Servequip (Croydon, Surrey) says its TurboChef Tornado cooks up to 12 times faster than conventional ovens. This is thanks to the combination of its high-speed impinged hot air, dual microwaves and infrared heating element.The oven is compact and ventless and can deliver a range of foods from pizzas, burgers and sandwiches to chicken wings and breakfast food items.
Sandwich chain Pret A Manger has introduced a 99p filter coffee as part of a package of measures to tempt in recession-conscious consumers.The 200-outlet chain had “looked at the price architecture” on its sandwich range, with prices reduced on some lines and new cheaper ones added, director of food and communications Simon Hargraves told British Baker. Value counter items such as fruit buns, jam tarts and clean-label pain au raisin, priced 85p to 99p, are to launch in March, sourced from suppliers including Fosters, Rich’s and Bridor.Hargraves explained: “We have noticed that customers are being more careful with their money. People are coming in a bit less often and average spend is down a bit. We’ve taken the filter coffee below £1 as a way of trying to drive business in. If it gets people in the door, they will have a look round and, hopefully, pick up something else as well.”Breakfast trade was down in London, Hargraves said, but business remained strong at lunch as “only a hard-core of people are making their own sandwiches”.Pret had been planning for a downturn for the last nine months, he explained, and was in a good position to ride out a recession in 2009 “without any redundancies”. It had strong cashflow and a conservative budget, he said.Pret’s sandwich range now includes eight sandwiches priced between £1.50 and £2.49, including simply ham and mustard, made with 80g of ham, herb chicken and rocket and cheddar and pickle.Pret had retained lines priced up to £3.50 in the 22-strong sandwich range, such as goat’s cheese baguette on artisan bread. It needed “a range of prices to suit everyone’s needs”, Hargraves said.All coffees, apart from the filter coffee, would remain at the same price as before, he added.
www.cbes.co.uk Dibas is promoting its deck oven for establishments that bake-off snacks and pastries, but which also want to serve pizzas as part of their offering. The EBO Deck Oven, manufactured by Dibas, is distributed in the UK by CBES Food Systems. It allows up to three baking chambers to be stacked on top of each other, but each has its own individual controls, enabling bakers to bake a range of different products at the same time.Four control unit options include: the intelligent control IS500 and the multi-appliance IS600, which have graphics menus suitable for untrained staff; a digital control unit with an automatic night-start function; and a manual control unit.The ovens come in four styles, ranging from 930mm wide to 1,550mm wide.
The head office of Irish sandwich chain O’Briens has been put into the equivalent of administration with debts of over E4m (£3.46m).Paul McCann of Grant Thornton, the examiner (the Irish equivalent of an administrator) appointed by the Irish High Court to handle the case, said nine different investors had expressed interest in investing in O’Briens. Negotiations were also taking place with major landlords to secure rent reductions across the company’s 85 franchised shops in Ireland, an unspecified number of which are to be closed to make the business viable, he told the High Court.O’Briens put its separate UK arm, comprising 109 franchised outlets, into administration at the end of August in a bid to negotiate rent reductions with UK landlords and sell off leases. Chairman Brody Sweeney said the decision to put O’Briens into examinership was caused by a collapse in property values. “We have had to close a number of stores, as some landlords remain intransigent and refuse to reduce rents, and some of our franchisees have struggled to pay.”O’Briens employs 20 people directly in Ireland and 800 indirectly across 85 franchised outlets.
