first_imgDespite the fact the recession is impacting the sales of juices and smoothies, bakers can still market these products to their advantage by focusing on trends that remain strong, such as health. The Americans seem to be ahead of the UK on this one, with many bakery and juice bars dotted across the nation, balancing the treat of a sweet pastry with a nutritious juice.The secret of their success may lie in their price promotions alongside bakery products. According to Britvic’s 2009 Soft Drinks Report, published in March, consumers are increasingly watching out for promotions. “Promotions are a staple part of our industry’s marketing, accounting for 61% of total branded sales,” comments Britvic chief executive Paul Moody. “As economic conditions have worsened, traditional favourites such as cola, squash and juice drinks have benefited.”How to go about itThere are a range of options for bakery retailers looking to sell juices and smoothies. Firstly, the range of on-the-go drinks products available is huge – and expanding all the time. At the recent IFE exhibition in March, you would have been forgiven for thinking the recession is just a scare story, as NPD and expansion was around every exhibitor corner. Chegworth Valley, which produces farm-pressed juices, was showcasing its new organic juice range, while Bottlegreen launched its new drinks range, Classic Variety Cordials, consisting of: Williams Pear & Elderflower, Blackberry & Russet Apple and Cox’s Apple & Plum varieties.Juice giant Tropicana has also just introduced three new flavours to its on-the-go offering: Orange & Mango, Mango, Peach & Papaya and Passionfruit, Pear & Apple. David Johnston, general manager for Tropicana, says it’s important to offer a variety of different flavours. “Over half of all chilled juice is consumed outside breakfast time, so it’s important for retailers to be offering their customers a broad range of flavours to complement orange.”Another company hot on the heels of the healthy juice trend is Johnsons Juice Co. The firm’s freshly squeezed juices are well known on the foodservice circuit, but are now making tracks in the bakery sector. Group marketing manager Andrew Ovens says these sort of products “provide consumers with a genuine alternative and bakery outlets with the opportunity to generate incremental category growth”.He explains that different juices are popular at different times of the day. For example, orange juice sells well in the morning, as it naturally accompanies morning goods. “However, from looking at data from TNS, it appears consumers like to team up fresh apple juice with a lunchtime eat,” adds Ovens. In terms of size, he says the most popular for individual customers is a 250ml bottle of juice.Do it yourselfAnother option for bakers wanting to get in on some juicing action is to produce their own. A number of firms offer juicing and smoothie equipment, which doesn’t take up much space on the counter.Italian ice-cream manufacturer, Carpigiani offers the ’Spin’ machine, which can be used to produce slushes, shakes and smoothies. Equipment distributor Apuro also offers juicing equipment, with its Friul juice extractors and recommends it as an easy way for coffee shops and bakeries to capture the health market by offering pure fruit or vegetable juice as a menu option. Meanwhile, companies such as Smoothie Operator offer a range of stock, including individual smoothie packs, smoothie blends or simply bulk frozen fruit.These drinks can easily be used in meal deal offers and, with the summer coming, bakers need to make sure they have their chillers stocked with something cool and refreshing.So for bakery retailers looking to capitalise on the health trend, as well as offering an interes-ting and varied drinks range, juices and smoothies could provide a way in.last_img read more


first_imgWith some major shows on the horizon, Modern Measure is gearing up to go big. The livetronica ensemble put together a killer remix of “White Lies,” from the acclaimed Odesza album In Return. Their version breaths fire into the exciting dance track; one listen and you’ll be hooked. Stream it below:Modern Measure is throwing it down at Terminal West in Atlanta, GA tonight, ahead of a major run with Manic Focus this weekend. Be sure to head to MM’s website for all the details.last_img


