Warburtons goes national for first time in 130 years

first_imgWarburtons has achieved national distribution for the first time in its 130-year history.Jonathan Warburton, chairman of Britain’s biggest independent plant bakery, told British Baker: “We are going national with Tesco at the end of this month, which is marvellous. In addition, we have gained huge distribution with Somerfield.” He said many millions of pounds have been invested in the Enfield and Tuscany Park, Wakefield, bakeries. And the sites purchased from New Rathbones – Stockton in the north and Newport in South Wales, which opens at the end of the month – will add both capacity and distribution.He also praised the relationship Warburtons’ commercial managers have built up over the years with the supermarket category management teams. “It has been a terrific effort and is now coming to fruition,.” Speaking to British Baker at a party held to celebrate the company’s 130th birthday, Warburton added: “National distribution has been our aim for some time and is a massive challenge in logistics. “Obviously, the Enfield plant has played a significant part, but it is not the whole story. South Wales is also strategically important. We are moving from 80% coverage to 100%, rolling out much more in the South, so it is a major landmark in our company’s history.” Warburtons is supplying Tesco with a range of breads, and is adding rolls and ‘occasion’ goods, such as crumpets. The company’s head office is based in Bolton and the North West has traditionally been Warburtons’ stronghold, with its first bakery built in Bolton.As Warburton addressed partygoers at the celebratory event in London, he said: “We began in 1876, the year General Custer was killed and I can’t help wondering what my great, great grandfather would be thinking to see us now celebrating in the shadow of Nelson’s column on a hotel rooftop overlooking Trafalgar Square in London.” He continued: “In four weeks time we will have over 20 sites stretching from Aberdeen to Newton Abbot. We have 4,050 employees and while we have achieved many milestones in our 130 years we look enthusiastically to the future.”He told British Baker the company was also increasing distribution with Sainsbury’s. He said products were “creeping into their Local stores format nationwide from this weekend”.last_img read more

The thin white line

first_img£285,000 – that’s the value of 10kg of ketamine, seized by police from the luggage of a 27 year-old Indian national at Kuala Lumpur International airport, camouflaged – ingeniously enough – as flour. Bags of white powder, eh – who’d have thought of checking that? The irony is, the way flour prices are going, people could soon be smuggling flour under the guise of ketamine.More creative – though equally inept – was a 22-year-old American who is accused of balling up pieces of bread and selling them as crack cocaine to senior citizens in a Florida nursing home. “He was trying to sell these pieces of crack for $5 apiece to elderly citizens and, clearly, trying to take advantage of them,” said one report, which failed to ask the obvious question: what are senior citizens doing on crack?last_img read more

Délifrance tempts with sweet brioche

first_imgFrench bakery manufacturer, Délifrance UK, has added a hazelnut and chocolate-flavoured brioche to its range. The product has a chocolate filling with crushed hazelnuts and is produced using French flour. It is ready to thaw and serve in two hours and is sold in packs of 30.Délifrance UK’s category manager, Lucy Pickersgill, said: “Chocolate is a popular flavour with the majority of bakery products. We are proud to be launching the first ever chocolate and hazelnut brioche and will continue to innovate, providing top-quality products.”[http://www.delifrance.com]last_img read more

Culture corner: Book review

first_imgIt can hardly have escaped any baker’s notice that cupcakes are big business. One firm that could perhaps be considered a founding member of the cupcake movement is London’s Hummingbird Bakery, which has just launched its own cookbook.Filled with recipes from its kitsch shop creations, Hummingbird founder Tarek Malouf reveals the secrets of its famous cupcakes, as well as muffins, brownies and bars, ring, layer and loaf cakes, cookies, pies and cheesecakes. For example, strawberry cheesecake cupcakes, banana loaf, key lime pie and spinach and cheese muffins, are just some of the recipes contained within. And if the names of the products aren’t temptation enough, the photography, by Peter Cassidy, certainly is.The cookbook includes background information on the bakery’s beginnings, before moving on to the different types of frostings available for cupcakes. The recipes are designed to be easy to follow, with detailed methods and photos.Malouf has shops in Portobello Road in Notting Hill and Brompton Road in South Kensington, with a new branch soon to open in Soho. Hummingbird sells more than 20,000 cupcakes a week.last_img read more

Baking Industry Awards seats are a sell-out!

