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Ingredients

Bakers’ blank canvas: adapting bread mixes

Bakers often turn to bread mix suppliers to help meet demand for variety – and some are using mixes as a base for their own creations.

Ancient grains: Bakers rediscover the wisdom of the ancients

Spelt and quinoa are now commonplace in the baking industry, but there are a myriad of lesser-known ancient grains waiting to be discovered.

Cheesey choc? Hunt for the perfect pairing

Sweet and savoury flavour combinations are nothing new, but some bakers are pushing the boat out in an attempt to offer something new and exciting. 

Bakers happy to play the fermentation game

Bakers are experimenting with different strains of yeast and fermentation times to achieve signature flavours… and there may be opportunities yet to tap.

Can syrups take place of sugar in bakery?

With the government targeting refined sugar as part of its drive to cut obesity, bakers can use syrups to create sweetness in baked goods, but what complications do they bring?

Ice, ice baby: the scoop on ice-cream sarnies

With summer on its way, an emerging and innovative market for ice-cream sandwiches gives bakers plenty of scope to experiment and add value.

Local mills help bakers play provenance card

Consumers’ desire for local provenance extends beyond the finished product to the ingredients, but sourcing local flour can be both a boon and a challenge for bakers.

Making gluten-free a healthier business

With demand for gluten-free goods continuing to rise, more questions are being asked about the healthy properties of such products, and the hunt for vitamin- and protein-rich ingredients is stepping up.

Spice up your life – and your baked goods

Back in 1997 The Spice Girls sang Spice up your Life! The message still rings true as bakers and manufacturers spruce up sweet goods with traditionally savoury ingredients.

Perfect storm? Climate and Brexit raise fruits and seeds prices

Brexit is not the only influence affecting the cost of fruits, nuts & seeds... climate and the Donald Trump effect also have roles to play

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