Most bakers say they have yet to see bills decrease despite the price of gas falling this month.The price of natural gas through September was 26p a therm. But on October 3 this dropped to -5p a therm as traders were caught off guard by the opening of the £5.5bn Langeled pipeline from Norway to Yorkshire, which flooded the market with gas.Scottish Association of Master Bakers’s chief executive, Kirk Hunter, said many bakers are locked into contracts so if the price of gas goes down they will not feel the benefits. He said: “Energy costs are one of the largest costs next to labour that bakers face and the increases over the last year have been nothing short of horrendous. The industry will be looking to gas suppliers to cut prices. We want to see companies moving quicker to reduce costs.”The price of gas for delivery in January has fallen 6%. However, Ofgem has warned that it usually takes around nine months for cuts to be felt by the customer, despite 80% price increases occurring over the last three years.See next issue of British Baker for News Analysis.
Hummingbird Bakery is to open its first site outside the London area. Specialising in “authentic American cupcakes, cakes and desserts”, Hummingbird Bakery opened its first branch in London’s Notting Hill in 2004 and has since launched a further five branches across London in South Kensington, Soho, Spitalfields, Islington and Richmond.It also has a franchise presence in the Middle East, with two branches already operating in Dubai “and further launches planned”.The opening date for the Guildford shop has yet to be confirmed, and “more information will be available soon”, a spokesperson from the company told British Baker.The bakery has said it would be hosting a surprise giveaway to celebrate the launch.
It’s hard to believe that Phish‘s 13-night run at Madison Square Garden is actually coming near an end. The triumphant Baker’s Dozen has been a truly legendary task by the Vermont-bred foursome, and their execution has been mind-blowing to new extents. With each night bringing a new donut flavor, and therefore a theme for each setlist to conform to, the band has reached new heights of creativity, improvisation, and mastery with their no-repeat streak. This all makes Sunday’s show the most sought out of them all, as it will conclude their record-breaking performances on a day of the week notorious for specialty shows. Fans who are shut out of the Garden will inevitably be searching for ways to feast their ears on Sunday night’s show.SiriusXM Jam_On has announced that they will be live streaming Sunday night’s Phish show. Tune in to channel 29 to listen to crisp audio of the full show, starting around 8:00PM EST. Glaze On![cover photo by Dave DeCrescente]
President Trump on Wednesday evening signed an executive order “temporarily suspending immigration into the United States.”Trump said the move, which he announced in a Monday tweet, was necessary to help Americans get back to work after the coronavirus pandemic.“This will ensure that unemployed Americans of all backgrounds will be first in line for jobs as our economy reopens,” he said.The order includes a long list of exemptions, including for people who are currently in the country and those who are seeking entry to the U.S. to work as physicians and nurses, in addition to spouses and minor children of American citizens. The 60-day suspension also does not affect hundreds of thousands of temporary work visas which the country issues every year.The temporary policy will limit the ability of current green card holders to sponsor their extended families, a practice the president has previously called “chain immigration” and tried to restrict.On Monday, Trump tweeted:In light of the attack from the Invisible Enemy, as well as the need to protect the jobs of our GREAT American Citizens, I will be signing an Executive Order to temporarily suspend immigration into the United States!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 21, 2020 In discussing the action, White House spokeswoman Kayleigh McEnany said, “This is common sense the American people can very well understand: When Americans need jobs, Americans must come first.”“The president’s immigration policy just makes sense,” agreed Trump campaign spokesman Tim Murtaugh. With 22 million Americans applying for unemployment in recent weeks, he asked, “Why would you in good conscience introduce brand-new competition for them?” He followed that up with this tweet on Wednesday:I will be signing my Executive Order prohibiting immigration into our Country today. In the meantime, even without this order, our Southern Border, aided substantially by the 170 miles of new Border Wall & 27,000 Mexican soldiers, is very tight – including for human trafficking!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 22, 2020
The change is in order to allow for three matches at Croke Park on Sunday with the two minor hurling semi finals down for decision after the draw yesterday between Kilkenny and Galway. The other minor match also sees Tipperary in action when they take on Dublin. Former All Ireland winner with Tipperary Michael Cleary says that the time between competitive games will not hamper the Premier’s chances for senior semi final. It’s been five weeks since Tipp defeated Waterford in the Munster final and training has been going well for Eamon O’Shea’s charges since then.The Premier County will take on Galway in Croke Park this Sunday….current champions Kilkenny booked their place in the final yesterday with a win over Waterford. Galway have some momentum going into the game after defeating Cork in the All Ireland quarter final.Former Tipperary star forward Michael Cleary believes the five week lay off won’t affect Tipperary’s performanceTipp will take on the tribesmen on Sunday at 4 o’clock in Croke Park….ahead of that match, it’s the turn of the minors who are playing Dublin in the Minor hurling semi final…that throws in at 2 while the replay of the other minor semi final between Galway and Kilkenny gets underway at 12 noon.