In-store bakery supplier Country Style Foods has acquired the former General Mills Jus-Rol factory in Berwick-upon-Tweed.Country Style, which specialises in supplying supermarket in-store bakeries and bake-off operations, described the 180,000sq ft site as a “centre of excellence for pastry manufacture for a number of years”.General Mills announced in January this year that it would shut the facility as part of a raft of site closures, and production is reported to have ended three weeks ago. The business has axed factories across the globe as it restructures its business.The Berwick site, which makes Jus-Rol pastry products and Betty Crocker cake mixes, was acquired by General Mills in 2001 when it bought the Pilsbury and Jus-Rol businesses from Grand Metropolitan (now Diageo).The facility was established in 1958 and was a major employer in the area, with 265 staff. In 2013, the site won at the Best Factory Awards organised by Cranfield School of Management.“The Berwick site has been General Mill’s centre of excellence for pastry manufacture for a number of years and it is famous for being the home of Jus-Rol,” Country Style managing director Joe Wood told British Baker.“The site will now bring similar strength to our range of products for in-store bakeries and bake-off.”Fifty-year-old family business Country Style operates factories in locations including Leeds, Grimsby, Stockton and Peterlee.The Berwick deal comes just under a year after Country Style acquired the assets of Ixxy’s Bagels out of administration.
The Red Hot Chili Peppers were launched into stardom after the release of their hit 1991 album, Blood Sugar Sex Magik. The rock and rollers began selling out major venues across the country, due to the airplay of singles like “Give It Away” and “Under The Bridge”. Things were looking up for the Peppers in their earliest days, and they toured relentlessly throughout the early 1990’s in support.For the tours during these years, RHCP booked some of the most talented up and coming bands to support them, including Pearl Jam and The Smashing Pumpkins. That lineup would tour until issues forced The Smashing Pumpkins to separate from the group, leaving an opening for another band of up-and-comers, Nirvana. The three bands, RHCP, Pearl Jam, and Nirvana, toured together for a handful of shows during the very final days of 1991.The three bands kicked off their run on this day, twenty-six years ago, playing the Los Angeles Sports Arena together and treating alternative rock fans to some historical music in rock history. Though things for the RHCP were not great behind the scenes (John Frusciante was struggling with the band’s newfound fame and with drug addiction, and would leave the group in 1992), on stage they were a reckoning force. All three of these bands, in fact, were true forces of nature.The run concluded with a New Year’s Eve spectacular in San Francisco, CA, a concert that Rolling Stone described as “overshadowing” the NYE celebration from the Grateful Dead. “Even the most casual observer would have had no trouble deciding which side of youth culture would be more fun to belong to,” they wrote in a February 1992 magazine article. In honor of the 25th anniversary of this tour, check out full recordings of all three bands’ performances on New Year’s Eve 1991 at the Cow Palace!Setlist: Pearl Jam | Cow Palace | Daly City, CA | 12/31/1992Set: Once, Waiting Room, Even Flow, Suggestion, Why Go, Jeremy, Alive, Leash (with Flea), Smells Like Teen Spirit (snippet), Porch[Video: KILLTHATCATarchives]Setlist: Nirvana | Cow Palace | Daly City, CA | 12/31/1992Set: Drain You, Aneurysm, School, Floyd The Barber, Smells Like Teen Spirit, About A Girl, Sliver, Polly, Breed, Come As You Are, Lithium, Dumb, Territorial PissingsFull Audio[Audio: sadlybadlyy5]“Drain You”[Video: john krieg]Setlist: Red Hot Chili Peppers | Cow Palace | Daly City, CA | 12/31/1992Set: Love Trilogy, Organic Anti-Beat Box Band, (No Head No Backstage Pass), Suck My Kiss, Subterranean Homesick Blues, Funky Crime, Give It Away, Nobody Weird like Me, If You Have To Ask, Stone Cold Bush, (Superstar)/Blood Sugar Sex Magik/(Magic Johnson), I Could Have Lied, Subway to Venus, (Sexy Mexican Maid)/(Fela’s Cock) jam (^), (Fopp)/Special Secret Song Inside (Party On Your Pussy)/(Red Hot Mama)/Me And My Friends, Yertle the Turtle/Freaky Styley Medley/(Cosmic Slop)/(Atomic Dog) jam, (After Hours), Crosstown Traffic[Video: Diego Rivera]
Phil Lesh is heading to Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas for three nights, from January 20-22. The Grateful Dead bassist will perform two very special sets, playing the Workingman’s Dead and American Beauty albums in their entirety, to kick off the run. Alongside Lesh will be Chris Robinson, Neal Casal, Tony Leone, and Adam MacDougall of Chris Robinson Brotherhood, along with frequent collaborator guitarist Ross James.This lineup of Phil & Friends will hold the room down for the first two nights, then the Terrapin Family Band will join the party for an afternoon set on the third day. All information and tickets can be found here.