New pasty shop

Husband and wife team Jeff and Jackie Welsh have opened a pasty shop in Burnham-on-Sea, Somerset, selling 39 different varieties of pasties. Newquay Pasty Shop Company is supplied by Cornish firm Crantock Bakery and has a 33-seat café.

Irish cupcake deal

Ina’s Kitchen Desserts in Dublin has signed a 0.8m (£0.73m) deal to supply Super Valu and Centra stores throughout Ireland with luxury cupcakes, a contract that will create four jobs at the 32-strong company.

Raisins contest

Bakers are being encouraged to come up with the best bread using California Raisins in the 2010 California Raisin Bread Competition, to stand a chance of winning one of five trips to Las Vegas and California. Both bakery chains and small craft bakeries can enter; contact Dee Cassey on 020 8741 8513 or email for an entry form.

Labelling drive

The Food Standards Agency now wants cakes, puddings and yoghurts to carry front-of-pack nutritional labels. Its fresh guidelines are an attempt to end confusion and follow pressure from Tesco and many leading food manufacturers to drop the traffic light warning system. Instead, food companies will only have to print the words ’high’, ’medium’ or ’low’ alongside the key nutritional information, and how much each category makes up of an adult’s recommended daily allowance.

Starbucks motors on

Starbucks is to open its first motorway services outlet in the UK, as it explores new avenues of trading. The US giant plans to open 29 sites at Welcome Break service stations over the next 16 months, replacing the Coffee Primo own-brand.