Briefs

first_imgn Lyndale Foods has put its Peter Hunt’s bakery up for sale to focus on its bakery retail business – Sayers, Hampsons, and Maison Blanc. Bolton-based Peter Hunt’s employs 300 staff and has a turnover of £25m. The company supplies pastry products to retail and foodservice customers and Lyndale’s retail bakeries. The sale is being handled by accountancy firm PriceWaterhouseCoopers.l See next week’s issue for full detailsn A sale of Leicester bakery chain Coombs is now set to complete in the next two weeks. The potential buyer, rumoured to be 17-shop local rival Hampshires, is still examining the leases on Coombs stores, MD Guy Coombs told British Baker.n A major UK baker is reported to be collaborating with Newcastle University with a view to laun-ching a low-GI high fibre bread, fortified with with alginate, derived from brown seaweed.n Iain Ferguson, chief executive of Tate & Lyle, has been elected president of the Food and Drink Federation. He will take over from predecessor Gavin Neath on 1 January 2007. Ferguson joined Tate & Lyle as CEO in May 2003.n Welsh bakery Brace’s has relaunched its website at [http://www.bracesbakery.co.uk].n Heinz Foodservice is offering 25,000 bakers and takeaways a free trial of its condensed soup range to encourage use during the winter. The company has re-vamped its soup recipes removing ingredients linked to allergies such as MSG and celery spice. The first 25,000 callers (0800 57 57 55) will receive a free 860g can of soup and an information leaflet.last_img read more

Sudden retirement for Inter Link boss

first_imgInter Link said last week that illness had forced its executive chairman, Alwin Thompson, to retire with immediate effect.Thompson, who founded Inter Link in 1994, had seen a steady decline in his health over the last year, said former deputy chairman Jeremy Hamer, who has become non-executive chairman following his departure. Hamer told British Baker that Thompson decided to retire on medical advice.He said: “Under Alwin’s leadership the company became one of the leading AIM success stories and his legacy must now be built on by his successors. This is a sad day for Inter Link Foods but Alwin’s priority must be his health.”Alwin Thompson’s departure follows a troubled 12 months for Inter Link. Chief executive Paul Griffiths left in October, with Chris Thompson, formerly group finance director, appointed his successor. A new finance director is due to be appointed next month.In January, the Blackburn-based baker announced it had seen poor sales in the hot summer and a difficult start at a new central distribution centre.One analyst said the turmoil may leave Inter Link open to a takeover bid. Another said: “Rival Manor Bakeries is getting itself sorted out, which has made life a lot harder for Inter Link. And with the moves to integrate its various bakeries, the pressure has been on.”last_img read more

Beanscene coffee chain in administration

first_imgScottish coffee chain Beanscene has gone into administration after its new backers were unable to continue with necessary cash injections. Beanscene has 14 outlets across Scotland, which will continue trading under administrators KPMG.Blair Nimmo and Tony Friar of KPMG Restructuring were appointed as administrators on Thursday 24 July, and hope to find a buyer for the chain. The statement revealed that despite the company’s £4 million turnover its overheads became unsustainable.“Add to this the costs of five leases which had been entered into for premises that were not fitted out or trading and the result were bottom-line losses, which have continued into the current year,” added the statement. Ownership of the business had transferred in April this year and a significant amount of funds were injected into the business, but following “an unexpected change in circumstances” the new backers couldn’t continue with their previous financial input and the directors were forced to place the company in administration. “The opportunity now exists to acquire a strong brand name, based on quality coffee delivery in a relaxed ambience,” said Nimmo. “We remain hopeful that we can find a buyer for the business and effect a quick sale of the company and its assets.”last_img read more

