Aulds receives ’A’ rating

first_imgAfter a fire destroyed its Inchinnan-based premises in Renfrewshire in September last year, Scottish retail and wholesale bakery Aulds faced a major challenge. The original plant had provided frozen desserts to a range of leading foodservice companies, as well as snack products to high-profile supermarket groups, such as Tesco and Sainsbury’s. And with Christmas approaching – traditionally the busiest period for frozen desserts – the company needed to find a way of building up sufficient stocks to meet customer demand. The company, which also has 44 retail shops supplied by a separate bakery in nearby Greenock, rapidly decided to construct a new semi-permanent facility. It awarded the building contract to temporary structure supplier De Boer. Following initial design and preparation work, it took less than five weeks from the first section of flooring to be laid until the facility was completed and all the necessary equipment sourced. The 210 Aulds staff returned to their new factory on November 14 and production started immediately.Within six weeks of the production line rolling again, EFSIS inspectors had carried out an audit of the temporary facility and awarded it an ‘A-Rated’ accreditation certificate – the highest possible. EFSIS auditors complimented Aulds on how much had been achieved since the fire and commended the high standards of the 2,250sq m facility. The plant features full air conditioning, temperature control, risk separation and full development kitchen and high-tech laboratory facilities. Having been without a factory for eight weeks, the run-up to Christmas proved challenging. But thanks to the hard work of staff and the support of suppliers and customers, Aulds was able to satisfy and retain its existing customer base and attain new business. Aulds production director Donald Burt says: “It is a great testament to our staff that not only did we get back into production so quickly but also received this award from EFSIS.”Aulds is now planning to build a new state-of-the-art permanent factory which it says will match the company’s ambitious strategy for growth in both UK and export markets.last_img read more

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Birds Bakery raised more than £50k for charity in 2020

first_imgSource: Birds BakeryThe Unox oven at Birds BakeryIt also features a purpose-built hot serving counter to showcase the bakery’s food-to-go offering.This was aided by Unox, which supplied the ovens to Birds as part of a rolling programme of store refits and new openings. The bakery has partnered with Unox to install two Bakertop Mind.Maps countertop convection ovens in all new and refurbished stores which can be used to bake a variety of products including savouries, sausages, baguettes, pastries and croissants.The ovens feature a self-cleaning mode and data driven cooking technology with remote monitoring via internet connectivity. Source: Birds BakeryA further £1,000 was raised for The Guide Dogs for the Blind during Guides Dog Week, donating 20p from every pack of special dog shortbread biscuits sold to the charity. Birds Bakery has also added sponsored another puppy taking its total to three – Daisy, Barley and Flossie.“We are absolutely delighted to have raised such a significant amount for our chosen charities. We have supported WellChild, SSAFA and The Children’s Trust for a number of years and are charities that are incredibly close to our hearts,” said Mike Holling, sales and marketing director at Birds.“We really hope that these vital funds will make a difference to those in need, particularly after an exceptionally tough and challenging year for everyone. Like many organisations, these charities have been hit hard by the pandemic and it has had a huge impact on their fundraising efforts.”Holling added that the business set a goal at the start of 2019 to raise £50,000 for WellChild and SSAFA. It has now raised just over £50,000 alone for WellChild and £44,000 for SSAFA.For 2021, the bakery will be supporting Treetops Hospice which provides nursing care and emotional support for adults and their families in Derbyshire and Nottingham, as well as children and young people’s mental health charity YoungMinds, and Twycross Zoo, to help support its conservation, education and research.“We are really excited to announce our new chosen charities for this year. 2020 was a very busy year for us with fundraising and we hope we can match it, if not do better in 2021. We dedicate our focus each year to our chosen charities so that we can obtain the maximum contribution for them and really help make a difference to the amazing work they do,” Holling added.New store opening Source: Birds BakeryWest Bridgford store, Melton RoadBirds Bakery grew its estate earlier this month with the opening of its 62nd store in West Bridgford, Nottinghamshire.Located on Melton Road, the two-storey semi-detached Victorian building has been transformed from a former launderette into a café and shop on the ground floor in the bakery’s signature style, including seating for 24 people for when restrictions are lifted.center_img Source: Birds BakeryEast Midlands-based Birds Bakery has revealed it raised £53,000 for a selection of charities in 2020.It focussed fundraising efforts on its two dedicated charities – WellChild, a national charity for sick children, and armed forced charity SSAFA – raising £17,900 and £14,900, respectivelyBirds also racked up £10,000 for The Children’s Trust, a charity for children with brain injury, as part of its own Doughnut Week celebrations when the national event was cancelled due to the pandemic. The team sold more than 45,000 doughnuts and donated 20p from every one sold.last_img read more

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