BB’s Coffee and Muffins (Brentford, Middlesex) has created a children’s range of products to support a recent licensing agreement for the cartoon character Muffin the Mule.The shopping centre café operator’s children’s range now includes fruit mini muffins and a Muffin’s Muffin, says Michele Young, general manager. This has a Muffin the Mule image on a sugar disc on top. BB’s has 105 cafés in the UK and Ireland. Its muffins and pastries are freshly baked in the store each day and sandwiches are freshly prepared.The chain teamed up with Maverick Entertainment, the licensor of Muffin the Mule in September.
– British Bakeries plans to create 200 jobs at the former Harvestime (2005) site in Leicester, which it bought out of administration last month. The site is operating at 25% capacity and one plant is fully operational, producing Hovis bread. The baker has already recruited 45 people and plans to gradually increase its capacity at the site.- The Advertising Standards Authority is deciding whether to follow up five complaints about Walker’s Crisps’ latest broadcast adverts, where the salt content in crisps and bread in compared, Complaints received say it is misleading and confusing to imply crisps are healthy.
Zurich airport will play host to a special event celebrating the world of chocolate later this year. Held from 15 September to 31 October, 2006, the Soul of Chocolate exhibition will feature several stands providing passengers with information about the history, origin, processing and refinement of chocolate, as well as samples to taste.The event will be supported by shows, demonstrations and various sampling stands, where visitors will be able to discover the different ways it can be used to create exciting confectionery products. During the exhibition, bakery and confectionery apprentices from the Zurich area will have the opportunity to display their chocolate creations in a competition called Switzerland and Chocolate. These will be exhibited to the general public and judged by a panel of confectionery experts and representatives from Zurich airport, as well as by passengers. Air travel prizes will be awarded to the winners.As part of the judging process, passengers will have the opportunity to cast a vote and win one of 50 prizes of 10kg of chocolate.Soul of Chocolate is the first in a series of annual Best of Switzerland exhibitions, each of which will feature a typical Swiss product. The event is organised by Confiserie Sprüngli, Lindt & Sprüngli, airport retailer the Nuance Group and Unique, the company which runs Zurich airport.
Canada Bread’s third-quarter results reveal increases in its sales of fresh and frozen bread, despite a fall in net earnings of 6.4% compared to the same period last year.The company, which is 89.8% owned by Maple Leaf Foods, has experienced a 19.2% increase in fresh bakery sales to C$290.2m (£157.3m) for the period to 30 September 2008. Its frozen bakery sales, which includes its North American and UK operations, rose 7.4% to C$152.9m (£82.9m), due to price increases and acquisitions in this area.”Management anticipates that the combination of the price increases implemented earlier in the year and lower commodity prices will continue to improve margins through the end of the year,” said a company statement.”Earnings strengthened as commodity markets began to decline late in the quarter and we benefited from significant capital investments that have lowered our operating costs,” said Richard Lan, president and chief executive officer.”While wheat prices are declining, labour, packaging and other input costs have increased. We expect previously implemented price increases to continue to improve margins through the end of the year.”
In Edible Oils Market, Eccelso MD Gordon Kirkwood’s monthly report, he noted the food industry was relatively recession-proof, even if margins were under some pressure. And a product mix between indulgence and value items was essential.In the edible oils market, the production of rape oil for 2009/10 is forecast to decline by more than 3m tonnes. Hot weather in South America stressed some of this year’s soy bean crop and, in some areas, has reduced yields.The report stated that the price rally, given the effect of the recession, had been overdone and would see some correction. The palm oil cycle is seeing rising production figures each month for the next six months, and sunflower seed production is set to increase again this year in Ukraine.In terms of prices, rape oil has increased by $160 a tonne since early February. From February to May, palm oil has increased by US$225/t, sunflower oil has risen by US$150/t and soya oil has increased by US$160/t.”We do not advise buyers to be short [of stock] over difficult summer months and possible volatile weather markets,” said Kirkwood. “Given favourable weather, increased planting in the US, increased yield cycle in palm, increased rape in the EU and increased sunflower crops in Central Europe, we could see harvest pressure on prices from mid-August, or sooner.”
Peter Hunt’s Bakery has signed a deal with Birds Eye to supply all its pies, which has seen the Bolton-based firm begin production for the first time since it was purchased last year.The bakery, bought by the David Wood Baking Group in October 2008, will supply around 40 million pies a year to Birds Eye, as well as producing its Chicken Lattice range.”The bakery has just re-opened, and we’ve put in extra equipment and refurbished the site,” MD David Wood told British Baker. “We are now installing machinery to manufacture an extensive range of pre-proved frozen ready-to-bake Viennoiserie products, including Danish pastries and croissants, for the growing in-store bakery market.”Wood, former MD at Country Style Foods, formed the David Wood Baking Group in June 2008, with the acquisition of a former Medway Foods site in Sheerness, Kent, which currently produces frozen savoury pasties, sausages rolls, slices and pies. This was followed by the acquisition of the Butcher & Baker site in Dudley, West Midlands, which produces stone-baked frozen speciality rustic and ciabatta-style breads.Wood said the group had been in talks with Birds Eye last year, but that its Sheerness site didn’t have sufficient capacity. “That’s one of the reasons we bought the Peter Hunt’s premises,” he said.Wood added that the three businesses are continuing to trade under their existing names due to their separate reputations in the industry.The Peter Hunt’s site currently has around 30 staff, but Wood said it will be ramping up production over the next couple of months, and it plans to take on another 60 employees. The new jobs will be mainly in production, but there will also be oppor- tunities for technical experts and engineers.Peter Hunt’s produces a range of savoury slices, pies, pasties and sausage rolls, which it supplies to both the retail bake-off and foodservice sectors. The pies, produced at the Lyon Road site in Kearsley for Birds Eye, will be in supermarket freezers by the end of the month.Peter Hunt’s was previously part of Lyndale Group, which went into administration in June last year.
