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Raising the game

first_imgKing Canute is best known for turning back the waves. Warburtons, by contrast, just had to raise the ground. And it had the benefit of modern technology.Its new bakery at Bristol, which officially opened on 30 June, is the latest in a chain designed to give the company national distribution of fresh Warburtons bread.Historically speaking, it is also the last – the final piece of the jigsaw. National distribution was actually accomplished in September 2007, but this is the company’s 14th bakery, the most modern to date, and it takes some of the pressure off Enfield and Newport.Built on a greenfield site, the ground had to be raised by 4ft, because it is within the flood plain of the Severn Estuary.== Room to grow ==The bakery does have room for expansion, but right now Warburtons is busy creating bigger demand for mainstream 800g white, ensuring that its white Toastie, medium, and extra thick-sliced are coming off at top quality – because ’quality’ is what company chairman Jonathan Warburton guarantees with his signature on every pack.He tells British Baker: “Of all our £300m investment in the past 15 years, this Bristol bakery is the most impressive. It’s great to start with a greenfield site. The management team code-named the project 112, because its aim was to start trials on the first of the 12th month 2008 – and they actually achieved it one day early on 30 November.”This bakery is a massive credit to them and takes us even closer in our ambition to ’Paint Britain Red’,” says Jonathan Warburton. (That’s Warburtons red of course!) “For Brett [Warburton] and I, this bakery is a milestone, a symbol of what we set out to achieve many years ago, along with Malcom Keat, operations support director, and Robert Higginson, MD.He continues: “We are currently producing over 80,000 loaves a day. We always start slowly and build up. It’s a quality argument. Our family values and company values are the same: commitment, trust and passion for what we do.”From plans on paper on 1 February to bakery trials on 1 December, with breads coming off the conveyor, was quite a target. It was about getting market share on a national scale, while continuing to innovate with both products and equipment, says Jonathan.And to illustrate the point, commercial director Roz Cuschieri reveals: “We are putting in another crumpet line at Burnley, which should be operating by December. It will be similar to the one at Enfield. Warburtons is a well-invested family business. Over the past 15 years, we have invested around £300m in new bakeries, including Enfield, Wakefield and Bristol. Our total business investment in the last five years stands at around £500m. This includes investment in new depots, improved production capability and the significant infrastructure associated with our national expansion and continued brand and business growth.”But now the focus is firmly on Bristol. Operations support director Keat tells British Baker: “This bakery has a satellite depot at Newton Abbot. We focus very much on customer service, timing, full quantity and freshness and I believe we are recognised for it. It’s a precursor to why we build bakeries like this. Via Newton Abott, we can deliver as far as Cornwall, Devon, Somerset, Dorset and Bristol.David Williams is general manager of the Bristol bakery. He says: “I cannot tell you what this site means to us – it gives us an enormous sense of pride. Seventeen months ago, it was field. We started digging in February 2008 and raised the ground. The mainframe was up by June. It was weathered in August and producing in December. We asked Guinness if it was a world record.” He and manufacturing manager Clive Strawbridge run the factory.Executive director Brett Warburton has overseen the whole project. “For the first time, we have enclosed the mixing, dividing and moulding area to improve dough handling,” he says. “We shall be making dough in a ’constant temperature’ environment. If it works well, we shall retro-fit it to other bakeries.” It is unique to the group, he says, and has evolved out of Tuscany Park, Wakefield, the company’s previous new-build bakery. “We looked back and asked ’What can we do better? What can help us make even more consistent products?’.”Another new addition is the Double Dough Detector, which sends down a beam of light to measure the height of dough in each tin and rejects any double deposits. This prevents the lids coming off later and causing messy spillage.The salt issue is a perennial challenge, but one Brett is confident Warburtons is meeting.” We are working with lower levels of salt than ever before. The dough has got to be right by the time it goes into the tin. I’m confident we will meet the 2012 targets, but we do have concerns, particularly in warm weather. This industry has come a long way. They need to look more at other areas of the food chain.”Eye to the futureNext month, the company will decide whether to manufacture extra products at Bristol. Most likely are a wholemeal and a 400g Danish. Brett says: “It’s like moving into a new house. You have to snag it [iron out initial problems] first. So far, we are delighted.”The choice of project team leader for Bristol was someone outside the industry. Brett says he was at an Institute of Directors function and met Humphrey Walters, who studied leadership and teamwork. This included spending 11 months in a force 10 gale in a yacht race, sailing the wrong way around the world, having never sailed before. Brett chose Walters to put together the 112 team, who delivered right on time.Inevitably, Warburtons is stronger in its north-west homeland, while Kingsmill leads in the south east and Hovis in the south west. So while much has been achieved, much remains to be done. The company continues to stick to its policy of not discounting loaves. “Price is important, value is more important,” stresses Brett.Like quality, it will not be compromised. But the quality focus is what has built the Warburtons empire.—-=== Bristol bakery fact file ===Bakery: 120,000ft2, with room to grow to 220,000ft2 on 12-acre site near the M4 and M5 motorwaysCurrent output: 7,650 loaves per hourStaff: 140 including distribution. 80 in the bakeryEquipment so far:Spooner ovenFerguson Engineering cooler, final prover and wrapping machineryBaker Perkins Tweedy mixers first prover and dividersSpiromatic silos (Benier UK)Kaak lid handling, depanning, basket storage (Benier UK)Gudel tin storageNewsmith conveyorsDyson bagging machines100% Omega basketsFlour: Whitworths—-=== Warburtons fact file ===Company founded: 1876Turnover: over £498m (2008)Plants: 14 bakeriesStaff: 4,800 employeesMarket: a 32.9% share of total consumer spend on wrapped bread. Target for 2010 is 40%. 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Jakarta begins new chapter in plastic waste reduction

