UK bread ranks among cheapest

first_imgSUPERMARKET bread in London was again among the cheapest in the world, latest half-yearly figures from the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) suggest.The data, supplied exclusively to British Baker, shows a standard kilo of bread costs 58p in a supermarket in Lon-don. That makes London the 15th cheapest city for supermarket bread out of 119 cities where the EIU tracks prices for its “Cost of Living” survey.The survey suggests supermarket bread in London is Europe’s cheapest, apart from bread bought for 44p in a supermarket in Budapest, Hungary. The “old” EU country closest in price to the UK is Luxembourg, the 44th cheapest city of the 119 tracked, where a kilo of supermarket bread costs £1.08. Tokyo, Japan, is the most expensive, with a loaf costing £3.05.The data, gathered in the first week of September 2005, was published this week. It compares to data from March, published in July, which showed a price of 59p a kilo for supermarket bread in London. The figures also suggest the price of bread in more upmarket shops may also be falling. The price of a loaf from a top-end retailer in London (for example, a department store foodhall) was £1.57 this time round, compared with £1.60 in the last half year. Survey editor and EIU chief analyst, food, beverages and tobacco Jon Copestake told British Baker: “People are spen-ding up on bread in the UK, which is causing the average price to rise. But in the supermarkets, we may even be seeing a downward trend on bread prices, as exchange rates are stable.”The EIU sends shoppers to buy bread in three different types of retailer: a cheap outlet (a supermarket), a mid-priced outlet (for example Marks & Spencer) and an upmarket foodhall/niche retailer. The shoppers buy a standard loaf, of whatever the standard weight is in the country. In the UK, a white sliced 800g loaf is used. The weight is multiplied to work out the cost of a kilo of bread.last_img read more

Dawn raises its ready-to-serve game

first_imgSweet bakery and ingredients specialist Dawn Foods (Evesham, Worcs) will be on stand J24 at this year’s Caffé Culture (23 and 24 May 2007, National Hall, Olympia, London) with new products on show for the first time in its ready-to-serve (RTS) and ready-to-finish (RTF) ranges.In RTS, Dawn will be showing its Adore range of seven super-premium bakery products and will also be unveiling the first products from its new ’Generic Dawn Brand’. Very Berry Crumble, Luscious Lemon and Cheeky Chocolate are three thaw-and-serve individually wrapped Loafcakes. The new Generic Dawn Brand offers packaging flexibility, with low-key but uniform branding to allow own-label solutions and fully global ranges.Also on show will be two new products from Dawn Foods’ thaw-and-serve ranges, designed to capitalise on the current growth trend for US products within the café sector. Visitors to the stand can be among the first to taste these products.last_img read more

Bakery chain plans UK growth

first_imgThe UK franchise operator for international eat-in bakery chain Le Pain Quotidien (LPQ) is planning to open four new London sites over the next few months, two of them before March.Village du Pain, which owns the UK and Ireland master franchise, has 10 stores around London. A Hampstead outlet is due to open in December, with Notting Hill Gate following in February. Openings in Covent Garden and Parsons Green are “probable” during 2009, said the company.Currently there are no stores outside London and no plans for any. “We look all the time,” said a spokeswoman. “But it’s a big organisational step.” It would only really work if four new stores opened in one region, with one of them taking a lead role, she added.The shops bake-off part-baked bread. This is frozen and shipped over from a central bakery in Belgium, where the international chain is based. Each site makes its own sweet baked goods.last_img read more

In Short

first_img== Coffee shops need better food focus ==Seventy-seven per cent of executives asked said coffee shops need to enhance their food offering, according to Allegra Strategies UK’s Executive Insight Report, published last month. There are now only 890 food-focused coffee outlets in the UK, compared to 2,900 coffee-focused companies, it added.== £1 sandwich offer ==Poundland is looking to roll out its £1 sandwich offer across 150 stores before the end of the year. The move follows successful trials with eight sandwiches at three stores. The range – prawn mayonnaise, ham and cheese, coronation chicken, egg mayonnaise, cheese and onion, ham salad and tuna – is now being rolled out to another 19 stores.== Allied volumes hit ==Volumes at Allied Bakeries in the UK were affected by the loss of low-margin own-label and some branded business in the third quarter, according to a statement issued by parent company Associated British Foods. But profit was ahead in the quarter, as margins increased with further improvement in the baking operations.== Firms join forces ==Style Café has joined forces with its major supplier Crem International Holding to form Crem International UK. The firm, based in Colne, Lancashire, offers traditional espresso machines, as well as filter, instant and commercial bean-to-cup machines.== Spar revamp ==Bakery products, such as quiches, savouries and sandwiches, are at the heart of a new ’lunchtime eating’ range of own-brand products from Spar. The products are part of a project to relaunch Spar’s 900 own-brand lines.last_img read more

