Month: April 2021

A day in the life of Andrew Fairley

first_imgName: ANDREW FAIRLEYCompany: GREGGS, NORTH EAST Job title: 3rd YEAR APPRENTICE Location: GOSFORTH, NEWCASTLE6am I wake to my alarm clock, have a quick wash and leave home at 6.20am for the 12-mile journey to work. Arriving at the factory, I creak up the stairs in my motorbike leathers.6.50am Before my day starts, I enjoy a quick chill in the canteen and a bit of a chat with my mates, catching up with what’s been going on.7am I walk down to the technical department, where I currently work as part of my training programme, and start my working day by baking-off and testing savoury products from the previous shift’s production run.The ovens I use are convection, which are the same type used in our shops. This means any problems are easily identified before they can happen in the shops.Depending on what was produced the night before, I could be baking-off mini or jumbo sausage rolls, large and mini corned beef pasties or chicken bakes. Once baked, I check the following specifications: size, using Vernier callipers to ensure product is within agreed parameters; colour, checking quality and evenness of glaze; filling, including both distribution and colour; quality of seal, to avoid ‘boil-out’ of the filling; and weight, to ensure product is within agreed weight levels.The great thing about bake-off is I can test the products, thus saving money on breakfast. Any quality issues with samples are reported to the savoury department manager and the quality assurance manager, so that immediate action can be implemented, such as product recall or any technical or mechanical problems.7.30am Breakfast is usually a full English, but I do my body and soul some good by accompanying this with a pint of milk – or so I tell myself!8am I collect samples from around the bakery for microbiological testing. These are sent to our sister company at Balliol Park in Newcastle, where they have their own labs. Types of samples I collect can include: raw chicken, bacon or mince; cream, both whipped and un-whipped; custard; and egg glaze. These are all high-risk foods, which are sampled on a weekly basis to ensure no food is used or sent from our factory that could cause any potential harm to our customers. There is a rolling programme to ensure no food slips through undetected.I also have the job of doing personnel swabs, which include swabbing, at random, operators’ hands to ensure high levels of personal hygiene. I have a list of areas to cover, which include all production departments as well as the canteen staff.I also swab equipment, including mixer bowls, paddles, utensils, trays and hoppers to name a few. All swabs are sent away to our labs for testing and we receive the results within three days. Then, if time allows, I have a 20-minute break.10.20am Next comes the quality ring-around. As we have 115 shops, it would take forever to ring them all, so each shop has a base shop to which it can report any quality issues.Thankfully, I only have 11 shops to call, although I do have a laugh with the shop staff while making the calls. When on ring-around, any issues – both good and bad – are logged onto a report sheet if they occur more than five times. This report is then sent to the relevant management of Greggs, including the factory manager, sales manager and, of course, the production managers. I may also handle any customer complaints during the day, but these are usually few and far between. Any issues that require action are reported back to the technical department and monitored for repeat occurrences.12pm Time for a half-hour lunch break and I usually choose a healthy option – such as chips or beef burgers! Following that, I start to input some of the technical data into the technical department database. This includes the check-weigh results, the swabbing and sampling results, quality reporting and ensuring all paperwork is signed and dated.I then carry out a glass and clear plastic audit across a production department to ensure no contamination of our products, then type up the audit results and forward these to the chief engineer, hygiene and quality assurance departments, for any further action to be taken.An added advantage of working in the technical department is we can taste the samples produced from the new product development department.2.40pmMy final break, before completing another savoury bake-off procedure to ensure that, this time, the day shift’s products are up to scratch. I input data and findings into the computer to start the process all over again.4pmFinally leave for home. I’m usually quicker at getting ready for home than I am getting ready for work!last_img read more


April 21, 2021 0

Premium additions

first_imgBakery company Finsbury Food Group says it is finalising new premium cakes ranges for Morrisons, the Co-operative Group and Asda, following premium relaunches with Somerfield, Sainsbury’s and Tesco last year.The company, which announced a half-year sales growth of 5% in its Memory Lane Cakes business compared to the same 2005 period and an 18% year-on-year increase for its Nicholas & Harris subsidiary in a trading update this week, said it is working on new ranges for launch in March to April. Finsbury’s chief executive Dave Brooks told British Baker that its Memory Lane and Campbells businesses are making most of the products concerned.Meanwhile, Finsbury’s California Cake Company bakery is awaiting official organic certification and is expected to launch its first organic cake slice in late January 2007. Brooks said: “Six months ago, we decided to go for organic certification so we could produce organic cakes at the site.”The first quarter of 2007 will also see a push on its Nestlé range as well as new celebration cakes being introduced.last_img read more


