Hovis bike boy is back

first_imgBritish Bakeries is celebrating the 120th anniversary of its Hovis brand with limited edition packaging introduced as part of a £1m advertising campaign.The packaging features the ‘boy on the bike’ delivery boy image from a 1973 Hovis commercial directed by Ridley Scott. It will be used on Hovis Original Wheatgerm loaves, available in 800g (RSP 97p) or 400g (RSP 45p). The birthday campaign will also include the return of the ‘boy on the bike’ television advert and new radio advertising to drive sales of the Hovis Brown bread portfolio. The advert will be re-aired for 10 days from May 10 and will highlight the limited edition packaging. Hovis came into being in 1886 when Richard ‘Stoney’ Smith, a third-generation miller from Staffordshire, created a wheatgerm flour. British Bakeries is part of RHM.last_img read more

Prices rise as costs increase

first_imgHalf of bakers have put their prices up and plan further rises, due to rising costs, according to results from the latest British Baker poll on [http://www.bakeryinfo.co.uk].The feedback suggests that a further 17% of respondants are planning price rises while 13% have put their prices up already and therefore believe a further rise is not required.Only 11% report that they have no need to put prices up, with the remaining 9% saying that they would like to put their prices up, but believe that customers will not accept price rises.The poll will remain live on the bakeryinfo website until November 1, so please log on, click to add your feedback.last_img read more

SAMB skills head warns on funding

first_imgFunding for bakery training in Scotland is “in dire straits” according to Arthur Rayer, head of skills training for the Scottish Association of Master Bakers (SAMB). It is in danger of losing all European funding.”The Scottish government has already ceased to fund anyone over 19 years old in all sectors except construction, engineering and automotive trades,” Rayer told British Baker. “In England, there is funding for initiatives such as Train to Gain, but in Scotland the government decided food training could be funded by the Scottish Rural Development Programme. However, this means only primary food producers such as growers or farmers are eligible for European Social Funding now, as opposed to those who ’process’ food such as bakers,” he said.Rayer added: “We have talked to the SNP government in power, and to civil servants who have been in place during the past Labour government, but are not hopeful that the decision will be turned around.”We have been training 800 people a year, but this year there will be a greatly reduced number.”Those in existing training will be allowed to complete their courses, he said.last_img read more

Hovis to reinstate little loaf

first_imgPremier Foods is adding four loaves to Hovis’ 400g range to tap into a “key growth sector”.The move will see the return of Hovis’ Little Brown Loaf – a traditional unsliced loaf, embossed with the Hovis brand name and premium packaging.Hovis marketing director Jon Goldstone said: “The Hovis Little Brown Loaf will not only appeal to traditional consumers looking for an unsliced loaf from a bakery with the long-standing heritage of Hovis, but also younger consumers, who are looking for a naturally healthy, tasty bread.”Three more 400g loaves will be launched – Soft White Medium Slice, Soft White Thick Slice and Farmhouse Premium White. The loaves will have a longer shape, with square tops on mainstream loaves and domed tops on premium lines.Goldstone added: “Our new 400g range offers a proposition within the bread marketplace that will appeal to both current 400g users and non-buyers.”In addition, the smaller loaf will also appeal to consumers who are looking to reduce their food wastage.”Hovis is also launching new-look packaging across its bread range, introducing a boy with bike emblem and promo-ting the brand’s “heritage and healthy credentials”.The 400g breads will be launched in September and will be supported with an adver- tising campaign.last_img read more

Doughnuts help The Children’s Trust

first_imgCornish baker, James Barnecutt, from Barnecutt’s bakery visited The Children’s Trust to see how the money raised by UK bakers in this year’s National Doughnut Week was being spent after winning a competition. Throughout National Doughnut Week in May this year, participating bakeries were entered into a prize draw to win a weekend break in London, which included a visit to The Children’s Trust, courtesy of sponsors BakeMark.Around £30,000 was raised from the event, which is in its 17th year. “It was a truly moving experience to actually visit The Children’s Trust and see just how bakers can make a difference year on year,” said Barnecutt. “I feel even more inspired to boost the doughnut sales next year now.”National Doughnut Week 2009 will take place between 9 and 16 May. For further information and to register for next year’s event, email: [email protected]last_img read more

Irwin’s boosts turnover by £1m

first_imgNorthern Irish bakery Irwin’s has added £1m to its turnover in the past year, after launching smaller loaf sizes of its key brands.The company launched 400g and 600g versions of its Nutty Krust brand for the first time last year, followed by 400g Sandwich and Hi-Fibre loaves in April a move that has led to the production of 1.5 million more loaves and £1m of new revenue on the company’s balance sheet in the past 12 months. Previously, the bakery’s bread was only available in 800g loaves. Irwin’s said that the introduction of the 400g Sandwich and Hi-Fibre loaves, along with soft pan Irwin’s Softee, had also boosted overall pan sales by 26% in the past six months.”More choice, shrinking household sizes, greater concern about food wastage and the recession itself are changing how we eat,” said Michael Murphy, Irwin’s commercial controller. “Our half-sized everyday loaves provide householders with more choice and control over how they purchase and use breads. It’s also a product innovation that is bringing smaller households back to bread and providing an effective ’trial size’ for completely new customers locally and in our target GB and ROI export markets.”last_img read more

Crantock follows the seasons

first_imgCornish bakery Crantock’s is breathing new life into the pasty market with the launch of a range of spring pasties, using fillings that reflect the season.The new combinations are: Lamb & Rosemary Pasty minced lamb with diced potato and onion in a lamb and rosemary gravy, in hand-crimped flaky pastry and topped with dried rosemary; Chicken & Tarragon Pasty diced chicken & potato in a creamy béchamel and tarragon sauce in hand-crimped flaky pastry and topped with dried tarragon; and Rhubarb and Custard pasty chunks of rhubarb in custard in a hand-crimped flaky pastry case and topped with demerara sugar.Crantock Bakery’s new product development manager, Becky Hornabrook, said: “We did an autumn range that was very popular with our customers, and I would like to start making seasonal ranges a regular part of our annual offering.”Crantock’s spring range will be available from the end of April for a limited time.last_img read more

