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Support grows for baking show

first_imgMiller Rank Hovis will take an 80sq m stand at the Baking Industry Exhibition (BIE) on April 6-9 2008 at Birmingham’s NEC.Bakery Conservation Group, the UK representative for retarder prover company Koma, is also among exhibitors.Paul Morrow, president of student body the NFBSS/IBB Alliance has confirmed that BIE will host the 2008 student competition finals. Industry development body Baking Excellence is also supporting BIE.The show will take place alongside the Convenience Retailing Show, Food & Drink and Foodex Meatex, which attracts 70.000 plus visitors to the NEC.last_img read more

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’Green’ light for degradable bags

first_imgD empson, one of the UK’s largest suppliers of printed bags, has launched a range of environmentally friendly and degradable bags.The range includes polylactic acid (PLA) film fronted and window sandwich/baguette bags as well as high-density degradable polythene carrier bags. These replace the traditional options previously offered by the company.The PLA window in the front of the paper sandwich bag range replaces the non-degradable polypropylene window previously used. PLA is a polymer produced from lactic acid, a derivative of dextrose obtained from corn starch. This is produced from maize, which is sustainable and renewable annually. Produced by Natureworks and distributed by Sidaplex in the UK, the high-clarity material is said to be strong, lightweight, natural and safe for all types of food.The new carriers can be produced in short runs, depending on customer requirements, and can be printed in up to six colours. The degradable material used has a minimum lifetime of 198 months and a standard thickness range of 15-25 microns.Dempson chief executive John Katzauer says: “It is vitally important to be an environmentally responsible company and we are delighted to have found genuinely good quality materials that look and perform as well as the existing products, but have the added benefit of being degradable.”Dempson, which recently acquired Bradford-based paper bag supplier RS Crooke & Co, has facilities in Maidstone, Kent, and Bosnia. Including the new acquisition, the company’s turnover has increased to more than £20m.Katzauer says the company will introduce more green variants to its bag range as it seeks to reduce its carbon footprint.”We look forward to supplying food retailers who want to make a real difference to the environment,” he says.last_img read more

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Under par performance

first_imgEmployees on long-term sick leave are not good for business. Employers need to be able to rely on their staff being fit enough to carry out their duties.So it is important to have a sickness policy in place that allows you to be involved in dealing with your employee’s illness. Implementing return interviews for employees who have been off sick can help identify and address any ongoing problems and is helpful in assessing whether any underlying cause of frequent absences are the result of a disability. If so, you will need to consider your obligations under the Disability Discrimination Act 1995.anti-work attitudeIf you come to the conclusion that your employee is malingering, you may need to investigate further. It may be that your employee is being seriously bullied or intimidated or that there is some psychological complaint or stress affecting your employee’s performance.If there is any suggestion that your employee is being bullied, you need to take steps to protect yourself from a potential claim. Your basic duties include:? taking reasonable steps to ensure the safety and security of your workers? preventing discrimination on any of the prohibited grounds? vicarious liability for the actions of your employees, including actions which may amount to harassment under the Protection From Harassment Act 1997.A breach of any one of these duties could potentially give rise to a claim against you. If the employee is in danger of developing a psychiatric condition, which may affect their ability to work for a prolonged period as a result of a continuing failure to address the situation, you could be facing a substantial claim for damages.The general advice in dealing with sickness absence is to treat it as a capability rather than a conduct issue. An employee’s inability to perform the job he or she is paid to do is a potentially fair reason for dismissal. If you were considering dismissal, you would need to follow a fair procedure as well and the decision to dismiss should be one that a reasonable employer would take in all the circumstances.Recent case law confirms that it is still possible to dismiss fairly on the basis of capability, even when the employee’s illness has been caused by you. Here you would have to show that you had done everything possible to assist the employee to return to work.Possible consequences of getting this process wrong range from failure to spot a problem, leading to a claim for discrimination under the Protection From Harassment Act to dismissing a newly emp-loyed member of staff and facing a minor claim for breach of contract.compensatory payThe good news is that the emp-loyees’ compensatory award in respect of salary during the notice period may be reduced if he or she would have been off sick for the notice period. In these circumstances, the employee may only be entitled to statutory or contractual sick pay instead of their full salary for the notice period.l Ben Hopps is a partner specialising in litigation at Sykes Andersonlast_img read more

