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Coffee shop growth to stall, says analyst

first_imgPredictions of continued rapid growth in the branded coffee shop sector (see pgs 18-19) is at odds with falling disposable income levels, which will cause the market’s growth to stall, according to one analyst.Speaking at Caffè Culture, PricewaterhouseCoopers’ coffee shop sector specialist Stephen Broome said the growth of about 10%, seen in 2008, would not be repeated in 2009, following a predicted drop in consumer confi- dence and spending. Capital expenditure (capex) was now only on a care-and-maintenance basis, rather than for store development, and he foresaw further rationalisation of non-profitable stores.”Despite announcements about continued growth in store numbers, particularly from the big three or four, what we’re seeing is store openings stalling and capex being reduced,” he said. “My view is we won’t see that exponential growth continuing – certainly not for the next couple of years. We will have a period of consolidation. If outlet growth stalls, and disposable income also stalls, I don’t see where the growth is coming from.”He urged operators to position for an upturn from 2011 by reducing operating costs and through greater flexibility with labour costs.last_img read more

Real Bread’s Lammas campaign

first_imgThe Real Bread Campaign is encouraging bakers across the country to bake a special loaf to celebrate Lammas.Taken from the Old English for loaf mass, Lammas, on 1 August, is an ancient harvest festival where bakers and millers came together to celebrate locally produced bread.A number of bakeries have already announced activities to celebrate the day. For example, Denver Mill in Norfolk will collect wheat from a local organic farm in the morning, mill it and bake a Lammas loaf, which will blessed by the local vicar.Slow Bread in Whitstable will bake rosemary-seasoned Lammas loaves in the shape of the god of harvest, and The Hornbeam Centre in Walthamstow is offering families the chance to learn to bake or to bring their bread to share with others.“Not that we need an excuse to celebrate locally produced Real Bread but Lammas is a perfect one,” commented Chris Young of The Real Bread Campaign. More information can be found at or contact Chris Young or Richard Watts at [email protected] or call 020 7837 1228.last_img read more

Traditionals with a Twist Carrot Cake by Fiona Burrell

first_imgCarrots have been included in cakesfor many centuries because of their sweetness. During the Second World War, carrots were used to add sweetness to dishes because of the shortage of sugar and rationing, which made everyone become inventive with their food.The carrot cake we are used to seeing in cafés and bakeries, with a sweetened cream cheese icing, was first popular in the US in the 1960s. The classic version is often decorated with carrots modelled from coloured marzipan and the recipe can include sunflower oil, raisins, pineapple, spices, coconut and/or walnuts or sometimes pecan nuts.The cake is made by mixing the wet ingredients together, before adding to the dry ingredients. Sometimes they are made in loaf tins and, at other times, in round tins, but they should always be moist with a slightly dense texture.There are other root vegetables that can be used for example, beetroot and potato although carrots are the sweetest. But a combination of carrot and parsnip also works well.Try some different fruits and seeds and finish with an orange glacé icing.Carrot and Parsnip Cake with Pecan Nuts and Orange IcingRaisins, chopped dried apricots, or chopped dates400gOrange juice200mlGrated orange zest10gEggs12Sunflower oil700mlLight soft brown sugar800gGround cinnamon40gGround ginger10gSelf-raising flour1kgBaking powder10gBicarbonate of soda10gPecan nuts, chopped400gSunflower seeds55gGrated peeled parsnips400gGrated peeled carrots400gFor the icing:Icing sugar500gGrated orange zest10gOrange juice70mlMethod1. Preheat the oven to 180C/fan 160C. Grease four 22cm round cake tins and line the bases with baking parchment cut to fit.2. Mix the fruit with the orange juice and zest and allow to marinade for a couple of hours.3. Mix the eggs, oil and sugar together well to combine and aerate slightly.4. Sift the spices and flour together with the baking powder and bicarbonate of soda. Add the orange juice and fruit to the wet mixture.5. Mix the flour into the wet ingredients and combine quickly. Add the nuts, seeds and grated vegetables. Divide between the tins and put in the oven for approximately 40-50 minutes.6. When the cake is cooked, leave in the tin for 10 minutes, before transferring to a wire rack to cool.7. To make the icing, sift the icing sugar and gradually add the orange juice. The icing should be thick but just pourable. If it needs thinning, add a small amount of boiling water. Mix in the orange zest.8. Once the cake is cold, pour the icing over the top.last_img read more

Ecclestons shuts its doors for good

first_imgIt managed to survive two World Wars and several recessions, but 112-year-old Welsh bakery chain Ecclestons Confectioners closed its doors for the last time earlier this month, following the retirement of the company’s owner David Eccleston.The 73-year-old decided to close down the business, which comprises 10 retail shops across Wrexham, Llangollen, Bala, Corwen, Chirk and Oswestry and a bakery in Coedpoeth, after failing to find a buyer and with no one in the family willing to take it on.“My son worked as general manager in the bakery, but he has his own business interests,” Eccleston told the local newspaper. “I also have five daughters, but if I had five sons it is possible one of them might have wanted to take it over. “There is also the fact that, in the present economic climate, people are finding it difficult to borrow money from the banks and it is hard to buy any business, so we are just closing down.”A dozen full-time staff and 30 part-timers have been made redundant.The business was set up in 1898 by David Eccleston’s father Arthur Eccleston and has since been run by four generations of the family.last_img read more

