The ice is right, says Hubbard

first_imgHubbard Ice Systems (Ipswich, Suffolk) offers a choice of ice and water systems, from simple bottle coolers to advanced ‘magic eye’ hands-free ice and water dispensers.Hubbard now offers ‘ice plus water’ dispensers. For example, the Scotsman MDT5N range, which comes in two models – the 5N25 and 5N40. Both models have separate chutes for ice and water. The machines make nugget ice, producing up to 238kg every 24 hours. The smaller 5N25 can store up to 12kg of ice, while the 5N40 holds up to 18kg. The company’s TC180 (above) is available as an ice-only or a water and ice dispenser, and makes randomly shaped pieces of ice. It also comes in hands-free (magic eye) or push-button operation.last_img


first_imgThis week I had the pleasure of interviewing Allied Baking and Milling Group’s new CEO, the cheery antipodean Brian Robinson, at Allied’s headquarters in Maidenhead. Robinson arrived in the UK last November and was then struck down by a mystery bout of pneumonia – perhaps an extreme reaction to the change in climate. Thankfully, he is almost fully recovered and remains delighted to be in the UK, particularly, I am sure, now summer has finally arrived. And Robinson is swinging into action too! Any competitors who have been lulled into a false sense of security by his slow start should watch out. Robinson plans to put a sizzle in Allied Bakeries’ business (pg 3). He describes himself as a “turnaround specialist” and says he works best in a company which needs “sorting out”! Allied Bakeries is a relatively healthy plant bakery business, particularly compared to the likes of outfits such as the defunct New Rathbones. But it had been getting to the stage where it could begin to be called “beleaguered” in the last year. Its troubles have been well documented, from the loss of the Asda own-label business to declines in Kingsmill revenues and profits. Not forgetting the poorly-received Kings’ Mill advertising campaign featuring an Elvis impersonator, which has now been dropped. “The King is dead,” as Robinson jokes.When you look at it, Associated British Foods’ idea of bringing an overseas expert to overhaul its UK bakery business is inspired. Robinson has run bakery businesses in New Zealand, where he was born, as well as Australia, where he lived for 14 years, with some impressive results. He knows all the nuts and bolts of bakery, but he is not bogged down by an intricate understanding of the status quo in the UK. He questions traditional ways of operating which may be less than efficient. And personally, he has all the enthusiasm and joie de vivre necessary to accomplish his goals. He is overjoyed to be in the UK where his ancestors hailed from and overjoyed to be working in a sector where people really have a passion for what they do. I think that is called having the right attitude!Meanwhile, the deadline for entering our Baking Industry Awards is fast approaching – closing date is 16 June. Sylvia, who is on holiday this week, has asked me to urge you to get your forms in. Nothing ventured nothing gained!last_img read more


first_imgDear SylviaJust a few thoughts on the baking industry. Last weekend, I took my 10-year-old lad, Joe, to the Europain exhibition in Paris. What a joy it was! It was Sunday and the place was full of families – all no doubt connected with the bakery trade.The dads looked decidedly knackered (a Sunday feeling all bakers know something about), while the mums looked stunning in what was a big family day out for them. And the children were having the time of their life, with all the free samples available and so much to watch – with demos galore. I spotted one little boy trying to get into a spiral mixer! But haven’t we all put our children on the pastry belt for a ride, or on the bdm plate for a wobble? The scene seemed even more chaotic after lunch, with the definite feeling that several glasses of wine too many had been drunk.I’ve just been registering for BIE and noticed, in big letters, ’No under-16s’. I wonder why small family bakery businesses are on the decline in this country?Marcus WellsThe Breadstore, Bristollast_img read more

Columnist Tony Phillips has passed away

first_imgBritish Baker columnist Tony Phillips passed away on Saturday 17 January, as the result of a brain tumour. He was a very popular columnist for British Baker for many years. He held the position of president of The National Association of Master Bakers (2004/05). He was also the first Englishman ever to be invited to become president of Retail Confectioners International, the confectionery association of North America. He leaves a widow Barbara and two daughters, Andrea and Jane. The funeral will be held at 2pm on Thursday 29 January at Gloucester Crematorium, Coney Hill, Gloucester, GL4 4PA. All are welcome.After the funeral there will be a gathering at the Wotton Hall Club, 138 Barnwood Road, Gloucester, GL4 3JS.All are welcome to this also.It is family flowers only, donations are towards Tony & Barbara’s daughters’ work in the Philippines. To look at the work they achieve go to Baker sends its deepest condolences to Barbara Phillips and family.last_img read more

Bread buste

first_imgFor the first time, bread sold in Orford is featuring health labels on the packaging, warning of the dangers of lung cancer, heart disease and impotence. Oh no, yet more health scares about bread, you cry! Well, actually no. Neither is it the latest instalment of The Real Bread Campaign. In fact it’s to do with a scam operating around the Grasmere Avenue area of the town where criminals are selling Golden Virginia tobacco for £6 on the street.When the unsuspecting nicotine-hungry bargain hunter gets home, they find the tobacco has been replaced with bread. Is this the most expensive bread per gram on the planet? It’s a novel way of boosting bread margins, at least.last_img

