Compass offloads Selecta

first_imgCompass Group is to sell Selecta, its food vending machine business, to the German private equity company Allianz Capital Partners for £772.5m.The group said that approximately £500m of the proceeds will be used for a share buy- back programme over the next 12 to 18 months. Compass will pay £45m from the sale into the UK pension fund and the remaining amount will go towards reducing net debt.Selecta, which was put up for sale in November, has operations in 22 European countries and generated revenue of £476m last year, with operating profits reaching £45m. The company’s earnings before tax, interest, depreciation and amortisation were £87m.last_img read more

Tribute to a lady of great character

first_imgGwen Clark, who died on 15 October 2007, aged 91, was one of the great characters of the old London Region of the National Association of Master Bakers (NA), writes Tony Cavan. She helped to run Clark’s Bakery in Ealing until the death of her husband, Leslie, in 1972. She continued to support the London Ladies Section for many years and organised its Summer Dinners at the Bell House Hotel, Beaconsfield, which raised generous contributions for trade charities.Clark was national president of the NA Ladies in 1992-1993. She was the life and soul of many a party, especially the fancy dress events at the NA conferences. She will be sorely missed by her sons, Chris and Andy, and their families and her many friends in the NA. Her funeral took place on 26 October.last_img read more

Magical mixers

first_imgMixer manufacturer Diosna has launched two new products for bakers. The PSPVW Spiral Mixer features special tooling, which enables it to stir, mix and beat in all pastes, batters, creams and butter for the cake-making and dessert industries.The mixer is controlled by a touchscreen, and programmes for different recipes can be stored on the system. Bowl and tool speeds can be regulated continuously.During beating or stirring, the bowl turns in the same direction as the tool; a scraper removes deposits from the bowl wall.Diosna has also developed a new kneading tooling for its Wendel Mixer, which enables bakers to process smaller batches of dough that only require one-third of the mixing bowl’s capacity.The tools turn in opposite directions, encouraging faster development with minimal shear damage and low temperature gain in comparison to other high-speed mixing systems, said the company. It can now handle a volume between 160-600kg of dough at a time.www.diosna.de/uklast_img read more

Speciality Breads joins Red Tractor scheme in foodservice first

first_imgMargate-based manufacturer Speciality Breads has signed up to the Assured Food Standards’ Red Tractor scheme.The firm, which joined the scheme on 1 January 2011, will be able to demonstrate that its breads are now made with 100% British flour, in support of the UK farming industry.The firm claims to be the first and only dedicated UK foodservice bakery to supply speciality breads nationally that are made with 100% British flour. Its customers include pubs, hotels, restaurants, coffee shops, bistros and contract caterers.The breads are hand-finished using traditional slow fermentation methods at the firm’s artisan bakery in Kent. Its fully-baked breads, quick-bake breads and ready-to-prove breads, will all carry the Red Tractor mark on their packaging.The Red Tractor currently appears on more than £10bn-worth of food and drink annually, mainly sold through the major multiples, said the firm: “Foodservice operators are becoming increasingly aware of this scheme and are starting to incorporate the Red Tractor logo in their menus.”Peter Millen, sales and marketing director, Speciality Breads, commented: “Until now, there has been no nationally available source of speciality breads for caterers, made with 100% British flour. Thanks to our commitment to UK farming, caterers and their customers can now enjoy the same choices when dining out as they do at home.”last_img read more

