Opportunity knocks for cheaper sandwiches

first_imgInnovation at the cheaper end of the sandwich market is being stifled by a lack of originality in meeting the needs of hard-pressed consumers who seek out value alternatives, according to a top food consultant.Speaking at a panel discussion at the Lunch! show, held at London’s Old Billingsgate on 29 September, Nellie Nichols, formerly of Pret A Manger, said sandwich makers were too often guilty of “copycating” the larger manufacturers and retailers rather than coming up with original, price-conscious products.She said: “It’s a massive opportunity if people want to use their imaginations, to come up with innovative products that don’t cost the earth to produce. Yes, crayfish sandwiches will sell, but people now want a cheaper option and it’s not difficult to achieve with more cost-effective ingredients.”Rob Topping, bakery buyer for Compass, added that there was no longer an assumption among retailers that people would continue buying premium products. “We think consumers will seek that choice of value more frequently,” he said. “The sandwich category is really well placed: it can broadly be perceived as healthy and it should represent value. There are some fantastic products out there.”Meanwhile, Michelle Young of BB’s Coffee & Muffins said the key to riding the economic downturn would be strong price positioning and meal deals and discounting on a local store level.—-=== In Short ===== Pepsi’s Raw state ==Pepsi is launching its “all-natural” premium variant Pepsi Raw into the café and coffee shop sector. The carbonated drink, which is lighter than standard Pepsi and has natural ingredients, was launched into bars and clubs earlier this year. It will be available to cafés and foodservice operators in a 250ml can from March.== Slice of the action ==The Handmade Cake Company is to sell its six best-selling traybakes as individually-wrapped slices for the catering industry. The slices are delivered frozen in a display outer of 18 packs. The six varieties available are caramel shortcake, all-butter flapjack, chocolate fruit and nut slice, maple and pecan slice, Boston brownie and cranberry and sultana flapjack.== Panitaly takes on UK ==Italian manufacturer Panitaly is targeting the UK with its range of part-baked frozen bread. The firm aims to supply the foodservice sector with ready-to-serve pre-sliced bread for sandwiches, as well as selling its bake-off range to retailers. It uses a traditional natural starter technique, Biga, to make its bread, eliminating the need for flour improver and preservative.== Sussex bars ==Sussex-based chocolatier Montezuma’s is targeting the café sector with a range of five 30g bars. The mini bars come in dark chocolate chilli, milk chocolate butterscotch, Peruvian chocolate with a hint of sea salt, smooth milk chocolate and 73% cocoa dark chocolate versions.== Green cleaners ==London Bio Packaging has launched a range of eco-friendly cleaners for catering firms. The seven products in the range are washing-up liquid, multi-surface cleaner, multi-purpose spray, disinfectant, toilet cleaner and a glass and mirror spray.last_img read more

