It was a bumper Christmas for two Midlands-based bakeries, which enjoyed record sales.Mike Holling, retail operations manager, Birds of Derby, told British Baker last week that there was a queue of 45 customers waiting outside the bakery shop at 5.30am on Christmas Eve, with a peak of 60 people by 7am. “It was an indication of their concern to make their purchases at the last minute in order to get fresh produce,” he said.Sales highlights included more than 30,000 Birds pork pies, which were snapped up in the last three days before Christmas, and 37,600 mince pies sold on Christmas Eve itself. Impulse novelty items, such as gingerbread Santa and snowmen, together with Santa lollies, also proved a roaring success.Christmas proved “outstan-ding” at the Buxton Spa bakery in Derbyshire, which supplies Co-op’s Fairtrade mince pies, with both volume and value up 100%, said marketing manager Helen Riley. “In 2006, our mince pie business was 98,000 cases, while in 2007 we moved 183,000 cases through the doors,” she said.The firm also registered its first-ever turnover of £1 million in a month in November, and plans to boost production facilities and increase capacity.
Manaaz Akhtar has been appointed regional marketing director for Subway in Europe. Previously head of marketing for the UK and Ireland market since March 2011, the new role, which comes into effect this month, will see Akhtar lead the brand across Europe.She will work closely with, and supervise, the marketing leaders in Europe to ensure the marketing calendars are on strategy and consistent with the global brand positioning. Akhtar will also ensure that marketing decisions are based on consumer insights, that the media plans maximise budget, reach and frequency while sharing regional and global best practices.As head of marketing for the UK and Ireland, Akhtar oversaw the national marketing strategy for over 1,650 Subway stores.She played a key role in developing the Subway lunch promotion sucessfully transforming the brand’s role in the lunchtime market and, most recently, launching the new national #notwithit breakfast campaign.Prior to joining the Subway brand in 2011, Akhtar previously held positions at Burger King and Pizza Hut UK.She will continue to manage marketing for the Subway brand in the UK and Ireland until her replacement is hired and trained.
In light of yesterday’s status red snow-ice warning from Met Eireann, events were postponed and businesses shut their doors.A status orange warning is currently in place for Donegal, with many closures reported throughout the county for today, Friday, 2nd March.See the notices below, and if you have an update to share, please email [email protected] Post OfficesAll Post Offices closed yesterday at 1pm and will remain closed throughout the country today, Friday, until further notice.An Post reminds all customers due to collect social welfare payments at Post Offices that their payments will be available for collection when this period of bad weather passes.“Advice regarding Post Office services will be updated in due course with due regard for staff safety and the advice provided by the National Emergency Coordination Group,” a spokesperson says. AldiAll Aldi stores will be closed until 5pm today. TescoAll Tesco stores will remain closed today. A spokesperson for Tesco Ireland says: “We have taken this decision in the interest of the safety of our colleagues, customers and suppliers. Stores will re-open tomorrow Saturday, 3rd March.” PenneysA spokesperson for Penneys says: “All of our stores in the Republic of Ireland will be closed today. We plan to reopen all stores tomorrow [Saturday], subject to local conditions.” Marks and SpencerThe Letterkenny Marks and Spencer will open at 12pm today. All of their other stores in the Republic of Ireland will open tomorrow, weather permitting. Dunnes StoresAll Dunnes Stores in Ireland will remain closed today. Although they originally hoped to reopen their Northern Ireland stores at 1pm today, they have decided to remain shut until tomorrow due to the inclement weather conditions. They plan for all stores to reopen at their normal opening times tomorrow, Saturday. Travel Update: Find out which Donegal bus services are running todayStorm Emma: Community Notices and Closures for Friday 2nd March was last modified: March 2nd, 2018 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:closedClosuresCommunity NoticesIrelandshopsstorm emma