Heston Xmas pudding aids bakery growth at Northern Foods

first_imgStrong sales of biscuits and Christmas puddings has aided Northern Foods’ “good” trading performance for the 13 weeks to 1 January, 2011.Like-for-like sales within the firm’s Bakery arm were up 5%, with its extended range of Christmas puddings well received by consumers, and exceptional demand for the Heston Blumenthal ‘Hidden Orange Christmas Pudding’, according to the firm.Its Chilled division saw a 9.7% increase in like-for-like sales. However, Northern Foods reported a weak performance in Frozen, with like-for-like sales down 17.2%, while it rebuilds its Goodfella’s pizza brand.Overall group like-for-like sales increased 2.3%.Northern Foods’ new Branded and Chilled divisional structure, announced in October last year, is now in place. Its three existing divisions: Bakery, Chilled and Frozen, will become two: Branded and Chilled.Its Branded division will comprise Goodfella’s Pizza, McDougalls and Holland’s Pies, Fox’s Biscuits and Matthew Walker Puddings, while its Chilled division will combine sandwiches and salads with ready meals and its British Airways supply business.“We have again shown our ability to deliver innovative and best in class products to our customers and consumers, particularly in Chilled with our festive sandwiches, in Fox’s Biscuits and in Matthew Walker, all of which featured heavily in our Christmas trading,” commented acting chief executive Simon Herrick.last_img read more

Costa acquires Coffee Nation

first_imgUK coffee retail chain Costa Coffee has acquired self-service coffee chain Coffee Nation for £59.5m. Costa plans to launch a new brand, Costa Express, which will target the self-serve coffee bar sector.Parent company Whitbread said the “acquisition provides Costa with access to new types of location and creates a growth opportunity in the UK’s emerging self-serve coffee bar sector”. This market currently comprises around 2000 units of which Coffee Nation operates 900.“Customers increasingly want great-tasting coffee on the go, which makes the self-serve coffee market very attractive,” commented Whitbread chief executive, Andy Harrison.“This acquisition provides an exciting launch pad to develop 3000 Costa Express bars across the UK, providing an additional growth lever for the Costa brand and making Costa available to more customers in more locations.”Coffee Nation’s coffee bars use fresh milk and freshly ground coffee. Costa Express’s coffee will be supplied by the Costa Roastery in London. Coffee Nation’s existing customer base includes Tesco, Moto and Welcome Break.Costa Limited will purchase Coffee Nation, which has an annual turnover in excess of £20m, from Milestone Capital and Investec Growth & Acquisition Finance and members of the existing management team.In March 2008, Milestone Capital Partners (‘Milestone’) led the £24m secondary management buyout of Coffee Nation, backing the existing management team. Investec provided a preferred equity investment of £5.25m in support of their bid. The £59.5m cash payment, includes the entire issued share capital of Coffee Nation including the repayment of Coffee Nation’s existing debt.In a trading statement from Whitbread today, Costa reported overall sales were up 28.5% for the 50 weeks to 17 February 2011. Like-for-like sales in the UK were up 7.9% over the same period.>>Barracuda welcomes Costa into pubslast_img read more

Foodmentalists has high hopes for honours

first_imgYorkshire-based Foodmentalists has been shortlisted for four categories in the Free From Food Awards 2012.The firm’s brown bread mix – a gluten-free product benefiting from Omega-3 and fibre – has been successful in the Innovation category, whilst its gluten-, wheat- and dairy-free Frangipane Mince Pies have been shortlisted for the Dairy/Gluten-Free Christmas Foods award.Foodmentalists’ Pork, Black Pudding & Caramelised Red Onion Pie, which benefits from being gluten-, wheat- and dairy-free, and is made using a hot water pastry recipe, is one of the finalists in the Pies, Flans, Pizzas and One-Pot Meals category.Stevan Taylor, managing director of Foodmentalists, said: “We are proud to announce that we have now reached the shortlist in four categories, and have high hopes of winning top honours, in this year’s Free From Food Awards. We are a Yorkshire company so our gluten- and wheat-free Yorkshire pudding mix is one of our most popular products. We also offer a range of baking mixes and spicy coatings for meat, fish and vegetables so our customers can still enjoy their favourite foods whilst avoiding the ingredients that can cause them problems.“We bake our own range of fresh bread and pies supplying outlets across Yorkshire and beyond. All Foodamentalists’ products are totally free from wheat and gluten as well as being hand produced in their own gluten and wheat free kitchen based in Yorkshire. Many of the Foodamentalists products are also dairy-free.”The Free-From Foods Manufactured For Food Service category is the fourth potential award the company could win with its golden batter mix – a gluten-free batter that gives a traditional crispy golden finish to fish, chicken and vegetables.Foodmentalists has won a succession of accolades in recent years, including a Great Taste GOLD award in 2011 and the Small Business Sunday award from BBC Dragon’s Den star Theo Pathitis this year.last_img read more

