Truly (UK) has been appointed UK distributor for Chinese decorations company Quality Sprinkles, through its Twist Ingredients brand.Following a meeting between the two companies at a UK trade fair, the company took its first delivery of stock over Christmas, explained Niki Thompson, director, Truly (UK).It is currently selling 40 different lines, in 2kg bags, but may increase the range further if the initial lines are successful.Quality Sprinkles produces a range of natural, vegetarian, gluten-free and certified halal and kosher sprinkles, hundreds and thousands and sugar crystals.“We have been contacted and asked for gluten-free products a lot, and Halal to some degree,” said Thompson, who said that not many customers even knew such kosher products existed, “so it tends to be a surprise that we actually have them”.“It’s a small part of the business at the moment, but a new area we are expanding into,” she added.Truly (UK) is a family-run business based in Shropshire, predominantly supplying small and medium-sized bakeries, as well as chocolatiers and ice cream and yoghurt makers.The business was launched by Louise Gough and her sister Niki in 2010, with the Twist Ingredients brand launched two years later. It also has a retail brand called Scrumptious, which it sells to delis and home bakers.
Bakery and café chains are continuing to close their stores following the Prime Minister’s instructions for pubs, restaurants and cafés to shut to help delay the spread of Covid-19.While Boris Johnson said businesses could continue to offer a take-out service, Starbucks and West Cornwall Pasty Co swiftly announced the closure of their sites.Since then, further major brands have taken the decision to shutter their stores on a temporary basis.Costa Coffee has this morning (23 March) announced it will be closing all its stores from this evening, but said it would try to keep Costa stores in hospitals open and would continue to provide free takeaway coffee for the next two weeks to NHS workers. It also plans to keep Costa Express machines available.“During these unprecedented times, we are extremely grateful for the service our staff have continued to deliver to our customers,” said Costa chief executive Jill McDonald. “As previously communicated, we will be paying all our store team members, whose store has closed, their full average weekly pay over eight weeks.”McDonald thanked the Costa store teams: “During a lot of uncertainty over the past few weeks, they have continued to provide a warm and welcoming environment, and great service to our loyal customers.”Patisserie Valerie has closed all its stores and online services, announced CEO James Fleming over the weekend.“Regrettably this has had an effect on our amazing team at Patisserie Valerie who, over the years, have shown incredible loyalty and resilience. We are here to support and guide them through what is a really challenging and difficult time.”“This is unprecedented and never have I had to make such difficult decisions,” he added. “I do, however, genuinely believe that, with the support and loyalty of our wonderful teams and guests, Patisserie Valerie will come back stronger than ever.”Subway has today (23 March) authorised all its franchise owners to close it stores in the UK & Ireland from tonight.”We took this decision as we want to continue doing everything in our power to keep people safe,” said Colin Hughes, country director for the UK & Ireland.Pret A Manger announced on Saturday afternoon that it would be closing all its UK shops, but said no jobs would be lost because of the temporary closure.“My priority is always to protect our teams as much as we can,” said CEO Pano Christou. “For this reason, we will be closing all our UK shops temporarily from this evening. We will, of course, ensure any excess food goes to those who need it most.“We look forward to being a part of your daily lives again soon. Until then, stay healthy and look after each other.”
Chairman Jeremy Peace has also said Berahino will stay with the Baggies and Irvine has now reiterated that stance. He said: “You certainly can’t stop people looking, but the chairman has come out and said Saido won’t be sold in January and I would imagine, as the chairman has said that, that he won’t be sold. “There will be a big focus on him and I expect people will have been looking at him and there will be a lot of people continuing to do that until the end of the transfer window. “We can’t stop them looking but that doesn’t mean we have to take any offers that come in and the chairman has made it fairly clear how he feels about that. “He has said Saido is not for sale so I don’t imagine he is going to change that, whatever comes in. “His goals are important. Everybody needs goalscorers.” Berahino is ready to return for Saturday’s West Midlands derby with Aston Villa after being starting on the bench in last weekend’s 0-0 draw at Hull, which left Albion a point above the Barclays Premier League drop zone. Irvine added: “He was obviously disappointed not to be in the team and I would be upset if he wasn’t disappointed but he has responded in the right way for any professional but he has come in and trained well this week and that’s the best way to deal with this.” Irvine is without Chris Brunt for the weekend after he failed to recover from his hamstring injury. The Hawthorns boss insists their eight-goal striker is going nowhere next month as the Baggies fight relegation. Berahino has failed to scored in his last seven games but was linked with a move to Inter Milan in the Italian media this week. Press Association Head coach Alan Irvine has vowed West Brom will not sell Saido Berahino in the transfer window.