first_imgTickets for the Baking Industry Awards have now sold out.Those of you who have secured your seats for the industry’s premier event, hosted by top comedian Ronnie Corbett, are sure to have a fantastic night, and we are delighted to announce that Darren Bennett and Lilia Kopylova from the BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing will provide entertainment on the night.Darren, who dances with his wife Lilia, won the second series of Strictly Come Dancing with Jill Halfpenny and recently starred in the third series alongside Gloria Hunniford.The 1930s-themed awards, which take place at the Park Lane Hilton, London, on Tuesday 8 September, will be full of top names from the industry and provides a great opportunity to network. The evening will include a champagne drinks reception, sponsored by Warburtons and three-course meal, after which the winners of the awards will be announced.To find out more about Darren and Lilia before the event, visit www.darrenandlilia.com.last_img read more

Working wheat

first_imgOn a sunny day in the first week in August, British Baker went to visit a farm in West Sussex, one of the many to supply Warburtons with wheat, to find out more about the seed-to-crumb process.Bignor Farm is tucked away in a picturesque setting at the foot of the South Downs, and grows a range of arable crops, including 200ha of the winter wheat varieties Hereward and Solstice, which it supplies to the plant bread manufacturer.As well as supplying UK markets, the family-owned business, run by Tom and William Tupper, also exports from Shoreham and Southampton, and Tom Tupper welcomes the sight of greater availability of Warburtons’ products in the south of England, since the opening of the Bristol plant operational since December 2008.Tupper, who is also West Sussex County chairman of the National Farmers’ Union, has been working with Warburtons for around nine years. The farm is part of OpenField, a farmer-owned business and the UK’s largest grain exporter. Its aim is to maximise value for all in the supply chain by securing long-term business stability for UK farmers and customers alike, through marketing and logistical innovation.Warburtons works with around 320 farmers that all grow Hereward and Solstice wheat to a unique specification, explains Warburtons’ purchasing director Bob Beard. He adds that the founding fathers of the bakery business had a relationship with UK growers a trend which has seen the firm sourcing more and more wheat from the UK over recent years.”We work with OpenField for security of supply, quality and provenance, but the wheat is all grown in the Warburtons way. It’s about balancing what we do in the UK with our supplies from Canada,” says Beard. “We’ve got new wheat varieties that we’re looking at, which we hope will outperform Hereward and Solstice, and we’ve got a plan with Tom for the next 10 years.”Taking us to a field of Hereward itself, Tupper explains the process the wheat goes through before it ends up in a loaf of bread. “The sure-fire sign of when the wheat is ready to be harvested is when the ears of the wheat have tipped over,” he says.The bottom grains at the stock end tend to be the least ripe and he needs to know the moisture content before harvesting. It is then combine-harvested at 24% moisture and dried twice. Warburtons’ target protein level is 12-13%, with a minimum Hagberg falling number of 250.Tupper explains that key factors in terms of establishing the quality of the wheat, are the level of protein and the Hagberg number, because if the wheat gets too damp, it germinates and becomes nothing better than low-grade feed wheat. Hereward is a premium milling wheat, but doesn’t hold on to its Hagberg falling number “it’s the most delicate wheat we grow,” says Tupper whereas Solstice, a slightly thinner crop, but with bigger ears of wheat than Hereward, holds on to it for longer.There are approximately three-and-a-half tonnes of wheat per acre and, at harvest time, the farm’s single combine is capable of harvesting 110 acres a day. Last year, the farm supplied over 600 tonnes of wheat and, this year, is contracted to supply around 455 tonnes, which Beard says is enough to keep one of the machines at the factory going for only 24 hours straight, such is the level of production at the site.”Hereward is the best UK bread-making wheat available,” says Beard. “But we’re always looking to find other wheats that perform ever better. To bakers, the most important thing is consistency.”last_img read more

