Brambles Foods sold for £22m by private equity firm

first_imgSandwich manufacturer Brambles Foods has been sold for £22 million by NBGI Private Equity.The new owner is Adelie Food Holdings, which is backed by Duke Street Capital. Brambles will run alongside Adelie’s existing sandwich businesses, Food Partners and Buckingham Foods.Richard Morley, NBGI director, said: “Brambles has been a real success story. It has been very rewarding to support an excellent management team, taking a relatively small business at the time of the original buy-out in 2003 and developing it into a major player in its sector.”Brambles manufactures sandwiches, rolls and similar products from its factories in London and Middlesbrough. It has annual sales of around £25 million,The sale of Brambles realised a return of 4.3 times the original cost of the investment by NBGI.last_img read more

Mixed performance in pies and pastries sector

first_imgValue sales of pasties have fallen by 3.9%, while sales of sausage rolls have grown by the same percentage, according to the latest data from Kantar Worldpanel.With the exception of pasties, spend was up on all pies and savoury pastries for the 52 weeks to 17 April 2011. Value sales of pork pies increased 2.6%, quiches and flans by 1.8%, and hot pies by 0.4%, resulting in total value growth in the market of 1.1%.Total market volume also increased, by 0.8%. All categories reported a rise in volume sales, with the exception of pasties and hot pies, which saw volume sales fall 2.6% and 1.6% respectively.Andy Napthine, head of marketing at Pork Farms, said the growth in sausage rolls and pork pie sales was definitely a trend it was noticing in the market. “Over the past year, we’ve seen some significant increases in sausage rolls and pork pie sales, as consumers are coming back into the category,” he said.”There have been many promotions in this area of the market, which has seen more consumers buying more, more often.” Napthine said Pork Farms’ sales growth had come from a combination of promotional activity, its recent rebrand, and the NPD work it has done through link-ups with brands such as Branston Pickle.Ginsters brand communications manager Larry File said the firm was also experiencing a rise in sales for sausage rolls and pork pies. “Sales of our sausage rolls in the multiples have increased 24% year-on-year,” said File, adding that the unseasonally warm weather this spring had boosted sales of cold eating products.File acknowledged that there had been a fall in pasty sales, but said that they had not received as much promotional activity as sausage rolls, for example.>>Pastry powerlast_img read more

Poe’s Perspective: Mowins’ historic night is an inspiration

first_imgFor the first time in perhaps my entire life, I cried re-watching the highlights of this week’s season opening Monday Night Football game.I didn’t care about the score or the two teams playing, and I wasn’t watching the highlight reel for the game itself. Instead, I was crying listening to Beth Mowins commentate play-by-play on the biggest night of the week for my favorite sport.This Monday marked the first time a woman has ever called play-by-play of primetime NFL football. For Mowins, it was the biggest moment of her career. For ESPN, it was a gutsy, although timely, business move. But for the women like me who tuned in on Monday night, it was something more — confirmation, encouragement and much-needed validation of our place in the sports world.Every girl who grew up loving sports has dealt with pretty much the same experience of being doubted, questioned or ridiculed for her love of sports. It doesn’t matter if you’re named after your mom’s favorite NHL player, or you’re dressed in your team’s jersey with matching socks and sunglasses, or you’ve been hollering at Kansas basketball head coach Bill Self to run zone defense for the past 20 minutes of the watch party. If you hear a girl talking about sports, there’s a good chance that a guy is about to put her down.My favorite part of being a female sports fan is what I like to call the “Sexist Quiz” — when you tell a boy that you love sports and he immediately responds with a meaningless trivia question.It backfires on occasion, of course. My freshman year, a guy saw my Royals hat during the World Series and jokingly bet me a coffee that I couldn’t name five players. The look on his face when I named the entire batting line-up in less than a minute was obviously worth more than the coffee he ended up reluctantly handing over. But this type of interaction is common, and most of the time, it doesn’t have an empowering ending. Those questions aren’t actually meant to quiz or to test knowledge. They’re meant to prove a point: that the girl in the room isn’t welcome into the age-old tradition of casually sharing hot takes and fantasy football outlooks with fellow sports-loving strangers.Once in an interview, an athlete doubted my basketball knowledge and refused to change the subject until I named the starting lineup of the Golden State Warriors, a team I do not follow and don’t particularly care about. He laughed when I didn’t know the answer, and I lost every ounce of confidence I had mustered to ask him a few questions about an upcoming game. The following interview was pretty much useless, and I trudged home feeling defeated.Sadly, that experience is an everyday occurence for women who love sports. Being laughed at and mocked, tested and quizzed by men who know the same amount or less about the topic is just another day at the office, leaving women to feel lost and out of place, most importantly.That’s why I cried when I heard Beth Mowins’ voice. To me, it didn’t matter if she was good. She could’ve flubbed every other word for the entire broadcast and I would’ve defended her to my grave. For the first time in my 15-year love affair with football, when I flicked on the television, I heard the voice of a woman like me.It was the ultimate confirmation that yes, we do belong here. We belong in stadiums and press boxes, and we belong on couches and barstools. Our opinions about sports matter, even if half-drunk dimwits at the bar and on Twitter want to question them. And she was brilliant. Mowins is, of course, one of the best that ESPN has to offer, which is why it’s honestly surprising she didn’t make it to NFL primetime earlier after years of calling college football. In the spotlight, she didn’t waver at all.After her historic broadcast, Mowins didn’t take to social media to pen a heartfelt thank you. Instead, she posted a single picture: herself on the sidelines, smiling, as a young girl named Avery held a sign in the stands.“Beth,” the sign read. “I’m ready for my internship.”Mowins didn’t say much about the picture, just three words: “Avery’s got next.”But she didn’t need to say much more, because those three words said it all. Mowins was the first, but she will not be the last. And her first will give way to plenty of other firsts, for plenty of other girls throughout the country.It doesn’t have to be this type of first, with a million-dollar contract and millions of fans watching. For most girls, the firsts will be smaller. It will be that moment of walking through the living room, hearing a woman’s voice and the roar of the crowd and pausing for a second to fall a little bit in love with football.And I think that Beth would agree that a quiet moment like that is just as important, if not endlessly more.Julia Poe is a junior studying print and digital journalism. She is also the sports editor of the Daily Trojan. Her column, Poe’s Perspective, runs Thursdays.last_img read more

