I’m all for a little fear

first_imgThink of Bank Holidays in the good old days: you could quadruple your bread production and customers would be waiting for you to open.Hot cross buns were amazing at Easter; you sold them all through the week and then, on Thursday, you could barely cope with production. On Friday morning, all you did was put the buns in the bags as fast as possible and there were still good sales on the Saturday.We have probably ruined the traditional seasonal sales pattern, but we have no choice: once the supermarkets start selling them early, our customers expect us to have them.Then there is Christmas, when our money comes from normal lines, such as hot savouries, morning goods and filled rolls. The novelty lines we make just lie there looking at us as though they cannot bear to leave our tender loving care.The demand for traditional Christmas cake is getting less every year and we are fast approaching the situation where we may stop making it. Mince pies are the same: we start making them so early that, on the last week, our sales are nothing like we should expect; to be truthful, I can never get used to how poor the sales are, compared to what I expected.modern difficultiesWhenever I meet and talk with people, you can bet your last dollar that the subject always comes round to how dreadful things are these days: the young ’out of control’; appalling educational standards; and punctual timekeeping a thing of the past.Why has it become like this? We all have a theory, and mine is simple and, I suppose, completely politically incorrect. It is a lack of fear. When we were young we were wary of pushing our fathers too far. Then came school and teachers were like gods to us, who, while in the main kindly, would not hesitate to chastise us if we went too far.Work incentiveBack then we were so scared when we started work that if we did not do a good job, the boss would fire us. This has now disappeared and the young today would think our age was barbaric. Well, it was not, it was a polite, caring society where vandalism and swearing on the streets was virtually unheard of.When you think about it, a little fear is a good thing. If a hungry lion was after you, I’d guarantee you’d run faster than you’ve ever run in your life. The same would apply if you were always late or no good at your job. After all, if you knew you would be fired on the spot and there would be no unemployment benefit or another job (because you would have a bad reference), do you really think you would not contemplate mending your ways?Hard, cruel bosses are not the only sufferers. Fellow workers pay a high price for tardy colleagues by covering for them. As a result, we have less profit to pay these workers higher wages while they carry the lazy employees.Mind you, all industries are as bad: when I fly anywhere now, I always ask for a ticket to wherever my luggage is going. nlast_img read more

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Briefs

first_imgn Cakes company Elisabeth the Chef has been acquired by Senoble, a European manufacturer of fresh dairy desserts. Senoble employs 2,300 people and has five production sites in France, one in Spain and one in Slovakia. Elisabeth the Chef employs 1,200 people at three production sites in the Midlands.n Coffee and deli bar operator Coffee Republic has given fashion group Paris Group rights to develop the Coffee Republic Deli franchise rights in UAE, Bahrain, Qatar and Oman.n The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) has launched a Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) Forum. It aims to focus on food safety, health and wellbeing, sustainability and competitiveness.n Baker Warburtons’ Special Edition 400g Winter Loaf with cinnamon, sultanas and spices will be available in the run up to Christmas. It will retail at £1.17.n The latest exhibitors to sign up for April’s Baking Industry Exhibition at Birmingham’s NEC include Bakery Computing, Soabar and Papertech.n Packaging equipment companies Multivac and Ishida have agreed a strategic cooperation on packing lines. Multivac will distribute Ishida equipment in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.n The trial of a bakery worker has started at Oxford Crown Court, following a fatal stabbing at Banbury’s Fine Lady Bakeries last November.n Photos of the 20th annual Baking Industry Awards are on [http://www.bakeryawards.co.uk]. Password and username is: bakery_awards.last_img read more

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Sandwiches remain a lunch staple

first_imgSandwiches are suffering an overall decline in sales, but are still a top lunch choice, according to the latest out-of-home lunch figures from international market research company, NPD Group.Speaking at the recent Lunch! show at Old Billingsgate, London, Sarah Wittenborn of NPD Group said that the bakery sector had a 6.9% share of the foodservice lunchtime traffic, for the six months to June 2009, with average customer spend around £2.40.The figures showed that 17% of lunchtime orders included a meat sandwich (data for six months ended June 2009), down 0.9% compared to last year, but still topping the table for the most popular lunchtime buy.Lunchtime purchases including cake fell by 0.7% to 2.8%.last_img

