How can you prepare your bakery for Christmas?

first_imgChristmas 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.last_img read more

Flood recovery process continues

first_imgAt this time, individuals with questions or concerns do not need to reach out to federal partners directly. Any questions should be directed to the Joint Information Center at 317-238-1784 or [email protected] Indianapolis, In. — Officials in Indiana counties are finalizing damage assessments and the State has requested a federal review, which is the next step in the process for requesting federal assistance. No federal assistance has been granted for Indiana residents. Below are steps citizens should take while the review process continues:Document all aspects of damage, as well as any cleanup process that occursKeep receipts, and document any funds received through insuranceIf assistance is needed in the meantime, reach out to 211 or the Red Cross at 888-684-1441Pay attention to local media about local resources availableThe Indiana Department of Homeland Security is also encouraging those interested Indiana residents to sign up for February Flood email updates through the agency. If assistance becomes available within the state, more information will be provided to that list. Individuals can sign up here. at http://bit.ly/FloodUpdateIN or find the link through the Disaster Recovery Resources page.last_img read more

Hughes: Overhaul in front court poses big questions for next year

first_imgIt’s always interesting looking forward to next year when it comes to college sports.Change is almost certainly unavoidable, and when it happens on a minimal level, things are even more intriguing.For the Wisconsin men’s basketball team, last year the offseason question centered on UW’s backcourt since Trevon Hughes and Jason Bohannon graduated.Now the eye of the inquiries focus on the frontcourt, where three players – Tim Jarmusz, Keaton Nankivil and All-American honorable mention Jon Leuer (a total of 203 starts) – are ditching the jerseys for graduation gowns.So the question for this upcoming offseason is flipped to the big men. Where once that area was considered stacked, it is now unclear who will step up.There’s no shortage of confidence in Mike Bruesewitz. He showed tremendous heart following his sprained knee against Penn State in the Big Ten Tournament.During the NCAA Tournament, it even seemed like the national media was talking more about Bruesewitz than anyone else, and I’m not surprised. He’s got a motor – that’s something every fan can appreciate in any athlete – and he’s got quite a personality that’s beginning to unfold.By the time he’s a senior, he’ll be the face of Wisconsin’s program. I really don’t have any reason to doubt that right now.It is because of him and Josh Gasser that I believe next year’s Badgers won’t be too many steps behind the 2010-11 squad. But they will take some steps back.For one thing, Gasser actually shot the ball quite well his freshman year, hitting .472 of his shots (although his perimeter clip is a different story), and he developed his assertiveness later in the season as well. Head Coach Bo Ryan likes to talk about Gasser’s natural ability to see the floor well, and I’m thinking that will improve come his sophomore year.So, with the backcourt looking set, what’s the outlook for the bigs?Although Ryan will, of course, not name a starter until the beginning of next season, Bruesewitz will no doubt fill one of the three open spots. Meanwhile, Jared Berggren and Ryan Evans will eye the others.There’s also 6-foot-10, 250-pound center Evan Anderson, who will enter his first year after redshirting this past season. But right now it’s uncertain how he’ll handle his first year on the floor.For one thing, UW loses a lot of proven deftness at shooting. Bruesewitz can certainly hit from downtown. But he hasn’t shown the ability to consistently hit shots from anywhere on the floor quite like Leuer.Berggren has shown flashes himself, but, like Bruesewitz, he wasn’t consistent in his sophomore year.Recently, he showed a bright flash against Belmont in the NCAA Tournament, going 2-2 from the arc. But he shot .318 from the perimeter during the season while also going .491 from the field.What’s more about Berggren, his defense is not as polished as the group of seniors now graduating.During the 2010-11 season, Berggren averaged one foul every 5.4 minutes. Of the seven players who earned more minutes last season, Bruesewitz, Gasser and Evans fouled at about every 10 minutes while Leuer, Nankivil, Jarmusz fouled at about every 15 minutes or more.So while consistency is the main question for Berggren and Bruesewitz, Evans’ play brings about love/hate stirrings in different ways.He would add an extra dose of athleticism to the frontcourt, as the Badgers only attempt alley-oops when Evans is on the receiving end. So the more he’s on the floor, the more avenues of scoring open up.But, alas, he has no outside shot, which doesn’t work all that well into Ryan’s philosophy of every player being able to more or less play every spot on the floor. He attempted three shots on the year and didn’t make any.He’s also got some defensive finesse, though. Despite playing a couple hundred minutes fewer than Jarmusz and Bruesewitz, Evans recorded six more blocks than those two combined and showed an ability for guarding the net in other ways as well.But, alas, he turns the ball over too much. Gasser, Bruesewitz and Nankivil turned the ball over no more than seven more times than Evans, despite playing hundreds of minutes more. Jarmusz turned it over 11 fewer times.The frontcourt could make or break next year’s Badgers. While UW will go through an overhaul, Michigan (which tied for fourth in the conference this past year) will likely return all of its starters. Michigan State will see all its big men return as well.Ohio State loses Dallas Lauderdale but keeps All-American Jared Sullinger and adds 6-foot-10 recruit Amir Williams. Purdue loses All-American JaJuan Johnson but welcomes the return of Robbie Hummel.Basketball is a game of giants. Let’s hope Wisconsin’s new-look front court stands tall.Elliot is a junior majoring in journalism. How do you feel about next year’s frontcourt? Who will step up for the Badgers? Send your thoughts to [email protected]erherald.com.last_img read more

ST COLUMBA’S COME UP SHORT IN SCHOOLS SOCCER SEMI-FINAL

first_imgAll Ireland School First Years Semi FinalColáiste Phadraig, CBS Lucan  4-1 St. Columba’s College, StranorlarSt Columba’s College Stranorlar suffered  heartbreak this afternoon when their First Years were beaten in the All Ireland Semi final by 4 goals to 1 by Coláiste Phadraig, CBS Lucan at  Kingspan Century Park , Monaghan. Columba’s got off to the best possible start when a Gareth Doherty free was tucked away by Dewi Bolger Moore for 8 yards out after just 6 minutes on the clock. But Lucan levelled the tie 2 minutes later  when Dylan Hayes scored direct from a free kick and they went in at half time 2-1 to the good through Tom Prior.Two more goals in the 52nd and 55th  minutes from Titi Baddington  and an Og killed any chance of St Columba’s getting back into the game and a possible final place against either Crescent College Comprehensive, Limerick or Rice College, Westport in a final down for decision next Wednesday afternoon. ST COLUMBA’S COME UP SHORT IN SCHOOLS SOCCER SEMI-FINAL was last modified: May 15th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:ST COLUMBA’S COME UP SHORT IN SCHOOLS SOCCER SEMI-FINALlast_img read more