Black Lives Matter South Bend issues statement regarding Breonna Taylor ruling

first_imgIndianaLocalMichiganNews WhatsApp Google+ Facebook Twitter Twitter Pinterest Google+ (Photo supplied/South Bend Black Lives Matter) The South Bend chapter of Black Lives Matter issued the following statement after Kentucky’s Attorney General announced there would be no charges filed against the Louisville Police Officers who shot and killed Breonna Taylor and that the only charge filed is against a former officer for shooting into a neighboring home:Breonna Taylor, a 26-year-old Black woman, was fatally shot by Louisville Metro Police Department officers Jonathan Mattingly, Brett Hankison, and Myles Cosgrove on March 13, 2020. Three plainclothes LMPD officers entered her apartment.LMPD murdered Breonna while executing a no-knock search warrant. The decision to indict one out of three officers present comes after more than six months after  Breonna Taylor, who was also  an Emergency Worker, was shot dead by police in HER home.Today, on September 23rd, a state grand jury indicted Brett Hankison on three counts of “wanton endangerment”  for his actions. The two other officers involved in the raid were not indicted; and while Hankison was indicted for his actions during the Taylor raid, he was not indicted for Taylor’s death. This is an insult to the entire Black community, but we realize the system will never deliver justice to our people.The system continues to prove itself to be one that refuses to mete out any semblance of justice for black people. This is a call to remain in the streets so as to demand change.We cannot just #SayHerName. We must do the work to honor Breonna Taylor’s life and protect the lives of Black women and Black people who continue to be targeted by law enforcement and the criminal justice systems that places targets on our backs. WhatsApp Pinterest Facebook Black Lives Matter South Bend issues statement regarding Breonna Taylor ruling By 95.3 MNC – September 24, 2020 3 618 Previous articleIllinois man jailed in Lake County after high speed chaseNext articleSouth Bend begins fire hydrant flow testing 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

Organic romaine hearts recalled for E. coli contamination

first_img Facebook IndianaLocalMichiganNews Google+ Twitter WhatsApp Twitter WhatsApp Google+ Facebook Pinterestcenter_img Organic romaine hearts recalled for E. coli contamination TAGScontaminationDole Fresh VegetablesE.coliheartsIndianaMichiganorganicrecallromaine Previous articleSouth Bend updates holiday trash pickup, yard waste schedulesNext articleGasBuddy: Pump prices likely to go up over the next week Brooklyne Beatty Pinterest (95.3 MNC) Organic romaine hearts are being recalled in 15 states, including Indiana and Michigan.Dole Fresh Vegetables, Inc. is voluntarily recalling a limited number of cases of the lettuce due to a possible risk from E. coli, which can cause diarrhea, severe stomach cramps and vomiting. Some illnesses can last longer and become more severe.The products being recalled are: Dole Organic Romaine Hearts 3pk (UPC 0-71430-90061-1)Combined English/French packagingHarvested-On dates: 10-23-20 and 10-26-20 By Brooklyne Beatty – November 24, 2020 0 388 Wild Harvest Organic Romaine Hearts (UPC 7-11535-50201-2)Harvested-On dates: 10-23-20 and 10-26-20. The Harvested-On sticker is located on the upper right corner of each bag and the UPC code is located on the bottom right corner of the back of each bag.Since recalled packages were harvested nearly four weeks ago, they should no longer be in stores, but may be in consumers’ homes.The impact products were distributed in Arizona, Hawaii, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, North Carolina, North Dakota and Virginia.So far, no illnesses have been reported.If you own this product, throw it away immediately. Those with questions should call the Dole Consumer Center at 1-800-356-3111.last_img read more

