Greggs worker guilty in cancer hoax

first_imgA GREGGS bakery worker has been given a nine-month suspended prison sentence after conning colleagues and her employers out of £2,400 by pretending to have terminal cancer.Judge Alistair McCallum ordered Mrs Karen Marriott, now 33, to repay the money at the rate of £30 per week at Leeds Crown Court on February 17, after she pleaded guilty to four charges of obtaining money by deception. The court heard that, in January 2001, Mrs Marriott, a confectionery production worker, told Greggs’ human resources manager that she had been diagnosed with terminal leukaemia.Her working hours were varied and she was given time off to attend what her employer thought were hospital appointments. Greggs allowed her husband, also an employee, leave to spend time with his apparently dying wife.Meanwhile, colleagues at Greggs’ bakery in Bramley, Leeds, raised £906 from a whip-round, believing it was to pay for a holiday for the young mother, the court heard. And Greggs’ charity committee gave Mrs Marriott another £568 and waived a debt of £259 from an earlier personal loan.The company also paid her discretionary sick pay, adding another £677 to her income from the deception. Greggs did not ask her to provide medical evidence, even when she went off sick, the court was told.By June that year, Greggs had heard nothing from her for a while, so they wrote to her but without reply. Mrs Marriott did not turn up to requested meetings and her employment was terminated a month later. Her lies were exposed in late 2002, when one of her former colleagues spotted her in Bradford city centre.The judge called Mrs Marriott’s lies a “particularly wicked deception” but suspended a nine-month jail sentence for two years because she is in ill health and promised to repay the cash.last_img read more

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Costa set for Balkans move

Whitbread has signed a 15-year franchise deal to launch 100 Costa Coffee outlets in the Balkans over the next five years.Under the agreement, Delta, the Serbian retail group, will open and operate stores in Albania, Bosnia, Croatia, Montenegro, Macedonia, Slovenia and Serbia. The first nine outlets under the agreement will open in Belgrade by the end of this year. Delta is expected to invest a total of E20m (£13.5m) in opening the stores over the next five years.Whitbread, which currently operates just over 760 Costas in 19 countries, opened its first sites in Bulgaria, Romania and Poland earlier this year.It plans to launch its first store under a franchise agreement in Greece later this month.Judd Williams, franchise manager for Central and Eastern Europe at Costa, said: “With the help of our franchise partners around the world we plan to have more than 2,000 outlets open by 2011.” read more

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Dovemart demonstrates the Easy Piper

first_imgDovemart’s Easy Piper was one of the talking points of BIE. The piping dispenser just needs a gentle touch to dispense icing, butter creme, warm chocolate, Vienna mix – almost every filling and topping including savoury ones, such as mashed potato and sausage roll filling.Invented by Ed Dittmar from Idaho, the Easy Piper is aimed at bakers producing around 25 cakes a day or upwards. It is not hosed, so the operator can move around. It comprises a rubber tube, filled under pressure by a charger (20lb per square inch), which causes the tube to expand and become the pipe. The operator can use the pipe, which has a release nozzle, three times faster, according to Dovemart.Three savoy bags, which can hold three different ingredients at one time form part of a special hanging contraption. The filling can be poured or scooped in as normal and is then pumped through to the rubber tube, alias the Easy Piper. Patented worldwide it is already used in hundreds of major companies and retailers in the US and Canada.RRP: £7,600 (three-bag system)[http://www.dovemart.co.uk]== VacMap shows off its style ==Machinery manufacturer Ilapak showed various innovations at the recent Interpack show in Germany from 24 to 30 April.For the first time at an exhibition, the company demonstrated a fully operational version of its VacMap flow wrapper, a system that allows bakery manufacturers to produce high-quality flow-wrap packs with the same shelf-life as thermoformed packs, but at a lower cost. Shown wrapping fresh pizzas, the VacMap technology offers a three-in-one packaging solution – flow-wrap, MAP and VacMap – which the company claims provides a low-cost method of prolonging the shelf-life of bakery products without the use of an alcohol spray or thermoforming.Also on show was the latest addition to the Ilapak Carrera range, the Carrera 4000.This is the first of Ilapak’s new range of horizontal packaging machines, designed to enable lowest cost per pack to be achieved by optimising machine size and performance through an incremental modular design, according to the firm.Customers are able to future-proof their equipment, as the machine allows configuration changes, simply by exchanging or adding new modules.[http://www.ilapak.com]== Salvis offers a fresh approach ==Hertfordshire-based firm Exclusive Ranges has introduced the Salvis ’Fresh & Smart’ line of mobile front cooking stations, allowing bakers to cook in front of customers without unwanted smells and steam.Almost odourless baking is now possible, said the firm, even in enclosed spaces and without an extractor hood, thanks to a special suction system fitted above the station. This directs steam and unwanted smells directly downwards into a filter, eliminating up to 92% of odours, said the firm.The units are mobile and three versions are available, all interchangeable. Each can be fitted with a range of Salvis Smartline appliances.[http://www.exclusiveranges.co.uk]== Frimovel sets up in the UK ==Lancashire-based firm Frimovel UK has secured sole UK distribution rights for Portuguese Frimovel refrigerated counters.The ergonomic patisserie counter, aimed at bakery and food outlets comes in a variety of styles and designs and is accompanied by a nationwide service agreement.Counters are available as refrigerated, ambient and heated versions in several sizes, as well as corner units. All of these can be multiplexed. The cabinet range also has a wide range of decor options and bespoke solutions to complement various shop styles.Frimovel UK managing director Eddie Ashworth says: “Frimovel cabinets offer a high-quality solution at an affordable price. They are hard to beat in price versus quality terms. The new arrangement will allow our customers to purchase the counters direct, without having to be tied to a particular shop-fitter.”[http://www.frimovel.co.uk]== Ireks thinks along mini-cake lines ==Many customers who stop for a coffee or tea do not always want a full-size cake or Danish pastry and are therefore much more likely to be tempted by a mini-cake.This is the thinking behind the Bandolini mix, launched by Ireks at the Baking Industry Exhibition (BIE), which is used to make mini-cakes.Bandolinos or ’gugelhupfs’ (ball cakes) are mini-cakes with different tastes and variations which revive a classic 17th century recipe.There are numerous versions of the Bandolino and its sister Spelt and Yoghurt Cake-Mix. Ireks says both products can be processed quickly and easily both for baked and unbaked goods. Additionally, both remain fresh and moist for a long time.Bandolino mix provides a golden yellow colour, while Spelt and Yoghurt stands out due to its slightly nutty and yoghurt-fresh taste.Mini-cake lines that can be quickly and easily made up include Coffeelino, Chocolino, and Fruitino. Ireks is offering a silicon baking tray with 35 small Bandolino moulds.Ireks has also launched Avena Vital mix. With more than 60% of oats in the mix it is designed to offer a healthy looking and tasting loaf.Neil Woods, sales manager UK said: “Avena Vital is a bread where you can really experience the full taste of oats. As well as their special taste and numerous valuable ingredients they are now being rediscovered by more and more consumers.”Ireks specialises in mixes, improvers and brewing malts. It was founded more than 150 years ago and supplies to more than 70 countries.[http://www.ireks.com]== Cornish firm expands its repertoire ==Handmade pasty manufacturer Proper Cornish has expanded into the premium snack arena, with the launch of a grab-and-go range of mini Cornish shortbread biscuits.The move marks the company’s first venture into brand extension and uses the expertise gained through its acquisition of Cornish biscuit brand Furniss of Cornwall.The range includes Cornish Clotted Cream Mini Shortbread Fingers and All Butter Mini Shortbread with Belgian Chocolate, all available in cases of 18 x 75g bags.Proper Cornish managing director Phil Ugalde said: “We are confident these will be a winner with the increasing number of consumers who demand quality bite size treats.”RSP: £1.29[http://www.propercornish.co.uk]== Top toppings for Unifine ==Hot on the heels of a new trend in France, Unifine Food & Bake Ingredients launched toppings and fillings for éclairs at BIE, including fruity flavours such as strawberry. Also new were muffin and cupcake items with rustic-look cases that open out into four quarters.Wrappable icing celebrated its third birthday at BIE. “This versatile icing has proved a real asset to bakers,” said Unifine’s Simon Solway. “It is freeze/thaw stable and has a shelf life of six months. And it has now been launched in an industrial version for in-line production.”[http://www.unifine-fbi.com]== Natural launch for Dawn ==Sweet bakery and ingredients supplier Dawn Foods launched a range of new icings, toppings and fillings at BIE this year, all of which feature all-natural colours and flavours for the first time.The new toppings range includes Caramel Glossy topping, Spread and Gloss Chocolate topping, Lemon, Banana & Orange Fruit Bits, Premium Strawberry & Cherry fruit fillings.Also on show for the first time was Dawn’s new yeast-raised Donut Base, designed for the production of American- style donuts.The product is suitable forsheet-cut, mechanically moulded and pressure-cut donutprocessing and offers low-fat absorption.[http://www.dawnfoods.com]last_img read more

