Hummingbird deal

Famous cupcakery Hummingbird Bakery has announced it has signed a two-book deal with Harper-Collins. The new book will be out in Spring 2011 with a focus on themed baking and decorating. The London-based bakery published its first cookery book last year. Hummingbird has also just launched an online ordering facility for pick-up from its three branches or delivery within central London.

BAKO accredited

BAKO North Western has gained BRC Global Standard for Storage and Distribution (rating 1) accreditation on its first attempt, following a two-day audit of its systems by SAI Global. To gain accreditation to this standard, companies storing and distributing products must comply with best-practice for product safety and operational integrity, demonstrating due diligence through all stages of the product supply chain.

Milk powder offer

Dairy manufacturer Pritchitts is so confident that caterers won’t be able to tell the difference between its Millac Classic Milk Powder and fresh milk, it is offering them the chance to apply for a free sample. The milk powders can be used in baking, cooking and hot beverage applications. For a free 125g sample visit the offer ends 31 December 2010.

Muntons’ bike drive

Twenty-seven staff at malted ingredients company Muntons have taken advantage of the Government-sponsored ’bike to work’ scheme, and bought new bicycles worth up to £1,000 each with payments staggered over 12 months and tax-free. Muntons has calculated that the move will reduce car journeys to work and back by 31,000 miles each year, the equivalent of 4.5 tonnes less in carbon emissions.