Effective from 1 January 2020, Santos and Beach Energy will supply up to 15 petajoules of ethane per annum to Qenos Qenos will use ethane for the production of polyethylene. (Credit: Pixabay/LEEROY Agency) Australian firms Santos and Beach Energy have extended the ethane gas supply deal to Qenos, a manufacturer of polyethylene and polymers.Under the new sales agreement, which is effective from 1 January 2020 to 31 December 2025, Santos and Beach Energy will supply up to 15 petajoules of ethane per annum to Qenos.The deal will allow Qenos to maintain its operations at Botany Bay in Sydney, and secure over 500 jobs associated its activities.Qenos uses ethane for production of polyethylene, which primarily used across a range of industries and applications including consumer and industrial packaging, water conservation, waste management and agriculture.Santos to process ethane at a dedicated facility at Moomba gas plantSantos said that the ethane required for Qenos will be processed at a dedicated facility at the Moomba gas plant. The gas plant is operated by Santos on behalf of the Cooper Basin joint venture (SACB) joint venture, in northeastern South Australia.Beach Energy Managing Director Matt Kay said: “Beach will look to build on this in the coming years as we make significant investments in Victoria and South Australia to bring more gas supply to the domestic market.“This financial year alone, Beach is spending around $500 million to develop new gas for the east coast market.”The Qenos Botany site comprises three major facilities including Olefines, Alkathene and Alkatuff. The facilities are equipped to produce ethylene, low-density polyethylene, linear low-density polyethylene and high-density polyethylene.In September 2019, Santos, in a joint venture with British oil major BP, secured new acreage which lies adjacent to its existing oil discovery, Dorado, offshore Northern Carnarvon Basin in Western Australia (WA).The 50:50 joint venture will undertake exploration activities at the new permit, WA-541-P, which lies to the west of the recent Dorado, Roc and Phoenix South hydrocarbon discoveries in the Bedout Sub-basin.
JANUARY 9TH, 2018 JEFF GOLDBERG HENDERSON, KENTUCKYUnlike the Hoosier State, Bluegrass officials look at their alcohol codes on a local level. On Tuesday, the mayor and commissioners in Henderson looked at their city’s blue laws.As it stands right now, the sale of distilled spirits or wine by the drink and malt beverages are permitted on Sunday between 12:00 PM and 11:00 PM if the business has a liquor license and a capacity of more than 50 people and receive at least 50 percent of their gross annual income from the sale of food. As well, places like liquor stores and grocery stores aren’t allowed to sell packaged booze.The proposed ordinance would completely do away with those restrictions and allow smaller places and bars and grocery stores to sell on Sunday’s.The commissioners comments mirrored those of the audience on Tuesday: very mixed. The board ended up passing the first reading 3-2, but that wasn’t without a fight.Commissioner Patti Bugg got the night started by reciting statistics about drunk driving in America. As well, she objected to the ordinance on a religious belief basis.She was countered by fellow commissioner Brad Staton, who had spoken to the police in Bowling Green about what happened when the eased their Sunday sales. Staton said there wasn’t a noticeable difference in DUI arrests in the three years before and after Bowling Green started Sunday Sales.The ordinance will need to go into a second reading before anything changes in Henderson.Jeff Goldberg FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
