Month: April 2021

Proper Cornish goes back to roots

first_imgBodmin-based pasty supplier Proper Cornish has unveiled a £200,000 rebrand, altering its name from Proper Cornish – Real Pasties, to Proper Cornish Food Company.New branding focuses on the company’s Cornish roots, stressing provenance, premium and quality, featuring on everything from swing signs outside local bakeries to the new company van livery unveiled this week.Proper Cornish Food Company sells both locally, and nationally to wholesalers, pasty shop chains such as Pasty Presto and multiples including Sainsbury’s.last_img read more

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Export sales window for UK bakeries

first_imgEurope’s flourishing coffee shop market could represent a lucrative new export opportunity for British bakery companies well versed in supplying the demanding UK market.According to a new report from Allegra Strategies, the European branded coffee shop market has grown by 9% this year to a total of 9,360 stores in 22 countries. The sector is predicted to grow by 7% per year over the next two years.The UK is the most developed market by far, with 3,864 outlets or 40% of the total European market, but Germany and Spain are both well-established, with 1,302 and 882 branded outlets respectively. Poland and France are the fastest-growing larger markets.Simon Waring, UK MD of export agency the Green Seed Group, said the experience of British bakery companies could stand them in good stead when it comes to exports. “British food firms are used to meeting the high standards and requirements set by British retailers, which are the toughest in Europe, so they are in a strong position,” he said.Starbucks is the leading chain across Europe, trading from more than 1,180 outlets, while McDonald’s McCafé is the fastest-growing coffee concept, with 889 outlets.last_img read more

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Warburtons nabs new site

first_imgWarburtons has announced the purchase of North East Bakery’s former site in Newburn, after the retail and wholesale business went into administration in December last year.Joint administrators Ian Green, partner, and Mark Loftus, director, of PricewaterhouseCoopers, had been looking to sell the business and assets of the firm, comprising the 20,000sq ft bakery in Newburn, Newcastle upon Tyne and 13 retail units.A spokesperson for Warbur-tons confirmed it had purchased the site, which is adjacent to its existing Shelley Road Bakery on Newburn Industrial Estate.”We are pleased to have secured a sale of the bakery site in a relatively short period of time,” said Loftus. “It can only be good news for the local economy that Warburtons is the buyer.”Warburtons declined to comment on its plans for the site.last_img read more

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No ’trial periods’

first_imgIt doesn’t matter how careful you are, an employee can turn out to be a disaster. For a new hire, they might look good on paper and perform well at interview, but as soon as they take up the role, they may fall short of the mark.If, during the first four weeks of employment, they are not up to scratch, then you can let them go with no notice. So no trial period is needed. From then on, you continue to train and assess.The biggest mistake our members make is to say “for a three-month trial period”. When three months is up, you could be short-staffed, on holiday or have a busy Christmas period, for example, and you forget to interview them. Is it OK to do it a week later when things have quietened down or you have just remembered? No. The courts have made it very clear that if you miss this by just one day, employment is automatically confirmed. Redundancy payments are not an issue until after two years’ employment.Have a chat now and then. Tell them you are pleased if it is going well. Or, if there is a problem, but it’s not too serious, tell them you are reasonably happy, but would like to bring to their attention to this or that issue. Later, if they are not suitable, you can remind them of your chat and say that, regrettably, you have to let them go.Gilllast_img read more

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Country Range launches certified coffee

first_imgCountry Range has launched 100% Rainforest Alliance Certified roast and ground filter coffee. The firm described the coffee as sweet, but well-balanced with toasted almond notes.The coffee comes from sustainably managed farms in Brazil, where the beans are selected for their body and flavour.”The breakfast occasion is growing in foodservice and, according to Mintel, ethical products and ingredients with a detailed and recognisable provenance are being used more and more to bolster the perception of quality in breakfast menus,” said Martin Ward, brand manager, Country Range.Each 60g sachet makes around 10 cups of coffee.last_img read more

