Carr’s Group, the farming and food conglomerate, said its flour mills had delivered an ‘excellent performance’ in its first half.However, the company, which also has assets in the animal feed industry, said revenue in its food group was lower because of weaker commodity prices – despite improved UK volumes.In a statement for the six months to 28 February 2015, Carr’s said: “The 2014 UK wheat harvest was large. However, the bread-making quality of home-grown wheat was disappointing as a result of the below-average protein levels.”And it added: “Once again, the flexibility provided by the portside locations of our two northern mills has meant we have been able to source consistently good-quality wheat from both the UK and overseas.“We are also looking to develop longer-term strategic relationships with our customers and a shared approach to risk management in a period of continued commodity market and exchange rate volatility.”The company said its Kirkcaldy mill continued to “exceed initial expectations” via “improved operational efficiencies” and an “uplift in volumes”.Within the whole group, revenue was down 2.8% to £208.6m, from £214.7m the year before and profit before tax was up to £10.6m, a hike of 5.4%.
Pinkmans Bakery in Bristol has been rescued out of administration in a pre-pack deal.The business, which scratch-bakes products including sourdough loaves and pizza, opened its doors on the city’s Park Street around two years ago.Administrators Begbies Traynor, who were appointed last week, said “significant amounts” of share capital had gone into the business as a start-up, but added it continued to be under-funded.“The business faced a number of difficulties, as is not untypical for a company of this sort,” said joint administrator Simon Haskew, adding Pinkmans had not been generating the revenue needed to cover costs.The business has been sold to Natural Baking Ltd, which is owned and controlled by a minority shareholder of Pinkmans Bakery Limited.“We were quickly able to advise that administration and a subsequent sale was the best course of action, and we are very pleased to have been able to secure the jobs of the employees,” said Haskew.“We’ve been able to get the business to a point where it can face the future with a much greater degree of confidence.”Pinkmans was co-founded in 2015 by Steven Whibley, who previously ran Le Pain Quotidien in London.Speaking to British Baker at the time, Whibley said: “We decided to open on Park Street because, although Bristol has a number of great bakeries, there was nobody baking on what we see as Bristol’s most iconic street.”
The Brooklands Bakery, previously part of the Euphorium bakery business owned by Tesco, is facing closure.Samworth Brothers, which acquired the bakery in autumn 2016, is consulting with staff over plans to close the site in Weybridge, Surrey.Samworth acquired the trade and assets of Euphorium (North London) Ltd, which it renamed The Brooklands Bakery, in October 2016. The business made a loss of £1.4m in the period from then to 31 December 2016, according to documents filed at Companies House.“With regret we have decided to begin a formal consultation process with our staff regarding the potential closure of The Brooklands Bakery,” a spokesperson told British Baker.“Despite significant financial investment and the best efforts of the team at Brooklands, the business continues to be loss-making and this is not sustainable in the long term.”Tesco took a share in the Euphorium business, which included two manufacturing sites and high street bakeries, in 2012, and acquired the remainder in 2015. Euphorium concessions were opened in a number of Tesco stores.The supermarket giant sold the business in 2016 and converted its Euphorium concessions to in-store bakeries. Samworths took on the Weybridge site, while BTC Investments acquired Euphorium’s Islington factory and the associated high street artisan bakeries.BTC, which also operates the Soho Coffee chain, currently has six Euphorium sites, but intends to develop the business as a leading artisan retail bakery, patisserie and coffee brand.As reported in the 2018 Bakery Market Report (available free of charge to British Baker subscribers here), an investment programme of refits to its existing stores and the opening of new outlets is planned.
British Baker’s Bakery Market Report is a unique snapshot of Britain’s retail bakery market, offering details of the ‘BB75’ – the country’s 75 largest bakery-focused operators – and much, much more.The report is available free of charge to all British Baker subscribers by following this link (you will need to log in to download the report).If you are not a subscriber, you can purchase the report for £250, or sign up for a year’s subscription to British Baker here.This year’s report introduces innovations that we hope will make it even more valuable and informative than previous editions.For the BB75, we have added a graphic of the UK, highlighting in which geographic regions that firm operates, as well as key contact information, including a head office telephone number and web address for each business.Elsewhere, infographics reveal the retail performance of key bakery categories and brands, and what bakery shoppers are seeking from convenience stores.The Bakery Market Report 2018 also includes long-established elements, such as the Bakery Business Survey in which British Baker readers reveal what the past year has meant for their business, and what they expect this year to bring.”