City will not sacrifice League Cup for title race: Guardiola

first_imgGuardiola said that those players who had played on Saturday in the 3-1 win over Everton would probably have to shoulder the responsibility of backing up against Leicester due to a growing injury list.Belgian star Kevin de Bruyne returned against Everton and should play again whilst record goalscorer Argentinian Sergio Aguero could start after a four week absence through injury.“We don’t have many players,” said Guardiola.“We have a lot of injured players. Some players that played Saturday and in the last games have to play.“But it is a chance to reach a semi-final and since I’ve been here my teams have never dropped one game, not even a friendly game.“It is a competition, it must be respected, like we did it last season. We are going to try and win the game.”Share on: WhatsApp London, United Kingdom | AFP | Holders Manchester City will take Tuesday’s League Cup quarter-final with Leicester City seriously, says manager Pep Guardiola, even though they are in a tight duel with Liverpool for the Premier League title.Guardiola — whose Premier League champions trail Liverpool by a point — says it is only by winning trophies the club can get better, even if the League Cup is viewed as the third most important domestic trophy in English football.The 47-year-old Spaniard concedes Liverpool may benefit from no longer being involved in the League Cup — their next match is against Wolverhampton Wanderers on Friday — and if City progress they will face a two-legged semi-final in January.“We could say yes,” said Guardiola, answering a question at his press conference over whether Liverpool had an advantage in having a lighter fixture list.“But I’d prefer to be in the League Cup than not.“I cannot imagine going into a game thinking, ‘Oh, it will be better to lose because then we’ll have more time to rest’. I have never thought in that way.“That is the only way a club like Manchester City — who 10 years ago were not in this position — can grow up, and get better and better. And that’s what we have to do.”last_img read more