April 21, 2021 0

Morrisons buys Kear’s share in Rathbones

first_imgSupermarket Morrisons has acquired the whole of the Rathbone Kear plant bakery business, buying out bakery entrepreneur Harry Kear’s 20% stake.Harry Kear told British Baker: “My job is complete. I have finished what I set out to do which was to get the bakeries in good order and working well. It has been an enjoyable partnership with Morrisons. The excellent staff have helped make the bakeries the success they have become.”He said that during the last 28 months the company, which consists of three bakeries that supply Morrisons, had undergone significant changes, and now produced high quality products from efficient reliable plants.Morrisons said in a statement: “The company is now showing good profitability and with the major transformation complete it has been agreed that Mr Kear will sell his minority shareholdings to Wm Morrison Supermarkets and will transfer the operational control of the company to a new management team.”Kear will continue to provide consultancy services to the company, which will now be known as Rathbones, through his company Forever Foods for the immediate future with the management team currently based at Lydney.Kear said: “I have always loved the baking industry but for now I will concentrate on my hotels, golf clubs and property group.”last_img read more


April 21, 2021 0

Maple Leaf price fixing allegations investigated

first_imgCanada Bread Company, the parent company of the UK’s biggest bagel supplier Maple Leaf, is investigating allegations that an employee at its UK bakery operations, Maple Leaf Bakery, may have sought to influence the pricing of a competitor, Mr Bagel. These allegations have led to the suspension of the employee, while an investigation is carried out with the support of external legal counsel.Lynda Kuhn, senior vice president, communications and consumer affairs at Canada Bread told British Baker: “We certainly see these as serious allegations and we’re treating them as such. We’re proceeding very quickly to understand the facts and would like to resolve the issue as soon as possible.”When asked how long the investigation was likely to take, Kuhn said “it would premature and unfair to speculate on the conclusions of the investigation, but we’ve certainly made it clear they are serious allegations and it is certainly not how we operate this company.”Canada Bread, which is 89.8% owned by Maple Leaf Foods, entered into negotiations to acquire Mr Bagel in October this year, and the main terms of the transaction had been agreed upon in principle, claims the firm. “However the asking price changed materially at a very late stage in the process and at that point the negotiations broke off,” explained Kuhn, “and subsequently this incident occurred”.According to a report in The Mirror newspaper, an executive at North London-based Mr Bagel, secretly filmed a meeting in which the Maple Leaf employee appears to urge his competitor to raise prices. Mr Bagel then contacted the Office of Fair Trading with allegations of price fixing.According to a statement released by Canada Bread: “Consistent with normal acquisitions process, the company had received detailed information from Mr Bagel under the terms of a confidentiality agreement and was involved in intensive due diligence, which appears to have extended to the discussion of pricing strategies to be implemented after the acquisition. Negotiations ceased in early December when Mr Bagel sought to significantly raise the selling price of the business late in the process.”Richard Lan, president and CEO of Canada Bread, commented: “We have been operating under the premise that we were in the late stages of acquiring this business. While these allegations are unproven, they are serious, and we are taking all precautionary steps to fully investigate this matter and determine the facts.” Kuhn added that so far the company has not experienced any negative effects from the allegations in respect to its relationship with its customers.A spokesperson from The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) told British Baker that “it would never get into individual discussions on individuals and whether we are investigating or not. We consider all complaints, but beyond that we do not go into any detail.”Manufacturers Maple Leaf Bakery, based in Rotherham, supplies around 85-90% of ambient bagels in Britain.Mr Bagel manufacturers and supplies frozen bake-off and ambient bagels to the retail and foodservice markets. Check out the link for the official statement released by Canada Bread: http://investor.mapleleaf.ca/phoenix.zhtml?c=189491&p=irol-newsArticle&ID=1233301&highlight=last_img read more


