National Association of Master Bakers Conference

first_imgThe National Association of Master Bakers’ (NA) 119th annual conference was held in Stratford from April 28 to May 1 and attracted 109 delegates, reports Anne Bruce.They enjoyed social activities including cocktail parties, a banquet, a church service, a cruise along the river Avon, a Caribbean-themed fancy dress fun night, as well as the Association’s annual general meeting.The annual conference was chief executive David Smith’s last, as he is to retire in November, after a ten year stint. He will be succeeded by NA senior executive Gill Brooks-Lonican.The NA conference co-incided with the National Federation of Bakery Students Societies and the Institute of Bread Bakers Alliance annual conference in Southport.last_img read more

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Reporting in Alex Waugh, director general, the National Association of British and Irish Millers

first_imgOne of the longest UK wheat harvests is now all but complete, having started under burning hot skies in mid-July. Because of the early drought and heatwave followed by August rains the quality of the crop is variable. Soil type, geographic location and individual variety of wheat all play a part in this variability. Millers and grain traders will therefore have to be more selective than ever in their purchasing.Northern Europe experienced the same extreme weather conditions as the UK. Consequently, expectations of a record harvest of good quality have not been met. Crop estimates have been steadily reduced and are now 10% below January expectations. Together with quality problems, especially in Poland and Eastern Germany, this has driven European grain prices higher. The UK has been caught up in this and wheat market prices are now about 25% up on last year.The variability in quality, with later harvested wheat particularly affected, means there is greater north-south variation than normal.Overall, wheat harvests across the world have come in slightly below expectations. Agencies such as the US Department of Agriculture anticipate that wheat stocks will fall again and the ratio between stocks and wheat usage will fall to its lowest ever level of 21% (ie, global wheat stocks will be sufficient for about 70 days’ usage).This tight supply situation is expected to underpin the grain market during the season ahead.last_img read more

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Café connection

first_imgCaffè Culture 2008, with its wide range of exhibitors, food demonstrations and extensive programme of seminars, is less than three weeks away. The show, taking place at London’s Olympia on 21 and 22 May, features the latest products and services from international and UK-based suppliers, from bakery and café design through to kitchen equipment and training.Below we feature just some of those due to showcase their latest innovations.l Marco Beverage Systems, a designer and manufacturer of drinks-making equipment, is exhibiting three new products: an energy-efficient water boiler range called the Ecoboiler; the Maxibrew fresh cup – a bulk filter coffee maker, which disposes of stale coffee – and a range of self-service brewers. The company says the ecoboiler is no more expensive than a standard one and savings could be equivalent to having a free new boiler every four years.l Beyond the Bean will be bringing its new ready-to-drink fruit smoothies to the show – the latest edition to its Sweetbird range. There are three flavours – orange and mango, pineapple and passion fruit, blackberry and blueberry. The 330ml smoothies come in 100% recyclable PET bottles. The smoothies, which do not contain any artificial colours or preservatives, only require ambient storage and the company believes they will be particularly useful for people who don’t have much chilled storage space.l For the Handmade Cake Company in Maidenhead its appearance at the Caffè Culture show coincides with a major development for the Berkshire business, with a doubling of production facilities through a move to a new bakery. The company says the move into individually wrapped cakes enables it to meet both the needs of existing customers while also reaching “an entirely new group of cake enthusiasts”.l Kate’s Cakes will be launching three additions to its Lifestyle range: a choc and nut cereal bar, a muesli bar and a fruit seed bar. All slices are packaged individually to keep them fresh and are available in cases of 20. They are made with dairy-, gluten- and wheat-free ingredients.l Melitta will be showing the latest addition to its HACCP-approved bean-to-cup speciality coffee machines. The ultra compact Bar machine can be sited behind a bar or counter and is capable of delivering up to 150 espressos or 90 cappuccinos per hour. It features an 18-option speciality menu, two separate hoppers, an extra chute for decaffeinated coffee and a hot water outlet for tea preparation. The integrated automatic milk frother delivers creamy froth in seconds and there is also a steam nozzle for manual frothing.l Nexus Retail Interiors is inviting visitors to its stand, G39. The company is involved in the design, installation and project management of cafés, restaurants and bars. It has an in-house studio and says it uses the most up-to-date computer technology, along with full colour design, which complements the work of a contracts management team skilled in seeing projects through from conception to completion.l Appearing for the first time at the show, La Spaziale will display its new S5, 1-group traditional espresso machine. Its stand will also feature other examples from the S5 range, now available in gold, from 1-group to 4-group. Newly-crowned UK Barista Champion Hugo Hercod will be on the stand to put the machines through their paces.l Come and meet the British Baker team on stand M25, and pick up a copy of the new-look, bigger and more colourful issue, which is packed with the latest news, views and vital information for bakery retailers and café operators.—-=== Workshop workout ===Visitors to Caffè Culture can take advantage of a wide range of workshops and seminars on all aspects of the café business. The Caffè Theatre programme offers a range of demonstrations based around practical food advice, while the Caffè Business programme addresses critical issues facing the café bar industry. Barista competitions and workshops will run on both days of the show.Pre-register and save £15 on the door at [http://www.caffeculture.com].last_img read more