Open Networking Turns 5 – Looking Ahead

first_imgFive years ago, Dell EMC embraced a radical notion — the disaggregation of networking hardware and software to give customers more flexibility, better investment protection and a clear path to future innovation. This new networking paradigm gave customers the ability to break free from proprietary, monolithic and costly networking appliances. Open Networking was born.This disaggregated approach, which started in the data center with top-of-rack (ToR) switches, quickly led to a profusion of innovation and efficiency, allowing hardware and software vendors alike to focus on the aspects of the stack they know best.On the software side, Open Networking has created big opportunities for companies such as BigSwitch, Cumulus, Pluribus Networks and even Microsoft with its open source Software for Open Networking in the Cloud (SONiC). Pure software players have enjoyed a bigger role in driving network efficiency, functionality and capability, and startups can focus on creating innovative networking functions without having to manage investments in hardware development and manufacturing.For hardware vendors, Open Networking has led to a more standards-based, collaborative design approach, using off-the-shelf silicon and enabling manufacturers to deliver better-than-ever performance and quality, at lower costs.And all of that gets us to the heart of what Open Networking is about: Giving customers unprecedented flexibility and choice, cost savings, ease of management, time to value, time to innovation and a network that creates measurable business value.Over the last five years we’ve brought Open Networking to a range of Dell EMC solutions, such as the modular and massively innovative PowerEdge MX platform, and to hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) with the introduction of Dell EMC Smart Fabric Services, an “easy button” to radically simplify and automate network configuration—the hardest aspect of HCI implementation. SmartFabric Services reduces up to 98% of the network configuration steps and administration through integration with VxRail Manager and VMware vSphere.Dell EMC OS10 SmartFabric Services for VxRail videoSo, where will Open Networking go next?Next Evolution: Software-Defined Wide Area Networks (SD-WAN) & CampusThe next evolution takes the same premise of allowing software to play a greater role and applies it to other places in the network beyond the data center, such as SD-WAN.Enterprises have long faced the challenge of enabling their remote sites to connect with each other and communicate. Traditionally, they accomplished this by using function-specific appliances, but today, innovative software like VMware SD-WAN by VeloCloud is making it possible to address this challenge running on x86-based infrastructure, or as a virtual machine as part of a larger network function virtualization deployment.In the near future, we can expect the Open Networking model to expand beyond its roots in the data center to campus networks. Dell’s hardware roadmap contemplates this shift, with major updates to our campus portfolio planned in 2019.And of course, there is 5G. As service providers roll out 5G, geographic distribution will be a challenge if they choose to use function-specific appliances. That would mean putting single-use equipment in certain un-serviced locations simply to prepare for the possibility that services will be needed there someday.Instead, they could deploy multi-purpose resources close to the edge and use software to deploy specific services as the need arises. If that is the chosen approach, we can expect to see another wave of innovation and progress, as hyperscale organizations like service providers often drive most of the initial growth for open technologies.It’s been five years of steady improvements in Open Networking, and there is a great deal of opportunity remaining. As always, Dell EMC will continue to be a leader in pushing for and providing standards-based, open technology. The abundance of innovation and unquestionable success of Open Networking is a shining example of why we champion this approach.When every vendor involved in a product is free to operate at their highest level of specialization and in close collaboration with each other, the customer wins. Learn more about Open Networking here.last_img read more

Walter Barnard Hill Award

first_imgFor the past 19 years, Julia Gaskin has worked to prove that conservation tillage and cover crops don’t have to be dirty words when it comes to conventional farming. Through her work with University of Georgia Cooperative Extension, U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Southern Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program and Georgia Organics, Gaskin has worked with farmers to incorporate methods associated with organic agriculture into traditional farming practices. This year, Gaskin, who serves as sustainable agriculture coordinator for the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES), received the Walter Barnard Hill Award for Distinguished Achievement in Public Service and Outreach on April 16 at the UGA Office of the Vice President for Public Service and Outreach’s 27th annual Public Service and Outreach Meeting and Awards Luncheon.The annual award for public service and outreach work recognizes the contributions of UGA public service faculty to the “improvement of the quality of life in Georgia” and beyond.”Julia has been persistent in helping farmers and sustainable agriculture advocates understand that traditional and sustainable production systems aren’t mutually exclusive. Both aim to produce maximum food and fiber with minimal environmental impact,” said CAES Dean and Director Sam Pardue.”All farmers can benefit from the conservation practices that Julia teaches across the state, whether they run a 1,000-acre cotton farm or small organic vegetable operation. She focuses on practices that improve soil, reduce irrigation and reduce the need for additional fertilizer and those are good practices for Georgia’s ecosystem and for farmers’ businesses. That dogged pragmatism has made her an invaluable asset to Georgia’s agricultural community.” Gaskin has worked tirelessly to make conservation-farming practices more mainstream in traditional Georgia row-crop farming systems. In doing so, she’s earned a reputation as a pragmatic and service-oriented advocate for sustainable agriculture and farmers.She developed a Cover Crop Nitrogen Availability Calculator that allows farmers to incorporate cover crops with traditional fertilizer requirement calculations, simplifying the implementation of conservation-minded practices into traditional farming. “Building bridges is not always easy when people don’t see eye-to-eye, and it can be a lonely job,” wrote Alice Rolls, executive director of Georgia Organics, when Gaskin was awarded a CAES D.W. Brooks Award for Excellence in Extension in 2017. “But Julia did just that through focused perseverance and a genuine commitment to our soils and the livelihood of our farming community.” Gaskin has been awarded over $1.5 million in grant funds to support research and extension in sustainable agriculture. The Beginning Farmer Rancher Development grant, in partnership with Georgia Organics and Fort Valley State University, helps new farmers develop profitable and sustainable operations.Gaskin led the charge to equip county Agriculture and Natural Resources Extension agents across the state with the tools they need to help the growing number of organic and Certified Naturally Grown farmers working in Georgia. Through workshops, Extension bulletins, and the SustainAgGA.org website, Gaskin raised the profile and strengthened UGA Extension’s Sustainable and Organic Production Team, which includes entomologists, plant pathologists, agronomists, animal scientists and plant breeders.last_img read more

