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Strong growth at Asda

first_imgAsda painted a “pretty rosy picture” of its bakery department reporting 6.5% year-on-year value growth and 3% volume growth at the British Society of Baking’s Autumn Conference this week.Director Huw Edwards told over 70 delegates that the value of all three sectors at Asda was in growth, according to TNS figures. Morning goods sales were up 4%, cakes up 5.3% and bread up 9.7%. Volumes were also up, but growth was mainly due to “premiumisation” rather than volume.Edwards said a new Asda strategy of “every day low pricing” (EDLP) combined with targeted promotions was boosting sales. He commented: “We went a bit too purist on EDLP at one stage. We are maintaining a good price position combined with promotions. A balanced use of these mechanics has grown the business.”Edwards said Asda had seen 80% growth in its Extra Special range, with organics up 50%. Asda planned to “catch up and overtake” Sainsbury’s on organic.And he issued a rallying call to bakery suppliers to improve marketing of healthy wholegrain products.He commented: “We have not covered ourselves in glory on marketing. We have got to be better at informing our customers. You see acres of pictures of wholegrains in the States.”He added: “We have not got our share of voice when we compare ourselves with the (breakfast) cereals industry.”Edwards said Asda believes that the health trend has not reached its peak yet, singling out “localness” as another key trend.He said ranges were decided on a local store level: “We have had to take some tough decisions about national brands. We might only have two or three of them in a particular store because that is what is relevant. There are massive differences; it has been a great learning point for us.”In cakes Asda was focused on indulgence and portion control, for example selling two individual portions rather than a whole cake. Edwards said standard bought-in cakes sales were being hit and a “major market is being turned off” as local authorities ban cakes from children’s lunch boxes.On the morning goods side, there was strong growth but availability was an Achilles’ heel. The category was “very expandable”, Edwards said.last_img read more

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Roberts sees expansion with Aldreds acquisition

first_imgRoberts Bakery has bought Aldreds the Bakers after parent company D&G Food Group put its four bakeries up for sale earlier this month.The deal to acquire Derbyshire-based Aldreds has secured the jobs of all 62 members of staff at the factory, which manufactures rolls, bakery and confectionery products and has a turnover of £3m.Aldreds will operate as a division of Roberts, “and will benefit from the solid financial foundation and strong buying power of the £69.5m Roberts group”, announced the firm. Aldreds’ factory in Ilkeston will continue to operate as normal and its current management team will remain in place.”This is a very positive move for both companies,” commented Mike Braddock, MD of Roberts Bakery. “We’re delighted to not only invest in Aldreds’ future but also to provide job secu-rity for its loyal team of staff,” he added.Another D&G company, Tredinnick Fine Foods, based in Newton Abbot, Devon, has also been sold, although the buyer has not yet been disclosed.Darren Brookes, partner at administrator Milner Boardman & Partners, said: “This is undoubtedly good news, as it will help to safeguard the jobs of around 100 staff currently employed at the two sites.”He said it was continuing to explore options for selling Queen of Hearts, with a view to securing the futures of a further 40 jobs. Added Brookes: “Regrettably, no credible offers have been received for the business and assets of West of England Bakers and, unfortunately, it looks like this operation will remain closed.”last_img read more

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moe. Forges A Bass-Heavy Performance At Birmingham’s Iron City

