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The soft touch

first_imgThe healthy optionSo if you’re looking to be known for selling high-quality food with good, healthy options, then a range of sophisticated health drinks can do wonders for your image. Key sellers in this area include FireFly’s ’tonic’ drinks, vitamin waters by V Water and Funkinwater, and adult-style fruit drinks, such as those produced by the Hibiscus Drinks Company and Bottlegreen Drinks.In contrast, if you’re looking to take a slightly different route as a contemporary retailer, there are a number of new energy drinks on the market, which could help identify you as the perfect stop for the morning after the night before. Currently, drinks using herbal ingredients as boosters rather than taurine and caffeine seem to be selling well with newcomers like RockStar, using guarana and ginseng to give a natural lift.If you haven’t seen these products on your wholesaler’s listings and you’re waiting for them to arrive, you’re missing a trick, says Doran. “Bakeries often don’t realise the power they have to demand certain products,” she says. “Wholesalers stock what their customers want to buy and it’s often difficult for them to take a chance with a new drink if no-one is asking for it. Most of the time, if you see a new drink that you’d like to try out, you can ask your wholesaler and they’ll be only too happy to add it to their list.”So if you’ve been waiting for the moment to try something new, but haven’t seen anything interesting on the stock list, perhaps now is the time to do some of your own research and get proactive about what you want to see in your drinks fridge.—-=== Filling your chiller ===Most popular impulse purchased soft drinks (value sales)£m % share % change1 Cola 515 28 -22 Glucose stimulant drinks 314 17 103 Fruit carbonates 176 9 -74 Juice drinks 169 9 -105 Pure juice 149 8 06 Plain water 141 8 -117 Sports drinks 96 5 -18 Dairy & dairy substitute 66 4 -59 Non-fruit carbonates 62 3 010 Squash 60 3 -411 Lemonade 36 2 -312 Water plus (eg vitamins) 42 2 -1313 Traditional mixers 20 1 -114 Smoothies 14 1 -1715 Cold hot drinks 2 n/a -15Note: Impulse data includes food-to-go retailers, such as bakeries and sandwich shops, but also forecourts and independent grocers, hence listings of products such as squash. Plain waters are in decline, reflecting consumer ethical concerns; juices and smoothies have declined, suggesting consumers maybe trading down; the strongest growth was seen by glucose and stimulant drinks and sports drinks, highlighting consumers’ continuing desire for functional benefits Source: Britvic Soft Drinks Report/Nielsen, March 2009—-=== Stocking the big brands ===For most bakery retailers there’s no escaping the fact that well-known soft drinks come with a number of key advantages – with free branded refrigerator equipment to boot.Big brands have their fingers firmly on the consumer pulse, and are well-placed to cater to the upcoming trends, which is why Coca Cola has launched key new products this year with the ’healthy natural’ trend in mind. Among them is Relentless’ Juiced Energy Berry – a drink that neatly coins both natural and energy drink benefits. And with a multi-million-pound marketing spend behind it, the drink can hardly fail to catch consumer attention. Coca Cola is also ploughing extensive investment into its Diet Coke and Powerade marketing campaigns, gaining sponsorship deals with top rugby players for the latter.”Retailers should offer a range of soft drinks to suit their local customers and flag the category with key brands such as Coca Cola and Relentless,” advises Donna Warren, impulse shopper marketing controller at Coca Cola Enterprises. “Displaying new brands or promotions at other impulse points in the store as well as the cooler is also likely to drive sales.”