SB Begins Process of Redeveloping Business District

first_imgBy John Burton SEA BRIGHT – As the borough continues its long journey toward restoration and rebuilding after the devastation of Sandy, discussions are beginning to outline what changes should be made to the borough’s downtown business district.“What we’re envisioning is a total redevelopment of the downtown area,” Borough Councilman C. Read Murphy said.Discussions on what would or should be done to the commercial area “is really preliminary.” While there hasn’t been any formal discussion about it yet, Murphy said there have been very informal talks about what the future should look like.What is being floated mostly involves the western side of Ocean Avenue/ Highway 36 to be reserved for a stretch of local businesses.Murphy said, first and foremost, any plan would have to address revised elevation for any rebuilding that might occur.Borough officials are awaiting the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announcement regarding new elevation requirements to try to prevent a reoccurrence of the flooding and damage caused by the late October storm and its accompanying tidal surge. That announcement is expected at any time now, Murphy said.Preliminary talks have centered around having a possible elevation that is 15 feet higher than the current standard as the benchmark for future development, the councilman said. There also has been preliminary discussions about erecting an elevated boardwalk in front of the elevated business.The plan is expected to encourage mixed-use development, combining retail and other businesses with residential units on upper floors, Murphy said.“We haven’t nailed any of this down yet,” Murphy stressed.As for any future redevelopment, “We’re looking at a myriad of different ways of doing that,” including possible public/private partnerships, he said.“We’ve had assurances from the governor (Chris Christie) and lieutenant governor (Kim Guadagno) that they’ll assist us and aid us in this process,” Murphy said.Calls this week to the governor’s office seeking comment were not returned.Northshore Menswear on Ocean Avenue was destroyed during the storm. Its owner, Brian George, has temporarily relocated to Rumson but expects to be back in the borough by March 1.He acknowledged there is a plan but that could be as far away as two years.“The main thing right now is to get the businesses opened” by the all-important summer season, George said.Many of the buildings have been so severely damaged that they have been condemned and will have to be rebuilt. Others will require substantial work to get them ready for businesses to return, George said.The possible plans he has heard about for a future downtown meet with his approval.“Absolutely,” he said, indicating it would create a picturesque, “Nantucket-ish” look with its design.last_img read more

Retiring Head of School Honored

first_imgTINTON FALLS – The Ranney School community honored its retiring head of school by dedicating the middle and upper school building in recognition of Dr. Lawrence S. Sykoff for his more than two decades of service.Students, parents, school facility, administration and guests gathered May 21 on Ranney’s campus, 235 Hope Road, to dedicate the building now named the Lawrence Sykoff Center for Excellence.Ranney Upper School students, from left, Kendall Tropey, Jordan Hesslein and James Soldati, place school memorabilia into a time capsule during the dedication and naming of the Lawrence Sykoff Center for Excellence that honors theretiring head of school.Sykoff, who is retiring at the end of the school year, has been head of school for the pre-K-12th grade private school since 1993.Students were present to assist with the placing of noteworthy mementos from the year school year into a time capsule for the newly named facility. The capsule will be buried in the building’s courtyard.“You’re true lasting legacy, Dr. Sykoff, is the thousands of young adults that have been impacted because of what you have done with the school,” board of trustees President Jamie Price said during the outdoor ceremony. “They will be better prepared for life’s challenges and are guided by a strong ethical code. Most importantly, they will go on to impact millions of people and will change the world in ways we have yet to see.”last_img read more

Marcus Rashford included in provisional 26-man England squad ahead of Euro 2016

first_img1 Marcus Rashford Roy Hodgson has included Manchester United youngster Marcus Rashford in a provisional 26-man squad ahead of this summer’s European Championship.The 18-year-old striker only made his debut for United in February but his impressive form has seen him fast-tracked into the international set-up.He is one of five strikers named in the group for the friendlies against Turkey, Portugal and Australia, along with Harry Kane, Wayne Rooney, Daniel Sturridge and Jamie Vardy.Andros Townsend, who won the last of his 10 caps in October, is included following Danny Welbeck’s knee injury, but there is no place for Theo Walcott.ARSENAL WINGER THEO WALCOTT SPEAKS OUT OVER EURO 2016 SNUB – READ MORE HERE Leicester’s Danny Drinkwater and Manchester City’s Fabian Delph are also included in the squad, as are Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere and Liverpool’s Jordan Henderson as the pair make their way back from injury.Phil Jagielka is the high-profile defensive absentee, with the Everton defender left out as Hodgson opted for a seven-man defence.There is no place either for his Toffees teammate Leighton Baines and Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick.Hodgson has until May 31 before submitting his final 23-man squad for this summer’s finals in France.Asked about Rashford’s chances of featuring in his final squad, Hodgson told a press conference: “He’s one of the contenders, of course.“The competition is quite strong, he’ll understand that. He deserves to be selected in this larger squad.“It will be interesting to see what he can do, it may only be for one week, but I am pleased that he has had such a good end to the season.“It’s great to be able to include him. There’s no reason why he can’t knock someone off their perch, but it will be harder than some people might expect.”England’s 26-man provisional Euro 2016 squad: Goalkeepers: Fraser Forster (Southampton), Joe Hart (Manchester City), Tom Heaton (Burnley)Defenders: Ryan Bertrand (Southampton), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Nathaniel Clyne (Liverpool), Danny Rose (Tottenham), Chris Smalling (Manchester United), John Stones (Everton), Kyle Walker (Tottenham)Midfielders: Dele Alli (Tottenham), Ross Barkley (Everton), Fabian Delph (Manchester City), Eric Dier (Tottenham), Danny Drinkwater (Leicester City), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Adam Lallana (Liverpool), James Milner (Liverpool), Raheem Sterling (Manchester City), Andros Townsend (Newcastle), Jack Wilshere (Arsenal)Forwards: Harry Kane (Tottenham), Marcus Rashford (Manchester United), Wayne Rooney (Manchester United), Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool), Jamie Vardy (Leicester City)last_img read more

