Month: April 2021

  • Join in the fundraiser

    first_imgOne of the patients treated at the Children’s Trust is 13-year-old Josh. He was knocked down by a lorry while doing a paper-round. His doctors expressed little hope of recovery, but after three weeks, when Josh came out of his coma, he was unable to walk, talk or eat. Six weeks after going to the Trust, Josh made a significant breakthrough and began to talk again. Through intensive sessions in the gym, hydrotherapy pool and horse-riding, he also began to walk.Josh worked extremely hard to recover from his injuries, but it might have been a different story without the team of physiotherapists, speech and language therapists, play therapists, nurses and care staff.”Bakers help raise money to improve the lives of severely injured and disabled children through National Doughnut Week,” says Liz Haigh-Reeve, director of fundraising for the charity. “The funds raised go directly towards providing care, education and therapy, helping children and their families nationwide rebuild their lives following an accident or serious illness.”National Doughnut Week 2007, sponsored by ingredients supplier BakeMark, is running from 5-12 May. Last year, the week raised over £35,000 for the charity and more than 600 bakeries took part from all over the UK. “We are really hoping for over £50,000 this year. This will help make life-changing differences to some of the children,” says Haigh-Reeve. “Most of the children at the Trust cannot walk or talk and many have impaired hearing or vision. Some cannot breathe independently and most have profound learning difficulties, epilepsy and complex medical needs.”new accommodationShe explains: “The Children’s Trust offers 16 of the 20 beds in the UK for children who need rehabilitation following acquired brain injury. Over the next couple of years the trust will spend up to £8m on new accommodation to provide 22 beds in a purpose-built home-from-home setting. All the money must be raised through donations. We need bakers to help make this the most successful National Doughnut Week ever!”The Children’s Trust site, based in Tadworth, Surrey, offers short, medium and long-term residential care and therapy to children with multiple disabilities and complex health needs. St Margaret’s School provides special education for children aged 5-19 with profound and multiple learning difficulties (PMLD).Says Haigh-Reeve: “Statutory funding meets the cost of providing for the child’s educational or health needs, but fundraising must provide everything else, including the cost of social workers to support families, the cost of play, outings and activities, specialist equipment and all buildings, buses and capital purchases. This year, the fundraising team must raise over £5 million and, without generous support, the trust just couldn’t manage. The Trust works hard to make sure every child can take part in activities that they enjoy, including playing computer games, hockey, going to Scouts or Brownies and wheelchair football.”Also to help raise funds, in December 2006, the trust launched its very own lottery. Winners receive a £1,000 jackpot, and runners-up can win anything between £10-£100. All the proceeds go to helping the trust. Bakers can request these forms to put in their shops, or take part in the lottery themselves.PLEA FOR HELPLiz Haigh-Reeve adds: “I would say to any bakers, please, please register for National Doughnut Week. It is a fun way to raise money, drive sales and to get publicity for your store.”Sponsor BakeMark UK is offering free doughnut concentrate mix to make 900 doughnuts to any bakers who register for the week before 24 March. There’s a point-of-sale pack for all participating craft bakers with a selection of bright, eye-catching posters and banners, price tickets and counter-top cards to entice customers, as well as advice on how to attract local publicity through the press. nl To register for National Doughnut Week, go to [] or call Christopher Freeman on 020 8340 1614 or 07776 480032—-=== What bakers can do for the children ===£40,000 – could finance a height-adjustable kitchen£30,000 – could provide a fully furnished bedroom in the family accommodation£20,000 – could pay for a medical store room£15,000 – could buy and equip a multi-sensory bathroom£3,000- could buy a child’s spa bath£1,500 – could buy a special height-adjustable ’volker’ bed£1,135 – could buy an interactive fibre-optic lightboard£600 – could buy an adjustable-height child’s table£250 – could buy bed linen and curtainslast_img read more

