This year’s British Sandwich Awards, organised by The British Sandwich Association, will be made on May 18. Broadcaster, Richard Johnson, the frontman of BBC2’s Full on Food, will present the awards and take part in the judging.He said: “As a journalist, I’ve covered some pretty weird issues, ranging from soap operas to exorcism, but nothing quite prepared me for the emotionally charged world of sandwich-making. Both corporate and individual sandwich-makers take their trade very seriously.”To be held at The Brewery, on Cresswell Street, London, the British Sandwich Awards are the culmination of British Sandwich Week 2006, which takes place from May 14 to 18. The Total Sandwich & Snack exhibition, organised by DEW Events, will take place on May 3 and 4 at the Business Design Centre, Islington, London.
Vauxhall Astra Vanby David StokesThis van is powered by a 1.3 diesel engine and gives out an amazing 90PS at 4,000 rpm and a very respectable torque of 200Nm at 1,750 rpm. As the engine is so small, one must use all the gears to maintain a decent speed, so the six-speed gearbox with well-spaced ratios is welcome.The main purpose though of a van is to carry goods. Whether it’s breads, cakes or sandwiches, it must have carrying capacity. The Astra does not disappoint in this aspect; load space in the back is respectable for a small to medium van. Load length of 1.753 metres, with a width of 1.380 metres and a height of 0.9 metres adds up to a volume of 1.58 cu m. The width between the wheel arches is 1.103 metres. The Astra is able to accommodate two bakery trays in line and a 30″ cake tray alongside.A good driving position, coupled with comfortable seats, cuts down a lot on fatigue, making the driver more alert and thus more productive. Light on fuel consumption, it is little wonder that the Astra maintains its popularity.Basic ’On the Road’ Price: £11,370 (ex VAT)Engine Type: 4 in line dieselCapacity: 1,300ccOverall Length: 4,515mmOverall Width: 1,753mmHeight: 1,500mmWheelbase: 2,703mmInternal height: 900mmInternal Width: 1,380mmGross Vehicle Weight: 1,905kgPayload: 645kgKerb Weight: 1,260kg
Victor Manufacturing has added a bain-marie model to its Deli Topper range of display units. The new unit is available with a dry-heat well, which can take Gastronorm containers or tiled/glass inserts.Victor’s Deli Topper units are supplied with integral lighting and toughened glass on three sides. A choice of length and height is available and each model is manufactured with a stainless steel base. Prices start from £1,160.[http://www.victoronline.co.uk]
Following on from the cupcake wedding cake craze, the latest (and unlikely) trend we’ve picked up on from the US is, er… pie wedding cakes! In fact, we’ve already spotted one UK company specialising in them, offering sweet and savoury options: www.pieand.co.uk. “Why not go for small stands of 13 pies, and use them as a centrepiece for each table?” it says. Why not, indeed?Whoopie pies – most popularly charac-terised by two three-inch rounds of chocolate cake, with cream filling – could be another big craze set to sweep America and have even emerged on to the shelves of Magnolia Bakery in New York, often credited with sparking the US cupcake craze. “Now, whoopie pies are migrating across the country, often appearing in the same speciality shops and grocery aisles that recently made room for cupcakes,” wrote the New York Times.Edging into futurology, we note that researchers have mapped the DNA of dozens of strains of yeast, including baking yeast, as reported in the journal Nature. This could lead to the development of better-tasting bakery products, said experts at the University of Nottingham.
The UK coffee shop sector has remained resilient in recession, despite several key players having gone into administration, according to Allegra Strategies’ Project Café9 UK report, but slower growth is forecast for 2010. The market, made up of more than 11,000 outlets, saw growth of 6.2% in 2009, with sales totalling £1.63bn. Allegra forecasts that 2010 and 2011 will see the total market rise by 4.4% per annum to exceed 12,500 outlets by December 2012.Looking to the future, Allegra said, “branded coffee chains are expected to outperform the retail sector”, as café culture becomes further ingrained in our society. The report also noted the addition of a ’Third Wave’ of coffee shops, as an increasing number of artisan independent coffee houses, with an Antipodean coffee culture, are springing up across the country.Coffee shop operators have noticed a decrease in the frequency of visits from consumers, as well as a decline in like-for-like sales, with average spend down from £3.59 to £3.50. But the top brands have managed to achieve positive comparable store sales growth across the year. “The study’s conclusion is that the UK coffee market is still experiencing strong growth, driven by consumer choice, which reflects our experience in the marketplace.” commented Gerry Ford, chairman and chief executive of Caffè Nero.
