20 Apr

Survey: consumers confused on calories and obesity

first_imgA new survey by AB Sugar, the international sugar supplier, has found that 94% of UK adults are unaware of how many calories they consume on a daily basis.The company conducted the survey in the light of a barrage of criticism on sugar since the start of the New Year and said confusion was, in part, to blame for obesity.In March the World Health Organisation recommended that a consumer’s daily intake of sugar should be halved. And in January a new group called Action on Sugar suggested sugar had become as dangerous as alcohol or tobacco.The research by AB Sugar, which polled 2,000 British consumers, also found that:•             Over a third (35%) did not know that fish, chicken and eggs are good sources of protein;•             Almost a third (28%) did not know that rice, bread and pasta are high in carbohydrates; and•             Over a quarter (28%) did not know that cream, oil and butter are high in fat.Uphill battleDr Julian Cooper, head of food science at AB Sugar, said: “There’s no denying that the country is currently fighting an uphill battle against obesity but, as our research suggests, consumers are completely overwhelmed by the amount of information they receive about what to put into their bodies.“It’s clear from our research that it’s not just a lack of understanding about calorie consumption and expenditure that is causing a problem, but confusion about the different food groups, their role in our diet and how to balance it all. It’s therefore crucial that we all start working together to get on top of the points of confusion and to provide consumers with the facts and science needed to help them confidently make informed decisions about their own lifestyle choices.”AB Sugar claimed the recent media focus on sugar had contributed to a few wrongly held misconceptions. Just over half (51%) of the people it surveyed believed there was such a thing as ‘good’ or ‘bad’ sugar, when instead all sugars – whether honey, white granulated, brown sugar, or even the sugars found in an apple – are treated the same by our bodies. Vast numbers of people (98%) also did not know that sugar only has 16 calories per teaspoon (4g). In fact the average guess was five times higher at 89 calories.last_img read more

