Unifine adopts natural stance

first_imgUnifine Food & Bake Ingredients held its annual Ingredients in Action day on 28 March, with demonstrations by Unifine’s chef patissier Graham Dunton.The objective of the one-day workshop, held at Unifine’s development kitchen suite in Milton Keynes, was to equip visitors with a knowledge of bakery ingredients.During the session, in which British Baker took part, participants made a range of products, including Mousse Torte, Macaroon Biscuits, Tarte au Citron, Crème Brûlée, pizzas and salad dressings. They heard that Unifine has boosted its premium range with natural jams that are bake-stable. Unifine terms the jam ’natural’ because they are made a blend of starches, sugars and natural colour and natural flavouring.Simon Solway, managing director of Unifine, said: “More and more of our customers are asking for natural. Consumers are wanting to know what they are eating and this includes recognising the ingredients in products such as salt, sugar and so on.”People no longer want to eat, or give their children, ingredients that they do not recognise.”last_img read more

Commodities tracker

first_imgAn International Grains Council’s Market Report, released on 27 April, says that world wheat stocks “are expected to remain tight.”In view of the substantial rise in production needed to prevent a further decline in stocks, wheat markets responded nervously to potential threats from adverse weather, notably the early April frost in some key US winter wheat areas, dryness in parts of Europe and the CIS, and the urgent need for pre-planting rains in eastern Australia,” the report says.The Council has forecast the world crop of wheat in 2007-08 will be 623 million tonnes, compared with 590 million in the prior year and 620 million in 2005-06. Global wheat consump-tion in 2007-08 is expected to rise by 13 million tonnes over 2006-07 to reach 622 million, it says.Northern hemisphere weather problems, including a severe frost in US winter wheat areas and very dry conditions in most of Europe, parts of North Africa and in China, have not yet significantly affected forecast total production, accord-ing to the report.Production is now projected at 623 million tonnes, 1 million less than last month’s forecast, but 32 million tonnes more than in 2006.The Grains Council particularly noted that: “US stocks will not likely recover in view of the further expansion in ethanol use of some 25 million tonnes.”There is also going to be significant growth in industrial use as “new plants to produce ethanol from wheat are opened in the EU and Canada”, it predicts.The International Grains Council adds exporters’ stocks, in partic-ular, are expected to remain tight.last_img read more

Road closure hits sales

first_imgA North Hampshire baker is planning to seek compensation from Thames Water because the closure of the main road through his village is costing his business £400 a day.Simon Smart, who runs the Bramley Village Bakery with his wife Tracey, said the road closure to install a new underground sewerage system had started in November and was due to last 10 weeks.He told British Baker: “It’s been horrendous. They have shut off half the village, sending people on 15-mile diversions. We are not getting the passing trade and we reckon it’s cut sales by 40%.”The bakery normally sells between up to 500 Christmas cakes over the festive period, but sold only 120 this year. Sales of mince pies fell from 18,000 to 12,000.Smart said he would seek compensation but had noted in the small print of the form that it would be “down to Thames Water’s discretion”.last_img read more

Maison Blanc patisserie chain goes back to basics

first_imgCelebrity chef Raymond Blanc has returned, after a long absence, to spearhead a major relaunch of the Maison Blanc patisserie chain.Blanc started the company in 1981 and now aims to take it back to basics as a consultant chef, offering quality French bread and patisserie. Each store will offer breakfast, light lunches and afternoon tea.Maison Blanc promises to offer 15 varieties of French bread, including baguettes. It sells speciality breads, Vien- noiserie, savouries and patis- serie, as well as special occasion cakes. The patisserie is made in the Maison Blanc kitchens in London and delivered daily to the stores, while the croissants and pastries are proved and baked-off in-store.”Raymond is redeveloping the range, removing some products and adding new ones,” said a spokesperson. “They will be iconic French products.”Blanc and his team have also produced a new line of cakes and patisserie for Waitrose, which are stocked in selected stores and updated seasonally, including macaroons, and apple and blackberry crumble cake.Raymond Blanc said: “We all have a lot to do in 2009 to get the business to where it has the potential to be. We are determined to be the leader in this market and have lots of exciting plans ahead.”Maison Blanc has been acquiring new sites recently to grow the brand, including Hampstead in London and Burford in the Cotswolds, while a new store in Henley is due to open in June. It also plans to refurbish its 14 shops in London and the south east.Maison Blanc was previously owned by bakery group Lyndale, which went into administration in 2008, and was bought prior to this in 2007 by Kuwait-based Kout Food Group Company, which decided to return to the original concept and values created by Blanc.last_img read more

