Baker of the Year

first_imgWinner Piero ScaccoChairman, Montana Bakery,SloughScacco worked as a patissier across the Continent, before coming to England and opening a business to develop part-baked baguettes.Having grown it to a spectacular £55 million turnover, he sold it – and started all over again.Montana Bakery produces ambient, chilled and frozen speciality breads and pizzas for clients including Marks & Spencer, British Airways and Caffè Nero. The company has 350 staff and a £16 million turnover. It recently took possession of a wood-fired pizza base oven, possibly the first of its kind in the UK.The bakery is nut-free, but a new site will produce biscuits and biscotti next year.The judges described Scacco as an icon and agreed that his passion and enthusiasm for baking, the industry and the people within it singled him out as the winner.Finalist George AsherJoint managing directorAshers Bakery, Nairn, ScotlandEstablished in 1877, Ashers is still owned and managed by the great grandsons of its founder. The bakery has 12 shops across the Moray Firth area of the Highlands and Grampian. Some 25% of its business lies in wholesale, including local supermarkets, hotels and restaurants, as well as a gift range of cakes and biscuits.With seven fully-qualified bakers among its 140 staff, the company is focused on training and has, says Asher, no problems recruiting staff.The shops have recently been rebranded and Asher believes it is important to keep adapting to meet new consumer demands. Changing lifestyles are a driver for change, he says. “People are looking for healthier options, for example, so we’re producing a range of low-GI breads.”Finalist Robin JonesJoint managing directorThe Village Bakery (Coedpoeth),Wrexham, Wales”I come from a family of craft bakers and have a real commitment and passion for my job,” says Jones. “I think it’s genetic!”The Village Bakery is owned and run by the Jones family and operates from a purpose-built bakery just outside Wrexham. The company has an £8.5 million annual turnover and employs 185 people.Jones says that, over the past 18 months, his remit has been to build a solid foundation for the company’s future prosperity. An automated, gluten-free factory has become operational, enabling, he says, the marriage of traditional bakery expertise with state-of-the-art equipment.He adds that the company has maintained its reputation for quality products in one of Europe’s most advanced craft bakeries, while staying as environmentally friendly as possible.last_img read more


Around the Schools: Harvard Divinity School

first_imgFor a week in late January, five Harvard Divinity School students witnessed firsthand the impact of human rights abuses suffered by many Hondurans after a 2009 coup in which Honduran President Manuel Zelaya was ousted by the country’s military.Karen Bray, Tiffany Curtis, Garrett Fitzgerald, Julie Rogers, and Marianne Tierney traveled to Honduras with human rights experts and met local leaders to examine and discuss the fragile situation surrounding the ongoing Honduran constitutional crisis.Monica Maher, former HDS lecturer and current research fellow of the Harvard University Committee on Human Rights Studies, organized the trip and led a discussion of the group’s findings at an informal presentation in February, held at Harvard’s David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies (DRCLAS).Tierney said, “Each one of us who went was significantly impacted by this trip. When we came back to school and people asked, ‘How was your trip?’ it was really difficult to put into words. I started saying things like, ‘It was incredible, rejuvenating, inspiring, heartbreaking, intellectually stimulating, exhausting, depressing, amazing.’ Ultimately, it was an extremely powerful experience.”If you have an item for Around the Schools, please e-mail your write-up (150-200 words) to [email protected]last_img read more


