Month: April 2021


first_imgNOVEMBERAllied Bakeries announced it was to invest £12m in its Kingsmill brand over the year, including a relaunch of the Kingsmill Gold range in new packaging. A second tranche of adverts in its ‘The King’ advertising campaign was started.Associated British Foods said lower than average pricing and volumes had hit its British Bakeries business as it posted annual results for the year to September 17. But Kingsmill branded volumes were good and the imminent relaunch of Kingsmill Gold gave it confidence for the future. Its AB Mauri yeast business was hit by higher molasses, energy and distribution costs. Operating profits across the group were up 13% to £487m.Warburtons announced it was investing £10m to refurbish its Newport bakery, bought from New Rathbones before it went into administration. The bakery was expected to be in production by July 2006, baking 125,000 loaves a day.Retail baker Greggs said it had been hit by lower footfall on the high street as it put out an autumn trading update. Profits for the half year were below budget and below last year’s results, it said. But a good first half-year performance would mean Greggs would make a modest progress over the financial year. National Association of Master Bakers chief executive David Smith was quizzed alongside Tesco and government ministers in a hearing of the All Party Small Shops Group inquiry into the future of the high street. Witnesses gave their views on how the high street would develop by 2015. An Australian investor, Ian Allen, bought Harvestime (2005), with all debts to suppliers placed on hold. Shortly afterwards, administrators Begbies Traynor were called in. They closed the company’s Leicester and Peterborough sites, making around 400 staff redundant. The company had been losing £250,000 a week, administrator John Kelly told British Baker.Craft bakery chain Chatwins of Nantwich picked up the overall winner’s trophy at the British Richemont Club’s 2005 competition in Nantwich. The company, which hosted the competition, came top in five of 14 categories.The Food Standards Agency said it favoured a multiple traffic light label as it launched a new 12-week consultation on front-of-pack labelling. The symbol would show fat, saturated fat, sugar and salt levels.Cleary Foods bought Sweetmans’ Select Savouries wholesale business after it went into administration, renaming it Celtic Savouries. MD Paul Cleary said he wanted to build a leading Welsh brand.Scottish supplier Aulds restarted production at a new £2m temporary frozen foods facility, after fire destroyed its original site. The 25,000sq ft factory will be in place for two years, during which time Aulds will build a permanent site.Finsbury Food Group went on a £100m spending spree in Scotland, buying two cake businesses from Enterprise Foods and one from United Central Bakeries. Speaking at a British Baker conference, Sainsbury’s chief executive Justin King said he aimed to get bread into the baskets of all 15m shoppers who bought food at its 480 supermarkets. Bakery delivers 4% of Sainsbury’s sales, worth £352m. Just under half of its sales come from in-store bakeries.last_img read more

Dean’s sees profits regain momentum

first_imgFollowing a drop in pre-tax earnings for 2005/06, shortbread manufacturer Dean’s of Huntly has regained its profit momentum and has improved sales by close to 10% in 2006/07, MD Bill Dean told British Baker.For the financial year ending June 30, profits were likely to be “on a par” with the 2004/05 level of £443,657, while turnover was on course to top £6 million, he said. These figures compare to, respectively, £161,677 and £5.6m for 2005/06. Last year’s reduced profits were due to higher costs of ingredients, packaging, labour and distribution, as well as to the costs of financing a £1m-plus investment in the company’s headquarters, spent on upping the production area at Huntly from 40,000 to 60,000sq ft in a project completed last summer, he said.The company was now building a café, visitor centre and development kitchen – due for completion in August – and was planning to add new office and staff facilities in 2008, he added. Dean said the company was targeting sales of £7m for both 2007/08 and 2008/09, rising to £10m by 2012.Supermarket, independent and own-label sales now make up around three-quarters of the company’s turnover; the gift and foodservice sectors account for, respectively, 15% and 3-4% while exports add a further 5%.Recently, Dean’s has been developing a “Shortbread Biscuit Collection”, aimed at the gift and export markets. Scheduled for launch in New York in early July, the range of “home-style” biscuits will appear in “a new packaging concept”, Dean revealed.last_img read more