Bill Schirmer, president and CEO of Evansville Teachers Federal Credit Union, was honored by the Indiana Credit Union League as its Professional Achievement Award winner for 2018.Schirmer is the first recipient from an Evansville-based credit union in the award’s 29-year history. The recognition came at the ICUL’s annual meeting in Indianapolis. Criteria for the award includes understanding and personifying the credit union philosophy of “people helping people”, promoting the credit union ideal, exhibiting leadership and management ability, possessing an ability to coordinate and work with volunteers and staff, maintaining a record of success in improving the financial fitness of the credit union, being dedicated to the importance of continuing education and training, and successfully developing and expanding services to credit union members.Schirmer joined ETFCU in April of 2012 after serving as Vice President and CFO of Lake Michigan Credit Union in Grand Rapids. His nomination noted that, since he joined ETFCU, the organization has grown from 68,000 members to more than 202,000 and now operates 15 branches in Indiana, Kentucky and Tennessee, with another five expected to open in those states by mid-2019.With more than $1.5 billion in assets, ETFCU is Indiana’s second-largest credit union. In 2017 alone, ETFCU added 26,421 new members; increased net worth by $22.3 million, with total equity at $145 million; grew loans 12 percent to $1.16 billion; grew loans serviced by 13 percent to $2.38 billion; grew total assets by 14 percent to $1.46 billion; and increased mobile banking users by 11,033 – a staggering 41 percent increase. The credit union returned more than $2.3 million to members via Vertical and Platinum Rewards checking accounts that offer a 3 percent rate of return on balances up to $15,000 (increased to $20,000 for 2018) and refund fees up to $15 per month for non-ETFCU ATM transactions. That work earned ETFCU recognition by Forbes as “Best-in-State” among Indiana credit unions, based on the results of an independent survey.In 2017, ETFCU supported numerous non-profits and awarded ten $5,000 college scholarships to members and children of members. Schirmer chaired the boards at the EVSC Hangers School Clothing Resource bank and Habitat for Humanity of Evansville (which will become the 26th city nationwide to make its 500th house build this year). He championed an organizational campaign to fund a complete house build for Habitat, as well as an employee effort to boost United Way of Southwestern Indiana campaign giving from $12,000 to $45,000 – the largest increase among involved companies. Schirmer also serves as a board member of the EVSC Foundation and Junior Achievement of Southwest Indiana, and serves on the Advisory Council for the University of Southern Indiana.At the ICUL meetings, ETFCU also received notice for the Dora Maxwell Award for community service for its support of Hangers. Schirmer serves as president of the Hangers board and raises funds for the organization during its annual Celebrity Scoop Night, where he again this year was the top fundraiser. FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
WHAT IS ON YOUR MIND TODAY?Todays “READERS POLL” question is: Should Indiana allow children with a form of epilepsy have access to CBD (Hemp OIL) legally?We urge you to take time and click the section we have reserved for the daily recaps of the activities of our local Law Enforcement professionals. This section is located on the upper right side of our publication.If you would like to advertise or submit and article in the CCO please contact us City-County [email protected] County Observer has been serving our community for 17 years.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
×On Friday, Hoboken City Hall officials hosted a flag raising in honor of St. Patrick’s Day. (Photo by Jerry Lore) Hoboken schools to release updated school calendarThe Hoboken public schools have closed for a total of four snow days this year due to a storm in January and another in March. As the district must have 181 days of school, they updated their calendar last week.High school graduation, which was originally scheduled for Wednesday, June 20, will now be held on Friday June 22. The last day of school will be the following Monday, June 25, and it will be a half day.Originally, three days of early dismissals were scheduled for Monday through Wednesday, June 18 through 20. Now, school will run for a full day on June 18 and 19, and there will be half days Wednesday, June 20, Thursday, June 21, Friday, June 22, and Monday, June 25.NOTE: This calendar is subject to change, so before making plans, consult the district. And as of Friday, weather forecasters were predicting another slushy storm for midweek. To see if the prediction changes, click on the weather symbols on the upper right of hudsonreporter.com. Baby Jesus returned