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British Bakels welcomes students to Bicester

first_imgBritish Bakels welcomed bakery students from Tameside College last week, as they attended a two-day course at the bakery ingredients manufacturer’s technical centre in Bicester.Nine students were accompanied by Lorna Jones, head of the bakery department at Tameside, and lecturer Steven Salt.The visit included a talk on the heritage of the Bakels Group and what it does, a tour of the site and a ’bread faults’ session. Bakels also held a session on the controls carried out on specific machinery an area of expertise that is not covered at bakery colleges, and is a gap that could be filled, according to Jones.The students also presented the products they produced at the Dragons’ Den session during the British Society of Baking conference, hosted at the college earlier this year. The course concluded with a short quiz based on the subjects covered over the two days, with Hannah Tracey winning the ’Brain of Bakels’ certficate, presented by Keith Houliston, sales director, craft sector for Bakels.last_img read more

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News story: Sam Gyimah hosts free speech summit

first_imgAlistair Jarvis, Universities UK Chief Executive, said: Free speech on campus should be encouraged and those attempting to shut it down must have nowhere to hide, the Universities Minister makes clear to sector leaders at a free speech summit he chaired today (Thursday 3 May).Sam Gyimah called on higher education organisations to stamp out the ‘institutional hostility’ to unfashionable views that have emerged in some student societies and urged them to work with the government following recent reports of a rise in so-called ‘safe spaces’ and ‘no-platform’ policies that have appeared on campuses.He said that the current landscape is “murky”, with numerous pieces of disjointed sector guidance out there, creating a web of complexity which risks being exploited by those wishing to stifle free speech.The Universities Minister demanded further action is taken to protect lawful free speech on campus and offered to work with the sector to create new guidance that will for the first time provide clarity of the rules for both students and universities – making this the first government intervention of its kind since the free speech duty was introduced in 1986.The guidance signals a new chapter for free speech on campus, ensuring future generations of students get exposure to stimulating debates and the diversity of viewpoints that lie at the very core of the university experience.Universities Minister Sam Gyimah said: Universities are committed to promoting and protecting free speech within the law. Tens of thousands of speaking events are put on every year across the country, the majority pass without incident. A small number of flash points do occasionally occur, on contentious or controversial issues, but universities do all they can to protect free speech so events continue. As the Joint Committee on Human Rights recently found, there is no systematic problem with free speech in universities, but current advice can be strengthened. We welcome discussions with government and the National Union of Students on how this can be done. Our universities are places where free speech should always be promoted and fostered. That includes the ability for everyone to share views which may be challenging or unpopular, even if that makes some people feel uncomfortable. This is what Timothy Garton-Ash calls ‘robust civility’. The Office for Students will always encourage freedom of speech within the law. We will never intervene to restrict it. Notes to Editors:The Joint Committee on Human Rights launched an inquiry on freedom of speech on 22nd November and issued its report on 25th March. A Government response will follow.The roundtable attendee include:center_img The free speech summit was hosted in London and brought together a wide range of influential organisations, including those that have existing guidance in this area, such as the Charity Commission, UUK and EHRC.The Office for Students, which came into force on April 1, will act to protect free speech and can use its powers to name, shame or even fine institutions for not upholding the principle of free speech.Sir Michael Barber, Chair of the Office for Students, said: A society in which people feel they have a legitimate right to stop someone expressing their views on campus simply because they are unfashionable or unpopular is rather chilling. There is a risk that overzealous interpretation of a dizzying variety of rules is acting as a brake on legal free speech on campus. That is why I have brought together leaders from across the higher education sector to clarify the rules and regulations around speakers and events to prevent bureaucrats or wreckers on campus from exploiting gaps for their own ends. Home Office – Matt Collins, Director of Prevent Office for Students (OfS) – Yvonne Hawkins, Director of Universities and Colleges Charity Commission – Helen Stephenson, Chief Executive NUS – Amatey Doku, Vice President EHRC – Rebecca Thomas, Principal, Programmes Universities UK (UUK) – Chris Hale, Director of Policy iHE – Alex Proudfoot, Chief Executive GuildHE – Alex Bols, Deputy CEOlast_img read more

