Month: April 2021

  • Bach on song for FoB’s

    first_imgthe Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) minister Lord Bach will be keynote speaker at the Federation of Bakers’ fifth Annual Conference, on May 10.The conference, chaired by Miles Warnick, chief operating officer of RHM Bread Bakeries, will include presentations from Sainsbury’s trading director Mike Coupe and Unilever UK chairman Gavin Neath. It will also feature a panel debate, chaired by Julian Hunt, editor of The Grocer magazine. Panellists include Allied Milling & Baking group chief executive Brian Robinson, Food Standards Agency director of consumer choice and dietary health, Gill Fine, and health writer Fiona Hunter. The event will take place at One Great George Street, London SW1.last_img read more

  • Oldfields takeover gives Greencore room to grow

    first_imgGreencore Sandwiches said it was set for further growth, following its acquisition of the Oldfields sandwich business last year (British Baker, October 14, 2005, pg 3). The acquisition of Oldfields had given Greencore Sandwiches access to new skills and space, said marketing director Richard Esau. It had also enabled it to enter new channels, such as coffee shops, and had brought a new level of craft manufacture to its business, he told British Baker. The former Oldfields premises in Bow, London, now accounts for almost 20% of Greencore Sandwiches’ turnover. This figure is to be boosted with the imminent launch of a range of snack salads.Greencore will first launch a selection of pasta-based salads this month, produced at the former Oldfields plant. Further snack salads will be launched later if these prove successful. The Oldfields plant has been renamed Greencore Bow, following the acquisition, to make it feel more like part of the wider Greencore convenience foods group, Mr Esau said. The group also has sandwich premises in Manton Wood, Nottinghamshire, and in Park Royal, London.The company’s product range has not changed significantly since the purchase, he added, although Greencore has moved some of its more complex products out of Park Royal and Manton Wood to Bow, where the staff’s skills are better suited to their manufacture. Mr Esau said: “We’ve worked hard to standardise ways of working across the three sandwich facilities. We have developed really good relationships with Oldfields’ customers, who have stuck with us through the takeover, and are now benefiting from the Greencore way of doing things.” A new site director, Tim Proudlove, had been appointed at Bow. Mr Esau said: “He has restructured the team, bringing broader expertise, but many of the faces are still the same. The skills and knowledge of existing team members have been invaluable in achieving the smooth integration of the new business.” SANDWICHES Market share 2005 (Greencore figures)MultiplesGreencore – 31%Northern Foods – 20%Samworth Brothers – 17%Buckingham Foods Forecourts – 8%Greencore – 26%Samworth Brothers – 8%Sandwich Factory – 10%last_img read more

  • Northern’s bakery sales fall

    first_imgNorthern Foods blamed a combination of its limited 11% market share and annual 1% market growth for a poor performance in the biscuits category last week.Profit in its bakery business fell from £23.1m to £17m on sales down 5.1% to £197.3m in the 12 months to 31 March. However, it insisted that after the recent dip, it had stabilised the business and could create value through focusing on product innovation and selected investment.Recent streamlining, including the sale of the loss-making cakes business, had enabled management to focus on stabilising the performance of its core biscuits business, including Fox’s, and to explore opportunities to grow the niche puddings business, it said.last_img read more