to Hoboken church almost 90 years laterAccording to reports, a baby Jesus from a 1930s nativity scene was returned to Our Lady of Grace and St. Joseph’s Church on Fourth Street and Willow Avenue on Wednesday when an anonymous package was delivered.Rev. Alexander Santora told NBC 4 New York that he was initially apprehensive to open the package since it had no return address and didn’t look like it was packed by a company, so he called the police to report it as suspicious.Once the package was cleared by the Emergency Services Unit, he found a baby Jesus statue and a note stating that the statue was stolen from the church’s Nativity scene in the 1930s.It was somehow was in the sender’s grandfather’s possession, and the sender thought it should be returned.No word on whether there was or will be further confession.Wonder Lofts project gets $120M from investment firmAccording to a press release, Angelo, Gordon & Co., a $28 billion alternative investment firm focused on credit and real estate investing, and Prism Capital Partners, announced the development and recapitalization of the Wonder Lofts building at Seventh and Grand streets for approximately $120 million.Parkwood Development Corp., which initiated the redevelopment project in 2012, will retain an ownership stake in the project.The Wonder Lofts building will be converted into 89 luxury residential units with over 10,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor amenity space and a to-be built retail space fronting Clinton Street. Originally built in 1909 and used as an industrial facility that produced Wonder Bread, the Wonder Lofts will be comprised of five separate buildings and will maintain “a significant amount of the existing architecturally detail seen at the building today.” The buildings will also have on-site parking.Free teen author festival at Little City Books in HobokenOn Tuesday, March 20 at 7 p.m. Hoboken author and Scholastic publisher David Levithan will bring his annual Teen Author Fest NYC to Little City Books.One of Levithan’s many novels, Every Day, opened as a major motion picture last week. He will moderate a panel of six Young Adult authors — Corinne Duyvis, Michelle Hodkin, Billy Merrell, Alyssa Sheinmel, Yvonne Ventresca and Ismee Williams — on the subject The Complexity of Character.Little City Books is located at First and Bloomfield streets and the event is free. For more information contact Little City Books at (201)626-READ.Free ferry ride for kids this SaturdayOn Saturday March 17 kids under the age of 12 can ride the ferry for free to Manhattan’s West 39th Street Ferry Terminal to attend the New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade.The parade marches up Fifth Avenue, starting at 11 a.m.For more information on the offer and general service and specials for kids, call 1-800-53-FERRY or visit www.facebook.com/nywaterway or www.twitter.com/ridetheferry.Online survey and community meeting for Hoboken Northwest resiliency park announcedResidents are invited to complete an online survey to provide feedback on two proposed design concepts for the Northwest Resiliency Park t www.hobokennj.gov/nwparksurvey.On Feb. 27 community members joined the project team at the Wallace School to review the two design alternatives developed for the Northwest Resiliency Park. The presentation, video of the meeting, and more information on the two design alternatives are available at www.hobokennj.gov/nwpark.After compiling community feedback from the meeting and survey, the project team will host another community meeting to discuss the preferred design alternative on Tuesday, March 27. The community meeting will be from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Wallace School Cafeteria, located at 1100 Willow Ave.The Northwest Resiliency Park will be Hoboken’s largest park and will provide recreation and public space for the community. In 2017, the City of Hoboken opened a temporary pop-up park at the site which will remain in place during the design process for the permanent park. For more information on the design process, visit: www.hobokennj.gov/nwpark.Wear crazy socks for World Down Syndrome DayNational Down Syndrome Day is March 21 and to observe it, people will wear crazy socks. The purpose of wearing crazy socks is to celebrate all of humanity’s unique differences that make our world and schools brighter. March 21 was selected by the United Nations as World Down Syndrome Day because most people with Down syndrome have three copies of the 21st chromosome. March for our lives takes place March 24On Saturday, March 24, community members from Hoboken will gather for a “sibling march” as part of the March for Our Lives movement.The march is one of hundreds happening around the country, planned by students and survivors of gun violence.