Spanish firm Europastry is to open a commercial subsidiary in Holland in order to widen its distribution links in Europe. The new site will serve its markets in Germany, Belgium and Northern Europe, to which it already distributes.The firm, which produces parbaked bread and frozen pastries, also has subsidiaries in Portugal and France and exports to 20 countries.With plans to expand further into international markets, Europastry said it already obtains 15% of its income from outside Spain. Last year it achieved a €360m turnover (£320.4m) and grew by 10%.It has seen high growth rates for a number of its products, such as Pan Gran Reserva – a country loaf – and its doughnuts. “During the first six months, doughnut exports grew by 40%, making Europastry the largest European manufacturer of frozen doughnuts,” said a spokesperson for the firm. It has also invested €12.3m (£10.94m) on research and development this 2009, and has worked to eliminate hydrogenated fats from its products and launch a new range of healthier pastries for children.
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Macadamia nuts are native to Australia but are also cultivated commercially in Hawaii. They are very difficult to crack out of their shells, but are well worth the effort. They have a creamy flavour and crunchy texture, which goes well with semi dried fruits such as cranberries, cherries and blueberries. Although low in carbohydrate, they are quite high in fat. They work well in biscuits such as White Chocolate and Macadamia Nut Cookies and can also be added to Brownies and Blondies instead of walnuts.Why not try them mixed with coconut in a sponge cake and try using them in the sticky top of a Pear and Ginger Upside Down Cake. They can be used instead of pecans in a tart case with brown sugar, syrup, vanilla extract, eggs and a little flour to make something akin to Pecan Pie and as they match so well with chocolate put some in the base of a chocolate tart . They can also be lightly roasted, ground coarsely and added to meringues before they are baked. Add carefully with some of the sugar as the amount of fat in the nuts can make the meringue collapse or very chewy. Once cooked, sandwich with chocolate-flavoured cream.Fiona Burrell, co-author of Leiths Baking Bible, from Leiths School of Food and Wine
Clark’s Pies is targeting business growth by merging its two Cardiff bakeries.The family-owned company plans to move staff and production from the Victoria Park bakery to its other bakery in Grangetown which will be extended and refitted later this summer.Grandson of founder Mary Clark, Dennis Dutch, said it was an exciting time for the company. “Merging our two bakeries will focus expertise on one site, which will help to make us fitter for the future.” He added that while there would be some staff reorganisation, there would be no compulsory redundancies.The company also plans to develop new products and hopes to extend its customer base.Its pies are supplied to retail outlets, takeaways, cafés and pubs in Cardiff and surrounding areas as well as the Cardiff City stadium.
Cafe and restaurant operator Benugo has scooped a contract to become the exclusive provider of catering services at the British Museum.The five-year deal, thought to be worth £40m, is due to commence in May this year, and follows a competitive tender process. According to Benugo, an integral part of the contract is to overhaul the existing foodservice facilities.Refurbishments to the museum’s catering facilities will include the complete renovation of the Great Court Cafés and Great Court Restaurant which will become a fast paced casual dining destination.“Benugo is also planning a number of new locations within the museum, including a new deli lunch style café and espresso bar,” it said.Ben Warner, founder of Benugo, said: “We are hugely excited by this result, and are enormously proud to now be associated with one of the greatest museums in the world. “The British Museum has an incredible history and heritage, and we are thrilled to be able to contribute to this through our foodservice which will offer choice, value and excellence to every visitor.”The firm has won a number of other catering contracts over the years including at: Edinburgh Castle, the Natural History Museum, the Ashmolean Dining Room (Ashmolean Museum), the Serpentine Bar & Kitchen (Hyde Park Royal Parks) and the V&A Café (Victoria and Albert Museum).Its six cafes in London serve deli-bags, soups, sandwiches, salads, and cakes and muffins from its bakery.
The National Bakery School is holding an open day on 21 March, encouraging people of all ages and backgrounds to train for a career in baking.Tutors and lecturers from the training establishment, part of London South Bank University, will be on-hand to offer advice and information on its range of professional bakery courses. These include the school’s Foundation Degree in Baking Technology Management, BSc (Hons) in Baking Technology Management, and its Food and Drinks Qualifications (FDQ) Diploma in Craft Studies.Jennifer Durman, senior lecturer and course director at the National Bakery School, said: “Numbers are still very good when it comes to individuals signing up to our courses. The Foundation Degree is in very high demand, to the point where it is over-subscribed and unfortunately we have had to turn people away.“Our facilities include full-scale working bakeries with large deck ovens, we make full-scale batches, and we have a shop, which our students make products for.”The school’s training offers a range of skills, including management, research and development, health and safety, bakery food science and production.The National Bakery School has previously been invited to make cakes for major centenaries and national events, including the wedding of Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip, as well as the Millennium celebrations.The School will be looking to take on students for its next intake on 17 September.For more information on the open day, visit: www.lsbu.ac.uk/openday.
