Tate & Lyle Mexico is selling its 49% stake in Grupo Industrial Azucarero de Occidente to ED&F Man Holdings, owner of Man Sugar, for US$93m (£46m), subject to shareholder and competition authority approval.Occidente operates three cane sugar mills in Mexico and Tate & Lyle’s share of its operating assets is valued at £42m.Its share of the business’s operating profit for the year to 31 March 2007was £6m.
Online training provider The Bakery School is adding a further module to its 40-module bakery training portfolio. The module, Training Matrix, will go live on 5 September. Designed to support the employer or super-visor, the module will help them to set up a simple matrix system for bakery training, in an easy-to- follow format, enabling the operative to see the progress of the training.Current Bakery School customers have expressed their support for the website. Caroline Grant, bakery general manager at Betty’s and Taylors of Harrogate, said: “The Bakery School training website is very easy to use, with valuable underpinning knowledge content that complements our in-house craft training programme.”The site was set up by ex-tutor Jean Grieves and Waterfields’ Albert Waterfield as a low- cost solution to the bakery skills gap.Visit the website at www. thebakeryschool.com or telephone 01942 704104.
Ishida Europe has developed a new data capture system for checkweighers in order to help production reporting procedures. The Ishida Data Capture System (IDCS) records data from packs weighed by up to 100 checkweighers and stores it on a secure database. It offers a range of reporting options, as well as identifying cost-saving opportunities, minimising product give-away and improving production efficiencies.The system is compatible across all Ishida DACS checkweigher models and allows remote control and set-up of the checkweighers. The data can be analysed by batch, shift, operator, product or machine and reports are fully customised to include information such as production histograms, downtime, the checkweigher’s overall equipment efficiency (OEE) and daily reports. It can be accessed on-site or remotely using ethernet connections, and the only software required is a standard web browser.Paul Griffin, Ishida Europe’s marketing director, commented: “In today’s modern production environment, manufacturers need to reconcile the need for full reporting to meet legal obligations with the pressures of operating to maximum efficiency.”[http://www.ishidaeurope.com]
The truth of the phrase “you’ve got to be in it to win it” has never been more cruelly exposed – at least in the world of bakery – than it was last week at Bako London’s showcase event to mark its 50th anniversary.Let’s set the scene. Bako, in its generosity, laid on a fabulous prize draw of a spanking new Mini Cooper. It entered all of its customers who had met the sole criterion of paying on time for the last six months. It also laid on two holidays in Australia and Blackpool, with everyone who had grown their business with Bako by 5% over the last year qualifying. It then publicised the event to all its customers, saying only those who turned up on the day of the draw would be eligible to win.Cue the prize draw at 2pm, Thursday last week, when a well-attended gathering grouped round to hear the draw – the Blackpool break. One lucky bakery was announced to a hush, broken only by a murmur as it slowly dawned that the winner had not turned up. No problem! Bako chairman Stuart Earl cheerily dipped into the box to pick out another name. Then another. And another. Again and again until, finally, after nearly a dozen efforts, Budgens supplier More Foods stepped forward.The scene was repeated as the Australian hols came up for grabs. “Birdgate Bakery,” came the announcement. “They’ve gone bust!” came the unfortunate cry from the crowd. More unlucky bakeries came and went before Rose’s Bakery eventually stepped forward to stake its claim.By this stage, the tension was palpable, with a precedent of no-shows and a £20,000 Mini Cooper at stake. With the inevitable transpiring, Stop the Week has agonised over whether to reveal the two unclaimed names plucked from the hat to anguished groans of pity, but has decided to stay schtum. We don’t want two bakery suicides on our hands!
