Month: April 2021

  • Less salt for McDougalls

    first_imgMcDougalls (Reading) Muffin Mixes are now 50% lower in salt with added fibre, to target health-conscious customers, says the company.Available in three flavours – plain, chocolate and toffee – the mixes can easily be adapted with other ingredients, such as fruit and chocolate. Chunks of fresh or canned fruit can also be pushed into the top of the muffins before baking, adds McDougalls, which is part of RHM Foodservice.Muffin Mixes can produce muffins quickly and easily saving bakers valuable preparation time, says the supplier. To make up, simply mix with cold water for two minutes, spoon into muffin cases and bake for 25-30 minutes.last_img read more

  • Cake Break Day to raise multiple sclerosis funding

    first_imgOn April 28, thousands of people around the country will host an MS Cake Break party to raise money for the Multiple Sclerosis Society.The society wants bakers and ingredients companies to get involved by promoting the event to customers, encouraging them to buy cakes to host coffee mornings or afternoon teas or even bake special MS Cake Break cakes to sell.Bakers are being encouraged to host their own Cake Break event, either for their employees or customers, in order to promote their products and raise funds to help people with MS. This year, MS Cake Break Day hopes to raise over £150,000. l To receive a free host pack, you can register online at or telephone the Cake Break hotline on 0870 760 5606.last_img read more

  • Put paid to the pests

    first_imgNow is the time when rodents will try to make their way indoors to find warm homes during the cold snap. And where better than a nice cosy bakery your bakery?Give them the smallest of opportunities and, before you know it, you have a monster of a problem. Rats will travel more than a mile every night to find food. Once they gain entry, it is a battle of both wits and time. A pregnant female can have up to 11 younglings in a litter and up to six litters a year, depending on the availability of food. And in bakeries there is no shortage of availability. Moreover, the young rats can breed after a period of just 10-12 weeks a nightmare for any baker.You do not have to go far back in the archives to find instances of bakeries and shops at the mercy of headlines proclaiming the likes of “Mouse found baked into loaf of bread”. Such was the story in September last year, with Oxford Crown Court fining Premier Foods £16,821 after a rodent was discovered squashed into the crust of a Hovis Best of Both loaf a nasty shock for Stephen Forse, from Kidlington, who bought it from his local Tesco.Delving further back in the archives to six years ago, a Somerfield own-label loaf, baked by British Bakeries, was contaminated with dead new-born mice, droppings and hair. Devizes Magistrates Court, in Wiltshire, fined British Bakeries £7,000 plus £2,015 costs.Andy Barker, quality assurance manager at Birds of Derby, with 50 shops and one production bakery, told British Baker: “Nobody lives in a perfect world. Now and again, people get caught out. You try to do everything you can to stop something happening, but nobody is perfect. You can be the best company in the world, but things still happen. Even if you had a guy on-site 24/7 there’s still a chance.”Paul Bates, managing director of Surrey-based pest-control company Cleankill, reckons bakery stores that have flats above them and adjacent residential properties are at increased risk in areas where councils 225 of them at the last count have reduced refuse collections to fortnightly.Businesses normally pay for their own private bin collections, but Bates says the problem can occur when there are flats upstairs and homes that surround the business. “If you have a row of shops, they will have houses and flats around them and people leave rubbish bags in the back alleys, rather than in enclosed bins. In London, in particular, the foxes rip the bags apart and carry bones and fruit out of the bags and leave then in hidden areas where they start rotting. The rats find them and start infesting the shops.”Bates says a big problem for retail bakers is the shopfront area, which attracts wasps when there are the like of sticky doughnuts in the window.Flour bins are ripe for infestation and dough and flour residues can build up in the baking area. “So many pests can attack areas like that. If wet rotting dough residues are lying around, bigger fly species attack, says Bates.Pigeons, too, are a menace for retail bakeries, attracted to old bread put out for collection. And birds will often roost in front of the shop, creating a hygiene problem with fouling on the shop and a slippery surface at the entrance.Cleankill, which has retail bakers among its clients, believes all responsible owners have pest-control contracts with companies such as his. “It is rare, now, for us to be called into a bakery because they have a problem and do not have a contract in place.”Quarterly industry charges average about £140 for pest control contracts, according to Bates, so he maintains that the outlay is worthwhile when you consider the repercussions of infestation.Other pestsRodents and flies, wasps and pigeons are not the only pests to watch out for. Flour moths, also known as meal moths, can be found in flour, whole grains, cereal, dried fruits, nuts and seeds. Cockroaches, which are able to convert anything animal or vegetable into food and carry food poisoning germs on their bodies, are also a risk. Bates says to always check deliveries.Simon Staddon, managing director of Nicholas & Harris, a large craft bakery in Salisbury, Wiltshire, which holds the UK licences for the Village Bakery brand of wheat-free rye breads, Vogel’s seed and grain breads and Cranks organic breads, says the key is prevention and monitoring. His company contracts Rokill to monitor for pest activity and it has traps placed strategically. Rokill comes on-site weekly to ensure the 45,000sq ft bakery stays pest-free.”We’ve never had anything that we haven’t been able to deal with swiftly. Like any other bakery, we might get the odd mouse caught in one of our perimeter traps and technical manager Callum Devine deals with this.”Cleankill advises the following to eliminate problems:l Proof the bottom of doors, so rodents cannot get underneathl Make sure the perimeter of your premises is sound and securel Repair broken air vents and ensure all service pipes have sealsl Check under shelving on the shop floor and in the store cupboard to make sure there are no broken packets of foodl Raise stock off the ground on shelvingl Have a cleaning plan in place and make sure staff sweep and mop daily and pull out the fridge to expose areas where rodents can hidel Dispose of any stock if you have a suspicion that it has been contaminatedl Keep an eye out for droppings and take immediate actionl Be wary if there is an empty premises next door, because any infestations could easily spread into your bakery. A pest for all products Coffee, cocoa: flour beetles, merchant grain beetles, warehouse mothsCheese: mites, larder beetle, copra beetleDried fruit: Indian meal moth, merchant grain beetles, tobacco beetle, dried fruit beetle, mitesFlour and milled cereal products: flour beetles, mill moth, Indian meal moth, Cadelle, flat grain beetle, mitesGrain (wheat, rice, corn and other cereals): rice weevil, grain weevil, lesser grain borer, saw-toothed grain beetle, Cadelle, flour beetle, Indian meal moth and mitesNuts and confectionery: Indian meal moth, merchant grain beetle, mitesSource: Chartered Institute of Environmental Health. The law l Food Hygiene Regulations Regulation (EC) 178/2002 of the European Parliament: this regulation lays down the principles and requirements of food law. Article 14 of Regulation (EC) 178/2002 deals with unsafe food. It is an offence not to comply with article 14 under the General Food Regulations 2004. Food shall be deemed unsafe if it is considered to be injurious to health or unfit for human consumption.l Regulation (EC) 852/2004: these regulations lay down general hygiene requirements for all food business operators and state that:1. the layout, design and construction of food premises are to permit good food hygiene practices, including protection against contamination and, in particular, pest control.2. adequate procedures should be in place to control pests.Source: Chartered Institute of Environmental Healthlast_img read more

