Almost every day, we older folk say, “How the world has changed!” As an example, just look at the volume of products we now produce daily with far less staff than, say, 20 years ago. Although, at the rate people are flooding into our country, they may soon pass a law to make us scrap our machinery, so that we can employ more people to keep them off the streets.What brought this trip down memory lane was a headline in my paper today, which read: “Men must have proof of consent or risk rape charges”. Well that could never have happened in the 1950s. Back then, we poor boys used to beg, plead, grovel, promise undying love, marriage or the immortal original line “If you really love me, you would”, or even meet the fairer sex outside the cinema and pay for their ticket, rather than meeting them inside, which avoided paying for their ticket. This being a truthful column, I must confess success was as rare as a politician telling the truth. However, back to trade. Our business year starts in February and shop trade has not been good; we are 3.93% up at the end of March on a like-for-like basis and are struggling to hold it at that. One can always say it is the fault of bad weather, but I have found it all too easy to look for excuses rather than have a review on our current products and make sure they are up to standard, as well as see if the shops could be improved.The great problem we have is that, as we are used to seeing the shops every day, it is all too easy to get used to any failings there might be; perhaps the old saying ‘familiarity breeds contempt’ should read ‘familiarity breeds acceptance’.Another problem that crops up every week is the problem of waste; ours averages around 12% at retail price and if we try to get it much lower, the result is lower sales as the shops look too empty in the afternoons. Although the majority of shops can keep wastage at about 10%, there are always one or two that have bad days and throw the average up.Once I was asked: “Why do you print your figures so openly?” Well the answer is easy: we are all in business and, if you are doing much better than I am, you can feel good about it; if you are doing as badly or worse, it should cheer you up a little and make you realise you are not alone. I have always found it of enormous help when fellow bakers are open with me. It helps me to identify both my strong and weak points.Have you not noticed how many of the know-it-alls have gone out of business – a little like the ones who open up a business, take about £200,000 in their first year, and then tell us how they intend to take £2m the next year and £5m the third year. Gosh, I wish I were as clever! I struggle every year to survive and think a 10% increase is great.These folk are walkers and talkers, not achievers. They seem to think saying it makes it come true. So I will leave you with three quotations of famous last words of these dreamers: “This’ll be a short meeting”; “When it reads empty, there’s always a gallon or two in the tank”; “Believe me, no-one will dress up”.
Month: April 2021
Brakes has added two new products to its savouries and pastry portfolio. Brakes 8-inch Giant Sausage Roll is a ready-to-bake flakey pastry roll containing chopped and shaped pork. Featuring a laddered pattern, which ensures the pastry rises and cooks more evenly, the sausage rolls are available in packs of 40.Fellow new addition Brakes British Beef Cornish Pasty consists of shortcrust pastry filled with seasoned British minced beef, potato, onion, carrot, swede and turnip. Like the sausage roll, it can be served as a hand-held snack or as part of a main course and is available frozen in packs of 36.www.brake.co.uk
“The morning rush hour is mostly about coffee and, after that, it’s all about baguettes. That’s why our marketing campaign was very coffee-focused in the morning,” says Upper Crust brand director Steve MacDavid. The company’s range and activity include:l Core range of baguettes sold throughout the dayl Supplemented by a morning range of breakfast products such as bacon rolls, egg rolls, sausage baguettes, smaller baguettes (because people tend to want a less filling product), and a range of pastriesl In-store communication is changed to suit day-part: in the morning it is focused on coffee and breakfast products before switching to baguettesl Choice and variety is programmed into the range. “We do seasonal products, such as an Italian baguette on a sourdough bread, which is something new for us, and it’s selling really well,” he says. “Another is the New Yorker, which is pastrami-based, and has again sold really well. This summer we have a campaign based on Mediterranean products. We’ve done a lot of work to understand when products should be core or when products can change or be on promotion.”
WhatsApp The demolition of the former Steak ‘n Shake on South Bend’s south side is underway this week.The restaurant on East Ireland Road closed more than a year ago, originally for remodeling.The South Bend Tribune reports that a decision was made last March to close it permanently. The site will reportedly become home to a Panera Bread location, though another Panera location already exists across the street in the Erskine Plaza. There’s no word on what effect this may have on that location. By Tommie Lee – March 3, 2020 0 435 Google+ WhatsApp Twitter Facebook Google+ Pinterest Demolition of south side Shake ‘n Shake underway Facebook Twitter Pinterest Previous articleWalorski visits national command center for coronavirus responseNext articleTwo new football coaches join Fighting Irish staff Tommie Lee IndianaLocalNewsSouth Bend Market
By Jon Zimney – July 26, 2020 2 436 WhatsApp Google+ Google+ IndianaLocalNews Facebook Twitter WhatsApp Twitter Facebook Plymouth motorcyclist recovering after crashing into car on U.S. 31 Pinterest Pinterest A Plymouth man riding a motorcycle is recovering after colliding with a vehicle.The crash happened on northbound U.S. 31 near 12 B Road in Marshall County.Indiana State Troopers arrived to find a motorcycle was laying on its side near the center median and a silver passenger car was pulled to the side of US 31.The preliminary investigation indicated that a car driven by a 66-year-old man from Vicksburg was driving westbound on 12 B Road when he stopped at the stop sign at the intersection with US 31.The driver then began to cross the northbound lanes of U.S. 31 to attempt to turn left to go south when he pulled into the path of a northbound Harley Davidson operated by the 23-year-old man from Plymouth, who crashed into the driver’s side door.The Plymouth man was thrown over the handlebars of the motorcycle, landing in the center median.He was flown from the crash scene to Memorial Hospital with injuries that were not believed to be life-threatening.The Vicksburg man was taken to St. Joseph Plymouth Medical Center with injuries that were not believed to be life-threatening. Previous articleFans of South Bend YMCA plan on filing complaints to keep it openNext articleIndiana eLearning Lab created as new tool for teachers Jon ZimneyJon Zimney is the News and Programming Director for News/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel and host of the Fries With That podcast. Follow him on Twitter @jzimney.
