Vote on EU quantities spells victory for bakers

first_imgThe Federation of Bakers (FoB) expects to wait up to 18 months as legislation covering bread weights is finalised in Europe.Currently, the UK’s system of selling bread over 300g in set weights of 400g, 800g and 1,200g is under threat by the draft EU Nominal Quantities directive, which proposes deregulation of set weight legislation. Last week the European Parliament voted in favour of amending the draft, to allow weight legislation to be decided nationally on bread and other staples. This was a victory for baking industry bodies including the FoB, who are concerned that deregulation could allow unscrupulous producers to market products, which may look the same size as a traditional loaf but actually weigh less.Now the issue will be decided by a conciliation process between the European Parliament and the European Council of Ministers, which drafted the original directive.FoB director Gordon Polson said: “We will keep a close eye on the issue. It is not detrimental for us to be left hanging, but in the longer term it is better to get this out of the way.”last_img read more

Premier Foods takes logistics to task as industry costs rise

first_imgRHM-owner Premier Foods has called for a shake-up in logistics in the baking industry, attacking existing “inefficient and environmentally unfriendly distribution methods” which “delivered poor customer service”.Speaking after Premier this week revealed that profits had halved in its bakery division in the six months to June 30, chief executive Robert Schofield called for collaboration on deliveries, where the plant baking industry shared one fleet of delivery vehicles. Distribution and baking should be separated. Early morning deliveries, where vans remained unused in the afternoon, were “not sustainable”, he added. Improving the system was a “work in progress”.Schofield also confirmed that Premier, which owns Hovis, was putting the price of a loaf up by 8p, following a previous round of increases on its bread products early this month. It was taking the action due to soaring costs of wheat, which hit profits, he said. It also faced increased distribution costs and overheads, he added.Sales in Premier Foods’ bread division decreased by £4.4m to £398.4m, and profit decreased by £18.9m to £19m in the period to June 30, it revealed.Schofield told British Baker: “Price increases generally across food are not a blip. We have been in a low-inflation environment for 15 years. The increase in raw materials is not short-term; prices here have to go up.” He said that if current wheat price rises persist, additional bread and flour price increases will be required and added: “At the moment, farmers are receiving encouragement to grow crops for fuel. I see it effectively as an environmental tax on food.”Analyst Martin Deboo of Investec told British Baker that he accepted that cost increases were to blame for the drop in bakery profits, and said he was “watching the situation closely” to see how rivals Warburtons and Allied Bakeries would react.If the Hovis brand ended up selling at a premium to its rivals, it could hit market share, he said. Hovis had lost some market share to Warburtons and the relaunched Kingsmill in the last year, he added, but had “held the line” reasonably well, with some interesting new product development coming through – for example its recent Seed Sensations launch.In its cakes division, Schofield said cooler summer weather had helped drive the sales of its Manor Bakeries products, including the Mr Kipling brand. Sales of its cakes increased by £9m to £121.6m and profit went up by £0.2m to £7.8m. The firm anticipates sales will continue to increase in the run-up to Christmas. “Despite turbulent commodity prices, we remain confident that we will deliver underlying sales growth for the year in line with our 1.5-2% target,” said Schofield.last_img read more

Caught in the Web

first_imgl Why use a bed when you can sleep on inflatable toast?… l What the cast of cult TV show Lost looks like in cake form… l You’ve got a sandwich, you’ve got an office scanner, now put the two together and you have… l Heinz Ketchup’s gift to Canada to commemorate its centennial was a ketchup cake…

