Elizabeth Hyde, a solicitor at Eversheds LLP, on new health and safety legislationCareless workers, senior managers and directors face potential prison sentences for non-compliance with health and safety law, following the advent of the Health and Safety (Offences) Act 2008. The Act, which came into force on 16 January 2009, affects businesses and individuals involved in bakery food manufacture.The change in law will mean that the most serious breaches of health and safety law, previously punishable with fines, may now attract custodial sentences of up to two years. Failing to comply with even the most basic health and safety laws can lead to an individual prosecution. If a manager turns a blind eye to a clear risk posed to others – for example unsecured racking – then he risks prosecution even if no accident has occurred as a result of his or her actions.The Act also increases the maximum penalty for breaching regulations from £5,000 to £20,000 in a magistrates’ court.Bakeries are advised to ensure that risk assessments covering issues and activities such as temperature, manual handling, lifting operations and ’back of house’ activities are suitable and sufficient and that appropriate control measures are identified to reduce or eliminate risk. Periodic reviews of all risk assessments are recommended.
Cinnamon is the dried bark of an evergreen tree that is grown in Sri Lanka, Southern India and the West Indies. It is available in small sticks or ground into a powder. The sticks are usually used to make an infusion, for example warmed in milk for custard tarts.Generally, when baking, it is best to buy and use ground cinnamon, as the sticks are difficult to grind to a smooth enough powder. It goes very well with many autumn fruits, including apples, pears, plums and damsons. If making crumbles with these fruits, add some cinnamon to both the filling and the topping. Make a plum or rhubarb and pecan streusel cake by putting either plums or rhubarb on top of a cake mixture and covering with a strongly cinnamon-flavoured pecan streusel mixture before baking.Cinnamon also mixes well with other spices such as ginger, nutmeg and cloves and will easily take either a starring or supporting roll in the line-up of spices in a particular product. Another good combination is with chocolate, so try adding a little cinnamon to both chocolate cakes and tarts.Try making chocolate and cinnamon kisses by adding cinnamon to the basic chocolate mixture and sandwiching together with a chocolate and cinnamon butter cream.Fiona Burrell, co-author of Leiths Baking Bible, from the world-famous Leiths School of Food and Wine
Evolution is forever calling on the past to look at ways to improve for the future, but in some areas of bakery and café retail design, what the more distant past offered is seemingly now a good enough solution.Product display has evolved in the same way as mainstream fashion taking the existing idea, but improving on it to essentially evoke the feeling of the good old days. With the invasion of the big four supermarkets to retail parks and now in smaller high street locations, the need to be creative in product display is increasingly important in grabbing the attention of the next sale for the smaller, independent retailers.The solution appears simple: open up the counter to remove physical barriers, such as glass display screening and general clutter, so that staff and product are as close to the customer as possible. It’s reassuring in a ’we’ve-got-nothing-to-hide’ way and it’s personal, with an opportunity to build relationships with customers. Traditional display solutions, such as cake stands or open rattan baskets, can now be seen on the serve-over counters in many of the high street coffee chains, which are trying to build on both the ’local’ and ’deli’ trends.Increasingly food-educated and critical, consumers like to see what they are going to eat. They want to make their own decisions and they want to pick and choose their own muffin and a return to open display supports this. However, they will also want to know who made it, how long it has been sat on the rough block chopping board and, most importantly, what precautions have been taken to prevent the exposed muffin from being contaminated by sticky fingers and passing cold germs. It’s this balance between close-up product and reassuringly good hygiene that is the most difficult issue to overcome in this developing trend and one that food hygiene guidance fails to shed much light on.The operational challenges of an open product display are a further issue to contend with. A cake stand with a lid won’t have a lid for long and the fresh product on display will only stay fresh for four hours at best, which means regular refreshing and potential increases in waste. Some stores have opted to work on the basis of customers picking from the front of the display, so there is a one-off, one-on refresh of product to maintain quality, but this needs to be well-managed to ensure a constantly fresh product and a continually happy regular customer.The solution actually isn’t quite so simple. The back-fill, served display fridge does have a place within a store, but it shouldn’t be the sole display unit. There should be space on the counter to get closer to your customers and there should be fresh product on display, but keep it covered; a simple acetate sheet will do and, where possible, offer a well-covered or wrapped alternative for [email protected]
