Month: April 2021

  • RHM Fact Box

    first_imgRHM is a leading UK food manufacturer, with annual sales of over £1.5bn and over 15,000 employees at approximately 50 locations in the UK and France.For the year ended 29 April 2006, RHM reported sales of £1,559m and profit of £174m.The RHM Group is organised into four divisions:1. Bread Bakeries operates principally in the wrapped bread market, under brands such as Hovis, Granary, Mother’s Pride and Nimble. It has 15 bakeries and 11 mills, which supply around one third of the UK’s bread, delivering to 9,000 supermarkets and independents. It makes over 850 other varieties of goods, including crumpets, croissants and muffins. For the year ended 29 April 2006, the division reported sales of £786m and profit of £81.4m.2. Cakes division, the largest manufacturer of cakes by sales for UK and Irish markets. RHM’s cakes are sold under the Mr Kipling, Cadbury’s and Lyons brands. For the year ended 29 April 2006, the division reported sales of £241m and profit of £13.7m.3. Culinary Brands, such as Bisto, Paxo, Sharwoods, Saxa, McDougalls and Robertson’s. For the year ended 29 April 2006, the division reported sales of £271m and profit of £69.4m.4. The Customer Partnerships division maintains strategic partnerships with large customers requiring a bespoke service, including Marks & Spencer and Pizza Hut. It also operates specialist distribution businesses that supply a selected range of RHM’s products into the Irish markets and frozen products to the UK supermarket chains. For the year ended 29 April 2006, the division reported sales of £262m and profit of £29.4.Source: Investegatelast_img read more

  • Kluman & Balter

    first_imgJanuary is the time of year when most consumers are looking towards healthy products to kick-start their New Year. Bread is a low-fat food, packed with vitamins and minerals, including calcium, iron, folic acid and B vitamins, says Kluman & Balter (Waltham Cross, Herts).The company says that a basic bread recipe can be transformed into a variety of specialist and healthy options by the addition of ingredients, such as nuts, seeds and spices and that these premium products command premium prices.The company has added a new multi-seed bread mix, imported from Germany, to its huge range of mixes, giving bakers the opportunity to develop their own signature lines.Included in the range are specialist items such as ciabatta mix, Bavarian rye mix, pumpkin bread mix and sunflower bread mix.”We are constantly updating and modifying our product portfolio, which already boasts over 1,000 lines,” says Danny Kluman, managing director. “Our dedicated fleet of vehicles takes orders to the customers exactly when and where they want them delivered.”last_img read more

  • Baguette Express plans UK franchise empire

    first_imgSandwich chain Baguette Express plans to rival Subway and Greggs on UK high streets by building an empire of more than 300 franchised stores over the next five years via a network of regional master franchisees.The East Lothian-based company, which currently has 55 outlets in Scotland and England, has appointed its first master franchisee in the north east and is close to signing similar deals in Manchester and Greater London, which would allow the business to rapidly roll out new stores in each region.Within the next three years, the company hopes to create a network of 11 master franchisees, covering all regions of England, Wales, Northern Ireland and The Republic of Ireland, enabling it to grow the chain to over 300 stores by 2013. Scotland, where the majority of its shops are based currently, will be run by the head office in Haddington.The master franchise for the north east has been taken by Azeem Arshad, a local businessman, who will take charge of recruitment and business development in the area. He will also open and operate a Baguette Express outlet in a prime site in Gateshead’s Metro Centre. By the end of 2009, Baguette Express plans to have a total of 70 stores in the UK, employing 750 people and with turnover of £15m.The stores, which sell baguettes, rolls, paninis, wraps, sandwiches, salads and baked potatoes, are supplied by two large foodservice distributors and are targeted at young professionals, students and office workers.”We are all about fresh, healthy food that is really good value for money. This puts us in a good position against the likes of Greggs and Subway,” said business development manager Jim Stewart. “Customers particularly like the fact that they can be creative with their sandwich fil-lings and there is a fixed price.”Baguette Express was launched as a single outlet in 1999, before being taken over by entrepreneurial brothers Robin and Billy Stenhouse in 2004, who moved it to a franchise model.last_img read more

