Greggs reports positive sales for spring season

first_imgGreggs said this week that like-for-like sales were up in the 18 weeks to May 5, due to increased footfall and favourable weather conditions.It has also benefited from an increase in the number of shops trading on Sundays, it said at its AGM in Newcastle on Monday. Chairman Derek Netherton said: “Like-for-like sales in the 18 weeks to 5 May 2007 were up by 4.9%, improving on the 3.9% increase for the first nine weeks already reported in March. This compares with a flat sales performance in the first 18 weeks of 2006.”Greggs is continuing a number of trials of new products and shop formats, with encouraging initial results, he said. It was also moving away from its previously decentralised management structure to build a national Greggs brand, he added.Last month Greggs launched the first phase of a £3 million marketing campaign, starring actor Patrick McGuinness, designed to build awareness of the brand.last_img read more

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Knotts secures cross-border deal

first_imgAward-winning Northern Ireland bakery Knotts has made inroads south of the border by securing a contract to supply its range of premium, quality “pound” cakes to Donnybrook Fair, a major retailer in Dublin.Andrew Getty, one of the four proprietors of the Newtonards-based bakery, told British Baker that its links with Donnybrook were based on a commitment to provide high-quality cakes. “We have a commitment to freshness and are not interested just in volume and making products with a long shelf-life and Donnybrook Fair shares the same outlook,” he added.The contract to supply a variety of “pound” cakes, including lemon and ginger, Madeira and lime and coconut is the bakery’s first outside Northern Ireland. The cakes are on sale at Donnybrook Fair’s flagship shop, but as it has five more in the Irish capital, Getty said there was potential for a stronger commercial link.In 2005, Knotts Bakery was named among the championship award winners in the UK Great Taste Awards, organised by the Guild of Fine Foods, for its rich fruit cake.last_img read more

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The genius of Dr Allinson

first_imgA time long before our corrupted kids took to the streets armed with blades and economy lager (back in Victorian times they preferred catapults and pennyworths of gin), our esteemed doctor had these words of advice for child-rearers. However, BB will not be held responsible for the consequences of freezing your kids…On kids: “The longer children are out in the open air, the better for them. Let them be out in all weathers; wind will give colour to their cheeks, the sun will tan them, and the rain will not harm them. Frost makes them run about to keep warm, and the cold weather invigorates them.”Next week: ’Scotchmen’last_img read more

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Next issue 23 April

first_imglBakers’ ReviewAll the latest regulatory guidance and vital trade updates from the National Associationof Master BakerslWhat Makes a Winner?Georgi Gyton visits Glastonbury-based Burns the Bread to find out why they were worthy winners of the Customer Focus Award at BIA ’09lSmoothies & JuicesWith consumers on the look-out for healthyoptions, how can fruit juices help to boostyour offering?last_img

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Basic biscuits losing out to premium varieties

first_imgConsumers are spurning basic biscuits for premium varieties, according to new research.The trend for American-style cookies has caused sales of old favourites, such as Rich Tea and Custard Creams, to fall by 4.5% in the last year, says market researcher Nielsen, while Italian biscotti, Viennese Whirls and cookie sales have risen by 20%.This follows a new poll by Marks & Spencer which found that shortbread was the country’s favourite biscuit and supports recent Kantar Worldpanel data showing that packaged and in-store cookies were up 15.6% in value and 22.8% in pack sales in the year to June.The trend for premium biscuits is borne out by the success of upmarket companies such as Biscuiteers, a premium online biscuit retailer which sells 1,000 boxes of 16 hand-iced biscuits worth £36, a month. Said founder Harriet Hastings: “People are always prepared to pay for beautifully made premium products, especially as a gift.”Frances Kitson, Fox’s category activation manager, reported that ’grown-up indulgence’ lines were performing well, up 20% (Nielsen, 12 w/e 7 August). “The biscuit barrel category is seeing a decline (-1%) over the latest 12 weeks, driven predominantly by own-label. Premium lines in supermarkets are benefiting from shoppers shifting towards indulging themselves at home.”However, a McVitie’s spokeswoman said: “Latest Nielsen data reveals that sales of McVitie’s core range of everyday biscuits are now worth £237.5m and are growing by 5.7% in value terms.”>>Caithness bakery signs valuable export dealslast_img read more

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Chiorino aims to exceed on belt hygiene

first_imgInternational conveyor and transmission belt manufacturer Chiorino UK has launched a new belt, which it says ensures absolute hygiene.The firm said that, in response to the food industry’s growing hygiene demands, it has met and exceeded the criteria laid down by new European Food Directives, which include only using chemicals in the production of its conveyor belts that are authorised to be in contact with foodstuffs, and keeping the migration levels of these chemicals down to an absolute minimum.Chiorino has recently launched a new range of HP polyurethane food belts that do not contain any biocide additives that could migrate from the surface and contaminate products being conveyed. A special HP impregnation of the fabric in the driving surface of the belts acts as insulation and further protects against bacterial infiltration, said the firm.”This means there is a total absence of cracking in the material, and stops the formation of bacterial colonies on the surface of the belts,” added MD Carl Johnson.last_img read more