—-=== Targeting a niche ===Southover Food Company launched a “beauty enhancing” drink at IFE, targeting women. Sip is a range of flavoured still waters marketed as ’a beauty treatment in a bottle’. The pure still water includes nutrients said to improve the skin, and markets the benefits of antioxidant vitamin C, white tea tincture, selenium, and extracts of rose petal, marigold, sweet violet, linden blossom and Scottish heather blossom tops. It is available in four flavours: Elderflower; Ruby Orange; Mango; and Lemongrass & Ginger, and comes in 12 x 500ml cases at £17.14.www.southoverfoods.com Walk into your average bakery outlet and, nine times out of 10, you’re confronted with a fridge full of familiar soft drinks courtesy of a well-known-manufacturer. And while these established products are often viewed as the prudent choice, it might be time to reassess your range. Not only can your drink extras create extra sales, they can also help enhance your brand identity and assure customers of your discernment.The dilemma for many bakery retailers and cafés will be one of risking steady sales for unknown newcomers. After all, there is only so much space in the fridge, and substituting tried-and-tested classics could have the effect of lowering your takings rather than increasing profits.”When you’re looking at bringing in new soft drinks you have to decide whether what you’re considering selling will support those you already have and complement and enhance existing sales,” explains catering consultant Matthew Merritt-Harrison of Merritt-Harrison Catering Consultancy. “There’s little point in putting in a new drink if it takes sales away from another, which brings you higher revenue. The idea is to have products on display, which will enable you to sell more overall and make imaginative offers for your customers.”This means you should think very carefully about why a customer might choose a product and what that could mean for your other sales. An iced coffee drink, for example, could fly out during the hotter months at the expense of your more lucrative latte and espressos, while a range of healthy smoothies could see your customers eschewing their daily bacon roll or pastry for a breakfast on the go.That’s not to say you shouldn’t experiment, and keeping track of new sales needn’t be as difficult as you think. “There are a number of simple and cost-effective EPOS systems out there, which can help you keep track of what’s selling well,” explains Merritt-Harrison. “But even if you’re just keeping track of things manually, it shouldn’t be too difficult to make a quarterly review of what is and isn’t selling.”In fact, mixing up your soft drinks offering can be a dynamic way to bolster profits, particularly if your selection includes little-known brands that prove key sellers. “Bakery retailers cannot really compete on price when it comes to the big-name soft drinks,” says Anita Doran of the Hibiscus Drinks Company. “They’re pitting themselves against supermarkets or corner shops, which have greater power to buy in bulk and are always going to be able to out-do you on price. So the danger is that you could stock these products and customers will go down the road to buy the cheaper alternatives.”Instead, Doran recommends bakery retailers give serious thought to the plethora of unique drink options produced by smaller outlets, dedicating a 50:50 or even 60:40 percentage split in favour of little-known brands. “Not only can these drinks offer a good point of difference, but they usually offer a higher mark-up as well,” she explains. “They can also help enhance your brand and mark you out as a retailer who has discernment regarding your soft drink choices.”When it comes to balancing your stock of big names and lesser-known brands, the trick is to aim for products that are well enough known to benefit from brand awareness, but not so widely sold that you can be undercut by the local supermarket. Your choices can also play a part in marking you out as a particular kind of retailer.last_img read more

