Making the most of muffins

first_imgBB’s Coffee and Muffins is a place where teenage girls congregate, sipping cappuccinos eating cookies and catching up on the latest celebrity gossip. Meanwhile the odd ’suit’ pops in for a quick fumble through the newspaper, a fresh baguette and double espresso. It also offers a safe haven for the hard-core shopper – or the more mature lady – to catch their breath and get a sugar hit before re-entering the scrums of people searching for those all-important bargains in the sales.BB’s Coffee and Muffins is the fifth-largest coffee chain in the UK and the leading shopping centre café operator in the UK and Eire. Its 155 stores provide fresh snacks and a selection of hot drinks, soft drinks, ice cream and smoothies. Muffins, the chain’s largest-selling bakery product, are mixed and baked in-store each day and the sandwiches are freshly prepared. The muffin mixes come from Dawn Foods and the added ingredients, such as fruit pieces and chocolate chips, come from wholesaler BFP.”Our main competitive advantage,” says Michele Young, general manager UK, “is that we bake muffins fresh every day. Over half of the people that come in buy muffins and 75% of these are female. People walking past the store catch the aroma, which entices them in. It’s all part of the theatre and, of course, fresh muffins taste much better.”We are trying to educate our customers, by teaching them what a freshly baked muffin should taste like, with a crispy, plump top, yet moist and soft on the inside.”Muffin flavours include banana and pecan, blackberry and apple crumble, cappuccino, cherry and coconut, country style, coffee and walnut, cranberry and apple crumble, double chocolate, jam roly poly, maple & pecan, mixed berry, orange chocolate chip, St Clements, strawberries & cream, toffee apple and more. “It’s funny,” says Young. “Different regions enjoy different flavours. In the north-east, consumers like coconut and cherry, while in the south they go for the low-fat muffin. In the Midlands they prefer the sticky toffee pudding and in Scotland they like the sultana and raisin.”BB’s believe that the way people tuck into a muffin says a lot about their personality. “We conducted an on-line survey and the most popular method is to ’start at the top’,” says Young. “A third eat their muffin this way. We call these ’Muffin Magnets’. One out of five are ’Muffin Logicians’, they pull the top and bottom of the muffin apart and then take bites from both. Next are the ’Muffin Maniacs’ – 18% of our respondents simply dive in and pull the muffins to pieces, while others take theirs home and eat it warm or with custard. Fourteen per cent are ’Nibblers’ and the remainder eat from the bottom up – ’The Bottoms Up Brigade’.”The survey taught us a lot about how to serve muffins. For example, in some stores, we can give people the choice whether to have their muffin heated up or with custard. We also give people the chance to take away a box of muffins – these account for 20% of sales – which are perfect for Friday afternoon in the office.”—-=== Did you know? ===? Muffins sales were up by 5% last year in retail and 19% in foodservice? BB’s Coffee & Muffins serves approximately 30,000 customers each day in 155 stores, selling 28 different flavours of muffin, with an additional ’muffin of the month’? January’s ’muffin of the month’ was the low-fat muffin, less than 3% fat and 300mg per 100g of sodium? BB’s has 155 stores and plans to open another 20 before the end of 2007? BB’s puts over 24,000kg of chocolate chips and 24,000 apple pieces into its muffins each year, which is the equivalent to the weight of eight African elephants? The biggest BB’s muffin eaters are the customers of cafés in Bluewater, Cheshire Oaks and Uxbridge? Chocolate chip is the best-selling BB’smuffin, closely followed by Raspberry and Apple andSticky Toffee? If BB’s stretched out all the 1.5 million baguettes it sells each year, it would reach from London to Liverpool? Each year, customers drink the equivalent of one-and-a-half Olympic-sized swimming pools full of coffee and buy 187,000 litres of ice cream a year? The first BB’s café was opened in Maidenhead in 1997, so this year BB’s will celebrate its 10th anniversary in the summer? BB’s brought out a rich strawberry-flavoured pink muffin for a breast cancer charity and, so far, has managed to raise £15,000? BB’s recently held a BBC radio competition. The listener had to come up with their own flavour and Choco Berry Chuckle wonlast_img read more

