Ginsters looks to ‘healthier’ options

first_imgGinsters is adding a new deep-fill “less than 350 calories” Chicken Tikka sandwich to its healthier-eating sandwich range.The sandwich is the first in a range of extensions planned for 2006, marketing controller Larry File told British Baker. Ginsters will introduce new savoury slices, including Ham and Cheese and Spicy Chicken, in late April, and is planning further sandwiches and savouries.The new £2.69 sandwich is designed to fill a gap in the market for full-flavour low calorie lunchtime food. “Low-calorie sandwiches tend to be a bit bland and unsatisfying,” said Mr File. “Our development chefs have been concentrating on removing these consumer issues.”Ginsters is to run a £6.5 million TV and radio advertising campaign in the summer, he added.last_img read more

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In Brief

first_imgPRIVATE equity firm Doughty Hanson is selling its remaining 26.6% stake in RHM, following its flotation of the food group last July. Lantmannen Unibake, one of Europe’s largest bakery groups, based in Scandinavia, is acquiring Belpan, a bakery producer, based in Belgium. Bakehouse will continue to represent both businesses in the UK and Ireland. Lantmannen Unibake is northern Europe’s largest producer of frozen bread products.Greenhalgh’s Craft Bakery has launched biodegradable packaging for its range of sliced bread sandwiches. The packs are fully degradable. The clear window is made from PLA, derived from corn starch, which degrades twice as fast as newspaper, leaving no harmful residues. The coated board making up the main body of the packs is Tecta, which is recyclable. The inks used in printing are also fully biodegradable, with vegetable oils and natural resins as their main ingredients.The sandwich packs are in use throughout Greenhalgh’s chain of 43 shops, located across north-west England.IAN Burch, head pastry chef at the five-star Bentley Hotel, has been named Pastry Chef of the Year at the Craft Guild of Chefs Annual Awards. He beat off stiff competition from Graham Hornigold, head pastry chef at The Lanesborough, and Nick Patterson, pastry chef at Claridge’s, to win the accolade. At the Bentley Hotel, Burch is responsible for the pastry for the in-house bakery, two restaurants, functions and room service.last_img read more

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Garlic bread line expanded

first_imgLa Pizza Company is offering its frozen part-baked Tear & Share Garlic Bread in new flavours. They are now available in cajun garlic, parmesan & black pepper and roasted red onion varieties, and are made using real garlic butter.”We sprinkle it with Italian herbs and coat it with an additional ring of garlic butter after the first bake,” explained Richard Jansen, managing director of La Pizza Company. The bread then needs to be placed in a pizza pan or on a tray, which has been lightly brushed with oil and baked for around 10 minutes. “It is during the final bake that the garlic butter melts and is absorbed, giving a light & fluffy texture with a strong garlic flavour,” added Jansen.La Pizza Company also offers a range of speciality Mediterranean breads. Altamura bread, made from fine, hard wheat semolina, is available as a flat oval bread with red onion or sun-dried tomato. La Pizza is also producing semolina breads, to a Sicilian recipe, and focaccia bread, made using a traditional Italian recipe, requiring semolina flour. The focaccia is available in tomato & olive or infused with rosemary, in either 1kg rectangle or 350g oval sizes.[http://www.lapizzacompany.com]last_img read more

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Maple Leaf closes two bakery sites

first_imgMaple Leaf Bakery UK will close two of its bakeries in Dunstable, Bedfordshire and Southend, Essex, with effect from October, 2008.Managing director Peter Maycock said the broader economic situation had left them with no choice but to seek further operating cost reductions.While the company has managed to absorb much of the impact of higher costs, rising energy prices remain a major concern, he said.”The company is facing an economic climate never seen before in our 11-year history in the UK,” said Maycock. “We will do everything possible to help all colleagues affected by these closures, including finding alter- native employment for some at our other operations. But there will be some redundancies.”Marketing director Guy Hall said Maple Leaf will transfer the business to its other sites.last_img read more

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The Bagel Group bought out of administration

first_imgLondon-based manufacturer The Bagel Group, which filed for administration earlier this month, has been sold to a new company, Mr Bagel’s Limited, as a going concern. The business has been acquired by the Mansouri family for an undisclosed sum.According to a statement released by the new firm, the purchase has been backed by Kevin Mansouri, who has appointed previous MD of The Bagel Group, Paul Kahalani, as a consultant adviser to the business.Under the terms of the acquisition, the business and other assets were sold to Mr Bagel’s on 28 January, according to administrator MCR Corporate Restructuring.Paul Williams, a partner at MCR, said it had been able to preserve “the majority of jobs in the company”.According to the Mansouri’s, the business is seen as “an exciting opportunity for growth”, and it will look towards offering a “broader range of food products”, such as confectionery.Kahalani said: “The new plans will enable the company to accelerate the growth of the business.” He added that the company is also hoping to expand its employment requirements soon.Mansouri said he was “excited” to back the acquisition and sees significant growth opportunities.The company, previously known as Mr Bagels plc, reportedly produces around 150 million bagels a year under its Mr Bagel’s and Natural Bagel brands, supplying the retail and foodservice markets.The Bagel Group hit national headlines in December after alleging an executive at rival Maple Leaf Foods was involved in attempted price-fixing, an allegation that is still under investigation.Mr Bagel’s Limited was registered at Companies House on 13 January 2009.last_img read more

