RHM division Manor Bake-ries said “Christmas has come early” for its troubled Mr Kipling brand this year, with record sales of Mr Kipling mince pies.To date, sales have grown 9% on the previous year and it is anticipated that over 50 million Mr Kipling mince pies will be sold by Christmas Eve.Head of marketing for Manor Bakeries Matthew Day commented: “We are delighted by the sales growth, which shows the British public placing Mr Kipling products at the heart of their Christmas celebrations.”The Manor Bakeries mince pie range includes Mr Kipling Original Mince Pies and Mr Kipling Luxury Mince Pies and remains the UK’s number one branded mince pie range, Manor Bakeries claimed. That reign is set to continue, the company added.
According to Ipsos MORI research, commissioned by Investors in People, over a third of employees in the retail sector (37%) believe their employer needs to do more to improve the health and well- being of employees at work.A nationally representative quota sample of around 900 working adults were interviewed between 8 February and 22 March 2007.More than four in 10 of all those questioned (42%) felt that if their organisation took steps to improve their personal heath and well-being at work, it would increase job satisfaction; 32% felt that it would boost their motivation; and 23% said it would improve their productivity and performance.”At the bottom line, an unhealthy, unhappy workforce will also be uncommitted and unproductive,” said Simon Jones, acting chief executive at Inves- tors in People UK. “If employers don’t address this, they will see a negative impact, both on individuals and the performance of the business.”Respondents said symptoms of an unhealthy workplace included high turnover of staff (51%), low staff morale (50%), absenteeism (35%), low productivity (35%) and high stress (35%).
Despite consumers making active attempts to eat more healthily, the threat of obesity shows no sign of slowing down, according to a new report.In the survey, entitled Obesity, Dieting, Exercise And The Future Of Food And Drink – understanding consumer attitudes and behaviours, independent market analyst Datamonitor found that consumers do not underestimate the importance of cutting down on fat, sugar and salt.But they are unwilling to sacrifice foods associated with taste, pleasure and enjoyment.This is especially relevant, when eating out-of-home, a time when the desire to eat healthily is most likely to be compromised. “Recent media coverage on the undisclosed high calorie content of certain meals in the foodservice sector could help explain the contradiction between rising obesity levels and attempts to eat healthier,” said the report.Datamonitor interviewed a representative sample of over 5,000 consumers from eight countries in 2006. This included over 500 consumers from France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden and the UK.”Ultimately, food choice is determined by sensory attributes such as taste and pleasure, and consumers will not sacrifice these in favour of nutritional goodness,” said Datamonitor consumer market analyst Michael Hughes.
Would you welcome an ombudsman to police the relationship between supermarkets and suppliers (pgs 5 and 14-15)?Do you think the same as Dave Brooks of Finsbury Foods who says, “Suppliers need to take responsibility for themselves”? Or do you side more with another bakery manufacturer, who has to remain anonymous, because he says that late payment terms, demands for back pay, and a refusal to accept price increases, despite rocketing ingredients costs, mean that retailer power is out of hand?The key question, according to Andrew Simms, policy director of the New Economics Foundation is: “Would the new ombudsman be given the tools to do the job?” My key question is: “How would anonymity be preserved?” rapidly followed by: “How can you make it a level playing field for all supermarkets?” Because level it must be.Another key point, outside the Competition Commission’s remit, is of course, small business rate relief to boost the high street. That is what is sorely needed and very much deserved.But the Commission’s suggestion of scrapping the current ’planning needs test’ which limits the number of supermarkets built in a particular area, would spell more ’decimation’ of the high street, by any other name. I strongly believe it has gone far enough – in fact much too far.So I hope everyone, not just the British Retail Consortium, which represents the supermarkets, will get their lobbying hats on. Many different views need to be heard again before May, when the final report appears. Perhaps wholesalers to the craft industry could join with the National Association and Scottish Association of Master Bakers and present a strong united front. We live in an era where he who shouts the loudest wins most points.Elsewhere this week, I find it ironic that out of 9,000 food scientists’ and technologists’ jobs, one in four is vacant (pg 17). When you add this to the fact that the shortage of bakery skills is ’dire’ but official figures show that 1.24m 16- to 24-year-olds are not in a job or education, you have to ask, “Where on earth are we going wrong?”Well, government is a good place to start. Our politicians are supposed to plan for the educational needs of students and the skills needs of industry. I think they are failing abysmally at both.
