The MD of Ardo UK, STEPHEN WAUGH, has been confirmed as president-elect of the British Frozen Food Federation (BFFF). Mr Waugh will take up the presidency of the BFFF at its AGM in November this year, when Howard McEvoy steps down. Ardo is Europe’s largest frozen vegetable producer.Mexican and regional American food supplier Discovery Foods has named JAMES BENNET as its new group marketing controller. Mr Bennett joins Discovery from InBev, where he worked on beer brands Stella Artois and Boddingtons.Independent bakery manufacturer and distributor Dawn Foods has appointed CARRIE JONES-BARBER as chief executive of the company. Ms Jones-Barber follows in the footsteps of her father Ron Jones and is the third generation of the Jones family to head up the business. She plans to futher establish the company as a leader in sweet bakery production. Ron and Miles Jones remain with the organisation in their new roles as chairman and co-chairman. Ms Jones-Barber was most recently president of Dawn Foods International. Dawn Foods has also recruited two new members to its UK and European sales team. MIKAEL PAUL becomes national sales manager for France, joining the company from French bakery manufacturer VMI. DAVE ROBERTS is appointed national account manager for McDonalds, Debenhams, Brakes and Costco. He joins the firm from Anthony Alan Foods, where he was general sales manager for the Weight Watchers range of cakes and bakery products.Manchester-based concessions and snack food manufacturer Snack Solutions has appointed KEITH PENNINGTON to the board. Mr Pennington’s existing business, Marlyn Sales and Marketing, will transfer operations into Snack Solutions, offices. He previously held roles as sales director at Princes Foodservice and Nichols Foods.Interoute Transport Services has promoted GRAHAM WOOD to contracts manager for its specialist bulk foods division. Mr Wood has been with the company for five years and, in his new role, will be responsible for customer support among other things.Holland’s Pies has unveiled a new-look senior management team to take the helm at its headquarters in Lancashire. Headed by Simon Clarke, the team aims to identify key markets and new sales channels to promote the company’s growth.New recruits joining Holland’s include: STEPHEN MURPHY (factory and general manager), DAVID SALMON (HR manager), BRIAN RENSHAW (finance manager), VINCE EDES (commercial controller), DAWN WILLIAMS (senior brand manager) and BRIAN HARTLEY (retail commercial controller). They will be joining established management names including Mike Watts (NPD manager), Dylan Jackson (foodservice manager) and Simon Drury (demand planning manager).BakeMark UK has appointed VERA MALHOTRA as head of marketing. She has 11 years’ marketing and branding experience with companies such as Délifrance, Bfd Food Marketing and Continental Fine Foods.
Dipix Europe has installed an advanced automated inspection system at Lantmannen Unibake’s bakery plant in Örebro, Sweden. The online machine vision system inspects hamburger buns at high speed, measuring a range of critical 3D parameters and removing any defective buns.
Icelandic supplier Bakkavor, which now owns UK bakery businesses including New Primebake, said last week that it planned to continue to “lead UK consolidation”.The company, which posted its annual results for 2006 last week, said its UK businesses were now worth 92% of the Group’s £1.2bn sales, on a pro forma basis. It made three bakery acquisitions in the UK last year: Laurens Patisseries, Rye Valley Patisseries and New Primebake.UK subsidiaries, which also include the former Geest business, saw strong growth, but the trading environment was under pressure from rising inflation and higher interest rates, Bakkavor said.It said its future plans were to improve efficiencies of its existing operations and develop in line with trends, including natural ingredients, organic, ethical, and emerging cuisines rising from travel and migration.Bakkavor, has its headquarters in Iceland and runs 21 manufacturing sites in the UK. Its operating profit was up 71% to £113.9 million in 2006.Bakkavor makes more than 4,700 products in 17 product categories ranging from pizza, ready meals and salads to dips, dressings, soups and desserts.
London-based café, Napket, has opened its third site in Vigo Street, Mayfair. Founded by French-born Christophe Moro, Napket aims to be a “dramatic and daring reinvention of the urban café”.The café’s decor was designed by Peter Van Hooreweghe, and features influences ranging from modern to baroque. It offers a range of bread, cakes and pastries, as well as sandwiches – for example a parma ham ciabatta – pastas, salads, soups and desserts.It also offers platters to share and a ’black-label’ gourmet range, as well as a ’white-label’ diffusion line of more affordable products to give customers added choice. Unique to the café is the ’cannabis’ iced tea, a natural product from Switzerland.Napket launched in summer 2007, with a ’designer’ café- deli on the Kings Road, and opened a second site at Brook Street, Mayfair, in December 2007.
