Warburtons’ new Lunch Rolls

first_imgWarburtons has launched a new range of Lunch Rolls. The product comes in three varieties – white, wholemeal and grains & seeds – and has a more ‘hand-crafted’ look, according to the company.Sarah Miskell, category director at Warburtons, said: “Currently, 28% of bakery is consumed at the in-home lunch occasion and this is growing year-on-year. Our consumer research told us that shoppers were looking for soft rolls suitable for soup or sandwiches in a variety of flavours, with the assurance of Warburtons’ quality and long-lasting freshness, so this is what we have given them.”She said the launch also gave the company the opportunity to redesign the packaging on its rolls range to create greater impact on-shelf. Sliced Rolls and Premium Rolls packs now have new-look packaging so consumers can identify the quality and type of roll more easily.Warburtons’ Lunch Rolls are available in packs of six, with an RRP of £1.10. The launch will be supported with consumer PR and throughout National Bread Week, from 4-10 May.last_img read more

Baking Industry Awards ’18: Craft Bakery Business

first_imgSponsored by Dawn FoodsAn overall winner in the category was this year selected from seven regional finalistsWinner: Warrens Bakery (Also South West winner)Established in 1860, Warrens describes itself as the oldest Cornish pasty maker still using traditional hand-crimping methods. But virtually everything else at the company has changed.The business has grown by around 10% this year and has been expanding its estate of company-owned shops at a rate of knots. It has also opted for a franchise model that is proving a big success, with more than 40 franchised sites scheduled to be trading by the end of this year. And growth hasn’t been confined to retail: following a 10-year partnership with Derriford Hospital trust in Devon, the business has taken over the contract for three more catering facilities on site.Marketing has also played a big role in Warrens’ success, including an 80 Days Around The World campaign in the spring and the launch of an online game this summer.Operating out of two bakeries, in St Just and Plymouth, some of Warrens’ master bakers have been with the business for over 50 years, while operational director Jason Jobling has learned the trade and grown up with the company since the age of 14.As well as pasties, the business makes a wide range of savouries and sweet baked goods including scones, cakes and sandwiches.The Craft Bakery Business Awards finalistsPaul Rhodes Bakery (South East winner)This 15-year-old bakery supplies businesses in and around London. Employing more than 110 people, its range includes breads, pastries and Viennoiserie. The business is craft-led, with handmade products requiring a good level of skill from the bakers. Founder Paul Rhodes is the 2018 Baker of the Year (see p54).Genesis Crafty (Northern Ireland winner)This large wholesale bakery produces wheaten and soda breads, pancakes, scones, baps, rolls and cakes. Bread products are made in small batches, many kneaded by hand. Founded 50 years ago, it has grown considerably, launching over 40 new cake lines in the past year alone, mainly within the M&S brand.Stephens (Scotland winner)This firm has grown from a traditional Dunfermline family bakery to a business with sales of over £12m. Comprising 14 retail shops, six snack delivery vehicles and partnerships with the Co-op, Scotmid, McColl’s and independent retailers, its aim is to be the number one choice for on-the-go bakery products.Just Desserts (North winner)This firm started life in the historic Salts Mill in Saltaire, West Yorks in 1985. Its 25 staff make desserts and patisserie, which it supplies direct to cafés, pubs, restaurants and visitor attractions. It supplies more than 130 products, over 75% scratch-made, including gateaux, tarts, pastries and teacakes.Clam’s Handmade Cakes (Wales winner)Clam’s began in 1981 in Abergavenny and moved to a bakery in Ebbw Vale in 2014. The success of its award-winning Sticky Almond Cake and Whisky Fruit Cake spurred the business to expand, and NPD for 2018 includes sugar-free muffins.Flower & White (Midlands winner)Brian Crowther started his business from home in 2009 and has since built up an award-winning meringue and gluten-free muffin manufacturing operation in Telford, supplying wholesale, retail and foodservice. His 8,000sq ft factory is SALSA accredited and employs around 40 people.last_img read more

