Cakes and bread drive sales at Premier Foods

first_imgPremier Foods said it expected to hit its 2008 profit targets despite a decline in branded sales in the second half of 2007.Christmas trading was satisfactory across the group and was led by the cakes and customer partnerships businesses, said the company.The main cost pressure over the year came from increases in the price of wheat. Premier said bread price rises and cost savings had helped to offset the effect of more expensive raw materials. Profitability had also been enhanced by the progress of the rationalisation plan with two factory closures in 2007 and seven more planned in 2008-2009. Second half sales were up 3%, while sales over the full year should be 1.6% higher.The cakes and bread bakeries divisions were the best performers with sales gains of 7% and 6% respectively. By contrast branded business fell by 8%.Premier Foods CEO, Robert Schofield, said: “We foresaw raw material and packaging inflation led by wheat but also affecting dairy, fruits and vegetables. Whilst these additional costs have had an impact in the second half of 2007 we have recovered a large proportion of these cost increases through pricing and cost savings.”last_img read more

Allen offers print solution

first_imgAllen Coding Systems has launched a low-cost, thermal transfer printer specifically designed for food industry users of traditional hot stamp equipment. The 53LTi enables customers to upgrade to a more versatile system that easily prints vital fixed and variable text and graphics.It has 300dpi print resolution; cassette ribbon loading; 600-metre ribbon capacity; 53mm x 30mm print area, with print speeds up to 250mm per second. It comes with an operator keypad and Windows-based, full-featured label design software.The unit can print a variety of fixed and variable data, including marking labels, linear and composite bar codes, real time; sell-by dates; batch numbers, company logos, prices and source codes.Available in both intermittent and soon in continuous format, the 53LTi can be easily integrated with a wide range of packaging equipment, such as vertical and horizontal form-fill-seal systems, primary labellers, thermo formers and overwrappers.[http://www.allencoding.co.uk]last_img read more

Coke Zero Zero Seven

first_imgCoca-Cola Zero has teamed up with Sony Entertainment and huge movie franchise James Bond in a deal that sees the brand working with the next 007 film, Quantum of Solace. The brand, originally dubbed ’bloke coke’, will be supporting the film release with a through-the-line advertising campaign and promotional and on-pack marketing initiatives.”We’re delighted to be involved in this exciting project,” said Coca-Cola Great Britain brand director, Bobby Brittain. “The new edgier Bond persona is the ultimate embodiment of the ‘Coke Zero’ brand personality, and is expected to deepen the brand’s engagement with its core target audience of 20 something men.”The Quantum of Solace, staring Daniel Craig, will be released in the UK on 31 October 2008.last_img read more

Abim pledges £10k for National Skills Academy

first_imgThe Association of Bakery Ingre-dient Manufacturers (abim) is to pledge £10,000 to support the pilot of the National Skills Academy for bakery in 2009.The Academy is developing industry-wide training courses of baking skills.Abim chairman Andy Pollard, of Cereform, told British Baker: “We want to support the One Voice initiative, begun at the Baking Industry Exhibition, when all sectors of the industry – craft, wholesale, plant and supermarket – were represented together with ingredients.”The demise of true bakery schools has contributed to a lack of knowledge; this is a specialised industry and there is a need for wide-ranging skills within it. We need not just work-based training but the opportunity for skills training in different areas of bakery, enabling people to develop and move into differing roles of expertise in the industry.”Finding young, well-trained individuals is becoming increa-singly hard. We would like to see courses for people to be trained to levels recognisable across the baking industry and of practical use.”Pollard added: “The Asso- ciation looks forward to seeing the National Skills Academy initiative develop further and to experiencing the positive impact it should have within the baking industry.”last_img read more

