Country Style buys frozen desserts site

first_imgBakery company Country Style Foods has acquired the former RHM frozen desserts factory, in Wales from Premier Foods in a deal that completed on Saturday.The 50,000sq ft RHM factory, in Flint, North Wales, manufactures branded and retailers’ own-label desserts, employing 200 people.Country Style director Joe Wood told British Baker that the new site would run in addition to its Stockton plant, which manufactures a complementary range of products, including frozen roulades.The Flint factory is connected to its own cold-storage and warehousing facilities, and manufactures premium cheesecakes, gateaux, tortes and meringues, under brands including Cadbury.The Stockton site was bought out of receivership from Hibernia Foods in 2003.Head office functions for the Flint site will be conducted from Country Style’s Leeds premises.Country Style has also acquired the licence to produce Cadbury frozen cakes and desserts, a range it intends to develop further across its entire portfolio, said Wood. “We have had the Sara Lee brand licence for three years now and Cadbury will sit very well alongside that.”Last March, following the acquisition of RHM, Premier Foods announced that it wanted to divest the company’s “non-core” frozen businesses, which included factories making frozen pies, ready-meals and desserts.The ready-meals part of the business has now been sold to Kerry Foods.RHM’s Kent-based pies business, which manufactures products including McDougalls pies, is still up for sale.Country Style Foods manufactures bakery products and desserts for leading retailers and foodservice operators.The family business, founded in 1960 by Tony and Christine Wood, operates from facilities in Leeds, Grimsby, Stockton and Peterlee and employs over 1,400 people.last_img read more

Mike Holling, president, National Association of Master Bakers

first_imgThe past year has seen plenty of highs and lows. Chairman Peter Freeman of the Competition Commission reported back its latest findings, which didn’t promise anything positive to give a level playing field on the high street or protect the independents from the domination of the big four in a multitude of areas.The Queen’s speech to Parliament then revealed the government’s plans for the year ahead. It suggested that life is significantly better under Labour – for employees maybe, but what about the employer? Gordon Brown leads a government that has brought in more employee-friendly laws than any other.In 2007, we seemed to jump from one crisis to another: atrocious weather conditions; avian flu; the foot-and-mouth outbreak; the increase in flour prices and the knock-on effect on bread prices.Reports suggested that soaring global demand, more and more crops being set aside for biofuel and poor weather have been driving up prices since last summer. But bakers did not see just increases in flour; the whole commodities market saw price increases in key ingredients – butter, fats, cream, milk and cheese. So it has not been an easy year for controlling costs.Highlights of the year included the Scottish Master Baker’s conference; the prestigious Baking Industry Awards; and the Worshipful Company of Bakers Election Banquet at the Mansion House.Let me take this opportunity to wish you all a happy and prosperous Christmas and best wishes for the New Year.last_img read more

Planning ahead

first_imgThe Food and Drink Federation’s Biscuit Cake, Chocolate and Confectionery Sector Group’s annual conference, entitled ’Looking Forward to Sweet Success’ will broaden the event’s horizon beyond its former technical focus. The conference will focus on a wide range of issues that affect the food industry, including: the impact of the recession, issues surrounding waste and sustainability, and responding to customer pressure.For full details go to

Roadway safety encouraged during harvest season

first_img Facebook Previous articleMichigan taxpayers targeted in recent scamNext articleFood Bank of Northern Indiana releases mobile food distribution schedule, Sept. 22-25 Brooklyne Beatty Google+ Facebook Roadway safety encouraged during harvest season WhatsApp IndianaLocalNews Twitter WhatsAppcenter_img By Brooklyne Beatty – September 18, 2020 0 250 Pinterest (Source: License: Harvest season is almost here, and the Indiana Department of Agriculture is asking Hoosier drivers to be on the lookout for farm equipment.According to the most recent data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2018 farm equipment vehicles were involved in 98 crashes across the U.S., two of which were fatal.Farm equipment must have the national designated slow-moving vehicle sign, a red triangle-shaped reflector, to warn approaching drivers to slow down. These vehicles often travel at speeds no higher than 25 mph.Farm equipment during harvest season could include tractors, combines, grain carts, grain wagons and large trucks.When attempting to pass farm equipment, drivers are encouraged to look for oncoming traffic, don’t tailgate and pass only in passing zones. TAGScrashequipmentfarmharvesthoosierIndianaroadwaysseason Twitter Pinterest Google+last_img read more