My Career

first_imgWhat does your job involve?I head up a team of two full-time bakery lecturers, a technician and five part-time staff, plus I’m responsible for the Cakes and Bakes Shop at the College, which sells bread and confectionery made by the students. We run a wide variety of bakery, confectionery and cake decoration courses at the university, including NVQ Level 1, VRQ Levels 2 & 3 and evening courses for adult learners. Altogether we have around 200 trainees. Through our [email protected] we also currently teach 46 trainees from Morrisons’ in-store bakeries.How did you come to work in education?I always loved making cakes when I was growing up and knew I wanted to work in a bakery. So when I left school, I joined a bakery chain in Birmingham called Hughleys. While I was there I took several training courses in bakery at The College of Food and worked my way up to decorating cakes. I then became the head of the cake decoration department at the bakery in Lewis’s department store, before applying for a job as a technician at The College of Food. It was my 30th anniversary of working here in January and 15 of those have been as head of bakery. Last year, I successfully completed an honours degree in hospitality and I’m now working on a Masters.What makes a good teacher?You have to be an excellent communicator at all levels. I’m a mentor, counsellor and tutor for my students all rolled into one. You also have to be honest, hard-working and be able to manage people well. If you get that right, people will respect you.What makes a good baker?Students need to enjoy what they are doing and have good craft skills. They also need to work hard and build up their background knowledge about ingredients and techniques. If you want to succeed in this industry, you can. There are lots of opportunities out there. Many of our students go onto work for big companies, such as Hovis and Dawn Foods.What have been your career highlights?I have always enjoyed my work and love the industry. UCB has given me the chance to travel and work in Europe and, two years ago, I spent three weeks in China demonstrating craft skills to prospective students. I’ve met lots of amazing people – Princess Anne, Cherie Blair and Margaret Beckett, to name a few. I was also commissioned to make the birthday cake for Prince Charles’ 40th birthday celebrations. More recently, I became a member of the Worshipful Company of Bakers.last_img read more

Cupcake firm Hummingbird Bakery to expand

first_imgArguably one of the most well-known UK cupcake companies, The Hummingbird Bakery is to open its fourth outlet in June.Located in Frying Pan Alley in Spitalfields, London, it will form part of the firm’s plans for wider expansion, both across London, the UK, and internationally.As well as selling Hummingbird’s cupcakes, sweet treats and desserts, the outlet will also house the firm’s ’Cakes By Consultation’ department, and will double the delivery capacity of its online ordering service.Founder Tarek Malouf told British Baker that the new consultation department will pull together its bespoke cake-making service formerly spread across all its branches under one roof. The new site will also house a new wedding cake consultation room.”The site will be similar in design to our shop in Wardour Street, Soho. There will be limited seating, as we are focused on being a retail bakery rather than a café concept,” said Malouf.All products will be baked and decorated on-site, which is key to the bakery’s ethos, said Malouf. He confirmed he has plans to open up in different locations across the UK, but not until the firm has the correct infrastructure in place.Meanwhile, its first international franchise outlet is due to open in the Middle East by the beginning of 2012.Malouf has also just launched his second recipe book, The Hummingbird Bakery Cake Days.last_img read more

Edible nut pricing

first_imgAlmonds: Although the December 2011 shipments from California were 2% lower than 2012, prices continue to firm, due mainly to strong ongoing demand, resulting from its attractive pricing compared to other nut products.Hazels: Prices from Turkey are still extremely firm and look set to remain so for the remainder of this season. In the short term, this current crop is and will remain short, with much of the major industry still uncovered up to September/October.Walnuts: There are increasing differentials between the various origins. Reports from California suggest their new crop is already at least 80% forward-sold. Indian prices are a lot cheaper, thanks to a better crop, whereas China’s are somewhere in-between.Cashews: As a result of poor supply and strong demand, prices at their peak in 2011 were trading at roughly double the price of their historical average. Having peaked in October, prices have subsequently started a downward correction which appears to reveal that buyers might have significantly switched away from cashews for now at least.Pecans: Current prices are still at levels almost twice their normal historical average, and it is hard to see how demand can be sustained at present levels.l Based on information provided by RM Curtislast_img read more

