Month: April 2021

The Domino effect

first_imgSupermarkets are increasingly issuing challenges to food manufacturers to improve the accuracy of the date coding and labelling of their products. The baking industry is no exception and bread manufacturers are being asked to apply vital data, such as batch codes and date codes, directly on to the bread bags, to ensure effective traceability throughout the product’s life cycle.According to Gordon Wood, category technical manager of bakery at Tesco, automating the coding and labelling process is the way forward to eliminating incorrect date coding and packaging errors. “Speaking from experience in a number of categories, I believe you can never eliminate coding and packaging errors on products unless you remove the risks associated with human intervention. So ultimately, we would like to see intelligent, automated date coding and bar-code scanning systems, which will prevent the incorrect date codes and ‘wrong product in the wrong package’ scenarios.” Cambridge-based supplier of coding and labelling systems Domino UK has introduced new features to its A200 continuous inkjet coder to enable direct coding of data onto the ends of the bread bags. Traditionally, most traceability information is coded on to the small label that is used to tie and seal the bread bags. However, once this tie is removed or lost, product traceability is also lost. The new Domino application coding onto the bag itself means that the code is permanent and cannot be removed or misplaced.The A200 bread coder is now available with Domino’s recently launched environmentally-friendly ink formulation, the 191BK ink. This is ketone- and methanol-free and its low taint, low odour content makes it ideal for printing on immediate food wrapping in accordance with European legislation, without any contamination to the consumable inside.Mr Wood continues: “Direct coding on to the ends of bread packaging has a number of advantages, both for supermarkets and customers. Supermarkets can increase availability with quicker shelf fill, with a reduction in direct product handling and staff costs. For the customer, the product reaches the shelves more quickly and is fresher, with less manual handling and less potential for product damage. They can see at a glance the best-before date codes on the bread, and the permanent nature of this coded packaging ensures the best-before code is not lost once the bread is opened.”Domino UK has also improved the software capabilities of its A200 bakery coding solution to take into account the 24-hour shift patterns of bakeries, by allowing 24-hour running of batch coding without confusing between two different days, thus making operations as simple as possible. The software allows night production, which usually runs over two days from 9pm to 6am, but the code maintains the same date and time information. The enhanced A200 also offers an adjusted solvent recovery system designed to minimise solvent consumption in warm production environments such as bakeries. The enhanced A200 bread coder also offers temperature-controlled print heads for optimum ink stability and quick dry time, high-quality coding of up to four lines of code in several formats including text, logos, automatic serial or batch numbering, as well as real-time clocks.last_img read more

Bakers lose out to Subway in sandwich sales battle

first_imgBakers’ shops have seen their share of the sandwich market slip in the past year with sandwich and snack bars and supermarkets growing their sales, according to a new report from market research company Key Note.The report says bakers’ shops (a category that includes the Greggs chain) are still the dominant player in UK sandwich sales but saw value share fall from 28.6% in 2005/06 to 26.4% over the year to May 2007. Volume share dropped from 35.3% to 33.5% in the same period.Supermarkets have increased volume sales to give them a 13.5% market share, up from 12.2%, with value sales up from 12.2% to 13.4% over the same period.Sandwich chains had a 9.8% value share of the market, with Subway the dominant player with a 7.2% share of sandwich sales by value, up 4.2%.Total sandwich sales were £3.73bn in the year ending May 2007, up from £3.61bn the year before. Some 2.46 billion packs were sold in 2007, down from 2.54 billion the previous year.The report also says that 51% of sandwiches sold are wedges, 17% rolls and baps, 13% baguettes and 5% sub rolls. Other sandwich carriers, such as pittas and wraps, accounted for 10% of volumes.The top 14 sandwich shop brands, such as Pret A Manger, had 2,833 outlets in 2006, up 430 year on year.There were also 2,545 branded coffee shops in the UK in 2006, up from 1,587 in 2005, giving the brands a 34% market share of the coffee shop market.last_img read more

