RHM has declined to comment on allegations that suppliers to its Manor Bakeries division have been asked to make a 5% refund on invoices paid over the last 12 months.An anonymous letter, sent to British Baker, suggests machinery manufacturers were invited to a meeting with Manor Bakeries’ procurement team earlier this year. Suppliers were allegedly told that Manor Bakeries wanted a payback on all invoices it had paid to suppliers in the last 12 months. The letter alleged: “It was also made clear that it would be non-negotiable and, if this payment was not forthcoming, the company would be taken off Manor Bakeries’ suppliers list.”RHM said: “As a matter of policy, RHM does not comment on its relationships with suppliers or customers.”
Immigration officers have arrested six people on suspicion of working illegally at the Rathbone Kear bakery in Wigan, Greater Manchester.Two men later appeared before Wigan magistrates charged with using false passports to gain employment at the bakery and were served with deportation papers.The court heard that one of the men had been at the bakery for three years, earning a total of £45,000.Prosecutor Anne-Marie Siney said: “This is an offence being committed all over the country.”A spokesman for the Border & Immigration Agency said: “This operation is an example of the work we undertake every week throughout the UK to tackle illegal working.”
The Food Standards Agency (FSA) is pushing through a review of the health impacts of trans fatty acids requested by Secretary of State for Health Alan Johnson last week.The FSA has asked food companies and trade bodies to give their feedback at a public meeting, hastily scheduled for 29 October at its London headquarters. It will also accept written evidence received by 16 November. It plans to have a response ready for government by 19 December.International comparisions looking at Denmark, which has strict restrictions on trans fats, and New York, which is to ban trans fats by July 2008, will also be looked at.The FSA will assess the practicalities of restrictions on trans fats and reformulating foods. The review follows a new report on obesity, The Foresight Study Tackling Obesities: Future Choices, which predicted that, on current trends, by 2050, 60% of men, 50% of women and 26% of children and young people would be obese.In a House of Commons statement on the report Johnson said he had asked the FSA to examine whether there was “more we should ask the food industry to do in this area.”Meanwhile, uncertainty regarding cancer risks has led the FSA to order further research on proposed folic acid fortification of bread or flour. In June, the FSA recommended fortification with folic acid, based on advice from the Scientific Advisory Group on Nutrition (SACN), with the condition there were controls on voluntary fortification and clear guidance on use of supplements.An expert group of SACN members and cancer experts is to examine new evidence.
Pine nuts: The problem of shorter supply out of China has been exacerbated by the ending of any volumes being allowed to be imported from neighbouring former Soviet Union states, leaving China stranded, with insufficient stocks to meet its existing and new forward demand. We would advise manufacturers to reverse any new product development involving pine nuts, as supply will be tricky at best. Any forward contracts into the UK trade will be a nightmare to fulfil and it may end up cheaper to buy a retail pack off the shelves than to buy a bulk container from China.Pumpkin seeds: Although supply from China this year was widely reported as being nearly 40% down on the previous year, compounded by the currency effect, which effectively doubled prices year-on-year, prices have now stabilised, although this reprieve may not be the start of a price decline.Sunflower seeds: Chinese sunflower seeds are in good supply. Although UK prices have firmed due to a weak sterling, the commodity itself has weakened, both to reflect stronger supply as well as a reduction within the edible oils markets – in which sunflowers are a prominent player. Forward pricing on sunflower seeds should remain quite stable and trade within a narrow range.l Based on information provided by ingredients supplier RM Curtis
Greencore has announced its food-to-go sandwiches and quiche bakery business has delivered a “good sales performance” in its interim management statement. It said the good weather in the early part of the summer helped drive sandwich sales as well as salads and sushi.Within its UK portfolio cakes & desserts saw a fall in sales which was offset by a rise in food-to-go, prepared meals and ambient cooking sauces, with sales 1.8% ahead overall.Its UK Chilled Foods division saw volumes increase 4.4% for the four months to 24 July 2009, compared to the same period last year.The Irish firm said the UK environment remains challenging, however it said there had been a slight improvement in “consumer sentiment” in recent months.Looking ahead, Greencore said it “expects to deliver full year operating profit modestly ahead of FY08 on constant currency basis”.
The UK wheat price has reached its highest point for the current crop year, with bakers set to face even higher prices from January as the entire UK export surplus is now spoken for.The latest delivered wheat price (north west) for January 2011 has hit £219 per tonne, according to HGCA market data.“Prices are now at their highest level for the current crop year, and not far from their high point of £230 in 2007/08,” said Alex Waugh, director general, National Association of British and Irish Millers. The London futures price for feed wheat has hit its highest ever level at £199, with breadmaking wheat costing significantly more.Lewis Wright, wheat director, ADM Milling, concurred: “Wheat prices have continued to rise in recent weeks, with new weather worries [in Australia] compounding concerns about an already tight supply.”Gary Sharkey, head of wheat procurement at Rank Hovis said it was now inevitable that the UK would have to import wheat in the New Year as all of the UK’s surplus export stock has now been sold. “The prolonged rainfall in the UK during August, resulted in an exportable surplus 35% lower than predicted.”UK farmers managed to harvest the majority of bread-making wheat in good condition, but due to the UK offering wheat at a more competitive price than France, the much smaller surplus (1.3 million tonnes) found numerous and sometimes unusual, export demands,” he said.“This surplus is now forecast to be shipped by the end of December, and the trade also reports export sales of circa 500kts from January – June, making imports a certainty.” He said, for example, that the price of German wheat was around £15-£20 per tonne more than the current peak UK prices.FWP Matthews, joint MD, Paul Matthews explained that when most millers put their flour price rises through in September, some bakers would have had the option of taking out a 12-month contract, but said he believed quite a few probably took contracts out up to the end of the year, and will be faced with a big increase come January.Another industry source said: “Quite a number of flour customers only took short-term cover back in September, because they thought, as some analysts and bankers were saying, that this was only a short-term spike in price, which has turned out to be wrong.” He added it was likely that, come January, millers would be looking to review their price structure again.* In the table used alongside the published version of this story (17 December issue of British Baker) the key is incorrect. The columns in the table should show, from left to right, production, then consumption figures. For example the 2010/11 December figures should read: production estimate: 647 million tonnes, consumption estimate: 667 million tonnes. Apologies for any confusion caused by this error.
