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All about bread.

All about bread.

Lee Fisher

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Bread – A brief history.

Bread has been a staple food for humans for thousands of years. The earliest evidence of bread-making dates back to ancient Egypt around 8000 BC. Bread was also an important food in ancient Greece and Rome, where bakers were highly respected and bread was often used as a form of currency. In the Middle Ages, bread was a major part of the European diet, and bakers formed guilds to regulate the industry. Today, bread comes in many forms and is enjoyed all over the world, with each culture putting its own unique twist on this ancient food.

The Growth of ‘Special Breads’

The most common bread in the UK is sliced white bread. This is because it is widely available, affordable, and has a long shelf life compared to other types of bread. It is also versatile and can be used for sandwiches, toast, and as a side with meals. However, there has been a shift towards more artisan and healthier bread options in recent years.

In recent years, there has been a significant increase in the popularity of special breads in the UK. These breads are often made using unique ingredients or baking methods, and offer consumers a wider range of options than traditional white or whole wheat bread. Some examples of popular special breads include sourdough, rye, and gluten-free breads. This growth in demand for speciality breads has led to an expansion of artisan bakeries and an increase in availability at supermarkets and restaurants. Overall, the trend towards special breads reflects a growing interest in diverse and high-quality food options in the UK.

Customer spotlight on breads.

Roger’s Bakery have firmly grasped the market of Artisan bread and produce a variety of loafs, rolls, and buns for the wholesale market and supplies their fine breads to cafes and restaurants. Today, the bakery supplies over 2,700 loaves and 1,700 burger buns to this market. Roger himself is passionate about making artisan bread accessible to everyone and is committed to using only the finest ingredients and using traditional bread making methods.

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The Keto diet is becoming more and more popular.

Keto bread is a type of bread that is low in carbohydrates and high in healthy fats. It is made using ingredients such as almond flour, coconut flour, eggs, and butter or coconut oil instead of traditional wheat flour and sugar. The idea is to create a bread that is suitable for people following a ketogenic diet, which is a high-fat, low-carbohydrate diet that aims to put the body into a state of ketosis. Keto bread can be used as a substitute for traditional bread in sandwiches, toast, and other recipes.

How to upsell your bread

There are several ways to upsell your baked bread. The first is to offer complementary products such as spreads or dips that pair well with bread. Another way is to highlight the unique features of your bread, such as its texture or flavour, and emphasize the quality of the ingredients used. You can also offer special promotions or discounts for purchasing multiple loaves or for bundling bread with other products. Lastly, providing samples or allowing customers to try different types of bread can encourage them to make a purchase. Remember to always display your bread in an attractive and enticing way to catch customers' attention.

How is flour milled in the UK.

Flour in the UK is typically milled using a process that involves separating the wheat kernel into its three parts: the bran, the germ, and the endosperm. The endosperm is then ground into flour, with the type of flour produced depending on the variety of wheat used and the milling process employed. Some mills use traditional stone-grinding techniques, while others use modern roller mills. The flour is then sifted to remove any remaining impurities before being packaged and distributed to retailers and consumers.

BFP Flour originates back to one of the oldest Millers in the UK, and we are proud of the quality of these blends and know our customers love the product too. It is great you can offer a premium flour under your own brand name.

What products from BFP wholesale help the artisan baker

Fermipan | Instant Active Dried Yeast | 20 x 500g

Fermipan | Instant Active Dried Yeast | 20 x 500g


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Tradewinds | Hulled White Sesame Seeds 25kg

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Blue Poppy Seeds | 25kg

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Pumpkin Kernels | 25kg

Pumpkin Kernels | 25kg


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Tradewinds | Sunflower Kernels | 25kg

Tradewinds | Sunflower Kernels | 25kg


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Brown Linseed | 25kg

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