Mich Turner, founder and director of London's Little Venice Cake Company, has been honoured with an MBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours List, in recognition of her achievement and service to the catering industry. "There are very few occasions in your life when you are so genuinely overwhelmingly surprised. This is truly an honour," said Turner.
Rowe's charity effort
Cornish craft baker Rowe's has launched a new line of biscuits in aid of the Children's Hospice South West's Precious Lives Appeal. The bakery held a contest for children on radio station Pirate FM, giving them the chance to help design the flavour and label for the biscuits. Five pence from each of the single strawberries and cream biscuits and 7.5% from each packet of five (RRP: £1.30) will be donated to the appeal.
Café bar event
The Caffè Culture exhibition will take place from 23-25 June 2010 at Olympia, London. Now in its fifth year, the event is targeted at the growing café bar market. Exhibitors include a number of bakery firms, including Artisan Biscuits, Byron Bay Cookie Company and The Handmade Cake Co. For more information, visit www.caffeculture.com.
Live wires judgment
The directors of DG Bakery, in Harrowden Road, Bedford Genaro Saiano and Dejan Durkin have been fined £5,500 at Bedford and Mid-Bedfordshire Magistrates' Court after the Health and Safety Executive discovered dangerously exposed live wires on the bakery's bread conveyor belt in January 2009. They had failed to comply with a notice, requiring a risk assessment to be carried out. The pair admitted breaching regulations with the exposed wires.