Waitrose cakes boosted by packaging revamp

first_imgWaitrose has seen a “phenomenal” uplift in sales of its packaged cake lines, following an overhaul of pack design, the addition of new lines and changes to recipes, including a complete switch to free-range eggs.Cakes buyer Sam Witherington said the revamped range, which launched into stores on 19 May, has helped Waitrose’s packaged cakes see almost a 30% uplift across the range.Witherington admitted she was “surprised” by the boost to established product lines from introducing a minimalist layout to the packaging. “Suddenly there’s a 10 – 11% increase in sales, just because the customer can see what they are buying, read about the products and can see why they are spending their money.”The lines are now undergoing a second stage of promotions, which will last until early August, to help encourage customers to buy into the range.last_img read more

Free ‘pandesal’ for city residents

first_imgThe Uygongco Flour Mill volunteered to provideflour while the Carlos Uy Corp. would supply the other needed ingredients. It can also be complemented with butter,margarine, cheese, jam, peanut butter, chocolate spread, or other fillings likeeggs, sardines and meat. ILOILO City – For 15 days beginning Monday,April 6, residents here will be treated to free pandesal. Pandesal(also spelled pan de sal) is a popularyeast-raised bread roll in the Philippines. It is made of flour, eggs, yeast,sugar and salt. Three companies are joining forces to producethe popular bread so no one would go hungry while the city is under an enhancedcommunity quarantine to curb the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). “Angimportante makalampuwas kita sini nga dala naton tanan nga mga Ilonggo.When we get through this, hopefully, no one will be left behind,” said Treñas. Individual loaves are shaped by rolling thedough into long logs which are rolled in fine bread crumbs. These are thenportioned, allowed to rise, and baked. The enhanced community quarantine will end onApril 14 unless lifted earlier or extended.center_img Around 43,000 pieces of “Ilonggo pandesal” would be baked and distributed daily, according to Mayor Jerry Treñas. Angelina Bakeshop would bake the pandesal. The city government woulddistribute the bread. Treñas lauded the three home-grown companiesfor their “sense of bayanihan.”  Most bakeries bake pandesal in the morning for breakfast consumption, though some bakepandesal the whole day./PN “They are doing this for the love of IloiloCity,” he said. Pandesalis most commonly served hot and may be eaten as is, or dipped in coffee, hotchocolate or milk. last_img read more

FIFA investigate Chelsea over youth recruitment

first_imgParis, France | AFP | Premier League champions Chelsea are the subject of a FIFA investigation, reportedly for possible breaches over the signing of foreign youth players, world football’s governing said on Wednesday.“We can confirm that an investigation is ongoing,” a FIFA spokesperson told AFP. “However please note that we cannot provide any details concerning the matters under investigation.”According to The Times newspaper, FIFA were looking into “possible breaches of the regulations regarding the signing of young foreign players”, while Chelsea replied: “Chelsea FC complies with all FIFA statutes and regulations.”The alleged offences were reported to be “less serious” than the violations committed by Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid that prompted FIFA last year to issue the Spanish clubs with transfer bans. Chelsea were initially hit with a transfer embargo in 2009 following the transfer of Gael Kakuta from French club Lens, but the ruling was overturned following an appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.They were also under investigation last year over the signing of Burkina Faso forward Bertrand Traore after images emerged of him playing for Chelsea when he was just 16 and before he received international clearance.Real and Atletico were barred from registering new players for two transfer windows in January 2016 for irregularities in the signing of foreign players under the age of 18.Real’s sanction was halved on appeal by CAS, allowing the European champions to recruit players this past summer, but Atletico are unable to sign anyone until January 2018.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Six England players in GB&I Walker Cup squad

first_img Six England players are in the initial 19-man squad for the Great Britain and Ireland Walker Cup team, announced today by The R&A. They are Amateur Champion Scott Gregory (image © Leaderboard Photography), Lytham Trophy winner Alfie Plant, English champion Dan Brown and fellow internationals Bradley Moore, Marco Penge and James Walker. Gregory and Plant helped England to win the world championship silver medal at last season’s Eisenhower Trophy. The final team of 10 will be announced in August and will face the United States at Los Angeles Country Club over the weekend of 9–10 September. GB&I will be bidding to retain the historic trophy after a record 16½ – 9½ victory over the USA at Royal Lytham & St Annes in 2015. Craig Watson, who will captain the GB&I Walker Cup team for the first time, said, “We have identified a strong group of players who are all in contention for a place on the team and we will be monitoring their performance and results over the coming season. “We will also pay close attention to the progress and form of players who have not been included in this current squad as they also have the opportunity to play their way into contention for the team selected to play the USA in September.” Scotland’s Robert MacIntyre, who lost to Gregory in the final of The Amateur at Royal Porthcawl, is in the squad alongside Craig Howie, Sandy Scott and Connor Syme, who were all in Scotland’s winning team at the 2016 European Amateur Team Championship. They’re joined by compatriots Barry Hume and Craig Ross. Hume is a reinstated amateur following a spell in the professional ranks. Colm Campbell, the current Irish Amateur Open Champion, is joined by Paul McBride, Conor O’Rourke and R&A Foundation scholars Alex Gleeson and Stuart Grehan from Ireland. Gleeson is the Irish Amateur Close Champion, while O’Rourke triumphed in the St Andrews Links Trophy last season. Grehan and McBride were team-mates for Ireland at last year’s world championship, winning a bronze medal in the Eisenhower Trophy. Two Welshmen have been selected for the squad: David Boote and Owen Edwards. Stanford University graduate Boote excelled for GB&I against the Continent of Europe in the St Andrews Trophy and made significant contributions to the winning European teams in the Sir Michael Bonallack Trophy and the Arnold Palmer Cup. The GB&I squad: David Boote (Walton Heath, Surrey)  Daniel Brown (Masham, Yorkshire)  Colm Campbell (Warrenpoint, County Down)  Owen Edwards (Llanwern, Newport)  Alex Gleeson (Castle, Dublin)  Scott Gregory (Corthampton, Hampshire)  Stuart Grehan (Tullamore, County Offaly)  Craig Howie (Peebles, Borders)  Barry Hume (Haggs Castle, Glasgow)  Robert MacIntyre (Glencruitten, Argyll & Bute)  Paul McBride (The Island, Dublin) Bradley Moore (Kedleston Park, Derbyshire) Conor O’Rourke (Naas, County Kildare) Marco Penge (Golf at Goodwood, Sussex) Alfie Plant (Sundridge Park, Kent) Craig Ross (Kirkhill, Lanarkshire) Sandy Scott (Nairn, Nairnshire) Connor Syme (Drumoig, Fife) James Walker (Oaks, Yorkshire) 23 Jan 2017 Six England players in GB&I Walker Cup squad last_img read more