Green light for baking soda

first_imgA company in the US is taking waste carbon dioxide from power station chimneys and mixing it with sodium hydroxide to make baking soda. Waste CO2, it is claimed, can be captured in baking soda, ultimately reducing the greenhouse effect, according to Joe David Jones, head of the company Skyonic, which got the idea from an old college textbook. With the current craze for marketing provenance, will we soon be seeing ‘power station provenance’ such as ‘Traditional Drax Dumplings’ or ‘Authentic Sizewell Simnel Cake’?last_img

Ways to glaze

first_imgThe equipment bakers use for applying spray coatings and glazes ranges from basic hand-held spray bottles to highly sophisticated automated systems. Spray automation has huge potential for raising production efficiency, reducing wastage of labour and materials and improving product consistency. But do costs rule it out for all except the biggest firms in the industry? Many smaller and medium-sized bakeries may think so and baulk at the prospective costs of automating, or even mechanising, their spray operations.Family-owned plant baker William Sword, of Cumbernauld, has chosen a middle route – mechanising a spray coating process in a way that brings immediate benefits, while also laying a foundation for simple automation as output expands.The Sword family, bakers for over a century, still controls and manages the business it founded in the Lanarkshire town of Airdrie in 1895. Employing 100 staff, William Sword now supplies both fresh and frozen product to small shops at one end of the scale and major supermarkets at the other. Traditional lines, such as its Hyrize pastry, feature in a range that includes a wide variety of bake-off products, as well as frozen pastries.”Using natural ingredients, we aim to make good quality products as close as can be to their traditional counterparts – while operating to the high standards of hygiene required of a food production factory,” says MD Douglas Sword.Last year the company introduced new equipment for applying a pre-bake coating of egg glaze to pies and sausage rolls. Some 30% of total production is baked (and glazed) on the premises. Previously the glaze was put on by hand from plastic spray bottles, a common practice in the industry, but one not universally approved by Environmental Health inspectors. Moreover, atomisation is poor, nozzles drip and the spray can be difficult to apply evenly. To achieve an even coating, William Sword had used two-person teams on busy lines – one operator spraying and the other smoothing with a hand brush.In June 2007, this was replaced with a new single-operator mobile spray package from Spraying Systems. Mounted on a two-wheeled cart, the assembly includes a detachable stainless steel 10-gallon pressure vessel and a lightweight spray gun with extended reach, as well as pressure regulators, gauges and hoses. With ’plug and spray’ connection to plant air supply, the two units can be easily moved between four production lines.Advantages include a dripless nozzle, even coverage and less container filling – the vessel holds enough for an hour’s continuous spraying. Also the gun has a built-in clean-out needle, while the whole system is easily flushed through when spraying is over. nlast_img read more

Ian Dobbie takes MD job at Délifrance

first_imgIan Dobbie has resigned from his position as managing director at British Bakels, after he was offered and has accepted the role of managing director at Délifrance UK.The management team at British Bakels said “the company is sorry to lose Ian, but recognises the opportunity presented by the new company and fully understands his decision to take it”.Dobbie has said he looking forward to the challenges ahead in his new role, which begins Monday 26 January.Dobbie, who was previously managing director of Délifrance UK, left in October 2008 to take up the position of MD at Bakels UK.last_img

Premier has £10m idea

first_imgPremier Foods, whose stable of brands includes Mr Kipling and Hovis, will launch a major on-pack initiative across all of its brands in March.Branded ’Great Little Ideas’, it will feature simple recipe tips targeted at mums looking for meal-time inspiration, and will be backed by a £10m marketing campaign across all media. The first wave of marketing for 2010 will feature tips to transform Mr Kipling products from an after-school treat into a dessert, such as creating an Eton Mess using Mr Kipling Viennese swirls.”Great Little Ideas is a strategic initiative, designed to encourage consumers to liven up their routine by using stuff already in their cupboards,” said Will Carter, MD of grocery at Premier Foods.Hovis, which operates outside the grocery division of Premier Foods, is expected to feature the Great Little Ideas labelling on-pack in 2011.last_img read more

