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Month: April 2021

In Brief

first_img– Ingredients and sugar company Tate & Lyle has formed a joint venture with an Israeli partner to build and operate a sugar plant supplying products to users in the Israeli market. This will partially replace traditional sugar imports from the Eropean Union, which will be restricted following European sugar regime reform and the WTO ruling on exports.- SUPERMARKET Morrisons withdrew batches of its own brand Hot Cross Buns and Soft Sliced White Bread Baps due to possible metal contamination. Date codes up to March 21 were affected. – Irish plant baker Irish Pride’s products have been certified as kosher by Irish Chief Rabbi Dr Yaakov Pearlman. There are about 1,800 Jewish people in the Republic of Ireland.last_img read more

National Doughnut Week: Join the fun!

first_imgDon’t forget to register for this year’s event from May 6–13, sponsored by BakeMark. There’s a point of sale pack for all participating craft bakers with a selection of bright, eye-catching posters and banners, price tickets and counter top cards to entice customers through your door. Liz Haigh-Reeve, director of fundraising for supported charity The Children’s Trust, says: “National Doughnut Week is a great way to make a difference to children’s lives. The funds raised go directly towards providing care, education and therapy for children with multiple disabilities and complex health needs. With our help, children and their families can rebuild their lives following an accident or serious illness.”Next week: We will tell you more about 19-year-old James, a former RAF cadet from Hertfordshire, who suffered severe brain damage in a road accident. James spent eight months at The Children’s Trust undergoing an intensive rehabilitation programme to help him regain everyday skills. Top tips: Who Deserves a Doughnut? Ask your customers to nominate the person who they think most deserves a doughnut – a caring friend or neighbour, for example. A gift voucher, perhaps donated by a local shop, is awarded to the winner/s and a goodie bag of doughnuts goes to the nominator. Or challenge customers to eat a doughnut without licking their lips – the fastest time wins. Go mad for doughnuts!• To register, email Christopher Freeman at Dunns Bakery at: [email protected] or call: 020 8340 1614 or 07776 480032.LOOK WHO’S REGISTERED!Since last week’s issue, the following bakers have got involved:- The Kandy Bar, Saltcoats, Ayrshire- Barkers Bakery, Cottenham, Cambs- WT Endacott, Okehampton, Devon- P&A Davies, Chester, Cheshire- Biggs Bakery, Littlehampton, West Sussex- Graces Bakery, Ryde, Isle of Wightlast_img read more

FSA targets definitive food labelling scheme

first_imgThe government’s hopes of creating a single food labelling system have been dented after Tesco said it would not agree to the Foods Standards Agency’s (FSA) “unproven” traffic light system.The FSA has commissioned a £500,000 independent evaluation of consumer opinion about the three main types of front-of-pack labelling: the traffic light scheme; traffic light colour-coded guideline daily amounts (GDAs), and mono- chrome GDAs.But a Tesco spokesman said it already knew that its GDA scheme was “changing eating habits for the better”.He said: “We cannot honestly agree to an unproven FSA scheme which can only be used on a much narrower range of products.” The retailer does not use the traffic light system.Sandwiches, wraps, filled baguettes, pies, pasties and quiches are among the products that consumers want to see carrying front-of-pack signpost labelling, according to the FSA.Gordon Polson, director of the Federation of Bakers, said the organisation was happy to see the issue of labelling looked at, but added that the cost implications of any redesigning of labels for the industry would only become apparent when details of any chosen scheme were finalised.The research, which is being conducted by the British Market Research Bureau, will be published in December.Asda nutritionist Vanessa Hattersley said the rest of the food industry should follow its lead and “introduce a consistent labelling system that combines GDAs and traffic lights”.last_img read more

Bertinet Kitchen wins tourism award

first_imgThe Bertinet Kitchen cookery school in Bath has won the Tourism Experience of the Year award in the South West Tourism Excellence Awards 2008/09.The Bertinet Kitchen offers a number of training courses, including a 5-day programme covering an introduction to breadmaking, Italian breads and slow doughs and sourdoughs. The school was opened in 2005 by French author, chef and baker Richard Bertinet, who hails from north-west France and trained as a baker in Brittany and at the Grand Moulin de Paris. According to the judges, all the winners demonstrated outstanding levels of customer service, while also being committed to sustainability, recycling and the environment. “I am absolutely thrilled that the cookery school has received this award,” said Bertinet.The 40 award-winners were whittled down from more than 200 entries and, at the awards night, which takes place at Cadbury House Hotel & Spa in Somerset on 24 November, 15 of them will become gold winners and 25 will take silver. All gold winners will be entered into the Enjoy England Awards for Excellence, with the prospect of winning nationally in 2009.last_img read more