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Belfast bakery struggles under weight of debts

first_imgMillers Traditional Bakery is fighting to stay in business and protect 60 jobs after running up big debts.The Belfast family-run baker hopes to reach a Company Voluntary Agreement (CVA) with creditors to avoid liquidation after one of those owed money – Latimer Electrical Services Limited – brought a wind-up petition.A hearing at the High Court last week was adjourned to 8 October after lawyers for Millers outlined the efforts being made by the company.Less than two years ago, the company moved from Newtownabbey to a new 16,000 sq ft production facility, installed equipment to improve baking capacity and funded a marketing campaign to position itself as a specialist food producer.In a statement, MD William Millar said: “The sudden downturn in the economy and its impact on the competitive grocery trade has presented us with major challenges in meeting the debt of expansion in a depressed market.- To read the full story, check out the next issue of British Baker, out 25 September.last_img read more

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Private members’ cake club launched

first_imgCake lovers can indulge their passion in exclusive settings by joining a new private members’ club.Launched by experimental baker Lily Vanilli, 180 – named after the temperature at which cakes bake – is a cake and cocktails club, which aims to give members fun and glamour.The British Baker columnist reported that she had already had more than 2,000 applications for membership. “I really like the idea of pairing cakes with cocktails, especially as lots of the cakes we make use alcohol,” said Vanilli. “There will be ad hoc events about once a month, where we can do cabaret or theatre. I think this is a really different idea and we’ve had a massive response.”Cakes at the launch night included Courvoisier carrot cake, Red Velvet & Cherry mini layer cakes and Vanilla & Pomegranate Cakes.Another exclusive group is the Clandestine Cake Club, set up late last year around Leeds; members bake cakes at home under a theme, such as Crimson Crime Cakes, and take them to a secret location where they get to talk about baking.last_img read more

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BB75 Lunch attracts top baking industry peers