Bakers across the country are helping to support NHS heroes who are working around the clock by offering discounts and donating baked goods to hospitals.Here are a few examples of how the baking industry is stepping up to help.Jacksons of YorkshireCaption: Corby factory general manager Gavin Richards (in pink) delivers 1,927 loaves to Kettering General HospitalJacksons of Yorkshire has been busy delivering loaves of bread to local NHS staff.“When we heard that NHS heroes in our local communities were going shopping after long shifts and finding empty shelves, we offered to deliver thousands of loaves of bread them each week,” said Dorian Hiles, MD for Jacksons, which has bakeries in Hull and Corby.“This started with hospitals in Hull a couple of weeks ago and the response from the NHS staff and people in our community was amazing; we couldn’t have asked for kinder comments on social media.”The bakery is also delivering weekly into Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust and Kettering General Hospital, as well as supporting charity Fareshare and local hospices.Paul is aiming to deliver to at least two hospitals per week in what it describes as a “token gesture to show its appreciation and gratitude to NHS workers on the front line”. On Friday 27 March, staff at Northwick Park Hospital in north-west London received donations of fresh loaves of bread, croissants and cakes, while St George’s Hospital in Tooting took delivery of goods yesterday.The bakery and patisserie chain has temporarily closed all 37 shops in London and Oxford, but kept its main bakery open, through which it operates The Bread Market retail outlet.It also continues to donate food to London-based charity The Felix Project on a daily basis.Henllan BakeryStaff at Glan Clwyd Hospital in Wales were thrilled to receive more than 400 individual cakes slices from Henllan Bakery and took to Twitter to show their appreciation. They received a variety of treats, including Henllan’s Salted Caramel Slice, Toffee Slice and Krispy Slice.The family-run bakery is planning cake drops to the other two large hospitals in the region over the coming weeks.McVitie’sStaff at Ealing, Central Middlesex and Northwick Park hospitals in London were treated to hundreds of packets of biscuits and chocolate bars from Pladis-owned McVitie’s.Hobnobs, Digestives and Club Bars were among the “small mountain” of goods that have “flooded into the hospital” over the past fortnight to encourage NHS staff to stay strong.Caption: LNWH charity manager Geraldine Dammen with some of the donated goods.WhitworthsAfter seeing the heroic efforts of hospital workers and NHS frontline staff, baking industry supplier Whitworths wanted to help in any way it could.“We’ve already started creating and sending healthy snacking and recipe bundles to NHS staff and other key workers around the country. Dried fruit and nuts are a great source of vital nutrients, important for energy and immunity, and give you a quick energy boost,” said Jessica Horton, digital marketing executive at Whitworths.Doughnut Time decided to close its 15 London shops last month and, as such, was left with a surplus of fresh, handmade doughnuts, but nowhere to send them.“The only logical next move was to spend the day visiting NHS hospitals, donating our doughnuts to the wards, the emergency service depots, the doctors, nurses, trainees and support teams. They’re all working so hard and such long hours – it was the least we could do to express our gratitude and, hopefully, bring some joy,” the company said.The doughnuts were delivered to Royal Surrey County, Royal Berkshire and Basingstoke hospitals.The Bakehouse ManningtreeIndependent artisan bakery The Bakehouse Manningtree is looking to show its support and appreciation for the hardworking staff at Colchester Hospital with a weekly delivery of cakes, it said on Facebook. The bakery plans to deliver to a different ward every week, so as many staff as possible can benefit from the treats. Dominique AnselDominique Ansel is offering 50% discounts for NHS staff, who can visit its sites in central London, where it’s offering a takeaway service. It is also able to send food packages, completely free, to fuel teams of local hospitals. Staff just need to get in touch to arrange a drop-off.
A number of annual summer events have been cancelled in the past week, with organizers citing the COVID-19 pandemic as the primary reason.The Wilton Lions Club has made a tough decision to cancel the following events: The Memorial Day Service (May 25) and The Annual Yard Sale (June 26 – June 28)The annual reunion of the New Sharon High School alumni, scheduled for June 20, 2020, is cancelled.In the Jay/Livermore Falls area, the Memorial Day Parade has been cancelled, as have the associated services at nearby monuments. Organizers said that the decision was made due to COVID-19 social distancing requirements and after conversations with town offices in Fayette, Jay, Livermore Falls and Livermore. Assistance is being sought to place 1,700 flags at the graves of veterans in 49 local cemeteries.The annual Tri-Town July 3 Parade, put on by organizers in Jay, Livermore and Livermore Falls has also been cancelled.Farmington’s traditional July 4 parade, organized by the Farmington Rotary, has also been cancelled. The Rotary remains active and intends to find a way to creatively engage with the community to recognize the day, Rotary spokesperson Lisa Laflin said. The Rotary’s annual June yard sale has also been postponed, with the organization hoping to host a similar event in the fall.The Farmington Falls Fire Co. has cancelled the 2020 Annual Yard Sale and Chicken BBQ to err on the side of caution in regards to the COVID-19 pandemic, organizers said Thursday. A “bigger and better celebration” is planned for 2021.The Wilton Blueberry Festival committee already announced last week that it would be postponing the 38th iteration of the town’s August festival until 2021. Another major regional draw, the Kingfield POPS Festival held in late June, has also been postponed until the following summer.The 62nd Phillips Old Home Days 2020 has also been cancelled. Organizers intend to hold the planned 200th birthday celebration of Maine in 2021 from Aug. 14 through Aug. 22. Similarly, this year’s Memorial Day Horse Pulls have also been cancelled.
