Monthly Archives: April 2021

Briefs

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first_imgn The HGCA has collaborated with the Flour Advisory Bureau to produce a new multimedia educational resource called The Grain Chain (www.grainchain.com). This offers children aged five to 16 a fun way to learn about the ’field to fork’ cycle of how wheat is grown and used to produce breads and cereals, plus advice on eating for health and vitality.n Sweet bakery and ingredients specialist Dawn Foods recently celebrated 15 years at its Evesham site with loyalty awards to nine members of staff who have been with the company since its start-up in the town.n The annual Scotch Pie Championship was taking place as British Baker went to press with a record number of entries. A total of 68 bakers and butchers competed in the annual competition. Entries included Graeme Trotter’s Zurek pie in honour of his 30 Polish staff, filled with Polish smoked sausage, boiled potatoes and eggs.n Defra minister Lord Rooker was alerted to impending supply shortages for key raw materials by the Biscuit Cake Chocolate and Confectionery Association last week. Lord Rooker said he knew that prices were continuing to rise, but the BCCCA was the first trade association to have alerted him to the uneasy balance between supply and demand for many products, with stock levels now low.n Wholesaler Bako’s Northern and Scotland divisions are putting their quarterly price list and Today’s Bako monthly magazine online in an effort to reduce paper. Bako estimates the two publications have consumed nearly half a ton of paper since their launch in January 2005.last_img read more

Finsbury appoints new finance director

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first_imgFinsbury Foods has appointed Stephen Boyd as its new group finance director, with immediate effect. Boyd has previously held key positions at WT Foods, Noon Products and Golden Wonder, where he worked alongside current Finsbury chief executive John Duffy.He replaces Lisa Morgan, who will step down from the board with immediate effect and will leave the company following a hand-over period, which is expected to be completed by the end of March 2010. Boyd most recently worked at Food Investors LLP, which invests in private equity-backed businesses, where he also acted as a consultant to assist in enhancing company performance.“We are very pleased that Stephen will be joining the Finsbury family and I look forward to working with him once again. He will be a great asset to the group and we will reap the benefits of his extensive industry experience,” commented Duffy.The cake, bread and morning goods manufacturer also announced it is continuing to trade in line with market expectations.last_img read more

Man, machine, method and money

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first_imgBy Max Jenvey of Oxxygen Marketing Partnership, a strategic management agency that works on brand development within the bakery, foodservice and convenience retail sectorsTime is everyone’s most valuable asset, so how do today’s successful in-store and high street bakers manage to achieve their targets? Answer: by giving customers what they want, when they want it, in the right location and, of course, at the right price.Consumers are more time-crunched than ever, with 65% of food-to-go shoppers looking for a quick takeaway option (him! Food-to-go Report 2009). So it is important to make your bakery or café the easiest choice for customers offering a variety of takeaway meal deal options, snack times and breakfast and ranging from a small section that offers self-select loaves and baguettes, to muffins and sweet treats and on up to full counter service and a range of ready-to-eat hot options, such as slices, turnovers and paninis.Forecourts successfully follow this model and drive around 40% of their revenues through food and beverages. So what can independent bakers and retailers learn from this? The answer is to manage four key areas of your business your 4Ms: man, machine, method and money:l Man this is your most valuable asset. Look at skill sets, customer service, staff friendliness, training in hygiene, health and safety, quality control, suggestive selling, waste management, incentives and feedback.l Machine your equipment is key. Carefully consider location, customers and product range, coffee machine, hot displays, hot and ambient counter-top merchandisers, ovens and grills and chilled units. And there is always help at hand food suppliers, such as Bako, BFP, Brakes and Delice de France etc, can advise you on the different equipment elements.l Method this involves planning parts of the day, with the right offer in the right time and place. Remember to break down each part of your trading hours, based on customer flow and demand. People want to grab croissants and coffee in the morning, which need to be baked-off or supplied before 6am. Lunch is all about your sandwich range, sausage rolls, pasties and pizza slices. Consider soup, paninis and hot fillings.l Money get the first three Ms right and watch the profits roll in! Understand the contribution from each product by range and category and do your sums. Identify your best/worst performers change that range, refresh your beverage offer, focus on value and quality and your customers will spend their money with you.last_img read more

