Kluman & Balter (Waltham Cross, Herts) recommends adding icing and edible decorations to doughnuts to add value. The company supplies sugars, icings, colourings and edible decorations, such as plain, milk and white chocolate flakes, shavings and curls. Its Multifoods doughnut mix is designed for ‘make-to-order’ doughnut machines and larger production machines. “Freed from worries about consistency in the mix, bakers can concentrate on the toppings and maximise sales potential by displaying a variety of differently decorated options,” says the firm.
Medway Foods is pushing its quality credentials after its management buyout of three Canterbury Foods pastry and ingredients’ plants in January.Chief executive Paul Ains-worth said Canterbury, which went into administration in January, had a reputation as a cheap manufacturer but that this was not the case and Medway was proving that current product quality was even better. “People didn’t understand or had lost touch with the company, but we’re showing off some new savoury pastry ranges and have had a really positive reception.”He said it had not lost any of its wholesale or manufacturing customers since the sale and that it was constantly working to gain new business. However, despite its promise to keep all 200 staff employed, Ainsworth admitted that it had been forced to shed 15 jobs at its Whitstable plant due to cost pressures. “There has been a slowdown in the manufacturing sector and, if they’re not doing as much development, then we’re not supplying them with as much.”Following news of the proposed sale of some of Northern Foods’ bakery businesses he said: “If the right thing came along we’d look at it.” But he noted that, in this instance, the deal would probably be “too big”.Medway is expected to announce the results of a company review next month.
The Village Bakery (Melmerby, Cumbria) has introduced Organic Brownies, made with Green and Black’s organic dark chocolate and crunchy walnuts.The brownie contains no unrefined organic sugar and uses organic free-range eggs and butter. The Village Bakery also says it has new packaging to display all dietary requirements and nutritional content, printed on recycled boards making it 100% recyclable.
L’Aquila, an importer and distributor of Mediterranean vegetable ingredients, has launched a new range designed to fill or top lunchtime bakery snacks, including pizza, focaccia and sandwiches.These include: borlotti baked beans in a rich Italian-style tomato sauce; semi-dried spinach; chargrilled Italian aubergines and courgettes; Sicilian caponata; and Sicilian cherry tomato and green olive tapenade.Other products on offer from L’Aquila include dried and frozen wild and exotic cultivated mushrooms, truffles, chargrilled, marinated Mediterranean vegetables, sun-dried and semi-dried tomatoes, pestos, pastes, saffron and paprika.The company supplies independent retailers, multiples, department stores, catering wholesalers and food manufacturers.www.laquila.co.uk
Prowrap has introduced the Speedwrap cling film and aluminium foil dispenser, specifically for the baking and catering markets.It claims to be the smallest, neatest and most user-friendly dispenser on the market. The company says hand-tearing straight from the roll is tricky and can lead to ’scrunching’, while traditional commercial dispensers are bulky, heavy and can be complicated to refill. According to Prowrap, Speedwrap offers a number of benefits over hand-tearing: it protects the roll from damage and contamination, helps to eliminate wasted product and speeds up prep time.Speedwrap comes in two widths, 300mm and 450mm, fits snugly around the roll of cling film or foil, and can be cleaned in a commercial dishwasher.MD Graham New says: “The Speedwrap design team focused on two key areas: ensuring cutting was easy and safe, and making the unit as small and sturdy as possible. It is a simple product but it can make a real difference in a busy catering environment.”
Costa Coffee, the Whitbread-owned retail chain, unveiled another set of blockbuster results this morning – after it revealed that its underlying profit had increased by 41.8% to £27.8m.The company, reporting its interim management statement for the six months to 1 September, said that worldwide sales had soared by 23.3% to £383.6m in the period and that UK like-for-like sales (LFLs) had improved by 6.7%.Costa, which recently opened its 2,000th store, said it had been boosted on the drinks front by the launch of an Ice Cold Costa range and the introduction of Costa Light – a coffee that has less caffeine and fewer calories.However, the group gave no indication of the breakdown of its food sales.Andy Harrison, chief executive of Whitbread – which also owns Premier Inn and several pub chains – said the group-wide performance had put the company “on track” to deliver full-year results in line with expectations. However, he also warned that trading on a month-to-month basis continued to be “variable in the face of the challenging consumer environment”.City analyst Mark Brumby at Langton Capital described Costa’s performance as “storming”.For Whitbread as a whole, total sales increased by 10.7% to £891.3m, up from £805.4m the year before – and group LFLs had grown by 3.3%. Whitbread delivered an interim dividend of 17.50p – a whopping 55.6% increase.>> Costa Coffee to “recharge” its sites
This year’s world wheat production could reach its second highest level on record, according to forecasts by the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of the UN.It predicted production would hit 690 million tonnes, 1.4% down on the record harvest last year, in its quarterly Crop Prospects and Food Situation report, published yesterday (8 March).The estimate is also well above the average seen over of the past five years.“Although plantings have increased or are forecast to increase in many countries this year in response to continuing strong prices, a return to normal yields is expected in areas where record highs were achieved last year,” said the report.The FAO also noted a firming of international cereal prices in recent weeks, due to “the tightening of current wheat supplies, and fears over the impact of severe cold weather in Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States”.