first_imgLoad remaining images Riley has found many ways to demonstrate his love beyond simple attendance. Besides acting as a extra pair of hands when needed he also penned a set list for his 200th show that, as played by the band, has moved into legend. Blonder first heard moe. in 1995, and decided to book the band in Ft.Collins immediately. His first live experience with them must have had some effect, judging from the devotion he has shown since. Blonder offered, “If I hadn’t lived so far from the band’s home stomping grounds for the last decade I would surely be over 500 by now.”Birmingham saw Wes Rizzo, new lighting designer for moe., hitting a marvelous stride in just his second outing. The long time fan has spent the last few years tirelessly working towards his dream job and was dead set on delivering his best for the fans. Rizzo even went so far as to reach out to Blonder in regards to his favorite colors, then made a special package to use throughout the evening. “I’m working for moe.,” Rizzo said the next day, “But I’m also never going to forget where I came from and the famoe.ly we are part of.”Sneak peeks at new material have been a regular feature on this leg of moe.’s perpetual tour and Iron City got theirs early. Percussionist Jim Loughlin sang “Don’t Wanna Be” while peppering the tune with delightfully catchy runs along his vibraphone. The tune has quickly become a audience favorite, and it worked well alongside the following “Bearsong.”As “Bearsong” simmered down moe. took the first of many chances to create thematic instrumental territory linking it to a wild “Billy Goat.” Guitarists Chuck Garvey and Al Schnier wowed the crowd with their lightning fast musical baton passing and their bluesy fret board pyrotechnics. A group of teenage fans who had been holding up a sign requesting their favorite jam, “Blue Jeans Pizza,” were delighted when the tune’s opening bass lines kicked in.The grooving dance party tune “George” got everyone hot and sweaty before sending them to intermission buzzing about how solid the first set had and the promise held for the upcoming second stanza. A comical pump fake on the beginning of the set came as drummer Vinnie Amico was late to the kit due to an animate discussion with Schnier. The guitarist took to the microphone to explain that they were working on remembering which of The Who’s songs were on which albums. With that matter finally settled moe. opened with a stirring take on Pink Floyd‘s ode to determination, “Fearless.”After Garvey’s tour de force slide work on the solo, moe. switched out instruments and took sizable gulps from their onstage beverages, a sure sign of long jams to come. Bassist Rob Derhak stands front and center onstage, and in their sound. With setlist needs fluctuating from night to night, it is only natural for one night to occasionally seem to focus on one member’s contributions over the rest. This night, it was all Derhak, as he mowed down several of his most frenzied bass slapping tunes with a palpable vigor and enthusiasm that was a wonder to witness.Beginning with a full out assault on “Tailspin” through a wild and winding first half of “Timmy Tucker,” Derhak showed his signature control and sense of groove to full extent. He handled vocal duties as well, flowing from baritone to falsetto effortlessly as “Time Ed” sprung to life, keeping a rock steady pulse for the dancers to follow at the same time.True moe.rons agree that you can’t go wrong with some well timed “head,” and as the familiar first notes started all attention was riveted on the stage, with the climax doubling back to finish out the “Timmy Tucker” jam. moe. still had one other ace up their collective sleeve in the form of a blistering “Sensory Deprivation Bank” that showed the fans that though the night was ending there was still a little left in the tank.To survive as long as moe. has, there are sure to be recognizable eras that are more and less favored by long time followers. That any band can keep such devout fans through decades of ebbs and flows is a true testament to the power of music to reach us on a deep and meaningful level. moe. has seen new blood added in crew and fans alike, while still pleasing their longest lasting fan vanguard. The renaissance moe. has enjoyed the last few years shows no sign of stopping, and the band and fans wouldn’t want it any other way!Setlist: moe. | Iron City | Birmingham, AL | 2/18/17Set 1: She, Don’t Wanna Be, Bearsong > Billy Goat, Blue Jeans Pizza > GeorgeSet 2: Fearless, White Lightning Turpentine, Tailspin > Timmy Tucker > Time Ed > head. > Timmy TuckerEncore: Sensory Deprivation Bank, Johnny Lineup Jam band heavyweights moe. forged new fans, delighted some of their oldest and dearest followers and delivered an instant classic show at Birmingham, Alabama’s Iron City. Wildly exuberant fans danced maniacally as swirling lights and epic jams lured them out past the warning signs of sanity during a two set scorcher. Though some fans began lining up two hours before the doors were set to open, there was even more momentous acts of love going on this warm February evening.Over the course of moe.’s 27 years, a cadre of super fans has naturally formed, generally known as moe.rons. Almost pathologically dedicated to the music that has enthralled them these fans chase songs and the band around the world in a clearly recyclable circle of love. Two such die hard followers, Osid Riley and Barry Blonder, marked staggering anniversaries in Birmingham, hitting the lofty totals of 250 and 350 shows apiece!last_img read more