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John Mayer To Appear On “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” Tonight

first_imgBeloved guitarist John Mayer is on an absolute musical tear these days. After a remarkable tour with Dead & Company over the summer, Mayer got his Trio together and put the finishing touches on a new album. The band released their first single, “Love On The Weekend,” not too long ago, and Mayer then hosted a live Q&A session to talk more about the album and future plans.So far, the Trio has only played one show this year, but Mayer has promised tour dates and more from the beloved crew. Today he’s made good on that promise, announcing an appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. That taping will air on December 6th, as per an event announcement from Mayer himself. Though the announcement doesn’t specify, it is assumed that Mayer will be performing with Pino Palladino and Steve Jordan for the show. This also marks Mayer’s first appearance on the program as a solo artist, though he did appear with Dead & Company in early 2016. Watch that here.We can’t wait to see what Mayer has in store, especially with his new album The Search For Everything coming out in early 2017! Catch his performance tonight at 11:35pm ET/PT on NBC.last_img read more

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Joe Russo’s Almost Dead Shares Soundboard From November Philly Show [Listen]

first_imgToday, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead released the soundboard audio recording from their sold-out performance at The Fillmore Philadelphia this past Thanksgiving weekend. The recording (captured by taper Eric McRoberts) marks the 22nd edition of their “Taper Tuesday” series.The November 26th show featured Jon Shaw filling in while regular bassist Dave Dreiwitz fulfilled his regular duties with Ween at their second of three gigs at The Capitol Theatre. The show started with a big jam that wound into “Cumberland Blues,” and the first set stayed with the classics. It was the second set where the band started to explore, weaving “Slipknot!” into an array of songs that included “Feel Like A Stranger” and “Franklin’s Tower.” They also explored Radiohead’s “Myxomatosis” for the third time, but kept this version instrumental. Afterwards, they went back into “Slipknot!” again, before emerging with “Crazy Fingers”.Enjoy the full soundboard recording below (via archive.org)!Joe Russo’s Almost Dead will embark on a sold-out 6-show late-2016 run at Denver’s Ogden Theatre on December 15th, followed by Boulder Theatre on the 16th and Aspen’s Belly Up on the 17th. Less than two weeks later, the band will hit New York for a New Year’s run that will have them at Brooklyn Bowl on the 29th and The Capitol Theatre on the 30th and 31st. All of the shows are sold out.Setlist: Joe Russo’s Almost Dead – 11/26/16 – The Fillmore – Philadelphia, PASet 1 (9:15PM – 10:40PM):01. Jam ->02. Cumberland Blues @ (All) >03. Here Come Sunshine # (TH) ->04. Casey Jones >05. Mr Charlie (SM)06. Marco Solo $ ->07. The Wheel (All) ->08. Morning Dew + (TH)Set 2 (11:10PM – 12:47AM):01. Feel Like A Stranger (SM) ->02. Slipknot! (End) ->03. Franklins Tower (TH) ->04. Slipknot! ->05. Myxomatosis Jam % ->06. Slipknot! ->07. Crazy Fingers (TH) >08. Estimated Prophet (SM) ->09. Eyes Of The World & (TH) ->10. Playing In The Band (SM)Encore:11. GDTRFB && (All) ->12. We Bid You Good Night ending *@ – With a “Hoedown” (Aaron Copeland) Tease (MB)# – With a “Material Girl” (Madonna) Tease (MB), a Duo Jam & a China Cat Sunflower Tease (TH)$ – Bunch of Teases & / or familiar themes in here, including probably a “Dear Prudence” (The Beatles) Tease & an “Everything In It’s Right Place” (Radiohead) Tease. See what you can find.+ – With a “Playin’ In the Band” Tease% – Radiohead cover, 3rd time played, not sung& – With a JS Bass Solo & Playin In The Band Tease (TH)* – “Standard” Instrumental ending for GDTRFB, with a “Cold Rain & Snow” tease (TH)&& – With a “Stella Blue” Teaselast_img read more

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ND brain researcher receives NFL grant

first_imgThe National Football League (NFL) will fund Notre Dame’s chemistry and biochemistry departments to research strokes and other brain injuries, professor Mayland Chang said. Chang, who has been working on the project for 15 years, studies gelatinase-based brain diseases. Funded in part by the National Institute of Health, the researched treatments are getting close to FDA trials, she said. Gelatinase is a type of enzyme that breaks down cell walls and can cause tumor metastasis in cancer, as well as problems in traumatic brain injury (TBI), strokes, aneurysms and diabetic wounds. Chang’s husband, professor Shahriar Mobashery, discovered a compound at Wayne State University called SB-3CT that could be a possible treatment for the brain diseases. Mobashery now teaches at Notre Dame. The SB-3CT compound is an inhibitor triggered by the enzyme’s reaction in the cell. Chang said a compound like SB-3CT could help stop brain damage similarly to how it helps stroke patients. The compound was synthesized more than 450 times to find a way to make it water soluble, so it can be put into an IV or given to a patient in the form of an injection, Chang said. If all goes well, the drug could be in use with stroke patients in seven to nine years, Chang said. “Would this be great to have as an injectable treatment?” she said. “It could be on the sidelines. If you get a concussion, you can get a shot. This is eventually our hope.” The current drug used to dissolve clots in ischemic, or clot-forming, stroke patients is tissue Plasminogen Activator, or tPA, Chang said. This drug dissolves the clot, but increases gelatinase enzymes, which causes hemorrhaging and brain swelling. When SB-3CT is given in tandem with this drug in experiments, it has reduced side affects. Researchers have developed an experimental model to test compounds. “We’re always looking for better ways to treat,” she said. Chang, whose son is a competitive snow boarder, witnessed the treatment for TBI when her son had a concussion last year. “If you have a concussion, they can do cognitive treatment,” she said. “They do simple things. For example, they ask you to list words that begin with the same letter. They also make you take a rest — no physical activity, nothing to rattle your brain. They don’t really do anything else.” The research team is currently searching for funding to have toxicology studies done, which will then put the drug into FDA clinical trials, Chang said. She said the team hopes the compound will improve emergency response to brain problems. “Given in an ambulance setting, it would work quickly,” she said.last_img read more

