The All Party Parliamentary Small Shops Group is due to publish its report on the future of the high street in 2012 on February 14. Brighton-based bakery Forfars has introduced a third Forfars 2U van as it continues to “fine-tune” a delivery concept to industrial estates. MD Tim Cutress told British Baker the 24-shop company has launched a delivery round from its Burgess Hill store, as well as two existing rounds from its Ruslington store. The vans carry a range including soups, savouries and sandwiches.Dried fruit specialist Unsoy UK has just signed an exclusive agreement with Holland’s YME Kuiper to stock, sell and market a range of seeds and nuts in the UK.
David ArmstrongBako UKIndependent buying group Bako UK, which serves the bakery, catering and foodservice sectors, has appointed David Armstrong as chief executive.Armstrong has 20 years’ experience within multiple grocers, such as Safeway, Marks & Spencer and the specialist off-licence business with names such as Thresher. In his role at Bako, he is tasked with taking the company to a new level that yields extra benefits to its co-operative shareholders and the group as a whole. As part of this, he will look at new product ranges, improved purchasing schedules, the Bako own-label brand and what all this means to the high street retail food outlet owner.John KelsoDouble D Food EngineeringThe new technical sales manager at Double D Food Engineering is John Kelso, who has been appointed to the role following the takeover of Double D by the Bonspiel Group.Kelso has worked with Double D for two years in other technical roles, but is now the main contact for customers in managing site inspections and technical specifications on all aspects of mechanical and electrical design for the firm’s range of custom-built ovens, retarder provers, cookers, smokers and chargrilling units.Kirsty RussellIt’s Nuts FreeFood manufacturer It’s Nuts Free has appointed Kirsty Russell, daughter of company founder Angela Russell, to its workforce. She joins the business as a management trainee. Kirsty Russell has a severe nut allergy, which prompted her mother to set up the business in 2002, after struggling to find safe food for her daughter to eat. In her new role, she will spend four days each week in the office and one day at college, backing up her practical work experience.It’s Nuts Free manufactures flapjacks, cereals, confectionery and cakes retailed through Morrisons, Sainsbury’s, health food shops and independent retailers.Karen DoyleGlendale FoodsManchester-based Glendale Foods has appointed a new sales development manager to co-ordinate its sales team and promote its manufacturing capabilities. Karen Doyle has worked in various capacities in food sales and marketing and has developed a number of brands in the UK and Ireland.In her new role, she will work with Glendale’s existing trade customers as well as exploring new business opportunities across the industry. She will have special responsibilities for the firm’s newly-acquired Great British Pudding Company.Simon TurnerTurkington EuropeIndustrial bakery equipment manufacturer Turkington Europe has appointed Simon Turner as sales manager for the firm.He will play a key role in the company’s long-term strategy to build a solid foundation in its core bakery market and related markets. Turner has over 30 years’ experience in the process equipment manufacturing market.
Emmi has launched a Caffè Latte in a plastic cup with a resealable lid designed for sale at both cafés and shops.The chilled product is made from fresh milk and real espresso coffee and comes in several flavours including Caffè Latte Macchiato, Cappuccino, Light and Choco Latte – made from 14% Swiss chocolate.RRP: from 99p[http://www.emmi-caffe-latte.ch]
California Raisins is inviting bakers to take part in its 2009 Innovation competition. It aims to find the most innovative new products that have been created using California Raisins, California Raisin paste or California Raisin juice concentrate.The product can be anything at all as long as it contains California Raisins. The winning business will receive thousands of pounds worth of advertising for the product, as well as free PR for the company.For an entry form or further information please contact the California Raisin Administrative Committee at [email protected], or visit www.californiaraisins.co.uk.The closing date for entries is the 31 March 2009.
Sainsbury’s Halloween bakery products helped push sales in the division up 50% as the retailer announced increased sales for the 28 weeks to 3 October 2009.”Bakery has had a fantastic start to the year and the new products we have launched in the Basics range, such as the muffins, have played a big part in this,” commented Nick Townend, Sainsbury’s category manager for bakery. “We also benefited from a great selection of products over the Halloween period, which led to a 50% growth in sales.”Townend said that bakery is a key area for Sainsbury’s, which it is supporting through its bakery apprentice programme. “That is something which is delivering real results for our customers and colleagues alike.”The supermarket saw total sales rise by 3.7% to £11,158m. Sainsbury’s Basics range features 650 products, including a variety of cakes, biscuits, mor-ning goods and bread.