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Chicken Stats.

first_imgA University of Georgia workshop June 12-14 in Athens, Ga., will help poultry processors use statistics to improve quality, safety and profits in their chicken products.Statistical Process Control helps firms scientifically document and verify food safety issues. It helps them focus on quality issues and potential problems.Food scientists with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences will show how to use SPC to validate their Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point systems.They will also show the processors how to cut costs, increase yields and extend the shelf life of their products.Workshop at Georgia CenterThe workshop will be at the Georgia Center for Continuing Education. A $595 workshop fee will cover instruction materials, supplies, three lunches, refreshment breaks, tuition and certificates.The fee doesn’t cover lodging, breakfast or evening meals. A block of rooms is reserved at the Georgia Center until May 22. For reservations, call (706) 542-6364.To sign up for the workshop, or for more details, call Bill Hurst at (706) 542-2574. Or e-mail him ([email protected]).last_img read more

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Get past ‘swim lane’ organizational structures

first_imgIn The Discipline of Market Leaders, author Michael Treacy says organizations can choose one of three paths to differentiating themselves from the competition: product leadership, operational excellence through scale, or customer intimacy.If credit unions want to stand out in the financial services marketplace, they’re probably going to want to focus on the path of customer intimacy, says Ron Shevlin, research director for Cornerstone Advisors, Inc., Scottsdale, Ariz.Getting that perspective from Shevlin’s research findings is not surprising, considering that financial services offerings are almost commodities, and that credit unions are fairly small operations known for their connection to members.But, according to Shevlin, getting to a unique differentiation strategy (such as “We are the place for first-time home buyers”) will require credit unions to overcome a key barrier: their “swim lane” organizational structures. Most CU executive teams are organized by function, such as HR, retail/experience, lending and so on. These functional “swim lanes” don’t match up well with how our members interact with the CU. continue reading » 4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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Doggie Dining Law: Long Island Pups Can Now Dine Out With Owners

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York By Tyler Cianciulli Restaurant patrons can dine al fresco with their canine companions at participating eateries on Long Island under New York State’s so-called “Doggie Dining Law” for the first time this summer, officials said.The law went into effect in October, but local lawmakers, animal advocates and restaurateurs touted the bill last week to remind dog lovers to take advantage of their newfound ability to bring their cute and cuddly Fido and friends to outdoor restaurants while the weather is warm.“It is great for everyone, it’s great for the community and it’s great to get your dog out for some exercise,” a local proponent told reporters July 7 during a news conference on the Nautical Mile in Freeport.New York State, which is home to more than one million registered dogs, is the second in the nation to pass such a law. California was the first. The new law requires a separate entrance for dogs so they do not pass through the establishment. Restaurant employees are prohibited from having direct contact with the pups. The law also prohibits communal water bowls for dogs, which must also be on a leash.It is still an individual restaurant’s choice to allow dogs to dine there, and establishments can legally refuse to serve pups. Among proponents touting the new law are New York State Sen. Kemp Hannon (R-Garden City), who co-sponsored the legislation, Freeport Village Mayor Robert T. Kennedy, Jill Burkhardt of North Shore Animal League America, and officials from the Nassau County SPCA. They were joined by a pack of dog lovers and their pets ready to order lunch at a local pup-friendly restaurant.“This action will give restaurants an additional option to boost revenue and grow their businesses by appealing to this new audience of dog-owning New Yorkers and their four-legged friends,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo said upon signing the bill into law last fall.Rules for outdoor dog diningIt’s an individual restaurant’s choice whether to allow dogs to dine there.Dogs must use a separate entrance to avoid walking through the establishment.Restaurant employees are prohibited from having direct contact with pups.Dogs are not allowed on chairs, benches, seats or other fixtures.Food and water provided to dogs must be in a “single-use disposable container.”Restaurant owners must have adequate signage indicating dogs are permitted in outdoor dining areas.last_img read more