Traditionals with a twist Angel food cake by Fiona Burrell

first_imgAngel Food Cake originated in the US as a way to use up egg whites when the yolks had been used for making pasta and noodles.It is a very light cake, which contains no fat and is lower in calories than most sponge cakes. It is sometimes covered in American frosting, but this makes it very sweet and, in my view, is better served with fruit including summer berries or tropical fruits. In the winter you can use frozen berries to make a colourful compôte to serve with the cake.Some recipes do not use flour, but cornflour or arrowroot instead, which is useful if you are looking to make a gluten-free cake. The texture will, inevitably, be a little different.In this recipe, the basic sponge mixture is flavoured with lemon zest and rosewater. The fruit compôte can also have a teaspoon of rosewater added. Alternatively, try it with orange zest and orange blossom water and a hint of mixed spice.Lemon and Rosewater Angel Food CakeIngredientsPlain flour100gIcing sugar80gEgg whites7 (200ml)Pinch of saltCaster sugar80gGrated lemon zest5gCream of tartar5gDistilled rosewater5gMethod1. Grease and base line a 23cm round cake tin. Sift the flour and icing sugar together and put to one side. Put the egg whites in a large bowl with a pinch of salt and whisk until they hold their shape. Gradually add the caster sugar and whisk until thick and shiny. Whisk in the lemon zest, cream of tartar and rosewater.2. Carefully fold in the flour and icing sugar in three batches and pour into the prepared tin. Place in the preheated oven and bake at 180C for 3035 minutes. It should feel firm to the touch, be golden brown and a skewer will come out clean when inserted into the cake.3. Leave it to cool in the tin for 20 minutes before turning out to cool completely.4. Serve cut in slices with a rosewater flavoured fruit compôte.last_img read more

What we can all learn from Mary Portas

first_imgAny retailer worth their salt will have been glued to the recent Mary Portas: Secret Shopper series, and not just because of her ’statement haircut’. I was delighted to see someone like Mary bring mystery shopping to TV, as it’s a subject close to my heart, having been the focus of my professional life for the past 15 years.While I didn’t always agree with her tactics, Mary really highlighted the importance of keeping the customer at the centre of your business; something a lot of bakery businesses seem to forget. Mary’s ’secret shopper’ expeditions weren’t representative of mystery shopping there are no wigs involved for a start but there are five major reasons to think about instigating a programme of mystery shopping to ensure you’re giving the best possible customer service.Firstly, the feedback you receive from mystery shoppers is from an independent third party, so when it’s fed back to staff, it’s not just coming from the manager, but from the people who really matter the customers making it easier for them to accept.Secondly, if it’s done by a quality company, mystery shopping will act as a good coaching tool for your staff, as a good company won’t have a tick sheet of ’yes’ and ’no’ boxes, but will seek to tell a narrative of their entire visit to your premises from how easy you were to find, to their thoughts about the business when they returned home. Staff start to understand the entire customer journey, not just those few seconds in front of the counter.Next, you can use mystery shopping to reward and motivate your staff, by setting goals to improve the feedback they get from mystery shoppers. You can use the feedback to benchmark your entire team. Staff will quickly realise that any customer could be a mystery shopper and will look at each customer differently. For example, for one client we give staff an on-the-spot reward of a £20 note if they ask the mystery shopper the correct up-sell question. The difference to the bottom line has been marked, as staff fall over themselves to get the up-sell question in first, in the hope of being given £20.You can also use mystery shopping to compare and benchmark yourself against your competition. Ask a mystery shopping company to shop their stores as well as yours and feed back on what they’re doing right and wrong. Believe me, you may well have had your competitors’ mystery shoppers in your shop already.Finally, mystery shopping can bring about a change of culture within your business. It makes staff think about the whole experience they provide, not just product and price.www.shopperanonymous.co.uk.last_img read more

Elkhart County Sheriff’s Office receives donations of safety materials

first_img Pinterest Elkhart County Sheriff’s Office receives donations of safety materials The Elkhart County Sheriff’s Office has received a donation of hand sanitizer and face masks.The crucial items, which have become scarce during the pandemic scare, were donated by Twisted Wick of Greenwood, Tri Pac of South Bend, and Northwest Interiors of Elkhart. The mother of a nursing staff member also donated some colorful face masks.The department says they appreciate the outpouring of support from businesses and members of the community. Facebook Twitter Pinterest Facebook By Tommie Lee – March 27, 2020 1 314 Google+ Twitter CoronavirusIndianaLocalNewsSouth Bend Market WhatsApp Previous articleTeenager killed in fatal Goshen shootingNext articleGov. Whitmer wants golf courses and certain other businesses to take the stay-at-home order seriously Tommie Lee Google+ WhatsApplast_img read more

