Greggs rolls out trial ideas across UK sites

first_imgGreggs has started to roll out ideas it has been trialling at four stores around the UK, following some “quite encouraging” results.The bakery chain, which has 1,353 UK sites, announced last March that it would pilot innovative formats and ranges, including extended opening hours, range changes and new branding, at selected sites.MD Sir Michael Darrington told British Baker that “more extensive tests of certain aspects of the trial stores” were under way. He said: “Greggs remains focused on the mainstream market. It is not an exclusive business, but even in the mainstream market people’s tastes change and there is demand for some more aspirational lines, such as gourmet fillings, hot sandwiches and different types of savouries.”Trials would continue and the company will give more details when it announces its annual results next March, he added.Some of the initiatives being trialled can be seen at an upmarket Greggs shop in Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, which has an outdoor seating area and sells gourmet-style products.The range at the shop includes crayfish and rocket baguette, duck and hoi sin sauce wrap and pesto and chicken baguette with sun-dried tomatoes, as well as the regular Greggs range of sandwiches, savouries and cakes.The outlet is also offering cappuccino, latte and espresso, as well as tea and hot chocolate.One of Greggs’ other experiments is a ’Fresh to Go’ branded shop with healthy eating ranges, which opened in Lincoln in March.last_img read more

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first_imgThis week, I was passed down a family recipe hailing from the Gwendraeth Valleys in West Wales – one which utilises bread in a hitherto forgotten way. It’s called siencyn (pronounced shen-kin). Imagine the following delight: tea, sugar, bread and lumps of cheese, all in a bowl. That’s right, cheesy bready tea. Yum.To my spoiled 21st-century eyes, siencyn, while no doubt a treat in the 1940s, is a prime example of ’it seemed a good idea at the time’. The same could be said of Premier’s acquisition of RHM, which, 12 months down the line, may be proving equally unpalatable to shareholders, who are facing a 50% cut in dividends (pg 4).While Warburtons has been flying high, Premier Foods’ ambitious purchase of RHM last year has been less successful. Warbies is going from strength to strength, up 18% in value sales in 2007, according to figures from AC Nielsen (pg 6). Contrast that with the fortunes of Hovis, which fell 4.5%. A revitalised Kingsmill, jumping 6%, merely rubs Premier’s nose in it.Nobody could pretend that things have gone swimmingly, and, unfortunately for Premier, market conditions following the buyout could not have been worse. Who could have foreseen the pitfalls lurking around the corner a year ago, such as wheat prices doubling? This contributed to a near-50% drop in trading profits for the company’s Bread Bakeries Division, which comprises RHM.The firm is unrepentant about the landmark acquisition, which cost £1.2bn. And who wouldn’t be, having splashed out in such spectacular fashion to become the UK’s undisputed heavyweight of the food industry?Chief executive Robert Schofield says that Premier is on track to meet its cost synergies, recover the bulk of the ingredients cost inflation through price rises in the first quarter of 2008, and invest in capital and new recipes.But the company has put the brakes on promotional activity, at least for the first half of this year, which must be music to the ears of both Warburtons and Kingsmill.As an afterthought, if I see siencyn on Pret A Manger’s menu in six months, I’ll be claiming royalties.last_img read more

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Clean option on glaze

first_imgUlrick & Short has launched a clean-label alternative to ready-to-use egg- and milk-based glazes, in its Eziglaze range. ’Ready to use’ Eziglaze has been developed in response to market demands for more natural ingredient alternatives, as well as an increasing awareness of people with allergies. It was developed with the help of the microbiology faculty at Leeds Metropolitan University. The glaze doesn’t need to be chilled and contains no chemicals or artificial components, yet still has a minimum shelf-life of three months. The product has also been designed to match the viscosity of egg and milk, providing a realistic and easy-to-use alternative, says the firm.”Consumers are becoming more and more conscious of what goes into their food and while some companies take out the allergens, they are then replaced with artificial alternatives – Ulrick & Short do not do this,” said director Adrian Short.[http://www.ulrickandshort.com]last_img read more

