Muntons has unveiled plans to open a £500,000 Centre for Excellence, at its headquarters in Stowmarket, in January 2010.The investment, which includes a purpose-built factory, will become the focal point for the firm’s innovation and new product development. The centre will feature an NPD kitchen, sensory testing room, bakery, micro-brewery and winery, and will enable the firm to reduce the cost of NPD while getting products to market faster.Muntons’ technical sales support manager Jonathan Pritchard said the centre would greatly improve the firm’s ability to proactively develop new pro-ducts and grow its business.”We will be able to produce development samples internally at lab scale, rather than relying on third-party or full-scale plant trials, which means we can cut the turnaround time of NPD projects significantly,” he added.
“After more than 15 days from the date stipulated for signing, the players want to show our concern and outrage at the lack of response. We demand that all parties comply with what has been agreed and manifested, “the players continue.These also launch a warning with more than 24 hours of margin for both parties. “If throughout this Thursday, February 6 there is no satisfactory response, measures agreed by the footballers and AFE will be carried out for the rights of the collective, “they warn.Remember that the players already made a strike day in mid-November due to the slow negotiations of this historical document, and on January 20 the players already reported feeling “none” and they did not rule out repeating this strike again if this agreement is not signed. “We would not like to, but in the end we feel that we are not being taken seriously. We do not discard anything,” said Ainhoa Tirapu, goalkeeper of Athletic.In addition, the AFE also pointed out that it will take “the actions that by law” correspond to it and “that the legislation itself arbitrates, being aware of the possible damages arising from a situation of factual consolidation “.“We understand that the Collective Agreement has its own importance; in addition to being a historical fact, it means guaranteeing the labor rights of the soccer players of our country, so that all the entities and institutions that are competent in women’s football act constructively to make the firm’s materialization come true, “the union recalled. The players of the First Iberdrola could take possible “consensual measures” with the Association of Spanish Footballers (AFE) before the new delay in the signing of the Collective Agreement due to the lack of agreement between the RFEF and the Club Association (ACFF).In a statement sent on Wednesday by the AFE and signed by all the clubs of the highest category, with the exception of Levante and Sevilla, the union indicated that last Monday it organized a videoconference with the soccer players “to analyze the current situation, with the Collective Agreement”.This is “unsigned” despite the agreement reached “several weeks ago” with the ACFF and after announcing on January 14 the RFEF that accepted the proposal of the employer “to enable the signing” and thus allow teams to enroll in its Program Elite and receive 500,000 euros. But Given this new delay “in the formalization of the signing of the Collective Agreement”, the players and the association show their “concern and discomfort”. “Since January 15, soccer players have been patient, understanding that there were issues to solve, referring to the exploitation and commercialization of television rights, but having no agreement at the moment, the formalization of the agreement is being delayed, with the damage that this entails for the soccer players “, they indicate in the note.