Dawn Foods (Evesham, Worcs) has developed a number of low-fat and lower-sodium products that enable bakers to cater for the more health conscious consumer, the company says.Its new low-fat and lower-sodium cake and muffin mix is 97% fat-free and has less than 300mg of sodium per 100g serving.Consumers traditionally have limited expectations for low-fat cakes and associate them with being tasteless and poor quality, says Dawn. But it claims its new mix produces muffins and cakes that meet demand for a healthier treat, without compromising on taste or texture.According to Dawn, the Bakers Select brand is a new premium range, which is trans fat free and also has the benefits of reduced salt. The mix consistently produces a range of healthier products that do not compromise on taste or texture, says Dawn.Marketing director Maggie Dagostino comments: “With Bakers Select we wanted to create a brand that meets the health issues facing the industry while still offering bakers premium quality products. “The range addresses and overcomes a number of issues currently facing the industry without compromising on taste.”
Moves by Irish firm McCambridge to buy debt-ridden cake company Inter Link are on a knife edge.Inter Link chairman Jeremy Hamer said he was reluctant to comment while talks were ongoing but there were other firms interested in purchasing Inter Link if the prospect of a deal with McCambridge fell through.Inter Link, which has nine UK bakeries and one in Poland, has run up a £63m bank debt. Earlier McCambridge made an initial offer based on the condition that Barclays wrote off some of the debt. But the bank said it was unacceptable that it should lose out while sharehol-ders profited from the deal.Now, McCambridge has come back with a revised offer under which the shareholders will get nothing. Discussions on this are still in progress. Hamer said: “If it doesn’t happen soon, it won’t happen. Business is very much as usual. The issue is our balance sheet not our business. We’ve got to adjust our balance sheet because we borrowed too much.”He added the future of the 1,700 Inter Link staff was assured.
Recently I read an article which implied that small companies should think and act ’big’, if they want to actually become big. The writer then proceeded to tell readers to hire people that they would not actually need until the following year, once the company had grown.Great, but how do you pay their salaries? When I started, we were often short of cash to pay wages for the staff we had, let alone for extra staff we did not need.This is why I have reservations about consultants – they always seem to come up with ideas that need more cash than I have to spend.If consultants are all so clever, why don’t they run their own business and make money, rather than try to tell me how to run mine?So many consultants appear to have been made redundant by the companies they worked for. A question that always enters my head is that if they were so good at their job, why did they get made redundant in the first place?Many of the people that hand out business advice have never run a small company with very little capital. They simply wouldn’t preach such rubbish, if they had.Mind you, a great deal of rubbish is written in papers and magazines, with the exception of British Baker, of course! For example, there was an article in The Observer recently with the headline: “Can shop-bought bread be ethical?”The writer went on to ask why a perfectly ordinary loaf should pass the £1 mark. She obviously had no idea of the cost of ingredients, labour, overheads and distribution. Need I go on?These writers must live in a cocoon, untouched by reality, although if they are paid to write at least they should acquire a little knowledge of the subject.The journalist went on to attack the Chorleywood bread-making process, stating that bread made in this way is not good for you.Well, there may be an element of truth in that, but I would have thought it is something of an overstatement.Artisan bread is better for you and tastes superior but it doesn’t take a genius to work out that it requires a great deal more skill, time and labour to make, thus it costs more to produce.We are told there are 30,000 bakers in France and only 3,000 in the UK. Could one of the reasons for this be that people like this journalist are beefing about paying over £1 for a loaf?The oddest thing in The Observer article, however, was the statement that the Chorleywood process is energy intensive. The writer advised readers to make their own bread in breadmakers instead as they only use 400 to 800 watts of electricity.Now, I may be thick, but if everybody made their own bread, the energy consumption would be huge. Just imagine 40 million people all switching on their bread- makers each day! n
Members of the Food and Drink Federation (FDF) last week launched a five-pronged commitment to make a difference to the environment in areas where they felt they make the biggest impact.The initiative, launched in London at an event addressed by Environment Secretary Hilary Benn, will aim to stop any food and packaging waste being sent to landfill sites from 2015. The FDF said members would also make a signficant contribution to efforts to achieve an absolute reduction in the level of packaging reaching households by 2010 compared to 2005 and advise consumers on how to recycle used packaging.Other parts of the FDF commitment include a 20% cut in CO2 emissions by 2010 compared to 1990 and an aspiration to reduce them by 30% by 2020, better environmental standards in the transport industry to achieve ’fewer and friendlier food transport miles’ and a 20% reduction in the environmental and social impacts of the food chain.
