West Midlands baker comes to Firkins’ rescue

first_imgBirmingham bakery chain M Firkin has been rescued from administration by baker Ian Bolderston, in a deal supported by flour miller Heygates and completed on April 12.The sale of Firkins’ 54 shops across the West Midlands and its West Bromwich bakery secures over 300 jobs, and comes after Firkins called in administrators BDO Stoy Hayward in January.Mr Bolderston, who also owns the three-shop Wollaston Bakery chain, based in Wollas-ton, West Midlands, said he was looking forward to putting the well-known Firkins chain “back on the straight and narrow”.Miller Heygates, which supplies Wollaston Bakery, put up some of the funding for the deal, and the rest of the undisclosed sum was his own money or came from banks, he said.He told British Baker that he plans to keep all the Firkins stores and its bakery open, and even expand the chain in the future. He described the business as sound, with a very loyal and hardworking staff, saying it just needed tweaking.“I plan to run the business as before, with improvements in areas such as the retail environment, marketing and displays. I will also improve the range,” he said.Sales had been extremely strong, even when the company was in administration, he added. Existing management, including former MD Susan Ellwood, one of the family members behind the 180-year-old Firkin business, have been kept on to ensure continuity. Mr Bolderston is now MD.The Wollaston Bakery, set up 10 years ago, will be run as a financially separate enterprise.last_img read more

5p expected on branded bread

first_img`City analysts are expecting the price of branded bread to go up by around 5p on an 800g loaf next month, as plant bakers seek to cover rising flour and energy costs.David Lang of Investec said he was expecting prices to move on branded loaves this month after plant bakers failed to push through a satisfactory price rise after flour prices went up in September.He commented: “Disappointing price increases were achieved in September on branded products. The full flour price increase of 28-29p was not recovered. The real question is whether private label will go up again. It already went up 16p in November, but the supermarkets have got to sort out profitability on own-label.”Federation of Bakers director Gordon Polson commented: “In the past months the costs to bakers such as energy and flour have increased and the point has come where these costs have to be recovered – for our plant baker as well as our sandwich maker members. Bread is still excellent value compared to a cup of coffee in Starbucks!”The price of the average 800g branded loaf rose approximately 6p in 2006, according to British Baker research, although some lines such as Hovis Country Grain wholemeal went up 27p to £1.26 between January 2006 and this month. Inflation is currently running at 3% – its highest level since 1992.last_img

Matthew Walker launches Scrummie puddings

first_imgMatthew Walker is to launch a new sponge pudding range onto the shelves of major retailers. The Scrummie range of puddings from the Northern Foods business consists of five varieties, each topped with a different sauce. The range has been launched following research by Matthew Walker which has shown that sponge puddings are not just popular as an alternative to Christmas puddings, but that there is all-year-round demand. “Our extensive research identified a clear opportunity for a convenient and indulgent sponge pudding in bakery,” said Melody Chapman, commercial director at Matthew Walker. “The packaging for each flavour has its own stickie fingerprint and even a quirky poem to describe the ingredients.” They can be microwaved in 90 seconds and will be the first branded ambient pudding range launched in the bakery aisle. They are made from 100% butter sponge, free range eggs and contain no artificial ingredients.The puddings will be available in Syrup Sponge, Stickie Toffee & Pecan Nuts, Chocolate, Spotted Dick and Cherrie Jam flavours, and have a shelf-life of 5-6 weeks from point of purchase. The Scrummie range will be available in Tesco and Sainsbury’s from January 2009.last_img read more

Baker appointed as new Maple Leaf MD

first_imgCanada-based Maple Leaf Foods has announced the appointment of Peter Baker as the new head of bakery at its UK operations, Maple Leaf Bakery UK. He will take over the role of managing director, effective 6 April, after Maple Leaf’s parent company Canada Bread announced the departure of previous MD Peter Maycock last month.Baker will be based at the company’s Park Royal office in London and has had over 30 years’ experience in the baking industry, including his position as chief executive of La Fornaia from 2003-2007, a company acquired by Maple Leaf in late 2007.He has also served as chief operating officer (divisional MD) at RHM Consumer Brands and as managing and divisional director at British Bakeries from 1996-2002. Other related management experience in the baking industry includes his role as divisional MD of RHM Cereals, RHM director and managing director of Rank Hovis.Maple Leaf Bakery UK, based in Rotherham, produces speciality bakery products including bagels, artisan and health breads, croissants and Viennoiserie via retailer own-label and through its New York Bakery brand.last_img read more