Greene holds annual community garage sale

first_imgMore than 80 homes signed up to participate. Organizers said the event was created as a way to attract more people to come visit the town and spend money at local restaurants and businesses. Organizer Wally VanVoorhis said the event was even more needed this year due to the impact of COVID-19. “I love seeing everybody and meeting new people, seeing from the outside coming in because we have a beautiful village it’s absolutely beautiful here,” said Emily Secelan who lives in the village. “I think it’s great to bring in people from other areas to enjoy what we get to enjoy every day.” The event was also an opportunity to raise money to maintain the village dog park, a community effort that Secelan helps lead. “With events being cancelled all year long, everything that we expected to have happen so we could go and hang out with our family and friends, this is a really good event to have right now, people really need to get out,” he said.center_img GREENE (WBNG) — The town of Greene held their second annual community yard sale on Saturday. The event also gave residents the opportunity to clean out their closets and make a few bucks in the process. For more information on that cause and how you can help out, click here.last_img read more

Sunman woman pleads guilty to dealing meth

first_imgVersailles, IN—An accused meth dealer chose to admit in the middle of her jury trial on Wednesday, December 18th. Defendant, Tosha Richardson, 39, of Sunman, pleaded guilty to Dealing in Methamphetamine, a Level 4 Felony. She was immediately remanded to the Ripley County Jail to await sentencing. She faces up to 12 years in prison.Richardson’s charges stemmed from an Indiana State Police investigation in October 2018. During that investigation, ISP troopers located over 4 grams of methamphetamine, a glass-smoking pipe, multiple plastic baggies, and a digital scale.The lead investigator testified that the seized evidence demonstrated an intent to distribute methamphetamine. Richardson admitted that she had purchased the meth from Cincinnati and gave it to at least 3 friends other than herself. Richardson also admitted to troopers during the investigation that she used the digital scale to weigh methamphetamine.The trooper also testified that methamphetamine is commonly dealt with in a manner similar to the evidence discovered. Firearms were discovered at the residence, but May testified that Richardson’s boyfriend claimed ownership of those. Police discovered in Richardson’s purse a small number of prescription pills and a small amount of marijuana. As evidence was unclear that Richardson ever possessed a firearm along with methamphetamine, prosecutors agreed to drop Richardson’s charge regarding firearm possession. Richardson’s boyfriend also claimed ownership of a jar of marijuana, consistent with personal use.Richardson pleaded guilty at her trial after hearing the evidence from just one of the State’s three witnesses. Prosecutors were going to call 2 more witnesses including a lab analyst and another officer to testify, but Richardson’s admission made that unnecessary.last_img read more

Trophy Stall supports U-19 cricket in Essequibo

first_imgBUSINESS entity Trophy Stall has thrown its support towards the development of Under-19 cricket in Essequibo.The support will go towards the staging of a three-match Under-18 50-over tournament to be played between the New Opportunity Sports Club Select XI and Wakenaam.The three-match series, which is set to commence tomorrow at the Wakenaam Community Centre ground in Good Success, is an initiative between senior coaches Forbes Daniels and Nandkishore Andrews.Proprietor of the business entity, Ramesh Sunich, has donated the first- and second-place trophies.Sunich, in an invited comment, said he is happy to contribute to the development of the game in the area, and lauded the coaches for the venture.Zaheer Mohamed, who received the prizes on behalf of the coaches, expressed gratitude to Sunich for his support.The Wakenaam side includes: Marlon Dindyal, Bhumeshwar Ramkissoon, Romario Stephen, Dicquan Clarke, Beesham Moses, Reon Venture, David Chalitar, Mahase Ramnarine, Devendra Seetaram, Quacy Whyte, Derwin Bacon, Sachin Dindyal and Matthew Chung.The New Opportunity Sports Club Select XI will have players such as Orlando Jailall, Shane Wong, Davendra Mohan, Sherlon Anthony and Saeed Hack.last_img read more