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first_img?Crafts like bakery, patisserie and chocolate are the result of decades of rich tradition. But being an artisan in these sectors has become a very specific and personal choice. Artisans now clearly differentiate themselves by the way they work and present their products.At Puratos we are committed to these craftsmen and to the development of their identity. Our products and solutions offer them the possibility to conduct their profession as they want to do it, and this is why we wholeheartedly support and are proud to be a sponsor of National Craft Bakers’ Week. Since the 1950s, The Reynard Group – one of the UK’s leading packaging suppliers – has been actively involved with supporting and promoting the craft baker.Independent local bakers are the very heartbeat of our business. The Reynard Group has actively supported local and national associations, the Bakers’ Benevolent Society, the Baking Industry Awards as well as the training of future craft bakers.So it was a natural progression for us to take an active part in the drive to promote the cause of the independent craft baker and an honour to be invited to join the steering committee. A healthy, thriving industry is good for all of us. ?British Bakels is delighted to be part of this initiative to assist the craft bakery businesses within the UK.The profile of the craft baker needs to be enhanced and the plan to target school children through the internet will get the message to grass roots. It will get across the importance of locally-produced quality products, a wider product choice and freshness. We hope that any interest from children can radiate through to their parents, who will show more interest in shopping at their local craft baker. It is important that the Master Bakers themselves get on board, to play their part in making the whole exercise successful. ?Marriage’s is pleased to be supporting National Craft Bakers’ Week, as we want more consumers to realise there are great local bakers who sell a wide range of freshly baked bread and cakes. This is why the 185-year-old family firm already sponsors Norfolk Baker of the Year and Essex Baker of the Year.Marriage’s wants National Craft Bakers’ Week to help the public understand the way real bread is baked and why craft bakers work through the night to get their products out fresh every morning. Once customers taste the difference, they will be encouraged to come back for more.While Marriage’s is known for its stoneground wholemeal and organic flours, it sees National Craft Bakers’ Week as an opportunity to promote the traditional bakery lines. Marriage’s wishes to support its customers and celebrate good bread. ?In recent years the independent craft bakery sector has come under pressure from various sectors within the industry. This has led to many companies struggling and has created a poor perception of the industry to customers and potential employees.Therefore, various members within the baking industry have agreed that an action group should be set up to address some of these issues. The action group consists of all the supporters you see on this page, who have been meeting for the past six months to discuss the various ways of assisting craft bakers within the UK. The cost of this exciting venture has been met by all these suppliers.”I urge all members to take part in this very exciting first launch of a national craft bakery week from 8 – 13 June,” says NAMB CEO Gill Brooks-Lonican. “Free marketing kits will be given to all, as well as the support you need to promote your shop. Extensive advertising starts now!” We are delighted to build on our strong relationships with the national associations and industry by getting behind National Craft Bakers’ Week, helping to design point-of-sale materials, posters and window stickers to promote the event in your shops. Visit the special website via to find out more about the week’s events and to download logos and materials. BakeMark is already a strong ambassador for craft bakers and is committed to supporting independent craft bakers so that they can demonstrate to consumers their value and worth within the community. We recognise the importance the craft baker places on the quality of products they offer their customers.National Craft Bakers’ Week will be vital in educating craft bakers of their unique selling points and how to position themselves, drive footfall, increase sales and develop new customers through events, promotions, tastings and local media activity. ?Bako is delighted to be supporting National Craft Bakers’ Week. As the UK’s largest bakery wholesaler, we believe it is incredibly important for us to help the craft baker to succeed – especially in the current economic climate.The specialist skills of craft bakers should be celebrated and the launch of National Craft Bakers’ Week will help us to do that. We also believe that the independent baker has a social role in the local community, which cannot be replaced – so anything that helps them to raise their profile within their community can only be a good thing.center_img Macphie is proud to support this exciting, new initiative. As a leading food ingredients manufacturer, we make it our business to support independent craft bakers to compete effectively and encourage young people into the baking industry.Craft bakers are highly skilled and have a lot to be proud of. Buying local makes sense and consumers are very receptive to local food.In the current climate of economic uncertainty, there is a real and distinctive role for the local baker and the great products and service they provide. Highlighting the freshness, provenance, superior quality and low food miles of their products will help tap into the associated feelgood factor. ? ? ? ?What’s the first local shop to open, and often the last to close? It’s your local baker. Britain’s craft baker is the heartbeat of every community, creating breads, rolls and sandwiches for the working day, and cakes and biscuits for fun. At BFP Wholesale, we’re very pleased to be supporting ’The Shop That Never Sleeps!’ campaign. As one of Britain’s leading national bakery ingredients wholesalers, our warehouses will be buzzing with activity, as our drivers check their orders, load their lorries with yeast, flour, nuts, seeds and fruit – in fact all of the right ingredients to get on the road and top up the craft baker. ?last_img read more