  • Bakery numbers decline

    first_imgData from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) has revealed a 5% decline in the number of bakery retail businesses in the UK last year, while the number of bakery manufacturers fell by 0.8%.The figures show there were 2,880 bakery retail businesses in the UK in 2006, operating a total of 6,405 units. In addition, there were a total of 1,740 bakery manufacturers, down 15 year on year.The figures, gathered on March 17, 2006 and published in September, give details of turnover and location of companies classified as bakeries.They show a 5% decline in the number of bakery retail companies by 145 year on year. The number of outlets operated also dropped, 5% or 305 from 6,710 in 2005.Consolidation among small bakery businesses is one possible explanation for the decline.There were 2,260 retail bakers with up to four employees in 2006, down from 2,475 in 2005.The statistics also reveal the regional spread, age and the turnover brackets of the companies registered. Many bakery retail companies are based in the north, according to the data. Some 390 were listed in the north-west and 265 in Yorkshire and the Humber. There were 245 registered retail bakery businesses in Scotland, 145 in Wales and 355 in London.The coded data, available from the ONS’s Inter-Departmental Business Register, also covers the bakery manufacturing industry. It shows there were 1,550 manufacturers of bread, fresh pastry and cakes in the UK in 2006 (included in the 1,740 tally above) – up 10 on 2005.Of these, 110 had a turnover of under £50,000 and 90 of over £5m in 2006. Greatest year-on-year decline in numbers was seen in companies with turnovers of between £100,000 and £5m, the figures reveal. For example, there were 455 companies with turnover of between £100,000 and £249,000 in 2006 down from 475 in 2005.The ONS also listed 190 manufacturers of rusks and biscuits, preserved pastry goods and cakes in 2006 (a separate category) down from 215 in 2005.A separate classification is used for takeaway businesses, including sandwich shops. There were 61,935 takeaway outlets in 2006.last_img read more

  • Magic with marzipan

    first_imgOnce upon a time, in the Middle Ages, a Venetian baker’s daughter was helping her father blanch and chop almonds to mix with a large portion of cake dough.But the girl was in love and, lost in her own romantic thoughts, she used too many almonds for the small portion of cake dough. Her father was furious when he saw the mistake and cursed the waste. While cursing, he put a piece of the dough in his mouth – and became thoughtful. He had never tasted anything so delicious in his life!The almond dough was cut into small pieces and sold with great success. After that time, he lived as a prosperous baker just by selling his sweet ’Marcus breads’, named after St Mark, the patron saint of his home town Venice. And in Latin they became known as Marci pani.Nowdays, of course, it translates as marzipan, the ingredient of all the best celebration cakes, including wedding, Christmas and Simnel. But it has many more applications and new product development has thrown up some imaginative ideas that sit very comfortably in colourful slices, cake bars, café tarts and small hand treats.Marzipan, of course, is famous all over Europe – indeed the world – but nowhere more so than Odense in Denmark, the birthplace of storyteller Hans Christian Andersen. It is from here that the Odense factory exclusively supplies UK ingredients company Unifine Food & Bake.Odense Marcipan, founded in 1909, is now the world’s largest supplier, making 150 different varieties of quality marzipan. In 1961, it was appointed purveyor to the royal Danish court of Queen Margarethe, but this year it also attained BRC accreditation – essential for today’s UK commercial climate.pastes for pipingAs well as marzipan, Odense supplies Unifine with a range of pastes. These manufacturing sites are kept separate to avoid cross-contamination The pastes are made not only from almonds, but also hazelnuts used for both pastes and nougat, apricots for macaroon paste, and there is also a tasty coconut paste. Odenbake paste, for example, comprises half-almond and half-apricot. Placed straight into a piping bag (no mixing needed) it can be used to fill or top any range of cakes, pastries or tarts, but the baker can also add his own orange or lemon peel.New ideasWith eight bakers among the 160 staff, Mogens Overgaard, NPD manager at Odense, says the company’s aim is to excel in coming up with new ideas, ranging from colourful slices to eye-catching café tarts. All new recipe ideas are then supplied to customers by Unifine, and they are updated constantly, with colourful leaflets showing the finished products. Alternatively, Unifine’s own patissier and chef patissier Graham Dunton is on hand, back in Milton Keynes, to provide NPD workshops or demonstrations to individuals or teams for small or large-scale production.Freshly baked and on show at Odense Marcipan were cake slices, which easily adapt to café tarts and keep a focus on healthy fruit inclusions, such as pear, apple, rhubarb, blueberry and raspberry. The hint of marzipan makes them more-ish and a good accompaniment to coffees and teas. But they can also be served in larger portions, as a pudding.Overgaard comments: “Trying these products gives bakers an edge. Baked and eaten fresh, you will create a difference and people will come back for more. Odense is a brand that has really invested in marzipan and pastes, but high quality does not mean stupidly high prices. It is not a Skoda-versus-Rolls Royce difference. We understand the UK has its traditional products, but we like bakers to expand their repertoire and mirror the success that has taken place in Europe.”He adds that marzipan acts as a barrier; with an almond note, it is not always very sweet, but it depends on the blend. “You can also add colour to marzipan – the British often have yellow added for wedding cakes. Its natural colour is beige.”Simon Solway, managing director of Unifine Food & Bake Ingredients in the UK says: “We like to emphasise the quality issue with Odense marzipan. When you spend hours making a fruit cake, why spoil it by putting a cheap marzipan on top?”Odense has been innovating for a long time and has adapted recipes for the UK market from the biggest retail customer down to the smallest craft baker. It has bought a new factory and new products are on the way. We hope customers will ask for recipes and point-of-sale material. We pride ourselves not only on top quality products but top service too – it is what we are known for.”last_img read more

