Exhibitors including GB Plange, Bakels, Baker Perkins and Cereform unveiled details of recent corporate developments at Europe’s biggest bakery fair, IBA, last week.A total of 23 bakery companies from the UK travelled to Germany for the show, joining the 965 exhibitors from around the world.The exhibition gave international ingredients supplier Bakels the opportunity to unveil two new joint venture companies, Bakbel Asia (formerly DLA Inc) and Bakbel Europe, which will be operational from next March and based in Belgium. These companies will specialise in products including fillings, jams and glazes, extending Bakels reach into new markets, Bakels UK MD Paul Morrow said.Ingredients company GB Plange was also at the show, alongside yeast operation GB Ingredients, which it split from following its purchase by German conglomerate Werhahn earlier this year (British Baker, July 14, pg 5).General manager Marie Parnell told British Baker: “We want to be seen as the innovators, bringing novel products into the UK. We are under the ownership of a family company and that gives us the opportunity to invest in long term relationships and growth.”Equipment supplier Baker Perkins attended the show, following its acquisition by private investors earlier this year (British Baker, April 28, pg 5). The company is now much more reactive and focused on research and development, bakery sales manager Geoff Harley reported.The restructured AB Mauri, a division of Associated British Foods which includes Cereform, used the show to highlight its international reach to visitors.The trend towards health and speciality in bakery products was a theme for exhibitors from across the world, with numerous new speciality and convenience products launched at the show.See next week’s British Baker for a report on the show.
Bob Weir kicked off his Campfire Tour last night in San Rafael, California. The show, which took place at Marin Veterans Memorial Auditorium, featured a hodgepodge of fan-favorite Dead songs, as well as several tracks from his recently-released album Blue Mountain. The show kicked off with the Grateful Dead guitarist delivering a solo acoustic rendition of the album’s title track, before the band, which features Steve Kimock, brothers and members of The National Bryan and Scott Devendorf, Jon Shaw, and the album’s producer Josh Kaufman, took the stage for the remainder of the show.Set one focused on mostly material from the new album, with “Only a River”, “Lay My Lily down”, “Whatever Happened to Rose”, and more leading the charge, before the band busted out the Dead’s “He’s Gone”. “He’s Gone” was followed by the appropriately titled “Gonesville”, making for a great pairing of tunes while bringing the set to a close.Set two featured a much heavier variety of Grateful Dead material, opening with a rocking “Althea”, before the band launched into a great version of “Me and My Uncle”. What followed was a show-closing sequence that started with “Playing in the Band”, transitioned into “The Other One”, followed by “Looks Like Rain”, and finally a reprise of “Playing In The Band” that brought the house down.The encore featured another Blue Mountain track with “Ki-Yi Bossie”, before the band brought things to a close with great versions of Merle Haggard‘s “Mama Tried” and the emotional “Ripple”.Weir returns to the stage tonight in Oakland, CA at the Fox Theatre. Check out a few fan-shot videos from the great first night of Bob Weir’s Blue Mountain tour below. See below for a full setlist as well!Watch Bob Weir perform a solo acoustic rendition of “Blue Mountain”.Watch Bob Weir perform a solo acoustic rendition of “The Other One”.Watch Bob Weir perform a solo acoustic rendition of “Ripple”.Bob Weir | Marin Veterans Memorial Auditorium | San Rafael, California | 10/7/206Set 1: Blue Mountain, Only a River, Lay Me Lily Down, Whatever Happened to Rose, Ghost Towns, Gallop on the Run, He’s Gone, Gonesville.Set 2: Althea, Me and My Uncle, Playing in the Band, The Other One, Look Like Rain, Playing in the Band repriseEncore: Ki-Yi Bossie, Mama Tried, RippleBob Weir Blue Mountain Campfire TourSan Rafael, CAMarin County Civic CenterOctober 7, 2016Oakland, CAFox Theatre OaklandOctober 8, 2016Los Angeles, CAThe WilternOctober 10, 2016Upper Darby, PAThe Tower TheatreOctober 12, 2016Brooklyn, NYThe Kings TheatreOctober 14-15, 2016Port Chester, NYThe Capitol TheatreOctober 16, 2016Nashville, TNRyman AuditoriumOctober 19, 2016