In Short

first_img== BIA deadline: 15 May ==The Baking Industry Awards deadline has been extended to 15 May. There are 11 categories to enter. Morrisons has joined the sponsors with Artisanal Bread Product of the Year, so if you are a craft, artisan or speciality maker of artisan breads, please enter by 15 May. Download this and all other 10 entry forms from Or tel Helen Law on 01293 846587 or email [email protected] for an entry form.== Bakers’ week spurs interest from schools ==National Craft Bakers’ Week, which takes place on 8-13 June and was publicised to schools last week, has already had a positive result. An immediate response from 24 schools asked for a baker to visit to talk about the craft of baking.== BSB trophy winner ==Mark Young of Ingrams was the winner of the BSB trophy at its golf day, played at the Belfry in the West Midlands on Tuesday 28 April, with a stableford score of 35 points. The Visitors Trophy was won by Joe Cashe, Irish Pride, with 36 points. Prizes were awarded by BSB chairman Andrew Pollard. Over 100 players took part in the event.== Rondo drops Doge ==Swiss-Italian manufacturer of bakery systems Rondo Doge has merged its brand name and will now be known as RONDO. All group companies will come under the RONDO name.== On the web ==l Budget report – what changes will affect businessesl Teachers’ resources, along with video streaming, for National Craft Bakers’ Week are now available to downloadl Border Homebake sees best trading figures for 18 years.To read the full stories check out read more

National Cupcake Week competition launched

first_imgBritish Baker is delighted to announce the launch of a cupcake cake-off competition in the run up to National Cupcake Week, which takes place from 14-19 September.British Baker and co-sponsors of National Cupcake Week, Puratos, welcome all professionals up and down the country to join in the fun by submitting their outstanding recipes and designs by June 29.The competition is open only to bakery professionals, who want the chance to compete to showcase the best of British cupcakes.In order to contend for the cupcake king or queen title, we need you to send us a commercial scale recipe and method including topping (one that could be produced in a shop), plus photography, along with an application form, which you can download from the dedicated cupcake week page on our website – will be selected and judged anonymously by a panel of judges, made up of representatives from British Baker, National Cupcake Week’s co-sponsors and an independent expert. The 10 best recipes and images will be shortlisted, and the chosen entrants will then be contacted by the judges.The panel will then whittle down the shortlist to six winning recipes. Each of these will represent one retail day of the Week, from Monday to Saturday. An overall champion of cupcake champions will also be crowned.National Cupcake Week is being used to support the sale of cupcakes in any outlet that sells them, from craft bakers to cafes, supermarkets and convenience stores.Look out for more details on the competition in the next issue of British Baker, out 19 June, and on the official National Cupcake Week Facebook page.Please remember:Only professionals who either make or supply cupcakes as a business are invited to enter.The deadline is 29 June 2009.Send your entries to [email protected] or post to Cupcake Competition, Elizabeth Ellis, William Reed Business Media, Broadfield Park, Crawley, West Sussex RH11 9RT.last_img read more

African fruit arrives in UK industry

first_imgAn unusual fruit from a native African tree, the baobab, is now available for use in bakery products such as cereal bars, muffins and cakes.Baobab, which is contained in a hard nut, has six times more vitamin C than oranges and twice as much calcium as milk. The Organic Herb Trading Company has been appointed UK distributor for both the conventional and organic fruit pulp powder.The off-white, powdery fruit pulp looks like sherbet and can be blended with anything. It has a tangy taste described as ’caramel pear with subtle tones of grapefruit’ and can instantly boost the nutritional value of many products. It also acts as a flavour enhancer, which means less sugar can be used in products.Conventional baobab pulp powder costs £19 per kg and £21.50 for the organic version.last_img read more

Two people killed in crash on State Road 15 in Kosciusko County

first_imgIndianaLocalNews Pinterest WhatsApp Previous articleHow foreign hackers could affect the November electionNext articleWoman arrested after police chase on U.S. 20 in LaPorte County 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. Facebook Google+ By Jon Zimney – September 23, 2020 0 306 Pinterest Twitter Two people killed in crash on State Road 15 in Kosciusko County WhatsApp Google+ Facebook (Photo supplied/Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Department) Two people were killed after a crash in Kosciusko County.The collision happened around 5:20 p.m. on Wednesday, Sep. 23, at the intersection of State Road 15 and County Road 950 South.An SUV was hit by a semi and pinned under the truck after both vehicles traveled off of the road, according to the Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Department.The 18-year-old driver of the SUV and a 21-year-old passenger were pronounced dead at the scene.The driver of the semi, a 34-year-old Greensboro, Alabama, man was airlifted to an areas hospital for treatment of abdominal and pelvic injuries. Twitterlast_img read more