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first_img== Anglesey mill start-up ==Anglesey farmer Huw Owen is due to open an £80,000 mill and oil press in the autumn in an effort to add value to his crops. Bodelwa Farm in Ty Croes has traditionally grown feed-quality grain for local cattle farmers, but this year is growing 15 acres of oil seed rape, 18 acres for milling wheat, five acres of barley and three of linseed. The project is being part-funded by regeneration agency Menter Môn.== Welsh waffles ==Welsh bakery Tregroes Waffles has launched new packaging and branding across its range of products. The firm supplies all the major multiples in Wales and has national distribution with Waitrose and independent retailers. Available in packs of eight, the waffles come in toffee and chocolate flavours.== Cupcake clues ==Ex-supermodel Lorraine Pascale is to open her first cupcake shop, Ella’s Bakehouse, on Monday 20 July at The Piazza, Covent Garden, As a run-up, Pascale has been leaving cupcake clues, via Twitter, all over London for people to find and claim free cupcakes. Her cakes are also sold in Selfridges’ food hall.== Food sales rise ==Sales of food increased by 5.4% between April and June compared to the same period the previous year, thanks to the hot weather, according to the British Retail Consortium. Sales of picnic foods, such as quiches and other bakery products, did particularly well.== FSA update ==The Food Standards Agency has updated its list of products that do not contain the six food colours associated with possible hyperactivity in young children. Included are bakery goods from Jenny’s Home Baking, Beyond The Bean and Burton’s Foods.last_img read more

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Uniq ups food-to-go sales

first_imgConvenience food group Uniq has announced its first quarter group sales were up 4.2%, compared to the first three months of 2009.Its food-to-go sales, which include its sandwiches wraps and deli-fillers business, increased 12.5%, which the firm said reflected its business wins in 2009, which included £15m worth of new sandwich business with Marks and Spencer.Sales in its desserts arm were down 2.2%.The company also announced its preliminary results for the 12 months ended 31 December 2009 on the same day as its Q1 interims. Revenue stood at £287.2m compared with £286.7m in 2009. Food-to-go revenue was up 2% to £136.9m, and operating profit stood at £7.3m – up 0.4%.In January 2010, Uniq revealed it was back in the black, after increased food-to-go sales saw the business return to positive sales growth. Following the decision to dispose of its French, German, Polish and Netherlands business units earlier in 2009, the business is now focused on the UK chilled prepared food market.last_img read more

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Surveillence video released of motorcycle shop theft in Elkhart

first_img Pinterest Surveillence video released of motorcycle shop theft in Elkhart By Jon Zimney – May 7, 2020 1 845 Pinterest Previous articleSt. Mary’s College to reopen to students for the fall semesterNext articleGov. Whitmer extends Michigan’s Stay At Home order until May 28 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 WhatsApp Twitter Facebook Google+ IndianaLocalNews Facebook (Photo supplied/Elkhart City Police) Elkhart Police have released surveillance video of suspects who they say broke into North End Cycle Shop on Cassopolis Street and used a U-Haul to steal several motorcycles.The burglary happened around 4:50 a.m. on Tuesday, April 28.Multiple people wearing hooded sweatshirts broke into the building and loaded the motorcycles into the U-Haul, according to Elkhart Police.Anybody with information is asked to contact Elkhart Police at 574-295-7070 or Det. Janis at 574-389-4711. WhatsApp Google+last_img read more

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Late June reopening date set for Indiana Beach in Monticello

first_img Previous articleElkhart County Sheriff’s Office Administration Building lobby reopens TuesdayNext articleVFW of Indiana name being used by scammers Network Indiana Pinterest Late June reopening date set for Indiana Beach in Monticello WhatsApp By Network Indiana – May 15, 2020 1 550 Twitter Google+ Facebook (Source: https://goo.gl/jKtnJJ License: https://goo.gl/sZ7V7x) MONTICELLO, Ind.–A tentative reopening date has been announced for Indiana Beach Water and Amusement Park.They have a VIP grand reopening set for June 26 followed by reopening to the general public June 27 at 50% capacity. Indiana Beach created the Brick Paver campaign as part of its “Road to 100 Years” Project. Donors who take part in the Brick Paver Campaign get a limited number of tickets to attend the VIP grand reopening.The campaign is part of a plan by Indiana Beach Holdings LLC – the new owners of the park – to get ready for the beach’s 100th anniversary in 2026. The owners also created a new website where they discuss the campaign and other details.“By supporting the paver campaign, your business will have a custom printed 8” x 8” brick paver that will become part of the actual foundation of Indiana Beach! All proceeds from this initiative will go directly to infrastructure improvements throughout the Amusement Park as well as the Campgrounds,” says Indiana Beach’s website.The website went live May and the new owners say the popularity was “crashing the site.”Under Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb’s five-stage plan to restart the economy, amusement and water parks are allowed to open at half capacity during stage four, which begins June 14. Amusement and water parks will be able to open at full capacity beginning July 4.On February 18, 2020, Indiana Beach announced that it would permanently close after 94 years of operation, with no plans to reopen. That later changed.Indiana Beach was developed by the Spackman family, who owned it from 1926 to 2008. The park was then sold to Morgan RV LLC, Apex Parks Group, LLC and now is owned/operated by Indiana Beach Holdings, LLC as of April 2020. Facebook Twitter WhatsApp Google+ IndianaLocalNews Pinterestlast_img read more