A dream residence

first_imgConstruction began a week last Friday on one house that is not going to win any prizes for using sustainable building materials. Nope, this real life “edible gingerbread house featuring meringue clouds, a cupcake lawn, and a pond filled with sweets” is not built to last, so get along to the Brunswick Shopping Centre, Bloomsbury, London this weekend (3-5 June) while it still stands.It is being made from three different types of gingerbread, chocolate pastry and vanilla tiles on the roof, and inside, Bourbon biscuit shelves and pictures on the wall made from sweets. And who’s behind it? BB columnist and bakery’s chief mischief-maker, Lily Vanilli, of course, working alongside architect firm Alma-Nac.There will also be giant edible gingerbread men, stories, music and workshops from Lily, who will be teaching kids how to decorate their own gingerbread.With all proceeds going to Great Ormond Street Hospital, let’s hope there’s no child cannibal witch lurking within, as originally envisaged in the Brothers Grimm’s Hansel and Gretel, or the whole project will surely backfire.And what happens to the house afterwards? Naturally enough, the plan is for it to be eaten. However, Stop the Week is alternatively proposing to move into the house. Space in our current gingerbread offices is shrinking by the day.last_img read more

Card payments on the up, study reveals

first_imgCustomers expect to pay on card at independent bakeries, despite a drop in spend, according to new research.Card payment specialist firm CardSave has discovered, among 127 UK bakery outlets, that spending on cards has declined by 20%, from an average spend of £25.77 last year to £20.73 in 2012. However, the average total turnover in card payments is on the up, increasing from £30,921.00 in 2010 to £31,049.85 in 2011.Clive Kahn, chief executive of CardSave, said: “The days when consumers wanted to pay by cash are over. They increasingly expect to pay by card for everything, whether the purchase is as small as a few loaves of bread or as large as a wedding cake.“Small businesses benefit significantly from accepting cards, winning more business, making larger sales and maintaining their competitiveness against major retailers.”The study shows similar results to YouGov’s survey, also commissioned by CardSave, which was published last week. It found more than a third (35%) of respondents carry less than £10 cash on them, with 57% believing cash will become extinct and half feeling this could happen by 2035. Around 40% also believe their lives will be much easier when they can pay for everything by card.Nearly a third (30%) of the UK public has been inconvenienced in the last year by a retailer not taking cards, with 16% walking out of a shop in the past 12 months without making their intended purchase because the retailer did not accept cards.Almost a quarter (22%) have been forced to leave to seek out a cash point and 7% have purchased less than they intended to, due to retailers’ only accepting cash.last_img read more

RV shipments up again this month

first_img By Carl Stutsman – August 26, 2020 0 262 Twitter Google+ Facebook Facebook RV shipments up again this month Previous articleSouth Bend Firefighter with troubled work history suspended againNext articleMichigan City Main Street awarded $40,000 grant Carl Stutsman WhatsApp Jeremy Burba, a sales manager at Camping World RV Sales in North Little Rock, Ark., walks past new motor homes parked at the dealershipTuesday, Dec. 2, 2014. Recreational vehicle shipments from manufacturers to dealers are expected to increase by nearly 4 percent in 2015, (AP Photo/Danny Johnston) For the second straight month, and the fourth time this year RV shipments are up compared to 2019. In fact July 2020 outperformed July 2019 by more than 53 percent. Industry experts believe the huge surge is because more people are seeing motor homes and trailers as a safer COVID friendly alternative to flying and staying in hotels.Monica Geraci with the RV Industry Association tells The Elkhart Truth that there is even an outside possibility that overall 2020 shipments could catch up to last year, even with almost the six-eight weeks of lost production.Officials say fifth-wheel’s continue to see the biggest jump in year over year shipments. Pinterest IndianaLocalNews WhatsApp Twitter Google+ Pinterestlast_img read more

