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_imgThe Great Sausage Roll Off competition has confirmed its chef line-up for this year’s event.Taking place at 7pm at the Red Lion pub in Barnes, London today (24 January), the competition is running for its sixth year and includes 17 chefs from around the country, competing to create the ultimate sausage roll.Last year’s winner Charlie Hodson, who created the ‘From Norfolk with Love’ sausage roll, will return this year to attempt to retain his title.The judging panel will include: Philip Howard from Elystan Street; Oliver Peyton from Peyton and Byrne; Eric Lanlard, master patissier and owner of Cake Boy; and Kate Ovens, presenter and man vs food challenge specialist.The event, which will be hosted by beer and food writer Melissa Cole, raises funds for the Shooting Star Chase charity – a hospice charity that cares for babies, children and young people with life-limiting conditions.The full list of competitors is:Anton Manganaro – BAFTA, Piccadilly, LondonBen Williams – The White Swan, FarringdonBrendan Fyldes – Green & Fortune, LondonCharlie Hodson with Jessica-Jane Applegate & Archers ButchersChris Brumby – MYPIE Truck, LondonAdrian Oliver & Stephen Marsh – Cornish Duck TruckJames Strawbridge – Crantock Foods, NewquayJohn Grabecki – BNY Mellon, LondonLeigh Evans – Methuen Arms, CorshamMark Thornhill, – King’s Head, HursleyMatt Follas – Bramble Café & Deli, PoundburyOllie Chadwick – The Market Café, KnutsfordPhil Harrison – Bears Ice Cream, LondonRob Allsworth – Broadstairs College, East KentRobert Taylor ­– The Compasses Inn, CrundaleSi Toft – The Dining room, AbersochMartin Shires – White Horse, Richmondlast_img read more


first_imgToday, the Baltimore-based funk act Pigeons Playing Ping Pong hits The Peach Music Festival in Scranton, Pennsylvania. Their performance at Peach comes ahead of a busy weekend for the group, with the band making their way to Colorado for a sold-out show with Twiddle at the Boulder Theatre tomorrow, on Saturday night. However, that’s not all the group has in store for the weekend, as Pigeons just announced that they’ll be giving Colorado some extra love with the announcement of a surprise show on Sunday night. Dubbed “An Intimate Evening With Pigeons Playing Ping Pong,” the group will hit the intimate Globe Hall in Denver for two funk-fueled sets to finish off their weekend with a bang. Doors are 8 pm, and this show is set up to be a sell-out so snag your tickets here before they’re gone![Photo: Daniel Ojeda]last_img read more


first_imgBy Dialogo September 16, 2009 Me parece que si bien es cierto el problema es una herencia del pasado,No se han tomado las medidas adecuadas; 1o. Los nombramientos en Seguridad publica han sido de dedo, comenzando con Sr. Ministro y el director de la PNC,Quienes no tienen ninguna cualidad para el combate a la delincuencia, a pesar que formaron parte de la Ex-Guerrilla, asi el director de la PNC, su cualidad haber sido jefe de columna de la Ex-guerrilla, de esa forma el Presidente Funes y su gobierno no podran combatir a las bandas criminales,llamadas Maras y Narcotrafico. Finalmente quieren involucrar a la Fuerza Armada lo cual sera un tiro de gracia para esta Institucion la cual estan haciendo desaparecer por via presupuesto, sino veamos los ultimos anuncios para el año 2010, tendran 30 millones menos, en cambio a la policia le aumentan. La solucion esta en hacer una reestructuracion de la politica de seguridad publica, la cual integre a los actores nacionales, en el combate a la delincuencia. The president of El Salvador, Mauricio Funes, considered insecurity to be the “greatest threat” affecting his country and the rest of Central America. “We should view insecurity as the greatest threat of El Salvador, and unfortunately, of all our Central American region as well,” Funes affirmed in a speech commemorating the 188th anniversary of El Salvador’s independence from the Spanish crown. He noted that the “Central American fatherland has been transformed into a route and a destination for drug trafficking and organized crime,” which, he said, “has become one of the great dangers for democratic society.” “And we should admit that on this terrain the policies implemented and actions taken to fight these plagues have been a series of failures. As a result, we know that this struggle is not won in isolation,” Funes indicated, after depositing a floral offering at the Monument to the Fathers of the Country in Liberty Park, in the center of San Salvador. In this context, he proposed developing within El Salvador’s borders “strict