first_imgThe policy, he said, was instrumental in reducing plastic waste disposed of at Bantar Gebang landfill in Bekasi, West Java – the end point in Jakarta’s waste disposal process, which may only have one year left before reaching its maximum capacity.“Hopefully, this will increase awareness and make people use single-use plastic bags more wisely and carry more environmentally friendly reusable bags,” he said.The Jakarta administration has disseminated information on the policy to the management of 85 shopping centers, more than 2,000 convenience stores and 158 traditional markets across the city, as well as the general public, Andono said.The policy – Gubernatorial Regulation No. 142/2019 – takes effect six months after its issuance on Dec. 31, 2019. The plan to issue such a regulation had been in the pipeline since 2018. It was put on hold as Anies wanted to include a provision on substitute materials to replace plastic bags. Jakarta began a new chapter in reducing plastic waste on Wednesday, when a gubernatorial regulation banning single-use plastic bags in traditional markets, modern supermarkets and minimarkets across Jakarta took effect.A number of regions across the country have already imposed a similar ban – South Kalimantan’s Banjarmasin, East Kalimantan’s Balikpapan, Bali’s Denpasar and Jakarta’s satellite city of Bogor in West Java.“In general, business players support this policy, but indeed there are some who have asked for it to be postponed,” Jakarta Environment Agency head Andono Warih said in a statement on Tuesday. “This policy actually reduces their cost of providing single-use plastic bags.” The regulation serves as a legal basis for the use of eco-friendly bags in stores and markets. It carries punishments for shopping centers found violating the ban on single-use plastic bags, which range from written warnings and fines to permit suspension and termination.The regulation, however, allows sellers to provide single-use plastic bags for non-packaged foodstuffs if there is no eco-friendly packaging available. It also excludes single-use plastic bags for online shopping and food deliveries.Indonesian Retailers Association (Aprindo) secretary-general Solihin said some retailers had already begun to control the use of plastic bags in the past few months by no longer giving plastic bags away for free.“Ready or not, we [retailers] must make a move, particularly after Aprindo disseminated its own policy to customers long ago,” Solihin said. “There might be [less compliance] in the early implementation [of the Jakarta plastic ban] but retailers should understand better by now how to prepare for it.”City-owned market operator Pasar Jaya president director Arief Nasrudin said the firm continued to inform traders and buyers in traditional markets throughout Jakarta about the ban to ensure compliance after the policy takes effect on Wednesday.“We will continue distributing information to traditional markets, including through leaflets and banners. Hopefully, traders and shoppers are ready to no longer use single-use plastic bags starting July 1,” he said.The Jakarta Environment Agency reported that an average of 7,702 tons of the city’s trash was disposed of at the Bantar Gebang landfill every day last year — 34 percent of which was plastic waste.Jakarta is home to 10 million people. But its role as the nation’s economic center means that a further 4 million people commute to the capital during the day.With decreasing economic activity during the COVID-19 outbreak, Jakarta has seen a constant reduction of waste disposed of at Bantar Gebang, with the agency reporting 189,979 tons of waste sent to the landfill in May, 37.8 percent lower than 305,339 tons in January.A survey by the Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI), however, showed that plastic waste generated during the outbreak had increased because people in Greater Jakarta ordered food and daily supplies online more often between April and May while in self-isolation.Of the participants in the poll, 62 percent said they ordered non-food products online more often, while 47 percent used online food delivery services more frequently.The survey found that 96 percent of these items used plastic packaging.East Jakarta resident Nadya Stephanie said a minimarket near her house had not provided customers with plastic bags for the past two months, but another convenience store continued giving away free plastic bags.“It will probably be ineffective in the early days of implementation. People sometimes act like impulsive buyers despite not bringing their own bags,” she said. “Hopefully, the policy will encourage us to bring reusable bags and generate less plastic waste.”The first day of the ban did not go down without a hitch.Siti Rohmani, a trader at Kramat Jati Market in East Jakarta, had replaced single-use plastic bags with reusable spunbond bags and used cardboard in order to comply with the new policy.Siti sells the bags for Rp 2,000 (0.14 US cents) per piece or gives them for free if customers buy in bulk, and only if they need it. However, she said she still preferred it when buyers brought their own shopping bags.Siti acknowledged that not all of her fellow traders in the market had replaced their single-use plastic bags, and neither did buyers who forgot to bring their own bags.“It is just the first day. Not everyone [has complied with the rules],” she told the Post on Wednesday.Later that afternoon, the environment agency’s Andono said that the ban’s effectiveness would be evaluated at the end of the first day, but also insisted that it was in place in some shopping malls.“The use of eco-friendly bags in shopping centers has been implemented. We will evaluate the findings and further actions surely will follow. We are collating whatever findings we get in the field,” Andono said during his spot-check visit to the Grand Indonesia shopping mall in Central Jakarta.He said the city administration, comprising the environment agency, public order agency (Satpol PP) and industry and SMEs agency, would routinely monitor the policy’s implementation.center_img Editor’s note: Updated with first day observations and edited for clarity.Topics :last_img read more

