BakeMark UK (Wirral, Merseyside) says sales of ring donuts are up 49% this year. The company supplies a number of products to help bakers capitalise on the trend. It most recently launched two licensed donut varieties – Nestlé Rolo and Toffee Crisp – which are supplied with free branded ‘tent cards’ in every case for added visual appeal.The selection of licensed goods also includes the chewy Rolo soft-bake cookie, with chocolate and caramel pieces, and Milkybar mini cookies served in snack-sized bags of eight. BakeMark UK also offers a simple-to-use muffin mix and a fudge brownie mix, with chocolate. Alternatively, there are pre-mixes such as Carrot Cake, which needs freshly grated carrot to achieve a home-baked taste. BakeMark’s thaw-and-serve licensed donuts were launched at Food & Drink Expo and are designed to add value to a traditional category, says the company.It adds that the American donut, originally called the ‘olykoek’ (fried cake), has its origins in the Netherlands and was first introduced into America in the 1850s by Dutch pilgrims. According to popular folklore, the name ‘donut’ is thought to have derived from a New England recipe, where sweet dough balls were made with nutmeg, filled in the centre with hazelnuts or walnuts and fried in hot oil. Others believe ‘dough-knots’ were tied to use up scraps of bread dough.
More than any other cate-gory within food manufacturing markets, bakery has experienced a high level of new product development (NPD) over the past two years. This has largely been influenced by the healthy eating agenda, which has driven the demand for a range of low-fat, gluten-free or low-carb options.However, the premiumisation of the market, such as the increasing levels of high-end artisan breads offered at retailers such as M&S and Waitrose, and the rising demand for food provenance, as a growing number of products are sourced from outside the UK, have also had a role to play.As the demand for new and innovative products has grown, the need for companies to employ talented NPD personnel has increased concurrently. At Ellis Fairbank, for example, we have helped to deliver over 85 NPD assignments since 2005, which is a marked increase on previous years and approximately a 60% year-on-year increase in the number of vacancies.Historically, bakery has been deemed less interesting to candidates than categories that are perceived as more fashionable, such as ready meals. But there has been a reversal in candidate opinion over the past 18 months. Because of the very high-profile development agenda, that has been running through the bakery category, it has become a market which is attracting an increasing number of NPD specialists.As levels of classically trained bakery personnel are now reaching an all-time low, just when the demand for this specific level of expertise is at an all-time high, the UK baking industry needs to look to other sectors to fill its NPD roles. Now, more than ever, bakery manufacturers will only maintain a competitive edge over other food suppliers by looking outside their category for suitable talent.By using competency-based recruitment techniques, companies can identify the key skills needed for a particular role, thus enabling a scientific and intelligent methodology to be adopted, upon which sound recruitment decisions and career choices can be made. There must be a real understanding about what a company is looking to deliver and achieve from a business perspective. By getting a sound grip on these objectives, and by being able to communicate and demonstrate the long-term bene-fits of working within the bakery field, companies will be able to make positive recruitment choices that offer real business benefits.Bakery employers also need to ensure the retention of talent already present within the industry. By understanding not only the financial ambitions of an individual or group of employees, but also their desires in terms of career progression and development, a company will be far better placed to engage with its staff and offer them an environment in which they are able to grow and contribute towards the success of the business. l Rob Devlin is a recruitment consultant, specialising in bakery, at Ellis Fairbank
Odlums is to close its commercial flour mill in Dublin at the end of March with a loss of 26 jobs.Citing cheap imports from the UK as a reason for the closure, the company will retain its mill in Portarlington (Co Laois) which manufactures a range of consumer flour products.Ger Cunningham, secretary of the Flour Confectioners and Bakers Association, which represents more than 100 bakeries and associated businesses, said: “It is a terrible shock. It is the last commercial flour mill left in the Republic of Ireland. That will mean more imports into the country and it may affect the price of flour in the long-term. If the English flour millers decide there should be a price increase, there will be no Irish miller here as an alternative.”Odlums is owned by Valeo Foods, which was established in September 2010, and UK company CapVest is a shareholder.Significant excess milling capacity in the UK was imported into the Irish market at prices with which Odlums could not compete. The 75,000-tonne capa-city Odlums mill, in Dublin’s docklands, sells flour to several large plant bakeries in Ireland.