Body pulled from St. Joseph River Wednesday

first_imgIndianaLocalNews Google+ Google+ Facebook Pinterest Body pulled from St. Joseph River Wednesday Twitter WhatsApp WhatsAppcenter_img Facebook Pinterest Twitter (Tom Franklin/95.3 MNC) A body was found in the St. Joseph River Wednesday morning.Police were called to the 200 block of E. Marion Street around 9:30 after city street crews discovered the body in the water.ABC 57 News reports foul play is not suspected, and the body is believed to have been in the water for quite some time.No further details have been released. TAGSbodyIndianaMarion StreetSouth Bendst. joseph river By Brooklyne Beatty – November 18, 2020 0 363 Previous articleGoshen Health staffing numbers “struggling” with COVID spikeNext articleA gas pump price spike predicted due to vaccine success Brooklyne Beattylast_img read more

Man who allegedly fired shots at officers charged with attempted murder

first_img Twitter Pinterest By Jon Zimney – December 4, 2020 0 394 IndianaLocalNews Google+ Facebook Man who allegedly fired shots at officers charged with attempted murder Pinterest WhatsApp Previous articleSample Street closed on South Bend’s west side due to fireNext articleAG Hill: Beware online pet sale scams 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. Google+ Twitter WhatsApp Facebook (Photo supplied/Indiana State Police) Charges have been filed against a man who investigators say fired shots at two LaPorte County sheriff’s deputies on Thanksgiving Day.The officers fired back, hitting the suspect, Siad Berry, 42, of Knox.Berry was taken to a Michigan City hospital for treatment. Now, he’s charged with attempted murder, aggravated battery and criminal recklessness.The shooting happened late in the day on the holiday in the area of the 7000 – 8000 block of County Road 500-West.Berry is being held at the LaPorte County Jail with bond set at $100,000.The two deputies were not injured.The Indiana State Police sent the following information about the charges:LaPorte County- The Indiana State Police has the following information to release in regard to the officer involved shooting that took place on November 26, 2020 in LaPorte County. Charges have been filed against Siad H. Berry II, 42, from Knox, IN. The charges include the following:Attempted Murder- Level 1 Felony (3 counts)Aggravated Battery- Level 3 Felony (2 counts)Criminal Recklessness- Level 5 FelonyMr. Berry is being held at the LaPorte County Jail where his bond was set at $100,000 cash.The LaPorte County Sheriff has asked for the names of the officers involved to be released. The officers that were involved in the incident were:LaPorte County Deputy Evan T. Doperalski, a five-year veteran of the sheriff’s office.LaPorte County Deputy Alex B. Pishkur, a six-year law enforcement veteran, 4 years with LaPorte County.Any questions as to the duty status of these deputies should be directed to the LaPorte County Sheriff’s Office.All persons named in this release are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty in court. Any additional charges may be determined by the LaPorte County Prosecutor’s Office.last_img read more

Kroger to help distribute COVID-19 vaccinations

first_img Pinterest Kroger to help distribute COVID-19 vaccinations Google+ CoronavirusIndianaLocalMichiganNews By mcsquishee [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons The next place to start distributing the COVID-19 vaccine may be closer than you think.On Tuesday, Kroger Health announced it will provide the COVID-19 vaccine nationwide, across its 2,200 pharmacies and 220 clinics. The health provider will be working with the federal government and state health departments to administer the vaccine in accordance with the rollout plan.Now that the FDA has authorized two vaccines, Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna, Kroger Health will support the phased approach, focusing first on priority populations as defined by federal and state governments.Dr. Marc Watkins, Kroger Health’s chief medical officer, says they are “ready to play an active role” in distributing the vaccine.In addition, Kroger is hiring nearly 1,000 health care personnel, including pharmacy technicians, to help distribute the COVID-19 vaccine. To apply, visit Pinterest Facebook Twitter WhatsApp Facebook Twitter WhatsApp By Jon Zimney – December 29, 2020 0 258 Google+ Previous articleCorbett sentenced for deadly attack on Goshen College professor, wifeNext articleWalorski, majority of Indiana’s delegation support $2,000 payments in CASH Act 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

AEP donations $126K to South Bend’s Cultivate Food Rescue

first_imgIndianaLocalNews Google+ Twitter WhatsApp Pinterest WhatsApp By Brooklyne Beatty – January 22, 2021 1 415 (Photo Supplied/Indiana Michigan Power) A well-known utility company is doing its part to help curb food insecurity among children and families.The American Electric Power Foundation, on behalf of Indiana Michigan Power, plans to donate $126,000 to Cultivate Food Rescue, which aims to fight hunger through food rescue in South Bend.The grant money will specifically go toward the organization’s Backpack Program, which ensures children in St. Joseph, Elkhart and Marshall Counties have food on weekends.  Children receive six frozen meals per weekend through the school year.In total, the donation will help provide 63,000 meals to local children. Facebookcenter_img TAGSAEPamerican electric powerchildrenCultivate Food Rescuedonationgranti&mIndianaIndiana Michigan Powernon-profitSouth Bend Previous articleFood Bank of Northern Indiana releases mobile food distribution schedule, Jan. 25-29Next articleSouth Bend police investigating overnight shooting Brooklyne Beatty Facebook Google+ Pinterest Twitter AEP donations $126K to South Bend’s Cultivate Food Rescuelast_img read more