In these body-conscious, image-obsessed times, it’s good to get some cosmetic tips from a nutritional guru who was convinced that beauty came from within a whole century before “Dr” Gillian McKeith.Curing a red nose: “In some it is chronic; in others it only comes on after meals; in a warm room; if excited; or after exposure to the sun, wind, or very cold weather. An excess of waste matters in the system is the primary cause. Hot fluids and foods make matters worse. Cure: Cut the meals down to three a day, take them at intervals of five to six hours, take all the foods and drinks cool.”Next week: washing your hair
== Pine nuts: ==It is increasingly likely that prevailing demand will be affected by prices being pushed up exponentially. Pine nuts are almost certain to see diminishing demand, but the extent and timing of this fall remains to be seen. Fuelled by the stronger dollar, prices have been pushed close to the £10/kg for bulk for the first time in 10 years.== Pumpkin seeds: ==Prices, although well below pine nuts, have also climbed. UK prices look vulnerable due to a sustained decline in the value of sterling. Global demand will drop especially at these newly established prices which are over 100% higher than their usual traded levels but, currency permitting, we would expect to see stable prices rather than the exponential increases into 2009 we expected a few months ago.== Sunflower seeds: ==China has stepped up its production of sunflowers both to respond to increased demand from both manufacturers and crushers. With an unexpected reduction in global edible oil prices this year, the optimal Chinese supply has encouraged weaker “sunseed” pricing although for us in the UK, the currency adjustment has done us no favours. The net result is that spot prices are trading at parity to where they were before the currency depreciation.l Based on information provided by ingredients supplier RM Curtis.
Baking cases producer Chevler has installed a specially designed reel-fed machine capable of producing over 250,000 muffin and cupcake cases an hour. It forms part of an on-going investment programme for the recently formed South Wales-based firm, enabling it to cope with increased demand from bakers and food manufacturers. Managing director Stuart Whelan commented: “It has taken three years to develop during which time we have continuously improved every aspect of our production process.” He added that developing bespoke machinery was vital to meet its customers’ demand for new products.Chevler was formed in February this year after a management buy-out by four senior executives of Chevler Packaging, who consolidated all operations onto a single site in South Wales, and established a new production facility next to the existing plant.* Chevler is a sponsor of National Cupcake Week and a sample pack of the company’s coloured cupcake range is available free to all bakers. Call 01844 344231 for details.
Since National Cupcake Week was launched by British Baker earlier this year, we’ve found it hard to suppress our fawning over this inaugural celebration, filliped as we are by the gushing support we’ve received from bakers up and down the country. So just to show we’re not cupcake evangelists, Stop the Week is happy to address the positive imbalance and bring a dissenting voice in from the wilderness.In the spirit of charity, STW hopes to drive a bit of traffic in the direction of food blogger Le Carnet de Sophie, who posted an entry titled “Why I hate cupcakes” last week. “Which loony organisation or shadowy governmental body charged with the task of allocating food birthdays decided that cupcakes should be elevated to the sovereign-like status of a week-long celebration?” bellowed our affronted essayist. “Cupcakes are too big, there is far too much icing on them and they have usurped the already perfectly fine fairy cake.”Overlooking that it’s not actually a birthday, and skipping over our private delight at being hailed as shadowy conspirators, STW is as sad as anybody that the fairy cake didn’t put up more of a fight in the pub brawl of daintily decorated transatlantic fancies. If we could have stepped in with a well-aimed bar stool, we would have done. The fight was over well before we waded in.”Come the 14th September I plan to make something that is the antithesis of a cupcake,” she promises. “Something simple and economical, like a rock cake a cake so ugly there is no mention of it on the British Baker website. This John Merrick of cakes deserves more recognition.”Stop the Week would like to note that we are no stranger to any aspect of bakery creation ugly or otherwise. In sportsmanlike recognition, we doff our cap at Ms Sophie’s own (debatably ugly) Pear and Malteser crumble recipe. And she can rest assured the instant the rock cake revolution kicks off, we’ll be all over it.
BakeMark UK’s new thaw and serve Readi-Bake Mini Bite range has been created in response to growing demand for smaller treats, says the company.The products come in three traditional product formats: flapjacks, shortbreads and brownies. The flapjacks are available in packs of 140 x 19g, the shortbread in packs of 140 x 16g and the brownies in packs of 240 x 15g.BakeMark says there is greater flexibility when serving and presenting the product, as only the required amount needs to be defrosted, therefore reducing wastage and helping bakers with stock control.www.bakemark.co.uk
Honeytop has more than doubled capacity at its bakery and claims to have the world’s largest and fastest tortilla line.The Dunstable-based family firm, which also manufactures naans, flatbreads, pancakes and crumpets, has seen demand soar for its tortillas, prompting it to ramp up production at its site in Woodside Industrial Estate.It recently completed a major expansion project, investing up to £9m in the addition of a 140,00sq ft site, which now houses the tortilla production facility, and 140 extra staff. William Eid, foun-ding director and head of research and engineering at Honeytop, said: “It was our desire to exceed our customers’ expectations that led us to install our tortilla lines, which are now believed to be the fastest in the world.”Joint-MD David Laurence said the business currently holds 70% of the total naan bread market in the UK, and has experienced 100% growth in the last couple of years, following its break into the morning goods and tortilla markets around 18 months ago. Although the naan bread side of the business is marginally larger than morning goods, the firm sees tortilla production as a huge growth opportunity, he added.Around 15% of the business’ sales now come from its exports to Europe, and the firm said it was looking to expand sales abroad, having recently shipped products to India and Australia. Plans are already in the pipeline to supply chapattis to India, as well as setting up a production bakery there by the end of the year.