Mammography tied to overdiagnosis

first_imgNew Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) research suggests that routine mammography screening — long viewed as an essential tool in detecting early breast cancers — may in fact lead to a significant amount of overdiagnosis of disease that would have proved harmless. Based on a study of women in Norway, the researchers estimate that between 15 percent and 25 percent of breast cancer cases are overdiagnosed.The study appears in the April 3 issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine.“Mammography might not be appropriate for use in breast cancer screening because it cannot distinguish between progressive and nonprogressive cancer,” said lead author Mette Kalager, a visiting scientist at HSPH and a researcher at the Telemark Hospital in Norway. “Radiologists have been trained to find even the smallest of tumors in a bid to detect as many cancers as possible to be able to cure breast cancer. However, the present study adds to the increasing body of evidence that this practice has caused a problem for women — diagnosis of breast cancer that wouldn’t cause symptoms or death.”Most women in the U.S. begin having annual mammograms in their 40s or 50s. But recent research suggesting evidence of overdiagnosis has increased debate about the benefits of screening. A number of experts have speculated that new treatments for breast cancer play a larger role in saving women’s lives than screening does — and have noted that overdiagnosis can cause unnecessary stress and unnecessary medical treatment.Kalager says the new findings suggest that women should be well-informed not only about the potential benefits from mammography, but also about its possible harms — including mental distress, biopsies, surgeries, or chemotherapy and hormone treatments for disease that would never have caused symptoms.The researchers analyzed data from 39,888 women with invasive breast cancer in Norway, 7,793 of whom were diagnosed during the 10-year rollout of the Norwegian Breast Cancer Screening Program, which began in 1996, for women ages 50 through 69. Because the screening program was phased in over time, the researchers were able to compare the number of breast cancer cases in women who had been offered screening with those not offered screening. The remaining study population consisted of two historical-comparison groups — mirroring the current groups — of women diagnosed with breast cancer from 1986 through 1995, before the nationwide program began.The researchers theorized that if mammography is beneficial, it would lead to a decrease in late-stage breast cancer cases — the theory being that early detection prevents late-stage disease.But the researchers did not find a reduction in late-stage disease in women who’d been offered screening. They did find, though, a substantial amount of overdiagnosis: Among the 7,793 women diagnosed with breast cancer through participation in the screening program, 15 percent to 25 percent were overdiagnosed — between 1,169 and 1,948 women. Based on those numbers, the researchers further estimated that, for every 2,500 women invited to screening, 2,470 to 2,474 will never be diagnosed with breast cancer and 2,499 will never die from breast cancer. Only one death from breast cancer will be prevented. But six to 10 women will be overdiagnosed, and treated with surgery, radiation therapy, and possibly chemotherapy without any benefit.Other HSPH authors included senior author Rulla Tamimi, assistant professor in the Department of Epidemiology, and Hans-Olov Adami, professor of epidemiology.Support for the study was provided by the Norwegian Research Council and Frontier Science.last_img read more

Geranium disease stopped

first_imgBy Morgan RoanUniversity of GeorgiaThe extensive geranium crop in Georgia is just fine this year. That’s at least partly due to the painful lessons greenhouse growers learned last year.Southern bacterial wilt was found on geranium cuttings imported into the United States from Guatemala on Dec. 31. One greenhouse in Georgia found suspected infected cuttings on Jan. 1, though, and the cuttings were all destroyed.”This year, the greenhouse growers who received shipments were able to stop the spread of the bacterium and destroy the suspect plants before it became a problem,” said University of Georgia scientist Jean L. Woodward.Woodward, an assistant professor of plant pathology with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, said the bacterium has been around for years.”However, it wasn’t until last year that it caused a problem in the greenhouses,” she said. Infected plants came into the country in early 2003 from Kenya and Guatemala.”Many crops had to be destroyed (in 2003),” she said, “because of the severity of the pathogen.”For spring garden shoppers, infected geranium cuttings aren’t a concern. The U.S. Department of Agriculture acted quickly, Woodward said, in identifying growers who got the infected cuttings. The disease’s spread was stopped before it started.Geraniums are grown in hundreds of greenhouses throughout Georgia. Even high school horticulture clubs grow the plants, which they use for fund-raisers.Geraniums are used in landscapes and in florists’ arrangements. They’re especially popular plants around Mother’s Day.Once plants are infected with this disease, Woodward said, they die. There is no control for it. “Neither fungicides nor bactericides will kill it,” she said.The only ways to keep the disease from spreading are to destroy infected plants and sanitize the greenhouses.The lessons from last year’s cases helped prevent the spread of the disease this year, Woodward said. “There is no problem with the geranium crop this year.”(Morgan Roan is a student writer with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)last_img read more

