Month: April 2021


first_imgCoffee Republic’s chief executive Steven Bartlett is to stand down at the company’s forthcoming Annual General Meeting.The coffee bar chain’s current executive chairman, Peter Breach, will take over the role temporarily while a permanent replacement is found. Bartlett will remain on Coffee Republic’s board in a non-executive role. It is expected that he will be appointed vice-chairman, and will continue to hold shares in the company.Bartlett has been chief executive since October 2006, after he set up a shareholder pressure group, which helped to oust founder Bobby Hashemi from the company. In a statement, the company said: “Bartlett has accomplished a notable turnaround and has established Coffee Republic as a major coffee house brand in the UK while also establishing the foundation for a strong international brand.”Coffee Republic’s like-for-like sales for the first three months of the 2008 financial year were up 2.5%, due largely to “strong growth by franchises”.—-=== Green Watch ===== Waste saving ==Food and drink manufacturers prevented more than 0.5m tonnes (t) of food waste being created in 2006, by sending food by-products for uses such as animal feed, according to a survey published by the Food and Drink Federation (FDF) and Defra. Of the waste that did arise at the sites surveyed, 82% was recycled or recovered.The survey found that of the 835,000t of food and packaging waste produced at 236 production sites of FDF members in 2006, 686,000t were recycled or recovered and 138,000t were sent directly to landfill. The results will help FDF’s work with the government’s Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP) to continue improving food and packaging waste prevention.The FDF sent questionnaires to all of its members to survey their food and packaging waste output and food production sites in the UK for 2006, along with disposal and recovery routes. A copy of the full report is available from [http://www.fed.org.uk].Last October, the FDF published its five-fold Environmental Ambition, which pledges to eliminate packaging waste to landfill from 2015.last_img read more


first_imgCosta’s head of product development, Beverley Philips, shares her hopes and thoughts for the year aheadWith 2009 shaping up as a year of economic difficulty, it could prove challenging for retailers to convince customers to spend on non-essentials. For my team and I, this year will be about ensuring our customers not only see coffee as an affordable and worthwhile treat, but also cakes and paninis. Having a wider offer across products and price points to match their needs and finances will be key.On a broader scale, the continued blurring of the coffee shop market is resulting in a more complex consumer base. With so many coffee shops in so many different locations – such as airports, hotels, the high street, petrol stations and hospitals – we require an even greater understanding of the different customers to develop appropriate products.There is also an increasing opportunity to develop certain products for specific customer needs. This is an exciting prospect for us in NPD, as it means greater development options are possible.As such, it is important to work with suppliers, who are innovative in their development, willing to invest in consumer research, and who recognise the benefit of trialling products in-store to gain feedback.Listening to our customers, increasing the level of new product launches, and having great suppliers working in partnership with us will make this year the most exciting yet.last_img read more


first_imgWarburtons overcame soaring energy and ingredients costs last year, to achieve a 20% rise in turnover for its full year to 27 September 2008, with distribution stated as the key driver of growth.Its accounts, newly-filed at Companies House, revealed turnover stood at £498m, compared to £414m for the comparable period in 2007. This is despite a 41% hike in raw material and consumable costs. Profit before tax stood at £31.8m – up £5.5m on the previous period.The firm said its results for 2008 were in line with expec-tations and that the board views the outcome as “satisfactory”, in light of the economic climate.Chairman Jonathan Warburton said the firm “will continue to grow share in the bread market by investing in the brand and business to ensure future success”.last_img read more


first_imgFlour ground in an historic water-powered corn mill has been given a Fine Farm Produce Award from the National Trust.Clyston Mill, by the River Clyst in Exeter, is more than 150 years old and produces wholemeal flour for its on-site National Trust shop, as well as local bakers Emma’s Bread and Ken’s Pastry.Mill custodian Ursula Kirby said they use an old English variety of wheat – Maris Widgeon – from a local organic National Trust farm. She said: “It’s got a fine flavour and can be used in bread, cakes and scones, while it also has less gluten than some flour. We’re really pleased to get the award and I hope it will make us even more sales.”The mill has produced three tonnes of flour this year and aims to mill seven tonnes next year.Rob Macklin, head of agriculture at the National Trust, and chair of the judging panel, said: “All products must pass a checklist of environmental standards, and all primary ingredients must meet high production assurance. “Products that successfully pass this check are assessed in their raw state by the judges before being cooked and subjected to a vigorous blind taste test by a panel of judges…  to win an award, they have to be at least as good as a high-quality, commercially available alternative.”Twenty-two food and drink producers around England and Wales picked up one of the awards, which celebrate the quality of produce farmed, grown or processed on land owned or managed by the National Trust. They can now use the Fine Farm Produce Award logo on their products.last_img read more


first_imgA range of low-calorie gluten- and lactose-free cakes has been launched exclusively in Selfridges.Star of Channel 4’s Cook Yourself Thin, Harry Eastwood has teamed up with American entrepreneur Ashley Maddox to launch Petit Pois, a range of cakes made using vegetables instead of butter and some of the sugar.The cakes contain free-range eggs, 70% cocoa chocolate, real vanilla bean and unwaxed citrus fruit in four flavours: vanilla, chocolate, lemon and orange. Each cake has a very thin layer of icing and is topped with a little green marizpan pea. The firm claims that the vegetables continue to moisten and sweeten the cakes days after being made. The cakes are £5 for a box of two.last_img


