Greggs cuts jobs

Bakery chain Greggs is to cut up to 55 jobs in Cumbria as it opens a new factory in September. The bakery in Penrith will specialise in confectionery products, replacing two older bakery sites in the centre of the town. Chief executive Ken McMeikan said: "We are saddened that there will be an overall reduction in jobs but by choosing Penrith, we have safeguarded a long-term future for Greggs’ bakery production in the region."

Baker’s royal warrant

Scottish bakery firm Fisher & Donaldson has been granted a Royal Warrant of Appointment to HM The Queen. In order to be considered for this honour, a company must supply the member of the Royal Family concerned or their household with products or services in significant quantity over a lengthy period of time.

Spicy accolade

Caffè Ritazza has won the Bel UK Café Food Award at the Café Society Awards 2011, for its Firecracker Chicken and Chorizo Panini Melt. Created in response to the surge in popularity of spicier food and ethnic cuisine, it shot to second in the hot filled breads category within the first four weeks of its launch, behind ham and cheese.

Stamp gains traction

The Whole Grain Stamp can now be found on 5,000 products across 22 different countries. The use of the Stamp, administered by US non-profit organisations Whole Grains Council and Oldways, has increased 25% in nine months.

Charity status

The School of Artisan Food in Nottinghamshire has just become the first UK education provider dedicated to handmade food and drink, including bakery, to become a registered charity.