Carbon capture costs loom large in climate talks

first_imgCarbon capture costs loom large in climate talks FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters:When countries gather on Sunday to hammer out how they will enact pledges to cut carbon emissions, a Norwegian-led oil consortium will offer a solution: pump some of your excess carbon dioxide to us and we could store it for you.Environmentalists worry the costly technology, known as carbon capture and storage (CCS), will perpetuate the fossil fuel status quo when rapid and deep cuts energy use are needed to limit global warming. But proponents of CCS will be lobbying hard at the two-week climate conference in Katowice, Poland, for the extensive investment and regulatory change required to employ it at scale, citing U.N. assessments that it could play a role.“The expectation is that Katowice will be important,” said Stephen Bull, a senior vice president at Norwegian state-controlled oil company Equinor, which is involved in developing a CCS project called Northern Lights. “CCS is the only way to go,” he said, arguing that countries need the technology to help fulfil the pledges they made around the time of the breakthrough Paris climate change agreement in 2015.The relatively small scale of the project, along with the unsolved problem of who will pay for it, highlight the obstacles to getting CCS technology off the ground. Organizers of the estimated 1.6 billion euros ($1.8 billion) Northern Lights project say it could store around 5 million tonnes per year of emissions from a Norwegian waste-to energy plant, a cement plant as well as emissions from other countries. This is a tiny fraction of the 6 billion tonnes per year that would need to be stored by 2050 according to the International Energy Agency, which coordinates industrialized nations’ energy policies.A European Union climate strategy published on Wednesday said rapid deployment of renewables meant the potential of CCS to be a major decarbonization option appeared lower than before. But it said CCS would be needed, especially if the bloc wanted to reach a goal of net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. Earlier attempts to fund CCS in Europe have largely failed. An EU program in 2012 did not go on to fund a single CCS project and a British support scheme was canceled in 2015.Eighteen large-scale CCS plants are in operation around the world, according to the Global CCS Institute, which says 2,500 CCS facilities, each able to store 1.5 million tonnes a year, would be needed by 2040 to keep global warming within a 2C rise.Countries as far afield as Algeria and Japan are working with CCS but only two of the world’s CCS operations are on power plants. The CCS industry sees potential for many more. But the U.S. Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) think tank said this month that coal plants are having a difficult time competing with wind and solar resources which have come down rapidly in price even without CCS.“Economics is a serious issue. And to do CCS on a wide scale you need to build a whole new infrastructure: new pipelines, find repositories which would work, inspection equipment and then monitoring,” said IEEFA’S David Schlissel.More: Pressure mounts to bury carbon emissions, but who will pay?last_img read more

Five SEO strategies financial marketers must ditch ASAP

first_imgSome search engine optimization tactics, like matching content to user intent and building quality backlinks, have stood the test of time. But many SEO tasks that used to be critically important no longer deliver meaningful impact.In fact, your ranking may even be harmed by SEO practices that were common as little as four years ago. We’ve unpacked some key developments in search algorithms to help you understand which tactics you should move away from in your enterprise SEO strategy (if you haven’t done so already).1. Deploying Meta Keywords Is So Yesterday — And No HelpKeywords, which search algorithms use to interpret searcher intent, remain the backbone of SEO. But meta keywords, once an integral component of great SEO, have grown all but irrelevant.Meta keywords are an HTML tag that aims to communicate what a page is about. Once upon a time, they were absolutely necessary. And it was even possible to game the system, so to speak, and stuff your pages full of meta keywords to boost your rank. 5SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img read more

Arsenal to make 55 redundancies but claim investing in the team remains ‘key priority’