Three people injured in crash on U.S. 12 in Cass County Pinterest Google+ Google+ Facebook By Jon Zimney – August 29, 2020 0 372 Twitter Pinterest IndianaLocalMichiganNews Twitter Facebook (Photo supplied/Cass County Sheriff’s Department) Three people were hurt in a crash in Cass County.It happened around 11:20 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 28, in the area of U.S. 12 and Birch Road in Porter Township.A vehicle driven by a 20-year-old Granger man was turning left from U.S. 12 into a private drive when he failed to yield to a vehicle driven by a 50-year-old Goshen man, according to the Cass County Sheriff’s Office.The driver who police say caused the crash, his 17-year-old passenger and the driver of the other vehicle were taken by ambulance to Elkhart General Hospital for their injuries. WhatsApp WhatsApp Previous articleFifth execution carried out in Indiana since JulyNext articleOne person recovering after shooting on Huey Street in South Bend Jon ZimneyJon Zimney is the News and Programming Director for News/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel and host of the Fries With That podcast. Follow him on Twitter @jzimney.
Elderly man struck, killed by a golf cart in northwest Indiana Pinterest By Network Indiana – September 15, 2020 0 626 Facebook WhatsApp Previous articleElkhart police asking for help finding forgery suspectNext articlePolice: LaGrange County man arrested after shooting at imaginary people Network Indiana (Jennifer Shephard/Elkhart Truth) An elderly man in northwestern Indiana is dead after being hit by a golf cart.Harold Rozinski, 76, died Thursday. He was hit earlier that day by a golf cart at the Course at Aberdeen in Valparaiso.NBC 5 in Chicago reports the driver of the golf cart saw Rozinski, tried to hit the brakes, and hit the gas instead. Rozinski was knocked down by the golf cart and seriously injured. His death was ruled an accident.The driver of the golf cart did not show signs of impairment and police do not believe alcohol was involved in Rozinski’s death. Google+ Facebook Pinterest Twitter WhatsApp IndianaLocalNews Twitter Google+
Twitter Pinterest WhatsApp Google+ WhatsApp IndianaLocalNews Facebook By Jon Zimney – November 21, 2020 0 401 Twitter Man hospitalized after being struck by vehicle in South Bend Pinterest Previous articleGovernor Holcomb, First Lady test negative for COVID-19Next articleFrom 60 degrees on Friday to possible snow this weekend Jon ZimneyJon Zimney is the News and Programming Director for News/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel and host of the Fries With That podcast. Follow him on Twitter @jzimney. Google+ (“Police Line / Police Tape” by Tony Webster, CC BY 2.0) A 60-year-old man was taken to the hospital in critical condition after he was hit by a vehicle in South Bend.The collision happened around 6:45 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 20, at North Bendix Drive and Ardmore Trail when the driver of a Ford FZX was traveling southbound on Bendix and struck the pedestrian who was crossing the street near the intersection.The Fatal Alcohol Crash Team was called to the scene to conduct the investigation.The 78-year-old driver remained at the scene and cooperated with investigators. Facebook
21 roles transferred to new suppliers taking the total jobs saved to 13,516 jobs (74% of the pre-liquidation workforce) and 2,778 (15%) jobs have been made redundant through the liquidation a further 1,277 employees have left the business during the liquidation through finding new work, retirement or for other reasons this information does not include jobs attached to contracts where an intention to purchase has been entered into but has not yet formally occurred more than 650 employees are currently retained to enable Carillion to deliver the remaining services it is providing for public and private sector customers until decisions are taken to transfer or cease its remaining contracts further information about rights in redundancy is available on gov.uk A further 21 jobs have been transferred to new suppliers over the past week and in total, more than 13,500 jobs have been saved. Regretably, 356 people will be leaving the business as their roles are no longer required but support is available to help them find new work. Further information A spokesperson for the Official Receiver said: Staff have been professional throughout the liquidation and we will continue to engage with staff, their elected representatives and unions as arrangements are confirmed.
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