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Lightbody of Hamilton - Refrigeration Service and Maintenance Contract

Posted By Julie Stokes, JD Cooling Group (Scotland), 07 February 2020

Lightbody Celebration Cakes, based in Hamilton, employs over 1,100 people and is part of the Finsbury Food Group. It is the UK’s largest supplier of celebration cakes to UK retailers, with a number of major brands in its licensed portfolio, as well as own label cakes for supermarket retailers.


With over 50 refrigeration assets including: chills, freezers, in‐line production cooling, heat pumps and air conditioning units, the job of ensuring the smooth running of these is critical to production.

Derek Shirley, Engineering Maintenance Manager has to ensure all the equipment is maintained and expressed how “impressed I am with the quality of the work undertaken, the clear communication and dedication shown by your engineers to do the best job possible."

Additionally, it’s important to ensure that all assets comply with the legal requirements for F‐Gas leak checking and the refrigeration on‐site is audit ready. The bi‐annual leak test combined with a correctly planned maintenance programme is essential to ensure the smooth running of the equipment and is especially critical in this production facility, where refrigeration is such an integral part of the production process.

JD Cooling Group’s Scotland division provides the engineering team at Lightbody’s the confidence and peace of mind to know that their refrigeration is being well taken care of by a talented team of engineers.

Lightbody’s Maintenance Planner, Graham Paterson commented, “I just wanted to say we have been very impressed with the work from all the guys. Your engineers seem committed to helping with any issues that arise and their work ethic has been great. I have nothing but good things to say about the work JD Cooling have been doing.”


JD Cooling Group has a company culture of going the extra mile for our customers. We take pride in our work and will work in partnership with our customers like Lightbody as an extension of their in‐house engineering team.

We understand the importance of clear communication in any relationship and have invested in the latest technological developments to ensure our customers have real time information on the status of call outs and have access to all relevant paperwork as quickly as possible.

With communication being one of their previous suppliers’ failings, the incorporation of the latest technology into JD Cooling’s normal working procedures has meant Lightbody know what is happening on any service call out.

All engineers carry tablets and/or mobile phone so all information regarding parts, status of jobs etc is immediately transmitted back to the office, creating a clear trail of work history for assets, raising immediate request for parts and quotes.

In addition to supporting service call outs, JD Cooling undertake regular maintenance on all Lightbody’s refrigeration equipment to ensure it is running as optimally as possible and preempt potential issues by knowing and looking out for the early warning signs. Well maintained equipment operates far more efficiently and lasts far longer than non‐maintained equipment. Helping to reduce running costs in the long‐run and extend the life of equipment as much as possible.


Going forward we will also advise on changes to refrigerant gas legislation that could affect them and help them come up with plans to accommodate any such changes. Hopefully a long and healthy partnership will continue to flourish and grow.


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Tags:  cooling  FGAS  F-Gas leak check  maintenance  refrigeration  service and maintenance 

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Dawn Foods stays up to the minute with new cookie flavours

Posted By Dawn Foods Ltd, 19 November 2019

Dawn Foods has launched four new seasonal frozen cookie pucks, capitalising on the trend for fruit and chocolate combinations as well as culture inspired flavours.

The cookies are supplied in a pre-cut 'puck' format so bakers and caterers can bake them as demand requires and offer freshly baked cookies throughout the day. The new pucks include a Blueberry, Banana & White Chocolate Cookie, ideal for serving at breakfast; a Chocolate & Lime Cookie, made using a lime flavour cookie dough and bursting with both white and milk chocolate chunks; an Apple & Cinnamon Cookie, which, with its lightly spiced dough, raisins and apple, is perfect for Autumn and finally a Caramel Latte Cookie, filled with salted caramel fudge pieces and a caramel latte flavour.

Made using Dawn's authentic cookie mix recipe to give an open textured, crunchy bite and moist centre, all the pucks in the range feature natural flavours, which are very on trend as Jacqui Passmore, marketing manger UK and Ireland at Dawn Foods explains:

"The combination of fruit and chocolate is very popular; chocolate adds indulgence to a product with the fruit content adding many of the sweet tones. Tastes are evolving and consumers are acquiring the taste for different levels and sources of sweetness in bakery products.

"Bakery is taking its inspiration from the beverage menu in coffee chains with caramel latte very popular at present. These flavour profiles appeal to a younger consumer for whom coffee culture and the associated terms are now part of everyday life".

