Tesco’s high-profile bakery director Tony Reed has been promoted to operations director for 240 northern superstores, with a successor yet to be named.Mr Reed, who has been bakery director since August 2001, starts his new job on March 13. He will cover stores between 20,000sq ft and 60,000 sq ft in size from Suffolk to Scotland and Northern Ireland. He will also manage a Scottish office. Mr Reed will be best remembered for pushing through implementation of standard-sized bread baskets during his four-and-a-half year tenure. He told British Baker his other achievements include building strong relationships with suppliers – such as Inter Link, Northern Foods, Maple Leaf, Fine Lady and Greek bakery Arnouti. And he is still “trying very hard with Harvestime”.He said he is also proud of a link between Tesco and American doughnut giant Krispy Kreme, which now supplies 30 stores.As he prepared to depart Mr Reed praised plant bakery innovations such as Hovis Invisible Crust. But he urged members of the Federation of Bakers (FoB) to “work together more”. The FoB must come up with a “five-a-day” style campaign to promote bread, achieving the reverse of what Jamie Oliver did for Turkey Twizzlers, he said. A working group looking at collaborative deliveries would also be welcome.“Bread will be the first aisle I look at in all my new stores,” said Mr Reed. “I have made a lot of friends over the years, many based in the north, and I hope to keep in touch as I travel around.”Few bakers, apart from Warburtons, were making money four years ago, and the industry is financially more stable now, he added.
… Persaud slams unbeaten century, Jaikaran left on 99 not outQUALITY stroke-plays by the opening pair of Navindra Persaud and Brandon Jaikaran (who incidentally are cousins) propelled Queen’s College to their second straight victory when action continued on Thursday in the Sir Garfield Sobers International Schools Cricket Competition in St Michael, Barbados.The 10-wicket win against St Mary’s College of Trinidad and a wash-out clash on Friday against Foundation School from Barbados have pushed the Guyanese school to an unbeaten run in their opening week. In total the side have 12 points from four games, after two wins and two no results (due to rain) in Zone A.In Zone B, Guyana’s other school team, the Business School, lost their first week of matches.LATEST WINAkeem Critchlow scored a half-century for Business School on Thursday.QUEEN’S College won the toss on Thursday against St Mary’s College and opted to bowl. The Trinidadian side manoeuvred their way to 226-4 in their allotted 40 overs.QC captain Persaud, who was away on national U-17 duties last year when the school participated in the tournament, led the attack with the ball. He spun his way to 2-33 from eight overs while fellow off-spinner Vickash Jaikaran grabbed 1-34 from seven overs.In reply, it was all Persaud and Brandon Jaikaran (no relation to Vickash). The pair, who have been playing cricket together for years, batted with composure and confidence. Persaud struck 12 fours in an unbeaten score of 105, while Jaikaran caressed the boundary eight times in his unbeaten 99.Sixteen-year-old Jaikaran looked set to also make his century, given that he was on 99 with the side three runs short of a win.The Trinidadian bowler delivered the ball down the leg side and Jaikaran thought he had a touch, so the Guyanese pair took off for two, but the umpire then called a wide, which ended the game.CRITCHLOW’S HALF CENTURYAlso on Thursday the Business School, who have been struggling with the bat, lost to 360 Cricket Academy from Australia – the finalists of last year’s competition.Business School were routed for 141 in 37.2 overs; only Akeem Critchlow with 55 and bowling all-rounder Tathesh Shivrattan with 41 defied the bowling.In reply, 360 Cricket Academy reached the target (142-3) in 29.1 overs.Shivrattan spun his way to 2-30.The two teams will have today and tomorrow off before they get back into action on Monday.Business School will tackle Queen’s Park Cricket Coaching School (T&T), while QC will also face a Trinidadian team, when they meet Fatima College.
DES MOINES — The state’s Judicial Nominating Commission has sent the governor the names of three judges as candidates to fill an opening on the Iowa Supreme Court.Governor Reynolds now has 30 days to name a replacement for Justice Daryl Hecht. He resigned in mid-December, for health reasons.Kellyann Lekar of Waterloo is the chief judge in Iowa’s first judicial district. She’s been a judge since 2005 and is one of the three nominees to replace Hecht. Dustria Relph, a district court judge from Corydon, worked as a nurse before becoming a lawyer and she’s on the nominee’s list. Christopher McDonald — the third nominee for the opening on the Iowa Supreme Court — is currently serving on the Iowa Court of Appeals.Nineteen judges and attorneys were interviewed by the Judicial Nominating Commission for this opening on the state’s highest court. The commission’s work happened as Republican lawmakers, including Governor Reynolds, have discussed changing the membership of the commission.