Source: Getty ImagesGet virtual Valentine’s Day is still a big deal for bakers, but the way they shift their wares may change.“Most of our sales this year will be online so there will be a big uplift through this channel,” notes Ginger Bakers’ Smith.Fulop Gabor, owner of London-based Jack & Beyond, believes that bakers can seize opportunities by offering UK wide shipping or local, contact-free delivery services.“Bakers should focus on working on their online presence by setting up a user-friendly website and online shop and start marketing their products to target audiences via social media such as Instagram and Facebook,” he adds.Gabor says that Valentine’s sales should not be too affected by lockdown, as the romantic day can easily be celebrated indoors. However, job losses and redundancies could include how much people spend on gifts this year. Source: Dawn FoodsDoughnutsForget chocolates, this Valentine’s Day consumers are opting to share the love with doughnuts.“Doughnuts are making a strong appearance again, along with plenty of vegan options,” adds Dawn Foods’ Passmore.Dawn is tapping into this trend with a new lovestruck recipe. Recipe developer and influencer Emma Hanton has whipped up Valentine’s vegan raspberry doughnuts for bakers to use. Made from Dawn’s new vegan doughnut mix and vegan fruit filling and glaze, the raspberry flavour amps up the nostalgia factor, it adds.Elsewhere, Krispy Kreme has teamed up with sweet brand Love Hearts on its range of heart-shaped doughnuts while Doughnut Time has created heart-shaped delights suitable for home delivery. Its range includes jam- and chocolate-filled treats as well as DIY options. Source: Bloom BakersLetterbox giftingLockdown restrictions mean that many couples will be spending Valentine’s Day apart. As such, letterbox gifting has become more popular than ever, with consumers posting iced biscuits, macarons or brownies to loved ones.“Gifting, sending loved one’s special treats and showing appreciation has definitely increased, this has become so much easier to do with many businesses making online purchasing simple, slicker and accessible,” says Lisa Smith from Ginger Bakers.Leeds-based Bloom Bakers, for example, has launched a new range of Valentine’s letterbox biscuits. For the first time this year, the brand has launched a dedicated Valentine’s shop with its most popular messages. Consumers can choose from Missing You Biscuits at £22.50 or an Individual Valentine’s Biscuit for £6 emblazoned with ‘You = Happy’.“Valentine’s Day is the perfect occasion for sending cakes in the post and we are seeing many bakeries, cafes and restaurants making the most of this business opportunity, using social media platforms to communicate their offering,” says Jacqui Passmore, marketing manager UK and Ireland at Dawn Foods.“We are going to see thousands of brownies delivered by post too. There has been massive growth in on-line brownie delivery businesses as brownies are easy to make, for example, using Dawn’s Brownie Mix and make a great gifting item.” Source: Dawn FoodsValentine’s Day will likely be a bit different this year, but that doesn’t mean consumers don’t want to spread the love with flowers, chocolates and, er, doughnuts.To celebrate a Valentine’s like no other, bakers have adapted their offerings to fit a romantic occasion amidst a pandemic. There’s letterbox gifting, doughnuts and bite-size treats, which have all boomed in popularity.Lovingly Artisan, Paul Bakery and Pleesecakes, meanwhile, have already tapped into these trends with a host of new products. Here are some bakery trends sure to get hearts racing on 14 February: Source: Tiree Dawson PhotographyLocal pride Over the past twelve months, there has been a great appreciation for all things local and Ginger Bakers believes this will carry over to 14 February.“For Valentine’s Day this year we have collaborated with one of our neighbours in Cumbria. Shed 1 is a gin distillery and has a great seasonal gin, with buoyant alcohol sales during lockdown this seemed a perfect partnership,” says owner Lisa Smith.Called Shed Loads of Love, the cake is inspired by the classic Persian Love Cake and comprises dried edible rose petals and chopped pistachios. Source: Jack & BeyondBite-size Lockdown has increased the demand for smaller cakes and desserts that serve two people.As Valentine’s dinners at home become the norm, a host of high street retailers including M&S, Aldi and Morrisons have unveiled ‘Dine in for Two’ offers.Bakers everywhere, meanwhile, are rolling out miniature bakes, from cheesecakes to pavlovas.Cheesecake specialist Pleesecakes, for example, has created individual portions of heart-shaped cheesecakes including caramel & butterscotch, vanilla with a coconut twist and Nutella variants.Jack & Beyond, on the other hand, has a range of Valentine’s Day Cupcakes with an rsp of £3.60. These vanilla cupcakes are finished with buttercream icing and a topping of meringues.
Seymour, In. — Do you enjoy talking transportation?Do you keep a sharp eye on transportation-related trends and innovations? Do you have thoughts and ideas you’d like to share with Indiana’s transportation agency about the future of transportation in our state? If so, the Indiana Department of Transportation would like to invite you to an informative open house session, where transportation-related topics will be informally discussed through old fashioned, one-on-one conversations.INDOT seeks to have a conversation with Indiana communities regarding the current status and future development of transportation in Indiana, and our programs and initiatives. As a conversation starter, we invite the public to meet for “Transportation Talk”, an informal open house. INDOT team members will be available to talk about their respective programs while addressing questions from the public and soliciting input. INDOT will host six “Transportation Talk” events in June at locations throughout west-central, southeastern and east central Indiana. JOIN THE CONVERSATION “Transportation Talk” Open HouseCome to Columbus East High School located at 230 South Marr Road on Wednesday evening, June 20, Session takes place between 5 and 7 p.m.
Curt Schilling, a great pitcher and patriot, is considering a run for Congress in Arizona. Terrific! @foxandfriends— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 13, 2019″I haven’t said anything publicly, but I’m considering going back to Arizona and running for a congressional seat, one of the blue ones,” Schilling said Sunday on Armed American Radio. “It’s something that my wife and I have talked about, and she’s now becoming more and more pumped at the potential. Obviously, we’re still quite a few discussions away, but yeah, it’s something we’re absolutely considering.”Schilling, who pitched in the 2001 World Series for the Diamondbacks and helped the 2004 Red Sox win their first series in 86 years, has made more waves since he’s stepped away from baseball.He was fired from ESPN in 2016 after he shared a Facebook post that was deemed offensive over North Carolina’s bathroom law. He’s continued to be a polarizing figure in sports with his conservative stances and support of Trump, as well. Schilling, 52, didn’t say which district he was willing to run in but wants to go up against one of Arizona’s five Democrats.”Not ready to do any of that right now. If/When things solidify I will but right now it’s something in the ‘I’m considering it’ stage,” Schilling told The Arizona Republic in an email. Related News Phillies’ Jake Arrieta unsure if he can keep pitching through pain Alex Rodriguez loses $500K in items stolen from SUV in San Francisco, report says MLB wrap: Indians inch ahead in AL Central race with win over Red Sox Congressman Curt Schilling? It’s a possibility.The former Diamondbacks pitcher and staunch conservative said he is “absolutely considering” running for Congress in Arizona, The Arizona Republic reported. Schilling added: “The state is not the state I grew up in. Making Arizona citizens of EVERY Race, religion and sexual orientation 2nd class citizens to illegal immigrants is about as anti-American as it gets. When you have homeless veterans, children, and you’re spending tax dollars on people smuggling drugs and children across our border someone in charge needs their a— kicked.”Schilling’s potential candidacy has been endorsed by President Donald Trump, whom Schilling has supported throughout his presidency.