Union looks at ethnic diversity with year-long bakery survey

first_imgThe Bakers, Food & Allied Workers Union (BFAWU) has launched a survey with British Bakeries and Northern Foods of workers’ ethnicity and languages. The aim of the study is to produce guidance for migrant workers and for firms keen to boost health and safety and efficiency.Half of the funding of the one-year diversity survey is £34,000 from the government’s union modernisation fund, which will be match funded by the union. The government scheme will also provide £17,000 of match funding for a second six-month study on the BFAWU’s communication with members. British Bakeries and Northern Foods have committed themselves to the year-long survey. Draper said he was also talking to the baker and retailer Greggs about pilot projects.He said the diversity work was not focused only on health and safety issues, despite concern at the BFAWU 2006 annual conference last month about such issues in relation to migrants with poor English. “I would not say it’s led by health and safety,” he said.He also insisted the current large employment of migrants in the baking sector was not a bad thing. I wouldn’t label it as a problem,” he said. “I think in particular areas there are skills shortages.”He conceded that the BFAWU needs to understand better what migrant workers and others from ethnic backgrounds wanted from a union in order to avoid a slump in membership. The union had already put a lot of money into promoting trade unionism among ethnic workers, he said.After the diversity project’s branch surveys of the needs of ethnic workers are completed at the end of next week, the union will use the results to run focus groups mixing different ethnic groups in the companies involved. The final result, said Draper, would be guides for migrants and information on the BFAWU website, including issues such as housing.He said that although the union had already been running successful English language courses for members, these had been put together “without realising what people really want”.On completion of the project, the union’s diversity committee will probably apply for further funding under the government’s union modernisation fund to implement ideas that emerge from the initial work, said Draper.last_img read more

Sara Lee sales rise

first_imgUS bakery, drinks and household products company Sara Lee Corporation announced last week that net sales for its international bakery segment rose 5% to $199m in the second quarter ending 30 December, driven by favorable foreign currency exchange rates.But volumes in its international bakery business were flat in the quarter, it said. Volume growth in its Australian frozen bakery business was offset by lower unit volumes for its fresh bakery business in Spain.In the second quarter and first half of fiscal year 2007, the Spanish fresh bakery’s results were negatively impacted by the loss of private label business with a large supermarket chain and competitive pressure from private label in the fresh bread category, said the company.Sara Lee is focusing on its cost structure and by launching new branded products such as Bimbo White Crust bread, a sliced crustless bread.Sara Lee said net sales grew in all six of its business segments, with particularly strong growth in North American retail bakery, up 8%, international beverage, up 13%, and household and body care, up 13%.last_img read more

Irish craft group introduces range

first_imgArtisan bakery group, The Com-pany of Irish Bakers has launched its first range of products, including Irish porter cake and fruit brack.The group includes four artisan bakeries in Northern Ireland and one in Co Donegal in the Republic, with each of the bakeries contributing its own product.Co Donegal-based Gala Bakery is making Ballybofey spiced fruit cake, and Heatherlea Bakery in Bangor, Co Down, is making Bally-holme Irish oatmeal biscuits.The Corn Dolly Bakery in Newry is contributing Carlingford porter cake, while Hunter’s Bakery in Limavady Roe Valley fruit brack. Robert Ditty’s bakery in Castle-dawson is producing Sperrin Valley smoked oatcakes.Robert Ditty, the driving force behind the company said: “We are maintaining the artisan nature of our products, while creating a very strong market identity. These are retro products, with packaging that appeals to a younger audience.”The bakeries have been working together since 2004 with Invest NI, which aids businesses in Northern Ireland. The five bakeries have also created an online community. Robert Ditty said a consumer launch would take place at the end of June, in Belfast and Dublin.last_img read more