Ingredients firm Gb Plange is helping bakers tackle business challenges such as rising costs and reducing additives by hosting a series of development days.The next FOC Energie Development Day will focus on how to manage bread quality and costs in an inflationary market, delivered by technical experts at Gb Plange and flour miller Nelstrops. It should help bakers gain a more in-depth understanding of the function of flour and bread improvers, and how they can apply this knowledge to influence bread quality and cost.Gb Plange general manager Marie Parnell said: “We want to enhance the industry by pro-viding practical support and relevant advice for bakers on a range of issues that affect their business performance.”To sign up, click on the Energie Development Day button at www.gb-plange.co.uk.
WhatsApp CoronavirusIndianaLocalNews By Jon Zimney – October 8, 2020 0 467 Pinterest Google+ WhatsApp Google+ Previous articleIndiana hospital leader says coronavirus could be here for two yearsNext article$18M, 400-acre industrial park proposed in Cass County 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. Facebook Facebook Pinterest Twitter (Photo supplied/State Of Indiana) Indiana’s health commissioner says a rise in coronavirus cases over the last week-and-a-half is cause for concern, but says there’s no plan to re tighten restrictions.For the first time in nearly a month, Indiana’s positivity rate is at five-percent, the point where health officials warn risk levels become significant. Health commissioner Kristina Box says 39 Indiana counties are still below that level. While that’s nearly a third fewer than last week, it’s still close to half Indiana’s 92 counties. Box says the administration concluded last month, as the average fell below four-percent, that it no longer made sense to keep the whole state under the same restrictions.Box emphasizes that the move two weeks ago to Stage 5 of Governor Holcomb’s reopening plan doesn’t mean everything is back to normal. She notes social distancing is still required, a mask order remains in place, and local health departments must approve plans for large events.Box cautions the state could reimpose restrictions if people don’t follow those rules, plus other precautions like washing your hands regularly and staying home if you feel sick.The health department classifies nine counties as hotspots based on a combination of positivity rates and the number of cases compared to the total population, all except Grant and Henry.Counties are clustered in southwest Indiana. While three counties have outbreaks linked to long term care facilities or jails, Box says one outbreak has been traced to a gathering of more than 30 unmasked people without social distancing. Others have been linked to bars, restaurants, weddings or funerals in southwest Indiana. Dr. Box: No plans to move down from Stage 5 in Indiana despite rise in COVID cases Twitter
WhatsApp (Photo supplied/Sunbeam) Sunbeam has recalled more than 940,000 of their 6-Quart Express Crock Multi-Cookers, according to the manufacturer.The recalled crock-pot can pressurize when the lid is not fully locked and may cause the lid to suddenly detach while the crock-pot is in use, allowing hot food and liquid to eject from the crock-pot and burn the user.“Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled Crock-Pot in pressure cooker mode, but may continue to use for slow cooking and sautéing,” Sunbeam said. “Consumers should contact Crock-Pot immediately to obtain a free replacement lid. Consumers who continue using the multi-cooker in pressure cooker mode while waiting for the replacement lid should be certain the lid is securely turned to the fully locked position by aligning the arrow on the lid with the lock symbol on the base.”The crock-pots were sold in the U.S. at Walmart, Target, and other stores nationwide and on Amazon and other online retailers between July 2017 and Nov. 2020.The crock-pots were made between July 1, 2017 and Oct. 1, 2018 with date codes K196JN through K365JN and L001JN through L273JN. The date code is engraved on one of the prongs of the plug and on the bottom of the base.Sunbeam says it has received 99 reports of burn injuries, ranging in severity from first-degree to third-degree burns. Sunbeam recalling 940,000 Crock Pots due to possible burn hazard Pinterest Twitter By Network Indiana – November 25, 2020 0 283 WhatsApp Facebook IndianaLocalMichiganNews Google+ Google+ Facebook Previous articleBoys & Girls Club opening eLearning center in St. Joseph CountyNext articleWoman found dead Wednesday morning in South Bend identified Network Indiana Twitter Pinterest
WhatsApp Notre Dame Football reports another week without a positive COIVD test result By Tommie Lee – December 7, 2020 0 285 Pinterest Facebook Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest Google+ CoronavirusIndianaLocalNewsSouth Bend MarketSports (Photo supplied/University of Notre Dame) The University of Notre Dame is reporting another week with zero positive COVID-19 cases on the football team after the latest round of tests.There were 192 tests administered to student athletes last week, and University Physician Dr. Matt Leiszler said there were no positive results, and no close contacts identified.As of Monday Dec. 7 there were no student-athletes from the football team in isolation, and no student-athletes in quarantine due to close contact.The Fighting Irish finished the regular season 10-0 on Saturday with a 45-21 win over Syracuse. Previous articleElkhart man charged in violent July StabbingNext articleWhitmer extends Michigan’s partial shutdown another 12 days Tommie Lee Twitter WhatsApp