Hartlepool-based frozen desserts company Bonne Bouche has pledged to develop a range of retail brands after being restructured by the venture capitalists which back it.Financial director Richard Dean told British Baker the company’s strategy is to “continue as a leading frozen desserts manufacturer in the UK”.It will continue to offer own-brand products at all price points, but also develop bran-ded products in the future, he said, adding that the company wants to ensure a “decent split between all price points”. The firm will also develop its foodservice business.Bonne Bouche has appointed two new directors to drive forward the new strategy – part-time chairman Steve Baker and operations director Jan Konig, both formerly of Norfolk-based ready meals company Oriental Express Frozen Foods.In December British Baker reported that Bonne Bouche’s founder and MD Wayne Hitch-man had left suddenly in a shake-up by Bonne Bouche’s backers (British Baker, December 9, pg 5). Following his departure, the position of MD will not be filled, Mr Dean said. Instead, he and Mr Konig will manage the day-to-day running of Bonne Bouche.The recent strategic review also led to 30 redundancies, Mr Dean told British Baker. These cuts include approximately 18 management positions. The company is left with 240 staff, Mr Dean said.Bonne Bouche was created in July 2004 by a management buy-out of Freshbake’s Hartlepool site, after Freshbake went into receivership. The site was originally a Hibernia Foods plant.
The government of President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador promised a new strategy after taking power in December 2018 but has struggled to tame the cartel violence – even during the coronavirus pandemic.The number of disappeared was revised after an exhaustive search for cases that were recorded with state prosecutors and local authorities, but which never made it into the national databases, authorities said.Most victims were disappeared amid an epidemic of violence after the so-called “war on drugs” began in late 2006, data showed. About 1,523 of the cases relate to a period between 1964 to 2005.Alejandro Encinas, Mexico’s deputy minister for human rights, said Mexico has since 2006 unearthed 3,978 clandestine graves, from which 6,625 bodies have been exhumed. Mexico on Monday raised the number of people listed officially as disappeared in the violence-torn country to 73,201, with most of them believed to be victims of brutal drug cartel warfare.The latest figures, revised from 61,000 in January, paint an ever-grimmer picture of the scale of bloodshed and suffering in Mexico, where a record 34,582 people were murdered last year.Mexico has been racked by violence for years as successive governments battled vicious drug cartels, often by taking out their leaders. That has resulted in a fragmentation of gangs and increasingly vicious internecine fighting. Topics : Almost 30% of the graves have been discovered during the administration of Lopez Obrador, who has promised to focus on the issue.Despite Monday’s jump in the total number of disappeared, Encinas said disappearances had declined sharply in the first six months of the year, falling 36.6% compared to the same period last year.But some of the decline may be due to under-reporting during the pandemic, he added.
The Wisconsin softball team will put its 13-game win streak on the line Wednesday as Nebraska comes for Madison for the first time in program history.Wisconsin (30-15, 12-5 Big Ten) has a chance to jump Nebraska (36-13, 14-4) in the conference standings in a doubleheader, as the Badgers are a game-and-a-half behind the Cornhuskers.History hasn’t treated Wisconsin well in its series with Nebraska as the Badgers have won just two of the 13 all time meetings with Cornhuskers. UW won one of three games with Nebraska last season.Wisconsin is coming off of a three-game sweep of Purdue at home where the Badgers plated 15 runs and allowed just nine.Senior third baseman Michelle Mueller led the offensive charge for the Badgers, batting .714 last week, and picked up four RBIs to bring her season total to 49.Nebraska comes into Wednesday’s doubleheader riding a 10-game winning streak, coming in at second in the Big Ten standings.The Cornhuskers brings an explosive offense to Madison ranking third in the Big Ten in team batting average (.300) and in extra-base hits with 133.Nebraska balances its offense with a pitching staff that boasts a 1.96 ERA, good for third in the conference.Wednesday will be the regular-season home finale for the Badgers and the second-to-last series of the regular season.Wednesday’s game times have been moved to 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. from the previous 3 p.m. start time for the opening game. Both games will be aired live on Big Ten Network.