Délifrance UK has reappointed Ian Dobbie as MD, as it moved to complete the purchase of the speciality bakery companies Le Pain Croustillant and Sofrapain from Premier Foods.Dobbie, who resigned as MD of Délifrance UK in October 2008 to head up ingredients company British Bakels, has returned to oversee the integration of Le Pain Croustillant, once it has been purchased from Premier Foods. The deal to buy the two companies is expected to be completed within the next two months.Premier confirmed in its recent trading update that it had received an offer of around £8m for the companies from Délifrance’s French parent company Nutrixo. Le Pain Croustillant employs around 600 people and supplies retailers and foodservice custo-mers with speciality bread from a bakery in Southall, London, while Sofrapain’s 400 employees produce frozen speciality bread and Viennoiserie for retailers in France and the UK at three bake-ries in France. Délifrance UK, with 140 staff, has two bakeries in Leicestershire, supplying foodservice and retailers with a full range of bread and Viennoiserie.”This is a fantastic and exciting opportunity,” Ian Dobbie told British Baker. “There is a good product and trade fit between Délifrance and the two firms – they complement each other well.”British Bakels said it was “sorry to lose Ian, but recognises the opportunity presented by the new company and fully understands his decision to take it”. He has been replaced by Ade Abass, who takes the position of general manager. Previously financial controller, Abass joined British Bakels in 2002, leading the recent £7m factory extension and implementing an IT system to integrate all areas of the business.In related news, Premier Foods has announced it has received a firm offer of E50m (£45.1m) from private equity group Cerea Capital for its Martine Spécialités business, the remaining part of its specia-lity baking group in France.
The grand final for Ireland’s Talent Search is set to take place tomorrow evening at the lavish Hilton Hotel in Dublin.The winner of the prestigious competition will walk away with €2,000 and an appearance on national television.Donegal will be very well represented in the final with magician Dylan Murray, and vocalists Lauren Friel-Gormley and Frankie taking part. Magician Dylan Murray astounding judges with his highly skilled sleight of hand tricks and illusions. Dylan, the reigning winner of Derry’s Got Talent, said “I have a few new tricks put together, I think I’m going to do two card tricks, along with psychological magic.”As part of his semi-final performance, Dylan performed a trick involving psychological magic and has a huge prediction up his sleeve to reveal in the final.“The judges loved my audition, they were amazed. It’s a celebrity panel of judges for the final! I have something big planned for it. Roll on the final! I’m really excited for it!” 11 year old Lauren Friel Gormley, who is a pupil at St. Mary’s National School in Ramelton, made it through to the final after wowwing judges with her unbelievable vocal skills.Lauren Friel Gormley Letterkenny lady Frankie is also through to the final of Ireland’s Talent Search, as well as Teenstars Ireland’s prestigious singing competition! She is planning on singing Fight Song by Rachel Platten and Dog Days are Over by Florence and The Machine.A busy girl, Frankie is also currently working very hard to perfect her Irish dancing for the Ulster Championship this weekend, and then must set her sights on focusing on her Jiu Jitsu grades next month.Frankie Good luck to all involved tomorrow!Meet the Donegal finalists in Ireland’s Talent Search was last modified: November 19th, 2016 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)