Union members reflect on Country Style offer

first_imgCountry Style Foods is continuing negotiations with staff at its Stockton plant, following a dispute over terms and conditions.Union regional officer Alan Milne said the new package is being considered by union members, who will decide whether or not to accept it after Christmas. Members of the Bakers Food and Allied Workers Union have already held two strikes at the frozen desserts plant, and had agreed to hold a third. However, that strike was called off when the board of directors offered a new package to workers. The supplier wants to bring in its standard terms and conditions to the plant, which it bought out of receivership from Hibernia Foods in 2003. Country Style also operates factories in Leeds and Grimsby. And it owns a former Hibernia site in Peterlee, which it loaned to County Durham-based Peters Cathedral Bakers until September. A decision has yet to be taken on the future of the Peterlee site, according to Country Style chairman Tony Wood.last_img read more

Read More »

The Bell-Perkins

first_imgIndustrial Easirobe Enrober, can be used for chocolate, fondant, jams and jellies – in fact any type of product in a bakery, says the Leeds-based firm. Made entirely from stainless steel, it features an air pump to transport the product from the tank to the dual-curtain coating reservoir, where various attachments can be fitted to the blower, enabling coatings of the top or sides of product – or indeed both.last_img

Read More »

Jun 1933

first_imgBritain has repeated efforts to procure legislation prohibiting night work in bakeries. The position of the public: The public will suffer most by the prohibition of night work. They will not get first-class bread in the morning. This has caused the press here to discuss this question, and from this side only is the prohibition criticised. Prohibition in various countries: As a reason for the prohibition of night work in Argentina, it was stated that this was international, and had been passed by a majority of 81 votes against 26 at Geneva. Nevertheless, of all the countries that belong to the International Labour Bureau only six have ratified the prohibition of night work. These countries, scarcely less than 10%, are Bulgaria, Cuba, Luxembourg, Estonia, Finland and Spain.last_img

Read More »

In Short

first_imgGreggs growsGreggs has opened a new shop in Ravensthorpe Retail Park, in Yorkshire, as part of the Ravensthorpe regeneration scheme. More than £100,000 has been invested in the new site, which has created 10 new jobs in-store. It is the third Greggs shop to open in the area.Sweet bakery salesA new report, ’Bakery & Confectionery’ from Food Manufacture Market Reports, says that, between 2002 and 2007, the sweet bakery market grew by 0.3% in volume and 3.8% in value. Frozen cakes and pastries outperformed the market, growing by 4.8%. But the sweet bakery market will continue to lose share of all food expenditure, down to 5.2% (from 5.3% in 2007) by 2012. See also pgs 34-35.Britvic takes flightBritvic has signed a new deal with Ryanair to supply soft drinks onboard the budget airline’s 1,000 daily flights. The new five-year deal will allow Britvic to continue its long-standing relationship with Ryanair.Robotics centre opensEurope’s only centre for Food Robotics and Automation (CenFRA) has opened in Doncaster, Yorks. CenFRA is a not-for-profit business, offering independent advice on the wide variety of automation systems available – some starting at less than £20,000. The business will also provide seminars and skills training days and is encouraging all businesses to engage with it. For more details, see pg 30.Crisp dealYorkshire based Seabrook Crisps has been chosen as the official crisp of The Yorkshire County Cricket Club. The crisp firm also plans to launch a new range of flavours to complement its existing range.last_img read more

Read More »

Pret go contactless

first_imgPret A Manger has become the latest company to adopt contactless payment systems. The high-street sandwich chain is to launch the integrated system following a successful seven store trial in London. The system allows customers to pay for items totalling £10 or less by swiping their card across a contactless reader, and has been designed to save customers time and cut queues. It will be rolled out across Pret’s remaining 171 stores and the process is set to be complete by April 2009.Other companies who have recently made the move to contactless payments include Coffee Republic and EAT.Simon Hargraves, director of food and communications at Pret A Manger, said the system would give its customers “a quicker method of payment and an improved customer experience”.The contactless technology, developed by Commidea, is now issued as standard on all Barclaycard Platinum cards and is being rolled out across more of Barclaycard’s card products.last_img read more

Read More »

Mey makes play for May Day carbon label

first_imgFood brand Mey Selections has become the first Scottish consumer goods company to put carbon labels on its products. Its Luxury Shortbread and two honey products will carry the Carbon Trust’s Carbon Reduction Label in stores from 1 May, and the company’s ultimate aim is to have the label on its entire range.Caithness-based Mey Selections is the brand name of North Highlands Products Ltd, a company formed by Caithness farmers to select and source supplies of quality farm and food products from the North Highlands.Mey Selections has been working with The Carbon Trust since February 2008, and the label signifies the company’s work to date and commitment to reducing its carbon footprint, it said.“Not only are we the first Scottish consumer goods company to achieve the certification, we are one of the first food and drink companies to become involved with the initiative,” commented John Strak, managing director of Mey Selections.“The Carbon Reduction Label footprinting process provided us with a structure for looking at energy use and carbon emissions. This step is just the beginning of our involvement with the initiative; by the end of 2009 we hope to have the Carbon Reduction Label on our bakery products such as the oatcakes and biscuits. The ultimate aim is to have the label featuring on all of our products.”last_img read more