CoronavirusIndianaLocalNewsSouth Bend Market Twitter Pinterest Pinterest This undated electron microscope image made available by the U.S. National Institutes of Health in February 2020 shows the Novel Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, orange, emerging from the surface of cells, gray, cultured in the lab. Also known as 2019-nCoV, the virus causes COVID-19. The sample was isolated from a patient in the U.S. (NIAID-RML via AP) The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) today announced that a second Hoosier has died from COVID-19.The patient is a Johnson County adult over age 60 who had been hospitalized. Due to privacy laws no other information about the patient is expected to be released.ISDH has also identified six new positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the total to 30. All have been diagnosed through either the ISDH, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and private laboratories. The new cases have been disgnosed in Lake, Franklin and Marion counties. Google+ WhatsApp Google+ WhatsApp By Tommie Lee – March 17, 2020 0 477 Facebook Twitter Facebook A second Hoosier dies of the coronavirus Previous articlePair of shootings in South Bend under investigationNext articleLawmaker challeges Holcomb’s restaurant ban Tommie Lee
IndianaLocalNewsSouth Bend Market Google+ Sen. Todd Young to visit Michiana on Friday (Saige Driver/95.3 MNC) Friday, Senator Todd Young will be in Michiana talking about the Great American Outdoors Act, a piece of legislation that passed in the Senate earlier this week.Young says the outdoor recreation industry generates more than $15.7 billion in consumer spending in the state, and supports 143,000 jobs. Many of those are in Elkhart County, the RV Capital of the World.His visit begins with a tour of maintenance projects at Indiana Dunes National Park in Chesterton at 9:30 a.m followed by an RV Industry Roundtable discussion at the RV Hall of Fame in Elkhart at 1 p.m. Twitter Facebook Twitter WhatsApp Google+ Pinterest Pinterest By Tommie Lee – June 18, 2020 0 289 Facebook WhatsApp Previous articleIUPUI Study: COVID-19 grip on Indiana looseningNext articleBerrien County has extended their State of Emergency Tommie Lee
IndianaLocalNews Redistricting in Hoosier state not likely to happen until fall Previous articleChanges to Elkhart County COVID restrictions delayedNext articleRailroad crossing on McKinley Avenue in Mishawaka closed for repairs Network Indiana WhatsApp Google+ Google+ Facebook Twitter (“Indiana State Capitol Building” by Drew Tarvin, CC BY 2.0) Indiana’s new congressional and legislative districts probably won’t be drawn until this fall.The Census Bureau announced last month it doesn’t expect to deliver population data until September 30. That’s more than six months late, and just three months before the January 5 start of candidate filing begins for next year’s election. It’s also long after the legislature adjourns for the year, with the task of drawing new maps still unfinished.House Speaker Todd Huston (R-Fishers) and Senate President Pro Tem Rod Bray (R-Martinsville) say they’re exploring different options for bringing legislators back. Bray says the most obvious option is for Governor Holcomb to call a special session.Legislators are working on a bill which allows them to call themselves into session, a measure Holcomb contends is unconstitutional. But that bill is confined to situations where a governor has declared an emergency, and wouldn’t apply to redistricting.Huston says legislators have received some estimates already, which allows them to get a head start on map-drawing in hopes of keeping the eventual special session as short as possible.Bray says legislators are likely to insert a provision in the budget bill to avoid triggering a state law which punts congressional maps to a panel of four legislators and one Holcomb appointee if the legislature adjourns without approving new districts. Republicans’ super majorities in the House and Senate mean they’ll control the redistricting process no matter what, but sending the maps to the commission would shut Democrats out of the process entirely. Bray has said the full legislature should handle redistricting, and the law doesn’t address state House and Senate districts anyway.On Thursday, the House rejected on procedural grounds a Democratic attempt to assign both state and federal redistricting to an independent, nonpartisan commission.Indiana is expected to have nine U-S House seats, the same as it has now. The Census Bureau says it plans to finalize those counts by April 30, four months late. Pinterest Pinterest By Network Indiana – March 28, 2021 0 184 Facebook WhatsApp Twitter
Cyber threats to the UK are constantly evolving and we take them very seriously. That’s why the Defence Cyber School is so important. It’s a state-of-the-art centre of excellence that will train more personnel across Defence and wider government in dealing with emerging threats. Part of a joint investment by the MOD and the National Cyber Security Programme, the School will address specialist skills and wider education in line with National Cyber Security Strategy objectives.Armed Forces’ Minister Mark Lancaster, who opened the school, said: With threats from hostile states changing at pace, the UK faces a deliberate attempt to destabilise secured peace and prosperity.The 2016 National Cyber Security Strategy provided £1.9 billion of transformative investment in cyber, which is being used alongside more conventional land, maritime and air capabilities, to meet these threats head-on.Now, building on current capabilities; which include the Global Operations and Security Control Centre at MOD Corsham; and the MOD Computer Emergency Response Team (MOD-CERT); Rapid Response Teams will be established from April.Teams of specialist Incident Responders will be available to deploy to locations around the UK and overseas, to tackle malicious cyber activity.Commander Joint Forces Command, General Sir Chris Deverell, said: Defence has a number of very highly-trained military personnel on hand to deal with emerging and complex cyber threats. We are reinforcing these capabilities with the creation of Rapid Response Teams. Our threat-hunters give us the ability to identify, isolate and respond to these threats, whenever and wherever they might arise. The UK has advanced counter-cyber capabilities which can protect national interests from harm caused by adversaries. Furthermore, offensive cyber can be used to deal with serious threats to the UK.