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Press release: Directors banned after attempting to cheat millions in complex VAT scam

first_imgOffice currently closed during the coronavirus pandemic. Both Ulhaque Ahtamad and Nadeem Ahmed involved their companies in complex VAT fraud schemes which attempted to cheat taxpayers out of millions of pounds. The serious nature of their misconduct has been reflected in the severity of their disqualifications and this should serve as a clear and strong warning to others that we will not hesitate to use enforcement powers to investigate and disqualify directors whose companies defraud the public purse. Press Office Notes to editorsNadeem Ahmed disqualification effective from 15 May 2018. Face Off South Ltd (FOS) (Company No. 05041464) was incorporated on 11 February 2004. Its trading address was at 421 Marshgate Lane, London E15 2NQ.The petition to wind up the company was presented by HMRC on 25 February 2015 for £199,072 in respect of costs awarded against FOS for a VAT Tribunal and in respect of unpaid VAT. The winding up order was made against FOS on 20 April 2015.Ulhaque Ahtamad’s disqualification is effective from 3 May 2018. Masstech Ltd (CRO No. 02737217) was incorporated on 4 August 1992 as Masstech Ltd. Its trading address was at Bishops House Market Place, Chalfont St Peter, Gerrards Cross, Bucks, SL9 9EA.The petition to wind up the company was presented by HMRC on 11 February 2013 for £7,484,940 in respect of unpaid VAT. The winding up order was made against Masstech Ltd on 25 March 2013.A disqualification order has the effect that without specific permission of a court, a person with a disqualification cannot: act as a director of a company take part, directly or indirectly, in the promotion, formation or management of a company or limited liability partnership be a receiver of a company’s property Persons subject to a disqualification order are bound by a range of other restrictions.Contact Press OfficeMedia enquiries for this press release – 020 7674 6910 or 020 7596 6187 The two directors, Nadeem Ahmed and Ulhaque Ahtamad, were involved in highly complex Missing Trader Intracommunity (MTIC) fraud schemes, which involve artificially extended trading chains.Typically in MITC fraud schemes, at one end there is a ‘missing trader defaulter’ who imports goods and charges VAT to its UK customers but does not pay what is owed to HMRC.At the other end of the chain, there is a ‘broker’, which is an exporter that seeks to reclaim the VAT that has not been paid. When challenged, the broker insists on being paid and denies knowledge of the default on VAT payment to HMRC as there are intermediate traders who act as ’buffers’.In both cases, evidence presented by HMRC and the Insolvency Service demonstrated the artificial trading features, which enabled the courts to decide that the directors ought to have had knowledge of their involvement in MTIC trading.Nadeem Ahmed, 42 from Forest Gate, London, was a director of Face Off South Ltd (FoS), which was wound up in April 2015 following a petition by HMRC for £199,072 in unpaid VAT.Investigations found that between June and December 2006, FoS exported £38 million worth of mobile phones and computers. The company then filed quarterly returns with HMRC attempting to claim back VAT to which it was not entitled.HMRC warned Nadeem Ahmed about the risks of MTIC wholesaling of electronic goods and that he should conduct more robust checks on his trading partners, goods and commercial procedures.However, Nadeem Ahmed ignored the general warnings and the varied MTIC trading hallmarks, as well as specific advice that FoS’s trades were traced to fraudulent losses.Furthermore, despite the closure of FOS’s account with an offshore bank complicit with MTIC fraud, FoS continued to trade for another VAT quarter by setting up an account with an unregistered offshore bank. Fraudulent losses in its trading chains totalled up to £2.3 million.Following a trial in 2013, the court dismissed FoS’s appeal for reclaims and found that Nadeem Ahmed knew the company’s trades were connected to fraud.And considering Nadeem Ahmed’s knowledge of FoS’s involvement with this fraud, the High Court has since ordered that he is banned from running companies for 13 years – effective from 15 May 2018.Nadeem Ahmed’s ban closely follows a High Court order for the 15-year disqualification of Ulhaque Ahtamad – the maximum sanction possible.Ulhaque Ahtamad was a director of Masstech Ltd, based in Gerrards Cross, Buckinghamshire, and traded in carbon emissions allowance and metals.Following regulations restricting fraud in electronic goods wholesaling, MTIC fraudsters sought new opportunities in carbon credit trading and Masstech Ltd played the role of a buffer artificially extending an MTIC trading chains.Investigators found that Ulhaque Ahtamad made sales of more than £38 million in the wholesale trade of carbon emission allowances and metals with little initial finance in place.Masstech also entered into trading arrangements which were too good to be true and was repeatedly warned by HMRC, in particular against paying third parties who were not suppliers. This left no money along the supply chain to pay VAT to HMRC.And Ulhaque Ahtamad was obstructive in his dealings with HMRC, he failed to advise them of Masstech’s carbon credit trades or change of address, as well as preventing visits and sight of company records. He also paid £7.38 million to unconnected third parties, this topping the £7.1 million of tax losses in Masstech’s supply chains.Tony Hannon, Official Receiver for the Insolvency Service, said: Media Manager 0303 003 1743 Email [email protected] This service is for journalists only. For any other queries, please contact the Insolvency Enquiry Line.For all media enquiries outside normal working hours, please contact the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Press Office on 020 7215 1000. You can also follow the Insolvency Service on: Twitter LinkedIn YouTubelast_img read more

