Month: April 2021

A free glide

first_imgPhilip Gittens, a wholesale baker in Hull, who runs the Crusty Cob, has recently launched his latest invention after receiving a £25,000 European grant.The castors, called Gliderz, were invented after his wife had trouble moving heavy tables. “The only way my wife could clean was to take everything off the table. I said I might be able to invent something to make it easier to move. So I did,” Gittens told British Baker.Business Link, which provided the grant, was set up as part of the government’s campaign to promote enterprise in the UK and is funded by Regional Development Agencies and a number of other government departments and local authorities.Gliderz have a polypropylene and glass design, stainless steel bearings and a 360-degree turning circle. They are dishwasher-proof, will fit 32mm, 36mm and 80mm legs and work on any solid floor. They self-lock when weight is applied to a table.The castors are on sale through WDS, a components company in Leeds.last_img read more

Real Bread campaigns for support

first_imgThe Real Bread Campaign plans to recruit more craft bakers to its cause by launching a practical guide on how to cut additives in commercially made loaves.Raising support among craft bakers will be a key responsibility for a new National Lottery-funded campaign co-ordinator, due to be appointed shortly, said campaign founder Andrew Whitley.”We want to reach out to small bakers via a real bread information pack, which will explain the benefits of making bread without additives and with the appropriate amount of fermentation, as well as giving practical hints and recipes,” he said, adding that he hoped to arrange a meeting with the National Association of Master Bakers to discuss the idea.The Real Bread Campaign, run by food and farming charity Sustain, promotes bread made without improvers, that has been fermented for at least four hours. Whitley said craft bakers could join the campaign if only some of their products were made in this way, but would need clear labelling to differentiate ’real’ bread and those made with improvers.last_img read more

Uniq ups food-to-go sales

first_imgConvenience food group Uniq has announced its first quarter group sales were up 4.2%, compared to the first three months of 2009.Its food-to-go sales, including its sandwiches wraps and deli-fillers business, increased by 12.5%, which the firm said reflected its business wins in 2009, which included £15m-worth of new sandwich business with Marks and Spencer.Sales in its desserts arm were down 2.2%.The company also announced its preliminary results for the 12 months ended 31 December 2009 on the same day as its Q1 interims. Revenue stood at £287.2m compared with £286.7m in 2009. Food-to-go revenue was up 2% to £136.9m, and operating profit stood at £7.3m – up 0.4%.In January 2010, Uniq revealed it was back in the black, after increased food-to-go sales saw the business return to positive sales growth. Following the decision to dispose of its French, German, Polish and Netherlands business units earlier in 2009, the business is now focused on the UK chilled prepared food market.last_img read more

Brand Clinic

first_imgDon Williams, CEO of brand and design consultancy Pi Global discusses the influence of the boutique on the mainstreamThere are many ways to make money. Two of the most popular are: a) making things in large volumes, which appeal to a lot of people, and selling them cheap; and b) making things in small numbers, which appeal to a few people, and selling them at a premium.Ideally you’d sell huge volumes of things to lots of people at a huge premium but there aren’t many Bill Gates around. Some companies have taken concepts from the former to the latter.Starbucks spawned a legion of me-too coffee shops, when it took a local and inclusive idea and turned it into a global phenomenon. The problem it almost inevitably encountered is that when you have an idea based on providing something to consumers which makes them feel special, part of an exclusive club, and then turn it into something for everyone, the ’specialness’ pretty much vanishes.Look at American Express; at one time Gold Card was the pinnacle of the ’I’ve made it’ syndrome. When everyone and his dog got one of those, the Platinum card became the bling of choice. Nowadays it’s the titanium Centurion Card (the black one) so what next?The ’boutique’ concept is tried and tested, so seeing more ’boutique everything’ popping up is to be expected: boutique burger restaurants such as Gourmet Burger Kitchen; boutique pie chains, such as Pieminister; and, naturally, boutique bakeries. Of course, just like there were always little local cafés up and down the land, there have always been small local bakeries, though since the 1950s, these have declined from over 18,000 to around 3,500.So what makes a ’boutique bakery’ boutique? Well let’s start with the obvious: their products are almost exclusively more expensive and they need to be. The personalities they create for themselves don’t come cheap. They need their USPs, their differentiators, their identities and their décor. They need the lifeblood that is PR and all this feeds into the thing that provides their real value their brand.They will always talk about their bakers, their products, what makes them special, what their products are made from, their provenance and their baking credentials, usually utilising traditional, time-honoured techniques. But what they all have in common is that they are striving to put oceans of clear water between them and mass-manufacturer baked goods.Clearly this kind of ’upmarket’ bakery will thrive in areas where there is an eager and appropriately well-heeled audience, with people who aspire to the finer things in life and who would rather be seen dead than with a loaf of ’Mother’s Mill’ in the shopping basket.So seeing them springing up in and around London in places such as Notting Hill, St John’s Wood and Greenwich, isn’t at all surprising, although seeing one open its doors in Moss Side might raise an eyebrow or two!You cannot dispute the quality of the products in outlets like these, but their real value is not in supplying the liberal elite of Hampstead, it’s in helping to inspire and raise the quality of the mainstream products in our high street supermarkets, in the same way as an exclusive fashion industry influences what hangs on the rails in Topshop.last_img read more

