The NEW President of the National Association of Master Bakers (NA) told delegates the organisation must diversify, as she started her year in office at its annual conference in Stratford last weekend.Shirley Ryder, 39, the NA’s first lady president, is bakery manager at Peters Homemade Bakery in Manchester.She said that in the same way that bakers have diversified into sandwiches, hot food and deli lines, the NA needs to add members from other food sectors as the craft sector contracts.She commented: “The way forward for this Association is to diversify. We are the voice of the craft sector, but we should be shouting to other sectors.”
The Italian Beverage Company (IBC), based in Borehamwood, Herts, has come up with a new way of making hot chocolate, based on its DROPissimo chocolate drop brand.The specially formulated chocoalte drop, made from Belgian chocolate, is suitable for blending into hot milk to produce a chocolate drink.The company says the product is 100% natural and is ideal for volume use, using an IBC chocolate bowl or single-serve use, using a Barista machine. However, it is best with thick latte milk, says the company.DROPissimo is available in 1kg catering bags or 250g bags for home use by retail customers.
By signing up for National Doughnut Week, which starts on 5 May, craft bakers can help raise money for The Children’s Trust. This money will help change the lives of youngsters all over the UK with multiple disabilities.”Michelle is one of the many children who have benefited from the money raised from National Doughnut Week”, said Joanne Toner, corporate fundraiser at The Children’s Trust. “She was born with brain damage and with severely impaired eyesight. Because of her condition, her world can be very frightening and, understandably, she can become anxious and upset in unfamiliar situations.””Michelle was becoming closed off from anything new and I worried she would lock herself into her own world, stopping her from enjoying life”, her mother Debbie said. “What she needed was special help so that she could begin enjoying the learning and fun most children take for granted.””It was at St Margaret’s that we were able to unlock Michelle’s world,” said Toner. “St Margaret’s is an on-site residential school where we provide a stimulating and comforting environment for children with profound and multiple learning difficulties and complex health needs.”In class, Michelle benefits from a curriculum tailored specifically to her needs. Teachers and therapists encourage her to use her voice, facial expressions and body movements to express herself. Her new-found skills have helped her understand the idea of ’cause and effect’ for the first time. As a result, she understands that her actions give her control – for example, to use a switch to start music or turn lights on. The skills she has developed in school have now enabled her to cope with new experiences and to have fun with her schoolmates on trips out.”So why not help make this year’s National Doughnut Week (5-12 May) the best yet? To get on board, visit www. fundraising.thechildrenstrust.org.uk/nationaldoughnutweek.Alternatively, contact Christopher Freeman at Dunns Bakery on 020 8340 1614 or e-mail [email protected]
Greggs unveiled full-year pre-tax profits last week of £49m – up 12% on 2006. This is despite substantial rises in the cost of energy and key ingredients including flour and vegetable oils, which pushed up selling prices by 5% over the year. See 14 March British Baker
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It is not often that the editorial eye becomes focused on the game of golf, but when we hear that a Manchester baker and a Midland farmer have bought a whole golf course, we are considerably impressed. According to a news item, they have purchased a golf course in North Wales.We have never ceased to be impressed with the game itself, for no other game offers the consolation of being able to break up your clubs and scatter them around the 18th green. No other game sees so many upflung arms in sheer despair and no other game hears the strangled cries of the tortured: “Never again!”When the compilers of an encyclopaedia asked a veteran why the game was called golf, he merely said, with great sagacity, that if it had any other name, it would be either obscene or blasphemous.
Greggs plans to build an additional bakery in the south of England to support the proposed opening of 600 new stores.In its half-year statement in August, the bakery chain said it aimed to open 30-40 net new shops in 2010, but an interim statement this week revealed this has now been revised to 50-60, doubling its historic rate of new store openings. From 2011 it plans to open at least 70 net new shops per annum. It also hopes to double its shop refits to 120 per annum from 2010.Sales performance in the 42 weeks ending 17 October 2009 rose steadily, up 3.8%, with like-for-like sales up 1%. However, for the first 16 weeks of the second half, like-for-like sales were up only 0.2%.In order to fulfil its plans for expansion and ensure an effective distribution network, Greggs said it planned to build an additional new bakery to support growth in the south, as well as replace its bakery in Twickenham and extend other bakeries “to facilitate greater expansion than previously planned”.
Starbucks has announced plans to put its Seattle’s Best Coffee brand into more than 9,000 Subway stores in the US.The freshly brewed coffee will be served in the sandwich chain’s outlets by the end of 2009, with Subway planning more store openings in 2010.A deal has also been signed that will see the Seattle’s Best brand in 800 Canadian Subway outlets by the end of the year.“Today, consumers are looking for, and expect, a high-quality premium coffee experience wherever they are,” commented Michelle Gass, president of Seattle’s Best Coffee.Established in 1970, Seattle’s Best Coffee has more than 550 specialty coffee cafés, kiosks and other concepts in the US. It is also available nationwide in supermarkets and at more than 6,000 foodservice locations.
Walkers Charnwood Bakery walked away from Melton Mowbray with an armful of accolades, including Supreme Champion, at the British Pie Awards on Wednesday.The Leicester-based firm was crowned winner of the cold savoury category for its Pork, Chicken and Ham Pie, produced for Waitrose, which also won the Supreme Champion title.Walkers Charnwood also won the Melton Mowbray Pork Pie category, with its pie for Tesco; the pork pie category, for its Large Pork Pie, made for Henry Walker; and the Presenter’s Choice award, for its Gala Slicing Pie produced for Sainsbury’s.St Mary’s Church in Melton Mowbray saw a total of 713 products entered for judging – a 40% increase on the inaugural British Pie Awards last year. Bathgate-based Boghall Butchers took home the award for the best fish pie, for its Cod with White Wine creation, as well as champion vegetarian pie for its Vegetarian Haggis Pie.The top hot savoury pie was won by Devilish Desserts, with its Steak and Ale Pie; and the winner of the Steak and Kidney Pie category was Peter’s Food Service.For a full list of the winners visit www.britishpieawards.co.uk.
NAMB CE to stayNational Association of Master Bakers chief executive Gill Brooks-Lonican will now not be retiring from her post next year. The Board has asked her to stay on and keep up the good work.Fraud warning Bakery manufacturer Speedibake informed BB that shortly after reading the ’fraud alert’ story (pg 6, 10 September issue), it too was targeted by fraudsters. Someone claiming to be from the West Yorkshire Police called the head office in Wakefield, saying they were trying to drum up funding for a publication on drink-driving, but it turned out to be a scam.Asda redevelopmentAs British Baker went to press, Asda announced that it has relaunched its entire range of 3,500 Asda own-brand products under the new name Chosen By You (CBY). It will feature 516 bakery lines rebranded to CBY by the end of September, including 65 new CBY bakery lines and 104 redeveloped lines said the retailer. These include a chocolate orange mega muffin, Mediterranean bread and lemon daisy cupcakes.Attribution The 10 Golden Rules in the last issue were submitted by Jefta Lakovic, chief executive of Arnaouti Pitta Bakery, Hoddesdon, Herts.