Livwell’s

first_imgFor the growing number of people whose bloating and lethargy is affecting their quality of life, Livwell’s Christmas offering includes wheat-, gluten- and milk-free Christmas cake with icing and marzipan, a two-pack of Christmas puddings and four mince pies that are also egg-free.As well as the Christmas range, Livwell also produces a range of gluten-, wheat- and milk-free cakes, muffins, teacakes, pancakes and pies.last_img

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Landmark ruling on agency staff

first_imgThousands of agency workers will be entitled to greater employment rights following a tribunal that ruled in favour of a group of Polish workers in the food processing industry, saying they should be considered employees rather than self-employed.The workers, who worked at Welsh Country Foods in Winsford in Cheshire, were evicted from their accommodation following dismissal in 2005.The case, Kalwak & others v Consistent, has implications for thousands of agency workers and the agencies who employ them, some of whom class their workers as self-employed, avoiding paying holiday pay, sick pay or pension contributions.The case was brought by union Unite, which was formed on 1 May 2007 from a merger of unions amicus and the T&G.last_img

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Medal winners

first_imgSugarcraft students from Brooklands College competed in a bi-annual catering exhibition at ExCeL in London’s Docklands and achieved great success.Hyang Soon Yoon, who lives in Walton, won three gold medals and first-in-class for her wedding cake, decorated with sugarpaste and pastillage miniature. Her fellow students, Maki Kato and Yukiko Mori from Weybridge, both won silver medals for their wedding and celebration cakes.The team of nine sugarcrafters from the college won four golds, eight silvers, one bronze, one merit and a first-in-class.Lecturer Jane Hatton said: “The students are really looking forward to their next competition in three weeks time. There is an air of real optimism among them.”last_img

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To top it all

first_imgW ith increasing consumer awareness about what they are eating, the current trend is the use of natural fresh ingredients. It’s easier for small craft bakers who sell locally to use more fresh fruit pieces in their toppings, as many have a relatively short shelf-life and are made for immediate consumption. “The biggest trend, though, is that people want premium products and they are actually willing to pay for them,” says Stuart Allan, operations and development director of Indulgence Patisserie.The firm, based in Colchester, Essex, supplies premium private-label and branded desserts for the retail, foodservice and travel catering markets. It sources the fruit for its toppings from a supplier based in Kent.When finding a supplier these days, it’s important to the firm that everything is clean-label, and “not a lot of companies do that”, says Allan. Consumers don’t want additives and preservatives in their desserts, so products have a shorter shelf-life and it is therefore important to get them out quickly, he adds.Similarly The Real Patisserie – a relatively small business with only two outlets in Brighton and Hove, uses a wide variety of fruits for the toppings of its fresh cakes and tarts, which are made on the premises. The majority of the fruit used, including apples, strawberries, lemons and kiwis, is fresh and sourced from Adams Wholesale Ltd, a supplier based in Hove.It is important to the company to source locally where possible – not to mention the fact that it “makes sense” in terms of cost, delivery and storage – and it has been using the same supplier for over 10 years. One of the downsides to sourcing your products locally would be that there may be some fruits that are harder to get hold of, although The Real Patisserie only uses a couple of tinned products – pears and apricots – and only the raspberries come frozen.While the demand for seasonal produce, such as strawberries, remains constant, British fruit farmers cannot rely on the nation’s changeable weather for a decent crop each year, so larger suppliers offer more consistent supply.Unifine Food and Bake Ingredients, for example, produces a number of different fruit-based toppings for use in or on their products, including liquid gels that can be poured onto mousse cakes, fruit fillings for buttercream cakes and pies and concentrated fruit pieces. The company also makes use of a lot of fresh fruit produce suspended in sauces.”Our apple pie is made using Jonagold apples, which have a crisp, sweet flavour and are grown down the road from our factory in Belgium,” says Unifine’s sales and marketing director, Simon Solway, arguing that consumers are often ambivalent about where the product comes from.”You can find certain fruit, such as strawberries, in supermarkets all year round, and even though you might look at the packet and see it comes from Morocco, it doesn’t weaken demand,” says Solway. He believes that, while consumers may consciously think they would rather buy local fruit, people will still buy long-haul goods.—-=== Bearing fruit ===For more info on local sourcing, check these websites:[http://www.goodfoodpages.co.uk] is an online guide to the UK’s best local producers and retailers. If you’re looking for information on the benefits of going local, try [http://www.localfoodworks.org], which also provides details of networks in your area. Meanwhile, [http://www.foodfrombritain.com] provides a guide to regional food and drink producers. Or you could try local development agencies such as [http://www.distinctlycumbrian.co.uk], which aim to strengthen the rural economy of the county by providing advice and grants to rural businesses.last_img read more

