Maple Leaf Bakery UK has bought the French Croissant Company (FCC) and Avance (UK) as it expands its operations.The deal, which completed on Monday, gives it a total of six sites in the UK and will allow it to develop its UK bakery business, deputy MD Guy Hall told British Baker.FCC is the largest UK croissant producer and its sister company Avance (UK) is a flavoured bread and long-life bread products supplier.The two companies have combined sales of around £40m and employ around 370 people at bakeries in Park Royal, London and Maidstone, Kent. Both were part of the Primebake group, owned by John Lister.Hall commented: “These businesses were a good strategic fit, with good added-value products and fit with our ambitions for expansion in the UK.”Current management teams will be retained at the new sites, he said, and no relocations or job losses are planned.Hall said Maple Leaf will continue to look for opportunities to expand in the UK.The company, part of Canadian giant Maple Leaf Foods, is currently best known for producing New York Bagel Company-branded bagels in the UK.Hall commented: “We are always looking, you never know when a good opportunity comes up.”Maple Leaf also acquired the former Harvestime bakery in Walsall this March. It was pleased with its progress in the in-store bakery and speciality areas, Hall said.
After three months of making dainty, white, floral cakes during the peak wedding season, cake bakers must look forward to releasing their demons in August – a time when they can vent spleen via some ghoulish and gory cake creations.Halloween is moving up the league table as a seasonal earner for bakers and is now only behind Christmas, Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day for sales, says Kevin Slatter, owner of London-based The Cake Store, a one-shop bespoke cake bakery. “Halloween has become more of an event in the UK. People tie in Halloween with Bonfire night, and there are a lot of joint parties.”Not that seasonality is a barrier to an online cakes specialist, making cakes to order. The bakery has just put the finishing touches to a Halloween speciality – a cake featuring Dracula emerging from a coffin. The Cake Store is mainly geared towards online retailing, and this is one boon of featuring cakes all year round for sale online.The streamlined third-generation family business evolved out of Slatters Bakery and now turns over twice as much as it did when it had five shops and a wholesale business a few years ago. “It’s a traditional bakery shop, selling bread and takeaway; but the shop hosts the website, if you like,” he says. “When we launched the website we consolidated into one shop. A lot of ordering is done online and we hand-deliver within the M25.”Production employs 25 cake makers, with four working on design. “We add to the range every year; we are beginning to plan for Halloween now and we can make any cake with three days’ notice. But Halloween cakes are very often a last minute order,” says Slatter.Cakes are sold to corporate events, but the trade is mainly geared towards kids’ parties. Most Halloween cakes are based with vanilla sponge, chocolate cake or carrot cake. The witch cake has been the biggest seller. The bakery also sells little cakes in the shop with spooky images and bloody fingers, as well as themed cookies. “We’re looking to come up with more small novelty treats, as well as things suitable for mail order so that we can send them beyond London.”[http://www.thecakestore.co.uk]
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Biscuit brand Fox’s is adding a new cookie to its half-coated Chunkie range this month. The Chunkie Extremely Chocolatey Fruit & Nut Cookie contains dark chocolate chips, milk chocolate chunks, nuts and raisins and is semi-coated in milk chocolate.Fran Kitson, Chunkie Cookies brand manager, said the new additionwas expected to add £1.1m and 32% growth to the Chunkie line. “Consumer trends are showing a continued growth in ’treating’ occasions and consumers are looking for more affordable luxuries, such as biscuits, to treat themselves during difficult times.”In-store promotional activity, point-of-sale and PR, as well as Fox’s successful ’Vinnie’ advertising campaign will be used to support the new line.RRP: £1.59 per pack (9 packs to a shelf-ready case)[http://www.foxs-biscuits.co.uk]
Warburtons has launched a new range of Lunch Rolls. The product comes in three varieties – white, wholemeal and grains & seeds – and has a more ‘hand-crafted’ look, according to the company.Sarah Miskell, category director at Warburtons, said: “Currently, 28% of bakery is consumed at the in-home lunch occasion and this is growing year-on-year. Our consumer research told us that shoppers were looking for soft rolls suitable for soup or sandwiches in a variety of flavours, with the assurance of Warburtons’ quality and long-lasting freshness, so this is what we have given them.”She said the launch also gave the company the opportunity to redesign the packaging on its rolls range to create greater impact on-shelf. Sliced Rolls and Premium Rolls packs now have new-look packaging so consumers can identify the quality and type of roll more easily.Warburtons’ Lunch Rolls are available in packs of six, with an RRP of £1.10. The launch will be supported with consumer PR and throughout National Bread Week, from 4-10 May.
