Kingsmill sees upturn

first_imgAllied Bakeries’ £14 million Kingsmill relaunch in February has led to “significant” growth in market share, it said this week.Marketing director Jon Wilson told British Baker that increases in distribution, promotional activity and heavyweight advertising had boosted sales. Consumer feedback on the new recipes had been very positive. He said: “We have seen a significant increase in Kingsmill’s market share following the relaunch. This has provided us with a strong platform to launch the next phases of our plans.”Sainsbury’s bought-in bread and rolls buyer Ian Cambridge told British Baker that the “massive relaunch” had been implemented well in Sainsbury’s. He commented: “The data I have seen from Allied points to improvement in market share and a clear steal away from Hovis. My gut feeling is that Allied is doing the right thing for the brand. Time will tell.”Allied gave the update after ABF said this week that performance at its UK bakeries in the run-up to the relaunch, rising energy costs and currency lag, led to a £20m drop in operating profit in its grocery division in the 24 weeks to 3 March.Analyst Richard Workman of Oriel Securities said: “Allied Bakeries’ substantial losses are not insignificant, even in the context of a big group like ABF. The jury is still out on whether Kingsmill can re-establish itself.”Graham Jones of Panmure said: “ABF’s bakeries’ high wheat costs were only recovered with a retail price rise at the end of the half. This was accompanied by disappointing Kingsmill volumes. The relaunch of Kingsmill looks to have gone well in its first month or so. It is still too early to call.”ABF also owns companies Cereform, British Sugar and clothing chain Primark. Operating profit for its grocery portfolio fell from £84 million to £64m, while sales fell from £1.26bn to £1.23bn. Half-year group pre-tax profit rose 5% to £268m on group revenue up 12% at £3.22bn.last_img read more

Fantastic opportunity for first homebuyers in prime location

first_img5 Bishop St, Belgian Gardens“It’s a great buy in a great and very popular location,” he said.“The area also has a low crime rate, or so we’ve been told by a police officer who came through to inspect it. “Notable features of the home also include a spacious grassy wraparound yard with established gardens, a stylish kitchen equipped with stainless steel electric stove, louvre and casement windows that enhance natural light and air flow, off street parking in carport with undercover access to home, large storage shed and more. 5 Bishop St, Belgian GardensIF location, modern-day comforts and the right price are your trifecta in buying a home, this charming cottage is sure to tick all the right boxes.Practically laid out, smartly styled and set in a sought-after location, this single-level home at 5 Bishop Street, Belgian Gardens presents a fantastic opportunity for first homebuyers and downsizes alike. Best of all, it’s convenient placed within walking distance of shops, the primary school and the beach. More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 20205 Bishop St, Belgian GardensIn the same family since 1993, the property has served as both a family home and office space for John McLean Architects.With polished hardwood floors on show throughout living and dining areas, three good sized bedrooms and a spacious bathroom, this property is ready to be loved and cherished by its new owners.Listing agent Brad Matheson said while the home was small and cosy, the property did have potential for extension.last_img read more


first_imgBUSINESS: It has been described by those who have discovered it as Letterkenny’s best kept secret and we can understand why.Snugly situated on the Joe Bonnar Road – opposite LYIT with ample convenient FREE parking this is a place like no other in the County of Donegal! Established three years ago as a Craft Centre for local talent, with a coffee shop as an added advantage, this same “Hidden Gem” has now grown into a 72 seater Eaterie/Coffee shop with a wealth of local paintings, craft and beautiful giftware.So not only does it serve locally sourced healthy produce for breakfast and lunch, there is also a wide variety of wonderful desserts tray bakes and treats to suit all.And another added bonus to their continuing success is the appointment of new French Head Chef Etienne Meyer.Etienne joined the team in March and previous to that was the long serving and highly regarded Head Chef of Kee’s Hotel and Leisure Club in Stranorlar. Speaking of his appointment owner Anne Marie Bonnar told Donegal Daily, “We are thrilled to welcome Etienne to our wonderful team, his reputation in Kee’s Hotel was formidable and he demonstrates unique culinary flair and creativity in service.”Etienne is also enjoying his new post and looks forward to create dishes with a health conscious emphasis incorporating the French flair.As well documented French Cuisine is noted as the world’s best and the skill and passion that our talented Chef has towards his profession speaks on the plates delivered to our customers.Chef Meyer has a very impressive resume from early days learning from the best in his native country.He settled in Ballybofey in 2003 with wife and daughter and held the realms of the entire Kitchen and brigade in Kee’s Hotel where he created the popular Sunday Carvery along with a host of various other menus which contributed greatly to the consistently high reputation of good food it holds.Mindful of customers’ dietary requirements, Chef Meyer is most proficient in meeting whatever the customer requires. He is a firm believer that it is not the “talk” that will promote his food. The answer lays within the taste. The Moonshine team are progressing and learning daily from his expertise.Chef Meyer sums up the ingredients required in his plans for marking Moonshine Coffee Shop and Craft Studio a unique eating experience, he told Donegal Daily, “From my early days in working up the ranks throughout my country it was quality raw ingredients combined with flavour.“I am blessed to be in Donegal where I can obtain the highest quality meats, fish and vegetables to create healthy dishes. It is a matter of embellishing these ingredients without overstatement.“It is all about taste, price and wellbeing, remembering that our customer is number one and ensuring a wonderful meal experience. It’s that simple!” Opened from 9.30am till 5:00pm Monday to Saturday, Moonshine Coffee Shop and Craft studio is the formidable place to visit.Their new breakfast is available from 9.30am till 12 noon. A wide varied menu is available as well as Chef Meyer’s daily specials from 12pm.It is the ideal spot for a meeting spot for friends, business lunches or for a fabulous coffee. Conference facilities are available upstairs where we are currently resigning our new Moonshine art galleryYou will discover the unique concept that is Moonshine Coffee shop and Craft Studio. Letterkenny’s hidden gem.If you want more more information on their daily menu’s and special offers – then check out their brilliant Facebook page which is updated daily! are a series of images which show some of the delicious dishes available in Letterkenny’s ‘Hidden Gem’!Bon appetit!FRENCH FLAIR HAS ARRIVED AT MOONSHINE COFFEE SHOP AND CRAFT STUDIO! was last modified: June 1st, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:BusinesschefCraft ShopFeaturesFlairFrenchheadMoonshine Cafenewslast_img read more