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Bakery pleased with way cookies crumble

first_imgBiscuit maker Island Bakery is adding a new fruit offering to its range, as well as updating its packaging. Apple Crumbles are to join its existing range of organic biscuits, and contain chunks of apple, oats and juice and a sprinkling of cinnamon.”It has been an absolute joy working with such eager-to-please apples, which have produced such a rewarding ’put your feet up’ treat,” joked founder Joe Reade. “We hope that our October launch adds a little extra weight to National Apple Week.”While still aiming to maintain a fun, approachable look, Island Bakery has redesigned its packaging with more standout natural colours, different fonts and “more engaging foodie copy”. “In short, we’ve created a new charming look that offers genuine shelf standout,” added Reade.The range is available in Harvey Nichols, Fresh and Wild, Whole-foods Market, Planet Organic, Abel and Cole and Waitrose (in Scotland), among other outlets.RRP: £1.77 (Apple Crumbles)[http://www.islandbakery.co.uk]last_img read more

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Droppa in gluten-free move

first_imgDroppa & Droppa Specialist Foods has added a new range of breakfast muffins to its gluten-, wheat- and dairy-free products.The muffins come in four flavours: blueberry and pumpkin seed; apricot, pecan and ginger; chocolate, banana and hazelnut; and apple, raisin and cinnamon. They are offered in either packs of 12 – consisting of three of each type – or packs of three.MD Ferenc Droppa said: “Café breakfast culture is here to stay, but sadly, coeliacs can only really enjoy the coffee and little else. These muffins are an excellent complement to any take-away beverage, giving coeliacs and others with intolerances the chance to fully partake.”The company has also added a 400g farmhouse cob to its range. Said Droppa: “This loaf is perfect for snack teas with jam, cold meats or with boiled eggs for breakfast.”The firm supplies a range of bakeries including Hobbs House Bakery in Chipping Sodbury.’’www.droppaanddroppa.com’’last_img read more

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In Short

first_img== Egg mark on-pack ==Manufacturer Pork Farms has become the first major retail brand to display the British Lion egg products mark on-pack. The move follows Pork Farms’ decision to use 100% British Lion egg products across its Scotch egg and snack egg range. Head of marketing Andy Napthine said the firm was also looking to attract new customers with a packaging redesign and the introduction of new variants.== Gist seals M&S deal ==Logistics provider Gist has signed a 10-year contract, worth around £2bn, with Marks & Spencer (M&S), continuing its relationship of 35 years. It will also be responsible for the delivery of all frozen and bread products to M&S stores.== Iodised salt reminder ==Australian bakers have been reminded that they will need to replace the salt they currently use in bread-making with iodised salt, from 9 October 2009. Food Standards Australia New Zealand has issued an Australian User Guide for Mandatory Iodine Fortification to inform bakers of the change being implemented to combat iodine deficiency in these countries.== Sandwich awards ==Princi in London won the Bakery Sandwich Shop of the Year Award at this year’s Sammies. Highly commended was Wenzel’s, Watford. Benugo won the Specialist Sandwich Chain accolade and Greencore took top prize as the British Sandwich Association’s Sandwich Manufacturer of the Year.== Cool move to market ==Mövenpick ice cream is targeting the bakery, sandwich and café markets with its range of ice creams, which are free from artificial additives and colours. The Swiss firm, headed by MD Mike Godwin, has also launched a new logo, POS material and support packages.last_img read more

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Campaigning baker falls to competitive pressures

first_imgNorman Olley, a well-known baker and one of Rick Stein’s food heroes, has closed his business in Dereham, Norfolk, after falling sales left him with no choice. The self-proclaimed “campaigning baker” told British Baker he blamed the increasing dominance of the supermarkets, for the falling number of consumers coming to buy bread from his shop. “I’ve been trying to fight the big boys and everything they represent… but now they’ve finally got me,” he said.The North Elmham bakery, which Olley had run for 34 years, shut its doors on Saturday 16 January, after he had run through his finances the day before and realised he didn’t know where the money was going to come from to pay the bills and his staff their wages. “I thought it best to walk away now, rather than be pushed,” he said.The business, which employed eight people, comprised a shop in Dereham and a stall at Norwich market. The bakery also supplied between 30 and 40 wholesale clients in the local area, including schools.Sales had fallen over the past year, explained Olley. “A year ago I was taking around £1,500 a week on the market stall, but this has dropped to £500, and the business had been turning over around £5,000 a week, but this had dropped by around £1,200 a week on average.” Olley said he’d noticed falling customer numbers over the past five years as people chose to shop at the supermarket for their bread instead. Looking back, he said he probably should have closed about five years ago, “but being a baker you run business from your heart rather than your head”.last_img read more

