29 February, 2008
n Consumer concern about food miles has doubled in the last five years, according to the latest research from international food and grocery expert IGD. One in six Britons (16%) now say the distance food travels is one of their top five concerns about food production, up from 9% in 2003.
n The Forum of Private Business (FPB) has welcomed a probe into soaring utility prices. The gas and electricity watchdog Ofgem has launched an investigation into recent price hikes, which will heap even more costs onto many smaller businesses, including bakeries.n Staff from Warburtons in Yorkshire sold goody bags to raise £787 for The Yorkshire Air Ambulance service.n Fosters Bakery has recently achieved a Grade A British Retail Consortium (BRC) accreditation for the third year running. "This year we achieved it with a 'no non-conformance', which is exceptional. It is an indication of the importance of training and continuous development in terms of achieving exceptional results," said Michael Taylor operations director.The BRC Technical Standard for Companies Supplying Retailer Branded Food Products was developed in 1998. n BB's deputy editor Anne Bruce gave birth to baby Thomas, eight lbs seven oz, on 15 February. Mother and baby are well.