Organic winners

Gloucestershire’s Hobbs House bakery has won the Baked Goods category for its Wild White loaf in the Soil Association’s Organic Food Awards. The Cakes, Puddings, Biscuits and Confectionery category was won by Judges Bakery in Hastings, East Sussex, for its macaroons.

Fosters’ award

A director of Fosters Bakery has been awarded Yorkshire’s Young Director of the Year. Michael Taylor from Fosters in Barnsley received the accolade at a gala evening at the Queens Hotel, Leeds on 4 September, held by the Yorkshire and Humber Institute of Directors (IoD).

Pie revamp

Premier Foods’ canned pie brand Fray Bentos is being revamped with new packaging and recipes and the introduction of a new pie - ’Tender’ Just Steak. The packaging is now said to be more modern, in an attempt to raise the brand’s on-shelf presence.

Disposables growth

A report commissioned by packaging company Huhtamaki, has shown that the market for disposable products is growing and that the foodservice market considers them an integral part of their business. The Foodservice Disposables Report suggests there are many opportunities for growth in the sector, due to changing lifestyles, healthier options and increased interest in bio alternatives.

Scottish careers

Promoting the Scottish food and drink manufacturing industry as a career destination of choice was among the issues raised at a Scottish Food and Drink Federation (SFDF) and Hudson event in Scottish Parliament. Hosted by Lewis Macdonald MSP, the debate sought to address ways to overcome these issues.