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Belfast bakery struggles under weight of debts

first_imgMillers Traditional Bakery is fighting to stay in business and protect 60 jobs after running up big debts.The Belfast family-run baker hopes to reach a Company Voluntary Agreement (CVA) with creditors to avoid liquidation after one of those owed money Latimer Electrical Services Limited brought a wind-up petition.A hearing at the High Court last week was adjourned to 8 October after lawyers for Millers outlined the efforts being made by the company.Less than two years ago, the company moved from a site in Newtownabbey to a new 16,000 sq ft production facility, installed equipment to improve baking capacity and funded a marketing campaign to position itself as a specialist food producer.In a statement, MD William Millar said: “The sudden downturn in the economy and its impact on the competitive grocery trade has presented us with major challenges in meeting the debt of expansion in a depressed market.”But we are confident that measures can be taken that will enable us to trade out of these problems and maintain and expand our customer base with the support of our creditors.”We will be endeavouring to do everything possible to turn around the situation and create a sustainable solution which will underpin employment and maintain ongoing business for our suppliers.”The craft baker launched in 1997 and has a 150-strong product range, supplying retailers including Centra, Mace and Dunnes Stores, as well as its own shop in Chapel Lane. Millers continues to fulfil orders and run the shop while it resolves its financial problems.last_img read more

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Starbucks opens first new-look store

first_imgStarbucks has opened its first “bespoke” store in Conduit Street, London, as part of a strategy to roll-out locally-inspired coffee shops across the UK.The coffee chain announced in September this year its aims to focus more on “local relevance and environmental responsibility”. The look of the outlet has been created to reflect the character of the surrounding neighbourhood, as well as the environmental considerations to save energy and cut water usage. “It is one of a number of store designs around the world that will inspire the look and feel of new stores and refurbishments throughout the UK and Ireland in the future, meaning no two Starbucks will ever be entirely the same,” according to a statement released by Starbucks UK.The Conduit Street branch has been designed to have a loft-like feel, with earthy colours and reclaimed materials including wood panelling and picture frames used. The firm aims to cut energy usage by 20% and conserve the equivalent of 900 Olympic swimming pools’ worth of water a year.“This new design approach, which is an important investment in the future of our company, also means that we can make a significant contribution to reaching our environmental targets,” commented Darcy Willson-Rymer, managing director, Starbucks UK and Ireland.last_img read more

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Barista competition experiences surge in entrants

first_imgThe London regional heat for the World Barista Championship has had to be doubled in size due to a surge of interested competitors this year.There are five regional heats where the baristas have 15 minutes to serve four espressos, which are then judged on flavour as well as the skills demonstrated in producing them. The competitors are then required to make four velvety textured cappuccinos, followed by four signature coffee drinks of their own creation.The semi-finals will take place on 28 February at Hotelympia, and the final will be held at the same venue on 1 March 2010. It’s the first time the Championships will have taken place in London.Last year’s UK Barista Champion, Gwilym Davies, went on to become World Champion in Atlanta.Visit www.scaeuk.com for more information.last_img read more

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Zero-residue moth control

first_imgExosect, a pest management solution provider, has launched an environmentally-friendly, zero-residue moth control system for use in food production sites. Exosex SPTab is an organic compliant, non-chemical solution, designed to ensure safe, high-quality food with reduced pesticide residues, said the firm.Exosex SPTab is a small tablet consisting of the firm’s unique Entostat powder, which uses small quantities of the female sex pheromone to confuse male moths and control moth population. “Pesticides in stored product food factories have traditionally been fumigation or spray processes,” said MD Martin Brown. “However, we believe that there will be increasing regulatory pressure to use residue-free pest management solutions.”www.exosect.comlast_img read more

