Rational (Luton, Beds) claims perfect bake-off results are easier than ever with its SelfCooking Center. The user selects the food to be baked and pushes a button; the oven selects the programme and controls the bake-off climate.The SelfCooking Centers monitor and adjust the oven cavity’s moisture/heat balance, enhancing food quality by baking products from croissants to cakes in their ideal environment. Rational says they are ideal for baking and bake-off applications in high street outlets and in-store bakeries. The company has included new technologies to make the Centers more reliable and easier to operate, including CalcDiagnosis, for monitoring scaling, and CleanJet, a fully automatic cleaning system. The Centers are available in a range of sizes to suit all applications, and in electric and gas-powered versions.
Bakery students submitted some 694 entries, in bread and confectionery categories, including Live Piping, Innovation and Morning Goods, at the student conference in Blackpool last weekend.Winners included Ian Sutherland from Blackburn, who picked up the Horton Trophy and Sarah Hughes from Leicester who won the Gerry Cup.Supplier and conference suppor-ter California Raisins announced the results of its Future Baker awards at the conference, with a team from Tameside College, Manchester, winning a trip to the Richemont School in Switzerland.
Following strong results from parent company Associated British Foods (ABF), Allied Bakeries is relaunching the Allinson brown bread range with new branding, packaging and products.ABF posted a 5% rise in profits worth £282m in the 24 weeks to March 1, thanks to an improved showing from Allied, as well as strong results from Primark.The company said that there had been a “major improvement” in Allied’s performance thanks to an autumn price increase, higher volumes following the relaunch of Kingsmill and operational improvements, although chief executive George Weston warned that a further price increase was required.The relaunch of Allinson aims to continue the improvements in Allied’s fortunes, with the established wholemeal loaves joined by two new 800g products – Sunflower & Pumpkin Batch and Malted Harvestgrain Batch.The range will also sport new branding and packaging and will be supported by a £2m marketing campaign.”We have achieved tremendous success to date with the Allinson brand, achieving a 6.2% share of the premium sliced bread market, a segment worth £336m,” said marketing director Jon Wilson. “The new range is designed to appeal to the more affluent, younger and discerning consumer who is attracted to the ’premium with bits’ sector.”ABF’s grocery division, which includes bakery, saw operating profits rise 38% from £64m to £88m in the first half, with revenue up 17% to £1.4bn. Total group revenue rose 15% to £3.71bn.
Landlords are a much-maligned breed, exemplified by Alexei Sayle’s Harry the Bastard in The Young Ones, who would regularly pop up to put his jackboot through his tenants’ TV, proclaiming, “That’s £700 you owe me!” But the tables are being turned on the Harrys of commercial property, who have grown accustomed to dictating terms and demanding rent increases.The commercial retail rental property market is in freefall. It is forecast to decline by 15.7% in 2009 and a further 13.4% in 2010 (source: DTZ Research). The vacancy rate for retail premises is mixed across the country, but Experian published a report in February estimating the UK shop vacancy rate at the end of February 2009 to be 10%. This was predicted to grow to 15% by the end of 2009.While some retailers will be hit by declining footfall, does the predicted one-in-six vacancy rate present an opportunity for expanding or renegotiating existing leases? High rents were third on the list of coffee shop executives’ top 10 challenges facing the market, following the economic downturn and consumer spending (Allegra Strategies’ survey, May 2009). Still, big chains like Starbucks are beginning to see some slack from landlords. “There’s a lag effect [in recession] and property is typically the last one to catch up,” says Starbucks UK and Ireland MD Darcy Willson-Rymer. “I think the property market is responding and we are seeing a lot more flexibility. What the landlord wants is security of tenure, a long lease and a good covenant.”Paul May, MD of Druckers/Patisserie Valerie agrees that a strong brand will attract better rates. “Most people like our brand and that helps with negotiations,” he says. “Our personal rent levels – what we’re prepared to pay – have fallen by about 30%.”Meanwhile, 14-shop Wenzel’s the Bakers is being attracted into premium London high street and train station locations by six- to nine-month rent-free periods and crashing rates – in one instance, dropping from £80,000 to £49,000. “Before, you were having to pay premiums for good locations,” says Sarah Wenzel, whose business owns the freehold on many of its sites, making it cash-rich to expand. “Having rent-free periods helps us with the cost of shop-fitting.”There are also opportunities off the beaten track, says Igor Bekaert of eight-shop Belgique, which plans to grow to 25 outlets around Essex and London in three years, usually at the end of high streets. Landlords now offer Bekaert nine-month rent-free periods, especially as he’s willing to sign 15-year leases. “We now ask for 20-25% below asking price – we wouldn’t have done that in the beginning,” he says. “They see that we improve the building and their investment, and