OPM Chocolate, the division of OPM that supplies solutions for the confectionery industry, and represented in the UK by Hänsel UK (Peterborough, Cambs), has introduced an electronic piston-type forming machine for depositing fat, cream or sugar-based chocolate.Made from stainless steel, it has a double jacket to allow water circulation and an easily removable horizontal mixer.
Wholesale Polish bakery T&W Bakeries says it is considering moving after being targeted by local yobs.The company, which employs 20 staff in Sevenoaks, Kent has had windows smashed and staff have complained of racist abuse directed at them.CEO Monika Wodke told British Baker the company moved to the premises last May and has been targeted by gangs of 15- to 16-year-olds. Her 24-hour operation was an attractive target to them as the other buildings on the industrial estate were closed overnight, she suggested.She said: “Over the winter it was quiet, then they came back about a month ago and, since then, they’ve been coming back every single weekend.”The thugs smashed seven windows and four windscreens at the site in just one night last month. Police are investigating the attacks. (See T&W recipe, pg 26)
The best thing about winning Bakery Supplier of the Year last year was that I got to kiss Joanna Lumley – it’s something I’ve always wanted to do since I was in short trousers! Joking aside, winning the award was great exposure for Bells of Lazonby – the coverage we received in British Baker was read by everyone in the trade, including supermarket buyers who are our target customers. Just the other day, I was sat in front of a major buyer, who remarked on our success in the Baking Industry Awards. Buyers change regularly and the award is an excellent way to introduce the firm. It shows we’ve been reviewed by our peers and come up trumps. The cere-mony itself is a great night. I’ve been to lots of different awards nights and the Baking Industry Awards is definitely the best.”
Planning ahead26-27 MarchChocolate Action!BCCC Sector Group Technology ConferenceStratford-upon-Avon, UKEntitled ’Drivers for Success’, this year’s conference will look at the latest developments and issues shaping biscuit, cake, chocolate and confectionery manufacturing, including sessions covering flavour and texture, food ethics, emerging challenges, consumer pressures and fat technology.Speakers include Rosemary Hignett, head of nutrition at the Food Standards Agency, and Chris Grantham of brand consultancy Your Future London.[http://www.fdf.org.uk/event.aspx]?event=147417-21 January 2009Sigep 2009Location: Rimini, Italy[http://www.clubartiemestieri.it]1-3 March 2009Convenience Retailing Show and Café+Location: NEC, Birmingham, UKContact: [email protected] March 2009ScothotLocation: Glasgow, UKContact: [email protected] March 2009IFE09Location, ExCeL, London[http://www.ife.co.uk]21-23 May 2009Interbake China 2009Location: Guangzhou International Conference and Exhibition CentreContact phone: 86-020-34072597, Jane Gu [http://www.faircanton.com/interbake]
You only have until Friday 15 May to get your entries in for the Baking Industry Awards, so send them in now! Make sure you don’t miss out on the opportunity to shine at the industry’s most prestigious annual event. This year’s awards will be held at the Park Lane Hilton in London on 8 September and will be hosted by comedy legend Ronnie Corbett.The full list of award categories is: The Customer Focus Award, The Craft Business Award, Celebration Cake Maker of the Year, Baker of the Year, The Achievement in Bakery Training Award, Artisanal Bread Product of the Year, Bakery Food Manufacturer of the Year, Bakery Supplier of the Year, The Innovation Award, Trainee Baker of the Year and The In-Store Bakery Award, which has an extended entry deadline of 1 June.To get hold of an entry form call Helen Law on 01293 846587 or email [email protected] Alternatively you can download a form at www.bakeryawards.co.uk. For seat and table bookings contact Liz Ellis on 01293 846593 or email [email protected]
North-west bakery chain Sayers is counting on shopper feedback to give it a competitive edge.The company has just finished an analysis of shopper behaviour with retail marketing consultancy Market Creative, which involved interviewing hundreds of customers as they left its shops, as well as competitors’ stores in the vicinity. Questions focused on how Sayers could tempt them when money was tight, as well as asking why they had chosen to visit the shop, how often they shopped there, and what they had bought.This is the second time Sayers has conducted customer behaviour research in this way; a study three years ago resulted in a company reluanch and rebrand in 2008. Sayers commercial director Mark James said the results had been enlightening. “It was very interesting to see how views have changed since the last time – then, they wanted a more traditional bakery. “It gives us a good steer, because we interview shoppers of all ages and demographics, and particularly focus on those who don’t use Sayers as their primary shop.”Customers are encouraged to take part with the lure of a free sandwich. “In these competitive times, it’s important to find out what they are saying and why they are not shopping with you,” added James. “The result will hopefully be that we get more shoppers who will spend more money with us.”>>Sayer’s strategy
