Sayers jobs under review as it loses Kwik Save deal

first_imgLyndale Foods has started a consultation with staff over 180 proposed job losses at its Sayers bakery in Liverpool, following the loss of a Kwik Save contract.The firm says 140 full-time and 40 part-time jobs at the bakery and in administrative functions could be affected. Half of Sayers’ output was to Kwik Save stores, which it supplied with lines including sandwiches and cakes. The news comes after Kwik Save owner Somerfield announced it was selling most of the Kwik Save stores and rebranding the others, at the end of February this year.Lyndale Foods MD Michael Quinlan said: “We will do all we can to reduce the impact on our workforce, but we cannot pretend that the loss of the Kwik Save chain will not have a huge effect on our business.”The Sayers bakery, in Lorenzo Drive, supplies 123 shops and national chains and wholesalers, and employs a total of 350 staff. It runs alongside Lyndale Foods’ Hampsons bakery in Bolton, which supplies its Hampsons chain of 109 stores. A spokesman said the bakeries already work in unison, and would continue to do so. He commented: “The Kwik Save account is a massive chunk of business and we are looking at options as to how we can go forward. The Liverpool bakery will not close. We want to make it a centre for excellence for doughnuts and sandwiches for Lyndale Foods, and employ 12 extra people in these areas.”last_img read more

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Irwin’s nabs Scottish deal with Asda

first_imgPortadown-based Howell House, the cakes and biscuits division of Northern Irish bakery Irwin’s, has secured a £250,000 deal to export its Howell’s Handmade Jammy Joeys cakes to 47 Asda stores in Scotland.The deal is the first time that Howell House has exported its products and is expected to boost total sales for the division to £600,000 per year. Howell House, acquired by Irwin’s three years ago, specialises in Irish-style cakes, making products under the Howell’s Handmade and Rankin Selection Cakes brands.David Quigg, NI and Scotland Asda buyer, said of the deal: “Our local business with Howell House has more than doubled over the last year, so this really is another great accomplishment and the first step in what we hope will be the roll-out of further products from the brand to Scotland and the rest of the UK.”Irwin’s export business is worth around £17m in sales, with Nutty Krust batch bread and Rankin Selection Irish breads on sale in mainland supermarkets.last_img read more

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Britvic continues to up soft drink sales

first_imgBritvic has continued to grow its soft drink sales for the 12 weeks to 20 December 2009, with revenue up 11% on 2008 to £242.7 million.Its GB carbonates division saw revenue growth of 20.1%, GB Stills revenue increased 9.6% and Britvic’s International arm saw growth of 5.1%.However the contribution from Britvic Ireland of £48.4m for the three months to 31 December 2009 was down by 3.0% on the same period in 2008, although underlying euro revenues were down by 10.1%. The firm also increased its volume share of the take-home market in Great Britain by a further 0.4% over the period.The firm reported that the stills market growth had been driven by categories such as plain water and sports drinks, while carbonates growth came mainly from the cola and glucose/stimulant drinks categories.“Shoppers in Ireland have again focused on value in the latest quarter,” according to the firm, which added that although volumes in the grocery market in the Republic of Ireland were flat, heavy discounting and promotions have pushed down its value by 12.8%.last_img read more