The latest figures on plant bread sales suggest that branded bread is continuing to grow at the expense of private-label.The data, from Kantar Worldpanel (formerly know as TNS Worldpanel), has shown that the total value of branded plant bread increased by 5.9% year-on-year (YOY) for the 52 w/e 29 November 2009. Private-label, on the other hand, fell by 6% in the same period.The increase in branded sales has mainly been seen in white bread, up 7.5%, with branded brown plant bread up only 0.9%. In terms of volume, the same pattern can be seen, with slightly lower branded growth, and higher private-label volume decline. The figures echo Hovis’ most recent trading figures. Hovis marketing director Jon Goldstone told British Baker he believes the continuing trend is down to a combination of three factors, one of which is value. “The price of private-label loaves has gone up slightly over the past year, whereas the brands have slightly come down, so the gap between them has closed,” he said. “Another reason is quality. I think the brands have all invested in quality – we certainly have done so significantly at Hovis. And the third factor is brand investment in communications. When you put those three things together, it could explain why brands are growing at the expense of private-label.” Joe Street, managing director of Fine Lady Bakeries, which supplies private-label bread and rolls to some of the leading supermarket chains, said he believed the fall in private-label sales was due to “all the promotional activities on branded loaves”. He said that, within Fine Lady, the basic own-label products had not been doing so well, whereas the more premium breads, such as seeded loaves, had held up. “I think there will always be a market for both branded and private-label,” added Federation of Bakers director Gordon Polson, who said it was likely there would continue to be a trend towards the premium end of both sectors.
Another week, another record. This one is notable for being the product of a town’s dedication to beating its own Stollen world record every year, and because of the collective madness that entails.The latest Guinness World Record for a giant Stollen was paraded through the streets of Dresden this month at the 7th Dresden Stollen Festival. The inaugural event’s mammoth Christmas cake weighed 2,720kg. The target has incrementally ballooned over the years to the current 4,200kg reigning champ.Well, it passes the long cold winter nights, we suppose. Wouldn’t it be amusing if a UK baker stole their thunder next year?Recipe for the world’s biggest Stollen, just in case you fancy having a go:Wheaten flour1,500kgSultanas990kgButter790kgSugar455kgCandied lemon peel200kgAlmonds(sweet)150kgIcing sugar110kgYeast95kgAlmonds(bitter)55kgLemon peel45kgJamaica rum44kgPowdered milk44kgSalt30kgSpices5kgTotal:4,200kg
IndianaLocalNews Man wanted for murder in Michigan arrested in Indiana on US 20 bypass Road patrol officers from our department and the Mishawaka Police Department were able to locate the suspect vehicle and conduct a traffic stop on the US 20 Bypass near Elm Road. A male subject, and the only occupant of the vehicle, was taken into custody without incident. The male was identified as David McCoy, 31, of Holland, Michigan. During the early hours of Thursday, May 14, 2020 our department was notified of a murder investigation taking place in Holland Township in the State of Michigan. Information was obtained and relayed to our officers that the suspect was traveling east on the US 20 Bypass near SR 2. (Source: https://goo.gl/cu6FpO License: https://goo.gl/OOAQfn) A person wanted in connection to a murder in Ottawa County Michigan was arrested early Thursday in St. Joseph County Indiana. He has since been identified as 31 year old David McCoy.A release from the St. Joseph County Police Department says that they received word that the suspect had traveled into Indiana and was headed east on the US 20 bypass. He made it as far as the Elm Road exit before he was arrested.Below is the full release from the St. Joseph County Police Department:May 14, 2020 Twitter Google+ McCoy was arrested for being in possession of a stolen vehicle and transported to the St. Joseph County Jail. Investigators from the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Department are investigating the murder. Google+ Facebook Facebook By Carl Stutsman – May 14, 2020 0 562 WhatsApp Previous articleReported shooting kills one, injures another in South Bend WednesdayNext articlePotawatomi Zoo opening up to drive-thru visitors Carl Stutsman Twitter WhatsApp Pinterest Pinterest William J. RedmanSheriff
Twitter WhatsApp Elkhart will remain at Stage 4 of the state’s recovery plan through July 17 CoronavirusIndianaLocalNewsSouth Bend Market (Photo Supplied/Indiana State Prison) Despite the Governor’s new modifications to Indiana’s Back on Track Plan, Elkhart will remain at Stage 4 through at least July 17.Local governments are still in a position to impose more restrictive guidelines as needed in order to control their COVID-19 numbers.The Governor and State Health Commissioner Dr. Kristina Box also announced a statewide initiative to encourage Hoosiers to wear masks to help limit the spread of the virus, called Mask Up Hoosiers. You can learn more at the state’s coronavirus website. Previous articleWhitmer closes indoor bar service in Michigan amid new virus numbersNext articleIndiana in “Phase 4.5” of the Back On Track plan Tommie Lee Pinterest WhatsApp Facebook Google+ By Tommie Lee – July 1, 2020 1 305 Facebook Google+ Twitter Pinterest