A square deal

first_imgRSP: £11-13www.handmadecake.co.uk The Handmade Cake Company has launched a new range of tray-baked Cake Squares.The premium, handmade sponges are also decorated by hand. They measure 365mm x 210mm x 40mm, and come in four varieties: Passion Cake, Chocolate Cake, Ginger & Lemon Cake and Rustic Apple Cake.Cake Squares are targeted at the foodservice sector for on-counter impact. They aim to provide a better value-for-money cake configuration, because slightly smaller portions can be cut. The company claims there is also less wastage because, unlike a traditional round cake, remaining pieces can be attractively regrouped in piles.last_img

Sixty-six job losses at Coffee Republic

first_imgTen out of the 20 Coffee Republic (UK) Ltd-owned stores have now closed, resulting in 66 redundancies, announced administrators KPMG Restructuring today.The coffee chain went into administration earlier this week, following the suspension of its shares amid rumours the chain was facing collapse.The company-owned store in Gloucester Road, London, closed shortly before the administrators were appointed. The nine remaining company-owned stores are continuing to trade as normal. The 70 franchised stores, along with 97 concessions that are not in administration, are also trading as normal. Richard Hill KPMG partner and joint administrator said that, following an assessment of the Coffee Republic (UK) Ltd-owned outlets, the decision was made to close stores that were “no longer viable”. “We are now in discussions with interested parties with a view to selling the remaining business as a going concern,” continued Hill. “There has been huge interest already from potential purchasers and I remain confident of achieving a sale during the course of next week.”last_img read more

Warburtons intent on minimising redundancies

first_imgWarburtons has announced that no compulsory redundancies are set to be made in the first phase of its £25m Bolton bakery redevelopment.The consultation period has now concluded, following the announcement in January that 121 jobs out of 234 employed on two bread lines were at risk. The two lines at its Hereford Street bakery are to be replaced by a new facility, to be commissioned from September 2011. Through work with the Bakers, Food and Allied Workers Union, Warburtons said it had identified alternative positions within the company, “that we hope all affected employees will accept”. Warburtons has also confirmed that 45 employees had taken voluntary redundancy or early retirement.“If this is the case, there will be no compulsory redundancies in phase one of the Bolton bakery redevelopment,” said Warburtons.“We would like to thank JobCentrePlus and the local council for their support in helping those who chose to accept voluntary redundancy find alternative employment,” added the firm.last_img read more

UPDATE: Local schools respond to coronavirus fears

first_img Google+ WhatsApp Facebook Google+ (“old school” by alamosbasement, CC BY 2.0) A number of schools in the area have been impacted by coronavirus fears and are planning to close their facilities. Parents with children enrolled in school are encouraged to check out their school district’s individual website or social media sites for information. Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer has closed all K-12 school buildings through April 5th.The South Bend School Corporation will be closed at least two weeks, effective Tuesday March 17th.The School City of Mishawaka will close their buildings and will use an altered student schedule from March 16th to March 27th.Penn Harris Madison Schools are closed Monday, and will begin extended eLearning on March 17th.Elkhart Community Schools will close all schools on March 17 through spring break. Schools will tentatively re-open on Monday, April 13.Goshen Community Schools will close Monday, March 16. E-Learning will begin on Wednesday, March 18 and continue every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday through March 30. Schools plans to re-open on Monday, April 13.Middlebury Community Schools will be closed from March 17 through April 13.Fairfield Community Schools will be closed from March 17 through April 13.Concord Community Schools will be closed from March 16 through April 13.Baugo Community Schools will be closed from March 17 through April 13.WaNee Schools will close effective March 17. They tentatively plan on re-opening on Monday, April 13.Bremen Public Schools will close down beginning March 16. The school will temporarily switch over to an online learning environment beginning March 18.St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Bremen cancelled school on Monday and Tuesday. Wednesday, 3/18, Is when home-based instruction will begin.Eastern Pulaski Schools will be closed beginning March 16All LaPorte County public schools will be closed until Monday, April 13th.South Central Community Schools will have E-Learning days on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.All Starke County schools are closed.Plymouth Community Schools are closed Monday with eLearning March 17th through 19th.The Prairie Heights Community School Corporation announced that they are cancelling all school activities from March 17 through April 10. School will be in session on Monday, 3/16, but with a two hour delay.New Prairie United School Corporation has postponed their March 18th Open House.The Stanley Clark School is closed until April 13th.Goshen College will move to online classes on March 19th.Grace College has canceled on-campus classes and temporarily closed residence halls until April 13. Twitter Pinterest WhatsApp Twitter CoronavirusIndianaLocalMichiganNationalNewsSouth Bend Market UPDATE: Local schools respond to coronavirus fears By Tommie Lee – March 15, 2020 0 728 Facebook Pinterest Previous articleConfirmed coronavirus cases in Indiana up to 19Next articleHelp available for Indiana parents who need childcare while school is out Tommie Leelast_img read more

