Month: April 2021
Chilled speciality breadmaker New Primebake is on a recruitment drive following its acquisition by Icelandic food giant Bakkavör Group.The undisclosed deal is awaiting Office of Fair Trading approval in the the next few weeks, which would create the largest supplier of chilled bread products in the UK. Meanwhile, the firm has been advertising in the local press for production and despatch operatives at its Nantwich plant. More jobs are on the cards when an extension is built on the site at the end of the year. It supplies major UK retailers with products such as filled garlic baguettes and craft breads.
Ferrari’s finds buyer
A corporate recovery firm has saved 500 jobs at Ferrari’s Bakery after making an as set purchase of the Welsh business on February 27.The 60-shop bakery with central factory, based in Hirwaun, Aberdare (number 15 in British Baker’s top 50 bakery retailers list) went into administration on December 18.Cameron Gunn is MD of the purchase vehicle which is called Best Bakeries/Ferrari’s Fresh Bakeries. He told British Baker he was very excited by the deal, which came after he looked at around 30 potential investments in the last year.He commented: “I have moved from Croydon to Wales for this and really rolled my sleeves up. It is a pleasure to get to work on this. The company has a great customer base.” He added that he had no plans to decrease headcount or close any shops; quite the opposite, he would bring in expertise on the manufacturing and retail side and develop the business.None of the former senior management were involved with the deal, he said. He would review range over the next year with significant changes, he added.He said: “Ferrari’s is a well-established name on the high street and we look forward to building on its reputation as a seller of high-quality bakery products.”The business was advertised for sale by administrator Begbies Traynor, alongside its sister company Celtic Savouries. Begbies Traynor said it closed Celtic Savouries on February 20, following feedback from potential buyers that it would need too much capital investment. One equipment supplier had removed his kit.The previous owner of the businesses, Cleary Foods, had blamed lower sales and higher costs for the downturn in the company’s fortunes.
Organic winnersGloucestershire’s Hobbs House bakery has won the Baked Goods category for its Wild White loaf in the Soil Association’s Organic Food Awards. The Cakes, Puddings, Biscuits and Confectionery category was won by Judges Bakery in Hastings, East Sussex, for its macaroons.Fosters’ awardA director of Fosters Bakery has been awarded Yorkshire’s Young Director of the Year. Michael Taylor from Fosters in Barnsley received the accolade at a gala evening at the Queens Hotel, Leeds on 4 September, held by the Yorkshire and Humber Institute of Directors (IoD).Pie revampPremier Foods’ canned pie brand Fray Bentos is being revamped with new packaging and recipes and the introduction of a new pie – ’Tender’ Just Steak. The packaging is now said to be more modern, in an attempt to raise the brand’s on-shelf presence.Disposables growthA report commissioned by packaging company Huhtamaki, has shown that the market for disposable products is growing and that the foodservice market considers them an integral part of their business. The Foodservice Disposables Report suggests there are many opportunities for growth in the sector, due to changing lifestyles, healthier options and increased interest in bio alternatives.Scottish careersPromoting the Scottish food and drink manufacturing industry as a career destination of choice was among the issues raised at a Scottish Food and Drink Federation (SFDF) and Hudson event in Scottish Parliament. Hosted by Lewis Macdonald MSP, the debate sought to address ways to overcome these issues.
== Brooklands winners ==Sugarcraft students at Brooklands College in Surrey triumphed at the UK’s culinary competition, Hospitality Salon Culinaire, taking two gold, three silver and four bronze medals. Lecturer Jane Hatton, who guided them on their wedding cake decorating work for the competition, said she was very proud of their achievements.== Cranks’ facelift ==Vegetarian brand Cranks has given its products a facelift to emphasise their healthy credentials. Its premium range, including sandwiches, bread, salads, prepared meals and pasta sauces now display a ’Real Feel Good Recipes’ strapline, using black and bright-coloured packaging. The products are sold in coffee shops and supermarkets.== Delonghi giveaway ==British Baker can announce that the four winners of the Delonghi toaster giveaway in association with Kingsmill are: Margaret Ann Flounders, Blackwater, Surrey; Mrs H S Turner, Leigh-on-Sea, Essex; M J Adams, Winchester, Hampshire; and Margaret Pullen, Kerry Food, Poole. They should be receiving their toasters shortly.== Isobel Copeman ==It is with regret that we announce the death of popular baking industry figure Isobel Copeman. Her husband John Copeman was grandson of the founder of British Baker and a former editor, secretary of the British Confectioners’ Association for 50 years and Master of the Worshipful Company of Bakers. Her funeral is on Thursday 5 March at 11.45am at Randalls Park Crematorium in Leatherhead. Family flowers only. Please send donations for a new amputees’ garden at Queen Mary’s Hospital, Roehampton to funeral director FW Paine, 108, High Street, Esher, Surrey KT10 9QJ.
