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UCB aims for gluten-free

first_imgUnited Central Bakeries (UCB) has underlined its commitment to the gluten-free market with the opening of a dedicated production area at its Bathgate headquarters, writes Ian Martin.Costing £200,000, the 20,000sq ft “bakery within a bakery” has the capacity to produce £10 million-worth of gluten-free products a year for the market, with huge growth prospects in the UK. UCB also hopes to develop export business, according to managing director Archy Cunningham. “It’s the best thing we’ve ever done because the products are not commoditised,” he told British Baker at the official opening on March 29.Gluten-free products, inclu-ding pitta, naan and pizza bases, already account for some 15% of UCB’s turnover of around £10m per annum. The products are already sold across Britain under Tesco’s “free from” brand and Mr Cunningham hopes to reach supply agreements with two more multiple retailers before the end of the year.Appointed to run UCB in 1998 and leader of a management buy-out four years ago, Mr Cunningham has been confirmed as managing director with responsibility for all three of the Scottish firms acquired by Finsbury Group in November last year – namely UCB, Camp-bells Cake Company and the California Cake Company. “Archy will further strengthen the group’s senior management team as we pursue a buy-and-build strategy,” said Finsbury’s chief executive Dave Brooks.last_img read more

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Bettys challenges Wensleydale over trademarking

first_imgYorkshire start-up company Wensleydale Foods has had to rename a pies range due to a trademark dispute with Bettys of Harrogate.The company, founded by Elizabeth Guy last year, ran into trouble when it tried to trademark its “Betty Guy’s Little Pies” shepherds pie range, named after the founder’s daughter. Bettys, the famous Yorkshire tearooms, would not consent to the use of Betty Guy’s. But it agreed to Wensleydale using up its packaging and marketing materials. When these run out, in the middle of next year, the name for the range will change to Beth Guy’s Little Pies. Elizabeth Guy told British Baker she decided to try to trademark the Betty Guy’s name after attending a seminar about trademarking. A Bettys of Harrogate spokeswoman said Bettys had to protect its brand.last_img read more

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Health claims call to bakers

first_imgManufacturers are invited to submit health claims about their products so they can be considered for inclusion in new European laws.The European list of permitted health claims aims to increase consumer protection on health claims made on food.To be eligible, claims must be based on generally accepted science and relate to the function of a nutrient or other substance in growth, development and functions of the body, psychological and behavioural functions, or slimming and weight control.The Food Standards Agency is responsible for compiling the UK’s list. Claims must be submitted using a standard template (see [http://www.food.gov.uk]) and accompanied by references to scientific justification.last_img read more

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Briefs

first_imgn Shopping centre café operator BB’s Coffee and Muffins has launched a Christmas menu including Cranberry & White Chocolate Muffins, and Christmas Crumble, which is a muffin mixed with mincemeat. There is also a Ginger Reindeer Biscuit and a Cranberry Flapjack. Christmas baguette fillings include: turkey breast, salad & cranberry; Brie, lettuce and cranberry; and sage and onion stuffing with salad.n Erkens Bakkerijen, a subsidiary of Kamps Nederland BV, has been taken over by the Belgian Vandemoortele Group. The Dutch firm produces and sells frozen patisserie products in Germany, the UK, France, Spain and the Benelux, under the brand names E&E Patisserie and Erkens Bakkerijen BV.n Atlas Food Processing Systems is celebrating 60 years in the baking industry. The company specialises in the design, engineering and installation of bulk materials handling systems.n Pearce’s Bakery has closed its shop after 141 years of baking. Famous for its saffron cakes and Cornish tuffs, the bakery shop was based in Kelly Bray, a village in Cornwall. Michael Pearce, the fourth generation of Pearce bakers, aged 67, made the tough decision.n Bakers are invited to enter Bakery Sandwich Shop of the Year Award 2007, which will be presented at the British Sandwich Industry Awards on 17 May 2007, organised by the British Sandwich Association. Entries will be judged on factors such as presentation, atmosphere, cleanliness and product range.To enter call 01291 636341 or email [email protected]last_img read more

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Asda sells 50p bloomer

first_imgAsda is to sell its large white bloomer for 50p as part of a cut-price promotion this weekend.The 800g bloomer – which usually retails for £1.09 – is one of 10 products being sold for 50p until Sunday. Other goods include fruit, salad ingredients, own-brand sausages, eggs and butter. Asda said the offer is designed to help customers “cut the cost of the weekly shop and fight back against inflation”.Food trading director Darren Blackhurst said value was more important than ever to shoppers “with the credit crunch starting to bite and household bills on the rise”.The promotion runs from Friday 27 June to Sunday 29 June.last_img read more

