Summer sees mixed results for bakers

first_imgCraft bakers say they put up their prices due to rising costs for ingredients such as flour and butter, following a mixed summer’s trading.Gary Reeve of Salisbury-based Reeve the Baker said sales were up between 5-8% as the cooler wea-ther meant people went to the high street rather than the beaches. But due to high flour and butter prices, the bakery has added between 5-10p on its products.Canvey Island-based BB Grout’s chain of 11 shops saw sales up by about 10% during the summer. “Our hot food range, especially sausage rolls, has done very well,” said MD Giles Grout. Bad weather encouraged customers to buy cakes, pies and pastries, but sales of sandwiches also declined. BB Grout put up its prices by about 4.5%.Mike Holling, retail operations manager of Birds of Derby said it had managed to keep its price increases under 3%. “We’ve absorbed some of the costs,” said Holling.Sales performance was in line with expectations during the second quarter (weeks 14 to 25) with like-for-like sales rising to 4.4%.Trevor Mooney, joint MD of 22-shop chain Chatwins of Nantwich, said that bakery sales were up on last year. The bad weather meant that sales of cream products and savouries did not dip, usually typical during the summer. “We’ve been selling a lot more sand- wiches,” Mooney added. “We recently bought vans, which are doing a great lunchtime trade.”Dawson’s bakery added 6p to an 800g loaf. MD Robert Dawson said the company’s prices will have to go up again in October in line with an increase in flour prices. He said that the bakery had done well over the summer, with like-for-like sales up 4%.John Foster, MD of Foster’s bakery, in Barnsley, said: “The summer’s rain affected us very badly. The floods have made the wheat quality in our area poor and, as a result, we are now throwing away about 5% of our products.”last_img read more

The Revivalists Honor Chuck Berry, Cover AC/DC With A Bagpiper In Chicago [Photos/Videos]

first_imgPhotographer Keith Griner of Phierce Photo was on site to capture the show. Enjoy his gallery below:Setlist: The Revivalists | Concord Music Hall | Chicago, IL | 3/18/17:Bulletproof, Amber, Keep Going, Fade Away, Hurricane Winslow, Fireflies, Up In The Air, Need You, Stand Up, Johnny B. Goode, Monster, Criminal, It Was A Sin, You & IE: Gold To Glass, Wish I Knew You > It’s A Long Way To The Top w/ bagpiper Load remaining images The Revivalists made their way to the Concord Music Hall this Saturday night. With Chicago being one of the band’s home-away-from-homes, the New Orleans-based septet threw down extra hard for another sold-out crowd. When The Revivalists open with “Bulletproof,” good things happen. It’s refreshing to see a band on the rise that still incorporates plenty of older material in their setlist, as to keep their 2016 Men Amongst Mountains still in the realm of “new.” It’s especially exhilarating to see a band who is able to honor a legend like Chuck Berry on the night of his death, then close the night with an actual bagpipe jam.Songs like “Amber,” “Keep Going,” “Need You,” “Monster,” and “It Was A Sin” were sprinkled throughout a set of classics, like “Fade Away,” Hurricane Winslow,” “Catching Fireflies,” “Up In The Air,” “Stand Up,” and of course, “Criminal.” Their unreleased song” You & I” has been making the rounds, again presenting itself on Saturday night. The evening closed with a heart-pounding “Gold To Glass” into “Wish I Knew You” show-stopper, before the bagpiper joined in for an extended jam of “It’s A Long Way To The Top” by AC/DC.Watch videos of “It’s A Long Way To The Top” and “Johnny B. Goode” courtesy of YouTube users Sojahsey1 and feralsoul7:last_img read more