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Tesla, Walgreens, DraftKings, Square and more

first_imgHome Depot — Shares of the home improvement stock ticked 3% lower after the company reported higher costs and a plan to spend $1 billion to make permanent its Covid-era worker pay increases. Though the home-improvement retailer saw healthy same-store revenue growth of 24%, the elevated sales also sparked higher costs.Charles Schwab — Shares of the e-broker rose nearly 2% after Citigroup upgraded the stock to buy from neutral. The Wall Street firm said the stock could get a boost as earnings normalize. Citi also hiked its 12-month price target on Schwab to $54 per share from $44 per share.Kohl’s — The retail stock jumped 5.6% after the company reported a surprise adjusted profit for the last quarter. Kohl’s reported adjusted earnings of 1 cent per share and $3.78 billion in revenue. Analysts surveyed by Refinitiv were expecting a loss of 43 cents per share and $3.86 billion in revenue. The company said it had positive sales growth in athleisure, lounge and sleepwear categories despite net sales falling 13% year over year.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – Check out the companies making headlines in midday trading.Tesla — Tesla shares rallied nearly 10% after S&P Dow Jones Indices said it would add the electric car maker’s stock to the S&P 500 index, effective Dec. 21. This “speaks to the sustained profit trajectory that Tesla is now finally getting into this elusive club after much noise on the Street,” said Wedbush analyst Dan Ives.Walgreens, CVS, Rite Aid — Drug store stocks tumbled on Tuesday after Amazon announced its new pharmacy venture that allows for online ordering and delivery of prescription drugs. Shares of Rite Aid sank more than 13%, while Walgreens fell 9.3% and CVS Health lost 7.4%. Amazon’s stock rose 0.8%.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –center_img Farfetch— Shares of Farfetch gained 2% after Morgan Stanley initiated coverage on the luxury online fashion retailer with an overweight rating. The bank said Farfetch’s “unique” marketplace model is well positioned to take share from both brick and mortar e-commerce players.DraftKings — Shares of DraftKings jumped 5% after Loop initiated coverage on the fantasy sports betting company with a buy rating. Loop said DraftKings would emerge as the “undisputed share leader” and the “biggest beneficiary” of the online gaming industry.Moderna — Shares of Moderna lost 4% on Tuesday after BMO Capital Markets downgraded the biotech company to market perform from outperform. The Wall Street firm said it now sees “limited upside” as shares have priced in the vaccine news.Square — Shares of the payments company rose more than 5%, on pace for its best day since November 11. Square got a boost from positive commentary from Mizuho Securities analysts.— with reporting from CNBC’s Fred Imbert, Jesse Pound and Yun Li. CEO of Tesla Motors Elon Musk reacts following the company’s initial public offering at the NASDAQ market in New York June 29, 2010Brendan McDermid | Reuterslast_img read more

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Europe performance hits JLL results

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Sick of lockdown: Panda escapes confinement in Copenhagen zoo

first_imgBengt Holst, the zoo’s chief scientist, said in a statement that security around the enclosure will be “carefully examined” to “make sure (it) doesn’t happen again”. Xing Er and his female mate Mao Sun — who did not take part in his escape — arrived in Denmark in April 2019, on loan from the Chinese city of Chengdu.They are a part of the “panda diplomacy” program set up by China which consists of lending pandas in order to foster relations with trading partners.  Humans are not the only ones tiring of confinement during the coronavirus pandemic — a panda escaped from his enclosure at Copenhagen Zoo on Monday.Xing Er, a six-year-old male panda — soon to be seven — then took a tour of the zoo, which was closed at the time. He was spotted on a surveillance video “leaving his enclosure, slipping under an electric fence”, zoo spokesman Jacob Munkholm Hoeck told AFP.  The animal wandered around the zoo until an employee noticed it and called a security team. “The veterinarian of the zoo anaesthetized the panda and he was brought back to the enclosure,” Hoeck said.”There he was given an antidote and woke up a couple of minutes later.”Xing Er was not harmed and there were no human injuries. center_img Topics :last_img read more