Commodity costs push up food inflation figure

first_imgSurges in the price of key bakery commodities, such as wheat and sugar, helped push annual food inflation to nearly 6% last month more than double the average shop price inflation.According to the British Retail Consortium (BRC), overall shop price inflation stood at just 2.3% last month, while food inflation hit 5.7%, due to huge increases in commodities. Cattle, lean pork, wheat and sugar prices have all increased by 21-25% year on year, while Robusta coffee is up 42%.High inflation is leading to unprecedented levels of promotions and discounts to drive sales and increase market share, said the BRC, with AC Nielsen data showing promotions now represent 39% of all food sales, compared with 34% last year.Data from Assosia showed that supermarkets ran 791 promotions on wrapped bread in the year to the end of May 2011, compared to 563 promotions the year before a rise of 40%.BRC director general Stephen Robertson said: “Overall shop price inflation is being driven by surging world commodity prices, the effect of the weak pound on import costs and higher VAT.”The BRC said it expected tight supplies and rising costs to continue exerting pressure on food prices over the coming months.last_img read more

Indiana craft brew industry struggling due to pandemic

first_img Google+ Twitter CoronavirusIndianaLocalNews Pinterest Twitter (“Beer” by Quinn Dombrowski, CC BY-SA 2.0) Craft beer was an industry spreading like wildfire in Indiana before the coronavirus pandemic brought everything to a halt in April.It provides nearly 8,000 full-time jobs for Hoosiers and accounts for rough $1 billion in economic impact throughout the whole of Indiana. Now, like any other business, it’s a matter of adapting to fit the times in order to meet the bottom line, says Rob Caputo with the Brewers of Indiana Guild.“You’ve had a lot of layoffs, a lot of furloughs. I think some folks have been doing pretty well, as far as just trying to manage this. And I don’t mean making money hand over fist,” he told Inside Indiana Business.Caputo said tough decisions have had to be made, such as the case of 3 Floyds in Munster. The 24-year-old brewery made the decision to shut down indefinitely over a month ago saying “the safety of our customers and staff is our first priority, and at this time, we do not have immediate plans to reopen 3 Floyds Brewpub for bar or dine-in service.”Nick Floyd, the founder of 3 Floyds, told the Chicago Tribune could open in a year or two.“People have had to make decisions, like 3 Floyds, pulling back on the front of the house in the restaurant,” Caputo added. “Once you start looking at the financial’s, what are the margins? Is this valuable to the business in the short term? And how many people are going to come out anyway? We don’t know.”Caputo gives props to state leaders for relaxing certain restrictions when it comes to selling alcohol to patrons curbside in order to help breweries and brewpubs to continue selling their product.But, the pandemic has had a big impact on the Indiana Brewers Guild itself he said. The organization lobbies for and provides certain services for breweries in Indiana. Since it’s a 501-C(6) trade association the Brewers Guild was not eligible to receive a PPP loan.Caputo said the Brewers Guild generates a lot of its funding by putting on events such as Broad Ripple Beer Fest, Bloomington Craft Beer Festival, and Indiana Microbrewers Fest. With all those events either postponed or canceled, the funding is drying up and thus the Guild has been forced to furlough most of its staff.-0- WhatsApp By Network Indiana – July 11, 2020 0 472 Facebook Facebook Previous articleSouth Bend man sentenced after pleading guilty to robberyNext articleIndiana schools set to get face masks, hand sanitizer Network Indiana WhatsApp Indiana craft brew industry struggling due to pandemic Google+ Pinterestlast_img read more

More executions could be set to happen in Terre Haute

first_img WhatsApp Twitter WhatsApp IndianaLocalNews By Network Indiana – August 26, 2020 2 323 Google+ Google+ Pinterest Facebook (“Jail cells at the Southborough Police Station” by my_southborough, CC BY-ND 2.0) Lezmond Mitchell, the only Native American on death row, is scheduled to be executed Wednesday, at the federal prison in Terre Haute. But, he likely will not be the last person to be executed there, says Robert Dunham, executive director of the Death Penalty Information Center.Dunham believes that more executions are likely because they are being used to make a political point.“The prisoners who were selected weren’t selected for execution because of any compelling federal interest,” he said. “Some of the supporters of the president have been trying to argue that his opponents favor the rights of murderers, child murderers, police murderers, more so than the rights of families of victims.”Dunham said that though the executions may be legal (and there are arguments against the legality), he believes the motivations aren’t righteous.“Their entire approach and all of their arguments suggest that they’re doing this as kind of a vanity set of executions, because the president wants them, not because there is any national necessity,” he said.Dunham also argued that the executions need not be carried out during the pandemic, and that if they are legal and right, they can be carried out after the pandemic is over.“When you’re dealing with matters of life and death, you want to make sure that you’re following the law scrupulously,” said Dunham. “You want to make sure that you’re not putting the public or anybody else in danger when you’re trying to carry out the law.”Dunham said the Death Penalty Information Center does not take a stand for or against capital punishment, but does have issues with the way the federal government is handling the current batch of executions.Mitchell, if executed, would be the fourth person to be put to death by the federal government this summer, after a 17-year moratorium on federal executions. Twitter Pinterest More executions could be set to happen in Terre Haute Facebook Previous articleNew website reviews restaurant COVID-19 safety proceduresNext articleElkhart woman leads police on multi-county chase Network Indianalast_img read more