A day in the life of Gregory Moutry

first_imgName: GREGORY MOUTRYCompany: MOUL–BIE UK Job title: BAKERY SALES MANAGER Location: WIGSTON, LECISESTERSHIRE5amWaking up gently, I have a strong black coffee and – French oblige – two lightly buttered croissants. I listen to the radio or television to check on the roads’ status, which is very important to me.6amLeaving home, I arrive on the M1, going from Sheffield to Bristol. A craft baker has called us to ask about the Ronde des Pains concept, following a news item in British Baker (September 16, 2005). The traffic seems to be flowing well so far: it will be a good day!As bakery sales manager for Moul-bie UK, I spend a lot of time driving. My area covers England, Wales and Scotland. My car really is my office and I use this time for phone calls.7amFirst phone call with a UK Ronde des Pains member. We talk about the production and process, products, and how the concept is received. This information helps us to drive the concept forward, according to each shop’s location and situation.9amThen I call new customers, to find out how things are going with their new French products: artisan hand-crafted bread such as Campaillette Grand Siècle, a rustic baguette; Campagrain, a seeded bread; or Campaillou, a sourdough loaf.We discuss the production process and how the sales are going.10amArrive at the customer’s premises, thanks to the satellite navigation system (Sat Nav).I present the Ronde des Pains concept, from product development through to merchandising and retail promotion. With free-of-charge membership, this concept supports craft bakers and gives them access to full technical back-up (process and product development), ongoing follow-up, on-site demonstrations by me or my colleague, Claude, and a short course available from EBP, our own bakery school, which is based in Paris.I am a baker by trade, having worked for five years on night shifts in a Parisian craft bakery, specialising in Polish and sourdough breads; Claude is a Compagnon du Tour de France and travelled around France for 10 years to learn all about French speciality breads, so he really knows what he is talking about. For the retail side of the business, a Ronde des Pains member gets access to a range of packaging, point-of-sale material and merchandising equipment.At the end of the meeting, my contact decides to give it a go and join the Ronde des Pains family (now numbering more than 42 shops across the UK).11amBack in the car, I deal with phone messages and plot the Sat Nav for Milton Keynes.English miller FWP Matthews and Moul-bie have organised a Flour in Action day at Unifine Dohler’s premises, with equipment generously supplied by Mono. The first event was very successful, so we decided to do it again. The idea is to demonstrate products such as the Campa range of authentic artisan hand-crafted bread. I really enjoy these kinds of day, as I can talk about bread all day with people who have the same passion as me.2pmAfter all details are reviewed, I deal with messages and set the car’s Sat Nav for the office in Wigston. On the way, I call an industrial baker from the Midlands, for whom I did a demonstration last week. We are working on developing a new process for artisan, pre-proved frozen bread. This process allows you to produce ready-to-bake speciality breads. You store the dough pre-proved then frozen, to be baked on-site in the shop. The bread comes out freshly baked, crusty and full of flavour.3pmHaving arrived at the office, I grab something to eat in the canteen, then send the new Ronde des Pains membership form to Paris. The welcome kit will be sent directly to the bakery in three weeks’ time.I call the bakery school in Paris to talk to Lucien Megel, bakery teacher and demonstrator for Moul-bie in Europe. Lucien was my teacher 10 years ago and we have always stayed in touch. He is one of those who gave me the passion for bread and we now work together. I book a bakery room for three days. In a month’s time, I will visit with customers to show them the exact way we bake bread in France, visit some Parisian bakeries and, of course, being in Paris, go to see the most beautiful woman of the city, the Eiffel Tower.Being a demonstrator himself, Lucien travels a lot in Europe. He keeps me informed about the market and recent developments in the bakery trade on the Continent. I want to stay in touch with products; I am, and always will be, a baker.Then I call a Ronde des Pains customer who has decided to take part in a food festival and wants to include the Campa range. We discuss how the day will be organised. I will give him a hand the night before to produce the Campa range so he can concentrate on his traditional English bread. In the morning, we will go to the festival and I will bring the “French touch” to the show. I will add another point to the authenticity of the range: “Du pain, du vin et tout va bien” (some bread, some wine and all is well). Consumers enjoy talking to me about bread and about France in general.I check my e-mails and sales figures, which I discuss with Graham Emberson, general sales manager for Moul-bie UK. Before leaving the office, I put some flour bags in my car for next week’s demonstrations.4pmMy last call on the way home will be at The Sheffield College, which recently adopted the Ronde des Pains concept for its bakery shop. This time, we will organise a French day for first- and second-year bakery students. We will produce different lines, including pain paysan (farmer’s bread), rye bread, different kinds of French stick and the Campa range.It’s an opportunity for me to talk about the trade to young people, show them breads they didn’t know about and to pass on my passion.6pm The day is over and I head home. The last thing I do is check my agenda for the following day and make sure I get some croissants for my breakfast. Departure tomorrow is set for 7am.last_img read more