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Britvic and Pepsi go large

first_imgBritish soft drinks manufacturer Britvic and PepsiCo UK is to launch what they are calling “the biggest pack innovation that the market has seen in over 15 years”.A new range of 600ml PET bottles will be available from April 2010 across the no- and low-sugar drinks in Britvic’s carbonates range, which include: Pepsi Max, Diet Pepsi, 7Up Free, and Tango. The new bottles will replace the existing 500ml range, but will still have the same RRP.The firm said research into the new 600ml format showed a massive increase in consumer purchase, with consumers stating that they were 84% more likely to purchase the new line of 600ml bottles ahead of existing products. “Pepsi Max, Tango and 7Up already command a higher rate of sale than other similar brands in the market and consumer research shows that the move to the new larger-size format will grow this further,” said Noel Clarke, senior brand manager for Pepsi.The launch will be supported by a £5m marketing campaign, starting on 12 April. Over three million money-off coupons will also be distributed throughout the key summer period to drive consumer trial.The new pack format will be on show at Britvic’s stand at the Baking Industry Exhibition from 21-24 March at Birmingham’s NEC.www.britvic.comlast_img read more

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EU rejects traffic light food labelling

first_imgMEPs have thrown out a proposal for ‘traffic light’ values on food packaging, but have backed plans for food labels that feature mandatory nutritional information, defeating the UK Food Standards Agency’s wish to see traffic light labelling adopted universally.‘Traffic light’ values to highlight the salt, sugar and fat content of processed foods were rejected in favour of labelling rules that would enable consumers to make informed healthy choices, while limiting the financial and administrative burden on food businesses, following a vote at the European Parliament yesterday (16 June).Politicians backed the European Commission proposal that the amount of fat, saturates, sugar and salt, as well as energy information, should be indicated on front-of-pack labelling, accompanied by guideline daily amounts.“Overall I am satisfied with the result of today’s important vote on clearer food information rules,” commented Renate Sommer, who drafted the report. “Personally, I am pleased that MEPs did not support traffic light labelling, but I also feel that we can continue to improve the current proposal to better inform consumers.”MEPs also voted in favour of extending country-of-origin labelling to all meat, poultry, dairy and other single-ingredient products, and to meat, poultry and fish when used as an ingredient in processed food.A proposal to ‘delete’ nutrient profiles from existing EU nutrition and health claims was rejected by a single vote.The draft legislation is expected to return to the European Parliament for a second reading and, when the legislation is adopted, food businesses will be given three years to adapt to the new rules. Businesses with a turnover of under €5m and fewer than 100 employees would have five years to comply.last_img read more

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A modern take on… Madeira Cake

first_imgI made this cake recently for a project my partner David Wright and I were working on with the theatre company Gideon Reeling. It’s called Salon du Thé and we recreated an Edwardian high tea ceremony from the food and tea on the menu, to the dress code and interactive performances, all with great attention to detail. This Seed and Cherry Madeira cake was the centrepiece on a menu that included hand-painted chocolate and pistachio eclairs with French chantilly cream and fresh fruit tarts with passionfruit and mint. The Salon will tour this summer around stately homes and festivals.IngredientsButter, room temp180gCaster sugar180gFree-range eggs3Marriages or other quality self-raising flour250gMilk3 tbspSmall handful of pitted cherries sliced into 3 piecesMixed seeds pumpkin, sesame, poppy75gGranulated sugar infused with Lapsang-Souchong tea (optional)Small handful flaked almonds toastedIcing sugar + lemon juice150gDouble cream150gRaspberry jam or coulisMethod1. Cream the butter and sugar together for 4 minutes. Add eggs one at a time and beat until just incorporated.2. Fold in the sifted flour, and add the milk slowly you need just enough to ensure the mixture falls slowly from the spoon. Fold in the seeds and cherries.3. Spoon evenly into a greased and lined 7-inch round cake tin and sprinkle the top with some of the LS-infused sugar. Bake 30-40 minutes in a 180C oven until done.4. Remove and cool in the tin for 8 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack and cool completely.5. Slice the cake carefully through the middle, spread the base layer with the coulis. Whip the cream and pipe over the top, then sandwich the two halves together.6. Mix the icing sugar with enough lemon juice to make it of pouring consistency and pour over the top of the cake. Dust with toasted almonds and garnish with fresh flowers if desired.www.lilyvanilli.comlast_img read more

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In Short

first_imgLASER homes in on golf tournamentThe London & South East Region of the National Association of Master Bakers has announced its 10th annual Golf Day will take place at Surrey National Golf Club, on Wednesday 27 July. The entry fee per team of four is £192, which includes 18 holes of golf and a three-course evening meal. For details contact Karl Flanagan on 01702 587934.Renshaw accoladeRenshaw has been named Exporter of the Year, as part of an entry for parent firm The Real Good Food Company, at the Liverpool Daily Post Regional Business Awards. Renshaw has increased its export sales year-on-year with a 73% increase in export turnover since 2008.Dean’s mini moveDean’s of Huntly has added a twist to its range of shortbread and oat biscuits with the launch of new mini bite-size versions in snack bags, including Mini Shortbread Rounds and Mini Original Oat Biscuits.Mural messageGrahams Bakery in Epworth has had a mural painted on the wall inside the bakery by a local artist (one of its van drivers), in a bid to get across the ’field to fork’ concept of the business. The firm said a lot of its customers did not realise it bakes all of its products on the premises, by hand, using old-fashioned methods.Polish-ed coursesThe Society of Food Hygiene and Technology has made one of its key e-learning courses available in Polish. The Food Safety Interactive course covers Level 1 Foundation Certificate in Food Hygiene and Level 2 Award in Food Safety in Catering. For more information visit www.sofht.co.uk.last_img read more