Contractual dilemma

first_imgWith the current economic problems, companies are reviewing their arrangements with suppliers and seeing where savings can be made. One element of this is that firms are increasingly looking at pricing structures in place and reviewing their position with regards to providers.We are hearing of more and more stories of companies putting the squeeze on their suppliers and one particular scenario seems to be as follows. The supplier is asked to reduce its price by X%, on the basis that the economic climate demands it and also that, in effect, the supplier should “share” the burden with the company. The company further suggests that if the supplier agrees to this, then the company would look favourably upon them in the future. The unwritten implication is that if the supplier does not play ball, they could be jeopardising their future.The supplier is immediately placed in a tricky situation. By playing ball, their own profit margins are badly affected – and this is at a time when most companies are already working on very fine margins. There is also the danger that, even when the economic situation improves, the company will still not bring the prices paid up to the previous level. But then the converse is that the supplier does not agree to the price reduction and the business is lost completely.So what should a supplier do, what is the legal situation and do suppliers have any legal remedies?The starting point is to review the contractual arrangements in place with the company concerned. If needs be, it may be worth taking legal advice on the contractual position. Let’s take a couple of different scenarios:Scenario 1Baker A has an excellent working relationship with Supermarket X – so much so, that it does not have a written contract with the supermarket. Orders are simply placed on a regular, if ad hoc, basis. Every time Supermarket X calls to place an order, Baker A quotes a price and that is accepted by Supermarket X. However, Supermarket X now says that, with the economic downturn, it cannot afford to pay the price being asked by Baker A and has asked for a 5% reduction. Baker A has to make a commercial decision as to whether to accept the percentage reduction or not. It’s a gamble. Baker A cannot demand that Supermarket X continues to place orders with it. If Baker A says no to Supermarket X’s demands, then Supermarket X can simply walk away from the trading relationship and there is nothing Baker A can do. If Baker A decides that it cannot take the gamble that Supermarket X will walk away and it will have to take the reduction, what should Baker A do? Perhaps Baker A should use this as a negotiating chip and an opportunity to formalise the relationship with Supermarket X. Baker A could suggest the following:l That the parties enter into a written agreementl That Supermarket X is under an obligation to place a certain number of orders with Baker Al To have a notice periodl That the percentage reduction only be applied for a certain period of timeHowever, Baker A is still in a weak position and, realistically, has to make a commercial decision as it has very few, if any, legal rights or remedies.Scenario 2Baker B is a very well-organised bakery. It has written contracts in place with all of the supermarkets that take its products. Its contracts provide:l For six months’ notice to be givenl Full details of what the bakery can charge for its productsl The number of products and the dates when those products will be sent to the supermarket.Supermarket Y gets in touch with Baker B and says that it is in financial difficulties and needs Baker B to take part of the financial risk with it, by taking a 9% reduction in its prices. What can Baker B do? Well Baker B is in a much stronger position and can insist on Supermarket Y complying with the contractual terms. The only danger would be Supermarket Y serving notice that it would end the contract at the end of the notice period.Again, it comes down to a commercial decision on whether Baker B wishes to make some kind of concession. However, due to the fact that Baker B’s position is that much stronger if minded to make a concession, it might be worth Baker B asking to see the evidence that the company is in trouble or negotiating a smaller percentage reduction and again for a limited period only.For smaller businesses, what has to be key in this situation is that their position is made as watertight as it can be within the contractual document between themselves and the entity to whom they supply. While legal advice may sound expensive, this has to be considered as against possibly the loss of a business if a major customer pulls its business. Many suppliers are under the impression that companies have to give them notice and, more particularly, reasonable notice if they are going to withdraw their business, but this is not necessarily the case.So to conclude, if faced with a situation where a company wants to re-negotiate price:1. Review your contract and, if necessary, take legal advice on that document.2. If your contract makes you reasonably secure, consider commercially whether you should accede to that request, but see whether any future commercial advantage could be secured by giving your agreement – for example, with the company giving you agreed increased orders.3. If agreement is reached on a reduction in price, give great consideration to placing a guillotine for how long that reduction is in place.? Nichola Evans is a partner at legal firm Browne Jacobson—-=== Prevent late payment ===Payment times are a key part of any contract, whether written or verbal. According to the Forum of Private Business, poor payment practice costs UK business £20bn every year with small firms each owed an average of £30,000 at any one time, so the FPB has drawn up some top tips to help prevent late payment:Make your terms clearAgree payment terms at the order stage and have those terms printed on relevant documents such as invoices. Terms should include any credit period and details of interest charges on overdue accounts. All businesses have a legal right to claim interest from late-paying customers.Consider credit-checking potentially large customersAn online credit rating can be on your desk in minutes and costs from £10 upwards. Consider taking up credit references.Make your invoice clearAn easy-to-understand invoice will encourage customers to pay more quickly. Make sure, in particular, that you include a detailed description of the goods/services, a reference to the order number and that you send the invoice to the right person.Invoice on timeSend the invoice out immediately after the goods are sent or the service is completed. Don’t forget that many businesses simply don’t pay invoices until they receive a statement.Create a systemSet out in writing a timetable you feel comfortable with for chasing unpaid bills – and stick to it.last_img read more