Get involved in National Doughnut Week

first_imgSponsor of National Doughnut Week, BakeMark, is encouraging all bakers to get involved and help raise money for The Children’s Trust. The next fundraising week will take place from 9-16 May, 2009 and will be the 25th anniversary for the charity, which raises money for specific care, education and therapy for children with multiple disabilities. National Doughnut Week has raised £630,000 in its history and the aim this year is to raise over £50,000. Each participating baker will have the opportunity to boost profits, involve the local community and media, and raise money for the charity with every doughnut sold. Anyone who registers will receive posters, balloons, collection boxes and PR support, as well as the chance to be promoted on the National Doughnut Week website. BakeMark is offering a complimentary bag of Craigmillar Doughnut Concentrate or a box of Readi-Bake Topped Ring Doughnuts, to businesses that register by 3 April, 2009. Bakers can also receive £2 off Craigmillar Doughnut Concentrate and £1 off Readi-Bake Topped Ring Doughnuts at participating wholesalers throughout May. “The monies raised help a really worthwhile cause – and with The Children’s Trust celebrating its silver anniversary this year, there will be quite a bit of media interest in the event, all of which should help drive sales for bakers throughout the UK,” said Lisa Boswell, marketing manager at BakeMark. Liz Haigh-Reeve, director of fundraising at The Children’s Trust, added: “Whatever size your bakery is, however much or little you raise is invaluable, as all registered bakeries help to fund specialist services, equipment and staff – which in turn helps these children enjoy a better quality of life. We are very grateful to everyone who takes part.” Christopher Freeman of Dunn’s Bakery in North London launched the first National Doughnut Week.To register, email [email protected] or check out the National Doughnut Week website – www.nationaldoughnutweek.org.last_img read more

Boost your Omega 3

first_imgLimagrain Céréales Ingrédients has launched a new Omega 3-rich ingredient, LimaLin, made from wheat flour and linseed flour, which can be used in a range of bakery products.Marketing manager for nutrition Walter Lopez said: “With just 5g of LimaLin, bread, cookies or cereals become a source of Omega 3. For pastry, using LimaLin increases softness in mini-cakes, while fat reduction becomes possible in cookies or biscuits.”www.lci.limagrain.comlast_img

Tunnocks invests in efficiency

first_imgScottish-firm Tunnocks has invested £4 million in new machinery to improve efficiency at its Uddingston site, which produces its Caramel Wafers and Teacakes.The firm spent £2m on new machinery earlier this year, including two foiling machines, two flow packs and a robotic case packer earlier this year. MD Boyd Tunnock told British Baker, the firm then spent another £2m on a state-of-the-art robotics system from Schubert to pack its teacakes, which it is “just bedding in” at the moment. It will be used to pack either six or 10 teacakes to a box, or 12 to a tray.“We already had four wrapping machines, but Schubert supplied the feeding systems to these wrapping machines as well as the robotic packer,” explained Boyd. He said that the bakery’s previous line had been running for 10 years and was inefficient. “Efficiency has now gone up by 20-25%. We’re using less labour and also getting a bigger throughput,” he added.Boyd told us that main change has been to teacake production, with five less people needed on the floor per shift. However he said the firm has not made any redundancies and is looking to move from a double shift per day, to three shifts, five days a week. He said the new machinery is about “long term payback”. “But as a family business we can afford to do that, and we’re willing to do that as we’ll be getting a better end product.” He added that the new machinery gives the firm the ability to increase production, but importantly it will allow it to maintain its current prices. The firm employs 550 staff, and turned over approximately £35m last year. It exports to over 30 countries worldwide, including Canada, the Canary Isles and Japan.last_img read more

Greencore likely to secure Uniq buy

first_imgGreencore’s purchase of chilled prepared food group Uniq looks likely to go ahead at the end of September.It means Uniq Marks & Spencer’s largest sandwich supplier will be taken over by Irish rival Greencore, the world’s largest sandwich manufacturer, after the Uniq board unanimously recommended it should accept the offer. This has been declared ’unconditional as to acceptances’ after more than 90% of shareholders indicated they would accept the deal.The boards of both firms agreed to Greencore’s cash offer in mid-July when the Greencore board said it represented an excellent fit for its growth strategy in the UK. The Irish firm said that, subject to the satisfaction of the other conditions, it expected to complete the acquisition around the end of September.Uniq, which employs 1,900 people, was recently restructured to negate the effects of its significant pension deficit.last_img read more