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GMCR to release first quarter results February 1

first_imgGreen Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. (NASDAQ: GMCR), a leader in specialty coffee and coffee makers, today announced that the Company plans to announce financial results for its fiscal 2012 first quarter in a press release to be issued following the close of the financial markets on Wednesday, February 1, 2012. These results are widely anticipated as GMCR stock fell from over $100 per share to under $50 late last year under a barrage of investor opposition to its business practices and a class action suit, and because of what Wall Street felt was disappointing 2011 financial results. The stock closed January 10, 2011, at $47.99 after a high of $115.98 on September 20, 2011.In conjunction with this announcement, GMCR will publish management’s prepared remarks on its quarterly results. These prepared remarks will be provided via a Current Report on Form 8-K and also posted under the events link in the Investor Relations section of the Company’s website at www.GMCR.com(link is external).The Company will host a conference call with investors and analysts on Wednesday, February 1, 2012 at 5 pm ET. As a result of publishing prepared remarks in advance of the live call, the conference call will include only brief remarks by management followed by a question and answer session.The live conference call will be simultaneously webcast and will be accessible from the events link in the Investor Relations portion of the Company’s website:http://investor.gmcr.com/events.cfm(link is external). The webcast will be archived for replay following the conclusion of the live event. Individuals who prefer not to use the internet for either the live call or the replay can call the Investor Services Department at GMCR, (802) 882-2899, to make alternate arrangements to hear the call by telephone live or the replay through Sunday, February 5, 2012.About Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. (NASDAQ: GMCR)As a leader in specialty coffee and coffee makers, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. (NASDAQ: GMCR), is recognized for its award-winning coffees, innovative brewing technology, and socially responsible business practices. GMCR supports local and global communities by offsetting 100% of its direct greenhouse gas emissions, investing in sustainably-grown coffee, and donating at least five percent of its pre-tax profits to social and environmental projects.GMCR routinely posts information that may be of importance to investors in the Investor Relations section of its website, including news releases and its complete financial statements, as filed with the SEC. The Company encourages investors to consult this section of its website regularly for important information and news. Additionally, by subscribing to the Company’s automatic email news release delivery, individuals can receive news directly from GMCR as it is released.last_img read more

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101-Year-Old Patient Receives Surgery Aboard USNS Comfort