Richard Hamilton of HamiltonBIG, a creative retail and brand consultancy, considers the costs of building a storeThis month we’re looking at the big question how much does putting your ideas into practice cost? Budget, budget, budget and then add 10% is a golden rule in building a store. To begin with, there must be a realistic budget, which has to reflect what you are trying to achieve not what you hope it will achieve. The contingency is critical for dealing with unforeseen issues that will inevitably crop up when the store is being constructed and should be outside of the overall budget and, ideally, left alone until it’s needed.Every business addresses build budgets differently and some don’t factor in solicitor and site fees. But do be aware of these, along with other hidden costs such as landlord bonds that can sometimes be required while the store is being built. Other hidden costs, such as power upgrades and drainage improvements constantly crop up and, once the lease is signed, few landlords will offer any assistance.The budget should be set before the store is designed or costed and it has to reflect what the business can afford and then be designed accordingly. To break the budget down simply is difficult, as all stores will require different amounts of work; some may require more shopfitting while others may need a greater allocation to furniture and equipment. If the store is not the first, then base the budget on past stores, but obviously, take into consideration individual store requirements.There are several costs in the build of a store that are worth the spend and lighting is a top consideration. In general, the greater the investment, the better the long-term solution, especially if the investment is in energy-efficient equipment.The greatest single effect on how far the budget will stretch will be the choice of shopfitter. Like all things, buy cheap, buy thrice. A good shopfitter may cost slightly more from the outset, but they should save you money with intelligent construction and a reduction in long-term maintenance issues. Recommen-dation is the best way to choose, but always check out the workmanship. A tender process is worth consideration, but this is ultimately what will make or break the [email protected]big.coml Next month: project management
UK competition What’s the greatest barrier to growing a Belgian bakery chain in Britain? The crashing euro? A cataclysmic economic outlook? No, it’s a linguistically challenged nation whose preferred mode of communication is shouting loudly at foreigners. “We’ve got a virtually unpronounceable name to most English people and a virtually indecipherable logo, even for those who work in the company!” says Steven Whibley, managing director at Le Pain Quotidien (LPQ).Not that that’s hampered progress. At 67 on the BB75 league table of bakery retailers based on numbers of outlets, with 14 clocked in January, one more added since and stores in Borough Market and Westfield Shopping Centre imminent, LPQ bucked the slump in organics last year. While bakery was the hardest sector hit, down 39%, the largely organic LPQ’s sales shot up by 50%.The brand, founded by chef Alain Coumont, started life in Brussels in 1990. The first back-to-basics shop had a small bread counter serving only two breads wheat and rye with cheese, ham and jam, and featured a four-metre communal table.”That was the basis of the concept and it evolved from there,” says Whibley. “Pastries were added a year after they opened. Then quiche, salad and wine. There is a whole range now, but we try to centre the menu around bread.” In fact, the menu has grown exponentially, to the point where it’s due a trim. “Our focus at the moment is to reduce the product range,” he says.Which brings us to the star of the show the bread, served up in assorted bread baskets and tartines (open sandwiches). In Belgium, Bellona Pattis originally supplied the UK outlets with breads and still supplies the par-baked croissants and baguettes, baked off in-store. Now, breads are made in partnership with Celtic Bakers, which can handle the 24- to 48-hour fermentations, and Shipton Mill.”We’re a kind of a mass-market Poilane, for want of a better word. I think ours are as good as theirs. You cannot make this kind of bread in the basement of every store,” insists Whibley, who needs space to make fresh tarts and cakes on-site. “The economics of it don’t work. And there’s a quality assurance issue. Our bread is as simple as flour, salt and water, baked fresh seven days a week and it’s 100% organic. When you’re buying sourdoughs elsewhere, they’re not always pure sours, and that’s something we’re very proud of.” There are few bakery-café-restaurant operators in the UK, which means LPQ is pitted against the likes of Carluccio’s and Pizza Express. The dining area accounts for around 75% of turnover, though the concept is more causal, with the communal table appealing to single people avoiding the stigma of sitting alone. Unit volume for LPQ is £30,000 net a week, which compares to around £20,000 for a Pizza Express. This is due to a bustling all-day trade, with quiet periods a rarity in the most successful stores.”We do a lot of customers for our money,” he explains. “We need those kinds of volumes to drive a similar profit. Our average spend per head is probably half what it would be in Carluccio’s. Our margin isn’t as much as most food operators, because we’re trying to deliver a quality, artisanal, organic product at a price range that is cheaper than bread that isn’t as artisanal, sold, for example, in food markets.”Store layouts are flexible, from 14 to 180 covers, and the smaller ones take 40% turnover over the counter. “It’s a concept that can be sliced and diced,” he says. The deli range which accounts for a modest 2% of sales acts as the store pantry, with goods used throughout the menus, as well as adding decoration to the shop. Stores have wi-fi and there is a strong ethical element, from the reclaimed wood furniture to the triple-certified coffees.Having blossomed into a 150-strong global brand, with the main UK, French and US business acting as the franchisor to Belgium, Germany, Spain, Holland, Russia, Australia, India, Japan, Mexico and the Middle East, how far can they take it in the UK?”We’re not about putting flags on the map, but we’ve got 15 in London and we could do 40,” he says. “Le Pain could go out of London, but once you do, you’re almost starting again to build your reputation. Our niche is quality and that is hard to match. There have always been opportunities to open more stores, take some debt in the business and roll the thing out faster, but we open at a rate where we can keep the business where we want it.”