North Judson man, 41, sentenced after being caught with 2,000+ images of child pornography

first_img Pinterest North Judson man, 41, sentenced after being caught with 2,000+ images of child pornography Google+ WhatsApp (“Court Gavel – Judge’s Gavel – Courtroom” by wp paarz, CC BY-SA 2.0) A former gang member from Starke County will spend time in prison for child pornography.Henry Wood, 41, of North Judson, will serve 14 years in prison after pleading guilty to receipt of child pornography.Wood, a former gang member with an extensive criminal history, had more than 2,000 photos and videos of child pornography on his cell phone, according to court documents. Many of the images featured children under the age of 12.“This sentence demonstrates the FBI’s commitment to investigating cases of child pornography with a sense of urgency to protect children from predators who engage in this type of activity,” said Special Agent in Charge Paul Keenan, FBI Indianapolis. “Protecting the most innocent and vulnerable members of our community, and ensuring those who would harm them are held accountable, is a responsibility the FBI and our law enforcement partners take seriously.”Wood will spend five years on probation after his release from prison. Google+ WhatsApp Facebook Twitter By Jon Zimney – October 8, 2020 0 307 Pinterest IndianaLocalNews Twitter Facebook Previous articleRecall announced for canteloupe, other packaged fruit sold at MeijerNext articlePlot to kidnap Gov. Whitmer thwarted by the FBI 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.last_img read more

Craft distilleries hoping for permanent tax break before 2021

first_img Craft distilleries hoping for permanent tax break before 2021 Google+ Previous articlePortage man charged after allegedly firing gun near toddlersNext articleBoil order in effect for parts of Cass County Michigan Network Indiana Facebook By Network Indiana – November 15, 2020 0 256 IndianaLocalNews Pinterest WhatsApp Google+ WhatsApp Twitter By Paul Joseph from vancouver, bc, canada (08-mar-31) [CC BY 2.0 ], via Wikimedia Commons Craft distilleries across Indiana could be in for a tough time next year unless Congress takes action.In 2017, the federal government passed the Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act, which significantly lowed excise taxes on craft beer, wine, and distilled spirits. But, the law expires on January 1, 2021.That could be a crushing blow to many craft beverage makers in Indiana, especially with the coronavirus pandemic to consider on top of that.“Our entire business model changes with the lockdowns and just the way the pandemic has affected the country,” said David McIntyre, the owner of West Fork Whiskey Company in Indianapolis. “My goal is to never have to furlough or let any employees go, but a 400-percent increase is pretty substantial.”McIntyre told WISH-TV the pandemic has made things tough and they tried to supplement their losses with curbside pick up and new menu options. Still, even with that, it’s not enough to make up completely.“Paying that much in excise tax would cripple many distilleries,” he added. “And then you also see consumers suffer from the consequences of that because the only way to get through it would be to increase the price of all our products to make up for that tax.”McIntyre, along with many other craft beverage makers throughout the U.S., is hoping Congress will renew the Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act to make the tax cuts it provides to small distilleries, such as his, permanent. Twitter Pinterest Facebooklast_img read more

Lou Holtz honored with Presidential Medal of Freedom

first_imgIndianaLocalNationalNewsSouth Bend MarketSports Facebook Pinterest Lou Holtz honored with Presidential Medal of Freedom (Photo supplied/ABC 57) In a ceremony Thursday, President Donald Trump honored former Notre Dame Head Football Coach Lou Holtz with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, calling his political ally “one of the greatest coaches in American history.”The college football Hall of Famer in turn said the honor was “especially meaningful” coming from Trump, whom he called “the greatest president of my lifetime.”Holtz was announced as a recipient in September. The ceremony took place Thursday morning in the Oval Office.The University of Notre Dame issued a statement Thursday about the award, which you can read by clicking here.Holtz has a 34-year coaching history, including the 1988 national title while at Notre Dame. He’s led six different programs to bowl games. By Tommie Lee – December 3, 2020 0 300 Pinterest Twitter Google+ Facebook Twitter WhatsApp Google+ WhatsApp Previous articleTwo teenagers killed by suspect running from police in MishawakaNext articleElkhart County Sheriff won’t enforce ordinance establishing COVID-19 fines Tommie Leelast_img read more