Bringing innovation to the dessert mixes market, Kerry Foods has relaunched Green's Microbake range. Complete with its own microwaveable and ovenproof trays, the six-strong range offers childhood favourite desserts such as apple crumble and chocolate sponge pudding in under four minutes. Another contender for the pastry sector are ambient pre-baked pastry cases from French company Les 3 Toques. The company's UK office says these lines will be more widely available in multiples as they break out of the niche speciality sector into the mainstream. A 19th century celebrity chef has lent her name to the luxury mincemeat introduced by Nelsons. The recipe has been taken from Mrs Beeton's book of household management and uses vine fruits, mixed citrus peel, brandy and a special blend of spices. Brand stretching has been taken up by Monkhill Confectionery, part of Cadbury Trebor Bassett, which is stepping out of the sweets fixture with a miniature range specifically targeted at the cake, ice cream and dessert toppings sector. Called JoJos, six different bite size sweets come in packs featuring fun characters to woo kids. Commercial development manager Andy Cutts says: "It's not only a confectionery product. These are merchandised in home baking and ice cream topping displays and will inject a bit of excitement into the fixture." {{FOCUS SPECIALS }}