Costa Coffee will tomorrow (Thursday, 29 October) launch its seasonal Christmas food specials in-store, with a range that includes 12 new sweet products.“We are retaining the old favourites, such as the tree design mince pie and the brie and cranberry panini, because they are best-sellers every time we do them,” said Costa’s head of food Beverley Phillips. “We have some fun biscuits and cupcakes for the kids, and Costa’s take on the traditional Christmas log.”The Yule Log (£1.75/1.50) features a moist rich Chocolate sponge loaf cake, filled with chocolate sauce and topped with ganache, a flake and icing sugar, while the Xmas Cup Cake (£1.65/1.40) is a vanilla and raspberry filled Iced Cup Cake with holly on top and mixed red and green paper cases. There will also be an Xmas Muffin (£1.70/1.45), wth Cherry & Almond.Biscuits include Gingerbread Individual Biscuits (£1.55/1.30), aimed at children, with a reindeer design, Chocolate Xmas Cornflake Crunch (£1.70/1.45), Linzer Biscuit (£1.60/1.35) and Mini Brownie Bites (£1.95). The range offers a NY deli pastrami and emmenthal sandwich, selling for £3.50 (eat in)/£3.05 (take-away); this is a new concept for Costa, with the added value of bread toasted in-store. There will also be a new winter fruit salad (£2.40/£2.20), featuring apples, pears, mandarin segments and dried cranberries with optional ginger syrup.
Gelders Bakery has just signed a deal with Tesco to sell its pies and sausage rolls in at least 20 shops.The family-run firm, which is already in 24 Asda stores, will supply single sausage rolls and single and three-packs of savoury mince pies to north-east stores.Tesco will take between 3,500 and 4,000 products a week, which will be worth about £300,000 a year to the Sunderland-based bakery. Partner Hilary Monk said its persistence with Tesco had paid off. “Local people know us well, but when you’re a small company it can be more difficult if a big chain hasn’t heard of you,” she said. “We kept calling, emailing and sending samples – and of course, our sales increasing in Asda also gave us leverage.” She added: “We hope to get contracts with other supermarket chains in the future.” Gelders also hopes the new contract will mean its 42-strong workforce can be expanded. Sam Nundy, Tesco regional buying manager – north east, said: “We’re very pleased to be able to offer Gelders Bakery products to our customers. This will be a fantastic addition to our growing offer of local products across our stores in the north east.”
Q An employee has made a request to bring a workplace companion along to a disciplinary hearing, but we think they are an unreasonable choice. Could we face any financial penalty if we don’t allow them in?AA workplace companion can be either: 1) a colleague; 2) a trade union representative; or 3) a union official (who is certified as competent). However, an employee’s choice must be reasonable for example, the individual cannot be involved in the dispute or as a material witness, or be expected to travel from a remote location.But if you refuse a workplace companion outright without good reason the employee could bring a tribunal claim against you. Their entitlement to be accompanied during a disciplinary hearing is a statutory right and an employee cannot be made to forego it. Where this happens, the maximum compensatory tribunal award is £760 (there is no minimum level). This figure is based on two weeks’ statutory pay at the current rate of £380 per week.
David Powell, Deputy Master of the Worshipful Company of Bakers and former global director innovation/bakery Rich ProductsI have been asked to write something on the Irish and their wonderful warmth and most generous hospitality, as experienced by those fortunate enough to have attended Niall Irwin’s inauguration and the Irish Association of Master Bakers’ conference. Before I do, however, there is something I need to get off my chest.Why are the organisers of events in this relatively small industry of ours attracted like moths to a naked light bulb when it comes to the timing of their events?The run-up to the Irish conference was a classic case. On Sunday 3 October, I drove to Bolton for the Bakers’ Fair and the ABST Council meeting, then drove home past Warwick to get to the Bakers’ Company Court meeting and Lunch! on Monday morning in London. This finished after 3pm but the British Society of Baking (BSB) AGM started at 5pm in you’ve guessed it Warwick. This was followed by a dinner and the BSB conference. Finally, I arrived home late on Tuesday evening and, rather than feeling inspired and motivated, I was knackered and £739 poorer, having paid this amount out in conference fees, fuel and rail tickets, among other items.Two days at work and then I was off to Belfast on Friday for the weekend Irish conference, followed by Bakers’ Hall on Monday for the Committee Day. Thank God I’m not trying to run a business any more!This is not an isolated case: on 22-25 March 2010, dinner at Bakers’ Hall in London clashed with the BSB dinner on Monday evening. Meanwhile, the BCA meeting was on the following Wednesday and Thursday in Cheshire and the Baking Industry Exhibition in Birmingham ran from the Sunday to the Wednesday of the same week. All are important to attend, but when do you fit in running your business?This has to be madness, so can the people who organise these events plan their dates better, please? The industry wants to support you, but please have some consideration for the people who have to give up their time and money to attend. It is in your interest, as more thoughtful planning will result in higher attendances and happier attendees.Meanwhile, back in Ireland, the organisation was impeccable, the papers interesting and relevant and boy, do they know how to have fun: the sight of the “long-suffering” Jan Stuart, wife of Scottish Bakers’ president Alan Stuart, performing tricks with a JCB digger will remain with those present for a long time to come.This was the first time I had attended this particular conference and the striking difference, to me, was that the bakers of Ireland presented a united front that is, everyone from small craft businesses to the large plants were represented. The papers presented on the Saturday were designed to offer something to all, and although every business is unique, it was striking that there were many more shared issues, concerns and problems that could be discussed than there were differences one example of this being how businesses of all types are having to deal with commodity price increases.