Pepsi in Nokia promotion

first_imgBritvic and PepsiCo have launched a new initiative with Nokia in order to build on Pepsi and Nokia’s credentials in music, aiming to engage and reward their customers and consumers.The on-pack promotion will give consumers of Pepsi the chance to win a Nokia 5800 Comes With Music handset every 10 minutes. Consumers will need to text codes found on the drinks for the chance to win a handset, or they can enter online. The offer is supported by a TV and digital media campaign as well as in-store promotions.Pepsi brand manager at Britvic Chris Owen said: “The TV advertising and in-store activation will help to drive awareness of the promotion to drive sales and profit opportunities for our customers.”last_img read more

Night riders

first_imgAnyone who uses the roads during normal daylight hours knows only too well the delays and frustrations caused by the overload of traffic in many areas. While a missed appointment can be re-scheduled, a missed delivery costs serious money for all involved with that particular load retailer, supplier and logistics firm alike.In 2005, The Freight Transport Association and the Rail Freight Consortium raised with government the problems associated with the general ban on deliveries taking place between 11pm and 7am. This long-standing local authority guideline was designed to reduce noise levels for nearby residents. However, the movement of some retailing to out-of-town shopping centres and the growing road congestion during the day have led people to question this.Recent evidence has emerged to show that blanket curfews are increasingly inappropriate. A survey of members of the British Retail Consortium, who run more than 7,000 outlets, identified for the first time the true cost of delivery restrictions. About 60% of the outlets are subject to a ban on delivering at specific times, with high street stores relying on kerbside deliveries the hardest-hit. A simple relaxation of one to two hours would save them some £30m a year.The chilled goods challengeRelaxing night-time curfews in certain areas would help distribution companies deal with delays and congestion during the day. But delivering dry goods is one thing; chilled and frozen products are another. Most delivery points other than the larger supermarkets do not have sufficient temperature-controlled storage to cope with goods being left for several hours prior to being placed in the display cabinets, and often staff are not available to deal with the need for quick unloading and storing of temperature-sensitive products. Some bakers have turned to portable insulated containers for easy handling of refrigerated products. Chilled or frozen products are dropped off out-of-hours when the retail outlet is closed to the public, in “mini” cold stores; the shop staff then unload them when they come in for their normal daytime hours. Some retailers with enclosed outside areas arrange for containers to be left outside; others have them put in a holding area at the back of the store. As the containers are on casters, they can be handled easily by one person and, as baking often takes place during the night, the products can be distributed to the retail shops long before the staff come to work. This can also save on refrigerated storage at the retail unit, which reduces energy and running costs.Birds of Derby, with 49 shops, uses Olivo insulated portable containers to deliver its temperature-sensitive bakery products, without the need for expensive refrigerated vehicles. Birds has a large quantity of containers with moulded interiors to take the 28″ x 18″ bakery trays. Products are loaded in the bakery’s chilled assembly area at 5C for meat products and 4C for cream cakes. The products are blast-chilled before despatch and the quality of the insulation is such that the temperature is maintained to within 1C throughout the delivery cycle. Drivers can drop them off at 4am without having to load up refrigeration units in the shop, and the delivery process is speeded up. Senior driver Keith Holt commented: “The shop managers always know the cakes and pastries will arrive at exactly the right temperature. Also, I don’t have to fiddle about with a refrigeration unit on the wagon.”Reduced road timeThere are other benefits to delivering at night, such as reducing road time. “We’re very much about increasing utilisation of the vehicles and servicing delivery points overnight where we can,” says Dan Myers, business unit director of chilled/frozen food distributor Norbert Dentressangle Logistics UK, which recently won contracts with Speedibake and Lantmännen Unibake. “There are significant savings to make as we reduce the number of vehicles we need; driver hours are lower overnight and fuel efficiency is much better because of free-flowing traffic; plus there is typically a higher service level, because drivers are less likely to run out of time due to congestion.”Wherever you’re reducing your energy utilisation, there’s a cost saving to be realised,” he adds. With the need to reduce carbon along the food chain, councils may now be more convinced to relax these regulations, as they have done in councils such as Westminster in London. A great example is Selfridges, which has its products centrally stored in the Midlands and distributed by DHL. It already has dispensation for night deliveries because of local daytime traffic problems and this shows how the system can work to everyone’s benefit.last_img read more