Traiteur’s mini angle

first_imgTraiteur de Paris is extending its cupcake range with mini versions.They include chocolate/hazelnut topped with hazelnut chips; lemon/green tea topped with lemon zest; strawberry/pistachio topped with pistachio chips; and blueberry/violet topped with cornflower petals. Supplied in a high-rimmed tray of 48 units, they need to thaw for two hours before serving.last_img

Enter the Baking Industry Awards today!

first_imgMake sure you get your entries in for the Baking Industry Awards (BIA) 2011.Categories include Celebration Cake Maker of the Year, Bakery Supplier of the Year, The Craft Business Award and a brand new category announced this week: The Rising Star Award, sponsored by David Powell.You do not have to be supplier or customer of any of the category sponsors – the Awards are open to everyone, no matter how big or small.The closing date for entries is 20 May, 2011. For more information or to download an entry form visit or alternatively email [email protected] baking industry’s top calendar event will have a carnival theme this year and will be held on Wednesday 7 September at the Park Lane Hilton, London. It is an opportunity for companies to showcase their achievements to customers and industry peers. It’s also a great chance to network, with all the major players in the industry in attendance.To book tickets, please contact Elizabeth Ellis on 01293 846593 or email [email protected] Award categories:* Baker of the Year, sponsored by Vandemoortele* The Customer Focus Award, sponsored by CSM (United Kingdom)* The Craft Business Award, sponsored by ADM Milling* Celebration Cake Maker of the Year, sponsored by Renshaw* Bakery Supplier of the Year, sponsored by Sainsbury’s* The Innovation Award, sponsored by Asda* In-Store Bakery of the Year, sponsored by Dawn Foods* Confectioner of the Year, sponsored by Barry Callebaut* Speciality Bread Product of the Year, sponsored by Bakels* The Rising Star Award, sponsored by David Powell>> Visit the Baking Industry Awards Websitelast_img read more

Notre Dame rescinds awards for the late Jean Vanier

first_img Google+ Twitter Pinterest Facebook Notre Dame rescinds awards for the late Jean Vanier IndianaLocalNationalNewsSouth Bend Market By Tommie Lee – February 24, 2020 1 441 Facebook Canadian Jean Vanier founder of L’Arche communities poses for a photograph after he received the Templeton Prize at St Martins-in-the-Fields church in London, Monday, May 18, 2015. L’Arche started in northern France in 1964 now has some 147 communities where people with and without intellectual disabilites live and work together as peers.(AP Photo/Alastair Grant) The University of Notre Dame has revoked two awards for a Catholic church figure who is accused of sexually exploiting women.The late Jean Vanier was honored by the University with both the Notre Dame Award in 1994, and the Ford Family Award in 2014 for his humanitarian work.The Canadian was once seen as a candidate for the Nobel Prize, or perhaps even a sainthood. Now he’s accused of sexually abusing at least six women at his charity, which he founded in 1964.Notre Dame President The Reverend John Jenkins says the report and its allegations seemed “through, rigorous and fair”, and led to the decision to rescind the awards.He passed away last May in Paris, France at the age of 90. Twitter WhatsApp Google+ Pinterest WhatsApp Previous articleGrandfather in cruise ship toddler death is passing on a jury trialNext articleMichigan officials keeping an eye on 325 people at risk of coronavirus Tommie Leelast_img read more