Three years ago, the world lost one of the best piano players it had ever known. Facing the impossible task of keeping up with the insane mutterings of Jim Morrison, he not only crafted many of the iconic melodies from The Doors’ songs, but also kept the bassline steady with his other hand. That keyboardist, of course, was Ray Manzarek.Many casual music fans are certainly familiar with Jim Morrison, as his membership in the unfortunate “27 Club” all but cemented his place in the rock history books. The man is certainly deserving of the accolades; he knew how to command an audience. Whether it was drunken babbling, coherent singing or mystical philosophizing, all eyes were fittingly on Jim. It’s the unsung heroes of the band that deserve credit though, and none was more important than Manzarek.Manzarek and Morrison were the originators of The Doors, meeting at UCLA and sharing an interest in music. Morrison was the songwriter, and Manzarek translated his wild lyrics into cogent tunes. The partnership only grew creatively when the group found bandmates in Robby Krieger (guitar) and John Densmore (drums). By 1965, the group was performing regularly, and by 1967, they cut their first album, The Doors.Naming yourself after an Aldous Huxley essay about taking mescaline was quite the bold statement about the band’s ideology. Mysticism ran rampant throughout the music, sparked by the other-level mentalities of Morrison. It was Ray Manzarek that would ground The Doors in reality, allowing them to grow as musical artists while simultaneously giving Morrison the freedom of expression.Manzarek’s work was downright iconic. What is “Light My Fire” without the organ intro? “Riders On The Storm” without the silky synths slinking in the background? “When The Music’s Over” without its classic organ shuffle?The Doors were true music innovators, and no one was more pivotal to the band’s sound than Ray Manzarek. While today may be the third anniversary of his passing, his contributions to rock music will not soon be forgotten. RIP.When the music’s over, turn out the light…
Joe Russo’s Almost Dead drummer, you guessed it, Joe Russo, has just announced that he will join Darkside multi-instrumentalist Dave Harrington and Yellowbirds guitarist/vocalist Sam Cohen for a special trio show at New York City venue Nublu 62 as part of the Nublu Jazz Festival. While this will be the trio’s first time performing together, both Harrington and Russo joined forces last year for a show at Three’s Brewing last November as Icy Bridge (check out video below).The show is scheduled for Saturday, December 10th at 9pm. Purchase tickets here. For more information on the Nublu Jazz Festival, check the venue’s website.
Phish will offer a free webcast of tonight’s show at Ascend Amphitheater via their streaming platform, LivePhish. During the show, Tom Marshall and his Osiris Podcast co-founder and CEO, RJ Bee, will be hosting their Couch Report live on Relix at 6:30 pm ET (pre-show) and during set break. The two will cover news, offer show analysis, and provide enlightened commentary about Phish. This is turning out to be a splendid Wednesday from home, folks!The Nashville webcast will be available below tonight at 7 p.m. (CST), courtesy of LivePhish:Free Phish Webcast – 10/24/18 – Nashville, TN[Video: Phish]Tune in below for Tom Marshall and RJ Bee’s Couch Report, powered by Relix.Pre-Show Couch ReportSetbreak Couch Report[Videos: Relix]After tonight’s show in Nashville, Phish continues their fall tour this weekend at Rosemont, IL’s Allstate Arena, October 26th-28th. Phish’s fall tour will then conclude with a four-night Halloween run at Las Vegas’ MGM Grand Garden Arena, October 31st-November 3rd. For more information, head to the band’s website.
Charleston, SC jam scene hub Charleston Pour House has announced their inaugural festival, Into The Woods, set to take place at the Charleston Woodlands on October 4th–6th.As the Pour House notes in a statement, they are “delighted to announce, for the first time, we’ll be packing up all the things you love about The Charleston Pour House and taking a trip ‘Into the Woods’ October 4-6th of 2019.”The Pour House’s inaugural Into The Woods festival will host the likes of Leftover Salmon (two sets), John Medeski’s Mad Skillet, Doom Flamingo, Andy Frasco & The U.N. (two sets), The Fritz (two sets), Funk You (two sets), Kitchen Dwellers (two sets), Rev. Jeff Mosier (two sets) and more as well as Charleston’s own ROBOTRIO and Schema (two sets) under “a canopy of majestic oaks” just outside downtown Charleston, SC.This 2000+ person festival at Charleston Woodlands is the first of its kind for Charleston and a testament to the rising music scene that the Lowcountry has constructed. Since 2002, The Charleston Pour House has hosted members of The Allman Brothers Band, Furthur, Dead & Company, Aquarium Rescue Unit, and then-rising acts like Greensky Bluegrass, Turkuaz, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, Twiddle, and more.The event will be held on a portion of a property named Charleston Woodlands. The 6,000-acre property has ample room for organic exploration including 11 freshwater lakes, a black water swamp, and over 60 miles of wooded forest trails, all surrounded by 200+-year-old oak trees you will be free to camp beside. As per the Pour House, “This spectacular property will provide the backdrop for what is sure to be an epic weekend of music, outdoor recreation, art, and food among family and friends – all right in our backyard.”For more information and ticketing details for the inaugural Into The Woods festival, head to the event website here.