  • US bakery body urges government to use more land for food not fuel

    first_imgThe American Bakers Asso- ciation (ABA) has called on the US government to take action to halt above-average food price inflation.Speaking at a Joint Economic Committee on high food prices on May 1, ABA president and chief executive Robb MacKie said: “Food inflation in the first quarter of this year almost matched the rate for all of 2007, which places a tremendous burden on families. There are steps Congress and the administration can take that would ease this burden on American families.”The high costs of commo-dities have driven up the price for essential foodstuffs at the grocery store,” he added. “While there are many factors as to why commodity prices are so high, the effects of the government’s ethanol policy and land retirement programmes cannot be ignored.”The association is calling for a balance of land use for growing crops for alternative fuels and traditional agriculture. Speaking on behalf of the ABA, Rich Reinwald, owner of Reinwald’s Bakery and first vice-president of the Retail Bakers of America, said: “Why are we putting food in our gas tanks instead of in our stomachs?”l Spiralling wheat prices and flour shortages continue to cause chaos around the globe. In Nigeria, hundreds of bakers have gone on strike in protest over rising flour prices. In Pakistan, the government has convened a task force to ensure that adequate supplies get to deficient parts of the country.—-=== Consumer Tracking ===== Sandwich sales ==The British Sandwich Association’s report (see Reporting In, below), provides some fascinating insights into consumer habits.The average price of a commercially-made sandwich has hit a new high at £1.85, it says. Chicken continues to be the most popular sandwich filling – last year, 39,700 tonnes of chicken went into sandwiches compared to 8,250 tonnes of ham and 6,500 tonnes of cheese.Sales of wraps were down by 1% in volume over the past year and now account for 3% of the sandwich market. By contrast, bagel sales have grown by 66% from a small base, and now account for around 1% of sandwich sales.The real challenge for the future, the report says, is for the commercial sandwich market to persuade consumers to buy sandwiches rather than making their own at home.The report suggests that the industry needs to focus more closely on the lunchbox market as a category in its own right.The report is available from the BSA for £1,300 + VAT (£975 + VAT for BSA members).last_img read more

  • Delice moves to gluten-free

    first_imgDelice de France has worked with Fayrefield FoodTech to develop a gluten-free bakery range. Delice said it has seen the category develop, to include not just coeliacs, but consumers who choose to eat gluten-free, due to other health benefits.The range consists of sandwich bread and blueberry and chocolate chip muffins, made to a rice flour-based recipe. The thaw-and-serve products have a four-day shelf-life from defrost, with the breads sold in cases of 48 units and the muffins in mixed cases of 24.www.delicedefrance.co.uklast_img read more

  • In Short

    first_imgWaitrose’s frozen lineWaitrose will launch a range of frozen bakery products, including par-baked croissants, pains au chocolat and rustic baguettes, as part of a major overhaul of its freezer aisle at the end of January. Other new frozen products will include pies, cakes, biscuits and desserts. In other news, Waitrose has announced that it will use only Certified Sustainable Palm Oil in its own-label products, including cakes, patisserie and pastry products, by the end of 2012.Hovis ad approvedThe Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has rejected a complaint from the Real Bread Campaign that the Hovis ’Rolls’ TV advertisement breached the TV Advertising Standards Code. In a four-page letter to the ASA, the Campaign argued the ad was misleading because its “imagery inferred that Hovis rolls are handmade by a craft baker rather than in an automated industrial plant”.Further VAT rise?The change in VAT rates from 15% to 17.5% on 1 January could be followed by a further rise later in the year, according to Gary Harley, head of indirect tax at KPMG. “A further VAT rise cannot be ruled out as a way of reducing the budget deficit. The average rate across Europe is now just over 20%. It wouldn’t be surprising if the UK Government decided to bring the UK rate in to line with its European competitors.”Bakers thwart thiefA Forfars bakery employee managed to stop a thief stealing a lorry from its depot in Moulsecoomb, Brighton, by pulling him out of the vehicle and with the help of two colleagues sitting on him for five minutes until the police arrived, according to The Argus newspaper.last_img read more

  • Pret continues expansion in airports

    first_imgPret A Manger has taken three steps towards its goal to be represented at all major airports across the UK, after securing locations at Birmingham airport.The three new outlets will be the first to open in an airport outside the South East region. There will be one airside shop in the departure lounge of Terminal 1, one landside in Terminal 1 and a new external kiosk.The food will prepared at a large on-site kitchen, and will enable Pret to react quickly to fluctuations in customer numbers.Pret secured the locations as the result of a tendering process carried out late in 2009.Work on the units is expected to begin in March, with the outlets due to open in May. There are also plans for 24-hour opening hours in the busy summer months.last_img read more

