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Month: April 2021

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first_imgT he news that multi-seeded, low-glycaemic index (GI) bread can help with problems such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease is startling (pg 4). Thank goodness it comes from a proper scientific study published in the International Journal of Food Science and Medicine.It makes perfect sense that if multi-seeded bread is low-GI and low GI products reduce the amount of glucose (sugar) produced in the bloodstream, then the bread will help diabetics. But the industry still needed that scientific paper. And it is not just a question of helping to prevent diabetes, but of the bread actually helping existing sufferers.The growth of multi-seeded bread can be seen in Warburtons’ chart on page 26. It amounts to over 30% in one year. That figure is phenomenal. There is a real marketing story here. One that makes bread the ’good guy’ for a change.Levels of Type 2 diabetes are soaring. Perhaps the good news about multi-seeded bread will mean that at last the government will be able to endorse breads. I hope the media will too. The Flour Advisory Bureau is already playing a key role in promoting the image of bread to the national media as I found out on a recent visit to Wright’s Flour mill where I had a marvellous day (pg 16).Eating bread is one habit that is easy to change and I predict multi-seeded sales will continue to surge against plain white. And what excellent news for the market that a premium, added-value loaf can at last get the recognition – and price – it deserves. No-one is saying white is bad, just that multi-seeded and wholegrain is better for you.Thankfully, the loaves also look good on the shelves. Before the recent news, bakers such as Andrew Whitley and Bells of Lazonby were making multi-seeded in organic versions under the famous Village Bakery brand. I hope their sales soar too because all pioneers deserve to benefit when something goes mainstream.Customers of our columnist Tony Phillips might need some seeded bread to reduce their glucose levels after visiting his new venture! Tony has branched out and opened a chocolate and candy shop (pg 22). His delightful wife Barbara is awaiting a big operation in January so please join me in wishing her well.last_img read more

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first_imgMore bread baiting came at the hands of The Sunday Times this week (and a copycat story in The Times on Monday), which castigated wholemeal bread for nearly doubling levels of sugar over the past 30 years.The nub of the report was that the sugar content in a typical loaf of wholemeal bread rose from 2.1g per 100g in 1978 to 3.7g per 100g in a Hovis wholemeal loaf today. It compared 1978 data, gleaned from McCance and Widdowson’s The Composition of Foods, with a loaf plucked from the shelf – in this case, Hovis, which uses a small amount of brown sugar.So why is there more sugar in our bread, it asked. Is it added to make loaves more palatable, perhaps compen- sating for cuts in salt urged by the FSA? Perhaps, but what the report failed to note was that sugar is not a common added ingredient in all wholemeal loaves.One plant baker told me that his supermarket loaf contains no added sugar. Despite this, a quick look at the nutrition label showed carbohydrate sugar content similar to the Hovis loaf. So are there labelling inconsistencies? As one scientific expert noted, nothing underhand is going on and “nobody is concealing the addition of sugar in bread”.A sticking point is that ’sugar’ has not been defined in this debate. A whole host of reasons could be behind increasing levels of sugars – from the addition of malt to wheat variety changes having a difference on carbohydrate levels, to the increased use of enzymes, which generate more maltose in the fermentation process, even in no-time doughs. Nutritional analytical techniques have also improved significantly over the past 30 years.Even so, with 100g of wholemeal bread – typically two-and-a-half slices – weighing in at less than a teaspoon of brown sugar, this doesn’t quite compete with a can of Coke (10 teaspoons of refined sugar) for a sugar rush strong enough to get the kids climbing the curtains.Also in the news this week, congratulations are due to the NA’s new chairman, Shirley Ryder, and president, Mike Holling, and to Simon Solway, who has taken over as president of the newly named Alliance for Bakery Students & Trainees (see pgs 6 and 9).last_img read more