  • Tea break stabbing

    first_imgA man was stabbed through the heart at Warburtons’ bakery in Bellshill after a row over tea breaks, a court was told this week.The High Court in Glasgow heard how Steven McArdle died of a stab wound through the heart during a 12-hour night shift on 8 March. Colleague Paul Steadward, 35, has denied murdering McArdle, claiming instead that he was attacked by McArdle.The court heard that Steadward and McArdle had rowed over the length of time McArdle was taking for tea breaks at the bakery. The jury was shown CCTV images of both men leaving the factory. Steadward was then filmed going back inside and then leaving minutes later, carrying a bag.Taxi driver John Hendry said in evidence that he picked up Steadward at 4.30am on 8 March, about a mile from the bakery. Hendry said that during the course of the journey he asked Steadward what his shift had been like and he replied that he had stabbed someone. The trial continues.last_img read more

  • Denny’s brings in green jackets

    first_imgUniform 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.[]last_img read more

  • In the BB archives:

    first_imgIt is not uncommon practice for a family baker who runs short of bread to obtain some from a fellow-baker to tide him over in an emergency. An instance of this came to our notice a few days ago, and it was not necessary for the fact to be pointed out to us. In place of the excellent and appetising bread usually on sale, we saw a few good loaves and a considerable number of loaves that were nearly as hard as bullets and dead-looking; loaves of which no good baker could have pretended to be proud. We felt sorry for the customers who paid their money and took their choice and wondered whether they could fail to notice the difference between the bread to which they were accustomed and that which they were about to eat.So the problem is: Should one shut up the shop as soon as one’s own supply is exhausted or turn to a baker friend, whose bread one knows is inferior?last_img read more

  • Seed pricing

    first_imgPine nuts: The prospects are for a strong new crop, which has already resulted in a steady price correction, in anticipation of much greater availability into next year. However, as importers are reluctant and have been for a while to bring in unsold stocks in a potentially further declining market, we might encounter technical shortages on supply between now and those first arrivals of new crop.Pumpkin seeds: China has also reported favourable prospects for its new crop of pumpkin seeds. This move should ensure optimal supply at least into 2012, although it should also be considered that pumpkin, along with most other seeds, is seeing exponential growth in its application across all food sectors and so, with cheaper prices to further stimulate its development, we are likely to see industry demand climbing further into 2012.Sunflower seeds: Pricing is unlikely to drop back on the basis that it remains competitive against other major seeds in this basket and its application is similarly “mushrooming”. The proliferation of applications of sunflower over the past five years plus, guarantees its place among those lines that can safely and predictably see growth.l Based on information provided by RM Curtislast_img read more

