Shopping Centre café operator BB’s Coffee and Muffins (Brentford, Middlesex) has developed a cranberry and white chocolate muffin for Christmas. It contains real cranberries, white chocolate chips, and is topped with white chocolate curls. The company has also launched Christmas Crumble muffin – a mix of mincemeat, rum essence and spices with a crumble topping.BB’s general manager Michele Young says: “We have introduced new boxes and in-store merchandising to encourage customers to buy muffins in bulk.“Customers who buy three muffins, get the fourth free. We believe that this will help extend the BB’s muffin experience into the workplace and the home.”
The Freight Transport Association (FTA) has this month criticised the government’s decision to increase fuel duty by 2p per litre.FTA director of external affairs Geoff Dossetter told British Baker: “Significant increases in fuel prices are bad news for bakery and ingredient distributors.”Almost everything the nation consumes every day of the year is the product of a lorry journey and the government will now increase the cost of all of those journeys.”As of 1 October, fuel duty on diesel increased to 50.35p per litre, the highest rate in Europe, where the average level is 22.7p per litre, the FTA said.The cost of oil itself on the world market is now over $79 (£39) per barrel and has increased by almost 14% over the last month. The current price of a litre of bulk diesel is 79.68p per litre excluding VAT, which is only just below the record levels seen in May 2006.World prices remain extremely volatile. The 2p-per-litre rise in fuel duty will increase the annual operating costs of one 44-tonne articulated lorry by £870 to £35,600, said the FTA.Significantly, the 2p-per-litre fuel duty increase takes the pump price of diesel to over £1 per litre – no doubt to be quickly followed by petrol, said the FTA.”It is very disappointing that at a time of such turbulence in world oil prices, the government has chosen to impose a further increase in costs for industry,” added Dossetter. “Even at this late stage, the government should recognise the extent of the problem and reconsider imposing this unnecessary increase in fuel duty.”
Scottish ingredients supplier Macphie of Glenbervie has predicted a tough road ahead despite record profits last year.The company’s pre-tax profit for 2007 was up 12% to £3.8m and sales increased by 2%, according to accounts lodged with Companies House. However, chief executive, Alastair Macphie, forecast a much less cheerful 2008.He said: “A spate of poor harvests and changing global demand for commodities means that raw material costs have soared to a record high and this is hitting the food industry.”These pressures looked set to continue industry wide, he said. “Production volumes have grown but selling price deflation in certain sectors remains a key feature of the market.”
Matthew Walker is to launch a new sponge pudding range in Tesco and Sainsbury’s. The Scrummie puddings from the Northern Foods-owned business consist of five varieties, each topped with a different sauce.The puddings 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 come 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.[http://www.northern-foods.co.uk]
Premier Foods’ half-year results show that sales of Hovis were up 17% and market share has increased to 26.3% – its highest level in two years, said the firm. But Premier’s Hovis division, which comprises its baking, milling and frozen pizza base operations, saw turnover drop to £372.4m, (from £384.7m in first year half 2008), although trading profit increased 18.7% to £14.6m (first year half 2008: £12.3m).The figures for the six months to 27 June 2009 show sales in its baking operations were up 4.9%, “driven by a 12.4% increase in sales of branded bread, partly offset by lower sales of own-label bread and morning goods”.Its milling operations saw sales fall 20.7%, which Premier puts “primarily” down to the exit from a low-margin flour contract in the latter part of 2008. Chief executive Robert Schofield commented: “Now that we have substantially completed the integration of RHM and Campbell’s and successfully refinanced the group, we have been able to embark on targeted investment behind our key market-leading brands.” He added that he was pleased with the group’s progress and delighted by the continued success of Hovis.Group turnover was up 3.5% to £1,248.2m, but operating profit stood at £26.8m, down from £46.2m in the first half of 2008. The firm made a loss before tax of £30m, compared to profit of £2m in first year half 2008. This was due to one-off costs, including pension charges plus costs related to its acquisition of RHM and Campbell’s UK business. Premier reduced its net debt to £1,475m (June 2008: £1,806m).
Consumer watchdog Which? said its recent consumer taste test of wholemeal bread showed it was possible to cut salt levels in bread and still deliver good flavour and texture. In research carried out by Which? Magazine, 187 testers tasted 561 slices of branded and supermarket own-label wholemeal bread. Hovis and Kingsmill came out on top, scoring top marks for taste and texture, followed by Warburtons and M&S Wise Buys loaf. Senior researcher Shefalee Loth said the M&S loaf, which had a salt content of 0.9g per 100g (lower than the FSA’s 2012 target of 1g per 100g), “proved that it was technically possible to develop bread that has reduced salt levels, which was acceptable to consumers”.Read the full story in the next issue of British Baker, out 23 October.