Cuisine de France to roll out 120 refreshed in-store bakeries

first_imgCuisine de France, part of food business Aryzta, has said it aims to roll out 120 new-look in-store bakeries over the next year. It will target independent retail convenience stores, which it claims account for 72.1% of stores and almost £6 in every £10 spent in convenience (58.9%).The redevelopment of its in-store bakery package offers customers products, display, staff training and sales support.As part of the initiative, the company will launch new product ranges, packaging and display units with an “artisan bakery theme”.Stores that have already implemented the fresh look have seen an increase in sales of up to £800 per week.Mariam French, head of marketing UK for Aryzta Food Solutions, said: “This is much more than a brand relaunch, it’s a completely fresh approach to in-store baking, enabling our customers to redefine the category and to use Cuisine de France as a flagship brand to enhance the shopping experience.“Significant improvements have been made to all the recipes in Cuisine de France’s new ‘hero range’ across both core bakery products and an array of new speciality breads.”The hero range includes French bread, Viennoiserie, sweet treats, rolls and speciality breads. The French bread has been redeveloped to include 100% French wheat, and 25% liquid sponge to improve flavour and texture, said the company.Aoife Kenny, head of retail sales, said: “Convenience store shoppers are focusing more on freshness. That’s why we’re highlighting the benefits of baking little and often, rather than the traditional ‘one bake a day’. This ensures that ‘freshly-baked’ products are readily available, which increases shopper satisfaction,”Research by Aryzta found that shoppers at ISB convenience stores spend 1.8 minutes longer in the shop than regular convenience store shoppers, and spend around £3.50 more.The brand said the convenience sector was continuing to grow at 5% year on year.last_img read more

Just days left to enter the Baking Industry Awards!

first_imgThe closing date for entries to the 2018 Baking Industry Awards is fast approaching.If you want to be in with a chance to win a Baking Industry Award – and benefit from publicity and the recognition from your peers, as well as get a huge boost for yourself and your staff – then we need your entry by next Tuesday (8 May).But don’t just take our word for it; here’s what previous winners have said about their success:“Winning was fantastic recognition for all Tesco colleagues and a credit to their hard work and commitment. Customers have noticed and we’ve proudly included the award in many of our communications.”Gordon Gafa, category director, Tesco – Supermarket Bakery Business of the Year 2017“The award helped raise awareness of my breads, my business and baking courses. Before winning the award, I only sold my Church Street Sour at weekends, but now it’s available every day.”Paul Barker, creator of Church Street Sour – Speciality Bread Product of the Year 2017“Winning has created greater awareness of Campden BRI, so new companies have been in contact enquiring about our services.”Katie-Joy Woods, Campden BRI – The Customer Focus Award 2017Across 10 categories, we are looking for those at the top of their game, standing out from the amazing pool of talent in the baking industry.If selected as a finalist, you and a partner can join us at the 2018 awards ceremony at the Hilton Hotel, Park Lane on 5 September.With a glamorous ‘Oceanic’ theme, this year’s event will begin with a champagne reception, followed by a three-course dinner, then the awards ceremony itself, hosted by a celebrity presenter. You can also enjoy entertainment into the early hours with around 800 other bakery delegates at this premier networking event.Entering the awards is simple, using our online system. Entries from any professional bakery business are welcome, but if you want to enter more than one category, each entry must be by a different individual from your firm.How to enterGo to www.bakeryawards.co.uk and click on the ‘Enter’ buttonOn the next page is the ‘Enter Now’ button. Click on that and follow instructions. If you have any queries call us on 01293 610422Entry deadline is Tuesday 8 MayTo book tickets to the ceremonyWhen: Wednesday 5 SeptemberWhere: Hilton Hotel, Park Lane, London W1Tickets: £290 a ticket, table of 10: £2,625Tickets sell out fast, so apply early to [email protected] Tel: 01293 846593(Finalists and partners attend free)last_img read more