Irish sandwich company hit by soaring costs

first_imgDoolittles, the third largest pre-packed sandwich company in Ireland, has gone into liquidation, blaming excessive costs and unsustainable pressure on margins from imported sandwiches.The Donegal-based company, set up in 2001, grew to supply over 200 outlets including Aldi, petrol forecourts and universities. It closed down last month with the loss of 34 jobs. Founder and chief executive director Jenni Timony said: “While some success has been achieved in building the brand and generating new business, the high cost of doing business combined with the downward pressure on selling prices has resulted in an unsustainable tightening of margins. Every effort will be made to minimise the impact on employees, suppliers and customers.” According to documents filed at Companies Office, Doolittles owed creditors e586,000 (£527,882). Its profit and loss account showed a loss of e383,000 (£345,015) in 2008 more than double the losses it was running a year earlier. The failure of the company came despite signing a deal in September 2008 worth £300,000 to supply sandwiches for over 600 Aer Arann flights a week. This was predicted to boost turnover to e2.5-e3m (£2.25-£2.7m).Doolittles supplied 30 different kinds of sandwich, including low fat and low GI products, as well as filled rolls and salads. Fillings were made in-house, with Gallagher’s bakery in Ardara supplying bread and O’Donnell’s bakery in Ballyshannon, supplying rolls and baps. Neither was available for comment.last_img read more

Mouthing off

first_img“He said he was taking into consideration my honesty and the length of time I had been working there and I thought he was going to give me a warning. I could not believe it when he said he was sacking me”Susan Longworth, 54, is sacked following 17 years’ employment, after eating a hazelnut at Park Cakes, which defended its “very strict rules about eating or chewing on the production line”, said Bolton News”We actually held a cake bazaar. We needed more money than we had, to do this as we wanted it, so we went to the biggest shopping mall, and everyone baked all the mums, grans and fathers. And we sold cakes for a lot of money and sang”Icelandic Eurovision Song Contest hopeful Hera Björk found the bankrupt government somewhat unwilling to bankroll their entry, but cake saves the day”This person may have been throwing out bread with the best of intentions but there’s now no excuse”a group member of Group St Peter’s Neighbourhood Monitoring in Leicester justifies an £80 spot fine imposed on someone spotted feeding the birdslast_img read more

Workplace romance

first_imgAmerican companies are renowned for their hard-line approach towards workplace romances; many ban them outright and will sack any employee discovered to be having a personal relationship with a colleague. But this type of attitude is inappropriate under our laws which probably explains why one-in-six people openly confess to dating a colleague.Dangerous liaisonsFurther research by the Work Foundation reveals that 21% of managers have been romantically involved with someone who reports to them at some point. While wedding bells might be the happy outcome for the couple in question, this situation can be tricky for you. It isn’t uncommon for a manager to show favouritism towards their partner probably for a quiet life at home. For example, they might allow a decline in their standard of work to go unchallenged. As this is certain to cause bad feeling among other staff, it must be dealt with. But how is that done?Start with the immediate problem of the declining work performance. Gather your supporting evidence together; this could include diary notes of poor timekeeping, examples of sloppy work and copies of any complaints made. Then, meet informally with the junior employee alone. This allows them to speak freely about any genuine problems they may have.Next, speak to the line manager independently to discover why the poor performance hasn’t been dealt with; the problem could rest with them for example, they know something relevant but haven’t told you. Again, at this stage, you should discuss the matter informally, but do remind them of their responsibilities. In most cases, this will be enough to give the ’love birds’ a wake-up call; from then on, they will know you will be watching them.If performance problems persist, deal with both employees via your disciplinary procedures. Never discipline one member of staff for example the junior employee and not the other. This could land you with a sex discrimination and/or constructive dismissal claim.Policy on relationshipsFinally, play it safe with a ’Personal Relationships at Work Policy’, that clearly sets out what is and isn’t acceptable behaviour for employees, who are romantically involved. You should include topics such as behaving professionally at all times: no public ’lovers’ tiffs’, demonstrations of affection or favouritism in other words, no behaviour that is likely to offend or annoy colleagues.l For a free sample of ’Personal Relationships at Work Policy’, please contact the NAMB on 01920 468061last_img read more

