Fairtrade sets sights on bakery

first_imgWatershed moment alert: chocolate giant Cadbury is stepping up its activities in bakery. While you may have spotted the marketing splash about its switch to Fairtrade for consumer chocolate, you may not yet be aware that it is also ramping up the hitherto less-developed part of its business bakery cocoa supply. Such is the potential for Fairtrade growth in bakery, the chocolate giant is targeting craft bakers and bakery manufacturers by launching Fairtrade cocoa into the market.With everyday products like PG Tips going Fairtrade, it’s time to stop talking about Fairtrade as a niche. The Fairtrade Foundation’s strategy projects big growth from around £700m in sales now to £2bn by 2012. Whereas Fairtrade coffee currently makes up around a fifth of the coffee market, bakery products using Fairtrade ingredients are viewed as the next big untapped market. With the biscuits and cakes category worth close to £3.5bn, it’s no wonder that the Foundation’s eyes have lit up at the prospect of getting bakers on board.”If we can achieve coffee’s growth on the bakery side, it would be phenomenal,” says Samantha Dormer, business development manager for cocoa at the Fairtrade Foundation. “The bakery sector is uniquely positioned because it opens up opportunities, not just for cocoa producers, but for sugar, nuts, dried fruit and vanilla. If the bakery market was to get more behind Fairtrade, that could have a huge impact on a broad range of producers and lift people out of poverty.”Message to the marketThe moves by Cadbury, PG and Starbucks this year mark a “step change” for Fairtrade, she says, and will have a knock-on effect. Asda, Sainsbury’s and Co-op have all launched own-label Fairtrade bakery products. “Because of big players joining the Fairtrade movement, it has definitely sent a message into the market,” says Dormer. “It says consumers believe in it. We’ve seen renewed market interest, so it’s a great time for key players in the bakery sector to start engaging with Fairtrade.”In fact, research suggests 64% of people would support ethically-traded products and 70% recognise the Fairtrade logo a factor not missed by Cadbury. “Cadbury has been ethically trading with Ghana for over 100 years and joined forces with the Fairtrade Foundation to strengthen the support that the Ghanaian Cocoa farmers receive,” explains Sharon Loizou, account manager at Cadbury. “The cocoa that we produce is from Ghanaian cocoa beans, which are among the best-quality cocoa beans in the world.”One thing that has hampered take-up in bakery is availability of Fairtrade ingredients and the price premium. Fairtrade cocoa works by having a minimum price set for raw cocoa US$1,600 per ton. A Fairtrade premium of US$150 is paid in addition to that for investment into community projects, from healthcare to schooling to improving yields. Manufacturers’ costs will then vary.As more manufacturers like Cadbury sign up, availability becomes greater and costs reduce. Cadbury’s cocoa is being made available Fairtrade-certified in 4kg tubs and in 25kg bulk sacks for industrial bakers (currently not Fairtrade-certified). Note, it is being supplied as a baking ingredient only. That means a baker would need to have a licence to use the Cadbury name against any product.Lower ingredient costs are a crucial factor as there seems to be a price point that consumers won’t cross for Fairtrade. For example, Delice de France has reformulated and relaunched two impulse products this week, Fairtrade Chocolate Chunk Shortbread Fingers and Fairtrade Chocolate Chunk Cookies, having dropped the price by 15%. “We found consumers weren’t prepared to pay a huge premium for Fairtrade,” says Delice de France marketing director David Girdler.”As Fairtrade producers have become bigger and better supported, we’ve been able to reformulate two products. Fairtrade does sell at a premium; we would like it not to, but the traceability of the ingredients sadly does cost a little bit more. We do see people sticking with Fairtrade though, if not organic, in the current climate.”Record highs in cocoa pricing have also made Fairtrade cocoa more accessible. “The cocoa market price is very high at the moment so the price differential between the two is less,” says Richard Williams, UK sales manager for Belcolade chocolate at Puratos, which supplies Fairtrade & Organic low viscosity chocolates for moulding, enrobing, dipping and spraying, as well as in chunks and inclusions. “Demand for Fairtrade and Rainforest Alliance is rising, definitely, as the bigger brands get behind ethically sourced products. Fairtrade may grow more slowly now we are in recession, but it is a strong long-term brand. We’re involved in more and more briefs for Fairtrade products.”Another cost to consider is licensing and accreditation for use of the logo. There is a licence fee to use the Fairtrade mark for marketing purposes, and licensees are charged 1.7% on wholesale value up to £5m; that reduces with higher values or if your entire range is Fairtrade.While the system is set up for bakery manufacturers and brands, the Foundation says it is open to tweaking this model if it encourages retailers like bakery chains to join up. “Bakery is a really new sector for us,” says Dormer. “There is a lot of opportunity to engage with bakery chains and look at the model again, for businesses large and small.”last_img read more

