BB’s Facebook page

British Baker now has a page on Facebook. Post pictures, news, and ’Like us’ on the new page 180723008662958.

Sat fats pledge

The Department of Health has not ruled out adding a saturated fats ’pledge’ for food manufacturers to its Responsibility Deal. A spokesperson told BB: "Sat fats are on our radar and the Responsibility Deal is involved in ongoing discussions with industry on these matters." The Food and Drink Federation anticipates that the Responsibility Deal Food Network will consider sat fats next year.

Burton’s strike ballot

Workers at Burton’s Foods in Blackpool, who make Jammie Dodgers and Maryland Cookies, were being reballoted over strike action as BB went to press, after rejecting a 6% pay deal that had been endorsed by the Bakers, Food and Allied Workers’ Union.

Cocoa replacement

Tate & Lyle’s new cocoa replacement Carcao could help bakers make ingredients cost savings, according to the company. "In light of volatile cocoa pricing and supply issues, many food manufacturers are looking for solutions that reduce the cocoa content of their products as a means of controlling recipe costs," said a spokeswoman.

Topping pies

Doncaster-based firm the Topping Pie Company has launched its first range of pre-packed pies and quiches aimed at the major multiples after investing in new packaging equipment. The company has previously only supplied deli counters with ’loose’ pies and quiches.