20 Apr

Warburtons, Pukka and Crosstown reveal new bakery products

first_imgSource: British BakelsVegan caramel, British BakelsOver at British Bakels, a Vegan Caramel PF which professes to offer all the ‘indulgent qualities’ associated with a traditional millionaire’s caramel has been created.Sporting an ‘incredibly smooth’ texture, the palm oil-free ingredient is available through national and regional bakery wholesalers in a 12.5kg format.“Caramel is a hugely popular taste right now and coupled with the surge in the popularity of plant-based lifestyles, Vegan Caramel PF strikes the sweet spot for bakers looking to incorporate both into their confectionery range, without compromise on taste,” British Bakels marketing manager Michael Schofield, said. Source: Crosstown DoughnutsThe UK weather has been unseasonably chilly, but a flurry of NPD may warm the cockles.From indulgent cookies and biscuit-topped doughnuts to sweet petits fours, vegan caramel and liquorice-laced brownies, there’s plenty to choose from.Savoury products, too, have also hit shelves. Think gluten-free, square-shaped sandwich rolls and brioche and microwaveable hot pies.Below, we round up some of April’s hot picks. Source: TipiakFrench Chocolate Petits Fours, Tipiak For those seeking delicate treats, French pâtissier Tipiak has the answer. Aimed at the UK foodservice market, its new range of French Chocolate Petits Fours is a ‘thaw and serve’ collection featuring 42 individual pieces and eight different flavours.Products include chocolate and feuilletine squares, chocolate and hazelnut tartlets, chocolate, mascarpone & coffee squares, caramel & chocolate tartlets, a Tonka flavoured financier, milk chocolate & coconut shortbreads and hazelnut & chocolate fingers.“The beauty of petits fours is that they can be served in a variety of ways – as part of an afternoon tea, with a coffee as a café gourmand, to round off a meal, or as part of a trio or selection of mini desserts,” Marie-Emmanuelle Chessé, Tipiak’s international development project manager, said.The new range is available to UK foodservice professionals via frozen food distributor Central Foods. Source: WarburtonsGluten-free rolls, Warburtons Warburtons has added two new square-shaped sandwich rolls to its gluten-free range on the back of the success of its Gluten-Free Toastie debut in 2020.Super Soft Sliced Square Rolls and Soft Sliced Brioche Rolls are aimed at picnic, BBQ or lunchbox occasions and can hold ‘substantial fillings’. The NPD underlines the brand’s commitment to the free-from market, Chris Hook, Warburton’s free from director said.“We definitely think we are on a ‘square’ roll with these new products being added to our gluten-free range. It is important to us to be able to bring excitement and innovation to the free from bakery category and provide consumers with a range of delicious products that cater to changing tastes and trends,” he added.Both rolls are currently available from Co-Op (rsp: £2.50) and the squares will also be available in Sainsbury’s and Tesco shortly. Source: Crosstown DoughnutsAnzac Day doughnuts, Crosstown DoughnutsCrosstown Doughnuts, too, has gained inspiration from the diary with its Tim Tam and Lamnut doughnuts making a return for Anzac Day (25 April), the national day of remembrance for Australia and New Zealand.The Tim Tam features Crosstown’s cocoa sourdough filled with a Tim Tam chocolate custard, a Tim Tam milk chocolate ganache and chopped Tim Tam pieces. The lamington doughnut, also known as the Lamnut) comprises a Crosstown cake dough with a layer of homemade raspberry jam through the middle. It is dipped in dark chocolate and rolled in desiccated coconut.“We’ve shipped in a mountain of ingredients for these fan-favourite doughnuts, ready to give our fellow Aussies and Kiwis a taste of home during the ANZAC Day commemorations,” said Crosstown co-founder Adam Wills.The Anzac Day flavours will be available exclusively across Crosstown’s London and Cambridge stores, individually (£4.50) or as a pack of six and twelve (£22/38) from the 19- 25 April. Customers in the rest of England, Wales and lowland Scotland will also be able to order a mixed six or twelve pack of Lamington and classic Dark Chocolate Truffle doughnuts (£27.50/£48).center_img Source: Ginger BakersBlackcurrant & Liquorice Brownie, Ginger Bakers Ginger Bakers have breathed life into the humble brownie with a blackcurrant & liquorice variant.The bake forms part of the brand’s April monthly Cake Club subscription box service. The Cumbria-based bakery said it was inspired to create the quirky flavour by Liquorice Day, which took place on 12 April.Ginger Bakers launched its curated Cake Club box service in December. It gives subscribers a choice of either four tray bake portions, a sponge loaf cake or a fruit cake delivered direct to their door each month. Membership options are a three-month subscription (£35), six months (£70) or a year (£135, working out at £11.25 a month). Source: PukkaMicrowavable pies, PukkaOver at hot pie brand Pukka, savoury tastes are being catered for with a new Veggie Cheese, Leek & Potato Microwaveable Twin Pack into Morrisons.Cooked from frozen, and ready-to-eat in four minutes, the product is made with diced leeks and potatoes in a creamy, Cheddar sauce and encased in shortcrust pastry.“With a retail sales value of £3.3 million, our chilled Veggie Cheese, Leek & Potato pie is the bestselling vegetarian sku in the category,” said Rachel Cranston, Pukka head of marketing and Innovation. “People are falling back in love with their freezers and growth in the frozen food category is up 17% so it was the natural next step to offer shoppers the same tasty recipe in frozen, that they can heat and eat straight from the freezer.”The pie will roll out across multiple retailers including Iceland from May (rsp: £2.75 per twin pack). Source: DoughliciousChocolate Triple Chip Cookie Dough, DoughliciousCookie-monsters take note. Doughlicious is launching a Chocolate Triple Chip Ready-to-bake Cookie Dough exclusively in 217 nationwide Waitrose stores later this month (rsp: £2.99).Made from a blend of Luker Chocolate’s sustainable, single-origin Colombian dark, and white and milk chocolate chips, the gluten-free treat has ‘chocolatey power in every gooey bite’, according to the brand.Each pack contains six ball-shaped portions which are baked from frozen and ready-to-eat in 14-18 minutes. Chocolate Chip and Vegan Cranberry Oatmeal variants will also be stocked in Waitrose from 19 April.Doughlicious founder, Kathryn Bricken, said baking continued to be hugely popular, but “many people don’t have the time to fuss with all the ingredients”. “Demand for our cookie dough is ever-growing, so it’s fantastic to be able to offer our customers another way to purchase our products, whilst also attracting a whole new group of Waitrose consumers,” she said.last_img read more