Prep work on Granger solar farm may get noisy

first_img Pinterest Twitter Facebook Google+ Google+ Prep work on Granger solar farm may get noisy Facebook WhatsApp IndianaLocalNews By Jon Zimney – August 3, 2020 2 361 (Photo Supplied/Indiana Michigan Power) Indiana Michigan Power, along with White Construction, will begin prep work for the solar panels at the St. Joseph Solar Farm.Drive posts, which will hold the solar panels, will be installed beginning on Monday, Aug. 3.People living in the area of Bittersweet and Cleveland Roads in St. Joseph County may hear an increase of construction-related activity during this time. Drive post installation is expected to be finished around the end of September, depending on weather.The St. Joseph Solar Farm will have approximately 57,000 solar panels and will produce 20megawatts – enough energy to power 2,700 homes annually. The facility will be the fifth and largest solar generating facility owned and operated by I&M.The St. Joseph Solar Farm is expected to be in operation by spring of 2021. For moreinformation visit www.IndianaMichiganPower.com/StJosephSolar.Customers with questions can call our 24/7 Customer Operations Center at 1-800-311-4634. Twitter WhatsApp Pinterest Previous articlePlymouth woman sentenced after baby’s meth-related deathNext articleFormer Lt. Governors calling for universal absentee voting in Indiana 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

Press release: Second chance to have your say on A1 upgrade near Gateshead

first_imgThe planned Highways England improvements will provide additional capacity, and improve journey times and safety while supporting economic growth in the region.The existing dual carriageway will have extra lanes added between Birtley (junction 65) and Coal House (junction 67). Allerdene Railway Bridge which carries the A1 over the East Coast railway line will also be replaced as part of the project.Following a series of consultation events back in 2016, 73% of residents agreed with Option 1A, where Allerdene Railway Bridge will be reconstructed south of its current location and replacing Smithy Lane overbridge.This option has now been developed further and these plans will be on show at a series of consultation events which will take place later this month.Highways England project manager Nicola Wilkes said: Details of the events are available on the consultation page.Two options were presented at the events held back in 2016 with the only difference being where Allerdene Railway Bridge would be built. Option 1B included building a temporary railway bridge and then building the permanent structure in the same place as it is now.The consultation started on Thursday 8 February 2018 and will finish on Friday 23 March 2018.For more details on the A1 Birtley to Coal House scheme, which is due to start late 2020, and to fill out the online consultation, please visit the scheme webpage.General enquiriesMembers of the public should contact the Highways England customer contact centre on 0300 123 5000.Media enquiriesJournalists should contact the Highways England press office on 0844 693 1448 and use the menu to speak to the most appropriate press officer. We would really like people to come along to these public consultation events which are being held over 2 weeks. These events are a chance for local people to have a look at the more detailed plans we have pulled together for the proposals and to give us their feedback. Anyone that can’t make these events can also let us know their feedback online on the scheme webpage.last_img read more