Multiple ISBs defy crisis with rise in core goods

first_imgSupermarket in-store bakeries have bucked the recession with sales up by nearly 5% in the past year, as shoppers search out fresh affordable products.According to IRI research, commissioned by Bakehouse, sales of core ISB categories grew by 4.8% in the 52 weeks ending 5 September, compared to the previous year, to reach £1bn. Star performers in the sector included: rolls, with sales growth of 9% to reach £239m; muffins, up 21% to over £52.5m; and Danish pastries, up 10% to £45m.The only categories in the sector that didn’t see an increase in sales were: bagels (-8%); cookies (-3%); and traybakes (-6%).”People still want to treat themselves during the tough economic times and the in-store bakery is a nice way of doing that,” said Bakehouse brand manager Claire Warren.”You get that sweet shop experience with loose products and the aroma of baking bread. Shoppers are looking for fresh, affordable, handmade products and ISBs tick all these boxes.”last_img read more

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Price vs product – compromise or confrontation

first_imgBy Max Jenvey of Oxxygen Marketing Partnership, a strategic business accelerator specialising in the bakery, foodservice and convenience retail sectors.My grandmother always used the saying “Penny wise but pound foolish” and, over the years, I’ve come to really understand what she meant.We all need to watch our pennies these days and even more challenging is where we spend our hard-earned pounds. The smart money follows consumers’ views and spending behaviour and delivers back exactly what the consumer demands quality products at value pricing. The real question is can this strategy work for us on the high street?The answer may lie in Sayer’s new brand Poundbakery and, as the name suggests, patrons can find their favourite fresh sandwiches and filled barms for £1, two meat and potato pies for £1 and hot drinks for 50p. This brand development represents a dramatic departure from Sayers 2008 research, which focused on traditional bakery values.Following newly commissioned extensive consumer interviews of all demographics by the Market Creative Consultants in July 2010, Poundbakery was launched as a strategic answer to a challenging economic climate. Sue Benson, managing director at Market Creative told us that they focused on local competitors specifically looking at price sensitivity above and below £1. Results confirmed price versus quality was vitally important in the consumer mind-set, especially in the bakery category. Value at that all-important £1 price point was key, with quality as number one. Other insights included ingredients, locally sourced produce and freshness.This was a very bold move indeed, as not only did Sayers want to retain its loyal customer base, but also gain market share by enticing non-users into its stores.Our colleagues at him! told us that 23% of customers are actively seeking lower-priced or cheaper products today compared to 12 months ago (Food-to-go 2009 report average).Given this focus on lower-priced products are customers prepared to compromise on quality? The short answer is no. Consumer research company him! told us that 43% of customers make their purchase decisions based on product quality, which ranks top. When choosing what food to buy 52% base their selection on freshness, followed by 33% on taste.We can clearly understand why price vs product quality is a recipe for success, so good luck to Poundbakery we’ll be watching your progress.last_img read more

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Finalists revealed for National Cupcake Championships

