Uncertainty is likely to remain in the market for the remainder of the old wheat crop marketing campaign, and weather is now critical for the new crop. Analysts are expecting a record wheat crop for 2008/09. In the meantime, the new crop forwards market is broadly tracking old crop movements in the absence of solid market fundamentals of its own.US futures responded sharply to the USDA World Agricultural Supply and Demand report issued last week. The report raised old-crop world wheat production estimates by 1.7 million tonnes (mt) to 606.7mt and ending stocks up by 2mt to 112.5mt. Although the stock level is still the lowest since 1977, the report was seen as generally positive.In the US, Chicago wheat prices fell by $28-29/t during the week to $329.40/t for the current crop and $339.50/t for the growing crop. In Europe French wheat prices fell by E9/t to E235.75/t for May delivery and E208/t for November. However, UK prices did not track this global trend with London wheat prices at £175.50/t for May and £149/t for November.HGCA delivered prices for the UK remained unchanged with bread making wheat for East Anglia and Liverpool at £208/t and £217/t respectively.
The Real Good Food Company announced improved sales for its bakery ingredients and bakery divisions in its preliminary results for the year ended 31 December 2008. However, increased costs have seen its profit take a hit.The company’s total group sales from continuing operations have fallen by 5.4% to £218.7m (2007: £231.1m). Profit before taxation and exceptional items stood at £0.89m (2007: £3.97m). However, significant exceptional costs relating to refinancing and business reorganisation amounted to £1.96m.The company’s sugar division continued to be affected by “competitive market conditions” and experienced a 7% drop in revenue.Sales within its bakery ingredients division rose by 9.2% to £35m, and the company said “a marginal increase in revenue” was achieved by its bakery division. The company said sales within bakery were benefiting from its expansion into foodservice.“During the course of 2008, we continued to experience very difficult trading conditions, which deteriorated more significantly in the final quarter, said chairman Pieter Totte. “The Board looks forward to the rest of the year and anticipates the benefits of its restructuring programme and low interest rate charges to deliver a result, which we anticipate will be reflected in an improved financial performance over the prior year.”
SIAB, the Italian bakery show (Salon International of Arte Bianca), takes place in Verona from 22-26 May. For the first time, the show will dedicate a complete hall to pastry and is launching a specialist area dedicated to packaging, marketing and distribution.A new Techno-bake Forum will comprise a full-scale workshop of new ideas and contents for larger bakeries concerned with automation.The last SIAB attracted 400 exhibitors to the 50,000sq m show with over 50,000 visitors from 83 countries, said the organisers.
Brace’s Bakery is to scale back its logistics operation, with the potential loss of 37 jobs.The Welsh plant baker said supermarket chains increasingly wanted to handle products though regional distribution centres, which meant it had renegotiated contracts with some of its big customers. MD Mark Brace said: “We’ve had to calculate the cost benefits, and their requirements, to form a change in our policies, and reduce some of our distribution work.”This means the delivery site in Crumlin, which transports products to customers around South Wales and the west of England, will need up to 20 fewer vehicles and 37 fewer staff.Brace said the company would still deliver to smaller independent and branded shops, keeping on between 80-90 distribution staff and 50 vehicles ditching mainly the heavy-duty articula-ted lorries. He added: “We have to respond to the demands of our customers and, for those who already run a distribution service, it makes environmental and economical sense for them to collect their goods directly from us to cut down food miles and transport costs.”A consultation period with those workers affected has begun and while Brace said the decision was a difficult one, he hoped the company would be able to increase its workforce through manufacturing growth. Brace’s employs 330 people and is currently recruiting production staff as volumes are increasing.The firm supplies a range of bread and morning goods including Brecon Baps and Jam Welsh Cakes.
