International activity

first_imgSara Lee Corporation announced last week that its international bakery sales were up 7.8% and its North American retail bakery sales were up 6.8% for the 12-month period ending 30 June, 2007.The company revealed in a statement that North American retail bakery performed well, due to increased prices, procurement and other improvements in savings, despite higher commodity and labour costs. Sara Lee Bakery makes products such as bread, bagels, chilled desserts, muffins and pies.The company said the Sara Lee brand maintained its position as the number one fresh bakery brand in America, with a 7.9% share according to IRI share data (12 weeks ending July 1, 2007). “We achieved higher sales in every business segment and improved the overall profitability of the company during the year,” said Brenda Barnes, chairman and CEO of Sara Lee Corporation.Its international bakery sector saw sales increase 11.2% to $205 million in the fourth quarter of the 12-month period ending 30 June. For example, the Bimbo brand belongs to the Sara Lee Corporation and is a market leader in the Spanish bakery market for bread, buns and pastisserie products.Growth in the Spanish fresh bakery business and the European refrigerated dough business was partially offset by declines in the fourth quarter in the Australian business, according to the company. Favourable foreign currency exchange rates, higher unit volumes and price increases were offset by increases in commodity and other input costs.last_img read more

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first_img== Mike Holling ==Chairman, National Association of Master BakersApart from the challenging economic climate that all sectors of the baking industry are experiencing at present, two weeks ago we were forced to deal with the worst weather conditions seen in the country for 18 years, resulting in further disruption to the industry, leading to lost revenue and a situation that nobody needs, given the pressure we are all under at present.I was asked if my company (Birds of Derby) had a snow policy to deal with such incidents, I have to admit the answer was no – you can already see the Health & Safety brigade consultants having a field day with this one. I have always been of the view that common sense prevails in such circumstances or is that too simple? In these hard trading times, it is essential to market yourself as never before. The craft baker needs to make every effort to highlight its freshly made and quality credentials.With this in mind, the National Association is working together with other key partners in the industry to launch National Craft Bakers’ Week.The primary objectives are to raise the profile of bakers to their consumers, to educate bakers on the benefits of self-promotion, to show that the baking industry can offer solid career opportunities and to show that bakers are innovative, keen to offer choice, responsive to the local and national consumer trends and an integral element within the high street community.A great deal of hard work has already gone into this project by all the key partners to get the idea up and running and it will be a great opportunity to promote the industry. The aim is to run the week during June, so look out for further updates very soon.last_img read more

Wild Bean extends BP bakery offer

first_imgWild Bean Café has expanded the range of bakery products served at its 230 stores in BP petrol stations.Custard and jam iced finger buns, topped with sweet fondant icing and a traditional piped icing decoration, are one of three new products launching this spring. The buns, which retail for £1.19, are injected with either raspberry jam or vanilla custard going into four points along the bun, so consumers get a mouthful of the filling with each bite.Other new arrivals at Wild Bean Café include: Belgian Bun twin-packs, containing a lemon and fruited Belgian dough swirl, topped with a fondant icing and a half cherry; and Cinnabun, an American-style dough swirl with a cinnamon paté filling. It is topped with a cream cheese icing and dusted with more cinnamon.Both products will retail for £1.39.www.wildbeancafe.comlast_img read more

Pork Farms in teamwork

first_imgSavoury pastry product specialist Pork Farms has teamed up with Peperami and Branston to launch a number of co-branded recipes.The new partnerships will see a Spicy Hit sausage roll with Peperami, as well as two Pickle Hit sausage rolls one with Branston Pickle and cheese and one with Branston Pickle and sausage meat, available from mid-March. The firm is also launching a Pork and Branston Pickle Pork Pie.Pork Farms general manager, Nigel White said the firm felt the sausage roll market was in need of a “new image”.”Our plan for 2010 was to hit the market hard with an innovative, fresh new range that would invigorate and grow the category,” he explained.”Our new co-brand products aim to broaden consumer appeal and drive a new and younger audience to the fixture.”The sausage rolls will be available in both King Size (133g) and a six-pack of Snack Sausage Rolls (210g) for £1.29 and £1.49 respectively. The pork pie will be available in a four-pack of Snack Pork Pies for £ read more

