Warburtons has become the latest plant baker to increase prices on its bread, with Wales’ Brace’s Bakery saying it plans to follow suit. Warburtons blamed rising energy prices and other overheads for an increase across its range, including around 5p to 6p on an 800g loaf. For example, its 800g wholemeal medium sliced bread is now 97p in all the major multiples, up from 91p on February 22. Its white sliced bread is up from 92p to 97p and its 400g sliced milk roll is up from 61p to 67p, as of April 5.Brace’s Bakery is also planning to put up the price of its bread, operations director Jonathan Brace told British Baker. It wants to add 1p on the price of a small loaf, and 3p on a large loaf (from the current 76p). Mr Brace said: “We have seen a 55% increase in electricity costs and a 70% increase in gas, as well as rises in other overheads, such as diesel. We have to make sure the business stays viable.” The price of polythene bags has risen by 5% over the last year, due to increased oil costs, and Brace’s is about to put through a 3% wage increase, he added. The price increases follow a tranche of price rises earlier in the year – of as much as 13% on branded and own-label loaves (British Baker, February 24, pg 3). Plant bakers British Bake-ries and Allied Bakeries both increased the price on branded loaves by up to 10p each, and the price of own-label bread also went up by between 3p and 7p a loaf. This round of increases was also blamed on increased costs.British Bakeries has since made further price increases. For example, Hovis Country Grain Wholemeal is now £1.20 in the multiples, up from 99p at the end of February.
(Southall, Middlesex) has introduced several varieties of filled pastries and pies.These include: the individual festive mince pie; the Luxury Mincemeat Tart with Almonds; Mincemeat and Amaretto Finger – a puff pastry lattice; the Winter Spice Muffin, with nutmeg flavour; the fruity Cranberry and Orange Muffin; the Cranberry and White Chocolate Cookie; and the Cherry, Chocolate and Cranberry Festive Bundt Cake.
Ingredients supplier Zeelandia and Glovers Bakery held two open days, on 18 and 19 May at the Glovers shop in Leyland, to promote speciality breads.Zeelandia provided technical support, promotional material and ingredients. The focus was on its Prokorn, Fiesta Corn, Exakt Ciabatta and O’mega products. The Exakt Ciabatta was made into squares and Fiesta Corn into tins, rolls and cobs. O’mega took the shape of a heart as well as tins and rolls.Tony Bain of Glovers said: “The customer response on the day and the feedback since has been amazing!” On the back of this success, Glovers is hoping to hold more open days at some of its other shops.
Bakery group Finsbury Food Group has acquired Weight Watchers low-fat cake manufacturer Anthony Alan Foods as a rapid expansion programme continues.Anthony Alan is a sales and marketing agency, which has the rights to distribute ambient cakes using the Weight Watchers brand in the UK and Ireland. Manufacture is outsourced to third parties.Chief executive Dave Brooks told British Baker that the deal, which completed late on Monday night, would give Finsbury a market leading position in low-fat cakes alongside top positions in the premium and celebration cakes sectors, and also allow it to develop its bought-in business.Finsbury Food Group already produces nearly 60% of the Weight Watchers cakes’ product range at various bakeries, including its Memory Lane Cakes and California Cake Company divisions.The remaining 40% of the Weight Watchers range is sourced primarily through Inter Link Foods and Brooks said Finsbury was looking forward to working with its rival cakes supplier.Brooks explained that Anthony Alan’s founder, the entrepreneur Tony Maloney, had sold up as he was “ready to pass the baton on” to a bigger player in the ever-consolidating cakes market.Finsbury plans to revamp the Weight Watchers cakes range in 2008 and develop the brand with the multiple grocers.Finsbury, the number two player in the UK cake industry, acquired cake company Lightbody of Hamilton in February and indicated last month that it was ready to make another purchase (British Baker, 21 September, pg 14).It is likely to pay a total of £3.75m for Anthony Alan.
Farmhouse Fare has won the competition to find a budding artist in the baking industry to create the Bakers’ Benevolent Society’s charity Christmas card.The competition, organised by California Raisins, asked entrants to design a card that incorporated a traditional baking theme. Pudding firm Farmhouse Fare was selected as the winner, producing a series of photographs showing a child stirring a Christmas pudding.The Bakers’ Benevolent Society assists those who have worked within the baking industry or its allied traders and are now retired, as well as their dependents.If you would like to place an order for your Christmas cards, contact the Bakers’ Benevolent Society on 01992 575951 or e-mail: [email protected]
A sda says it is seeing massive growth in its organic business and understands that the organic baked goods offering is becoming more and more important to its customers.Because of the fast growth of the business and the growing concerns of Asda’s customers over environmental matters, Asda has decided to launch a new category at this year’s Baking Industry Awards – namely, The Organic Award.”We hope that this award will inspire members of the baking industry to drive for ever-improving quality standards, bring innovation to market and drive down the costs, so that organic products are made more affordable to a greater number of customers,” says Asda commercial director Huw Edwards.”The Asda bakery team is working hard to make organic products more accessible to its customers; the size of the organic range has doubled, products are regularly promoted to encourage trial and an organics bay has been instituted to make the products more visible.”This award is open to anyone involved in driving forward the organic bakery sector – from small shops, that can demonstrate excellence in organic retailing, to bakeries producing organic baked goods, whether these are biscuits, cakes, breads or any other baked product.Judges are keen to hear from all sizes of manufacturers, from small to large, and you do not have to be an Asda supplier to enter.Entrants to this award should be able to demonstrate a combination of innovation, great quality and a good understanding of what consumers are looking for in an organic baked product.Original marketing and packaging concepts will also be of interest to the independent judges.
Early indications are that this year’s wheat crop has improved in quality on last year.According to Nabim director-general Alex Waugh, three- quarters of the UK crop has been harvested so far. “There is quite a lot further to go in assessing the wheat’s quality, but early indications are that it is better than last year, which was very low, but still behind the wheat harvest in 2004, ’05 and ’06,” he said, adding there was a sense of relief that quality had improved, and more would be known in a few weeks time.Looking at crops from abroad, Waugh said that France’s crop was looking good in terms of size, but had a low protein level; Germany’s crop was variable; and there would be a smaller crop coming from Canada this year.
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