Al Pacino Gets the Squigs Treatment as China Doll Takes Flight

first_imgThe legendary Al Pacino officially opens in David Mamet’s China Doll on December 4. Directed by Pam MacKinnon, the play is running for a limited engagement of 97 performances at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre.To celebrate the world premiere of the two-hander, which follows a billionaire who just bought a plane for his fiancé to celebrate his imminent retirement, Broadway.com resident artist Justin “Squigs” Robertson penned this sketch. There’s Pacino as businessman Mickey Ross, Christopher Denham as his assistant, Carson, and a model of *that* plane…Broadway.com wishes the China Doll team a safe flight and happy opening! View Comments China Doll Related Showscenter_img About the Artist: With a desire to celebrate the magic of live theater and those who create it, and with a deep reverence for such touchstones as the work of Al Hirschfeld and the wall at Sardi’s, Squigs is happy and grateful to be among those carrying on the traditions where theater and caricature meet. He was born and raised in Oregon, lived in Los Angeles for quite a long time and now calls New York City his home. Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 31, 2016last_img read more

Vermont Yankee Study Identifies Major Environmental and Economic Benefits

first_imgVermont Yankee Study Identifies MajorEnvironmental and Economic BenefitsVermont Energy Partnership Urges Policy Makers andthe Public to Review Independent Expert’s FindingsMontpelier, VT/November 17, 2008 – An independent assessment of the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant finds that the facility provides major economic and environmental benefits to Vermont and that the consequences of closing it would be significant. In addition, the only potential solution to replace all or the vast majority of its power near term is to construct a combined cycle natural gas plant.The effects of such a plant and the loss of Vermont Yankee include:* Statewide average retail electric prices are estimated to increase by 19 to 39 percent.* Without Vermont Yankee’s power, carbon dioxide emissions, from all sources statewide, would likely increase by two million tons annually, a 100 fold or 10,000 percent increase.* Emissions of nitric oxide, a toxic substance which causes the weakening of the earth’s ozone layer, would increase by 550 tons, a twofold increase from current levels.* The potential costs to Vermonters stemming from the need for pollution allowances could exceed $60 million annually for carbon dioxide and $3 million for nitric oxide. These costs would be in addition to the retail price increases.* The loss of Vermont Yankee would deprive the Vermont Clean Energy Development Fund $4-$7 million per year.The study’s author is Dr. Howard Axelrod, president and founder of Energy Strategies, Inc. of Albany, New York. Dr. Axelrod has been a management consultant for over 25 years and has been engaged by a wide range of energy clients, state and federal regulatory agencies, and large industrial users of energy.Dr. Axelrod evaluated various alternatives to Vermont Yankee and the feasibility of having these power sources online by March 2012, when Vermont Yankee’s current license expires.With respect to renewable resources, Dr. Axelrod found, “There is no question that wind energy and other renewable resources will play a vital role in meeting Vermont’s growing energy needs. However, it is highly unrealistic to assume that between the end of 2009 when the NRC [U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission] is expected to rule on the Vermont Yankee relicensing application, and 2012, when the original operating license expires, Vermont could add the necessary magnitude of renewable generation.”In fact, there are formidable challenges to bringing large amounts of renewable power online, especially near term. Dr. Axelrod’s study found the following.