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News story: Liam Fox delivers Parliament and the public a central role in post-Brexit UK trade agreements

first_img For the first time in over 40 years the UK will have the chance to decide who we trade with and on what terms. Those decisions must work of the whole of the UK, and that is why we are making this unprecedented commitment to transparency and inclusiveness for our MPs, the Devolved Administrations, businesses, civil society groups, trade unions and the public. As an international economic department, we have the chance to deliver trade agreements that work for consumers and businesses across the UK. The more input we get on these, the better they will be. Public consultations:Dr Fox announced the government’s intention that a 14-week consultation will run ahead of any new negotiation, allowing any individual or organisation across the UK to give their view. These will be easily accessible on online to ensure as many people get to feed into the government’s work as possible.This is longer than other government consultation periods and longer than the EU runs its own trade consultations for, giving the British public more say over Britain’s trading future.As part of the consultations, the Department for International Trade (DIT) will run events in all regions and nations of the UK to seek their views on how prospective trade agreements could support prosperity and growth.Expert advice:A new Strategic Trade Advisory Group will also be created, advising DIT ministers and trade negotiators on trade policy and negotiations.The Group will be made up of 14 experts drawn from different groups such as business, civil society and unions, with an interest in our future trading relationships and their impact on the UK – from the workplace to consumer choice and the environment.Individuals will be invited to apply by 17th August 2018 to join the group which will meet quarterly, providing direct advice to ministers and UK negotiators. Apply to be part of the Strategic Trade Advisory Group to advise the government on trade policy and negotiations.center_img International Trade Secretary, Dr Liam Fox, today set out major new proposals ensuring that MPs, the Devolved Administrations, businesses and the public can influence Britain’s post-Brexit trade, designed to ensure future agreements create prosperity across the whole of the UK.International Trade Secretary Dr Liam Fox said: Providing evidence:MPs will be given the opportunity to consider the Government’s approach to negotiations and the potential implications of any agreements.As negotiations progress, the Government will keep Parliament closely involved with regular Ministerial statements and updates to the International Trade Committee. The Government will – before entering formal negotiations – publish an ‘Outline Approach’ to each negotiation, setting out the high-level objectives and scope of that negotiation. This document will be accompanied by a scoping assessment.Devolved Administrations:We will work closely with the Devolved Administrations on an ongoing basis to deliver an approach that works for the whole of the UK. As part of this, we are conducting a series of collaborative policy roundtables with Devolved Administrations recognising the close interaction between trade policy and devolved policy areas.Parliamentary approval:Once a free trade agreement is finalised, if it changes existing UK laws, and where necessary legislation doesn’t already exist, then new primary legislation will be introduced. Parliament will also be provided with comprehensive analysis of its effects.Importantly, Parliament will be able to scrutinise any new legislation in the usual way, as well as the ratification of all agreements through the usual procedures.last_img read more