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Curling officially introduced in Guyana

first_img-Curling Federation eyes 2022 Winter OlympicsThe Guyana Curling Federation (GCF) on Tuesday hosted its first public event, held at the Giftland Mall, in an attempt to properly introduce Guyanese to the new sport.Curling is a team sport played by two teams of four players on a rectangular sheet of ice. Its nickname, “The Roaring Game”, originates from the rumbling sound the 44-pound (19.96kg) granite stones make when they travel across the ice.One of the world’s oldest team sports, curling originated in the 16th century in Scotland, where games were played during winter on frozen ponds and lochs. The earliest-known curling stones came from the Scottish regions of Stirling and Perth and date from 1511. Rayad Husain, General Secretary of the recently launched Federation, as well as Abbie Darnley, were on hand to give a graphic demonstration and explained that they were overwhelmed by the support from the public.Darnley is an instructor from Rock Solid Productions Inc.; a Canadian company that’s partnering with the Guyana Curling Federation in helping to introduce the sport locally. The goal of the GCF is to raise awareness to the Guyanese people about the sport of curling through the use of Street Curling. Street Curling is an iceless rink produced by Rock Solid Productions Inc.Rayad Husain“I saw the need for potentially growing a sport and bring something to Guyana that’s predominantly European to South America and to my parents’ home land,” said Husain who is Canadian by birth.He explained that along with his sister Farzana (Husain), they see bringing a new sport, that’s already played at the Olympics, to Guyana as their way of giving back. Husain explained that “this is a first step, because obviously we have no ice rink in Guyana, but is to show the basics of the sport and what it’s about, using a none-ice solution, so this is a great first step in introducing Guyanese to the sport.”Founded in 2016, the GCF has been established to not only govern and promote the Winter Olympic Sport of Curling to Guyanese both within Guyana and abroad, but to also raise the profile of Winter Sport within the Caribbean region by working with other similar bodies and organizations.At the moment, there’s no home for the sport in Guyana, but Husain isn’t too bothered, telling Chronicle Sport that “building an ice rink is a huge endeavor and I’m not sure that it’s what the country needs.”He added, “Guyana needs a lot of things right now and I don’t think building an ice rink would be part of the solution. Our dream as a federation is to spread the sport and to bring, hopefully an ice rink to Guyana. But right now, the country needs other way more important things.”The Federation was established to also provide athletes both in and out of Guyana opportunities to represent the country in international competitions as governed by the World Curling Federation. Currently, the GCF boasts two competitive athletes, (Rayad and Farzana Hussain), who are both based in Brampton, Ontario, Canada, and have been participating in the sport for many years in Canada with great success.The Federation recently received Conditional Membership status from the World Curling Federation (56th Member Association) at its World Curling Congress in Stockholm, Sweden in September 2016, which will allow them to access development programmes to promote the sport to the Guyanese people.Following a one-year period, the next step will be to apply for Provisional Membership status, which would allow our athletes to compete in international events, with the first being the 2018 World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship, which will take place at the end of April 2018 at a site to be announced by the World Curling Federation.Through time, the goal of the Federation is to send a curling team to the Olympic Winter Games perhaps as soon as the 2022 Olympics in Beijing in Mixed Doubles, as well as to produce medals in the World Championships. Men’s curling was included in the Olympic programme in 1924 at the first Olympic Winter Games in Chamonix. It was then dropped, and later re-introduced as a demonstration sport in 1932 in Lake Placid. In 1998, Curling officially joined the Olympic programme, with both men’s and women’s competitions.last_img read more

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