“People are switching back to doughnuts,” according to Noel Johnston. Mr Johnston is owner of the newly opened Donut Tree, a retail outlet in Lisburn’s Bow Street Mall in Northern Ireland. He has worked in the catering business for over 15 years, attending sporting events and exhibitions with a specialist donut unit. But when Mr Johnston took over the ailing café site that is now the Donut Tree, he had big plans for his new business. Up and running since the beginning of the year, Donut Tree sells a range of US-style ring donuts, including hot sugared and cold glazed varieties. The 12-strong standard range of flavours includes maple syrup, chocolate, strawberry, caramel and mint, and extra toppings such as chopped nuts, coconuts and M&Ms are available too. Mr Johnston says the most popular flavours are maple and caramel.Freshly bakedAlso on offer is a range of cookies and muffins, which are freshly baked in the store each day, mainly from scratch, and any unsold product is discarded at the end of the day. Beverages include milkshakes, teas and coffees, provided by local supplier Johnsons.Mr Johnston says that while the Bow Street Mall has a number of food outlets, there is no direct competition for the Donut Tree – he regards the store as being in a class of its own. “Our sales are buoyant and there’s certainly no sign of decline,” he says. Franchise future?He is already looking to expand the business, although at present is undecided whether it will be through the acquisition of new outlets or by creating a franchise chain. “If the right sites come up then we will look at opening new outlets,” he says, “but equally we could be franchising in the future. It’s all up for discussion.”
Hurry you have until June 30 to enter the Baking Industry Awards, after calls for more time from our readers.Are you a plant bread or confectionery production manager making a mark on your business? Well, the Plant Production Manager of the Year category is for you! And calling all outstanding craft bakers: the Craft Bakery Award has your name written on it! From suppliers to retailers there is something for everyone in the 11 categories. Winning could be as straightforward as filling out a simple form, and all finalists are invited to the industry event of the year, at London’s Grosvenor House hotel on 18 September.If you have not received an entry form, there is still time to have one sent to you by our events department. Phone Emma Wiles on 01293 867630, or e-mail: [email protected] CategoriesBaking Industry Awards CategoriesThe Customer Focus Award – have you improved customer service? The Craft Bakery Award – Are you moving forwards?The In-Store Bakery Award – Are you a thriving team?Bakery Supplier of the Year – Are you an efficent supplier?Bakery Food Manufacturer of the Year – Do you excel?Plant Production Manager of the Year – Are you a proactive leader?Celebration Cake Maker of the Year – Do you have decorative flair? The Marketing Award – Have you grown sales for your business?Baker of the Year – Can you win?Healthy Bakery Concept of the Year – Do your innovations turn heads?Student Baker of the Year – Are you top of your class?
Supermarket Tesco has revealed it will have completed a roll-out of standard-sized bread baskets to all its plant bread fixtures by the end of its financial year.The new “one-size-fits-all” 10-loaf “Omega” baskets are now being used to display bread in 400 of its supermarkets, in the Midlands and the south. And Tesco has just started introducing the baskets in the north and Scotland, at a rate of 30 stores a week. They will be in 680 of its supermarkets by December.By March 2007, Tesco plans to have them in all of its stores across the UK, including Tesco Express convenience stores. Tesco senior buying manager, plant bread and morning goods Jeremy Summers told British Baker the baskets save time in replenishing the bread aisle as baskets can be wheeled straight onto the shop floor and do not need to be unloaded before display. He added: “In terms of availability, the stores with the standard Omega bread tray are performing better than those without. It helps bread to remain in stock throughout the day.”Tesco began trialling standard baskets in October 2004, in agreement with its main plant bread suppliers and the Federation of Bakers. Suppliers previously used a variety of basket sizes, holding eight to 15 loaves.Rival supermarkets are less keen. Asda buying manager for bakery Amanda Peberdy said the baskets may reduce efficiency: “Eighteen months ago, we moved to displaying bread on shelves, rather than in baskets. If you reduce the case size, it takes longer to get the same amount of product on the shelf.”Sainsbury’s plant bread buyer Sophie Luckman said the bread baskets used by Tesco increase on-shelf availability at the start of the day, but reduce fixture capacity compared to its current shelf fixtures, resulting in the need for frequent in-day replenishment.