the value goes up, not only on the shop but on their whole parade. I have a principle whereby I won’t pay more than £25 per sq ft and the agents know that where the landlord is asking maybe £27, they can convince them to lower it once they’ve seen one of our shops.”While strong covenants may suit the bigger chains, there are ways for smaller operators to negotiate. Tom Herbert, director of Bristol-based Hobbs House Bakery, negotiated a two-month rent-free period on his new shop. He also got a stepped agreement, whereby they pay a little more each year. “I did push for more and wonder whether I could have got it, but I so wanted the location that I didn’t push it any further!” he says. “I’ve heard of businesses in Bath being offered rent-free for a year – for the right brand.”But there is a mixed picture across the UK. Druckers’ Paul May says rent drops have yet to emerge in premium areas. “I was rubbing my hands 12 months ago,” he says. “I’d hoped we’d see a lot of properties coming on the marketplace, but in the good areas where we want to be, we haven’t seen the rent drops – especially in London. However, we have found some really good results in Bristol, Oxford and Kingston upon Thames. In shopping centres there are huge incentives, particularly new shopping centres, though we’re not looking to go there.”Even with high vacancy rates in towns, local rents have not always dropped. Dawn Van Rensburg of Gerrards in Wrexham, says that, despite big gaps on the high street, “there’s not much being done by the landlords to recompense that; we’re not seeing any give or take.”Widespread rent problemSo how widespread is the problem of landlords refusing to drop rents? “Unfortunately too widespread,” comments Barry Lewis, senior partner at accountant Harris Lipman. “There is a huge reluctance by landlords to reduce rents, because what they don’t want to do is create a precedent in a row of shops. Once one tenant is heard to say they have had their rent reduced by 20%, it travels like wildfire.But while landlords are taking this hard line, they could actually be worse off if businesses shut down. To find another tenant is not so easy, especially in small operator shops.”How, then, can retailers best convince landlords to rethink? “If you’re renegotiating an existing lease and your business is viable, you’re stuffed,” says Henry Ejdelbaum, MD of accountant AIMS Partnership. “If your business struggles, you have a better chance, because the landlord does not want an empty shop.” This is because landlords now have to pay full rates for empty properties; previously they paid 50%.”There is no rule of thumb as far as incentives go and it is down to individual negotiations depending on location and length of lease – the longer the term, the better incentives the landlord is likely to offer, though this is of course a double-edged sword for the tenant,” adds Nick Walton of property services provider DTZ, which advises the British Shops and Stores Association.So while the day has not yet arrived where you can, metaphorically speaking, put your boot through Harry’s TV, there are deals to be had, and they are only going to get better as the recession bites.—-=== The art of negotiation ===Existing rentsl Be transparent and don’t bluff with your landlord. Have a clear, realistic strategy of what you want to achieve before making contact.l Always go armed with numbers: if turnover is down, compare takings from a year or two ago with the last six months.l The landlord would be worse off with an empty unit than with a tenant, as new tenants are harder to come by; they would have rent arrears, no rent coming in, would have to pay 100% rates, insurance, security and maintenance.l Offer a win-win: negotiate a deferment of rent on your existing property rather than a rent reduction. If you have a five-year lease, ask to defer for 18 months, by which time an economic recovery should be under way. For example, if you are paying £50,000 and you offer to pay £30,000, you would begin repaying the outstanding £20,000 in 18 months’ time over the remainder of the lease.New leasesl Do your homework. The demand of an area and footfall defines rental value, so don’t expect massive freebies on Oxford Street in London!l If there is high demand in an area, your negotiating powers are less. According to Experian, Holyhead and Milford Haven in Wales have the highest number of empty shops at 39%, followed by Beckton (Greater London) at 37% and Chelmsley Wood (West Midlands) at 36%.l Agents may, pro rata, get you a better deal. Hypothetically, if you have a local agent who is prepared to work for £1,500 and gets the rent down £1,250, you have a big saving over five years.l Alternatively, going solo can pay off. Wenzel’s the Bakers checks local areas once a month for new vacancies and does its own negotiating, saving agency fees.
Middlesbrough-based Riverside Bakery has gone into administration, with 35 jobs in the balance.National accountant Baker Tilly has been appointed administrator and hopes to sell the business as a going concern. The firm has traded as a wholesale baker of bread buns for 25 years, supplying schools, colleges, sandwich shops and other food retailers.Joint administrator Mark Ran-son said the bakery had found the current economic conditions very difficult. “However, we are optimistic about selling the business as a going concern and safeguarding jobs. The bakery has a strong reputation across the north east and has invested in modern production facilities.”
