New design for M&S bakery

first_imgMarks & Spencer revealed it was building on its takeaway and bakery offer, at the HGCA’s Processor Conference in London.Trading executive Ian Bentley, who heads the retailer’s ambient food area, told delegates that M&S was modernising its food halls to move them away from a traditional supermarket feel, with hot food-to-go and serve-over deli bars building on the company’s success with sandwiches, with the aim of making the bakery experience more enjoyable for customers.”People consider food shopping to be a chore rather than a pleasure,” he said. “What we’re trying to do is turn that around.”The company is also changing the way it sells bakery products. “Many stores have in-store bakeries but we’ve got a new design, which includes a patisserie and truly crusty bread, baked through the day,” he said.last_img read more

In the archives

first_imgIn The Times on Wednesday, a correspondent commended grey squirrels, a pest of which it is desirable to rid the country, as providing an agreeable food. The meat, it was stated, is as tender as rabbit, can be cooked similarly, and resembles it in taste. “If it were widely used to supplement the meat ration,” added the writer, “the double purpose might be served of addition to our food supply and the extermination of a destructive animal.”It may not be generally known that the hedgehog is also said to taste like rabbit. It is eaten by gypsies, who bake it in clay. To the inquiry: “Do you like rabbit?” put to a woman, came the reply: “I have never tasted it and don’t intend to, but I’ve eaten hedgehog, which is supposed to taste the same”.The day may come when these dishes will find a place on the restaurant menu…. Stop The Week thinks probably not.last_img read more

Baker reports on BBC1’s journey through the eras

first_imgBaker Caroline Frampton got a big shock when she turned up for the first day of filming a new BBC series to find her partner’s name above the shop even though he can’t make bread.Frampton and partner Nigel Devlin, who run Caroline’s Real Bread Company in Merthyr Cynog, Brecon, Powys, took part in the programme, Turn Back Time – The High Street, along with their four children, which saw them join other families in a project in Shepton Mallet, Somerset, to experience shopkeepers’ lives during five different eras. They were judged on best customer service and weekly sales by a panel including Hobbs House Bakery director Tom Herbert.Said Frampton: “I was really angry that Nigel’s name was above the shop, and I was not even allowed into the bakery in the Victorian era, so I ended up trying to furtively help him in the middle of the night. But I realised that the reason women weren’t involved was that everything was so physical flour sacks were impossible to lift, there was no electricity or running water and we worked 18-hour days.”Just when baking got a bit easier, the family had to contend with rationing and, after the high street grocer started selling pre-wrapped bread, the family turned up to film the 1960s era to find their shop had become a milk bar selling burgers a victim of the Chorleywood Bread Process revolution.The company supplies local farmers’ markets and festivals but Frampton said filming had given her the confidence to start a national delivery service.last_img read more

December doubles Sugarshack’s profits

first_imgSugarshack Bakery attributed its 50% increase in trade during December to its cost-effective Christmas offering.The cupcake bakery, based in the north of England, said its low-cost Christmas gifts, including individual cupcakes priced from £2.50, alongside boxes of four Christmas-themed cupcake gift boxes, were its most popular product during the festive season.In addition, its alternative to Christmas pudding, a giant Baileys cupcake, attracted customers looking for a more personalised and traditional hand-baked product in comparison to mass-produced options.Marie Casey, owner of Sugarshack Bakery, said: “December is always my best month, but more so in 2011. Trade was up by 50% this year, despite everyone being careful when spending. I think just a little something for a few quid is very attractive, which is why we did well.“For the traditional Christmas pudding-haters, I think consumers are beginning to be attracted to a more personalised, traditional hand-baked and finished product, rather than a mass-manufactured one.”last_img read more