GM wheat trials are to begin in the UK next year, after Defra granted Rothamsted Research permission to release wheat lines genetically modified for resistance to aphids.Hertfordshire-based Rothamsted will conduct trials during 2012 and 2013, with independent expert group the Advisory Committee of Releases to the Environment (ACRE) – which evaluated its application – satisfied that the proposed trials would not result in any adverse effect on human health or the environment.Precautionary conditions were attached to the consent from Defra, which aim to ensure that no GM material from the trial will enter the food and feed chain.The trial will be on a very small scale, with approximately 350 seeds per m2 to be released, over an area of 288m2. It is set to take place at one site over two years.
A welcome increase in the global maize output estimate, in light of prolonged dry weather in maize-producing South America, was announced in the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) latest report, out yesterday (12 January).The estimate has been raised by 0.5 million tonnes (Mt), compared to December’s figure, and now stands at 868Mt (2010/11: 827Mt). The figure for global demand was estimated at 865Mt.The report said world production was mostly unchanged, with larger production in the USA, Ukraine, the EU and Russia largely offsetting the lower crops prospects in Argentina. For wheat, estimates for global production and consumption estimates were also raised slightly. Production was seen at 691.5Mt (2010/11: 651.7Mt), while demand stood at 677.3Mt (2010/11: 652.0Mt).
There has been significant interest shown in the Kingdom Bakers business, according to RSM Tenon. The independent Kirkcaldy-based bakery firm, which employees 135 staff, went into receivership last Friday (27 January), with its entire workforce facing redundancy. Recievers RSM Tenon said that, as of Monday (30 January), it had received six enquiries from interested parties seeking more information about the business and assets that are for sale.RSM Tenon is now preparing sales packs, which will be circulated later this week, and will look to arrange site visits quickly thereafter. Commenting, Tom MacLennan, head of recovery with RSM Tenon in Scotland, said: “We are pleased with the interest, but would urge any other interested parties to make contact with us this week.”Kingdom Bakers supplies numerous baked products to UK supermarket chains Tesco, Sainsbury’s and Morrisons.Interested parties should call RSM Tenon on 0131 221 8820.>>Kingdom Bakers goes into receivership
Google+ Pinterest DNA evidence leads to arrest of Elkhart man in 20 year-old cold case from Indy Facebook IndianaLocalNewsSouth Bend Market By Tommie Lee – March 11, 2020 0 408 Google+ Twitter Facebook Pinterest WhatsApp WhatsApp Twitter (“Cuffs4” by banspy, Attribution 2.0 Generic) DNA evidence has led to the arrest of an Elkhart man for a 20 year-old cold case in Indianapolis.WSBT reports the case was the murder by strangulation of 38 year-old Arthur McPhaul in 2000. DNA evidence related to an arrest in another case in 2018 led police to arrest and charge 54 year-old William Swain.A database also matched his fingerprints to DNA found at the Indianapolis crime scene. Previous articleBrothers headed to prison for shooting deathNext articleAquatic Center in Elkhart hosting its biggest swim event yet Tommie Lee
WhatsApp Facebook Facebook Pinterest Google+ Pokagon Elder seamstresses approaching goal of 1,400 masks Pinterest Twitter CoronavirusIndianaLocalMichiganNewsSouth Bend Market Google+ The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi says members of their Elders Council have nearly reached their goal of creating and distributing 1,400 masks to help fight the spread of the coronavirus.The masks will help to protect Pokagon Health Service employees, patients, elders, spouses, tribe members and others.Fourteen Pokagon Elder seamstresses have volunteered their time and abilities to make the masks with the help of a number of donors. Twitter By Tommie Lee – May 20, 2020 0 251 WhatsApp Previous articleBethel University offers a special Drive-Thru graduation FridayNext articleUPDATE: Suspect in robbery, assault at South Bend 7-Eleven arrested Tommie Lee
Google+ Twitter (“stethoscope” by PROjasleen_kaur, CC BY-SA 2.0) If you’re having symptoms of a heart attack or stroke, the coronavirus shouldn’t stop you from getting checked out:Emergency rooms say they’re seeing half as many cardiac and stroke patients as they were before the pandemic — and it’s not that there are any fewer strokes and heart attacks. People are just staying home instead of getting their symptoms checked out.Ascension Saint Vincent Evansville cardiologist Edward Fry says patients trying to power through cardiac symptoms because they’re afraid of catching the coronavirus at the hospital are focused on the wrong risk. He says quick medical attention is critical to minimizing or preventing damage from heart attack or stroke.And Fry says there’s little risk of catching the virus at the hospital. He says at the start of the pandemic, it might have been a closer call — the evidence that masks prevent infection wasn’t as clear. He says at this point, all staff and patients at the hospital are masked, and hospitals are enforcing social distancing protocols. By Network Indiana – August 19, 2020 0 186 Facebook IndianaLocalNews Twitter WhatsApp Previous articleSuspect in serious injury crash in South Bend facing chargesNext articleRecall for Progresso Organic Chicken Noodle Soup Network Indiana Facebook WhatsApp Pinterest Google+ Pinterest Doctors: Don’t let coronavirus keep you from getting heart checks