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Tameside College student wins award

first_imgTameside college student Ben Sutton has been selected by the Worshipful Company of Bakers to receive a scholarship worth £1,500 to travel abroad to further his knowledge to the benefit of the Baking Industry. Sutton will take a course on continental chocolate work and festive window display pieces at Barry Callebaut Chocolate School, in France, towards the end of this year. To win the award, he had to prepare a paper on what he would do with the scholarship, then attend an interview with a panel of judges at Bakers Hall in London. Sutton will produce a diary while on the course and will demonstrate the skills to the students at Tameside College on his return.He has been a student at Tameside College for the last four years and successfully completed his qualifications while working part-time for John Slattery at Slattery Patisserie & Chocolatier. Ben has been an active member of the Alliance for Bakery Students and Trainees and also the president for the College Bakery students.last_img read more

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Mono beats out new lines

first_imgMono Equipment has recently added a number of new products to its range.The multi-purpose Promag Starcrem Evolution Machine can be used to produce numerous products such as custard creams to fill pop-overs and cakes, fruit preserves or coloured icing. The OTT Swiss Freezer Masterchef is also available. It features a new beater motor with adjustable velocity, which can store programmes for the production of products such as gelato ice cream, meringue and yoghurt.[http://www.monoequip.com]last_img read more

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Finsbury to cut production at Memory Lane

first_imgProduction is to be cut at Finsbury Food Group’s premium cake business Memory Lane Cakes, as sales continue to fall in the recession.The bread, cake and morning goods manufacturer said production at the Cardiff business  is likely to be cut from seven to five days a week. A consultation with employees is currently taking place on changes to shift patterns, with 95 jobs out of Memory Lane’s 1,000-or-so staff at risk. This represents 4% of Finsbury’s total workforce of 2,500. Memory Lane is the leading manufacturer of the UK retailers’ premium own-label cake ranges. Martin Lightbody, chairman and major shareholder at Finsbury, told British Baker: “There is a general decline in cake sales, including premium, and we have been at the forefront of premium, especially celebration and upper-tier cakes.“The number of products sold on deals this year increased dramatically, so we have been looking at cost-cutting over innovation. We must show our customers that we can produce excellent products again.”Read the full story in the 18 December issue of British Bakerlast_img read more

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Organic bakery sales fall

first_imgSales of organic bread and bakery items have plummeted during the recession, according to the latest Organic Market Report.Published today, by the Soil Association, the report revealed that bakery has been one of the hardest hit categories with sales down 39.8% during 2009. Organic biscuit sales fell by 19%.Looking forward however, comparative figures for the year to February 2010 revealed the rate of decline in organic bread had been cut to 9.4%.According to the report, bread sales fell due to a combination of the economic downturn and “problems with variable product quality”. “A key concern for 2010 is the uncertain availability of organic flour and other ingredients after the negative impact of a wet summer on the 2009 harvest,” notes the report.The overall sales of organic produce in the UK fell by 12.9% in 2009 to £1.84 billion. Despite the slump, the Soil Association has predicted a modest market expansion of 2-5% during 2010, in response to “clear signs of increasing confidence amongst consumers” after the toughest economic climate for 20 years.The study also revealed that in addition to consumers spending less on organic food in the recession, leading retailers also reduced organic ranges and the shelf space designated to them. Waitrose was the least affected supermarket with its organic sales down only 3.5%.Bread and bakery currently has a 3% share – worth an estimated £40.7m – of the total organic market.last_img read more