60-second sales pitch

first_imgSo, what are Butter Buds?Butter Buds are natural dairy concentrates that can either replace butter, cream, cheese, olive oil and cocoa butter without loss of flavour, richness or quality.Why are they so special?They’re created from actual butter, cream etc, so they deliver an authentic dairy flavour with either a natural or extract declaration. They’re also healthy; at typical application levels, they contribute less than 0.1% fat!Why should bakers buy this?More than just a flavour, they deliver quality characteristics of dairy fat, adding mouthfeel and body to the products at a much lower cost than the dairy fat itself. They’re shelf-stable for 12-18 months, non-GMO and kosher certified and can be declared as “natural flavour” for a clean label.So explain the techie stuff.At the heart of every Butter Buds product is a carefully tailored enzyme blend. These are added to 100% natural butter (or other dairy fat) and put through a tightly controlled time/temperature process. The enzyme blends selectively break the molecular bonds and release the full flavour potential of butter. The result is concentrated dairy flavour, converted to either free-flowing powders or convenient pastes.Bottom line, what’s this product worth to the baker?We have recently done a cost-saving exercise in butter biscuits, showing a 30-35% cost reduction on the butter flavour component of the recipe formulation, but with the flavour, mouthfeel and texture intact!last_img read more

Bakery Food Manufacturer of the Year

first_imgWinner Crantock BakeryIndian Queens, near Newquay, Cornwall”You can’t stand still,” says Nick Ringer, chairman and managing director of Crantock Bakery. “You have to develop new products, new ways of selling and explore new markets.”It was this spirit of innovation, together with an emphasis on product quality and superb customer service, which singled out Crantock for the judges. Six years ago a management buy-out put the pasty bakery into new hands and on to a path of expansion. The company now employs around 150 staff and turns over approximately £10 million per annum.Now the traditional pasties, sausage rolls and pork pies (mainly sold to pasty chains for bake-off) and sweet goods like scones and Cornish ’heavy cake’ are also available in Europe and on long-haul flights. Constant NPD work ensures new lines – 42 last year alone – and Ringer says close working relationships with customers lead to new markets, such as universities.Finalist Honeyrose BakeryLondonWhen she couldn’t find great-tasting organic cakes, former pastry chef Lise Madsen, now managing director and founder of Honeyrose, decided to create some herself. Eight years later, the company’s hand-mixed flapjacks, cakes, muffins, cookies and biscotti (some of which are ’free-from’) are produced for wholesale clients such as coffee chains and small independents. A selection is also available in 110 branches of Waitrose. The 40-strong company is turning over £2 million.Honeyrose recently won a London Development Agency grant to add to its investment in a new facility, which will increase production capacity by 400%.Madsen believes Honeyrose’s strengths are its focus on both product quality and customer satisfaction, together with its environmentally-friendly policy and its strong investment in the fast-growing organic sector.Finalist Pooles of WiganPemberton WiganPooles has been operating, in one guise or another, since 1847. It has belonged to the present owner since the 1980s and been known as Pooles since 2003. The company produces frozen, unbaked savoury pies and sausage rolls for bake-off and primarily serves the multiples. Some sweet pies are also on the product list. Around 60 staff work at the fully-automated plant.The company prides itself on using only the best ingredients – local or British wherever possible – and producing a quality product, says managing director John Norman Coan. Around £8 million has been invested over the past four years to improve the bakery premises and equipment. Pooles is also a registered training site.last_img read more

Latest Jobs

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Warburtons opens learning centre

first_imgWarburtons staff in Blackpool are getting a career boost after the company and Bakers Food and Allied Workers Union forked out for a learning centre.They have invested £5,000 in the new facility which staff can use during their breaks and production shut-downs.More than 20 staff in Marton are already using new computers to improve their IT skills and take up business-related training in computers, health and safety, finance, touch typing, and online skills for life. Courses for literacy and numeracy will also be introduced soon.Jason Hall, unit manager at Warburtons, said: “We already have around a third of our staff working to gain better qualifications and more sign up almost every day. The new centre will give employees the opportunity to further their skills and qualifications in an accessible way.”last_img read more