In Short

first_imgNAMB conferenceThe National Association of Master Bakers’ Conference is returning to the De Vere Hotel, Blackpool on May 7-10, supported by California Raisins. After the AGM, there will be talks from three craft bakers, Tom and Dick Lewis of Mhor Bakery and David Smart of Greenhalgh’s, plus the installation of new president Ian Storey.Pipers plays to Lord’sDevon-based Pipers Farm has signed a deal potentially worth £20,000 to supply a range of bespoke pies to Lord’s Cricket Ground. Available through the ground’s public bars, the range includes Red Ruby Steak & Mushroom, Pipers Farm Lamb & Mint, Pipers Farm Chicken & Saddleback Ham and, Pumpkin, Goat’s Cheese & Spinach. The deal was struck following visits from Lord’s chefs to the farm.Doughnut appealNational Doughnut Week 2010 is just around the corner, so make sure you’ve registered to take part. The week runs from 8-15 May and raises money for charity The Children’s Trust, through the sale of dougnuts. Register online at www.nationaldoughnutweek.org.Cookie campaignBurton’s Foods has invested £1.5m in a new national television advertising campaign for its Maryland Cookies brand. The 30-second ad, launched this month, features the strapline ’Choc Full of Yumminess’.Chilled deal for ArlaStarbucks has teamed up with dairy company Arla Foods to launch two new coffee drinks in the UK. Starbucks Discoveries chilled coffees and Starbucks Doubleshot Espresso & Milk are ready-to-drink coffee ranges which will be available in all Starbucks outlets from May. Arla Foods will make, distribute and market chilled drinks for Starbucks under licence.last_img read more

CSM sees European sales rise

first_imgBakery supplier CSM saw sales in Europe rise by 2% to €260.9m in the third quarter of 2010, driven by higher volumes in frozen products.EBITA increased from €12.2m to €16m compared with the third quarter in 2009, while CSM’s overall sales for the third quarter rose to €783.7m from €634.5m in 2009, mainly due to the acquisition of US bakery manufacturer Best Brands earlier this year.CEO Gerard Hoetmer said: “In Europe, the strategic investments in frozen products are delivering increased volumes. Together with cost management, these higher volumes contributed to the improvement in EBITA.“At Bakery Supplies North America, we remain focused on the swift integration of Best Brands, allowing the organisation to maximise its combined potential as soon as possible.”Hoetmer said he remained cautiously optimistic for the fourth quarter of 2010: “We expect our investments in our organisation and innovation to continue to create growth opportunities. The main contributor to market growth is consumer confidence, which is still weak in a number of markets.” Herman Verstraeten (previously with Unilever) will head CSM’s European businesses as the new president of Bakery Supply Europe, while Marco Bertacca, as vice-president global bakery expansion strategy, will support the board in CSM’s expansion in new regions.>>CSM sees Q1 fall in bakery demandlast_img read more