While the national news is full of gloomy tales of dodgy dealing and bankers’ greed, here’s a form of transaction they’d do well to learn: honesty. Honesty Coffee Shop in the Philippines has no sales staff and relies on its customers to pay up after choosing from a product list next to a box and a sign reading ’Please Pay Here’. Would it catch on in the UK? Well, it worked for WH Smith when it introduced an honesty box for newspapers, and it certainly cuts down on staff overheads…But it’s unlikely to challenge Starbucks any time soon: UK consumers might baulk at the drinks, served from a thermos bottle and packets of coffee. Then there’s the question of crime. Local mayor Ramon Elizondo is quoted in the Filipino press as saying the only crime committed there is “drunkenness and unruly behaviour under the influence of gin”. Not so dissimilar to the UK, then.
== The Trapdoor Toaster ==Earlier this year, Stop the Week scoured the world for toaster boffinery as we sought out the top 10 toaster technology breakthroughs. But who are we to close the door on toaster innovation? Here we have a toaster that turns toasting on its head. Instead of the satisfying pop, the toast is released through a trapdoor, thus eliminating the risk of death from digging out a hefty slice with your fingers or a knife. It retails for $80 in the US.
Pret director tributesPret A Manger’s former commercial director Simon Hargraves has died from cancer. Tributes in Sandwich & Snack News spoke of his popularity in the office, his ability to make work a pleasurable experience and his high standards and intuition.Lion Eggs onlineBakers who want to source British Lion Egg products can now do so online, on a new website: www.lioneggproducts.co.uk. The site highlights the benefits of specifying the use of Lion egg products, as well as offering market information and case studies. The product database enables bakers to source a wide range of different products.Greggs vandalisedGreggs’ Moorland Road store in Bath had to throw away its entire stock after a vandal sprayed a fire extinguisher through the letterbox. Police and the fire brigade set up a 50-yard cordon round the store and closed part of the road while they investigated the incident.York cake contestThe search is on for York’s greatest cake in a competition to celebrate a revamp at one of the city’s cafes. Krumbs, which provides catering and hospitality training to local adults with learning disabilities, wants residents to send in their own recipe, along with a short explanation about why they think it should be voted York’s Greatest Cake. Email: [email protected]’s brand spendFox’s has unveiled a new £3m marketing initiative to support the relaunch of its biscuit bar brand, Rocky. It will be rolled out throughout September, and Fox’s hopes it will broaden the brand’s target audience.
The Government’s decision to scrap the regulation that prescribes the size of unwrapped loaves has been welcomed by craft bakers across the country.The current regulations only allow the sale of unwrapped loaves weighing more than 300g to be made up in quantities of 400g or multiples of it. However, the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), has announced plans to update the rules in order to introduce greater flexibility for bakers. It said fixed sizes for unwrapped bread would be scrapped, so bakers would be free to innovate.In April 2009 an EC directive came into force, which saw the regulation that limited the size of packaged loaves scrapped.Mike Holling, chairman of the National Association of Master Bakers and retail and sales manager of Birds of Derby, said he was very pleased to hear the decision. “This issue has been raised many times by the NAMB on behalf of its members. At last it gives us a level playing field to work from and I am confident many craft bakers will use this change in the regulations to develop new products for their customers.”Baker Anthony Kindred, of Kindred Bakery, said he was in two minds about the relaxation of the regulations, which he said may cause some confusion for customers as the bread would need to be priced per 100g/kilo. “We have to checkweigh our bread at the moment, to prove we’re abiding by the law, so that would go if the law changed,” he said.However, he welcomed the increased flexibility that the new ruling would give bakers, and said his customers have been discussing it as if the law had been scrapped already. “We have been watching what the big brands have been doing [since the regulations for the size of packaged loaves were scrapped],” he explained, but he added that there hadn’t been much in the way of innovation.A Statutory Instrument introducing these changes will be laid before Parliament during the coming session.