  • Bakery retailers see a rise in outlet openings

    first_imgThe UK’s biggest bakery retailers are defying the tough economic conditions with the overall number of new outlets opened by the leading 75 companies (by store numbers) up 6.9% in the past year.The number of shops selling baked goods as the primary element of their food offering saw a net increase of over 500 outlets in 2010 compared to 2009, according to BB75 2011 British Baker’s influential league table of the top 75 bakery retailers.Greggs remained the largest player in the market with a total of 1,479 outlets, up from 1,419, closely followed by Subway with 1,420 stores. Coffee chains Costa, Starbucks and Caffè Nero filled the remaining places in the top five, with Costa opening 100 new stores in 2010 more than any other company on the BB75 list.While the large national chains dominated the top spots, regional craft bakeries are also proving more than resilient. Store numbers among the top 10 craft bakeries (excluding Greggs), such as Sayers and Coopland & Son, grew by 4.7% up 33 outlets to a total of 733.Mike Holling, chairman of the National Association of Master Bakers and sales manager for Birds of Derby, said the figures were encouraging. “Programmes like the Great British Bake-off and The Apprentice have helped raise the profile of high street bakers. Craft bakeries are finally getting the attention they deserve,” he said. “Some businesses have fallen by the wayside in the past year, but other craft chains have stepped in to take over those shops.”He added that craft bakeries needed to differentiate their businesses from national chains by concentrating on the quality of their products, specialising in items such as confectionery and providing excellent customer service. “Greggs has an interesting business model, but there are still opportunities for craft bakers to exploit, such as alternative locations close to industrial sites or within the confines of a supermarket. We must also maximise regional loyalties,” he said.The advice would seem timely, with Greggs planning to open 80 shops in 2011. “2011 will be very similar to 2010, with tough trading, but there are good growth opportunities,” said Greggs chief executive Ken McMeikan.>>Greggs adds 18 outlets to extend BB75 leadlast_img read more

