Health agenda

first_imgThe baking industry has always had a large element of indulgence about it – from cream cakes to doughnuts – but consumers are looking for healthier options when it comes to their daily bread. The focus used to be on what can be taken out of bakery products to make them more healthy – lower fat and salt content for example. But now it has shifted to what additional ingredients can go in.With predictions about healthy eating and naturalness as key market drivers ringing true, how will these products fare when the pennies start to pinch in the current economic climate? A report just out by American market research publisher Global Industry Analysts suggests it shouldn’t make much of a difference: “Standard bakery products no longer appeal to consumers who have already marked their shift towards healthier-for-you alternatives.”British Bakels’ head of new product development, Dr Gary Gibbs, notes an interest in ’naturalness’ as a prominent current consumer trend. “We are seeing this with our Multiseed bread, which is going very well, and also with our new wholegrain bread following consumers’ interest in whole grains,” says Gibbs. “Then there is the continuing trend for clean-label products. I think bread fits as a fantastic carrier for these sorts of things.”Health is certainly a key driver of new product development (NPD) across the whole area of bakery, explains Gibbs, and especially within the bread side. “We do a lot of confectionery but that still seems to be driven mainly by indulgence, only a little by health,” he says. “If you spoil yourself, you really want it to be worth it.”== Driving factors ==Last year, bakery ingredients manufacturer Bakels undertook research with Leatherhead Food International to gain an overview and prediction of the bakery market in 2008. Alongside premiumisation and convenience, health was in the top three driving factors in UK bakery, and a trend that Gibbs cannot envisage disappearing, despite the numerous problems caused by the credit crunch. “Health is so far up the agenda now, in consumers’ and also retailers’ minds, that I don’t think the credit crunch will be that big an issue.”Consumers now realise they can make small changes to their buying habits, such as purchasing everyday products with added health benefits, says Gibbs, and it’s not something they will compromise on. “I’m not saying we won’t be seeing cheaper breads, but that doesn’t mean that we won’t continue to see growth in the healthy eating side.”Bakels’ research showed that consumers realise they haven’t been eating enough whole grains and are now making a conscious efforts to eat more. Oats are also becoming more popular due to the beta-glucan soluble fibre found in them, which has cholesterol lowering benefits, and Omega-3 Fatty Acids are predicted to become even more popular.For Bakels, its most popular ’healthy’ bread is its Multiseed. “We’re also starting to see high fibre pick up a lot,” says Gibbs. “Warburtons is promoting its extra-fibre bread, and it’s certainly an area we’re promoting with our Multiseed bread as having nearly double the amount of fibre that you get in wholemeal bread.”It seems breads are leading the way in terms of healthy bakery trends. “We’ve developed some healthier products on the muffin side – for example, muffins and slice lines that have seeds and fruit in,” explains Gibbs, “but less so on the cakes side.” He says healthy innovation is more popular in breakfast or morning snacks, products that could be a meal replacement, rather than people wanting a real treat. But, he says, above all else “the taste has to be good”.== Promoting wholemeal ==Warburtons recently announced the national promotion of its wholemeal range, with the aim of bringing home the message about the importance of fibre in the diet. It also launched a campaign to promote its Seeded Batch loaf. “Health remains one of the biggest trends in the food industry as a whole, and this is particularly true within bakery,” says Warburtons’ category director, Sarah Miskell. “Warburtons, like many food manufacturers, has responded to consumer demand for healthier products by introducing products with a variety of health benefits, whether it’s added fibre, vitamins, prebiotics or grains and seeds to meet the ever-increasing demand for healthier products.”Miskell says that although Warburtons believes health will remain a key trend for bakery consumers, it remains to be seen exactly which of the sub-trends – for example seeded or low-GI – will remain most popular. “The market has fluctuated over the last year – the ’For Health’ bread sector has seen a decrease in volume sales, but is seeing a slight rise in value terms,” says Miskell, “and despite volume sales of grains and seeded loaves declining this year, value sales continue to remain steady at 11.7%. However, White Plus Bread has grown in both volume, up 1.7%, and value, up 20.3% (AC Nielsen w/e 12.07.08).BakeMark UK has also seen a significant increase in demand for the use of different and interesting food ingredients, in particular ancient grains and seeds in bakery products, says marketing manager David Astles. “There are several reasons for this resurgence; consumers are seeking new and different flavours and textures from their bakery products as well as health benefits and premiumisation,” he explains.In terms of NPD, BakeMark is focusing heavily on taste and health across its bread ranges. “We are constantly researching ways to develop new products that will help bakers offer profitable lines to satisfy consumer demand, while still meeting traditional preferences,” says Astles. It has recently launched three new Multiseed bread mixes to its Arkady portfolio – Waldkorn Classic, Waldkorn Krokant and Combicorn Malzsonne.”The new range, whose name originates in Germany and Belgium and translates to mean ’malt’ and ’corn’, boasts ingredients with heritage, an important growth area for bakery ingredients,” says Astles.BakeMark expects the demand for seeded, low-GI and high-fibre bread to continue to grow and for these products to become more mainstream. “As market conditions polarise, premium and continental breads are areas of the bread market that have seen massive growth over the last 12 months,” Astles explains. “The total bread market has grown by 12.7% in value over the last year, with seeded bread sales still increasing, showing growth of 15.5% (source: TNS Superpanel, 52 w/e 13 July 2008). Customers are switching to premium and Continental breads and are demanding more variety.” He has noticed that growth in the popularity of healthier sweet baked products is also rising – “consumers still demand indulgence but with a healthier twist”.== Rise in healthier eating ==Recent data from Allegra Strategies on ’How Britain Eats!’, reveals that 51% of consumers regularly examine product labels before buying, with fat, salt, sugar and calorie content being the most sought-after information. According to Allegra: “The single most powerful influence on household eating patterns is the rise of healthier eating.”Its research has shown that, over the last three years, the consumption of fresh, natural and healthier foods has accelerated, with 44% of UK adults stating they are eating more healthily than in the past. Almost 20% said they had lowered fat in their diets over the past year and many have reduced sugar and salt content.The Food Standards Agency (FSA) is currently running a campaign to make the public aware about the level of salt that should be in their diets – no more than 6g per day, for an adult, is recommended. The FSA has also set a target of reducing the average salt intake to this amount by 2010 and many bakery products now advertise that they fall within salt reduction guidelines.For bakery, it seems, consumers’ desire for indulgence will always be fulfilled in the cakes and confectionery sector, where a few extra calories are worth it for that special treat. In terms of healthy eating trends, bread is the key product consumers purchase, based on its health credentials, but as with cakes, it still needs to taste good.last_img read more

