Fudges goes online

Dorset bakery Fudges has launched an online bakery shop. Its virtual bakery will stock Fudges’ savoury and sweet biscuits, cheese straws and cheese wafers, flatbreads and cakes. To celebrate the launch, the firm has developed a number of new sweet biscuits: a Butter Biscuit, which is half-dipped in dark chocolate; Oat & Sultana Biscuits and Hazelnut Biscuits, which are both hand-dipped in thick Belgian milk chocolate; and a Lemon Zest biscuit, which is half-dipped in white chocolate. A Fudges family blog is also available at www.fudges.co.uk.

UB cuts emissions

United Biscuits (UB) reduced factory carbon emissions by 5% in 2009 by improving staff awareness, introducing energy-saving initiatives, such as closely monitoring when ovens were used, and switching to renewable energy. The company said it has now cut factory carbon emissions by 28% since 1995 and is on course to meet its target of a 35% reduction by 2020.

Ashers’ application

Scottish bakery chain Ashers has lodged a planning application to create six commercial units and refurbish an area at the back of its bakery in Moray to create a courtyard retail development with a community garden.

Brakes’ new site

Foodservice supplier Brakes has launched a new-look website for the group www.brake.co.uk. It now includes ’The E-List’ a tool that allows visitors to search a catalogue of thousands of products online for the first time. Users will also be able to create, download and save order lists. There is also a ’What’s in season’ section, alongside serving suggestions and nutritional information.