17 Jan

Planting in drought

first_imgBy Brad HaireUniversity of GeorgiaExtreme drought now covers most agricultural areas, delaying peanut and cotton planting and raising concerns for the crops this year.Dust blows thick across dry Georgia fields, where 66 percent of the soil is reported as very short in moisture, the worst category. Only 7 percent is normally ranked very short at this time of year. In central and south Georgia, where most peanuts and cotton are planted, 70 percent to 90 percent is very short.”The drought is the worst for this time of year that anyone can ever remember,” said John Beasley, a peanut agronomist with the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension. “We’ve had a dry April and May before, but never preceded by … well below normal rainfall from November to March.”Georgia farmers usually start and finish planting peanuts in May. Earlier this spring, Georgia agricultural officials estimated farmers would plant 500,000 acres.But so far, only 33 percent of that has been planted, according to a Georgia Agricultural Statistics Service survey of county extension agents. Planting is typically more than half over by this time.Delayed planting can lead to delayed harvest, Beasley said. “If harvest is delayed too much, we run the risk of cold weather in the fall slowing or shutting down maturity. If that occurs, yields and grades are reduced.”But farmers can’t think of harvest now. Their immediate concern is getting planted seed to come out of the ground. “Without moisture, peanut seed will not germinate,” Beasley said.Georgia cotton farmers face a similar scenario, said Steve Brown, a UGA Extension cotton agronomist. Most farmers can’t think about high yields or quality. They just want rain to come and give them a good reason to get back to planting.Farmers so far have only planted about 40 percent of the expected 1.1 million cotton acres. Planting is normally more than two-thirds complete by now.A cotton plant can hold up against some drought stress, he said. Last year proved that. The cotton crop set no records but did surprisingly well despite prolonged dry spells.”We have never seen cotton die of drought. It can hang on,” Brown said. “But you have to get the plant established and get a good stand up first.”The future of Georgia’s nonirrigated corn is questionable, said Dewey Lee, a UGA Extension corn agronomist. It still has a chance for OK yields if rain comes soon.”But every day now that goes by without rain is one less day for recovery,” Lee said.Georgia farmers have completed corn planting. Lee figures they planted close to 425,000 acres, 75,000 fewer than estimated earlier this year. Half the crop is likely planted in fields with irrigation.Georgia corn will have its highest demand for water over the next month, he said, as it enters a critical developmental stage.Peanut, cotton and corn teams with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences have recently released publications to help farmers cut costs and manage their crops during the drought.To find out more, farmers can contact their county UGA Extension offices.last_img read more

26 Aug

Angels hoping that anything can happen in a shortened MLB season

first_imgANAHEIM — It’s a marathon, not a sprint.Baseball lifers like Angels manager Joe Maddon have likely been saying that for decades, because it is one of the enduring truths of the major league season.Until this year.In 2020, with the coronavirus pandemic having shut down Major League Baseball for more than three months, teams are about to begin a 60-game season, virus permitting. Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Now what are they saying?It’s a sprint, not a marathon.“I think getting off to a decent or good start is going to be very important just for morale and the ability to stay engaged mentally,” Maddon said. “It’s the kind of typical stuff you talk about, but when you talk about this stuff in a 162-game season, there’s recovery time. You know  you’re going to go through some really bad moments and some really great moments. There’s not a lot of time to recover from the bad moments right now.”It’s going to make for a season that is something of a high-wire act. One slip could knock a team out of the running. That’s obviously dangerous for any team, but may actually work in favor of teams like the Angels.The more games are played, the more chance that the best team will come out on top. But in a shorter season, there is more randomness, and that works out for teams like the Angels, who were projected to play somewhere around .500 baseball and finish just outside of the playoff party. Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter FanGraphs upped the Angels’ playoff chances from 18.9 percent to 32.4 percent, which represented the sixth greatest increase for a 60-game season compared with a 162-game season.And that doesn’t even take into account the fact that Shohei Ohtani and Griffin Canning — who would not have been available in March — are starting this season as healthy pitchers.It is, however, a reflection of the fact that shorter seasons give each team a wider range of outcomes.The 2019 Angels were a 91-loss team when the season ended, but during their best 60-game stretch they were 34-26, which is a 92-win pace. They played .567 baseball during that stretch, in contrast to their .316 winning percentage during their worst 60 games, which is a .251-point spread.As you would expect, most teams have large gaps between their best and worst 60-game stretches. The Houston Astros (133 points), Oakland A’s (200), Texas Rangers (184) and Seattle Mariners (167) all had wide spreads in the way they played over particular 60-game stretches.The Washington Nationals, who won the World Series last year, famously started off 19-31 and were just 27-33 after 60 games. In fact, four of the previous six World Series winners had a stretch of 60 games in which they played .500 or worse.All of which means that anything can happen this year, which ought to be the mantra for the Angels and every other team that is considered an underdog in its division.The shorter season, however, also magnifies scheduling quirks.The Angels were scheduled to play the Dodgers — arguably the best team in baseball — in just four of their 162 games on the original schedule. Now, with the schedule reworked to reduce travel, they’ll play the Dodgers six times in 60 games. They went from having 2.4 percent to 10 percent of their games against the Dodgers.Each game essentially has the value of 2.7 games during a normal season, so Maddon is going to have to manage with greater urgency from Day 1.“It’s September baseball starting in late July, August,” Maddon said. “You’re going to make decisions more aggressively. Players will need thicker skin. You’ll get more pushback from starters as you relieve them and hitters that you pinch-hit for.”Maddon said that doesn’t necessarily apply to decisions with the lineup and players’ roles, though.“There’s still gonna be a certain amount of patience with tried and true guys and maybe platoons, maybe more so than those that have not had the same kind of track record,” Maddon said.The Angels will start off with 19 straight games against divisional opponents, which further amplifies the importance of a fast start.“In a regular 162-game season, teams win divisions by two or three games,” Andrew Heaney said. “In a 60 games, it’ll be even bigger. It’s gonna be magnified so I think it’ll be, it’ll be interesting to see how it all plays out.”The sprint of a season means that many people will lessen the value of the championship at the end.Maddon, who led the Chicago Cubs to the World Series title in 2016 and was a part of the staff when the Angels won in 2002, said that would be a mistake.“I think people that denigrate what may occur and the achievement of winning the World Series based on factors that are different, they’re not showing up every day and working under the circumstances that our guys are,” Maddon said. “It’s not that easy. So, yeah, I think when it’s all concluded, all of us will look back and realize how difficult a trek it was, and for the last team standing, what a magnificent job they did to pull it off.”Related Articleslast_img read more