Press release: Digital revolution to use the power of data to combat illegal wildlife trade and reduce food waste

first_imgBusiness Secretary, Greg Clark, said: Jeremy Wright will also announce government’s contribution to new fund, which will be up to £30 million, to spark a wave of tech innovation World-first ‘data trust’ could see conservationists sharing audio and image data to help tackle illegal wildlife trade This is part of Government’s modern Industrial Strategy which will harness the power of technology to help make a real difference to people’s lives From cutting food waste to tacking illegal wildlife crime, our innovators are working to harness the huge potential of data and artificial intelligence to solve international challenges. Our modern Industrial Strategy identifies our unmatched heritage and strength in AI as a huge opportunity for the UK. We are leading the world in its development and use, benefitting from the highly skilled jobs and economic growth this technology creates. AI has the potential to revolutionise wildlife conservation and strengthen the technological tools needed to end wildlife crime. In order to harness this opportunity, however, we need to be able to distribute large-scale, well-curated data sets to machine learning experts. WILDLABS partners are very excited about collaborating with the ODI and Office for AI to deliver simple mechanisms that make it easy and safe for the conservation community to share data. It’s collaborative efforts like this that will help us save threatened species around the world. Technology is already making our lives easier in many ways but there is still so much untapped potential that we can deliver for social good. As a world-leader in emerging technologies, the UK is best placed to foster these opportunities. The new policies announced today, backed by new funding, will encourage industry to deliver technological innovation to address issues as diverse as animal poaching, food waste and loneliness. WRAP’s work focuses on forging powerful partnerships and delivering ground-breaking initiatives to support more sustainable economies and society. Carefully building and understanding the evidence which galvanises action is at the heart of everything we do. These pilots will give us the opportunity to build on our experience and explore different ways to create an environment where organisations can confidently share their data. Pioneering digital technologies such as artificial intelligence could be used to crack down on global challenges as part of a world-first ‘data trust’ programme to be piloted in the UK.More than £700,000 will be invested in the initiative to tackle issues such as illegal wildlife poaching and food waste mountains. The funding will help organisations such as WILDLABS Tech Hub and WRAP design the frameworks required to exchange data between organisations in a safe, fair and ethical way.The aim of the scheme, which will be run by the Open Data Institute and the Government’s Office for Artificial Intelligence, is to exploit the power of data exchange between organisations with the raw data and those with expertise to process it to tackle major global issues.Exploring the potential of data trusts was a key commitment of the AI Sector Deal, a joint policy by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport and Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. The Industrial Strategy sets out Grand Challenges to put the UK at the forefront of the industries of the future, ensuring that the UK takes advantage of major global changes, improving people’s lives and the country’s productivity.The news comes ahead of a speech in which the Digital Secretary Jeremy Wright will announce a package of measures to spark a wave of innovation in tech for social good.This includes the government’s partnership with the Social Tech Trust to establish a fund of up to £30 million to provide access to finance and position the UK as a global leader in socially transformative tech. A further £1 million will be available to incentivise organisations to use tech to help tackle loneliness and bring communities together.Digital Secretary, Jeremy Wright, said:center_img Increasing access to data can help people, communities and organisations make better and more timely decisions – such as which energy supplier to use, the route a bus should take, or whether to invest in creating a new product. But the people and organisations that have data, use it, and are affected by its use need to trust that it is stewarded well and shared equitably and for agreed purposes. Data trusts are one potential way to increase sharing of data and unlock more social and economic benefits from data while protecting other interests such as people’s privacy, corporate confidentiality or, as in the pilot we’re doing on data about endangered animals, our environment. The ODI is also looking at other approaches to increased access to data, including data sharing models such as those adopted by the European innovation programme Data Pitch, where large organisations