* Wind power. “To replace Vermont Yankee …. with an equivalent number of wind-derived electricity would require the installation of more than 1,500 wind generators. Given that the largest wind farms install only a few hundred generators, the addition of 1,500 generations with the associated transmission lines needed to connect to the Vermont network, 2012 is an unrealistic completion date.”* Solar. “The equivalent number of solar collectors (to replace Vermont Yankee) would require over 2,000 acres of dedicated space just for the solar collectors. To maximize exposure to the sun, an untold amount of land will have to be cleared in order to capture as much sun energy as possible.”* Wood. “The amount of wood and waste wood materials needed to produce the same amounts of electricity as from Vermont Yankee would exceed two million tons of bond-dry wood per year … a Vermont Yankee biofuel replacement would require over 200,000 acres of woodlands to be cultivated each year, which represents nearly five percent of Vermont total geographic space.”Dr. Axelrod does find, “There is one alternative to Vermont Yankee that might meet the tight time schedule, namely the installation of 620 MW (megawatts) of combined cycle gas turbines (CCGT).”He adds, “Unfortunately, CCGTs require large volumes of natural gas and will produce significantly more nitric oxide and carbon dioxide, the latter a major source of global warming. From a cost perspective, a new CCGT will be twice as expensive and significantly more uncertain as the price of natural gas represents more than 70 percent of a CCGT’s operating costs.”Dr. Axelrod emphasized, “It should not be misconstrued, solar, wind and biofuels can and should all contribute to Vermont’s portfolio of energy resources, but to assume that 620 MW of Vermont Yankee power can be replaced by 2013 is unrealistic.”In fact, the expanded use of renewable electricity power sources longer term will help reduce Vermont’s carbon footprint further. Currently, automobiles account for 46 percent of the state’s carbon footprint, almost twice the national average of 25 percent. With the electrification of automobiles expected to become more popular in the near future, there will be even more need for clean sources of electricity.Commenting on the study, Brad Ferland, President of the Vermont Energy Partnership said, “There are many intriguing findings in this study that should be part of the discussion not only about Vermont Yankee but of Vermont’s overall energy future. At a time when it is critical to keep and expand clean sources of power, Vermont Yankee has a paramount role to play in Vermont’s energy and economic infrastructure. We look forward to discussing the findings and ramifications with policy makers.”Jennifer Clancy, an environmentalist and board member of the Vermont Energy Partnership said, “While there is no silver bullet to Vermont’s vast and growing energy challenges, a combination of Vermont Yankee and expanded use of renewable sources are central to the state’s energy future. This report shows the respective roles, and time frame, that these sources can and should play in the coming years.”To view a full copy of the study, “An Independent Assessment of the Environmental and Economic Impacts Associated with the Closing of the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Plant,” visit www.vtep.org(link is external). For more information on Energy Strategies, Inc. visit www.energystrategiesinc.com(link is external) .The Vermont Energy Partnership (www.vtep.org(link is external)) is a diverse group of more than 95 business, labor, and community leaders committed to finding clean, affordable and reliable electricity solutions. Its mission is to educate policy makers, the media, businesses, and the general public about why electricity is imperative for prosperity, and about the optimal solutions to preserve and expand our electricity network. Entergy, owner of Vermont Yankee, is a member of the Vermont Energy Partnership.last_img read more