and strong policies articulated with the other countries in the region,” although he warned that insecurity is “too complex a subject to try to treat it with simple prescriptions.” Official figures indicate that between ten and twelve murders are reported daily in El Salvador, the most recent cases being those of a public-transportation driver and his assistant, who died on Monday in the locality of Ilopango, and four corpses found in a vehicle in San Salvador. For Funes, this process, “which began some years ago,” has “been growing and and growing and has taken over the communities, the cantons, the streets of the whole country.” “It’s not only a quantifiable phenomenon that comes and goes; the drama of insecurity, with its daily tragic manifestations and its impact on our lives, is an existential factor,” he lamented. He attributed this complex of problems to the “permanence of structural situations” like poverty, social exclusion, emigration, inequality, and lack of opportunities, as well as to the “great crisis of values” and the “aftereffects, still not analyzed and overcome, of the civil war that consumed so many lives in this country.” Funes met at the end of August with representatives of business, the academy, the Catholic Church, and the diplomatic corps, among others, to invite them to accompany his administration’s fight against crime. During the meeting, he indicated that his administration is not “standing with its arms folded” in the face of this plague, according to a statement issued by the President’s Office. The National Civil Police (PNC) revealed that 384 homicides were reported in May. The number dropped to 362 cases in June and again to 346 cases in July, and 278 deaths were reported through 26 August, according to the official statement. Figures from the Attorney General’s Office indicate that 2,265 complaints of extortion were filed through 6 August, a 55-percent increase compared to the same period in 2008. The majority of crimes are attributed to members of the “Mara-18” and “Mara Salvatrucha” gangs, which originated in the United States and spread to El Salvador in the late 1980s as a result of deportations of Salvadorans in contact with the gangs.last_img read more


first_imgResidential property sales and prices rise have shown a downward trend amid the COVID-19 pandemic, which has battered people’s purchasing power and developers’ marketing efforts, despite lower mortgage interest rates.Totok Lusida, the chairman of the Real Estate Indonesia (REI), an association of 6,400 developers, said on May 18 that aside from hindered construction, social restrictions implemented to curb the outbreak have disrupted marketing efforts.“Although we try to do online marketing, consumers eventually want to physically see [the projects],” Totok told The Jakarta Post in a phone interview. “They want to know the location, meet us in person.” Nearly 18 percent of surveyed respondents told the central bank that the decline in sales was mainly driven by high mortgage interest rates. But mortgage interest rates actually fell by 0.2 percentage points on average to 8.92 percent in the first three months of the year from the previous quarter.The residential property industry relies heavily on mortgages because consumers who paid houses using loans reached 74.73 percent in the January-March period, higher by nearly 3 percentage points than in the September-December period of last year.Developer PT Panasonic Homes Gobel Indonesia, for instance, had to close the marketing office of a joint housing project with developer Sinar Mas Land, called Savasa and located on 37 hectares of land in Cikarang, West Java, following the social restrictions.“Under the large-scale social restrictions, consumers are afraid to [leave their homes] so they cannot visit our project,” Panasonic Homes Gobel Indonesia director Wulang Widyatmoko said in an online talk on May 15.“In this situation, the people’s purchasing power is also declining and some want to cancel [their purchases],” he added,Manpower Ministry data shows that more than 2 million people have lost their job as of April 20, posing risks of a further decline in household spending, which contributes to over half of the country’s economy. Private spending growth plunged to 2.84 percent yoy in this year’s first quarter, dragging the economic expansion pace to just 2.97 percent, the lowest in 19 years.As fewer people made home purchases, the growth in residential property prices was slightly slower at 1.68 percent yoy in the January-March period compared to 1.77 percent yoy in the last three months of 2019, according to BI’s quarterly Residential Property Prices Index (IHPR) survey.The bank expects the price growth to slow further to 1.56 percent yoy in the second quarter of the year as uncertainty looms regardless of the government’s plan to gradually lift COVID-19 restrictions in July.Bagus Adikusumo, the senior director of office services at Colliers International, a real estate services firm operating in 68 countries, concurred with the central bank’s bleak outlook. He said the property industry’s growth in general was in line with the overall trend in the economy.