When it comes to refrigeration for the high street baker or retail food-to-go operator, there is one word that is at the tip of everyone’s tongues and that is ’sustainability’.With energy prices seemingly stuck in a continual ascent, operators need their refrigeration to be more efficient in terms of both cost and energy.Recognising this, in 2001 the government introduced the Enhanced Capital Allowance (ECA) scheme as part of its programme to manage climate change. It provides businesses with enhanced tax relief for investments in equipment that meets published energy-saving criteria. Products that meet this requirement are listed on the Energy Technology List and then qualify for the ECA scheme.UK-based manufacturer Foster Refrigerator was one of the first to have its range audited by an independent inspector and, to this end, has made great strides in ensuring that its refrigeration is as sustainable as possible.It has a full range of bakery equipment, including:n 20- and 40-tray storage refrigerators and bake-off freezersn a 16-tray counter retardern a 20-tray retarder prover with user friendly controlsn cabinets designed to take 30 x 18in or 60 x 40cm trays as an optionn modular dough retarder provers, including options for larger trolley/rack operations.Recycling and the control and reduction of waste are described as “cornerstones” by the manufacturer and it claims to be the first to achieve ISO14001 accreditation.”We are the first and only commercial refrigeration company to attain the Carbon Trust Standard awarded to organisations for real carbon reduction. We are also members of the Ethical Trading Initiative, taking a responsible approach to the materials that we purchase,” explains a spokesperson for Foster.”In addition we have just been awarded the 2011 National Winner of Winners Award, from UK manufacturer organisation EEF, as a top manufacturer. Foster has won a lot of awards on product alone, but this time we were competing for a top environmental award against companies from other industries including the likes of Siemens, Rolls-Royce and BAE companies with huge resources.”Winning was only possible because we apply our environmental policy across waste management, materials utilisation, manufacturing processes and workforce education. By maximising use of our resources across the organisation, we retain our competitiveness not just in the UK but globally. By being efficient ourselves we can deliver efficiency to our customers. We really don’t see why there needs to be a price premium on ’green’ products.”It is not just the smaller boys that are looking at ways of reducing their carbon footprint. Last year, Coca-Cola set itself the target of improving the energy efficiency of its cooling equipment by 40-50% and says that it is well on the way to achieving that goal. It says that a large part of its progress is due to a new energy management system that delivers energy savings of up to 35%. To date, Coca-Cola has installed more than two million of these systems globally.n Full details of the scheme can be found in the Foster Green Paper ’The ECA Scheme’ at www.fosterrefrigerator.co.uk
Twitter Pinterest Twitter Google+ By Associated Press – April 13, 2020 0 295 Google+ Ivy Tech culinary students volunteer amid virus pandemic WhatsApp (Photo supplied/Ivy Tech Community College) SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Ivy Tech culinary students who lost training opportunities as schools and restaurants closed amid the coronavirus pandemic have turned to volunteering at a food rescue organization.The South Bend Tribune reports that restaurants, caterers and educational institutions are donating their meat, fruits and vegetables to Cultivate Culinary rather than letting their food inventory go to waste.Cultivate Culinary is a nonprofit devoted to ending the cycle of poverty and hunger. The organization operates following guidelines like social distancing.Volunteers are cooking and preparing meals.They work with only eight people at a time and have their temperatures taken daily. Facebook WhatsApp IndianaLocalNews Pinterest Facebook Previous articleTelemedicine surges as doctors close officesNext articleTrustees give IU their OK to borrow up to $1B amid pandemic Associated PressNews from the Associated Press and its network of reporters and publications.