New EU Organic logo comes into force

first_imgFrom today (1 July) all pre-packaged organic produce will need to carry the new Euro-leaf logo. The new EU organic logo was designed by German student Dusan Milenkovic after a pan-European competition was held by the European Commission.The aim of the new logo is to enhance consumer protection and promote organic farming. It will be obligatory for all pre-packaged organic products that derive from the 27 Member States and meet the necessary labelling standards. It will be optional for imported products.Operators will still be able to use national/private logos in addition to the compulsory EU logo. However, there will be a two years transition period for allowing its introduction on the packaging.  For more information visit http://ec.europa.eu/agriculture/organiclast_img read more

Krispy Kreme ’office heroes’ get free doughnuts

first_imgKrispy Kreme is using a branded van to visit 75,000 office workers throughout the UK and hand out 6,500 free doughnuts to “office heroes”, such as the person who always stays late.The “Office Hero roadshow” campaign started at the beginning of August in Brighton and the van is now on its way up to Leeds, stopping in 12 places, including Reading.There is also a chance for one firm to win free doughnuts for the entire office for a year.Katie De Souza, head of marketing at Krispy Kreme, said the firm was “really excited about this campaign, and hope it’s something that our customers will enjoy as well”.It is the doughnut retailer’s first ever experiential campaign in the UK, handled by London agency Sense, and will last for four weeks.last_img read more

Indiana announces first coronavirus death in the state

first_imgCoronavirusIndianaLocalNewsSouth Bend Market Previous articleMichigan expects gas prices to get even lowerNext articleIndiana DWD creates coronavirus unemployment resource website Tommie Lee Twitter WhatsApp A mural describes the fear of the novel coronavirus in the district Prenzlauer Berg in Berlin, Germany, Saturday, March 14, 2020. For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia.(AP Photo/Markus Schreiber) Governor Eric Holcomb held a press conference Monday afternoon, announcing the first death from COVID-19 in the state.The patient was said to have been a 60 year-old high-risk patient in Marion County with underlying health issues. No additional details have been released. The patient’s spouse is also infected, and due to isolation they were only able to communicate with each other through an iPad at the time of death.Marion County is said to be experiencing “community spread” of the virus, meaning new infected cases cannot be traced to an established diagnosed patient.More test kits are expected to arrive in Indiana soon, according to health officials.Governor Holcomb said “You may think we are overreacting. We are not. We are at war with coronavirus.” He added a belief that a surge in patients in coming. WhatsApp Facebook Indiana announces first coronavirus death in the state Google+ Facebook Twitter Pinterest Google+ Pinterest By Tommie Lee – March 16, 2020 0 840 last_img read more