MEPs vote in favour of country-of-origin food labelling

first_imgCompulsory country-of-origin food labelling came a step closer recently when MEPs voted in favour of the measure. Under the proposals, all pre-packed meat and meat product labels would have to show where livestock was born, reared and slaughtered.The move was welcomed by National Federation of Meat & Food Traders president John Taylor, who said: “This is excellent news for British butchers, farmers and the great British meat-buying public. My Federation has pushed for this policy for many years and we are delighted that customers will now have much clearer information when choosing and comparing their meat purchases. A level playing field is in sight at last.”The vote was the latest stage in the long-running saga to update European-wide food labelling laws. There is still a long way to go and it is likely to be another three to five years before everything is in place.Other measures voted on were also mainly positive for butchers. These included:l Confirmation that loose sales (non pre-packed) would be exempt from most labelling requirements (as now)l Allergen information can be provided orally for loose salesl No mandatory traffic light labelling on nutrition for pre-packsl No mandatory nutrition labelling at all for handcrafted productsl A requirement to label meat from animals slaughtered without pre-stunning (according to certain religious traditions).last_img read more

Market warned of further volatility in bread wheat

first_imgThe baking industry should prepare for further volatility in the bread wheat market in 2011 as tight global maize stocks continue to prop up prices and low domestic wheat stocks leave the UK exposed to supply problems.At a recent Home Grown Cereals Authority and nabim Milling Wheat Conference, senior analyst Jack Watts, of the Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board, warned delegates that issues such as the size of the Russian harvest, the influence of funds and currency markets and low carry-over stocks would continue to create unpredictability in global wheat prices.Speaking after the event, he told BB: “The most influential factor is the effect of feed grain prices, which act as a ’price floor’ on the wheat market. Stock levels on the global maize market are very tight, which increases demand for wheat as a feed grain. This means wheat prices can only go so low before they meet the feed grain barrier.”The world would have to see extremely high levels of maize planting to replenish stocks, said Watts, which seems unlikely, especially with early signs of drought in the US the world’s largest maize producer.In the UK, good quality and competitive pricing of home-grown wheat has led to high levels of exports, resulting in record low stocks. “This makes us more vulnerable to production issues, such as a late harvest, which could lead to short-term volatility,” said Watts. “There are a lot of variables, but 2011 is likely to be a volatile year, with prices going in both directions. As regards a procurement policy, it makes sense to have a diverse approach with security of supply and the ability to benefit from market falls.”last_img read more

NAMB announces annual conference details

first_imgTickets are now available for the National Association of Master Bakers (NAMB) conference, to take place at the De Vere Hotel, Blackpool, from 27-30 May 2011.Attendees are free to enjoy the hotel facilities, and take in the sights in Blackpool, on the Friday. The Neil Houliston Golf Tournament will take place on the Saturday morning, and the evening will kick off with a cocktail party. President Ian Storey will be giving a speech, and there will be entertainment from The Parish Music Box.The AGM will take place on the Sunday, and will be followed by two speakers – John Slattery, Slattery Patissier and Chocolatier; and Kevin Binns, Puratos.Clive Williams will be installed as the 117th NAMB president, before the evening’s festivities begin – a cocktail party with a ‘favourite TV show’ theme. There will also be entertainment from the Zeta & Lee Experience.For more information contact the NAMB on 01920 468061 or visit read more

Search underway for Kosciusko County fugitive

first_img WhatsApp Pinterest WhatsApp Previous articleButler University among the latest colleges to switch to virtual learningNext articleNotre Dame is #10 on an unusual preseason poll 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. Facebook Twitter IndianaLocalNews Search underway for Kosciusko County fugitive Google+ Facebook Google+ By Jon Zimney – August 24, 2020 0 461 (Photo supplied/Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Office) The search is on for a man in Kosciusko County who police say is wanted on an active arrest warrant for felony failure to appear.The charge facing David Michael Eppert, 41, stems from a methamphetamine count.Investigators say he’s been known to frequent the Syracuse area.Eppert is described as:Age: 41Height: 5’7″Weight: 155 lbsHair: BrownEyes: BrownIf you think you’ve seen him, contact the Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Office or Michiana Crime Stoppers. Pinterest Twitterlast_img read more