first_imgGreggs has once again topped the BB75 table, with the highest number of bakery retail outlets, keeping Subway at bay in the number two spot. With 84 more outlets than this time last year, at the last count Greggs had 1,571 shops, with Subway on 1,424 after adding only four net new outlets in the past year.Ken McMeikan, chief executive of Greggs was presented the winner’s trophy at British Baker’s inaugural BB75 Lunch, held at Terence Conran’s The Boundary Hotel in Shoreditch, London on 29 February.Top executives from many of the companies featured in the BB75 table attended the event, which saw the exclusive launch of the new BB75 Special Report (published with this issue). The Lunch featured presentations from McMeikan on his business, and issues facing high street bakers, as well as a talk on bakery/coffee shops of the future from Doctor Oliver Blank, head of sales and marketing at German shopfitting and design specialist Aichinger.McMeikan spoke of issues negatively affecting the high street, such as the recession, the growth of online shopping and free-parking at out-of-town shopping centres. He illustrated changes on the high street with data from IGD (Grocery Retail Structure 2011 vs 2010), which showed the rise in supermarket multiples as well as convenience and symbol stores, in contrast to a fall of 0.3% in the store numbers of specialist bakers.He then gave an overview of how Greggs had achieved success, from moving into the breakfast market, increasing its investment in promotions and price and widening its appeal through healthy and nutritional products, to investing in new shops, refits and its bakeries. In terms of opportunities for the baking industry to grow together, he suggested: collective buying power, shared customer insight, national marketing of the bakery industry, and working together to tackle community issues.During Aichinger’s talk, Blank told guests that trends should not be regarded individually, as these gave a limited perception of the future. He noted that a shop’s design needed to create ’lust’ to enter, stay, buy and indulge. This could be done by “staging” special products, and ensuring shops effectively communicate the message bakers wanted to get across to consumers. “If you want them to enter your shop and spend their money there, they need to see good reasons,” he said, adding that one of the success factors in the big chains is service reliability. Key statistics from the BB75 report l The top 10 in the table, which includes Costa (3rd); Pret A Manger (9th); and Sayers the Bakers (10th), remains the same as last year, with no movement in positions.l The table features five new entrants: Parsons Bakery; Fresh Baked (Auntie Anne’s); The Cornish Oggy Oggy Pasty Company; Dorringtons; and Ditsch.l The top three in the table Greggs, Subway and Costa account for almost half the shops on the entire list, with 4,347 between them.l Losses from the table include Coombs Hampshires and Woodhead the Baker, however there have been plenty of success stories, with star performers including EAT and Patisserie Valerie, with 17 new stores apiece.l Successes have been achieved by offering an upmarket mix of coffee and premium baked goods, as well as moving into new channels.BB75 is the annual authori-tative tracker of companies that sell baked products as the primary element of their food offering in a retail, food-to-go or eat-in format, benchmarked by the number of outlets operated. BB75 Lunch attendees’ comments: Mike Holling, retail operations director, Birds of Derby: “The BB75 Report is invaluable information for the industry and there have been excellent ideas to come away with and take back to your business today.”Ken McMeikan, chief executive, Greggs: “It is hugely important, because it brings the industry together and provides us with an opportunity to step back from the day-to-day challenges that all of us face and share some experiences, thoughts and views about the wider baking industry.”Tim Cuttress, managing director, Forfars Bakery and secretary of the British Confectioners’ Association: “I’ve always been a great believer in networking. It’s interesting how you have condensed the event into a couple of short presentations in the middle of the day, and I’ve met some very interesting people.”last_img read more

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COVID-19 same-day test lab set to open at U.P. Mall

first_img By Jon Zimney – November 7, 2020 1 739 Pinterest COVID-19 same-day test lab set to open at U.P. Mall IndianaLocalNews Twitter Google+ Twitter Pinterest (Photo supplied/QuestCap) A COVID-19 lab providing same-day testing results is set to open at University Park Mall.The lab site can handle up to 150 tests per day and will charge between $59 and $179 for antibody and antigen tests.Tests take no more than ten minutes to administer and provide results within 24 hours via text or email.The lab is operated by QuestCap.The following information was sent to 95.3 MNC:Mishawaka, Indiana- QuestCap is excited to announce the opening of a COVID-19 testing lab to help provide same day testing results in the fight against COVID-19 in Indiana.What:           COVID-19 TestingWhen/Where: For hours of operation and the location on property, please visit: www.testbeforeyougo.comWhy:            The key to flattening the curve is to increase testing.Misc Info:      The lab sites are designed to have capacity for up to 150 tests per day, per site and will charge between $59 and $179 USD for antibody and antigen tests. Tests take no more than ten minutes to administer and provide results within 24 hours. Test results can be communicated via text or email and can be accompanied with a certificate of good health via a HIPAA-compliant smartphone application. Appointments and payments will be handled through an online portal www.testbeforeyougo.com. Facebook Facebook WhatsApp Google+ Previous articleTwo men arrested, suspected of church fire in LaGrange CountyNext articleArt Decio, longtime community leader, philanthropist, champion of Elkhart, has passed away 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. WhatsApplast_img read more