Bakers urged to diversify sugar sourcing

first_imgBakery manufacturers will have to adjust their sugar buying as the UK’s deficit of sugar supply continues to keep prices high going into the next contract season.Andrew Brown, marketing and planning director of major sugar supplier Napier Brown, told the Real Good Food Company AGM in London this morning: “It is now not about price, it is about security of supply that customers want.“The whole outlook for the sugar market has radically changed over the last six-to-nine months. The UK in particular is now a deficit market. The UK, in order to meet consumption, requires 300,000 tonnes of imports. Therefore customers need new supply sources.”While two years ago the firm was buying 90% of its sugar from the UK, this has “reduced significantly” during 2010 -2011, as the firm is forced to look further afield and diversify its sourcing.“We’ve secured the sugar [for the autumn contract season]” he said. “We are bringing new sources of supply to a deficit market. We already have six major suppliers from this autumn, as well as speciality sugars from all over the world.”Following changes in the European sugar regime, the EU is now an under-supplied market. The changes have made the EU a net importer of sugar. It needs three million tonnes of sugar to be imported to meet consumption of 16 million tonnes.High world prices, as well as currency changes, have made the EU an unattractive destination for world sugar. A one million tonne shortfall saw a dramatic spike in prices last autumn, exacerbated by the failure of the UK beet crop due to extreme weather conditions in January this year.“The manufacturing world has gone into shock because they thought they would never run out of sugar, and some big companies have been hit,” said Real Good Food Company’s executive chairman Pieter Totté. “Now it’s about making sure you have sufficient sugar for your year.”Napier Brown also revealed plans to relaunch its Whitworths brand this autumn, with a new range of specialist sugars.>>EU takes more steps to ease sugar supplieslast_img read more

Boparan to offload Christmas pudding business

first_imgBoparan Holdings has offered to sell a Christmas pudding business in a bid to overcome competition concerns on its proposed acquisition of Brookes Avana from Premier Foods.Boparan Holdings, the food conglomerate behind 2 Sisters, acquired Matthew Walker, the Christmas pudding company, when it purchased rival Northern Foods in a £341m deal in January 2011.However, its further move for the two firms from Premier would bring together the UK’s two largest producers of Christmas puddings – a move that has caught the attention of the Office of Fair Trading (OFT).Now, Boparan Holdings has offered to sell either its Avana production site in Newport or the Matthew Walker facility in Heanor in Derbyshire in a bid to appease the government department.Amelia Fletcher, OFT chief economist and decision-maker in this case, said: “This merger brings together the two main suppliers of Christmas puddings to the major grocery retailers in the UK, and although these puddings might only be purchased once a year, total sales are over £40m a year. “We are concerned that this loss of competition could ultimately lead to price rises for consumers at a time of year that is already very costly for families. The OFT is now considering the remedy offered by the parties to remove these competition concerns.”While the proposal by Boparan Holdings is being considered, the OFT said it had suspended a move to refer its merger to the Competition Commission.last_img read more

New information about what led to South Bend woman’s shooting death

first_img WhatsApp Facebook By Jon Zimney – September 8, 2020 0 1126 New information about what led to South Bend woman’s shooting death Twitter Facebook Twitter IndianaLocalNews (Photo supplied/The St. Joseph County Homicide Unit) A woman was killed in a shooting and another woman is facing charges in connection with the death.Police were called just after 1:30 a.m. on Sunday, Sep. 6, on the report of a shooting victim found in a vehicle that was stopped at Logan Street and Mishawaka Avenue in Mishawaka.Mishawaka police officers at the scene rendered aid and summoned medical personnel, but the woman was pronounced deceased at the scene.The St. Joseph County Metro Homicide Unit was activated to handle the investigation.Witnesses have been interviewed by Metro Homicide investigators.The woman who died at the scene has been identified as Dominique Herron, 24, of South Bend.Police arrested Jeanette Williams, 24, of South Bend, on preliminary charges of criminal recklessness and reckless homicide. On Monday, Williams was formally charged.Count I: Reckless Homicide a Level 5 FelonyCount II: Criminal Recklessness a Level 6 FelonyCount III: Felony Firearm Sentencing EnhancementProbable cause was found, and Ms. Williams was ordered held for the next available bailhearing after the warrant is served. She was arrested yesterday in connection with thisinvestigation, and remains in the custody of the St. Joseph County Jail.Her bail hearing and arraignment are scheduled for Tuesday afternoon.The sentencing range for a Level 5 Felony is one to six years. The sentencing rangefor a Level 6 Felony is six months to two-and-a-half years. A Felony FirearmSentencing Enhancement can add an additional 5 to 20 years to the conviction of theunderlying offense.New information was released in court documents, which suggest the shooting may have happened inside a vehicle after Herron, Williams and a man they were with got into an altercation with some other patrols at Smith’s Bar in Mishawka. Shots were fired at them. Williams fired back and, at one point, said her gun was jammed. When they were leaving in the car, the man they were with said it sounded like a gunshot came from the backseat where Williams was sitting and Herron was struck. Williams denied the gunshot came from her gun, which was found outside the vehicle where they stopped.Anybody with information is asked to contact the St. Joseph County Metro Homicide Unit at 574-235-5009 or Michiana Crime Stoppers at 288-STOP.Below is the court document released by the St. Joseph County Prosecutor’s Office. It details the incidents that led to the shooting: Google+ Pinterest Google+ Pinterest WhatsApp Previous articleHoneybees important for crops in IndianaNext articleElkhart’s 22nd annual Riding to Remember takes place Sunday 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

