Month: April 2021

Failed Furniss to be snapped up ‘within days’

first_imgBiscuit company Furniss of Cornwall could have a new owner within days, predicted the administrator Ian Walker, who last month took charge of the business when it went into administration.Walker, of Begbies Traynor, said that Furniss “just ran out of cash”, but added: “I’m fairly confident that it is going to be sold within the trade.”Before going into administration the business had been operating under the ownership of a Manchester-based consortium after being rescued from receivership in early 2004.After Walker took control, he shut down a small line making flapjacks and muffins and laid off the line’s 13 workers, leaving more than 100 workers.He said the business had “fairly good” remaining lines, including a travelling oven, which is only about 18 months old. Walker said so far he had received interest from about 25 potential buyers.last_img read more

Irish baking degree

first_imgThe National Bakery School in Dublin is setting a precedent in Irish bakery education by starting a new baking degree course in September of this year.The three-year course will lead to a BSc qualification in Baking and Pastry Arts Management. According to Derek O’Brien, head of the school, it is designed to equip people to become professional managers in the industry.O’Brien said that bakers and pastry specialists need to have a combination of talents rolled into one – they need to be “artists, business visionaries, marketing experts and technologists”.Development of the course reflects rapidly changing consumer tastes in Ireland, he said. As people travel abroad more frequently and dine out more often, their tastes are now for speciality breads and Continental-style pastries.The course is in a modular format. Successful students who leave after the first or second year will be awarded a higher certificate. Those that complete the full three years will be awarded a BSc.The National Bakery School is part of the Dublin Institute of Technology.last_img read more

Wheat quality up but questions raised over supplies

first_imgThe improved quality of harvested wheat crops this year could have implications for UK supply and demand balance with potentially less availability for millers, according to the HGCA’s latest cereals report.In the final Cereal Quality Survey of 2009, the HGCA revealed that British wheat and barley crops have been better quality this year. However, this compares to a poor season in 2008. The results should also be placed in the context of large carryover stocks, of unclear quality, totalling around three million tonnes, according to the HGCA.Michael Archer, HGCA senior cereals and oilseeds analyst explained: “Although quality has improved it must be remembered this is in comparison to a very poor season in 2008. Longer term averages suggest 2009 quality is only a little above normal.”He told British Baker that the implications around supply and demand will mainly surround the availability of wheat and barley to millers, maltsters and exporters. “There are a lot of questions on exactly what the impact will be, however we are potentially looking at a higher proportion of the crop meeting the quality requirements of millers, for example,” said Archer. “However even though it is a higher quality crop, there is also less of it. How much millers will use will depend on how much of the new crop they can get their hands on, how much they stored from last year and also how much they import.”The final results for wheat have shown a lower moisture content, higher Hagberg Falling Number, higher specific weight and higher protein compared to 2008. The barley results revealed a lower moisture content, higher nitrogen content and higher specific weight.The survey was based on 61,000 samples of wheat and 30,000 samples of barley collected from laboratories around Great Britain.last_img read more

Nantwich firm seeks staff

first_imgChilled speciality breadmaker New Primebake is on a recruitment drive to help meet demand for its products.The company’s factory at Nantwich in Cheshire is expanding its operation and needs to take on 49 new production and hygiene staff.New Primebake, which makes speciality breads, such as chilled garlic baguettes, garlic slices and ciabatta for major UK retailers, currently employs about 250 people in Nantwich and 150 in Crewe. It also has a production site in Barton, North Lincolnshire.Managers said that despite the Crewe factory opening two years ago, demand for its speciality breads had continued to grow.New Primebake human resources manager Helen Steadman said: “It’s very much about an increase in demand. We supply to most of the major retailers and there is a big demand for our products, which is good news for us.”The business was expanded a couple of years ago, when the new site in Crewe was opened, but even that has not been sufficient to keep up with demand. That is why we are looking for the additional people here at Nantwich.”The company was bought by Icelandic fresh foods company Bakkavör Group in 2006, which specialises in fresh prepared foods and produce. The Icelandic company reported a strong performance in its UK fresh prepared foods sector, with 5% growth in the last quarter of 2009, and cited bread as one of the categories that had seen strong sales uplifts.last_img read more

KeyChoc launches hire deal

first_imgKeyChoc’s new chocolate processing machinery hire service lets customers borrow equipment on a short- or long-term basis.Companies can use machines to provide more capacity at seasonal peaks, fulfil one-off large orders and trial models before making purchase decisions. They can also be hired for special projects, demonstrations or exhibitions. Machines available for hire include the MM series of moulding machines, CH series of melting/holding tanks and BT series of automatic batch temperers.KeyChoc has also launched MarketPlace a platform for companies to buy and sell second-hand or surplus machinery. Similar to a classified listings format, Marketplace allows sellers to offer their surplus machinery to a highly targeted audience.last_img read more