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Bread for April Fools

first_imgBread must have been on the minds of staff writers on publications up and down the country as a bakery theme emerged during a predic-table spate of ’hilarious’ April Fools’ Day spoofs.While BB resisted the age-old temptation to post a made-up tale on bakeryinfo.co.uk, other publications were more than up for it. One local paper wrote that Redbridge Town Hall was to be renamed ’The Gateau’ as part of a new sponsorship deal with a Welsh cake firm.A particularly lame effort was spotted on Contract Journal’s website – a site for the construction industry – which revealed exciting plans for a 42-storey office block called ’The Loaf of Bread’, to be built next to The Gherkin.And gadgets website pocket-lint.com featured a story about The BBC iPlayer Toaster Edition – based on Auntie’s on-demand viewing website – after the BBC’s marketing team “identified breakfast television as an emerging market segment and asked the iPlayer team for something relevant”.The toaster featured built-in Wi-Fi for programme streaming and a 7-inch screen to view programmes. But where’s the joke? Sounds perfectly reasonable to us.last_img read more

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Employee’s theft nearly bankrupts bakery

first_imgFuller’s Quality Bakers in Yorkshire was nearly bankrputed by an employee, who stole almost £12,000, a court has found.Beverley Peniston admitted four charges of theft between July 2007 and December 2008 at Hull Crown Court, which heard she began working for the company in 1999, receiving cash from its nine retail outlets in the area and checking the amounts against till receipts.Owner George Fuller noticed the business was becoming less profitable and had been injecting cash from his personal savings account. He discovered Peniston had been entering lower figures and pocketing the difference on 57 different occasions, and estimated he would have been bankrupt by mid-2009 if the thefts had not been detected.Peniston admitted taking the cash, but said she did not know why she had taken it or what she had spent the money on.The honorary recorder of Hull and the East Riding, Judge Michael Mettyear, adjourned the case to allow Peniston to repay the full amount to the business. Peniston, of Pasture Road, Goole, was given a six-month sentence, suspended for 18 months, and made subject of a non-monitored curfew between 11pm and 7am for three months.last_img read more

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Sainsbury’s sneaks a peek 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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first_imgHollywood lights up museum masterclassGreat British Bake Off judge Paul Hollywood gave a masterclass on the science of baking at Manchester’s Museum Of Science And Industry. He made scones and Cheddar and apple bread, which will be baked by the museum’s chef and sold in the refurbished museum’s new coffee shop.Costa sales soarCosta Coffee has seen sales of its mince tarts up 70% year-on-year, with 200,000 sold in just over three weeks Like-for-like growth in the UK was up 9.4% for the chain, for the 39 weeks to 2 December 2010, with total sales up 30%. Costa plans to open around 300 new stores during 2010/11.Millie’s X Factor saleMillie’s Cookies created four special cookies to mark the X Factor final and auctioned them off for charity on eBay. The eventual winner was Matt Cardle who went on to win the competition securing the highest bid (£22) when the auctions closed on Sunday. The cookies raised £59 for Help for Heroes and Childline, attracting 67 bids in total.Tim’s beats snowYorkshire company Tim’s Bakery took time out from battling through the snow to visit children at Grimethorpe Ladywood Primary School. It laid on a free buffet for pupils after the bakery’s van made it through the freezing conditions to reach almost every customer, even in remote areas.River Cottage slotAidan Chapman’s The Phoenix Bakery was featured on Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s C4 show River Cottage Christmas Fayre on 13 December. The bakery produced a gingerbread version of ’River Cottage’.last_img read more

