Maple Leaf reveals plans for Harvestime bakery

first_imgMaple Leaf Bakery UK says it plans to offer a range of bake-off products and sliced bread in the UK, following its acquisition of the £20m turnover former Harvestime (2005) plant bakery in Walsall last week.Welcoming the deal, UK MD Peter Maycock said: “All stakeholders, specifically our employees, customers and suppliers can take comfort from the fact the bakery now has the backing of the international Maple Leaf Foods organisation. We look forward to building the Walsall bakery back to a successful growth business with a long-term future.” Deputy MD Guy Hall told British Baker the asset purchase will allow the UK business to diversify its range. Maple Leaf Bakery, part of Canada’s largest food processing company Maple Leaf Foods, is currently best known for producing New York Bagel Company-branded bagels. It has three existing sites in the UK.Mr Hall commented: “We are primarily bagel bakers in this country. This acquisition is a strategic fit, and sits well with our ambition to be a broader supplier in the UK.” He emphasised the company will continue to produce sliced bread at the Walsall bakery. It plans to produce more premium sliced bread, and the Harvestime brand will continue to be used “in some capacity.” The 248 Harvestime employees at the site have been taken on in the deal, Mr Hall said.The Walsall bakery sale to Maple Leaf, announced on Friday, March 24, comes after only a week of talks with administrators, Guy Hall revealed. He commented: “We had looked at the business several months ago, but its business model is significantly different now. At the time it had a large direct- to-store delivery fleet and a less favourable product mix.”Mr Hall indicated that Maple Leaf Bakery UK plans to consider further opportunities for acquisition in the UK as they arise.Maple Leaf Bakery UK is based in South Yorkshire and makes bagels at its Rotherham bakery, pretzels at The Original Pretzel Co in Southend and other speciality bakery products in Cumbria.Harvestime (2005), formerly part of New Rathbones, had been in administration since November 2005, and previously in April 2005.John Kelly, joint administrator from Begbies Traynor said: “I am confident that the right purchaser has bought the business and the future of bread production in Walsall has been secured.”Analyst David Lang commented: “One would not imagine this will lead to pricing instability. It will fill a vacuum for private label.”last_img read more

In the archives

first_img== March 3, 1933: catchphrase competition ==”Keep your own harem; let us supply your sultanas.” This is a catchy phrase, and if used by an advertiser in The British Baker, would be sure to draw attention to that firm’s announcement. Can you think of others for display advertisements? Think of 12 similar phrases having some bearing on bakery products. The Editor of The British Baker offers a prize of £2 2s. for what, in his opinion, is the best set of 12 phrases sent in.The following are examples and must not be included in your 12 phrases:l “Let us supply your fruit, the raison d’être of our resistance.”l “Use our yeast. Come on, rise to it.”l “Are you fond of animals? If so, try our butter, it won’t get your goat.”last_img

Ween Announces New Summer Tour Dates

first_imgWeen will return to the road in late July for a series of tour dates in the Ohio and Northeast. The outing will come roughly seven weeks after the band’s June run through Missouri and Colorado’s Red Rocks Amphitheatre.Ween will get started at Cleveland’s Agora Theatre on July 24th before swinging through Express Live in Columbus, Ohio, the next night on July 25th. Next up will be Stage AE in Pittsburgh on July 27th, with dates at Buffalo’s Art Park on July 28th and Burlington, VT’s Waterfront Park on July 29th closing out the run.Pre-sale tickets for the newly-announced shows will go on sale Wednesday, April 4th, at 10 a.m. ET (use password “GUAVA”). Tickets will be available to the general public at 10 a.m. ET on Friday, April 6th.Ween Summer Tour Dates6/2 Saint Louis, MO – The Pageant6/3 Kansas City, MO – Midland Theatre6/5 Morrison, CO – Red Rocks Amphitheatre6/6 Morrison, CO – Red Rocks Amphitheatre7/24 Agora Theatre – Cleveland, OH*7/25 Express Live – Columbus, OH*7/27 Stage AE – Pittsburgh, PA*7/28 Art Park – Buffalo, NY*7/29 Waterfront Park – Burlington, VT** newly-announced datelast_img read more

Day of the Dead at the Peabody Museum

first_imgElaborately dressed as elegant skeletons and wearing “sugar skull” makeup or just party clothes, guests filled the Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology’s Latin American galleries on Saturday night. Once a year, the Peabody Museum partners with the Mexican Consulate in Boston to celebrate Day of the Dead with a fiesta. This year, guests were treated to live music by eight members of student group Mariachi Véritas de Harvard and Trio Olin.During Day of the Dead, the souls of departed loved ones are welcomed back to earth for a few special hours. In Mexico, families prepare altars at home and travel to their loved ones’ graves which they decorate with bright yellow marigolds, family photos, candles, religious images, offerings of food and drink, and even special objects loved by the deceased in life. Read Full Storylast_img read more