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Quiznos faces financial woes

first_imgAmerican sandwich giant Quiznos is facing financial difficulties.The firm, which peaked at 29 outlets in the UK in 2008, closed its head office in Hove at the start of 2011 and is still seeking a new master franchisee.Father and son Kazem and Michael Najafi had previously owned Quiznos’ UK licence and planned to open 500 outlets here.Companies House now lists the firm as being overdue with its last accounts in the UK. A few UK franchise outlets remain, supplied directly from the USA. One remaining franchisee told British Baker that a new master franchisee for the UK would be appointed shortly.In America, Denver-based Quiznos has closed 1,500 outlets in the last four years and has brought in restructuring advisers to help rework its finances.>>Recession hits US sandwich chainlast_img read more

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DeHaan: Gas prices to bump up through July 4

first_img Google+ By Network Indiana – May 24, 2020 0 287 Google+ DeHaan: Gas prices to bump up through July 4 Twitter Facebook Pinterest WhatsApp (“Gas Pump” by Mike Mozart, CC BY 2.0) STATEWIDE–Every couple of weeks, there will continue to be a “noticeable bump” in gas prices, says GasBuddy. With states continuing to loosen coronavirus restrictions, demand for gasoline has increased.“Watching demand recover has been certainly a surprise. More Americans are hitting the road. Demand bottomed out in early April when we were almost all staying home. It was just half of what it normally is. Now we’re about three-quarters of where we normally are. That’s why prices have rebounded,” says Patrick DeHaan, head of petroleum analysis for GasBuddy.That’s a trend you can expect to continue, DeHaan says.“I think every couple of weeks, we’ll see a bump somewhere around 15-20 cents. We could be talking about prices somewhere in the $2.29 to $2.39 range by July 4 and perhaps around $2.49 to $2.69 by Labor Day, so long as things continue to recover,” says DeHaan.But he says prices in Indianapolis are still $1 per gallon lower now than they were May 2019.You can also expect there to be more precautions at gas stations because of the coronavirus.“Gas stations have done a lot. They’ve responded well to keep their stations cleaner. They’ll have hand sanitizer at the pump or in the store,” says DeHaan.He also recommends carrying your own sanitizer, if possible.“Get the sanitizer out if you’re touching a gas pump. Remember, you’re touching something that somebody else has touched, whether it be the pump or the buttons, etc. Just be aware of the surfaces you’re touching,” says DeHaan.DeHaan expects summer gas prices to be lower compared to previous years, even with demand increasing. WhatsApp Twitter CoronavirusIndianaLocalMichiganNews Facebook Pinterest Previous articleF.O.P. approves proposed 2.5% increase for South Bend PoliceNext articleThree children in Indianapolis struck by vehicle, killed Network Indianalast_img read more

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Notre Dame puts football practice on hold due to virtual class change

first_img Google+ Facebook Twitter Facebook Pinterest WhatsApp Pinterest Google+ By Know1one1 [CC BY-SA 3.0], from Wikimedia Commons The University of Notre Dame was hit for a third consecutive day with a big increase in positive COVID-19 cases.Athletic Director Jack Swarbrick made the decision to “pause football practice” on Wednesday, Aug. 19, for at least the day.Swarbrick said the school needed time to address team questions related to the decision to move all classes to online instruction for two weeks.Thursday’s practice might be cancelled, as well. The school announced another 73 positive tests on the campus Wednesday afternoon. CoronavirusIndianaLocalNews Twitter By Tommie Lee – August 19, 2020 0 241 WhatsApp Notre Dame puts football practice on hold due to virtual class change Previous articleBristol man killed in motorcycle crash at S.R. 15 and U.S. 20Next articleStudy: Indiana fails at early education systems Tommie Leelast_img read more

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Sheriff’s Office: Intoxicating substances may factor into crash in Cass County

first_imgIndianaLocalMichiganNews Sheriff’s Office: Intoxicating substances may factor into crash in Cass County Facebook WhatsApp Twitter Google+ WhatsApp Pinterest (95.3 MNC) Two people are recovering after a crash in Cass County that may have been fueled by intoxicating substances.That’s the word from Sheriff’s investigators after the crash, around 5:40 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 27.Deputies were called at that time to the area of M-60 and Pine Lake Street in Howard Township on the report of a vehicle that struck a tree.On scene, sheriff’s deputies found a 20-year-old South Bend man and a 19-year-old Dowagiac resident who suffered injuries from the collision.Both were taken to the hospital for treatment.The circumstances that led to the collision are still under investigation. Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest By Jon Zimney – December 27, 2020 0 371 Previous articleThree people hurt during shooting on Chapin Street in South BendNext articleIndiana lawmakers may take a break from gambling expansion bills 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

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