21 Dec

Accomplished entrepreneurs join line-up for Donegal Women in Business conference

first_imgThe Donegal Women in Business Network has unveiled the full line-up of speakers and panellists for their 20th anniversary conference this October 1st.Taking place in Lough Eske Castle, this event will celebrate women in business in Donegal throughout the years, share key inspiration and advice, and look ahead to the future for entrepreneurs.A varied mix of businesswomen and representatives from many industries and stages of business will be sharing their stories. The keynote speakers are Rosaleen Hegarty of Crana Knits, Inspirational Speaker Sr Helen Kelly, Laura Bonner of Muff Liquor Co and Rosy Temple of Magee 1866. With Virgin Media One presenter Ciara Doherty as MC, the event is sure to be an entertaining and informative day with inspiring and motivating women.Among the line-up is Leas-Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council Cllr Niamh Kennedy and Andrea McBride, Vice President of Systems at Pramerica Systems Ireland Limited.The full line up is: Plus, one network member will be drawn as a guest speaker for a five minute slot about their business.The #LookingBackMovingForward conference will be a unique networking opportunity to connect with over 150 women in business in Donegal. It will be a special chance to celebrate the 20 years of the peer-support network and the many more enterprising women of the past decades Donegal.The speakers and panellists on the day will answer the key questions often asked within the business community: ‘How did they do that?’ ‘How can I bring this learning and knowledge back to my business?’ ‘How did they get their funding?’ ‘Overseas markets and export – where do I start?’ ‘e-commerce – what do I need to know?’ ‘What training and supports are available in the county?’ ‘How can I stay positive and motivated?’So whether you run the business from your kitchen table, or a suite of offices and company boardroom, or you are just at the ‘I have an idea’ stage, this event has been planned for you.Earlybird tickets are out now at €60 (plus €4.91 booking fee). After 9th September 2019, tickets will be €70 per person.Tickets include a full-day of speakers and networking with lunch and the “Looking Back Moving Forward” 20th anniversary celebratory book will be gifted to everyone on the day. BOOK HERE: https://bit.ly/2MjteJTAccomplished entrepreneurs join line-up for Donegal Women in Business conference was last modified: August 23rd, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Donegal Women In Business Networklooking back moving forwardlast_img read more