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Warning on organic oats

first_imgThe Soil Association has revealed that some batches of oats being sold in the UK as organic have been found to contain one or both of the pesticides Chlormequat and Glyphosate. Although these pesticides are commonly used in non-organic products, the levels present in the organic oats mean they can no longer legally be described as organic.Random samples of the organic oats – between January and May 2008 – were taken for routine analysis, undertaken by the Pesticides Safety Directorate and confirmed by the Soil Association. However, it is not yet known the full extent of the contamination, the source of it or the extent to which any products are affected beyond those already identified by the Pesticides Safety Directorate. Urgent investigations are currently being carried out by the Soil Association, to determine which organic oats are affected.“The Soil Association-certified producers, notified by the Pesticides Safety Directorate, have taken steps to check oat-based products currently on sale,” said Soil Association policy director Peter Melchett. “The advice of the Soil Association to those companies that currently have organic products on sale that have tested positive for pesticides is to withdraw them from sale to the public.”Updates of additional findings will be posted on the Soil Association’s website, including the results of further testing and investigations, and with any product it knows to be affected, as soon as they are confirmed.last_img read more

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Premier plans further push for Hovis brand

first_imgPremier Foods has said it will continue its Hovis marketing push in a bid to cement the brand’s turnaround.Alongside TV advertising, the firm plans a big media campaign behind Best of Both at the end of March, followed by the launch of a new range of rolls in April. “We have been working to match the quality of our bread, so that we have the best quality rolls in the marketplace,” said Hovis marketing director Jon Goldstone.The rolls will include white, Best of Both and wholemeal varieties in resealable packs, a first for the sector, according to Goldstone, who added that the range had tested well with consumers. Hovis will also focus on price this year – for example, selling three loaves for £3 in Tesco.Volume sales for the brand have increased 11% since August, according to Premier’s preliminary results. However, it admitted that a rise in trading profit for the Hovis division – £756.3m for 2008, up 41.4% on 2007 – was mainly due to the inclusion of a full year of RHM trading, partly offset by lower volumes in the second and third quarters of 2008 and added investment in the Hovis brand.Premier Foods, which has debt totalling at least £1.6bn, plunged into the red in the financial year to 31 December 2008, with a pre-tax loss of £404m compared with £77m in 2007. It now has plans to raise £404m by selling new shares.It has now completed the sales of its Martine Spécialités SAS and Le Pain Croustillant businesses for approximately £44m.last_img read more

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Gerald takes quality control

first_imgApplied Principles has launched a new paperless quality management system called Gerald, designed with bakeries and small manufacturers in mind. It eliminates huge amounts of paperwork, while giving real-time reporting, collation of trendable data, traceability, audit compliance and time- and cost-savings.The system features a personal digital assistant, with a temperature probe, camera and bar-code reader. It connects wirelessly to a laptop and can be used to make bespoke quality checks and monitor health and safety.”Gerald is operated by a single user, making it totally practical for businesses where one person is responsible for quality control,” explained JJ Kotze, MD of Applied Principles.A recent trial at Taste of the Moorlands biscuit bakery saw productivity rise by 25% said MD Sarah Gayton. “Gerald’s in-built ability to aid SALSA compliance will enable me to expand my business to larger wholesalers and retailers who demand increasingly stringent evidence of quality checks,” she said. www.appliedprinciples.eulast_img read more

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Bakery sells by candlelight after bill error

first_imgA recently opened Dorchester bakery was forced to sell bread by candlelight, after the energy supplier to the shop’s previous tenant cut off the electricity.Owner Clive Cobb said that npower had turned off the electricity at The Town Mill Bakery shop in Tudor Arcade, South Street, on Tuesday 15 December, as the previous tenant had an unpaid bill outstanding, before reinstating it on 18 December. The majority of the organic bakery’s products are baked at Town Mill’s Exeter bakery in Topsham, so the shop was still able to sell fresh bread. “We didn’t have any tills and everyone had to dress up, as it was really cold,” explained Cobb. “We’re waiting for compensation now, which npower have said they are going to give us,” added Cobb, who lost approximately £3,200 in takings during the blackout. “Where we’d normally take around £1,000 a day, we took around £400, so it wasn’t a complete disaster,” he said.last_img read more

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Bakery pilot course receives thumbs-up

first_imgThe National Skills Academy (NSA) has hailed the pilot of a new broad-based bakery course, entitled Professional Bakery, a “huge success”.The pilot evaluation, revealed last week, received positive feedback from the 47 trainees and seven participating employers: the former from gaining a better understanding of what processes are aiming to achieve; and the latter seeing improved productivity due to knock-on benefits, such as reductions in waste in the workplace.The next stage will be to accredit and market the course likely to be ready in June this year. Nine NSA-accredited colleges have now signed up as part of the training provision network.The course development has involved thorough revision of existing course materials and facilities to check their relevance to today’s industry. “The facilities at participating colleges were excellent, but we needed to revise material,” said Paul Catterall of co-ordinator Campden BRI.Meanwhile, craft baker Ian Thompson’s chairmanship of the skills steering group has now expired and the NSA is inviting interested parties to take up the role. Contact Jonathan Cooper on 07813 774425 or at [email protected] See Training Update, pg 18last_img read more

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