Month: April 2021

New start for Harry’s Russian plant

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first_imgRussian pre-packed bakery specialist Harry’s has reopened a production plant in Russia which burned down in 2004.Based at Solnechnogorsk, near Moscow, the bakery has been restored at a cost in excess of €30 million. The plant has seven lines producing Swiss rolls, cakes, wafers and brioche.Harry’s has a second plant in central Russia, which gives it a total capacity in Russia for 70,000 tonnes a year. Part-owned by Italian food group Barilla, Harry’s also has 12 factories in six European countries producing bread, viennoiserie and pastry.Total turnover is in excess of €550m. Its four main brands are Harry’s in France and Russia, La Bella Easo in Spain, Morato in Italy and Dan Cake in Turkey.last_img

Pecan Deluxe Candy

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first_imgPecan Deluxe Candy (Leeds, West Yorkshire) is set to launch a range of new nut and seed coatings. The move coincides with further investment at its Yorkshire factory, which includes investment in ’traditional style’ cooling tables for nut products, such as brittles.Pecan’s new coatings, include basil & garlic pine nuts, pumpkin seeds, glazed sunflower seeds, kettle cooked sunflower seeds and macadamia nuts, fiesta pecans, frosted pumpkin and sunflower seeds, garlic pistachio, teriyaki cashews and jerk almonds.last_img

United Biscuits takes steps to greener life

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first_imgUnited Biscuits (UB) has sought to enhance its green credentials by setting out targets for redu-cing greenhouse gas emissions and energy use, waste sent to landfill, water use and packa-ging waste.At the same time, the company is increasing its use of environmentally friendly transport and sustainable sourcing.UB’s commitments are contained in the document Achieving Sustainability, and have been accompanied by an initiative to get its 9,000 employees to be environmentally conscious, by giving them each a free low-energy lightbulb to use at home. Staff have also received energy-saving tips and advice on changes they can make at home to protect the environment.UB has set a target to reduce its UK carbon emissions by 35% by 2020 from its 1995 levels. The company is currently testing new oven burners at its Harlesden factory in north London and plans to roll them out to another five factories over the next three years.Meanwhile, the company is seeking a 22% reduction in CO2 emissions from its vehicle fleet, equipping it with a new satellite location service which provides live tracking via the internet. The service logs information on each vehicle or trailer, monitoring waiting times, inactivity, delays and any route diversions.The company has also introduced improved filtration and reuse of water to wash raw materials, as part of its drive to achieve a 25% reduction in water consumption by 2020 compared to 2007.UB has already reduced the weight of packaging used by 6,800 tonnes and wants a 20% reduction by 2015, compared with 2003.Work is also under way with a snacks film provider to create a new film that is 17% lighter than that currently used.last_img read more

Bakels: new MD

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first_imgPaul Morrow, MD of British Bakels has appointed Ian Dobbie as new MD designate from October 1. Dobbie, who currently heads up the UK division of Delifrance, takes over full responsibility at Bakels from Jan 1. Morrow said: “Ian has more than 20 years experience in technical and commercial operations and general management roles in the baking industry. “He has a successful track record of growing a manufacturing business serving bakery, supermarket and foodservice customers. He is ideally equipped to lead British Bakels in the next stage of its development.” Paul Morrow will be moving up into a global role within Bakels, which operates worldwide, but will still be based in the UK.last_img

FSA revises origin guide for labels

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first_imgThe Food Standards Agency (FSA) has published revised guidance for country-of-origin labelling, designed to benefit consumers and to further the FSA’s commitment to improve food labelling and consistency.The guidance will apply to manufacturers, producers, retailers and caterers and will be split into three sections, which explain the legal requirements that need to be followed and details on the penalties for breaching the legislation.Certain foods are exempt from this legislation, which include, in certain circumstances, white bread and flour confectionery, and individually wrapped fancy confectionery products not enclosed in any further packaging and which are intended for sale as single items.last_img

Huddersfield bakery explosion leaves one man dead

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first_imgA Huddersfield bakery is recovering from tragedy after an employee was killed and another badly injured when an explosion at its factory caused part of the roof to fall, starting a fire. The explosion occurred at Andrew Jones Pies bakehouse in Old Leeds Road on Good Friday, only minutes after the 5am shift had started.Thirty-seven-year-old baker David Cole was killed instantly and his colleague, 23-year-old Marcus Cartwright, remains in hospital. There were seven employees on-site at the time of the incident.Representatives from the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) have visited the site, though the cause of the explosion has not been confirmed. It is thought the cause is gas-related and it is not being treated as suspicious. A spokesperson from the HSE said there are currently no findings to report and the investigation is ongoing.A special meeting between the employees took place yesterday to decide what will happen with the business going forward. The firm’s two shops in Marsh and Brighouse have been closed since the incident. However, it has been reported on the BBC Bradford & West Yorkshire website that the firm hopes to use a disused factory in Brighouse in order to start production by the end of the week.A message on its website reads: “Due to unforseen circumstances, the pie factory and our shops will remain closed until further notice. Sorry for any inconvenience.”The bakery supplies butchers, farm shops, sandwich shops and other retailers.last_img read more