“I still see the housing business as a short-term solution for developers,” Bagus told the Post in a phone interview on May 18. “But if we are talking about the next quarter, it is still difficult as the economy and income of potential buyers remain uncertain. So, it is likely that the slowdown will continue in the third quarter of the year.”Some major developers have furloughed workers to cut costs and offset losses due to declining sales, said Bagus. Developers with many houses to sell might want to offer discounted prices to attract potential buyers who emerge from the pandemic with a stronger footing.The government has set aside Rp 1.5 trillion (US$101 million) for interest rate and down payment subsidies this year for low-income households to enable them to purchase a house. The relief allows low-income households to pay a mortgage annual interest rate of just 5 percent for a tenure of 10 years and for Papua and West Papua residents, 4 percent for a tenure of 20 years.“We are optimistic that we will still see growth in our business performance, although the pandemic’s impact will still overshadow the global and national economy,” Pahala Mansury, the president director of state-owned subsidized mortgage-focused Bank Tabungan Negara (BTN) said in a statement on May 15.Topics : The COVID-19 outbreak has infected at least 22,700 people in Indonesia and killed more than 1,300 as of Monday afternoon, according to official data, forcing the government to impose large-scale social restrictions in four provinces and 26 regencies/cities, including in business centers Greater Jakarta, Bandung in West Java and Surabaya in East Java.A recent survey by Bank Indonesia (BI) revealed that the combined sales of small, medium and large houses fell by 43.19 percent year-on-year (yoy) in the first three months of the year, largely because of the unfolding COVID-19 pandemic.The industry still booked an annual growth of 1.19 percent in sales in the fourth quarter of last year.In line with the declining trend in sales, the disbursement growth of housing and apartment mortgages nearly halved by 4.34 percent year-on-year in the first quarter of 2020.last_img read more


first_imgSPF, the €14.5bn pension fund for the Dutch railways sector, is to introduce three variants for accrual in a bid to keep pensions provision affordable for each of its 69 participating companies.It said companies would be given the choice between different accruals against different contributions within its collective defined contribution arrangements.The three alternatives are SPF’s response to the increasing price of pensions arising from low interest rates, as well as the accounting rules of the new financial assessment framework (nFTK) and the ultimate forward rate (UFR) as part of the discounting mechanism for liabilities.The most generous option offers an annual pensions accrual of 1.875% against a contribution of 24% and a franchise – the amount exempt from both pensions accrual and premium payment – of €12,642. Both other alternatives provide for an accrual rate of 1.563% against a 20% premium but under franchises of €12,642 and €13,545, respectively. Currently, SPF charges all participating employers a uniform contribution of 20% for an annual accrual of 1.875% and against a franchise of €13,449.The new rules are set for the next five years, but the social partners have decided that the accrual rate could be adjusted earlier – due to changing interest rates, for example.SPF said it would also adhere to new rules for indexation allowing for part or full inflation compensation if funding is at least 110% or 124.5%, respectively. As of the end of October, SPF’s coverage ratio was 109.9%.As a consequence, the scheme said, participants cannot expect full indexation for the foreseeable future.The social partners in the railways industry have agreed that any future rights cuts will be no more than 1.5% per annum. SPF has 72,275 participants in total, with more than 29,000 active workers and 25,290 pensioners.Recently, the €5bn pension fund PNO Media announced that it would introduce a contribution based on the age of a company’s staff, rather than charge an average premium, with the view to becoming more attractive as a pensions provider.For the same reason, it will also add defined contribution arrangements to its existing defined benefits plans.last_img read more


