Bakers’ attraction

Exhibitor spaces at this year’s Bakers’ Fair in Bolton are filling up fast with several firms exhibiting for the first time. Among the newcomers is Polish bakery equipment supplier Masz, which plans to launch its slicers, mixers, moulders and ovens in the UK at the fair on Sunday, 3 October. For details go to:

Palm oil programme

A government-funded research programme to map how the UK uses imported palm oil could halt the loss of rainforest thousands of miles away. The project, announced by Environment Secretary Caroline Spelman, will document how much palm oil is used and how much is sustainably sourced.

DeviliShh designs

Scottish bakery ingredients manufacturer Macphie of Glenbervie has launched its first-ever consumer brand as it looks to double its turnover to £80m in the next 10 years. The DeviliShh range of puddings, fruit coulis and sweet sauces are aimed at tapping into the burgeoning entertaining at-home market, said Macphie.

Get your Vitamin D

Bread made with vitamin D-enriched bakers’ yeast has the same effect on vitamin D levels in people as a supplement, according to a University of Helsinki study into Lallemand’s VitaD bakers yeast. Researchers gave 38 women a mixture of supplements, normal bread and bread made with special yeast over a four-week period.

No more Herberts

An editing error in Tom Herbert’s column in the last issue of BB meant we incorrectly stated there had been a new addition to the Herbert family. This is not so, although Tom says he appreciated all the messages of congratulation!