Cakes & Pastries

Artificial intelligence is very quickly finding its space within the bakery industry. Pic: GettyImages

What do bread, romance and cancer have in common?

By Gill Hyslop

The launch of a range of AI-developed breads in flavors that invoke the feelings associated with love prompted an deeper search to find out what impact artificial intelligence is having on the bakery sector.

Pic: Eddie is designed to print directly onto cookies, macarons and confections. Pic: Primera Technology

Eddie takes cookie decoration to the next level

By Gill Hyslop

Eddie by Primera Technology is the world’s first GMP and NSF certified edible ink printer that uses food colouring to print logos, pictures and celebratory messages directly onto cookies, macarons and confections.

Bakers need to add another dimension to their business to stay relevant. Pic: GettyImages/George Peters

Better than sliced bread: The evolution of bakery catering

By Gill Hyslop

More affordable than restaurant and most fast-food offerings – and arguably a better quality and healthier option than what’s found in supermarket – the snacking category in the bakery sector is fast becoming a class of its own.

It's going to be a happy Christmas for JF Renshaw's 200-strong workforce, whose jobs have been saved after the company was acquired by British Bakels. Pic: GettyImages

125-year-old UK icing and marzipan producer saved from administration

By Gill Hyslop

The future of JF Renshaw – which has been supplying the UK and international bakery sector with ready to roll icing, marzipan, frostings, caramel and mallows since 1898 – has been secured following a sale of the business and its assets to British Bakels...

Business conditions remained challenging in 2023. Pic: GettyImages

The impact the cost-of-living crisis is having on bakers

By Gill Hyslop

Research by Baker & Baker reveals 59% of UK foodservice providers – bakeries, coffee shops, pubs, convenience stores and higher education caterers – report a decrease in trading on the previous 12 months.

Pic: GettyImages

Trendspotting in 2023: Be Kind, help others and have fun this Christmas

By Gill Hyslop

Proceeds from the Kind x Little Words Project Live Kind bracelet bundle go to FoodCorps; 10p from the sale of every Pukka Christmas Dinner pie goes to the Trussell Trust; Christmas pud is still on the menu for the majority of Brits; the Cookie Shot ‘glass’...

Tate & Lyle delves into the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats (SWOT) of the European bakery market today. Pic: GettyImages

What is driving growth in bakery?

By Gill Hyslop

Consumer research by Tate & Lyle reveals almost half of 18-34-year-olds across the UK and Europe tuck into a sweet or savoury baked treat daily. A third of consumers aged 34 and above are doing the same.

Fedima looks at its achievements over the past year in the bakery ingredients market in Europe.

Fedima releases Baking Europe Ingredients Market Report 2023

By Gill Hyslop

The report - the third annual collab between the association and Media Energy - includes Fedima’s Annual Industry Update, with pieces on Front-of-Pack nutrition labelling, responsible sourcing and communication trends.