Ameri-Kart consolidating operations to Bristol

first_img Pinterest Google+ Pinterest Facebook Ameri-Kart consolidating operations to Bristol Twitter By Carl Stutsman – June 5, 2020 0 543 Facebook WhatsApp Twitter WhatsApp IndianaLocalNews Courtesy of Bristol Town Facebook Page Ameri-Kart has announced that it will be consolidating its operations, currently split between factories in Indiana and Michigan, into Indiana.Read the full release from the Indiana Economic Development Corporation below:Ameri-Kart Expanding in Indiana, Moving Operations from MichiganBRISTOL, Ind. (June 5, 2020) – Ameri-Kart, a Myers Industries Inc. company (NYSE: MYE) and a rotational molder and thermoformer, announced plans today to expand its Elkhart County manufacturing operations, consolidating its Michigan and Indiana operations and creating up to 210 new jobs in Indiana by the end of 2022.“Thanks to manufacturers like Ameri-Kart growing and producing in our state, Indiana continues to build on its reputation as one of top manufacturing states in the nation, with nearly 30% of our state’s economic output coming from the manufacturing industry,” said Indiana Secretary of Commerce Jim Schellinger. “We’re grateful Ameri-Kart chose to continue growing its Indiana operations, and are excited to support their continued success in our state.”Ameri-Kart, which manufactures a broad range of custom plastic parts within the RV, marine, agricultural, construction, manufacturing and safety industries, will invest approximately $10.1 million to construct and equip a new, state-of-the-art production facility in Bristol on 32 acres at 1667 Commerce Drive near I-80/90 and I-94. The new 234,000-square-foot facility will accommodate the consolidation of Ameri-Kart’s existing operations in Bristol, as well as its operations in Cassopolis, Michigan. Construction is underway, and the company plans to begin relocation in staged phases this fall and be fully moved into the facility by early 2021. The move will support the company’s efforts to increase efficiency of operations and enhance customer service.“We are excited to be making this investment in our community,” said Kristian Stankiewicz, president of Ameri-Kart. “The larger, modern facility will allow us to continue delivering highly innovative products and quality service to our customers and provide an improved work environment to our employees.”The company, which currently employs 138 associates in Bristol and 85 in Michigan, plans to begin hiring for positions in professional and production roles in Bristol beginning late September. Interested applicants may apply online.“The Town of Bristol is both excited and grateful that Ameri-Kart has selected our town to locate their new state-of-the-art production facility,” said Bristol Town Council President Jeff Beachy. “Ameri-Kart has been a great business partner for many years, with their current facility located just outside Bristol town limits, so when they approached us about building their new facility in our North Industrial Park we were more than excited and supportive of their project. We look forward to seeing the new facility as it springs to life from the once vacant property, into a thriving business. We wish Myers Industries, the Ameri-Kart leadership team and their employees much success as they invest in the growth of their business operations, their new facility and also for their investment they are making in the Town of Bristol.”Founded in 1989, Ameri-Kart manufactures a wide range of molded plastic parts and assemblies that meet customer design specifications and production requirements for a variety of industries. The new facility will accommodate state-of-the-art rotomold and thermoform manufacturing technologies, an improved lean equipment layout and automated workflows. Coupled with ergonomic and biophilic design throughout the building, these improvements will drive increased efficiency, and further enhance employee productivity and job satisfaction.The Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC) offered Ameri-Kart Corp. up to $1.35 million in conditional tax credits based on the company’s job creation plans. The IEDC also offered up to $400,000 in conditional tax credits from the Hoosier Business Investment (HBI) tax credit program based on the company’s planned capital investment in Indiana. These tax credits are performance-based, meaning the company is eligible to claim incentives once Hoosiers are hired. The Town of Bristol supports the project. Google+ Previous articleNotre Dame football players back on campus MondayNext articleMissing swimmer’s body found in Bass Lake Carl Stutsmanlast_img read more

Indiana Republican State Convention to be televised locally

first_img Facebook Twitter By 95.3 MNC – June 14, 2020 0 375 (Photo supplied/Indiana Republican Party) The 2020 Indiana Republican State Convention will be broadcast live on Thursday, June 18, marking the first time the party’s convention will be aired live for a statewide audience.The convention will feature speeches from all Republican attorney general candidates, Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch, Indiana GOP Chairman Kyle Hupfer and a keynote address from Governor Eric Holcomb. You can watch the convention on WHME-TV.WHAT:2020 Indiana Republican State ConventionWHO:Governor Eric HolcombLt. Governor Suzanne CrouchIndiana GOP Chairman Kyle HupferRepublican attorney general candidatesOther Republican elected officials and leadersWHERE:Broadcast live on WHME-TV (South Bend)Livestreamed on www.Indiana.gop/stateconvention Facebook IndianaLocalNews Pinterest Pinterest WhatsApp WhatsApp Twitter Google+ Indiana Republican State Convention to be televised locally Google+ Previous articleConstantine woman, 39, injured in crash in Porter TownshipNext articleRep. Banks pushing bill to get schools open by September 95.3 MNCNews/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel is your breaking news and weather station for northern Indiana and southwestern Michigan.last_img read more