n Paul Wilkinson, former executive chairman of RHM Foods, has been appointed a non-executive director of Fengrain, a grain co-operative in the Eastern Counties.

n Irwin’s Nutty Krust batch bread has been nominated Northern Ireland’s best-loved product, beating local brands such as Tayto to rank number one in a vote by Tesco customers across the province. Nutty Krust now accounts for over half of all batch bread sold in NI.

n Equipment supplier Creeds and the National Association of Master Bakers have become the latest exhibitors to sign up for the Baking Industry Exhibition in April 2008 at Birmingham’s NEC.

n Catering supplier Brakes picked up eight trophies for new products at the British Frozen Food Federation 2007 Annual Awards, including Best New Bakery/Pastries Product for its Premiere Focaccia and Best New Dessert/Ice Cream/Confectionery Product for its Tray of Profiteroles & Chocolate Mousse.

n Zedz Foods, which specialises in ’free-from’ snacks and treats is already taking orders for Christmas. The Powys-based company is taking part in True Food Marketing’s Celtic Recipes Programme, designed to help Welsh food producers improve their marketing and sales skills.

n The Flour Advisory Bureau is working with HGCA on an updated education website and programme - The Grain Chain - which will be launched in early September. This will feature interactive information in line with the curriculum requirements for key stages two and three.