Swiss bakery Hiestand and Irish group IAWS have completed their merger to become the world’s biggest producer of frozen baked goods.The creation of the new £2bn company Aryzta was initially approved in June, but was then subject to an anti-trust assessment. It was finally completed last month when 91.3% of Hiestand’s shareholders agreed the move. Shares in the new company began trading on the Dublin and Zurich stock exchanges on 22 August.IAWS chief executive Owen Killian said: “Aryzta will be the leader in value-added baked goods, serving our 200,000 customers across the globe.”
A series of reforms were voted through unanimously by 160 dele-gates at the 77th annual bakery students conference in Blackpool last weekend.The changes, including a new name and a new website, followed a strategic review led by outgoing president Paul Morrow.What was known as the NFBSS/IBB Alliance has been renamed the Alliance for Bakery Students and Trainees, or the Alliance for short, to clarify its purpose to those outside the baking industry – particularly those who control the structure of training and the provision of future funds, Morrow told the AGM, held on 6 May.Delegates at the conference, from nine colleges across the UK, also voted in favour of a new interactive website.President-elect Simon Solway unveiled the plans for the site at [http://www.bakersintraining.org], due to launch in early June. It will become a communications hub for students, where they can post questions and messages, he explained.As the meeting drew to its close, Unifine MD Simon Solway took over the chain of office from Morrow, and started his year’s term, with John Lindsay from BakeMark becoming president-elect.Solway and competition sponsors then presented prizes, which were won in the previous day’s bakery competition.The conference was attended by guests of honour the Mayor and Mayoress of Blackpool and the Master of the Worshipful Company of Bakers, Anthony Greenwood.
Ultraviolet (UV) treatment equipment manufacturer Kaiku Process Solutions (KPS) has launched its new Bioguard system to help combat the dangers of cross-contamination.The new product is targeted particularly at the sandwich market, where many different ingredients may be in close proximity to each other during the production process. Bioguard utilises UV lamps and mesh conveyor systems to treat food products and packaging against micro-organisms. It is designed to disinfect products as they move between high- and low-care environments and for surface sterilisation. It can also be used to disinfect packaging surfaces and is suitable for all food products.”Using a carefully-designed conveyor and multi-directional UV lamp mounting, the machine gives 360-degree disinfection, so every part of the surface of the food or the packaging is disinfected,” explained KPS technical director Malcolm Snowball.[http://www.gb-environmental.com]
Forced convection technology company Spooner Industries is extending its presence in the baking industry with a range of air conditioning and ventilation systems to meet bakers’ needs.Spooner also has a new technical services division in place to offer full service and support for new and existing customers. This will include equipment inspection and reports, advice on maintenance schedules, recommendations and supply of spare parts, plant refurbishment and relocation.Other services include a bread cooling plant, designed to efficiently control product cooling and weight loss; steam, gas or electric heated bread-proving equipment; and air blast systems, which have been developed to control dough piece quality for use with either steam, gas or electric.[http://www.spooner.co.uk]
The UK’s love affair with coffee shops shows no sign of abating with the number of stores in the UK up 7% in 2009 more than double the rate of increase compared to last year. According to the Local Data Company, the number of coffee shops in the UK increased by 3% in 2008 and 7% in 2009. The total number of independent coffee shops stands at 9,441 in the 705 researched town centres, compared to just over 2,000 chain outlets. The top six coffee shop chains, including Costa Coffee and Starbucks, saw their combined retail estate increase by 47% this year, while independents also saw store numbers rise by 12.5% in the top 10 cities to 2,486, and their market share up 1% to 70%.Costa is the largest player with around 950 outlets, while Star-bucks was in second place with just under 719 outlets, according to British Baker’s Top 50 table.
The Big Bakery Debate has now taken place and the consultation document, which has been sent to the Food Standards Agency (FSA), is now available to download as a free white paper on the bakeryinfo.co.uk.To check out the industry’s views on the Food Standards Agency’s consultation to reduce saturated fat and calories in baked products, just click on the link on the ‘Free White Papers’ box on the right hand side of the homepage.Taking place two weeks prior to the closing date (3 November, 2009) of the FSA’s consultation, the meeting, chaired by Paul Wilkinson, brought together the head of nutrition at the FSA, Rosemary Hignett, and the FSA’s scientist handling the consultation, Stephen Airey, with movers and shakers in the baking industry. They represented leading pastry, biscuit and cake manufacturers, craft bakers, ingredients suppliers and trade bodies.The debate, organised by British Baker and sponsored by ADM Pura and BakeMark UK, was a chance for the FSA to hear first-hand how reformulation would affect resourcing, skills, processes and costs.
