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first_imgThe bread market is seeing growth in sales of products containing a high proportion of seeds and grains, said Frank Horan, divisional director of seeds and natural products’ division of Fuerst Day Lawson, supplier of specialist products to the baking industry.He predicted that the ranges and types of seeds seen in breads will grow significantly.”Now that people are discovering the difference seeds can make to bread they are increasingly ready to experiment,” Horan said. “There’s such a huge range of tastes available that we’re confident we can keep coming up with something new.”Kalonji and caraway seeds are two types of seeds that he predicted will increase in popularity over the next few months.”Kalonji is also known as black onion seed,” he explained. “It is the seed of the nigella flower and has long been used in Indian cooking. Its earthy, nutty flavour comes out best when cooked, which makes it ideal for adding to bakery mixes. It also makes a good addition to snack mixes when toasted.”Horan added: “We already have a lot of experience of caraway in baking. It has been used for many years in some Continental countries, particularly in rye bread. People like the taste and there is great potential for adding the seeds to bread mixes.”Fuerst Day Lawson also supplies poppy, pumpkin, sunflower, golden and brown linseeds and sesame seed, with a dried fruit range which includes raisins and sultanas, as well as apple rings, dried peaches and dried pears.last_img read more

CSM rallies, but volumes in H1 decline

first_imgThe parent company of Bake-Mark UK, CSM, has reported increased sales for the second quarter of 2009, but volumes in bakery were down 3% for the first half of the year (H1).The Netherlands-based bakery products supplier announced sales for Q2 were €647.6m (£549.1m) compared to €629m (£533.3m) in 2008. Sales for the first half of the year (H1) stood at €1,283.7m (£1,088.3m), up from €1,247.2m (£1,057.4m) last year.Net sales for its Bakery Supplies North America division were down 3.6% for H1 and sales in its Bakery Supplies Europe division were down 3.5%.CEO Gerard Hoetmer said strategic investments in 2007 and 2008 are showing “increased momentum” and that products that respond to healthy trends in bakery are helping to strengthen the firm’s position in the market.last_img

In the BB archives

first_imgThe decision to drop the word “bloomer” from the name of the London Protection Society’s bread class at the Islington Exhibition is no doubt a good one. The loaf required is now to be described as “a crusty long loaf, baked on the oven bottom in steam”. The competitor has now got the advantage of some clear-cut idea of the loaf that he is expected to send in. Apart from that, however, the name “bloomer” was vague, a little intriguing and probably a little unhappy. Among bakers who have an established trade in bloomer loaves, the name may stick, but from the point of view of the trade as a whole, it is as well that the name is to be dropped officially. Anyway, nobody seems very sure how the name came to be adopted in the first instance nor quite what it was meant to convey. Perhaps someone could suggest a better name for popular use!last_img

Your say: Letters

first_imgAs much as I look forward to my delivery of British Baker and have welcomed its change to include much more content that is relevant to smaller, independent bakeries, there is still one matter which I do not understand: what is your definition of “craft baker”?I used to think it meant a business such as ours: a family-owned bakery, with one shop or no more than 10, producing products that were mostly handmade and using minimal automated processes. But after being in the trade for more than a few years, entering competitions that are supposed to be for “craft bakers” and seeing them won by large-scale national firms that produce goods on a massive scale, I’m not so sure.Finally, I see in your recent BB75 (15 January) league table of bakery retailers that Greggs is classed as a “craft baker” with a turnover of over £62m and 1,419 outlets! In what possible way could they have anything in common with the independent baker such as ourselves? Even the term “artisan” has become diluted by multinationals and supermarkets selling “artisan” bake-off mass-produced loaves.Maybe we need an organisation that can help define and protect real artisan bakery such as The Artisan Bakery Association of Australia (see:, or we can find some other term to describe what it is that real bread bakers do.The making of real artisan bread doesn’t involve the use of any processing aids, artificial additives, flour ’improvers’, dough conditioners, preservatives or chemical leavening, that are required by bakeries needing long shelf-life and prolonged softness.Peter CookS C Price & Sons, Ludlow, Shropshirel See Viewpoint, pg 3, for Editor’s opinion.Do you agree with the definitions of craft and artisan (italics above)? Send your views to [email protected]last_img read more

Confusion over time off with pay

first_imgDuring the course of employment, there are times when employees seek leave other than for holiday. In some instances it may be reasonable to insist that annual leave entitlement should be used to cover the situations. In others, there is a statutory right to time off and, in some cases, this is with pay.Bereavement leaveIt is not unusual for employers to grant a number of days’ paid leave to employees when they lose a close relative although you are not obliged to pay. This leave may be extended at the time of the funeral perhaps by a further day or two.Compassionate/special leaveThis covers more serious personal situations, such as when a child or spouse contracts a dangerous illness, or when the employee’s house is destroyed or seriously damaged by fire, for example. Any leave granted is kept under review and extended a few days at a time. Whether this leave is paid or not is up to you and will depend on the circumstances of the case.Extended leaveThis applies to situations in which, for example, an employee who comes from abroad wishes to return to his or her country of origin to visit family and relations.Alternatively, the individual may be experiencing difficulties in the country of origin and may want to take time out to deal with these. If granted and there is no entitlement to it the dates on which the leave period will commence and end should be clearly defined in a letter, as should details regarding which days are to be taken as annual leave and which will be without pay.The employee should then sign a copy of the letter to signify acceptance of its terms and this should be retained on his or her personal file.Jury serviceThis is generally unavoidable. An allowance will be available to employees paid by the court, but it will usually not compensate fully for lost earnings. Many employers therefore pay wages/salary during periods of jury service, minus the amount that can be claimed.Public dutiesBefore taking up public duties, an employee should be required to provide you with details about the commitment he or she wishes to take on, including details of the total amount of absence likely to be required. You should then confirm in writing the level of absence you are prepared to accept. You should also make clear that you will expect him or her to undertake as many of the duties concerned outside normal working hours and that, when time off is requested, a decision will be made in the light of operational circumstances at the time.Time off for dependantsEmployees are allowed to take a reasonable amount of unpaid time off work to deal with unexpected or sudden emergencies and to make any necessary long-term arrangements.There is no qualifying length of service before employees become entitled to this right.Dependants include a husband, wife, child or parent of the employee, or someone who lives in the same house for example, a partner, grandparent who lives as part of the family. It does not include tenants, boarders or a live-in employee.The amount of time off is not specified, but it is suggested that, in most cases, one or two days off would be enough.last_img read more

