Month: April 2021

 

Genesis gives an Irish welcome

first_imgNorthern Irish craft bakery Genesis ran a “Welcome Home” promotion over the festive period, greeting holidaymakers arriving back in Belfast City Airport with slices of its Crafty Wheaten range.Genesis marketing manager Liesa Donaldson said the company, assisted by Miss Northern Ireland Lucy Evangelista, distributed almost 24,000 slices of bread to passengers. “This promotion is our way of reminding ex-pats and émigrés about all that’s great about coming home,” said Ms Donaldson. The Crafty brand of premium breads, which the Magherafelt firm launched in the UK and Ireland in August, is promising to generate the same “level of fervour” as its wheaten and its scones, which have 30% of the home market, she claimed. The firm’s range of scones and wheatens is available in supermarkets across Northern Ireland and in Waitrose in the UK.last_img read more

 

In Brief

first_img– British Baker is taking a stand at the Food & Bake exhibitiona at Birmingham’s NEC on March 19 to 22. Come and see us on stall P70 in hall 7.- Milling, agriculture and engineering group Carr’s said challenging UK agricultural market conditions may temper the strong performance it was previously expecting, in a trading update last week. But in the food side of its business, profit will be substantially increased, due in part to its acquisition of Meneba UK, with its two flour mills, on November 18, 2004. Carr’s results for the 26 weeks to March 4, 2006, will be released in late April.last_img read more

 

Regional focus for Breakfast Week

first_imgThis year’s Farmhouse Breakfast Week campaign from the Home Grown Cereals Authority features a competition to find the ’nation’s tastiest baker of regional breads’.Entry forms can be downloaded from [http://www.hgca.com/breakfast]. The closing date for entries is 10 November 2006.The week will run from 21 to 27 January 2007 with the theme ’make time for it’. This will be the eighth year of the Farmhouse Breakfast campaign and will build on the success of last year when over 1,500 events were held.last_img read more

 

Auto-Bake

first_imgResponding to a rise in demand for the authentic forms and flavours of artisan-style breads, Auto-Bake (Birmingham, West Midlands) has fused modern baking technology with the traditional stone hearth. The latest addition to Auto-Bake’s range of flexible bread baking solutions, the new stone hearth Serpentine, is used for the authentic production of baguettes, buns, sourdoughs, ryes, Turkish bread and ciabattas. The compact artisan bread solution features radiant-heated stone hearth baking surfaces, ensuring the most accurate replication of the colour, texture, crustiness and shape of traditional handcrafted bread products, according to the company.The Serpentine operates at production rates of up-to 10,000 baguettes per hour.last_img read more

 

Dawn Foods

first_imgSweet bakery and ingredients specialist, is launching a new customer guide for its recently reformulated and extended Baker’s Select range of mixes and bases.The guide features details on all 16 products within the range, including the Creme Cake Base, the Carrot Cake and Brownie Mixes, the Premium Scone Mix, the Lower Fat and Lower Sodium Cake and Muffin Mix, Madeira and Genoese Mixes and the Baker’s Select Extra Moist Muffin Mixes, launched last month.The entire Baker’s Select range is now free from hydrogenated and trans fats and is also lower in sodium, says the firm.Dawn Foods’ marketing director Maggie Dagostino says: “Our new customer guide provides all the information our customers need about this newly reformulated and extended range.”last_img read more

 

Whitley defends his position

first_imgAuthor Andrew Whitley fielded questions from nearly 100 delegates at the British Society of Baking’s Spring Conference this week.Whitley, who last year published his controversial book Bread Matters, the State of Modern Bread, told the conference that changing bread-making practices, from wheat growing through to milling and industrial bread-making itself, had created a situation where “we are heading into environmental, nutritional and commercial oblivion.”He used the conference as a platform to launch “a campaign for real bread”, asking delegates to support his bid to make “bread as good as we can make it”. Thomas Adams, MD of craft bakery chain Oliver Adams, told Whitley he agreed with a lot of the book’s content, but said he was “shooting at the wrong target”, as the baking industry was not the culprit. “The government has been pushing a cheap food policy, pursued by retailers, to keep inflation down,” said Adams.Taking a question from the floor, Whitley defended himself from drawing unsubstantiated conclusions in his book. He said: “It would be irresponsible to see the beginnings of evidence and dismiss it as anecdotal.”last_img read more