From 60 degrees on Friday to possible snow this weekend

first_img WhatsApp From 60 degrees on Friday to possible snow this weekend Twitter Twitter Previous articleMan hospitalized after being struck by vehicle in South BendNext articlePower outage affecting 12,000+ I&M customers in South Bend 95.3 MNCNews/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel is your breaking news and weather station for northern Indiana and southwestern Michigan. Facebook Facebook By 95.3 MNC – November 21, 2020 0 254 Pinterest WhatsApp (Photo supplied/ABC 57) (Maci Tetrick/ABC 57 Meteorologist) The better day to head outside this weekend is Saturday. Skies are mostly cloudy, but it should stay dry.Early Saturday morning, temperatures are in the 30s. We’ll warm to temperatures in the mid 40s by afternoon. Showers start late tonight after 10 p.m. Overnight, temperatures fall to a low around 34. This means precipitation could turn from rain showers to a wintry mix, and later it could be primarily snowflakes. How quickly temperatures fall and when we see the rain turn into snow will determine if snow accumulates.There could be up to half an inch of snow, especially on grassy areas. Accumulation and icing on roadways shouldn’t be much of an issue because of our recent warm temperatures. Sunday afternoon precipitation continues to fall but turns back to rain as temperatures warm to the low 40s. This should help with melting any of the morning’s snow/ice. Rain wraps up by Sunday evening.Monday is a dry start to the work week. More rain is expected Tuesday and Wednesday, but the forecast improves for Thanksgiving. It should be a mostly sunny Turkey Day with temperatures around 50 degrees.Your ABC 57 First Warning Neighborhood Weather Center Forecast:Saturday: Mostly cloudy. High 46.Saturday night: Rain showers early, turning to rain/snow mix late. Low 34.Sunday: Rain/snow showers early, turning to rain showers by afternoon. High 42.Monday: Partly cloudy. High 42. Google+ Pinterest IndianaLocalMichiganNewsWeather Google+last_img read more

News story: Global entrepreneur scheme set to boost trade with Western Balkans

first_imgRead her full speech: The Start-Up Games: backing the Western Balkans’ Entrepreneurs. Trade Minister Baroness Fairhead will today (Monday, 9 July 2018) announce the expansion of the Global Entrepreneur Programme (GEP) across the Western Balkans, as part of plans to build a long-term partnership with the region.More than 20 entrepreneurs from Serbia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Montenegro, Kosovo, Macedonia and Albania are set to attend the 2018 Western Balkans Summit in London, showcasing what they have to offer the UK market.Whilst in London, the up and coming businesses will have a chance to meet with their UK counterparts, building a bridge between the UK and the Western Balkans, and spot opportunities for collaboration.The GEP has already proved extremely successful in providing guidance to budding entrepreneurs around the world, resulting in 900 entrepreneurs investing in the UK since 2005 – creating more than 5,000 high quality jobs and raising more than £1 billion in venture capital.Trade Minister Baroness Fairhead said: In enhancing the skills of entrepreneurs from the region, their ventures will develop into viable propositions that will contribute to the Western Balkans region’s economic prosperity, strengthening the business environment in all 6 countries.The UK’s trade in goods and services with the region was at £2.25 billion in 2016, a 71.7% year-on-year rise.Further informationThe UK is Europe’s leading base for entrepreneurs, with a record of nearly £3 billion raised in venture capital funding in 2017 – more than Germany, France and Ireland combined.The GEP attracts overseas-based, entrepreneur-led companies with innovative technologies by offering expert guidance on our how to scale up and internationalise their operations.Entrepreneurs are attracted to the UK because of its competitive tax system, business-friendly regulation, skilled workforce and dynamic financial markets, along with key incentives for research and development, intellectual property protection, patent development and venture capital investment. The Department for International Trade (DIT) is committed to breaking down barriers to trade and investment, stimulating growth in emerging markets that will create jobs, improve quality of life and bring prosperity to communities both in the UK and around the world. Through the availability of British expertise, broadening the GEP in the Western Balkans is a win-win for both the British economy and those of the 6 countries involved.center_img The possibilities for deeper trade and investment ties with the countries of the Western Balkans are some of the most exciting emerging opportunities for the UK in Europe. Given the importance of trade to the security and economic stability of the Western Balkans region, DIT’s new impetus for the GEP in the region is an example of exactly the type of work that I will be looking to encourage as the new Her Majesty’s Trade Commissioner for Europe. Her Majesty’s Trade Commissioner for Europe, Andrew Mitchell said:last_img read more