Hollands Pies is to shed 10 jobs due to improved production efficiencies. The firm, part of Northern Foods, announced the redundancies following employee and union consultation. "Out of the 10, only three were compulsory and the rest voluntary," said a spokesperson for Northern Foods, saying they were planned prior to the Boparan acquisition.

Cordon Bleu chance

Le Cordon Bleu London is to award a free scholarship for its prestigious course, Le Grand Diplôme, from its new international flagship school of culinary arts at its UK headquarters in Bloomsbury Square, London. To start in 2012, one 16- to 19-year-old student will be given the opportunity, worth more than £30,000, which includes Basic, Intermediate and Superior Pâtisserie courses. Visit www.cordonbleu.edu/ukscholarship.

Halls takes accolade

Halls Food Group took home the Retailer of the Year accolade at Lancashire’s Best in Business Awards, held at the Tower Ballroom in Blackpool.

Cold distribution

Refrigeration and air conditioning firm Cold Service Group has established Cold Service Distribution, a new arm of the business. It will supply food retailers with display cabinets, counters and equipment, suitable for bakeries, delicatessens, and other retail and catering applications under the Pastorfrigor and Pastorkalt brands.

Traceability event

The Society of Food Hygiene and Technology (SOFHT) has called for revisions to the general legal requirements for traceability and is hosting a special Traceability Conference and Exhibition in October. Visit www.sofht.co.uk for details.