  • Slippery SUBJECT

    first_imgHere’s an unusual development for you: supermarkets causing the baking industry headaches. This time it’s over an issue that’s as slippery and brain-busting as a block of shortening on a bakery floor: palm oil.All of the retailers have made public targets for suppliers to move into some kind of sustainable palm oil supply chain by 2012-2013. For this, everybody along the chain needs to have certification (apart from the supermarkets, of course). On the face of it, this should be a simple change. Alas, the path to full segregatio is as confusing as bag of baboons.The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO see page 30) lists four supply chain options, the most popular of which has been buying green palm certificates the easiest one to implement. With this approach, the palm oil you use is not necessarily from a sustainable source, but you pay a premium through certificates, which goes to help growers convert to sustainable farming. This means you can say you are helping the cause, if not yet using sustainable palm oil. Increasingly, retailers are asking for ’segregated’ palm oil that is, the oil itself is from a guaranteed sustainable source.Competitive costsThe cost of segregated oil is becoming ever more competitive, since New Britain Palm Oils in Liverpool the world’s first refinery dedicated to segregated RSPO-certified sustainable oils, sourced from its own operations in Papua New Guinea introduced segregated palm oil to the UK, with no premium. So if the cost barrier is being overcome and availability of sustainable palm oil is good, it should be a painless switch, right? Wrong! While the UK palm oil market is targeted to go fully segregated by 2015, some retailers are beginning to demand that all their products contain only segregated palm oils. The problem is that bakers are not ready for a fully segregated supply chain, and this applies from blended margarine down to tin release agents.”I think there is a lot of misunderstanding in the industry, particularly from the supermarkets, about what the reality is with regards to sustainable palm,” says Stephen Bickmore of oils supplier Vandemoortele, which currently offers three of the four RSPO options. “People are buying certificates or joining the RSPO or Green Palm scheme, or getting their supplier to get certification. There’s traceability (in the chain), but retailers are saying, ’That’s not really what we’re looking for we want to be able to make a claim that everything we buy is sustainable’. In order to meet that, everybody along the line has to get themselves in a position to physically buy sustainable palm oil.”The issue is not the availability or cost of segregated palm oil, it’s the unique ways in which it’s used in the baking industry. “Once you start mixing palm oil with other products, such as with margarines and fats that are a blend of rapeseed oil and palm derivatives, then it’s a different ball game,” he says. “It’s a big problem and we’re trying to communicate to the market exactly what the situation is.”This is because palm oil is fractionated into Olein (liquid fat) and Stearin (hard fat) only the latter of which is used in bakery. Palm oil contains only 20% Stearin. “On an EU level, there is a shortage of Stearin, because most people are using it within a margarine or a bakery fat,” explains Judith Murdoch of oils supplier AAK, which is offering a series of round-table meetings to help the industry come to grips with the issues.”The supply of sustainable palm oil is available to the majority of people if they so wish,” she adds. “The issue which everyone misses is that 70% of the palm oil sold in Britain is as a blend or a derivative. Very few bakers will be buying straight palm oil. I could sell you a tanker of RSPO-certified palm oil tomorrow. However, when you start talking about bakery fats, it’s more complicated. The difficulty is that some of the supply of fractions and derivatives is not readily available right now. That’s why the bakery market cannot yet gofully segregated.”Suppliers are moving over to sustainable oils for example, AAK can currently supply segregated pumpable shortening and liquid bread fats; Vandemoortele will be certified to supply segregated products from next year; and Nortech is now supplying segretaged oil and shortening. CSM is a member of the RSPO and marketing manager David Astles says the firm is still encouraging customers to purchase GreenPalm trading certificates.Transforming the palm oil industryLast month, GreenPalm sold its millionth certificate, which general manager Bob Norman believes is evidence that certificates remain a valid way for businesses to help transform the palm oil industry. “When GreenPalm began, there were plenty of doubters telling us businesses wouldn’t go for it they’d be scared of greenwashing claims, and they’d worry about the fact that GreenPalm doesn’t involve buying actual physical sustainable palm oil,” he recalls. “Some of the world’s biggest and most powerful food businesses have seen the value of GreenPalm and recognised that driving positive change is not only about buying sustainable palm oil for their own products and claiming to be clean and green it’s about changing the entire palm oil industry from the very centre. It’s about everyone using their buying power to play a role in tackling the problem itself.”While it will take the industry some time to reach critical mass, the switch to wholly segregated palm in the UK is inevitable. Wholesaler BAKO recently announced that all bakery fats in its BAKO own-label ’Classic’ range of shortening, cake margarine, pastry margarine and bread fat would be made using sustainably produced palm oils. This has propelled sales especially of the cake margarine and has meant the craft sector can join in. “Our customers have confirmed that they believe the use of sustainably sourced products is important to them and that they see how this factor can be used as a valuable point of differentiation,” says Nicola Wood, marketing executive for BAKO. “This offers them unique benefits when promoting their product offering to theenvironmentally aware consumer on the high street.”The issue is set to get further traction following the unveiling of a new consumer trademark last week, designed to help shoppers distinguish products that use sustainable palm ingredients and encourage more companies to commit. However, very few people are expected to find space on label-crowded packs for a complicated issue that few consumers let alone manufacturers or retailers understand. “Having a corporate statement is far more beneficial,” advises Murdoch.”The commitment to GreenPalm certificates or purchasing segregated material is a major step forward for what is a global problem, which affects all of us, and it’s not a fad. Premium-wise, it’s no longer a barrier. It’s important for businesses to understand what palm they’re using and what it means to their business. All the big retailers are asking for it; some of the foodservice guys are not into it yet; but it does give you a point of difference. Market that and use it to your benefit don’t see it as a negative.” What is the RSPO? The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) was formed in 2004 to create more environmentally friendly ways of producing palm oil, to curb the destruction of tropical forests and protect the interests of people in the regions, in countries such as Indonesia and Malaysia, where 83% of the palms are grown. Members of the RSPO and participants in its activities come from a variety of backgrounds, including oil palm growers, manufacturers and retailers of palm oil products, environmental NGOs, social NGOs, financial institutions, traders and processors.Action points to become sustainable on palm oillBecome an RSPO memberlCarry out an audit of your fats and oilslConsider buying certificates or sourcing fully sustainable oilslConsider whether to make it a corporate pledge or extend it to an on-pack claim.For a full list of principles and criteria on sustainable palm oil, go to: read more