first_imgBy Dialogo June 09, 2011 I am happy that age is not an impediment for this form of surgery. Unfortunately, I know medical personnel that create barriers for performing these procedures. I congratulate this team for such work. thanks once more from JAMAICA Command & U.S. 4th Fleet Public Affairs Personnel embarked aboard Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) performed a cataract removal surgery on a 101-year-old woman while anchored off the coast of Tumaco, Colombia, June 6. Irene Becerra, a native of Araño, Colombia, arrived at the Escuela Max Seídel medical site, June 4, complaining of a headache and loss of sight in her left eye, which the Continuing Promise 2011 (CP11) medical team later determined was caused by a cataract. Lt. Cmdr. Francine Worthington, the patient administration department head aboard Comfort, performed Becerra’s initial screening. “When I first met Irene, she immediately greeted me with her radiant smile and comforting hands,” said Worthington. “Initially, I didn’t even know she was 101. When asked what the secret to her longevity was, she told me, ‘God’s blessing’.” Shortly after her surgical screening with Worthington, Becerra was approved for cataract removal surgery. “I was nervous at first,” said Luz Becerra, the daughter of Becerra, of the trip out to Comfort. “We left it all up to God, but with the wonderful flight crew and medical staff, the flight was calm,” she added. Becerra received her surgery aboard Comfort the morning of June 6. After a two-hour surgery and a recovery period, Becerra, the oldest surgical patient for the CP11 team to date, will soon gain vision from her left eye. “I want to thank God, the medical staff aboard Comfort, and everyone else involved in making this procedure possible,” said Becerra. Worthington said that she was honored to help Becerra throughout the screening process, which led to her undergoing the life-changing surgery. She added that this surgery is representative of the United States’ commitment to the people of Colombia. “A smile is the beginning of love, and works of love are works of peace,” said Worthington. “The partnership begins one person at a time. Ms. Becerra represents the beauty of the Colombian people.” last_img read more

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Timothy Bolger Named Editor in Chief of Long Island Press

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York The Long Island Press proudly announces the promotion of Timothy Bolger to editor in chief.Bolger started as an intern at the Press shortly after The Morey Organization launched the publication as an alternative newsweekly in 2003. He worked his way up the ranks from editorial assistant, to staff writer, senior reporter, news editor and has been managing editor for the past three years, just as the paper went digital. His work has also appeared in the Montauk Sun, Fire Island News and the New York Daily News.Bolger’s reporting has won dozens of local, state and national awards for the Press, most notably for his work on the publication’s groundbreaking ’08 series exposing the local heroin crisis.He recently broke the biggest revelation in the unsolved Long Island Serial Killer case in years. And last month he published an unprecedented report card grading nearly 200 localities’ responsiveness to open records requests—an 18-month joint investigative project in collaboration with the Press Club of Long Island, the local chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, of which he is vice president and Freedom of Information committee chair.Between covering breaking news and writing features, Bolger, 36, is known for burning the midnight oil to craft narrative-style stories with the goal of putting major local news stories in context for readers. As an editor, he encourages writers to fulfill the Press‘ mission to find stories left unreported by the competition.Raised in Shirley and Bellmore, he is intimately familiar with LI and is on a never-ending quest to be more well read on its history. Bolger graduated with honors from Queens College, where he earned his degree in journalism.He is the Press‘ fourth top editor, succeeding Christopher Twarowski, who retains his position as executive editor in chief of Morey Publishing and its upstart investigative alternative news podcast News Beat. Morey Publishing recently transferred ownership of the Press to Schneps Communications, the owner and operator of a network of community newspapers, magazines, media websites and events throughout New York City and Long Island. Joshua Schneps and his mother, Victoria Schneps, are the new co-publishers of the Press.“Vicki and I are thrilled to have Tim as editor in chief of the Long Island Press,” Josh said. “It is well-deserved after being with the organization and covering Long Island for over 14 years. We’re excited for both him and the company as we expand our presence on Long Island.”Bolger currently lives in Islip with his wife, Rachel, daughter, Breanna, and two mischievous dachshunds, Harris and Davis.last_img read more

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Government to start selling bonds to BI under private placement next week