  • Businesses concerned about tax boomerang from PPP

    first_img Facebook By Network Indiana – May 6, 2020 0 212 CoronavirusIndianaLocalNews WhatsApp Twitter (Photo supplied/Indiana Senate Republcians) Some business owners are concerned that they will have to pay taxes on money their business is getting from the Paycheck Protection Program. Sen. Mike Braun (R-Ind.), says he’s determined not to let that happen.“That’s gonna get cleared up because that’s gonna be an abomination if after doing all this, business owners would have to declare that as income,” Braun told Fox News.“The first thing I’ll do when I get back Monday is introduce a bill to protect small businesses from paying taxes on forgivable loans from the PPP. The IRS’s interpretation was not the intention of the program and it needs to be fixed right away,” said Braun on Twitter.“It’s in the broad language of the PPP. This shows again how the bureaucracy, the agencies that have to implement and interpret have their fingerprint on it,” he said.Braun said he believes that forgiveness of a liability constitutes income. In other words, it would hurt businesses to have to pay taxes on money they get from the government because their business is hurting.“I’ll speak up about that. I was the one that warned against it to get it into the general language. That should not happen if we stick to with the spirit of what was within the law itself.” Facebook WhatsApp Twitter Previous articleDepartment of Workforce Development hiring more workers to their forceNext articleYoung highlights Indiana Paycheck Protection Program success stories Network Indiana Google+ Businesses concerned about tax boomerang from PPP Pinterest Google+ Pinterestlast_img read more

  • Woman jumps from moving car to get away from man

    first_imgIndianaNews Facebook Facebook Google+ Twitter Twitter WhatsApp Pinterest By Network Indiana – June 6, 2020 0 594 Previous articleIndiana to allow limited nursing home visits amid COVID-19 outbreakNext articleElkhart man hospitalized with head injuries, broken leg after motorcycle/vehicle crash Network Indiana WhatsApp Google+ Woman jumps from moving car to get away from man Pinterest (“Police car lights” by Scott Davidson, Attribution 2.0 Generic) PORTER COUNTY, Ind. — A South Haven man is facing drunk driving charges after a woman jumped out of his moving car Thursday night during an argument and was taken to the hospital unconscious.The Porter County Sheriff’s Department says Samuel Clarida, 26, had a blood alcohol content level more than twice the legal limit.He told police he and the woman had just left a bar, where he consumed a bucket of six beers.Clarida said the 25-year-old woman that was with him had also been drinking. They were traveling north on McCool Road when they got into an argument. The woman asked Clarida to pull over so she could get out, but he refused.The woman then opened the passenger door while the vehicle was moving 40 miles an hour and jumped out. The woman was taken to the hospital.Clarida faces three misdemeanor counts of drunk driving and is now in the Porter County Jail.last_img read more

  • LaPorte County woman arrested in connection with suspected child abuse

    first_imgIndianaLocalNews (“Cuffs4” by banspy, Attribution 2.0 Generic) LAPORTE, Ind. — In December a mother received a call that her 5-year-old daughter was being airlifted to Riley Children’s Hospital in Indianapolis.Jorden Minix was at work when she got the call from Child Protective Services, who said her daughter Emersyn Smith had suffered major head trauma and they weren’t sure if she was going to live.Minix told the Times of Northwest Indiana that she drove three hours to Indianapolis and learned that her daughter needed emergency brain surgery.Smith’s stepmother was accused of causing the injuries. Smith had been at her father’s and stepmother’s LaPorte County home.Rebecca Renee Smith said the girl fell in the bathroom and hit her head, but doctors said her injuries were from physical abuse. She was hospitalized for four days and had to get staples across her head after surgery, Minix said.Minix said the doctor told her that her daughter’s brain was as if someone had shaken a bowl of Jello. Her other daughter, 3-year-old Ava Smith, witnessed her sister being injured.Emersyn’s vision was affected, and she cannot play sports or go on a trampoline.Rebecca Smith was charged with aggravated battery, and battery with serious bodily injury to a person under 14-years-old, said court reportsA warrant was issued on May 31 and Rebecca Smith was arrested on June 4.Her case hearing is scheduled for July 31. Facebook LaPorte County woman arrested in connection with suspected child abuse WhatsApp Google+ Pinterest Google+ Twitter Facebook WhatsApp Pinterest By Network Indiana – June 11, 2020 0 1051 Twitter Previous articleSome Elkhart County officials favor delaying entry into Phase 4Next articleMichigan recycling returns on Monday Network Indianalast_img read more