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All-round rise

first_imgAs with last year’s annual price tracker survey, we have taken a look at the mean price of a selection of products, typically sold in a craft bakers, to gauge how prices have changed on average since March 2010.The average price of all items in craft bakeries bar the jam doughnut, which decreased from 58p to 56p rose during the past year of tracking.The price of a large white sandwich loaf went up from £1.23 last April, to £1.45 in January 2011, while a wholemeal loaf of the same size rose from £1.28 to £1.48. A ham salad sandwich in June last year was £1.79 on average, but £2.22 in March 2011, while a sausage roll rose from 63p to 76p.Supermarket pricesA Warburtons medium sliced wholemeal loaf had increased in price from £1.21 in May (£1.22 in Asda), to £1.35 across the major multiples by February this year up 14p in nine months. It also spent spells on promotion for £1 in Asda and Tesco.Kingsmill 50/50 has fluctuated a lot over the past year: it was £1.27 in May, but was promoted heavily across all the major multiples during the year. At its last check in February it was £1.25 in Tesco, Sainsbury’s and Waitrose, and was on offer in Morrisons for 80p and Asda for £1.Hovis medium soft white could be bought for a range of prices last May: £1.04 in Tesco and Waitrose; £1.05 in Morrisons; £1.25 in Sainsbury’s and £1.14 in Asda. Fluctuating in price across the year, at its lowest, it sold at 75p in Morrisons in November. Yet in February 2011 it was £1.15 in all the supermarkets.A four-pack of ISB chocolate muffins ranged between £1 (Tesco and Asda) and £1.69 in Waitrose, in May 2010. By February 2011, they were on offer in Tesco and Morrisons for £1, but remained £1.69 in Sainsbury’s and £1.29 in Waitrose, and had increased to £1.54 in Asda.In February, the price for a ham and cheese sandwich was £1.70 in Tesco; £1.90 in Morrisons; £2.80 in Sainsbury’s; £2 in Waitrose; and £1.80 in Asda.The coffee chainsIn February, the price of a regular cappuccino had risen 15p to £2.45 in Coffee Republic, and by 10p in Starbucks, Caffè Nero and Costa to £2.50, £2.10 and £2.50 respectively. In July 2010, the eat-in price of a chocolate muffin was £1.70 in all four coffee shops; by March 2011, all bar Coffee Republic had upped the price by 5p.Caffè Nero drove up the price of its ham and cheese panini by 10p in November to £3.70. Star-bucks upped its price in February by 10p to £4.05, but was back to £3.95 in March. Coffee Republic’s and Costa’s prices stayed level at £3.45 and £3.95 respectively.last_img read more

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Madeley to host BIA 2011

first_imgBritish Baker is delighted to announce that well-known TV presenter Richard Madeley is to be the celebrity host at the Baking Industry Awards 2011.Together with his wife Judy Finnegan, he presented ITV’s This Morning, before moving to Channel 4 to host Richard & Judy. He has also hosted Eye of the Storm, Connections and Fortune Million Pound Giveaway, and has sat in for Richard Bacon on Radio 2.This year’s Brazilian carnival-themed event will be held on Wednesday 7 September at the Park Lane Hilton, London, and is attended by all the major players in the baking industry.To book your place at this top industry networking event, contact Elizabeth Ellis on 01293 846593 or email [email protected] for tickets. Visit www.bakeryawards.co.uk for more information.last_img read more

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Podcast: Sourcing sugar – Listen live to Napier Brown’s Peter Hough

first_imgIn a new series of podcasts to discuss the issues impacting the bakery indusry, British Baker’s Patrick McGuigan speaks to Peter Hough, sugar sourcing director at sugar supplier Napier Brown.They talk about the prospect of the EU abolishing sugar quotas, the affect it will have on the market, prices and supply.Bakers have been hit by soaring sugar prices and supply shortages in the past year caused by poor harvests around the world. Earlier this month, the Committee of European Users of Sugar, whose members include some of the EU’s largest confectionery and bakery manufacturers, said that EU sugar supply was at its most critical level since 2005, “causing extreme volatility, instability and disruption to the EU food and drink industry”.The Committee called on the EU to abolish quotas as soon as possible and release at least 550,000 tonnes of out-of-quota sugar onto the domestic EU market by November. It also called for a suspension of the duty on concessionary imports known as the CXL sugar duty. The recently formed European Sugar Refiners’ Association has also called for the duty to be permanently scrapped on raw cane sugar.To listen to this British Baker podcast – please click the link below. If you would like to comment and join the debate then email us at [email protected] or tweet us @BritishBaker.last_img read more

