Proper Cornish workers receive training boost

first_imgStaff at handmade Cornish pasty manufacturer Proper Cornish are to get tailor-made training in a bid to improve productivity.The company has teamed up with business consultancy Lemon Frog for a year-long project which will identify key areas for development and address them through a staff training programme. Practical on-the-job training will take place once a week at the Proper Cornish factory in Bodmin and will concentrate on generating effective management and leadership skills. It aims to provide each member of staff with specific training relevant to their job and to improve their accountability. Staff will also get the opportunity to work towards an NVQ in leadership/management, funded by the Learning & Skills Council. Proper Cornish MD Phil Ugalde said investing in staff and helping their continual personal development was important to the company. “The customised training programme developed by Lemon Frog is the ideal way of addressing the development of staff at all levels, while keeping the company’s overall objectives and goals in mind,” said Ugalde.last_img read more

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Heat on pies

first_imgThe hot, simmering months of June and July, coupled with rising rents and business rates, have taken their toll on pie-makers in the East Midlands. For some, it was good news and for others, bad.One business – The Pie Company, based in Leicester city centre – was forced to close, while another, local company RF Brookes, axed 33 jobs, saying that customers had stopped eating pies and pasties during the heatwave. In July, Coombs Bakery, also based in Leicester, went into administration and closed six of its 17 outlets throughout the county.But Pukka Pies, based in Syston on the outskirts of Leicester, may have been helped by the misfortunes of others. The heatwave did not mean any lessening of its pie sales – the reverse, in fact. For the first time, the company gained a foothold into a different niche of the supermarket trade – and that, believes Pukka, may be because the supermarkets were not able to get their usual quota of supplies from the smaller manufacturers.Pukka Pies is now competing alongside the likes of Ginsters on the chilled shelves in supermarkets other than Somerfield and Morrisons, where it has already had a presence for some time. Its chicken, mushroom and steak and onion pies, in new packaging, are now being trialled on the chilled shelves of some Asda outlets, plus a number of Sainsbury’s and Co-op stores. “There are also other promising moves in the pipeline, which we can’t talk about yet,” says a company spokesperson.Meanwhile for The Pie Company business partners, James Bradley and Justin Clarke, it is not the end of the line. Although the business closed after only a few months of trading, with the owners blaming high rents and business rates, as well as reduced demand, a new door has opened. They now plan to enter the wholesale market, selling their wares to takeaways and restaurants.EXPERIENCE GAINEDThe pair opened The Pie Company store only last April, after scouting out traditional pie-and-mash shops in the Wigan area, to decide what they should do with their own pies. Former Royal Air Force chef Bradley says: “We’ve had to wind up the firm because it just wasn’t working. The customers were good, and so were the pies, but rates and rents were too high. But we’re now looking to run a wholesale operation, selling to shops and takeaways and concentrating more on quality. We now have a bit of insight into running a business, and will use this experience.”It’s not just pie companies that experienced a food trading downturn throughout the summer months in Leicester, where some of the highest temperatures in the country were recorded. Two of the city’s leading restaurants, the Opera House and the award-winning Entropy, closed in July, while long-established ’deli’, Stones, also went under.For Stones, which is being renamed and has been bought out of administration, the future means a £100,000 revamp and, as Bradley and Clarke hope for in their new venture, brighter days ahead – just not too much sunshine! nlast_img read more

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BSB to tackle topical bakery issues at conference

first_imgThe British Society of Baking’s (BSB) conference will take place on Tuesday 16 June at the Ardencote Manor Hotel, Claverdon, Warwick.Speakers include Chris Beaney, president of the National Association of Master Bakers; Joanna Bruce, ADM; Matthew May, Alliance for Bakery Students and Trainees; and Bob Whitehurst, Cereform. Topics range from salt and fat in baked goods to National Craft Bakers’ Week, and there will be a chocolate demonstration from John Slattery, of Manchester-based Slattery Patissier & Chocolatier.Accommodation is available on 15 June, with a conference dinner and entertainment taking place that evening. The event is open to members and non-members. More details are available from BSB secretary Sharon Byrne – email [email protected] or [email protected] or by telephone on 01869 247098.last_img read more

