Firms unfazed by country of origin labelling plans

first_imgMeat pie and pasty producers are unconcerned that they could be forced to disclose ingredients’ origins if European legislation gets the go-ahead.The European Parliament’s environment and consumer protection committee has voted to require clear country-of-origin labelling on processed foods that use meat, poultry and fish as ingredients. This will be put to a vote at the European Parliament next month and then debated at the Council of the EU.Currently, a sausage roll manufactured in Britain can be labelled as ’made in the UK’, even if the pig has been reared and slaughtered in another country.The Food Standards Agency is backing the European proposal; its recent research found a low level of consumer engagement with, and understanding of, country-of-origin labelling.Pieminister already flags up the fact its ingredients are British-grown, but MD Jon Simon said he would welcome the potential move. “We’ve got nothing to hide and it would be good for us getting companies who don’t use British produce to disclose that might give us an extra edge.”Pooles Pies chairman Norman Coan said the largest part of its meat came from the UK. “We don’t put that kind of information on our products at the moment, but we wouldn’t find it a problem. However, while some customers say they like British beef and chicken and won’t eat anything else, others aren’t bothered where it’s from, as long as the quality is right.”Pukka Pies sources meat from EC-approved suppliers and labels its meat products as sourced from ’the UK and abroad’, which senior technical manager Brigit Coignec said would not change. “It’s most important not to mislead consumers we’ve never put a British flag on our products. Our labelling complies perfectly with the new rules and our customers are happy with that.”last_img read more

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Price vs product – compromise or confrontation

first_imgBy Max Jenvey of Oxxygen Marketing Partnership, a strategic business accelerator specialising in the bakery, foodservice and convenience retail sectors.My grandmother always used the saying “Penny wise but pound foolish” and, over the years, I’ve come to really understand what she meant.We all need to watch our pennies these days and even more challenging is where we spend our hard-earned pounds. The smart money follows consumers’ views and spending behaviour and delivers back exactly what the consumer demands quality products at value pricing. The real question is can this strategy work for us on the high street?The answer may lie in Sayer’s new brand Poundbakery and, as the name suggests, patrons can find their favourite fresh sandwiches and filled barms for £1, two meat and potato pies for £1 and hot drinks for 50p. This brand development represents a dramatic departure from Sayers 2008 research, which focused on traditional bakery values.Following newly commissioned extensive consumer interviews of all demographics by the Market Creative Consultants in July 2010, Poundbakery was launched as a strategic answer to a challenging economic climate. Sue Benson, managing director at Market Creative told us that they focused on local competitors specifically looking at price sensitivity above and below £1. Results confirmed price versus quality was vitally important in the consumer mind-set, especially in the bakery category. Value at that all-important £1 price point was key, with quality as number one. Other insights included ingredients, locally sourced produce and freshness.This was a very bold move indeed, as not only did Sayers want to retain its loyal customer base, but also gain market share by enticing non-users into its stores.Our colleagues at him! told us that 23% of customers are actively seeking lower-priced or cheaper products today compared to 12 months ago (Food-to-go 2009 report average).Given this focus on lower-priced products are customers prepared to compromise on quality? The short answer is no. Consumer research company him! told us that 43% of customers make their purchase decisions based on product quality, which ranks top. When choosing what food to buy 52% base their selection on freshness, followed by 33% on taste.We can clearly understand why price vs product quality is a recipe for success, so good luck to Poundbakery we’ll be watching your progress.last_img read more

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Finalists revealed for National Cupcake Championships