Costa LFL sales up 9.7%

first_imgCoffee chain Costa saw its like-for-like (LFL) sales surge ahead by 9.7% in the 11 weeks to 18 August 2011, it revealed this morning.Costa was the star performer for parent company Whitbread – which also runs the budget hotel chain Premier Inn and a clutch of pub chains – as it also added that total sales were ahead by 28.8% for the period.No breakdown was given for food sales at the chain.The group, which has recently opened its 100th site in China, achieved sales of £351.3m and said that franchise sales had also improved by 16.5% to £146.5m.It opened 145 stores during its second quarter and said it aimed to open 300 stores worldwide in 2011/2012. The company also said the integration of Coffee Nation was proceeding well, with 155 units now rebranded as Costa Express.Andy Harrison, Whitbread’s chief executive, said that on the whole the group had traded “strongly” in its second quarter. “We have traded well in the first 24 weeks as a whole. On a month-by-month basis, trading continues to be variable, with the second quarter benefiting from a stong June, while the first quarter was held back by a poor April. This variability is not surprising in the continuing uncertain economic environment,” Harrison added.>> Costa closes gap on Subway in BB75 leaguelast_img read more

Free-from brand in Lloyds Pharmacy concept store

first_imgGluten- and wheat-free specialist Dr Schär UK, has teamed up with Health Village – a new concept store from Lloyds Pharmacy.  Its range of DS-gluten free and TRUfree products will be available in the new store, in order to offer more convenience for consumers buying gluten- and wheat-free foods. It will enable coeliacs, who get their staple food products on prescription, to purchase extra items now not available on the NHS, following the Primary Care Trust (PCT) budget cuts, such as sweet biscuits and crackers, said the firm.Health Village opened last week in London and is the first pharmacy in the UK to offer a wide range of products from DS-gluten free and TRUfree. “Recent budget cuts from various PCTs have meant that a number of gluten- and wheat-free products are no longer available on prescription,” explained Emma Herring, retail brand manager for Dr. Schär UK. “Plus, with the number of units allowed on prescription also being restricted, we’ve definitely seen an increase in retail sales of these more ‘luxury’ items, which we expect to continue over the next few years.”  Products available include Dr. Schär UK’s TRUfree Rich Tea Biscuits, Digestives, Custard Creams, Bourbons, Chocolate Nobbles, Chocolate Fingers, High Fibre Crackers, Herb and Onion Crackers and Pretzels and DS-gluten free Brown Multigrain Loaf, White Sliced Loaf, White Ciabatta Rolls, Brown Ciabatta Rolls, Rice Cakes, Breadsticks and Crispbread.The manufacturer has also provided the pharmacy staff with a specialist training programme to ensure they have an extensive knowledge about the products they will be selling.Dr Schär’s other gluten- and wheat-free food brand Glutafin is already available in Lloyds Pharmacy.>>DS-gluten free revamps frozen pastry rangelast_img read more

Video news bite: Coulton’s Bread to expand into Scotland

first_imgHoward Hunter, managing director of Coulton’s Bread, spoke exclusively to British Baker about the company’s performance in 2011, as well as plans in the next 12 months to open a new depot in Glasgow and introduce a range of potato cakes.YouTube link:

Pursuit ends with police involved shooting, trooper injured by suspect vehicle

first_img Facebook Pursuit ends with police involved shooting, trooper injured by suspect vehicle Twitter By Network Indiana – June 2, 2020 0 266 Pinterest WhatsApp Google+ Previous articleBrothers Bar & Grill temporarily closed due to employee with COVID-19Next articleNotre Dame home opener relocated from Dublin Network Indiana IndianaLocalNews (Photo supplied/Indiana State Police) LAKE COUNTY, Ind.–A police chase ended when a trooper was forced to fire his gun after being wedged between his car and a suspect’s car in Lake County, according to state police.Around 12:30 Tuesday morning, investigators say the Munster Police Department and a state police officers followed a man driving a silver Nissan sedan which had been involved in suspicious activity.Police say the driver sped off and tried to ram a Munster police car. The chase continued eastbound on I-80 from Kennedy Avenue. The driver finally stopped in the left lane on Columbus Drive and a trooper tried to take the driver into custody, but the driver moved forward and hit the trooper, wedging him against his car.The trooper fired his gun through the windshield and hit the driver, which had three other passengers in it. No one else in the car was hit by the bullet.The driver has been identified as Eric R. Douglas, 30, from Crown Point, IN. He was taken to the Lake County Jail. Police say Douglas had warrants out for his arrest in Marion and Porter County.The identification of the trooper will be released Thursday afternoon. Google+ WhatsApp Pinterest Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Ruszkowski: Extra patrols on duty to curtail mass gatherings, shooting incidents

