Online food outlet

Self-confessed foodie Paul Boyce has set up an online business that showcases small family businesses developing UK produce and enables them to offer the ability to sell online via the site. Sussex-based Prosperity Brownies will act as its UK mail order arm.

Marshfield monitored

Wiltshire-based Marshfield Bakery has succeeded in achieving a Grade A BRC Global Standard for Food Safety. The family firm has expanded considerably since a move to a new site in November 2006.

French focus

Patisserie Valerie is inviting customers to celebrate France’s Bastille Day at its new Knightsbridge outlet. The new store on Brompton Road, London, which opens on 14 July, will be the firm’s 27th in the capital.

Handmade accolade

Community-supported business The Handmade Bakery has achieved a national co-operative accolade in recognition of "its innovation and excellent work". The not-for-profit bakery, in Slaithwaite, Yorkshire, started trading in March last year. It sells products in its own shop, as well as distributing via its subscription service, The Bread Club.

Food in good health

The UK’s food and drink industry has emerged strongly out of the recession, according to a new report commissioned by the Food and Drink Federation (FDF). The report, Value of Food & Drink Manufacturing to the UK, by the Institute for Manufacturing at the University of Cambridge, revealed that, from May 2008-09, the production index for food and drink fell by only 1.9% compared to 13.1% for overall manufacturing.