marketing managerSpecialist sales, development and marketing company for the food sector, WCB Marketing, has appointed Richard Ford as marketing manager. Ford joins from Robinson Young, where he headed up the company’s product development for its household division. He will be responsible for NPD and sales and marketing strategies, working alongside managing director Andrew Berisford.financial controllerDuncan Gray has joined Honeytop Speciality Foods in a new role as financial controller. Based at the company’s site in Dunstable, Gray will be responsible for the financial function of the business, including financial reporting, credit control, payment management and payroll. He joins the firm from Next Retail.== Chris Thornton ==managing director – business servicesThe Freight Transport Association (FTA) has appointed Chris Thornton as managing director – business services. He will be responsible for the management and development of all FTA revenue-generating services, including the Vehicle Inspection Service, Tachofta, Shopfta and training. FTA service revenue turns over almost £20 million per year. Thornton was previously strategy and IS director with Autoglass.The FTA has also appointed Nikki Skegg as quality manager – Tachofta. This new role will focus on ensuring the FTA’s range of tachograph services continues to operate at high and consistent standards.== David Evenett ==general sales managerDavid Evenett has joined refrigerated vehicle company London Hire TCS as general sales manager. Evenett has worked for 15 years with various commercial transport companies, such as Henderson Mobile, GRP Group, GAH Refrigeration and Coldchain Vehicle Solutions.== Gabrielle Bond ==UK marketing manager.Rich Products has appointed Gabrielle Bond as its UK marketing manager. Bond is based at the company’s UK headquarters in Fareham, where she is responsible for managing marketing of the company’s core product ranges, including cookies, muffins, shortbreads and fermented goods.She will also liaise with the firm’s American parent company to capture market data and trends. She previously worked as marketing manager at Food Brokers.== Eifion Owen ==senior buyerBako Northern and Bako Scotland have appointed a new purchasing manager, Eifion Owen, to cover both sites. Owen replaces Irene Stout, who is retiring as senior buyer for the company in August, with over 34 years’ service. Owen’s last role was site purchasing manager for Cavagham & Gray.== Natasha hritzuk ==senior insights managerGeneral Mills has made two changes to its category and consumer research teams. Natasha Hritzuk is promoted to category and consumer insights manager. She was previously senior insights manager for Old El Paso Mexican meal kits and Betty Crocker home baking. She takes over from Martyn Crook, who has moved to the US to take up the role of international opportunity assessment manager.== Lisa Morgan ==group finance directorFinsbury Food Group has appointed Lisa Morgan as group finance director. Morgan has worked her way up through the accounting department of its Memory Lane Cakes division over the last six years. Previous group finance director John Lomer will remain a consultant at Finsbury for the next six months during a handover. He leaves to return to strategic consultancy. nDuncan Gray== RICHARD FORD ==
NVQ and SVQ qualifications for the food and drink industry are being replaced by an umbrella title: N/SVQ Food Manufacture.The change follows a two-year consultation period by Improve, the food & drink sector skills council, and will become effective in the spring of 2007. At Levels 2 and 3, the qualification can be extended to recognise achievement in a sub-sector, such as bakery.Improve said the qualification will benefit employers because it works with all sectors of the food and drink industry, giving individuals an industry-wide qualification but enabling specialisation.