first_imgBritish Baker, the organiser of National Cupcake Week, is delighted to announce the finalists of the National Cupcake Championships 2011.The event, now in its third year, pits the best cupcake makers in the country against one another and marks the first milestone in the run-up to National Cupcake Week, which takes place 12-18 September.The finalists – the cream of the UK’s professional cupcake makers – will battle it out for the crown of National Cupcake Champion at the Institute of Contemporary Arts on 15 August.“The number of entries has nearly doubled each year in the three years that we’ve hosted this event,” said British Baker deputy editor Andrew Williams. “Cupcakes have often been written off as a fad, but because the flavours and designs keep evolving, they continue growing in popularity.“This year we’ve seen a notable shift away from some of the overly sweet cupcakes of the past – a response perhaps to changing consumers’ palates and a distancing from the American style of cupcake that has dominated in recent years.”He added that the surge in home baking of cupcakes had driven ever higher standards from those who bake professionally.“Last year the UK witnessed a boom in home-baked cupcakes, accounting for nearly a third of all cupcakes consumed, and helping to push cupcake consumption up by 52%* year on year,” he commented. “Bakers have had to raise their game and really innovate with flavour combinations – using tricks and skilled techniques that are hard to replicate at home – to make sure people keep buying cupcakes.”* Source: Kantar Worldpanel, 52 w/e end of Feb 2011National Cupcake Championships finalistsAbsolute TreatsApril BakeryBeach House BakeryBibi’s BakeryCakeadoodledoCall Me CupcakesCameo CupcakesCharmaine’s CupcakesCinnamon SquareClaire’s Handmade CakesClassy CupcakesClevercow CakesCocktail Couture – CCTreatsCrazy BakerCrazy Moose BakeryCrumbs CupcakeryCuppa Cake CompanyDavid JenkinsDelicakesEat Me CupcakesFantasweets CupcakeFatherson BakeryFrost and SnowGreggs PlcHey Little Cupcake!HoneyOrb BakeryHouse of Cakes by Helena CostaIce Maiden CakesIced Gems of SwanageKimmy Loves CakeLady Jayne’s CakesLet them Eat CakeLittle Suzi’s KitchenLove Cakes LondonMamas [email protected] CupcakesOrganic DelightsPeggy’s CupcakesRachel’s CupcakesRhubarb & RaspberryRich Products/AsdaRosewood CakesSweet & Wicked CupcakesSweet ThingsTea Loves CakeThe Beehive BakeryThe Cupcake BakeryThe Little House of CupcakesThe Penny Lane BakerBritish Baker would like to thank everybody who took the time and effort to enter this year and hopes that those who missed out on a final place will try again in 2012.last_img read more