 

Bakers’ soft sell

first_imgThere was a time when the only soft drinks you could buy in a baker’s were cans of Coca-Cola and lemonade. But there has been a revolution in the soft drinks available from manufacturers and in the public appetite for new and different types of drink. Coca-Cola and other carbonated drinks are still available, and still popular, but these days they are likely to be sold from a free chiller supplied by the manufacturer.Competition has never been greater and savvy bakers realise that to capture their share of the food-on-the-go market, they need to be offering not only good sandwiches, pies and cakes but also a choice of thirst-quenching, flavourful modern drinks.== Growing business ==Our ring-around to seven bakers across the UK suggests that, in recent years, bakers’ sales of soft drinks have risen from around 2% of turnover to around 5%. It’s a time of great choice in drinks and tastes are constantly changing, which presents a real challenge – and an opportunity – for bakers.The drink that wasn’t available in bakeries 20 years ago, but is now a major best-seller is good old-fashioned water. Bottled water comes in many different varieties and can be a very profitable line. It can be bought very cheaply and sold at a substantial mark-up. Some bakers have become water connoisseurs, opting for well-known brands rather than cheap alternatives. The bottle, too, can make a difference; cheaper plastics can impart a plasticky flavour to the water, they say.The public’s appetite for healthier drinks has been met by a range of manufacturers producing smoothies, new fruit juices, health drinks and energy drinks. These have proved popular with buyers of all ages and chime in with the growing trend for food-on-the-go.On the high street, the number of sources of take-away food has increased, as has the number of cafés, coffee bars and sandwich outlets, so it is vital to stay in touch with the latest brands and trends.== Trevor Mooney, joint MD of Chatwin’s, Nantwich, Cheshire ==20 bakery shops, 5 coffee loungesIs there a move to healthier drinks?Yes, primarily towards flavoured mineral waters and fruit smoothies. We supply healthier drinks and other drinks.Are drinks sales growing?In a word ’yes’, and we are actively promoting this. They are growing principally because we’ve introduced sandwich vans that supply the lunchtime trade.Which brands or sectors are growing?Bottled water is proving to be a main growth area. Coca-Cola is on the increase. This is an area we are looking at: I’m arranging a bakers’ trip to the Coca-Cola factory in Wakefield for a presentation.What are younger drinkers buying?Coca-Cola, Diet Coke and smoothies.What are older drinkers buying?Still water, flavoured waters and sparkling mineral waters.Are these eat-in or take-away sales?Mainly take-away and sandwich van sales.What is each drink (or sector) worth to the company?As a total, in the region of 5%.Which brands or sectors are most profitable?Bottled waters and flavoured waters.What is your top selling line?Bottled Coke.== Robert Dawson, MD of Dawson’s bakery, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire ==8 bakery shopsIs there a move to healthier drinks?There has been for some time. Bakers were slow to move into food-on-the-go. We weren’t, after I did some research 15 years ago.The biggest growth during that time has been in water. It’s there and it’s cold. It’s a health thing. People know it and can trust it.We only sell mineral water, not spring water because that’s just tap water. The leading brands are French.Are drinks sales growing?Yes, continuous growth. Coca-Cola Enterprises has been moving strongly into the bakery sector.Two or three years ago, I rang the sales manager of a major wholesaler and said, “You haven’t got a very good selection of drinks – mainly Coke and Schweppes.”His reply was “Rob, drinks account for 2% of my sales; why should I be bothered about that?”He lost his job in the end. Drinks should have been accounting for 5-6% of his sales. Coke has now come out with still drinks and they are offering free chillers to bakers.Which brands or sectors are growing?Still drinks. There’s a trend away from carbonated. We don’t do smoothies.What are younger drinkers buying?Energy drinks, such as Relentless.What are older drinkers buying?Coke ? it’s still a big seller.Are these eat-in or take-away sales?Mainly take-away.Which brands or sectors are most profitable?Water and still drinks. Non-branded.What is your top-selling line?Coke, closely followed by Volvic water.