share data with startups in order to fuel innovation and answer specific challenges. The Digital Secretary will also announce new measures to boost tech driven by social purpose during his speech at Doteveryone in London this morning.This is part of his vision for ‘tech for good’ which will champion technology as a force to change lives for the better, increase engagement between the social and tech sectors and ensure charities understand how they can use technology to achieve their mission.These include:A Social Tech Venture Fund, administered by the Social Tech Trust, which will see government support the foundation of a fund of up to £30 million to support innovative solutions to encourage people to be healthier and help them to build connected communities. The Social Tech Venture Fund will increase access to finance and position the UK as a global leader in socially transformative tech;£1 million to incentivise organisations to develop solutions to tackle loneliness and bring communities together;Government backing for the Digital Agenda Impact Awards to showcase and celebrate tech for good innovations from across business, government and charity organisations;A collaboration with the Centre for Acceleration of Social Technology (CAST) and its network of social sector partners to explore how best to support charities to embed digital in their strategy, services and culture;Naming the organisations to benefit from a share of Government’s £1 million Digital Leadership Fund, which aims to boost charity leaders’ digital knowhow and how they can use technology to benefit their respective causes. Winners will include Age UK, Guide Dogs for the Blind Association and Cornwall Museums Partnership.Charities are already using digital technologies to support their work. Breast Cancer Care developed the BECCA app, which gives patients information and emotional support after their treatment has completed. More than 15,000 women have used the app in the first year and the creators hope to reach 20,000 more by 2020.Today’s announcement builds on work the Government has already done in supporting the use of tech for social good. This includes helping to bring together the private, charity and public sectors to embrace technological advances to improve people’s lives and the country’s productivity.ENDSNotes to editorsQuotes from organisations involved in data trust pilotsSophie Maxwell, from WILDLABS Tech Hub said: The Open Data Institute (ODI) is using funding from the Office for Artificial Intelligence and InnovateUK to support its work on the data trust pilots. This is part of Government’s modern Industrial Strategy, putting pioneering technologies at the heart of plans to build a Britain which is fit for the future.Data trusts operate by allowing multiple individuals or organisations – such as supermarkets, conservation charities or local authorities – to give some control over data to a new institution – the trust – so that it can be used to create benefits, either for themselves or other people, or both. That benefit might be to create new businesses, help research a medical disease, or empower a community of workers, consumers or citizens.The Office for Artificial Intelligence is based in central government and responsible for overseeing implementation of the UK’s AI strategy, policy.About the Open Data InstituteThe ODI was co-founded in 2012 by the inventor of the web Sir Tim Berners-Lee and artificial intelligence expert Sir Nigel Shadbolt to show the value of data, and to advocate for the innovative use of data to affect positive change across the globe. It is an independent, non-profit, non-partisan company headquartered in London, with an international reach. We work with companies and governments to build an open, trustworthy data ecosystem, where people can make better decisions using data and manage any harmful impacts.The AI and Data Grand ChallengeThe Industrial Strategy sets out Grand Challenges to put the UK at the forefront of the industries of the future, ensuring that the UK takes advantage of major global changes, improving people’s lives and the country’s productivity. Artificial intelligence and data is one of the four Grand Challenges which will see AI used across a variety of industries and put the UK at the forefront of the AI and data revolution.Further information on the winners of the Digital Leadership FundSuperhighways (c/o Kingston Voluntary Action)Kingston Voluntary Action will partner with London Plus, National Association for Voluntary and Community Action and the Foundation for Social Improvement to support small local charities to expand existing training – from basic software skills through to helping leaders embed digital tools and services.Tech TrustTech Trust will expand its occasional Charity Digital Tech Conference webinars to be a regular programme and create a live stream of the events so up to 200 organisations can take part remotely, increasing accessibility of the service for charities.Social Enterprise KentSocial Enterprise Kent will host two-day Digital Leadership