Allied in careers drive

Allied Bakeries is holding a recruitment roadshow to find new manufacturing staff for its Newcastle-under-Lyme site. Applicants for the event on 8 June at the Borough Arms Hotel must register in advance at

Mince pies take prize

Very Lovely Mulled Wine Mince Pies from Taste of the Moorlands won the bakery category in the annual Heart of England Fine Foods Diamond Awards. More than 230 products were entered into the fourth annual awards.

Taste tester sought

People living in London have the most discerning taste buds in Britain, followed by Birmingham and Newcastle, according to new research from the New York Bakery Co. In response to the regional findings, the company has launched a UK-wide search for the ultimate taste tester, and the Brit with the best taste buds will become Head of Taste for the bagel brand.

Healthy competition

A competition for school catering staff in North Ayrshire to develop a healthier option sweet treat or pudding recipe produced winning entries from primary and secondary school kitchens, including a Tropical Sunshine Cake and Black Forest Cupcakes. Organised by CSM, the contest attracted entries from more than 20 school cooks.