Hovis ad may not pack same punch, says expert

first_imgA leading brand expert has claimed that despite Premier Foods’ vast investment in marketing its Hovis brand as a British product, it may not have the same impact as existing successful campaigns.Premier has put significant investment behind Hovis, one of its eight ’power brands’, in recent months, including new British-themed packaging and a £1m TV advertising campaign, to launch today (10 February), which will reintroduce its existing ’Go on Lad’ concept. The ad will feature a young boy’s journey through recent history focusing on British life and iconic events, such as the Queen’s Silver Jubilee.Don Williams, chief executive of branding and design consultancy Pi Global, told British Baker: “Anything Hovis can do to reinforce its credentials as a cherished piece of British heritage can only be positive. As a piece of holistic brand communication, Hovis was a basket case until a few years ago, when the core emotion was reintroduced into advertising and packaging design was turned into something that had the architecture and flexibility to build the brand into the future.”However, even though this seems to be part of a larger campaign focused on the ’British wheat’ message, the heavily edited version which incidentally feels like a trailer for the 2008 ad has a pace which results in a bit of a blur. Hence it has nowhere near the impact of the original.”Premier Foods’ investment in new packaging and marketing for the Hovis brand is designed to highlight it as the only major national bread brand that uses 100% British wheat and no artificial preservatives.last_img read more

Fire fueled by wind consumers garage, convertible in Elkhart

first_img Pinterest By Jon Zimney – May 9, 2020 0 505 WhatsApp Facebook (Bill Beck/Elkhart Truth) A fire caused by a rotting tree set ablaze and fueled by wind resulted in heavy damage to a garage in Elkhart.Fire crews were called around 1:20 p.m. on Friday, May 8, to the 3100 block of Burr Oak Avenue.Upon arrival, crews found flames coming from the west end of a wood frame unattached garage.The garage overhead door had to be cut away for firefighters to gain entry.Inside, they found a convertible that was destroyed by the fire.Investigators say the occupant had been burning away a rotten stump from a fallen tree that was too close to the building and the embers assisted by strong winds started the building on fire.The fire was quickly extinguished with no injuries to firefighters or occupants. Google+ IndianaLocalNews Google+ Twitter Fire fueled by wind consumers garage, convertible in Elkhart Twitter Pinterest Facebook Previous articleElderly man found dead near capsized boat in Berrien County lakeNext articleHolcomb: Indiana’s Stage 3 will only happen if Stage 2 is “going well” 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. WhatsApplast_img read more

School delays and closings for Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2021

first_img (“31932 2011 Blue Bird 77 Maximum Passenger School Bus” by Bill McChesney, CC BY 2.0) Here is the school delays and closings list for Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2021:The following schools are on two-hour delay:CulverEastern PulaskiLakelandKnoxNew PrairieNorth Judson-San PierreOregon DavisPrairie HeightsSouth CentralWest Noble School delays and closings for Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2021 Google+ WhatsApp Facebook Pinterest Twitter IndianaLocalNews Facebook Twitter By Jon Zimney – February 9, 2021 0 129 Google+ Pinterest WhatsApp Previous articleNew transmission line, substation as part of Northern St. Joseph County improvement projectNext articleSecond impeachment trial of former President Trump to begin on Tuesday 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.last_img read more

Man formally charged after shooting on Roosevelt St. in South Bend

first_img Google+ By Jon Zimney – February 28, 2021 1 292 Facebook Twitter Pinterest WhatsApp Twitter Google+ Facebook Previous articleOne person hospitalized after shooting on Diamond Avenue in South BendNext articleFomer Irish football player Louis Nix III found dead after being reported as missing 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. Pinterest (Photo supplied/St. Joseph County Jail) A man has been charged in connection with a shooting that happened last weekend in the 800 block of Roosevelt.It was around 1:20 a.m. on Sunday, Feb. 21, when shots were reported in the area of Roosevelt and Cushing.Shortly after that, South Bend Police were called to Memorial Hospital for a shooting victim with non-life-threatening injuries.It was believed a possible suspect was inside a home in the 800 block of Roosevelt and the SWAT and Negotiating Team was activated.Eventually, two people came out of the home and were detained. One of those individuals was James Smith Jr.Smith Jr. was formally charged with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm by a Serious Violent Felon, Attempted Battery by Means of a Deadly Weapon, Criminal Recklessness and Dealing in Marijuana. Man formally charged after shooting on Roosevelt St. in South Bend IndianaLocalNews WhatsApplast_img read more