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Survey outlines poor August retail sales

first_imgThe high street suffered its worst sales in two years in August because of disruption cause by riots, according to a new study.A High Street Sales Tracker conducted by BDO, the accountancy giant, reported a 2.2% fall in sales year-on-year.Retailers in London, as well as those in other areas not directly affected by the disruption, were also forced to cut trading hours, which ate into performance.Non-store sales, which include online and phone orders, were 40.2% up year on year, which BDO said should offer further incentive to invest in multichannel operations.Don Williams, national head of retail and wholesale at BDO, said: “Ever since the recession hit, smart retailers have been working flat out to keep consumers spending in an extremely tough trading environment. But the scale and ferocity of the disruption we saw in August was a real body blow.“We don’t expect the pressure on consumer confidence to ease – or the cash they have in their pockets to increase – so we’re not expecting the sort of ’keep calm and carry on’ sales uplift that we might see if the economy was in better health.”>> Bakers report buoyant Bank Holiday saleslast_img read more

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Bus service between Notre Dame and Chicago airports resumes March 3rd

first_img By Tommie Lee – February 26, 2020 0 298 Bus service between Notre Dame and Chicago airports resumes March 3rd WhatsApp Twitter Facebook Facebook Google+ Pinterest Google+ Pinterest IndianaLocalNewsSouth Bend Market Previous articleSome Berrien County schools could start before Labor DayNext articleIndiana lawmakers agree on tougher tobacco sales penalties Tommie Lee A person walks along the lakeshore, Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019, in Chicago. A deadly arctic deep freeze enveloped the Midwest with record-breaking temperatures on Wednesday, triggering widespread closures of schools and businesses, and prompting the U.S. Postal Service to take the rare step of suspending mail delivery to a wide swath of the region. (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato) It’s been about three months, but bus service between South Bend and Chicago will resume in March.The Indiana Airport Supersaver buses stopped running at the end of last year between Chicago’s airports and the University of Notre Dame.Tuesday, Royal Excursion said on Facebook that the service would resume on March 3. The fare from the Campus to Chicago on that date will be $10. WhatsApp Twitterlast_img read more

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Elkhart County Jail lobby closes

first_imgCoronavirusIndianaLocalNewsSouth Bend Market Twitter (“Prison Bars Jail Cell” by Jobs For Felons Hub, CC BY 2.0) The Elkhart County Sheriff’s Office has closed the lobby of the County Jail as of Tuesday evening, and until further notice.Sheriff Siegel says it’s an effort to protect staff and inmates, and no members of the general public will be allowed inside the jail until the crisis is over.Family and friends who wish to visit an inmate can go to https://securustech.net/video-products/ index.html to set up a video visit from home. Family and friends who wish to place money on an inmate’s account can go to https://deposits.jailatm.com/webdeposits/.Professionals (attorneys, bondsmen and criminal justice professionals) will be medically screened in the lobby before being allowed inside the jail. Professionals who wish to visit with an inmate electronically, can contact Capt. Brad Rogers at [email protected] or at 574-891-2153. Previous articleBerrien County Health Department altering their serviceNext articleChanges at Humane Society of St. Joseph County due to COVID-19 Tommie Lee WhatsApp Pinterest By Tommie Lee – March 17, 2020 0 482 WhatsApp Facebook Elkhart County Jail lobby closes Twitter Google+ Pinterest Google+ Facebooklast_img read more

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Area water attractions might reopen by the end of the month

first_img Google+ CoronavirusIndianaLocalNewsSouth Bend Market By Tommie Lee – May 14, 2020 0 238 Pinterest WhatsApp Previous articleHow To Help Loved Ones With Alzheimer’s During COVID-19Next articleKrispy Kreme offering free donuts to The Class of ’20 on Tuesday Tommie Lee Area water attractions might reopen by the end of the month Facebook Pinterest Facebook Google+ WhatsApp (Photo supplied/City of South Bend) After weeks of going stir crazy and the promise of warmer weather on the horizon, families are anxious to find something fun for the kids.Per the governor’s directives, pools and splash pads around Indiana are preparing to open before the end of the month.A tentative date has been set for May 24, though that could change based on necessary movement in the state’s response. However, any decisions on when to reopen water attractions in our region will likely have to wait for guidance from the state government level, and further evaluation lies ahead. Twitter Twitterlast_img read more

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Three arrested after police take charge at homeless encampment in downtown South Bend

first_img Three arrested after police take charge at homeless encampment in downtown South Bend Facebook WhatsApp By Jon Zimney – May 26, 2020 1 328 WhatsApp IndianaLocalNews (Jon ZImney/95.3 MNC) Three arrests were made after several homeless people refused to leave a tent city encampment in downtown South Bend, on Tuesday, May 26, after being given several days notice to evacuate.The stand off with police happened at the encampment at South Michigan and Monroe Streets as South Bend Police and code enforcement took charge.Police Chief Scott Ruszkowski said there are several local agencies who can provide help for the people in the encampment, but they can’t force them to take it.The situation ended peacefully with most of those involved receiving help from a nearby church.The three people arrested face trespass and resisting charges. Google+ Twitter Previous articleSturgis boy, 14, critically injured in lawn mowing accidentNext articleState of Michigan expands COVID-19 testing 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 Google+ Twitter Pinterest Pinterestlast_img read more

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Unemployed Hoosiers offered free workforce skills courses

first_img TAGS180 SkillsclassescoronaviruscoursesCOVID0-19freeIndianaRapid Recovery for a Better Futureunemployedunemployment Unemployed Hoosiers offered free workforce skills courses Twitter Google+ Twitter CoronavirusIndianaLocalNews By Brooklyne Beatty – September 10, 2020 0 370 WhatsApp Facebookcenter_img Pinterest (Sarah Welliver/The Elkhart Truth) Unemployed Indiana residents now have an opportunity to gain workforce skills for free.A partnership between the State of Indiana and 180 Skills will allow up to 100,000 Hoosiers to take a variety of courses that focus on things like acing a job interview, mastering Microsoft Office and improving communication skills, to name just a few.The free course library includes more than 700 online, interactive and competency-based skills courses.The 180 Skills partnership is part of Indiana’s “Rapid Recovery for a Better Future” initiative led by the Governor’s Workforce Cabinet.All Hoosiers who are unemployed or otherwise impacted by COVID-19 are eligible, just complete an online form by clicking here.Employers interested in signing up employees for 180 Skills can do so by clicking here. WhatsApp Google+ Facebook Pinterest Previous articleMichigan City man qualifies as Armed Career Criminal, sentenced to 15 yearsNext articleCoquillard Elementary students receive school desks for at-home learning Brooklyne Beattylast_img read more

