Q. What does the British Society of Baking’s annual golf day on Thursday, May 18, 2006 have in common with the British Masters Golf Championship?
Hubbard Transport Refrigeration’s (Ipswich, Suffolk) new 520 Alpha direct-drive refrigeration system is designed for vehicles up to 10 tonnes and is suitable for both single- and multi-temperature delivery vehicles.
Nisbets (Avonmouth, Bristol) has added two full height display chillers with self-closing lockable doors to its Polar refrigeration range.
Foster Refrigeration (King’s Lynn, Norfolk) says it is helping bakers meet the increasing demands for energy efficiency with its new Green Paper, Energy efficiency – saving energy in the kitchen.
Coldroom modules from Container Kitchen Systems (CKS) (Guildford, Surrey) mean bakers can have access to extra cold storage for fixed periods.

A Gem of a cabinet

28 April, 2006
The Gem display cabinet from Williams Refrigeration (King’s Lynn, Norfolk) is designed to store chilled products, such as sandwiches, salads, fruit and drinks. The company says it is easy to clean, energy saving, reliable and safe.

HACCP data in the hand

28 April, 2006
Catering equipment company E & R Moffat (Bonnybridge, Scotland) has launched a due diligence data logging system for its range of foodservice trolleys and counters.
Interbake (Bury, Lancashire) has introduced the Cream King Eco 3.0 whipping machine.

Carvell's retarder-prover

28 April, 2006
Caravell’s (Buckingham) retarder-prover can slow down and hold the development of dough for up to three days. It then warms the dough to the correct prove temperature to ensure it is ready for the oven at the right time.
Brook Food Processing (Minehead, Somerset) has launched the Polin Frigocella Avant retarder prover.
Apuro’s (Solihull, West Midlands) gastronorm compatible matching refrigerator and freezer cabinets are marketed under the Atlanta brand. They come in single- and double-door versions.
With gas and electricity prices soaring by 40% in 2005 and potentially more increases on the way, the need to be energy-efficient has never been greater.

Consultation stations

28 April, 2006
Most employers are keenly aware of their obligations to consult with workforce representatives in the context of “mass” redundancies. In broad terms, these apply to the redundancies of 20 or more employees at one site within a period of 90 days. Employers will usually have in mind the statutory minimum periods for such consultation: 30 days where fewer than 100 employees are affected or 90 days otherwise.

Explosive Situation

28 April, 2006
Plant bakeries that have on-site silo storage for flour and sugar are facing a looming deadline to comply with ATEX (ATmospheres EXplosives) legislation, designed to heighten safety in the workplace.

Member's Privileges

28 April, 2006
Taking snuff out of a ram’s horn was a privilege that Andrew Fairley, British Baker’s Student Baker of Year, politely declined. He also hopes he will never need to invoke the right to a private cell in one of Glasgow’s police stations or indeed fight alongside Glaswegians as they defend their city.

SPACE TO GROW

28 April, 2006
A move from its long-established town centre home to a substantially larger bakery on the outskirts of Falkirk has provided retail and wholesale baker Mathiesons not only with “a totally compliant food manufacturing environment” but also with a completely new perspective on the marketplace.
A concept, a product range and a business were the subjects of the three marketing campaigns in the final of last year’s Baking Industry Awards. That illustrates the scope of this award. The judges will not just be looking for big-spenders, they’ll be looking for bakers with talent and creative ideas that they’ve put to good use to promote their businesses. They will be looking to reward initiatives that have led to a growth in sales.

Viewpoint

28 April, 2006
I am always bemused by the fact that being seen as 'old fashioned' is something of a slur, whilst using the word 'traditional' is often a big plus. In that case, I wish we would return to 'traditional' discipline and 'tradtitional' mealtimes at least once a day. My Reverend godfather used to say that most education takes place around the dinner table. He said it was when you passed on your values to your children.

In Brief

28 April, 2006
The Lake District's Hazelmere Cafe & Bakery has been named the best place in Britain to get a cup of tea by the UK Tea Council. Judges visited 100 venues and rated them on 17 criteria from decor to crockery. The cafe uses only loose-leaf tea and bakes it's own food using ingredients sourced locally. Awards for excellence were given to 38 other tea rooms in the Top Afternoon Tea Awards 2006, including six Bettys of Harrogate teashops in Yorkshire
The Metropolitan Police is continuing to investigate incidents of deliberate contamination of Allied Bakeries’ Kingsmill bread, produced at its Orpington plant in Kent.
The value of bread exports dropped 6% in 2005, compared to a rise in overall food and drink exports of 3% in 2005, latest figures suggest.
Read Sam’s story to see how your support can make a difference:
This year’s British Sandwich Awards, organised by The British Sandwich Association, will be made on May 18.

