Bakery manager Paul Norman has taken the title for Greggs East's Instore Baker of the Year competition. Norman, who manages Greggs' Bedford store, also won two individual categories for the best jam doughnut and large bloomer. Greggs supplier ADM sponsored the first prize a trip to Paris for Norman and his wife, which includes tickets for a show at the Moulin Rouge, a visit to a bakery exhibition and a tour of a French bakery.
True Taste success
Thornhill Farm Shop, near Cardiff, won Gold in the Baked and Confectionery Small category at the True Taste Awards for its lemon drizzle cake. South Caernarfon Creameries topped the Large Producer category with its Pot au Citron and Pot au Chocolat desserts.
Ginsters' palm pledge
Ginsters is the first savoury pastry brand to join the GreenPalm scheme to support the production of sustainable palm oil in Indonesia. See pg14 for a full analysis of how 'green' palm oil is affecting the baking industry.
Diet helps mentality
A high-carbohydrate, low-fat diet could improve your psychological state, according to recent research in the Archives of Internal Medicine journal. The study also revealed no difference in weight loss when compared with a high-fat, low-carb diet, similar to the Atkins diet.