Price pressures

first_imgWhile the quality of the UK wheat harvest in 2006 has been generally good, events elsewhere in the world have led to a steep increase in wheat prices, especially during September and early October. The upshot is that UK bread wheat prices now stand some 40% higher than a year ago and this market strength seems likely to persist throughout this season.A good part of this increase in wheat cost occurred in late September, some time after millers throughout the EU raised flour prices. This means that there could be more increases to come (see British Baker, 10 November, pg4). Graham March, chairman of Frank Roberts, comments: “The global situation on wheat is making further increases very likely, unless a significant change occurs very soon. Although we, and most other bakers, do what we can to offset increases on input prices, further flour price rises, together with high energy costs, would inevitably mean a price increase having to be passed on to the consumer.”world trendEurope and the UK are not alone in seeing this steep increase in wheat prices; the picture is repeated around the world. The causes have been multiple but, ultimately, it is because supply has fallen well below demand at a time when global stocks were already relatively low. The main factors behind the September hike in markets have been: drought in Australia, leading to a wheat crop of about 10 million tonnes, rather than the 23 million tonnes originally expected; heavy buying by India, which will purchase over 6 million tonnes more than normal to keep its own market supplied; and problems in the Ukraine, caused by a combination of a smaller crop and insect infestation, which have led it to slash exports. The European Commission has sought to help by releasing over 1 million tonnes from intervention stores and will undoubtedly sell more, but there has not yet been much impact on the market.Sometimes, speculative activity can lead to a spike in market prices, which then fall away as the speculators sell. On this occasion, however, the commentators seem to think that there is a solid basis for the market and that only the prospect of new supplies will have an impact. This means that there is unlikely to be any relief before April/May 2007 and, even then because of low stocks, much will depend on good crop reports from around the world.last_img read more

Jim Winship, director, British Sandwich Association

first_imgThe recent closure of a sandwich business, due to listeria, highlights for us all the added risks chilled food operations all have to contend with these days, over and above the complexities of running any business.Like other bacteria, listeria is not something you can see or touch, yet the potential consequences to health, your business and the industry should be a concern for us all. Chilled foods are, by their nature, high-risk and the manual processes involved in putting them together just add to this… and then we add shelf-life.The message to all of us from this particular incident is that you can never do enough when it comes to both cleanliness and the sourcing of ingredients from safe and reputable suppliers. The particular business involved in this case was considered by most people who audited it, including the health service, to be a clean operation. There are many worse out there.More worrying still is the fact that, having closed voluntarily, there seems to be no clarity among the various authorities about what a business has to do before it can re-open. The correspondence between parties suggests that no protocol has ever been set out for reopening a factory after such an incident, particularly if it closes voluntarily. It seems that if you do the right thing, you can find yourself in deeper trouble than if you wait to get caught. What nonsense!While the British Sandwich Association is seeking some answers from all those involved, this incident just underlines the increasing complexities now involved in running a sandwich business.last_img read more

Lainox gets in faster lane

first_imgLainox Heart has launched a combi-oven range with three key functions.The ovens can be used via automatic and manual modes, and also have a USB connection, so recipes, programmes and software can be downloaded to the oven. The Lainox Heart offers a six-speed fan, Autoclima feature, which controls conditions and reheats refrigerated dishes, Fast Dry, which ensures foodstuffs and bakery products turn out fragrant and crisp, a PLUS function, which allows bakers to specify product finishes and an optional Washing Combi System.A new heat generation system offers reduced gas consumption and lower running costs, more steam and a double burner in gas versions for improved efficiency. Lainox says the new models are up to 40% faster at reaching and recovering working temperatures. The X and P models offer a variety of options to suit the customer.[]last_img read more

Baking Industry Awards seats sell out!

first_imgTickets for the Baking Industry Awards have now sold out! Those of you who have secured your seats for the industry’s premier event, hosted by top comedian Ronnie Corbett, are sure to have a fantastic night, and we are delighted to announce that Darren Bennett and Lilia Kopylova from the BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing will provide entertainment on the night.Darren, who now dances with his wife Lilia, won the second series of Strictly Come Dancing with Jill Halfpenny and recently starred in the third series alongside Gloria Hunniford.The 1930s-themed awards, which take place at the Park Lane Hilton, London, on Tuesday 8 September, will be full of all the top names from the industry, so provides a great opportunity to network.last_img