People moves: More departures from DWS as new COO appointed [updated]

first_imgKlaas KnotFinancial Stability Board – Klass Knot , president of Dutch regulator De Nederlandsche Bank , has been appointed vice-chair of the Financial Stability Board for a three-year term, and will chair the FSB from December 2021.The FSB’s new chair from next month is Randal Quarles , governor of the US Federal Reserve . Quarles replaces Bank of England governor Mark Carney, who chaired the board for seven years.Carney said: “Randy and Klaas will provide strong leadership and continuity as the FSB pivots towards the implementation and evaluation of post-crisis reforms, and to addressing emerging vulnerabilities in the global financial system. Their appointment demonstrates the FSB’s unique role as a member-led, international body for cooperation on global financial stability.”The FSB consists of senior regulators, central bank governors and government officials from 24 countries as well as representatives of 10 international bodies, the ECB and the European Commission.Dimensional – The $596bn (€466.4bn) asset manager has made a series of changes to its leadership team, including the appointment of Michael Holmes as chief technology officer. He joins from Bridgewater Associates and has worked in financial services technology for 25 years.Elsewhere, Carlo Venes has been appointed head of global institutional services, effective 1 January. He is currently head of institutional for Asia excluding Japan, and has worked at Dimensional since 2011.John Romiza is to relinquish his role as co-head of global equity trading in the new year to focus on his responsibilities as co-CEO of Dimensional Fund Advisors, with Ryan Wiley becoming sole head of global equity trading. Jason Lapping is to transition from head of Asia Pacific trading to head of international equity trading.The company has also hired Al Sears from BAM Advisor Services as vice president, focusing on technology, and Darcy Keller from the Financial Times as head of corporate communications.“Our clients know we take a long-term view in how we think about markets. We also make long-term investments in our people. Investors in the future will have different needs than today, and we’re strengthening our leadership team so we are well positioned for our clients in the decades to come,” said Gerard O’Reilly, Dimensional co-CEO and CIO.Lyxor Asset Management – The €140.8bn asset manager has named David Lake as chief executive officer for its UK business. He replaces Matthieu Mouly who has moved to France to continue as global head of sales for Lyxor’s exchange-traded fund (ETF) arm.Lake is currently Lyxor’s head of ETF sales for UK and Ireland, a role he will keep alongside his chief executive duties. He joined in June 2017 from Source ETF, where he also led the sales team for the UK and Ireland.Lionel Paquin, CEO of Lyxor Asset Management, said that the UK was “a key market” for the company and it would continue to grow its operations in the country.AXA Investment Managers – AXA IM has named Robert Price as a portfolio manager in its “buy and maintain” fixed income team. He transfers from the company’s liability-driven investment (LDI) team, but will continue to work with European LDI clients. He will also focus on AXA IM’s “cashflow delivery investing” strategies, which have just reached £3bn (€3.4bn) in assets under management.Lionel Pernias, head of the buy and maintain team, said: “As pension schemes become more focused on cashflow delivery, we continue to see growth and demand from providers on buy and maintain credit strategies.”Hewlett-Packard – The €1.9bn Dutch pension fund for computer hardware company Hewlett-Packard has appointed Rita van Ewijk and Otto van’t Hof as trustees on its eight-strong board, representing the employer and workers, respectively. Van Ewijk is an external board member. She also chairs the €170m Pensioenfonds