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Profits up 3% for Maple Leaf Bakery UK

first_imgMaple Leaf Bakery UK has reported improved financial results for the third quarter of 2011, with profit up 3%.As part of Canada Bread’s Frozen Bakery division, which produces the New York Bakery Co range, the company reported increased profits on the previous year of 3% from £78.2m ($126.1m) to more than £80m ($129.2m). For the third quarter to 30 September 2011, sales volumes have increased in its UK operations due to its ongoing growth in bagel sales.Richard Lan, president and chief executive officer of Canada Bread, said: “While our volumes increased in the quarter we continue to feel the impact of high raw material costs, which we largely offset through cost reductions and improved operating efficiencies.“Our UK business is benefiting from manufacturing changes to focus on core categories and increase profitability. As commodity markets stabilise, we will continue to seek opportunities to drive volume and margin growth through reduced costs, innovation and product sales mix.”Adjusted Operating Earnings in Frozen Bakery for the third quarter also increased to £1.6m ($2.6m) from £1.3m ($2.1m) last year largely driven by improved margins in UK bakery operations.Maple Leaf Bakery UK marks part of its success in the third quarter to the relaunch of its New York Bakery Co brand back in January. Backed by a £2.4m marketing campaign, it revamped its overall look and taste complemented by a new advertising campaign, which has increased volume sales.last_img read more

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New sales director at Cereform

first_imgDamien McDonald has been promoted to director of sales for Cereform, Ireland, in a staff shuffle.McDonald, who has worked for the AB Mauri yeast business for the past 14 years, will take charge of bakery ingredients and yeast sales in Ireland. Previously Cereform’s business controller in Ireland for the past 10 years, he will be supported by business development manager John Carty in his new role.Andrew Pollard, managing director of AB Mauri UK & Ireland, said: “The recent merging of Mauri Products and Cereform in both the UK and Ireland regions are crucial to ensuring professional support to the hard-pressed baking industry. Damien is old-school bakery through and through and understands the baker’s needs. He is the perfect man to head our sales operation for the merged company in Ireland.”In addition, Cereform’s Pat Smyth has announced his retirement and will step down from his position as managing director at the company’s Irish operations.Smyth has been in the bakery sector for more than 40 years and has held many positions of office in the industry. This included president of the Irish Association of Master Bakers and Institute of Irish Bakers, chairman of the Irish Bakers Benevolent Society and a liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Bakers.Pollard added: “Pat’s retirement marks the end of an era of outstanding service to the Irish baking industry and he thoroughly deserves all the warm tributes from his many friends in the industry.”last_img read more

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NISCO in Bremen joins the fight against COVID-19

first_imgCoronavirusIndianaLocalNews NISCO in Bremen joins the fight against COVID-19 Previous articleTV program to spotlight unsolved killings of 2 Indiana teensNext articleEconomic effects of COVID-19 affecting more hotel business in Michiana 95.3 MNCNews/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel is your breaking news and weather station for northern Indiana and southwestern Michigan. Pinterest WhatsApp (Photo supplied/NISCO) Joining the ranks of Hoosiers helping Hoosiers, Nishikawa Cooper LLC. in Bremen has allocated resources and started producing and distributing a polyethylene isolation gown to help first responders stay safe in COVID-19 situations.At their manufacturing facility in Marshall County, NISCO owns five multi-function laser cutters that are also commonly used in the garment industry. In the company’s normal day-to-day operations the cutters are part of the process of producing their vehicle door sound dampening products.Marshall County Economic Development Corporation reported that it only took NISCO less than a week to design and begin production. Gowns are continuing to be manufactured and distributed to Indiana first responders daily. NISCO has already produced enough new gowns to distribute to every fire department in Marshall County.“This is tremendous,” commented Scott Ford, Associate Vice President for Economic Development at the University of Notre Dame. “The example offers a ray of hope in these trying times. NISCO’s leadership provides a ‘proof-of-concept’ that will be so helpful in recruiting additional manufacturers to consider a similar path.”“The re-engineering that NISCO’s pulled off is more than just genius… it’s a terrific example of who we are in Marshall County, Indiana” added Jerry Chavez, President & CEO of the Marshall County Economic Development Corporation. Pinterest By 95.3 MNC – March 30, 2020 0 555 Facebook Google+ Google+ WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Twitterlast_img read more