IndianaLocalNews Facebook Pinterest By Network Indiana – November 5, 2020 0 519 Previous articleDr. Box: Not following mask order could lead to more restrictionsNext articleSouth Bend Schools working on winter sports COVID-19 protocols Network Indiana Facebook Pinterest WhatsApp Google+ Michiana mother talks about importance of Prescription Drug Take Back days Jack and Nick Savage (Photo supplied/525 Foundation) Around 39,000 pounds of prescription pills were collected last week by Indiana State Police. People brought them in voluntarily for the “Prescription Drug Take Back Day”, now in its 19th year. Thirty-nine thousand pills may represent many lives saved.“We were very open with our kids and talked about the topics that everybody thinks they should be talking to their kids about. However, we did not talk to our kids about misuse and abuse of prescription drugs,” said Becky Savage of Granger.She regretted that the night she lost both of her sons to prescription pill overdoses.Nick was 19 and Jack was 18, when they died after a party on June 14, 2015.“Nick and Jack were wonderful people, smart kids who had goals, and they made a bad choice at a graduation party,” said Savage in an interview in 2018. She now heads the 525 Foundation, to bring awareness to the dangers of leftover pills.“There’s a lot of prescription medicines that are no longer in use or expired, still sitting in peoples’ cabinets,” she said. While Savage and family try to sponsor a drug take back about once a month, the Prescription Drug Take Back Day is an annual event.“Prescription Drug Take Back Day is the perfect opportunity for Hoosiers to clean out their medicine cabinets and safely dispose of any unused medication,” said Indiana Executive Director for Drug Prevention, Treatment and Enforcement Douglas Huntsinger. “No matter if it’s one prescription or 10, each prescription we properly dispose of makes Indiana’s communities safer places for all.” Google+ Twitter Twitter WhatsApp
By Tommie Lee – April 5, 2021 0 198 Pinterest Twitter IndianaLocalNewsSouth Bend Market Facebook Man killed in single-vehicle crash in Elkhart County Facebook Google+ WhatsApp Google+ Pinterest (Jon Zimney/95.3 MNC) A man died in a single vehicle car crash Saturday evening in Elkhart County.Officers with the Sheriff’s Office say Martin Estes was headed east on County Road 8 when he went off the south side of the road. His vehicle rolled and struck a tree.Estes was found dead at the scene. Twitter WhatsApp Previous articleTraffic stop becomes drug and weapons arrestNext articleMan injured in Saturday night shooting in South Bend Tommie Lee
The Queen has approved the nomination of the Reverend Dr Jillian Louise Calland Duff, MA, Director of Mellitus College, North West, to the Suffragan See of Lancaster, in the Diocese of Blackburn. Dr Jillian Duff succeeds the Right Reverend Geoffrey Seagrove Pearson, BA, on his resignation of 31 July 2017.Dr Jillian Duff (aged 45) was born and brought up in Bolton, Lancashire. She was educated at Christ College, Cambridge and Worcester College, Oxford. After working in the oil industry, she trained for the ministry at Wycliffe Hall Oxford. Dr Duff served her title at St Philip’s, Litherland, in the Diocese of Liverpool from 2003 to 2005. From 2005 Dr Duff took up the role of Pioneer Minister, church planting in Liverpool City Centre till 2011. In 2009 Dr Duff was appointed Chaplain to Liverpool College. In 2011 she worked as IME tutor and Vocations Development Advisor in the Diocese of Liverpool. From 2012 she worked to build a partnership between the North West Bishops and St Mellitus College, London and in 2013 became the founding Director of St Mellitus College, North West, based at Liverpool Cathedral, while serving at St Paul’s Widnes.
Find out more about investment in driverless technologies. the competition opens on 25 June 2018, and the deadline for applications is at midday on 19 September 2018 projects must be led by a business working with other businesses and researchers we expect projects to have total costs of between £4 million and £20 million and to last between 18 and 30 months businesses could attract up to 70% of their total project costs briefing events will be held in London, Cardiff, Belfast, Glasgow and Sunderland at the end of June and beginning of July 2018 the technologies against a clear user need public acceptance of the technologies the business models that will deliver the service Projects must pilot viable business opportunitiesProjects should aim to test and validate: Find out more about this competition and apply. The Centre for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CCAV) has up to £25 million to invest in up to 4 pilot schemes for self-driving vehicles.Funding is for pilots of self-driving passenger vehicles which include at least a 6-month trial in a public or semi-controlled setting. Trials should have a clear commercial focus, with potential to become an enduring service.CCAV was set up by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and the Department for Transport to help ensure the UK is a world leader in developing and testing connected and autonomous vehicles.It is investing £150 million, match-funded by industry over 5 years, into cutting edge technologies. Trials are already under way in Bristol, Coventry, Greenwich and Milton Keynes. They should focus on a viable and sustainable business opportunity that could be introduced as a service from the early 2020s.Competition information