Cindu International.Pensioenfonds Sabic – Pascal Wolters has been appointed as the new independent chairman of the €2.5bn Dutch pension fund Sabic as of 1 January 2019. He is to succeed Jo Mastenbroek , who has been at the helm for two years.Wolters has previously worked for 16 years in asset management, pensions and support at the €409bn civil service scheme ABP and its asset manager and pensions provider APG. Prior to this, he was on the board of the €209bn healthcare scheme PFZW. Since May, he has been an expert board member at SPOV, the €3.9bn Dutch pension fund for public transport.Pensioenfonds Detailhandel – Selma Gouderjaan is to start as trustee for employees at the €20.7bn pension fund for the retail sector (Detailhandel) as of 1 January. She has been trustee for trade at the trade union FNV since 2015, representing union members at chemists and the retailer Ahold.KPMG – KPMG has hired a trio of advisers from Mercer to open an office in Bristol, in the south west of England. George Fowler joins as a partner to focus on larger pension schemes; Paula Champion is a director focusing on mid-sized schemes in the south of England, while also supporting KPMG’s Birmingham-based pensions business; and Matt Flower joins as a senior manager with responsibility for business development.LifeSight – Willis Towers Watson’s UK defined contribution master trust has appointed Caroline Fawcett as a trustee. She replaces Gill Barr, who has stepped down at the end of her term. Fawcett spent 11 years in various roles at Legal & General, and is now a non-executive director at the Money Advice Service alongside a number of other non-exec roles.AZL – Annemieke Visser has succeeded Arthur van der Wal as member of the supervisory board at pensions provider AZL, part of NN Group. Visser – a former director of Delta Lloyd, which was taken over by NN last year – is also director of pension services at Nationale-Nederlanden Life Insurance .AZL’s supervisory board also comprises Michel van Elk, Henriëtte Prast and Willem Stevens. Van der Wal left the board following his appointment as chief executive at Syntrus Achmea Real Estate & Finance on 1 September.ShareAction – Fergus Moffatt has become the responsible investment campaign group’s head of UK policy, joining from the UK Sustainable Investment and Finance Association. Moffatt replaces Bethan Livesey , who moves to a part-time role as senior fellow. DWS, FSB, Dimensional, Lyxor, AXA IM, Hewlett-Packard, Sabic, Detailhandel, KPMG, Lifesight, AZL, ShareActionDWS Group – The €692bn asset manager has named a new chief operating officer and head of coverage for Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA), with the incumbent staff set to leave this week.Jon Eilbeck , currently COO, is to exit after 19 years at Deutsche Bank’s asset management businesses. He will be replaced by Mark Cullen , currently head of group audit at Deutsche Bank.Thorsten Michalik , head of EMEA coverage, is also set to leave after an 18-year career at Deutsche Bank. Dirk Goergen , head of sales for private clients in Germany at Deutsche’s private and commercial bank, will take up the role as well as leading on DWS’ digital distribution strategy. Both Cullen and Goergen will join DWS’ executive board.  Asoka Woehrmann, who replaced Nicolas Moreau as CEO of DWS Group last month, said Cullen and Goergen were “outstanding individuals” with “a diverse set of qualities” to bring to their roles.He added: “I would like to thank Jon Eilbeck and Thorsten Michalik for their exceptional contributions to both DWS and Deutsche Bank over many years of service and wish them well for the future. With these changes to our executive board, we have the right leadership team in place to focus all our efforts on doing our best for our clients, our investors and our colleagues in DWS.”A spokeswoman for DWS said there were no further board-level changes planned.last_img read more