Choppy waters

first_imgHere we go again, you might think, as press hysteria mounts around wheat prices. How did this come about, given that we are not facing touch wood a repeat of the terrible harvests of 2007/2008? The past two years have seen record stock levels high enough to handle the predicted drop in wheat supply following problems in Canada, Russia and the EU.One reason is that wheat has been viewed as a clever commodity to turn to, as the usually reliable gold and oil stocks defied predictions by failing to spark after the dollar fell and questions rose over deep sea oil supply. As news came through of wheat production problems, panic and fear fermented, which resulted in some big-money trader gambles. This has pushed world wheat prices up by 59% since the beginning of July (CBOT).Is it a blip?Most bakers couldn’t give two hoots about the vagaries of traders, except when it manifests itself on the balance sheet, as it will following Rank Hovis’ flour price hike. So is it a blip or a long-term trend? Larger bakers that have forward-purchased will find their palms less sweaty than those buying ad hoc. With many operating on six-month contracts, the short-term impact of flour hikes will be limited.Dutch financial services provider Rabobank predicts that if the raw material costs stay high after six months, bakers will be hit on margins, and what’s more, will find it hard to pass on costs to retailers. Private-label suppliers would be hit the hardest, and smaller players, without the benefits of bulk buying power, would be hit harder.Managing volatilityThe key will be how you manage your buying amid price volatility. “With wheat at a 24-month high, manufacturers’ purchasing decisions on whether or not to lock in the price will affect their competitive position, and increase the risk of margin pressure,” said Rabobank. Companies that have long-term strategic partnerships with their suppliers will have some buffer from the volatility. “If companies continue to dip into the market with tactical buying, they are at the whim of the market,” said Duncan Rawson, associate director at agrifood business consultancy English Farming and Food Partnerships (EFFP).As Britain’s biggest high street baker, Greggs had already forward-bought through to the end of the year before the spike, but believes prices are overheated. “We expect and hope that prices will come back down,” said chief executive Ken McMeikan. “The difference this time, compared to 2007/08, are that the reserves in the system are a lot higher. We believe this is a short-term over-reaction and a nervousness. At this time of the year we would normally be looking to buy for the first and second quarter of next year. It will probably force us not to go as far forward with the amounts we normally buy.”Not that forward-buying is any guarantee. “In 2008 we put our prices up by around 5%,” said Steve Simpson, production director at 35-shop Thomas the Baker, which buys flour a year at a time. “This time round we’re going to have to take it on the chin and our margins will be squeezed. People are very price-sensitive in North Yorkshire and the recession has hit this part of the world.”The backdrop to 2007/8 also saw high food inflation at 12%, while people still had money to spend. Now, an analysis by Verdict (see table) predicts products such as croissants will rise by as much as 11.1%, while mass redundancies and the VAT increase will make consumers even more price-sensitive.Moreover, the most immediate impact of food inflation will be felt in the price of bread and bakery products, said Verdict. “It’s going to be a lot more difficult for the supply chain to pass on prices increases,” added Rawson. “Farmers will do okay and retailers will be doing their damndest to protect margins. It’s those sitting in the middle of the chain the bakers and the millers who will be squeezed.”Torrid time aheadWhat’s more, bakers are in for a torrid time on all fronts: wheat, dried fruit (pg 6), cocoa and dairy have risen and sugar could follow, with Napier Brown recently predicting a 10% price rise over the next two years. Although commodity prices fell between June and July, UK wholesale prices for butter (unsalted) were up 59% year-on-year, bulk cream was up 51% and mild cheddar up 12% well above last year’s equivalents (DIN Consultancy).As British Baker went to press, signs were the wheat price was dropping back slightly after the Russian panic. But “for the first time since the 2008 food crisis, we’re producing less wheat than we consume,” added Rabobank.What is clear is that bakers need to plan for a volatile future.last_img read more

CSM nibbles at market

first_imgThe Readi-Bake range of frozen Petits Crolines is designed to produce fresh-tasting, quality nibbles for buffets.From CSM UK, the line comes in boxes containing three different varieties of traditional flavours: mushroom & ham, salmon, and cheese; mushroom, cheese & ham and chicken curry; and Mediterranean vegetables, Greek-style cheese and stilton & apple. Each 1.98kg case of 30 miniature pastries needs to be stored at -18C and then baked from frozen for 20 minutes.Another new launch is the Readi-Bake Hot Dog Lattice Deluxe, a bake-off product in cases of 48, that combines an American classic hotdog with a squirt of mustard, wrapped and baked in a lattice-topped pastry. CSM is also offering a ready-to-pin Puff Pastry Slab for caterers to bake from frozen.last_img