St. Joseph County Schools releasing preliminary reopening plans

first_img Google+ WhatsApp Pinterest Pinterest Twitter (Photo supplied/Michigan News Service) PHM, Mishawaka, and South Bend schools have all released details into what their districts will be doing to prepare students to return to the classroom. None of the schools have released any final decision on face-to-face learning decisions yet but those are expected relatively soon.Below are details by district as released to the public:PHM PLAN OUTLINE:First day for Penn-Harris-Madison is still Wednesday, August 19 (gr. 1-12), and the first day for kindergarten will be Thursday, August 20School will be in session five days per week, Monday-FridayTo conduct Face-to-Face instruction, certain safety measures must be in place to protect everyone’s safety. P-H-M joined with South Bend Community School Corp., School City of Mishawaka, and John Glenn School Corp. to work with St. Joseph County Health Department to develop the expectations outlined below for students and employees to follow when school starts in the fall:-Per the St. Joseph County Health Department Public Health Order, staff and students are required to have a mask (face covering) with them at all times. There will be times indoors or in enclosed spaces that 6 feet of physical distance cannot be maintained.-Students and staff will be required to be fever free for 72 hours without use of fever reducing medication before returning to school.-To maintain safe social distancing, lunch times will be staggered and available open space will be maximized.-Restrict visitors and guests in our school buildings.-Maximize instructional space and scheduling flexibility.-Employee enhanced cleaning procedures with additional hand sanitizer stations.-Identify and separate space in school clinics to treat symptomatic students.-Discontinuation of perfect attendance incentives for the 2020-21 school year.In addition to these jointly agreed upon procedures, this is specifically what P-H-M will be doing:Safety protocols and procedures-PHM will provide all students and employees with two (2) reusable masks (face covering).-Individualized school plans (which will be shared by early August) will ensure that social distancing can be maintained whenever possible-Arrival/Dismissal will be staggered with multiple entry points being utilized to reduce congestion-Breakfast/Lunch will be pre-packaged-Restroom breaks will be scheduled-All spaces will be sanitized frequently with enhanced cleaning procedures-Allow the use of a water fountain for bottle or cup refills only-Safety considerations of physical spaces-Classrooms will be reorganized to maximize available space-Sharing instructional materials will be limited-Larger spaces will be repurposed to accommodate social distancing as often as possibleStudent educational opportunities that remediate, accelerate, and enrich learning-Teachers will formatively assess students to diagnose lost learning while also focusing on grade level content to advance students academically.-Teachers will monitor student progress and adjust supports as needed in order for appropriate academic growth.In addition, we also want our families to know that we intend to offer Kids Club (before and after school) this fall. The same safeguards will be put into place at Kids Club as are done during the regular school day.MISHAWAKA OUTLINESchool City of Mishawaka announced preliminary details of the district’s plan for reopening in the fall while following safety precautions due to the COVID-19 pandemic.The district plans to release its reopening plan the second week of July. Until then, they wanted to communicate key details already decided.-In coordination with the other districts in St. Joseph County, School City of Mishawaka will return to school on Wednesday, August 12.-Schools will be in session and in-person five days a week with safety measures in place-The district will provide more information on eLearning the second week of July-The published school calendar will be followed.All school districts have agreed to the following modifications in partnership with the St. Joseph County Health Department:-Staff and students are required to have a mask with them at all times. There will be times that masks or facial coverings will be required indoors and in enclosed spaces when 6 feet of physical distance cannot be maintained.-Students and staff will be required to be fever free for 72 hours without use of fever reducing medication before returning to school.-Students and staff will be required to conduct at-home, self-screening on a daily basis.-All perfect attendance incentives for both students and staff will be discontinued.-Lunches will be adjusted to maximize available open space and utilize alternate scheduling to adhere to safety guidelines.-A separate space in existing school health offices will be identified to treat symptomatic students.-Visitors and guests will be restricted in school facilities until further notice.-Instructional space and scheduling flexibility will be maximized to ensure responsible social distancing as often as possible.-Enhanced cleaning and hand washing procedures will be required with additional hand sanitizer stations available for all students and staff.SOUTH BEND OUTLINEThe South Bend Community School Corporation announced preliminary details on how the district plans to bring students back in the fall during the COVID-19 pandemic.The first day back to school will be August 12. The rest of the school calendar can be viewed on the district website.In coordination with the St. Joseph County Health Department, the district will have the following protocols in place at every school:-All staff and students are required to have a mask with them at all times.-There will be times indoors or in enclosed spaces that six feet of physical distance cannot be maintained.-Students and staff will be required to be fever-free for 72 hours without use of fever-reducing medication before returning to school.-In-school clinics will identify and use a separate space to treat symptomatic students.-Visitors and guests in school buildings will be restricted.-Instructional space and scheduling flexibility will be maximized.-Employee cleaning procedures will be enhanced with additional hand sanitizing stations.-“Perfect attendance” incentives will be discontinued for students and staff.-Lunches will be adjusted to maximize available open space and utilize alternate scheduling to adhere to safety guidelines. St. Joseph County Schools releasing preliminary reopening plans Facebook WhatsApp CoronavirusIndianaLocalSouth Bend Market By Jon Zimney – June 30, 2020 0 579 Google+ Previous articleBenton Harbor Farmers Market reopens WednesdayNext articleBest. Week. Ever. returns to South Bend in August 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. Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Expect shorter lines at airports this Thanksgiving holiday