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House masters appointed

first_imgHarvard College Dean Evelynn M. Hammonds, the Barbara Gutmann Rosenkrantz Professor of the History of Science and of African and African-American Studies, today (March 26) announced the appointment of three House masters. Rakesh and Stephanie Khurana will become master and co-master of Cabot House. Douglas Melton and Gail O’Keefe will assume those roles at Eliot House, while Christie McDonald and Michael David Rosengarten will oversee Mather House.Last month, James L. Cavallaro, clinical professor of law at Harvard Law School (HLS) and executive director of the HLS Human Rights Program, and his wife, Nadejda Marques, were appointed interim master and co-master of Harvard College’s Currier House for the 2010-11 academic year.“I’m tremendously pleased that such outstanding scholars — and talented, enthusiastic members of the Harvard community — will be taking on these important and influential roles,” Hammonds said. “Each of the new masters — Professors Rakesh Khurana, Doug Melton, and Christie McDonald — are leading scholars in their fields. But more important than their scholarly contributions, they are, alongside their spouses, wonderful, outgoing people who have a passion for working with and mentoring students.“Harvard’s House system is both unique and has been central to the College’s undergraduate experience since the 1930s,” Hammonds continued. “Rakesh, Doug, and Christie will live up to the traditions of their many predecessors, while bringing new life and ideas to Cabot, Eliot, and Mather Houses. Please join me in welcoming them to each of these House communities.”Professor Rakesh Khurana and Stephanie Khurana (Cabot House)Rakesh Khurana is the Marvin Bower Professor of Leadership Development at the Harvard Business School. He teaches a doctoral seminar on “Management and Markets and the Board of Directors and Corporate Governance” in the M.B.A. program.Khurana received his B.S. from Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y., and his A.M. in sociology and his Ph.D. in organization behavior from Harvard. Prior to attending graduate school, he worked as a founding member of Cambridge Technology Partners.His research uses a sociological perspective to focus on the processes by which elites and leaders are selected and developed. He has written extensively about the CEO labor market and business education.His wife, Stephanie, is acting executive director for the Tobin Project, an alliance of the nation’s leading academics committed to pursuing transformative ideas that improve the lives of fellow citizens. She previously was co-founder, CEO, and director of Surebridge Inc.She received a B.S. in applied economics from Cornell University, an M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School, and an M.P.P. from the Harvard Kennedy School. She has served on the Cornell Advisory Board for Dean of Students and the President’s Council of Cornell Women. Her career includes receipt of a “Top 40 Under 40” award from the Boston Business Journal. She also serves on the board of Step Into Art, a nonprofit that provides art education for inner-city children.The couple have three children: Sonia (13), Nalini (11), and Jai (7).Professor Douglas Melton and Gail O’Keefe (Eliot House)Douglas Melton is the Thomas Dudley Cabot Professor of the Natural Sciences at Harvard and an investigator at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. He is also a co-director of the Harvard Stem Cell Institute, and has become a leading researcher and public advocate in stem cell research.He earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Illinois and then went to Cambridge University in England as a Marshall Scholar, where he received a B.A. in history and philosophy of science and a Ph.D. in molecular biology at Trinity College, Cambridge, and the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology. He teaches undergraduates, graduate students, and medical students at Harvard in courses ranging from basic developmental biology to bioethics.As an educational consultant, Gail O’Keefe works with parents to help them gain an understanding of the learning issues that their children face, advocating for services, placement assistance, and working to improve parent-child relationships. She also works with EDCO, a voluntary collaborative of 21 urban and suburban school districts serving Greater Boston, to ensure that educational opportunities remain available for children in state custody.O’Keefe earned a B.S. in biology from the University of Connecticut, studied at Tufts University’s Department of Urban and Environmental Policy, and received an M.A. in applied developmental and educational psychology from Boston College.Professor Christie McDonald and Michael Rosengarten (Mather House)Christie McDonald, who grew up in New York City, received her B.A. from Mount Holyoke College (having previously studied for a year in Paris) and her Ph.D. from Yale University. She is the Smith Professor of French Language and Literature and professor of comparative literature in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, where she served as chair from 2000 to 2006. Her research and teaching focus on the dialogue of literature with the social sciences and the arts. Two of her most recent collaborative projects will be published this year, “Rousseau and Freedom” and “French Global: A New Approach to French Literary History.”A native of Montreal, Michael David Rosengarten is associate dean of the Center for Continuing Health Professional Education and associate professor of medicine at McGill University. He earned a bachelor of electrical engineering from McGill before moving to the University of Ottawa, where he received his M.D. degree. Since 1980, Rosengarten has held numerous appointments at McGill and the Montreal General Hospital. A longtime cardiologist specializing in electrophysiology, he combined his medical experience with his computer and Web skills to lead McGill’s continuing medical education in distance learning.The two have spent more than 15 years commuting between Montreal and Cambridge, often meeting at their home in northern Vermont near the Canadian border. They will reside together at Mather House. They have four grown children in Montreal, Seattle, Atlanta, and Lowell, Mass.last_img read more

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Leadership the FBI way’

