== Cupcake extension ==

London-based Hummingbird Bakery has announced it has signed the lease for its third cupcake branch, which is due to open on Wardour Street, Soho, in late November. The bakery currently has outlets on Old Brompton and Portobello Road in London and sells a range of cakes, cupcakes, pies and cookies.

== Campden BRI head ==

Dr Steven Walker has officially assumed the role of director-general of Campden BRI. He succeeds Colin Dennis who retired in June. Walker joined the business in 1986 and was appointed director of research in 1995. From 2005-2009, he was director of the cereals and cereals processing division.

== Outsider opens outlet ==

American-style bakery Outsider Tart has opened its first shop in Chiswick High Road, London. The firm, started by two Americans now living in London, already sells its products at various farmers markets across the city, selling a range of brownies, cupcakes, layer cakes, pies and tarts.

== Farm shop school ==

Daylesford Organic will launch a cookery school at its Gloucestershire farm shop in September that will also host classes in organic bread-making.

== Sustainable packs ==

The findings of a recent report published by Datamonitor has revealed that sustainable packaging is an increasing consumer issue, with more and more people coming to expect it from products. Around 40% of UK consumers in a survey conducted during the second half of 2008 said that packaging design had a medium or high level of influence over their choice of food and drink products.