Football Fridays tailgate set for Friday on the Gridiron

first_img By Brooklyne Beatty – October 15, 2020 0 298 Google+ Football Fridays tailgate set for Friday on the Gridiron Facebook Google+ Facebook IndianaLocalNewsSouth Bend Market Twitter (“IMG_9763_1” by Chad Routh, CC BY-SA 2.0) Another Football Fridays tailgate will take place in South Bend tomorrow.The event is free, family-friendly and takes place on the Gridiron each Friday of Notre Dame home football game weekends.The public is encouraged to grab carryout from a downtown eatery and enjoy it at the physically distanced seating area on the Gridiron. There will also be music by Ultrafab from 5:30-8:30 p.m.The seating area will be cleaned throughout the event, hand sanitizer will be made available, and masks are required except when eating and drinking.The next Football Fridays tailgate will take place on November 6.center_img TAGSFootball FridaysGridironIndianaSouth BendtailgateUniversity of Notre Dame WhatsApp Pinterest Previous articleFamily Video offering promotion to remove late feesNext articleInvestigation underway after car found submerged in Pinhook Lagoon Brooklyne Beatty Pinterest Twitter WhatsApplast_img read more

Study: Pandemic could wipe out half of Indiana’s restaurants

first_img Pinterest By Anthony92931 [CC BY-SA 3.0], from Wikimedia Commons The coronavirus pandemic could end up wiping out half of Indiana’s restaurants.One in five restaurants in Indiana have already closed, two-to-four times the normal rate. A National Restaurant Association survey finds another third expect to go under by June unless there’s a second round of federal help. The survey says they’ve already cut one-sixth of their jobs in the last two months.Indiana Restaurant and Lodging Association president Patrick Tamm says the first relief bill helped many restaurants stay afloat. He praises Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett for earmarking 11-million dollars of the city’s federal money for rent and mortgage assistance for restaurants. Tamm says nearly two-thirds of restaurants’ expenses are overhead costs they have to pay whether they’re packed or empty, with rent and mortgage payments the biggest chunk.But Tamm says the federal help amounted to two months of help for a crisis that’s lasted eight months so far. He says the restaurant business has never really recovered since the start of the pandemic. Even though state capacity limits on restaurants and other businesses have been lifted, he says they’re still effectively capped at half capacity because of the need for social distancing. And the skyrocketing spread of coronavirus is prompting many customers to just stay home.Tamm says business has been noticeably declining over the last month as winter delivers a one-two punch. Customers have taken note as the virus spirals to new highs — Indiana has averaged seven-thousand new cases a day over the last week, with health experts predicting the numbers will continue to increase. And the arrival of cold weather reduces the feasibility of safer outdoor dining. A second Indianapolis grant program offered help to restaurants to install heaters, and Tamm says some restaurants have gotten creative, constructing igloos or installing giant storage pods in their parking lots. But Tamm says when the temperature dips below a certain point, those measures aren’t enough to coax people out of their houses.Tamm says pizza, quick-service and fast-casual restaurants have weathered the pandemic with drive-thru and takeout service. But he says family dining and independent upscale restaurants are getting hammered by both the general reluctance to eat out and the cancellation of office holiday parties, concerts, and other events that draw visitors to Indiana’s downtowns. Facebook WhatsApp Google+ CoronavirusIndianaLocalNews Facebook By Network Indiana – December 10, 2020 3 276 WhatsApp Study: Pandemic could wipe out half of Indiana’s restaurants Previous articleGovernor Holcomb directs non-urgent procedures to be put on hold at Indiana hospitalsNext article25,000 Elkhart residents to receive free PPE Network Indiana Twitter Pinterest Google+ Twitterlast_img read more

News story: UK Sport Appointment

first_imgA former athlete who competed in the Beijing and London Olympic Games winning a bronze medal in 2012 with the GB women’s hockey team. Since retiring from hockey Annie pursued a career in finance with Goldman Sachs, before recently moving into the commercial sports industry. Annie has maintained her involvement in high performance sport through positions on the UK Sport Mission 2016/2020 Panels, the British Cycling Independent Review and an Executive Board member of the International Hockey Federation (FIH), co-chairing the FIH’s Athletes’ Committee.The role is remunerated at £218 per day. This appointment has been made in accordance with the Cabinet Office’s Governance Code on Public Appointments. The appointments process is regulated by the Commissioner for Public Appointments. Under the Code, any significant political activity undertaken by an appointee in the last five years must be declared. This is defined as including holding office, public speaking, making a recordable donation, or candidature for election. Anne has declared no such political activity.last_img read more