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New Agency Workers Regulations imminent

first_imgNew Agency Workers Regulations are to come into force on 1 October 2011 across the UK. Under the new rules, temporary agency workers will be eligible for equal treatment after 12 weeks of working on an assignment.This will include the right to the same basic working and employment conditions as if they had been recruited directly by the hiring company.Equal treatment applies to various terms and conditions including those relating to pay, working hours, overtime, holidays, rest periods, access to vacancies and to other facilities it does not apply to other areas such as company pension schemes, company sick pay, or redundancy, according to recruitment consultancy Pertemps Recruitment.“In what is an already fragile economy where businesses are doing everything possible to maximise profits and cut costs, failure to prepare could add additional costs to their business and undermine their credibility as good employers,” commented Carmen Watson, managing director of Pertemps Recruitment.Watson added that agency workers too should take the time to familiarise themselves with the fine print in legislation and how it will affect them, as for example, “a break between an assignment of more than 6 weeks will reset the qualification ‘clock’.”last_img read more

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Sainsbury’s reports healthy sales rise

first_imgSupermarket retailer Sainsbury’s this morning unveiled a 4.3% increase in sales and said its underlying profit before tax had grown by 6.6% to £354m.In its intermin management statement the company said it had been aided by its new ‘live well for less’ campaign and a previous ‘feed a family of four for £50’ initiative.The company said these two moves had helped it to increase the amount of customers at its stores.Like-for-like sales excluding fuel, the industry benchmark for supermarkets, increased 1.9% and the retailer said the number of weekly transactions increased by 1m to 22m,Justin King, chief executive, said: “Our further good sales growth reflects our continued hard work to help our customers cope with the tough economic environment.“They are recognising the efforts we are making to help them manage their budgets and to ‘Live Well For Less’. This is reflected in customer visits, with transactions up almost one million on last year, to nearly 22 million a week.  We continue to apply a tight control on costs, achieving £50 million savings so far this year. Combined with our strong sales this has helped us to grow profits, with underlying operating profit up seven per cent.”last_img read more

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Orchard Valley acquires McDougalls licence

first_imgOrchard Valley Foods has acquired the licence to sell Creative Baking ingredients under the McDougalls brand, to the foodservice and wholesale sector, for an undisclosed sum.The bakery ingredients manufacturer and confections and decorations distributor has acquired the licence from the brand’s owner Premier Foods.The range includes ingredients such as chocolate chips – in dark and white – mini mallows, cream cheese and chocolate fudge frostings, and cupcake cases. However, Gill Bullock, marketing manager, told British Baker that the firm was already planning new product ideas, and felt items such as fudge cubes would fit very well with the existing lines.“We also feel the brand could be made to look a little more impactful on packaging, so we will be looking at making some tweaks and bringing about great consistency. It’s very exciting for us, as it’s such an iconic brand,” she said.John Young, national account manager, Orchard Valley Foods, said the firm had streamlined distribution and, in the first part of 2012, would be revitalising the range and adding new products.Orchard Valley already supplies bakery mixes, innovative and novel decorations and inclusions to manufacturers, foodservice and retail outlets through their Secret Ingredients confections and decorations brand, and customer own-label range.The firm said the McDougalls brand would give it “a further significant presence” in the home and creative baking market.Paul Carr, head of business development for Premier Foods’ foodservice business, said: “This is a very positive and sensible move for the McDougalls brand, as it ensures that the Creative Baking range will see focus across sales, marketing and development work. “The range will continue to benefit from Premier Foods’ holistic support for its brand, and is entirely consistent with our efforts to ensure that the complete McDougalls range is fresh and relevant to our customer base.”Mike Forrester, managing director, Orchard Valley Foods, added: “We have been packing this part of the McDougalls range for a number of years for Premier Foods. It’s a great opportunity for our business to acquire the brand licence.”last_img read more

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