Register now for Bakers’ Fair Autumn

first_imgDon’t forget to register to attend Bakers’ Fair Autumn on Sunday 2 October.Taking place at the Bolton Arena, the free-to-attend event will include a masterclass on cake pop-making from John Robertshaw of Bako North Western; a talk from the Soil Association on ’Demystifying organic’; and demonstrations from the Richemont Club of Great Britain. The Richemont Club will also hold its eighth annual competition, which is open to non-members for the first time. Please call 01270 624572 or email [email protected] for competition details.For more information, to register for free, or to download a competition entry form, visit www.bakersfair.co.uk.last_img read more

Krispy Kreme reveals northern growth plans

first_imgKrispy Kreme is to target the north east and Scotland as part of the retailer’s ambitious plans to expand following a £25m management buy-out (MBO).Joint managing director Rob Hunt told British Baker the doughnut brand was in “advanced discussions” with landlords in the two regions in order to fill in the geographical gaps where it does not have a presence. The company, which recently confirmed it had been backed by investment firm Alcuin for the MBO, has revealed it wants to increase the number of stores it operates from 45 to 80 in the next four years.The firm operates a hub-and-spoke method, with its signature ’Hotlight’ stores acting as the bakery and distribution centres for the stores around it. Krispy Kreme also operates around 350 cabinets in retail outlets, such as garage forecourts and Tesco.The group most recently opened three sites at Westfield Stratford, Southgate in Bath and at Meadowhall in Sheffield.News that the group plans on targeting the north east and Scotland will interest bakers and food-to-go retailers in those areas, because of the massive “pull” of the brand. For example, an opening in Cardiff, Wales, earlier this year saw 1,000 people queue to buy on its first day.Hunt said: “It is fantastic that we have been able to secure this funding and proceed with our expansion plans. We offer a premium quality doughnut at a realistic, affordable price and, despite the current climate, people are still willing to treat themselves. And we bring a brand buzz when we open that landlords appreciate.”last_img read more

Man wanted in connection with robbery, death in Terre Haute arrested in Plymouth

first_img Google+ Man wanted in connection with robbery, death in Terre Haute arrested in Plymouth Previous article$1,000 reward offered for the arrest shooting suspect connected to child’s deathNext articleFaster internet coming soon to rural parts of Indiana 95.3 MNCNews/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel is your breaking news and weather station for northern Indiana and southwestern Michigan. Facebook Pinterest WhatsApp Twitter IndianaLocalNews (Photo supplied/ABC 57) A man wanted by police on suspicion of murder in Terre Haute has been arrested in Plymouth.Terre Haute Police contacted deputies last last week on a tip that Jeffrey Recupido, 33, was staying in Plymouth, according to 95.3 MNC’s reporting partners at ABC 57.Deputies took him into custody in the parking lot of Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center of Plymouth on active warrants for parole violation and armed robbery resulting in serious bodily injury.Recupido, who’s already back in Terre Haute, and two other people are facing charges connected to an armed robbery.The victim of that robbery has since died. Google+ Twitter Facebook WhatsApp Pinterest By 95.3 MNC – September 6, 2020 0 502 last_img read more

Press release: Minister for Europe visits Serbia

first_imgFor journalists Follow Foreign Office Minister Sir Alan Duncan on Twitter @AlanDuncanMP and Facebook Follow the Foreign Office on Instagram, YouTube and LinkedIn Further information Media enquiries In Belgrade, the Minister has today met with Prime Minister Brnabic and Foreign Minister Dacic to discuss bilateral relations and regional security, and with Serbia’s Minister for European Integration Joksimovic to express the importance of reform and UK’s support to Serbia’s EU path.Sir Alan has also had the opportunity to meet leading figures in the non-governmental sector, and to showcase the British Council’s flagship project on digital education and creative programming for school children in the region.Ahead of the visit, Sir Alan said: I am pleased to visit Serbia for the second time, almost three months after the Western Balkans Summit in London. The UK and Serbia have a historic and dynamic relationship reaching back over 180 years and I look forward to strengthening that relationship further. The UK supports Serbia’s path towards the European Union and we continue to support them in the implementation of necessary reforms which will increase Serbia’s stability and prosperity and improve the lives of its citizens. The commitment of the Serbian Government to normalising relations with Pristina is welcomed. We stand ready to offer support in reaching a sustainable deal that enhances stability in the region. Follow the Foreign Office on Twitter @foreignoffice and Facebook Email [email protected]last_img read more

