Scrumptious Disciple

Baker Paul Bradford, of Truly Scrumptious Designer Cakes in West Lothian, Scotland, has been made a Disciple Escoffier after impressing chefs from across the world with a series of classes in Monte Carlo, reported the Sunday Mail. He was invited to Monte Carlo after creating a 12-tier cake for a VIP wedding at the Hotel de Paris, and the pastry chefs were apparently so impressed, he was invited back to pass on some of his wisdom.

Coffee chain cupcakes

Caffè Nero has introduced its first ever range of cupcakes. The range, developed by Aulds Delicious Desserts, uses no artificial colours and includes chocolate, lemon and berry varieties. They retail at £1.35 for take out and £1.45 eat in.

Iberian Starbucks

Starbucks has begun serving 100% Fairtrade Certified and Starbucks Shared Planet verified coffee in the UK in all of its espresso-based beverages. The chain has also assumed 100% operating control of its French business, currently run in a 50/50 joint venture with partner Spanish firm Grupo Vips, which operates stores in France, Spain and Portugal. As part of the agreement, Vips will be a fully licensed partner with exclusive rights to operate Starbucks coffeehouses within Spain and Portugal.

Impulse offer

UK Point of Sale (UK POS) has launched new products so that bakers can take advantage of the popularity of Halloween and Bonfire Night. The new items include shelf wobblers, aisle signs and impulse bins, which it said can be used to highlight promotional campaigns and generate impulse buying among customers.