IndianaLocalNews Starke County courthouse renovations delayed by coronavirus Twitter Google+ Twitter Facebook Pinterest Facebook Previous articleFederal judge delays filing deadline for Michigan candidatesNext articleImprisoned CEO says COVID-19 justifies release from prison Tommie Lee By Tommie Lee – April 21, 2020 0 213 WhatsApp Google+ Pinterest WhatsApp (File Photo/Federated Media) Renovations are on hold at the Starke County courthouse, thanks to COVID-19.Work planned for the third floor of the building was just entering the bidding process when Indiana’s stay-at-home order came down. The design is ready, plans for the work have been completed, and the money has been approved.Officials say the work will proceed after the restrictions have been lifted.
Pinterest Google+ (Photo supplied/Indiana News Service) What is bad for businesses can sometimes mean sales for shoppers, but the latest coronavirus scam is causing the Better Business Bureau Serving Central Indiana to remind you to make sure you aren’t falling for a con before you jump on a deal.You are scrolling through your Facebook feed or doing a web search when you come across an advertisement for a going-out-of-business sale. The company is closing because of COVID-19 and selling off its inventory at what appears to be a great discount.If you click on the ad or type in the promoted URL, it will lead you to a website selling anything from designer goods to electronics to novelty items. From looking at the photos, you may think the products seem like a great deal only to buy it and find out it’s nothing like it seems.“One of two things is going to happen. Either the quality of the item you get is not going to be what you expect or you’re going to give your money and you’re not going to get anything in return,” says Tim Maniscalo, president and CEO of Better Business Bureau Serving Central Indiana. “Scammers have put up these fake websites saying they’re going out of business and they have fantastic prices on these great goods. These people will try and copy a well-known brand, a well-known store, that type of thing.”Maniscalo says that recently happened to a person who ordered $250 worth of “designer” clothes from a New York-based store. Instead, they received low-quality items shipped from overseas.“What was supposed to be cotton and/or linen was the worst quality polyester,” they told BBB. “The clothes, in general, were nowhere close to the advertised quality on the website images. Definitely NOT the quality I paid for.”The key is knowing how to spot the difference between a legitimate and a phony website.“Up in the URL bar, you should look for the letters ‘https.’ ‘S’ is the important letter there. That gives you additional security,” says Maniscalo.If it begins with “https” instead of “http” it means the site is secured using an SSL certificate (the s stands for secure).“Also a lot of times, those URL bars will have the little icon of the lock. That’s also some added security,” says Maniscalo.Maniscalo says it’s so important to follow these tips because if you fall victim to this scam or any scam, it poses two challenges.“If the scammers know the police are on to them, they’re just going to shut that website down and ten minutes later, they’re going to have another website come up. They’re probably going to be in a country where that government is not particularly interested in cooperating with international law enforcement,” says Maniscalo. “It’s almost impossible to catch them and when you do give them your money, that money is almost immediately sent outside the country and you may never get it back.”Maniscalo urges you to go to https://www.bbb.org/scamtracker/ to find scams near you and report a scam if you think one is happening. Twitter Facebook Facebook Twitter WhatsApp Pinterest By Jon Zimney – September 26, 2020 0 452 CoronavirusIndianaLocalMichiganNews Google+ BBB: How to tell fake shopping websites from real websites WhatsApp Previous article18 year-old South Bend man charged with two shootingsNext articleMan, 51, sentenced to 50 years after violent home invasion robbery 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 WhatsApp Pinterest IndianaLocalNationalNews Facebook Google+ Facebook WhatsApp Twitter Previous articleNiles man injured in motorcycle crash Tuesday nightNext articleVicki Becker promoted to state prosecutorial Board of Directors Network Indiana Twitter Google+ (Ryan Dorgan/The Elkhart Truth) Vice President Mike Pence will face off with Senator Kamala Harris in the first vice presidential debate on Wednesday in Salt Lake City, Utah at 9 p.m.Andy Downs, a political science professor at Purdue University Fort Wayne, says this debate should go smoother than last week’s presidential debate.“I’m fairly confident that people will be able to keep track of this one quite a bit easier than the one last week,” Downs said with a laugh.He says there is one topic that will be on everybody’s mind during the debate — the coronavirus.“There is no way they can avoid talking about COVID and the response to COVID,” Downs said. “Quite frankly, that’s going to get discussed no matter what question comes out of (moderator) Susan Page’s mouth. Susan Page could ask where someone went to school, and Kamala Harris is probably going to bring up COVID.”Downs adds that Harris is under more pressure for this debate, saying Pence is “very steady” and “will be able to do what he does.” He says if Harris doesn’t “land a few significant blows,” people will be able to say Pence won the debate. As for Pence, Downs says the vice president must use this debate to bring back some of the voters President Trump might have lost during last week’s debate.You can listen to the Vice Presidential Debate, right here on 95,3 MNC with coverage starting at 8 p.m. Preview of Wednesday night’s Vice Presidential Debate By Network Indiana – October 7, 2020 0 297