If I had to sum up Justin King’s main attribute it would be ’enthusiasm’. I much enjoyed interviewing him for this week’s feature, and of course he has many other talents, but enthusiasm is a very infectious quality. And if you all share a leader’s vision you pick up on it and absolutely everything gains momentum. Yes, your vision has to be based on achievable goals, but Justin King’s vision to ’Make Sainsbury’s Great Again’ is going great guns and bakery has played a major part.The effects of the overall vision have been seen in the surge of profits and the share price. But it is also evident when you talk to the staff. Those of you who attended our Baking Industry Summit last year and heard King speak about his family and their bakery background will know what I mean about his enthusiasm. In this week’s issue he also makes some sharp observations. One of them is on bakery training and the lack of trainees coming forward. Bakery may be a time-honoured profession, it may have grown to be the biggest single sector of the food industry in terms of daily production and distribution, but it has been almost completely ignored by government.Justin King’s response to that dilemma: “It’s an industry responsibility first and foremost. I don’t hold truck with people bleating about it, saying something must be done and the government must do it. If we as industry wish to bake bread for our customers, because that is what they want, we have a responsibility to do our bit!”Well, there you have it. Sainsbury’s started its own bakery training apprenticeship scheme and it is doing really well. The company advertised a launch evening where students came along with mums and dads; the directors were there and bakers explaining what a great career bakery is.It’s a great idea and something that Cooplands of Scarborough does. Have you tried it?Elsewhere this week Northern Foods’ sale of its bakery businesses has gone through as predicted. It will be a tense time for the employees but new owners, investment company, Vision, may like to bear in mind Justin King’s own ’vision’ of clarity, price and availability. It’s very competitive out there; we wish them well.
There have been a few leaks about the next in the Gran Turismo series over the past few months. We first heard that Gran Turismo 6 remained a PS3 game back in February. Then a listing for the game on Sony’s current gen console appeared last month, followed by a release date of November 28 and box art. All that was speculation, though, and today Sony has announced it intends to tell us exactly what is going on with the series next week.It’s actually been 15 years since the original Gran Turismo appeared for the PSOne. So a 15th anniversary Gran Turismo event is set to be held on May 15 at the Silverstone circuit in Northamptonshire, UK.Sony and Polyphony Digital are promising to not only look back at the series, but also look forward. Kazunori Yamauchi, CEO of Polyphony, will be present to make “some exciting announcements” about the future of Gran Turismo. I expect that will include details and footage from Gran Turismo 6, but also something for the PlayStation 4.Ideally, Sony would love to have GT6 released to keep PS3 sales strong this year as well as having a quick turnaround for a PS4 GT game for release in 2014. Polyphony isn’t exactly reliable when it comes to release dates, though, and development time is counted in years, not months.The good news is you don’t have to figure out how to travel to Silverstone in order to hear what’s going to be said next week. Sony will be live streaming the event via gran-turismo.com and the PlayStation.Blog.