first_imgWith a resumé boasting high-profile casework at the FBI, service at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and risk assessment at Disney, Dr. Kathleen McChesney’s career has been anything but boring. McChesney, the third woman recruited into the FBI and former third-ranking executive, offered experiential advice on leadership in the second lecture of the Provost’s Distinguished Women’s Lecture series entitled “The Privilege to Serve: Leadership the FBI Way” on Tuesday. McChesney said it takes a certain type of person to develop into an exceptional leader. “Two of the most important qualities of leadership deal with people and challenges,” McChesney said. “A leader has to like people, I mean really like people, to work with them, serve them, do things for them and genuinely enjoy their company.” However, McChesney said leaders cannot always expect the respect and friendliness to be returned. “As a leader you’re going to make decisions that people don’t like,” McChesney said. “You want people to respect you, and if they like you that’s a bonus.” Despite the hierarchical nature of the FBI, every member is required to be both a leader and a team player, she said. “Everyone in the FBI is expected to be a leader at one time or another, even if you don’t have the formal title,” McChesney said. “The people we hire are mission-oriented, so it is very easy to get them to step up and volunteer for cases that might not be all that attractive.” McChesney used two very well-known cases to highlight examples of exceptional leaders. McChesney first referenced Special Investigator Bob Walsh’s handling of the infamous Unabomber case, when Harvard graduate Ted Kaczynski mailed bombs across the country in an increasingly sophisticated plot. “[Walsh] was a very innovative leader. He always believed the case was going to be solved even when others didn’t,” she said. “He continued to search outside the box and look for new resources and additional sources.” McChesney recalls being contacted by Walsh while living in Los Angeles, when he requested her assistance on the case. While she was too busy with her own cases to dedicate resources away, what Walsh did next solidified his superior sense of initiative and captured McChesney’s attention. “Bob brought everyone to San Francisco and had a specialist come to brief us on the latest news from the case,” McChesney said. “Because he took the time to inform us and get us involved, the next time he called me for resources he got them right away.” “In 1995, [Kaczynski] wrote a 35,000-word manifesto and sent it to the New York Times, threatening to continue mailing bombs if they failed to publish it,” McChesney said. “It was the FBI’s decision to ask the New York Times to publish it because we felt that, from a law enforcement standpoint, it was the best and smartest thing to do. It was a big risk for the Times but eventually ended the case. It was a long-term case so it was hard to maintain focus, but that’s the job of leader and that’s exactly what Bob did.” While Walsh displayed leadership over a long period of time with his Unabomber case, the next case’s leader, Special Agent Sheila Horan, exhibited composure under pressure following the bombing of the U.S. Embassy in Kenya and Tanzania. Horan immediately deployed over 900 agents to Africa, the largest deployment of agency personnel up to that point. McChesney said Horan’s team was quickly able to identify the bomb conspirators as four Al Qaida members. She attributed Horan’s success to her preparedness and established relationship network. “It is very important to establish your liaison with people you think you’ll have to work with in crisis situations early on so you’ll know each other and trust each other,” McChesney said. “Sheila immediately began those relationships and was very respectful to people like the ambassador and president of Kenya.” McChesney said Horan faced substantial challenges as not only an American, but a woman, operating on mission in the African nation. “Sheila had to designate jobs having to do with health and safety, welfare, culture,” McChesney said. “She had to learn what things you could and could not do as a woman or foreigner in Africa, make sure everyone knew certain hand signals that would be insulting – there was a lot of training on the fly.” Despite the stress and challenges of leadership, McChesney told the audience it was a gift she hoped many of its members would experience. “When you find things you’re passionate about and somebody pays you to do that, that’s a great privilege, and I wish that for all of you,” she said.last_img read more

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Brazilians Spend Close to 18 Billion Dollars on Private Security

first_img According to the data, this branch of services employed 721,603 people in 2012, compared to 303,038 in 2000. Among these employees, approximately 500,000 are guards and watchmen, a number greater than the total count of all state police officers, not including the number of personnel that work informally. Companies that include services like armored vehicles, residential alarm systems monitoring, security guards, personnel and armed escorts currently have the highest revenue growth recorded. Last year they reached 4.6 billion reais (approx. 2.3 billion dollars), compared to the prior year’s increase of 11%. The business of self defense is another field that has a rising demand, especially in the large urban centers, such as the cities of São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. This scenario of almost widespread insecurity derives from several factors ranging from the systematic activities sponsored by criminal organizations such as the Primeiro Comando da Capital (First Capital Command), the Comando Vermelho (Red Command), and the Primeiro Grupo Catarinense (First Santa Catarina Group). The homicide rate of 27.1 for each 100,000 residents is considered epidemic by the UN, and includes crimes such as armed robbery, robbery, and theft, which drove some segments of the Brazilian society to doubt the effectiveness of the government policies for the sector. On the other hand, government spending for public security showed a sharp decline. From the 3.1 billion reais (approx. 1.55 billion dollars) forecast in the federal government’s 2012 budget, only 23.8% of this total was used. Experts indicate that the situation is the result of the increased supervisory control and release of public funds, and also the lack of consistent projects to justify the release of these resources. With the perceived ineffectiveness of the public security and an increased feeling of uncertainty, Brazilian citizens have turned to the private security sector, which is a field that is expanding exponentially in Brazil. Between 2000 and 2009, businesses in this industry grew by 70%, making it a highly lucrative activity. In 2009, they spent a total of 35.85 billion reais (approx. 17.9 billion dollars), equivalent to 0.94% of the Gross Domestic Income, on private security, according to a poll by the Institute of Applied Economic Research (IPEA). center_img By Dialogo April 18, 2013 *André Luís Woloszyn, Strategic Intelligence Analystlast_img read more

