Source: Puratos UKPuratos UK is extending its Soft’r range with a plant-based doughnut mix and complementary fillings.The Soft’r Doughnut is described as a 50/50 mix for yeast raised doughnuts. The new ‘smooth and creamy’ fillings, meanwhile, come in caramel and chocolate variants and can be used for post-bake injections in doughnuts and muffins, or as a dipping sauce.The NPD forms part of the 250-strong Plant Forward range. Many of the products in the range are naturally vegan, according to Puratos, but it also features solutions to replace eggs, butter, and animal-based proteins in bakery recipes.Plant Forward is part of a global campaign by the international baking, patisserie and chocolate ingredients company designed to encourage customers to add plant-based bakery items to their portfolio.Puratos’ customers in the UK are encouraged to share their vegan development challenges on social media using the #ChallengeUsVegan.“Last year, 25% of all NPD in the UK bakery sector was plant-based so we know there is a huge appetite among consumers, especially with a record-breaking 560,000 people signing up to the 2021 Veganuary campaign,” said Lydia Baines, digital and communications manager, Puratos UK.“We also know that taste and texture are key drivers for the success of plant-based products and these are key attributes of our new Soft’r Doughnut mix and luxury caramel and chocolate fillings.”Suppliers are tapping into the continued demand for vegan products in the UK with a host of new launches. CSM Bakery Solutions, for example, expanded its vegan range earlier this year with two new cake mixes and a dairy-free cream while Ulrick & Short announced in November that it was to concentrate on vegan bakery ingredients and other NPD with a health, wellness and sustainability focus over the coming months.
*UPDATE* Bremer Trust released a statement earlier today, denying any plans to sell the estate. “Contrary to some recent media reports, Bremer Trust, the special administrator for the Prince Rogers Nelson estate, has no plans to sell either Paisley Park or the property referred to as the ‘Purple Rain’ house. There is no additional formation to share on this topic.”Sad news out of Minnesota, as it appears that Prince‘s famous Paisley Park complex is about to hit the market. When the versatile songwriter and performer passed away, he left no will, and since then several family members have stepped forward to attempt to take the lead on the estate. However, with no clear heir, a bank has been managing the estate, and they recently delivered a list of several of the Purple One’s properties that they intend to sell off, with Paisley Park topping the list.The 60,000 square foot complex–which includes a large home, recording studio, concert venue, and bank vault–is legendary (to say the least), worth over $7 million, and was the home to countless parties and recording sessions, as well as several late-night basketball games. Prince’s family had planned to turn the complex into a Prince-themed museum, and it seems that they are preparing to fight the estate managers in court to block the sale of the famous mansion.With a legal battle brewing, we can only hope that whomever ends up being in charge of Paisley Park finds a way to pay tribute to Prince at the home and studio where he spent so much time.[via TMZ]