Reids of Caithness has made a £1m investment in a new production site, with plans to more than double staff numbers.The third-generation business, located in the Scottish Highlands, is set to move part of its ever-expanding production into a unit at Ormlie Industrial Estate in Thurso at the end of September.The company currently hires 40 members of staff at its Riverside Place headquarters, and it is set to employ a further 80 personnel at the new location. It will also be investing in new equipment to ensure the factory runs efficiently.Gary Reid, co-owner of Reids of Caithness, told British Baker: “In order for the snail to grow bigger, it has to shed its shell. We needed to look at an alternative location and found this site last year. We were so impressed with the premises, we could already see it being a bakery.“It has the capacity for 120 people and it already has good segregation for aspects such as a raw meat line facility. With new equipment and lines coming into the business, we’re looking to produce more efficiently and maximise on the space that we have got.”In addition, Reids of Caithness has started the production of its first line of freshly made pizza products at its existing premises. Using a stone-decked oven as part of a unit on the side of the existing bakery, the firm has created an Italian-inspired range freshly made and baked. It will be initially sold in Reids of Caithness’ retail units.The business is continuing to reach overseas markets, most recently designing a new tin biscuit product for China, in shortbread and sweet biscuit varieties. It is due to be launched in August this year. “Exports have taken off for us and we are doing well in China,” said Reid. “We’ve had lots of interest for many places, as we are close to doing a deal with Portugal, and the Japanese market is looking promising.”
Like-for-like revenues at fresh prepared foods company Bakkavör increased by 6% in the first quarter, thanks to favourable weather and successful new products.The company, which supplies supermarkets with own-label products, including pizzas, desserts and garlic bread, saw sales reach £414.3m for the 13 weeks ended 29 March 2014, compared to £389.7m during the same period in 2013.Bakkavör has now sold its South African business and 40% of its Italian operation as part of a “strategic reshaping, which will focus on the core growth markets of the UK, the USA and Asia”.Commenting on the results, Agust Gudmundsson, chief executive, said: “It has been another quarter of good growth for the group, as we partner closely with key customers and deliver new products. We expect the trading environment to continue to be challenging, with the UK grocery market remaining highly competitive. However, we are confident in our strategy and are focused on the long-term objectives for the group.”
BOSTON (AP) — Travelers at airports are describing widespread disruptions during this week’s snowstorm in the northeastern U.S. Keno Walter-White said Tuesday that he got stranded at Newark Liberty International Airport after his flight was canceled and bus and tram services were suspended. The Las Vegas man says he has been snowed in at the New Jersey airport for three days. Coronavirus vaccination sites across the Northeastern U.S. are getting back up and running in the region as the snowstorm fades. It dropped as much as 30 inches in northern New Jersey. Bands of snow continue through parts of the region, but the worst is over.
If you want to know the extent to which self-interest burns through competitive sport, overwhelming such elements as fairness, spectacle or public interest, consider the recent public declarations of the top team executive at Watford as England’s Premier League endeavors to complete its suspended 2019-20 season.Scott Duxbury, Watford FC chairman and chief executive, wrote an opinion piece in The Times of London whose headline lamented the “devastating effects” of a plan to play the season’s final nine games on neutral fields rather than at each team’s home grounds. He insisted Watford would lose the inherent advantage of playing in comfortable surroundings at Vicarage Road for five of its remaining games. It is unfortunate, especially in a tightly contested relegation battle that shows Watford ahead of Bournemouth only on goal differential, the season halted with Duxbury’s team having played one more on the road than at home.It’s more unfortunate for Aston Villa, though, that its team played one fewer game than the others in this battle. If Villa had played once more and won, it would stand ahead of both Watford and Bournemouth.There is a perfectly wonderful English word not commonly used on this side of the Atlantic: whinging. It is so unfamiliar here that my own Microsoft Word spell-check is flagging it. But it’s a word, honest. It means, according to Google’s dictionary, “to complain persistently and in a peevish or irritating way.” Scott Duxbury knows the word. For the moment, it defines his Watford FC. MORE: Premier League cleared to resume June 1He even, in the piece, discussed how Watford’s stunning 3-0 victory over runaway Premier League leader Liverpool was influenced by his squad playing that game at home.There were 21,634 in attendance for the Liverpool game.There will be zero when Watford plays again.Actually, that should say “if” Watford plays again.It is quite apparent that Duxbury would prefer there be no Premier League games contested at any venue to conclude the 2019-20 season, and don’t think that’s because of safety fears over the coronavirus pandemic. No, it’s the fear of relegation driving his concern.Watford stands in 17th place in the Premier League, one spot above the three positions designated for relegation to the second division. If he had any faith in his team, in the essence of sport, he would want the Hornets to earn their place in the 2020-21 Premier League on the field, wherever that field might be located.“How can the long-term future of clubs be determined under these fundamentally changed conditions?” Duxbury wrote. “How is there any semblance of fairness? To wave aside all the fears and concerns is too simplistic. Surely all 20 clubs must agree the fairest way forward to complete the season?”This is a disingenuous contention, because Duxbury knows well that any opportunity to complete the Premier League season will be under fundamentally changed conditions.What the 20 clubs must agree on first is — presuming it is prudent to proceed — the safest way forward to complete the season. As it is certain that the most important element of safety is to contest these games with no fans assembled in the stands, the only consequential aspect of home-field advantage will be muted for everyone. If the league’s stewards determine it is easier to control the safety of one neutral site than 20 home stadiums, that should be the primary concern.What is the advantage of playing at home absent the influence of a raucous crowd? The players know where the showers are? This argument should be beneath the dignity of someone holding such a prestigious position, especially in an endeavor where competition is the essence of the business.MORE: Having no fans is better than having no gamesWhat’s happening with the Premier League possibly could have some impact on U.S. sports trying to restart or launch their current seasons: the NBA, NHL, Major League Baseball, MLS or the NWSL. The Premier League needs 14 votes out of 20 on any proposal to make changes this profound; if Watford wins its petty argument, who is to say North American teams might not push for their own selfish concerns?