first_img“What I want to do with my profits is set up little algae plants in all the countries we’ve destroyed through global warming,” she adds. “It can grow anywhere with tiny amounts of recyclable water.”Mills eventually wants the VBites logo to become the trusted brand for all vegan foods. Businesses including Great Western Railway and Morrisons have already asked permission to use the brand, which she says will ultimately be licensed out. “More and more people will want to use the logo versus, say, the Vegan Society, as they don’t have the traceability we offer.” Mills also launched a vegan make-up range last month, called Be at One, which she thinks will be a hit in countries such as the UAE, as “most people don’t know there is pig in make-up”As plant-based food is “now a movement not a trend”, Mills believes meat and dairy companies will need to adapt to stay in business over the next 10 years. They will need to “start replicating whatever they are doing” with plant-based alternatives, she predicts. “Otherwise they are out.” In 20 years, she argues, eating animal protein will be viewed as “like smoking” or even heroin. It’s not just talk. Mills clearly believes in the potential of her business. She currently works from 4am to midnight, apart from “a few hours off in the morning and the evening” to spend with her daughter. “That’s what you have to do” at this point in her business, she says. “I don’t plan to be doing that forever. It’s about what are you prepared to risk and you will never become a big entrepreneur unless you are prepared to take that risk.” “I’ll either be the most successful vegan entrepreneur in Europe or go completely bust.”,Kevin WhiteKevin is The Grocer’s fresh foods editor, overseeing our coverage related to the retail fresh foods sector, including dairy, meat, fish, poultry, fruit & veg and eggs, as well as the plant-based foods category.He also assists in production of The Grocer’s annual Dairymen supplement, while also writing about food commodities, sourcing, sustainability, politics and regulation; and has appeared as a commentator on both radio and TV on the state of the UK food industry.Prior to joining The Grocer in 2014, Kevin wrote about retail financial services for a Financial Times business publication, and began his career as a journalist working for regional newspapers in Wales.Follow Kevin on Twitter: @KevWhite77 “The biggest Achilles heel for anyone going into the vegan sector is scale,” she says, citing the difficulties plant-based brands such as Beyond Meat and Impossible Foods have faced in meeting the growing demand for their products.Plant-Based Valley – which includes the former factories of Walkers Crisps at Peterlee, Coty/P&G in Newcastle and another plant in nearby Benton – is the solution, she claims. “We do all our R&D and speciality stuff at Corby, and once a company orders over a certain amount, we then scale it up.” Not short of confidence, Mills is also advising a number of meat and dairy companies on how to go vegan. “We’re showing them how they can make money by growing oats to make into oat protein isolates, or growing mushrooms so we can do hydroponics, but most importantly algaes.”Mills is particularly passionate about algae. It has the potential to end vegan food’s dependence on often expensive commodities such as soya and pea protein, she suggests. “We’ve created an algae protein isolate that will become the biggest ingredient going,” she claims. “It would stop climate change from meat and dairy manufacturing if everyone just moved to algaes. SnapshotName: Heather MillsAge: 51Family: One daughter, Beatrice, 15, from her marriage to Paul McCartneyPotted CV: Moves to the former Yugoslavia to volunteer as an aid worker during the Balkan war in 1990. Loses leg in road traffic accident in 1993. Acquires VBites predecessor Redwood Wholefood Company in 2009, and opens VBites café in Hove. Officially opens Plant-Based Valley in 2019Business mantra: Be prepared to live in a caravan and get to the precipice and be ready to fall over. I tell people “don’t own a business, always work for someone”. You can have a life and switch off.Hobbies: Skiing, languages, playing the saxophone, spending time with my daughter and dinner with friends – I don’t cook any more.What’s the main obstacle to success in business? Cashflow and risk-averse banks. center_img When Heather Mills started out, vegans were seen as ‘smelly, hairy-armpit, boring people’. Now she’s building a Silicon Valley for plants – in Newcastle,Talking about “putting journalists in prison” is not the most auspicious start to an interview with the former wife of a Beatle, who has just won “the highest libel settlement in British legal history”.Happily, that’s something