Detailed guide: Coronavirus antibody home test kit: taking a blood sample

first_imgWhen your test kit arrivesTest kits take up to 5 days to arrive in the post (you do not have to sign for it).Store it in a cool dry place (not in direct sunlight or the fridge).Take the test as soon as possible. But do not take your test, or post your sample, on a Saturday.Video: how to do your test and get your resultThe kit has everything you need to take your test and post your sample to get your result.It takes about 30 minutes to do the test (do it without interruption or you will spoil your sample).Watch the antibody test follow-along videoAvoid common mistakesBefore you start your test, watch the video and always read the instructions to make sure you: follow the tips to get blood flowing before you start – it makes it easier collect the right amount of blood only use the kit with your name on – or you will not be sent a result follow the instructions to return your sample correctly See step-by-step instructions in: Bangla, Chinese (simplified), Gujarati, Polish, Punjabi, Urdu Antibody testing is only available for specific people. See information on eligibility. If you cannot get enough bloodYou can prick a different finger to try and get the right amount of blood needed for the test. You must follow the instructions and only use lancets from your kit.You must not complete the test if you have run out of lancets. Instead, follow the instructions to dispose of your test safely. You can sign up again to get a new test.You will not be sent a result if your sample does not contain enough blood.Safe lancet disposalLancets (the tool you prick your finger with) can cause injury and carry blood-borne viruses.Return used and unused lancets with your blood sample.Do not put lancets in your recycling.Get your resultsIt can take 3 to 7 days to get your result after you post your sample.Do not post your sample on a Saturday – it might sit in the post too long.Use your nearest priority post box so your sample gets to the lab quickly.Find out what an antibody test result can and cannot tell you.Call centreThe call centre cannot give you medical advice or help you take your test.Please report damaged or incomplete kits to help us improve the service.Check your order confirmation for the call centre contact details.last_img read more