Driving Business Value Through IT Transformation Master Class

first_imgWith the global economy seeing early signs of recovery, businesses are now looking at IT to create value and become more agile to create differentiation in a highly competitive marketplace.For IT organizations, this creates a real challenge. We are dealing with the perpetual necessity to cut costs whilst balancing the need to invest in emerging technologies and innovative ways to augment the IT value chain. It seems, however, there is a simple answer: ‘Software-Defined’ with ‘No Limits’!With VMworld Europe concluding today, you can expect a catalyst of momentum around how software is empowering IT to break down walls, demolish barriers and reveal the opportunities ahead.To celebrate and examine this concept in more detail, the Financial Times asked EMC and VMware to record a short video series on the key elements of how to drive business value through IT Transformation. Over the next few weeks we will release a total of five videos, each addressing an area to cover when considering a transformation.  To follow the series, bookmark this blog!Chapter One – Drivers for IT Transformation In the first of this series of master-class videos, we explore how the convergence of cloud, big data and mobile technology is driving IT transformation across businesses.With traditional business models being disrupted by these new technologies, senior technologists from EMC and VMware discuss why, despite pressures from the business for IT organizations to cut operational costs and address the burden of legacy IT applications and infrastructure, changing business expectations in a recovering economy are creating a phenomenal opportunity for organizations to create first mover advantage – if IT can keep pace with the business.Coming soon:Chapter 2: Transforming Your Infrastructure and Delivering a Well Run Hybrid CloudChapter 3: Transforming the Operating Model and enabling the Software Defined EnterpriseChapter 4: Transforming Applications and preparing for the Third PlatformChapter 5: Partnering to Enable Successful Transformationslast_img read more

Brazil to Reduce Peace Troops in Haiti

first_img Brazil will start to gradually reduce the number of military personnel sent to Haiti to be part of the peace forces three years after the earthquake that devastated the Caribbean nation, the Brazilian Ministry of Defense announced on January 30. Presently, Brazil has 1,910 troops deployed, but this number will be reduced to 1,450 in June with the change of contingents, returning to the same number they had before the January 2010 earthquake that killed 250,000 people. “We are just removing the Brabatt 2, the battalion focused on earthquake assistance,” General Carlos De Nardi, head of the Brazilian Forces’ Joint Chiefs of Staff, said in a press report. The only battalion that will remain in Haiti will be under the command of Colonel Zenedir da Mota Fontoura, who will arrive on June 7. By Dialogo February 01, 2013last_img read more

The most important element to marketing success

first_img 20SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Amanda Thomas Amanda is founder and president of TwoScore, a firm that channels her passion for the credit union mission and people to help credit unions under $100 million in assets reach … Web: Details Being a marketing consultant in the credit union industry for many years, I’ve talked with countless credit unions about their vision for future marketing success.  They interview us to evaluate whether TwoScore is a good fit, and we find the window through which we look at an extremely vital part of a credit union and its potential for future success: its culture.A well-executed marketing strategy is an essential element in your credit union’s business plan, but it isn’t the only thing you need in place to ensure long-term success.  As we have seen with many industries over the past decade or longer, companies are focusing on their cultures and their brand experiences as the connecting point with members and potential members.While a great rate or a snazzy promotion might bring them in the door for that loan or checking account, what will keep them loyal to your organization is your culture and how it is expressed through your brand experience. So how does a company do that? Here are some steps to help you along the way to bringing your culture to life:Find your why. Your credit union may grant loans and open savings accounts, but why do you offer those services? How are you making a difference in the lives of your members?Define your brand elements. Has your mission statement been sitting in a binder somewhere? Is it too long for your employees to memorize? Is it relevant? Having clearly-defined brand elements (vision, mission, brand values and brand promise) are the essence of your credit union’s personality because they inform everything you do as an organization. Put them front and center for everyone to see every day. Just like looking at your goals every day is the key to success, so is having culture elements in front of everyone for it to truly become the vehicle of your credit union’s growth.Develop a unique brand experience based on your brand values. This will be what differentiates your credit union because it is through your brand experience that you get the opportunity to truly connect with your members and potential members.Hire (and fire) based on employees who live out (or don’t) your brand promise. Your employees are the most important asset of your culture and they have the critical job of forming relationships with members and delivering the brand experience.Share the credit union’s goals and progress on them. Additionally, share member successes and stories. Emotion is just as powerful for your employees as it is your members. An emotional tie takes a “cross sell” opportunity to a “helpful suggestion” in the eyes of front-line staff. At the end of the day, credit unions are life changers. To us, it’s a loan or an account, but to members it is a new home, a car to drive to work or a way to get out of debt to save money. Your culture is the leader of your marketing efforts and driver of long-term marketing success.last_img read more