first_imgThe Lundin Foundation will join the board of Ocean Harvesting Technologies and will support the company’s commercialisation strategy. Zomo Fisher, VP Sustainability, Lundin Energy, also commented: Research & Development Posted: 6 months ago “The vast experience and technical expertise of the Lundin Group, as well as the potential to pilot the technology at off-shore facilities, will be of great value to our company.” The Lundin Foundation receives annual funding from Lundin Energy to invest in low-carbon technologies and support decarbonisation at scale. InfinityWEC is a modular and scalable wave energy conversion system capable of capturing and converting wave energy to electricity. Swedish wave energy tech developer Ocean Harvesting Technologies has secured a €300,000 investment from Lundin Foundation. Ocean Harvesting Technologies Joins GCE Ocean Technology Categories:center_img Mikael Sidenmark, CEO at OHT, said: Compared to offshore wind power, InfinityWEC could produce 10 times more electricity per used sea area. Posted: 6 months ago “Our InfinityWEC technology is the result of several years of R&D and of new technology developments in adjacent industries. To bring our technology to commercialization, we are very pleased to welcome Lundin Foundation as a new shareholder in Ocean Harvesting Technologies. This partnership also enabled Lundin Foundation to make an equity investment into Ocean Harvesting Technologies. “As an experienced Nordic energy developer and operator, Lundin Energy is proud to support low-carbon technology development in the region. The investment matches a grant from the Swedish Energy Agency for the next development phase of the company’s InfinityWEC technology. “We have a goal to become carbon neutral across our operations by 2030, and untapped technologies such as wave power can help the wider industry to decarbonise.”last_img read more


first_img The Scot’s position at Cardiff City Stadium has been under scrutiny since his head of recruitment Iain Moody was removed from his role and replaced on an acting basis by Alisher Apsalyamov, a man with no known experience of top-level football. Apsalyamov is not currently operating for the Bluebirds in an official capacity while his visa documentation is assessed by the Home Office. Reports that Tan has attempted to interfere in on-field matters and bought striker Etien Velikonja without Mackay’s approval have just added to the spotlight on the club and their manager. But Mackay, having guided the Bluebirds to derby glory against Swansea last weekend, insists he is fully committed to the club. “We are all working to ensure Cardiff City is again playing top-level football next season,” he told a press conference. “I want to be talking to the media in a year’s time as Cardiff City manager in the Premier League. “We relish being in the Premier League in terms of players and fans. Our aim is to be the best we can be and finish as high as we can. “I am proud to be manager here. We have worked hard as a staff for two-and-a-half years to take our beliefs forward, mould our squad to the point we have reached now. “We will keep moving forward and make sure everything we do is for the best of Cardiff City. I will always do my best and that will never change.” Mackay will hope there is no hangover from the derby success when Cardiff travel to face Aston Villa on Saturday. The fixture takes midfielder Peter Whittingham back to the club he started his career with before leaving to join Cardiff in 2007. The 29-year-old has not played a league match at Villa Park since his move, and admits it will be special to return to face Paul Lambert’s side. “I came through the youth set-up at Villa,” said Whittingham. “They played a massive part in my career and made me the player I am today. It’s going to be a great occasion and a match from which we can earn three points. “Villa have a lot of young players and it will take time. They will make mistakes, but their manager knows what he is doing. He will nurture them and Villa will be okay in the long run. “It’s a massive club with a great history. But our job is to do all we can to win and that’s what I am focused on.” Malky Mackay may have endured a torrid few weeks but the Scot insists he wants to remain in charge of Cardiff for the long-term. Press Associationlast_img read more


