Leicester-based flapjack, muffin and cake producer Blackfriars Bakery has invested £1.2m in moving to a new 36,000 sq ft factory, which will enable it to improve efficiency and develop a raft of new products for major customer Holland & Barrett.The firm has spent the past two years operating from two sites and has gradually moved to a newly refurbished factory in Wigston over the past six months. The new site has a capacity of 250,000 products per week.”The flow of the factory is much more efficient, helping us offset rising raw material and utility costs,” said MD Mike Madylus. “It will also give us the extra room to grow. We are working on a range of six new flapjacks and grab-and-go bars for Holland & Barrett, which will launch next year, and we plan to expand our biscuits and cookies range.”
Bricen James won the season-opening IMCA Modified feature Saturday at Cottage Grove Speedway. (Photo by Tina Gargurevich, Wings Off Photography)By Ben DeatherageCOTTAGE GROVE, Ore. (March 31) – Six months ago, Bricen James’ future in racing was an unknown.Saturday night, he stood in victory lane after winning the season-opening IMCA Modified feature at Cottage Grove Speedway.Craig Hanson was quick out of the gate and stayed in the lead until Collen Winebarger got past on lap four. Winebarger remained out in front for some time before he bicycled in turns one and two, allowing James to pass him via the inside line.James kept hold of first place but had to master restarts due to several cautions. James kept all challengers in check and went on to collect the checkered flag. It was an emotional triumph because six months ago he nearly had a career-ending injury in a Sprint Car last September.John Campos got second, followed by Dustin Cady in third.