first_imgByron Bay Cookie Company has launched a gluten-free version of its popular Strawberries & Clotted Cream Cookie. The single wrapped cookie features pieces of real English strawberries, clotted cream and chunks of white chocolate. As with all of Byron Bay’s gluten-free cookies, it has been certified by Coeliac UK and approved by the Vegetarian Society.”We have been looking to replicate the taste of the original Strawberries & Clotted Cream Cookie for our gluten-free range and, judging by the reception that the cookie gained at this year’s Allergy & Gluten Free Show, we are confident this will be just as big as the original Strawberries & Clotted Cream Cookie,” said Byron Bay Cookie Company’s European marketing manager, Paul Maxwell.last_img


first_img Previous articleMan killed in shooting at Irish Hills Apartments in South Bend identifiedNext articleTwo men in Cass County hospitalized after receiving electrical shock 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. (Photo courtesyTommie Lee) Regis Philbin, the iconic television personality and University of Notre Dame alum, best-known for his hosting duties on “Live!” with co-hosts Kathie Lee Gifford and Kelly Ripa, and “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire,”died at the age of 88.His family confirmed the news of his shocking passing in a statement to Fox News on Saturday.“We are deeply saddened to share that our beloved Regis Philbin passed away last night of natural causes, one month shy of his 89th birthday,” his family said.Philbin graduated from graduated graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1953 with a sociology degree and may be among the most well-known of all die-hard Fighting Irish football fans.Notre Dame President The Rev. John Jenkins issued the following statement:“Regis regaled millions on air through the years, oftentimes sharing a passionate love for his alma mater with viewers.  He will be remembered at Notre Dame for his unfailing support for the University and its mission, including the Philbin Studio Theater in our performing arts center. He likewise was generous with his time and talent in support of South Bend’s Center for the Homeless and other worthy causes. Our prayers are with his wife, Joy, and their daughters and Notre Dame alumnae Joanna and J.J.”Philbin died of natural causes, according to People magazine.He is survived by his wife, Joy, and their daughters J.J. and Joanna Philbin, as well as his daughter Amy Philbin with his first wife, Catherine Faylen. Pinterest Twitter Facebook WhatsApp Pinterest By Jon Zimney – July 26, 2020 0 333 WhatsApp Twitter Google+ Facebook IndianaLocalNationalNews Google+ Fond words about Notre Dame alum Regis Philbin from University presidentlast_img read more


first_img Google+ WhatsApp (“Bremen High School – 2016” by Historic Bremen, CC BY 2.0) Indiana’s Secured School Board has approved more than $19 million for school safety.The money represents matching state grant funds arranged with the Department of Homeland Security, and designed to meet top safety needs.The Board will fully fund all school threat assessment projects, as well as eligible projects that are geared toward implementing health and wellness support services for both parents and students.The program has distributed more than $91 million since the program was signed into law 7 years ago. Previous articleGuilty plea from former SBPD officer Ryan O’NeillNext articleWhy there is a lack of presidential campaigning in Indiana Tommie Lee Twitter Pinterest Facebook Matching funds approved to help make Indiana schools safer By Tommie Lee – September 8, 2020 1 235 Pinterest WhatsApp Google+ IndianaLocalNewsSouth Bend Market Facebook Twitterlast_img read more


first_img Twitter By Tommie Lee – March 3, 2021 0 236 Facebook Pinterest WhatsApp Google+ Google+ WhatsApp Previous articleErnest Clark, Jr. facing a murder charge in Monday’s deadly shootingNext articleMetro Homicide and SBPD investigating after a child was unresponsive Tommie Lee Facebook Pinterest Twitter IndianaLocalNationalNewsSouth Bend Market Sen. Young wants Congress to examine current ongoing war authorizations (Saige Driver/95.3 MNC) Senator Todd Young has reintroduced his bipartisan bill to repeal the 1991 and 2002 Authorizations for Use of Military Force against Iraq.Wednesday, Young and Democrat Tim Kaine of Virginia along with their co-sponsors said Congress has been operating on autopilot in Iraq for 30 years.Young says that both actions in Iraq are still law today shows a bipartisan failure of Congress to perform its oversight role.last_img read more


first_img (Photo supplied/Food Bank of Northern Indiana) The schedule for this week’s Food Bank of Northern Indiana Mobile Food Distributions has been released:Tuesday, March 9, 2021 – LaPorte County: 10 a.m. – Noon, CT WHERE: First Church of God, 2020 E. Lincolnway, LaPorte, IN 46350Wednesday, March 10, 2021 – Marshall County: 10 a.m. – Noon, ET WHERE: Centennial Park, 1660 N. Michigan Street (C League Parking Lot), Plymouth, IN 46563Thursday, March 11, 2021 – St. Joseph County: 10 a.m. – Noon, ET WHERE: Food Bank of Northern Indiana, 702 Chapin Street, South Bend, IN 46601Thursday, March 11, 2021 – Kosciusko County: 10 a.m. – Noon, ET WHERE: Pleasant Grove United Methodist Church, 2943 E. 400 South, Warsaw, IN 46580Assorted food items are offered free of charge. All items are pre-boxed and pre-bagged. First come, first served, while supplies last for those in need of food assistance. One box per household.Distributions are drive-thru. Please remain in your vehicle and open your trunk to receive items. An area will be available for self-loading if your trunk does not open. This week’s Food Bank of Northern Indiana mobile food distribution schedule By 95.3 MNC – March 8, 2021 0 196 Pinterest Facebook WhatsApp WhatsApp Google+ Previous articleSWAT standoff on Adams Street in South Bend ends peacefullyNext articleBerrien County ready for vaccinations for people aged 50+ 95.3 MNCNews/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel is your breaking news and weather station for northern Indiana and southwestern Michigan. Facebook Google+ Twitter Twitter Pinterest IndianaLocalNewslast_img read more