== Christopher Freeman, MD of Dunn’s of Crouch End, London ==1 bakery shopIs there a move to healthier drinks?I think so, a little.Are drinks sales growing?A little.Which brands or sectors are growing?Things like smoothies and juices, as opposed to carbonated. Sales of carbonated drinks are static.What are younger drinkers buying?Smoothies and juices, though I don’t really know about older drinkers.Are these eat-in or take-away sales?All take-away.What is each drink (or sector) worth to the company?We don’t break it down. A lot of it is seasonal.Which brands or sectors are the most profitable for you?Water. We sell Volvic and Buxton primarily.What is your top selling line?Volvic still bottled water, then smoothies.== Kristine Anvick, marketing assistant, Ainsleys of Leeds, Leeds, West Yorkshire ==31 bakery shopsIs there a move to healthier drinks?Yes, we see more of a move towards water. In our case, Harrogate Spa Water.Are drinks sales growing?As a very secondary product to us, sales of drinks are steady.Are sales steady across all shops?We sell more drinks in our shops in Leeds city centre as the strong lunchtime trade draws in young office workers.Are these eat-in or take-away sales?The majority are take-away sales.What is each drink (or sector) worth to the company?As a total, in the region of 5%.Which brands or sectors are most profitable?Profit across the range is just about the same. The margin is higher on hot drinks.What is your top selling line?Coca-Cola and Coca-Cola Light.== Tristan Hunt, marketing executive of Pullins Bakers, Yatton, North Somerset ==3 bakery shopsIs there a move to healthier drinks?Not where we are. If our three shops were inner-city there would be. They go more for Coca-Cola which is cheaper than smoothies.Are drinks sales growing?Yes, they are up on previous years. People are more aware of health concerns, but healthy drinks are still not overtaking fizzy drinks.Which brands or sectors are growing?A brand of apple juice – Chegworth Valley, Frobisher’s juices and smoothies.What are younger drinkers buying?It’s still Coke and Pepsi. The under-30s go for these more than smoothies or juices, even though those are growing.What are older drinkers buying?They go for juices and Fentiman’s traditional drinks ? ginger beer, old-fashioned lemonade, traditional cola and dandelion & burdock.Are these eat-in or take-away sales?Take-away.What is each drink (or sector) worth to the company?I’m not sure what they are worth. It’s only a small offering.Which brands or sectors are most profitable?Coca-Cola ? it gives the best margin.What is your top selling line?Most probably Coke.== Michael Quinlan, MD of Sayer’s, Greater Manchester ==200 bakery shopsIs there a move to healthier drinks?Yes.Are drinks sales growing?Yes, they are up by 3%.Which brands or sectors are growing?Robinson’s fruit-based drinks, Tropicana and smoothies.What are younger drinkers buying?Fruit Shoot and water.What are older drinkers buying?More water and fruit-based drinks.Are these eat-in or take-away sales?Take-away.Which brands or sectors are most profitable?Carbonates.What is your top selling line?Pepsi 500ml.== Tom Herbert, director of Hobbs House Bakery, Chipping Sodbury, Gloucestershire ==3 bakery shopsIs there a move to healthier drinks?Over the last six years there has been. We had Innocent Smoothies around six years ago ? they were a big hit straight away, although we sell slightly fewer now.Are drinks sales growing?Average spend is going up. Unit-wise it is not increasing, but we are taking a bit more money.Which brands or sectors are growing?Day’s Cottage apple juice is really popular.What are younger drinkers buying?They have quite sophisticated tastes. The Luscombe drinks – Hot Ginger Beer and Sicilian Lemonade – are popular with teenagers.What are older drinkers buying?More ethical things. Belu water is our most popular drink. This is a bottled mineral water from Wales, so is low-mileage and it’s in the UK’s first compostable bottle. We sell it for 75p, which is relatively cheap. A percentage of profits from each bottle sold can provide someone in Africa with water for a month. The packaging is biodegradable.Are these eat-in or take-away sales?There’s a 50:50 split between eat-in and take-away.What is each drink (or sector) worth to the company?In the retail sector it’s 4.5%.Which brands or sectors are most profitable?Definitely the water, followed by local apple juice then Coke in bottles.What is your top selling line?Water, followed by Innocent Smoothies.last_img read more

