Palmers’ pie party
Palmers Bakery in Haughley is to celebrate its 140th birthday on 4 December by giving away free mince pies with each purchase. The Bakehouse, established around 1752, was taken over by William James Palmer as a bakehouse, pastry cook, booksellers and newsagents in 1869. The business, which produces fresh breads and confectionery, is now run by father-and-son team Kenneth and Kieron Palmer.

Winter warmer
Beyond the Bean has launched the ’Hot Choc Box’ deal designed to help add revenue to existing sales of winter beverages. The kit contains 12 new Zuma mugs, six bottles (and pumps) of Sweetbird Syrup including mint chocolate, sugar-free vanilla and butterscotch flavours, chocolate menus, mini marshmallows and counter point-of-sale. It is available for £49.99 when you buy a case of Zuma Hot Chocolate.

UK coffee festival
Bath is to host the UK’s first coffee festival from 15-16 May, 2010. The outdoor event will celebrate everything related to coffee, and will be an opportunity to showcase and sell products. The main festival area will host around 100 exhibitors, while other events will take place at venues across the city.

Valentine’s day
Virginia Valentine, owner of Altrincham cake company Angel Cakes, has won the Spirit of Inspiration Award, sponsored by Barclays, which recognises people who have turned their lives around by starting their own business. Valentine, who also won British Baker’s National Cupcake Week Window Dressing Competition last month, set up the business two years ago, following a traumatic upbringing and overcoming alcoholism.