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PREMIUMListyo tops list of police chief candidates, but race remains open

first_imgNational Police chief Gen. Idham Aziz, before all police personnel, made it clear on July 1 that every one of them has the same chance of becoming the next police chief. With that out of the way, he said he expects the police force to remain focused on serving the country.The former chief detective, who will retire in January next year, also warned them not to fall for any false information that suggests otherwise.“There will be a storm of false information coming from all directions. Do not fall for that, keep doing what you do best as policemen,” Idham said during a virtual event that was live streamed to commemorate the 74th anniversary of the National Police on July 1, formally known as Bhayangkara Day, as quoted by Antara news agency.Idham’s speech on his replacement was deemed necessary to minimize the heated tension that usually emerges from the … National-Police chief Idham-Azis LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Log in with your social account Forgot Password ? Google Facebook Topics : Linkedinlast_img read more

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Pressure group: PFZW breaks fossil fuel divestment promise

first_imgFossielvrijNL, an environmental pressure group, has accused Dutch healthcare scheme PFZW of going back on its original plans to reduce its stake in fossil fuel investments.In 2015, the €238bn pension fund announced it would divest most of its holdings in coal, while reducing its fossil fuel portfolio by 30%, within five years.FossielvrijNL said that participants and pensioners of PFZW had found that the scheme’s combined investments in the fossil fuel sector had nevertheless increased 14%.It noted that the scheme still had €3.7bn worth of investments in fossil fuel companies, predominantly oil and gas firms. Four of them accounted for the highest carbon emissions worldwide, it claimed.The pressure group noted that, whereas the Dutch government closed coal-fired power plants, coal companies in PFZW’s portfolio intended to build new power plants worldwide.FossielvrijNL  has asked the fund to exclude fossil fuels from its investment universe, cease investment in coal by 2021 and divest both from oil and gas holdings no later than 2024.It added that a petition with these demands had already been signed by 1,700 workers in the healthcare sector.In a response, PFZW stated that it wanted to encourage the transition to a sustainable energy system by being an active shareholder.It said it had committed to reducing carbon emissions by 50%, rather than halving its financial stake in fossil fuels, adding that it had already achieved a reduction of 40%.The healthcare scheme attributed the 14% rise of its holdings in fossil fuel firms to “high returns” of the investments.Explaining its approach, it said that it aimed to sell its stake in the biggest CO2 emitters in the sectors energy, utility companies and materials, “where we can achieve by far the largest gain”.It said that in the past five years, it had sold 250 of the most polluting fossil fuel companies in favour of investment in frontrunners on sustainable energy, in particular in the sectors materials and electricity firms.last_img read more

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Santos confirms significant offshore gas find at Corvus area, W. Australia