Load remaining images Twiddle kicked off their Plumperdump Winter tour with a weekend of sold out shows, and the band carried that momentum into last Saturday’s show at The Westcott Theater in Syracuse, NY. The night featured opening acts Universal Transit based out of the Adirondacks and Syracuse locals The New Daze. Both openers were very well received by the large crowd in attendance, and both got the party brewing for Twiddle.Twiddle wasted no time, jumping into a stellar version of the crowd favorite “Syncopated Healing.” The lyrics “Shake your booty to the music let the grooves make you crazy, May the rhythm of your body put your mind at ease” resonated throughout the crowd for the evening, demonstrated by the ladies in the front row particularly. The band slid into one of the highlights of the night, “Every Soul,” off of their new album PLUMP. (Read the review here). This version is a must hear, demonstrating the band’s talent for jamming; a testament to how far these guys have come. The building was exploding with energy after this version, and the band rode this energy right into “Carter Candlestick.” Up next was a new tune of PLUMP, called “Five,” which featured Mihali Savoulidis on acoustic guitar. “Five” slowed things up a bit and gave both the band and crowd a breather. “Dr. Remidi’s Melodium” followed, and contained a “X-files” theme tease while showcasing Ryan Dempsey’s talents on keys and allowed Zdenek Gubb to dump his bass all over everyone lucky enough to be in attendance. A standard version of “Dusk ‘Til Dawn” followed “Remidi’s,” and featured Brook Jordan singing leading vocals. It’s not often that Jordan sings, so it’s always a treat to hear the drummer vocally. The band ended the set with the fan-favorite, “Doinkinbonk!!!.” This song was one of the first songs written by bassist Zdenek Gubb, and features some of the funkiest bass lines to really demonstrate his talent. This is another must hear version, and one of the best jams from the evening. The band stretched this version out and eventually they slid their way into a delicious “Funky Town” jam before segueing seamlessly back into “Doinkinbonk!!!.” Moments like this are what make Twiddle special and is a reason they are selling out venues all over the country. The guys weren’t quite finished yet, as the end of Doink segued into their elusive cover of The Beatles’ “Rocky Raccoon.” Fans could be heard singing along with the band. “Rocky” morphed into a YEM-like vocal jam and put the band’s Phish influences on display. The show concluded with an encore featuring the bluegrassy tune “Hattibagen McRat,” sending fans out into the night begging for more. The band is heading out for another three night run next weekend at Buffalo, Clifton Park, and NYC, and the shows are sure to sell out, so don’t miss them!Peep the setlist below, via uTwiddle.Setlist: Twiddle at The Westcott Theater, Syracuse, NY – 2/20/16One Set: Syncopated Healing, Every Soul, Carter Candlestick, Five, Dr. Remidi’s Melodium, Dusk ‘Til Dawn, Doinkinbonk!!! > Funky Town > Doinkinbonk!!!, Rocky RaccoonEncore: Hattibagen McRatShow Notes: This show was a part of the “Plumperdump” 2016 Winter Tour. “Dr. Remidi’s Melodium” contained a “X-Files” Theme tease. “Rocky Raccoon” ended with a vocal jam. Check out the full gallery of images below, courtesy of Dave DeCrescente Photography:
On a busy Saturday night in New Orleans, fans filled the legendary Tipitina’s Uptown concert venue to celebrate the return of Billy Iuso & Friends. Iuso, whose newest record, Overstanding, is still fresh from its release in 2015, brought together a new collective on this night, featuring Eddie Christmas (drums), Brad Walker (sax), Charlie Dennard (keys), and Dave Pomerleau (bass). All four of these talented musicians have played in various groups with Iuso over the years, and, as Billy hinted before the show, this would turn out to be a fun and loose outing. Filled with both new material and classic tributes to the deepest strands of funk, soul, reggae, blues, and rock to pass through New Orleans, Iuso and company created an unforgettable night filled to the brim with music.From the onset it was clear that Iuso and his loyal fans–affectionately called “BIRNouts” after his hometown group Billy Iuso & Restless Natives–generate a unique energy when together in a room. A thrilling opening of Funkadelic’s classic “Red Hot Mama” into “Sneakin’ Sally Through the Alley” and then into the title track from his latest record Overstanding, fully charged the band up and caused infectious joy throughout the room. Iuso fearlessly led rolling grooves, gritty funk breakdowns, American rock swells, spacey jams, and bright, ringing anthems. It was a true collaborative, with Iuso frequently stepping back to allow each person on stage and their special guests to shine.