Baking proves popular

first_imgProof, if any further proof were needed, that bakery is in vogue was witnessed at the book retailer Waterstones recently. An eagle-eyed British Baker reader snapped this corner of a store in West Sussex, devoted completely to the topic of home baking.She said: “I know it’s home baking, but it shows just how hot the topic is at the moment, what with the Great British Bake Off riding high in the TV ratings.”last_img

In Short

first_imgNAMB 125th banquetThe National Association of Master Bakers will host its 125th Anniversary Banquet on 3 November 2012 at The Guildhall, London. For details, call 01920 468061 or visit’ 40 GroupIndustry body Scottish Bakers has re-established its 40 Group, which is open to all managers and directors in the bakery sector who are under the age of 40. Its first meeting will take place on 17 January at Atholl House in Edinburgh at 1pm.Call for salt researchThe baking industry has called for further research into the role of salt in bread, following reports the government wants to scrap salt reduction targets in 2012. Gordon Polson, director of the Federation of Bakers, said the industry “cannot reduce salt beyond the 2012 targets”.Egg commitmentBakery ingredients supplier BAKO has promised all its own-label egg products will be fully compliant with new EU legislation by 1 January. The law means egg suppliers will have to use enriched cages, larger than battery types, providing perches and room for nesting.Festive export dealIn its first ever export contract, craft bakery Dorringtons, based in Sawbridgeworth, Herts, has supplied 2,000 handmade festive fruit cakes to an upmarket online retailer in Germany called Hagen Grote.last_img read more

SBFD offering virtual tours of their environmentally-friendly stations on Earth Day

first_img WhatsApp Pinterest By 95.3 MNC – April 21, 2020 0 329 Twitter Previous articleGovernor Holcomb officially extends Stay-At-Home orderNext articleComplaint about noisy dog turns into stabbing 95.3 MNCNews/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel is your breaking news and weather station for northern Indiana and southwestern Michigan. South Bend Fire Engine 9 and Medic 9. (Mark McGill/95.3MNC) The South Bend Fire Department will celebrate Earth Day, on Wednesday, with virtual tours of their environmentally-friendly fire stations.The South Bend Fire Department sent the following information about the virtual tours to 95.3 MNC:The South Bend Fire Department invites residents to virtually tour Fire Station-4 on Olive Street in the Kennedy Park Neighborhood and Fire Station-9, located at 2108 Mishawaka Avenue in the River Park Neighborhood on Wednesday, April 22, at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. respectively on Earth Day.To celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day in 2020, Fire Chief Carl Buchanon will offer a virtual tour showcasing Station 4 and 9 live on Facebook with interactions from the Firefighters who live and work at the two stations as well as citizens viewing the program.Two South Bend Fire Stations were designed and built using the green building rating system Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. Achieving the silver status was the goal, and Fire Station 4 was granted gold, and Station 9 received silver. Construction utilized a zone concept in which toxins related to the job of firefighting are separated from the living quarters of the station.Fire Chief Carl Buchanon referenced, “the past designs of fire stations housed firefighters in order to complete tasks brought about from the job. Now, more than ever, we recognize as an organization the importance of sustainability and how our duties can have a direct impact on the environment. Highly efficient and safer fire apparatus protect our members to and from the call and our newer zone concept fire stations protect our men and women where they eat, sleep and live for 24 hours at a time.”The South Bend Fire Department hopes that residents can take a few minutes and enjoy Earth Day and witness how innovative designs with equipment and housing have a direct effect on our ecosystem and environment. Pinterest Facebook Twitter Google+ WhatsApp Google+ Facebook SBFD offering virtual tours of their environmentally-friendly stations on Earth Day IndianaLocalNewslast_img read more