German firm Sielaff has launched a new bean-to-cup machine, the Piacere, which is Italian for ’pleasure’. It offers a menu of speciality hot drinks, including espresso, cappuccino, hot chocolate and latte macchiato at the touch of a button.The machine has two different models – the Piacere Mono with one grinder and the Piacere Duo with two. Each is available with a chilled fresh milk module, if required, and can be configured with an additional soluble ingredient hopper for chocolate, flavouring or whitener.There is a height-adjustable cup shelf and additional options include lockable bean hoppers, an additional grinder, a waste bin for coffee grounds and a cashless payment system module.www.sielaff.de
Muntons has unveiled plans to open a £500,000 Centre for Excellence, at its headquarters in Stowmarket, in January 2010.The investment, which includes a purpose-built factory, will become the focal point for the firm’s innovation and new product development. The centre will feature an NPD kitchen, sensory testing room, bakery, micro-brewery and winery, and will enable the firm to reduce the cost of NPD while getting products to market faster.Muntons’ technical sales support manager Jonathan Pritchard said the centre would greatly improve the firm’s ability to proactively develop new pro-ducts and grow its business.”We will be able to produce development samples internally at lab scale, rather than relying on third-party or full-scale plant trials, which means we can cut the turnaround time of NPD projects significantly,” he added.
Daymark UK is offering readers of British Baker the chance to try out its HighGrip piping bags for free. The first 10 readers to call 0800 783 7933 or email [email protected] (quoting the name of the magazine in the subject line) will receive a free roll of its piping bags. Daymark said the piping bags are EU-certified for food contact, and are available in two sizes 455mm and 535mm.
Rosalind Miller of Peggy’s Cupcakes showed us a simple Halloween-inspired recipe for Spiced Apple Cupcakes with a Caramel Icing and decorated with pumpkins, spiders, ghosts and witches’ hats.Rosalind was one of this year’s National Cupcake Championship winners for Best Decorated Cupcake. For more information on the competition, visit: www.nationalcupcakeweek.co.ukFor more information on Peggy’s Cupcakes, visit: www.peggyscupcakes.co.ukMusic: For Tomorrow by Emerald Park (Creative Commons licence)YouTube link: http://youtu.be/f8HtDx95Pfc
IndianaLocalNewsSouth Bend Market South Bend, PHM schools return to in-person learning By Brooklyne Beatty – February 9, 2021 0 287 Pinterest Facebook Twitter TAGS2021classroomscoronavirusCOVID-19Februaryfull-timein-personIndianalearningMishawakapandemicpenn harris madison schoolsSouth Bendsouth bend community schoolsstudents (“old school” by alamosbasement, CC BY 2.0) South Bend Community Schools and Penn Harris Madison Schools students will return to class later this month.Both school boards passed resolutions Monday night to return some students to full-time, in-person learning.ABC 57 News reports South Bend’s measure was only for elementary school students, while PHM’s was meant for middle and high school students.South Bend elementary school students will return to class on February 22, with the option to attend on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. Wednesdays will remain a virtual learning only day.PHM plans to begin phasing in middle and high school students on February 16, with 6th and 9th graders returning to class. On February 22, 7th and 10th graders will return. On March 1, 8th, 11th and 12th graders will also be allowed back to class.PHM will continue keeping Mondays as virtual learning only days until at least April 12. WhatsApp WhatsApp Pinterest Previous articleCorby’s Irish Pub to reopen next weekNext articleSouth Bend man charged with robbing three local banks Brooklyne Beatty Google+ Twitter Facebook Google+