In Short

first_imgAinsleys deal nearsAinsleys’ administrators are in “advanced” talks with some of the interested parties for all or part of the business. Joint administrator at Grant Thornton Joe McLean explained that he was in talks with 10 interested parties, and was looking at a variety of options for the business going forward. All 29 of the craft bakery chain’s shops are still trading.Borders woeFollowing the announcement that the Borders chain has gone into administration, a spokesperson for Starbucks has said until the situation becomes clear, “we’re unable to speculate on the future of the 36 Starbucks coffee houses located in Borders’ stores”.NAMB weekendThe National Association of Master Bakers hosted over 80 guests at its recent social/business weekend held at the Welcombe Menzies Spa and Golf Resort at Stratford-upon-Avon. It was the first mid-year catch-up for members for five years. During the weekend Mike Holling was voted in as chairman of the National Craft Bakers’ Week 2010, which takes place from 7-12 June.BB on your mobileYou can now access www.bakeryinfo.co.uk quickly and easily on your mobile thanks to a simpler interface for reading the latest news on handheld devices. We have optimised the website to iPhone, Blackberry and standard mobile browsers, with modifications made to the layout to make it more user friendly for smaller screens.Sustainable agendaAround 85% of manufacturers have either increased their investment in sustainability or kept it the same during the recession, according to new research from food and grocery experts IGD.last_img read more

Clayton Park strikes Blackburn Rovers bakery deal

first_imgClayton Park Bakery has agreed a deal with Blackburn Rovers, which will see it become the football club’s official bakery.The bakery, based in Accrington, Lancashire, will also supply a range of its premium products to the Blues Bar at the club’s ground, Ewood Park, and The Brew Room at Oneroverstore – the club’s new town centre outlet.The firm already supplies pies to a number of football clubs in the north west, including Liverpool, Everton, Preston North End and Accrington Stanley. “As the closest Premier League club to our bakery in Clayton-le-Moors, Rovers have been on our wish list for a number of years,” commented Barry Thomas, MD, Clayton Park. “This is not only a boost for Clayton Park Bakery, but also our many local suppliers, who will benefit from this extra business.”Melanie Lewis, general catering manager at Rovers, added: “Clayton Park Bakery is an example of the county’s great reputation for food producers and quality produce. We’ve listened to the fans and worked hard over the summer to vary our range of pastries. In fact, some products are currently exclusive to Blackburn Rovers, including the Cottage Pie and Balti Pie.”Clayton Park also works in partnership with Lancashire County Cricket Club, as well as Spar and Booths supermarkets.>>Bakery nets Merseyside pie deallast_img read more

Counting the cost of flu

first_imgEmployees can be expensive to run. If they are off sick, you lose their services while they are ill, yet still have to pay them.The official statistics say flu hit epidemic levels this winter. The disruption caused by staff illness can be terrible. But might the tax system offer some help?When an employee is off sick, the law requires that you continue to pay them, but it is up to you whether this is at their normal rate of pay, a percentage of this or just the Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) rate. Whatever arrangement you have with your employees, the tax system doesn’t offer to compensate you for paying your employee while they are not working. However, in some cases, you can claim a National Insurance (NI) credit.Where you pay an employee sick pay, the tax system allows you to claim SSP compensation. You do this by reducing the PAYE tax and NI payment you send to the tax man at the end of the month in which you pay SSP. The compensation is worked out using the tax man’s Percentage Threshold Scheme (PTS), in the following way:1. Add together the SSP you have paid to all your employees in the tax month concerned a tax month runs from the 6th to the 5th of the following month.2. Add up the NI payable for the same tax month and work out 13% of this.3. If the amount at point 1 is more than the amount at 2, you can reclaim the difference.In our experience, company owners often overlook the fact that they, too, are within the SSP system. So when checking whether your firm qualifies for a compensation claim, ensure you take account of SSP entitlement for directors too.The tax system also has a specific exemption, which means you can pay for your employees to have private medical check-ups without the cost counting as a taxable benefit-in-kind (BiK). These are intended to pick up early health problems, so steps for treatment can be taken.You can also pay for your employees to have the flu jab, usually about £25 each and the tax man won’t treat this as a BiK. We think this is a relatively small price to pay if it saves losing one or more employees to the flu for several days. Even though tax and NI-free for your employees, your company can still claim the cost as a tax deduction against its profits. You must pay a doctor or pharmacy directly for the jab, as reimbursing an employee won’t qualify for the tax and NI exemption.last_img read more

