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Congratulations to Maple Leaf on snapping up La Fornaia (pg 4)! It’s a terrific business, which makes artisan breads for the supermarkets, with the majority of loaves still worked by hand, and great people, such as Peter Baker and Ken Glennon, at the helm.I have followed it from its early days, when it was founded by Peggy Dannebaum who brought ciabatta to Marks & Spencer in the UK. But in those days, the company was better at breadmaking than business acumen and continued trading in administration. It was re-named Kelzed for a while, before reclaiming its original La Fornaia name and battling back to profitability under James Astor.When he moved on, Peter Baker, ex-British Bakeries, took over and did a great job. Over the years, La Fornaia has won numerous awards, including accolades at our own Baking Industry Awards. Its rate of innovation has been truly trend-setting. It also supplies well-researched weekly market data to its demanding customers and never fails to rise to a single challenge.So I do have just a twinge of regret that it will lose its independence. But Maple Leaf’s Guy Hall pays tribute to the company when he says Maple Leaf would only consider “really exceptional opportunities” and that “if we had not gone for La Fornaia, it may have gone forever (to someone else)”. So it has ended up in a good home, which appears to acknowledge the efforts of the talented 300 workforce.La Fornaia is known for premium speciality breads, but we should not disparage cheap bread, according to our Friday Essayist this week, Peter Martin, who makes the point that our basic, fortified loaf is good, inexpensive nutrition. That makes a change from all the comments we have heard recently.But the prices of commodities going into bread and cakes are rising very rapidly. They are massive and unprecedented! Not just the price of flour, which Odlums is raising (pg 12), but butter, yeast, milk, gluten – they are all going through the roof. If the major multiples haggle too hard over these rises, there will be serious casualties. So may I suggest that any bakery supplier reads the Business Briefing on page 15 this week; a really basic essential is to have one’s own house – and financial accounting – in good order.
Another opportunity to hear from Michael Dell is coming at the SXSW Conference in March. Dell will be joined by Clay Johnston, the inaugural Dean of the Dell Medical School, to discuss “When Health Care Goes High-Tech.” Conference attendees can also see innovation in tech and meet other disruptive leaders making transformation real at THE EXPERIENCE coming from Dell Technologies at SXSW. “Here I am, supposed to be going to college and I’ve got this thriving business in my dorm room,” Michael Dell recently told Guy Raz when being interviewed for his “How I Built This” podcast.It’s the story that most people are familiar with when they think of Dell. And while those dorm room computer sales may have grown into today’s Dell Technologies company, it’s not where the story really begins.No, before he was buying computers, “souping them up” with more capability and reselling them from the campus of The University of Texas at Austin, Dell had a fascination with how things worked and an innate acumen for business.Dell told Raz he had a wide variety of businesses as a kid – from selling baseball cards to a stamp auction, to working in a gold coin and jewelry store buying item for resale. But to me, it’s his story of selling newspaper subscriptions that really gives insight into his ability to understand customers.He said he observed three things that helped him formulate a plan that would earn himself an income equal to my first job out of college when he was just 17 years old:If you sounded like the people you were talking to, they were much more likely to buy the newspaper from you,People that were getting married were much more likely to buy the newspaper, andPeople that were moving into a new house or residence were also far more likely to buy the newspaper.So, he lined up some high school buddies to go to local county courthouses and bring back public information on who had applied for marriage licenses, then sent those people letters with newspaper subscription offers. And he went to local condominium and apartment complexes that were under construction and pitched them on trial subscription offers for their new residents.“I did plenty of things that didn’t work, but that worked, so I kept doing itShare“I did plenty of things that didn’t work, but that worked, so I kept doing it,” he told Raz.That willingness to try many things and tenacity to keep at it when they didn’t always work probably helped when it came time to try to reassemble some of the things he took apart.You see, while a fascination with his father’s adding machine, led to the purchase of his first electronic calculator at age seven or eight. And the proximity of a Radio Shack store between home and school meant much time hanging out there checking out new technologies. Just looking at them wasn’t enough.“What else would you do?” Dell replied when Raz was amazed to hear that he’d taken apart an early IBM PC he bought to determine that the $3,000 system was actually made from about $600 worth of parts. (Now you really see the beginnings of that dorm room business.)“I wanted to understand it,” Dell explained. “And to understand it, you had to take it apart.”If you want to understand the vision and leadership that drives our company, then I encourage you to take time to listen to the full interview:
“It took 24 years, but I finally got to face down the man who threw me in prison,” said Souleymane Guengueng with a big grin outside the courthouse in this dusty capital. “He couldn’t even deny what he did.”Guengueng, who barely survived two-and-a-half years of mistreatment in the dungeons of former dictator of Chad, Hissène Habré, swore that if he got out alive he would bring his jailers to justice. When Habré was overthrown in 1990 by the current president, Idriss Déby Itno, and fled across the continent to Senegal, Guengueng rallied wary survivors and widows to his quest for justice. Twenty-one officials of Habré’s political police – the dreaded DDS – are now standing trial here, while Habré himself is in pre-trial detention in Dakar, Senegal.