Sunday campaign

first_imgRetail trade union Usdaw is to launch a Save Our Sundays campaign at its annual conference in Blackpool this weekend. It wants to stop any deregulation of Sunday trading legislation, which would allow large stores to open for longer than six hours on a Sunday. “With 95% of our members opposed to any changes in Sunday shopping hours, because they want to spend quality time with their families, there should be some fireworks,” said Usdaw general secretary John Hannett.last_img

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Baking Industry Awards: last call

first_imgLast call for entries into the 2007 Baking Industry Awards! The deadline for entry into all 12 categories is Friday 18 May. But there is still time to download a form from [http://www.bakeryawards.co.uk] and send it back to our events department, post-haste.There is a £500 first prize in each of the categories at stake, plus a night out at London’s glitzy Grosvenor House hotel and recognition from industry peers. Remember you have to be in it to win it! See page 13 for all the details, including how to enter and how to book a table for the Awards evening.last_img

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In Short

first_img== Greencore stays solid ==Greencore announced it had “performed solidly” during the last year, according to its recent interim management statement. The firm said Convenience delivered a solid performance in 2008, with sales up 8.3% after currency conversions. However, Greencore warned consumer pressure has resulted in weakened demand for some of its convenience food offerings, particularly food-to-go.== Costa into Zagreb ==Costa Coffee is to open its first shop in Zagreb, Croatia in March. According to the Croatian Times, the project will cost E200,000 (£176,000). Costa already has one outlet in Croatia, located in Split, which operates through franchisee company Vlamanda Group.== Panera pushes profit ==Increased retail prices and new store openings helped push fourth-quarter profits at US-based Panera Bread Co up 43% to $25.5m, on sales worth $357.8m. The firm opened 32 new bakery-cafés during the quarter and now owns or franchises 1,252 stores under the Panera Bread and Saint Louis Bread Co brands.== PAVA enriches flour ==Major Russian grain processor PAVA has launched Zhitnitsa, a flour enriched with nutrients, using a special milling process. Bakers are reporting that yield of bread can reach 132-135%, exceeding the usual 115%, due to increased moisture-absorbing levels in the new flour.== Instant Starbucks ==Starbucks has launched instant coffee, in a bid to give shoppers a hit of its high-street brand. Via Ready Brew will be available packeted for take-home and goes on sale in London Starbucks from 25 March – at £1.20 (three servings) and £3.95 (12 servings) – before rolling out in the autumn.last_img read more

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l ’Tempura Fried Cheesecake With Whipped Creme

first_imgis one delight to be found on the gloriously named website, ’This is why you’re fat – where dreams become heart attacks’… thisiswhyyourefat.com l Bakery aromas are going to be pumped into NCP car parks to cover up the smells of urine and vomit…tinyurl.com/cnu724 l Two-thirds of women in Norwich have a ’muffin top’… tinyurl.com/czbokklast_img

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Sainsbury’s sneak a peak at Holland’s pies

first_imgSainsbury’s chief executive Justin King got a sneak preview of Holland’s relaunched pie range when he dropped in for a factory tour. The supermarket boss toured the Baxenden factory and thanked the company for its involvement with the grocer’s benevolent fund charity, Caravan.Holland’s revised its range after a year of public taste testing; the firm’s ‘pie panel’ of 12 customers were quizzed on what would improve future products and asked for deeper fillings, more authentic flavours and more chunks of meat. It will also become the first branded pie manufacturer to put Guideline Daily Allowance (GDA) information on the front-of-pack.“We’ve revisited all the things people have traditionally loved about our pies and looked to retain and, where necessary, rediscover that love,” said MD Neil Court-Johnson. “That has meant taking a step ‘back to the future’ by revisiting our original 158-year-old recipes.”The relaunch comes months after Holland’s, part of Northern Foods, announced a 10% increase in sales.Said Court-Johnson: “We’re extremely excited about our new recipes and we are thrilled that Justin has been able to get a sneak preview of our new range before it goes into Sainsbury’s stores.”King added: “Holland’s products sell well across our stores in the region and I was particularly interested to see the unique production processes that give Holland’s pies and puddings their distinctive taste.”last_img read more

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Real Good Food announces strong bakery sales