Salmonella type in Colorado water listed; source still sought

first_imgMar 28, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – Water quality officials in Colorado said today that the pathogen that contaminated the city of Alamosa’s water system is Salmonella enterica serotype Typhimurium, which they said might suggest a wild animal source of the pathogen.Steve Gunderson, director of Colorado’s water quality control division, said officials don’t know how the Salmonella entered the water supply, according to a report today from the Rocky Mountain News. He said health authorities are collecting bird and animal droppings from areas surrounding water facilities and will test them for Salmonella.”Where we see animals and some sort of opening into the water system, we have been collecting samples,” he told the News. “So far, the samples have been negative for Salmonella.” He said officials are looking for any breaches in the water system, such as a hole in a water tank.Craig Hedberg, PhD, an associate professor of environmental and occupational health at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, told CIDRAP News that S Typhimurium is the most common serotype of Salmonella and that its presence in Alamosa’s water could have come from any of several potential sources.”I wouldn’t want to speculate on a source,” he said.At an Alamosa city council meeting on Mar 26, Robin Koons, emergency response director for the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, said there were three possible causes of the Salmonella contamination, according to a press release yesterday from the city of Alamosa. They include cross-contamination from the sewer system, a crack in a pipeline that would have allowed contamination to enter during low-pressure conditions, or contamination of a water storage site.Rumors have been circulating in Alamosa that pigeons had been roosting in a ground-level covered reservoir, but Don Koskelin, the city’s public works director, told the News there were no signs of birds in any of the city’s water tanks.As of yesterday evening, 286 possible Salmonella infections linked to the outbreak had been reported, including 73 confirmed cases, according to another Rocky Mountain News report. Eleven patients were hospitalized, but no deaths have been reported. Patients’ ages range from 3 weeks to 89 years, though most are children, the News reported.City officials were soaking the city’s water system in 25 parts per million chlorinated water and planned to flush the system later with 10 parts per million chlorinated water, the Denver Post reported yesterday.Local residents haven’t received word yet on when they can resume using the water for drinking and cooking, the Post reported.Firms recall Honduran cantaloupeIn other developments, over the past week seven US-based produce distributors have announced voluntary recalls of Honduran-grown cantaloupe that has been implicated in a nationwide Salmonella Litchfield outbreak.On Mar 22 the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) blocked the importing of cantaloupe from Honduran grower Agropecuaria Montelibano after case-control studies suggested that the product was linked to 50 Salmonella cases in 16 states, along with 9 illnesses in Canada. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said today it did not have an update on the number of US cases.The FDA said US distributors that have recalled their Honduran cantaloupe products include:Charlie’s Produce, based in Spokane, Wa.: retail and foodservice fruit items that include fresh cut cantaloupe, distributed in eastern Washington, Idaho, and MontanaCentral American Produce, Inc., of Pompano Beach, Fla.: distributed nationwide, products include cardboard cartons of cantaloupe labeled “Mike’s Melons” or “Mayan Pride”T.M. Kovacevich International, Inc. of Philadelphia: distributed in Georgia, Florida, Massachusetts, and New Jersey, products include whole cantaloupes with “Mike’s Melons” stickers on themTropifresh, based in Los Angeles: whole cantaloupes with “Mike’s Melons” stickers on them that were distributed in 1,100-pound cardboard bins to wholesalers in southern California, Pennsylvania, and CanadaChiquita Brands International, of Cincinnati: cardboard cartons of cantaloupes labeled “Mike’s Melons,” “Mayan Pride,” or “Chiquita” that were distributed throughout the United States and CanadaBounty Fresh, LLC, of Miami, Fla.; cantaloupes packed in sleeves or boxes and sold under “Chestnut Hill Farms” and “Perfect Melon” and distributed nationwide to grocery stores and wholesale outletsSimply Fresh Fruit, based in Los Angeles: fresh-cut fruit products containing cantaloupe that it received from Tropifresh (see above). The press release did not say where the products were distributed, other than that they were sold through retail and club stores and foodservice outlets.See also:Mar 27 city of Alamosa press releaseMar 22 FDA press release on Charlie’s Produce cantaloupe recallMar 24 FDA press release on Central American Produce, Inc. cantaloupe recallMar 25 FDA press release on TM Kovacevich International cantaloupe recallMar 26 FDA press release on Tropifresh cantaloupe recallMar 27 FDA press release on Chiquita cantaloupe recallMar 27 FDA press release on Bounty Fresh cantaloupe recallMar 28 FDA press release on Simply Fresh Fruit cantaloupe recalllast_img read more


Syracuse football recruiting: Running back Otto Zaccardo joins Class of 2016 as preferred walk-on

first_img Related Stories 3 observations from the Syracuse football spring gameSyracuse football recruiting: Track the Class of 2016Adam Dulka discusses why he committed to SyracuseClass of 2016 Ohio linebacker Zack Lesko commits to Syracuse as preferred walk-on Published on April 9, 2016 at 6:50 pm Contact Sam: [email protected] | @Sam4TR Syracuse picked up its second preferred walk-on this week with Worcester (Massachusetts) Academy, Class of 2016 running back Otto Zaccardo.Zaccardo, who announced his commitment via Twitter on Friday night, said he was recruited primarily by new defensive quality control coach, John Pike. Commentscenter_img AdvertisementThis is placeholder textZaccardo graduated from Lincoln-Sudbury Regional (Massachusetts) High School in 2014 as the school’s top rusher on the football team and a leader on the undefeated track and field team. He spent his post-graduate year at Worcester Academy.The running back, who was listed at 5-foot-10 and 180 pounds on Hudl.com in 2015, joins a new Orange offense that plans to be much more up-tempo than in years past and ran 155 plays in the spring game. Zaccardo’s Hudl bio also lists his 40-yard dash time at 4.56 seconds.He is the third walk-on to commit to Syracuse since new head coach Dino Babers’ hiring and the fifth player to join the Orange since National Signing Day. Track the Class of 2016 here.He joins a roster that has six running backs already, but none that are freshmen. Syracuse has four sophomores (Jacob Hill, Dontae Strickland, Jordan Fredericks and Tyrone Perkins), one junior (Ervin Philips) and one senior (George Morris).Strickland led the ground attack in Syracuse’s spring game on April 2, followed by freshman Moe Neal, who is listed as a wide receiver, and Fredericks. Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more


House bill backing I5 Bridge replacement wins approval

first_imgSouthwest Washington lawmakers are determined to prove to their counterparts in Oregon that they are ready to revive conversations about a replacing the Interstate 5 Bridge. “The Columbia River Crossing (project) is dead. The federal money is gone, but we still need a bridge,” Rep. Sharon Wylie, D-Vancouver, said on the House floor of the Legislature on Monday afternoon. Later, she added, “Oregon has been waiting for a serious signal, that’s why this project is designated as statewide significance. It’s terminology that makes sense to them. It’s terminology they use.” House Bill 2095 passed 60-38 and now heads to the Senate for consideration. Republican Paul Harris of Vancouver would like to send another message to the group of people, including some of his colleagues in the Legislature who want to focus on a third, new crossing over the Columbia River before easing congestion on the I-5 Bridge. “I think the idea Oregon is going to look at other corridors before the I-5. … I’m sorry, that is not going to happen,” Harris said, adding: “There should be multiple crossings across the river, I completely agree. This is the first step.” Part of the goal of designating the bridge a project of statewide significance was to quell a growing movement of those pushing to focus first on a third east-or-west county bridge before addressing the aging I-5 crossing. A companion bill in the Senate stripped the “statewide significance” language from the bill, but the legislative intent remains the same. Both versions of the bill call for an inventory and cataloguing of all the previous work done on the Columbia River Crossing project. The measures would create a legislative action committee, made up of key stakeholders and Department of Transportation employees in Oregon and Washington.last_img read more