James Medoff, Meyer Kestnbaum Professor of Labor and Industry, was a farsighted labor economist who spent his entire career at Harvard. His scholarly contributions expanded the vision of his field. He was also a dynamic classroom lecturer and a much loved mentor. Struck in his late thirties with a progressively debilitating disease, he gradually curtailed his activities but heroically resisted giving them up altogether. He finally stopped teaching after thirty-three years at the front of Harvard classrooms. He died four years later. His colleagues miss him, as do generations of Harvard students.Jim grew up in Woonsocket, the scion of a distinguished Rhode Island mill-owning family. In lecturing on labor issues, he enjoyed recounting how in his teen years he had worked on a factory floor – then adding, as if in afterthought, that his grandfather owned the factory. Along with his hulking frame, his direct, forceful manner of speech gave him an aura of authenticity when he addressed issues concerning shopfloor workers.Labor economics, when Jim entered it, had moved away from the interest in institutions and job creation that characterized earlier scholars like Harvard’s John Dunlop, to focus largely on the behavior and objectives of workers. Jim recognized that the demand for labor also mattered, and that relegating the behavior of employers to other fields left labor economics unable to achieve a satisfactory analysis of matters even as central to it as wages and wage differentials.Jim’s earliest work took just this approach to studying labor unions. How could firms whose workforce was unionized pay higher wages and still compete? The answer was that unions made firms more productive: grievance procedures reduced turnover, fringe benefits strengthened workers’ commitment, and firms forced to pay higher union wages were forced to manage more efficiently. This research, especially his book What Do Unions Do? (with colleague Richard Freeman), attracted widespread interest outside the academic world – and intense attack from anti-union business interests. Although the role of unions in the American economy has since diminished, the findings have continued to be influential. The work also brought a host of new graduate students into labor economics.In a parallel line of research, which led to his book Employers Large and Small (with Charles Brown and James Hamilton), Jim asked how large firms could pay more than smaller ones. The answer again lay in superior productivity, and hence the required research focused on the behavior of not just workers but firms. Again, the work was controversial – in this case opposed by the “small business” lobby.In another important line of research, the starting point was that most workers’ wages rise with their length of service – a pattern not unfamiliar to members of Harvard’s faculty. But is this increase over time due to increasing productivity? With apology to the sensitivities of older colleagues, the answer is generally no. What Jim proposed instead was an “implicit contract” in which younger workers accept being underpaid in return for benefits to be received, with some probability, in future years. This work was novel both in its argument and in using data from firms’ personnel records never before subjected to statistical analysis.Some of Jim’s work in labor economics had impact well beyond the field. In the 1980s Jim revived interest in the relationship between the number of workers without jobs and the number of jobs without workers. If a particular unemployment rate always corresponded to the same percentage of jobs unfilled, then for purposes like assessing inflationary pressures looking at either unemployment or vacancies would give the same answer. But Jim showed that the relationship curve had shifted. The issue became crucial for U.S. policy when the 1990s economic expansion pushed unemployment below 5 percent and many economists urged policymakers to raise interest rates to avoid renewed inflation. Jim, looking instead at vacancies, argued that there was little danger. Federal Reserve policymakers sided with Jim. In retrospect, he – and they – got it right. One practical difficulty in carrying out this research was that the United States at that time had no direct data on job vacancies. (Jim’s research inferred vacancies from help-wanted advertising.) In part as a result of his findings, in 2000 the government started collecting and publishing directly measured job vacancy data.Jim’s work was often distinctive in method as well. He worked with large data sets before the era of “big data,” when the available technology was far different than today. Jim was meticulous in his use of data, insisting on knowing where and how each series originated. For many researchers he was the person to consult about any of the standard, publicly available data sets. But he also looked for new data obtained directly from companies’ personnel files, pioneering what economists today call “administrative data.”In his later years Jim’s interests expanded beyond labor economics. His book The Indebted Society (with Andrew Harless) examined the dangers of America’s rising