While the current high UK unemployment figures, 2.5m and rising, cause any amount of misery and hardship to those directly involved and their families, they do provide a real opportunity for the baking industry. It is an unfortunate fact that, historically, when unemployment reaches these heights, recruitment does become easier and brings a higher-calibre person into our range.Not that long ago, when unemployment was around the 1m mark, my local job centre phoned me and said they had a client who was prepared to come and interview me as one of his prospective employers! At that level, the unemployed either couldn’t or didn’t want to work. For various reasons, we are now better-placed to make the most of these potential new bakers than we’ve been for a very long time.I don’t know why, but there appears to be a resurgence in colleges and bakers providing bakery classes around the country. Many of us have had our own opinions on bakery education, but let’s be joyful and seize the moment – people are interested in joining our profession! Having attended the rejuvenated Alliance of Bakery Students and Trainees conference in Torquay in May, the student numbers were up, support from sponsors was up, and the quality of product, especially some breads, was the highest for several years.The ’Bakery School’ – at www.thebakery school.com – is a tremendous way to provide underpinning knowledge to those in work. How fortunate we are as an industry to have people like Albert Waterfield and Jean Grieves, who have the vision, commitment, and energy – coupled with some financial help from, among others, the British Confectioners’ Association – to drive this great initiative forward.The British Retail Consortium’s latest figures for food sales in May show a strong upward trend. This may be partly linked to the so-called ’Domino Pizza effect’, with people staying at home rather than eating out. This should be positive for an industry providing fresh, inexpensive but indulgent products.Never forgetting the implications to society of high unemployment, it does provide a hard work/lower wage industry, such as ours, an opportunity to recruit and recruit well. Colleges are booming and there is a wonderful new initiative for in-work learning. National Craft Bakers’ Week last week provided unprecedented levels of interest in our industry and products.So, rather than getting dragged down by the doom and gloom being peddled by the media, I suggest we use the current situation to build up our core of skilled and talented bakers, so we are in a position to seize the exciting opportunities that will come our way as soon as financial recovery rolls in.
Warburtons has announced a £25 million investment programme at its Bolton bakery. However the move threatens the jobs of around a quarter of its workforce at the site.The planned investment involves the redevelopment of the bakery, which will result in the closure of two of its existing bread plants. The firm has revealed that 121 jobs, out of the 234 employed on the two bread lines, are at risk. Around 480 staff are employed at the bakery. “As the two existing bread plants require upgrading, we will be creating a new single facility that will ensure we have a sustainable and efficient manufacturing facility to meet future customer requirements,” announced Warburtons.The firm will now enter into a 90-day consultation period, followed by a 30-day consultation period, said Ian Hodson, organising regional secretary, Bakers, Food & Allied Workers Union (BFAWU).He told British Baker that an initial meeting took place at Warburtons on Wednesday 27 January, and staff at the bakery were subsequently informed about the possible job losses following the meeting. He said the initial reaction to the announcement from shop stewards was that they were “pretty devastated by the news”. “It came as a shock. It was totally out of the blue, and had a real sting in the tail,” said Hodson.The new facility will be commissioned from September 2011, enabling Warburtons to “continue to grow and develop”.The firm has said it will be “working closely with its impacted employees and their representatives to explore all possible alternatives, during the consultation period”.The BFAWU will hold a meeting with members on 6 February, followed by a meeting with the company to go through the consultation process on 9 February, said Hodson.
Anuga Trade Fair takes place at Koelnmesse, in Cologne on 8-12 October, with one whole hall given over to bakery.PS8, run by Sandra Sullivan, will support British exhibitors and organise the UK pavilion. UK bakery exhibitors include Artisan Biscuits, Honeytop Speciality Foods, Perfection Foods, Rosario Exports (The British Pantry), The Handmade Cake Company, Walkers Shortbread and Yum Yum Brothers.Koelnmesse vice-president of food business Peter Grothues said: “There will be 6,500 exhibitors from around 100 countries at the show. I look forward to welcoming British exhibitors and visitors.”To find out more, visit www.anuga.com.
