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Hovis to push white bread sales

first_imgPremier Foods has announced strong growth for Hovis’ branded bakery, and plans to push for increased sales of white bread.In the firm’s preliminary results for the year ended 31 December 2009, it announced that branded bakery sales for Hovis grew by 13.5% to £370m, though it explained that the increase in volume sales was partly offset by pricing – with the proportion of bread sold on promotion higher than in 2008.Retailer brand bakery fell by 15.6% to £179m, however Premier noted that the loss in non branded sales was “more than offset” by increased volumes of branded bread.Hovis grew its market share of the branded bread market to 26.6% by value and 25.8% by volume in 2009, which Premier put down, in part, to the firm’s ability to develop advertising which emotionally connects with the consumer.Commenting on opportunities for the future, Premier said growth was still available from “expanding in segments of the market in which Hovis is underrepresented, such as white bread”.Total bakery sales in the Hovis division were up 2% to £549m. Milling sales fell by 16.8% to £193m, as raw material costs had a significant effect, according to the firm. This resulted in a fall in total sales for Hovis of 3.6% to £742m.However trading profit for the division was up 75% from £24m in 2008 to £42m in 2009.Premier announced that branded sales had increased across the board, and as part of its strategy for further growth it said it will “concentrate our investment into areas with the greatest growth potential”. It has therefore placed its brands into Drive, Core and Defend areas of focus. Within the Drive category – the areas it believes it can grow ahead of the market – are its bread and cake businesses, including the Hovis and Mr Kipling brands. It classifies its Cadbury Cakes business as a core brand within its Drive category.last_img read more

New coffee shop and eatery for Blackpool

first_imgTower Coffee Company, a new 1,500 sq ft coffee shop and eatery, will be opening in the Lancashire town of Blackpool.Blackpool Entertainment Company has secured a 1,493sq ft unit on the ground floor of Number One Bickerstaffe Square, a five-storey office block forming part of the Talbot Gateway Central Business District.Greg Ball, a development surveyor at Muse Developments, the firm behind the scheme, said: “Tower Coffee Company will enhance the tenant mix and retail offering for this part of Blackpool.”The coffee shop is scheduled to open in April – it will serve hot and cold drinks, and freshly-made food, and will include a Coffee Republic.Last month, Coffee Republic launched a new franchise partnership with The Midcounties Co-operative.last_img read more

Mike Gordon Welcomes Elizabeth Nestlerode At Broadway-Inspired Jersey City Show [Photo/Video]

first_imgLoad remaining images On Sunday night, Mike Gordon continued his March 2019 solo tour with a St. Patrick’s Day performance at White Eagle Hall in Jersey City, NJ.After getting started with “Whirlwind”, Gordon and his band—comprised of guitarist Scott Murawski, keyboardist/organist Robert Walter, drummer John Kimock, and percussionist Craig Myers—moved into “Steps”, off of Gordon’s 2017 OGOGO release. Gordon and company moved forward with covers of Fiona Apple‘s “Sleep To Dream” and Jon Cleary‘s “Got To Be More Careful” before moving into “Tropical Rocket”, a new tune recently debuted at Gordon’s Rocky Mount, VA show earlier in the week. Myers picked up his ngoni to lead his bandmates through “Angatta” which was followed up by Tower of Power’s “You Strike My Main Nerve” and an exploratory set-closing rendition of “Crazy Sometimes”.Mike Gordon – “Angatta”[Video: Jordan Hoffman]Following a brief setbreak, Mike Gordon and his bandmates returned to open their second set with “Tiny Little World”, off of Gordon’s 2014 Overstep release. Gordon and company moved forward with the groovy “Stealing Jamaica” before transitioning into the recently debuted Murawski-led “Put Down The Phone”, played for the third time this tour. Gordon tipped his hat to Leo Kottke next, as the quintet worked through a cover of his instrumental “Noon To Noon”. Last year, Gordon revealed that he’s working with Kottke on a new album, the duo’s long-awaited follow up to the now 13-year-old Sixty Six Steps.An interesting and unique cover of “When Your Mind’s Made Up” followed, a tune from the 2007 film and 2011 musical, Once. Mike Gordon and his bandmates kept the energy high for the remainder of the set with the recently debuted “My Favorite Mistake”, a cover of Max Creek’s “Jones”, and a set-closing rendition of Aerosmith‘s “Sweet Emotion”.Mike Gordon – “Put Down The Phone”[Video: jshep111]Mike Gordon – “Sweet Emotion”[Video: gr8fuljon]As reported by JamBase, when the band reemerged for their encore, “Gordon explained that he had been drawing inspiration from musical theater lately.” In the theme of theater and acting, Gordon invited up actress Elizabeth Nestlerode to assist with vocals on “If You Want Me”, the second Once tune of the evening. Nestlerode is currently performing in The Other Josh Cohen on Broadway and has played the Girl role in Once many times. In November, Gordon and his Phish bandmate Trey Anastasio were spotted hanging out with the Spin Doctors’ Chris Barron at the Broadway premiere for The Other Josh Cohen. Gordon and company settled back into their five-piece format to bring the electric St. Patrick’s Day show to a close with the recently debuted “I Am Random”.Enjoy a beautiful gallery of photos below from Sunday night’s show courtesy of photographer Chris Capaci.Mike Gordon’s solo tour continues on Tuesday, March 19th, with a performance at Buffalo, NY’s Town Ballroom. For a full list of Mike Gordon’s upcoming tour dates, head here.Setlist: Mike Gordon | White Eagle Hall | Jersey City, NJ | 3/17/2019Set One: Whirlwind, Steps, Sleep To Dream, Got To Be More Careful, Tropical Rocket, Angatta, You Strike My Main Nerve, Crazy SometimesSet Two: Tiny Little World, Stealing Jamaica, Put Down The Phone, Noon to Noon, When Your Mind’s Made Up, My Favorite Mistake, Jones, Sweet EmotionEncore: If You Want Me, I Am RandomMike Gordon | White Eagle Hall | Jersey City, NJ | 3/17/2019 | Photos: Chris Capacilast_img read more