first_imgBritish Baker, the organiser of National Cupcake Week, is delighted to announce the finalists of the National Cupcake Championships 2011.The event, now in its third year, pits the best cupcake makers in the country against one another and marks the first milestone in the run-up to National Cupcake Week, which takes place 12-18 September.The finalists – the cream of the UK’s professional cupcake makers – will battle it out for the crown of National Cupcake Champion at the Institute of Contemporary Arts on 15 August.“The number of entries has nearly doubled each year in the three years that we’ve hosted this event,” said British Baker deputy editor Andrew Williams. “Cupcakes have often been written off as a fad, but because the flavours and designs keep evolving, they continue growing in popularity.“This year we’ve seen a notable shift away from some of the overly sweet cupcakes of the past – a response perhaps to changing consumers’ palates and a distancing from the American style of cupcake that has dominated in recent years.”He added that the surge in home baking of cupcakes had driven ever higher standards from those who bake professionally.“Last year the UK witnessed a boom in home-baked cupcakes, accounting for nearly a third of all cupcakes consumed, and helping to push cupcake consumption up by 52%* year on year,” he commented. “Bakers have had to raise their game and really innovate with flavour combinations – using tricks and skilled techniques that are hard to replicate at home – to make sure people keep buying cupcakes.”* Source: Kantar Worldpanel, 52 w/e end of Feb 2011National Cupcake Championships finalistsAbsolute TreatsApril BakeryBeach House BakeryBibi’s BakeryCakeadoodledoCall Me CupcakesCameo CupcakesCharmaine’s CupcakesCinnamon SquareClaire’s Handmade CakesClassy CupcakesClevercow CakesCocktail Couture – CCTreatsCrazy BakerCrazy Moose BakeryCrumbs CupcakeryCuppa Cake CompanyDavid JenkinsDelicakesEat Me CupcakesFantasweets CupcakeFatherson BakeryFrost and SnowGreggs PlcHey Little Cupcake!HoneyOrb BakeryHouse of Cakes by Helena CostaIce Maiden CakesIced Gems of SwanageKimmy Loves CakeLady Jayne’s CakesLet them Eat CakeLittle Suzi’s KitchenLove Cakes LondonMamas [email protected] CupcakesOrganic DelightsPeggy’s CupcakesRachel’s CupcakesRhubarb & RaspberryRich Products/AsdaRosewood CakesSweet & Wicked CupcakesSweet ThingsTea Loves CakeThe Beehive BakeryThe Cupcake BakeryThe Little House of CupcakesThe Penny Lane BakerBritish Baker would like to thank everybody who took the time and effort to enter this year and hopes that those who missed out on a final place will try again in 2012.last_img read more

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Manufacturer sought for naan-style pasties

first_imgA 17-year-old budding entrepreneur from Gloucester is trying to secure a deal with a manufacturer to produce a new curry-style pasty.Bayjid Choudhury, of Brockworth Enterprise School, was awarded the Gloucestershire Young Entrepreneur award earlier this year for his naan-style pasties, which come in three flavours: chicken madras, chicken tikka masala and vegetable korma. The sixth-former emailed retailers to pitch his product and received a response from The Co-operative. Following a meeting, he now hopes to get the products listed if he can find a manufacturer to make them.Choudhury, who hopes to be known as the ‘naan man’ has registered his company as Maharaja Secret. He plans to develop more flavours from his father’s Indian restaurant in Gloucester.Choudhury won the Gloucestershire Young Entrepreneur award in June as part of the Gloucestershire Enterprise Learning Partnership.last_img read more

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Food Bank of Northern Indiana mobile food distribution for the week ahead

first_img Twitter Facebook By 95.3 MNC – May 31, 2020 1 477 IndianaLocalNews Pinterest Twitter (Photo supplied/Food Bank of Northern Indiana) Monday, June 1, 2020 – Elkhart County10 a.m. – Noon EDTWHERE:  Hawthorne Elementary School, 501 Lusher Avenue, Elkhart, IN 46517Tuesday, June 2, 2020 – St. Joseph County10 a.m. – Noon EDTWHERE: Grace United Methodist Church, 3012 S. Twyckenham Drive, South Bend, IN 46614Wednesday, June 3, 2020, 2020 – Kosciusko County10 a.m. – Noon EDTWHERE: Kosciusko County Fairgrounds, 1400 E. Smith Street (Front Parking Lot), Warsaw, IN 46580 Wednesday, June 3, 2020 – LaPorte County10 a.m. – Noon CDTWHERE: LaPorte High School, 602 F Street, LaPorte, IN 46350Thursday, June 4, 2020 – Marshall County10 a.m. – Noon EDTWHERE:  Argos Elementary School, 500 Yearick Street, Argos, IN 46501Thursday, May 28, 2020 – St. Joseph County3 p.m. – 5 p.m. EDTWHERE: Food Bank of Northern Indiana, 702 Chapin Street, South Bend, IN 46601Fresh perishable items and dry goods are offered free of charge. All items will be pre-boxed and pre-bagged. First come, first served, for up to 400 households while supplies last for those in need of food assistance.This will be a drive-through distribution. Please remain in your vehicle and pop open your trunk to receive your items. An area will be available to load items if your truck does not open. Google+center_img Google+ Food Bank of Northern Indiana mobile food distribution for the week ahead WhatsApp Facebook Pinterest WhatsApp Previous articleDNR: Clean up after yourself while camping and on the beachNext articleDowagiac man, 21, killed in rollover crash in Volinia Township 95.3 MNCNews/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel is your breaking news and weather station for northern Indiana and southwestern Michigan.last_img read more