first_img New Delhi: Royal Challengers Bangalore captain Virat Kohli on Friday overtook Suresh Raina to become the leading run-getter in the Indian Premier League. India captain achieved the feat during the game against Kolkata Knight Riders. He scored a delightful 84 off 49 balls, taking his IPL runs tally to 5110. Kohli also became the second Indian to score 8000 runs in T20 cricket after Raina.Raina, who has scored 5086 runs, could overtake Kohli on Saturday when Chennai Super Kings host Kings XI Punjab. Mumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma is third in the list with 4600 IPL runs.Put into bat by Dinesh Karthik, Royal Challenger Bangalore’s skipper Virat Kohli dispatched Prasidh Krishna for two boundaries in the first over of the innings and from there on he never looked back. A familiar Virat Kohli was at a display for the Chinnaswamy crowd as he creamed boundaries off the Kolkata bowlers. Virat Kohli scores 8000 T20 runs.Virat also overtook Suresh Raina to become the leading run-getter in IPL.  Kohli registered 37th IPL fifty against Kolkata Knight Riders.  For all the Latest Sports News News, Indian Premier League News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. By the time Kohli was dismissed, he had accumulated 84 runs off 49 deliveries and Bangalore was placed handsomely at 172/2. During his innings, he hit nine fours and two sixes and scored at a strike rate of 171.43. He was part of a 108 run partnership with South African AB de Villiers for the second wicket. This was Kohli’s first fifty of the season.Kohli has been part of the IPL since its inception in 2008 and has played for Royal Challengers Bangalore since the first season. highlightslast_img read more


first_img“But it’s a dream match for our players, they were born to play in a match like this. Naturally we want to win but we are not expected to and that is an important difference.”Martinez saw his side rally from the brink of elimination to snatch a last-gasp 3-2 win over Japan in the Round of 16 on Monday, booking a meeting with the five-time World Cup winners.At times in Rostov-on-Don, Belgium looked hamstrung by Japan’s pressing tactics and needed more than an hour to unshackle themselves and set about a dramatic come-from-behind victory after falling 2-0 down.For Friday’s match, the tactics might be simpler.“Against a team like Brazil, you must attack and defend with 11 players. We are not talking about a system but understanding what we must do when we have possession,” the coach added.“I don’t think it will be a game with many secrets. We have to defend as well as we can and then cause them pain when we have the ball. It can be that simple and this squad is ready for that.”Martinez now faces a tricky decision concerning his line-up with Nacer Chadli and Marouane Fellaini pressing for starts after coming off the bench against Japan to turn the game around in the last half an hour.“As a coach I have a lot of options with this team but I know in my head what I want to do. We will need power,” he said in a hint that the physical presence of Fellaini might be deployed from the beginning.“If we show the same mentality as we did on Monday, we have a big chance.”Belgium play in a second successive World Cup quarterfinal, looking to reach the semifinals for the second time after they advanced to the last four in Mexico 32 years ago.“We have worked hard over two years for this and we are as ready as we ever can be. We’ve won all our games, everyone has played and we’ve scored 12 times.“The game against Japan gave us a big boost,” he said.“There is something special about this squad. If we play well, we can create a lot of chances. But there is no margin for error. If we give Brazil a chance, they will take it. I think it will be the match of the tournament.”The winner of the tie will face either France or Uruguay in St Petersburg on July 10.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Brazil are the favourites in what Belgium coach Roberto Martinez described as a “dream match” for his players when the two countries meet in a World Cup quarterfinal in Kazan Thursday.“These two teams are constructed to score and to win matches. Against Brazil, it will not be about ball possession, but what you do with it. That’s what this World Cup is all about,” the Spaniard told Belgian media on Wednesday.“We know what we are capable of but Brazil are the favourites, putting us into a different role,” he added.last_img read more