IAWS turnover swelled by Spunkmeyer acquisition

first_imgIAWS Group announced this week that group revenue is up 22.5% to €1.9bn (£1.3bn) and operating profit increased 31% to €146.4m (£1bn).Sales at the Irish company, which owns brands including Delice de France and Cuisine de France, were boosted in October last year by the purchase of US-based Otis Spunkmeyer Holdings, according to its preliminary results posting for the year ended 31 July 2007.”This has been a transformational year for the Group with our largest ever acquisition, that of Otis Spunkmeyer,” said chief executive Owen Killian. “IAWS has had an excellent year with strong underlying growth across the entire business.”The Group also made substantial investment in developing its lifestyle foods business in the North American value-added bakery market through acquisition and capital investment in recent years. The Group attained a 5% share of the $12bn value-added bakery market.last_img read more

UBUK back to flavour

first_imgUnited Biscuits (UBUK) has relaunched a 300g pack of its limited-edition McVitie’s Milk Chocolate and Orange Digestives.”Chocolate and orange is a popular flavour combination that appeals to younger consumers, but we are also looking to keep loyal McVitie’s consumers interested,” said Nick Stuart, UBUK commercial manager.MRRP: £1.26www.unitedbiscuits.comlast_img

Coronavirus case reported in LaPorte County

first_img This undated electron microscope image made available by the U.S. National Institutes of Health in February 2020 shows the Novel Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2. Also known as 2019-nCoV, the virus causes COVID-19. The sample was isolated from a patient in the U.S. (NIAID-RML) Saturday, three new presumptive positive cases of COVID-19 were reported by the Indiana State Health Department, including one case in LaPorte County. The others were reported in Wells and Marion Counties.The patient has been identified as a 55 year-old male in LaPorte, who has been hospitalized. His family is in quarantine. Officials are urging people to remain calm and follow the CDC precautions.The three cases brings the state’s total to 15, while neighboring Illinois has a total of 46 cases as of Friday. The other Indiana cases are in Adams, Boone Hendricks, Howard, Johnson, Noble and St. Joseph counties.INDIANAPOLIS —The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) today reported three new presumptive positive cases of COVID-19, bringing to 15 the number of Hoosiers diagnosed through ISDH, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and private laboratories. All but one are adults.The new cases involve residents of Marion, LaPorte and Wells counties and have been included on ISDH’s online dashboard at The dashboard is updated daily at 10 a.m. Other counties with positive cases are Adams, Boone, Hendricks, Howard, Johnson, Noble and St. Joseph.ISDH continues to work with local health departments to identify close contacts of the existing patients and ensure that infection-control protocols, such as self-isolation and monitoring for symptoms, are implemented.Other developments:The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has updated its nursing home visitation guidance. This guidance requires facilities to restrict all visitors and non-essential healthcare personnel, except for compassionate care situations such as end-of-life situations.The CDC has posted new guidance for schools and childcare facilities, including a decision tree to help school officials reduce the risk of illness.The ISDH lab continues to prioritize testing for individuals who are at high risk.Individuals who do not meet those criteria are encouraged to consult their healthcare provider about private testing. Most people with COVID-19 will develop mild symptoms and do not need to be tested. Previous articleCity of Elkhart issues directives to its employees in light of coronavirus concernNext articleMichigan up to 33 cases; MSU has case, postpones graduation Tommie Lee By Tommie Lee – March 14, 2020 0 911 Coronavirus case reported in LaPorte County The ISDH call center is experiencing extremely high call volume.The ISDH general call center number is 317-233-7125. Calls after 8 p.m. should go to 317-233-1325 and will be answered by an on-call epidemiologist. Call center staff will not offer personal medical advice or provide test results. If you are sick, consult your healthcare provider. Facebook Google+ CoronavirusIndianaLocalNewsSouth Bend Market Pinterest Twitter Facebook WhatsApp Twitter Google+ Pinterest Hoosiers are encouraged to sign up at to receive alerts and the latest updated guidance as the outbreak evolves.About COVID-19 COVID-19 is a respiratory illness caused by a novel, or new, coronavirus that has not been previously identified. The virus causing COVID-19 is not the same as the coronaviruses that commonly circulate among humans and cause mild illness, like the common cold.Human coronaviruses most commonly spread from an infected person to others through:Respiratory droplets released into the air by coughing and sneezing;Close personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands;Touching an object or surface with the virus on it, then touching your mouth, nose, or eyes before washing your hands; andRarely, fecal contamination.The CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory illnesses, including COVID-19. You should only wear a mask if a healthcare professional recommends it. A facemask should be used by people who have COVID-19 and are showing symptoms to protect others from the risk of infection.Visit the Indiana State Department of Health at or follow us on Twitter at @StateHealthIN and on Facebook at WhatsApplast_img read more