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One dead, one injured in Michigan City shooting Saturday

first_imgIndianaLocalNews Google+ By Brooklyne Beatty – January 25, 2021 0 414 WhatsApp One person is dead and another is injured after a weekend shooting in Michigan City.Police were called to the Crown Food Mart on East Michigan Blvd. around 8:30 CST Saturday night, where they found a Michigan City woman suffering from gunshot wounds. She will be okay.WSBT reports officers were then dispatched to the 100 block of Edward Street, where they found Demetrius Howell, 27, dead at the scene.Police report Howell and the previous gunshot victim were seen together before the shooting.No suspect information has been released. Pinterest Twitter Facebook Google+center_img Twitter TAGSCrown Food MartEdward StreetfatalgunshotIndianakilledMichigan BlvdMichigan Cityshootingwounds Pinterest One dead, one injured in Michigan City shooting Saturday Facebook WhatsApp Previous articleBarnaby’s South Bend closed until FridayNext articleWinter Weather Advisory: Several inches of snow to fall late Monday, Tuesday Brooklyne Beattylast_img read more

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Statement to Parliament: Oral Statement on the political situation in Northern Ireland

first_img That Agreement, along with its successors, has been fundamental in helping Northern Ireland move forward from its violent past to a brighter, more secure future. It is also in the best interests of maintaining and strengthening the Union, to which this Government remains fully committed, consistent with the principle of consent. And as my Right Honourable Friend the Prime Minister has re-affirmed we stand ready to bring forward the necessary legislation that would enable an Executive to be formed at the earliest opportunity. Yet any commemorations this year will look decidedly hollow if Northern Ireland still has no functioning government of its own. On the issue of addressing the legacy of Northern Ireland’s past the Government has manifesto commitments to consult on the implementation of the bodies set out in the 2014 Stormont House Agreement and to support the reform of inquests. And we believe that progress towards reaching agreement on all the key substantive issues has been made. The aim of those talks has been very clear: to bring about the re-establishment of inclusive, devolved government at Stormont which Northern Ireland has effectively been without for over thirteen months. This is clearly not where I want to be but in the absence of an Executive in Northern Ireland I will have no other choice. The Irish Government have also been involved in accordance with the well-established three-stranded approach. With permission I should like to make a statement about the current political situation in Northern Ireland. It became possible in the light of this progress to identify a basis for a possible agreement to allow an Executive to be formed, embracing how the parties ensured the Executive was sustainable, and how they reached a balanced and fair accommodation on the difficult issues of language and culture, and how this was reflected in a package of legislation. Many other issues were addressed too, if not always resolved. Unfortunately, however, by last Wednesday it had become clear that the current phase of talks had reached a conclusion, without such an agreement being finalised and endorsed by both parties. As I said then, it is important for everyone to reflect on the circumstances which have led to this and their positions, both now and in the future. The Government will need to decide shortly on the next steps. First, as our manifesto at the last election set out, this Government believes in devolution under the terms of the 1998 Belfast Agreement. We want to see local politicians taking decisions over local matters accountable to a local Assembly. In particular, as the Head of the Northern Ireland Civil Service has made clear, there needs to be certainty and clarity about a budget for Northern Ireland for next year as soon as possible. Second, however, things in Northern Ireland cannot simply remain in a state of limbo. I cannot reiterate too strongly that devolved government is in the best interests of all the people of Northern Ireland because it ensures their interests and concerns are fairly and equitably represented. Over recent weeks there have been talks involving the main political parties, particularly the two largest parties, the Democratic Unionists and Sinn Fein, to see if there is a basis for re-establishing the Executive. Ultimately the Government has a responsibility to ensure good governance and the continued delivery of public services. And I intend to take steps to provide clarity on the budget and I will update the House as soon as I am in a position to do so. And this Government’s support for the Agreements remains steadfast. As does our commitment to govern for everyone in Northern Ireland. What is important today is for me to give some direction as to next steps. That remains the clear focus and determination of this Government.center_img I acknowledge the public concern that while a number of Assembly members continue to carry out constituency and representative functions, current salaries are maintained while the Assembly is not meeting. In my short time as Northern Ireland Secretary I have seen a place full of wonderful talent and huge potential. The UK Government has facilitated and supported these intensive negotiations. We have been in close touch with all the parties, and responded to requests for advice and support In addition my Right Honourable Friend the Prime Minister has been consistently and closely involved, speaking to party leaders and visiting Belfast last Monday. I have continued to give her up-to-date reports as the talks have progressed. In addition we want to see all of the other institutions of the Agreement operating in the way that was intended. But we will only do that once we are sure that all other viable options designed to restore devolved government have been properly considered, including my statutory obligation to call an Assembly election. In doing so, we have been able to build on the progress made by my predecessor, my Right Honourable Friend the Member for Old Bexley and Sidcup, who I warmly welcome back to this House today. In the Government’s view, both the DUP and Sinn Fein participated in discussions seriously and in good faith. A number of challenging decisions will have to be taken. So we will continue to explore with the parties whether the basis for a political agreement still exists. I would much prefer to do this in the context of an agreement that sees the restoration of a devolved Executive. So everyone needs to continue striving to see devolved government restored and to build a Northern Ireland fit for the future. Longer term the Government will not shirk its responsibilities to take whatever steps are necessary to provide certainty and stability for the people of Northern Ireland, while maintaining our commitment to govern with rigorous impartiality in the interests of all the people of Northern Ireland. That is this Government’s clear hope and desire, something that I believe is shared widely across this House. In the absence of devolution it is also right that we consider the issue of salaries for Assembly Members. At the end of last year my Right Honourable Friend for Old Bexley and Sidcup received recommendations on this from Mr Trevor Reaney, a former Clerk of the Assembly. We need devolved government to help deliver a stronger economy, to build a stronger society and to ensure that Northern Ireland’s voice is properly heard as we leave the European Union. There is no doubt that Northern Ireland has taken huge strides forward in the past twenty years. But I am conscious of the Government’s responsibilities to make progress in this area to provide better outcomes for victims and survivors, the people who suffered most during the troubles. Mr Speaker, as the House will recognise this April marks the 20th anniversary of the historic Belfast Agreement. And I would like to place on record my appreciation of the contribution made by the Irish Foreign Minister, Simon Coveney, and his team. So we will continue to proceed toward a full consultation as soon as possible, so that everyone can have their say.last_img read more

