Big supply deal
Distribution company JJ Food Service has struck a multi-million pound deal, which will see it supply ambient, chilled and frozen products to Cooks the Bakery stores across the UK. The open-ended contract, worth £4m per year, covers 72 Cooks stores, previously supplied by 3663.

Muntons’ investment
Muntons Malted Ingredients has invested £180,000 in its liquid extract packing area. The improvements are designed to help the firm maintain and improve its product quality, overall food safety and ensure shelf-life requirements are met.

Cargill’s first delivery
Cargill Cocoa & Chocolate has just taken delivery of its first sustainable cocoa beans, produced from UTZ-certified farming co-operatives. As the crop harvest continues into next year, Cargill has said the use of beans from these certified sources will be extended to the entire product portfolio.

Apprenticeship drive
Engineering firms across England are being urged to show their commitment to apprenticeships by displaying a new apprenticeship employer’s ’badge’ on their websites or stationery. Over 80% of people are more likely to use a firm if it offers apprenticeships to young people, according to The National Apprenticeship Service.

SSP’s hospital focus
Marks & Spencer franchise partner SSP UK is negotiating to open Simply Food stores in hospitals. Up to 20 could be opened over the next five years.

Egg campaign
’Time for Eggs’ is the theme of British Lion Eggs’ £1m marketing campaign for 2010. This will reinforce the health, cost, convenience and culinary benefits of eggs.
with high-profile campaigns targeting consumers, health professionals and a range of opinion-formers.