’Childhood’ contest

UK participants in the Amoretti 2010 World Pastry Team Championship in Phoenix, Arizona, USA, in July, will be captained by Javier Mercado, from Westminster Kingsway College. The subject of this year’s Championship is ’Childhood’, conveyed through the use of chocolate, sugar and pastillage. Team GB will be using pallets donated by supplier Unifine Food & Bake Ingredients.

Campden BRI head

Lord Krebs is the new president of Campden BRI, as announced at its annual general meeting in June. He succeeds The Lord Plumb of Coleshill who held the title from 1998. Lord John Krebs was formerly the chair of the Food Standards Agency and is currently principal of Jesus College, Oxford.

Regional challenge

Yorkshire and Humber is looking for food and drink companies in the region to enter the 2010 deliciouslyorkshire awards. There are 19 awards categories, including a new addition the Export Award. Deadline for entries is 6 August. See www.deliciouslyorkshire.co.uk/awards.

UKBA raids bakery

Seven people have been arrested following a UK Border Agency raid on a bakery in Hayes. Acting on intelligence, officers visited Dalton Bakeries on Beaconsfield Road on 10 June and arrested six Indian men and one Sri Lankan man for a variety of immigration offences.

Sunblest overhaul

Allied Bakeries’ Sunblest brand has undergone a packaging revamp to boost on-shelf visibility, featuring transparent film and a new strapline, ’Raised with Sunblest’. The Belfast-based brand revealed it saw a strong performance last year, selling 16m packs.