Twitter Georgia man arrested in La Porte County after speeding, carrying loaded firearm Pinterest Google+ By Brooklyne Beatty – June 16, 2020 1 522 Twitter WhatsApp Google+ WhatsApp Facebook Facebook IndianaLocalNews Pinterest (Photo Supplied/La Porte County Sheriff’s Office) A Georgia man was arrested in La Porte County after a traffic stop revealed he was in possession of illegal weapons.It all began when a deputy was driving westbound on US 30 just after 5 a.m. Sunday. He detected a vehicle traveling eastbound at 96 miles per hour. The deputy did a u-turn and conducted a traffic stop.The driver was identified as Jerrell Coleman, 44 of Georgia. ABC 57 News reports during the stop, the officer also discovered a loaded firearm in the vehicle.Coleman was arrested and faces a preliminary charge of Possession of a Firearm by a Serious Violent Felon. He’s being held on a $20,500 cash bond. TAGSarrestedGeorgiaIndianaJerrell ColemanLa Porte Countyloaded firearmus 30violent felon Previous articleUPDATE: Silver Alert for Kosciusko County man canceledNext articleIvy Tech enrollment begins next week during Virtual Express Enrollment Day Brooklyne Beatty
IndianaLocalNews Pinterest Facebook WhatsApp By Carl Stutsman – February 3, 2021 0 323 (Photo supplied/City of Elkhart) Long time Elkhart City Clerk Sue Beadle passed away on Tuesday at the age of 76.Sue served the city as Clerk for 32 years and passed after a short battle with cancer.Beadle left a lasting impression on the city and the people she worked with, and decided not to run for re-election in 2019 to spend more time with family.The Elkhart Truth has put together a compilation of statements from friends and coworkers. You can read that story here Longtime Elkhart City Clerk Sue Beadle passes at 76 Twitter Facebook Twitter Google+ Google+ Pinterest WhatsApp Previous articleCity of Elkhart asks residents for local park feedbackNext articleArea counties improve to Yellow COVID status Carl Stutsman
(Photo supplied/Berrien County Health Department) Indiana is expanding coronavirus vaccinations for the second time in as many days.After dropping the eligibility age to 55 on Tuesday, the state health department has lowered it again to anyone 50 and up. Anyone over 50 can now sign up for vaccination through the state portal.And teachers of any age are eligible for a separate federal program by signing up through Kroger, Meijer or Wal-Mart.State health department chief medical officer Lindsay Weaver says the approval of the new Johnson and Johnson vaccine, and the arrival of more than 50-thousand doses in Indiana, made the rapid expansion possible. The department plans to administer 12-thousand of those doses in a three-day mass vaccination effort at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway starting Friday morning.Among those getting vaccinated Friday at the Speedway is Governor Eric Holcomb. At age 52, the latest expansion makes him eligible. He’ll be joined by Senate President Pro Tem Rod Bray (R-Martinsville) and Minority Leader Greg Taylor (D-Indianapolis); Indiana Black Legislative Caucus Chair Robin Shackleford (D-Indianapolis); and the father of Congressman Andre Carson (D).The lineup highlights the department’s efforts to overcome vaccine skepticism, especially among African-Americans. Health commissioner Kris Box says the department is watching vaccination data and reaching out to community leaders where they see gaps. Gary Health Department director Roland Walker says the infamous Tuskegee experiment, in which researchers allowed Black patients with syphilis to go untreated without telling them, still contributes to hesitancy in the African-American community. But Walker says he’s gotten his shot, and says he’s urging Gary’s heavily minority population to not only get vaccinated, but do it quickly to stay ahead of the virus’s mutations.The city and state are finalizing plans for a mass vaccination event at Calumet High School March 20 and 21. Vaccination drives are already scheduled for the weekend of March 12 at the Ivy Tech campus in Sellersburg, and at Notre Dame the weekend of March 26.The Johnson and Johnson vaccine requires only one dose instead of two, which Walker says will make it easier to vaccinate the homeless and others without ready access to health care. But Box says the federal government has advised not to expect additional doses the next couple of weeks, though shipments of the two-dose Pfizer and Moderna vaccines will continue. She says she hopes to be able to lower the minimum age for vaccination to 40 by the end of the month.Patients with a handful of underlying health conditions are already eligible regardless of age, and Weaver says the department is assessing whether to add others. But she says lowering the age to 40 will take in nine out of 10 people with the conditions the Centers for Disease Control lists as risk factors for COVID-19. Weaver says people in their 40s are three times as likely as younger patients to be hospitalized if they catch the virus, and 10 times as likely to die of it.Box says the next group will be people 40 and up. She hopes that’ll happen this month, but after a first shipment of the new Johnson and Johnson vaccine this week, she says the state’s been told not to expect more of that vaccine the next couple of weeks.State health commissioner Kris Box says she hopes to reach people in their 40s by the end of the month. And a separate federal program will allow teachers of any age to get shots at Kroger, Meijer or Wal-Mart. Google+ By Jon Zimney – March 5, 2021 0 214 Facebook WhatsApp Twitter The latest on the COVID-19 vaccination effort in Indiana Pinterest Pinterest CoronavirusIndianaLocalNews Google+ Twitter Previous articleCollege Goal Sunday is set for Sunday afternoonNext articleMadness of college basketball watch party at Four Winds Field on March 19 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