Tuesday’s new COVID-19 numbers released

first_img Tuesday’s new COVID-19 numbers released By Tommie Lee – April 28, 2020 0 340 Twitter WhatsApp Facebook Previous articleIf you want to shop at Martin’s you’ll have to wear a maskNext articleAntibodies will be key in loosening Indiana’s COVID-19 restrictions Tommie Lee Pinterest WhatsApp Twitter CoronavirusIndianaLocalNewsSouth Bend Market Tuesday, Indiana health officials reported an additional 650 COVID-19 cases, pushing the total over 16,500.Fifty-seven new deaths were being reported in the last 10 days for a new total of 901.More than 87,000 Hoosiers have been tested with 19% of those tests coming back positive.St Joe County now has 602 cases and 16 deaths.Find more information at the official Indiana COVID page by clicking here. Facebook Pinterest Google+ Google+last_img read more

Four suspects charged in shooting death of 19-year-old man in South Bend

first_img Twitter Google+ Previous articleLocal man arrested on multiple drug charges during traffic stop in MishawakaNext articlePeanuts gang holiday specials moving to AppleTV+ this year 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. Twitter By Jon Zimney – October 20, 2020 0 1109 Four suspects charged in shooting death of 19-year-old man in South Bend (Photo supplied/St. Joseph County Prosecutor’s Office) The St. Joseph County Prosecutor’s Office has filed charges against four individuals in connection with the March 3 shooting death of Alan Diaz, 19, in the 1600 block of North Elmer Street in South Bend.James Edward Birtcher, III, 19, of Columbus, Ohio, is charged with murder and a felony firearm sentencing enhancement. An arrest warrant has been ordered issued and he is currently being sought.Oliver Mulenga Bwalya, 22, of Elkhart, is charged with aiding, inducing, orcausing murder.Oluwatomipe Jeremiah Makanjuola, 19, of Columbus, Ohio, is charged with murder, and a felony firearm sentencing enhancement.Adonis Zakeydaryll Harris, 17, of Columbus, Ohio, is charged with murder, anda felony firearm sentencing enhancement.Bwalya, Makanjuola and Harris, are currently in custody in Michigan on unrelated matters. Google+ Pinterest WhatsApp WhatsApp IndianaLocalNews Pinterest Facebook Facebooklast_img read more

Lucas Oil Stadium prepares for NCAA basketball tournament

first_img By Jon Zimney – February 27, 2021 1 334 Twitter IndianaLocalNewsSports Google+ Lucas Oil Stadium prepares for NCAA basketball tournament Google+ WhatsApp Previous articleReady to pay? Student loan deferments end in OctoberNext articleSouth Bend man arrested on numerous charges after leading troopers on chase 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. (Jon Zimney/95.3 MNC) The football field is covered up inside Lucas Oil Stadium as the venue gets everything in order for the NCAA men’s basketball tournament, which is set to be contested throughout central Indiana next month.Lucas Oil Stadium director Eric Neuburger said the stadium is essentially being split in two for first and second-round games.“We’re going to operate like two distinct venues,” he told WISH-TV. “You will see a current that separates the two courts at the 50-yard line, as well as other ways that we separate the concourses.”Neuburger said this will make it easier for Lucas Oil staff members to keep everything clean as they make sure to try and prevent the spread of coronavirus.“The team at Lucas Oil Stadium is thrilled to be hosting this,” he added. Our staff has been waiting a long time to be putting on an event of this scale.”“We have the benefit of having a staff that came over from the Hoosier Dome and RCA Dome before this venue was built. There’s a lot of institutional knowledge of hosting Final Fours in those venues as early as 1991.”Lucas Oil will be allowing fans up to 25% capacity inside for tournament games. The stadium seats just north of 70,000 people.Selection Sunday is Mar. 14 and games will get going in the days that follow. First and second-round games will be played at Lucas Oil Stadium, Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Hinkle Fieldhouse, and Indiana Farmers Coliseum in Indianapolis, as well as Mackey Arena in West Lafayette and Assembly Hall in Bloomington. Facebook Pinterest Facebook Twitter WhatsApp Pinterestlast_img read more