Polenta Cake’s warm welcome

first_imgDesserts company Vittles Foods (Leicester) says it has had an eager response to its new Olive Oil and Polenta Cake.Martin Zalesny, director of the company and former pastry chef, comments: “We launched the cake in February, and we’ve already received an overwhelming number of orders. Although it’s a very traditional Italian recipe, I think people are attracted by the savoury nature of the ingredients. In fact, it’s a really sweet, moist cake.Vittles produces a large number of products, but Mr Zalesny says there is a dedication to quality and detail. “Working by hand is still very much a part of the way we operate,” he says.“There are simply some jobs that machines will never do as well as a skilled chef. Every one of our cakes is put together with a lot of care and attention. I don’t want that to change.”last_img read more

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Kitchen Range Foods

first_imgKitchen Range Foods (Peterborough) is extending its range of Cadbury chocolate donuts with the launch of an individually wrapped Cadbury Milk Chocolate donut – a single ring donut covered in smooth Cadbury milk chocolate and sprinkled with chunky chocolate pieces.The firm hopes the donut will encourage impulse buys. “It will help to push Cadbury Milk Chocolate Donuts into new channels as both a convenient and indulgent snack,” said marketing manager Matt Godbold.last_img

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RGFC starts review

first_imgReal Good Food Company’s group MD Stephen Heslop is reviewing all divisions due to challenging trading conditions, it was revealed in a pre-Christmas trading update.Trading conditions in all divisions had proved to be more challenging than expected but the group continued to trade profitably, it said in the update on 19 December. For the year to 31 December 2007, normalised profits before tax were expected to be not less than £6m, it said.In the past year, action has been taken to address significant inflation in some raw material prices by passing rising costs on to customers and implementing a programme to provide more effective purchasing and inventory management. These processes would continue to accrue benefits into the next financial year, it said.Tony Sharpe, formerly MD of G&J Greenall, has joined its executive team to lead the bakery ingredients division Renshaw.last_img read more

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Consumer Tracking Fairtrade

first_imgFairtrade beverage producers must continue to innovate to cater for both older and more affluent consumers as well as younger professionals, according to new research conducted on behalf of Aimia Foods.The company, which produces Fairtrade hot beverage brand Percol, said the research had revealed the potential of the out-of-home market. With Fairtrade product sales in the UK now standing at £172 million a year, up a “staggering” 22% on 2006, Aimia said this niche market was becoming increasingly important to manfacturers and operators in the UK.Simon Kershaw, category marketing manager at Aimia Foods, said the research had highlighted increased support for Fairtrade products as top retailers aimed to raise awareness of their ethical credentials. He added: “By adopting a similar approach, it is here that out-of-home operators will be able to steal a competitive advantage. Offering Fairtrade beverages gives customers choice and lets them make a conscious decision, which can only be good for an operator’s own-brand.”last_img read more

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Report

first_imgproduction stays lowThe production of palm oil in Malaysia has turned out to be lower than expected, with supplies of competing oils, such as rape- and sun oil, not expected to be abundant for the near future, according to the latest report by Eccelso Limited. This could lead to increased demand for palm oil, with stocks in India apparently at a low level at the moment. However, there was a good amount of rainfall in India during July, which would have been beneficial for crops.The sunseed crop in Russia will have been harmed by the droughts, although estimates for the harvest are around seven million tons, and record planting may keep the crop at an acceptable level, notes the report. Although the crop from the Ukraine was revised downwards, the seed crops seem to be doing better than the grains.Russia’s sun oil production has been lower since the beginning of July, and domestic demand was still strong, which may result in declining sun oil stocks. “Availability of sun oil in Ukraine was apparently better than in Russia, since export numbers there were better than expected. In both countries, the prices of the sunseed and the oil are climbing,” stated the report. Rapeseed production worldwide will be less than in 2009 and is the main reason why the price of rapeseed oil has risen lately. According to a report by Mintec this month, rapeseed oil prices have risen by 25% since the start of the year.last_img read more