IndianaLocalNews Twitter WhatsApp Twitter SWAT standoff on Adams Street in South Bend ends peacefully Facebook WhatsApp By 95.3 MNC – March 7, 2021 0 249 (Jon Zimney/95.3 MNC) The South Bend SWAT team was called to a home in the 1600 block of Adams Street on Saturday afternoon, March 6.The standoff at the home followed a warrant investigation that led to a vehicle pursuit where the suspect got away.After several hours, the suspect came out of the home and was placed under arrest. Pinterest Pinterest Google+ Facebook Google+ Previous articleDead fish, birds prompt official to issue warning to avoid Wolf Lake in HammondNext articleThis week’s Food Bank of Northern Indiana mobile food distribution schedule 95.3 MNCNews/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel is your breaking news and weather station for northern Indiana and southwestern Michigan.
Faith Forums for London will deliver a five day Civic and Democracy LeadershipProgramme equipping young leaders to participate and engage with our Democracy. During the week, organisations around the country will hold a wide variety of events,including: Over 25 events have been confirmed in eight cities throughout the UK and more are beingadded all the time. Sign up for an event, advertise yours or download our partner pack here.Further informationThe Prime Minister answered a question at Prime Minister’s Question Time on 6June about National Democracy Week. Read the full transcript here. Follow us on social media at #talkdemocracy. The week is being delivered in collaboration with the National Democracy WeekCouncil members, the Cabinet Office and partners across the country. The week will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Representation of the PeopleAct 1918 when the first British women over 30 (who met a property qualification) wonthe right to vote and the 90th anniversary of the Equal Franchise Act 1928 whichgranted equal voting rights to men and women. For further information on National Democracy Week, contact the Cabinet OfficePress Office on 0207 276 0436. National Democracy Week events will take place on a national and local level toencourage members of the public to get involved with our democracy, in particularthose from under-registered groups, including young people, BAME groups, Britishex-pats, and people with disabilities. Events can be found here. The first events to inform, include and inspire have been announced for National Democracy Week.A series of nationwide events have been announced today as part of the inaugural NationalDemocracy Week, taking place from 2 – 8 July. The events are aimed at inspiring people ofall ages and backgrounds to participate in democracy and will be organised by charities and community groups across the country.This festival of democracy is being held in July to coincide with and celebrate the 90thanniversary of the 1928 Equal Franchise Act – a further historic constitutional milestonewhich granted equal voting rights to men and women.Proceedings will kick off on the 2 July in Manchester, with the first ever National DemocracyAwards at the People’s Museum. The Awards will recognise the exceptional service of thosewho work tirelessly to increase democratic engagement in the UK.Minister for the Constitution, Chloe Smith MP said: Shout Out UK will host a ‘Women In Politics Hackathon’ inviting up to 100 youngwomen, including influential figures across parties, to come together and tackle theissue of representation in politics. UpRising, the British Red Cross and the Refugee Council are hosting ‘Our Voice’, ayouth-led event focused on refugee and asylum seeker issues in Birmingham andBedford. The Patchwork Foundation is hosting an event to promote positive integration ofunder-represented, deprived and minority communities into British democracy andcivil society. You can find out more about National Democracy Week on the website here. This is a UK-wide festival to celebrate 90 years of equal democratic rights for women andmen. I’d encourage everyone to join in National Democracy Week and participate in anactivity in their local area. Putting on an event in your local scout hut, school hall orcommunity centre is a great way to celebrate and get your local community involved. Our democracy should be inclusive of everyone in society. We hope the fantastic eventsbeing held around the country will inform, include and inspire people of all backgrounds toparticipate in our democracy.” It takes about 5 minutes to register to vote online. To find out more visit this page.