French bakery manufacturer Délifrance UK (Wigston, Leics) is continuing to extend the grab-and-go market with the launch of four ranges of added-value ranges including sweet pastry baskets, filled croissants, filled brioches and a unique deep swirl of French croissant pastry. Délifrance UK’s marketing controller Lucy Pickersgill explains: “The market for new and innovative snacks to eat on-the-go is constantly evolving, with consumers demanding more choice and variety in Continental morning goods and more fruit-based alternatives to meet their five-a-day intake. We are continuing to develop our traditional Viennoiserie recipes for the British market.”
Christmas is coming and while many are focused on the big day, there’s much to do before the celebrations begin.From security to scheduling, new product development and, of course, embracing the Christmas spirit, bakeries will be busy in the run-up to 25 December.Here, Barnsley-based Fosters Bakery, which produces baked goods for commercial customers, outlines its top tips for bakeries over the festive period.SchedulingIt’s not exactly exciting, but scheduling is vital to the successful management of any business operation, even more so as the busy Christmas period gets underway.“Liaising with customers to make sure you know their forecasts and schedules is really important. Christmas is a busy time for everyone, so high levels of communication will help both parties to make sure products are received,” explains Mia Fisher-Howe, digital marketing coordinator at Fosters Bakery.As well as collecting customer and supplier Christmas schedules, send out your own. This, Fisher-Howe notes, helps keep your customers in the loop and allows both parties to plan efficiently. Getting in the spiritDon’t forget to embrace the Christmas spirit and allow staff to do the same, whether that’s putting up decorations, a Christmas tree or wearing something festive.“We have a Christmas jumper day in December and have a Christmas tree in our office,” says Fisher-Howe.Plus, it’s a way to give something back to the community or a good cause.“Christmas time is also a great time to raise some money for charity – for example, ask everyone who wears a Christmas jumper to donate £1 or so and you have raised some money for a good cause.”Note: This article originally appeared in BritishBaker.co.uk in December 2018 Settling in for winterBritish weather is unpredictable, so make sure vehicles and other operations are winter-ready.“Give your vehicles a check-over and make sure they’re equipped with ice scrapers or any other necessary equipment for the snowy weather,” Fisher-Howe advises. “Get your shovels and grit out as well. This is important if you have vehicles on-site, which help to provide reliable deliveries.”Many businesses also shut down over the festive season, meaning it is crucial to check shutdown procedures.“A thorough shutdown process may take a little extra time, but helps to ensure your business is safe. This could include things such as security alarms, locks, CCTV or making sure your staff know how to properly shut down all machinery,” she adds.Down time can also be used to undertake maintenance work without causing disruption to everyday operations.Shiny new productsGetting products ready for Christmas is an important part of the season and starts earlier than many might like – often months in advance. Fosters is already planning its 2019 range.Inspiration for new products, flavours and formats can come from many places.“Christmas is a brilliant time to have a look at what your competitors are doing, visit some Christmas markets and shows, and use ideas to influence your own product development,” she explains.But remember to keep an eye on how they are performing. “Keeping track of reviews are a great way to gain honest customer feedback on whether you can improve your product. We always monitor how popular our products are and what we can do to make them better, if anything,” she says.
We’re sad to report that the beloved jazz and blues pianist Mose Allison has passed away today, at the age of 89. A force of smooth jazz shuffles since the 1950’s, Allison’s death was confirmed by his daughter, singer/songwriter Amy Allison.Mose Allison is perhaps best known for his smooth vocal approach and doo-wop influenced piano playing. He collaborated with many jazz greats of his day, including Stan Getz and Gerry Mulligan, but gained most fame from his performances as a trio. His casual style was best suited in an intimate setting, mixeing conversation with the crowd.While Allison’s music may not be popular among today’s listeners, his sound came at a pivotal time in rock history. His work directly influenced the likes of Jimi Hendrix, The Who, The Rolling Stones, The Yardbirds and countless others in the British blues revival of the early 1960’s.In honor of the late Mose Allison, listen to his original song “Young Man Blues” as well as The Who’s iconic rock n’ roll version of it.