April 21, 2021 0

Deadline looms for Best Cupcake Baker contest

first_imgThere’s just over one week left to get your entries in for Britain’s Best Cupcake Baker 2010, so make sure you get them in the post.Leading UK cake experts will judge entries for the nationwide contest, part of the build-up to National Cupcake Week, running from 13-19 September.They are: John Slattery, Slattery’s Patissier and Chocolatier; Chris Bachmann, Bachmann’s Patisserie and Chocolate Creations; and Eric Lanlard, Cake Boy.Organised by BB, the contest welcomes entries from cake specialists, craft and in-store bakeries. Entry deadline is 16 July.You will need to send us the following: * one colour image of the cupcake* your name for the cake* a description of the cake, including ingredients used and sources of inspiration (no more than 100 words)* a synopsis of your business, how long you’ve been trading, who are your customers and why you think you stand out from the crowd (no more than 100 words)* your company name, phone number, email address, location and website url (if appropriate)Final judging will take place at the Rafayel Hotel in London on 3 August by a top panel of experts, and entrants must be able to deliver their cupcakes in person or through a delivery service on that day.The top prize is £1,000-worth of bespoke cupcake cases from sponsor Chevler and a £300 voucher for a specialist cake decoration or chocolate class at Slattery’s Patissier school.See www.nationalcupcakeweek.co.uk more details.last_img read more


April 21, 2021 0

Nicholas & Harris goes to work on Vogel’s brand

first_imgNicholas & Harris (N&H) has launched the first marketing campaign for Vogel’s bread in a bid to almost treble the brand’s turnover from £3.5m to £10m in two years.Following its purchase of the Vogel’s licence from Goswells Bakeries last year, N&H, a subsidiary of Finsbury Foods, is putting more than £250,000 behind the campaign, which will include a number of new products to coincide with the launch of new packaging in September. Two packs of rolls, a seed and fruit loaf and a wholemeal and oat loaf are to launch next month.It has also launched a dedicated fan community on Facebook – The Love Toast Community.MD Simon Staddon told British Baker the firm is also looking to expand distribution of the brand, which is currently available in the major supermarkets. “We wanted to revitalise the brand and increase its awareness,” he explained. “We also hope that, on the back of this marketing campaign, we’ll be able to push it into more stores.”Staddon explained that since its purchase of the licence, the firm has been carrying out extensive consumer research.This showed that consumers were buying the loaf as an everyday bread, and that it had quite a broad demographic, rather than only appealing to the health-conscious, he said. “A key finding was that they especially loved the toast it makes,” said Staddon, “and we thought that could be a good hook for the campaign.”The research revealed existing consumers were quite attached to the original imagery, so it has kept the original logo, but modernised the packaging.>>Finsbury acquires Vogel’s manufacturer Goswell Bakerieslast_img read more


April 21, 2021 0

Warburtons axes 73 jobs as bakery closes

first_imgOver two-fifths of employees from Warburtons’ Pennine Bakery have been made redundant.Seventy-three members of staff have been faced with compulsory redundancies, following a 90-day consultation period, which ended on 30 December.The remaining 101 employees have been relocated to other sites or placed in alternative employment, following Warburtons’ decision to close the manufacturing site in Shaw, Oldham, back in September.A spokesperson from Warburtons explained that it would be a mixture of roles that were to be lost among the bakery site’s 174 employees.Robert Higginson, managing director of Warburtons, told British Baker’s sister publication The Grocer: “Closing a bakery is the hardest decision a family firm like Warburtons has to make, but these changes to our manufacturing and distribution operations are vital to ensure we can continue to meet the demands of our customers and consumers.”The family-business has invested in the Pennine Bakery over the years, hiring its first female general manager Vivienne Jones back in November 2010, which employed 188 people at the time. The site has manufactured and distributed some of the business’ most popular products, including its 800g White Medium and 800g Toastie loaves to major supermarkets and independent retailers across north-west England.last_img read more