Speech: Lord Ahmad speech: International Human Rights Day 2018

first_imgLadies and gentlemen, good afternoon to you all and a warm welcome to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and thank you Richard for your introduction.When we look across the world, in headquarters of global institutions and in government ministries like this one, in the homes and offices of activists, and in classrooms and places of worship, today marks one of those days where people are coming together to mark Human Rights Day – 70 years to the day when the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was signed.But let us reflect on the last 70 years. 70 years ago the world was still reeling from global conflict. It was a world of families shattered by death, by destruction: a world in which people everywhere were calling on those in power to find peaceful ways to resolve their differences to show respect and understanding towards each other.So when the United Nations was still only two years old, 48 leaders of the most forward looking nations sought to do just that. They came together to proclaim the rights that every person should enjoy, each and every one of us should enjoy, regardless of age, regardless of their place of birth, their position in society, their faith, their religion, their race, their creed, their political views.It was a bold aspiration and a courageous one, because so many of the two billion people on earth at that time did not enjoy these fundamental rights.Let’s fast forward 70 years, and I am amongst other things the Minister for the United Nations as well. And whilst our work continues on this important agenda there is no better word for it than a tragedy; the tragedy that today, in 2018, despite the progress that has been made in the seven decades after that Declaration was signed, millions, and yes it is millions as we all know to be true, still cannot rely on their governments, their communities, to protect their basic human rights.That is why it is so important that all of us, each and every one of us who are committed to securing human rights for everyone, keeps coming together, keeps working together, to bring about a better future for all.You heard Richard say at the start, and it was quite deliberate on my part, that as a Minister, it is not me shying away from the questions. It is about hearing directly from the human rights defenders, those involved on the front line.Human Rights DefendersAnd I am delighted and honoured to be joined by the panel who represent such human rights defenders, who, like many in this room and tens of thousands of others around the world, dedicate their time, their efforts, their energy showing, great courage and great risk to their personal lives at times and great risk to the lives of their families.It is poignant we focus on human rights defenders today, because yesterday was also the 20th Anniversary of the Declaration on Human Rights Defenders, which is why we chose to celebrate their work at the event this year.Our panellists will tell you themselves about their work in a moment, but I’d like to introduce them briefly if I may, before I give a brief overview of some of our work from a British perspective on this important agenda on Human Rights, which I will also add is very close to my heart.As we have already heard from Richard, we are joined byDina Meza. She is a journalist in Honduras who is working to defend freedom of expression and information. And in case Dina, and after meeting her this morning, I would add this, a modest lady, and if she fails to tell you this herself is that she was named by Fortune magazine as one of the world’s 50 greatest leaders of 2018. Why? Because of her work in this sphere. Thank you Dina for being here.Another human rights defender joins us from a country I visited recently, Kenya. Wanjeri Nderu has created a network of civil society volunteers – including many lawyers and professionals – who use social media to defend the human rights of those who are less able to defend themselves. Welcome to you as well, Wanjeri.And I am also proud to welcome once again, someone I describe not just as someone who leads the charge on human rights defenders, but if I may say, someone who acts and provides sounds advice, my good friend Kate Allen. Welcome Kate, who as many of us know champions the work of human rights, including as Director of Amnesty International UK, for the last 18 years. Thank you all for joining us here this afternoon.The UK’s Human Rights WorkI hope you will also agree, as I look around the audience, that the UK government has been a champion of human rights, fundamental freedoms, and democratic values. Let me assure you this will continue to be an absolutely integral part of what we do in Government as part of British foreign policy.There are times, as I am sure you will all agree, for quiet diplomacy. But there are times for vocal campaigns, such as the call by our Prime Minister, Mrs May, on the ending modern slavery and human trafficking, to prevent sexual violence in conflict, or to ensure at least 12 years of quality education for every girl around the globe – our work, ladies and gentlemen, gives real momentum to a wide range of individual cases and indeed global issues.In this respect, in the summer of this year, I was humbled and deeply honoured when the Prime Minister asked me to take on an additional role, as her Special Envoy on Freedom of Religion or Belief. Last month working with colleagues across the Department for International Development we announced a new programme of £12 million of Government funding and support programmes to support our shared vision of a world where people with different beliefs or no beliefs truly respect each other.This is a responsibility I cherish, because when you look at the issue of Freedom of Religion or Belief, it is not just about the challenges we see abroad, regrettably, we still see these challenges on a domestic front; the rising tide of anti-Semitism both here and in Europe, and the issues of rising religious hate crime against minority communities. It is only through collective and collaborative action that we will not only face up to it, but we will defeat such divisive voices and actions.My new role is a responsibility I greatly cherish and in recent months I have used it to promote