John Terry & Petr Cech injured for Premier League run-in

first_imgChelsea captain John Terry and goalkeeper Petr Cech will miss the rest of the Premier League season with injuries suffered in the Champions League semi-final first leg in Madrid.Terry went off with a foot problem and Cech injured his shoulder in the 0-0 draw with Atletico Madrid.Manager Jose Mourinho said: “Petr Cech’s season is over. Don’t ask me technically, but season over.”And John – we have to play the final for him to play with us.”The Premier League season concludes on Sunday 11 May, with the Champions League final in Lisbon on 24 May.Cech, 31, came off after 18 minutes after colliding with Raul Garcia at a corner, with 41-year-old Mark Schwarzer making his Champions League debut. Terry was replaced with 18 minutes left. Chelsea go to Premier League leaders Liverpool on Sunday before hosting Atletico in the second leg of the semi-final next Wednesday.Mourinho was without injured duo Samuel Eto’o (knee) and Eden Hazard (calf), while Branislav Ivanovic was suspended.Frank Lampard and John Mikel Obi were booked during Tuesday’s match and will miss the second leg.”We had problems before the game, we had problems during the game, we lost four players during the game, two with injuries, two with yellow cards, but we will fight,” added Mourinho.”Ivanovic is back, Schwarzer showed clearly that we can trust him. People that are not playing a lot, like for example Ashley Cole, put in an amazing performance.” And the Blues boss said he was satisfied with a first-leg result that leaves everything to play for.”We didn’t start the game thinking of a 0-0,” Mourinho said.”But the game goes in a certain direction where you feel you have to be safe, don’t concede and try to score in one of the few chances you create.Cech was injured when he landed heavily after tipping a corner over his crossbar “We go with a result that decides everything at Stamford Bridge.”Atletico boss Diego Simeone admitted his team struggled to break down their opponents but remained confident ahead of next Wednesday’s match.”It was impossible, they did their job really well and this leaves the qualification open,” said the Argentine.”It is true that they play at home where they feel comfortable, but we are going to go out to play. Next Wednesday we’ll be there to start playing.”They will be playing at home, they will be feeling better and we will have to wait till next week to see what happens.”last_img read more

Franklin County Convention Center lands state grant as part of renovation project

first_imgHAMPTON — The Franklin County Fairgrounds and Convention Center has received a $200,000 Community Attraction and Tourism grant to make improvements to the convention center building. Iowa Economic Development Authority spokeswoman Jacque Matsen says, “They are looking to make some significant upgrades and renovation to their meeting space and convention center space there. Which is really important for a small community like that to have a place where they can hold meetings.” Matsen says the renovations are being called an “extreme makeover.” “Everything from upgraded restrooms and storage space to just new more appealing walls and exterior upgrades–  as well as kind of creating a patio area and upgraded A-V equipment — which will facilitate them being able to host more meetings,” says Matsen. According to the Franklin County Fair website, the convention center serves as a key stream of revenue for the fair as the venue is used for weddings, family celebrations, banquets, meetings and music festivals. The estimated cost of the convention center project is $1.2 million. CAT grants were also approved on Wednesday for park projects in Ames and Des Moines as well as a new YMCA building in Marion.last_img read more