Trading Standards Officers (TSOs) will spearhead a project to test the salt levels of bread in craft bakeries across the UK and provide advice on how to reduce salt content in products.Working in conjunction with the NAMB, the Local Authorities Coordinators of Regulatory Services (LACORS) has secured funding from the Food Standards Agency (FSA) for the national scheme, which is due to launch in July. The voluntary scheme could see TSOs visit around 2,000 craft bakeries to collect bread samples, which would then be lab-tested to assess salt content.Bakers would be informed of the results and given technical advice, developed by the NAMB, on how to reduce salt levels in their breads to meet the FSA’s 2010 and 2012 salt targets of 1.1% and 1% respectively. The scheme is voluntary.”The FSA needed people on the ground who could get to the 2,000-plus craft bakers in the country and TSOs are already working with bakeries on things like bread weights and pricing,” said craft baker Anthony Kindred, who has lead the NAMB’s research into salt reduction.A pilot scheme, carried out by Norfolk Trading Standards, found craft bakers had little knowledge of the FSA’s targets. Also, 15 samples of craft bread taken had salt content ranging from 0.94% to 1.73%, with an average of 1.34%.
Bakery wholesaler Bako Northern bore the brunt of the winds yesterday when a roof collapsed on 15 cars as storms battered parts of the UK.A row of five almost-finished industrial units in Langley Moor, County Durham, came down as if it had been subject to a controlled explosion, the operations manager at Bako Northern next door said. The roof blew off on to Bako’s car park, crushing employees’ vehicles, but injuring no-one.The dramatic collapse happened at around 9.40am on Monday, when the winds were gusting strongly across the industrial estate.The building that collapsed was in the process of being finished, but there were no workers on site at the time. It was thought there were no doors on the property when the gust brought it down. It is not owned by Bako Northern and is on an adjoining site.Group operations manager Sean Kelly said: “It was extremely lucky for us, all our drivers were out, there were no contractors or visitors. There was nobody hit by a flying brick, though debris was strewn across the yard.“We have to thank our lucky stars it happened when it did, when we were at our quietest. When we saw the CCTV afterwards, it looked like a building brought down by a controlled explosion.”A total of 10 fire crews attended, as well as the air ambulance, which arrived as a precaution, but fortunately no-one was trapped.
Tesco’s group chief executive Phillip Clarke defended its Christmas Big Price Drop campaign today (Thursday 12 January), after reporting a 1.3% like-for-like sales growth in the UK.The supermarket chain, which achieved only a 1.7% increase in UK total sales, including VAT and excluding petrol, for the six weeks to 7 January 2012, saw its share price drop 10% to 347.05p, following the trading announcement this morning.Clarke, who described the UK Christmas trading period as “surprising and disappointing” in a conference call today, said: “In a noisy promotional period, our price cuts didn’t cut through as much as expected. As coupon and promotional investments fell year-on-year, coupled with lower inflation, this is the reason why we underperformed in the market.”He went on to defend the company’s competitive prices, explaining the Big Price Drop was not a “gimmick” and was “a necessary thing to do” in order to offer customers the best deals, compared to Sainsbury’s ‘Brand Match’ price promise and Asda’s Price Guarantee.Tesco has gone on to develop a two-pronged strategy for the next 12 months, beginning by fixing and improving the shopping trip for customers, focusing on price, quality, range and service.In addition, the company plans to build on the success of its online business, which performed well throughout the six-week period. Tesco reported a 14% increase in online sales, both food and non-food, with almost one million orders placed with Tesco Direct and more than two-thirds collected in store.Clarke added: “Our plan for 2012/13 now reflects substantially increased investment to deliver an even better shopping trip for customers – particularly in the UK. Consequently, we anticipate minimal group trading profit growth for the year.“An important element of our plan, as we signalled at our interim results, will be reduced levels of capital expenditure as we modify our approach to UK expansion.”To see how well other leading supermarket chains and bakeries did during the 2011 Christmas period, read the 13 January issue of British Baker.