Just Desserts strikes agreement for north west

first_imgJust Desserts, the Yorkshire-based company, has signed a deal with wholesaler FDP Fine Foods to supply foodservice customers in the north west.It is the company’s first wholesale distribution deal and forms part of its plan to expand its operations outside Yorkshire.FDP will target customers including local authorities, universities, cafés, delicatessens and garden centres with the Shipley-based company’s cakes, pastries and puddings. James O’Dwyer, managing director of Just Desserts, said: “We run our own fleet of temperature-controlled vehicles, which is growing, but currently services only the Yorkshire region, so this partnership will support our expansion plans.”Just Desserts was established by O’Dwyer and his wife, Carol, in 1985. The company now has 17 staff after expanding in 2007, investing £50,000 to double the size of its base.last_img

Trustees give IU their OK to borrow up to $1B amid pandemic

first_img Trustees give IU their OK to borrow up to $1B amid pandemic Facebook WhatsApp WhatsApp Google+ Facebook By IT Communications Office (IMG_0589 – Sample Gates HD Version) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Trustees at Indiana University have allowed school leaders to borrow up to $1 billion to counter a potential budget shortfall due to the coronavirus pandemic.The trustees approved the request Friday.University spokesman Chuck Carney says the university is in good financial shape, but the request offers peace of mind for the university to continue operations during difficult times.The university’s largest source of revenue is tuition.The school remains in operation during the pandemic, but has stopped in-person classes for the spring and summer. By Associated Press – April 13, 2020 0 282 Twitter CoronavirusIndianaNews Twitter Google+ Pinterest Pinterest Previous articleIvy Tech culinary students volunteer amid virus pandemicNext articleU.S. restaurants turn to grocery sales to help offset losses Associated PressNews from the Associated Press and its network of reporters and publications.last_img read more

Police converge on University Park Mall, stop person armed with an ax

first_imgIndianaLocalNews Twitter By Jon Zimney – June 1, 2020 2 1981 Police converge on University Park Mall, stop person armed with an ax WhatsApp Google+ Google+ WhatsApp Pinterest Facebook Twitter Previous articleSouth Shore Line suspends service due to protests, riotsNext articleGoshen College announces COVID fueled changes ahead of fall semester 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. (Photo supplied/Kyle Fobe/ABC 57) It was an abrupt end to the shopping day at University Park Mall, which closed early, late Sunday afternoon, May 31, due to a threat.(Photo supplied/Marissa Zimney)A small group of people arrived at the mall’s food court. One person was armed with an ax and was swinging it, according to 95.3 MNC’s reporting partners at ABC 57.Mishawaka Police were already on scene, due to the potential of trouble.The group tried to leave in a vehicle but police were able to stop the vehicle, ABC 57 reported.There were no injuries reported. Pinterest Facebooklast_img read more

Todd Rokita defeats Weinzapfel for Indiana Attorney General position

first_imgIndianaLocalNews Previous articleDistrict 2 Congresswoman Jackie Walorski declares victoryNext articleIncumbents and Republicans sweep local Elkhart County races 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 Google+ WhatsApp Todd Rokita defeats Weinzapfel for Indiana Attorney General position Facebook By US House of Reps ([1]) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons Republican Todd Rokita has defeated his Democratic challenger, Jonathan Weinzapfel to win the Indiana Attorney General job.Rokita is a former Congressman and Secretary of State who was the last candidate to enter the race for the nomination. Rokita grew up in Munster. He holds a B.A. degree from Wabash College in Crawfordsville, where he was an Eli Lilly Fellow.He has a law degree from Indiana University School of Law – Indianapolis. He was also the most vocal critic during the process of Hill, who was accused of groping four women in 2018.Rokita defeated Republican incumbent Curtis Hill in the state primary. Back in May, Hill was suspended from practicing law for one month for the groping incident.On election day, Rokita revealed that he had tested positive for COVID-19 and would watch election results from his home. Pinterest By Jon Zimney – November 3, 2020 0 179 Pinterest WhatsApp Twitter Twitterlast_img read more

One person shot at Phillips 66 on Lincolnway West in South Bend

first_img Facebook Twitter Pinterest Facebook WhatsApp One person shot at Phillips 66 on Lincolnway West in South Bend WhatsApp Pinterest (Photo supplied/South Bend Police) One person was taken to the hospital after a shooting at a gas station in South Bend.The shooting happened around 11:45 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 2, at the Phillips 66 in the 700 block of Lincolnway West.The victim was taken to Memorial Hospital.The South Bend Police Shooting Response Team has leading the investigation.Anybody with information is asked to contact Michiana Crime Stoppers at 574-288-STOP or 800-342-STOP or SBPD Detectives at 574-235-9263. By Jon Zimney – November 2, 2020 0 645 Google+ Google+ IndianaLocalNews Twitter Previous articlePoly-Sci Professor: President Trump will likely win Indiana, but with smaller victory than 2016Next articleElkhart Mayor Rod Roberson tests positive for COVID-19 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