Tenants of Rabbi Shulman Apartments in South Bend being relocated

first_img Facebook (Photo supplied/ABC 57) Dozens of people who live in a nearly untenable apartment building in Mishawaka are being told to relocate by the local housing authority.The Rabbi Shulman Plaza Apartments are unsafe to live in, according to housing authority experts in South Bend. Residents attended a meeting with the South Bend Housing Authority Monday evening where they learned that the city and the feds will be helping them with their relocation efforts.“You’re not being evicted, you’re being relocated,” said South Bend Housing Authority director Tia Pauley to the group of residents. “Because the Housing Authority knows better and so does HUD (Housing and Urban Development) that we need to get you in a better place.”“We have major problems in that building,” she added. “You all didn’t have water, you didn’t have heat. We aren’t sure how long the heating system is going to last.”Residents have complained to the Housing Authority about bed bugs, roaches, and other pests in the building, along with broken doors, missing stoves, and a lack of basic utilities. They say apartment managers have been grossly neglecting work orders to get everything fixed.Now that the city is involved, residents are being told they will likely have 60-to-90 days to find a new place to live within a 50-mile radius of the building and once everything is shored up, both the city and the Department of Housing and Urban Development will pay for a moving truck for their relocating efforts which includes security deposits for their new apartments.The residents can move anywhere in the country if they like and the two departments will help pay for the move.The city of South Bend still has to hear back from HUD before they can get any of that approved. Until then, Pauley says they are doing everything they can to start the process of getting people out of the Rabbi Shulman apartments. Tenants of Rabbi Shulman Apartments in South Bend being relocated Pinterest By Jon Zimney – December 8, 2020 1 589 WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+ IndianaLocalNews Twitter WhatsApp Pinterest Google+ Previous articleRaising Cane’s now open in MishawakaNext articleCOVID-19 Rental Assistance Available through REAL Services 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

Amendment blocking vaccine status check fails in Indiana House

first_img Amendment blocking vaccine status check fails in Indiana House Google+ Google+ Pinterest Twitter Twitter (Photo supplied/Goshen Hospital) An amendment that would block businesses and government offices from requiring you to be vaccinated before you enter has died in the Indiana House.State Representative Brad Barrett of Richmond proposed the bill as an amendment to a bill about student mental health, saying that even though he’s fully vaccinated and has made arrangements for his mother to be as well, the “science is still pending” on the vaccines, which were approved for emergency use.The Journal Gazette reports that the amendment would’ve kept state and local governments from asking for a person’s vaccine status or being able to block entry to events and buildings as a result of that status.The paper adds that Democrats agreed that it shouldn’t apply to government facilities, but argued that private businesses should be able to utilize such questions to control who comes on their property.House Speaker Todd Huston pulled the amendment, ruling that it was irrelevant to the bill it was attached to. Pinterest Facebook By Darrin Wright – April 14, 2021 0 124 Facebook WhatsApp IndianaLocalNews Previous articleSt. Joseph County Council extends county-wide mask mandateNext articleBBB warns of tutor scam targeting cheating students Darrin Wright WhatsApplast_img read more

Press release: Sign up to Make a Difference

first_imgHighways England is today urging people interested in making a real difference to road journeys across England to ‘sign up’ to become one of the dozens of apprentices the company plans to recruit this year.The Government company, which manages England’s motorways and major trunk roads, is responsible for some of the country’s biggest construction projects.Over the next few months it will take on up to 75 apprentices, with places made available through its website.Today, during National Apprenticeship Week, it urged people interested in building a road network for the future to sign up for alerts.This year’s Highways England apprentice of the year, project manager Amelia Kirwan aged 19, said: Each apprentice’s line manager at Highways England has been specifically chosen to teach and integrate the company policies and procedures, and to ensure that the apprentice has easy access to secondment and promotion opportunities. Every apprentice has a mentor and is supported to develop their career within the company.Highways England continues to develop strong relationships with schools and colleges as part of a wider ‘early talent’ recruitment plan, to encourage children to continue the study of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) subjects, helping to inspire the engineers and construction professionals of tomorrow.To find out more, and sign up for e-mail alerts or apply for an apprenticeship visit Highways England’s careers homepageSchools and parents are also encouraged to log into The Big Assembly this Thursday 8 March, to join the thousands of people being online at the same time gaining career advice.Further case studies are also available.General enquiriesMembers of the public should contact the Highways England customer contact centre on 0300 123 5000.Media enquiriesJournalists should contact the Highways England press office on 0844 693 1448 and use the menu to speak to the most appropriate press officer. Highways England’s apprenticeship scheme supports the government goals to create 30,000 apprenticeships in road and rail by 2020.New recruits will be helping to play a part in modernising England’s strategic road network by developing and delivering technically advanced projects. These include schemes such as the A303 Stonehenge improvements and The Lower Thames Crossing.The company currently offers apprenticeships in business administration, IT, electrical engineering and civil engineering and Human Resources. It is planning to extend the list to include accounts, quantity surveying, transport planning and project management.San Johal, Highways England Human Resources Director said: I urge anyone in my position to see what Highways England has to offer. The opportunities available to me are huge. Highways England supports my learning and I am able to explore different areas of a varied sector. Our roads are an important part of everyone’s day-to-day lives and are heavily relied upon and therefore my role is really important. Completing my apprenticeship will result in me achieving a Diploma in Project Management that is recognised worldwide – the possibilities are endless! This is a great time to join our team. We are investing in the next generation, and our apprenticeships are open to all and are a real alternative to traditional routes like university. With the UK needing an extra 20,000 engineering graduates a year, Highways England is taking part in the Year of Engineering. This national campaign is all about showing young people what an engineer is, and what they can achieve. For Highways England we need a continuing pipeline of young engineers to help deliver the massive investment planned for our motorways and major A-roads, benefitting the economy and improving people’s lives.last_img read more