Elkhart County extends mask mandate to May 14

first_img Google+ Facebook By Tommie Lee – April 5, 2021 7 338 Pinterest WhatsApp CoronavirusIndianaLocalNewsSouth Bend Market Elkhart County extends mask mandate to May 14 Facebook Pinterest (Photo supplied/State Of Indiana) Elkhart County’s mask mandate has been extended through May 14.County Health Officer Dr. Bethany Wait says rising cases and hospitalizations and the recent vaccine eligibility expansion have all contributed to the decision. The decision has the support of area hospitals.There are also capacity limits in place for gatherings and events and other safety measures are strongly recommended. Twitter WhatsApp Google+ Twitter Previous article$100,000 added to Delphi murders rewardNext articleEarly voting begins for special election in Elkhart Community Schools addresses Tommie Leelast_img read more

Press release: Annual report of the Chief Schools Adjudicator for England

first_imgThe annual report of the Chief Adjudicator Ms Shan Scott, to the Secretary of State for Education, covering the period 1 September 2016 to 31 August 2017 is published today (8 February 2018). The report records the progress made by admission authorities in England in complying fully with the School Admissions Code and achieving fair access to schools for all children.In her report, Ms Scott states that the main admissions rounds for entry to schools works well and serves well the interests of looked-after and previously looked-after children, those with disabilities and special needs or who are vulnerable for other reasons. She is less confident that the needs of children who need a place outside the normal admissions round are so well met and is concerned that some children, particularly the more vulnerable, spend more time out of school than they should.Concerns about admission arrangements continue to make up the largest part of the work of the Office of the Schools Adjudicator (OSA) and accounted for 100 of the total of 163 new cases of all types referred to OSA.The Chief Adjudicator reports many positives in achieving fair access to schools for all children while highlighting areas in which admissions procedures can be strengthened. She notes that: decide on requests to vary admission arrangements resolve disputes relating to school organisation proposals resolve disputes on the transfer and disposal of non playing field land and assets determine appeals from admission authorities against the intention of the local authority to direct the admission of a particular pupil In this my second annual report as Chief Adjudicator, I have been particularly pleased to report that the main admissions round is working effectively and to recognise some good practice seen by adjudicators in the course of our work. It remains the case though that some school admission arrangements fail to comply with what the law requires. The total number of cases referred to the OSA was lower than in recent years and objections to admission arrangements continue to form the largest part of our work. As in previous years, parents were the single largest group of objectors, accounting for about half of all objections. I am grateful for the work done by adjudicators, our administrative staff and legal advisers, and for their support. The OSA aims to consider each case referred to us impartially, honestly and objectively and in full accordance with the legislation that governs our powers and duties and I am confident that all my colleagues have done everything possible to meet that aim. I am confident too that in their dealings with parents, schools, academy trusts, religious bodies, local authorities and others, adjudicators and OSA staff appreciate how important the matters raised are to those concerned and that they deal sensitively and fairly with all. In relation to all state-funded schools, adjudicators: Read the OSA 2016 to 2017 annual report. Ms Shan Scott was appointed as an adjudicator in 2013 and to the post of Chief Adjudicator on 4 April 2016. There are currently 10 adjudicators, including the Chief Adjudicator. All are part-time and paid only for the work they are asked to undertake. Adjudicators resolve differences over the interpretation and application of legislation and guidance on school admissions and statutory proposals concerning school organisation. local authorities report that fair access protocols typically work well and do much to support timely admission to school more schools are giving priority in their oversubscription criteria to children eligible for the pupil premium and service premium and these cover all age ranges, rural and urban schools, large and small schools and different categories of schools clarity and fairness are at the heart of sound admission arrangements. Clearly written admission arrangements that parents understand are least likely to be the subject of successful objections DfE enquiries The Chief Adjudicator can also be asked by the Secretary of State to provide advice and undertake other relevant tasks. The Office of the Schools Adjudicator is a tribunal and was supervised by the Administrative Justice and Tribunals Council until its abolishment in August 2013. Once published, decisions can only be challenged through the courts. Adjudicators do not deal with complaints from parents whose child has not been offered a place at a particular school.center_img In relation to maintained schools, adjudicators: rule on objections to and referrals about determined school admission arrangements The Chief Adjudicator said: Central newsdesk – for journalists 020 7783 8300 Notes to editors General enquiries – for members of the public 0370 000 2288last_img read more