Johnstone’s Bakers trebles turnover

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first_imgJohnstone’s Bakers has announced that its turnover has more than trebled since 2007 following a major investment in a state-of-the-art factory.The independently-owned Scottish firm said that following a £7m investment three years ago, which saw the company relocate to a new site in East Kilbride, the firm’s turnover has risen from £2.1m in 2007 to £7.4m in 2009.During the same period, it also won international contracts to supply the USA, Australia and Russia, and achieved its highest-ever monthly sales in June this year.Johnstone’s said it has seen its export business grow significantly over the last three years, and revealed that it is currently gearing up to fulfil a new contract, which will see its products distributed throughout 15 countries across Europe. A spokesperson for the firm said the new contract is for an own-label range for one of Europe’s multiple retail chains.In order to cope with increased demand for its recently launched Connie’s range, the firm has also announced it is to invest a further £400,000 in its production area. The expansion will include the addition of new equipment, including an enrobing machine and a machine that will allow the bakery to make its own chocolate.Johnstone’s Bakers produces a number of cake, cereal and biscuit bars and slices, including caramel shortcake, lemon cheesecake and rocky road, orange chocolate tiffin, chocolate tiffin and Black Forest brownie.last_img read more

Sayers quietly expands new bakery concept

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first_imgNorth-west bakery chain Sayers the Bakers has bought a new bakery venture to the high street in the form of the Poundbakery.Although this project has remained relatively under the radar, Poundbakery has ramped up a massive 27 outlets over the past few months according to the bakery’s website located across the north west, including Bolton, Liverpool, Preston and Manchester.A spokesperson for the bakery said it was currently opening shops at the rate of a couple a week, and was due to open its 30th store, in Bolton, later this month.As the name suggests, the outlets sell a range of products, including sausage rolls, bread and cakes for £1 or less, under its strapline, ’Tasty Baking at Tasty Prices’.Consumers can purchase two meat and potato pies for £1, hot drinks for 50p, and fresh sandwiches and filled barms for £1 each, for example.last_img read more

Genius makes Spanish debut

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first_imgGenius has announced that its white and brown gluten-free loaves will be on the supermarket shelves of retail chain Carrefour, in Spain, from the end of March.The gluten-free bakery brand said it will become “a key supplier to Carrefour”, as part of the supermarket’s plans to revamp its gluten-free offerings in-store.The products will be available in 350 stores across Spain, with the brand also available in the Republic of Ireland, the USA and Canada.Genius said it was also looking to increase its distribution overseas.Last month, the firm announced that all three of its sliced breads – white, brown and multi-seeded – were now available from online grocery retailer Ocado.>>Gluten-free brands outstrip own-label items>>Tesco listing for Genius as it moves into pieslast_img read more

Elkhart County Sheriff: Don’t host a garage sale right now

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first_img Previous articleISDH: 102 now dead from COVID-19, 3,437 confirmed casesNext articleIndiana’s COVID-19 peak expected to be April 19 95.3 MNCNews/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel is your breaking news and weather station for northern Indiana and southwestern Michigan. Facebook Twitter Pinterest Twitter WhatsApp Pinterest Google+ Facebook Elkhart County Sheriff: Don’t host a garage sale right now Google+ By 95.3 MNC – April 3, 2020 0 258 WhatsApp (Photo supplied/ABC 57) The Elkhart County COVID-19 Information Line is fully up and running. This is an information only line. Operators will not provide the paperwork needed for testing. The phone number is 574-523-2106. Due to the limited number of calls, they have changed the hours and days to Monday – Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.During this time of self-quarantining, The Elkhart County Sheriff’s Office knows that many people are cleaning their homes. They are advising residents to resist the urge to host a garage or estate sale for the time being, mainly because it does not allow for social distancing, which can increase the spread of COVID-19. CoronavirusIndianaLocalNewslast_img read more

