Greggs looks to Scottish growth with new bakery

first_imgBakery retailer Greggs is to relocate its main Scottish bakery to a new purpose-built site, as part of a strategy to grow its Scottish business. It has planning permission to move out of its Rutherglen bakery in Glasgow to a new multi-million pound bakery 2.5 miles away on the Clydesmill industrial estate in Cambuslang.Construction work on the new bakery is due to start before the end of the year and the move to Cambuslang is scheduled for late 2007. The 340 staff employed at the site are expected to transfer to the new facility.Greggs of Scotland MD Raymond Reynolds said South Lanarkshire Council has just granted Greggs planning permission for the new factory. He told British Baker: “The move will allow us to add capacity while improving our standards and efficiencies. The greater capacity offered by this new bakery will mean we can open more shops both locally and across central Scotland.” He added: “We always look for sites that are close to our current operations as the needs of our employees are a key priority.”Newcastle-based Greggs is the UK’s largest bakery retail chain with 1,331 stores. It has just opened its 149th Scottish store on Leith Walk in Edinburgh. It has over 2,250 staff in Scotland.last_img read more

19th Bakery Industry Awards

first_imgThe entries are in, the judging has begun and preparations are well under way for this year’s Baking Industry Awards evening. Staged at the prestigious Grosvenor House hotel in London on 18 September, the Awards will pay tribute to some of the finest talent that UK bakeries have to offer, from enthusiastic students to this year’s Baker of the Year, often a seasoned individual. Three finalists in each category will be called up to the stage to receive their certificates and, in the case of the winner, a £500 cheque and trophy from a celebrity host.But the evening is not just about recognising excellence. It’s also a chance to rub shoulders with colleagues from across the UK and Ireland, catch up with old friends, exchange ideas and, last but by no means least, have a lot of fun. The evening includes a Champagne reception, four-course dinner with wine, a cabaret, disco and dancing and a casino, as well as a quieter bar area for networking or just having a chat.With plenty of opportunities to win prizes and raise money for charity, the Baking Industry Awards evening is also a unique opportunity to give something back to the industry that employs you. Around 900 people attended the Awards last year and tickets for this year’s event are already sel-ling quickly. So don’t delay! Call Liz Ellis on our ticket hotline (see box) to make sure you don’t miss out.last_img read more

Basco on a mission to find ’lost’ bread baskets

first_imgBread baskets firm Bakers Basco plans to focus on reducing basket losses in 2007, as it rolls out an industry standard 10-loaf basket.Basco was set up by trade body the Federation of Bakers in March 2005 to manage the roll out of a standard bread basket among Tesco plant bread suppliers – an initiative demanded by Tesco.The Omega basket replaces a variety of basket sizes used by different plant bakers, from eight-loaf to 15-loaf, and enables Tesco to put its bread deliveries out on the shop floor without unpacking.Basco general manager Paul Taylor said Basco plans to roll out two million Omega baskets by the end of 2007, and has already invested £5.5m in dollies and baskets.It is also looking to reduce basket losses in the supply chain by collecting other bakeries’ baskets, which have fallen into the wrong hands, when picking up its own.Other supermarkets as well as Tesco are now starting to receive deliveries in the Omega baskets. In five years’ time, the baskets may be in use across the whole of the supply chain, predicted Taylor.Asda bakery director Huw Edwards said: “We don’t have an issue with deliveries in 10-loaf baskets, but won’t put the trays out on shelf. We think the system is inefficient and not customer friendly.”last_img read more

Wholesale success for fine food firm Lewis & Cooper

first_imgFine food retailer Lewis & Cooper’s move into wholesale looks to be paying off after its fruit cakes and biscuits were listed at 11 National Trust shops and retailer Lakeland ordered 11,000 of its plum puddings. The Northallerton-based shop, famous for its plum puddings and fruit cakes, launched its wholesale business in October, targeting delis, farm shops, restaurants and cafés.The firm has now gained a listing for its fruit cakes, along with its biscuits made by a baker in South Yorkshire, in 11 National Trust shops, including high street stores in York and Skipton.It will supply Lakeland, which has 41 stores across the country and a large online business, with 6,000 of its 450g vegetarian plum puddings and 5,000 of the 220g gluten-free varieties.last_img read more