Heather Mills wants to put behind her. Having received an undisclosed sum and apology from the News of the World’s former publisher News Group Newspapers over the summer, she wants to start “rebuilding and repairing all the damage they had done”.Namely, that means shedding more light on her burgeoning vegan food business, VBites. Mills had previously kept her link to the business low-key “because I was fighting with Murdoch”, she says. “That’s why we never came out of the woodwork. But as soon as we put the journalists in prison we knew they weren’t going to come after us again.”The self-confessed workaholic, who is either “always on or always off”, certainly has no shortage of ambition. Her plan is to create the “environmental equivalent” of Silicon Valley in her native northeast – dubbed ‘Plant-Based Valley’ – which was officially unveiled in September. It’s a tough challenge. But when Mills sets her mind to something, she seems to make it happen. In the space of the past two decades, she has rarely been out of the public eye – rubbing shoulders with world leaders and gaining recognition as a model, downhill skier, activist and charity campaigner, while also battling the controversial headlines about Lady McCartney.Her interest in veganism predates her time in the public eye, though. It all began after the devastating collision with a police motorbike that led to the loss of her left leg in 1993. An ongoing infection meant doctors had to “keep chopping away” at her limb over the course of five months, until a friend suggested she adopt a vegan diet. “I was like, what the hell is vegan?” she recalls. “And I basically got dragged out by her, because they couldn’t heal me in the hospital.” Mills checked into a Florida-based alternative medicine centre – the Hippocrates Health Institute – which advocated a raw vegan diet. It was this regime, she says, that ultimately helped her wounds to heal. “But as I got healthier, I felt all I was doing was eating raw food,” she says. “I didn’t feel part of society, I was always freezing, and I missed the taste of meat, fish and dairy.” Faced with vegan food fatigue, she started making her own meat and dairy alternatives.Substituting the doner kebabWhat followed were several years of “behind the scenes” work in vegan food development for meat companies. At a time when veganism was still a niche concept, that was tricky. Mills took a degree in nutrition and food science but says nutritionists “didn’t understand vegan meat” at the time. The real learning came from developing plant-based food on her own, she says. Mills’s main inspiration for her recipes came from people looking to reduce their meat intake, rather than committed vegans. She wanted to avoid people saying: “I’d go vegan but I’d miss my doner kebab”. By 2009, she had acquired the Redwood Wholefood Company – which eventually became VBites – and operated out of a “tiny” factory in Corby, Northamptonshire. She went on to open the VBites café in Hove, West Sussex in the same year, which was loss-making but allowed her to finesse her recipes. “The whole goal was to feed the carnivore, never the vegan” and to change perceptions of vegans as “smelly, hairy-armpit, boring people”.By the early 2010s the Corby plant was “doing well” and full to capacity. “Then we had a choice,” says Mills. “Go big or go bust.” She has firmly decided to go big. By next year, Mills hopes to take the headcount of her businesses – VBites, and SME incubator business VBites Ventures – from 160 people to 400. That will be the start of the Plant-Based Valley vision (three factories based around Newcastle) coming to fruition.Mills’s factories now represent more than 600,000 sq ft of manufacturing capacity. But the VBites branded range, available on its own site, Morrisons and Ocado, is only a small part of the operation. The company supplies products to myriad food manufacturers, retailers and food service operators, including Bakkavor, Birds Eye, Greene King’s pub chain, Papa John’s and Frankie & Benny’s. Mills is also increasingly pushing her factories as a manufacturing facility for other businesses.“The biggest Achilles heel for anyone going into the vegan sector is scale”last_img read more