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Elkhart County moves into the state’s COVID-19 Red category

first_img Pinterest Google+ Previous articleIndiana Democratic lawmakers calling for redistricting rulesNext articleIU School of Medicine looking for volunteers for COVI9-19 study Tommie Lee WhatsApp CoronavirusIndianaLocalNewsSouth Bend Market Facebook Twitter Google+ (Photo supplied/State Of Indiana) Elkhart County now has a 7-day positivity rate of 17.9% with 1,061 weekly cases per 100,000 residents. 311 new cases were reported Wednesday in Elkhart County, along with three new deaths.A record-setting pace is being set for cases, hospitalizations, and deaths in Elkhart County, and 54 residents have died in the past 30 days.Health officials are preparing new restrictions that could go into effect later this week. St. Joseph County remains in the orange category, and reported 271 new cases on Wednesday with 5 additional deaths. Facebook Twitter WhatsApp Elkhart County moves into the state’s COVID-19 Red category By Tommie Lee – November 18, 2020 0 506 Pinterestlast_img read more

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Downtown Elkhart merchants plan “Downtown to You” delivery system

first_img Twitter The Gateway Mile (Krystal Vivian/Federated Media) The Merchant Alliance of Downtown Elkhart is set to offer an alternative to the big box stores this holiday season by creating the “Downtown to You” delivery service.Throughout the 2020 holiday season, customers will have the opportunity to shop the best holiday gifts available from small, local businesses in downtown Elkhart with the added benefit of free delivery within a certain mile radius, with most purchases qualifying for free delivery.Free gift wrapping service will also be available with many purchases.In partnership with the Elkhart County Convention & Visitors Bureau and the City of Elkhart, the program is expected to benefit small businesses in the Elkhart community that have been devastated by the ongoing Covid-19 crisis and will serve as a pandemic-friendly way to shop local and support small businesses in downtown Elkhart during this time.For more information regarding the Downtown to You merchant delivery program, please visit the Downtown Elkhart – Gateway Mile Facebook page. Twitter Pinterest Pinterest Google+ Google+ WhatsApp WhatsApp Previous articleUSDA: Make sure you thaw your turkey safelyNext articleThe Gift Of Lights holiday event returning to the Potawatomi Zoo 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. By Jon Zimney – November 25, 2020 0 323 Facebook Facebook CoronavirusIndianaLocalNews Downtown Elkhart merchants plan “Downtown to You” delivery systemlast_img read more

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News story: Government takes action to tackle domestic abuse

first_img It is appalling that in twenty-first century Britain, nearly 2 million people every year – the majority of them women – suffer abuse at the hands of those closest to them. Through this Bill I want to fundamentally change the way we as a country think about domestic abuse, recognising that it is a crime that comes in many forms – physical, emotional, economic. This is about creating a society that protects individuals and families at the earliest opportunity, before such abuse has a chance to escalate. This is a once in a generation opportunity to transform our entire approach to this terrible crime. I call on everyone, but especially those who have suffered abuse in any form, to speak out and help shape the way we approach this crime for years to come. This year we celebrated the centenary of achieving votes for women in this country, and today we recognise International Women’s Day. But while we have made great strides towards equality and opportunities for women, the fact there are still thousands of people suffering from domestic abuse shows how much work we still have to do. Domestic abuse takes many forms, from physical and sexual abuse, to controlling and coercive behaviour that isolates victims from their families and has long-term, shattering impacts on their children. The consultation we are launching today includes a number of proposals which have the potential to completely transform the way we tackle domestic abuse, providing better protection to victims and bringing more perpetrators to justice. We know that domestic abuse affects those from all walks of life. Victims can be young and old, male and female, and I hope as many people as possible will come forward to give us their views and share their experiences, as we seek to put an end to this abhorrent crime for good. Sandra Horley, CBE, Chief Executive of national domestic violence charity Refuge, says: Proposals to give domestic abuse victims the same status in court as those who have suffered modern slavery or sex offences, so that they would be automatically eligible for the range of special measures available in criminal proceedings, such as giving evidence behind a screen or via video link. Justice Secretary David Gauke said: This is a once in a generation opportunity to create a step-change in how we deal with domestic abuse. I look forward to reading the consultation and hope to see every strand focus on the needs of survivors and their children, and the creation of safe, effective responses to perpetrators. Potential for the Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme, known as Clare’s Law, to be enshrined in legislation. This allows police to disclose information about previous violent offending by a new or existing partner and build better protection for victims, and has already been rolled out operationally across the country. This is a true opportunity to have a national conversation about how to end domestic abuse, for good. We are ambitious for women and girls – we want every single one to be able to live safely at home and in their own relationships. We welcome the focus on the urgent need to hold perpetrators to account and to prioritise the needs and safety of women and girls. The time for piecemeal sticking plasters is over, we need radical change, and we will stand side-by-side with survivors to make this happen. Katie Ghose, Chief Executive of Women’s Aid, said: Home Secretary Amber Rudd said: The consultation will also seek views on legislation, as well as other steps that can be taken to tackle the harms caused by domestic abuse and support victims and survivors to rebuild their lives. These include: The damage caused by domestic abuse can last a lifetime. We have a duty not only to support those affected but to prevent others falling victim in future. We continue to improve the way domestic abuse is dealt with throughout the justice system, but there is undoubtedly more we can do. By proposing to give courts greater powers, from a new protection order to tougher sentences, we are sending a clear message that domestic abuse in any form will not be tolerated. Domestic abuse comes in many forms, shattering the lives of victims and their families, and in recognition of this the government has put forward proposals for new laws which would transform our approach to this terrible crime.The consultation launched today (Thursday 8 March) by the Prime Minister Theresa May, Home Secretary Amber Rudd and Justice Secretary David Gauke, will seek views on measures to be included in the government’s draft Domestic Abuse Bill.To ensure we get this landmark legislation right we now want to hear from all those who have been affected by abuse, from survivors, frontline professionals, charities and the public, to gather views on how, together, we can best put a stop to it once and for all.Our tough new approach includes new Domestic Abuse Protection Orders to better shield victims against further abuse by enabling courts to impose a range of conditions on abusers. These could be compulsory alcohol treatment, attending a programme to address their underlying attitudes or addictions, and using electronic tagging to monitor them. Under the proposals, breaching the order would become a criminal offence.We have also proposed the creation of a statutory aggravating factor in sentencing, similar to those already in law for hate crimes, for domestic abuse to toughen sentences when it involves or affects a child, and the creation of a Domestic Abuse Commissioner to hold the government to account.Economic abuse will be recognised for the first time as a type of domestic abuse, covering controlling circumstances in which victims have finances withheld, are denied access to employment or transport, or are forced to take out loans and enter into other financial contracts. Our recognition will improve understanding among frontline professionals, law enforcement officers and prosecutors so we can take action more quickly and effectively to better support victims.Prime Minister Theresa May said: Jo Todd, founding Chief Executive of domestic abuse charity Respect, said: Refuge applauds the intentions of the government to put survivors at the heart of its efforts to stamp out domestic abuse. We have worked closely with the government up to this point and look forward to continuing to do so, especially on a new national model for refuges. It is very welcome news that the government has announced its commitment to sustainable refuge funding alongside the launch of the consultation. As the largest provider of refuges, supporting more than 6,000 women and children a day across our services, we believe that guaranteeing the life-saving and life-changing services needed by victims of domestic abuse will go a long way towards protecting and supporting the people at the very heart of the proposed Bill. As part of the consultation the government will also be seeking views on how to allocate some of the £20m funding announced last year.Studies have shown that adults who as a child witnessed domestic abuse are far more likely to experience abuse by a partner as an adult, and so an £8 million fund will be allocated to support children who witness domestic abuse, and help with their recovery through locally commissioned projects.Meanwhile £2 million will be dedicated to supporting female offenders who have been victims, as over 60 per cent have indicated they have experienced domestic abuse.As part of these important initiatives designed to make tackling domestic abuse everybody’s business, £2 million will be used to extend a healthcare pathfinder pilot across further hospital trusts and help direct domestic abuse victims to the full range of services they need.This government is also completely committed to developing a sustainable funding model for refuges, and to ensuring that there is no postcode lottery when it comes to provision across the country. That is why we are reviewing the way in which refuges and supported housing are delivered.We have heard the need for sustainable funding for refuges which is why we asked all the charities and organisations working on the frontline to feed in their expertise and come forward with their ideas as to how best to deliver this on the ground. That process is ongoing – and we have been clear no options are off the table as we work with them to ensure women requiring support in their time of need are not let down.Yesterday changes also came into effect making it easier for the estimated 12,000 survivors of domestic abuse living in refuges to register to vote anonymously. They will now be able to register to vote without their name and address appearing on the electoral roll, and without the fear of their former partners finding their address.Suzanne Jacob OBE, Chief Executive of national domestic abuse charity SafeLives, said: We are delighted that the government is marking International Women’s Day by launching the consultation on the landmark Domestic Abuse Bill. We want to make sure that the Bill makes a real difference to the lives of survivors of domestic abuse. We will be working with survivors, members who deliver life-saving domestic abuse services and the wider violence against women and girls sector to ensure that the law, policy and practice makes domestic abuse everyone’s business. We want to see the Bill encompass and go beyond changes to the criminal justice system to include policies on housing, education, health, immigration and the welfare system to name but a few, to ensure that every survivor and her child can safely escape domestic abuse.last_img read more