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Sample Street closed on South Bend’s west side due to fire

first_img (Photo supplied/ABC 57) A large fire resulted in the closure of Sample Street on the west side of South Bend.The blaze was reported around 4 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 4, in the 2200 block of Sample Street.Emergency crews blocked traffic between Olive and Walnut Streets while smoke from the fire wafted high into the sky.More than a dozen fire truck responded and remained on scene for several hours dousing the blaze.There was no report of any injuries. There was no immediate word about the cause of the fire.Here is a picture from the scene. Again, please avoid Sample Street between Olive and Walnut.Fire crews are battling a commercial fire right now. @SouthBendFire pic.twitter.com/WdMxygYTV2— South Bend Police (@southbendpolice) December 4, 2020 Sample Street closed on South Bend’s west side due to fire Previous articleEtna Green Man Facing Molesting ChargesNext articleMan who allegedly fired shots at officers charged with attempted murder 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. WhatsApp By Jon Zimney – December 4, 2020 0 780 Google+ Pinterest Pinterest WhatsApp Twitter Facebook Twitter IndianaLocalNews Facebook Google+last_img read more

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IMS President: Still too early too tell about fans at The 500

first_img Google+ Twitter CoronavirusIndianaLocalNewsSports WhatsApp Google+ Pinterest By Jon Zimney – February 20, 2021 0 170 WhatsApp Facebook Facebook Twitter (“Indianapolis Motor Speedway – Speedway, IN” by Josh Hallett, Creative Commons) You may be able to attend the Indy 500 this year. The Speedway president says it’s still too early to tell.“We haven’t made an official decision yet because we believe we’ve got that time on our side.So, people just be patient with us and wait through this, we’re hoping we have a normal Indy500 this year,” said Doug Boles, president of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.“We are gonna have fans at the 500 as long as our metrics allow it and we’re doing our best to get there,” he said, acknowledging the downward direction of the pandemic.Boles said that though some IndyCar races are being relegated to NBC’s digital platform, that he believes the 500 will continue to be a priority for their on the air broadcasts.He also said the Speedway is looking for more events to hold there, which fit their brand and the venue.The interview eventually came back around to the race, which as of Friday, was 100 days away.“The IndyCar folks are working on it. My guess is we’re gonna be in the 35 to 36 car range for this year’s Indy500. So, I think Bump Day is something we’re definitely gonna see.” Pinterest IMS President: Still too early too tell about fans at The 500 Previous articleBraun warns $15 minimum wage could hurt restaurant industryNext articleNCAA to allow limited number of fans during March Madness 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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Warsaw man wanted on warrant arrested Sunday morning

first_img Pinterest WhatsApp IndianaLocalNewsSouth Bend Market Pinterest Google+ Twitter Previous articleWhitmer doubles the state’s vaccine goalNext articleTippecanoe woman killed in crash near Burket Nick Deranek Warsaw man wanted on warrant arrested Sunday morning Google+ Facebook By Nick Deranek – March 31, 2021 0 280 Twitter Facebook WhatsApp (“Cuffs4” by banspy, Attribution 2.0 Generic) A Warsaw man, who was the suspect of multiple criminal investigations and had an active Kosciusko County arrest warrant was taken into custody on Sunday morning.The Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Office says an officer saw a man matching the description of 49-year old Scotty Van Hawk riding in a vehicle along State Road 15 around 11:30 AM. As police attempted a traffic stop near the intersection of County Road 350 North and 100 East (Husky Trail), Van Hawk fled on foot to his property nearby.Police say they made multiple attempts to get Van Hawk to exit his property, but he would not comply. That’s when the Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Special Operations Group, formerly SWAT, entered the home and apprehended Van Hawk without incident.Van Hawk was taken to the Kosciusko County Jail facing multiple counts on two felony stalking charges including invasion of privacy and intimidation, along with resisting law enforcement.last_img read more

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