Health has long been discussed as a key trend in the bread market, but new research has pinpointed Omega 3 and whole grains as areas with the most potential for the future.Commissioned by ingredients supplier British Bakels, to inform its new product development, the research found that consumers know they are not eating enough whole grains and are making a conscious effort to eat more.Nearly half of all respondents to a Harris Interactive poll said they intend to purchase bakery food products fortified with Omega 3 in the long-term.Omega 3 has long been the star of so-called functional foods, such as milk and spreads, but, according to the research, bakery products fortified with fish oil, such as Kingsmill’s Head Start bread, are attracting growing interest. In a poll of over 1,000 people 33% of people said they had purchased or would be interested in buying Omega 3- enriched breads, rolls and buns. This figure increased to 40% among 16-to-24-year-olds. In a separate poll of nearly 800 people, heart and joint health were highlighted as the best-known health benefits of Omega 3.”We found that 48% of respondents said that they intend to buy bakery products with Omega 3 over the long-term, but 16% are doing so already. Whether this will translate into growing sales depends on the quality of products,” says Bakels’ MD Paul Morrow. “The fact that so many young people are interested in bakery products with added Omega 3 is good news; bakery consumers have traditionally been an ageing demographic.”Bakels launched an Omega 3 ingredient for bread last year. Called Nutromega, the spread remains a niche product, but is definitely “one for the future”, says Morrow.Whole grains also show excellent potential for future growth, according to research firm Nielsen, with 93% of UK consumers purchasing foods labelled ’wholegrain’ or ’high fibre’. In the US, sales of wholegrain products grew by 18% in 2005, while last year saw 1,350 new wholegrain products launched around the world, a third of which were baked goods. Sales in North America have been helped by a ’stamp of approval’ from consumer organisation, the US Whole Grains Council. This is used on-pack to promote products high in whole grains.”The UK bakery market has not paid enough attention to whole grains; it’s a missed opportunity,” says Morrow. “Sales of whole-grain products have rocketed in the US since the Whole Grains stamp was introduced. There are now over 1,700 products on the market carrying the stamp.”The company is hoping for a similarly positive impact when it launches its new Multi Whole-grain mix at the Baking Industry Exhibition, at the Birmingham NEC on 6-9 April. The 50% mix, which contains oats, rye, maize and wheat, is the first product outside North America to be allowed to use the Whole Grain Council’s stamp. The stamp will be made available to UK craft bakeries that use the new mix, along with point-of-sale material explaining the health benefits of a diet high in whole grains.According to Bakels, Brits now eat just 18g of whole grains per day, compared with the Whole Grain Council’s recommended 48g. “Whole grains could be a real winner for bakers. Food giants, such as Nestlé with Shredded Wheat and PepsiCo with Walkers’ SunBites crisps, have realised the opportunities that whole grains offer and are advertising these products heavily. Bakers will also benefit from this spend, as it will raise awareness of whole grains in the diet,” says Morrow.
Speciality vegetable oil manufacturer AAK has announced a fall in profits for the second quarter. But the company said the trend for less expensive vegetable oil solutions fits well with its strategy for growth.The Swedish firm, which has its UK base in Hull, revealed falling operating profit of SEK25m (£2.15m) in the second quarter, with a marginal drop in sales to SEK4,045m (£348.62m) from SEK4,067m (£350.52m) last year.Its food ingredients business saw operating profit rise by 22% to SEK74m (£6.37m). However, its chocolate and confectionery fats business has been hit heavily by the recession, with operating profit falling to SEK55m (£4.74m) (2008: SEK105m/£9.05m). The firm announced that additional preliminary insurance compensation of SEK70m (£6.03m) had been received, in relation to “business interruption” in 2008 and 2009.AAK said that, within food ingredients, it has experienced a marked trend towards the substitution of more expensive products with less expensive value-added vegetable oil solutions. “This aligns very well with AAK’s Group strategy and enhances growth,” said the firm, which added that the trend for health-improving solutions continues to be strong.