Michigan State Police: Be ready for winter roads with a few simple tips

first_img Pinterest Facebook By Tommie Lee – January 15, 2021 0 217 WhatsApp Michigan State Police: Be ready for winter roads with a few simple tips WhatsApp (Jon Zimney/95.3 MNC) With winter weather descending on the region, the Michigan State Police are reminding drivers to drive slow on the ice and snow.Troopers say there were 402 fatalities and 2,699 serious injuries on slick winter roads between 2015 and 2019.They say it’s easy to blame the weather but drivers have to take responsibility for winter driving safety, which is easy to do by following a few simple tips.They urge motorists to keep their cars well-maintained, be sure to clear off snow and ice that could slide onto cleared windows from the hood or roof, and be sure to keep the car supplied for an emergency.It’s also a good idea to make sure you know how to safely follow a snowplow.You can find more information by clicking here. Twitter Twitter IndianaLocalMichiganNewsSouth Bend Market Pinterest Facebook Google+ Google+ Previous articleConstruction to begin on Dunlap, Cleveland EPL branches WednesdayNext articleCounty, City facilities will remain closed to the public for now Tommie Leelast_img read more

Press release: New £63 million defence scheme is turning the tide against floods in Rossall

first_imgA multi-million pound coastal defence scheme to shore up Rossall’s sea defences while reducing flood risk to 7,500 homes has been officially opened today (1st June 2018). It is one of the single biggest investments in a single coastal flood scheme to date.Led by Wyre Council, in partnership with the Environment Agency and main contractor Balfour Beatty, the new scheme is made up of two kilometres of sea defences. It forms one of the three projects being delivered by the Fylde Peninsula Coastal Programme Partnership, alongside the recently completed Anchorsholme Coastal Protection Scheme in Blackpool and the Fairhaven to Church Scar Coastal Protection Scheme in Lytham.Designed for the next 100 years to hold back the Irish Sea during major storms, the Rossall flood defences will provide better protection to the town’s tramway, hospital and schools whilst reducing flood risk to 7,500 homes. The scheme comprises of 1.84km of sheet piles, more than 10,000 specially manufactured precast concrete units, 211,000 tonnes of stone, 46,000m3 of insitu concrete and 327,000 tonnes of locally sourced rock from 12 quarries across the north of the UK. The scheme is one of the single biggest investments the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), has made in a coastal flood scheme to date.The Environment Agency builds climate change projections into the design of all of its flood defences to make sure they are fit for the future. So, aside from being an impressive piece of infrastructure within its own right, the Rossall scheme is helping in the fight against climate change by taking into account changing circumstances in sea level rise and weather patterns over the next 100 years.Construction of the scheme has also allowed for improvements to the local environment as part of the new defences. This has included the creation of a new ecology park on the landward side of the defences to enhance the area through its visual impact and environmental footprint.Known as Larkholme Grasslands, the park has been designed by Lancashire County Council with bridges and artwork by Stephen Broadbent, a British sculptor who specialises in public art. This strip of grassland, from West Way to Fleetwood Golf Club, is already classed as a Biological Heritage Site because of the rarer species of flora and fauna that grow there.The completion of the scheme delivers on a long-held vision to not only create a lagoon area behind the new defences – to act as an additional flood storage for spray coming over the seawall – but also to provide a home for local wildlife and a new green space for residents and tourists to enjoy.The park will also feature specially created sculptures by Stephen Broadbent, and, in a nod to the folklore and myth surrounding the local coastline, the new seawall at Rossall continues the story of The Sea Swallow, cementing its place on the Mythic Coast.Beginning at Cleveleys, visitors to the site can follow an artwork and poetry trail from the popular children’s book until the story ends at Rossall Point Observation Tower. Characters from The Sea Swallow, including a giant stainless steel seashell and sea ogre carved from limestone, can also be spotted along the picturesque walk.Councillor Roger Berry, Neighbourhood Services and Community Safety Portfolio Holder at Wyre Council said: This is one of the biggest investments ever in a coastal flood scheme. It will reduce flood risk to 7,500 homes, create new green space and benefit the local economy, including by using locally sourced materials. It’s a great example of partnership: by working together the Environment Agency, Wyre Council, our other partners and the local community have helped create an even better place for people and wildlife. Sir James Bevan, Environment Agency chief executive, said: Dean Banks, Balfour Beatty Chief Executive Officer for UK Construction Services, said: Rossall’s new coastal defence scheme has been made possible thanks not only to significant government funding, but also the huge support of local government and other partners. The result is positive news for the community – regenerating the area, creating an ecology park and providing better protection for 7,500 properties from the risk of flooding. I also welcome the fact these vital defences have been constructed using local materials and expertise, supporting industry and the economy in the North West of England. We are delighted that the local community and visitors to the Fylde coast can now fully experience the extensive benefits of the Rossall scheme, which will protect thousands of nearby properties from the risk of flooding and offer a captivating promenade for people of all ages to enjoy. The project’s success is a testament to the skills and collaborative working relationship between the fully integrated delivery team, with Wyre Council and the Environment Agency. Defra Minister David Rutley said: Notes to editors327,000 tonnes of rock is the total of underlayer and main rock armour that make up the scheme. This is made of 86,342T of under layer placed and 241,000T of rock armour.The Rossall Coastal Protection Scheme has been fully funded through DEFRA grant in aid totalling £63.2m (protecting 7,500 properties). I’d like to thank all our partners for helping us to deliver the new sea defences. The completed scheme will not only protect our residents, their homes and our businesses and infrastructure, but also has provided us with a visually stunning promenade for walkers and cyclists. Locals and visitors alike will be able to enjoy the magnificent coastline, whilst the grasslands will give a contrasting green and natural landscape.last_img read more