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News story: Matt Hancock: shake-up of GP IT will remove outdated systems

first_img Too often the IT used by GPs in the NHS – like other NHS technology – is out of date. It frustrates staff and patients alike, and doesn’t work well with other NHS systems. This must change. I love the NHS and want to build it to be the most advanced health and care system in the world – so we have to develop a culture of enterprise in the health service to allow the best technology to flourish. I want to empower the country’s best minds to develop new solutions to make things better for patients, make things better for staff, and make our NHS the very best it can be. The next generation of IT services for primary care must give more patients easy access to all key aspects of their medical record and provide the highest quality technology for use by GPs. They must also comply with our technology standards to ensure that we can integrate patient records across primary care, secondary care and social care. In addition, we intend to strengthen quality controls and service standards, and dramatically improve the ease with which GPs can migrate from one supplier to another. We are committed to working with existing and new suppliers to deliver these extended capabilities for the benefit of GPs and patients. We’re very excited about the huge opportunities that will arise from improving the sophistication and quality of these services. Sarah Wilkinson, Chief Executive at NHS Digital, said:center_img The GP IT Futures framework will create an open, competitive market to encourage the best technology companies to invest in the NHS. All systems will be required to meet minimum standards to ensure they can talk to each other across boundaries.The current market is dominated by 2 main providers, which slows down innovation and traps GP practices in long-term contracts with systems that are not suited to the digital age.The framework will look at how patient data will be moved to modern cloud services to allow clinicians and patients to securely access crucial, life-saving information in real time.By 2023 to 2024 we want every patient in England to be able to access GP services digitally, with practices able to offer online or video consultations.The changes will free up staff time and reduce delays by allowing seamless, digitised flows of information between GP practices, hospitals and social care settings. It builds on Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock’s tech vision for the NHS.The new standards, developed by NHS Digital, will introduce minimum technical requirements so systems can talk to each other securely and are continuously upgradable.Any system that does not meet these standards will not be used by the NHS and the government will look to end contracts with providers that do not understand these principles for the health and care sector.Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock said:last_img read more

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Greggs to feed the troops

first_imgBIA Bakery Food Manufacturer of the Year, Greggs, is to supply savouries to the troops.The company is to partner to the Navy, Army & Air Force Institute (NAAFI) in a trial that will see Greggs’ products served at the British military base in Gutersloh, Germany.The move comes after it was revealed that Greggs was the most requested food brand.Greggs will be supplying a range of seven frozen savouries, including sausage rolls, steak bakes, chilli bakes and sausage & bean melts, which will be baked throughout the day and displayed in a Greggs branded savoury counter. Greggs will be training NAAFI personnel to ensure the troops get the same quality and fresh savouries they would in a Greggs shop at home.The trial will commence on 17 September and will run for 12 weeks. A decision on rolling out the concept more widely will be taken at the end of the trial.Ken McMeikan, chief executive of Greggs, said: “It’s great to hear that Greggs was the most requested brand that troops missed from home and we are really pleased to be making our savouries accessible to our troops in Germany, and, depending on the success of the trial, more widely available for our armed forces personnel around the world.”Mike Chapman, head of customer service for NAAFI, said: “We are delighted to be able to bring customers the taste of come that they have been asking for. Greggs is one of the most popular brands on the UK high street for its iconic sausage rolls and pasties, and our customers want us to deliver that to them during their NAAFI break.”last_img read more

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Hull bakery fined over finger injury

first_imgLivwell Limited has been fined for safety breaches after a worker lost the top of his finger trying to clear a dough blockage from a poorly guarded machine.The incident happened, at Livwell’s bakery in Main Street, Hull, when the agency worker’s finger came into contact with a moving part of the dough moulding machine.The machine sliced off the top of his right middle finger and he later had to have the part between the tip and first joint amputated. He was unable to work for three months, but has now returned to full-time employment at the bakery.The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigated the incident on 24 May 2011 and prosecuted the company at Hull Magistrates yesterday (8 July) for failing to prevent access by workers to dangerous moving parts of machinery.Livwell Ltd was fined £9,000 and ordered to pay £18,318 in costs after pleading guilty to a breach of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998.Doctor Nicholas Tosney, HSE inspector, said: “This incident was wholly avoidable. The hazards were identified, but effective measures were not taken by the company to prevent access to all the dangerous parts of the machine.“The simple addition of a tunnel guard to this machine – which the company has now installed – could have saved a young man having to suffer the amputation of part of his finger.”last_img read more