In Short

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first_img== Dalesman extends ==Seasonings manufacturer The Dalesman Group has recently completed an extension at its head office in West Yorkshire. The 7,000sq ft of additional warehouse space, fitted out with push-back racking, gives the firm an extra 650 pallet spaces, and takes the total size of the factory and office suite to 40,000sq ft. The firm produces bespoke blends of sausage, burger, pie, pasty, gravy and sauce mixes and its Country Fayre range of sausage mixes.== Starbucks closures? ==It has been reported that Starbucks plans to close 31 UK stores. A spokesperson for the coffee chain said its current priority is to prepare for the continued uncertainty in the economy and ensure it has a strong business for the future. “We are discussing options with landlords for a small number of our UK stores,” she said. “But we do not have any specific announcements at this time.”== Greencore growth ==Greencore said its food-to-go sandwiches and quiche bakery business has delivered a “good sales performance” in its interim management statement. Good weather in early summer helped drive sales of sandwiches, salads and sushi, it said. Within its UK portfolio, cakes and desserts saw a fall in sales.== Raisins on the rise ==California Raisin imports into the UK fell by 14% in the 2008-09 season, with tonnage down to 22,655 from 26,456. However, the market has grown for California by 68% since the 2006-07 season when 13,518 tonnes was imported, due to crop losses in other countries. Peter Meadows, marketing director for the California Raisin Adminis-trative Committee in the UK, said: “Despite the economic conditions, the final result, at 22,655 tonnes, is a very strong performance in this market.”last_img read more

Union to ballot staff at Maple Leaf for strike

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first_imgStaff at the Maple Leaf bakery plant in Walsall are to be balloted on industrial action, following a breakdown in negotiations over pay rates.John Higgins, regional officer of the Bakers Food and Allied Workers Union, said that balloting would begin on 22 June. He told British Baker: “Our members have been told to sign new contracts at lower rates. We have advised them to sign, but with a letter of protest. However, this has been rejected by management.”A company spokesman for Maple Leaf said: “We are in ongoing discussions with our staff and are hopeful of a settlement. So far we have received no notification from the union of their intention to ballot for a mandate to call a strike.”In a letter sent to workers at the Walsall unit, published in the Express & Star, plant manager Dave Martin said: “Our site is unprofitable and our products are uncompetitive. Altering the rates will provide both flexibility and competitiveness to our site, which, in turn, will improve our volume and revenue […].”In the event that individuals refuse to agree to the rates, the company will need to consider terminating those individuals’ employment.”last_img read more

Rep. Walorski votes against $3-trillion package due to items unrelated to coronavirus relief

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first_img Facebook Twitter By 95.3 MNC – May 16, 2020 0 349 CoronavirusIndianaLocalNews WhatsApp Google+ Previous articleBerrien County officials clearing up some Executive Order confusionNext articleCase of COVID-19 reported at St. Joseph County DuComb Center 95.3 MNCNews/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel is your breaking news and weather station for northern Indiana and southwestern Michigan. Google+ Pinterest Rep. Walorski votes against $3-trillion package due to items unrelated to coronavirus relief WhatsApp (“U.S. Capitol Building detail” by Kevin Burkett, Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic) U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski released the following statement after voting against Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s $3 trillion bill that includes a federal bailout of fiscally irresponsible states, a tax cut for millionaires and billionaires, and other progressive priorities unrelated to coronavirus relief or economic recovery efforts:“As American families, workers, farmers, and small business owners face the worst health and economic crisis in our lifetimes, Speaker Pelosi can only see political opportunity.“This $3 trillion left-wing wish list has nothing to do with fighting coronavirus, providing relief to those who need it, or safely reopening our economy. Instead it provides a bailout for fiscally irresponsible states and a giveaway for millionaires and billionaires – and sticks hardworking Americans with the bill. It imposes one-size-fits-all mandates on small businesses and makes it harder for them to rehire, recover, and rebuild. And it does not include pro-life protections, opening the door to taxpayer-funded abortion and a Planned Parenthood bailout.“Despite bipartisan opposition, Speaker Pelosi once again gave in to her radical base for a bill that has no chance of becoming law. It’s time for Congress to start focusing on what matters: protecting the health and safety of the American people, getting businesses and employees safely back to work, and holding China accountable.”The bill is expected to go nowhere in the U.S. Senate.BACKGROUNDH.R. 6800, which passed the House by a vote of 208 to 199, would:Provide taxpayer-funded bailouts of $915 billion for state and local governments and $25 billion bailout for the U.S. Postal Service;Give millionaires and billionaires in high-tax states a tax break by repealing the state and local tax deduction cap for two years;Remove pro-life protections from the Paycheck Protection Program and other funding, allowing for taxpayer-funded abortion;Allow illegal immigrants to receive direct payments by removing Social Security number verification;Impose one-size-fits-all OSHA and paid leave mandates on all businesses;Permanently disallow rulemaking pertaining to work requirements for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP);Extend unemployment insurance enhancements into 2021, including paying some workers more in unemployment benefits than they would earn returning to work; andForce a federal takeover of elections with strict regulations on states with regard to early voting, voter ID requirements, same-day registration, and vote-by-mail. Twitter Pinterest Facebooklast_img read more

South Bend Police Transparency Hub upgraded to include residents’ suggestions

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first_img Twitter South Bend Police Transparency Hub upgraded to include residents’ suggestions By Jon Zimney – December 1, 2020 0 295 Pinterest WhatsApp Previous articleGas prices to hover around $2/gallon mark in IndianaNext articleOpportunity to comment on plans to build new I&M lines, substation for South Bend 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. Google+ WhatsApp Jon Zimney/95.3 MNC The South Bend Police Department Transparency Hub has been upgraded to include suggestions from residents.Mayor James Mueller says the enhancements were made to help build greater trust with the community.The updated Transparency Hub adds a new incident map, which allows residents to view recent crime data and filter by incident type, date, time of day, and more.The hub has also been expanded into multiple pages that focus on Community Compliments and Complaints, Group Violence Intervention, and officer recruitment data.It is also now compatible for viewing on smartphones.The Transparency Hub can be reached by visiting https://southbendin.gov/police-transparency. Pinterest IndianaLocalNews Google+ Twitter Facebook Facebooklast_img read more