trading performance.”The Arnett family was among several entrepreneurs to sell to listed companies and therefore avoid punitive capital gains tax rates. CGT taper relief was replaced at the start of the financial year by a flat rate of 18%.Combined YFB and A&P sales in the year ended March 2007 were £7.3m, with forecast sales for this year expected to be no less than £8.5m. The acquired net assets are valued at £3.66m.last_img read more

New sponsor joins NCW

first_imgBaking cases producer Chevler has joined Puratos as a sponsor of National Cupcake Week (NCW).Sales director Mike Wescomb said that the firm is proud to sponsor NCW and is happy to support all creative bakers taking part to develop new and innovative ideas.”As the UK’s leading manufacturer of baking cases, we are launching a gold, silver and multi-coloured cupcake range to help bring individuality to the market,” said Wescomb. Chevler is offering all bakers taking part in NCW a sample pack of this new range. Call 01844 344231 for details.l Don’t forget to enter our National Cupcake competition in the run-up to NCW.The deadline, 22 July, is almost here. Our panel of independent judges includes: Dan Lepard, Mich Turner and Fiona Burrell. Just send us a commercial-scale recipe and method, including topping, plus photography and an application form, which can be downloaded from BB’s website your entries to [email protected] or post to Cupcake Competition, Elizabeth Ellis, William Reed Business Media, Broadfield Park, Crawley, West Sussex RH11 9RT.last_img read more

Find a Baker >> National Cupcake Week

first_imgPretty Princess, Cheshire Chocoloty London BakeryWebsiteLocation Mama’s Alice Rose Cakes and Leakers Angel Cracking Cakeswww.crackingcakes.bizHarpenden, Herts Bake Sensewww.bakesense.comCheshire The Cupcake Cake Life is Sweetwww.LifeIsSweetNI.comCo. Antrim, Northern Ireland Nina’s Cakes & Bakeswww.ninascakesandbakes.comLondon Paul Rhodes, London The Lilypad Molly’s Little Bakerywww.mollyslittlebakery.blogspot.comSwanley Melie’s Cute Country Sussex The Cupcake Scrumptious Lippylicious Yorks Sweet Yummy Cupcake Butterfly The Fancy Bakerwww.thefancybaker.comSouth East London Cake The Cake Samworth Mowbray Cake Candy Cakeswww.candycakes.comLondon Indulgence and Hove Coughlanswww.coughlans.comCroydon Peace of Cakewww.peaceofcakelondon.comLondon Cupcake And Shields The Tiny Cake Companywww.thetinycakecompany.comRichmond Beverly Hills Bakerywww.beverlyhillsbakery.comLondon What’s Up Cupcakewww.whatsupcupcake.comWhitstable Cherish, N. Ireland Fairly Fairy Fair The Organic Cupcake Bakeries supporting National Cupcake Week Ragamuffin Buttercup Cake Cupcakes and Peonieswww.cupcakespeonies.blogspot.comLichfield Bumblebee Cupcake Glasgowwww.cupcakeglasgow.comGlasgow Cupcake and the dish ran away with the spoon Didsbury Swallow Bakerywww.swallowbakery.comChichester Beach House 2010 Sponsors The Cake Kiss Me Cupcakes Ems Cupcake Mewww.cupcakeme.orgIreland Lily Vanilliwww.lilyvanilli.comLondon Great Little Cupcake Ella’s The Kent Cupcakerywww.thekentcupcakery.blogspot.comKent Chepstow Cupcakeswww.chepstowcupcakes.comChepstow Hey Little Cupcakewww.iheartideas.comManchester Sweet and Cup of Love Hummingbird Bakerywww.hummingbirdbakery.comLondon Cupcake The Vanilla Pod Bakerywww.vanillapodbakery.comCheltenham Lavender Jessica’s Cupcakeswww.jessicascupcakes.comBanbury Katie Cakes Sweet & The West Sussex Cupcake Companywww.westsussexcupcakecompany.comStorrington Comfort and Handmade Cake Angel Food Cake and Cookie St Peter Wicked Hampsons and Lulubelles Cakeswww.lulubellescakes.comDorset Cate’s Cupcakeswww.catescupcakes.comYorkshire Bea’s of Bloomsburywww.beasofbloomsbury.comLondon Cameo Cakes to Your Buns of Bake Me London Cupcake Truckles Deli and Coffee Wimbledon Outsider Tartwww.outsidertart.comLondon Tilly Mint Bakerywww.tillymintbakery.comTruro Queenies, Shrops The Angel Cupcake RevolutionCupcake Revolution on FacebookWirral, Cheshire Tasty Little Cirencester Liggy’s Cake Classy Angelina Cupcakewww.angelinacupcake.coTowcester Fashion Star Sugarcup Blue Door The Cupcake CaféLong Bennington Model Cateringwww.modelcatering.comLondon, NW10 Sweet Tooth Cakehole Londonwww.cakeholelondon.comLondon, SE11 Cupcake Café Simply Want to speak to a cupcake expert or simply find a top cupcake baker in your area?  These bakeries will be getting involved in National Cupcake Week.Are you a professional baker and want to be included on the list? Contact: Susann Jerry e mail: [email protected] you would like to get involved in National Cupcake Week contact Andrew Williams:[email protected] Campbell’s Bakerywww.campbellsbakery.comCrieff Aardvark Helen’s Sara Louise Yummylicious Yorkshire Ina’s Kitchen Dessertswww.inashandmade.ieDublin Bluebell I Made It Crumbs La Crème Cupcakewww.lacremecupcake.comWest Sussex The Vanilla Bakery Country Cupcakeswww.countrycupcakes.comPriston Genii Bittersweet Bakerswww.bittersweetbakers.comLondon Fantasy Traiteur de Pariswww.traiteurdeparis.comFrance Truly Mums Who Keynes Missi’s cakeswww.missiscakes.comBeds The Little House of Delights by Cynthiawww.delightsbycynthia.comLondon Patacake read more