Tom and Henry Herbert, the faces of National Craft Bakers’ Week 2012, are challenging UK bakers to “show them what they’ve got”.The Fabulous Baker Brothers from the popular Channel 4 television series are drumming up support for the week on 8-13 October, which is organised by the National Association of Master Bakers (NAMB).Posing on a bike armed with traditional artisan bread, the Herbert brothers are promoting the cause to celebrate the great taste and raise the profile of freshly baked cakes, pastries and breads made by bakers UK-wide.Tom Herbert, a fifth-generation craft baker and former British Baker columnist, said: “National Craft Bakers’ Week is a great opportunity to celebrate the role that the craft baker plays in the centre of the community and in society. The bakery should be at the hub of the community. The bakery is a great place for lively conversation and as a place for people to meet other people, something that probably the supermarket doesn’t fulfil; providing a warm, friendly, fun and tasty place to be; where people can buy the things they need and love, like their daily bread and a few treats too.“National Craft Bakers’ Week is a celebration of all of that – that and the skills and the pride and passion of craft baking, we believe, are things worth celebrating. So come on bakers, let’s show them what we’ve got.”The NAMB will also be celebrating its 125th anniversary this year with a Gala Banquet on 3 November 2012 at The Guildhall, London.Gill Brooks-Lonican, chief executive of the NAMB, said: “Having filmed with Tom and Henry on the last episode of the Fabulous Baker Brothers – and I was told to be miserable, I promise – I am pleased that such talented and genuinely nice brothers have agreed to be the faces of NCBW. They are delighted to support the NAMB and other members in this exciting venture.”Bakers can register to take part in National Craft Bakers’ Week to receive the latest updates on planned events, activities, supplier offers, publicity tips and free POS material. To register, visit www.masterbakers.co.uk.
WhatsApp Twitter Google+ WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Facebook ISDH reports first COVID-19 death in Elkhart County, State officially over 2,000 confirmed cases Pinterest The latest report from the Indiana State Department of health details another large increase in the number of confirmed cases, along with a sizeable increase in fatalities.Tuesday’s numbers mark the first report with more than 2,000 confirmed cases; officially at 2,159. The number of fatalities grew from 35 on Monday to 49 on Tuesday as well. That included the first confirmed and reported death in Elkhart County. Exact details about the person that died were not included in the ISDH release.Locally the number of confirmed cases are as follows:St. Joseph County- 49Elkhart- 20Laporte- 8Marshall- 3Kosciusko- 5 By Carl Stutsman – March 31, 2020 0 881 Pinterest CoronavirusIndianaLocalNewsSouth Bend Market Google+ Previous articleMichigan’s online unemployment system struggles under pressureNext articleMichigan COVID-19 deaths rise to 259, MSU says health care grads can help Carl Stutsman
Previous articleTeen shot in Benton HarborNext articleMichiana will see a share of $164K in entrepreneurial grants Brooklyne Beatty The Lerner Theatre reopens with The Sound of Music By Brooklyne Beatty – September 10, 2020 0 344 Twitter Pinterest WhatsApp Twitter TAGScoronavirusCOVID-19IndianareopeningSouth Bendthe lerner theatreThe Sound of Music WhatsApp Google+ Facebook Google+ IndianaLocalNews Facebook (Photo Supplied/The Lerner Theatre) The Lerner Theatre is reopening its doors with a classic – The Sound of Music.The Lerner has been closed to shows since March, due to coronavirus, but will reopen to guests next month with several health and safety guidelines in place.First, seating will be limited to 250 seats per performance, with general admission seating only. This means there will be no assigned seating and previous seating arrangements will not be honored.Seating is limited to six seats per group, with a minimum of three seats between other groups.The balcony will not be opened unless Main Floor seating is full.Masks will be required inside the theatre. Those who arrive without a mask will be asked to purchase one for $1.00. Those who do not comply with the mask policy will be removed from the facility without a refund.For those interested in The Sound of Music details, the date and time of each show is listed below:Thursday, October 8 at 7:30pmFriday, October 9 at 7:30pmSaturday, October 10 at 7:30pmSunday, October 11 at 3:00pmThursday, October 15 at 7:30pmFriday, October 16 at 7:30pmSaturday, October 17 at 7:30pmSunday, October 18 at 3:00pmMore information on The Sound of Music and on the new protocols can be found at www.thelerner.com or by calling the Box Office at 574-293-4469. Pinterest