Memory Lane tightens production as sales fall

first_imgBy Sylvia Macdonald and Georgi GytonProduction is to be cut at Finsbury Food Group’s premium cake business Memory Lane Cakes, as sales continue to fall in the recession.The bread, cake and morning goods manufacturer said production at the Cardiff business is likely to be cut from seven to five days a week. A consultation with employees is currently taking place on changes to shift patterns, with 95 jobs out of Memory Lane’s 1,000-or-so staff at risk. This represents 4% of Finsbury’s total workforce of 2,500. Memory Lane is the leading manufacturer of the UK retailers’ premium own-label cake ranges.Martin Lightbody, chairman and major shareholder at Finsbury, told British Baker: “There is a general decline in cake sales, including premium, and we have been at the forefront of premium, especially celebration and upper-tier cakes.”The number of products sold on deals this year increased dramatically, so we have been looking at cost-cutting over innovation. We must show our customers that we can produce excellent products again.”He continued: “Our strategy is going to be to innovate for the future. In the industry I would like to see a general improvement in quality available to consumers, while affordable to our customers. We shall continue to look at opportunities to keep us competitive.”The job losses and changes to shift patterns are only being made at Memory Lane’s Cardiff site, “not company-wide”.A spokeswoman said: “In the current economic climate, the firm believes this is a necessary step to safeguard the long-term employment of as many staff as possible, while ensuring that the company continues to work efficiently in providing high-quality products. Finsbury is committed to full and complete consultation with the affected employees on this matter and will aim to deliver improvements to factory operations, while keeping job losses to a minimum.”In Finsbury’s November trading update it announced that “sales in its larger cake business had declined by 6% in value”, slightly ahead of the overall market decline of 4%.An analyst at stock-broking and advisory house KBC Peel Hunt said that the share price had gone down quite aggressively in the couple of days following the announcement, from around 24-25p to 20p, but had now flattened off.last_img read more

Human Smuggler Gets 30 Years In US Jail After 9 Die

first_imgBy Dialogo December 02, 2011 A Mexican national in charge of a human smuggling ring responsible for the drowning deaths of nine illegal immigrants was sentenced to 30 years in a US prison, prosecutors said. Joel Cardenas-Meneses, 43, was in charge of recruiting illegal immigrants from Central America, arranging their transportation to northern Mexico and then smuggling them across the Rio Grande River to Texas. US officials began investigating the ring after discovering the bodies of seven men and two women who had drowned inside a vehicle that had fallen into an irrigation canal near Hildago, Texas. They determined that the vehicle’s teenaged driver had been driving — as instructed — with the lights off to avoid detection and lost control after making a sharp turn. The victims were illegal immigrants from El Salvador and Honduras. Cardenas-Meneses was arrested in Houston, Texas in February — more than four years after he was indicted on human trafficking charges — and convicted in September.last_img read more

Outstanding Performance of Military Forces League in Paranational Games

first_imgBy Dialogo November 30, 2012 Military Forces representatives at the third edition of the Carlos Lleras Restrepo Paranational Sport Games, which started on November 24, are showing the courage that identifies national Soldiers. So far, six gold, four silver and four bronze medals have been obtained by the athletes during the competition’s first three days, excelling in cycling, swimming, track and field, and shooting. The party reflects the sport’s ideal of inclusion with the arrival of 1,419 athletes representing 19 political administrative regions in Colombia, which are competing in 16 sports until December 2. Around 300 cyclists in the different disciplines for the Paracycling tournament already competed in Cali about two weeks ago, where athletes from Bogotá dominated the competition winning nine gold, four silver, and four bronze medals, to leave the capital as leaders in the medal grid of the III Paranational Games. Major expectations are placed on Corporal Fabio Torres, weight lifting national champion, who is expected to break his own mark again, and Soldier Mauricio Vega, national and international champion in wheelchair tennis, who gave an impressive performance in South Africa 2010. This version of the Paranational Games features 17 sports, 32 competitions, 639 gold medals, 639 silver medals, and 741 bronze medals.last_img read more

New York jury finds man guilty of credit union robbery-murder

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » A federal jury found Richard Leon Wilbern guilty Friday for the 2003 murder of a credit union member during a branch robbery in Rochester, N.Y.DNA evidence taken from the robbery scene at the former Xerox Federal Credit Union branch in Webster, N.Y., apparently convinced a jury of Wilbern’s responsibility for the robbery and fatal shooting of Raymond Batzel, who was a member of Xerox Federal Credit Union, which is now the $886 million Xceed Financial Credit Union based in El Segundo, Calif. Another member, Joseph Doud, was shot and injured but survived.The fatal robbery case that shocked the Rochester community went cold for 13 years, but it was never forgotten.Finally, in September 2016, the FBI and federal prosecutors announced they solved the cold case with DNA samples, which matched Wilbern’s DNA. The samples were collected from an umbrella that the suspect left behind in the branch.last_img read more

Westbury Shooting Leaves Man Dead, Woman Critical

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 74-year-old man was shot dead and a 72-year-old woman was critically wounded by two gunshots in Westbury on Saturday night, Nassau County police said.Third Precinct police officers found the victims upon responding to a call reporting a person shot at a Waterbury Lane home at 9:40 p.m., police said.The female victim was taken to a local hospital for treatment of her injuries and is listed in critical condition. The man was pronounced dead at the scene. Their identities were not immediately released.Homicide Squad detectives are continuing the investigation.last_img read more