  • Reporting in

    first_imgAlan ClarkeChief executive, Scottish BakersAt the recent Scottish Bakers conference in Peebles, Peter Ford, director of the Premium Roll Company, delivered an excellent presentation entitled The Definition of Insanity, based on Albert Einstein’s definition of “doing the same things over and over again and expecting different results.” Ford highlighted some of the key challenges that he faced when he decided to return to the baking industry to set up a new bakery: growth that was quicker than anticipated; the importance of sticking to budgets; increased difficulty in turning a profit; customer expectations; increased competition; and changes in legislation and employment law.This meant he was forced to re-adjust how he ran his business. He made the required changes and has gone from strength to strength, growing the business significantly over the last few years.Ford’s presentation got me thinking about how we, as a trade association, are changing to meet the needs of our members. We have introduced more member benefits, including a fully insured employment law and health and safety advice service, and a free review of utility bills, to ensure our members are not paying excessively. We have also strengthened our training arm and are now providing bakery qualifications, supervisory and management development programmes for bakers throughout the UK.Moreover, this year, we are introducing the Scottish Baker of the Year competition, giving customers across Scotland the opportunity to vote for their favourite products and favourite bakers and tell us why they like them so much. Promoting our industry and encouraging our members to shout about what they do best will help make sure we don’t go insane.last_img read more