Stay-at-Home Orders are in place, and government offices are making changes

first_imgCoronavirusIndianaLocalNewsSouth Bend Market By Carl Stutsman – March 24, 2020 0 500 National New York Central Railroad MuseumLerner TheatreElkhart Environmental Center Fire Station office911 Communications CenterParks Department; all pavilions closed, restricting use of playground equipmentThe following offices will be open, but for restricted hours 8:00am – 12:00pm:Public Works for permitting onlyCity Hall with the exception of evening court and council meetingsThis will ONLY restrict access to the public. Employees will continue to work their normal hours.Additionally:*Probation Department: Probation matters will be handled over the phone 574. 522.5745 and NO face-to-face meetings will take place at this time. Also, Theft Accountability Program (TAP) Classes scheduled for March 25 and April 29 will be rescheduled.*Meetings will be limited to those that need to be held to conduct city business will be held in compliance with Governor Holcomb’s executive order and will be livestreamed to maintain public access.Benton Harbor:Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the City of Benton Harbor will be taking the necessary preventive measures ordered by the Governor Whitmer in Executive Order 2020-21. The goal is to keep everyone safe and reduce exposure risks.EFFECTIVE TUESDAY, MARCH 24, 2020, ALL CITY OF BENTON HARBOR PUBLIC BUILDINGS WILL BE CLOSED TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC. THIS WILL BE IN EFFECT UNTIL APRIL 13, 2020.ESSENTIAL OPERATIONS DEPARTMENTSThe Public Safety Department and the Water Plant will operate normally with no interruption to services. However, the lobbies will be closed. Request for police reports can be made by email or by phone.The Water Payment Center will still be available to process payments and service requests. Water bill payments can be done online at, or via the payment drop box in the front of City Hall. The drop box is secure and confidential. Payments should be placed in an envelope with your contact information. RFPs should be in an envelope addressed to the Clerk’s Office.Water shutoffs have been discontinued during this period. Water service turn-ons for occupied structures may be schedule through the Payment Center. There will be not additional costs for turn-ons.All other departments will be servicing emergency calls only. If you’d like to submit your local government offices for this article please email our newsroom at [email protected] Stay-at-Home Orders are in place, and government offices are making changes Pinterest Google+ Facebook Twitter (Spencer Marsh/95.3 MNC) With Stay-at-Home orders in place local government offices have announced closures at government buildings or changes to their usual operations. Below are releases from individual local governments about their changesSouth Bend:In accordance with St. Joseph County’s decision to close the County-City Building to most walk-in traffic and Governor Eric Holcomb’s executive order restricting nonessential business, most City of South Bend offices are now closed to walk-in traffic.The City will continue to conduct business remotely with residents by phone, email, and online services.The South Bend utility office at 125 W. Colfax Avenue is closed to the public, but still accepting payment at the drive-thru and drop box.The Building Department at 125 S. Lafayette St. is also not open for walk-ins but is accepting drop-off services for needs requiring immediate processing. Residents are asked to call 574-235-9554 ext. 2 with questions.The South Bend Police Department lobby will remain open to the public, but with shortened hours. The front desk and records divisions will be open to walk-ins from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Staff will also be available to take reports over the phone from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. on weekdays.Residents can still access City services remotely by calling 311 or visiting Governor Holcomb’s “stay at home” order, all City of Mishawaka government buildings will be closed to the public from March 24th at 11:59pm ET through April 6th at 11:59pm ET.  This includes the Battell Community Center, City park playgrounds, Eberhart-Petro Municipal Golf Course and all public restrooms as well.  Mishawaka parks and the Mishawaka Riverwalk will remain open and our citizens should feel free to use them so long as they follow Center for Disease Control guidelines while using them.As a reminder, Mishawaka utilities has already temporarily suspended all utility disconnections and the City will not penalize any individual or business for the late payment of city ordinance violations.  City of Mishawaka Departments will continue to be open by appointment only.  Please refer to the City of Mishawaka website for a complete list of contact information, numbers, latest updates, and news: is very important to note that all critical city services and utilities that our citizens depend on will continue to function uninterrupted.  These include, but are not limited to, police, fire, emergency medical services, water, electric, wastewater, sewer and street/facilities maintenance.  Currently, trash and recycling will continue on a normal schedule.  Every attempt will be made by our professional staff to respond to the needs of our citizens, no matter the City Department.These next two weeks are critical to control the spread of the COVID-19 Virus.  I urge all of our citizens to comply with Governor Holcomb’s declaration to stay at home unless travel is essential.  If we all make the sacrifices called on by the Governor, the CDC and our President, I am confident that Mishawaka will come through these difficult times willing and able to tackle whatever challenges lie ahead.Elkhart: (announced 3/20)In response to the current public health emergency, Mayor Rod Roberson has signed an executive order that will restrict the public’s access City of Elkhart buildings. Effective Monday, March 23, 2020, due to the public health emergency, public access to the following public buildings will be prohibited:Streets DepartmentBuildings & GroundsHuman Resources; other than dropping off an applicationAirport OfficeCemeteryPublic Utilities*Drive-thru bill payments 8:30-4:30*center_img WhatsApp Pinterest Google+ Twitter WhatsApp Facebook Previous articleConcern about coronavirus exposure at Bremen Boys and Girls ClubNext articleDOJ telling U.S. Attorney’s to prioritize COVID-19 fraud cases Carl Stutsmanlast_img read more