Bikers Guide to the Laurel Highlands

first_img Cool off at Idlewild & SoakZone, named the “Best Children’s Park” in the world, featuring classic amusement park rides and a giant outdoor waterpark. Spend all day ziplining, horseback riding, and swimming at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort. Standup paddle board on Laurel Hill Lake or Youghiogheny Lake. If you’re looking for a long-distance excursion, hike 70 miles on the Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail that runs along the ridge. After a long day of playing, fuel up with food and drinks at one of the many hot spots in the area. Falls City Pub and Restaurant is the place to go in Ohiopyle State Park, featuring an extensive beer menu and live music. Hop off the Great Allegheny Passage for a drink, or two, from Bloom Brew. If you’re riding in the state forest, take your pick of libations from Helltown Brewing, Christian W. Klay Winery, and Ridge Runner Distillery. Head to Ohiopyle State Park for a variety of singletrack, cross country, and rugged mountain biking trails. Beginners and experts alike will have fun playing on the big climbs and downhills while taking in the stunning landscape. Take a short hike to visit Ohiopyle and Cucumber Falls, boulder at one of the several climbing areas hop on the natural waterslides in Meadow Run, and run the Youghiogheny River with a whitewater rafting or float trip. The Laurel Highlands, home to Pennsylvania’s highest pointand deepest gorge, features diverse terrain that cyclists of all types willenjoy. Home to eight state parks, two state forests, and five national parksites, this region is a recreation mecca. From bike packing trips to a downhillcourse built for speed, miles of roads and trails will keep you entertained fordays. While in town, the folks at Wilderness Voyageurs canhook you up with rentals, maintenance services, and shuttles for a full day ofriding in Ohiopyle. At Route 31 Bike, Board, and Ski, you’ll find thetop brands the industry has to offer. Confluence Cyclery and WestNewton Bicycle Shop are conveniently located along the Great AlleghenyPassage for riders in need of repairs, rentals, or parts. Demo a bike or join agroup ride with Flat Tire Co. center_img Stay Awhile The area is home to five national park sites, including the Flight93 National Memorial and Fort Necessity National Battlefield, and fourFrank Lloyd Wright houses, including Fallingwater which was recentlynamed an UNESCO World Heritage Site. There’s always something to do when you visit Laurel Highlands of Pennsylvania. Check out the recently opened, machine-built Quenahoning Trails which offers flowy single-track rides around a mountain reservoir. Pedal the Great Allegheny Passage, a 150-mile rail trail for multiple days of riding through the countryside. Connect with other trails, like the C&O Canal Towpath, to extend your ride from the Laurel Highlands to Washington, D.C. Round out your trip to Laurel Highlands with a mixture ofoutdoor adventures, culture, food, and drinks. Stop by Seven Springs Mountain Resort for the only downhill rated course in the region. Test your skills on black diamonds, rock gardens, table tops, and everything in between. Two high-speed chair lifts will take you back to the top to do it all over again. Rent a bike and protective gear or take a lesson to get started on the trails. Technical riders will appreciate Laurel Mountain’s extensive trail network and unique rock garden features. Connect with miles of gravel roads through Forbes State Forest to make the most out of your day in the saddle. Choose from several routes varying in length for great views, swimming holes, and blooming mountain laurel in June. last_img read more

Registration Opens for Pisgah Hiking Challenge

first_imgOn April 11th, a 3-mile guided walk on the paved trails of the Cradle of Forestry will kick off the Pisgah Challenge. Staff will showcase the site and begin discussions on beginner outdoor safety. Other hikes during the Challenge will include, in order, Pink Beds Loop (May 16), North Slope Trail (June 13), Daniel Ridge Loop (July 11), Buck Spring Trail (August 15). The hike up Looking Glass Rock (September 12) offers the biggest challenge for the best view in Pisgah! Participants are strongly encouraged to register for all six hikes, which begin promptly at 9:00am. The community is invited to test themselves this spring in the Pisgah Challenge, a series of six free guided hikes of increasing difficulty in Pisgah National Forest. The Cradle of Forestry in America Interpretive Association (CFAIA) is a 47-year-old 501(c)(3) nonprofit with headquarters in Pisgah Forest, NC, at the entrance to Pisgah National Forest. CFAIA’s mission promotes educational, recreational and interpretive opportunities about forest and water resources, natural history, and the Cradle of Forestry in America. CFAIA manages campgrounds and recreation areas in North Carolina, Georgia and Indiana; offers to the public environmental education programs and forest-related gifts, educational books and other resources; and provides support to the Cradle of Forestry Heritage Site. The Cradle is the birthplace of modern forestry in America. Registration for the Challenge opens February 12 and runs through March 12. Space is limited to 15. Inquiries or registrations must be made by calling DeWitte at 828-884-3443. “Our goal for the Challenge is to remove barriers that keep people from enjoying recreational opportunities on public lands in western NC,” DeWitte said. On each hike, CFAIA guides will share instruction on trail safety, pre-hike planning, basic map reading, appropriate clothing, and trail etiquette. To learn more about CFAIA, visit www.cfaia.org or follow us on Facebook. “Let us share with you the tools you need to become a stronger, fitter hiker and learn about our public lands at the same time. Join the Challenge,” DeWitte concluded. Upon completion of the entire Pisgah Challenge, participants will receive a specialized patch commemorating the event. A celebratory happy hour social will be held at Ecusta Brewing in Pisgah Forest. “The Cradle of Forestry in America Interpretive Association (CFAIA) is launching the Pisgah Challenge to inspire our community, especially inexperienced hikers, to get outside, get fit and enjoy the wild areas at our own back door,” Director of Education Adam DeWitte said. About the Cradle of Forestry Interpretive Association last_img read more