Finsbury Food Group has reported an 11% decline in cake sales in the first eight weeks of 2010, as consumers continue to trade down.In its interim results for the 26 weeks to 2 January, 2010, the country’s second-largest cake producer reported an 8% fall in like-for-like cake sales to £65.3m, with an 11% decline in the following eight weeks. The company blamed the downturn on changes in shopping habits caused by the recession, with consumers trading down from Finsbury’s premium cakes to cheaper alternatives and taking advantage of supermarket promotions. However, chief executive John Duffy told BB he was confident the market for own-label value-added cakes would bounce back in the second half of the year.Group revenue at Finsbury for the second half of last year was £82.9m, a fall of 7% (£6.2m) on the previous year, while profit before tax was flat, at £1.8m. Sales in its bread and free-from division rose by 14% to £17.6m.Read the full story in the next issue of British Baker, out 26 March.
Craft bakers are being urged to lend their support to the 20th National Doughnut Week from 7-14 May.The week-long doughnut-fest gives bakers and coffee shops the chance to raise their local profile by taking part in a national campaign to raise money for The Children’s Trust through doughnut sales.Last year’s success stories included ‘decorate a doughnut’ stalls at local farmer’s markets, ‘a doughnut a day keeps the blues away’ doughnut menu, The Doughnut Dash, a workers’ coffee time treat idea and Football World Cup doughnuts to forecast the result of the tournament. Lisa Boswell, of sponsor CSM United Kingdom, said: “Because this is the 20th anniversary of National Doughnut Week we are planning lots of great new ways to help promote local bakers and their doughnut events, from Facebook and YouTube to local radio hook-ups, celebrity sponsors and free posters and point-of-sale material.”
Chevler has introduced a range of coloured tulip muffin wraps, following the recent launch of coloured cupcake cases, in a “convenient pack size” more suitable for the craft baker and smaller-scale producers. The new muffin cases, in red, yellow and orange, with a black variety to launch soon, and a pink case to launch later this summer, join the existing brown wrap.”Chevler developed the brimmed muffin cup and tulip muffin wrap, which took the market by storm when they were launched and were instrumental in driving the sale of baked goods in coffee shops,” said sales director Mike Wescomb.He added that Chevler hopes the new colourful wraps will enable its customers to take advantage of the continued volume growth in the market.”We have also produced them in a size that will allow bakers considerable flexibility in the amount of frosting they want to use.”The muffin wraps are made using high-quality Scandinavian natural greaseproof paper.
WhatsApp Notre Dame: Unveiling of the 2020 version of The Shirt will happen online April 17th By Tommie Lee – April 14, 2020 0 518 Facebook IndianaLocalNewsSouth Bend MarketSports Twitter WhatsApp Pinterest Google+ Pinterest Twitter Facebook Notre Dame’s annual fan tradition, The Shirt. (photo/Tommie Lee) This year, the unveiling of The Shirt will happen online.And it’s set for this weekend, according to the University of Notre Dame.The annual fundraiser from The Shirt Committee usually comes with a big pep rally on the campus. This year it will take place on the Committee’s official Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube accounts, where they will unveil this year’s design. It’s the 31st shirt in the series.The Shirt is a fundraising effort for student clubs and organizations and brings together the student body, alumni, and fans each football season. Google+ Previous articleCouple donates 10,000 N95 masks to Elkhart County healthcare workersNext articlePenn Harris Madison to end school year on May 20 Tommie Lee
Facebook By Tommie Lee – May 13, 2020 0 422 WhatsApp Facebook (Source: https://goo.gl/apvBBL/ License: https://goo.gl/VAhsB) Jeremiah Ware, 18, was sentenced to 30 years Tuesday for his role in a January 2019 shooting in South Bend.Ware was found guilty in January of Attempted Murder and Aggravated Battery felonies, and sentenced in the first count with judgement withheld on the second.Ware was the last of three people charged in connection with the investigation. The shooting happened on January 14 of 2019 in the 600 block of North Cushing Ave. Jeremiah Ware sentenced to 30 years in shooting Twitter Pinterest Twitter Pinterest Google+ Google+ WhatsApp IndianaLocalNewsSouth Bend Market Previous articleMishawaka Police looking for suspect in attack on 7-11 clerkNext articleGov. Whitmer concerned that Michigan protesters could cause longer stay-home duration Tommie Lee