“I have been so inspired by the young people who are pushing forward with their demands for action to end gun violence,” said the Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas, rector of All Saints Episcopal Parish in Hoboken. “I am happy to organize this solidarity march to show our support for their efforts.”The march will begin with a rally at 1 p.m. at the Jubilee Center, 601-603 Jackson St and will proceed from there to City Hall.Members of the Hoboken Clergy Coalition are also supporting the event including ;Rabbi Robert Scheinberg of the United Synagogue of Hoboken, The Rev. Deacon Jill Singleton of All Saints Episcopal Day School, Director of In Jesus Name Charities April Harris, Director of Pastoral Care at HUMC Marjorie Boyden-Edmonds, The Rev. Monsignor Michael A. Andreano, of Sts. Peter & Paul Parish, and The Rev. Peter R. Beeson of St. Matthew Trinity Lutheran Church. Hoboken resident named to Simmons College dean’s listHoboken resident Virginia Mason, was named to the 2017 fall semester dean’s list at Simmons College in Boston. Her major is nutrition and dietetics. To qualify for dean’s list status, undergraduate students must obtain a grade point average of 3.5 or higher, based on 12 or more credit hours of work in classes using the letter grade system.Simmons College is a nationally recognized private university located in the heart of Boston. Founded in 1899, Simmons is the only undergraduate women’s college in Boston, and maintains a history of visionary thinking and a focus on social responsibility. Stevens and Saint Peter’s get awardsStevens Institute of Technology President Nariman Farvardin accepted the American Council on Education (ACE)/Fidelity Investments Award for Institutional Transformation on behalf of Stevens on March 11.The award was created to recognize institutions that have responded to higher education challenges in innovative and creative ways and achieved dramatic changes in a relatively brief period.Stevens won for the category of large institutions serving student populations of 5,001 or more and will receive a $10,000 prize.“The demand for a Stevens education has never been higher,” said Farvardin. “With the continued commitment of the university community, the potential of Stevens is limitless. On behalf of Stevens Institute of Technology, I am honored to accept the 2018 ACE/Fidelity Investments Award for Institutional Transformation during this catalytic period in our history.”Saint Peter’s University, also in New Jersey, won in the category of institutions serving student populations up to 5,000.“Stevens Institute of Technology and St. Peter’s University both illustrate how addressing issues head-on—plus a lot of hard work and collaboration—can help transform an institution,” said ACE President Ted Mitchell. “We appreciate the generous support of Fidelity Investments for this award, which allows us each year to recognize colleges and universities where such transformation has occurred.”Stevens is ranked 69th overall in U.S. News‘ 2018 National Universities rankings, up from 71st in the previous year and 88th in 2011, making Stevens the second fastest-rising college in the nation among the top 100 national universities. Stevens was named as one of the top 25 “Most Innovative Schools” in the nation in U.S. News‘ Best Colleges 2018 rankings. On Friday, Hoboken City Hall officials hosted a flag raising in honor of St. Patrick’s Day. (Photo by Jerry Lore)
File photo of 2011 OCHS Jazz Band. Credit: Donna SchwartzThe Ocean City High School Jazz Band Concert will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 4, at the Hughes Performing Arts Center, 6th and Atlantic Ave.Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for students. Proceeds benefit the Ocean City High School Band Boosters.
