Honeyrose accredited with BRC Grade A
Organic bakery Honeyrose has gained BRC Grade A accreditation and has seen record growth in the last quarter of 2009.
Marketing director Adrian Apodaca said it was the first time the firm had presented itself for BRC accreditation, which has been part of the strategic plan over the last two years. The firm bought and refurbished an old cement factory, converting it into a production facility and offices, all with BRC accreditation in mind, explained Apodaca. The £2m investment increased capacity by 400%.

Hummingbird flies in to Soho
Hummingbird Bakery has officially opened its third cupcake shop in Wardour Street, Soho, London. The outlet has a retro feel to it,with cupcake pop-art adorning the walls. The shop will also serve Illy coffee as part of its hot drinks range.

Betty’s shows vintage class on Xmas cake
Betty’s Craft Bakery’s Vintage Christmas Cake has been voted best in its category by judges at the Good Housekeeping Institute, according to the Harrogate Advertiser. The Harrogate-based bakery beat off competition from supermarkets, well-known brands, speciality craft bakers and London’s leading department stores.

Saffron wins the day for Simply Cornish
Simply Cornish’s saffron cake won top prize in the Best Sweet Bakery and Confectionery section in the Taste of the West Awards. The event, which took place in the Great Tithe Barn at Haselbury Mill in Crewkerne, attracted more than 200 of the region’s best food producers.