  • Bakers report a mixed bag of Christmas results

    first_imgDecember’s snow created a mixed picture for Christmas trading.Bread sales in the supermarket’s in-store bakeries fell in the month leading up to Christmas, according to the latest four-week data from Kantar Worldpanel.They dropped by 8.9% by volume and 5.2% in value, while bakery products (not including bread) rose by 7.4% in value but fell by 2.4% in volume in the four weeks to 26 December compared to the same period last year. Overall, in-store bakery sales were up 3.9% while volume was down 3.4%.The craft trade was hit by bad weather in the crucial build-up to Christmas. “The lead-up to Christmas was tricky because the weather put a lot of people off coming into the shop and Christmas Eve was disappointing,” said Peter Cook, of Ludlow-based craft bakers Price & Sons. But New Year’s Eve was extremely busy and everything had sold out by 12.30, he said.Alister Asher, MD of Scottish bakery chain Ashers, said that although Christmas 2010 didn’t break any records, trade had been steady. “The snow changed people’s shopping habits, as they found it hard to get to supermarkets and stayed in town centres,” he said. “We sold slightly fewer Christmas cakes and traditional products, but made up for it with food for shoppers and bread.”One Gloucester-based craft business also suffered a disappointing start to Christmas, taking only £300 on the Saturday before Christmas, and was forced to close early due to the snow it took £2,500 on the same day in 2009.Kindred Bakery in London experienced a very busy week in between Christmas and New Year the first time it had been open over this period, while Yorkshire-based The Tiny Cake Company said trade was slightly down on last year, as the bad weather meant some of the fairs it sells at were cancelled.Edward Chatwin of Nantwich-based craft chain Chatwins admitted that Christmas trading hadn’t been as good as previous years. He said: “The weather had a large impact Christmas week was in line with 12 months ago, but the two weeks before were noticeably quieter with the volume of customers down.”last_img read more

  • Mouthing off

    first_imgFoods such as white bread release the sugar more quickly than their wholegrain counterparts and too much sugar is associated with energy slumps, which mean you won’t have the energy for sex”Helen Bond of the British Dietetic Association draws a spurious conclusion, again in The Daily Mail”I think we need to leave the in-fighting, cynicism and criticism of each other behind. Turning in on ourselves does nothing for the customer and does nothing for the industry”Speaking at the Allegra Coffee LeadersSummit, Starbucks UK’s CEO Darcy WIllson-Rymer veils a barb at Costa Coffee’s anti-Starbucks ’my one is better than your one’ advertising campaigns”Darcy, nice to see you, especially when you’re not brandishing some legal document!”Twenty minutes later, Jim Slater, marketing director of Costa Coffee, ignores the ceasefire and shoots back across Starbucks’ bows”Something went wrong with this offer, but despite this, one doesn’t have to criticise shop workers or destroy posters”Christoph Raddatz, lawyer for the Raddatz bakery in Saxony, Germany, defends accusations of racism after a backlash against marketing posters featuring a black baby promoting a range of chocolate cakeslast_img read more

  • Délifrance set for Xmas

    first_imgDélifrance has launched its Christmas portfolio, which features a new range called Café Gourmand. This will comprise a selection of mini patisserie items designed to complement coffee and canapés, and is currently a very popular concept in France.Also available will be a ’Crousty Pie’ quiche kit a pastry case and sauce disc ready to be filled in three simple steps with caterers’ own ingredients such as seasonal turkey and stuffing.Délifrance’s bread range will include some festive favourites, such as its Italian Hazelnut Triangle, and Maison Heritage Rustic rolls, said the firm.Lucy Pickersgill, head of foodservice, said: “As well as stand-alone innovations such as the Crousty Pie kit and Café Gourmand, the selection also includes the Multicereal Star and Walnut Bloomer for indulgent additions to the classic cheese board or tear-and-share starters of chutneys and jams. Meanwhile, the Twisted Ciabatta gives a festive alternative to a traditional sandwich, filled with the likes of turkey and cranberry.”last_img read more