Sixth Indiana case of coronavirus confirmed in Boone County

first_imgCoronavirusIndianaLocalNationalNewsSouth Bend Market Sixth Indiana case of coronavirus confirmed in Boone County WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+ By Caleb Hatch – March 10, 2020 0 825 Previous articleDeer spotted in Mishawaka wearing safety vestNext articleSome Notre Dame students away from campus see programs suspended Caleb Hatch Facebook WhatsApp Twitter Google+ Pinterest This illustration provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in January 2020 shows the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV). This virus was identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan, China. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention via AP) The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) has confirmed a sixth case of COVID-19 or coronavirus in the state in Boone County.Boone County is in the Indianapolis area, where 4 of the six cases have been confirmed. Two cases, one in Noble County and another in Adams County, are in the WOWO Listening area.The ISDH has a dashboard here that will be updated daily at 10 a.m. with results on coronavirus cases. Michigan maintains a similar website here.More information is expected to be released later Tuesday. Pinterestlast_img read more

Sisters of The Holy Cross get needed medical help amid pandemic

first_img (Photo Supplied/Ladies of Notre Dame) UPDATE: The Ladies of Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s College has received the needed medical assistance they requested after some of the sisters were diagnosed with coronavirus.Message of gratitude from Sister Suzanne Brennan, CSC:“Thank you for your tremendous response to our request for medical personnel to assist at Saint Mary’s Convent. We are now in a much better staffing situation. All of our sisters are receiving excellent care from our clinical staff. We continue to follow protocols from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). We are grateful for your support, love and prayer for the Sisters of the Holy Cross and for our dedicated employees.”ORIGINAL STORY: The Ladies of Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s College is in need of assistance.The sisters have been quarantined in the convent at Saint Mary’s, with no visitors allowed. Some of the sisters have recently become ill and have been diagnosed with coronavirus.In response, Saint Mary’s has issued an urgent request for aides and nurses.If you, or someone you know can help, contact Suzanne Brennan at [email protected] WhatsApp By Brooklyne Beatty – April 16, 2020 0 634 Facebook Twitter Previous articleThursday afternoon coronavirus numbers: Indiana has 9500+ cases; Michigan 29,000+Next articlePresident Trump gives governors plan to reopen economy, Gov. Holcomb looking at early May Brooklyne Beatty WhatsApp Google+ Sisters of The Holy Cross get needed medical help amid pandemiccenter_img Facebook CoronavirusIndianaLocalNewsSouth Bend Market TAGSassistancecoronavirusCOVID-19Ladies of Notre Dameneedsaint mary’s college Pinterest Twitter Google+ Pinterestlast_img read more

One person hurt in shooting on East Ewing in South Bend

first_img Twitter Previous articleStrong to severe weather possible due to Tropical Depression CristobalNext articleKosciusko County Fair has been canceled 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. (“Police car lights” by Scott Davidson, Attribution 2.0 Generic) More than 300 bullets have been fired in the City of South Bend since Friday, June 5, and the number continued to rise early this week.Police were called to the scene of a reported shooting around 4:15 a.m. on Tuesday, June 9 in the 900 block of East Ewing.At least one person was hurt. The injuries were not life-threatening.There was no immediate word of any suspects, arrests or information about what led to the shooting. IndianaLocalNews WhatsApp Google+ By Jon Zimney – June 9, 2020 0 547 Pinterest Facebook Twitter Facebook WhatsApp Pinterest Google+ One person hurt in shooting on East Ewing in South Bendlast_img read more