Costa Coffee’s first ever venture into TV advertising will launch on 7 October, featuring a room full of monkeys trying to make a cup of coffee.The ad follows Costa’s first national marketing campaign last year – the controversial ‘7 out of 10 coffee lovers prefer Costa’ campaign, which, following several months of complaints from Starbucks, culminated in a landmark ASA ruling in Costa’s favour in July this year. The new campaign will feature the strapline ‘For Coffee Lovers’ and is described as a ‘celebration’ of the ruling. The ad shows a futuristic room filled with monkeys in front of coffee machines, tentatively trying to work the machines with a gradual descent into chaos. It ends with a Costa barista expertly hand-making a cup of coffee. Supporting press activity will run in national newspapers, featuring headlines stating that ‘not all coffee is made equal’ and that Costa is on a ‘mission’ to save the world from mediocre coffee. An online campaign will also accompany. Jim Slater, marketing director for Costa, commented: “Costa is enjoying double-digit like-for-like sales growth, and we aim to continue this great momentum. Independent surveys consistently prove that coffee lovers prefer Costa, and this TV commercial will help us to explain the reasons why.”>>Costa Coffee continues to grow sales
Ginsters has refreshed its sandwich range for January, in a bid to offer a more compact and easy-to-manage option to retailers, while maximising choice in-store for consumers. The full portfolio will feature a core range of standard and deep-fill consumer favourites, including BLT, chicken salad, and cheese ploughman’s, supported by a number of special edition options. These will initially include cheddar & bacon, New York deli-style beef, salmon & cucumber and cheddar & chilli jam.Different sandwich styles will also feature in the special edition range: premier, deep-fill, healthier and veggie options.January will also see the addition of two new deep-fill XL sandwiches spicy chicken & Taw Valley cheddar and cheddar & salami. These have been developed following consumer research, which indicated that, while travelling, many wanted a larger portion size.The range will also have a packaging revamp to improve shelf stand-out.
Driver arrested, passenger killed after off-road vehicle crash in Kosciusko County Previous articleIndiana reporting nearly 8,000 confirmed COVID-19 casesNext articleMichigan reports dip in virus cases but might be fewer tests 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. Facebook WhatsApp Twitter (Photo supplied/Indiana Department of Natural Resources) A driver was arrested and a passenger was killed after an off-road vehicle crash in Kosciusko County.The collision happened around 7:40 p.m. on Saturday, April 11, on EMS R4 Lane, east of Ridinger Lake.Kosciusko County Central Dispatch received a 911 call reporting that the passenger on the off-road vehicle was unresponsive and CPR was being administered by a passerby. It was also reported that the driver took off from the scene.Preliminary investigations indicate that a white 2014 Polaris Ranger was being operated by Joel Zehner, 39, on EMS R4 Lane when the crash occurred. An adult male believed to be the passenger fell out from the vehicle as it made a turn. The vehicle rolled to its side pinning the male passenger. A passerby assisted in rolling the vehicle over and began CPR on the unresponsive male.A Whitley County K9 unit tracked Zehner to a campsite where he allegedly displayed a firearm, according to conservation officer.The passenger, identified as Jason Tolle, 45, of Pierceton, died as a result of injuries from blunt force trauma.The officers at the scene were able to talk Zehner into putting the firearm down and he was taken into custody. Pinterest WhatsApp Twitter Facebook IndianaLocalNews Google+ By Jon Zimney – April 12, 2020 0 294 Pinterest Google+
Twitter WhatsApp Previous articleIndiana Black Expo cancels summer event, football classicNext articleCourt declines to unseal video in shooting of Indiana judges 95.3 MNCNews/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel is your breaking news and weather station for northern Indiana and southwestern Michigan. Google+ WhatsApp Facebook Pinterest Indiana Toll Road-School Food Relief Fund to help offset backpack food programs (“Heading towards the Indiana Toll Road” by Haydn Blackey, C.C. BY-SA 2.0) ITR Concession Company, the operator of the Indiana Toll Road, is establishing the Indiana Toll Road – School Food Relief Fund, a $100,000 grant to help offset the costs of school backpack food programs.In Indiana, over 47% of students receive their meals for free or at a reduced price through the National School Lunch Program. Food scarcity does not end with the school week, and many schools engage in a weekend food distribution, commonly referred to as “Backpack & Snacks” programs. This Food Relief Fund will directly support those students who may be going without food on weekends during the COVID-19 crisis.Each chosen district or organization will receive between $1,000 and $5,000, determined by the number of applications as well as an assessment of needs. The grants will be used to help fund either an existing Backpack & Snacks program, or as seed money to begin such a program. IDOE public school districts, nonpublic school districts, or charter management organizations within Lake, Porter, LaPorte, St. Joseph, Elkhart, LaGrange, and Steuben counties are eligible, and their superintendents will receive an application via email, with chosen programs to be announced on April 27, 2020.In addition, ITRCC has been committed to supporting each of its employees throughout the COVID-19 crisis. With no layoffs or furloughs, ITRCC staff have been able to continue to support their families and focus on their personal and community wellbeing.ITRCC CEO Nic Barr recognizes that the areas surrounding the Toll Road corridor remain heavily affected by this crisis. “We’re continually looking to make a positive impact in our community, and the Indiana Toll Road – School Relief Fund is designed to assist those in need, and to support our valued community partners and neighbors,” Barr said. Facebook Pinterest Twitter CoronavirusIndianaLocalNews Google+ By 95.3 MNC – April 26, 2020 0 306