News story: Schools to go Green for Grenfell

first_img Contact form https://forms.communit… Sandra Ruiz, from Grenfell United, said: The Grenfell fire was an unimaginable tragedy and as we approach one year since that terrible day, it will be a time to reflect and to remember. I am pleased we are able to support Grenfell United and the community in promoting this important day. Green for Grenfell Day is an opportunity to celebrate community spirit up and down the country. In the days after the fire, a community of volunteers surrounded us and helped us through the most difficult of times. If there is to be a positive legacy from this tragedy, we hope it is that we celebrate and emulate here in North Kensington, and across the country, the community spirit that we saw in the days, weeks and months after the fire. We hope communities and schools will get behind it and it will bring good to people around the country. Anything that brings your community together is what Green for Grenfell Day is all about, that could be wearing green to school, planting trees, painting a community area, holding a coffee morning, anything that celebrates community. We hope people will join with us to make this a special and positive day. The government is supporting the event, organised by Grenfell United, which is designed to celebrate a spirit of unity and collaboration. The event will reflect how the community around the Tower and all over the UK came together to help after the tragedy last year.The Grenfell community would like as many schools and community groups as possible to wear something green, fundraise for local causes and share their stories, photos and projects from the day on social media using the hashtag #GreenForGrenfellDay.To help as many schools as possible get involved with this event, the government has supported the community in producing a schools information pack, available to download at includes information about the day with ideas on how people can get involved, a poster to display in schools, and a template letter that schools can send to parents to encourage children and their families to take part.Secretary of State for Housing the Rt Hon James Brokenshire MP said: If your enquiry is related to COVID-19 please check our guidance page first before you contact us – you still need to contact us please use the contact form above to get in touch, because of coronavirus (COVID-19). If you send it by post it will not receive a reply within normal timescale. Social media – MHCLG Email [email protected] Twitter – – – Office address and general enquiries General enquiries: please use this number if you are a member of the public 030 3444 0000 2 Marsham StreetLondonSW1P 4DF Please use this number if you are a journalist wishing to speak to Press Office 0303 444 1209 Media enquiries Further informationGreen for Grenfell Day asks schools and community groups to wear green on Friday 15 June and get involved in projects which benefit their school and community. Schools are also encouraged to raise money for a local initiative.To support this event and encourage participation, an information pack is being distributed by Grenfell United to schools and community groups nationwide.The twitter handle for the event is read more