first_imgSignificant sales growth at The Real Good Food Company’s bakery division, Hayden’s, has helped the firm achieve estimated profits of around 25% above current market expectations.Hayden’s Bakeries achieved double-digit growth with all its major customers, for the year ended 31 December, including Marks and Spencer, Waitrose and Costa Coffee, with overall sales up 15%. In its pre-close trading update, the firm also revealed that a major investment plan is now being overseen by the management team, led by MD Paul Smith, to double the size of the business over the next four years.Among its successes last year, the division grew its foodservice sales, an area the business moved into in 2008, which now accounts for almost 10% of total revenues. Twenty-nine products were either launched or re-launched during the firm’s “key launch window” in October, and mince pie sales hit record levels, with over 1.5 million pies produced – up 64% on 2008.The supplier of sugars, bakery ingredients and manufacturer of bakery products, also announced record retail sales of sugar, within its ingredients business – Renshawnapier, in 2009, which was put down to a combination new contracts and growth in the home-baking market.Sugar sales to small industrial customers increased strongly in the second half of 2009, with new product launches planned to help further drive growth in the division.Bulk sugar sales reduced slightly due to weakness in the market, “following the final phase of the EU Sugar Regime changes in October”. However the firm announced a number of new contracts have already been gained for 2010.“The Group expects to report profits before taxation and exceptional items for the year ended 31 December 2009, which are around 25% above current market expectations,” according to Real Good Food, which also managed to reduce its bank borrowings from £29.1m to £21.3m during the period end.The firm expects to announce its preliminary results in mid-March.  Real Good Food Company is comprised of its ingredients business, Renshawnapier, and its bakery businesses Hayden’s Bakeries and cake manufacturer Seriously Scrumptious.last_img read more

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Greggs staff star in new ad

first_imgGreggs kicked off the year with a new £4m marketing campaign. The TV advert features Greggs’ employees and a new strapline ’The Home of Fresh Baking’.Starting on Monday 22 February, the campaign also includes the launch of a new consumer and corporate Greggs website, national print and radio advertising, in-store POS and new staff uniforms. Greggs customer and marketing director Scott Jefferson said it would be the first time TV viewers would be able to see behind the scenes at Greggs.Thirty employees from its shops and regional bakeries were selected through an audition process to star across three advertisements.last_img

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Lees Foods sees pre-tax profit rocket

first_imgLees Foods has almost doubled its pre-tax profit for the six months to 30 June 2010, compared to the same period last year.The firm saw sales up 9% to £9.6m, with a 43% increase in pre-tax profit to £562k, from £394k last year. Gross profit increased by 14% to £3.2m.Chief executive Clive Miquel said the firm’s increased focus on production planning has helped achieve greater efficiences and cost savings, and added, “we are continuing to assess how we can improve production capabilities at both sites”.“Sales have benefited from the general uplift within the major multiples in the food sector across the Lees’ product range and we have increased our market penetration in the area of foodservice,” explained Miquel, adding that increased promotional spend has been offset by higher sales.“Items such as the new meringue depositor installed last year are now delivering benefits and represent a positive return on investment,” he added.>>Lees plans for growth as profits riselast_img read more

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In Short

first_imgRGFC moves upThe Real Good Food Company has seen continued growth in its bakery and bakery ingredients businesses. However, reduced sugar cost levels in the market have led to a 19% drop in sales in its sugar business, Napier Brown. The company’s bakery ingredients arm, Renshaw, saw sales up 13%, while Haydens Bakeries saw larger sales growth of 20% for the six months to 30 June 2010.Aryzta’s profits hitDeclining revenues in the UK’s convenience retail and foodservice markets has hit speciality bakery business Aryzta’s profits. The Swiss-based firm reported an 8.2% drop in underlying revenue, to 1,072bn for its Food Europe business, with operating profit down 2.9% to 131,245m for the full year to 31 July 2010.Brakes’ appointmentNorbert Dentressangle has been appointed by foodservice supplier Brakes Group to distribute its frozen goods. The company will be responsible for delivering product destined for Brakes’ 25 distribution centres throughout the UK.Display turns a cornerAfter two years of cutbacks, the Shop and Display Equipment Association says that 72.2% of its members registered an increase in sales over the last six months compared with the previous six months, while 63.9% of respondents reported an increase in business year-on-year.last_img read more

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Finsbury continues upward momentum

first_imgFinsbury Food Group’s revival in fortunes continues to gather pace, with an encouraging leap in sales in the past four months, despite difficult trading conditions.In the first four months of the new financial year, total group sales revenues grew to £68.3m. This represents organic growth of just over £10m, an increase of 17% versus the prior year, said the company in a trading statement ahead of its annual general meeting.The company’s UK cake, bread and free-from businesses all grew strongly, delivering just over half the total group growth, while Lightbody Europe (LBE), the group’s 50%-owned joint venture export business, provided the balance. The increase follows a 12.6% rise in sales at the group in the year to July 2011 – results which turned round a 4.1% decline the previous year.   Finsbury said that the current operating environment remained challenging. “Shopper behaviour continues to be affected by the economic uncertainty, and we have experienced ingredient and input cost inflation year-on-year. Higher sales, resulting from volume growth and price increases, assisted by further internal efficiency initiatives, have partially offset this cost inflation, although operating margins are lower year-on-year,” it said.John Duffy, chief executive, said: “The group has continued to grow and improve despite this most difficult of trading environments, which is encouraging. “We continue to innovate and adapt our quality product ranges, so that they remain affordable for shoppers and, consequently, their popularity has proved enduring. While a difficult balancing act, the management and staff continue to improve and optimise the group’s resilient performance despite these headwinds.”>>Finsbury maintains growth in cake saleslast_img read more

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