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Danish bakers fears recipe step-change for cinnamon rolls

first_imgDanish bakers have been asked to make sure the amount of cinnamon they use falls within EU rules, after a survey found that 50% of products contained levels above the limit.A recent study of food samples by the Danish Veterinary and Food Administration, found that 50% of fine baked goods contained too much coumarin, according to ABC News.Coumarin is a chemical compound found in the most common variety of cinnamon, which has been linked to liver damage.As reported in The Telegraph, under Danish interpretation of the EU legislation the amount of cinnamon in “everyday fine baked goods” will be limited to 15mg per kilo meaning a ban on Kanelsnegler pastries, a traditional product in all Nordic countries.Hardy Christensen, head of the Danish Bakers’ Association, told The Telegraph: “It’s the end of the cinnamon roll as we know it.”It is understood further discussions about what action will be taken are due to take place in February.last_img read more

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Sale of major stake in NBPO collapses

first_imgThe potential sale of nearly half of New Britain Palm Oil (NBPO) has fallen through, it has been announced.Earlier this year, the company had revealed that one of its major shareholders, Kulim, wanted to sell its 48.97% share in the palm oil company.Kulim had been in discussions with Sime Darby Berhad in an exclusivity period. However, Sime Darby has decided not to go through with the transaction.In a statement released by NBPO, which has a plant in Liverpool, the company said: “The board will consider another party for the transaction. Further announcements, where required, will be made in due course.”The company revealed strong half-year trading figures in August 2014, which saw an increase of 126.3% in pre-tax profit, for the six months ending 30 June 2014.NBPO is a major producer of palm oil from sustainable resources and employs around 100 staff at its refinery and bakery unit on Bootle’s Regent Road, Liverpool.last_img read more

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Worthing bakery opens first shop

first_imgRaise Bakery is to open its first retail shop in Hove this week, and will sell bread for the first time.The Worthing-based, family-run business currently bakes cakes and deserts for businesses and airlines, but on Friday (19 June) will open its first shop on Church Road, Hove, to sell directly to the public.It will sell sweet goods, which are currently produced by the bakery, as well as 20 different flavours of brownie, sandwiches, coffees and juices.It will also sell bread, after partnering with Lewes-based Flint Owl Bakery, including sourdough and organic loaves.Lindsay Jacobs, development director at the bakery, started the business from her family kitchen six years ago. She said: “It has gone really well. We have employed an amazing store manager and are currently just employing a few more staff.“We are very excited, it’s something we have always wanted to do and it will be great to become forward facing to the public.”The bakery will also sell supplies to home bakers, including fondants and cake decorations.The store has been designed to have a ‘smart but industrial’ look, to emulate the central bakery. It will feature a large community space offering free wifi for people to come and work while at the shop.The business has also recently launched a product range in to Bagelman, and is developing new products for airlines.last_img read more

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General Mills confirms Berwick closure

first_imgGeneral Mills UK, which manufactures Jus-Rol pastry, is to close its Berwick bakery following a review of the business.The move to close the Berwick-upon-Tweed bakery was announced yesterday, and will affect 265 jobs.The US food group proposed the closure in October of last year, but today it confirmed that plans to close the factory were definitely going ahead.Employee representatives and union officials have been consulted at length before taking the decision, according to the company.In a statement released yesterday, General Mills UK said: “That consultation process has closed and a decision has been made to proceed with the proposal. The company will now begin the necessary phases to close the plant.”close by autumnThe site will close by autumn 2016 at the latest. Severance and transition benefits will be provided to all employees affected by the move.Betty Crocker baking mixes, and refrigerated and frozen dough products are produced at the plant, and Jus-Rol has been manufactured there for more than 50 years (General Mills bought the Jus-Rol business from Diageo in 2001). The factory is one of Berwick-upon-Tweed’s largest employers.Net sales through the first six months of the 2016 financial year fell by 4% to $8.6bn, down by 1% on a constant currency basis. But first-half operating profit was up 8% to $1.7bn.last_img read more

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