debt level. Although this work preceded the mid-2000s mortgage bubble, it anticipated the borrowing at the root of the 2007-2009 financial crisis.Despite his advancing illness, which in time confined him to a wheelchair, Jim remained a dynamic and popular classroom lecturer. His courses were consistently well attended and well received. His standard question was “So what?” Even when presenting standard textbook material he made it speak to the real world and his argument forced students to think critically. He wanted economics to be put to use improving the lives of working men and women. In the same spirit, Jim continually challenged students to whom he was a mentor to “think bigger.” He had little patience for play-it-safe research programs. What mattered was stirring the pot on some big-picture question.Despite his herculean efforts, in time Jim’s disease prevailed. He taught his last class in the spring of 2008. He died in 2012. His son, Justin, and daughter, Susanna, of whom he was enormously proud and to whom he was devoted, survive him, as do the countless Harvard students who were intellectually his children as well.Respectfully submitted,Gary E. ChamberlainAndrew Harless (Ph.D., Harvard)Lawrence H. SummersBenjamin M. Friedman, Chair
EMILY McCONVILLE | The Observer San Antonio mayor Julian Castro (left) and University of Washington professor of political science Luis Fraga discuss Latino civic engagement in the 21st century Monday night in DeBartolo Hall.Castro said his leadership focused largely on what his community can accomplish in the future. He said he has created a plan, with the help of his community, detailing what they want to accomplish in the future.“In terms of trying to lead, my approach was to engage the community in forging the vision for the future of the city and then executing on that with all of the institutions [of San Antonio] working together,” Castro said. “I was elected in 2009 and I launched something called SA 2020 in [September 2010] asking a question to the community, ‘Where do we want to be on Friday, September 25th, ?’”Castro said he attributed political success to having a real connection with the place they are governing or representing. For Castro, that place is San Antonio, where he was born and raised.“If you want to actually go into politics you have to be from somewhere,” Castro said. “The smartest thing to do is to be where you are from, where you grew up, and have a network of folks who can identify with you, know you and know your family.”Though Castro said he sees many colored politicians on the state level, a future of more colored national politicians is possible only if those politicians can transcend being defined solely by their race.“As Latinos grow in numbers … you are going to see successful Latino/Latina candidates more and more at bigger and bigger levels,” Castro said. “However, if you are talking about state-wide candidates in big states or diverse states or nationally, it will help if you’re in any position to win that people cannot overly identify you as just Latino.”Castro said he wanted to leave a legacy of increased opportunities for the citizens in his district.“I want more people to have the opportunities that I had in life,” said Castro. “If we were to look at a list of people that have graduated from college, I want that list to be substantially longer than when I started, partly because the work that I done.”Stanford University professor Luis Fraga said he was immensely proud to be the mentor of such a great politician.“For a political science professor to see one of his students become a real leader and have real substance on what it is they want to accomplish as a political leader is a dream come true,” Fraga said. “I am immensely proud.” San Antonio mayor Julian Castro spoke about his career in a lecture titled “American Politics in the 21st Century: Latino Civic Engagement” Monday night in the Jordan Hall of Science.The lecture, which was jointly organized by the Multicultural Student Programs and Services, the Institute for Latino Studies and the Rooney Center for the Study of American Democracy focused on Castro’s Latino influence in American politics.“What we wanted to do was find a dynamic speaker who could talk about things that our Institutes are really concerned about,” event coordinator Arnel Bulaoro said. Tags: Latino politics, political science
View Comments We can feel that most wonderful time of year coming on already thanks to Great White Way superstar Idina Menzel. The If/Then headliner’s previously reported new album Holiday Wishes is released on October 14 (that would be TODAY), and we now have a trailer for the early Christmas present we’ve all been waiting for. In a succession of outfits that Frozen’s Elsa would be proud of, our favorite Broadway belter gives us a sneak peek of her take on holiday classics from “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” to “When You Wish Upon a Star.” There’s also a cameo from Michael Buble. Of course there is! All we want for Christmas is YOU, Idina! Show Closed This production ended its run on March 22, 2015 Idina Menzel If/Then Related Shows Star Files