The Cape May County Business Recovery Task Force, Cape May County Economic Development and the Cape May County Chamber of Commerce, under the direction of the Board of Chosen Freeholders, are encouraging all eligible county businesses that were affected by COVID-19 to pre-register and apply for Phase 3 Grant Assistance through the New Jersey Economic Development Authority.Pre-registration began Monday, Oct. 19.Cape May County, in cooperation with the Chamber of Commerce, is notifying all businesses to read the current program and eligibility requirements at https://www.njeda.com/phase3grantsrelease and prepare to pre-register.The “Phase 3 Grant Program” expands the eligibility for the grant program and increases the amount of funding individual businesses can receive.According to the NJEDA’s press release, any business or nonprofit located in New Jersey, including home-based businesses, with 50 or fewer full-time equivalent employees (FTEs) is eligible to receive grant funding during Phase 3. Businesses that received funding in previous phases of the program are eligible to receive Phase 3 funding.Interested business owners will need to pre-register to receive an application. Pre-registration began Monday, Oct. 19, and will close on Tuesday, Oct. 27. Then applications will be available via a phased approach following the end of the pre-registration period, detailed below. Applicants must complete the full application to be considered for grant funding.To ensure funds flow to businesses that need them most, the NJEDA is targeting Phase 3 grants to restaurants, micro-businesses, and businesses in census tracts that were eligible to be designated as Opportunity Zones.Altogether, $35 million of funding will be dedicated to support businesses classified as “Food Services and Drinking Places” under NAICS code 722 and $15 million will be directed to support “micro-businesses” that have five or fewer FTEs. The remaining $20 million will be available to support any eligible business.Phase 3 also increases the amount of funding available to businesses. Grant awards will be calculated based on the number of FTEs businesses employ. Micro-businesses with five or fewer FTEs and sole proprietorships will receive $5,000; businesses with six to 25 FTEs will receive $10,000; and businesses with 26 to 50 FTEs will receive $15,000.In addition, Phase 3 provides even larger grants for businesses that are classified as “Food Services and Drinking Places” (NAICS code 722). Businesses in this classification with five or fewer employees will receive $10,000; businesses with six to 25 FTEs will receive $15,000; and businesses with 26 to 50 FTEs will receive $20,000.To maximize the funding businesses receive, grant awards will be based on the peak FTE count from a business’s past six quarters of WR-30 filings. Businesses must use funds from the grant program for reimbursement of lost revenue as a result of business interruption caused by COVID-19. Businesses may not use grant funds for capital expenses.Recognizing the significant need for relief, the NJEDA anticipates Phase 3 of the grant program will be oversubscribed. To streamline the application process, the authority is requiring all applicants to pre-register online.Applications will become available on a rolling basis following the pre-registration period. Pre-registered applicants will need to return to complete an application based on the following schedule:Restaurants – 9 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020Micro businesses – 9 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 30, 2020All other businesses, excluding restaurants and micro businesses – 9 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 2, 2020Other applications for each category will be open for a period of one week and will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Grants from the New Jersey Economic Development Authority will help businesses hurt by the coronavirus crisis.
Healthy eating is a key driver of innovation in baking, but new product developers have tended to cut salt, sugar and fat, rather than add ‘functional’ ingredients that deliver specific health benefits. This stands in contrast to other sectors of the food industry, where functional foods are well established. In the dairy sector, milk, yoghurts and spreads with ingredients to improve gut health or lower cholesterol are commonplace, while in confectionery, cough sweets and plaque-reducing gum have been on the market for decades.The baking industry’s forays into the functional arena have so far been relatively unsuccessful with newly launched products often quickly withdrawn due to poor sales. Yet plant bakers have not given up on discovering a breakthrough functional bakery product. Warburtons unveiled its prebiotic Healthy Inside loaf in July 2005, which is still performing well.Meanwhile, Allied will relaunch the Burgen brand this month with new packaging. A new addition to the Burgen range – Wholegrain & Cranberry – also joins the existing Soya & Linseed and Hi-Bran loaves. “Wholegrain has seen increased dominance in other sectors especially in the cereals market in the last year,” says Allied marketing manager Steve Thompson. “Consumers are increasingly aware of its link to heart health and that wholegrains can easily be incorporated into their diet. It’s a trend that is definitely set to continue. Burgen’s positioning is about harnessing the power of nature and delivering health benefits through nature’s functional benefits.”While wholegrains, seeds and fruit are undoubtedly healthy, they have long been used in baking and can hardly be called new functional ingredients. But according to Mr Thompson, consumers are less open to truly functional ingredients in bread for a reason.