  • Gov. Holcomb announces new measures to combat COVID-19 spread

    first_img Twitter (Photo supplied/State Of Indiana) Governor Eric Holcomb, delivering his 4th annual State of the State address on Jan. 14, 2020. Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb has announced several new measures that will go into effect March 25th as the state continues its efforts to combat the spread of COVID-19.Travel restrictions that are being implemented parallel what local travel watches and advisories that have already been issued locally.You can read the full release below:Governor Orders Hoosiers to Stay Home in Fight Against COVID-19In statewide address, Governor also limits state government servicesINDIANAPOLIS — Governor Eric J. Holcomb delivered a statewide address today to order that Hoosiers remain in their homes except when they are at work or for permitted activities, such as taking care of others, obtaining necessary supplies, and for health and safety. The order is in effect from March 25 to April 7.“The next two weeks are critical if we are to slow the spread of COVID-19, and we must slow the spread. You must be part of the solution, not the problem,” said Gov. Holcomb.The first positive case of COVID-19 in Indiana was reported on March 6. Since then the number of positive cases has increased on a near daily basis, escalating as the capacity to test has grown. As of this morning, the number of tests completed in Indiana is 1,960, the number of positive cases is 259 and 7 deaths have been reported.“I’m setting the example by sending state government personnel home to work to the maximum extent possible and closing our facilities to public interaction beginning Tuesday, for at least the next two weeks,” said Gov. Holcomb.Beginning Tuesday, all state government offices will be closed to in-person public activity until at least April 7. This includes the Government Center complex in Indianapolis and other offices throughout the state, including Bureau of Motor Vehicle branches. State employees will work remotely whenever possible and continue to provide core functions online and by phone. All public safety functions will continue.In conjunction with the closures, Gov. Holcomb ordered an automatic extension of all state-issued licenses and will advise law enforcement to refrain from issuing citations for a driver’s license or registration that expires during this emergency.The state, in conjunction with the city and all hospital systems in Marion County, has activated a comprehensive emergency operations center to maximize hospital capacity and provide joint coordination. The center is charged with tracking the inventory of all hospital beds, supplies and personnel as the number of COVID-19 patients grows.“I am proud of our hospital systems that are participating in the initial phase of this process, Eskenazi Health, IU Health, Franciscan Health, Community Health Network, and Ascension,” said Gov. Holcomb. “Marion County is where we’ve seen the most community spread to date, but we will expand this model to other parts of the state.”In all, Governor Holcomb issued four executive orders:EO 20-08. Stay at Home. Provides for essential and non-essential business and operations, infrastructure, government services, travel, and activities outside of one’s home. Click here for answers to frequently asked questions regarding the stay-at-home order.   EO 20-09. Continuity of State Operations. Provides for the continuing operation of state government from 5 p.m. today through 8 a.m. April 7 with restricted access to government buildings and services.EO 20-10. Enforcement Directive Regarding Prohibition of In-Person Dining.o   Directs that state and local boards of health and the Indiana Alcohol and Tobacco Commission (ATC) take all available administrative and enforcement actions against establishments that continue to offer in-house dining services, in violation of the governor’s executive order of March 16.Health departments will deliver letters ordering restaurants that continue to provide in-person dining to cease such operations. If they do not comply, fines will be levied.For restaurants with alcohol permits that continue to offer in-person dining, the ATC will issue an order in writing for the establishment to cease such operations. If the activity continues, the ATC will suspend the entity’s liquor license and will consider the non-compliance at the time of permit renewal.EO 20-11. Provisions for carryout consumption of alcohol.o   Relaxes the sale of carryout alcoholic beverages for dining establishments. This includes establishments that allow for on-premises consumption only and those that are permitted carryout permits dependent on a percentage of on-premises sales. By Carl Stutsman – March 23, 2020 5 1532 Pinterest Gov. Holcomb announces new measures to combat COVID-19 spread Google+ Pinterest Facebook WhatsApp Facebook Previous articleMichigan governor issues stay-at-home order to curb virusNext articleIndiana on a Stay-At-Home Order, but what does that mean? Carl Stutsman CoronavirusIndianaLocalNews WhatsApp Twitter Google+last_img read more

  • Strange packages from China go beyond envelopes of seeds

    first_img Strange packages from China go beyond envelopes of seeds Pinterest Twitter By Network Indiana – July 30, 2020 2 673 Facebook Google+ Jon Zimney/95.3 MNC You’re hearing more and more stories about people receiving strange packages in the mail from China.Many Hoosiers say they have gotten packages of seeds, which state conservation experts are urging you not plant because the seeds could contain some sort of invasive species of plant.“It might be tempting to put this into some soil to see what happens, but there’s a lot of damage that can cause,” said Don Robison, seed administrator for the Office of Indiana State Chemist. “We don’t know what these seeds are, and there is potential for doing serious harm.”It seems it might be more than just seeds in the mail. Aleks Gifford lives in downtown Indianapolis and said he and his wife also got a strange package in the mail this week that appeared to have come from somewhere in China.“It was a little, vinyl mail pouch. It was like a three-to-four-inch rectangle. We had two of these show up the same day,” he said. “My wife, who buys a lot of crap online, I called her asking her if she had ordered anything from China and she had no clue what it was.”So Gifford decided to open the pouches and discovered packets of what appears to be some sort of herbal tea, leaves, and twigs. He said the labels on the packets were all in Chinese. Gifford inspected the packaging further and figured out the packages came from Shanghai.“It had our address on the package but didn’t have our name on it, just our mailing address,” Gifford added. “We tried to figure it out. We check through Amazon and other service providers and none of them had any orders or shipments come to us. It just randomly showed up.”Gifford decided that it was an unsolicited package and decided to throw it out. Twitter IndianaLocalNews Pinterest Facebook Google+ WhatsApp WhatsApp Previous articleSouth Bend announces small business grants for those impacted by COVIDNext articlePHM School Superintendent to recommend online learning until Oct. 22 Network Indianalast_img read more