“The band keeps getting bigger!” Billy exclaimed at one point, as he welcomed local rocker Mike Doussan and trumpet and sax players Mike Korbin and Dave Masucci to the stage. Teases, including the Grateful Dead’s “Terrapin Station” and Sly & The Family Stone’s staple “Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)”, were jokingly peppered in between blistering versions of Little Feat’s “Spanish Moon” and a loose and funky take on The Rolling Stones’ “Miss You”, among original gems like “Trippin’ Ova Dragons” and “Been Through Hell”.After Iuso and company brought the house down with a beautiful crescendo of Bob Dylan’s “Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues,” he faced the audience to wish them peace and love, ensuring a terrific end with a high note for this Saturday night party. Simply put, Billy brings it. Catch him at the inaugural NOLA Crawfish Festival with his band, Restless Natives on April 26th, as well as with George Porter, Jr., Terence Higgins, Dave Malone, and special guest Anders Osborne as the Crawfish Fest All-Stars on April 27th. Setlist: Billy Iuso & Friends at Tipitina’s, New Orleans, LA – 2/27/16 Set: Red Hot Mama>Sneakin’ Sally Through the Alley>Overstanding, Shape I’m In*, She Moves That Way, Valerie, Chosen One, Last Train*, Do or Die>Don’t Let Me Down, Spanish Moon*, Trippin’ Ova Dragons, Been Through Hell>Miss You, What’s The Buzz, Let Me Have it All, Tom Thumb’s Blues*Dave P Vocals*with Mike Doussan on guitarTake a gander at the full gallery of images, from Rick Moore: Load remaining images
With the New York Presidential primary taking place today, April 19th, a number of beloved musicians took the stage at The Hall At MP last night for a “Get Out And Vote… For Bernie” benefit concert. With just days of planning, Kung Fu served as the backing band for a majority of the set, which featured sit-ins from Phish’s Jon Fishman, Dead & Company’s Oteil Burbridge, String Cheese Incident’s Jason Hann, Trey Anastasio Band’s Natalie Cressman, Kat Wright, and DJ Logic.The show started with local band LoveDeep (check them out here!), who rocked the party and got fans excited for the night ahead. After a brief but hilarious speech from political comedian Jamie Kilstein, Kung Fu took the stage and opened with Living Colour’s “Cult Of Personality.” Fishman and Cressman joined in towards the end of set one, performing a series of Frank Zappa tunes: “I Am The Slime,” “Son Of Orange County” and “More Trouble Every Day.” The set closed with Kung Fu’s song “Scrabb,” featuring a drum duel between Adrian Tramantano and Jon Fishman.After a setbreak with tunes curated by DJ Logic, set two brought some serious fire to the fans who were feeling the Bern. The band opened with Jimi Hendrix’s “Fire,” with Fishman, Burbridge, DJ Logic and Cressman all on stage. The same group played The Beatles’ “Revolution,” before Fishman swapped out with Hann for the Grateful Dead’s “Fire On The Mountain.”The set continued as Fishman returned for “Come On, Come Over” by Jaco Pastorius, before Kat Wright and Bob Wagner performed on a version of Bob Marley’s “Burnin’ & Lootin’.” John Lennon’s “Imagine” and Woody Guthrie’s “This Land Is Your Land” closed out the set.You can watch the full video of the festivities below:
May 3rd marks what would have been soul singer James Brown’s 83rd birthday. There’s a reason people referred to Brown as the “Godfather of Soul”; his voice was truly iconic. Through his sexy persona and sultry stage presence, James Brown was on a level all his own when it came to performing. Backed by the illustrious J.B.’s throughout most of his career, Brown excelled with hits like “Cold Sweat,” “Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag”, “I Got You (I Feel Good)” and “It’s a Man’s Man’s Man’s World.”There’s no denying the raw talent and energy that Brown exuded with each performance. In that spirit, we wanted to share live footage of a great James Brown show from 1968. The show came just one day after Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination, and Brown’s performance was credited for helping to keep the peace in Boston. The live broadcast of this show literally helped put a stop to potential riots in the charged city. His music was just that powerful.Enjoy some glorious James Brown footage and help us wish the Godfather a happy 83rd!Setlist: James Brown at the Boston Garden, Boston, MA – 4/5/68“That’s Life”“Kansas CityMedley: “It’s a Man’s Man’s Man’s World”/”Lost Someone”/”Bewildered”“Get It Together”“There Was a Time”“I Got the Feelin’”“Try Me”Medley: “Cold Sweat”/”Ride the Pony”/”Cold Sweat”“I Got You (I Feel Good)”“Please, Please, Please”“I Can’t Stand Myself (When You Touch Me)