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Food Bank of Northern Indiana releases mobile food distribution schedule, Oct. 12-16

first_img Food Bank of Northern Indiana releases mobile food distribution schedule, Oct. 12-16 Facebook Twitter Friday, October 16, 2020 – Marshall County10 a.m. – Noon EDTWHERE: Culver High School, 701 School Street (West Parking Lot), Culver, IN 46511 Facebook Previous articleFive arrested in Cass County drug bustNext articleUPDATE: Teenager dies following crash on Indiana Toll Road Thursday Brooklyne Beatty Google+ Google+ Pinterest Tuesday, October 13, 2020 – LaPorte County10 a.m. – Noon CDTWHERE: Marquette Mall, 201 W. US 20, (outside of J.C. Penny), Michigan City, IN 46360 Wednesday, October 14, 2020 – Kosciusko County10 a.m. – Noon EDTWHERE: Combined Community Services, 1195 Mariners Drive, Warsaw, IN 46582center_img By Brooklyne Beatty – October 9, 2020 0 863 (Photo supplied/Food Bank of Northern Indiana) The Food Bank of Northern Indiana has released next week’s mobile food distribution schedule.Each week, food items are offered free of charge, drive-thru style, on a first come, first served basis.Monday, October 12, 2020 – Elkhart County10 a.m. – Noon EDTWHERE: Shepherd’s Cove Food Pantry, 1010 E. Mishawaka Road, Elkhart, IN 46517 WhatsApp WhatsApp TAGSdistributionElkhart Countyfoodfood bankfreeKosciusko CountyLaPorte Countymarshall countymobilenorthern indianaOctoberscheduleSt. Joseph County Thursday, October 15, 2020 – St. Joseph County3 p.m. – 5 p.m. EDTWHERE: Food Bank of Northern Indiana, 702 Chapin Street, South Bend, IN 46601 Pinterest IndianaLocalNewsSouth Bend Market Twitterlast_img read more

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Biden secures the 270 electoral votes needed to win Presidency

first_img Facebook Facebook WhatsApp Previous articleArt Decio, longtime community leader, philanthropist, champion of Elkhart, has passed awayNext articleMishawaka Cavemen football team placed into quarantine Darrin Wright Biden secures the 270 electoral votes needed to win Presidency (Photo supplied) Pending the results of any legal challenges from the Trump campaign, Democrat and former Vice President Joe Biden has secured enough electoral votes to become the next President of the United States, according to NPR and according to NBC.The contentious election, made more complicated by record numbers of mail-in ballots due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, has seen President Donald Trump’s leads in several states slip away or be reversed as the extra ballots – which could not be counted in many states until after the polls closed, per election law – were counted. The majority of mail-in ballots seemed to go to Biden; Trump had discouraged his followers from using mail-in voting, saying it was vulnerable to fraud.Biden addressed the nation Friday night, before officially passing the 270 mark by securing the electors from Pennsylvania, to call for unity moving forward.“We may be opponents, but we’re not enemies,” Biden said to the nation. “We’re Americans.”As the counting dragged on for days in multiple battleground states, Trump took to the airwaves to declare the election was being “stolen” by “illegal” votes. Some Republicans distanced themselves from his comments. Twitter Pinterest Google+center_img I easily WIN the Presidency of the United States with LEGAL VOTES CAST. The OBSERVERS were not allowed, in any way, shape, or form, to do their job and therefore, votes accepted during this period must be determined to be ILLEGAL VOTES. U.S. Supreme Court should decide!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 6, 2020The President has also issued a series of legal challenges, with more expected, saying there were issues with poll watchers and the counting of ballots that Trump and his supporters say were cast illegally.Locally, Trump easily won Indiana and Ohio in Tuesday’s General Election.Should Biden’s victory stand up to Trump’s legal challenges, he will become the 46th President of the United States, while California Senator Kamala Harris will become both the nation’s first Black Vice President and its first female Vice President. IndianaLocalMichiganNationalNews Pinterest Twitter WhatsApp By Darrin Wright – November 7, 2020 6 572 Google+last_img read more

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