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Cupcake challenges

first_imgWe weren’t joking when we foretold of a cross-Atlantic cupcake arms race kicking off in July. To recap: the official Guinness World Record for the world’s biggest cupcake was broken in mid-July. Then it emerged that a cupcake was unofficially constructed in Covent Garden, London, one day earlier, which dwarfed the States’ effort (Guinness? Pah!).The cupcake Cold War has since heated up considerably, with the latest effort on 15 August in Detroit weighing in at 555.197kg, smashing both the 68kg record of last month and the UK cupcake’s 150kg.Now, it emerges that Kellie Allen of The Cupcake Café in Long Bennington, Newark, Notts, is going to ramp up the tension by facing off the Yanks, with her own record attempt set to coincide with our National Cupcake Week from 14 September.”I’m getting a local company, called Laurens, to sponsor me. And my partner owns a truck body-building company, so he has a large oven I can bake it in,” she tells Stop the Week.”I’m also roping in a retired Italian baker who is going to work out how much mixture I need. I may get other companies to sponsor me and give the proceeds to a local charity.”Kellie admits to being behind on the organising as the small matter of giving birth to her second baby has got in the way. Quite literally. “I was in my cafe working when I went into labour so our nickname for baby Autumn is Cupcake,” she says.l If any readers would like to help out or sponsor, contact [email protected] For details of the US record go to: tinyurl.com/mchflclast_img read more

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In Short

first_imgConran has designs on Coffee RepublicCoffee Republic has appointed Terence Conran’s architecture and design company Conran & Partners to revamp its stores, starting with two outlets in London and Brighton. The decision was prompted by research showing women were less likely to be attracted by the dark colours of the stores’ current interiors. “Design quality is sorely lacking in the other high street coffee shops,” said a Conran & Partners spokesman.Myers re-opensMyers Bakery in Felling, Gateshead has now re-opened following a possible link to an E-coli outbreak in the area. Experts are continuing to investigate the outbreak. The shop had closed on a voluntary basis on Wednesday 11 November, but the appropriate infection control measures have now been taken by the bakery, and there is no ongoing public health risk.Bakeries on ’best’ listSeveral bakery firms have made it on to The Independent’s recently published list of ’The 50 Best Food Shops’, compiled by a panel of food magazine editors and founder of the Real Food Festival Philip Lowery. On the list were: Flower Power City Bakery; Cinnamon Square; Hambleton Bakery; Falko Konditormeister; Hummingbird Bakery; Gail’s Bakery; and Peyton and Byrne.EAT expansionIn its review of fast food outlets The Local Data Company has said that outlets, including Pret, EAT and Subway, have benefited in the recession, as consumers opt for fast food over home cooking. From its research into 705 centres in the UK, it found that between 2007 and 2009, EAT has increased its store numbers by 36.4%, Pret by 29.7% and Subway by 25%.last_img read more

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Caught in the Web

first_imgAn X-Box made into a toaster, which sold last week on Ebay for $265 (A)… aol.it/hN4ahOFor Valentine’s Day, what about this brilliantly clever heart cake? (B)… bit.ly/h5kWGeOne for the legions of Star Wars geeks out there, a Boba Fett cake (C)… bit.ly/fS7mpbGingerbread Tardis (D)… walyou.com/gingerbread-tardisRecipe of the week, for the name alone: Extreme Monkey Bread (E)… bit.ly/ik2OslAnother hot cake trend that’s been picked up in the US: Welsh Pork Cakes. Ych-a-fi… bit.ly/hrbDxllast_img read more