Shooting reported at Milton and Dale Streets in South Bend

first_img Google+ Pinterest By Jon Zimney – October 25, 2020 0 484 Google+ (“Police car lights” by Scott Davidson, Attribution 2.0 Generic) One person was taken to the hospital after a shooting in South Bend.Police were called around 5 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 24, to the area of Milton and Dale Streets after receiving a call about shots fired.There was no immediate information about how severe the person’s injuries were or any suspects or arrests. Twitter Facebook Twitter WhatsApp Pinterest IndianaLocalNews Shooting reported at Milton and Dale Streets in South Bend Facebook WhatsApp Previous articleBerrien County health leaders issue letter to districts after COVID cases hit schoolsNext articleSeveral businesses in downtown Niles damaged after gunfire 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.last_img read more

Senate confirms Amy Coney Barrett of South Bend to U.S. Supreme Court

first_imgJustice Barrett understands our values of faith, family, community and respect for the law and will be a strong advocate for religious liberty, which is one of the pillars of our great country. Google+ By Darrin Wright – October 26, 2020 0 877 Senate confirms Amy Coney Barrett of South Bend to U.S. Supreme Court Throughout her nearly one hundred written opinions on the appellate court, I can promise you that Justice Barrett has proven that she is a strong Constitutionalist who will not cut the American people out of their own government by treating the Supreme Court as a third policymaking chamber of Congress.”U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski released the following statement: “I want to congratulate Justice Amy Coney Barrett, the newest member of our nation’s highest court. Justice Barrett is a woman of strong faith, a dedicated mother of seven, an exceptional jurist, and a fellow Hoosier. I have no doubt she will faithfully uphold the rule of law, defend the Constitution, and protect the life and liberty of every American.”Governor Eric Holcomb offered the following statement: “Judge Amy Coney Barrett is another in a long line of Hoosiers prepared to make our state proud at the federal level. I’m confident her experience and intellect will continue to guide her as she welcomes this new, awesome responsibility. I wish her all the best as she serves our nation on the Supreme Court of the United States.”Monday’s vote marked the end of a confirmation process that lasted less than 40 days from when late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died to when her successor, Barrett, was confirmed. During that time Democrats objected loudly to the speed and timing of the confirmation just before an election. Meanwhile, Republicans have touted Barrett’s record as an academic and a judge as impeccable — and her “Well Qualified” rating from the American Bar Association (ABA) whose representatives relayed descriptions of her as “brilliant” and an “intellectual giant.”Read more at Fox Previous articleDowagiac man sentenced after repeated incidents of domestic violenceNext article6 p.m poll closing time on Election Day stands in Indiana Darrin Wright Twitter WhatsApp Google+ Pinterest Facebook Rachel Malehorn / CC BY ( (Fox News): The Senate voted 52-48 on Monday night to confirm Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court in a move that makes the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals judge and Notre Dame law professor the third appointment to the high court by President Trump, solidifying his administration’s legacy even further just a week before Election Day as he seeks a second term.The last president to nominate three new justices to the Supreme Court was Ronald Reagan.U.S. Senator Mike Braun of Indiana stated in an op-ed published on “While Justice Barrett will be a positive role model to young girls across the country, she is also the only sitting justice who did not receive her law degree from Harvard or Yale and a motivational figure for everyone in middle America.   IndianaLocalMichiganNationalNews Pinterest Facebook Twitter WhatsApplast_img read more