the benefits of religious diversity around the world – recently in October I visited Indonesia; to raise our concerns directly with governments – I have also had the opportunity, amongst others, Sudan; and to convene conversations between leaders of all faiths – as I did in Israel earlier in the year, and as I do regularly through faith tables right here in London. I am delighted to see Archbishop Angaelos join us, who has been a constant support and friend in this respect. Thank you Archbishop for your support.A failure to respect our differences while recognising and celebrating our common humanity is at the root of so many of today’s human rights abuses, and so many instances of the abuse of power.The United Kingdom government promotes good governance, for example through the Westminster Foundation for Democracy, and through our membership of the Community of Democracies, a grouping which we currently chair.And as we use our position as a global leader to oppose the death penalty and to speak out against torture wherever it exists. Today also marks the close of 16 days of activism to end gender-based violence.Ladies and gentlemen when you look around the world, it is unacceptable, it is tragic that one in three women, one in three women will experience physical or sexual violence in her lifetime – that is abuse on a truly, truly appalling scale.In conflict situations, as I have seen myself through meeting some incredible women, courageous survivors both women and girls, but also men and boys, who experience violence and sexual abuse in even greater numbers.This year, to mark the 16 days of activism on the issue, I was proud to host a film festival in London to draw attention to the experiences of survivors, through their direct sharing of experiences, about the appalling crime that is sexual violence in conflict. And also importantly to fight the important issue of stigma. Why should it be that these victims, who suffer the most horrendous crimes against their person, then not only have to relive that experience, but are then rejected by their very communities, at a time when they need their greatest support.We must come together, stand united, to ensure not only are their rights protected, not only are perpetrators brought to account, but also that they are given the support they need to rebuild their lives.The film festival began the countdown to the International Conference which the British Government will be hosting next year in November 2019, to mobilise the international community into further action.Those who shine a light on the perpetrators of human rights violations and abuses are another increasingly vulnerable group.Which is why the Foreign Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, is launching a new global campaign next year to champion media freedom, and to support journalists and campaigners who expose discrimination, corruption and injustice.I am also delighted to report today that next June the United Kingdom will take over as co-chair of the Equal Rights Coalition, a grouping of 40 countries working together towards LGBT equality. This is an important area of our human rights work and we are particularly pleased that Argentina will partner us as the second co-chair.Ladies and gentlemen those of you who have worked with me, know how close this issue is to the work I do. But I do so only as effectively as the deep collaborative partnerships and friendships that the Foreign Office has fostered with many of you in this room and beyond.ConclusionI am proud, as the minister within the Foreign Office to be responsible for human rights. I am deeply humbled that by God’s grace, I live in a country that not only respects but protects by law, the human rights of its citizens. But there is always work to be done.But equally, I am proud and honoured to represent a country, the United Kingdom, that is committed to supporting, promoting and protecting the human rights of all people around the world.It is a great honour to support the brave and committed people who carry out this most important of work, often at great personal risk. People like those on the panel today and those we are about to see on video; examples of human rights defenders drawn from Malawi, Mexico, Sierra Leone and the Philippines.Ladies and gentlemen, today, on the 70th anniversary of the Declaration of Human Rights, and indeed the 20th anniversary of the Declaration on Human Rights Defenders, let me take this opportunity on behalf of Her Majesty’s Government to thank all of you, the panellists and those incredible and all human rights defenders around the world. We thank them for all their work on all aspects of this important agenda for their courage, their dedication, their devotion and incredible determination.Let me say this to conclude, that we commit to continue strengthening our support for them as we collectively strive to build a better world.I am not for a moment entertaining that this is an easy job; it is not. On a moment of personal reflection, when I meet with victims and survivors who have suffered the worst kind of human abuses against them, is both the heart-rendering moments, but then you reach deep; you reach deep into your own experience, you reach deep into the friendships that you have fostered over a number of years and you reach deep into the relationships that we have, with like-minded individuals, communities, groups and organisations around the world.Sitting back and saying, “Isn’t this terrible, what more can be done?” On a point of personal reflection, more can be done and often the question lies within yourself.Because, if we collectively do more we will be able to start making the kind of differences we all wish to see. One of my biggest heroes in my life, who shaped many things in how I looked at the world was Ghandi. He famously said that “we must become the change we wish to see”. Let us become that change, let us ensure we stand up with passion, with vigour, with commitment and emulate the bravery of human rights defenders around the world to ensure that we play our part, not just in government or leaders of NGOs and civil societies, but we play our part as human beings to ensure that we can live and say that we did our part in the defence and declaration of that Declaration envisaged all those years ago.last_img read more