first_imgThe price of flour is set to rise by another £25 a tonne before Christmas, as increased costs continue to hit the milling sector.The major millers Rank Hovis and ADM Milling are preparing to announce a second round of price increases, just four months after they last put their prices up.A Rank Hovis spokesman said it was striving to help customers mitigate increased costs. But year-on-year rises in energy and wheat prices meant a further £25 a tonne increase on flour prices was required, on top of the £29 a tonne increase it announced in August.Price increases of £25 a tonne would add about 2-3p to the price of an 800g loaf.The spokesman added: “It looks likely that we will have to build this into our plans in the short-term rather than after Christmas.”ADM Milling said it will announce another price rise soon, after it added £28.75 a tonne on its prices from September. A spokesman said: “Since announcing a price increase in August, UK bread wheat prices have increased by an additional 15%. World wheat stocks are at the lowest level for 25 years, and global demand is increasing. This is regrettably leading towards a further flour price increase in the next few months.”National Association of British and Irish Millers’ director general Alex Waugh commented: “A good part of the recent increases in wheat cost were in late September, some time after millers throughout the EU raised flour prices.”Frank Roberts bakery chairman Graham March said: “We do what we can to offset increases on input prices. But further flour price rises, together with high energy costs, would inevitably mean a price increase to the consumer.”last_img read more


first_imgWith some major shows on the horizon, Modern Measure is gearing up to go big. The livetronica ensemble put together a killer remix of “White Lies,” from the acclaimed Odesza album In Return. Their version breaths fire into the exciting dance track; one listen and you’ll be hooked. Stream it below:Modern Measure is throwing it down at Terminal West in Atlanta, GA tonight, ahead of a major run with Manic Focus this weekend. Be sure to head to MM’s website for all the details.last_img


first_imgWriting became a lifeline for Victoria Lindstrom after an injury ended her career as dental hygienist. “It is one of those proverbial things, when the door closes a window opens,” she said. Now, more than six years later, Lindstrom’s children’s book “The Scandinavian Santa” arrives just in time for the holiday season. “This story was inspired by my great-grandfather from Norway,” she said. The Christmas tale follows Peter Swanson, the nephew of the Nordic Santa, who has his own Christmas Eve delivery to Viking Valley. He’s aided by flying polar bears, named Gunnar and Ludvig, along with a golden eagle name Lars and other forest creatures. The book’s main theme focuses on “the magic of generosity” and a respect for nature. “It’s a subtle, different slant on what Christmas can mean,” said Lindstrom. Lindstrom wanted to combine elements and traditions from all the countries that fall under the Scandinavian region: Norway, Finland, Sweden, Denmark, along with Iceland and Greenland. “I used the word Scandinavia like how ‘The Lord of the Rings’ author would use the Shire,” she said, viewing her world as a more “fairy tale setting.” “Everyone would send me very nice, rave rejection letters,” said Lindstrom. At the time, book publishing was focused on children’s picture books, driven by their images over narratives. “A couple people told me, ‘Stick to your guns that storybooks will come back,’ ” she said. Lindstrom ended up collaborating with a small press in Georgia, Deeds Publishing.“The Scandinavian Santa” is also filled with illustrated paintings by her husband, Michael Lindstrom. “My husband is an impressionist-style painter, which is not common for children’s books, but I thought (his paintings) would lend itself to the story, since it’s styled as an old world tale.” Many of Michael’s oil paintings featuring landscapes or still life can be seen at Art on the Boulevard in downtown Vancouver.last_img read more