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Scottish firm rebrands as Poundbakehouse

first_imgKelso-based J L Bakery is fighting against the effects of the recession with a rebrand of its retail estate. So far, three of its eight shops Galashiels, Jedburgh and Innerleithen have been rebranded as Poundbakehouse as the firm looks to counteract the 35% drop in sales it has suffered over the past three years.MD Max Robbie told British Baker he was now planning on rolling out the rebrand to all his shops, with Kelso the next to be revamped, later this month. “We need to regain some of our customers. Since the credit crunch, on the retail side, we have lost about 35% of sales,” he explained. “We tried to work through it, but ultimately reached the stage where we felt that rebranding was required.”To help fund the concept, and as part of a financial restructure of the company, the bakery also invited two new investors “to come in and have a share of the company”, he added. This also saw the business name change from Jackie Lunn to J L Bakery.All products in the shop will sell in multiples of £1. There will be five products for sale at £2, but £1 will be the main price point, said Robbie. “We’ve always looked at the product and product quality as being the main driver of our business, but this time we are also focusing on the product being at an affordable price. However we’ve changed nothing in terms of the ingredients used,” he added.”We’re looking to increase our volumes by 50%, which will obviously hit our margins to begin with, but overall monetary contributions are forecast to increase. It’s simply about getting more people through the door.” He said the response from customers so far had been that it was an excellent concept.The firm also has a wholesale arm, which makes up around 25% of its business.last_img read more

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Indiana’s U.S. Senators want the ’22 Games moved from Beijing

first_img Google+ WhatsApp By Tommie Lee – February 3, 2021 2 812 Pinterest Twitter Google+ (Saige Driver/95.3 MNC) A number of Republicans, including both of Indiana’s Senators, are joining the call to have the 2022 Winter Olympics moved out of Beijing.Senators Mike Braun and Todd Young are among those who have filed a resolution to ask the International Olympic Committee to “stand up for freedom” and move the games, which are scheduled for February of next year.The resolution calls on the IOC to re-bid the games unless China’s government “immediately addresses its egregious and numerous violations of human rights,” according to Senator Young, who called on the IOC to do the same a year ago in regards to the 2022 Olympics. Indiana’s U.S. Senators want the ’22 Games moved from Beijing Twitter Facebook IndianaLocalNationalNewsSouth Bend MarketSports Facebook Pinterest WhatsApp Previous articleIndiana BMV branches to close Thursday morning for staff trainingNext articleBendix Woods County Park is ready to celebrate all things Maple Tommie Leelast_img read more

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The St. Joseph County 4-H Fair will return this summer

first_img WhatsApp The St. Joseph County 4-H Fair will return this summer Facebook Pinterest Google+ IndianaLocalNewsSouth Bend Market Google+ Twitter Facebook Soon, you’ll be hearing that famous jingle again, and getting ready for elephant ears and live music.The St. Joseph County 4-H Fair is coming back this summer, after being canceled last year due to the pandemic.The fair is planned for July 2nd through the 10th. Admission will be $5 but children 8 and under will be admitted free.You can learn more at the fair’s website, and their Facebook page. Twitter By Tommie Lee – March 8, 2021 0 249 WhatsApp Previous articleBloomberg: Mishawaka shopping center owner may file for bankruptcyNext articleDriver killed in St. Joe County last month was drunk and high, according to investigation Tommie Lee Pinterestlast_img read more

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Elkhart Mayor Rod Roberson hosting town hall on Wednesday night

first_img Facebook Elkhart Mayor Rod Roberson hosting town hall on Wednesday night WhatsApp By Jon Zimney – March 24, 2021 0 208 Pinterest Pinterest IndianaLocalNews WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+ Google+ Twitter (Photo supplied/Rod Roberson for Mayor) Elkhart Mayor Rod Roberson and City Councilman Brian Thomas will host a town hall on at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, March 24.The meeting which will also include city department leaders and will give residents an opportunity to ask questions and stay updated on what is happening in the city.The event will take place in the Council Chambers at City Hall.To join the meeting virtually, click: https://coei.webex.com/coei/j.php?MTID=me8af8e52392376cdda45c5657b379516. The meeting number is 157 067 8969 and the password is TownHall21! Previous articleDriver fleeing from police one of several involved in crash at Cleveland and Grape RoadsNext articleCulver’s opening new location in Granger 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

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