Press release: Liverpool at the forefront of justice transformation

first_imgMinister Frazer spent the day at Liverpool Magistrates and Crown Court, as well as the Civil and Family court where she met court staff and the judiciary, and, in addition to the Common Platform, was able to see a live demonstration of a second digital system designed to record sentences in real time.Results of 18,000 cases a week are uploaded using the Digital Mark Up, which went live at every magistrates’ court across England and Wales in May, and allows a legal advisor to immediately record the outcome of a hearing, ensuring swift justice. This eliminates the need for a lengthy paper process, and means results can be shared immediately with the CPS and police, therefore freeing up staff to concentrate on the most important matters.The minister also spent time in the Merseyside Centralised Domestic Violence Court – a dedicated court dealing with all cases of domestic abuse at their first hearing in the magistrates’ court as swiftly and sensitively as possible, lessening the impact on the victim.Today’s digital demonstrations follow earlier advances in 2015 which saw Liverpool Magistrates’ and Crown Courts integrated into a single centre for crime – the first of its scale in England and Wales, and the early adoption of the Digital Case System in the Crown Court. This system enables the judiciary and other parties in Liverpool to prepare, present and share case papers in a digital format, thereby reducing delays.The Government is investing £1 billion in reforming and modernising courts, which has already delivered: Liverpool courts have been at the forefront of cutting edge technology to improve efficiency, speed up justice and provide value for money for the taxpayer. I was delighted to see for myself the progress being made towards the modernisation of our justice system, which will make our courts fit for the digital age. The Crown Court is the first in the country to pilot new software that will streamline and speed up hearings, helping to avoid unnecessary delays in the courtroom. The new system is key to delivering a more effective, efficient and high performing courts service as part of the government’s reform agenda which allows Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS), the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) and police files to be shared between agencies in one easy to access database.In Liverpool, the pilot was established with the close co-operation of Merseyside Police, Mersey Cheshire CPS and HMCTS and lessons learnt during user testing will play a vital part in its wider adoption.Justice minister Lucy Frazer said: Make a small money claim online – with over 3,000 claims issued in the first month, cases moving through more quickly, and user satisfaction over 80% during the pre-launch pilot. Apply for a divorce online – which has cut errors in application forms from 40% to less than 1%, saving people time and trouble during a traumatic time. Apply for probate online – which has also cut errors, speeds up the process, and has a satisfaction rate of more than 90%.center_img In the civil courts people can now: A fully paperless system in conjunction with Transport for London – which means thousands of cases involving fare evasion are dealt with more swiftly and effectively. An online system which enables court staff to prepare case files and access them digitally in a courtroom during a hearing – saving 68 million pages of paper. The ability for those convicted of minor motoring offences to make their initial plea online. 1500 pleas are dealt with online every week. Court staff and the police automatically receive the completed online plea form as soon as the defendant has submitted it, reducing delays.last_img read more

Press release: Bankruptcy extended for employee who assisted multi-million VAT fraud