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OFT to investigate Brookes Avana acquisition

first_imgThe Office of Fair Trading (OFT) has confirmed it is investigating the completed acquisition of Premier Foods’ Brookes Avana business, by Solway Foods Ltd, on the grounds of competition in the wholesale supply of chilled foods and puddings.Brookes Avana, which consists of RF Brookes chilled foods and Avana Bakeries, was acquired by Solway Foods, part of 2 Sisters Food Group, for £30m. The sale was completed on 30 December 2011.An ‘invitation to comment’ notice was issued to the stock market on Monday 16 January at 3pm, and a decision is expected to be reached by 7 March.The OFT said it was considering whether “arrangements are in progress or in contemplation which, if carried into effect, will result in the creation of a relevant merger situation under the merger provisions of the Enterprise Act 2002”.“Should it be found to be a relevant merger situation, the OFT will further consider whether the creation of that situation may be expected to result in a substantial lessening of competition within any market or markets in the United Kingdom for goods or services that warrants reference to the Competition Commission for investigation and report,” it stated.Solway Foods is a wholly owned subsidiary of Boparan Holdings.last_img read more

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George Strait coming to Notre Dame Stadium

first_img Google+ By Tommie Lee – February 21, 2020 0 371 IndianaLocalNewsSouth Bend Market WhatsApp George Strait coming to Notre Dame Stadium Facebook Pinterest Pinterest WhatsApp Twitter Previous articleDirector of St. Joseph County Parks retiringNext articleMissing boy from Warsaw area found dead Tommie Lee Google+ George Strait performs at Loretta Lynn’s 87th Birthday Tribute at Bridgestone Arena on Monday, April 1, 2019, in Nashville, Tenn. (Photo by Al Wagner/Invision/AP) Another huge concert is coming to Notre Dame Stadium.The King of Country, music legend George Strait, will perform at The House That Rockne Built on Saturday, August 15.His “Strait To South Bend” show will include special guests Chris Stapleton and the Brothers Osborne.Strait, whose first album was released almost 40 years ago, has retired from touring but still plays selected shows across the country.Tickets go on sale Friday March 6th at 10 a.m. on Ticketmaster. Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

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Voting begins June 1 for Coolest Thing Made in Elkhart County contest

first_imgIndianaLocalNews Google+ Pinterest Facebook Facebook Google+ TAGScontestCoolest Thing in ElkhartElkhart CountyIndianaJune 1openvoting (Photo Supplied/madeinelkhartcounty.com) Public voting begins on Monday for the Coolest Thing Made in Elkhart County contest.A county-wide search has been ongoing for the past six months. Submissions range from products made in art studios and home businesses to farm-based workshops and factories.More than 100 nominations were submitted for the contest since January, 30 of which were accepted to compete.Now, it’s time to vote for the best.Voting will be open from June 1 through 15 at madeinelkhartcounty.com. Votes can be cast once per day as long as email addresses are confirmed.The winner will be announced during a virtual celebration event in late June. Pinterestcenter_img WhatsApp By Brooklyne Beatty – May 28, 2020 0 425 Previous articleLa Porte City Police to increase Aggressive Driving patrols next monthNext articleTwo arrested in series of storage unit thefts Brooklyne Beatty Voting begins June 1 for Coolest Thing Made in Elkhart County contest Twitter WhatsApp Twitterlast_img read more

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IUSB offering two dates for virtual registration

first_img Facebook By Tommie Lee – August 17, 2020 0 318 Twitter WhatsApp Facebook Pinterest WhatsApp By Tlsheppa [CC BY-SA 3.0 ], from Wikimedia Commons It’s not too late for students hoping to register for classes at IUSB.There are two virtual registration events this week. One will be Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., the other Thursday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.You will need to sign up by noon the day before your desired session date.Registration for Wednesday, August 19: https://iu.tfaforms.net/4664913Registration for Thursday, August 20: https://iu.tfaforms.net/4664914 IUSB offering two dates for virtual registration Previous articleGas prices up, then down again, in IndianaNext article300 Pizza Hut locations nationwide are in danger of closing Tommie Lee Twitter IndianaLocalNewsSouth Bend Market Pinterest Google+ Google+last_img read more

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