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Press release: Government bolsters crackdown on extremism in prisons

first_imgThe second centre will allow more offenders to be separated from the mainstream prisoner population, providing a crucial provision in tackling extremism. Offenders are placed in the centre if they are involved in planning terrorism or are considered to pose a risk to national security. Those seeking to influence others to commit terrorist crimes, or whose extremist views are undermining good order and security in prison, can also be placed there.Notes to editors That means we need to do more than ever before to confront and counter the threat, including the spread of all forms of poisonous ideology within prisons – and we are meeting that challenge. As a result of the Government’s unprecedented action to protect the public from extremists, we have seen a 75 per cent rise in terrorism-related prisoners over the last three years. With thousands of prison staff now trained to deal with extremism, an enhanced intelligence capability and separation centres for the most subversive prisoners, we are well equipped to deal with this threat.center_img A second separation centre to house the most subversive prisoners has opened as the Government redoubles its efforts in the fight to stamp out extremism – amid a surge in numbers jailed for terrorism-related offences.The centre, at HMP Full Sutton, delivers on our commitment to curtail the influence of the most disruptive inmates, with a third such facility set to be in operation by the end of the year. The first opened at HMP Frankland in July 2017.In addition, a new intelligence unit has been established while thousands of staff have received specialist training to spot signs of radicalisation, with every new prison officer enrolled on the programme.It follows a 75% increase in prisoners convicted of terrorism-related offences in the last three years, resulting from the Government’s unprecedented action to counter extremism, radicalisation and terrorism.With 700 prisoners considered a risk due to their extremist views, and foreign fighters returning from Syria and Iraq hardened and dangerous, the Government is meeting the challenge of confronting and countering the spread of poisonous ideology within prisons.We have significantly increased our resources to tackle extremism in prisons, appointing 100 counter-terrorism specialists and training up more than 13,000 frontline staff to ensure they can identify, report and tackle extremist behaviour in all its forms.The new intelligence unit will boost the ability of prison officers to target those who present the greatest extremist threat.Justice Secretary David Gauke said: HMPPS created Separation Centres within the high security estate to allow greater separation and specialised management of extremists who pose the highest risk to other prisoners. The first of these opened in July 2017 at HMP Frankland. More than 13,000 staff – including all new prison officers – have completed ASPECTS training in the last year alone, providing them with the expertise needed to tackle extremist behaviour. In April 2017 we also established a joint HMPPS and Home Office Extremism Unit to drive our approach to tackling the threat of extremism in prisons.last_img read more

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