St. Joseph County COVID-19 case rate continues to drop

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first_img Twitter St. Joseph County COVID-19 case rate continues to drop By Network Indiana – September 11, 2020 0 340 WhatsApp Facebook Google+ Twitter Facebook CoronavirusIndianaLocalNews Google+ Pinterest Pinterest WhatsApp (Photo supplied/City of South Bend) There is still great concern over the spread of coronavirus in St. Joseph County, even as the county’s coronavirus numbers are getting back under control after a recent surge.In late August, the county’s rate of people testing positive for the virus spiked dramatically to it’s highest rate since April at around 10-percent of tests coming back positive. That number has since gone down to under 4-percent.Still, St. Joseph County Deputy Health Officer Dr. Mark Fox said that is not a reason to pump the brakes on measures to mitigate the spread of the virus, especially with the looming season flu about to make its return. Plus, the county is still primed to see a possible post-Labor Day resurgence.“Because of the overlap in symptoms, essentially any respiratory illness will need to be evaluated for influenza and for COVID,” he said. “You can have both infections simultaneously so having one doesn’t rule out the other.”These concerns are more paramount now, he says, with school districts in the county start to open back up for in-person learning in the coming weeks and with Notre Dame’s home-opening football game against Duke.“Even with reduced capacity at the stadium and no tailgating on campus, we recognize there will be a lot of people will gather to tailgate off-campus or will gather at to watch the game at area restaurants and bars,” Fox added.South Bend Mayor James Mueller shares Fox’s concern but is confident the University of Notre Dame is taking the pandemic seriously, especially among students and staff on the school’s campus.“Notre Dame shows when you have robust testing, you have robust contact tracing, and you figure out isolation of those infected or potentially infected, you can turn an outbreak around fairly quickly,” said Mueller.Since Aug. 3, 626 students and staff members have tested positive for the virus and the school has a 7-day positivity rate of 3.4-percent. It will be mostly students and family in attendance for Notre Dame’s football game this Saturday. Previous articleDriver killed in Warsaw crash Thursday nightNext articleFive from Elkhart indicted in home invasion robbery case Network Indianalast_img read more

Guard killed, another seriously hurt after assault at state prison in Michigan City

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first_img Twitter WhatsApp By Jon Zimney – February 22, 2021 2 200 Facebook Google+ WhatsApp IndianaLocalNews Facebook (“Jail cells at the Southborough Police Station” by my_southborough, CC BY-ND 2.0) A correction officer at the Indiana State Prison in Michigan City died and another was seriously injured after an alleged assault.Detectives with the Indiana State Police Lowell Post were requested to investigate the report of an assault around 2:40 p.m. on Feb. 21.According to Indiana State Police, an inmate attacked the two officers in a common area. Both correction officers were transported to St. Anthony’s Hospital in Michigan City where one correction officer was pronounced deceased. The second correction officer is in serious condition.Tymetri Campbell, 38, an inmate at the Michigan City Prison, faces several preliminary charges, including murder. Google+ Twitter Guard killed, another seriously hurt after assault at state prison in Michigan City Pinterest Previous articleIndiana’s COVID vaccination age qualification could be lowered this weekNext articleMilitary pilot from Indiana killed in crash during training mission 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. Pinterestlast_img read more

News story: The evolution of incident reporting, from pure statistics to nuanced insight