WhatsApp St. Joseph County Jail goes on lock-down as new inmate tests positive for COVID-19 (Tommie Lee/95.3 MNC) Thursday morning the St. Joseph County Jail went on lock-down after a newly-arrived inmate tested positive for the virus.The move was made out of an abundance of caution to minimize the movement of staff and inmates and investigate other possible exposures. Those who were possibly exposed were isolated for further testing and evaluation. The area of exposure was believed to be limited to the jail’s medical isolation unit.Release:St. Joseph County Jail on Lock DownEarly this morning as a precautionary safety measure, the inmate pods in the St. Joseph County jail were put on lock down following a test result of a positive COVID-19 newly arrived inmate. The lock down was ordered by the Sheriff & Warden to limit staff and inmate movement with the jail while jail staff and medical investigate any other possible COVID-19 exposures, isolate and test those potentially exposed. The inmates are only locked down within their pods not their bunk cells, and they still have access to the day room and telephones.At this time the area of exposure is limited only to the jail medical isolation unit. The asymptomatic inmate has been treated by jail staff as a possible positive since his arrival on Monday from Westville Correctional. The inmate has been handled via all jail COVID protocols, including being masked and housed only within the jail’s medical isolation since his arrival at the jail. The suspected individual has tested positive for COVID-19 and any potentially exposed jail staff or jail trustees will be precautionarily tested and isolated.As of May 6th, the jail medical staff have tested and isolated over 54 inmates, all returning negative. Pinterest By Tommie Lee – May 7, 2020 0 449 WhatsApp Facebook Google+ Google+ Pinterest Twitter Previous articleIHSAA: There will be high school football in Indiana this fallNext articleWalorski appointed to subcommittee on coronavirus crisis Tommie Lee CoronavirusIndianaLocalNewsSouth Bend Market Facebook Twitter
WhatsApp Previous articleCatholic Parish in Elkhart reports two priests test positive for COVID-19Next articleIndiana unemployment rate soars to 16.9% Carl Stutsman Google+ Pinterest Twitter Twitter CoronavirusIndianaLocalNewsSouth Bend Market By Carl Stutsman – May 22, 2020 0 425 South Bend-Mishawaka YMCA has announced it’s closing indefinitely WhatsApp Facebook Pinterest Facebook (Photo supplied/YMCA) Ongoing financial troubles are among reasons why officials with the YMCA say they are closing branch doors permanently. Their issues also have been exacerbated by the ongoing pandemic.Below is the full release from the South Bend-Mishawaka YMCA:The YMCA of Greater Michiana is permanently closing the South Bend-Mishawaka YMCA branch effective Tuesday, May 26.“As we navigate the COVID-19 health crisis, we must reimagine how to best serve the greater Michiana community,” said Mark Weber, CEO of the YMCA of Greater Michiana. “This means our YMCA has made the very difficult decision to permanently close this branch.”The Y plans to continue partnerships with area businesses and organizations to provide programming that falls into its areas of impact, such as youth development and community wellness. The closure of this facility will not be the end of the Y’s presence in St. Joseph County.“After extensive research and evaluation, we determined this physical location was not financially sustainable moving forward,” said Weber. “However, our work in the South Bend community is not done. We’re working on a business plan that will bring us wherever we are needed in the future.”Local Y programs have continuously expanded outside of their physical locations, allowing them to serve the community in several ways, including working with local schools and meeting their needs for onsite before- and after-school programs that provide mentoring and a safe space for kids.“While fitness centers are the face of the YMCA, we are uniquely capable of making an impact on the health and wellness of our community without a specific building or set of walls,” said Weber. “As a cause-driven organization, we only need passion, people, and commitment to continue serving and supporting our community.”All South Bend-Mishawaka YMCA memberships will remain active through August 2020 at no charge. During this time, members may utilize alternate YMCA facilities including our Niles-Buchanan and Benton Harbor-St. Joseph branches upon their reopening. Additionally, your Y membership gives you access to most Ys nationwide.The Y has been part of the South Bend and surrounding communities for over a century. Its current location of 1201 Northside Boulevard has housed the organization since 1964.To learn more about the Y please visit ymcagm.org. Google+
By Jon Zimney – December 29, 2020 0 265 (Photo supplied/ABC 57) Investigators with the St. Joseph County Metro Homicide Unit are, again, pleading for anybody with information about the deadly shooting in Central Park in Mishawaka, earlier this month, to step forward.An 18-year-old Osceola man who was shot died after days of being on life support. A 17-year-old boy from Mishawaka who was shot sustained non-life-threatening injuries.The St. Joseph County Metro Homicide Unit released the following statement:The St. Joseph County Metro Homicide Unit (CMHU) continues to actively investigate the homicide that occurred on December 15, 2020, in Central Park, Mishawaka. We have interviewed numerous people and continue to do so. We believe that there are several people who were, at the very least, witnesses to this shooting.Through our investigation efforts we have pieced together some of the circumstances surrounding the event. We need those who have not yet come forward as of this date to do so immediately. Please call CMHU at 574-235-5009 or 574-235-9292 or 574-876-6775. This remains an open and active investigation and will continue to be until resolved. WhatsApp Facebook IndianaLocalNews Google+ Pinterest Previous articleWarsaw Man Facing Intimidation Charge After Alleged ThreatsNext articleBerrien County Sheriff’s Office receives donations to help purchase high-tech drone 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. WhatsApp Facebook Pinterest Google+ Metro Homicide invesigators asking for Central Park shooting witnesses to come forward Twitter Twitter