first_imgHealthLifestyle Cosmetic surgeons call for surgery adverts ban by: – January 23, 2012 Share Sharing is caring! Share The PIP implants were made with low-grade silicone not meant for medical useCosmetic surgery advertising should be banned and annual checks carried out on surgeons, the industry has said.The British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (Baaps) wants measures including increased regulation of the “cowboy” market in the UK.Prof Sir Bruce Keogh is leading a government review of the trade after the PIP breast implants scandal.Sir Bruce has said an insurance scheme for the sector, similar to that in the travel industry, could be introduced.‘Marketing gimmicks’The government is also considering the introduction of a breast implant registry to make a record of all cosmetic operations.Baaps said cosmetic surgery as a medical procedure should not be advertised, in the same way that the promotion of prescription medicines is banned.Baaps president Fazel Fatah said: “Over the last decade the Baaps has worked tirelessly to educate the public on the many aggressive marketing gimmicks that not only trivialise surgery but endanger the patient.“We have warned against the unrealistic expectations set by reality ‘makeover’ shows and against crass competition prizes promising ‘mummy makeovers’ and body overhauls.“In no other area of surgery would one encounter Christmas vouchers and two-for-one offers – the pendulum has swung too far, and it is time for change.“Thus we are delighted with the upcoming inquiry and put forward our realistic and achievable proposals for consideration by the government.”‘Patient welfare’The Independent Healthcare Advisory Services represents the cosmetic surgery industry.Its director Sally Taber told the BBC that “this type of advertising has increased to an inapproprate level”. However, she added: “We do not agree that there should be a total ban on cosmetic surgery advertising.“Advertising should be honest and ethical, in everybody’s interests so the patient is aware of what is available.“We have worked hard with Baaps to ensure there isn’t this incentivised advertising.”The faulty implants were made by the now-closed French company Poly Implant Prostheses (PIP) and filled with industrial rather than medical grade silicone.Some 300,000 of the implants were sold around the world, mainly in Europe.About 40,000 women in the UK received PIP implants, with 95% dealt with by private clinics.The government has said implants given on the NHS can be removed and replaced free of charge, and removed but not replaced if it was done privately.Private clinics have varied in their response to whether they will remove the implants for free.NHS medical director Sir Bruce said: “I am working with experts from the plastic surgery field to look at what we can do to make sure people who choose to have cosmetic surgery and other cosmetic procedures are safe.“I will be looking at all aspects of regulation, at the regulation of implants and fillers, at whether the people who carry out cosmetic interventions have the right skills, at whether the clinics look after the care and welfare of their patients.”BBC Newscenter_img 13 Views   no discussions Tweet Sharelast_img read more


first_imgFriday, May 3WHS ATHLETIC BANQUET — WHS Auditorium, 7:30 a.m.WHS TRACK — Goddard Invite, 3 p.m.WHS TENNIS — Class 4A Regional at Pratt, 10 a.m. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. 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Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8      R   H   EWHS     1 0 1 4 0 1 0 0      7   10   6WCS     1 1 5 0 0 0 0 1      8    3    2 by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington High School baseball and softball teams started what is supposed to be a tenacious stretch of six games in three days. But we’ve got bad weather in the forecast, of course. At least, Wellington got its softball and baseball make-up games played Tuesday. Wellington girls softball team split in a triangular in Clearwater. Wellington baseball split at Collegiate.This just in: Wellington has cancelled its doubleheaders at Andover to get in the doubleheaders with Circle on Tuesday, May 7 at Towanda. The Wellington-Circle contests are league games. Andover is a non-league foe.Wellington softball: Wellington is now 7-3 for the season after beating Buhler and losing to Clearwater. The triangular was scheduled to make up what was supposed to be a doubleheader with Wichita Collegiate. But the Spartan program did not have enough girls to sport a team.Wellington won the first game against Buhler 9-2. The Crusaders lost the second game to Clearwater 5-3.In the first contest it was the battle of the Crusaders and the southern ones were better. Wellington had 13 hits and took advantage of six Buhler errors.In their first road contest of the season, the Lady Dukes opened with a 4-0 lead in the top of the first using an RBI single by Kailey Jenkins to spark the initial run.After Buhler shaved the lead in half with two runs in the bottom of the third, Wellington responded with a three-run output in the top of the fourth. Jenkins doubled to centerfield to bring Shanlyn Hefley and Ryleigh Buck home after Hefley brought Carlie McComb home on an RBI single.Leading 7-2, Wellington would add a run in the fifth and seventh inning.Wellington 4 0 0 3 1 0 1. 