How to manage today’s multiple disruptions within the credit union space with CU Engage

first_imgTRAILER: How to Manage Today’s Tempest of Multiple Disruptions within the Credit Union Space… from CUbroadcast on Vimeo. The word disruption in today’s credit union space is becoming as commonplace as Apple Pay headlines, Final Four predictions, and crying teenage girls over Zayn Malik leaving One Direction. Oh, the horror. But, seriously, what exactly does it mean and how are credit unions impacted by the ever-changing financial services landscape.To get to the bottom of all this, we invited a couple savvy credit union pros, CU Engage Co-founders Jennifer Addabbo and James Guild. They walk us through many of today’s disruptions such as core changes, payments upheaval, EMV deadline, outside threats (Google, Amazon, PayPal), etc. and show us where credit unions stand amidst this storm. There’s a lot going on of which credit unions need to be aware.Instead of running for the hills when come to these pressing issues and items, Jennifer and James say credit unions need to engage this disruption head on to remain relevant and enhance their current success. So if any of these items affect you, enjoy this very candid conversation about the state of today’s industry and what can be done to keep moving forward overcoming these obstacles toward new, favorable pathways.Click here to see the entire interview and post. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Ex-NY Yankee Rusty Torres Gets 3 Years in Prison for Child Sex Abuse

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Ex-New York Yankees baseball player Rosendo “Rusty” Torres was sentenced Thursday to three years in prison for sexually abusing an 8-year-old girl while working as a local youth instructor two years ago.A Nassau County jury had convicted the 65-year-old in July of five counts of first-degree sexual abuse and had acquitted him of abusing a second girl, who was younger than 11. Judge Tammy Robbins also sentenced him to 10 years of post-release supervision.Prosecutors have said that Torres sexually abused the victim while working as a youth baseball coach for the Town of Oyster Bay during baseball practice sessions in Plainview from April to May of 2012.Police arrested Torres at his Massapequa home on May 8, 2012 after the victim reported the abuse to her parents. At the time of his arrest, police said Torres and the victim were alone, but “there were several other children in the general area.”His attorneys have said they plan to appeal the verdict, which they said followed deliberations that included jury misconduct, although a Nassau judge rejected a motion by the defense to set aside the conviction based on those allegations.Torres, who batted .212 during his nine-year MLB career, which included stints with Cleveland, the then-California Angels, Chicago White Sox and Kansas City Royals, made a living as a baseball instructor on Long Island for more than a dozen years.Torres, who was anemic at the plate during his playing days, is perhaps best known for his inclusion in a trade that brought Graig Nettles to the Bronx.—With Rashed Mianlast_img read more

Venice will tax one-day tourist visits from next summer

first_imgThe council has not ruled on the penalties that will apply to tourists who do not pay the fee, although authorities proposed in February that the fine be up to 450 euros. The collection of the tax, which the Venice Council calls a “contribution for accession”, will take effect on July 1, 2020. This move has been announced for almost a year, but the introduction of the tax has been postponed several times because city officials have been considering ways to impose it, reports The Telegraph. The goal of this move by the Venetian government is to enable the millions of travelers who visit the city every day to contribute financially to the maintenance of the lagoon city. “The goal is to improve the quality of life of the population”, Said Luigi Brugnaro, Mayor of Venice earlier this year. “We didn’t decide on this move to make money.” When the system is launched, tourists will pay 3 euros to enter the city in the pre- and post-season, 8 euros in the season and 10 euros during critical periods of the season, such as summer weekends, when the number of visitors reaches excessive levels. The charge will also apply to islands in the Venetian lagoon such as Murano, which is known for its glass-blowing workshops. “The tax will not apply to locals or people visiting the city for study or work”, Explained Michele Zuin, city official. The tax will apply to tourists coming by bus, cruise ship, water taxi, plane and train. “It will be charged through vending machines that will be installed at strategic points of the city and cards through the online store, City officials said. Source / photo: The Telegraph; Pixabay The tax revenue will be used to cover the high fees residents pay for public services such as cleanliness, which is quite high due to city canals. Also, by 2022, tourists will, in addition to paying taxes, have to make an online reservation to enter Venice.last_img read more