After dominating Siena, 18-5, last weekend, No. 5 Syracuse (1-0) hosts No. 12 Albany on Sunday at 4 p.m. in the Carrier Dome. The Orange impressed in its season opener without five of its top six scorers from last season due to graduation. The Great Danes haven’t played a game this season and are coming off a quarterfinal loss to Notre Dame in last year’s NCAA tournament.Here’s everything you need to know about the matchup.All-time series: Syracuse leads 12-1Last time they played: After each team scored four goals in the first quarter, Syracuse took control of the game and defeated Albany 17-12 on April 2, 2015. Faceoff specialist Ben Williams went 24-of-27 from the X and the Orange’s first-line midfield combined for nine goals. Lyle Thompson had four goals and three assists, but it wasn’t enough to keep up with a Syracuse offense that fed off Williams’ strong performance.“I have never seen a face-off performance like I’d seen either,” Albany head coach Scott Marr said after the game. “The kid was unbelievable in the X. That was ultimately the difference in the game.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Albany report: With Thompson now graduated, the Great Danes offense — which led the country with 17.1 goals per game last year — will likely share the ball more since the two-time Tewaaraton Award winner held it approximately 70 percent of the time, Syracuse head coach John Desko said. Sophomore Connor Fields (66 goals and 22 assists) and Onondaga Community College junior transfer Seth Oakes (54 goals and 12 assists) will be counted on to carry the offensive load. Senior John Maloney was fourth on Albany last year in scoring and is the top returning midfielder.“We’ve had to reinvent ourselves since September,” Marr said at Albany’s media day. “Without Lyle, we’ve had to find a go-to guy.”At the faceoff X, Cason Liles took the most faceoffs on the team last season but transferred, according to Inside Lacrosse. Connor Russell, who took the second most faceoffs was injured during fall ball.On the defensive end, Albany returns senior Josh Babcock, junior James Burdette, sophomore AJ Kluck and sophomore Stone Sims. Marr said all four will contribute in front of senior goalie Blaze Riorden, who saved 56 percent of shots, allowed 9.93 goals per game and scored one of the most memorable goals of last season.How Albany beats Syracuse: Win the possession battle and capitalize on opportunities. Against a patient offense like Syracuse’s, Albany can’t afford to commit turnovers and waste chances. No matter who takes faceoffs for the Great Danes, Williams is projected to have the edge. An offense searching for its new quarterback must figure it out early otherwise it could fall behind the way Siena did last week and not be able to climb back. Though Albany’s defense, which allowed 10 goals per game last season (28th in country), is its most experienced unit, Syracuse’s Dylan Donahue will likely control the game again. It’ll come down to whether Fields, Oakes and Maloney can match it on the other end of the field.“I think they’re going to share the ball and who knows, they could be even more dangerous,” Desko said, “just because they’re willing to put the ball in other people’s sticks and I think the other players are good players.”Numbers to know:66 — Fields’ 66 goals last season ranked first in all of Division I.22.9 — Lyle Thompson accounted for 22.9 percent (121 out of 528) of Albany’s points last season. Fields, who accounted for the second most points, accounted for just 16.7 percent.1,097 — It’s been 1,097 days since Feb. 13, 2013, the only time that Albany beat Syracuse.Player to watch: Fields’ role in the new look Albany offense will be fascinating to observe on Sunday. Though Marr has said he’ll have to contribute in more ways than he did mainly as a finisher last year, it’s yet to be seen how successful he can be without Thompson. When you’re the leading goal-scorer in all of Division I, all eyes will be locked on you at the start of the following season. Comments Published on February 19, 2016 at 3:01 pm Contact Paul: [email protected] | @pschweds Facebook Twitter Google+