Stuarts looks to develop wholesale division

first_imgBaker and butcher Stuarts of Buckhaven is looking to expand in the wholesale market after securing a £1m funding deal with Clydesdale Bank.The Fife-based business now operates 16 retail outlets, but is keen to supply to small-scale supermarkets via a developing wholesale arm. The funding package will also enable the firm to increase its geographical presence across Scotland.Alan Stuart, MD of Stuarts and president of Scottish Bakers, said although the business has traditionally focused on the retail industry, in recent years it has worked in a wholesale capacity with some of the UK’s larger supermarkets, supplying pre-packaged bakery and butchery goods.However, he said he found the relationship these organisations were looking to develop did not match its ethos of providing fresh, quality foods and estab-lishing long-lasting business partnerships. “We believe smaller, privately run supermarkets, such as Spar and David Sands, will provide more appropriate and meaningful business opportunities for us,” he said.Stuarts employs 180 staff across its retail outlets and production facility in Methil. It posted a turnover of just under £4m in the 2010/11 financial year.last_img read more

In Short

first_imgCherry prices riseThe wholesale price of cherries in the UK has risen 6% year-on-year, but is 44% higher than its five-year seasonal average, according to commodity intelligence firm Mintec. Prices in May were around £7,000/mt, whereas the seasonal average is around £5,000/mt. Mintec said unusually wet weather has slowed normal Spanish supply, but forecasts are good for this year’s UK crop.Free-from moveThe Handmade Cake Co has moved into the free-from market for the first time with the launch of a wheat-free chocolate and orange cake, to cater for increased demand for this type of product.Flapjacks run abroadDorset Flapjack Company has announced it has just sent out its first shipment of flapjacks to the Canary Islands. The business has also just been chosen as a supplier to the Scott-Amundsen Centenary Race 2011-12, a 900-mile expedition to the South Pole.Cake deal with CookFresh Eric’s Cake Company has doubled its business with Cook retail shops, and will begin supplying 47 of its shops with its carrot cake and Victoria sponge from this month.last_img read more

Real Bread Campaign supports pupil education

first_imgBakers are needed to help teach local school pupils how to grow and make their own bread, as part of a scheme organised by The Real Bread Campaign.Bake Your Lawn, which aims to educate children on bread by encouraging them to grow their own small plot of organic wheat, is looking for British bakers to show all the steps to making a loaf, including sowing, growing, milling and baking.The project will launch next Monday (23 January) at Horsley Primary School in Gloucestershire, with the help of campaign ambassador Tom Herbert, a fifth-generation baker and co-star of Channel 4’s The Fabulous Baker Brothers.Herbert said: “I’m really excited to help show kids at my local school how easy it is to make lush loaves of Real Bread. This is where the natural magic begins and gives real meaning to the saying ‘dig in!’”The Real Bread Campaign will be selling 100g packets of organic wheat seeds online, with a free ‘Grow it, mill it, bake it, eat it’ guide available to download from www.realbreadcampaign.org, targeted at teachers and community youth group leaders.Martin Fry, head teacher at Horsley Primary School, said: “Bake Your Lawn is a great scheme for all schools. It gives pupils an understanding of how real bread is made by taking them on an inspirational journey through the whole process from seed to sandwich.”The Real Bread Campaign, funded by the Big Lottery Fund’s Local Food programme and The Sheepdrove Trust, forms part of food and farming charity Sustain. It looks to encourage people to eat more local loaves baked without the use of artificial additives or hidden processing aids.last_img read more

After 3rd place finish in Nevada, Buttigieg wants answers regarding voter problems

first_img WhatsApp WhatsApp Twitter After 3rd place finish in Nevada, Buttigieg wants answers regarding voter problems Facebook IndianaLocalNationalNews Pinterest Pinterest Google+ Facebook Twitter Google+ (Photo supplied/ABC 57) LAS VEGAS (AP) — Pete Buttigieg’s campaign has questioned his third-place finish in Nevada’s caucuses and called for the state’s Democratic party to release a more detailed breakdown of votes and address reports of more than 200 problems allocating votes in Saturday’s caucuses.In a letter sent to the Nevada State Democratic Party late Saturday night and provided to The Associated Press on Sunday, the Buttigieg campaign said the process of integrating four days of early voting into in-person caucuses held Saturday was “plagued with errors and inconsistencies.”The Nevada Democratic Party says it is not going to release a more detailed breakdown than originally planned and appeared to invite Buttigieg’s campaign to seek a recount if it wants to challenge results. By Associated Press – February 24, 2020 2 338 Previous articlePlea deal denied in 2015 crash that killed Etna Green manNext articleJudge stands firm on July 6 trial date for alleged killer Associated PressNews from the Associated Press and its network of reporters and publications.last_img read more