9. 13. 0Buhler 0 0 2 0 0 0 0   2 9 6Wellington individual batting stats:Oathout – 1 of 5.Hefley – 2 of 5, three runs, one RBI.Buck – 3 of 5, two runs, 1RBI, double.Jenkins – 2 of 5, one run, 4RBI, double.Mullen – 1 of 4, one run.Cornejo – 0 of 2.P Adams – 0 of 2.Hamel – 2 of 4, one run, 2 RBI.McComb – 2 of 4, one run.Zavala – 0 of 2Winning pitcher: Hefley, Losing pitcher: Sabastian. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7     R   H    EWHS   0 0 3 3 0 4 x     10  9    0WCS   0 0 0 0 0 0 x      0   2    2 W – Nance.    L – Taylor.    HR – Wolff W – Moxley.   L – Huck. Wellington baseball: Wellington split its games with Wichita Collegiate and is currently 3-7 for the season which officially means the Crusaders are at the half-way mark of games played, although there is just two weeks left in the season before regionals.It was the first road doubleheader of the season for Wellington.In the first game the gentlemen Dukes would beat the Spartans 10-0 in a run-rule game in six innings.The Crusaders then fell to the Spartans 8-7 in the second game in eight innings. Do the math and Wellington and Collegiate still played the customary 14 innings game – only doing so in a more unconventional way with 6 and 8 inning games instead of the standard 7 and 7.Wellington committed six errors in game two that prevented the team its first sweep of the season.The Crusaders which held Collegiate scoreless in game one, immediately allowed a run in the bottom of the first, one in the second and five in the third to stare at a 7-2 deficit.Wellington would get a four run output in the fourth and then scored a run in the sixth to knot the game up. Collegiate would score the winning run in the bottom of the eighth.The Spartans won despite getting outhit 10-3. Jerrod Huck lost in the starting role despite giving up just three hits.In game one, Wellington was cruising.Trevor Nance was the winning pitcher throwing a two hitter.The game was scoreless for two innings, but Wellington scored three runs in the top of the third, three runs in the top of the fourth to lead 6-0. In the sixth, Wellington scored four runs to preserve the win.Noah Wolff scored a home run for the Crusaders. Saturday, May 4WHS BASEBALL — Triangular: Wellington vs. Kansas City Turner, 11 a.m., Arkansas City vs. K.C. Turner, 1 p.m., Wellington vs. Ark City, 3 p.m., home.WHS TENNIS — Class 4A Regional at Pratt, 10 a.m. The schedule: The Wellington and Rose Hill baseball and softball teams are to play at Rose Hill tonight, barring bad weather. This was originally supposed to be the first contest of the season for both teams, but has been rescheduled at least twice already.The boys start at 4 p.m. and the girls start at 4:30 p.m.The regional tennis tournament at Pratt has been postponed from Thursday to Friday.Thursday, May 2WHS GOLF — Goddard Eisenhower at Tex-Consolver Golf Course, 3 p.m.WHS BASEBALL — Clearwater, home, 4 p.m. (JV)WHS SOFTBALL — Clearwater, home, 4:30 p.m. (JV).WMS TRACK — Maize Middle Invitational at Maize Middle, 3:30 p.m. In game two, Wellington fell behind Clearwater 5-1 in the first four innings. For the second doubleheader in a row, Wellington is having trouble translating its defensive success from game one to game two. The Crusader defense, flawless in game one, committed four errors in game two. There were more errors than hits in this game. Wellington had two hits, four errors. Clearwater had three hits, three errors.Wellington scored first in the top of the third when Hefley singled to centerfield bringing Shelby Hamel home.Clearwater scored three runs in the bottom of the third and added two runs in the fourth.The Crusaders narrowed the margin to two when Buck and Jenkins both scored.Wellington   0 0 1 0 0 2 0 — 3 2 4Clearwater 0 0 3 2 0 0 x — 5 3 3Wellington individual stats:Oathout- 0 of 4.Hefley- 1 of 4 1 RBI.Buck- 0 of 2 1 run.Jenkins – 1 of 3 1 RMullen 0 of 3.Cornejo 0 of 3.M Adams 0 of 2.Hamel 0 of 1McComb 0 of 2Collins 0 of 0.Winning pitcher: Taylor. Save DavisLosing pitcher: Jenkins.last_img read more