first_imgThe government and BI agreed on Monday to a burden-sharing scheme worth Rp 574.59 trillion (US$39.4 billion) to finance the nation’s COVID-19 response and bolster economic recovery efforts.Read also: Govt, BI shake hands on $40b burden-sharing scheme toward COVID-19 recoveryThe scheme will see BI buying Rp 397.5 trillion in government bonds at a maximum coupon rate to correspond with BI’s benchmark interest rate of 4.25 percent to fund health care and the social safety net. The central bank will then return the yield to the government in full on the same day it is paid.BI, together with the government, will also bear the debt costs of the government’s stimulus package for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and large businesses, which is estimated to generate Rp 177 trillion in debt. The government will begin selling sovereign debt papers (SBNs) to Bank Indonesia (BI) under private placement next week as part of the “burden-sharing” scheme to fund the country’s coronavirus response and reduce the government’s debt burden.The Finance Ministry’s financing and risk management director general, Luky Alfirman, said on Friday the government would conduct the private placement gradually based on the government’s budget needs.“We are currently setting up a special account at the central bank and hopefully next week we may start the implementation,” Luky told reporters in a press briefing. The government bonds bought by the central bank will have five to eight years’ maturity, he added. Several economists have raised concerns that the debt monetization will result in higher inflation caused by a rising money supply and may weaken the rupiah exchange rate, while some economists have raised concerns over rising sovereign risk perception in the long run.Read also: Indonesia’s burden-sharing scheme may affect BI’s credibility: Moody’sThe government and the central bank pledged to monitor its impact on inflation, Luky went on to say, expecting inflation to remain at a safe level this year.Meanwhile, BI senior deputy governor Destry Damayanti said recently the central bank had a “strategy in place” to respond to the risks posed by debt monetization in the long run, adding that BI was currently focusing on bolstering economic growth.Indonesia’s economy may shrink 0.4 percent at worst or may grow by 1 percent this year depending on the severity of the coronavirus crisis. The government has allocated a Rp 695.2 trillion stimulus program to speed up economic recovery and prevent the country’s economy falling into recession this year.Topics :last_img read more

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Bauxite Spill Pollutes Solomon Islands’ Waters

first_imgOnly months after the area suffered an oil spill from a grounded vessel, the Solomon Islands’ waters were hit by a bauxite pollution.According to media reports, an estimated 5,000 tonnes of bauxite has spilled into Kangava Bay from a barge.The ore, that is used in aluminium smelting, reportedly slipped into the water at Rennell Island, during loading operations on July 1.Guardian cited a source from the island as saying that the “water is red”.In early February 2019, the bulk carrier Solomon Trader, loaded with nearly 11,000 tonnes of bauxite, ran aground on a reef off Rennell Island in the Solomon Islands, near the largest raised coral atoll in the world, a UNESCO World Heritage site.Initial estimates showed that some 70 tonnes of oil was spilled from the 1994-built ship, while relevant parties believed that the escaped amount was higher.After a lightering operation in mid-March, the 73,592 dwt ship was finally refloated in May. It was destined to be towed for scrapping.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

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Ireland unchanged for Pakistan series

first_img Coach Phil Simmons has kept faith with the squad that moved a step closer to qualifying for the 2015 World Cup with back-to-back wins over United Arab Emirates in March. Pakistan will use the games as preparation for next month’s Champions Trophy, but Simmons believes his side can spring an upset, saying: “We’ve always got a chance in our conditions.” Ireland have named an unchanged squad for their two-match one-day international series against Pakistan in Dublin later this month. He added: “We’ve turned in some strong performances in recent years, especially against England and Australia, and lost matches we should have won. “We’re getting stronger all the time and we’ll be well prepared and try to put them under pressure from the start. “There’s a great atmosphere at Clontarf with the Irish fans behind us, and with a full house expected for both games, I’m hoping they can get us over the line against Pakistan. “It’s certain to be a great carnival of cricket over the two days. We know how important it is to keep the momentum going with Irish cricket and we’ll be looking for headline victories in our marquee games this year.” Ireland’s only 50-over success against Pakistan arrived at the 2007 World Cup – on St Patrick’s Day – but they suffered a 2-0 home series defeat in Belfast two years ago. They will be without all-rounder John Mooney for the opener on May 23, after he was banned following Twitter comments he made about the death of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. The Ireland squad for the RSA Insurance ODI series: William Porterfield (captain), Alex Cusack, George Dockrell, Trent Johnston, Ed Joyce, John Mooney, Tim Murtagh, Kevin O’Brien, Niall O’Brien, James Shannon, Max Sorensen, Paul Stirling, Andrew White, Gary Wilson. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

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