Aberna revamps La Pavoni range

first_imgEquipment supplier Aberna (Ash Vale, Surrey) says it has improved its range of La Pavoni coffee machines. The Hotel range, based on Aberna’s Bar machines, are more compact, it says. Available in black or red, the Hotel range produces high volumes of coffee from a limited space.Aberna has also updated its Pub range to include a stainless steel back plate and front, available with either red or black panels. The Pub machines, for smaller sites, make cappuccinos and espressos, as well as tea. There is a choice of either one- or two-group machines, depending on throughput.last_img

Doughnut Week 2007 launches

first_imgNational Doughnut Week 2007 will run from 5-12 May and will raise money for The Children’s Trust, a charity for children with multiple disabilities. See Feb 9 British Baker for full detailslast_img

Irish firm picks up Musgrave listing

first_imgA Northern Irish bakery has extended its range with retail group Musgrave SuperValu- Centra (MSVC).Graham’s Home Bakery, based in Dromore, is to supply its ’Pick Me’ brand to all of Northern Ireland’s SuperValu and Centra stores. The range includes tray bakes, small cakes and muffins and it is estimated the value of the new order will initially be £250,000.Graham’s has supplied MSVC and its 121 independent SuperValu and Centra stores with a variety of other products since 2003.Alistair Toal, marketing mana-ger, said the deal was an opportunity to expand the brand into SuperValu and Centra stores in the Republic of Ireland and the rest of the UK through the Budgens and Londis stores owned by the Musgrave Group.”Over the past four years our business with MSVC has grown by more than 70%, making them one of our most important customers,” said Toal.last_img read more

High street slowdown continues

first_imgFears of a continuing high street slowdown were confirmed in the latest CBI monthly retail survey, which found that sales growth was at its slowest for almost a year.A drop in year-on-year sales in the first half of October was reported by 33% of retailers compared with 42% who said sales were up.This rounded balance of +10% is the weakest since November 2006 and, for the third month in a row, was below the long-term average of +18%. The grocery trade had a balance of +19%, the same as in September.The CBI said the slowdown reflects the impact on consumers of five interest rate rises in a year. Slightly better sales are expected in November, although the Christmas period is likely to be slow.last_img

Machines to go

first_imgA cheaper 2-group traditional espresso machine and grinder will cost you about £2,500-£3,500, with more premium models going up to about £6,000. This is quite an investment for a bakery wanting to add coffee to its offer, but it would allow you to sell the most popular drinks, such as cappuccino and latte. However, there are cheaper ways into the coffee market and filter machines start from as low as £190.== What’s on the market ==What’s new?Bezzera is launching the new 2-group Bezzera Bistro Compact espresso machines in semi or fully-automatic modelsConvince meAs an introductory package, all models are supplied with enough free coffee or Espressopots to pay for the machine outright, when sold at £1.50 per cupGo on, persuade me some moreThere is also a host of free extras including water filters and bean grinders and an open invitation for buyers to attend a ’Coffee by Numbers’ training day for themselves and their staff (normally charged at £55 per attendee)I like to plug and playGood – the range operates from a standard 13-amp socket and features all stainless steel working surfaces and high-quality copper boilersHow do I get one?Hand-built in Milan, they are available in ’Espressopot’ or Coffee Bean packages via Maidaid-Halcyon’s UK distributorsPrice: From £1,995www.maidaid.co.ukWhat’s new?Rancilio has extended its range of Classe 6 espresso machines with a new 1-group modelErm, I don’t actually sell much coffeePerfect! This new model is aimed at outlets with a modest demand for coffee and it’s compact, measuring just 360mm in widthSo it’s small but is it beautiful?It’s manufactured in stainless steel with an all-metal body and is available in three tantalising models: the E1 fully-automatic plumbed-in version; the S1 semi-automatic plumbed model; and the ST1, which is a tank-top machineBut will it suit my colour scheme?Well, it’s available in any colour you like, so long as it’s blackHow do I get one?The machines are made in Milan and distributed exclusively in the UK by The Coffee Machine Company, based in LondonPrices: E1 £2,525; S1 £2025; ST1 £1,625www. coffeemachinecompany.co.ukWhat’s new?The fully automatic “Special” from La Spaziale, available as a 2-group machine, which has a 10-litre capacity boiler, and a 3-group with a 15-litre boilerNot another Euro-sapping Italian machine!While the weakness of sterling against the euro has caused headaches for operators looking to re-equip with Italian-built espresso machines, supplier Café du Monde says it can offer a cheaper optionHow come?The Special is a basic machine with none of the bells and whistles associated with top-end machines and “ensures that the the quality of coffee produced is on a par with any La Spaziale model”, says the company.So why bother buying the top-end version?Beats us. Café du Monde estimates the Special could save customers as much as £1,000 on comparable machinesPrices: £2,570 for the 2-group and £3,125 for the 3-group; fully-inclusive lease deals are available for £23.71 per week for a 2-group and £33 per week for a 3-groupwww.cafedumonde.co.ukWhat’s new?The Filtro Mini Jug, a small batch filter coffee brewer that prepares coffee directly into a 1.6-litre thermal jugHow does it work?The unit is manually filled with cold water, using the flask itself and operates on the ’flash’ boiler principle. Hot water is sprayed over a bed of ground coffee in the filter basket, with the brewed coffee pouring directly into the thermal jug. Once the brew is ready, a light comes onDon’t you get horrible stewed coffee with filters?The benefit of brewing directly into a thermal jug is that coffee is not left on a hotplate for long periods. The insulated jug keeps coffee hot without stewing for a period in excess of an hour – suitable for a modest demandBut I want something bigger and higher volume…Marco also has machines such as the Mini Jug model, which fills a niche between the pour-over on the one hand and the larger 2.2-litre thermal flask or the Shuttle on the other. For larger volumes, there’s the Qwikbrew and Maxibrew bulk filter brewersPrice: The Mini Jug costs £189www.marco-bev.co.uklast_img read more