first_imgAdvertisement Arsenal to make 55 redundancies but claim investing in the team remains ‘key priority’ Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 5 Aug 2020 2:38 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link667Shares View 5 comments Arsenal have announced their intention to make 55 club staff redundant (Picture: Getty)Arsenal have announced their intention to make 55 members of staff redundant as the club continues to count the cost of the coronavirus pandemic. Although the Gunners confirmed their place in the Europa League, a competition which could generate and extra £30million in revenue next season, by winning last Saturday’s FA Cup final against Chelsea they have been hit hard by a lack of matchday revenue. The overwhelming majority of the first team squad agreed to take a pay cut of up to 12.5% back in April, but with fixtures likely to be played behind close doors again come the start of the 2020/21 campaign the lack of matchday revenue forced the club into making cuts.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘In line with other football clubs and many other businesses operating in the sport, leisure and entertainment arena, we have been impacted directly by COVID-19,’ read a statement on the club’s official website.ADVERTISEMENT‘Our main sources of income have all reduced significantly. Revenue from broadcasters, matchday and commercial activities have all been hit severely and these impacts will continue into at least the forthcoming 2020/21 season.center_img Arsenal will find it hard to find a take for Mesut Ozil who earns £350,000-a-week (Picture: Getty)‘These steps have all reduced the impact of the pandemic on the club and have helped us continue to maintain investment in the team. This will continue to be a key priority.’After last month’s win over Liverpool, manager Mikel Arteta implored the club’s board to hand him the funds that would help him to accelerate what remains a major rebuilding job.Last week’s Wembley win over Chelsea has only strengthened his hand and the club are reportedly working on deals to sign Willian from their west London rivals and Philippe Coutinho from Barcelona. More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalGabriel Magalhaes, Lille’s Brazilian centre-half, is another reported target, while the club hope to raise funds from the potential sales of Matteo Guendouzi, who hasn’t featured since a breach of discipline following a recent defeat against Brighton.AdvertisementAdvertisementFinding a taker for Mesut Ozil, who earns £350,000-a-week despite not playing a single minute over the course of Project Restart, will represent a near impossible task, however, with his agent recently claiming his client is willing to run down the remaining 12 months of his contract. MORE: Antoino Rudiger claims Chelsea will miss Arsenal transfer target Willian if he leavesMORE: Barcelona ramping up transfer talks with Arsenal over Philippe CoutinhoFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Arsenal are pressing ahead with plans to sign Willian despite their financial plight (Picture: Getty)‘The pandemic represents one of the most challenging periods in our 134-year history and we have responded promptly by implementing wide-ranging measures to reduce our costs. Our players, senior football staff and executive team have volunteered pay cuts, we have stopped pretty much all of our capital spending, and our discretionary operating expenditure has been strictly controlled.‘We have also received significant financial support from our owners, Kroenke, Sports & Entertainment in terms of refinancing our stadium debt.‘Our aim has been to protect the jobs and base salaries of our people for as long as we possibly can. Unfortunately, we have now come to the point where we are proposing 55 redundancies.‘We do not make these proposals lightly and have looked at every aspect of the club and our expenditure before reaching this point. We are now entering the required 30-day consultation period on these proposals.’Despite the impending job losses, Arsenal were at pains to stress that investing in and adding to the current squad remains a ‘key priority’. ‘We have also received significant financial support from our owners, Kroenke, Sports & Entertainment in terms of refinancing our stadium debt,’ the statement added. Advertisementlast_img read more

Hinterland haven the epitome of acreage living

first_img9 Whittington Way, Maudsland. 9 Whittington Way, Maudsland.THIS Maudsland home is an entertainer’s dream.From the entertaining terrace with teppanyaki bar and media room to the resort-style pool and firepit, the acreage property at 9 Whittington Way has something for everyone.Owners Nick and Kim Bennett built the four-bedroom, three bathroom home, which sits on a forested hillside. More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa17 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days ago9 Whittington Way, Maudsland.It has three separate wings, the kitchen and living area with separate media room and study at its centre.There are two wings on either side – one dedicated to the master bedroom with ensuite and walk-in wardrobe while the other has three bedrooms and a “kid’s retreat”.Marketing agent Andrew Colley, of @realty, said the wings were almost tiered.“The block gently drops from left to right,” he said.Mr Colley said 14 groups of people inspected the property during the first weekend it was open to the public. 9 Whittington Way, Maudsland. 9 Whittington Way, Maudsland.He said its size and flat landscape appealed to buyers most as it meant they could do a lot more with the land.“It’s the epitome of an acreage lifestyle,” Mr Colley said.“It’s a beautiful home in a beautiful location.”It also has views of the Tamborine Mountain foothills.last_img read more

2,958 IMCA drivers get point fund shares

first_imgVINTON, Iowa – Point fund checks will be pre­sented or mailed to 2,958 IMCA drivers this year. That number represents more than 40 percent of the licensed drivers competing in 2014. A total of $607,983 will be paid, based on national, re­gional, special series and local track standings. “There isn’t another sanc­tioning body that pays so much to so many differ­ent drivers,” noted IMCA Vice President of Opera­tions Brett Root. “We’re very proud of that at IMCA.” Individual point fund amounts are published in the second section of the November Inside IMCA newsletter.last_img