Plug for Welsh pasty

Caerphilly bakery Peter’s Food Service has launched a campaign to have the corned beef pasty recognised as a Welsh national dish. The product, popular in Wales since the 1940s, was often eaten by miners, according to Peter’s. As part of the campaign, it will conduct tastings in Tesco and Asda stores, as well as launching an online petition and lobbying politicians for support.

First for Ireland

A new eco-village in Ireland, Cloughjordan, is to see the Republic’s first commercial wood-fired bakery, according to Joe Fitzmaurice, founder of the business. Construction began in April and it due to open in three months’ time.

Cake shop closure

Sterchi’s cake shop in Filey, North Yorkshire, has closed after 85 years of trading, although the firm’s chocolate shop will continue to trade. "You look at the accounts and takings and the simple fact is that, over the last three or four years, the cake shop has been struggling compared with the chocolate shop," said owner Phil Camish.

Burton’s accolade

Burton’s Foods’ finance director Jim Green has been recognised as Private Company Financial Director of the Year at the FDs’ Excellence Awards 2011. The firm, which produces Cadbury Biscuits, Maryland Cookies and Jammie Dodgers, launched a new business plan in 2010, focusing on its ’power brands’ and increasing NPD investment

High street review

The government has appointed TV retail guru Mary Portas to lead an independent review, designed to identify what government, local authorities and businesses can do to promote the development of more prosperous and diverse high streets.