Essex-based cake and dessert manufacturer Raven Patisserie has moved to a new purpose-built production site in Witham.The new premises have been designed to accommodate its “ambitious sales targets for its patisserie and bakery products”, according to the firm. Operations director Daren McGrath said the business plans to achieve the growth through “new markets from within the group, and new business from a widening geographical area”.A subsidiary brand of Wilkin & Sons Limited, Raven Patisserie, previously located in Braintree, has grown steadily over the last couple of years. Wilkin & Sons, known for manufacturing Tiptree fruit conserves, acquired cakes tray-bake and bar manufacturer Passionately Cakes in 2003. Passionately then joined forces with Raven Catering, to form Raven Patisserie in 2005.“Raven has grown from strength to strength. We out-grew our premises in Braintree within two and a half years,” said McGrath. “This site in Witham is over 17,000 square feet and is large enough to handle the next phase of our growth.”The company, which currently employs 23 staff, supplies individually wrapped cakes, ambient bars and slices, luxury round cakes, and tray bakes to a number of tea rooms and restaurants across the UK. Passionately Cakes is now the brand name for the company’s counterline ‘grab and go’ bars.
By Steve Wells of Food bakery, Minehead, SomersetThere are crazier ways to predict an election the conflicting daily polls spun by the various national newspapers spring to mind than via the medium of bun sales. And so it is we cast our eyes over to Minehead in Somerset, where Food bakery customers have been urged to cast their vote by buying Election Buns, themed in the colours of the main political parties.Daily sales were tracked using the technically advanced ’Bun-o-Meter’ a device first used in 1992, when young baker and entrepreneur Steve Wells introduced bun forecasting to the seaside town. That year, the last time it was employed, it successfully predicted the winner, John Major.Hoping to eat his way to victory was Green Party candidate Charles Graham, pictured here having bought one of his party’s green buns. The rest of the candidates were due to visit in the build-up to polling day. This election snapshot, taken on Monday 26 April, shows Labour ahead, with the Conservatives just behind and the Liberal Democrats and Green Party trailing…
Bakery Products Limited has taken over a second family-run bakery to complement and grow its existing operations.The Midlands-based company, which is part of supermarket business Haldane Retail Group, acquired the assets and goodwill of Hobson Foods Limited located in Newcastle upon Tyne, which previously traded as Tindale & Stanton and was in administration.The new Tindale & Stanton Limited business will be incorporated into Bakery Products’s operations, in addition to the Scarborough-based Woodhead Bakery that it acquired the premises to and 11 shops earlier this year, alongside Coopland & Sons (Scarborough) who bought 18 shops in a separate deal.A spokesperson for Bakery Products, said: “When Hobson Foods became available, we saw a unique opportunity to save a successful business that shares our traditional family bakery ethics.“Tindale & Stanton will complement and enhance the current range offered by the Woodhead Bakery. The two businesses have strong synergies in that each is well known and respected in its respective geographical area with a focus on quality, range and value for money.“It is planned that the 122 Tindale & Stanton staff in place when the acquisition was agreed will retain their positions. However, we understand that, regrettably, a small number of redundancies have taken place over the last few weeks.”Tindale & Stanton has served the North East for over 25 years by supplying bakery products to local retailers, fish & chips shops and cafés, in addition to its wholesale division that provides branded pies and baked goods to a number of national supermarket chains and retailers.
By Tommie Lee – April 16, 2020 0 323 Notre Dame cancels reunion celebrations Twitter Pinterest WhatsApp (Spencer Marsh/95.3 MNC) Notre Dame has canceled the Reunion 2020 events over concerns about the coronavirus.The classes that would be celebrating this year get together every five years. The South Bend Tribune reports that this year’s four-day event, planned for June, has been canceled along with the university’s summer programming through at least July 6.Registration and housing refunds are being issued to those who had already signed up. Google+ CoronavirusIndianaLocalNewsSouth Bend Market Facebook Pinterest Google+ Twitter Facebook WhatsApp Previous articleAmid COVID-19 pandemic Mishawaka store hosts Grand OpeningNext articleThursday afternoon coronavirus numbers: Indiana has 9500+ cases; Michigan 29,000+ Tommie Lee