UK wholesale dairy prices have crept up after a dip during March and early April, with bakers being hit by the rising cost of unsalted butter in particular.The price of unsalted butter stood at £3,450 per tonne (p/t) in May, up from £3,250 p/t last month, according to the latest DairyCo Datum price update.Meanwhile, bulk cream has risen from £1,500 p/t to £1,700 p/t in the past month. DairyCo, a levy-funded not-for-profit organisation working on behalf of Britain’s dairy farmers, said despite high output, supplies of butter have been reported as limited, as manufacturers are reluctant to sell while prices are on the up.Julie Jameson, owner of JJ’s Butterfly Cupcakes, said for a small business such as hers the increase in the cost of butter, which makes up around 40% of her total ingredients costs, is really affecting margins. “When you translate the rise into the cost of producing each cupcake, the profit margins are getting smaller and smaller,” said Jameson.She uses unsalted butter, but refuses to switch to a cheaper margarine alternative as her cupcakes are marketed as being luxury products. “I cannot increase the price of the cupcakes either, as consumers will just choose to buy them elsewhere.”Choy Cheam, cupcaker at Cupfectionery, said the price of a 250g pack of unsalted butter across wholesalers, cash-and-carries and supermarkets has increased by around 30p in the past 12 months. She now uses a different type of nozzle to ice the tops of her cupcakes, in order to use less icing, but has increased the amount of chocolate decorations used.Kim Jensen, regional sales manager (bakery), Arla Food Ingredients, said the whole dairy market has seen prices rise in the past year due to “extraordinary demand” for products, mainly coming from China.
Bakeries from Derbyshire, Cornwall, Cumbria and Essex have been selected as finalists in the Baker category at the 2020 Farm Shop & Deli Awards.The four-strong shortlist comprises:Ashbourne Bakehouse, DerbyshireBaker Tom’s Bread, CornwallMayfield Farm Bakery, EssexLovingly Artisan, Cumbria (pictured), winner of the 2019 bakery categorySpanning 12 categories – including butcher, cheesemonger, food hall and village store/local shop –the awards celebrate the best in speciality retail.“Hard work, long hours, a dedication to artisan quality, to service and locality – these are the tenets that set the ‘great’ apart from the simply good,” said broadcaster and journalist Nigel Barden, who headed up the judging panel.“Each year the bar is raised in terms of quality, making the judging process and deliberation over the shortlist so difficult. I’m delighted to have had such a high-calibre team of fellow judges to help create what we now consider to be the defining class of 2020.”Barden was joined by British Baker deputy editor Amy North, fresh foods reporter at The Grocer Henry Sandercock, Richard Nicholson from Cannon Hall Farm Shop – 2019’s Retailer of the Year – and president of the National Federation of Fishmongers, among others.The winners will be announced on Monday 30 March at the Farm Shop & Deli Show at Birmingham’s NEC.Also taking place at the NEC that day is Britain’s Best Loaf, organised by British Baker. The 2020 competition, sponsored by ADM, American Pan UK and Scobie McIntosh/Revent will take place at the Foodex show.
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — Peace River North MLA Pat Pimm has congratulated Augustine Tae-Hoon Earmme on his Queen’s counsel appointment.Earmme is one of 39 lawyers across British Columbia appointed the title, and is the founder of Fort St. John law firm Earmme & Associates, which provides expertise in corporate and commercial law, real estate, wills and estates, family mediation and personal injury.He is also currently vice chair of the North Peace Savings and Credit Union and volunteers as a solicitor for local Fort St. John non-profit societies.- Advertisement -Pimm says, through mentoring young lawyers and giving his time and expertise to the community, Earmme has generously provided service through his role of lawyer here in our community.