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Press release: RSH Quarterly survey published covering Q4 – January to March 2018

first_imgFiona MacGregor, Executive Director of Regulation, said: in the year to March 2018, providers agreed £10.1 billion of new facilities, £2.5 billion more than in the previous year 95% of providers having sufficient debt facilities to last over 12 months or more – with the sector’s re-financing risk and re-pricing risk remaining low an moderate increase in the 18 month pipeline for both affordable home ownership (AHO) and market sales total investment in new supply at £10.0 billion in the 12 months to March 2018 was broadly in line with forecasts – with investment in new housing supply expected to be £14.3 billion over the 12 month forecast period capitalised major repairs increased 4% in the year to March 2018, and are forecast to increase further in the year to March 2019 The survey provides a regular source of information regarding the financial health of PRPs, in particular with regard to their liquidity position. The March survey includes additional annual data, particularly relating to private finance. Where any information received through the Quarterly survey indicates a potential concern, this is followed up with providers. Although providers currently remain in a strong financial position, the regulator will continue to closely monitor sales exposure and sales activity. Where sales revenues are lower than forecast or where a provider is reliant on sales receipts, we will seek assurance that the individual providers have sufficient access to liquidity. The Quarterly survey sets out information such as the amount of borrowing by registered providers and where they have borrowed it from, the number of affordable home ownership homes and market sale homes they have built and sold. Alongside a programme of periodic In Depth Assessments and regular financial stability checks, it provides regulatory assurance on the sector’s financial strength and the continued viability of individual providers.The regulator’s Quarterly surveys are available on our website.Further informationThe regulation of social housing is the responsibility of the Regulation Committee, a statutory committee of the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA). The organisation refers to itself as the Regulator of Social Housing in undertaking the functions of the Regulation Committee. Homes England is the trading name of the HCA’s non-regulation functions.The regulator’s purpose is to promote a viable, efficient and well-governed social housing sector able to deliver homes that meet a range of needs. It does this by undertaking robust economic regulation focusing on governance, financial viability and value for money that maintains lender confidence and protects the taxpayer. It also sets consumer standards and may take action if these standards are breached and there is a significant risk of serious detriment to tenants or potential tenants.For more information visit the RSH website.Our About the Regulator of Social Housing page has contact details for media enquiries.For general queries to RSH, please email [email protected] or call 0300 124 5225. The Regulator of Social Housing’s latest Quarterly survey shows that the social housing sector has sufficient access to finance and is in a robust position to respond to any changes to the wider economic environment.The survey report, published today (31 May 2018), covers the period 1 January 2018 to 31 March 2018 and includes forecasts up to 31 March 2019. This quarter’s survey, based on responses from 229 private registered providers (PRPs) and PRP groups who own or manage more than 1,000 homes, also includes annual data relating to private finance, impairment and non-registered entities.Some of the main findings in this quarter include:last_img read more