 

Illinois man pulled from water at Indiana Dunes dies

first_imgIndianaLocalNews Twitter By Network Indiana – June 25, 2020 0 344 Pinterest Twitter Facebook Pinterest Facebook Illinois man pulled from water at Indiana Dunes dies Google+ (“Indiana dunes vs lake michigan” by Valerie Everett, CC BY-SA 2.0) PORTER COUNTY, Ind. — An Illinois man drowned at Indiana Dunes State Park.18-year-old Dominick Snovicky, of Plainfield, Ill., died Tuesday, June 23.Witnesses said Snovicky was hit by a wave while swimming in Lake Michigan and didn’t resurface.Snovicky was pulled from the water and taken to a hospital but did not survive. Google+ WhatsApp WhatsApp Previous articleOnline tool helps veterans find jobsNext articlePurdue University student expelled after “racist and despicable” statements made on social media Network Indianalast_img read more

 

65 year old arrested in Elkhart last week is a serial bank robber

first_img Twitter WhatsApp By Carl Stutsman – July 20, 2020 2 465 Twitter Facebook Previous articleBittersweet Library branch to close for renovationsNext articleLagrange officials to consider zoning for new commercial dog breeding facility Carl Stutsman Pinterest WhatsApp (Source: https://goo.gl/gQxaGW License: https://goo.gl/sZ7V7x) As it turns out it wasn’t the first time, second, or even third time that Allen Hanuscak robbed a bank. This would, in fact, be at least his 8th time pulling a bank robbery; and those eight robberies three of them happened at the same bank on N. Main St. in Elkhart. He was arrested last week after police found him near the scene of an Old National Bank shortly after it had been robbed of $7,000As detailed by The Goshen News, 65 year old Allen Hanuscak first robbed that Old National Bank back in 2010, went to jail, escaped from a halfway house, and then robbed it again. After that he traveled to Ohio where he was connected to a spree of five bank robberies between November 2012 and April 2013. Again, he was arrested, charged, imprisoned, and released on parole.That parole lasted only a few weeks before the robbery attempt last week. Police did find the missing on cash on him when they made the arrest.You can read more here with The Goshen News Facebook 65 year old arrested in Elkhart last week is a serial bank robber IndianaLocalNews Google+ Google+ Pinterestlast_img read more

 

Growing number of scammers trying to get unemployment benefits

first_img Facebook WhatsApp (Photo Supplied/State of Massachusetts Government) A growing number of scammers are using other people’s identities to claim unemployment benefits, according to Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill.The scammers are stealing personal information such as birthdates, Social Security numbers, and home addresses and routing payments to accounts over which the scammers have control.“These deceivers steal the identities of others, who are generally employed, in order to file fraudulent claims,” Attorney General Hill said. “If someone uses your name in this fashion, you may learn about it from your employer or from the Indiana Department of Workforce Development, which processes unemployment claims. In many cases, payments may already have been regularly deposited into someone else’s account by the time you learn of the fraud.”Between Oct. 18 and Nov. 18, the Office of the Attorney General received 157 complaints of unemployment-related identity theft.Attorney General Hill said scammers appear to be targeting the identities of people they know are busy working during the coronavirus pandemic, such as doctors, nurses, and other healthcare workers.If you learn that your identity has been stolen and used in a claim for unemployment benefits, you should report it to the Office of the Attorney General.You should also report the incident to the Indiana Department of Workforce Development. Finally, you should file a report with local police and the Indiana State Police, which offers a form that can be filled out and emailed to [email protected] Facebook Pinterest Pinterest By Network Indiana – November 25, 2020 0 258 WhatsApp Twitter Google+ Twitter Google+ Growing number of scammers trying to get unemployment benefits IndianaLocalMichiganNews Previous articleThe Gift Of Lights holiday event returning to the Potawatomi ZooNext articleHoward Park Ice Trail and Pond to reopen on Friday Network Indianalast_img read more