Indiana on a Stay-At-Home Order, but what does that mean?

first_img Pinterest Not long after states around Indiana issued their own stay-at-home orders Indiana followed suit. Start on Wednesday Gov. Eric Holcomb is mandating that individuals remain in their homes except for essential travel.While that may seem vague there are specific restrictions in place, and the Governor’s office included an FAQ page to hopefully answer some common questions.Below are several examples, you can read the full FAQ at https://www.in.gov/gov/3232.htmWhat is an essential business?Essential businesses and services include but are not limited to grocery stores, pharmacies, gas stations, police stations, fire stations, hospitals, doctor’s offices, health care facilities, garbage pickup, public transit, and public service hotlines such as SNAP and HIP 2.0.  A list can be found in the Governor’s executive order at in.gov/coronavirus.What is an essential activity?Essential activities include but are not limited to activities for health and safety, necessary supplies and services, outdoor activity, certain types of essential work, and to take care of others.A list can be found in the Governor’s executive order at in.gov/coronavirus.I work for an essential business. Will I be allowed to travel to and from work?Law enforcement will not be stopping drivers on their way to and from work, traveling for an essential activity such as going to the grocery store, or just taking a walk.Will the grocery store/pharmacy be open?Yes, grocery stores and pharmacies are essential services.Can I still order take out/delivery from restaurants and bars?Yes, restaurants and bars can continue to provide takeout and delivery, but should be closed to dine-in patrons.Again you can find the full list of FAQ answers at https://www.in.gov/gov/3232.htm Indiana on a Stay-At-Home Order, but what does that mean? Facebook WhatsApp Twitter By Carl Stutsman – March 23, 2020 0 602 Twitter Facebook Google+ CoronavirusIndianaLocalNews WhatsApp Pinterest Google+ Previous articleGov. Holcomb announces new measures to combat COVID-19 spreadNext articleNearly 110,000 unemployment claims filed in Michigan last week Carl Stutsmanlast_img read more

Indiana Women’s Conference postponed until 2021

first_img Google+ Pinterest By Tommie Lee – August 13, 2020 0 290 (Photo supplied/Indiana News Service) The Indiana Conference for Women has been postponed. Organizers, citing COVID-19 concerns, say this year’s event in Indianapolis has been rescheduled for November of 2021.The conference is considered one of the largest of it’s kind in the Midwest, drawing approximately 2,000 women, according to Inside Indiana Business.Sponsors and ticketed attendees will be able to transfer the 2020 ticket to the 2021 conference, which will be held at the Indiana Convention Center. Google+ CoronavirusIndianaLocalNewsSouth Bend Market WhatsApp Twitter Indiana Women’s Conference postponed until 2021 Facebook Facebook WhatsApp Pinterest Twitter Previous articleHolcomb seeks to protect school fundingNext articleLocal HS marching bands impacted by pandemic planning Tommie Leelast_img read more

Protests expected at Indiana, Michigan state capitols on Sunday

first_img Twitter Twitter By Network Indiana – January 15, 2021 0 285 Pinterest Facebook Pinterest Google+ Previous articleWinter home heating help available in MichiganNext articleLittle snow expected during weekend bout of winter weather Network Indiana Protests expected at Indiana, Michigan state capitols on Sunday Google+ IndianaLocalNews (Photo supplied/Elkhart Truth) You can expect to see or hear about protests at the Indiana Statehouse, beginning this weekend. A source close to the Indianapolis Metro Police Department says the department has reason to expect at least two protests, one Sunday at noon and one on Inauguration Day, at noon.The police department has been sharing info with Indiana State Police. Superintendent Doug Carter said his men and women are ready to protect the building and people inside it, should the need arise.He declined to give specifics on their plan.“Many, many meetings have occurred with IMPD, with our intelligence folks and I think we’re well-positioned,” said Carter at a news conference this week.The police department expects the protests they know about, as of now, to be peaceful.If anything goes awry, Carter said the state police have a great relationship with the Indiana National Guard and Homeland Security at both the state and federal levels.There are also reports that a militia based in Michigan is planning to stage a protest outside the state Capitol in Lansing on Sunday. Facebook WhatsApp WhatsApplast_img read more