Press release: Groceries sector survey shows GCA action drove big improvements

first_imgIncreased scrutiny and intensive engagement from the Groceries Code Adjudicator (GCA) is the common factor among all retailers identified by groceries suppliers as 2018’s biggest improvers.The groceries sector survey – carried out by YouGov for the GCA – puts Tesco, Morrisons, Asda and the Co-operative at the top of the improvement table for Code compliance in a year of strong progress across all regulated retailers.There were over 1,000 responses to the survey. The results were released at the GCA’s annual conference held in London. The theme was “Strong Progress; Fresh Challenges”.The Adjudicator, Christine Tacon, said: “My 2018 survey tells a very positive story and it is no coincidence that the four most-improved retailers this year have each faced increased GCA scrutiny and heightened levels of GCA engagement through investigations and case studies.“Indeed, I am delighted to report significant improvements across all regulated retailers. In each successive GCA survey, suppliers have scored retailers’ compliance with the Code. In 2014, the percentage reported as complying ‘consistently well’ or ‘mostly’ ranged from 58 to 90%. This year, the range is 84% to 97%, with only two retailers scoring less than 90%.“The 2018 survey is proof that my collaborative, business-focused approach gets results.”This year only four out of ten suppliers reported having experienced a Code-related issue – down from a high of eight out of ten in 2014, and a huge improvement on 2017 when 56% of suppliers reported having experienced an issue.The incidence of all Top Issues is also on a steep downward trend, with delay in payments – reported by only 19% of suppliers – being the highest-ranking issue in 2018. Compare this to 2014, when the percentage of suppliers reporting the GCA’s Top 5 Issues ranged from a high of 45% to 33%.Ms Tacon said: “The results of the survey together with information I have received from suppliers and trade associations mean there is no pressing candidate for inclusion as a current Top Issue. But this doesn’t mean my job is done – far from it. I know there are fresh challenges waiting for me.“I can confidently say that for two reasons. One is that my current investigation into the Co-operative Group will generate future work with all regulated retailers, although of course I cannot yet know what form that will take. The second is that additional retailers will soon be designated by the Competition and Markets Authority.“The CMA has told me that it has written to a number of retailers to identify those with a UK annual groceries turnover of more than £1 billion. It expects to designate one or more additional retailers by the end of August.“Bringing these new retailers up to speed and ensuring a consistent level of Code compliance across the entire regulated cohort will be challenging and exciting work. I am looking forward to it very much.”One continuing challenge revealed by the survey results is the 45% of suppliers who have still not had any Code training – a figure that rises to 67% among micro suppliers and 58% among small suppliers.Ms Tacon said: “This remains an area of concern for me. Half of suppliers are not trained so they are less likely to have the confidence to speak up. The results of my survey show that speaking up can bring real benefits. I urge them to get trained in the coming months.”last_img read more

Policy paper: UK strategy for rare diseases: 2019 update to the implementation plan for England

first_img empowering those affected by rare diseases identifying and preventing rare diseases diagnosis and early intervention coordination of care the role of research It also sets out the actions that DHSC and partner organisations will take over the next year to implement the commitments of the strategy. The UK strategy for rare diseases: implementation plan for England was published in January 2018.This update on the strategy’s progress covers 5 main areas:last_img