Read More »

Crantock’s pasty sales rocket

first_imgCrantock Bakery has announced it has been doing a roaring trade on Cornish pasties during the recession, with sales up 30% on last year.With turnover currently at £15 million, chairman and managing director Nick Ringer said the company has had its best year.“We’ve never been busier,” he added.The Indian Queens-based firm’s turnover has more than quadrupled since the business was bought by the management team in 2002 for £6 million, and it has taken on 70 full time staff in that time, boosting its total to 150 employees.In 2007, a £2m investment in production machinery and freezer storage was completed at its factory, increasing capacity to the enable production of up to 150,000 pasties a day. “You can’t stand still,” said Ringer. “You have to develop new products, new ways of selling and explore new markets. In the last year we have created a new position for a new product development manager, whose sole focus is to create new lines and refine our existing product range.”Crantock supplies to independent pasty shops and bakeries, pasty chain retailers such as Cornish Bakehouse and the Oggy Oggy Pasty Company, and to Morrisons and Asda stores nationwide.last_img read more

Read More »

In Short

first_img== Finsbury’s flat cakes ==Finsbury Foods has announced a group revenue growth of 8% in its latest trading update. But like-for-like growth in its cake, division continues to be “flat”. Its bread & free-from division saw like-for-like growth of 14%, and sales in its cake division rose 2% “in absolute terms” versus last year.== Maple Leaf consistent ==Bagel and speciality bread manufacturer Maple Leaf UK, part of Canada Bread’s Frozen Bakery division, achieved a performance consistent with last year, according to the parent firm’s second-quarter statement. The Rotherham-based manufacturer has restored sales of its bagels to similar levels achieved before an oven fire at its plant in early 2008.== Uniq reports a loss ==European chilled convenience food group Uniq has seen increased losses for the six months to 30 June 2009, despite comments from the firm that it is progressing well. The supplier of sandwiches to Marks & Spencer (M&S) reported a pre-tax loss of £12.8m compared to £2.6m for the same period last year.== Chevler adds to kit ==Baking cases producer Chevler has installed a specially designed reel-fed machine, capable of producing over 250,000 muffin and cupcake cases an hour. It forms part of an ongoing investment programme for the recently formed South Wales-based firm, enabling it to cope with increased demand from bakers and food manufacturers.== Livwell gains listings ==Sainsbury’s is to list three new free-from lines from gluten-free bakery Livwell, part of Finsbury Foods. A Victoria sponge, a chocolate sponge and a four-pack of crumpets are now available at the supermarket.last_img read more

Read More »

South Shields bakery buyout

first_imgSouth Shields firm JW Rae Bakers has been rescued from liquidation by a division of Sunderland-based Monument Foods.Aspin Bakery, a division of Monument, has acquired the business, saving 16 jobs.Having passed retirement age, the directors at JW Rae had been looking for a buyer for over 12 months and had approached RMT Accountants and Business Advisors to put the company into liquidation. RMT issued the particulars of the firm to 10 interested parties, one of which was Monument Foods.Following the acquisition, Aspin Bakery will move into new premises in South Shields and plans to expand its product range to include cakes and pies, in addition to its existing portfolio of breads. Monument Foods director David Thompson said the business has increased its turnover from £1m to £2.5m in five years, since its inception in 2004.“As part of the natural progression of the business, we have been looking to expand our bakery division, Aspin Bakery,” said Thompson. “JW Rae Bakers has a very strong reputation in the region and we will endeavour to continue the hard work of its directors. This deal offers a real opportunity for Aspin Bakery to grow and expand, both now and in the future.”last_img read more

Read More »

HSE seeks craft opinion on heat guidelines

first_imgThe Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is in the process of carrying out a review of its high workplace temperatures policy, with a view to drawing up sector-specific guidance for bakery workers, and is looking for craft bakers to voice their views. The HSE has already had input from a number of large industrial bakeries, but would like to hear from craft bakers on, for example, whether they are aware of the risks that heat can cause in the workplace, and if they have effective systems in place to manage process-generated heat?“It really is important to us that our guidance is effective and worthwhile and it is vital that any recommendations we might make are not overly burdensome to smaller independent bakers,” said policy advisor Helen Rowlands. If you would like to find out more about how your input can help, please contact Helen Rowlands on 0151 951 4517 or [email protected]last_img read more

Read More »