UK eggs rule the roost in Europe, says survey

first_imgEgg production in the UK has been confirmed as among the safest in the world, according to an EU survey. The survey tested the environment (not the hens or eggs) of egg-laying flock holdings between October 2004 and September 2005. Nearly 90% of UK holdings were found to be completely free of salmonella, putting the UK among the best in Europe.The EU findings support evidence of the dramatic fall in human cases of salmonella in the UK that has seen a two-thirds reduction since the British Lion Quality scheme was introduced in 1998. They also backed a 2004 Food Standards Agency survey that found no salmonella in 28,000 British eggs.Other European countries are continuing to experience outbreaks of salmonella, in contrast with the UK. There have also been outbreaks in the UK directly linked with imported eggs.UK egg producers have invested more than £36m in the British Lion scheme since it was introduced, according to the British Egg Industry Council. Some 85% of British eggs are produced under the scheme.last_img read more

Vauxhall takes on food drive

first_imgA survey from car company Vauxhall suggests that British drivers are disappointed with food-to-go on offer in service stations, with 80% saying it was unhealthy and 70% believing it was poor quality.The company has signed up British food writer, Thomasina Miers, winner of BBC TV’s 2005 MasterChef, to devise ’Food on the Move!’ recipes, which include chocolate baguettes and ham sarnies with a twist. She is suggesting ways for consumers to replace their quick fix of chocolate bars and sugary drinks with more healthy alternatives.Recipes include smokey paprika wholemeal pitta bread crisps, dark chocolate baguettes and flatbread wraps with ham, mustard and lettuce, extra mature cheddar and Marmite or chicken and avocado.Simon Ewart of Vauxhall said: “Fueling your mind and body while on a long road trip is just as important as fueling your car.”last_img read more

Justify your expenditure

first_imgIn my newspaper recently, I read about the chief executive of a hospital trust, responsible for a hospital in Kent, which was apparently so dirty and badly managed that approximately 90 people died from Clostridium difficile (C.difficile), contracted while being treated.Mind you, the nurses also bear a great responsibility; I know they are rarely criticised in England, but, having recently spent some time in hospitals, I have first-hand experience that they are not all angels. While in a private wing of the NHS, it took me over four hours and some eight requests to get a dressing changed, while the young nurse on duty was busy gossiping about her trip to Hull for a wedding – not even her own.The chief executive in question resigned and was apparently eligible for some £250,000-£400,000 bonus pay-off – that is until Health Minister Alan Johnson intervened and ordered a withholding of any severance pay, pending legal advice. But it reflects exactly the topic I wrote about in August – namely, that the public sector and large companies have a totally different perception on what the term “bonus” means than we true, wealth-creating small companies. Meanwhile, we who fail in our own business pay a huge price for failure and could even lose our homes if the banks have taken our personal guarantee. Being responsible for the death of people being treated in hospital is, surely, far worse than the failure to pay a landlord rent, for example.Still, I suppose dead people do not give money to political parties, whereas large property companies may well contribute large sums. After all, what are a few deaths compared to a million-pound gift to party funds?Back to business. A few people write to me for advice and I even get the occasional phone call – including some from my managing director, Neville, when he wants to discuss any large capital investment. The problem is that, to me, £10 is large, while Neville’s starting point is about £10,000! I guess that’s just the age gap.My views on capital expenditure are very simple: justify the expenditure, measure the returns expected from the outlay and take cash flow into consideration. All business has a finite supply of money and the purchase of a machine can only be justified if it earns a return greater than any other conceivable use to which the money can be put. Theoretically, if you borrow money to buy a machine, it must earn more than the interest charged. But in practice, it must earn enough to pay both capital and interest over a minimum of three years or your cashflow could cause you problems. This should allow capital to accumulate for the purchase of the next machine and a five- or 10-year rolling programme is a good idea.We always try to replace equipment before it breaks down. But I have never understood why, when Neville and I discuss replacing something, it always breaks down within the next few weeks, before we have got the new equipment either ordered or delivered. I think it’s called s*!’s law.last_img read more

Easy preparation for fruit and veg

first_imgBarbel Quattro has developed a vegetable preparation machine, which can process up to 30kg of vegetables or fruit an hour.The machine features 40 different blades, which keep the delicate cell structure of the product intact, preventing oxidisation and therefore significantly increasing its lifespan, says the firm.Soft fruit, such as banana and kiwi, can be sliced without bruising. In trials, the machine produced on average more than 30% more perfect slices of lemons, tomatoes and onions than equivalent preparation by hand, claims Barbel.The whole of the top section of the machine can be removed and taken to the sink for washing, while the base can be wiped down. Barbel also provides a training video or CD-Rom on how to use the machine and can offer free introduction training.[]last_img read more