first_img Twitter Facebook Expect shorter lines at airports this Thanksgiving holiday Google+ By Jon Zimney – November 22, 2020 0 200 Pinterest (“20120218 17 South Bend Airport” by David Wilson, CC BY 2.0) If you’re flying over Thanksgiving, you should find shorter lines than usual at the airport.Air travel has been down sharply because of the pandemic, and is expected to increase only slightly for the holiday. TSA Administrator David Pekoske says airlines are expecting a bump similar to Columbus Day weekend last month.The TSA has also made several pandemic-inspired changes over the last several months which have the side benefit of shortening lines. Pekoske says they’re opening more lines than they normally would, which, depending on the time of day, tends to make those lines shorter. The agency is assigning one screener specifically to make sure people stay six feet apart in line, with floor markings showing you where to stand.Pekoske says the TSA has also upgraded the software on the full-body X-ray machine, resulting in fewer pat-down searches. And screeners will no longer ask you to take liquids and laptops out of your bag.The screener will give you a mask if you show up without one. Airlines for America president Nick Calio says pilots and flight attendants remind passengers to stay masked on the plane. Calio and Pekoske say the vast majority of travelers have been complying with mask requirements, but Calio notes in those cases where someone has refused, airlines have turned planes around, or banned passengers from the airline until the pandemic is over.Pekoske says whether you fly at all is up to you. He says to consider advice from the CDC, your doctor, and the local health department — and says you should check on any restrictions not just at home, but where you’re going. Google+ Twitter Pinterest IndianaLocalMichiganNews Facebook WhatsApp WhatsApp Previous articleNovember is Military Family Appreciation MonthNext articleSearch for drugs halted in Cass County due to discovery of explosive device 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

Howard Park Ice Trail and Pond to reopen on Friday

first_img Google+ WhatsApp Pinterest By Jon Zimney – November 25, 2020 0 373 Howard Park Ice Trail and Pond to reopen on Friday Google+ Twitter WhatsApp (Photo supplied/City of South Bend) South Bend Venues Parks & Arts has announces plans to open ice skate season at the Howard Park Ice Trail and Pond at 12 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 27.With the approval of the St. Joseph County Health Department, Howard Park will be implementing additional precautions this season.The Ice Trail and Ice Pond will be operating at approximately 40% capacity and limited to defined time blocks.Visitors must reserve skate times online in advance at visithowardpark.com to reduce lines and touchpoints. Tickets may be purchased beginning Monday, November 23.Masks will be required by all visitors at all times throughout the entire park.The indoor space will not be available to public skaters except for restroom usage.  Visitors are encouraged to dress warm and leave valuables at home. All skate changes will be made outdoors.According to state ordinance, visitors must be seated when consuming food and beverages.For a full list of Howard Park staff and visitor precautions, please visit: https://visithowardpark.com/covid19/As health officials continue to monitor the ongoing pandemic and its impact in our area, or in event that the St. Joseph County status changes, the will re-evaluate their operational plan. Facebook Twitter Pinterest IndianaLocalNews Facebook Previous articleGrowing number of scammers trying to get unemployment benefitsNext articleMichigan restaurant group unveils “Thanksgiving To Go: A Takeout Tradition.” 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

News story: Defence Secretary hosts Qatari counterpart at historic Horse Guards

first_imgThe visit to London focussed on defence and security cooperation between the UK and Qatar ahead of the 2022 World Cup, which is being hosted by Qatar, and lessons learned from the military support to the London 2012 Olympics. In addition to the Defence Secretary, Al-Attiyah also met with Security Minister Ben Wallace and the Deputy National Security Advisor Paddy McGuiness. His Excellency also inspected the men and horses of the Blues and Royals at the Army’s historic London Headquarters at Horse Guards Parade. The Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson and his Qatari counterpart, His Excellency Khalid bin Mohammed Al-Attiyah, have reaffirmed the important long-term relationship between the UK and Qatar during a meeting in London.The visit follows the Defence Secretary’s trip to Qatar last December, where he signed a £6bn deal for Typhoon jets and missiles, supporting thousands of British jobs at BAE Systems.Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson said: Qatar is a vital partner in the fight against Daesh, hosting the headquarters of the coalition air campaign which is still coordinating strikes on targets in Syria every day. Our two countries face the same threats from violent extremism and a mutual interest in supporting stability in the region, which will deliver security at home.last_img read more