Dorset bakery Fudges has teamed up with the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) to encourage people to get out and enjoy the British countryside.The bakery will be helping to raise awareness and support for the charity’s work to maintain a sustainable future for the English countryside.Over the next few months, it will be working with CPRE to identify five key ‘Bicnic’ locations. “The sites that are identified will become a key part of our new ‘Bicnicing’ spots, chosen as great places for sitting and enjoying a view, a good book, picnic or a biscuit or two,” explained Sue Fudge.The Bicnic spots will be launched in the Autumn and Fudges will also be creating a new ‘Bicnic’ pack of its sweet and savoury biscuits, straws, wafers and flatbreads to accompany the campaign.“These spots will be marked on a map on our website and, in the future, will be joined by lots more. We are also hoping that people will take the time to nominate their favourite spots,” explained Fudge.Fudges will also be raising awareness of CPRE through national events, and will be supporting the organisation at fundraising and membership events. The CPRE is a charity that promotes the beauty, tranquillity and diversity of rural England.
Regulations to curb financial speculation on wheat have moved a step closer, although bakery suppliers warned they would be difficult to introduce.Agricultural ministers at the G20 meeting in Paris agreed to look at mechanisms for regulating excessive speculation on the commodity markets and to provide greater transparency on agricultural production and food stocks. It follows pressure from campaigners, such as Oxfam and the National Farmers’ Union, to limit speculation.”Food commodities are too important to be played about with by day traders and speculators,” said NFU Scotland president Nigel Miller. “The unwelcome entry of significant financial resources into the futures markets has brought increased volatility and contributed to price spikes. There is a need for greater structure to be given to the futures markets, so that they do the job intended, which was to allow those in the food supply chain to hedge their risk and plan forward.”Alex Waugh, director of Nabim, said the agreement to provide information on stocks and production could potentially limit speculation. “Where accurate information is freely available, there are fewer opportunities to profit at the expense of the ignorant,” he said, although he warned that futures trading should not be criticised per se.”Someone outside the chain has to provide liquidity to enable futures sales and purchases. It would be wrong to characterise this activity as predatory. If it enables growers to offset some of their risks and have greater certainty about the price they will receive, that is to be welcomed.”At bakery ingredients supplier Macphie, MD Alastair Macphie said that getting agreement on commodity trading regulations would be difficult. “Something needs to be done, but we operate in a world market and getting every country to agree is always a challenge. It’s hard enough to agree at a European level, let alone globally.”>>Barnsley bakers hit salt targets
Companies, particularly smaller firms, could be reluctant to create jobs by recruiting inexperienced staff because they are put off by an increased wage bill, the Low Pay Commission has claimed.New rates for the minimum wage took effect on Saturday. For 18- to 20-year-olds, the minimum wage is now £4.98, up from £4.92. For 16- to 17-year-olds, the new rate is £3.68, up from £3.64.In its official advice to the government on this year’s pay rates, the Commission raised concerns about younger workers, the first such warning since the introduction of the legal minimum rate in 1999.And the British Chamber of Commerce (BCC) said that attempts to tackle the minimum wage should be part of the effort to reinvigorate the economy. Adam Marshall, director of policy at the BCC said there should be a freeze in the minimum wage for younger workers, followed by a consultation with employers about a gradual reduction in the rate.He said: “The concern is that the current rate is discouraging some employees from taking on young people and giving them a chance to get into the workplace. Some companies are finding the rate is a real problem.”>> Start-ups: hiring your first employees
Google+ WhatsApp Warning to stay off of thin ice during warm spell Facebook Twitter Pinterest Pinterest IndianaLocalMichiganNewsWeather (“Thin Ice” by Graham C99, CC BY-SA 2.0) Authorities are issuing a reminder to stay off of ice for safety reasons during the warm spell in Michiana.The Mishawaka Police Department has received reports of children playing on icy ponds and some areas along the river.The police department asks that everyone step up to keep children and others away from the ponds and waterways and off the ice. Facebook Google+ WhatsApp Twitter By Jon Zimney – February 23, 2020 0 356 Previous articleNewman confirms he suffered head injury in Daytona 500 crashNext articleSuspect sought after armed robbery & shooting at food mart in South Bend 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.
Twitter Pinterest IndianaLocalNews Facebook Pinterest WhatsApp Twitter (Photo supplied/Indiana State Police) The appeal for a woman convicted of killing three children nearly two years ago at a school bus stop in Fulton County has failed.MORE: Guilty verdict in Alyssa Shepherd/deadly school bus stop collision caseAlyssa Shepherd of Rochester had appealed her convictions saying that the state had not prove beyond a reasonable doubt that she acted recklessly.Two brothers and their older sister died from the crash on State Road 25 in Rochester. A fourth child struck has required 21 surgeries.On Monday, Sep. 14, The Indiana Court of Appeals upheld all three convictions. Google+ Facebook Google+ WhatsApp Alyssa Shepherd’s attempt at appeal in bus stop crash deaths fails By Jon Zimney – September 14, 2020 2 287 Previous articleSuspect in deadly University Park Mall shooting still at–largeNext articleGoshen Health reports COVID-19 hospitalizations on the rise again 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.