More automation could offset rising labour costs, says Finsbury boss

Finsbury hit by rising commodity and labour costs

By Noli Dinkovski

A combination of high commodity prices and labour costs are a “constant attrition”, hindering growth at one of the UK’s biggest bakery firms, its group finance director has claimed.

Alana Spencer re-branded her Narna's Cakes business to Ridiculously Rich by Alana

The Apprentice winner’s cake firm re-brands

By Matt Atherton

The Apprentice winner Alana Spencer has completed her bakery firm’s brand transition to Ridiculous Rich by Alana, as January proves to be its busiest month so far.

Coconut covered snowballs have melted the taxman's heart

Coconut snowball tax melts away

By Rod Addy

VAT no longer applies to coconut covered snowballs made by Thomas Tunnock and Lees of Scotland because they are cakes, an Edinburgh tribunal has ruled in a long-running saga.

Clarke's cake mimics all the trimmings of a traditional turkey Christmas dinner

Quirky turkey Christmas cake

By Rod Addy

A cake resembling a Christmas turkey dinner has been created by UK baking ingredients manufacturer Renshaw and a Leicester-based professional cake decorator, in celebration of the festive season.

Gary Frank, head boy, Fabulous Bakin' Boys

Dream player

By Michael STONES

Gary Frank's dream of donuts took the Fabulous Bakin' Boy on a multi-million pound journey. Mike Stones reports

Are cake pops the new cup cakes?

Are cake pops the new cup cakes?

A US-themed stand at a London Coffee Festival inspired a Welsh bakery to launch US-style chocolate cake pops for the UK's coffee shops and retail outlets.

John Duffy: Happy consumers are eating cake...

Finsbury shrugs off dioxin scare as cake growth returns

By Ben Bouckley

Finsbury Food Group chief executive John Duffy says that a turnaround in the firm’s cake division has led to growth in the first half year, as it bids to recoup losses from the egg dioxin scare that struck it in January.

A taste of home

A taste of home

By Hayley Brown

Control of wastage is essential in running an efficient cake-making operation, says Nish Fatania

A test of taste

A test of taste

By Lynda Searby

Free-from foods are finally breaking into supermarkets, but matching the quality of standard products is proving a challenge, reports Lynda Searby


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