Public ‘healthonomics’

first_img Read Full Story Assistant Professor Jessica Cohen is bringing a behavioral economics perspective to public health interventions in Africa.“Here’s the thing,” says Jessica Cohen. “You can design a public health program or product that works wonderfully, that will spare suffering and save lives. And you could tell people all about it, when and why they should use it, and all the benefits.“But, if you don’t think about the barriers to change, how the intervention actually fits into people’s lives and the human response to what you are doing, then all that work you have done, this incredible public health tool you’ve created – it could be all for naught.”An assistant professor in the Department of Global Health and Population at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Cohen is a behavioral economist who is pushing to bring the methods and insights of her field to international health projects, especially those in Africa. Rather than banish to the sidelines the messy aspects of human psychology such as procrastination, behavioral economics directly draws on them to explain economic and other aspects of human behavior.Most of Cohen’s research has involved malaria, a devastating infection that kills 600,000 people annually, most of them children.last_img read more

Russian hack of US agencies exposed supply chain weaknesses

first_imgWASHINGTON (AP) — The elite Russian hackers who gained access to computer systems of federal agencies last year didn’t bother trying to break one-by-one into the networks of each department. Instead, they got inside by sneaking malicious code into a software update pushed out to thousands of government agencies and private companies. That the hackers were able to exploit vulnerabilities in the supply chain to launch a massive intelligence gathering operation was not surprising. U.S. officials and cybersecurity experts have sounded the alarm for years about a problem that has caused havoc but has defied easy solutions from the government and private sector.last_img read more

Cursed Child Eyeing Broadway Bow

first_img Related Shows Harry Potter and the Cursed Child The Hogwarts Express could be heading to Broadway! Harry Potter and the Cursed Child ‘s producers are apparently in negotiations for a Shubert Theatre, potentially for next season. The New York Post reports that the production could land in Toronto first. Cursed Child, which runs in repertory in two parts, is currently in previews in London’s West End.Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is a new play by Thorne, directed by Tiffany. It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband and father of three school-age children. While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.The eighth story in the Harry Potter series and the first official Harry Potter story to be presented on stage, Cursed Child will officially open on July 30 at the West End’s Palace Theatre. It stars Jamie Parker as Harry, Noma Dumezweni as Hermione and Paul Thornley as Ron.   Jamie Parker in ‘Harry Potter'(Photo: Charlie Gray)center_img View Comments from $40.00last_img read more

Proposed Loan for Adani Mine, Rejected by Queensland Government, May Have Failed Financial Test Anyway