Well another year is over and we have survived, but it has been one of the most difficult years we’ve had for a very long time. While our year ends on 31 January, by the look of it we shall be lucky to have put on more than a 2-3% increase on last year on a like-for-like basis.The sandwich vans appear to have been a good investment and our fifth should be on the road in January, but we only add to the number when each van is profitable, which takes about three to four months at present. And that will become more difficult as time goes by.Our politicians do not make my life any easier. All I seem to hear about is how they intend to increase employee rights, but what about mine? Do these idiots really think we go to great trouble and expense to hire staff so that we can have the pleasure of firing them?One thing I’ll bet is that, if I went around asking every employer what their hobby was, it would not be firing staff, so why do they need protection from us? How wonderful it would be if governments would only deliver on their promises of a better-educated young, an improved NHS and less crime. But no! The only thing they deliver on is more red tape to make my life difficult.EMPLOYEES FAVOUREDYou can bet your last dollar that, were there more employers than employees, all the legislation would be on the side of the employers because MPs would think they would get more votes that way. The only thing politicians think about, once we have elected them, is getting re-elected, which does not leave them any time to think about doing something useful for us.Always at this time of the year, I look back and think of what went wrong and wonder was it bad luck or poor judgment? We all have a friend who appears to be unlucky. One of mine spent years perfecting a rich man’s signature and, when he eventually got it perfect and took the cheque to the bank, it was returned “insufficient funds”.THE IDEAL VISIONNow what I call good luck is marrying for love and finding out that your wife is a rich woman. With a new year dawning, we must be optimistic and dream a little: staff will not be sick too often and not keep getting pregnant; tills will balance regularly and my van drivers, who of course are never at fault, will not keep getting hit by other idiots on the road.Sales will increase by at least 10% and costs will stay static. Bakers will not burn anything in the oven and will bake everything to perfection. And, the next time I am in London and see a restaurant in which I cannot afford to eat, I will go in, order oysters and pay the bill with the pearls I find inside. These things I expect to happen.I hope you will all be successful and profitable this year. Thank you for your kind letters and phone calls over 2006; it is really appreciated, even if you do not always agree with my totally reasonable points of view. n read more
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Greggs, which came top of British Baker’s top 50 list of UK bakery retailers this year, has revealed it is to relocate its Manchester bakery to a new £16m facility and it has also launched a new advertising campaign.The high street chain is planning to move from its Eccleshall Street site to a new 75,000sq ft bakery at Parkhouse Street in Openshaw. Work is expected to start on the new factory in the autumn.The move is the result of a joint deal between Manchester City Council, New East Manchester (an urban regeneration company) and Greggs, assisted by a £7m grant from the North West Regional Development Agency.Ian Pegg, MD of Greggs northwest, said: “We will be able to keep the skills of the people in our business and also develop new skills that will benefit new opportunities for people here in east Manchester.”Meanwhile, look out for comedian and Phoenix Nights star Paddy McGuinness, who is to appear in a £3m Greggs’ television and radio advertising campaign from this week. The campaign features the strapline ’Greggs the Bakers – Ready When You Are’.”Paddy McGuinness is very personable and is known to consumers across various age ranges,” said Scott Jefferson, marketing director at Greggs. “We felt he was perfect for injecting humour, while getting our key messages across.”The marketing campaign will include national and regional terrestrial and multi-channel television ads, along with radio, outdoor and online advertising, sales promotion and public relations activity. read more
Sussex bakery chain Forfars is rolling out a new look across its 22-shop estate, with two outlets so far rebranded ’Fresh from Forfars’.The 70-year-old chain created the new format in response to changing shopping habits, MD Tim Cutress told British Baker.The changes include brighter, fresher colour schemes, uniforms and shop layouts and the new name, Fresh from Forfars, also highlights the fact that most products are made at the local Forfars bakery, he said. “This is experimental,” said Cutress. “It is quite a departure from our traditional roots. I’m a great believer that if you don’t evolve, you have got no divine right to survive. Sometimes we bakers whinge too much.”Forfars has also introduced a range of healthy foods, including low-GI bread, fruit salads and pasta salads in a bid to appeal to a wider customer base. The Forfars range already includes more takeaway items, including freshly prepared sandwiches and rolls and fresh-ground coffees, as demand for traditional items, such as loaves of bread, declines. Bread, which previously accounted for 30% of Forfars’ sales now accounts for less than 10% overall, Cutress said.Forfars will refurbish its third outlet in central Brighton over the May Day Bank Holiday with further outlets to follow in late summer, before the roll-out picks up pace to one store refit a month. read more