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Gov. Holcomb: Indiana doesn’t need to expand absentee voting

first_img Google+ WhatsApp Pinterest Gov. Holcomb: Indiana doesn’t need to expand absentee voting WhatsApp Twitter By Network Indiana – August 17, 2020 2 316 Previous articleAG Hill says Holcomb’s recent Executive Orders go too farNext articleSt. Joseph County takes part in Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign Network Indiana Facebook Twitter Pinterest Google+ (“Voting” by Call4Beach, C.C. by 2.0) Governor Holcomb has said Indiana doesn’t need to expand absentee voting for the November election, and a divided Indiana Election Commission is backing him up.The commission’s Republican members voted down a Democratic proposal to let any registered voter cast a ballot by mail. Indiana did that for the June primary, but commission members are echoing Governor Holcomb’s argument that with the state out of lockdown, there’s no need for changes. Chairman Paul Okeson says the commission isn’t meant to be a policymaking body — he says it’s legislators’ job to decide whether there should be looser criteria for absentee voting.Democratic commission member Anthony Long maintains voters still have legitimate concerns about the coronavirus. He says the state has already received 37-thousand absentee ballot applications — at this point four years ago, there were barely 100.Okeson says the panel should wait on a ruling on a federal lawsuit seeking to force an expansion of absentee voting. Long argues the state is running out of time to prepare. The state must print and deliver ballots to some counties by September 14, and Long says to meet that deadline, the preparation has to begin sooner.34 states already either run elections exclusively by mail or allow any registered voter to vote absentee. Nine more states have eliminated limits on absentee voting this year because of the pandemic.Okeson says the state will send masks, sanitizer, and social-distancing markers to all polling places so voters can feel safe. And Holcomb has said with four weeks of early voting, people have options to avoid long lines to vote. Long says there’s no way to ensure mask orders at polling places will be enforced — he says pollworkers can’t deny people their right to vote if they refuse to mask up.The Election Commission is evenly divided between Republicans and Democrats. At least three of the four members must agree to any changes. IndianaLocalNews Facebooklast_img read more

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Potawatomi Zoo ready to open on April 2

first_imgIndianaLocalNewsSouth Bend Market Twitter WhatsApp The Potawatomi Zoo is getting ready to open their doors for the season.Get the kids ready to see the animals at the zoo, as they open their doors on April 2. They’ll have regular hours from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day through the end of the season on October 31. They’ll have extended hours for the summer from June 1 to August 31 from 10 to 8.Admission will be $11 for adults, $9 for kids age 3 to 14 and seniors over 62. Potawatomi Zoological Society members are admitted free.Some of the facilities that had to stay closed last year are back this year, there will be some special nights to celebrate the zoo’s 100th anniversary, and there are new animals like sand cats and sloths to see. Pinterest By Tommie Lee – March 23, 2021 0 271 Pinterest Google+ Potawatomi Zoo ready to open on April 2 Facebook Twitter WhatsApp Facebook Google+ Previous articleFederal hunger relief coming to IndianaNext articleIU denying rumors that former Ohio State coach could be next Hoosier basketball coach Tommie Leelast_img read more

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Press release: Mucking in together in Tyneside