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Subway fights case for zero VAT on toasted subs

first_imgA group of Subway franchisees is fighting to have the VAT on toasted sandwiches zero-rated in a case that could have implications for retail bakers and coffee shops across the country.Around 250 Subway franchisees supported a recent appeal at a tax tribunal that toasted Sub sandwiches should be zero-rated for VAT. Subway’s products are currently taxed at the standard rate of VAT (17.5%), because HMRC classes them as hot takeaway food, but this will rise to 20% in January when VAT rates are increased.Subway franchisee Kay Mulligan, who runs a store in Huddersfield, argued that the application of heat was necessary to supply a toasted sandwich, a process which irreversibly altered the composition of the bread. Her intention, she said, was to supply a freshly prepared toasted sandwich, not to supply a heated sub to be consumed hot.The tribunal rejected the claim, but the franchisees plan to appeal to the Upper Tribunal next year. Some VAT cases can go as far as the Court of Appeal and the European Parliament.If the ruling is appealed, it could clarify the position for smaller craft bakery chains in respect of VAT on their toasted sandwiches and products including paninis and savouries, said Dipak Jotangia, partner at Dass Solicitors, which represented Subway at the tribunal.He told BB that retailers, including Quiznos and McDonald’s, were currently paying zero rate VAT on near-identical products and that this gave them an unfair advantage. “In the past, some tribunals have agreed that even products such as sausage rolls and Cornish pasties were correctly zero-rated,” he said. “It’s definitely worth considering the VAT position very carefully on these kinds of products.”In a statement, Subway said: “Subway franchisees feel strongly that the HMRC’s decision is inconsistent with its VAT policies toward other toasted sandwich sellers and shops. The chain believes this uneven tax policy will unfairly impact its pricing and will cause unnecessary hardships for its franchisees during a period of economic weakness. Franchisees in the UK feel strongly that the finding of the tribunal is wrong and will continue to robustly challenge it with further appeals.”last_img read more

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Short stocks force sugar suppliers to raise prices

first_imgAnother raft of sugar suppliers have raised their prices, as tight supply shows no signs of letting up.British Sugar announced a €125 per tonne increase on its sugar products for deliveries from 7 March 2011, while British Baker has been told by a customer of supplier Kent Foods that it is increasing the price of its sugar by €125/t.Peter Hough, business development director at Renshaw Napier told British Baker it will increase the price of its white sugar by a further €85/t on 7 March 2011, following an increase in all its sugar prices of €42/t on 3 January. Explained Hough: “Our two major UK sugar suppliers have increased their contracted prices to us this year by €176/t and €125/t respectively. In response, we have reluctantly had to pass on these increases to our customers in order to maintain supply.” In a letter to its customers dated 14 February, British Sugar said the impact of this winter’s weather on the UK sugar beet crop was “far worse than initially feared”. It added that it had made significant changes to the way it operates, using different processing techniques, enabling it “to take delivery of beet that would previously have been rejected”. However, it said these have been at a substantial cost. BB understands that Tate & Lyle has not implemented a further increase since its €176 m/t hike, effective from 3 January 2011, which was announced in November.Ben Eastick, director of specialist sugars supplier Ragus, said suppliers were reneging on contracts left, right and centre, and he couldn’t see prices coming back down for another three years, once stocks have had a chance to build up.>>UK bakers face dilemma as sugar supply runs dry>>Analysis: why is sugar supply under threat?last_img read more

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Lucchase’s in Elkhart closed for good

first_imgCoronavirusIndianaLocalNews Lucchase’s in Elkhart closed for good Google+ Facebook Twitter Google+ Previous articleMichigan adds testing for essential workers without symptomsNext articleIndiana governor easing virus restrictions on surgeries 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. WhatsApp Pinterest (Photo supplied/Lucchese’s Italian Restaurant) A big loss for the Elkhart community as Lucchese’s Italian Restaurant is closed for good after nearly 40 years.Though the final decision was made this past weekend, the owners had hoped a member of the next generation in the family would take over. They even tried finding a potential buyer.In the end, the owners tell the South Bend Tribune it was a combination of rising costs and the forced shutdown due to the coronavirus that finalized their decision.Family members tell The Tribune it’s a mix of relief and sadness, but they are grateful for all the friends they’ve made along the way.Read the original story published by The South Bend Tribune. WhatsApp By Jon Zimney – April 21, 2020 2 553 Facebook Twitter Pinterestlast_img read more