Bakery suet supplier rivals Premier

first_imgA new suet manufacturer has set up in direct competition to industry giant Premier Foods.Prima Foods UK is producing up to 30 tonnes of suet a week for bakers, food manufacturers and wholesalers. It supplies multiples such as Tesco, Morrisons and The Co-operative Group as well as small independent retailers. “We opened last year, but have been up and running since January,” said MD Peter Rice. “We aim to offer an alternative to Premier’s Atora product – we’re a small business that looks after people at the right price.”Rice said it had the capacity to produce 50 tonnes of suet a week – shredded fat coated with flour. Products include a non-hydrogenated vegetable suet with sunflower and wheat flour, a non-hydrogenated vegetable suet with rape seed and wheat four, beef suet and suet blends, including chickpea flour. New products include mixes such as herb and sweet dumplings.Bakers are buying suet to make dumplings, suet puddings and desserts, said Rice. “With the recession still ongoing, people are going back to more home cooking and traditional, comfort food that’s filling, and suet fits the bill perfectly.”He added: “We are price-competitive with Premier and can offer small amounts to craft bakers.”last_img read more

Clean and clear

first_imgRisk assessments are required under the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 and, recently, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has been promoting a simple approach to the process to ensure that risk assessments are better understood by employees. This is supposed to result in the health and safety policy being better cascaded through businesses.One such business is 150-shop Sayers The Bakers, which is the biggest independent retail baker in the north west. The company employs more than 1,000 people, both in retail and at the company’s own dedicated bakery. Sayers wanted to ’demystify’ health and safety, in line with the HSE’s thinking and to ensure that managers at each Sayers retail shop had the right level of understanding to take ownership of the risk assessments. A specialist health and safety team was invited to review and assist Sayers on how best to carry out the risk assessments, making them easier to use.”My goal was to update all health and safety systems across the Sayers retail estate by developing a safety manual and to raise the profile of health and safety among staff,” explains Karon Marsay, head of safety at Sayers. “Previously, the risk assessment documents had been held at head office. We wanted a live, user-friendly document that could be owned by the individual shop manager and used as an integral part of the day-to-day running of their shop.”Like many multi-site retailers, the challenge for Sayers was how to develop a uniform health and safety risk assessment with so many varying types of premises. Among its shops are 25 cafés, some shops are in shopping centres, some open directly onto the pavement while others have two storeys or a cellar.”First, we reviewed the central risk assessments and developed a simplified draft document, using the current HSE approach of ’demystifying’ health and safety,” Marsay explains. This reduced its current documentation into a simple assessment with fewer pages.”As a team approach to risk assessment is recognised as being the most effective means of identifying all the risks and control measures, we visited a selection of shops, checking that we had not missed any hazards and also speaking to our shop teams about any specific hazards they felt we had overlooked or were specific to their shop. This kind of approach was vital to ensure our employees felt we were delivering an approach that suited their needs.”Safety manual devisedA new safety manual was developed by health and safety expert Exova and training on its contents was rolled out to shop managers in February 2010, with part of the training focusing on risk assessments. Managers were tasked with completing the new risk assessment document.”In a busy retail environment, such as ours, there are inevitably potential risks to staff and customers, but it is our responsibility to ensure these risks are properly controlled,” says Marsay. “By simplifying our health and safety risk assessments and updating all reference material, we have empowered our shop managers to implement systems that are both a legal requirement, but also best suit the needs of their part of our business.” What’s new l Specialists in food hygiene and health & safety, Food Alert, has launched a one-stop solution for cafés, bakeries and sandwich bars. Espresso POM (Peace of Mind) is a bespoke service to provide smaller quick-service operations with high standards of food hygiene and safety. Under the service contract, Food Alert undertakes an annual safety audit, prepares a personalised safety manual, provides technical helpline support and incident management services. l The new portable SmartDose system from Diversey SmartDose is aimed at foodservice and retail operators where space is limited, connection to a water supply is impractical or complete portability is required. It uses a four-in-one concentrate that covers dishwashing, floors, glass and general surfaces in a single product. The system incorporates a patented dispenser that doses accurately into spray bottles, buckets, sinks or cleaning machines. l Dyson is marketing its Airblade hand-dryer to food production facilities. Drying hands in just 10 seconds, the machine works by channeling 400mph sheets of unheated air to scrape water from hands like a windscreen wiper. Unlike warm air hand-dryers, it doesn’t rely on evaporation to dry hands, making it up to 80% more energy-efficient, claims Dyson. A HEPA filter cleans the air before blowing it on to hands, and anti-microbial additives eliminate 99.9% of surface bacteria.l For any busy bakery or sandwich operator, behind-the-scenes labelling is just as important as what’s on the sandwich wedge for the consumers’ information. DayMark’s ClearView Dispensers are said to protect your day-date labels, helping to keep sandwich fillings and food ingredients properly HACPP recorded. The labelling systems includes DissolveMark Dissolve-A-Way labels that dissolve in any temperature water in less than 30 seconds and leave no sticky residue.last_img read more