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Press release: EU statement on human rights in Xinjiang

first_imgThe UK supports the below EEAS statement issued on 26 October on the revision by the Chinese authorities of the ‘Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region Regulation on De-extremification’.Statement by the EEAS Spokesperson on the situation in Xinjiang: The revision by the Chinese authorities of the “Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region Regulation on De-extremification” highlights the deteriorating human rights situation in Xinjiang. There are credible reports of mass detentions in political “re-education camps” affecting Uighurs and other minorities; of mass surveillance; of restrictions on travel; and of Uighurs abroad allegedly being returned to China involuntarily. These revisions run counter to the recommendations provided by the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, which call on China to change its policy in the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region. In this context, the EU expects China to respect freedom of religion or belief, and freedom of expression, as well as the rights of persons belonging to ethnic or national minorities, as guaranteed by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, to which China is a signatory. For journalists Further information Follow the Foreign Office on Instagram, YouTube and LinkedIncenter_img Follow the Foreign Office on Twitter @foreignoffice and Facebook Media enquiries Email [email protected]last_img read more

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Press release: Foreign Secretary call with Juan Guaido: 30 January 2019

first_img Media enquiries At the end of the call, the Foreign Secretary told Mr Guaido he was a courageous and brave man working for a brighter future for the people of Venezuela and that he would be discussing the crisis with other EU Foreign Ministers during a meeting on Thursday (31 January) in Bucharest. Mr Guaido said the meeting of EU Foreign Ministers was a very important meeting for Venezuela’s future and if Maduro did not call for new Presidential elections after the eight day deadline already announced, then it would be a time to increase the pressure on the Maduro dictatorship. Mr Guaido said the EU should consider increasing pressure on Maduro through further sanctions, and should collectively recognise him – Mr Guaido – as the constitutional interim President of Venezuela. Email [email protected] Speaking about his own personal safety, Mr Guaido told the Foreign Secretary about the many death threats he has received, as well as threats to his family and that he is facing judicial persecution in a country which has already jailed over 300 political prisoners. Further information For journalists Yesterday [Wednesday 30 January] Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt spoke to Juan Guaido, the President of the National Assembly of Venezuela.A Foreign Office spokesman said:center_img Follow the Foreign Secretary on Twitter @Jeremy_Hunt and Facebook Follow the Foreign Office on Instagram, YouTube and LinkedIn The Foreign Secretary and Mr Guaido also discussed the humanitarian crisis in Venezuela. Mr Guaido said that there is immense suffering, food shortages and that several people had recently died due to the lack of electricity in hospitals. Mr Guaido said that 3.3 million people, which is 15% of the population, have left the country as migrants in the last three years to escape the crisis, with many making their way to neighbouring countries like Peru and Ecuador on foot. During the call, the Foreign Secretary said to Juan Guaido that there are many people in the UK who admire his courage and support what he is doing under the Venezuelan constitution. Mr Guaido told the Foreign Secretary he appreciated the support from the UK and said it was an important moment for Venezuela and the people of his country who have suffered for many years under the Maduro regime. Mr Guaido said it was time to put pressure on the Maduro regime, to shift support away from those responsible for oppression and to back efforts to ensure a democratic transition of government took place as soon as possible. Follow the Foreign Office on Twitter @foreignoffice and Facebooklast_img read more

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New Esquires global master franchiser

first_imgA new company has obtained the global franchise rights to Esquires Coffee Houses – however, it will be business as usual in the UK.New Zealand company Cooks Food Group has entered a conditional sale and purchase agreement to acquire shares of Franchise Development Ltd (FDL), in a deal which will see Cooks gain master franchising rights to Esquires Coffee Houses in countries across the world. In connection with the transaction to Cooks, and through a $1.3m secured advance from the company, FDL has now also acquired the Canadian company Esquires Coffee International, Inc. As a result of this sale, it has become the master franchiser of the global intellectual property rights to Esquires Coffee Houses – overseeing a network that includes the UK and Ireland franchised operations, but excludes Canada, New Zealand and Australia.Peter Kirton, managing director of Esquires Coffee Houses UK, said: “This investment in the Esquires Coffee Houses network is very welcome news. While business will remain as usual in the UK, we will additionally benefit from a stronger global brand and the experience and expertise that will be made available to all master licensees.”last_img read more

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Restructure sees 2,600 jobs go at Morrisons

first_imgSupermarket giant Morrisons is to cut 2,600 jobs as part of a restructuring plan. A 45-day consultation process about plans to take out two tiers of management in its stores will begin as it attempts to cut costs in order to fund lower prices for customers. The move comes following three years of slimmed-down management trials over the past year.Former chairman Sir Ken Morrison had lambasted the chain over poor service in its stores, which he blamed on reduced staff hours. The new structure will bring together the roles of department managers, looking after specific areas with supervisors. Around 1,000 of those staff will be promoted to more senior roles and Morrisons plans to find new positions more locally or at new stores, which is expected to create 4,000 jobs later this year.Reduce costsMorrisons is under pressure to reduce costs to fund £1bn in price cuts and product improvements over the next three years. Last month saw it introduce price cuts on 1,200 items by an average of 17%.Of 126,000 employees, the structural changes will mean around 26,000 will lose their jobs.Last month, its competitor Asda also announced a major restructuring, which put 4,100 jobs into consultation. The Walmart-owned company said it would ditch existing department manager roles and would create section leader posts.It claimed the creation of the new position would create 5,000 new roles – meaning a net increase of 900 jobs.last_img read more

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Grocery price inflation stands at 0.2% as big four feel the squeeze

first_imgGrocery price inflation has fallen for the eleventh consecutive period, according to the latest figures from Kantar Worldpanel.The report for the 12 weeks to 17 August reveals inflation to stand at just 0.2% – the lowest level since October 2006 when measurement began.Despite continued challenging market conditions, Asda, Waitrose and Farm Foods have peformed ahead of the market in terms of growth. Both Asda and Waitrose have boosted market share to 17.2% and 4.9% respectively cmpared with the same period last year.Asda has achieved growth through pushing its Price Lock strategy, which maintains low prices on everyday items, while Waitrose is running competitive offers on home delivery alongside offers for myWaitrose card users.Challenging marketThe remaining of the big four are feeling the squeeze as Tesco and Morrisons shares remain under pressure, while Sainsbury’s has suffered a small drop in share from 16.5% to 16.4% as its sales growth lags behind the market at 0.3%.Meanwhile, Aldi and Lidl have maintained their record shares of 4.8% and 3.6% respectively, mainly thanks to some 53% of households in the UK shopping at the discounters over the last 12 weeks.Edward Garner, director at Kantar Worldpanel, said: “Competitive pricing among the big grocers and deflation in the price of staple items such as vegetables, milk and bread has driven inflation down yet again.”This naturally impacts on the overall growth of the grocery market, which has fallen to a 10-year record low of 0.8%.”last_img read more