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The demon cake

first_imgThe Experimental Food Society is at it again exploring the boundaries of art and food. In its latest Spectacular on 21 and 22 October at the Truman Brewery in London E1, one participant was artist Sharon Baker, who sculpts dough like wet plaster. For the occasion she produced hundreds of bread rolls, cast from the hand of the survivalist television presenter Ray Mears.Among other works of art, the aptly named Baker has been known to make a life-size figure loaf of her own naked body. “I don’t want to make art out of things that will last forever,” she told Telegraph reporter and self-declared ’food art’ skeptic Rupert Christiansen. “I prefer materials which, like human beings, have their life and then degenerate and die. And if I get bored with bread, I’m going to move on to jelly, icing sugar and toffee.” Well, we guess she has to earn a crust somehowlast_img read more

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Kraft upgrades facilities but downsizes workforce

first_imgKraft will be investing £50m in its UK manufacturing facilities and production of biscuits and chocolate, but at the cost of axing 200 jobs nationwide.The food and drink manufacturer will be looking to improve its global centre for chocolate excellence in Bournville, West Midlands, alongside its North Wales and Herefordshire sites, with a £44m cash injection. It will also invest £6m in its Sheffield plant and create 20 new roles where the company will bring biscuit-making to its UK locations for the first time.The move comes at the same time as the business announced it will reduce its workforce from March 2012 over a two-year period, cutting around 200 jobs through redeployment and voluntary redundancies.Neil Chapman, Kraft’s manufacturing director, UK chocolate, said: “The ambition is for Bournville, Chirk and Marlbrook to remain at the centre of British food manufacturing and of the Kraft Foods network.”We continue to invest in our people and facilities, so we can increase productivity and transform our business.”Kraft Foods has already designated Bournville as its R&D Centre of Excellence for chocolate. Today’s announcement signals Kraft Foods’ plans for growth across the manufacturing network.”last_img read more

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COVID-19 two-and-a-half times as deadly as flu for Hoosiers over 60

first_img Previous articleReward offered for suspect arrest after deadly hit-and-run in Michigan CityNext articleFBI worried about people getting misinformation about election Network Indiana WhatsApp By Network Indiana – September 27, 2020 1 237 WhatsApp Twitter Pinterest CoronavirusIndianaLocalNews Google+ (Photo supplied/Centers For Disease Control and Prevention) For Hoosiers over the age of 60, research shows COVID-19 is two-and-a-half times as deadly as the seasonal flu.That’s one death for every 50 older Hoosiers infected.Researchers at IUPUI have conducted the first study to determine the probability of death.Their study finds much lower death rates among other age groups–but they call attention to the fact that the long-term effects are not yet known.Half the deaths among the over-60 population occurred in nursing homes. Leading once again to the conclusion that physical distancing, mask-wearing and avoiding crowded spaces can reduce infections. COVID-19 two-and-a-half times as deadly as flu for Hoosiers over 60 Twitter Pinterest Google+ Facebook Facebooklast_img read more

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Elkhart teen convicted of 2018 murder

first_img WhatsApp By Brooklyne Beatty – December 18, 2020 0 488 Elkhart teen convicted of 2018 murder Facebook Facebook Google+ Twitter IndianaLocalNews (“My Trusty Gavel” by Brian Turner, CC BY 2.0) An Elkhart teenager has been convicted of a murder he committed when he was 13 years old. Alphonso James was accused of repeatedly shooting Jaren Minies, 18, in a dispute over a gun, money and a video game system in 2018.Court documents say Minies met with James to sell him an Xbox in exchange for a gun. Before the deal was closed, however, James tried to steal another gun Minies was carrying, shooting him seven times in the process.Minies died before he got to the hospital. James was convicted on Wednesday. The prosecutor chose to charge James as an adult, as he is now 16.center_img Pinterest Twitter WhatsApp Google+ Pinterest TAGS2018Alphonso JameschargedElkhartIndianaJaren Miniesmurdertrial Previous articleMichigan launches Buy Local Bridgman Community gift cardNext articleMichigan’s allocation of Pfizer vaccine cut by 29% Brooklyne Beattylast_img read more

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