James Harden scores 39, leads Rockets past Spurs

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The Rockets have won six of their last seven, while the Spurs lost for just the second time in their last nine games.“We’ve gotten better, for sure,” Aldridge said. “We’re playing a better brand of basketball, and I think we’ve learned how to play better with each other, and we’ll get better, too.”TIP-INSSpurs: San Antonio fell to 1-8 when being outrebounded by an opponent on the road. The Spurs were outrebounded 58-43 and gave up a season-high 19 offensive rebounds. … SG Derrick White had three blocks in the game.Rockets: Backup PG Brandon Knight was playing under a minutes’ restriction that was capped at 20, coach Mike D’Antoni said before the game. Knight played 12 minutes in the game. … SF James Ennis III missed his sixth straight game with a right hamstring strain.UP NEXTSpurs: Host Nuggets on Wednesday.Rockets: Host Thunder on Tuesday. The Rockets were playing without Paul, who suffered a Grade-2 left hamstring strain on Thursday night in Miami and is expected to be out at least two-to-four weeks. Houston entered Saturday winless in five games without Paul this season.Clint Capela had 21 points and a season-high 23 rebounds, and Eric Gordon had 18 points on 4-of-12 shooting from 3-point range.Capela said his performance was partly inspired by Paul’s absence.“Everyone needs to step up because we don’t have a choice,” Capela said. “Tonight, we did a great job, but we’ve got a lot of things to work on because Chris is going to be out for a little while so we’re all going to have to step up.”DeMar DeRozan led San Antonio with 28 points and eight assists. LaMarcus Aldridge scored 18 points, and Rudy Gay added 13.ADVERTISEMENT DeRozan, a childhood friend of Harden’s, said there’s only one thing you can do defensively when Harden gets going.“Hope he misses,” he said.The Rockets scored 43 points in the third quarter and carried a 15-point lead in the final period. That followed one of their lowest-scoring first two periods of the season, including a 13-point second quarter. San Antonio led 43-41 at the break.In the third quarter, the Rockets made 9 of 13 3-pointers and finished the game with 19 3s on 54 attempts (35.2 percent). The Rockets were two games removed from setting an NBA record with 26 3s in a 136-118 win over Washington.Danuel House Jr. made his first start of the season for Houston. In 28 minutes, House had four points and three rebounds.Houston missed its first seven shots of the second quarter and went scoreless through the first five minutes of the period. The Rockets ended up with just 13 points in the second quarter, but trailed by just two points at halftime.The Rockets opened up the third quarter on a 12-0 run and took a 10-point lead. Houston had a season-high 43 points in the third quarter. That followed a 41-point first half.“I mean, we made shots,” D’Antoni said on Houston’s third-quarter turnaround. “I know it’s a simple answer, but a lot of it is that, and then we cut off that energy. I thought our defense was good all the way from the first quarter on to give ourselves a chance.”Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said Houston’s rebounding made the difference. San Antonio fell to 1-8 when being outrebounded by an opponent on the road. The Spurs were outrebounded 58-43 and gave up a season-high 19 offensive rebounds“Overall, the killer was the offensive boards,” Popovich said. “Capela was great. 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(AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)HOUSTON — James Harden took control for the Houston Rockets in the first game of what could be a lengthy period without point guard Chris Paul.Harden played a bruising 41 minutes and had 39 points, 10 assists, four rebounds and two steals as the Rockets defeated the San Antonio Spurs 108-101 and won for the first time this season without Paul.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) PLAY LIST 03:24PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)00:50Trending Articles01:05SEA Games: Agatha Wong defends wushu title, scores 2nd gold for PH02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni was asked where the line is between letting the reigning league MVP carry the team and putting too much on his plate.“I haven’t found the line yet — I’m still looking for it,” D’Antoni said. “I can tell him afterward, but he has a better feeling about what he needs to do.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissD’Antoni said Harden is playing in “another atmosphere” following his sixth straight game of scoring at least 30 points. After the Rockets let a 17-point, fourth-quarter lead slip and fell behind 97-96 with three minutes remaining, Harden scored nine of Houston’s final 12 points, including two 3s, to close out the win.“That’s what we do,” Harden said. “We do it at a high level, we shoot the ball, we shoot it with confidence. Some are going to go in, some aren’t. That’s the way we play.” Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Bradley Beal triple-double leads Wizards to 3OT win vs Suns View commentslast_img read more