Maidstone to AryztaAryzta subsidiary IAWS Group has reached an agreement with Tim Hortons, its 50/50 partner in Canada’s Maidstone Bakeries joint venture, to acquire its 50% share for consideration of C$475m (£290m). Following the investment, Aryzta aims to leverage Maidstone’s experience in the quick-service restaurant sector.Asda’s smaller format Asda is to roll out smaller store formats, according to parent company Walmart’s second-quarter trading statement. In May this year, Asda announced its intention to acquire the Netto Food Stores in the UK from Dansk Supermarked. “These stores will bring a platform for smaller store formats,” said the statement. The acquisition, subject to regulatory approval, is expected to close later this year.California Raisins rise California Raisins imported 28,641 mt of raisins into the UK during 2009/10 a 26% increase on the previous year.The California Raisins industry exports approximately 32% of its total crop and, of those exports, the UK accounts for almost 20%.Positive performanceAustralasian food manufacturer Goodman Fielder has seen a 6.6% drop in revenue to AUS$2,660.1m (£1,524.9m) for the financial year to 30 June 2010. Net profit after tax stood at AUS$161.1m (£92.4m), down 8.3%. However, the firm said it had achieved an “outstanding” EBITDA performance within its fresh bakery business, up 16.4%.Campbell targets UB The Campbell Soup Company plans to launch a £1.5bn break-up bid for United Biscuits, according to media reports. The US giant is understood to be interested in its biscuit-making operations.
First Starbucks launched its own ’elevator music’ record label, now South Wales’ indie coffee shops are set to get a lift themselves, through a cross-promotion with Cardiff-based indie band Paper Aeroplanes. The folk group will give away an exclusive four-track CD for free with food at 12 independent cafés. In turn, the coffee shops feature on the CD cover and receive promotion at gigs and through social networks. Lead singer Sarah Howells told The Guardian: “Tracks from our debut album got added to the Costa Coffee playlist. But our music and ethos are far more geared to those smaller, unique hidden gems.”
Premier Foods is drinking in the last chance saloon, according to a leading City analyst, despite announcing a refinancing deal with its lenders.Yesterday, Premier, the food group behind Hovis and other brands, revealed its banking facilities of £1.2bn had been extended from December 2013 to June 2016, that it had secured a loan of £200m, via interest swaps, and trustees of its pension had agreed to defer deficit contribution payments until 2014.Overnight, the move has been broadly welcomed by the City, despite the company shedding a number of brands and warning on its full-year numbers,Martin Deboo, analyst at Investec Securities, said: “We will have to wait for the detail, but the nexus of the refinancing is already clear enough. Banks, counterparties and pensioners will defer their calls on cashflow (plus accept some default risk) to give the new team the opportunity to forge a more valuable future. “The quid pro quo remains undisclosed for now, but there will be one. Its financiers clearly don’t want Premier to fail. But will its consumers and customers now show it enough love? We remain holders, but supportive ones.”And he warned: “So the saloon in which Premier is drinking has proved to be hosted by a patient and accommodating bartender, as we had been expecting all along. But this is still a last-chance saloon, make no mistake. Over to CEO Clarke and CFO Moran to explain to the market how they are going to avoid crying into their shot glasses come last orders in 2016.”Clive Black, an analyst at Shore Capital, added: “We deem this to be good news because, frankly, Premier could not press on as a business until its balance sheet matters were more robust.”
Google+ Indiana ranks low in states taking action against COVID-19 WhatsApp Facebook CoronavirusIndianaLocalMichiganNews A nurse at a drive up COVID-19 coronavirus testing station, set up by the University of Washington Medical Center, holds a bag containing a swab used to take a sample from the nose of a person in their car, Friday, March 13, 2020, in Seattle. UW Medicine is conducting drive-thru testing in a hospital parking garage and has screened hundreds of staff members, faculty and trainees for the COVID-19 coronavirus. U.S. hospitals are setting up triage tents, calling doctors out of retirement, guarding their supplies of face masks and making plans to cancel elective surgery as they brace for an expected onslaught of coronavirus patients. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren) Indiana ranks in the bottom half of states when it comes to its response to the coronavirus.That is, according to a recent study done by WalletHub.The study compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across three key dimensions, including: Prevention and Containment, Risk Factors and Infrastructure, and Economic Impact.Indiana ranked 30th. The Hoosier state also ranked 48th in Public Healthcare Spending.Michigan ranked 23rd overall.The top states taking the most aggressive action against the virus include California, Rhode Island, Maryland, New Hampshire and New Jersey.The lowest ranked state is Mississippi. Facebook WhatsApp Pinterest By Brooklyne Beatty – March 24, 2020 0 510 Pinterest Previous articleMishawaka Police asking for help finding suspect in Battell Street shootingNext article5 additional deaths, more than 100 new cases reported by ISDH Brooklyne Beatty TAGScoronavirusCOVID-19IndianaMichiganrankingWallethub Twitter Google+ Twitter