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Australian Broadcasting Corporation:Adani’s bid for a $1 billion taxpayer-funded loan may have been doomed even before it was scuppered by Queensland’s Palaszczuk Government, the Productivity Commission has said. The miner’s proposed Galilee Basin rail line faced rejection by the Northern Australian Infrastructure Facility (NAIF) because it may have failed key hurdles, the commission’s latest bulletin suggested.However, the commission is yet to analyse a rival NAIF loan bid by rail operator Aurizon, which the State Government will also consider blocking in line with an election promise relating to Adani. State Labor told lobby group GetUp! during the election campaign in November it would veto “any NAIF loan” that enabled Adani’s coal project.The Productivity Commission’s December newsletter noted that projects seeking low-interest loans from NAIF must “not otherwise be able attract finance, but would be commercially viable once constructed.” There must also be “a public benefit from the infrastructure [to justify the cost to the taxpayer of the short-term assistance provided]”.“Many of the projects suggested in the media as candidates for NAIF funding — such as the rail line to the Galilee Basin and various large irrigation dams — may fail at least one of these criteria,” it said.The miner, which is battling to meet its March deadline for clinching finance for the $22 billion project, has since been refused support by Chinese banks and parted ways with its main contractor Downer.Queensland Treasurer Jackie Trad last month reportedly said the Government would soon decide whether to extend the NAIF veto to Aurizon.More: Proposed Loan for Adani Mine, Rejected by Queensland Government, May Have Failed Financial Test Anywaylast_img read more

Our versus Your

first_img 7SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr I read a wonderful “Q and A” interview in the NYT recently. It hit on two important themes.The Times interviewed Kenneth Ziegler of Logicworks. He discussed the power of “our” compared to “Their” or “your.”There’s a big mistake that I’ve seen some people make. They come in from the outside, talking about their 100-day plan to interview every employee and then come up with their grand strategy.The one thing that I found consistently painful was they would keep talking about their old company: “At this company, we did this, we did that.” It was never about what we have. It was about what we didn’t have, and why we were unlike another company. People just get sick of that.It’s natural to gravitate to things that worked in the past. But just remove the “At my old company… .” Phrase it as a question: “Have we thought about this?” Then people get jazzed about it because now it’s our idea, not your old company’s idea. (Emphasis added.)It reminds me of a saying. I’ll have to paraphrase it. continue reading »last_img read more

FIFA Club World Cup moved to February 2021 due to coronavirus disruption | Football News

first_imgMatch-winner Kingsley Coman lifts the Champions League trophyImage:Bayern Munich will be Europe’s representatives after winning the Champions League last season Bayern Munich, who won the delayed 2020 Champions League in August, will be Europe’s representatives in the competition.FIFA also announced that its women’s U20 and U17 2020 World Cups have been cancelled, having already been rescheduled until 2021.Costa Rica will remain as hosts of the U20 tournament for 2022, with India hosting the U17 event in the same year.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – “The FIFA Club World Cup Qatar 2020, which was originally scheduled for December, has been subject to the disruptive effect of the pandemic on the confederations’ continental club championships that serve as a pathway for the event,” the world governing body said in a statement.“The introduction of strict return-to-play protocols has facilitated a successful resumption of continental club championships, the last of which is now scheduled to conclude by the end of January 2021.center_img FIFA has moved the Club World Cup to February next year after the coronavirus pandemic affected the conclusion of continental championships around the world.The tournament will still be played in Qatar but has been moved from its original dates in December.- Advertisement – “As a result, the FIFA Club World Cup 2020 will now be held from February 1 to 11 2021, taking place in Qatar as per the original host appointment by the FIFA Council in June 2019.”- Advertisement –last_img read more

Manchester United’s De Gea must go back to basics: Neville

first_imgManchester United goalkeeper David de Gea must go back to basics to boost his confidence and reverse his disappointing run of form, former captain Gary Neville has said.De Gea deflected Steven Bergwijn’s shot into his own net in a 1-1 Premier League draw with Tottenham Hotspur on Friday and the Spaniard was lambasted by another United captain, Roy Keane, who said he was “sick to death” of the goalkeeper. United manager Solskjaer Ole Gunnar Solskjaer defended De Gea after Keane’s comments, though he has also recently tipped academy product Dean Henderson to become first choice for club and country. It was the seventh error leading to a goal that De Gea had committed since the start of last season, the joint-highest alongside Newcastle United’s Martin Dubravka, Everton’s Jordan Pickford and Arsenal’s Bernd Leno, according to Premier League statistics.”He’s got to go back to basics … He was the one player United could rely upon for the last four years but he’s not the same,” Neville said on his podcast.”When form drops for six months it’s a blip but when it goes on for a year you start to worry. When it goes over two years it becomes more permanent.”United, who are fifth on 46 points, face Sheffield United, two points and places below them, on Wednesday.Topics :last_img read more