Tags:  aple  Autumn Trends  banana  blueberry  caramel latte  Cinnamon  Coffee shop  Dawn Foods 

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Bakels Confirms New Technical Sales Manager for Scotland

Posted By Keith Houliston, British Bakels Ltd, 25 June 2019
Updated: 24 June 2019

I am pleased to announce the appointment of Michael Black as Technical Sales Manager to give support to Scotland and the North East of England in the Craft Sector.

Michael joins us from Ireks and he has also worked previously with McPhie & Company. His heritage is a well-established family craft bakery in Dunoon where he learned his trade.

Michael’s excellent relationship and his technical sales experience will add value to Bakels work across Scotland and the North East of England in the Craft Sector. Join me in wishing Michael a long and successful career in the future.

Michael can be contacted on:


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Watching out for Modern Day Slavery

Posted By Gillian Scally, 02 May 2019

15 years ago the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority (GLAA) was set up in the wake of the Morecombe Bay tragedy. One of the authority’s key objectives was to protect workers from cases of abuse and exploitation. This month, the GLAA has teamed up with more than 100 construction firms and six top fashion brands from Marks & Spencer to John Lewis to tackle labour abuses and slavery in their respective industries.

The agency has made more that 100 arrests of people suspected of labour exploitation between May 2017 and the end of 2018. They have launched more than 200 investigations and identified at least 3,000 workers suffering from some form of labour abuse.

These numbers are likely to rise and more possible victims should be referred to the government for support as the GLAA seeks to tackle the more serious end of the spectrum.

This is all great news for our industry, but the GLAA need to continue listening to workers and being tough on those who wish them harm.

Personally, I feel we need to more engagement with the British public. One in five people in Britain is unaware of modern slavery, which is based on a survey carried out by the Co-op, despite the fact that about 136,000 people are estimated by the Walk Free Foundation to be living as slaves across the country.

Be aware. Be curious. If you’re concerned a worker may be a victim of modern slavery call the GLAA intelligence team on 0800 432 0804.


Tags:  employment law  exploitation  good practice  labour abuse  slavery 

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ZEELANDIA at MacLeans Highland Bakery: Thursday 2nd May 2019 11:00 AM - 1:30 PM

Posted By Zeelandia, 26 April 2019

The clock is ticking and time is running out for you to book your place at this specially organised event for Highland Bakeries to be the first to witness some ‘world-beating’ breakthrough techniques in sourdough. 

Irrespective if you are currently nurturing your own ‘mother dough.’ or thinking about making some sourdough products, this is a ‘Must Not Miss’ event.

  • When? Thursday 2nd May 2019 11:00 AM - 1:30 PM
  • Macleans Highland Bakery, 16 West Rd, Forres IV36 2GW

As we had to move dates for the event, please contact me, letting me know how many people will be attending from your bakery.

This will allow us to manage catering numbers and also bring some great samples for you to take away on the day

Sourdough is NOT new! It is an ancient bread with thousands of years of bread-making history behind it; it has a distinctive growing taste, a complex structure. It is a product that is patiently made by a long fermentation of dough using naturally occurring lactobacilli and wild yeasts in comparison with bread made quickly with cultivated yeast.

Beautiful, great tasting breads which are good for you!

Up to now, however, sourdough and the painstaking preparation time has limited bakeries in offering larger production runs to meet the growing public demand, but Zeelandia has changed all of this.

Why limit your bakery to using sourdough, in bread and Zeelandia will demonstrate to you how our fantastic new technology can enhance your sourdough offering to, biscuits, shortbread, oatcakes and a wide range of other products.

On the day you will have the chance to try these exciting sourdough concepts and take some samples away with you to try in your bakery.

This showcase will leave you with tremendous knowledge and experience with Zeelandia's Taste and Texture offerings; all made using authentic sourdough methods re-engineered to match larger customer requirements.

I hope to see you there as together we can create bakery success! 

Kind regards.

Noel Hawkes

Tags:  lewis maclean  macleans  noel hawkes  sour dough  zeelandia 

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Allied Trades - Invaluable Support

Posted By Alasdair Smith, 26 February 2019

Our wonderful bakery trade relies on a diverse network of suppliers and allied trades covering every conceivable business, manufacturing and distribution requirement. Scottish Bakers has a long-standing relationship with many of these supplier businesses and we are proud to have them as part of our wonderful Scottish Bakers Family. 

This blog section is a dedicated space where each and every one of our associate members can engage directly with our wider membership: through these posts, we encourage helpful content, useful advice and guidance, announcements, offers, trends and market intelligence and much more.  

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