West Sussex firm Prosperity Brownies has started supplying nine Waitrose stores in Sussex with its brownies and flapjacks this month.Launched in stores on 17 May were two brownie lines: original and dark chocolate and raspberry, and two lines of its recently developed flapjack range Prosperity Jacks, in dark chocolate and ginger, and apricot and sultana varieties.Paul Hatcher, who runs the business with his wife Jane, said that Waitrose has always been one of its “prize prospects”, and ideally he would like to see these products in “every single Waitrose in the country”. The firm made contact with Waitrose local and regional product manager Tracey Marshall last July, before meeting her at the Speciality & Fine Food Fair in September. “We sent her samples of the brownies and she loved them, and we just went from there,” he said.He added that the firm had been toying with the idea of introducing a product like flapjacks in order to increase it’s revenue from existing customers, so when Waitrose asked if it produced anything else, Hatcher said the answer was simple: “We don’t at the moment, but we’re on the verge of it – what would you like?“We accept a minimum order of a case – 48 units, and Waitrose’s first order was for one case of each line for each of the nine stores,” said Hatcher. “For us, that is a significant order.”Hatcher said it will be interesting to see how often Waitrose re-order a month, but if that order is repeated twice a month, “it would be a significant shift up for us, and will mean needing to take on at least a couple of extra staff, which would be really good for us”. read more
New recession victimBuxton Spa Bakery has become the latest victim of the recession after administrators were unable to find a buyer for the struggling firm. The bakery had encountered trading difficulties since July 2009, with the loss of two major customers last summer, according to administrator Steve Clancy, MCR. The loss of another key customer in June 2010, left the business with a bad debt in excess of £100,000.Labels call welcomedResponding to food minister Jim Paice MP’s call for food firms to do more voluntarily to improve country-of-origin labelling on food products, such as meat and dairy, Which? chief executive, Peter Vicary-Smith has said it was delighted to see the government putting pressure on food manufacturers and retailers now, rather than waiting for a decision from the EU.FDF awards shortlist The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) has unveiled the shortlist for its annual community partnership accolades, to be held on 19 October. The list includes Bradgate Bakery, Greggs, Samworth Brothers and United Biscuits, with companies shortlisted under the categories: culture, media and sport; education; environment; local community and workplace community.July retail sales hikeSales on the high street increased in July compared with a year ago, and surpassed expectations, according to the latest CBI Distributive Trades Survey. Retailers expected sales growth to continue strongly next month, said the report. It found that while 18% of retailers said that sales were lower than a year ago, 51% said they rose. Grocery was among the sub-sectors showing the strongest growth with the World Cup helping to boost sales. read more
British Lion egg products has revealed that the majority of consumers are willing to pay more for a sandwich with the British Lion mark, following an in-store study.A survey of consumers’ shopping habits revealed that over half of shoppers questioned, who were looking to purchase of an egg sandwich, were more likely to buy a sandwich that displayed the British Lion logo on-pack.The interviews, carried out at the sandwich fixture of a major multiple retailer over a period of two months, also showed that consumers would be willing to pay more for egg sandwiches that had the Lion mark.More than 80% of respondents said they would be willing to pay an additional 2p on the current price, and almost a third said they were prepared to pay an additional 10p.
WhatsApp CoronavirusIndianaLocalNews Twitter Twitter Coronavirus cases rise above 200 in Indiana Google+ Facebook Previous articleEmployee of Bremen Boys and Girls Club reportedly contracted coronavirusNext article3 cases of COVID-19 in Berrien County, Michigan now tops 1,000 Jon ZimneyJon Zimney is the News and Programming Director for News/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel and host of the Fries With That podcast. Follow him on Twitter @jzimney. Pinterest Pinterest Google+ (Photo supplied/Indiana State Department of Health) The number of positive COVID-19 cases in Indiana continues to increase.As of Sunday morning, March 22, the Indiana State Department of Health reported the number of positive COVID-19 cases is at 201, which is 75 more than reported on Saturday.The number of tested residents went up 661 in one day to 1,494. The number of COVID-19 related deaths remains at 4 for the state.The county with the highest amount of cases in the state is still Marion County with 82 cases, which is up 36 cases from Saturday’s total of 46. Hamilton County is second highest with 18 cases, up from 10 cases reported on Saturday.As of Sunday, St. Joseph County reported 8 confirmed cases. There is 1 case confirmed in Elkhart County. There are 2 cases confirmed in LaPorte County.Gov. Eric Holcomb is, so far, holding off on ordering residents to stay home as governors elsewhere, including Illinois, have done.For more information and updates on COVID-19 throughout Indiana, click here.The Associated Press contributed to this story. By Jon Zimney – March 22, 2020 0 482 Facebook WhatsApp read more