Plea deal denied in 2015 crash that killed Etna Green man

first_img Pinterest Plea deal denied in 2015 crash that killed Etna Green man By Associated Press – February 24, 2020 0 300 Previous articleIndiana Republicans say law adequate despite school fraudNext articleAfter 3rd place finish in Nevada, Buttigieg wants answers regarding voter problems Associated PressNews from the Associated Press and its network of reporters and publications. WhatsApp Google+ Pinterest WhatsApp Twitter Facebook IndianaLocalNews Google+ Twitter Facebook (“Court Gavel – Judge’s Gavel – Courtroom” by wp paarz, CC BY-SA 2.0) A judge has denied a plea agreement from a man charged in a 2015 deadly crash.Justin Gladieux, 22, of Bourbon, entered the plea last month, admitting to causing a death when operating a motor vehicle with a controlled substance in his system.Nathaniel McConnell, 24, of Etna Green died in the crash.The deal would have seen Gladieux serve three years in a community corrections program, with any additional time suspended and served on probation, according to 95.3 MNC’s reporting partners at The Elkhart Truth.Instead, a trial date was set for August.The plea deal denial has frustrated the victim’s parents, who say they want the long-running case behind them. McConnell’s parents say the crash that took their son’s life was an accident.Read more from the original story published in The Elkhart Truth.last_img read more

Workers may have to return to jobs while sick

first_img Facebook By Network Indiana – May 13, 2020 2 316 Twitter Pinterest CoronavirusIndianaLocalNews Google+ Google+ WhatsApp (Photo supplied/Indiana Department of Workforce Development) More than 2.3 million workers in Indiana may have to go work sick and risk spreading the coronavirus. The National Partnership for Women & Families says that’s because of a lack of paid sick days and paid leave.“When this pandemic struck, we just were not ready for that essential public health order to stay home if you feel sick. That is not something someone can do if they are working at the minimum wage or close to the minimum wage,” says Jessica Mason, senior policy analyst for the National Partnership for Women and Families.Congress passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. It includes up to two work-weeks of job-protected paid sick days to address their own or a loved one’s health, self-isolation, or quarantine needs. The law also establishes 12 weeks of job-protected family leave for employees caring for a minor child whose school or usual place of care has been closed due to a public health emergency.“But unfortunately, there are serious gaps in that law. Large employers were completely excluded. The law allowed some exemptions for healthcare workers and small employers. If all those folks opt-out, that’s how you get 2.3 million people in Indiana not being covered by this law,” says Mason.Indiana does not have a statewide law in place to address that problem.“You can pass a law requiring all employers to let their employees earn paid sick days. That’s pretty basic,” says Mason. “Employers should understand that there’s a lot of research that shows when people go to work when they’re sick, they’re not able to focus well. They could get others sick. That actually costs businesses in the long run.”Indiana ranks 5th in the U.S. for the largest share of women in frontline industries, which Mason says puts them at greater risk for coronavirus. They make up 67% of workers in all frontline industries in Indiana, including 82% of health care workers and 55% of workers in grocery, convenience, or drug stores. Women aren’t the only ones at risk, she says.“But we also see, in Indiana, black workers are over-represented in a lot of frontline industries. Asian American and Pacific Islanders are over-represented as healthcare workers. Those folks are going to be a little bit more exposed right now at a little bit higher risk, even though they might be less likely to have those paid sick day benefits,” says Mason.Mason did say Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb has taken the coronavirus more seriously than other governors across the country.Only 19 percent of all workers have paid family leave through an employer. Pinterest Workers may have to return to jobs while sick WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Previous articleIndiana GOP Convention shifting to a virtual formatNext articleBanks on alert for pork in Phase Four relief bill Network Indianalast_img read more