YMCA of Greater Michiana partners with O’Brien Fitness Center

first_img Pinterest By Brooklyne Beatty – June 24, 2020 0 584 Facebook Previous articleThis week is National Lightning Safety WeekNext articleMan sentenced to 55 years for February 2019 murder Brooklyne Beatty Google+ Google+ WhatsApp YMCA of Greater Michiana partners with O’Brien Fitness Center (Photo Supplied/South Bend Venues Parks & Arts) South Bend-Mishawaka YMCA members will soon have another gym to go to.Venues Parks & Arts and the YMCA of Greater Michiana have partnered with the O’Brien Fitness Center on Walter Street in South Bend.Beginning July 6, the O’Brien / YMCA Partnership will allow the Y to offer its services at another location. This comes as the South Bend YMCA building announced its closure in May.RELATED: South Bend-Mishawaka YMCA has announced it’s closing indefinitelyThe partnership will expand offerings of both the O’Brien Fitness Center and the YMCA. Members will be offered access to the fitness center, complimentary childcare watch, unlimited group fitness classes, exclusive Les Mills fitness programs, access to most YMCAs nationwide, and discounts at VPA programs and amenities including golf, basketball leagues, camps and more.Next month, both members of the Y and members of the O’Brien Fitness Center will be given full access to the O’Brien Center. Starting this fall, a new, all-inclusive membership rate structure will be released.To learn more about the partnership, and to sign-up for a membership, visit ymcagm.org.center_img IndianaLocalNews Twitter Twitter TAGSgymIndianamembershipMichianaMishawakaO’Brien Fitness CenterSouth Bendvenues parks and artsYMCA Facebook WhatsApp Pinterestlast_img read more

News story: Multimillion pound government funding boost for cycle safety

first_img Switchboard 0300 330 3000 Out of hours media enquiries 020 7944 4292 Media enquiries 020 7944 3021 Last year the big bike revival reached more than 50,000 people in England, and produced more than 6,000 regular cyclists, so the project represents incredible value for money. I’m delighted that the Department for Transport has recognised its significance by funding it for another year so we can get even more people cycling every day. Video: We’re investing an addtiona £6.5 million in English cities, to fund safer cycling projectsThis announcement is part of a drive to ensure that everyone across the country feels safe when cycling. It will be up to local authorities to decide what sort of schemes to bid for — the Department for Transport has invited bids from the 8 councils and will be looking to support schemes which improve safety for cyclists, and which also deliver benefits for pedestrians.Jesse Norman made this announcement on a visit to see how government funding has made cycling in Bristol easier and safer, helping increase the number of people who cycle in the city.The Department for Transport launched the first ever statutory Cycling and walking investment strategy in April 2017, to encourage more people to cycle and walk. This sets out how the government will deliver its ambition for cycling, and outlines how the £1.2 billion of funding available over the period to 2021 will be spent.The cycle safety review was launched in September 2017.The 8 cycle city ambition cities are: Cycling Minister Jesse Norman said: Cyclists in a number of cities will benefit from a £7 million government investment in projects to improve road safety, helping create more bike-friendly areas.The funding has been announced as part of the Department for Transport’s cycle safety review, which will help ensure that our roads are as safe as possible for all who use them.Eight cities, which the government has already been helping to lead the way in promoting cycling, will be given the chance to bid for an additional £6.5 million of funding to trial new schemes which improve safety. This will support the government’s aim of encouraging more people to cycle as part of everyday journeys.The remaining £0.5 million will be set aside to support Cycling UK’s Big bike revival — a successful initiative which is helping to get more people cycling safely and confidently across the country. News desk enquiries Everyone should be able to take advantage of the huge health and environmental benefits of cycling. While Britain has some of the safest roads in the world, we want to encourage more people to take up cycling. This funding, as part of our overall cycling and walking strategy, will help local councils to make their roads safer for everyone. Bristol Leeds Cambridge Birmingham Norwich Manchester Newcastle Oxford Paul Tuohy, Chief Executive of Cycling UK, said:last_img read more

Statement to Parliament: Response to advice on the use of wheelchair spaces onboard buses