One more week for BIA entries

first_imgLate entries for this year’s Baking Industry Awards will be allowed one more week, so make sure you get them all in by Friday 27 May.Awards categories include: Confectioner of the Year, In-Store Bakery of the Year and Bakery Supplier of the Year. See below for a full list of the categories:The Rising Star Award and The Lifetime Achievement Award categories only have longer deadlines; Rising Star is 20 June and Lifetime Achievement is 30 June.This year’s Brazilian carnival-themed event will be held on Wednesday 7 September at the Park Lane Hilton, London.For details on all 11 categories and to download an entry form, visit www.bakeryawards.co.uk or email [email protected] or call 01293 610422.To book your place at this top industry networking event, contact Elizabeth Ellis on 01293 846593 or email [email protected] for tickets.Baking Industry Awards categories:* Baker of the Year – sponsored by Vandemoortele* In-Store Bakery of the Year – sponsored by Dawn Foods* The Craft Business Award – sponsored by ADM Milling* Bakery Supplier of the Year – sponsored by Sainsbury’s* Speciality Bread Product of the Year – sponsored by Bakels* The Innovation Award – sponsored by Asda* Celebration Cake Maker of the Year – sponsored by Renshaw* The Customer Focus Award – sponsored by CSM (United Kingdom)* Confectioner of the Year – sponsored by Barry Callebaut* The Rising Star Award – sponsored by David Powell* Lifetime Achievement Award – sponsored by Délifrancelast_img read more

Arrest made after shots fired in Elkhart

first_img WhatsApp By Carl Stutsman – December 16, 2020 0 477 Pinterest Pinterest Facebook Google+ Google+ WhatsApp Twitter Twitter Arrest made after shots fired in Elkhart Previous articleElkhart man arrested for allegedly shooting his fatherNext articlePHM buses to add stop arm cameras Carl Stutsman (Photo supplied/ABC 57) Why 20-year-old Andrew Sanner decided to fire shots into the air at random on Franklin Street Saturday is unknown, but according to police it was his own mother that turned him in.Nobody was hurt, and at least seven spent casings were found where the shooting took place. At one point officers surrounded a home on Harrison Street where Sanner had last been seen, but he wasn’t found until later on.According to The Elkhart Truth police are also determining if he was connected to another nearby shooting.His charges include criminal recklessness with a deadly weapon and carrying a handgun without a license. Facebook IndianaLocalNewslast_img read more

Crowdfunding campaign launched for Hums Park Hammock Station

first_img Facebook WhatsApp Pinterest IndianaLocalNews Previous articleIndiana second best state to drive in, according to studyNext articleIHSAA Boys Basketball State Finals pushed backed one week Brooklyne Beatty Google+ WhatsApp By Brooklyne Beatty – January 19, 2021 0 193 Twittercenter_img Google+ Facebook Twitter TAGScampaignCreatINg PlacescrowdfundingfundraiserHammock StationHums ParkIHCDAIndianaIndiana House and Community Development AuthorityMishawakaprogram Pinterest Crowdfunding campaign launched for Hums Park Hammock Station (Photo supplied/City of Mishawaka) A crowdfunding campaign has been launched in an effort to bring a Hammock Station to Hums Park.In order for the project to happen, the campaign must reach a $7,500 fundraising goal by February 28. If successful, the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority (IHCDA) will provide a matching grant as part of its CreatINg Places program.The CreatINg Places program is available to projects throughout Indiana communities, including non-profit entities and Local Units of Government. Since 2016, the program has raised more than $4.5-million in public funds and an additional $3.7-million in match IHCDA funds.The Hammock Station will feature multiple, durable hammocks to be used year-round.To learn more, or donate to the campaign, click here.last_img read more