  • High street chains criticised in Irresponsibility Deal report

    first_imgCompanies including Subway, Costa and Samworth Brothers, have been slammed for not signing up to elements of the government’s public health Responsibility Deal in a new report from the Children’s Food Campaign.Subway and Costa were both criticised in the report called The Irresponsibility Deal for not signing up to the out-of-home calorie labelling pledge under the government scheme, while Starbucks, Fine Lady Bakeries and Samworth Brothers were criticised for “rejecting” the government’s salt pledge.The report claimed the government’s Responsibility Deal was better for the food industry than public health and was “likely to fail” because industry commitments were “weak, voluntary and ignored by numerous big food companies”. Subway and Costa were named in the report, among several other restaurant chains, for “rejecting” out-of-home calorie labelling. “This is very disappointing because the food sold by these household name brands is eaten by millions of people,” said the report.Subway said that information on calories, salt, fat, saturated fat and sugar had been displayed on the glass counter fronts in all its 1,500 stores in the UK and Ireland for almost two years.last_img read more

  • New SME service for growth launched

    first_imgThe Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) has launched a new national programme focused on growing small and medium manufacturing businesses.The new Manufacturing Advisory Service (MAS), launched by business minister Mark Prisk and the Manufacturing Advisory Consortium (MAC), is now available to all manufacturing businesses across England. It has been estimated that the new scheme will help generate £1.5bn in economic growth, create 23,000 jobs and safeguard 50,000 jobs.Prisk commented: “The new Manufacturing Advisory Service will play a key role, providing tailored advice to businesses, helping them to grow and thrive, with a specific focus on helping SMEs improve competitiveness and unlock their growth potential.”Businesses interested in finding out more about the programme can visit or call an advisor on 0845 658 9600.Small manufacturing businesses will also have access to a new initiative recently announced by the government to improve the global competitiveness of UK advanced manufacturing supply chains. The funding – up to £125m – will cover the whole of England and will help to support the UK supply chain, encourage new suppliers to invest in the UK and support economic growth.last_img read more

  • Free lunchtime music in downtown South Bend begins Monday

    first_img Facebook Free lunchtime music in downtown South Bend begins Monday Google+ Twitter Pinterest WhatsApp WhatsApp Previous articleRecovery from coronavirus may not end when infection doesNext articleMan, 36, killed in shooting on Laurelwood Drive in Elkhart 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. (Spencer Marsh/95.3 MNC) Downtown South Bend, Inc. has announced the 2020 Red Table Plaza Lunchtime Concert Series.The program kicks off Monday, July 6, with free, live outdoor music through the work week.As the regional destination for arts, dining, and entertainment, downtown South Bend is the location for free summer concerts hosted by DTSB and The Morris Performing Arts Center.These concerts are free and open to the public. The summer live music schedule is as follows from July 6, 2020 – August 27, 2020:Mondays – Thursdays: 11:45 a.m. – 1:15 p.m. at The GridironFridays: 11:45 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.  Jon Hunt Plaza By Jon Zimney – July 6, 2020 0 502 Twitter Google+ IndianaLocalNews Pinterest Facebooklast_img read more

  • Lights out at the Concord Mall due to an unpaid utility bill

    first_img Pinterest Google+ (Amanda Wilkinson/Elkhart Truth) Mallwalkers and shoppers at the Concord Mall found themselves in the dark on Wednesday when the lights went out in the common areas.WSBT reports that it was due to an unpaid utility bill for the mall, which was sold nearly one year ago. The new owners were behind in paying the bill, so service was turned off.The lights are expected to be back on by the end of the week. IndianaLocalNewsSouth Bend Market Lights out at the Concord Mall due to an unpaid utility bill Google+ By Tommie Lee – January 14, 2021 0 421 Twitter WhatsApp Twitter Facebook Pinterest Facebook WhatsApp Previous articleSmall businesses are growing, hiringNext articleElkhart teenager receives 63-year prison sentence for murder Tommie Leelast_img read more

  • Press release: Action on trade and inclusivity to benefit all Commonwealth citizens