first_img That the Public Service Vehicles (Conduct of Drivers, Inspectors, Conductors and Passengers) Regulations 1990 (the Conduct Regulations) are amended to enable drivers to remove passengers from the bus who unreasonably refuse to move when requested from the wheelchair space Government believes that where people live, shop, go out, or park their car should not be determined by their disability and recognises the importance of accessible transport networks in supporting disabled people to live independent lives and fulfil their potential.In January 2017 the Supreme Court handed down its judgment in the case of Paulley vs FirstGroup PLC, concerning the “reasonable adjustments” which must be provided by bus operators to enable wheelchair users to access the on-board wheelchair space.The Supreme Court judgment states that FirstGroup’s policy with regard to use of the wheelchair space was insufficient to meet the requirements of the Equality Act 2010, and that bus drivers should be required to do more than simply request that a person vacates the wheelchair space, including suspending the journey if needed. The judgment did not provide clarity on precisely what action a service provider should require its drivers to take or how the needs of both passengers in wheelchairs and other bus users, disabled or otherwise, should be taken into account.In order to understand the implications of the judgment for disabled people, the bus industry and other passengers, and to identify actions for government and others to take to ensure that required adjustments can be provided on buses we established a stakeholder ‘Task and Finish Group on the Use of Wheelchair Spaces on Buses’ (the group).The group’s report to ministers stated that: The group agreed that that whilst wheelchair users should be granted access to the on-board wheelchair space they may not be the only passengers who rely on using it, but that where other passengers do not have such a need they should be expected to vacate the space in order that it can be occupied by a wheelchair user.The group made 4 specific recommendations: That conditions of carriage and disability awareness training best practice guidance are updated to reflect the fact that passengers will be required to move from the wheelchair space should it be required by a passenger in a wheelchair The associated guidance is amended to better reflect the behaviours expected from drivers and passengers with respect to use of the wheelchair spacecenter_img Further work is conducted to consider how best to raise public awareness of the behaviours expected from passengers with respect to the wheelchair space, for example a public awareness campaign, or improved signage on buses Our view is that drivers need to play an active role in ensuring that the wheelchair space is made available for passengers in wheelchairs, which includes requiring other passengers to move where necessary, but that drivers also need more powers than they have currently to enable them to do this effectively. I am grateful to the group for their careful consideration of this complex issue.Government agrees with the group that the wheelchair space should be available to those who need it and that the balance of measures proposed, supporting bus drivers to facilitate access to the wheelchair space, and creating an environment where the needs of disabled passengers are recognised and respected should help to overcome the barriers still faced by some disabled people when using bus services.In accepting the group’s recommendations in principle we will begin a process of further engagement to understand the specific experiences of a range of stakeholders affected by the wheelchair space issue, including wheelchair users, parents travelling with young children, and bus drivers – with a view to bringing forward a package of measures in 2018, informed by the group’s recommendations and our further consideration, to support access to the wheelchair space.Disabled people make 10 times as many journeys by bus as by rail, and it is essential that the services they rely upon to access education, employment, social and leisure activities are accessible to them. We hope that in supporting access to the wheelchair space for those who need it we will help many more disabled people to travel with confidence.Copies of the Task and Finish Group’s report to ministers and accompanying letter have been placed in the House libraries.last_img read more

News story: Motorcyclists encouraged to make their riding more enjoyable

first_img DVSA’s priority is to help you through a lifetime of safe riding. You’re never too experienced to learn more safety skills, and the DVSA enhanced rider scheme is all about helping make a ride out even more enjoyable. While experience and riding regularly help, there’s no substitute for the training, advice and tips you’ll get from an expert trainer. 5,872 motorcyclists were killed or seriously injured in 2016 During the same time, 16,785 motorcycles were involved in all reported accidents.Taking extra training can help reduce the risk of being involved in a collision, and make any ride out more enjoyable. The DVSA enhanced rider scheme includes modules on topics including: Motorcyclists are among the most vulnerable road usersIn 2016, 319 motorcyclists died in incidents on Great Britain’s roads, and 5,553 were seriously injured. Serious injuries include things like a broken neck or back, severe head injuries and internal injuries. Helping you through a lifetime of safe ridingMark Winn, DVSA Chief Driving Examiner, said:center_img defensive riding and hazard awareness progress and use of speed effective braking techniques The DVSA enhanced rider scheme is a voluntary scheme to help motorcyclists get more from their riding.You’re never too good, and the DVSA enhanced rider scheme lets you improve the skills that will help make your riding safer and more fun.How the scheme worksYou book an appointment with an expert trainer. The trainers are passionate bikers who want to share their experience and advice to help you get more from your riding.You’ll go for a ride out with them for between 1 and 2 hours. This is so they can see what you’re good at and any areas you might be able to improve.If you don’t need any training, there’s nothing more to do. You’ll be sent a DVSA enhanced rider scheme certificate.But if you do need some training, you’ll work with your trainer on a personalised training plan. When you’ve done the training, you’ll be sent a DVSA enhanced rider scheme certificate.The cost of the scheme is set by individual trainers. Some local councils also offer a subsidy to help with the cost. Check with your trainer or local council. Find a DVSA enhanced rider scheme trainerlast_img read more