first_imgSpotted a typo? Have something more to add to the story? Maybe a nice photo? Contact our editorial team via email. Offshore Energy Today, established in 2010, is read by over 10,000 industry professionals daily. We had nearly 9 million page views in 2018, with 2.4 million new users. This makes us one of the world’s most attractive online platforms in the space of offshore oil and gas and allows our partners to get maximum exposure for their online campaigns. If you’re interested in showcasing your company, product or technology on Offshore Energy Today contact our marketing manager Mirza Duran for advertising options. Australian oil and gas company Santos has said it has successfully drilled the Corvus-2 appraisal well confirming “a significant gas resource” in the Carnarvon Basin, offshore Western Australia.Noble Tom Prosser rig / Image source: Noble CorporationThe well, located in petroleum permit WA-45-R, in which Santos has a 100 percent interest, is approximately 90 kilometers northwest of Dampier.The Corvus-2 well intersected a gross interval of 638 meters, one of the largest columns ever discovered across the North West Shelf, Santos said. The well reached a total depth of 3,998 meters.Wireline logging to date has confirmed 245 meters of net hydrocarbon pay across the target reservoirs in the North Rankin and Mungaroo formations, between 3,360 and 3,998 meters.Higher permeability zones than encountered in Corvus-1 have been observed from initial pressure sampling completed in the well. Compared to Corvus-1, initial samples acquired from Corvus-2 indicate a significantly higher Condensate Gas Ratio of up to 10 bbl/mmscf and a similar CO2 content of 7 percent, Santos added.Corvus-2 is approximately three kilometers southwest of Corvus-1, which was drilled in 2000. The water depth at the location is 63 meters. The field is approximately 28 kilometers from the Reindeer platform, which delivers gas to the Devil Creek domestic gas plant near Karratha, and about 62 kilometers to a Varanus Island tie-in point. Santos has a 100 percent interest in all these facilities.The well was drilled using the jack-up drilling rig, Noble Tom Prosser, and will be plugged and abandoned as planned once logging operations are completed.Santos Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer Kevin Gallagher said: “Corvus-2 has delivered a fantastic result and has opened up a number of additional exploration opportunities in the region. It is particularly exciting to have realized higher liquids content and significantly bigger resource volume than we expected.”“Corvus could be tied back to either our Devil Creek or Varanus Island gas plants, where it has the potential to increase the utilization of our existing facilities as well as provide backfill and extend plateau well into the 2030s.”“It’s a great start to our 2019 offshore drilling campaign, and it also highlights the value of the Quadrant acquisition and our strategy of pursuing upstream brownfield growth opportunities around existing infrastructure. The rig will now move north to commence the Dorado appraisal program,” Gallagher said.WoodMac: Corvus is Carnarvon basin’s largest gas discovery in a decade Commenting on Santos’ announcement on Tuesday, Wood Mackenzie senior analyst Daniel Toleman said: “Based on limited information, our initial estimate is a 2.5 tcf gas and 25 mmbbl condensate resource. This will be the largest gas discovery in the Carnarvon basin since the Satyr-4 exploration well drilled by Chevron in 2009.“Santos’ stated 254m net pay is indicative of a very large gas resource in place, but recoverable volumes will be dependant on the size of the structure, area extent and sand thickness.“Santos suggested that Corvus will supply the domestic market. The field is near to Santos’ Reindeer development and if the resource comes in over 2 tcf, we believe Santos will explore opportunities to export the gas as LNG. This is due to Corvus’ proximity to the Burrup Peninsula, and a well-supplied domestic market in the short-to-medium term.“The North West Shelf has LNG production capacity available from 2021. The Corvus discovery could fill this ullage. If an LNG backfill development is to progress, we expect Santos will look to sell down, as it currently holds 100% in the find. One of the North West Shelf partners would be a logical entrant.“Quadrant’s exploration portfolio is shaping up to be a good buy for Santos. Dorado was the third largest oil discovery in Western Australia’s history and Corvus is likely to be Santos’ largest offshore gas discovery ever.”Offshore Energy Today Stafflast_img read more

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East Central Football Boosters Meeting

first_imgWe will be voting on the following 2017 Season/Year positions.  If you want to run for one of these positions, please email us your name by Tuesday 8pm.  You must be present at the meeting on January 4th & be able to attend monthly meetings.Freshman TrusteeSophomore TrusteeJunior TrusteeSenior Trustee 7th Grade Class Rep 8th Grade Class Rep EC FOOTBALL BOOSTERS EC Football Boosters Meeting Wednesday, January 4th @ 6:30 pm in ECHS Cafeteria. SAVE THE DATESEC Football Boosters 2017 ANNUAL MULCH SALESell Dates – 2/6/17 – 3/3/17Delivery Dates – 4/12/17 – 4/13/17All players are required to participate in this fundraiser!* Start asking your Family, Friends or local businesses in the coming months so you are prepared!(HINT:  Ask a current Senior who their customers are so you can serve them in 2017!)* This fundraiser is offered so you can fund your spirit pack 100% (Spirit packs are required by Coach Roden) Happy New Year Trojan Football Players, Parents & Fans!last_img read more

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