Bakery suet supplier rivals Premier

first_imgA new suet manufacturer has set up in direct competition to industry giant Premier Foods.Prima Foods UK is producing up to 30 tonnes of suet a week for bakers, food manufacturers and wholesalers. It supplies multiples such as Tesco, Morrisons and The Co-operative Group as well as small independent retailers.“We opened last year, but have been up and running since January,” said MD Peter Rice. “We aim to offer an alternative to Premier’s Atora product – we’re a small business that looks after people at the right price.”Rice said it had the capacity to produce 50 tonnes of suet a week – shredded fat coated with flour. Products include a non-hydrogenated vegetable suet with sunflower and wheat flour, a non-hydrogenated vegetable suet with rape seed and wheat four, beef suet and suet blends, including chickpea flour. New products include mixes such as herb and sweet dumplings.Bakers are buying suet to make dumplings, suet puddings and desserts, said Rice. “With the recession still ongoing, people are going back to more home cooking and traditional, comfort food that’s filling, and suet fits the bill perfectly.”He added: “We are price-competitive with Premier and can offer small amounts to craft bakers.”last_img read more

A tribute to nostalgia

first_imgMacphie has launched a new Viennese Mix to capitalise on the popularity of small indulgent bakery treats, as well as the trend for nostalgia.To use the mix, bakers just need to add softened butter or margarine to create a pipeable paste. It can be used to produce traditional Viennese-style biscuits, fingers, whirls and shells, and is available in 12.5kg bags. It can also be used as a lattice topping on fruit pies and tarts.”The idea behind the Viennese Mix launch is that people are instantly reminded of their childhoods when they taste the Viennese biscuits and it makes them feel good,” commented marketing manager, Jania Boyd.The ingredients firm also recently launched a new Brownie Mix and Concentrate, which is available in 12.5kg bags.www.macphie.comlast_img read more

St. Vincent de Paul Society needs support to meet donation demand

first_img (Photo supplied/St Vincent de Paul Society) The St. Vincent de Paul Society will continue emergency food assistance to neighbors in need during the COVID-19 outbreak and urgently needs community support to meet increased demand on services.“Despite the outbreak of COVID-19, people are still struggling in poverty,” says Executive Director Anne Watson. “We are continuing to provide food and have implemented precautions to prevent transmission of the virus in order to protect our staff, volunteers, and those we are serving. Today, we packed 200 boxes to distribute with help from volunteers and board members, but we know we will need to provide more. We ask that the community join us and help by making a monetary donation.”This past year, SVDP served more than 46,000 people with food—through its Client Choice Food Pantry and through home deliveries of food. SVDP also provided more than $72,000 in rent and utility assistance and distributed 112 beds to children through its Sweet Dreams Ministry.Watson says, “We strive to move people from being in a crisis to being in control. Our work would not be possible without the support of our community.”Donations can be made by sending cash or check to the St. Vincent de Paul Society at 520 Crescent Avenue, South Bend, IN 46617 or by visiting their website and clicking “donate.” Facebook St. Vincent de Paul Society needs support to meet donation demand By Jon Zimney – March 17, 2020 0 281 Pinterest Facebook Google+ Pinterest Google+ CoronavirusIndianaLocalNews Twitter WhatsApp Twitter WhatsApp Previous articleChanges at Humane Society of St. Joseph County due to COVID-19Next articleMan shot on Western Avenue on Monday dies, suspect arrested 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

Bristol man killed in motorcycle crash at S.R. 15 and U.S. 20

first_imgIndianaLocalNews WhatsApp Facebook Facebook Twitter WhatsApp Pinterest By Jon Zimney – August 19, 2020 1 576 (95.3 MNC) A Bristol man lost his life in a motorcycle crash.The collision happened around 12:45 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 19, at State Road 15 and U.S. 20.Barry Chitwood, 64, was traveling northbound on State Road 15 south of U.S. 20 when he lost control of the Harley Davidson he was operating and ran off the roadway.Chitwood was pronounced dead a the scene.There was no immediate information about the factors that contributed to the crash. Bristol man killed in motorcycle crash at S.R. 15 and U.S. 20 Google+ Google+ Twitter Pinterest Previous articleNiles woman, 90, killed in crash at U.S. 12 and M-60Next articleNotre Dame puts football practice on hold due to virtual class change 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

Money help could be coming for struggling South Bend restaurants

first_img WhatsApp Facebook By Tommie Lee – January 27, 2021 0 245 Struggling South Bend eateries could receive grants of up to $2,000 each soon.WSBT reports that the money would come from half a million dollars that was approved by the common council last month, and would be divided by the 250 restaurants licensed by the city.The city had access to the extra funds, which could be released as early as Friday, because it spent its CARES Act money on police and fire payroll. Twitter Previous articleCass Co. Sheriff’s investigating hit-and-run collisionNext articleCici’s Pizza files for bankruptcy Tommie Lee Google+ Pinterest WhatsApp Facebook IndianaLocalNewsSouth Bend Market Pinterest Google+ Money help could be coming for struggling South Bend restaurants Twitterlast_img read more