Press release: Hefty fines for unlicensed anglers

first_img It’s a crime to fish without a valid licence and offenders could be fined up to £2,500, have their fishing equipment seized and be banned from fishing. Our enforcement officers inspect rod licences throughout East Anglia and could turn up at any time. All income from rod licence sales is invested directly back into maintaining and improving fisheries. Those who fish without a rod licence are having a direct effect on that work and are selling other anglers short. At £30 for a 2 rod coarse and non-migratory trout license, or £82 to also fish for salmon and sea trout, and short term options available too, the rod licence is great value for money”. Two men have been handed hefty court fines for fishing illegally in separate offences at Manor Farm Lakes Northill, Bedford.They were caught in May last year fishing without a rod licence during targeted patrols by Environment Agency fisheries enforcement officers.Jay John Whitbread, 22, of Church Lane, Bedford, was caught fishing without a licence at the same location on 2 separate occasions and both cases were heard together at court. He was fined £657, and ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £30 and £127 costs. A total of £814.Liam Knight, 27, of Westmill Lane, Hitchin, was also caught fishing without a licence. He was fined £293, and ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £30 and £127 costs. A total of £450.The defendants both pleaded guilty to Luton Magistrates Court on 6 March 2018.After the hearing Environment Agency officer Kye Jerrom said: Anglers are being reminded that fishing for coarse fish in rivers is off limits until 16 June and anyone caught can expect to be prosecuted and face a fine. The 3-month break began 15 March and ends 15 June.Close SeasonThe close season on rivers is important to maintain healthy fish stocks, as it allows fish time to breed as well as giving other waterside wildlife the same break. During this time fisheries enforcement officers will be carrying out regular patrols of rivers with partners under OPERATION CLAMPDOWN.OPERATION CLAMPDOWN is a joint Environment Agency, Police and Angling Trust – Voluntary Bailiff Service enforcement strategy run throughout the closed season. It ensures reactive and planned enforcement activity prevents illegal fishing on lakes, rivers, ponds and canals where coarse fishing is allowed. Officers will be ensuring all anglers have a valid rod licence, and they will also be on the look-out for those using illegal baits, banned methods of fishing and fishing in prohibited areas.Buying a rod licence is quick and easy – either online at www.gov.uk – the only site you need, or from the Post Office.The Environment Agency urges anyone to report illegal fishing by calling 0800 80 70 60.last_img read more