“Bread is already regarded as being a good-for-you product compared to many packaged goods. Consumers don’t necessarily see the need to take the next step to products with ‘harder’ health benefits,” he says. “This doesn’t mean that functional health isn’t working in bakery – Burgen has seen 85% year-on-year growth on Soya & Linseed. But (in general) health has been driven at a ‘softer’ level as some people switch away from white breads to wholemeal or half-way solutions such as Kingsmill Wholegrain & White.”Prebiotic pushOne company that is attempting to deliver ‘hard’ health benefits is Warburtons with its prebiotic Healthy Inside bread. This contains inulin, which helps promote friendly bacteria in the gut. Three slices provides over a third of the 5g recommended daily amount.Category manager Claire Simpson says sales have been “really positive” since its launch last year. “We have supported Healthy Inside with advertising in women’s consumer magazines because focus group research we carried out showed that young women were most interested in digestive health,” she says. “There is good awareness of digestive health now. Dairy products have introduced the concept, but also TV programmes about nutrition.”It’s a different story with the company’s omega 3-enriched Good Health Loaf for Women, which launched in 2003, but was later withdrawn. “It didn’t reach its sales potential,” admits Ms Simpson. “Good Health was a strong product concept. We’re not going to rule out omega 3 breads at a later date.”The secret to any successful functional food is conveying the health message to consumers in a clear way – a lesson that is demonstrated by Allied’s Burgen Cholessterol. Launched in 2004, it included a soya protein called Abacor, developed by Norwegian company Nutri-Pharma, which helps reduce cholesterol. The bread was withdrawn in 2005. According to Mike Clenshaw, development director at Nutri-Pharma, Cholessterol bread failed to get the right marketing support. “It was a depressing time. Allied never really supported Cholessterol, which was immensely frustrating because both parties had put a lot of time into it. “I’d go into my local Tesco and it would be sitting at the bottom of the shelf, with no explanation, just looking sad. Compare that to the money that goes into marketing products like Actimel and Yakult.”According to Allied, Cholessterol was an effective product that got listings. But while cholesterol reduction is well accepted by consumers in yoghurts and spreads, it proved a step too far in baked goods. The company agrees that greater education was needed.At Orafti, a supplier of inulin and oligofructose to functional foods companies, marketing and communications manager Christine Nicolay agrees that marketing plays an important role in the success of functional baked goods. The company has worked closely with bakery companies on the continent in recent years, developing a range of added-fibre and prebiotic products, but she says UK companies have failed to keep pace. “Bakery is a traditional industry. If you compare the new products launched by the dairy sector (to those launched by the bakery sector) it has been slower,” she says. “It has also been concentrating on other issues, such as convenience and price. But I think the UK industry realises it has to do something more about health now. Bread is a fantastic carrier for functional ingredients because you eat it every day.”Craft opportunitiesUntil recently, the complexity and cost of functional ingredients have deterred the majority of craft bakers from entering the market. But ingredients suppliers are beginning to develop pre-mixes that make life easier for them. Zeelandia is finding success with its new O’mega Bread mix, which contains omega 3 from fish oils. Similarly, Moul-bie, part of French miller Grands Moulins de Paris, has recently developed Omega Mix for omega-3-enriched bread, and Cult Mix for loaves with healthy bacteria. Commercial director Michel Nguyen says both mixes represent a tiny fraction of overall sales, with Cult Mix the most popular. “We have launched these mixes across Europe. They didn’t do so well in France and Italy, but are very popular in Germany and Nordic countries,” he says. “We can’t say yet whether they are a success or failure in the UK – consumers don’t understand functional breads yet. We need a leading retailer or company to launch these types of products to help educate the consumers. Just putting functional breads on the shelf is not enough. You need to explain the science.”Point-of-sales backingOne company that is doing just that is British Bakels with strong backing in 2006 for its low-GI Multiseed Bread Concentrate for craft and in-store bakeries. Multiseed has been so successful since its January 2005 launch that the company is rolling out new point-of-sale (POS) material and will launch a campaign advertising the benefits of seeds in bread in consumer magazines. The 50% mix contains linseeds, pumpkin and sunflower seeds, 0.7% salt, and has a GI rating of 54, which means energy is released slowly during digestion, making you feel fuller for longer and less likely to snack.