first_imgThis is just one of the ways the A19 Coast Road team is re-using or recycling excess material from site in line with Highways England’s Sustainable Development Strategy.Around 250 tonnes of the old road surface has been donated to Benton Quarry Park in Benton and 160 metres of steel fence from the central reservation has been donated to Stephenson Railway Museum in North Shields.General enquiriesMembers of the public should contact the Highways England customer contact centre on 0300 123 5000.Media enquiriesJournalists should contact the Highways England press office on 0844 693 1448 and use the menu to speak to the most appropriate press officer. Around 80,000 cubic meters of soil, that’s enough to fill 32 Olympic sized swimming pools, is being reused to help form the embankments on a nearby scheme.By reusing this material it will benefit both schemes by reducing vehicle movements and costs. Transporting the soil will involve more than 10,000 lorry movements totalling over 60,000 miles.The A19 Coast Road scheme is digging deep to remove the earth to form an underpass, creating the first triple decker roundabout in the North East.As the soil is removed it will be transported to a site in Wardley where it will be stored to create the embankments for the A19 Testos scheme.Highways England’s project manager for the A19 Testos scheme Paul Ahdal said: This is just one of the many examples where Highways England is re-using materials which will not only reduce costs but also provide environmental benefits for both schemes. Both of the schemes will provide smoother journeys for drivers along the A19 as they will no longer needing to negotiate the roundabouts. Work on the A19 Coast Road involves digging out an underpass and the A19 Testos involves creating a flyover structure over the roundabout. The excess soil will be used to form the embankments for the Testos scheme which is due to start in 2019 in the same year Coast Road is due to be completed.last_img read more

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News story: Meeting of the Australia-UK Trade Working Group

first_imgThey included representatives from a wide range of UK and Australian government departments.The Trade Working Group continued to build momentum towards the shared commitment to begin bilateral FTA negotiations once the UK leaves the European Union.Discussions covered a range of topics to help build a shared understanding of both countries’ approaches and ambitions for the future bilateral trade and investment relationship.The Trade Working Group also discussed broader trade policy issues of mutual interest, including World Trade Organization processes and the wider regional and plurilateral trade landscape.The Trade Working Group reflects a strong political commitment by Australia and the UK to take a leadership role in the global rules-based multilateral trading system. the UK’s Department for International Trade (DIT) Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) Hon Steven Ciobo MP, Australia’s Minister for Trade, Tourism, and Investment Rt Hon Dr Liam Fox MP, the United Kingdom’s Secretary of State for International Trade and President of the Board of Trade The meeting brought together senior officials to identify practical steps Australia and the UK can take to deepen their existing trade and investment relationship.The delegations were led by officials from: The Australia-UK Trade Working Group met in Canberra on 19 to 20 April 2018.It was the third meeting of the Trade Working Group since it was established in September 2016 by the:last_img read more

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News story: Developing the next generation of services: apply for funding

first_imgThere are 2 competitionsThere are 2 competitions in this area. These are for: the competition opens on 18 June 2018, and the deadline for applications is at midday on 15 August 2018 projects must be led by a business, charity, public sector organisation or a research organisation and must include an SME projects must cover more than one of the target service areas and include regulators, users, service providers and technology providers we expect total costs to be between £2 million and £4 million and for projects to last up to 2.5 years businesses could attract up to 70% of their project costs the competition opens on 18 June 2018, and the deadline for applications is at midday on 15 August 2018 projects should be led by a business and must include an SME. Only SMEs can work alone on a project we expect total costs to be up to £400,000 and for projects to last between one and 2 years. Projects with costs of £200,000 or more must be collaborative businesses could attract up to 70% of their project costs large collaborative projects addressing sector-wide challenges across supply chains or regulators smaller projects looking specifically at applying AI and data techniques. Applications could be from a single business or a consortium UK Research and Innovation has up to £12 million to invest in projects that look at ways of applying artificial intelligence (AI) and data technologies to improve service industries.We are focusing on 3 specific sectors: Find out more about this competition and apply. Projects should show how they would address challenges that could delay or adversely impact adoption. This includes issues of ethics, privacy, bias and transparency.Themes we are particularly interested in include machine-supported decision-making, human concepts such as reasonableness and justice in AI, and combining social science with science and engineering.Large consortia projectscenter_img Find out more about the next-generation services challenge. Meeting challenges, becoming more competitiveIndustries such as accountancy, insurance and legal services face competition from overseas. There are also challenges including identifying and preventing fraud, meeting audit requirements, assessing risk and reviewing large quantities of text.AI and data technologies could help to meet these challenges and make services more efficient, productive and competitive.This competition is part of the next-generation services challenge, a £20 million fund to develop novel products and services that will transform the UK’s services industries.The investment is under the government’s Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund. This seeks to bring together world-leading research and businesses in the UK to take on the major industrial and societal challenges of our time. Small projects accountancy insurance legal services Find out more about this competition and apply.last_img read more

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