Ericsson reverses UK charge in telecoms sector slowdown

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Stars aligning for Atletico with Champions League glory not so far away

first_imgAtletico Madrid’s triumph over Liverpool in March was a throwback to a more celebrated past under Diego Simeone but five months on and the Champions League offers them a very real opportunity in the present.Knocking out the holders at Anfield may prove to be the first glimpse of a new era under Simeone, where the likes of Joao Felix, Marcos Llorente, Jose Gimenez and Jan Oblak push Atletico to challenge for major honors again.Or it could be a last hurrah for the Simeone project, which some believe will never again scale the heights of their incredible La Liga title win in 2014 or their runs to the Champions League finals in 2014 and 2016.  They scored 20 goals and conceded six. If the season had started when the league restarted, Atletico would have finished second. “We did well and we know we’re on a really good streak but the Champions League is a different competition,” said Diego Costa last week.Atletico face Leipzig in Lisbon on Thursday as one of the form teams still standing, in a tournament that has gifted them the significantly kinder half of the draw. If they beat Leipzig, who labored to a third-place finish in the Bundesliga, they will face either Atalanta, the tournament’s minnows or Paris Saint-Germain, who have played two games in almost half a year. Meanwhile, in the other half, only one of Bayern Munich, Barcelona, Manchester City and Lyon can reach the final. Without doubt, Atletico’s opponents and potential semi-final opponents will be just as eager to capitalise, especially PSG, whose longing for success in the Champions League has come to define them. And it is unknown how Simeone’s squad will be affected by the club’s announcement on Sunday that Angel Correa and Sime Vrsaljko tested positive for coronavirus, with both players, who would likely have been on the bench, left at home. A required second round of tests on Sunday meant preparations had to be tweaked, including delaying the squad’s flight to Lisbon from Monday until Tuesday afternoon. But it is hard to shake the sense that as a team, Atletico are very well-placed, even if the club have always appeared more comfortable as under-dogs under Simeone than burdened by expectation. Even the new format could suit them, in single matches where game management is likely to be key and technical superiority has less time to win out than over the traditional 180 minutes. A riled Jurgen Klopp said after Liverpool’s 1-0 defeat at the Wanda Metropolitano in February that Atletico’s backs-to-the-wall approach would not be as effective without their own fans. Yet they were able to frustrate Liverpool at Anfield too, before winning 3-2 in the second leg.”It’s important to accept the new format because once you accept it, you can adapt,” said Atleti’s Saul Niguez.Leipzig, meanwhile, were still in the title race in March and considered a threat even in the Champions League, on the back of destroying Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham in the last 16. But they have been less effective since the restart and will be less potent without Timo Werner, whose move to Chelsea cruelly prevents him from finishing what he started in the Champions League. It could be Atletico’s year.  Either way, few believed Llorente’s two goals in extra-time would be the start of something even more surprising, namely Simeone lifting the cup in May. Certainly nobody anticipated football shutting down completely the following week, as nervousness turned to indignation about Atletico fans travelling to Anfield, before matches behind closed doors became matches postponed indefinitely. And yet when football returned in June, Atletico were transformed. They went unbeaten in the 11 games after the resumption, to dispel concerns they could miss out on La Liga’s four. They won seven matches and drew four, one of them against Barcelona at Camp Nou, which helped Real Madrid clinch the title. center_img Topics :last_img read more

Auction numbers are set to pick up in next couple of weeks

first_imgAuction numbers are set to pick up according to Haesley Cush.SATURDAYS will be a little quieter on Brisbane’s footpaths with many agents and owners electing not to run their auction campaigns over Easter, school holidays and the Commonwealth Games.Ironically March was Ray White Queensland’s largest listing month on record and their auction numbers swelled in March. But many of those agents have delayed the launch until after this break.More from newsNew apartments released at idyllic retirement community Samford Grove Presented by Parks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus19 hours agoThe Gold Coast of course has seen an influx of auctions, so many of the auctioneers will be performing their street theatre for the holiday makers and international guests.It’s not uncommon for post Easter to see a drop in auction numbers, but with the games thrown in the actual number of auctions is right down.I spoke to my long term colleague and friend Phil Parker about it. Phil said “While it is a little quieter in April, May is absolutely full with both Saturdays and Sundays decorated with a lot of auctions”.The reasoning is due to the lead in time for an auction, which is usually about four weeks. So owners have either had their auction campaign and their auction called before Easter or they have waited to start advertising until after Easter. So logic explains that four weeks after the Easter break moves the auctions until May.This means the general market, buyers, will see an influx of new property listings this month. This is the combination of April sellers and those owners from March who pushed the hold button to clear.For real estate enthusiasts the next 10 weeks will now see a clear run leading in to the end of the financial year. We should see big auction numbers called in May with strong settlement numbers closing out the year.last_img read more