  • More funds given to Elkhart County Traffic Safety Partnership

    first_img By Jon Zimney – October 12, 2020 0 159 Previous articleHometown Heroes 2020Next articleTwo Indiana Gubernatorial debates are set to happen before election day 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 Twitter WhatsApp Google+ Facebook WhatsApp Pinterest Facebook Twitter Google+ More funds given to Elkhart County Traffic Safety Partnership IndianaLocalNews (“OSP in the lights” by Oregon Department of Transportation, CC BY 2.0) The Elkhart County Traffic Safety Partnership was awarded a grant n the amount of $105,875.00 from the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute to conduct several enforcement campaigns to prevent traffic injuries and fatalities.The funding was provided by the National Traffic Safety Highway Administration, as part of the state’s Comprehensive Highway Injury Reduction Program, or CHIRP.The grant allows agencies to step up their efforts during holidays and other times of year that area associated with heavy drinking or substance abuse in order to maintain safety on the roadways of Elkhart County.The funds will be used by the department to conduct overtime patrols and carry out several targeted enforcement campaigns throughout the year. Those include national mobilizations, like Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over and Click It or Ticket, as well as others developed and driven by the state, such as the Stop Arm Violation Enforcement program.The campaigns mainly target dangerous, impaired or unrestrained drivers, and will occur during peak travel seasons and notorious drinking holidays, like St. Patrick’s Day and Labor Day weekend.last_img read more

  • Search on for driver after fatal hit-and-run on Edison Road in South Bend

    first_img (Jon Zimney/95.3 MNC) The bicyclist killed in an apparent hit-and-run in South Bend has been identified.Cory Martin, 20, died after he was taken to Memorial Hospital in South Bend.Martin was struck while riding a bike around 8:20 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 19, at Edison Road and Helmen Drive in South Bend.The driver of the vehicle that struck Martin left the scene after the collision, according to the St. Joseph County Prosecutor’s Office.The St. Joseph County Fatal Crash Team was activated to assist with the investigation.FACT is looking for a red Hyundai Sonata (2015-2017 model) with right front end damage.Anybody with information regarding this investigation or this vehicle is asked to contact FACT at 574-235-9514 or Michiana Crime Stoppers at 574-288-STOP. Twitter Pinterest Facebook IndianaLocalNews Google+ Pinterest WhatsApp Twitter WhatsApp By Jon Zimney – October 20, 2020 0 769 Search on for driver after fatal hit-and-run on Edison Road in South Bend Google+ Facebook Previous articleLocal community activist wanted by policeNext articleAutopsy: Girl, 3, dropped off at hospital died due to blunt force trauma 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

  • Man found dead in restroom at Ironworks Bier Garden

    first_imgIndianaLocalNews WhatsApp WhatsApp (Photo supplied/Marissa Zimney) A man was found dead in a restroom at the Ironworks Bier Garden in Mishawaka.Police were called to the scene around 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, March 16.It’s believed the body was in the bathroom for some time.The door had been locked.The man’s death does not appear to be suspicious.Anybody with information is asked to contact the Mishawaka Police at 574-258-1684. Facebook Pinterest Google+ Facebook Twitter Twitter Google+ By Jon Zimney – March 16, 2021 0 260 Man found dead in restroom at Ironworks Bier Garden Pinterest Previous articleYour bank isn’t just sitting on your stimulusNext articleBall State shuts down all in-person social events 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