identify high rise buildings with unsafe cladding ensure interim measures are in place to reduce risks and give building owners clear advice about what they need to do, over the longer term, to make buildings safe In addition, I am issuing a direction today to all local housing authorities to pay particular regard to cladding-related issues when reviewing housing in their areas.Remediation work has started on two thirds of buildings in the social housing sector and we have called on building owners in the private sector to follow the example set by the social sector and not pass costs on to leaseholders.I find it outrageous that some private sector landlords have been so slow to cooperate with us on this vital work.I am calling on them to do the right thing.If they don’t, I am ruling nothing out at this stage.Remediation announcementAs the Prime Minister announced yesterday, the government will fully fund the removal and replacement of potentially dangerous cladding by social landlords with costs estimated at £400 million.This will ensure that they can focus their efforts on making ACM cladding systems safe for the buildings they own.We want to allocate this funding for remediation as soon as possible and will announce more details shortly, including how we will encourage landlords to continue to pursue other parties for costs where they are responsible or at fault.We will also continue to offer financial flexibilities for local authorities who need to undertake essential fire safety work.ConclusionMr Speaker, we must create a culture that truly puts people and their safety first.That inspires confidence and, yes, rebuilds public trust.Dame Judith’s review and the significant changes that will flow from it are important first steps……helping us ensure that when we say “never again”, we mean it.I commend this Statement to the House. Mr Speaker, with permission, I would like to make a statement on the publication of Dame Judith Hackitt’s final report following her Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety.Honourable and Right Honourable Members will be aware that my predecessor and the then Home Secretary asked Dame Judith to carry out this review following the Grenfell Tower fire.We are approaching one year on from this tragic event and those affected are firmly in our minds.I met some of the bereaved and survivors as soon as I could after I was appointed.And this just strengthened my determination to ensure that they continue to receive the support they need.And to ensure that we learn from this tragedy so nothing like this can ever happen again.It’s with this in mind that Dame Judith was asked to undertake her review of the existing system as part of a comprehensive response to the fire.I want to pay tribute to Dame Judith and all those who contributed to this important report.Hackitt Review and government responseMr Speaker, its publication is a watershed for everyone who has a stake in ensuring that the people living in buildings like Grenfell Tower are safe – and feel safe.Dame Judith is clear that the current system – developed over many years and successive governments – is not fit for purpose.She is calling for major reform and a change of culture, with the onus more clearly on everyone involved to manage the risks they create at every stage and government doing more to set and enforce high standards.This government agrees with that assessment and supports the principles behind the report’s recommendations for a new system.We agree with the call for greater clarity and accountability over who is responsible for building safety during the construction, refurbishment and on-going management of high-rise homes.The Hackitt review has shown that in too many cases people who should be accountable for fire safety have failed in their duties.In future, the government will ensure that those responsible for a building must demonstrate they have taken decisive action to reduce building safety risks and will be held to account.We agree that the system should be overseen by a more effective regulatory framework, including stronger powers to inspect high-rise buildings and sanctions to tackle irresponsible behaviour.We agree that there should be no buck passing between different parts of the industry and that everyone needs to work together to change the system.And, crucially – given the concerns raised following the Grenfell tragedy – we agree that residents must be empowered with relevant information.They must be able to act to make their homes safer.Mr Speaker, this review has implications for government as a whole.I am committing today to bring forward legislation that delivers meaningful and lasting change and gives residents a much stronger voice in an improved system of fire safety.Changing the law will take time.But as Dame Judith acknowledges, we can – and must – start changing the culture and practice right now.As a first step, we are asking everyone involved to have their say on how we can achieve this by contacting us by the end of July.Their response will inform a more detailed statement to the House in the autumn on how we intend to implement the new regulatory system.I will also update the House on progress before Summer Recess.Mr Speaker, we all have a role to play.For our part, this government has accepted and been implementing the recommendations that relate to us since Dame Judith published her interim report in December.Firstly, we are consulting on significantly restricting or banning the use of “desktop studies” to assess cladding systems.Inappropriate use of desktop studies is unacceptable and I will not hesitate to ban them if the consultation – which closes on 25 May – does not demonstrate that they can be used safely.Secondly, we are working with industry to clarify Building Regulations fire safety guidance, and I will publish this for consultation in July.Let me be clear, the cladding believed to be on Grenfell Tower was unlawful under existing building regulations. It should not have been used.I will ensure that there is no room for doubt over what materials can be used safely in cladding of high rise residential buildings.Having listened carefully to concerns, the government will consult on banning the use of combustible materials in cladding systems on high-rise residential buildings.Thirdly, we will work with the industry to make the wider suite of building regulations guidance more user-friendly.Building safetyMr Speaker, all of this continues our work to ensure that people are safe.Since the Grenfell tragedy, my department has worked with fire and rescue services, local authorities and landlords to: