November

Innovation centre opened

A food and drink innovation centre has launched in London, with bakers high up on the priority list for business support.
The Park Royal Food Inno-vation Centre, at Dephna House in north-west London, offers free technical, business and marketing support to food and drink production SMEs in London. However, places are limited, so companies are being urged to apply now. To qualify, businesses need to be London-based, have 250 or fewer employees, have been trading for more than a year, and have revenues no greater than e50m (£44.7m).
Prior to the opening, a study mapped the types of food and drink businesses based in Park Royal and surrounding areas. It found that, of the 870 businesses in the area, bakery was the largest single-category food product.

New categories added to Scotch Pie competition

The World Scotch Pie Cham-pionships have been revamped and several new categories added, in an effort to give bakers and butchers wider exposure.
The 2010 awards, to be announced later this month, will see the reintroduction of the Sausage Roll Category, as well as the addition of five new Speciality Savoury Categories: Hot Savoury; Cold Savoury; Fish; Vegetarian Savoury; and Individual Steak Pie. These will run alongside competitions to find the best Scotch pies and bridies.
"We felt it important to include sausage rolls again, as they are one of the most popular products in the savouries sector. There is so much innovation in speciality savouries, it was only right to split them up," said organiser Alan Stuart, MD of Stuart's of Buck-haven. "The awards raise public awareness of bakers and but-chers and boost sales and more categories will help do this."
Other changes include a new website www.the-pie-club.co.uk and, for the first time, the entries will be judged when both hot and cold. The 11th annual event will be held at Carnegie College, Dunfermline, Scotland, on Tues-day, 10 November.

Pressure mounts over sustainable palm oil

Pressure is mounting on bakery companies to switch to sustainable palm oil, although it is unclear who is expected to pay for the changes.

Park Royal Innovation Centre opened

A food and drink innovation centre has launched in London, with bakers high up on the priority list for business support.

Impless acquires Irish arm of O’Briens chain

The Irish arm of the sandwich chain O’Briens has been bought out of liquidation by Impless, a newly formed subsidiary of Irish fast food group Abrakebabra Investments (AIL).

FSA plans second wave of attack on sat fats

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) will launch a second wave of saturated fat posters early in 2010, as part of a renewed campaign to reduce saturated fat intake, following a drive to target pastry earlier this summer.

Barking students star in Morrisons video

Bakery students at Barking College have played a starring role in an educational video commissioned by Morrisons.

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