“Low-GI is not going to be another Atkins – it’s here to stay,” says MD Paul Morrow. “Multiseed has been the most successful product we have ever launched because it’s healthy, but also tastes really good.”The new craft bakery POS materials comes under the ‘Great Taste, Great Waist’ catchline and include leaflets explaining Multiseed’s benefits. The second stage of the marketing push in the spring will see advertising and publicity in consumer health and women’s magazines.“We will be promoting the benefits of seeded bread in general because Multiseed is not a branded bread,” says Mr Morrow. “It’s a risk because we could end up promoting other people’s products, but we will be using the Bakels’ blue and yellow, which will tie in with the POS materials. As the leading supplier of this kind of mix, we think it’s worth the risk.” A telephone helpline will also be set up to explain the benefits of the bread and tell consumers where they can buy it. One craft baker who is doing good business with Multiseed is Gordon Nicholson of Asa Nicholson in Keelham, near Bradford. He sells some 1.2 tonnes a week of baked goods using Multiseed Bread Mix.But the success of Multiseed, with its traditional funtional bakery ingredients, shows that new functional inclusions are still the exception rather than the rule.UK bakery companies lag behind their counterparts in mainland Europe, the US and Australia when it comes to functional bakery products. Below are a few examples:EuropeIn the Netherlands, BakeFive’s VitWit (above) is a white bread enriched with fibre, vitamins and minerals. It contains Orafti’s Beneo inulin ingredient for a healthy digestive system. DSM’s Fibra Vital Bread in Spain and Italy is another white bread made with Beneo, which has a prebiotic effect. Meanwhile, French craft chain Paul launched Lin-dispensable bread with linseeds last year, highlighting its omega 3 content. Kampffmeyer in Germany says its best-selling Omega-3 Bread provides 25% of the daily dose of omega 3.Australia This is one of the most mature markets for functional bakery with George Weston Bakeries (which owns Allied Bakeries) counting Tip Top Up Omega 3 bread, made with fish oils, as one of its largest brands. The company also has a wide Burgen range, including Oatbran & Honey for heart health, Rye for digestive balance and Fruit & Muesli, which is claimed to be naturally rich in antioxidants.North AmericaIn Canada, Cali-Wraps omega 3-enriched tortilla wraps are made with Ocean Nutrition’s encapsulated Meg-3 fish oils. In the US, French Meadow’s Woman’s Bread and Men’s Bread feature AdvantaSoy soya isoflavones from Cargill. The bakery company flags up the heart health benefits of the soya in both breads. Three omega 3 breads, made with fish oils, also launched in the US last year, including a range from retailer Wegmans.
Three-quarters of the places for the One Voice conference on the future of bakery training and qualifications have already been snapped up.Bakery trainers and employers are invited to contact Improve on 0845 644 0448 if they would like to attend the conference at Baker’s Hall on 30 October from 9.30am to 12.30pm.Improve is one of 25 sector skills council, established by government. Its specific remit is to drive learning skills in the food manufacturing sector of which bakery is a key part.Anyone who employs bakers in a craft, plant or supermarket is invited to attend the free conference. Those who train bakers are also encouraged to attend and make their views known.Improve’s Paula Widdowson said: “Delegates must help ensure that government listens and acts on their concerns. They need to voice their views from the floor.”
BB’s Coffee and Muffins is hoping to draw in increasingly price-conscious customers by promoting its special meal deals as Credit Crunch Lunches. “The majority of our cafés offer several ranges of value meal deals every day, as well as lower-priced coffees,” said Michele Young, retail & brands director of BB’s. “By highlighting our standard meal deals under the special ‘Credit Crunch Lunch’ banner and by emphasising the amount our customer saves with these meal combinations – from 89p saving for a pizza baguette and Coke up to £1.30 for a sandwich and coffee combination – we believe we will also attract in new customers to try our brand for the first time.”BB’s Credit Crunch Lunches also include soup and sandwich, soup and sausage roll and baguette and coffee deals, which will be advertised through posters placed inside and outside the cafés.