workshops for local social enterprises centred around cyber security. This will help charities create a digital strategy, take advantage of online tools, and learn how to best utilise social media. They will fund 15 social sector courses, reaching 105 social enterprise leaders.CosmicCosmic will host 10 three-day Digital Leadership workshops, produce an e-learning platform for South West charity leaders and host a Digital Charities Summit in March 2019 to share learning.VoscurVoscur will expand their training programme to 110 organisations through five two-day workshops, supported by a webinar series and host virtual drop-ins.Cornwall Museums PartnershipCornwall Museums Partnership will expand their Rural Proofing Digital Leadership Programme by subsidising 90 places on 4 new Digital Leadership Insights and Ideas Seminars, a two-day Digital Leadership Deep Dive Board Retreat and a new Digital Leadership e-learning module for rural heritage organisations.Age UK, MidlandsAge UK Midland will expand their Be Digital programme and roll-out their face-to-face workshops to train leaders in teams rather than individually, to share learning throughout the Age UK network, embedding digital in their organisation.Age UK, South LakelandAge UK South Lakeland will expand their training beyond Cumbria to nearby districts with digital skills gaps by hosting 27 additional workshops for up to 30 people.The Guide Dogs for the Blind AssociationGuide Dogs’ will expand their Digital Transformation programme to digitally upskill their trustees and senior leadership on e-learning platforms and face to face workshops to enable them to provide meaningful digital services to 500,000 visually-impaired citizens.DotEveryoneDotEveryone will improve their existing training programme material and deliver five additional workshops.Media TrustMedia Trust will increase the reach, relevance and accessibility of their digital marketing strategy training workshops and target socially and economically disadvantaged areas that have a high level of charities.School for Social EntrepreneursThe School for Social Entrepreneurs will expand the reach of their two-day workshops, benefitting more charity leadersSocial Misfits MediaSocial Misfits Media will expand their current training programme by partnering with the National Council for Voluntary Organisations and Lightful to equip 360 leaders across 120 organisations in five regions.Examples of ‘tech for good’ companies who have benefited from Government support:Government helped to establish Bethnal Green Ventures an early-stage investor in companies and organisations that use technology to radically change people’s lives for the better. It is best known for its 12-week accelerator programme, which provides investment, co-working space and intensive mentoring and support. To date, Bethnal Green Ventures has supported 95 ventures, investing £1.9 million and having a combined positive impact on 18 million lives.GoodGym supports runners to get fit by doing ‘good’. Its platform helps runners to help others by enabling them to come together to tackle problems as part of their run. Partner organisations like AgeUK refer isolated older people who are then matched with runners on regular visits. GoodGym is a charity and free to participate in though many runners donate £10 monthly.Nationwide’s ‘Open Banking for Good’ is a challenge fund calling on fintechs to use Open Banking technology to help address financial inclusion issues. Nationwide has made £3m available to fund solutions. This financial inclusion fintech fund was formed as part of Cabinet Office and DCMS’s Inclusive Economy Partnership. Richard Swannell, Director, WRAP Global, said: The Open Data Institute defines data trusts as a legal structure which provides independent, third-party stewardship of data for the benefit of a group of organisations or people.The new plans include:A partnership between leading conservation charities , WILDLABS Tech Hub and technology experts to reduce the level of illegal trade of wildlife by sharing image data to assist border control officers around the world in identify illegal animal products from their smartphones.Audio data could be used to train algorithms to detect gunshots or the underwater sound of illegal fishing vessels coming into protected areas then real-time alerts will be pinged to rangers.WRAP will be working with food and drink businesses to track and measure food waste to develop solutions which could see savings passed on to consumers, reduction in greenhouse gas emissions and water usage.Royal Borough of Greenwich and Greater London Authority will be looking at how data collected through their Sharing Cities Programme, could help make certain data available in a data trust, including energy consumption data collected by sensors and devices in buildings; data about parking space occupancy and the availability of charging bays for electric vehicles. This third pilot is funded by Innovate UK through the ODI’s R&D programme.Jeni Tennison, CEO at the Open Data Institute said:last_img read more