Caught in the web
While the Yeo Valley rappers are a viral marketing sensation in the UK, cake toppings brand Duncan Hines had to pull its ad featuring ’blackface’ hip hop cupcakes… aol.it/hfpOqY (A)Nerd cake of the week: an Android phone cake… bit.ly/f0bLhT (B)The ’Lazy Cakes’ brand is launched in the US, with a secret ingredient melatonin offering consumers an affect similar to hash cakes (not that Stop the Week knows what they are…) bit.ly/h2OhKC (C)A particularly lame use of a Christmas biscuit tin lid… bit.ly/h9B2eh (D)
Napier Brown hit by sugar regime, while Renshaw thrives
The Real Good Food Company (RGFC) saw total sales down 7% as its sugar business experienced the “toughest ever” financial year. Meanwhile growth in its bakery ingredients division Renshaw, beat its highest expectations.Total group sales stood at £200.1m for the year ended 31 December 2010, compared to £215.6m in 2009. EBITDA remained at £5.6m, in line with the previous year.The firm reported an EBITDA increase of 67% to £5.5m at Renshaw, as sales rose 13% to £43 million, with sugar paste a key driver across all markets. “A particular focus on developing our export markets has proved highly successful, we reinforced our commercial and product development team during the year, and are planning to further develop our export management team in 2011,” commented chairman Pieter Totté. A Renshaw-branded range is also due to be introduced in the market place in May 2011. RGFC said its sweet bakery manufacturer Haydens is continuing to grow sales, while also carrying out its restructuring and refurbishment plan. The opening of its new premises, adjacent to its existing bakery, is scheduled for May this year.Totté said its Napier Brown sugar distribution business had been trading on the last stage of the EU sugar regime reform, during this financial year, “with a reference price drop of 28% over the 2008 level”.From October last year however, it saw improved volumes and margins, pointing to the tightness in the EU market for the 2010-11 campaign and the subsequent rocketing of prices for the turnaround.“In our view the tightness of the market that we started to see in late 2010 will continue into 2011 and 2012. World shortages of sugar have been well reported and this, on top of the EU shortage, will add to the volatility in the market-place,” commented Totté.The firm said that two years ago the majority of its supply came from the UK, but this has begun to change. It now envisages over 50% of its supply will be imported by 2012. “We have been extensively researching new supply sources and have entered into a number of new supply agreements, some of them exclusive,” added the firm.In October 2010 its Garrett dairy business was de-merged from Napier Brown, and re-launched under its original name Garrett Ingredients, in October 2010, to reflect the successful proposition and heritage in the dairy market.
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Chris Jeter expected to be named to Indiana House on Wednesday
Previous articleNotre Dame reports 89 new positive tests on TuesdayNext articleGovernor Holcomb taking steps in state government to address equality and inclusion Tommie Lee By Tommie Lee – August 18, 2020 1 544 WhatsApp Google+ By Charles Edward (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 or GFDL], via Wikimedia Commons Indiana House Republicans will formally name the successor to Speaker Brian Bosma on Wednesday.Fishers attorney Chris Jeter won the GOP primary for Bosma’s district seat and is unopposed to serve the three remaining months until election day.Voters will choose between Jeter and Pam Dechert, a community volunteer, in November.Jeter says he’ll bring a small-government conservative viewpoint to the role, and believes Governor Holcomb has done his best to protect the public during the pandemic.Bosma resigned in July after 34 years in the House, 12 of those as speaker. Facebook WhatsApp Pinterest Pinterest Twitter Chris Jeter expected to be named to Indiana House on Wednesday Google+ Twitter Facebook IndianaLocalNewsSouth Bend Market
Gun violence a growing problem in St. Joseph County as 2020 comes to a…
Pinterest WhatsApp Gun violence a growing problem in St. Joseph County as 2020 comes to a close Previous articleDeHaan: Expect gas prices to steadily climbNext articleColts to shrink attendance for next home game Network Indiana Google+ Google+ Twitter Pinterest (Photo supplied/ABC 57) Gun violence has been a growing problem in St. Joseph County for the last few years.WSBT reports St. Joseph County has seen anywhere from 18 to 22 homicides each year, but there were more this year.There were 37 homicides in 2020.Pastor Canneth Lee tells WSBT that getting the message across to kids when they are young that violence is not okay is the best way to prevent violence from happening. Facebook Twitter By Network Indiana – December 15, 2020 3 386 IndianaLocalNews Facebook WhatsApp
Indiana State Police trooper struck, injured while responding to crash
Google+ Facebook Twitter IndianaLocalNews Indiana State Police trooper struck, injured while responding to crash By Jon Zimney – December 25, 2020 0 390 Google+ WhatsApp An Indiana State Police Trooper is recovering after he was struck by a vehicle while he was sitting in his squad car.The collision happened around 8:15 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 25, when troopers from the Lowell Post were investigating a crash on I-80/94 WB on the overpass at Indianapolis Blvd.As the troopers were investigating, Trooper Davonne Barlow, a 9-year veteran, parked his fully marked police car on the left shoulder against the concrete median barrier. Trooper Barlow was acting as a “secondary unit”. As he was parked and sitting in his car, with his seatbelt fastened, his car was rear-ended by an SUV.The preliminary investigation shows that a black 2001 BMW swerved as it approached the scene.The driver, Willie J. Whithead, 30, from Green Bay, Wisconsin, lost control of his vehicle and struck the 2013 Dodge Charger.The force of this impact caused the police car to strike the median wall, then the Charger crossed all lanes of I-80/94 coming to a rest on the right shoulder.Both drivers were transported to Munster Community Hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.The interstate was closed for 2 hours for crash reconstruction/investigation.This is an-going investigation, any charges will be determined by the Lake County Prosecutor pending the results of toxicology tests.Trooper Barlow has since been treated and released from the hospital and is recovering at home with his family. Facebook Pinterest Twitter Pinterest WhatsApp Previous articleHometown Hero: South Bend Police Sgt. Kayla MillerNext articleDr. Box: New strain of COVID-19 in Britian isn’t cause for alarm here Jon ZimneyJon Zimney is the News and Programming Director for News/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel and host of the Fries With That podcast. Follow him on Twitter @jzimney.