Launching an electric deck oven specifically designed for the UK market will be European Process Plant (EPP) (stand F600). The MIWE aero C1408 has three trays per deck and will be available with one to six decks. Also displayed for the first time will be the new DVF co-extruding depositor from Comas, which can co-extrude a range of doughs and fillings to create exciting new products, says EPP. Other machinery on show include the VMI Aquamix – a mixer specially designed for mixing very soft doughs such as ciabatta – and the 2006 model Koenig Mini Rex 2, which is a pocket roll plant with increased weight range and enhancements to the rounding system.
WELSH plant baker Brace’s is inviting charities and community groups in the Neath Port Talbot area to apply for grants of up to £50a0 as part of its Bread for the Community initiative. “We are commited to helping local communities,” said a Brace’s spokesperson.
Leeds Co-op could be going back to its roots by launching an own-label local bread.The society has started a feasibility study into working with one or two Leeds-based bakers to bake the bread, which would only be sold in its outlets in the area.One of the current members suggested a local bakery product, which society secretary Chris Maynard said was being considered. “We’re not trying to compete with the Warburtons of this world – we’re not necessarily looking at opening a bakery, but producing an own-brand premium bread.”Leeds Co-operative Society is the longest-serving retail co-operative in the world. It was founded by local people, who set up their own flour mill to supply good quality flour at a reasonable price.It already works with Watsons Bakery which supplies its shops with a range of bread. Added Maynard: “We hope to have a decision on whether to go ahead with this within the next couple of months.”
Northern Foods rejected City suggestions that it would fail to get the £200m it was seeking for the pastry, cakes, speciality bread and flour milling businesses.Remaining disposals were “progressing in line with plans to achieve £200m total proceeds” said Northern, as it unveiled a 38% fall in pre-tax profit on continuing and discontinued operations to £16m from £25.7m a year before. Sales fell 2.4% to £645.1m.It blamed the profit drop on continued “challenging” trading conditions, the move of some seasonal sales into this half of the current financial year and the sale of the NFT distribution business.However, the NFT sale produced gross proceeds of £51.2m and, taking into account discontinued operations and £17.7m of exceptional items, produced a £30.5m profit in the first half – up from £14.4m a year before.Still up for sale are Northern’s chilled pastry, cakes, speciality bread and flour milling businesses, with the aim of focusing on the remaining pizza, biscuit, readymeal, sandwich and salad and Christmas pudding operations. The businesses to be sold off accounted for 37.4% of total revenue of £683.2m in the first half but only 5.2% of the £26.7m operating profit.The operating profit of Northern’s bakery division slumped by 65% to £6.6m from £18.6m a year before because of poor performances by both the businesses up for sale and those Northern plans to keep. The bakery division’s sales fell 10.2% year-on-year to £196.5m, on the back of a 7.6% fall in sales volumes and a 2.6% fall in average net selling prices.Northern has withdrawn its long-running objection to an attempt by the Melton Mowbray Pork Pie Association to win Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) status in the EU for Melton Mowbray pies.
Unlike traditional sandwich shops in high street environments, the philosophy of the Soho Sandwich Company is to meet the needs of companies. It has sites in Highgate Studios, a coffee shop in Hendon Library and the most recent acquisition, the Loughton sandwich café shop, on the ground floor of a multi-storey office block.The firm supplies fresh New York deli-style gourmet sandwiches, salads, sushi and fresh fruit for wholesale, retail, corporate and private functions.With numerous corporate clients, the option to offer customers an account facility is an important part of the business. When the company started with its Highgate Studios site, it found it difficult to keep accurate records of customer accounts through its existing point-of-sale (POS) system. When the Loughton and Hendon sites were acquired the company consulted Aufait Systems, which recommended Datasym.POS software installed on Toshiba ST-70 touch-screen terminals.”We were impressed by the flexibility and ease of use of the software,” says Soho Sandwich’s manager Adam Gilbert. “The compact, fanless and spill-proof terminals were ideal because we serve hot and cold food and drinks. They also fit well into our counter space.”keeping trackWith the system in place, the firm is now able to track individual customer account balances easily and accurately. Gilbert explains: “It enables customer accounts to be pre-set on the system. All items are processed through the POS terminals. We use the system to send each customer a monthly report of all purchases, taken directly from the till, and can also provide customers with a summary of their account.”When a customer comes in to settle their account we print out two receipts from the terminals, which the customer signs. The customer keeps one and we keep the other. With account customers making up 50% of our business, this is an important facility.”As well as managing customer accounts, the system provides multi-site sales information, which enables the company to look at sales and margins data and to see exactly what has been sold across different product lines. “The system is very easy to use, simple to add new items and I can change prices in a matter of minutes,” says Gilbert.There is a facility in the new system to implement specific offers, promotions and meal deals and the facility to see which specials and promotions have been successful.