Second impeachment trial of former President Trump to begin on Tuesday

first_img Google+ Facebook Twitter By Jon Zimney – February 9, 2021 0 151 Twitter (“Trump, Pentagon leaders honor 9/11 victims” by Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, CC BY 2.0) Never before has a President of the United States been impeached and tried twice. That changes beginning on Tuesday, Feb. 9, when the former president stands trial on a charge of inciting an insurrection for the January riot at the U.S. Capitol.But, the trial will be legally unlike anything that has happened before, with some fundamental questions still unanswered, said Dr. Ted Frantz, professor of History at the University of Indianapolis.“Is it appropriate to try and to impeach a person who is now a former president?” he asked. “At the time that impeachment was voted on Donald Trump was president. By the time the trial will be taking place, he obviously is not. We have never seen something like that in American history before.”Frantz said if you watch the trial or listen in, you’ll see the House managers serving as the prosecution.The former president has had trouble keeping a stable legal team.“He is not able to rely on trusted people with whom he has a long-standing relationship,” said Frantz.Frantz said that is likely due to the possibility that representing Trump could be a liability to future career plans.“If you’re able to acquit him that might really advance your cause, particularly with the part of the Republican Party so loyal to him,” said Frantz. “One of the other things we’re reading about is how difficult it is, at least right now, for former members of Trump’s White House team to be lining up employment.”You may have heard or read that Trump is not expected to testify. Frantz said that’s probably a wise decision for both sides.“I don’t think Pres. Trump has anything to gain by testifying, and if anything it would seem to be a gamble on the part of House managers, who are Democrats, to get him on the stand and hope to get him to contradict himself.”Frantz said he believes it’s the smart decision from the House managers’ perspective. Facebook Previous articleSchool delays and closings for Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2021Next articleCorby’s Irish Pub to reopen next week 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. Google+ Pinterest Second impeachment trial of former President Trump to begin on Tuesday WhatsApp Pinterest WhatsApp IndianaLocalMichiganNationalNewslast_img read more

South Bend Cubs announce 2021 schedule

first_img Facebook WhatsApp Twitter By 95.3 MNC – February 19, 2021 0 181 Previous articleSBCSC to offer English lessons for adultsNext articleLaPorte County man jailed after Valentine’s Day stabbing 95.3 MNCNews/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel is your breaking news and weather station for northern Indiana and southwestern Michigan. WhatsApp Pinterest Pinterest South Bend Cubs announce 2021 schedule (Tommie Lee/95.3 MNC) (South Bend Cubs) Minor League Baseball is less than 75 days away from returning to Four Winds Field. In conjunction with Major League Baseball, the South Bend Cubs have announced the 2021 season schedule. As part of the new 12 team High-A Central League, the Cubs will open the season at home against the Quad Cities River Bandits on Tuesday, May 4 at 7:05 p.m.CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE SCHEDULE“It’s been an exciting seven days,” said South Bend Cubs President Joe Hart. “Last week we officially become the new Advanced-A team for the Chicago Cubs organization, on Monday we announced our new coaching staff, and today we have a schedule for the upcoming season. Many of our fans have been calling and messaging us saying how much they miss coming to the ballpark and asking when the schedule will come out. Today we are thrilled to finally have a schedule to share.”In an effort to reduce travel for the upcoming year, teams will play a six-game series as opposed to three or four games against the same opponent. Clubs will also have every Monday off.All Tuesday through Saturday home games will start at 7:05 p.m. with the exception of May 8 (4:05 p.m.). Most Sunday games will start at 2:05 p.m. with the exception of May 30 and September 5. Both of those games will start at 7:05 p.m. Gates open 1 hour and 5 minutes prior to game time for Tuesday – Thursday games and 2 hours and 5 minutes prior to game time for Friday – Sunday games. All game times are listed in Eastern Time.Two popular promotions will return as Fantastic Friday Fireworks and Flat Screen Saturdays are confirmed for the 2021 season. A total of 15 post-game fireworks shows are planned and nine 50” flat screen TVs will be given away every Saturday to fans 18 and older.“There is still some work to be done as we plan the 2021 season, but having our schedule is a great start,” said South Bend Cubs Vice President and General Manager Nick Brown. “We will be working closely with Major League Baseball and the St. Joseph County Health Department to ensure our reopening plans meet the highest health and safety standards.”Additional updates on the promotional schedules and giveaways planned for the season will be announced in the coming weeks.Opponent Breakdown (in order of appearance)Quad Cities: 24 games (12 home, 12 away)Beloit: 18 games (6 home, 12 away)Dayton: 6 games (6 home, 0 away)Fort Wayne: 18 games (12 home, 6 away)Lansing: 6 games (0 home, 6 away)Wisconsin: 12 games (6 home, 6 away)Cedar Rapids: 12 games (6 home, 6 away)Lake County: 12 games (6 home, 6 away)Peoria: 12 games (6 home, 6 away)Great Lakes: Do Not Play in 2021West Michigan: Do Not Play in 2021 Google+ IndianaLocalNewsSports Facebook Google+ Twitterlast_img read more

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