first_img Email [email protected] Media Manager 0303 003 1743 You can also follow the Insolvency Service on: The protection of limited liability is at risk when individuals participate in fraud or attempt to remove themselves from the firing line by not registering as a company director and action will be taken against them, whether they are a company director or an employee. The Insolvency Service will take firm action when we find fraud in the market place. must disclose their status to a credit provider if they wish to get credit of more than £500; who carry on business in a different name from the name in which they were made bankrupt, they must disclose to those they wish to do business with the name (or trading style) under which they were made bankrupt may not act as the director of a company nor take part in its promotion, formation or management unless they have a court’s permission to do so may not act as an insolvency practitioner, or as the receiver or manager of the property of a company on behalf of debenture holders may not be a Member of Parliament in England or Wales Press Office Due to his actions, Mr Talwar was found liable for £23m and the consequence of his activities should serve as a lesson and deter others from acting in the same way.center_img Office currently closed during the coronavirus pandemic. Notes to editorsMr Navdip Singh Talwar is from Derby and his date of birth is December 1985.Mr Talwar has given an undertaking to the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, to be bound for eleven years, by the restrictions set out in insolvency law that a bankrupt is subject to until they are discharged from bankruptcy – normally 12 months – until 2029. In addition, he cannot manage or control a company during this period without leave of the court.The restrictions set out in insolvency law that the bankrupt is subject to until they are discharged from bankruptcy – normally 12 months – include that bankrupts: The Insolvency Service, an executive agency sponsored by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS), administers the insolvency regime, and aims to deliver and promote a range of investigation and enforcement activities both civil and criminal in nature, to support fair and open markets. We do this by effectively enforcing the statutory company and insolvency regimes, maintaining public confidence in those regimes and reducing the harm caused to victims of fraudulent activity and to the business community, including dealing with the disqualification of directors in corporate failures.BEIS’ mission is to build a dynamic and competitive UK economy that works for all, in particular by creating the conditions for business success and promoting an open global economy. The Criminal Investigations and Prosecutions team contributes to this aim by taking action to deter fraud and to regulate the market. They investigate and prosecute a range of offences, primarily relating to personal or company insolvencies.The agency also authorises and regulates the insolvency profession, assesses and pays statutory entitlement to redundancy payments when an employer cannot or will not pay employees, provides banking and investment services for bankruptcy and liquidation estate funds and advises ministers and other government departments on insolvency law and practice.Further information about the work of the Insolvency Service, and how to complain about financial misconduct, is available.Contact Press OfficeMedia enquiries for this press release – 020 7674 6910 or 020 7596 6187 Twitter LinkedIn YouTube Navdip Singh Talwar aged 32, a bankrupt from Derby, was a senior employee of a company which carried out a massive tax fraud.In 2012, seven men involved in VAT fraud estimated at £45m were given jail sentences ranging from ten to 15 years.A six-year investigation by HMRC had found that the men, along with their friends, fraudulently operated six companies, buying and selling mobile phones and CD ROMs.Navdip Singh Talwar, who was a senior employee of the company, but not a director, had a duty to exercise reasonable skill and care in the performance of his duties.However, the trial heard, he knowingly assisted the director of the company to engage in tax fraud.As a result of his dishonest assistance and following legal action by the liquidator, Mr Talwar consented to pay £23m.Being unable to repay the £23m, Mr Talwar petitioned for his own bankruptcy in June 2017.Following his bankruptcy, Mr Talwar’s conduct was looked into by a specialist team of investigators of the Insolvency Service.If the Official Receiver considers that the conduct of a bankrupt has been dishonest or blameworthy in some other way, those facts can be reported to court, with a request for a Bankruptcy Restrictions Order (BRO) to be made. The court will consider this report and any other evidence and decide whether to make a BRO. If it does, the bankrupt will be subject to certain restrictions for a period between 2 to 15 years. The bankrupt may instead agree to a Bankruptcy Restrictions Undertaking (BRU) which has the same effect as an order, but will mean that the matter does not go to court.On 17 May 2018, the Secretary of State accepted a BRU from Navdip Singh Talwar after he admitted to providing dishonest assistance to a company engaged in tax fraud.His ban is effective from 17 May 2018 and lasts for 11 years.Mr Ken Beasley, the Official Receiver of Public Interest Unit (North), part of the Insolvency Service, stated: This service is for journalists only. For any other queries, please contact the Insolvency Enquiry Line.For all media enquiries outside normal working hours, please contact the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Press Office on 020 7215 1000.last_img read more