first_img Pinterest Ruszkowski: Extra patrols on duty to curtail mass gatherings, shooting incidents WhatsApp IndianaLocalNews Twitter Facebook Google+ Facebook TAGS(Photo supplied/South Bend Police) center_img WhatsApp Google+ By Jon Zimney – August 5, 2020 1 388 (Photo supplied/ABC 57) South Bend is on track to see one of the most violent years in recent history. Right now, nearly 90 people have been criminally shot, 14 people killed, and that number continues to rise, according to South Bend Police Chief Scott Ruszkowski.On top of that, police are seeing an increase of people racing through and eventually blocking roads and intersections for hours at a time, specifically on the weekends and intentionally. We have residents complaining about shots fired, fireworks, loud noise, fighting, consumption and other disorderly behavior-while not even being able to drive down their street or leave their homes due to these mass gatherings.As well, officers, firefighters and paramedics are having a difficult time reaching those who have an emergency due to roads and intersections being blocked. The added time it takes to go an alternative route could prevent a life being saved. They are also experiencing the same difficulties trying to leave incidents in order to respond to other ones because of these intentional gatherings, Ruszkowski said.Starting this weekend, Chief Ruszkowski says there will be extra patrols on duty. Officers will pull over speeders, drivers with expired license plates, drivers traveling recklessly and more. He says police won’t hesitate to ticket drivers or impound vehicles, if necessary.Ruszkowski says the extra patrols will be backed up by St. Joseph County Police and Mishawaka Police, if needed.He also said the extra patrols will continue for several weekends. Pinterest Twitter Previous articleRochester teenagers arrested after allegedly threatening schoolNext articleState of Indiana determining how to spend CARES Act money 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.last_img read more

More alternatives to trick-or-treat for COVID-nervous families

first_img Twitter Twitter By Network Indiana – October 6, 2020 0 179 Facebook Previous articleNIPSCO natural gas forecast suggests rise in home heating billsNext articleQuestions remain about how the next Indiana legislative session will work in the COVID world Network Indiana Google+ (“No More Dermatitis” by Anne Worner, CC BY-SA 2.0) There are many cities and towns throughout Indiana that have canceled trick-or-treating this Halloween, due to the coronavirus pandemic.This might be the perfect time to create a new Halloween tradition with your family, says Jill Walls, an associate professor of early childhood, youth, and family studies at Ball State University.“The most important part of any holiday is spending quality time together and making memories,” Walls said. “COVID-19 has created a lot of uncertainty for families, but I think it’s possible to still have fun this Halloween season while staying safe. Parents should take time to prepare their children for some new traditions and provide reassurance about the other upcoming holidays, including Thanksgiving and Christmas.”A great way to come up with some alternatives is to ask your children what they want to do.“I asked them, and my six-year-old said ‘we can play a board game and whoever wins gets candy thrown at them,’” Walls said with a laugh.Walls says if you have a child who loves arts and crafts, you can color or paint or create decorations. Other ideas include telling spooky stories, watching Halloween-themed, age-appropriate movies, or still dressing up in costumes and doing trick-or-treating inside your own home.“I’m imagining my husband and I running from room to room and pretending to be different characters and handing out candy,” she said.If you and your family are still planning on going out and trick-or-treating in your neighborhood this year, Walls suggests you take extra precautions.“Remain at a distance from other trick-or-treaters,” she said. “Probably not a good idea to approach a house where there is already a large gathering.”Walls also says if you’re planning on handing out candy in your neighborhood, think about possibly putting pre-packaged goodie bags out, to avoid a bunch of hands reaching into the same bucket.On Monday, the CDC posted guidance for the holidays, including Halloween. They warn people to avoid higher-risk activities, like door-to-door trick-or-treating, attending crowded indoor costume parties, visiting indoor haunted houses and going on hayrides with strangers. More alternatives to trick-or-treat for COVID-nervous families WhatsApp Facebook WhatsApp CoronavirusIndianaLocalMichiganNews Pinterest Pinterest Google+last_img read more