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Roy Flint passes away

first_imgRoy Flint, craft baker, plant baker and former president and treasurer of the National Association of Master Bakers has died. He had been ill for some time with lung cancer. His wife Elisabeth, to whom he had been married for almost 40 years, told British Baker: “The baking industry was his life. He knew so many people. He would be in raptures over a loaf of bread, its taste, crust, colour and texture.” From running a big plant and 15 shops, he latterly ran three craft and coffee shops.He was a third-generation baker, who followed in the steps of his father and his grandfather. His funeral will take place at Croydon Crematorium East Chapel on Thursday 19 February at 12.45. Family flowers only. Donations to the RNLI or Royal Marsden Hospital.last_img read more

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Finsbury sees declining cake sales

first_imgFinsbury Foods has announced that falling sales in its cake business have resulted in a 2% drop in revenue for the 17 weeks to the end of October. The firm, which manufactures cake, bread and morning goods, revealed that group revenue was 2% less than the comparable period last year, and 4% behind on a like-for-like basis, excluding the recently acquired Goswell business.Its bread and free-from businesses continued to achieve double-digit growth, with its acquisition of Goswell contributing to an 11% growth in sales. Like-for-like sales increased by 8%.Commenting on the performance of its cake business, the firm said it had increased promotional investment and exited “some low margin products” as it had integrated its cake business.“Consumer behaviour is still being affected by the recession and premium-range sales have been impacted in the short term,” commented chief executive John Duffy. “The economic environment remains challenging and uncertainty around input price inflation remains high. We continue to focus on integrating our businesses to improve efficiency and operating margins while gaining an improved understanding of our consumers.”last_img read more

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Coffee house reasserts plans for UK expansion

first_imgDespite an overly ambitious expansion plan last year, Esquires Coffee Houses is still aiming for growth in 2010, with 10 new franchise outlets on the cards.In February 2009, British Baker reported on the coffee chain’s plans to open another eight franchised stores by summer 2009. But due to the tough climate, the firm only achieved seven new store openings over the whole year, with its 30th store opened in Sutton in December.However, following a like-for-like sales increase of 2% during 2009, MD of Esquires Coffee Houses UK Peter Kirton said the firm aimed to open the first five of its planned outlets over the next few months, with another five by the end of 2010. “Indications have shown that sales so far this year have started at a similar if not increased capacity,” he said.Despite the wide geographical spread of the outlets, Esquires currently has no stores in the south west of England, which is something Kirton is hoping to change. “For whatever reason, we don’t get a lot of enquiries from the south west, but we are looking to open at least one outlet in this area over the next 12 months,” he said. The remainder of the outlets will be “scattered over most of England”.Esquires has also just launched a premium tea offer whole leaf tea, made in a teapot which Kirton said had proved very popular.last_img read more

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Early pastries

first_imgWest Cornwall Pasty Co. has introduced a number of new breakfast products to its portfolio, which will be available to customers before 11am.A range of new savoury breakfast pastries are now offered across 70 of its outlets in the UK. These include the Breakfast Turnover, which contains a rasher of bacon and a pork sausage, with a dash of tomato sauce, encased in Davidstow Cornish cheddar cheese-topped pastry. Also available is the Bacon Bite and the Veggie Breakfast Turnover, which contains mushrooms, scrambled egg and Cornish cheese and is topped with a sliced tomato.Bacon Rolls and Cumberland Sausage Rolls are already available on the breakfast menu and, to mark the launch of the new range, the firm i s offering its breakfast products for just £1 each, for a limited time only.last_img read more

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In Short

first_imgUniq interestGreencore and Samworth Brothers are reported to be interested in acquiring sandwich and desserts business Uniq, after it was put up for sale by its pension fund.Fox’s on-pack pushNorthern Foods has rolled out an Alton Towers on-pack promotion across a number of its key biscuit brands, including Fox’s. Nearly 30 million biscuit packs will carry a ’two for one’ offer. Encompassing its Rocky brand, Mini Party Rings, Crunch Creams and Favourites assortments, it is the first on-pack promotion by Fox’s.Cracker dealWest Cork-based Patisserie Régale has developed a new range of crackers for Sheridan Cheesemongers. Richard Graham-Leigh, who owns the business, which trades as Cookies with Character, with his wife Jane, said first-year demand was “likely to be in the tens of 1,000s of packets”. The crackers will launch in two months’ time.Awards websiteA website listing all the UK’s major food and drink awards has been developed by the Northwest Food Tourism Executive Group. North West Tastes ACE (Awards Credited Excellence) www.nwtastesace.co.uk/website is designed to promote food from the region, but can be used as an information resource by firms from across the country.last_img read more

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