Independent bakery ingredients manufacturer Macphie has reported a 3.5% growth in turnover to £44.4m. The results, to March 2014, have been attributed to “stronger trading across foodservice and food manufacturing channels” as an effect of increasing consumer confidence. However, the continuation of unsettled raw material prices, particularly in the dairy sector, has impacted on gross margin, which decreased by 5% on the previous year, the company said.The company has brought all outstanding R&D tax claims up to date over the past 12 months, resulting in an overall positive profit position of £2m.Alastair Macphie, chairman, said: “The current economic climate will continue to be a challenge, both in the UK and internationally. However, we are pleased to see some positive early signs of recovery. Looking forward we will continue our significant operational capital investment programme and award-winning employee development initiatives, to ensure we remain the vital ingredient for our international customer base.”In January Macphie moved from his position as chief executive to chairman to focus on longer-term objectives. Andrew Underwood replaced him as chief executive.
Ella Jo Briggs, 90, Greensburg, Indiana, passed away on Monday, June 12, 2017 at the Columbus Regional Hospital in Columbus. Born July 4, 1926 in Griffin, Indiana, she was the daughter of William Thomas and Grace (Axton) Haywood. She attended school in Grayville, Illinois. She married Staff Sergeant Louis Mobley who was killed in WW II. They had one daughter who died in infancy. Ella had five brothers; Horace, Bill, Tom, Fred, and Norman, all deceased. One sister, Mary Grace Watts of Clinton, Arkansas. Ella married Roger D. Briggs on November 25, 1971 and lived happily for 40 years on his farm in Decatur County. After Roger sold the farm, they moved to Greensburg where he preceded her in death on February 17, 2004. Roger had four children, Thomas, Steven (Deceased), Lance, and Melanie. Ella loved her step children as her own. There are eight grandchildren, Amy, Daniel, Nicole, Alex, Katherine, Justin, Christal, and Melanie.; seven great grandchildren. Ella was a member of the St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Greensburg. Her motto for daily living was “To live each day with an attitude of gratitude. Graveside Services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, June 16, 2017 at the South Park Cemetery in Greensburg with Rev. John Meyer officiating. Memorials may be made to the charity of donor’s choice. Porter-Oliger-Pearson Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements. Online condolences can be made to the family at www.popfuneralhome.com