n Which are the UK’s biggest high street bakery chains? Watch out for the latest annual British Baker Top 50 Bakery Retailers’ league table 2008 in the 11 January issue!
n A documentary about an Edinburgh bakery is to be screened at the Sundance Film Festival in the US. Breadmakers, a short film about staff at the city’s Garvald Bakery, is to be shown at next January’s festival in Utah. The film, shot this year, documents staff working at the bakery.
n Paula Widdowson, commercial director of Improve, the food and drink sector skills council, is to leave the organisation this month to join Northern Foods in the new role of director of corporate social responsibility.
n The Old Bakery in Lincoln, has made it through to the finals of the Enjoy England Awards for Excellence and it will now go head-to-head against Jamie Oliver’s Cornwall-based restaurant Fifteen. The winners will be announced in February, with an awards ceremony held in Liverpool on St George’s Day in April.
n Marzipan and ready-to-roll icing supplier Renshaw has installed new packaging equipment at its Liverpool site. This will enable the firm to bag its own icing sugar into one-tonne or 20kg sacks, allowing customers to buy what was previously an in-house ingredient.