The future of a pie and pasty plant in the Midlands is in doubt following a downturn in trade.Management at the Apetito plant in Dudley has entered into a consultation process with staff. One of the options being considered is a closure of the plant where 80 people work.The management has indicated that despite heavy investment the plant is not sufficiently profitable. The trend for healthy eating has been cited as the reason for the downturn.A senior company spokesman commented: “The company is in a very early stage of its consultation period. Clearly, we haven’t reached this position lightly and our immediate concern is for our loyal and hardworking workforce.”Should closure prove to be unavoidable, we will look to redeploy as many people as possible within the business and work with them to identify employment opportunities across all areas of Apetito.”The Apetito group, with plants across Europe, is a major supplier of frozen dishes to the catering industry.
Singapore-based bakery retailer BreadTalk plans to open around 800 more stores around the world over the next three years. The company, founded in 2000, currently owns 83 BreadTalk and Toast Box shops and 118 franchised outlets worldwide.”Our goal is to increase our presence to 1,000 outlets by 2011. This includes both owned and franchised outlets,” said Joyce Koh, senior vice-president of brand development. “This goal will be achieved through opening stores in new cities in the existing overseas markets, as well as looking at new countries for expansion in Europe and the Americas.”BreadTalk has more than 20 outlets in Singapore, and has franchisees in Asia/Pacific, south Asia and the Middle East. Each shop has an open-plan glass-fronted area where customers can watch bakers preparing a range of breads and cakes.
Fanta now contains no artificial flavours or colours, thanks to a reformulation of the drink, as part of a £6.25m brand investment by Coca Cola Enterprises (CCE) this year.Fanta will also have a pack redesign to highlight these new claims. The new design will include Guideline Daily Amounts (GDA) and state that the product contains real fruit juice.According to data from AC Nielsen in August 2008, Fanta is the biggest flavoured carbonate brand, worth £117.3m in retail sales. “Flavoured carbonates remain a massive market segment, worth £332.9m,” said Kenny Chisholm, trade communications manager at CCE.”Consumer research has proven that the new packaging communication should increase purchase intent by up to 24%, which is a great opportunity for retailers to drive soft drinks sales.”[http://www.fanta.co.uk]
Lincolnshire bakery Welbourne’s has won a contract to supply John Lewis’ Food Hall in Oxford Street with its Special Plum Bread. The deal came about after representatives from the bakery visited the Restaurant Show in October 2008.Former owner Pete Welbourne was representing the bakery on the Select Lincolnshire stand and was approached by a product manager for John Lewis’ Food Hall. After meetings between Welbourne’s consultant, Bill Shaw, and product tasting sessions, the deal was agreed.Welbourne’s was established in 1896 and makes its plum bread to an almost identical recipe it used 112 years ago. The only change it has made is that it now uses vegetable fat instead of lard.“We are proud to supply our award-winning Plum Bread to farm shops, butchers and other businesses within our county and surrounding areas, and the opportunity to supply the John Lewis store means we are presenting our product to a whole new audience,” said Shaw.
Staff at Warburtons’ Enfield Bakery are to benefit from a new learning centre called LOAF. The Learning Opens Avenues Forever centre is designed to encourage staff to take up further education courses online. It was officially opened by MP for Enfield North Joan Ryan, accompanied by executive director Brett Warburton.The centre at the bakery on Delta Park Industrial Estate is equipped with computers, featuring broadband – donated by the Bakers Food & Allied Workers Union – and will be open to all 450 employees to use during their break times as well as days off.“Employee training and development is very important to the company, so we’re proud to open another Learning Centre, this time at Enfield,” said Warburton. Ryan added: “I’m sure it will play an important role in enabling employees to master new skills and fulfil their individual potential,” she said.