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BIA 12 Days of Christmas: Slattery to improve online business

first_imgThe tenth instalment of our Christmas treats- Slattery, the renowned Manchester-based bakery and chocolatier is to invest its online offering.The winner of BIA Celebration Cake Business of the Year, Slattery has said it will also grow its cake business.The bakery has this year made a cake for I’m A Celebrity contestant Carl Fogarty, winner of the Jungle King crown. It is currently running its Christmas stall in Manchester Christmas market.The business also launched a new range of beers this year, made especially for them by a local brewery, which has created a chocolate stout to complement the bakery’s chocolate business.General manager of Slattery, John Slattery told British Baker: “Over the past year we have seen a significant rise in our ‘on line sales’, next year this is an area we will be investing both time and money in to further build our mail order business.”“We expect to see a continuation and hopefully an increase in the trend for bigger and more elaborate celebration cakes both in the birthday and wedding sectors.”last_img read more

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Scottish Bakers recognises key members

first_imgA selection of bakers have been recognised at the Scottish Bakers Conference, for their service to the Scottish bakery sector.Life Member Awards were handed to Gordon McGhee, past Scottish Bakers president, Dennis Brown of BFP, and Terry Tredget from Rondo. Keith Houliston of Bakels was also handed an Honorary Member award.Houliston joined Scottish Bakers in 1981 and was honoured for being “instrumental” in delivering study tours to the Scottish Bakers 40 Group for the association.McGhee, the past president was recognised for his key role in modernising the Association and significantly increasing its training and range of services offered.The bakers were handed the awards at the 124th conference, where McGhees Family Bakers of Glasgow was named Scottish Baker of the Year for 2015.last_img read more

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Whole Earth Sweetener Co launches in UK

first_imgWhole Earth Sweetener Co, which produces low-calorie sweeteners, has launched in the UK.America-based Whole Earth Sweetener Co is bringing its “ground-breaking innovation” to the low-calorie sweetener category this month.Having successfully launched in the US, the brand’s new generation of stevia products will be available in Sainsbury’s.The range includes brown cane sugar with stevia, which is aimed at the bakery market and “complements the sweetness of the stevia leaf extract with cane sugar, creating gold-standard crunchy crystals, bringing a rich sweetness to all baked goods”, said the company.It added in a statement: “Use half the quantity for the same sweetness as regular sugar, resulting in 50% fewer calories.”last_img read more

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London Food Corporation enters free-from market

first_imgLondon Food Corporation has entered the free-from market with the acquisition of gluten-free cereal and food manufacturer Big Oz.The new ownership will make the UK-based gluten-free cereal pioneer “rightly poised to withstand challenges and take advantage of opportunities that Brexit may present”, said Lalit Premchandani, a director of the co-owned venture.Established in 1999, Big Oz processes and packs puffed grains, crispy and soft flakes, oats, granola and flours that are free from the 14 major allergens at its Sunbury-based plant.Clive Ball, Big Oz national sales manager, will head up the business development, along with the technical and commercial team managers. He said: “We are now fully focused on increasing market penetration, bringing a wider variety to our consumers in the UK, and also pursuing opportunities coming from export markets that trust UK-based manufacturers.”Premchandani claimed London Food had entered a fast-growing segment of British food manufacturing – Mintel research valued the UK free-from food market at £837m.Speaking of the deal, he added: “We see the free-from food category as a symbol of wholesome nutrition, great taste and convenience for our consumers. We are committed to working closely with our partners to tailor our business model, such that we become the most preferred supplier in this category.”last_img read more

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Greggs to cut 820 jobs as lockdown sales fall

first_imgSource: GreggsGreggs is to cut 820 jobs from its business as a result of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, as CEO Roger Whiteside warns “there can be no room for complacency”.The redundancies, which were proposed in its September trading update, come after a consultation process with union and employee representatives.“Covid trading conditions have forced this action onto our business and we are all very saddened by the need to part company with around 820 friends and colleagues, many of whom have worked with us for many years,” Whiteside said in a post on Greggs’ employee information site.However, he added that several counter proposals had been accepted with some shop employees agreeing to a reduction in their contract hours to minimise the need for further redundancies.“At lockdown levels of sales, even after all of the mitigating action that we have taken, Greggs will not be profitable as a business and there can be no room for complacency,” Whiteside added.However, the firm said no shops would be closed as a result.Prior to the pandemic, Greggs was in strong growth describing 2019 as an “exceptional financial year” for the business.The outbreak and consequent lockdowns impacted its sales and also disrupted supply chains, with the temporary closure of its Leeds distribution centre in August, and the halt of production at its Newcastle factory in September owing to staff members testing positive for the virus.“Greggs has shown its resilience and ability to adapt to even these most extreme conditions. We are determined to emerge from this crisis stronger than ever, and have exciting plans to invest in Next Generation Greggs with new shops, new digital ways for customers to shop with us, a more efficient supply chain and first-class central support,” Whiteside added.Christmas will be unlike any other, he noted as he laid out Greggs’ priorities to help it react to new customer footfall patterns and shopping environment. These include:Concentrating on its Christmas offering including favourites such as the Festive Bake, Vegan-friendly Sweet Mince Pies, and our Pigs Under Blankets BaguetteContinuing to roll out its delivery service via Just Eat to more shops nationwideFurther developing its click and collect offerRewarding customers for their loyalty via our updated Greggs Rewards scheme, andOpening up new shops at pace in areas where we can provide easy access for customers, especially those who are in cars. These openings have also helped it to mitigate job losses in some areas.Pret is also among the high street chains to suffer as a result of the pandemic with more than 3,000 jobs lost from its UK shops and support centres and 30 shops closing permanently.last_img read more

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