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Missing girl, 6, found dead in wooded area in New Carlisle

first_img WhatsApp Pinterest (Photo supplied/ABC 57) A 6-year-old girl reported missing in the area of Chapman Street in New Carlisle on Friday, March 12, was found dead.The call to police about the missing girl happened around 6:30 p.m.Just before 8:30 p.m. the child was found in a wooded area near Chapman.The victim has been identified as Grace Ross of New Carlisle.A 14-year-old suspect was arrested shortly afterward.The name of the suspect is not being released at this time, as he is progressing through the juvenile system.Metro Homicide asks that anybody with information regarding this investigation to call them at 574- 235-5009 or Michiana Crime Stoppers at 574-288-STOP. WhatsApp Facebook IndianaLocalNews By Jon Zimney – March 14, 2021 2 482 Missing girl, 6, found dead in wooded area in New Carlisle Google+ Twitter Google+ Twitter Facebook Pinterest Previous articleRep. Banks critical of the PRO ActNext articleMan shot while driving on I-80/94 in northwest Indiana 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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Press release: British Embassy Bangkok moves to a new home for the 21st century

first_imgDiplomats and consular staff at the UK Embassy in Bangkok will move to new premises by 2019, following the sale of the existing site to a joint-venture consortium of Hongkong Land, a member of the Jardine Matheson Group, and Central Group for over £420 million.This is the biggest land deal in Thai history and the FCO’s biggest ever sale. The proceeds will be reinvested in the FCO’s overseas estate and will fund 30-40 modernisation projects around the world that are necessary for security or health and safety reasons.The new embassy building will be based in the AIA Sathorn Tower in the central business district from where diplomats will continue to promote UK interests in Thailand, a key partner on security and prosperity, as well as the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and wider region.Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said: Follow the Foreign Office on Twitter @foreignoffice and Facebook Follow the FCO on twitter for the travel advice @fcotravel Follow the Foreign Office on Instagram, YouTube and LinkedIn Simon McDonald, Permanent Under-Secretary at the Foreign Office said: In a tight fiscal environment, it is right that we take tough decisions to ensure that the UK can maintain a global presence while getting the best value for taxpayers. For journalists This deal will ensure that we have a modern, state of the art premises in Bangkok, confirming our long-term commitment to our relationship with Thailand, while releasing much-needed funds to modernise other embassies around the world, including in Cairo, New Delhi and Washington. The sale is part of the FCO’s continual review of its global estate, which is designed to ensure the maintenance of a world-class platform from which to promote UK interests, and also deliver value to the British taxpayer.The existing embassy building, which dated from the 1920s, required a significant upgrade and refurbishment to make it fit-for-purpose for a modern working environment, with large parts of the embassy building no longer usable.After exploring all the options for the Bangkok estate, and conducting an independent valuation of the site, the decision was taken to sell the compound to the joint-venture consortium of Hongkong Land, a member of the Jardine Matheson Group, and Central Group following an open competition.The new embassy will reaffirm our long-term commitment to our relationship with Thailand – a key partner for the UK’s security and prosperity interests and a leading ASEAN nation.We are also strengthening our trade links through the new the Thai-UK Business Leadership Council, and this is complemented by the strong collaboration on science and innovation through our £3 million Newton Fund for Thailand.Our diplomatic staff are also working with the Thai authorities on preventing child exploitation, organised crime, money laundering and human trafficking. And we will continue to maintain our focus on supporting human rights defenders, promoting freedom of expression and encouraging full Thai cooperation with the Universal Periodic Review process.Notes for editors Our workforce in Bangkok will be moving into a state-of-the-art premises by 2019 and this can only enhance our trade links and bilateral relations in Thailand and throughout the region. Media enquiries Britain is a leading player on the global stage and I’m determined to ensure that our diplomats have all the necessary tools to do their job effectively. This includes working in modern, safe, fit for purpose premises not just in Bangkok but around the world. Email [email protected]last_img read more

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