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first_imgRarely did anyone attempt to grasp the wider implications of a particular incident for the future, or spot trends or patterns or read across issues to other aircraft. There was a corresponding lack of corporate memory as to related incidents which had occurred in the past… HashtagsThe hashtag functionality enables the tracking and management of local issues as well as analysis of global trends. Hashtags are created via the MAA ASIMS helpdesk. However, Occurrence Managers (OMs) are responsible for reviewing every report within their AOR for completeness and accuracy and it is their responsibility to add appropriate hashtags to a report once created. This action is vital for ensuring the reliability of hashtags when interrogating ASIMS at either a local, or a global level. An example of adding hashtags can be seen at Figure 1. the risk remains ALARP and tolerable, therefore no mitigation or action is required one recommendation mitigates multiple entries. Thus the mitigation is managed on one entry only and ‘Mitigated by Recommendation xxxx/xxx/Rx’ is entered in the ‘No recommendation’ field for the others the intention is to implement local mitigation/prevention action however, it does not change the current level of associated risk and so does not required ADH/AM approval. These actions can be implemented and manged outside of ASIMS Ibid, P569A reporting culture is one of the cornerstones of an engaged safety culture. As such, the Military Aviation Authority (MAA) requires that all air safety occurrences are reported and managed, with appropriate action taken, see RA 1410: Occurrence reporting. As such, the MAA provides the Air Safety Information Management System (ASIMS) as both a ‘bottom-up’ and ‘top-down’ system: ASIMS is designed to help the defence aviation community report air safety occurrences in order that Aviation Duty Holders (ADH), see RA 1020: roles and responsibilities: ADH and ADH facing organisations, may actively manage air safety, monitoring and mitigating associated Risks to Life (RtL) within their defined areas of responsibility (AOR) to As Low As Reasonably Practicable (ALARP) and Tolerable. In addition, ASIMS is used by the MAA in the monitoring and oversight of the Defence Aviation Environment (DAE) as a whole and is one of the main tools used to establish the ‘risk picture’ across the DAE, enabling the MAA to practice risk based assurance.As with any system of this kind, there are 2 components that make it a success, or failure. The design of the system itself, and the willingness and ability of personnel to fully engage with it, with the former often influencing the latter. Following the analysis of ASIMS report data-quality in 2013, it was recognised that, whilst there was a healthy reporting culture (with reporting increasing year-on-year), codification of why incidents occurred was inconsistent, hindering the MAA’s ability to gain a true picture of aviation safety risk held by Defence.Whilst personnel understood the need for and were willing to report incidents, they either could not, or would not, complete the process. One major issue was the outcome-focussed taxonomy, which led reports to focus in on the outcome of an occurrence, not what led to that outcome. Another issue was allowing reports to be closed-down without mandating that investigation findings were declared.Consequently, in April 2016 the MAA introduced a major ASIMS upgrade. From improved codification and taxonomy, to the introduction of hashtags, the upgrade has provided a step change in the ability to positively influence aviation safety through improved recording, trending and analysis of safety occurrences. The most significant changes are discussed below. However, the system remains reliant on the willingness of personnel to fully engage.The statsCurrently, every location in which military aviation is conducted, and every unit which conducts military aviation, has access to ASIMS through DII. There are over 19,400 user accounts* belonging to 1,063 units registered at 212 stations** (including every aviation-capable ship). An average of 13,000 individual reports are raised each year, and there are over 225,000 unique reports stored on ASIMS (the vast majority of which pre-date the system).*It should be noted that a user account is not required to raise an occurrence report within ASIMS.