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Motorcyclist hospitalized after hit-and-run crash on Lincolnway East in Mishawaka

first_img (Photo supplied/ABC 57) Police are searching for a hit-and-run driver who struck a motorcyclist in Mishawaka.The crash happened shortly before 3 a.m. on Wednesday, July 15, near Mishawaka High School on Lincolnway East when a motorcycle was traveling eastbound and was rear-ended by another eastbound vehicle. That suspect vehicle then left the scene traveling eastbound.The motorcyclist, identified as a 38-year-old South Bend man, was taken to the hospital with extensive and serious injuries.Investigators believe the suspect vehicle is a 2001-2007 Chrysler Town and Country,silver or grey.The St. Joseph County Fatal Alcohol Crash Team is investigating the crash.Anybody with information about the investigation is asked to contact FACT at 574-235-9514 or Michiana Crime Stoppers at 574-288-STOP.This is a developing story. Check back for updates. Motorcyclist hospitalized after hit-and-run crash on Lincolnway East in Mishawaka Google+ IndianaLocalNews Google+ Previous articleSouth Bend police disciplinary matrix approved by Board of Public SafetyNext articleMichigan voters more than triple 2016’s absentee ballot requests for the state’s Primary 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. By Jon Zimney – July 15, 2020 0 607 Pinterest Facebook WhatsApp Twitter Facebook Pinterest Twitter WhatsApplast_img read more

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Two men plead guilty after 2019 robbery attempt at Elkhart Dollar General

first_img Pinterest WhatsApp Google+ Previous articleElkhart man, 21, arrested for firing gun during argument with family membersNext articleMichigan once again at the center of the national COVID surge 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. Two men plead guilty after 2019 robbery attempt at Elkhart Dollar General WhatsApp By Jon Zimney – April 12, 2021 1 261 IndianaLocalNews Pinterest Google+ Twitter Twitter (Photo supplied/Elkhart County Jail) Two men accused of robbing a Dollar General store in Elkhart back in 2019 are pleading guilty.The heist took place at the Dollar General in the 1800 block of East Bristol Street.Police rushed to the scene after the husband of an employee called 911 because he overheard on the phone the moment the men burst in and demanded everyone get on the ground, according to 95.3 MNC’s reporting partners at The Elkhart Truth.Police arrived after arrested the suspects who were still inside the store. Kar’dai Grant, 20, and Zirei Jackson, 22, both pleaded guilty to robbery while armed with a deadly weapon and two counts of criminal confinement while armed ahead of their trial.Their sentencing hearings are set for May 6. Facebook Facebooklast_img read more

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Press release: Commission receives annual £5m interim funding boost

first_imgEndsNotes to Editors Press office The practicalities and implications of a system for charging the largest charities. The details are under consideration by the Commission, but it expects to consult on proposals that would see it receiving around £7.5million a year through contributions from the 2,000 largest charities on the register, namely those with annual incomes of over £5million. The Charity Commission has been awarded funding from the Government of £5 million per year to help it respond to significant increases in demand on its core regulatory functions, including registration and compliance.This funding has been awarded as a interim solution, while the Commission considers longer term, more sustainable funding models.This includes the regulator consulting on whether the largest charities should make a modest contribution to the Commission’s enabling work, aimed at helping over half a million trustees across England and Wales manage their charities effectively and efficiently. The Commission now plans to launch a formal consultation later in the year.Tracey Crouch MP, Minister for Sport and Civil Society, says The Charity Commission does vital work regulating this vibrant sector and ensuring the public can support charities with confidence. I am delighted that this funding will mean the Commission can meet the increasing demands for its services and help charities continue to improve lives up and down the country. It is important that the sector continues to innovate, and this includes the Commission considering a range of funding models for the future. The Commission is now working on detailed proposals, including whether to charge large charities. It expects to launch a consultation that will ask for charities’ views on: The Charity Commission is the regulator of charities in England and Wales. To find out more about our work, see the about us page on GOV.UK. Search for charities on our check charity tool. The enabling work charities and trustees would like to see the Commission expanding or developing. The Commission will be keen to hear from charities of all sizes and types about their current and future needs for support and enabling work from the Commission. This element of the consultation is likely to focus in particular on smaller charities. Recent research revealed that 80% of trustees are responsible for charities that do not have paid staff; they consequently look to the Commission for authoritative advice and guidance on managing their charities effectively and efficiently. William Shawcross, Chairman of the Charity Commission, says: I am pleased that the additional transitional funding from Government acknowledges the unprecedented rise in demand on the Commission’s services in recent years. The new money will help us continue to increase the effectiveness of our core regulatory functions in the short term, as we explore this longer term solutions. It is right that we consider whether those in the sector with the broadest shoulders should make a contribution towards aspects of our work, and I am pleased that we will shortly be publishing a consultation on whether and how we do this. We would plan to use these funds to increase and improve the services and support we offer and want to encourage charities to step forward and feed in their thoughts. Email [email protected]last_img read more

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