Uniform supplier Denny’s has launched two eco-friendly chef’s jackets. Its Organic Chef’s Jacket is made using 100% organic cotton under the Denny’s brand and its Ecological Chef’s Jacket is made from 50/50 polyester/cotton and will be sold under the Le Chef Brand.The cotton used is treated using ’bio-preparation’ methods, which avoid the use of harsh chemicals. The jackets are also transported using sea freight rather than air and are made using a lower carbon level as the whole production of the garment takes place within a five-mile radius.[http://www.dennys.co.uk]
== Calorie clarity ==Pret A Manger and Subway are among 18 major catering companies introducing calorie information on their menus for the first time, initially on a trial basis. Pret is to trial it in one store initially, with plans to expand to a further 24 shops. Subway stated it would display it in a minimum of six stores initially. The move coincided with the first annual report of the government’s obesity strategy Healthy Weight, Healthy Lives – One Year On.== Costa reaches 900 ==Costa Coffee this week broke through the 900-store mark as the branded coffee shop sector showed little sign of a slowdown in the recession. With a new outlet opening in London’s Piccadilly on Wednesday, a spokesperson told British Baker that Costa would open 100 stores in 2009. Costa also spent £150,000 on the opening this week of its third barista training academy in Newbury.== Supermarket agenda ==A new business development programme designed to help food and drink producers secure supermarket listings has been launched by development organisation Scotland Food & Drink, Sainsbury’s and the Scottish Government. Eleven food and drink companies, including Kingdom Bakery, Mey Selections and Murdoch Allen & Sons, will start the six-month programme this month.—-=== On the web ===l New chairman of the NSA’s bakery steering group Ian Thomson, talks about the group’s strategyl British Baker is now on Twitter – follow us at http://twitter.com/BritishBakerl Chester based-bakers P&A Davies teams up with California Raisins on local Chester radioTo read the full stories check out bakeryinfo.co.uk
The end of the world is nigh. Or at least it was until a chunk of baguette saved the day. Doom-mongers who fear the giant atom smasher in Switzerland the Large Hadron Collider will spark off a particle chain of events that will see the universe cave in on itself can breathe a sigh of relief. Well, for now at least. Yes, work on the world’s biggest particle accelerator, which is not yet operational, came to a shuddering halt when a bird dropped some bread on outdoor machinery, causing it to overheat. The golden question is, was this a carrier pigeon sent from the future to rescue the world with a baton? If so, it’s reassuring to know that in a post-catastrophe future, there is still a market for French sticks.
Entries for California Raisins Bread Competition 2010 need to be sent to Bako North Western by 30 June, not Bako Northern as previously stated.Craft/artisan bakers are invited to take part for the chance to win a trip to IBIE in Las Vegas, followed by two days in Fresno to tour the California Raisin industry and a further two-day visit to the Culinary Institute of America in the Napa Valley. Send your two samples to Bako North Western by midday on 30 June to:California Raisins Bread Comp 2010Bako North Western Ltd74 Roman Way Industrial EstateLongridge RoadPrestonPR2 5BEPlease do not forget to include your full contact name, company details and a brief description of the bread contents.For further details please contact The California Raisin Administrative Committee 020 8741 8513 or email [email protected]
Premier Foods’ group marketing director Jon Goldstone has announced that he will be leaving this position later this month.Following the company’s announcement that it will increase its marketing spend to more than £50m to promote its Power Brands, Iwan Williams, managing director of grocery and bakery, will now lead Premier Food’s marketing function, which has been integrated into the business’ commercial structure. Goldstone has decided to pursue other senior marketing opportunities outside Premier Foods.Speaking of the move, Williams said: “Jon has made an outstanding contribution over the four years that he has been with the company, leading our marketing strategy for Hovis before taking on the role of group marketing director. During this time, he has been responsible for some excellent marketing campaigns, including the award-winning ‘Go on Lad’ Hovis commercial. We wish him all the best for the future.”Both Goldstone and Williams have worked closely in the past few months to develop Premier Foods’ marketing strategy for its core brands in 2012, which include TV advertising campaigns for Mr Kipling and Hovis.Towards the end of last year, the company also announced that, in order to achieve its cost reduction target of a £40m saving by 2013, it will be cutting 600 jobs – 5% of its 12,000 employees.
Google+ TAGSanxietyBeWellIndianacoronavirusCOVID-19depressionfreeIndianaindiana family and social services administrationmental healthpandemicwebsite Pinterest Twitter Previous articleAAA: Low gas prices expected to drop even furtherNext articleGroup to protest conditions at Westville Correctional Facility Tuesday Brooklyne Beatty New Indiana website launched, offers mental health resources (Photo Supplied/BeWellIndiana.org) A new website has been launched to help Hoosiers with mental health.The website, BeWellIndiana.org, was started by the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration and will provide Indiana residents with free mental health resources that have been vetted by experts.This comes after an increase in anxiety, depression and other mental health issues caused by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, and includes resources for both first-time issues as well as pre-existing mental health concerns.The website offers information ranging from coping mechanisms, crisis counseling, how to self-monitor for signs of stress, domestic violence resources, substance use disorder and recovery, and tips for helping children, youth and teens. All resources were curated by the FSSA’s Division of Mental Health and Addiction.There are also resources on homeschooling tips, ways to work from home, information on coping with a job loss and addressing medical questions and concerns.“We acknowledge how the fear and anxiety about the coronavirus can be overwhelming and trigger strong emotions and reactions in adults and children,” said Jennifer Sullivan, M.D., M.P.H., FSSA secretary. Our hope is to help Hoosiers cope with that stress so that they can be better for themselves, their families and their community.” CoronavirusIndianaLocalNews Pinterest WhatsApp Facebook Facebook Twitter Google+ By Brooklyne Beatty – April 28, 2020 0 592 WhatsApp