The Sherwood Group’s packaging division has launched Purepack, a new concept in barrier-coated printed packaging, suitable for use in the food industry. Using technology suitable for a wide variety of boards and weights, it features a water-based coating that provides a direct food contact barrier while also offering potential cost savings over traditional barrier coatings, according to the firm, as the printing and coating take place in a complete inline process, rather than requiring two separate operations. Its protective properties also provide a grease- and water-resistant barrier and it is also fully biodegradable, compostable and recyclable.Purepack can incorporate windows utilising a PLA recyclable material, eliminating the need to separate a PE laminate from the printed material.
Gluten-free bakery brand Mrs Crimble’s has unveiled another string of listings in major retailers.Its Jam Coconut Rings, Dutch Apple Cakes and Original Cheese Crackers will be found in 500 Co-op stores from next week.All Asda stores will be selling its Mini Choc Orange Macaroons, and Sundried Tomato Cheese Crackers, while its Original Cheese Crackers will be stocked in a number of additional Tesco stores.Earlier this year, the firm announced its first major orders from Australia and Denmark, as well as a number of new deals with retailers in the Middle East as it looks to increase exports to 15% of turnover in the next three years.>>Mrs Crimble’s ramps up gluten-free exports
Bakery chain Apostrõphe has partnered up with an independent catering group in order to aid its London growth.CH&Co, which now has a 50% stake in the London-based high street bakery and café chain, will help the business to grow in the capital. It has already opened two new outlets in the City this year.The two businesses have worked in partnership prior to the move, opening up an Apostrõphe kiosk at The Tower of London as part of CH&Co’s £60m Historic Royal Palaces contract won by its ’venue and public attraction’ brand Ampersand.Tim Jones, chairman of CH&Co, told British Baker: “The focus for Apostrõphe will remain on it being a high street brand and that element will continue to grow. We plan to roll out a programme across the capital and, as the brand develops, we will consider opportunities further afield potentially with our professional centres, in a more upmarket environment.”Amir Chen, CEO of Apostrõphe, said: “London is a big market and we now have 14 locations here, aside from our Heathrow and Gatwick airport sites. There’s lots of room to grow and the new partnership with CH&Co, in addition to a franchising agreement with the company, will help us to access the fast-growing high street market further.”
WhatsApp Two men arrested in connection with home invasion, dog shooting death in Cass County Google+ Previous articleSerial killer admits to two 1980 murders in Allen CountyNext articleDaylight Saving Time begins at 2 a.m. on Sunday 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 Pinterest Twitter Facebook Twitter By Jon Zimney – March 7, 2020 0 456 WhatsApp Google+ Pinterest (Photo supplied) Two men have been arrested in connection with a home invasion/armed robbery that happened at a home on Tuesday, March 3.Sheriff Richard J. Behnke reports that his office was called to investigate an armed robbery / home invasion that occurred in the 63000 block of Day Lake Road in Calvin Township.Deputies were dispatched after a call to dispatch indicated that 3 or 4 male individuals entered into the hom demanding money.The victim, a 24 year old woman, told the men she did not have any money, but the suspects forced their way into a back bedroom.When the suspects opened the bedroom door, a dog came at them. They shot the dog which died of the injuries.The suspects then left the home and took off in a silver Toyota Prius with an undetermined amount of money.While investigating this incident a report was called in to police about a suspicious situation at a location on Brownsville Road.Two vehicles were observed parked at a secluded location on the property and subjects were getting out of a silver Prius and into a red Toyota Camry. That property owner made contact with the subjects in these cars, which then fled the area prior to police arriving on scene.Deputies were able to identify one possible suspect for the home invasion based on information gathered from this incident. Deputies put out an alert to attempt to locate the red Toyota Camry which was later found parked at the Cassopolis Library.Two subjects were located at the time of the recovery of the Toyota Camry and arrested based on information received during the investigation.Oliver Bwalya, 21, from Elkhart, and Jeramian Makanjuola, 19, of Columbus, Ohio, were arrested and face 13 charges, including home invasion, armed robbery, killing / torturing an animal, larceny from a building, assault with a dangerous weapon, and felony firearms.Bond was set at $80,000.00This investigation is ongoing at this time. Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to call the Cass County Sheriff’s Office. IndianaLocalMichiganNews