**ASIMS statistics page dated 15 January 2018.InvestigationsThe ASIMS v3 upgrade added the requirement to record the level of investigation being undertaken: Local Investigation (LI), Occurrence Safety Investigation (OSI) or Service Inquiry (SI). Investigators could devote as much or as little time to the investigation as required to satisfy the Aviation Duty Holder/Accountable Manager (ADH/AM) Review Group that the details of the occurrence have been accurately identified and recorded. If appropriate for the occurrence, an LI could be as simple as performing a desk-level investigation.FindingsThe introduction of a mandatory requirement to complete the Findings section and the associated recommendation details for the Cause and each Causal Factor was the single biggest element of the upgrade. The understanding of why an incident occurred was further enhanced by allowing multiple findings, which improved our overall analysis of occurrences.This mandatory requirement to report findings, and the ability to report multiple findings has caused some additional work for the report investigators, but has added far greater value to each report submitted and thus the insight possible from analysis of ASIMS.From 1 April 2015 to 31 March 2016, only 27% of reports recorded why an occurrence had happened. Following the upgrade, from 1 April 2016 to 31 March 2017 that figure had risen to 93%, however, there is still some way to go. Recent analysis (December 2017) has shown that 25% of Causal Factors are recorded as ‘Cause Undetermined’.Further understanding of why this is the case is ongoing: defence aviation cannot claim to have good corporate memory, or an effective learning culture, if a quarter of occurrences are not codified in such a way as can be readily exploited.Why record multiple findings?A technical fault in flight may have resulted in a report-worthy safety incident. However, the subsequent investigation may establish that an associated maintenance activity had been both incorrectly completed and not properly supervised. The conclusion is that 3 elements led to the incident occurrence and each element requires investigation: why was the maintenance activity being carried out incorrectly? why was supervision inadequate? why did the technical fault in flight lead to an air safety incident? The Nimrod Review: An independent review into the broader issues surrounding the loss of the RAF Nimrod MR2 Aircraft XV230 in Afghanistan in 2006, Charles Haddon-Cave QC, October 2009, P149 I make recommendations for a new safety culture… Previously, only the top level would be recorded, i.e. the technical fault. However, by having the ability to add a separate finding for each phase of the occurrence, allowing each element to have their own outcome, cause and causal factors, it is possible to easily see which causal factor initiated which cause and subsequently led to the outcome.In addition, this function enables improved analysis of the data; allowing deeper interrogation to establish not only multiple findings for a main outcome, but also multiple outcomes from a single finding.RecommendationsRecommendations are formal and require ADH/AM approval. The upgrade introduced the requirement for the Investigator to make a recommendation against the cause and each causal factor for every finding. There are occasions when it is appropriate that no recommendations are made. These occasions must be positively acknowledged and recorded and as such, an associated free text field has been made available for this purpose.Acceptable reasons for recording ‘No Recommendations’ are: Figure 1: Adding HashtagsASIMS has proven that full, open, timely and accurate reporting of aviation occurrences is essential to the maintenance of aviation safety. The changes discussed here: the clarification of investigative levels, the mandatory reporting of findings and recommendations and the addition of hashtags to enable easier monitoring and analysis, all contribute to vastly improved data fidelity within the system.Accurate reports, which include details of resulting investigations, allow important lessons to be identified and so play a major part in future accident prevention. ASIMS provides the mechanism for all reports to be passed to higher and other associated formations to form part of the wider situational awareness of the aviation safety risk picture, and for details of remedial or preventative actions to be recorded and promulgated through the appropriate specialist channels.The success of all ASIMS activity is dependent upon User input and engagement, in a positive reporting culture. Continual upgrading of ASIMS to make it easier to use therefore directly influences the generation, maintenance and promotion of a positive reporting culture, which in turn influences aviation safety. For us to successfully interrogate ASIMS regarding both trends and culture, it is essential that the key fields are completed accurately. Fostering this behaviour is a key step on the path to a fully engaged Aviation safety culture, and we all need to play our part.Further help and feedbackASIMS continues to be developed and enhanced through the ASIMS Working Group and by suggestions from users. The Working Group is open to station flight safety teams and local occurrence managers and meets every 6 months, if you would like to get involved please contact the ASIMS helpdesk. If you have any suggestions or feedback on ASIMS please complete the online form, accessible from the ASIMS logon page, or contact the helpdesk via email [email protected] or by phone 030 679 84188.last_img read more