April 21, 2021 0

Man accused in deadly shooting at America Legion Post in South Bend sentenced

first_img Twitter IndianaLocalNews Pinterest WhatsApp Twitter Google+ Pinterest Man accused in deadly shooting at America Legion Post in South Bend sentenced By Jon Zimney – March 14, 2020 0 253 Google+ (Photo supplied/St. Joseph County Jail) A man accused in a deadly shooting at an American Legion Post in South Bend has been learned his fate.Bruce Bennett, 60, was sentenced to 45 years in prison for shooting and killing Theodore Braun at the post back in December of 2018.Bennett was also sentenced to an additional 5 years for a firearm enhancement.Braun died due to a gunshot wound to the chest.His death was ruled a homicide.The St. Joseph County Prosecutor’s Office released the following information:Bruce Bennett, 60, appeared before a St. Joseph County Superior Court judge and was sentenced to 50 years in the Indiana Department of Correction for the December 14, 2018, shooting death of Theodore “Teddy” Braun.On February 13, 2020, a jury found Bruce Bennett guilty of Murder; the jury rendered its verdict after deliberating for less than two hours. The defendant admitted to the filedFirearm Sentencing Enhancement.At the sentencing hearing, the judge sentenced Mr. Bennett to 45 years on the Murdercharge and added an additional 5 years for the Firearm Sentencing Enhancement, whichare to run consecutively. This is an aggregate sentence of 50 years in the Indiana Department of Correction. Facebook Facebook Previous articleIndiana Michigan Power customers bills to increaseNext articleGov. Holcomb signs order to speed delivery of goods to stores 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. WhatsApplast_img read more


April 20, 2021 0

UPDATE: Around 300 shots fired during weekend according to South Bend Police

first_imgIndianaLocalNews WhatsApp Twitter (Photo supplied/ABC 57) UPDATE: On Monday, June 8, South Bend Police reported around 300 shots were fired during the time span of the entire weekend, Friday – Sunday.ORIGINAL STORY: It’s been a busy weekend for South Bend Police officers.In less than 30 hours, 5 people, including a 13-year-old, were shot and officers responded to at least 169 shots fired.Investigators are pleading with the public to come forward with any information. Anybody can submit an anonymous tip by calling Michiana Crime Stoppers at 574-288-STOP or 800-342-STOP. The public can also call the South Bend Police Department Investigative Bureau at 235-9263.Below is a rundown of the shootings that have taken place since Friday, June 5:FRIDAY MORNING AROUND 12:30 AMOfficers responded to the 2000 block of W. Linden, 2300 block of W. Linden, 300 block of N. Johnson, 200 block of N. Jackson, 200 block on N. College, 1700 block of W. Florence, 500 block of N. College, 1300 block of W. Fassnacht, 1400 block of W. Fassnacht and 1300 block of Linden for shots fired. In all, evidence confirmed 71 shots were fired, there could be more. Preliminary reports indicate that vehicles were driving in these locations with occupant(s) shooting at each other. One vehicle is described as a white Chrysler, possibly a 300. The other is described as a black, possibly Nissan Maxima or similar. One of the cars has headlights with a “blue haze”.FRIDAY MORNING AROUND 2:30 AMOfficers were called to Memorial Hospital after someone walked in with a gunshot wound. The victim told police they were in the 2200 block of S. Franklin Street when shot.Evidence confirms at least 1 shot was fired.FRIDAY AFTERNOON JUST AFTER 2:00 PMOfficers were called to the 1700 block of Kemble Avenue for shots fired. When officers arrived, they found a 13-year-old had been shot. The teen was taken to Memorial Hospital with non-life threatening injures. Evidence confirmed at least 5 shots were fired, there could be more.FRIDAY AFTERNOON AROUND 5:00 PMOfficers responded to the 1800 block of Webster after hearing shots fired. When they arrived, witnesses confirmed hearing the shots. No injuries were reported. Evidence confirmed at least 2 shots were fired, there could be more.FRIDAY AFTERNOON AROUND 5:30 PMOfficers were called to the area of Napier Street and Chestnut Street for reports of shots fired. While en-route, dispatch stated a dog had been shot and killed. Dispatch then advised of a shooting victim in the 1400 block of W. Dubail Street. Officers made contact with the victim who was taken to Memorial Hospital with non-life-threating injuries.Witness statements and evidence show the victim was shot on Chestnut Street and made his way to Dubail Street. Evidence confirmed at least 4 shots were fired, there could be more.FRIDAY NIGHT TO SATURDAY MORNINGBetween 11 p.m. Friday night and 2:20 a.m. Saturday Morning, officers were called to the area of Olive Street and Bertrand Street three different times for reports of shots fired. Reports indicate 54 rounds were fired and dozens of cars were seen in the area. When officers arrived, the cars dispersed. No injuries were reported.SATURDAY MORNING AROUND 2:20 AMOfficers were called to the 1000 block of W. Kinyon Street for reports of shots fired. When they arrived, they learned a residence had been struck but no injuries were reported.Evidence confirmed at least 8 shots were fired, there could be more.SATURDAY MORNING AROUND 4:00 AMOfficers responded to the area of McKinley and Ironwood after hearing shots fired. No injuries were reported. Evidence confirmed at least 4 shots were fired, there could be more.SATURDAY MORNING JUST AFTER 5:30 AMOfficers were called to the area of Olive Street and Bertrand Street for the fourth time for shots fired. When officers arrived, they learned two victims self-transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injures. Evidence shows at least 74 casings were collected, there could be more.All these cases remain under investigation. Facebook By 95.3 MNC – June 8, 2020 1 912 Pinterest UPDATE: Around 300 shots fired during weekend according to South Bend Police Google+ Facebook WhatsApp Twitter Google+ Pinterest Previous articleMan found shot to death in Nappanee mobile home park identifiedNext articleUPDATE: Proposed pay raise for South Bend Police officers tabled 95.3 MNCNews/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel is your breaking news and weather station for northern Indiana and southwestern Michigan.last_img read more