Ronaldo missing as Mbappe leads race for most valuable players

first_imgWho is the best footballer on the planet right now: Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo? That argument has been furiously debated for over a decade now. Kane could now opt to leave North London in a bid to finally win some silverware after 16 years at the club, including his youth years. 5. MOHAMED SALAHLiverpool – £141m Mohamed Salah has been in the form of his life since joining Liverpool PART of Liverpool’s fearsome front-three, Salah is unrecognisable from his Chelsea days now in Anfield red. Skilful on the ball, devastatingly quick and with a ferocious left foot, there’s little wonder Salah is valued at £141m. A target of Real Madrid in recent seasons, Salah is only let down by his occasional tendency to avoid looking up and playing that killer final ball, instead opting for the shot. That said, he’s still managed 16 goals and six assists this season…4. SADIO MANELiverpool – £141m Sadio Mane has been in electric form for the Reds this season LEVEL with his Reds team-mate is another part of that world-beating trio, Mane. The Senegalese star has arguably been Liverpool’s best player this season – scoring 14 times and adding seven assists – as they sit 25 points clear in their bid to win their first-ever Premier League crown. An outrageously talented winger, Mane is adept at cutting inside and terrorising defenders and seamlessly switching positions with Roberto Firmino to create space. 3. NEYMARPSG – £151m Neymar sits third on the list – and could move back to Barcelona in the summer THE marmite of football, you either love him or hate him… Brilliantly talented, on his day Neymar is utterly unplayable – but his tendency to spend half the game on the ground can certainly irk football fans,. Valued at £151m, joint second on this list, he is now worth LESS than the £198m PSG paid for him in 2017. 2. RAHEEM STERLINGMan City – £151m Sterling has gone from strength to strength under Guardiola LEVEL with the Brazilian is Man City and England superstar Sterling – whose progression under Pep Guardiola has been phenomenal. Now boasting a clinical edge in front of goal, Sterling certainly has his best years ahead of him at just 25 years old. Valued at £151m, you could see Sterling being the world’s most-expensive footballer one day, should he leave City – but there’s one problem… 1. KYLIAN MBAPPEPSG – £189m World Cup winner Mbappe is the most valuable player on the planet Read Also: Ronaldo sunbathes shirtless at home as partner goes shopping …AND that problem is called Kylian Mbappe. The France superstar is even younger than Sterling at just 20 years old – and he’s already arguably the best striker on the planet. Devastatingly quick and with more than an eye for goal, fans are itching to see what Mbappe can do outside of Ligue 1. And they may just get their wish, with Real Madrid said to be keen on signing him this summer. It’s hard to see him not becoming the first £200m footballer, either… FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted ContentCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayThe Best Cars Of All TimeWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better8 Best 1980s High Tech GadgetsCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?7 Mysterious Discoveries From All Around The WorldEvery Movie Starring Sylvester Stallone From Best To Worst20 Facts That’ll Change Your Perception Of “The Big Bang Theory”5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do6 Unforgettable Shows From The 90s That Need To Make A Comeback Loading… But apparently, neither is the most-valuable player on the planet, according to Transfermarkt. Of course, value is subject to many factors, including age, contract length, club and international caps. We’ve broken down which stars make the top ten, in reverse order – and Ronaldo doesn’t even make the cut… 10. ANTOINE GRIEZMANN Barcelona – £113million Griezmann just cracks the top ten most valuable players in the world THE Barcelona striker, 28, is arguably reaching the peak years of his career now at the Nou Camp. After a hugely successful spell at Atletico Madrid, Griezmann is now a World Cup winner with France. 9. JADON SANCHO Borussia Dortmund – £113m Jadon Sancho is sought after by the likes of Chelsea and Man Utd THE England superstar is being tipped with a move back to the Premier League having left Manchester City for Borussia Dortmund in 2017. Manchester United, Liverpool and Chelsea are just a few teams desperate to sign the flying winger – who, incredibly, is still learning his trade at just 19-years-old. Dortmund have all-but admitted they know they will lose their star man this summer – but they can certainly be credited with his rapid development from unknown youngster to world superstar. 8. LIONEL MESSIBarcelona – £132m Lionel Messi has slipped to eighth in the list of most valuable players ONCE the most-valuable player on the planet, Messi has slipped down the list to eighth worth “only” £132m. The Argentine is now 32-years-old and with his current contract at Barcelona running down, his value is only lowered for those reasons. Regardless, Messi is still one of the best players on the planet and has many more years to give at the pinnacle of world football. 7. KEVIN DE BRUYNEMan City – £141m De Bruyne sits above Messi in the list of most valuable stars THE best passer in the world, a two-time Premier League champion and part of the Belgium side that came third at the 2018 World Cup… There’s absolutely no doubt De Bruyne is one of the best players ever to grace the game with his elegant play in the heart of the pitch. At £141m, De Bruyne feels arguably a bit under-priced…6. HARRY KANETottenham – £141m Harry Kane has netted 17 goals in 25 appearances this season ENGLAND’s captain and talisman, Kane is another star valued at £141m by Transfermarkt. Cruelly struck down by injuries during his career, you can only dream what the Spurs star could have become without them.last_img read more