Roberts Bakery funds breast cancer charity

first_imgThe proceeds from a recent ball hosted by Roberts Bakery in aid of The Genesis Breast Cancer Prevention Appeal will help to fund a major study in to genetic factors that could cause breast cancer.The ball, which was held at Cranage Hall in Holmes Chapel in September, raised £23,000 for Genesis – a charity dedicated to the prevention of breast cancer. The money will fund the first year’s work of PhD researcher Franchesca Gifford and provide state-of-the-art PCR equipment for the study into genetic variants and breast density. These are both believed to be factors that can cause breast cancer.The three-year study, which will be undertaken at the School of Biomedicine at the University of Manchester and will involve 10,000 women, aims to work out which genetic variants are linked to breast tissue density and breast cancer. Roberts Bakery’s Lindsay Occleston Roberts said: “I am absolutely delighted that the proceeds from the ball have contributed towards such a vital and groundbreaking piece of research. I myself was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2009, so I am extremely enthusiastic about this study, which has the potential to predict risk and help many thousands of women avoid this awful disease in the future.”last_img read more

Alabama, Notre Dame to play home and away series by end of decade

first_img (Jon Zimney/95.3 MNC) The University of Alabama is planning a pair of football games with the Fighting Irish in the coming decade.A home and away series with the Crimson Tide and Notre Dame was announced Thursday, part of the SEC school’s non-conference schedule reaching up to the year 2035.Alabama will travel to South Bend for a game in 2028, and the Irish will head to Tuscaloosa in 2029. By Tommie Lee – June 18, 2020 0 425 Pinterest Previous articleCity of Plymouth announces Mayor’s Month of Music lineupNext articleMan forces South Shore to shut down after climbing on top of the train Tommie Lee Alabama, Notre Dame to play home and away series by end of decade Google+ Pinterest IndianaLocalNewsSouth Bend MarketSports WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+ Facebook WhatsApp Twitterlast_img read more

Veterans Day holiday to delay South Bend trash pickup

first_img TAGSdelayedIndianaNovember 11pickupscheduleSouth Bendtrashveterans day By Brooklyne Beatty – November 9, 2020 0 798 Twitter Previous articleBack to virtual learning for thousands of students in MichianaNext articleConexus Indiana, Ivy Tech launch CDL+ training program Brooklyne Beatty Google+ (Photo Supplied/City of South Bend) Veterans Day is this Wednesday, and South Bend residents should keep in mind their trash pickup may be delayed this week.This week’s trash and yard waste service schedule will be:Monday, November 9: Normal pickupTuesday, November 10: Normal pickupWednesday, November 11: Veterans Day observed, no trash or yard waste pickup.Thursday, November 12: Trash or yard waste pickup in areas normally serviced on Wednesday.Friday, November 13: Trash or yard waste pickup in areas normally serviced on Thursday.City offices will be closed Wednesday in observance of Veterans Day. Pinterest Facebook Twittercenter_img Veterans Day holiday to delay South Bend trash pickup WhatsApp WhatsApp Google+ Pinterest IndianaLocalNewsSouth Bend Market Facebooklast_img read more

City of South Bend opens Century Center as warming site

first_imgIndianaLocalNewsWeather Twitter Photo supplied/Century Center) The City of South Bend has opened the Century Center to serve as a warming site for residents who are without power and heat.Residents can take shelter at the Century Center, 20 Doctor MLK Jr. Blvd, South Bend, beginning at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 2, and continuing until the need subsides.Because of the continuing threat of COVID-19, residents at the warming site will be required to wear a face covering  and observe social distancing to mitigate the spread of the virus.The warming site will make available electrical outlets for residents who have medical or other needs. Pets cannot be brought into the Century Center.Residents who need immediate medical attention or are experiencing an emergency should call 911. Facebook Facebook Pinterest Twitter WhatsApp By Jon Zimney – January 2, 2021 0 207 Pinterest Previous articleMore snow forecast for late Saturday night into early Sunday morningNext articleBraun among group of GOP Senators not accepting Presidential election results 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+ Google+ WhatsApp City of South Bend opens Century Center as warming sitelast_img read more