Feeding Farmers Week #3 – Wuebker Brothers Dairy

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Week #3 of Feeding Farmers winner was Wuebker Brothers Dairy in St. Henry. These three brothers took over the family dairy farm 11 years ago after their dad passed away from cancer. They milk 160 cows, farm 500 acres and feed out 200 steers. In addition to the dairy farm they also run a farm drainage business installing farm tile and residential septic systems. Dale Minyo visited with Mark Wuebker from the parlor.last_img

Video: Dabo Swinney Led The Clemson Cadence At Country Star Lee Brice’s Concert Last Night

first_imgDabo Swinney Clemson CadenceDabo Swinney Clemson CadenceYesterday was a pretty big day at Clemson. The Tigers had their annual spring game in the afternoon, and at night, country music star and Clemson alum Lee Brice played a show at Littlejohn Coliseum.Before Brice’s music career took off, he was a long snapper for the Tigers, so of course he’s a huge Clemson football fan. At his show last night, Brice had CU head coach Dabo Swinney join him on-stage and lead the crowd in the Clemson cadence count.Here’s some video of the moment:Dabo leading the way before lee brice last night!!! Awesome day in tiger town!!! @ClemsonTom #TigerNation #GoTigers pic.twitter.com/0Y2wJi6Aqq— Bo Cooley (@BCool32) April 12, 2015Swinney also found time to take a selfie with a fan. Seems like he had a fun night.Selfie with the Head Coach of the Tigers ole Dabo at the @leebrice #HappyMan  pic.twitter.com/E9o9164yWY— Gage Lawson (@GageLawson15) April 12, 2015last_img read more

Agriculture Minister to Craft Plan to Grow Sector

first_img Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Audley Shaw, says he will be working towards developing a new plan during this fiscal year for long-term growth and sustainability in Jamaica’s agricultural sector. Story Highlights “If we are going to chart a new course for the agricultural sector, we must begin with a plan with a sufficiently long-term horizon,” Mr. Shaw said in his Sectoral presentation on Tuesday (May 1) in the House of Representatives.center_img Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Audley Shaw, says he will be working towards developing a new plan during this fiscal year for long-term growth and sustainability in Jamaica’s agricultural sector.“If we are going to chart a new course for the agricultural sector, we must begin with a plan with a sufficiently long-term horizon,” Mr. Shaw said in his Sectoral presentation on Tuesday (May 1) in the House of Representatives.“We need to determine the level of growth we need the agricultural sector to attain in 10 to 15 years, and then work backwards to identify the quantum of lands and the level of infrastructure required on those lands. We need to establish the menu of crops and livestock that we need to produce, given the opportunities for import substitution, exports and for satisfying the requirements for raw material and intermediate goods for robust manufacturing and tourism sectors,” he told the House.Mr. Shaw said that the plan will also address “the imperative of climate-proofing our agriculture and how to adapt and respond to external shocks”.He said the Ministry had requested support from the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) to formulate a 10-year agricultural development plan, and the discussions were intensified in March, during the 35th Session of the FAO for Latin America and the Caribbean, which was held in Montego Bay, St. James.He said other major organisations have also shown an interest in partnering with the Ministry to create this long-term plan.“I am also pleased to indicate that the Inter-American Development Bank, the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), as well as the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), want to play a role in the formulation of this plan, and all these partners are now being engaged through the coordination of the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ) to have this plan ready within the current financial year,” he said.last_img read more