Ken McMeikan, Greggs chief executive, has claimed that the company’s profts have aided job creation.Appearing on BBC2’s Newsnight last Thursday (23 February), McMeikan explained that 10% of the business’ profits are shared among staff. In addition, the high street bakery firm confirmed it paid its staff above the minimum wage for a number of years.McMeikan said: “There is something about that when your employees feel that they are benefiting in the success of the company, and it’s proportionate, that everyone is sharing in that success. We have worked very hard over of years to keep above the minimum wage, plus if you take over the last three or four years we have made sure we have had a wage increase every year and this year we will have another 2.7% pay increase.”McMeikan further discussed issues surrounding big pay packets and bonuses featuring in the headlines with Mars Inc’s managing director Fiona Dawson, Wates Construction’s chief executive Paul Dreschler and Mark Price, managing director of Waitrose and the Business in the Community’s (BITC) chairman.McMeikan added: “The profits are hugely important if companies are going to invest and continue to grow, and by growing, what you then do is create jobs. If there is one thing we have as a big challenge as a country, it is that we need to create jobs, because there are so many people out of work, so that is how we can get a feelgood factor back into the UK.“But unless we have companies that are growing profitably and are investing those profits back into growing and creating more jobs, then we get into a vicious downwards spiral.”The debate featured news that UK Uncut had discovered that some businesses are not paying the full corporation tax.McMeikan added: “What people look at is if they are paying their taxes, then why are big companies not being seen to be paying their taxes. If a company is not being seen as paying its due tax, then it should be held to account. You have to have a balance – if you blow it up and say those fewer companies are systematic of what’s happening in all business, then all business gets cast in the same way.“There is a danger for British business as a whole when the media holds up one or two examples and says, ‘That is business’.”Speaking of whether he thought there was an issue in terms of the gap between the lowest- and highest-paid people, McMeikan commented: “It think it does matter, particularly to the people who work for you in your company. They will look to see who is earning the most and whether they deserve it. I think there is a credibility issue for you as a leader with your own people.”The Greggs boss told Newsnight presenter Kirsty Wark that the gap between the company’s lowest and highest paid employees is 50 times more than the average salary, in comparison to the John Lewis Group, which owns the Waitrose supermarket chain, which has a gap of up to 75 times more.The programme also featured Prime Minister David Cameron making a speech at a BITC event in North London yesterday, celebrating 30 years of business in the local community. He said: “Frankly I am sick of all this anti-business snobbery. Business is not just about making money as vital as it is, but it is the most powerful source for social progress that the world has ever known.”The event was attended by HRH Prince Charles of Wales and a number of UK business bosses.To view the full episode, click here.
IndianaLocalNews Previous articleGroup clears step to advance ballot drive to curb lobbyingNext articleNewman confirms he suffered head injury in Daytona 500 crash 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. Google+ Facebook WhatsApp Pinterest Pinterest Twitter Twitter (Photo supplied/LaPorte County Jail) A 48-year-old man is locked up in the LaPorte County Sheriff’s Office on suspicion of child molestation.Deputies were called to a home in Noble Township on February 7 for an unwanted guest.When they arrived, they were told David Powers the 2nd committed a sex offense.The case was presented to the LaPorte County Prosecuting Attorney, according to 95.3 MNC’s reporting partners at ABC 57.Probable cause was found and members of the Fugitive Apprehension Street Team located and arrested Powers.He’s been charged with four counts of child molesting. Facebook Man, 48, jailed in LaPorte County on suspicion of child molestation Google+ By Jon Zimney – February 23, 2020 0 476 WhatsApp
WhatsApp Facebook IndianaLocalNews Twitter Facebook Pinterest Pinterest WhatsApp Google+ Twitter (“Cuffs4” by banspy, Attribution 2.0 Generic) An Elkhart man is accused of molesting three girls repeatedly during car rides to church.The victims were all under the age of 14 at the time.A relative of one of the girls contacted Child Protective Services after hearing accusations that Caleb Lohr, 38, touched her and the others on several occasions, according to 95.3 MNC’s reporting partners at The Elkhart Truth.The girls described similar incidents, with Lohr touching or tickling them in the back seat of the vehicle on the way to church.They indicated the tickling soon turned into attempts to touch them inappropriately. Lohr allegedly confessed to police.Read more about the case in the original report published in The Elkhart Truth. Elkhart man arrested after allegedly touching girls inappropriately Previous articleUPDATE: Mishawaka Police reschedule mask giveaway for Monday morningNext articleMan shot in Goshen, another man arrested 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. Google+ By Jon Zimney – April 20, 2020 0 709