April 20, 2021 0

Hoosier parents speak out about getting kids back in the classrooms

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ WhatsApp Twitter WhatsApp Pinterest By Lucélia Ribeiro (Children at school) [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons Many school districts are choosing to give parents an in-classroom option, along with an e-learning option to start the school year. Some parents are sending their kids back and have no misgivings or nervousness about coronavirus transmission.“We’re comfortable with it. Our kids are going into 1st and 3rd grade and it seems like the plan that the district put out is gonna keep the kids as safe as they can,” said Stephanie Thomas, of Carmel. She said the kids have been in summer camp all summer without any issues. They disinfect their belongings every night.“We’re also not as concerned with it being kids and some of the evidence that shows that kids kind of aren’t getting as sick from it,” said Thomas. “Both of our kids really thrived in class and struggled once we went to e-learning.”Gov. Holcomb and the state’s secretary of Family and Social Services, Dr. Jennifer Sullivan, say the kids need school.“Most have been without the structure of a classroom and access to many enriching life experiences since mid-March,” said Sullivan, also a pediatrician. “While some students have responded well to e-learning instruction, others are struggling.”Sullivan pointed out that well-being is supported by in-classroom learning, which also includes social interaction, food security, mental health and safety.“I think the online stuff, they lost a component of give and take between the teachers,” said Josh Rodgers, of Franklin. “I found that they got their homework done super fast and as a parent it made me wonder what the rest of the time in school is spent for.”Rodgers said he is sending his kids back to school without reservation. He said his 5th grader learned online for the last quarter of school, but he isn’t sure that she got anything out of it.Rodgers does not believe that the coronavirus pandemic is as bad as some medical experts and media would have people believe and says he’s putting his faith in God to get he and his family through anything that might happen.If schools keep getting delayed, he’s ready to go the opposite way and teach the kids himself.“I am honestly looking at home schooling, with that in my back pocket,” he said. “If it comes to that I’ll just make the necessary sacrifices and I think they’ll retain more because they’ll have that interaction face to face.”Thomas said she’ll be disappointed if schools don’t open when promised.“My husband and I both work full time. I was working from home when we went to e-learning last year and it was extremely difficult to juggle it all,” she said.Gov. Holcomb echoed the last sentiment in a Wednesday news conference updating the state on coronavirus and announcing a mask mandate that includes kids returning to school in 3rd grade and above. Previous articleMichigan tops a list of states in terms of quick unemployment recoveryNext articleVice President Mike Pence to return to Indiana on Friday Network Indiana Hoosier parents speak out about getting kids back in the classrooms CoronavirusIndianaLocalNews Facebook Pinterest By Network Indiana – July 24, 2020 0 313 Google+last_img read more


April 20, 2021 0