Cupcake finalists

The National Cupcake Championship finalists have been revealed! Visit the latest news section on to see if you are on the shortlist.

Normal harvest start

The harvest of winter wheat in the UK is expected to start in about a week, according to the HGCA. Although the warm dry spring resulted in wheat crops flowering slightly earlier than normal, the cooler damper conditions in June and July have slowed down crop development and extended grain fill, so the harvest is expected to start at about the same point in the year as normal.

Last places on course

There are only a few places left on a course on Italian breads and pastries in Italy, hosted by Club Arti Mestieri. The course takes place from 4-8 October 2011 and is run in English. Call 020 7623 2223 or email

Subway fortification

All of Subway’s ’regular breads’ in the US are now calcium- and vitamin D-fortified. The sandwich chain said each six-inch serving provides 30% of the recommended daily calcium intake and 20% of the vitamin D intake. A Subway spokesperson in the UK said the chain was "looking closely at improving our bread offering and introducing healthier options".