    first_imgAlready accounting for one fifth of global trade, with intra-Commonwealth trade valued at $560 billion and estimated to rise to $700 billion by 2020, the organisation holds vast potential for future growth. New initiatives announced today will help make this happen.As Commonwealth partners, we have a lot to offer each other. And at home there is a gain by tapping into new markets and new talents.Speaking ahead of the Heads of Government Meeting, the Prime Minister will also call for the Commonwealth to be a beacon of free and inclusive trade at a time of fragile growth and continuing protectionism.To help make the most of the Commonwealth’s potential, Prime Minister Theresa May will unveil new programmes to free up trade, boost women’s participation in business and to upskill young people whom make up two thirds of the Commonwealth’s 2.4 billion citizens.The new SheTrades programme will offer £7 million in Commonwealth-wide support to increasing the presence of women-owned businesses to operate internationally from countries where being female is a professional barrier.Indeed, it has been estimated that if women played the same role as men in labour markets, as much as $28 trillion could be added to global GDP by 2025.The UK will work with the International Trade Centre (ITC) to deliver this, while also compiling the world’s first ‘Global Outlook’ on trade and gender in the Commonwealth. This will provide information needed to help Commonwealth countries implement more inclusive trade policy.UK Prime Minister Theresa May said: Our Commonwealth family already accounts for one-fifth of global trade, and we must continue to work together to build further upon this solid foundation by building on our existing trade links and establishing new ones. I firmly believe that regardless of which corner of the Commonwealth you are from, we all will benefit from the jobs created by doing so. Every one of those new jobs will mean another family seeing their hard work rewarded, and the spread of greater opportunity. The initiatives I have announced will see the Commonwealth being better able to respond to its youth, rise to the challenges they face and answer their ambitions for a better life. In taking decisive action today, we have begun a positive change which will echo through the generations. I am also proud that important action taken at this summit will mean that more women will be able to overcome barriers which keep them from participating in trade. The Prime Minister will also announce UK funding for a new Commonwealth Standards Network which helps harness the benefits of existing international standards. These will be a shared language for trading partners across the globe to enhance trust and create innovation.This will boost intra-Commonwealth trade and support developing countries to produce goods and services to internationally recognised standards and access new markets. The effective use of existing international standards will reduce trade costs between members.International common standards act as a common language that will help the UK forge new, and deepen existing trading relationships with our Commonwealth partners, which will bring benefit to both businesses and consumers in the UK.While this action will help, to truly tap into the Commonwealth’s potential there needs to be dedicated programmes for its young. The issue of youth unemployment has been raised as a key issue at this year’s summit, which is why Theresa May will announce action to help.Boosting trade will in turn boost jobs; tackling the youth unemployment which the Commonwealth knows is a real problem for its youngest citizens. Of the organisation’s 2.4 billion citizens, 60% are under 30.And young people looking to move into the workplace will benefit from a new £3.4 million apprenticeship and training programme in the Commonwealth, which will help promote and share best practice across the Commonwealth.last_img read more

  • Press release: Government considers society lotteries reform to benefit good causes

    first_imgThe consultation will recommend raising the maximum amount society lotteries can raise for good causes from £10 million to £100 million per year Consultation will recommend raising maximum draw prize Large society lotteries sales limits were last raised in 2009 A consultation has today been launched on changes to the amount of money society lotteries can raise for good causes.The Government recommends increasing the maximum draw prize from its current limit of £400,000 to £500,000. The consultation will also ask for views on increasing the number of tickets society lotteries can sell to a value of £100 million per year and the amount they can raise per draw to £5 million.The move would allow charities and community groups to increase fundraising methods through society lotteries, while protecting the National Lottery’s ability to raise money for good causes.Tracey Crouch, Minister for Sport and Civil Society said: Society lotteries make a vital difference to communities up and down the country. They raise hundreds of millions of pounds every year, supporting our veterans, lifeboats, hospices, air ambulances and many other great causes. They are an important fundraising tool for charities and we want to ensure that both society lotteries and the National Lottery are able to thrive now and in the future.center_img Society lotteries – such as those run by charities, The Health Lottery and People’s Postcode Lottery – raised over £255 million for good causes in 2016/17.The individual draw limit for large society lotteries was last raised in 2009. The government’s decision to consult follows the sector’s calls for limits to be increased.The consultation will run for ten weeks and is open to members of the public.ENDSNOTES TO EDITORSSociety lotteries are lotteries run by charities and other non-commercial organisations such as sports clubs to allow them to raise money for the good causes they support.The Gambling Act sets the current limits for society lotteries as £4 million sales per draw, £10 million sales per year and a maximum draw prize of £400,000. The per draw sales limit was last changed in 2009.For further information, please call Hannah Thornley at the DCMS Press Office on: 0207 211 6276.Examples of society lotteries include:People’s Postcode Lottery has raised more than £310 million for UK charities since 2005. The money raised is awarded to good causes through a collection of themed charity trusts, and also directly supports a range of charities including Oxfam, Dogs Trust, Maggie’s and PDSA.The Health Lottery has raised over £100 million since its launch in September 2011. It supports local health causes in England, Scotland and Wales through 51 local community interest companies. Grants have supported charities like Carers Trust, Dementia UK, and Mencap.Macmillan Lottery raises funds to support different areas of Macmillan’s work for people affected by cancer.British Legion’s Poppy Lottery supports the vital work of The Royal British Legion helping serving and ex-Service men and women and their families across the UK.Royal National Lifeboat Institution runs a Lifeboat Lottery raising funds to support their vital work helping to save lives at sea.Air Ambulances across the UK raise money through lotteries to support local air ambulance services.last_img read more