Indiana Beach pushing to hire those with disabilities

first_img Facebook Facebook Pinterest (Source: https://goo.gl/jKtnJJ License: https://goo.gl/sZ7V7x) MONTICELLO, Ind.- Indiana Beach is hiring and making it a priority to hire those with disabilities. Indiana Beach, which was recently saved and bought by Chicago businessman Gene Staples, is partnering with James Emmett.Emmett is well-known in Monticello for his work in the disability inclusion community. Indiana Beach and Emmett has purposed a 50-person disability inclusion initiative for the amusement park and hiring as soon as possible.If interested, or know someone who is visit Indianabeach.com WhatsApp Indiana Beach pushing to hire those with disabilities By Network Indiana – June 10, 2020 0 819 Pinterest Google+ IndianaNews Twitter Google+ Twitter WhatsApp Previous articleUPDATE: Severe weather threat for Michiana now overNext articleReport: Elkhart County saw 350% increase in COVID-19 cases in May Network Indianalast_img read more

Florida man arrested in LaGrange County after allegedly biting officer

first_img Pinterest (“Handcuffs” by Victor, CC BY 2.0) A Florida man was arrested in LaGrange County, Indiana over the weekend after speeding through the county and biting a police officer trying to detain him.Just after 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sep. 27, somebody reported a “suspicious vehicle” near Shipshewana. According to witnesses, someone was driving a white van through somebody else’s yard with all the doors wide open.Police eventually found the van heading east on SR 120 and tried to stop it. The driver, Lawrence Horvath-Cambron, 32, stopped the van and got out, but left the van on. The van then continued forward and went off the roadway.As police tried to arrest Horvath-Cambron, he bit a deputy’s hand before he could be restrained. He was taken to the hospital, where medical professionals said he was experiencing “excited delirium”, a side effect of meth, which he had recently ingested.He faces charges of battery, resisting arrest and reckless driving. Florida man arrested in LaGrange County after allegedly biting officer Facebook IndianaLocalNews WhatsApp Twitter Previous articleIRS sending letters to Hoosiers who may still be eligible for economic impact paymentsNext articleGasbuddy: Pump prices slowly trickle downward in Indiana Network Indiana Twitter WhatsApp By Network Indiana – September 28, 2020 0 290 Google+ Google+ Pinterest Facebooklast_img read more

Food Bank of Northern Indiana releases mobile food distribution schedule, Nov. 2-5

first_img WhatsApp TAGS2345distributionElkhart CountyfoodFood Bank of Northern Indianafreemarshall countymobilenovemberscheduleSt. Joseph County Facebook Pinterest Twitter Pinterest Google+ Food Bank of Northern Indiana releases mobile food distribution schedule, Nov. 2-5 (Photo supplied/Food Bank of Northern Indiana) The Food Bank of Northern Indiana has released its mobile food distribution schedule for the week of November 2.Each week, food is distributed drive-thru style on a first come, first served basis for up to 400 households.The latest schedule is as follows:Monday, November 2, 2020 – Elkhart County10 a.m. – Noon ESTWHERE: Linway Cinema, 514 W. Lincoln Ave., Goshen, IN 46526 IndianaLocalNewscenter_img Thursday, November 5, 2020 – St. Joseph CountyNoon – 2 p.m. ESTWhere: Walmart, 700 W. Ireland Road, South Bend, IN 46614 WhatsApp Google+ Twitter By Brooklyne Beatty – October 30, 2020 0 483 Facebook Wednesday, November 4, 2020 – Marshall County10 a.m. – Noon, ESTWHERE: Bremen Fire Department, 123 S. Center St., Bremen, IN 46506 Previous articleMan arrested on murder charge for shooting death in MishawakaNext articleFour Elkhart County officers awarded Traffic Safety All-Star Award Brooklyne Beattylast_img read more