Allergen Awareness

Food safety and the allergen failures have resulted in the increased scrutiny of companies to be on top of their allergen controls (which they should be anyway). Allergen Accreditation have drawn attention to the importance of allergen awareness with #allerjanuary. This blog post will discuss the top 14 allergens, how companies should be presenting their allergens and what Fosters Bakery are doing to improve and maintain our excellent allergen controls.

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Veganism

It is my guess that a common new years resolution for many was to try and cut down on meat or dairy consumption, perhaps even try going vegetarian or vegan. January is also the month for the ‘Veganuary’ campaign, occurring when people are most likely to want to start afresh and make changes for the new year, so many try and be vegan for a month. This blog post will discuss the growth of veganism along with looking at how the industry is adapting and considering the difficulties when it comes to product labelling.

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Reflection

As we are heading into the new year, as well as reflecting on 2018, we thought we would rewind back to around 60 years ago to when Fosters Bakery was still in its infancy. 2019 holds a lot of uncertainty for many business due to Brexit, and during times of uncertainty it’s always reassuring to look back and think how far you and your business has come. So, we will be throwing it back to around 60 years ago to see how times have changed!

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12 Cracking Christmas Sandwiches

We are a good way through December now so hopefully you have already indulged in some of the tasty Christmas sandwiches on offer but if you haven’t, I have put together a list of popular and well-rated sandwiches so you know which ones to go and try! I have included vegan, vegetarian, meaty and innovative sandwiches so you can see all the variety that is out there!

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The Ultimate Checklist for Getting your Business Ready for Christmas

Getting prepared for Christmas can often take months and even years of forward thinking and planning. Here at Fosters Bakery, our product development begins months in advance and we are already thinking about Christmas 2019. Getting ready for Christmas doesn’t just involve the development of our festive products but the whole of your business is adapted for Christmas. This blog post explains how we prepare for Christmas and how we try to keep organised.

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7 Delicious Sandwich Breads

In today’s world, sandwiches are a staple in many of our diets as they are extremely versatile and easy to make. The sandwich has simply come from the concept of ‘meat and bread’. As with looking at the origin of a lot of things, pinpointing the exact time of emergence of the sandwich is very difficult. However, this blog post explains briefly about where sandwiches came from and some easy but delicious sandwich ideas!

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World Handwashing Day

The first Global Handwashing day was held in 2008, when over 120 million children washed their hands with soap in more than 70 countries. It is designed to support a culture of clean hands, raise awareness about the benefits of clean hands and shed some light on the state of handwashing around the world. This blog enforces the importance of handwashing and teaches you some facts about handwashing and hygiene that might shock you!

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An Insight into World Vegetarian Day

World Vegetarian Day is also part of Vegetarian awareness month - a time for those who want to give going meat-free a try or for those who want to celebrate their vegetarian or plant-based diets. World vegetarian day was founded in 1977 by the North American Vegetarian Society and endorsed by the International Vegetarian Union in 1978.  This blog runs through the brief history of vegetarianism and in turn, how this impacts or disrupts the food industry.

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The History of Sourdough

To celebrate Sourdough September, we have delved into the history of the brilliant and versatile sourdough. 

Like many bakes, sourdough was supposedly created by accident in Egypt. Sourdough is made by yeast fermenting with ingredients (usually flour and water). There are many stories and we cannot be sure, however, Egyptians are known to have enjoyed their beer-brewing and bread-making. The general idea is that the dough was mixed with beer or mixed with wild yeast spores in the air from the brewing process which gave the bread a higher rise than usual.

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Independence Day

For Americans the 4th July symbolises the day they gained Independence from Britain. The day is celebrated with fireworks, BBQ's, parades and sporting events, however we thought that we’d celebrate in a different way by looking into Americas favourite types of bread. 

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World Cup Bread

After four years of waiting the time has come again for the biggest sporting event on the planet the World Cup. Each nation will be full of hope and optimism that their team will go far in the competition and all of us here are hoping that England can put years of heartbreak behind them and go far. To celebrate the tournament we taken a look at all the countries that have qualified and looked at their favourite bread and bakery products, enjoy! 

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World Environment Day

Here at Fosters we think that looking after the environment is really important and we take lots of different steps to try to minimise our carbon footprint. A huge part of being an environmentally friendly company is recycling, below you can see all the ways that we look to recycle here at Fosters.

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Preparing for Brexit in the Bakery

With Brexit looming on the horizon, creating a plan of how to take a business forward has suddenly become very difficult. With huge uncertainty on what affects the UK leaving the European Union will have on all types of businesses in the country, it means that businesses like ours, are having to look at new ways of strengthening business actions to minimise the effects on the company, that leaving the EU could have or to even take positives from Brexit.

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