18 Dec

Ernie Els enters World Golf Hall of Fame

first_img“I was so pleased to hear the news that Ernie has been selected to be inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame,” he said. “Ernie certainly deserves this recognition, as he epitomises a ‘world’ golfer. AutismApart from his excellence as a golfer and the opportunities he has created for youngsters through his foundation, Els is also striving to make a difference in the lives of people who have autism, or who are affected by it. “I spent several happy years at Ernie’s foundation and whenever I wanted help since I have been out on Tour, Ernie has happily given it. I could not have found a better role model.” Long before he turned professional, Els began making his mark and his name first sprung to prominence in 1984 when he won the 1984 Junior World Golf Championship in San Diego by beating home town golfer Phil Mickelson in the final. It has indeed been a long journey. ‘A great inspiration’Schwartzel said: “Ernie has been a great inspiration and friend to me for years. He is always happy to give his time and expertise, and I have been the grateful beneficiary of his generosity.” He topped the European Tour’s Order of Merit in 2003 and 2004. He has also won the World Matchplay Championship a record seven times. Gary Player is tied with Seve Ballesteros for the second most wins, with five. Els Center for ExcellenceEls, along with his wife Liezl, has established the Els Center for Excellence which, it is planned, will combine the Renaissance Learning Center with a research facility. It is a $30-million project and the couple has committed $6-million of their own money to it. 11 May 2011 Oosthuizen told Helen Ross on the PGA Tour website: “If it weren’t for Ernie Es, I would not be where I am today. It’s as simple as that. ImpactHis impact, however, extends beyond his achievements on the course. South African golf is going through a purple patch at present, with Charl Schwartzel the current Masters champion and Louis Oosthuizen the British Open champion. Both of them were members of Els’ junior golf foundation, now known as the Ernie Els and Fancourt Foundation. To top things off, mention must be made of Els as a successful golf course designer, with top class layouts in Asia, Europe, the Middle East, the Americas and southern Africa. It is not only the younger generation of South African golfers that appreciates what Els has done. Gary Player, too, was full of praise for him.center_img Success around the worldEls has won 15 times on the PGA Tour, 21 times on the European Tour, 18 times on South Africa’s Sunshine Tour, and recorded eight other wins besides. He has also played in the Presidents Cup six times, represented South Africa in the Dunhill Cup in nine consecutive years, and in the World Cup five times. “He is a credit to the game and an ambassador for the sport. Ernie has been a wonderful friend over the years and I am very fond of him and his family.” South African great Ernie Els was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame on Monday. He joins the legendary Gary Player, who entered the Hall in 1974. In 2009, he hosted the first annual Els for Autism charity golf event, which featured many PGA Tour and Champions Tour players. That year, he raised $725 000 for the Renaissance Learning Center, a non-profit school for autistic children, near his residence in West Palm Beach, Florida. They include, among others, the Savannah course at Mission Hills in China, the re-design of Wentworth in England, The Durrat al Bahrain in Bahrain, The Els Club in Dubai, Hoakalei in Hawaii, and Oubaai in South Africa. The other members of the 2011 Hall of Fame class were Jock Hutchison, Doug Ford, Jumbo Ozaki, Frank Chirkinian, and former US president George Bush. His son Ben is autistic and Els has used his profile to raise money for charities devoted to the condition, whilst also establishing the Els for Autism Foundation. The pace of fund raising at the charity golf event has been maintained, and after it was recently held for a third time the money raised by it had topped $2.2-million. Nicknamed “The Big Easy” because of his wonderful swing, Els was elected in his first year on the ballot. That’s not surprising as he has won 62 titles so far in his career, including two US Opens and one British Open title. Much like Player, he has enjoyed success around the world. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

24 Oct

Alternative Pathways to Secondary Education Programme Fully Implemented

first_imgThe Alternative Pathways to Secondary Education programme – a seven-year period (Grades 7-13) of instruction for students on all secondary pathways – has been fully implemented.This was disclosed by Education, Youth and Information Minister, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, in his national back-to-school broadcast on January 6.Under this programme, instruction will be based on tailored curricula, enabling each learner to perform to his/her fullest potential, based on aptitude, interest and ability.“The Ministry effected an additional two years in our secondary-school system to provide students with skills and competencies required for work. This has been made possible under the framework of the Career Advancement Programme (CAP), which has been introduced in 202 institutions, so far, and is working well for our young people,” Senator Reid said.The Education Minister also informed that the integration of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) in the education system continues, noting that over $100 million was provided to schools to upgrade science areas.In addition, Senator Reid said the Centre of Occupational Studies now has enrolled more than 1,000 students. The first graduation of over 400 students took place in November of last year.last_img read more