Press release: Environment Minister visits Uganda ahead of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting

first_img The total ban on ivory sales puts the UK at the forefront of global efforts to address the drastic decline in the elephant population, demonstrating our belief that the abhorrent ivory trade should become a thing of the past.I welcome the opportunity to discuss this issue and many others with the Ugandan government and I hope through this continued dialogue we can further continue the successful partnership of our 2 countries. Environment Minister Thérèse Coffey’s visit to Uganda on Thursday 5 and Friday 6 April comes a fortnight before the start of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) to be held in London on 19 to 20 April 2018.During the Minister’s visit to Uganda she met Dr Mary Kitutu, the Ugandan State Minister for the Environment. They discussed the upcoming Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) as an opportunity for countries to work together to tackle environmental issues such as marine plastics under the CHOGM ambition of ‘Delivering a Sustainable Future’.At the Uganda Breweries Limited brewery in Luzira, owned by Diageo a leading British beverage firm, she saw the brewery’s work to reduce their impact on the environment through reducing waste and improving recycling.The Minister also met Ugandan Minister for Foreign Affairs, Hon. Sam Kutesa and visited the Nile Basin Initiative secretariat in Entebbe.Whilst in Uganda, she spent time at Murchison Falls National Park to understand more about how the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) are working to protect Uganda’s diverse wildlife and ecosystems. She met UWA rangers who have benefited from anti-poacher training provided by the UK Military and visited the park in the same week that the UK Environment Secretary, Michael Gove, announced that the UK would introduce a ban on ivory sales. The Minister highlighted UK’s ambition to deliver a step change in the global fight against the illegal wildlife trade as a transnational crime and threat to endangered species. The UK will host an Illegal Wildlife Trade conference on the 10 to 11 October 2018.UK Minister for the Environment, Thérèse Coffey said:last_img read more

News story: Universities Minister launches open data competition

first_img Going to university is one of the single biggest investments a person will make in their lifetime. So it is vital prospective students have all the right information in an easily accessible format to help them decide where to study. Technology and data have radically improved the experience of customers in a range of sectors, from energy to healthcare to shopping. It’s time for a transparency revolution to improve student choice in higher education. These tools could make a real difference to people’s lives by helping them choose a university that will harness their potential so they can go on to reach the top of their field. Contracts of up to £25,000 including VAT will be awarded to successful bidders to create a prototype that could be then taken on for further development. The aim of the competition is to spur private sector innovation, and we are providing the seed funding to cover the costs of the initial research and development.Interested coders or tech companies who would like to find out more about this exciting opportunity should apply via Innovate UK’s website.In support of the competition, the Department for Education is running a series of events in collaboration with the Open Data Institute, who have a strong track record in running competitions to encourage better use of public data in fields from housing to energy use. Further information is available on the ODI’s website. Universities Minister Sam Gyimah has launched a £125,000 competition for tech companies and coders to develop new digital tools to help students pick the university course that is best for them.The new tools will help level the playing field between applicants, giving all students access to evidence on earnings and employment outcomes from different degrees.Recent research published by the Government has shown that what students study and where really matters to their future life chances. In many other areas of life, from utility bills to hospital care, technology has put better information at our fingertips. These new tools will help enable a similar revolution in transparency in Higher Education.The competition, which opened on 25 June, will harness the creativity, talent and ingenuity of coders and developers to design accessible digital tools, such as mobile apps, that will make it easier for young people to find out what they might earn if they choose a particular subject at a specific university.This is part of a wider revolution in transparency in Higher Education data – the government is already publishing a wide range of data including on likely earnings and employability and teaching quality at universities, also known as TEF. Sam Gyimah now wants to make it even easier for young people to use information like this to help choose where to study.Research published by DfE concluded that when students are choosing a university, major influences include the potential for higher future earnings. Once developed, the new digital tools will analyse public data so students and their families can more easily compare and contrast information including average salary outcomes by subject and by university at the touch of a button. The data could also be compared with other data sets, covering issues such as cost of living and travel.Universities Minister Sam Gyimah said:last_img read more

News story: National reference test in 2019

first_imgOfqual has today (10 September 2018) announced that the next annual National Reference Test will be held between 25 February and 8 March 2019.Our supplier of the test, the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER), is contacting about 350 schools that have been selected to take part in 2019, to make arrangements.The first test was held in February and March 2017, and it was run again earlier this year. Each year a sample of GCSE students will take largely the same test so it will show, over time, if there is any change in how students perform at a national level. Results from the test will only be used to measure changes in performance nationally. There will be no results for individual students or schools.Sally Collier, Ofqual’s Chief Regulator said: The test questions will remain largely the same over time, so the overall performance of each cohort taking the test can be compared to others that have sat the test previously. We continue to prepare with exam boards for the potential use of information from the test, which will, at the earliest, be during GCSE awarding in 2019.For more information about the test, please visit the National Reference Test document collection.For more information about the National Foundation for Educational Research please visit the NFER website. Thank you again to all the schools and students who took part in the test earlier this year. We have completed the analysis of this year’s test and we are satisfied with the quality of the information that it has provided. To those schools which have been invited to take part in 2019, thank you in advance for your support.last_img read more