Sunday campaign

28 April, 2006
Retail trade union Usdaw is to launch a Save Our Sundays campaign at its annual conference in Blackpool this weekend.
Northern Foods has dismissed press reports it is planning to sell its £300 million turnover bakery division as “pure speculation”. A report in the Sunday Times on April 23 said Northern Foods’ board would discuss a potential sale of the division at a meeting this week.
Asda is piloting a partnership scheme between its in-store bakeries, a group of North Yorkshire farmers and the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB).
Around 140 attendees are expected at the 76th National Federation of Bakery Students Societies and the Institute of Bread Bakers Alliance annual conference in Southport this Bank Holiday weekend.
Chatwins’ joint MD Trevor Mooney completed the 26.2 mile London Marathon in five hours, 18 minutes last weekend.
Bakery equipment supplier APV Baker has been acquired by private investors John Cowx and Brian Taylor, from owners Invensys. The process technology company will now trade as Baker Perkins, a name it was known by between 1920 and 1987.
RHM said its Bread Bakeries division had seen outstan-ding achievement by Hovis and an improved performance on cakes in the year to April 29, 2006.
A PROSECUTION against two directors of Finedon Mill, rela-ting to breaches of the 1965 Cereals Marketing Act, has been dismissed due to legal technicalities.
Yorkshire start-up company Wensleydale Foods has had to rename a pies range due to a trademark dispute with Bettys of Harrogate.
A baker was assaulted in an armed robbery at Norwich retail bakery Mr Bunn the Baker last Friday (April 21). The victim, Royston Owen, was inside the store at about 3am when two men entered. They are believed to have been carrying a shotgun and axe.
Bells of Lazonby has won a Queen’s Award for Enterprise – Innovation Award 2006 – for allergy-friendly bakery pro-ducts under its Ok Foods and Village Bakery brands.
Supermarket Tesco is to revamp its bakery departments across the whole of the UK in July, with new signage, range and layout. The changes will allow the supermarket to reorganise its offer, senior bakery buyer Andy Brocklehurst told British Baker.
Finnish packaging board producer Stora Enso is producing airtight paperboard cups for European food brand owners. The new cups are used for packing dry foods, including snacks, cereals and confectionery.
AB Brasil, Latin America’s lea-ding producer of fresh yeast and part of Associated British Foods, now wraps all its Fleischmann yeast in Cellophane 360MSB from Innovia Films and has cut water loss by nearly 50% as a result. The company also says that product quality and shelf life have been improved.
Two important trends in bakery packaging are being driven by consumer demand, says Robert Tindal, marketing director at Manchester-based Reynards. “The most common enquiries at last month’s Food & Bake were for environmentally-friendly (EF) packs and those which promote the baker’s own brand image,” he says.
Tri-Star (Enfield, Middlesex), is claiming to supply the world’s first ever clear biodegradable sandwich wedge. Available nationally, the product is both biodegradable and biocompostable.

VEGA steps up labelling

21 April, 2006
Advanced Dynamics (Brad-ford, West Yorks), has recently introduced into the UK bakery sector a label applicator, said to be ideal for flow-wrapped and vacuum-packed bakery items.
Preferred Packaging Europe (Daventry, Northamptonshire) is kicking off the forthcoming World Cup tournament early with sporty football sealing films for its sandwich wedge range. These are intended to be eye-catching and provide on-shelf impact, while increasing sandwich sales this summer.
Warburtons is using a Markem SmartLase 100i laser coder to apply variable date codes to its boxes of All in One Riddlers pre-filled bread rolls. The company chose the coder to print ‘best before’ and ‘display until’ dates, as well as traceability codes on to the cardboard packaging, when it saw the print quality and efficient performance on high-speed applications, it says.

Anthony Alan Foods

21 April, 2006
Anthony Alan Foods (Barnsley, South Yorkshire), manufacturer of Weight Watchers-branded cakes, is producing the goods in a variety of shelf-ready packaging, including individual, twin and triple sizes. The packaging is designed to improve handling, increase product profile and enhance sales.

The Domino effect

21 April, 2006
Supermarkets are increasingly issuing challenges to food manufacturers to improve the accuracy of the date coding and labelling of their products. The baking industry is no exception and bread manufacturers are being asked to apply vital data, such as batch codes and date codes, directly on to the bread bags, to ensure effective traceability throughout the product’s life cycle.

Green as a plant

21 April, 2006
Nowadays, packaging is not what it’s cut out to be – it’s a whole lot more! After the packaging has been cut, shaped and formed, the leftovers can be recycled or used to make everything from microchip carriers to currency containers, paper bags to poop scoops.

A simple country baker

21 April, 2006
Many of the stupid announcements by politicians must irritate you as much as they do me. That arch feminist – she from planet Pluto not Venus – Ms Patricia Hewitt, the then Minister for Trade and Industry who, to the best of my knowledge, has never started, run a business or even worked for a commercial company in her life – which is of course the perfect qualification to tell us how to run our companies – came out with such nonsense in a consultation paper that I can only conclude she had spent the previous 24 hours in a pub trying to prove it is good for you to drink for that period.

Aulds receives 'A' rating

21 April, 2006
After a fire destroyed its Inchinnan-based premises in Renfrewshire in September last year, Scottish retail and wholesale bakery Aulds faced a major challenge.
City of London Livery Company, the Worshipful Company of Bakers, whose first record dates back to 1155, marked another historic occasion on April 3, 2006.

Face to Face

21 April, 2006
Following its purchase of David Powell Bakeries last year, Rich UK has been busy integrating the business. George Thomopoulous explains the firm’s strategy and ambitions to Anne Bruce
The build-up to the 19th annual Baking Industry Awards continues with a look at the Bakery Supplier of the Year category.

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