FSA rolls out ratings

The Food Standards Agency has finally started rolling out its national food hygiene rating scheme that encourages retailers and foodservice operators to voluntarily display their hygiene ’scores on the doors’. The ratings run from zero to five. See bakeryinfo.co.uk for the full story.

Pie champ snowed off

The naming of the World Scotch Pie Champion, due to happen on 30 November, has been postponed by the organisers, as the recent snow meant that entrants would have had difficulty attending the ceremony, in Dunfermline. The organisers have proposed a new date of Thursday 6 January.

RGFC’s sugar rise

Real Good Food Company (RGFC) said its sugar business, Napier Brown had seen strong growth since its interim results on 22 September, despite the significant pressure on prices and margins earlier this year. A global shortage in sugar had driven prices to a 30-year high.

NAMB social event

Stratford upon Avon again played host to the annual social weekend of the National Association of Master Bakers at the end of November. As well as golf and spa facilities, attendees saw presentations by Sir Mike Darrington, former chief executive of Greggs and Alette Addison from the Department of Health.