Hovis to cut waste with technology

first_imgHovis is rolling out new supply chain technology across all its 23 bakery sites in the UK, which will cut wastage by at least 10%.The new system, initially trialled at three Hovis bakeries, will provide traceability for every batch of bread baked by the company, using SAP management software, combined with bar-code scanning technology. Each loaf is scanned at multiple stages along the supply chain, from the production line to delivery at the retailer, according to technology consultancy firm Capgemini, which spearheaded the project. “If the load is not correct or the delivery is not on schedule, an alert will be issued by the system so that problems can be corrected before the delivery is made to the retailer,” explained Capgemini’s vice-president of consumer products Anthoula Madden. “Once arriving at the retailer the load is scanned once more and a record of the delivery is logged, providing full visibility for invoicing. Savings are made across the supply chain as loaves do not get lost and perish, resulting in a minimum of 10-15% reduction in waste.”Phil McCallum, director of IT and infrastructure at Hovis parent company Premier Foods, said: “The traceability solution will deliver important benefits, including improved customer service and reduced waste.” l In related news, Premier Foods is to use sustainable palm oil in its products, including Hovis and Mr Kipling, by January 2010.last_img read more

Premier targets lunchboxes

first_imgPremier Foods is to launch Mr Kipling Oatibakes, designed to cater for the lunchbox market. The new oat-based cakes will be available in caramel, strawberry and blackcurrant variants, and will form part of the fastest-growing part of the lunchbox sector, which is ’non-chocolate’, claimed Premier.”We have identified an opportunity for a completely new product with great potential to grow the cake category,” commented Matt Hunt, head of cake marketing at Premier Foods.The individually wrapped cakes are baked with oats and golden syrup and contain a gooey centre.RSP: £

Speciality bread

first_imgPresumably Dan Lepard, BB’s resident contributor and The Guardian’s Weekend supplement bakery writer, had no part to play in this bread recipe that appeared in the latter. It unites baking and gardening in a stomach-churning first-time alliance not seen since the legendary mouse-in-bread loaf.Using worms as a nutritious and cheap bread inclusion, we reprint the recipe here for any bakers looking to offer customers a healthy bread with a (literal) twist. Perhaps not one that’s likely to get the stamp of approval from the Vegetarian Society, or indeed shrieking I’m a Celebrity creepy-crawly-phobe nutritionist Gillian McKeith, granted. But it will appeal to the growing band of entomophagists people who eat insects who view them as a sustainable source of protein, vitamins and minerals.The Guardian’s banana worm bread (by Marc Dennis)IngredientsShortening75gSugar30gBananas, mashed2Flour300gSoda1tspSalt1tspChopped nuts60gEggs2Dry roasted mealworms50gMethod1. Mix all the ingredients together.2. Sprinkle worms on top for added eye appeal.3. Bake in a pre-heated 180C oven for about an hour.last_img read more

Premier finalises Brookes Avana sale

first_imgPremier Foods has completed the disposal of its Brookes Avana business to 2 Sisters Food Group for £30m.The UK’s largest food supplier said the sale had been completed on a debt-free and cash-free basis, following the announcement that it was to dispose of the business back in December.The Brookes Avana business, which consists of RF Brookes chilled foods and Avana Bakeries, was acquired by Solways Foods, part of 2 Sisters Food Group. The sale included three manufacturing sites in Newport (RF Brookes and Avana Bakeries) and Leicester (RF Brookes), with more than 2,000 employees due to transfer with the business.Last month, Premier Foods also agreed to sell its four Irish brands – Gateaux, Chivers, McDonnells and the Erin licence – to The Boyne Valley Group for £34.7m.last_img

Kroger workers to receive at-home coronavirus testing kits

first_imgCoronavirusIndianaLocalNews Kroger workers to receive at-home coronavirus testing kits Pinterest Pinterest Facebook Previous articleCass Co Sheriff’s Office makes statement about July 4 Sandbar eventNext articleExtra-curricular activities begin again at some Indiana schools 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. Twitter WhatsApp (“Kroger sign” by mcsquishee, CC BY 2.0) An at-home coronavirus testing kit will be available to front-line Kroger employees in Indiana beginning this week, said Kroger Health.The COVID-19 Test Home Collection Kit will let employees take their own coronavirus tests at home and then ship their samples overnight to a lab for processing.The results will be available within 24-48 hours, said Kroger.They will be available to the front-line employees based on medical need.The company’s goal is to process up to 60,000 tests per week by the end of July. WhatsApp Google+ Google+ Twitter Facebook By Jon Zimney – July 6, 2020 0 198 last_img read more

Police identify suspects in attack of a wheelchair bound man outside of an Elkhart…

first_img Pinterest WhatsApp WhatsApp Police identify suspects in attack of a wheelchair bound man outside of an Elkhart church Twitter IndianaLocalNews Twitter Facebook By Carl Stutsman – July 9, 2020 2 867 Previous articleGoshen homeless advocate group looking to build permanent shelterNext articleDisney Store at UP Mall will not reopen Carl Stutsman Screenshot from CCTV footage provided by Elkhart Police The attack happened outside of Central Christian Church on Franklin St. in Elkhart, and with the whole thing being caught on camera police reached out to the public for help identifying the suspects.Late in the evening, June 30th, police say two people approached a 61 year old man outside of the church and began going through his belongings before hitting him in the face and fleeing the scene.While police have confirmed they have identified the suspects, their identities have not been of the attack is below: Google+ Google+ Pinterest Facebooklast_img read more