In Short

first_imgBakehouse boughtLantmännen Unibake has completed its acquisition of UK speciality breads and pastries supplier Bakehouse, after acquiring the remaining shares in the company. In March this year, Lantmännen announced its intention to strengthen its position in the UK market by investing in a new bakery in the UK. The location of the bakery has not yet been finalised, but production is expected to start in mid-2011.Cake doctorMasterchef finalist Dr Tim Kinnaird has given up his career as a paediatrician earlier this year and has been working on setting up his own cake business. The cakes, which will intitially be sold wholesale include French macaroons. He recently debuted his first batch of the macaroons at a farmers’ market in Norwich. “I’ve always loved puddings, cakes and pastries, and it’s just a dream come true to be selling my cakes,” he said, after selling out within hours.Fizzy drinks blamedOne in four UK adults blame fizzy drinks as the main cause of obesity, according to a new YouGov SixthSense report.Seventy-one per cent knew soft drinks were bad for your teeth, while 66% were worried about the influence drinks firms had on young children. Despite this, more than half of parents (51%) let their children drink Coca-Cola in the last year.GLA convictionThe Gangmasters Licensing Authority has achieved its first conviction in Wales after a Cardiff-based gangmaster was found to be supplying workers to a bakery in Bridgend, Mid Glamorgan on 21 July 2009, after his licence had expired.The gangmaster business, Recruitment Solutions Wales, will be required to pay a fine and costs totalling £1,165.last_img read more

Delice drives Hot Eat range

first_imgDelice de France has launched a new Hot Eat panini sandwich range. The firm’s British Breakfast Muffin includes a free-range boiled egg, tomato chutney, Cumberland sausage and smoked crinkle-cut bacon. The muffin is individually wrapped in ovenable film, ensuring customers can bake multiple flavours in the oven, without the risk of cross-contamination.Classic Italian Ciabattas have been given a new twist, with new spicy meatballs and cheese and sweet chilli chicken varieties, while its Smoked Ham and Cheese Bloomer can be defrosted in 24 hours for ease of storage and service.MD Ian Toal said: “Whether served contact-grilled or heated in the oven as a grab-and-go option, we are confident the new range will meet different catering needs and drive sales.”last_img

Thorntons plays it cool with bakery and desserts

first_imgThorntons has made the move into the branded chilled bakery and desserts sector with the launch of a nine-strong range into the grocery channel this month.Alongside the dessert range, manufactured for Thorntons by Elisabeth the Chef, the confectionery firm, which already has a successful ambient cakes and bites range, has introduced a range of four cookies, produced by Northumbrian Fine Foods. The firm said it was pitching the range above Cadbury’s and Nestlé’s offering in this category, but below premium ranges such as Gü, and hoped to capitalise on the “middle market”.Thorntons’ sales and operations director Barry Bloomer said that, with the firm’s turnover in the grocery retail division now at £53m and growing at over 40%, it was a “natural progression” to branch out into chilled desserts.The dessert range features: Sticky Toffee Pudding; Chocolate & Toffee Tart; Sticky Toffee Tart; Sticky Double Chocolate Pudding; and Treacle Tart, and will be available in all multiples, independents and convenience stores but not in Thorntons’ own stores.The cookie range is listed in Morrisons and Thorntons stores, with some skus to launch in Asda and Sainsbury’s this month.last_img read more