What do you do day-to-day?I’m a sole trader, heading my own business called Mamas Cupcakes. I started the business a little over a year ago after leaving work as a graphic designer to care for my mother who had cancer. Sadly, she died on New Year’s Eve 2008 and, in the following months, I gathered myself up and started to promote my business more. I designed a website www.mamas-cupcakes.co.uk so that I could sell cupcakes and fudge to order. My graphic design skills came into play here, as it did for all my labelling design too.I deliver the cakes myself within a 40-mile radius, as they are too delicate to courier! I also do farmers’ markets every weekend and my main sell there is homemade fudge. I take the cakes along, too, but that is mainly as a promotion, as I tend to cater for weddings, parties and celebrations.How did you get into baking?My mother taught me to bake from a very young age. I was making cakes from about the age of seven or eight. I’ve always had a passion for a good dessert and I love it that now I’m making cakes for a living, something that I really enjoy. It’s very creative so it satisfies that side of my nature too.Chart your career pathFor the past 12 years I have been a graphic designer and I still do a bit of freelance when time permits. The past 18 months has been concentrated on building Mamas Cupcakes. My long-term aim is to have a high-end tea/coffee house where my cupcakes will be my selling point. I’m looking at relocating, hopefully to Eastbourne. The key to a good café is to have good coffee and tea, both of which I have sourced; and if the cupcakes go down well too, hopefully I’ll be on to a winner!What was your training or education?My training is in graphic design. The graphics have helped me a lot with my website design, photography and general design of the business logo and the labelling. You need to draw your customers in with an attractive display, after all. In baking I am completely self-taught, with help from my mother, who was a great cook. She created many of her own recipes, which I have inherited. They’re very nostalgic recipes and I’m tempted to get them published one day who knows?What have been your highlights since winning the cupcake-off?One function I catered for this year was the National Young Filmmakers’ Awards held in London. The boxed cakes were given as gifts to the awards presenters celebrities such as Sienna Miller, Ben Miller, David Harewood and Ralph Little, among others. I’ve been interviewed on Gaydar radio, which was amusing, and for a couple of magazines. There has been more interest from customers and orders have certainly increased. It’s amazing what a title can do for you!
Greencore for sale?Britain’s biggest sandwich manufacturer Greencore has announced a takeover approach by a mystery bidder. The Dublin-based firm issued a statement on 25 October after share prices soared by 10%. Rival Irish food company Kerry Group has been named as one of the potential bidders, as have unknown foreign organisations.Maple Leaf on the upMaple Leaf Bakery UK has reported improved financial results for the third quarter of 2011, with profit up 3% to more than £80m ($129.2m). Part of Canada Bread’s Frozen Bakery division, the firm said sales volumes had increased in its UK operations due to its ongoing growth in bagel sales.Frozen pizzas growFrozen pizza sales are growing in both value and volume as the frozen sector sees a third quarter of growth, according to the British Frozen Food Federation. The value of frozen food was up 3.6% (Kantar Worldpanel data to w/e 4 September 2011) on this time last year.Starbucks’ new lineStarbucks has launched a new range of bread-free lunch options in a bid to broaden its food offering, while meeting consumer demand. The Bistro Boxes all come in at under 500 calories and include chicken and rice noodle, cured ham hock and cheese and oatcake.
Pukka Pies has launched two new initiatives to entice both new and loyal customers.The Leicestershire-based company will giving away 20 million points in a new loyalty points scheme, which will require customers to input a unique code found on product packaging into its website. Customers can then redeem points for Pukka Pies merchandise, prize draws, family days out, free cinema tickets and donations to charity.Peter Mayes, Pukka Pies’ marketing and business development controller, said: “We know everyone is feeling the pinch right now, so we teamed up with our friends at Coinks to create the Pukka Points promotion. It’s a great way of saying thank you to our consumers for buying Pukka Pies. We have designed the promotion to be fun and offer real savings on a whole range of rewards.”The pie manufacturer will also be looking to attract customers to its range of products in a new television sponsorship deal with ITV1.Pukka Pies will sponsor a new 20-episode series called Ade in Britain, a programme broadcast five nights a week following Ade Edmondson on a culinary discovery around the British Isles.The company has previously sponsored ITV1 shows, such as Who Wants to be a Millionaire, The Championship & Regional Soccer Nights, and currently holds a long-term sponsorship with the official England Football Supporters’ Band.“We are very excited about this new sponsorship and think there is a great fit between Pukka Pies and Ade in Britain,” Mayes added. “Our sponsorship credits are slightly tongue-in-cheek and we had a lot of fun producing them.“The show targets an adult audience and we estimate that almost 25% of the population will see this sponsorship over the next four weeks.”
Greggs’ chief executive Ken McMeikan spoke exclusively to British Baker at the first BB75 Lunch about the company’s new shop opening programme, the expanding coffee market and coming away from the event with pockets full of business cards.Music: Pasadena by Emerald Park (Creative Commons licence)YouTube link: http://youtu.be/tTHMjzFg75k
(Tommie Lee/95.3 MNC) The St. Joseph County Jail is among several that is releasing non-violent offenders to reduce inmate populations in the midst of the pandemicWith inmates eating, working and sleeping in the same environment the CDC says it makes it difficult for those in jail to practice social distancing, and that could add to the potential spread of COVID-19.The South Bend Tribune reports there have been no confirmed coronavirus cases in St. Joseph, Elkhart or LaPorte County jails yet, though two St. Joseph County jail officers were recently quarantined and tested for the virus.Read the original report published in the South Bend Tribune here. Google+ Twitter Facebook Some non-violent offenders being released from the St. Joseph County Jail Google+ WhatsApp Twitter CoronavirusIndianaLocalNews Pinterest Facebook WhatsApp Pinterest Previous articleEconomic effects of COVID-19 affecting more hotel business in MichianaNext articleRemaining Lion King performances at The Morris canceled 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. By Jon Zimney – March 30, 2020 1 420