Press release: British Embassy Seoul hosts UK Track Day

first_imgRelated articles “車부품 수요만 6조규모…영국서 기회 잡으세요” [2017.11.06 / Maeil Business] http://news.mk.co.kr/newsRead.php?year=2017&no=732665 영국이 전기차에 올인하는 이유 [2018.02.28 / Auto Times] http://autotimes.hankyung.com/apps/news.sub_view?nkey=201802271303441 미래차 집중한 영국, 일자리가 따라왔다 [2018.03.22 / JoongAng Ilbo] http://news.joins.com/article/olink/22055726 세계 최경량차 맥라렌 ‘세나’…연구소는 英정부가 지었다 [2018.03.22 / JoongAng Ilbo] https://news.joins.com/article/22463866 £246 million Faraday Battery Challenge – development, design and manufacture of batteries for electric vehicles; this is particularly relevant to the supply chain £250 million Connected and Autonomous Vehicle (CAV) funding to be matched by industry 856,000 people employed across UK Automotive The automotive industry is a vital part of the UK economy accounting for more than £82 billion turnover and £20.2 billion value added. With some 186,000 people employed directly in manufacturing and in excess of 856,000 across the wider automotive industry, it accounts for 12.0% of total UK export of goods and invests £3.65 billion each year in automotive R&D. More than 30 manufacturers build in excess of 70 models of vehicle in the UK supported by 2,500 component providers and some of the world’s most skilled engineers. 6 of 10 Formula 1 teams have their HQ in the UK The UK government invests heavily in automotive research to further expertise in low-carbon propulsion, lightweight materials, and CAVs. In 2017 £1.2 billion were given by the UK government to automotive research funds (UK Government, 2017). UK now largest EU new car market for Korean car brands, with some 190,215 vehicles registered in 2017. Korea is UK Auto’s third biggest Asian export market, behind only China and Japan, as demand for British-built cars quadruples since 2010. Turned over £82 billion Invested £4 billion net capital Invested £3.65 billion in R&D Added £20.2 billion in value to the UK economy Exported products worth £44 billion, accounting for 12.8% of the UK’s total export goods On 4 September 2018 at Inje Speedium in Gangwon, the British Embassy Seoul’s Department for International Trade (DIT) team organised a UK Track Day to demonstrate the creativity, innovation and manufacturing capability of the British automotive industry. Iconic UK car brands including: Aston Martin, Jaguar Land Rover, Lotus, and McLaren joined the event to show off some of their most impressive models.Speaking at the track day British Ambassador to South Korea, Simon Smith, said:“The UK automotive industry has grown at an unprecedented rate in recent years thanks to its rich heritage, the strength of UK design and commitment to continued innovation. The UK and South Korea already have a strong trading relationship in the automotive industry – Korea is the UK’s third largest Asian automotive export market – but there is so much more potential for growth. Far from a country that does not manufacture cars, we are one of the largest car manufacturers in Europe (1.6m cars produced in 2017) and a leader in autonomous and low-carbon vehicles. The iconic British car brands on show today emphasise everything that is great about British cars – style, performance and cutting edge technology.”The track day is part of the British Embassy’s ambitious ‘Automotive is GREAT’ campaign launched in Seoul in October 2017. The campaign aims to promote everything that makes the UK’s automotive industry such a powerhouse, while strengthening the partnership between the UK – Korea in the sector.100 senior representatives from leading UK automotive OEMs and the Korean Automobile Importers and Distributors Association attended the track day.The British Embassy’s DIT team provides support to Korean partners and investors who are interested in UK trade.  If you have any enquiries about possible automotive or other opportunities, you can contact the British Embassy Seoul’s DIT team here: [email protected] InformationThe UK is one of the largest automotive manufacturing countries in Europe producing 1.67m cars in 2017 and 8 of 10 UK built cars are exported to 160 countries worldwide. The UK government and industry are already leading innovation around the world through significant investments in future vehicles such as low-carbon vehicles, autonomous vehicles and connected cars.Some facts about UK Automotive Industry:center_img Automotive is GREAT:A long term, ambitious campaign started in 2017 to draw a thread from the UK’s current strengths in automotive production, design and strong UK brand presence in South Korea, to the UK as a country ahead of the curve in new automotive manufacturing and technology. We aim to show South Korea the UK’s strengths as a leader in the automobile industry to ultimately encourage stronger UK-Korea automotive links and trade.Department for International Trade role:The UK’s Department for International Trade (DIT) has overall responsibility for promoting UK trade across the world and attracting foreign investment to our economy. DIT is a specialised government body with responsibility for negotiating international trade policy, supporting business, as well as delivering an outward-looking trade diplomacy strategy.UK Industrial Strategy- Sector Deal:As part of the Industrial Strategy, the Automotive Sector Deal was developed in 2017 and published in January 2018. The sector’s deal was among the first to be finalised, highlighting the collaborative approach industry and government are taking to ensure the UK remains a globally competitive place to design, engineer and manufacture vehicles. Key highlights from the deal are: 1.67m cars built in the UK in 2017. 1.33m cars manufactured for export in 2017- 8 out of 10 cars made in the UK are exported. The UK exports to over 160 markets worldwide. In 2017 the UK automotive manufacturing industry… £16 million Supplier Competitiveness Improvement programme – designed to improve the productivity and competitiveness of manufacturing supply chain companies Testing and Development of CAVs Deployment of infrastructure for testinglast_img read more

Policy paper: Kark Review: terms of reference

first_imgThe Kark Review, led by Tom Kark QC, will look at how effective the Fit and Proper Persons Requirement is in preventing unsuitable staff from being redeployed or re-employed in the NHS, clinical commissioning groups, and independent healthcare and adult social care sectors.The current Fit and Proper Persons Requirement is designed to ensure that senior staff who are responsible for quality and safety of care, are fit and proper to be in their roles.The review was recommended by Dr Bill Kirkup in his report into Liverpool Community Health NHS Trust, in February 2018.For more information contact [email protected] The deadline for submitting evidence is 5pm on 12 October.last_img read more