Biden oath second only to Reagan and Obama with TV viewers

first_imgNEW YORK (AP) — The first inaugurations of Presidents Ronald Reagan and Barack Obama were the only ones to exceed Joe Biden’s in popularity among television viewers over the past 40 years. The Nielsen company says 33.8 million people watched Biden’s inauguration between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Wednesday. The top inaugural was Reagan’s in 1981, which was seen by 41.8 million people. Obama’s first oath-taking reached 37.8 million. Biden also beat predecessor Donald Trump, whose 2017 inauguration was seen by 30.6 million. Football was big for the week. The pro football conference championship games each brought more than 40 million people to their televisions over the weekend.last_img read more

Officials probe multistate Salmonella outbreak

first_img See also: Salmonellosis typically causes fever and nonbloody diarrhea that resolves in a week. Serotypes Typhimurium and Enteritidis are most the common strains of Salmonella bacteria in the United States, according to the CDC. In April 2008, an outbreak involving S Typhimurium was linked to contamination in the water system of Alamosa, Colo., and the same serotype was responsible for a 2006 outbreak linked to tomatoes, according to previous reports. Jan 6 ODH statement Yesterday the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) said in a press release that it was assisting in the investigation of the outbreak, which has sickened 50 state residents since October. The ODH said Ohio had the nation’s second highest number of cases. Frederick Angulo, the CDC’s deputy chief of enteric diseases, said the source of the outbreak has not been determined and that the CDC has activated its emergency network to investigate the outbreak, USA Today reported today. He said all the cases have matching DNA fingerprints. Alvin D. Jackson, MD, director of the ODH, said in the Ohio statement that simple steps to prevent Salmonella infections include taking care when handling raw meat, washing hands between food preparation and caring for infants and small children, cooking meat thoroughly, and avoiding eating raw or undercooked meat.center_img Doug Schultz, a spokesman for the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), told CIDRAP News that Minnesota has confirmed 30 cases that are linked to the national outbreak and that the department expects to detect additional cases. Experts from the MDH, including Team Diarrhea, a group that conducts case-control studies in foodborne disease outbreaks, are continuing their investigation into the source of the Salmonella, he said. “The lead hypothesis [about the Salmonella source] is chicken, but it’s a hard thing to prove,” the CDC’s Angulo told USA Today. “Everybody eats chicken.” Jan 7, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – An official at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported that the agency is investigating a Salmonella enterica serotype Typhimurium outbreak that has sickened 336 people in 34 states. Editor’s note: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported on Jan 8 that, contrary to this story, it had not activated its emergency network to investigate the Salmonella outbreak and that chicken was not the leading suspected food source. Those items were based on a Jan 7 USA Today online report that the CDC said was later withdrawn.last_img read more

£300m West End investment flurry

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Zanzibar anticipated to hold fresh elections

first_imgZanzibar is expected to hold fresh elections after the elections results were annulled in October following the country’s election which saw John Magufuli become the new President of Tanzania.Although there has been continued negotiations to strike a political deal with Tanzania’s mainland there appears to be a strong probability of the semi-autonomous islands to hold new elections.The government made the nullification of the election results in October even after strong opposition and criticism from the opposition. Zanzibar Electoral Commission (ZEC) cited violations of the electoral law as reason for the nullification.Seif Sharif Hamad a candidate from the opposition Civic United Front (CUF) claimed to have won before the official results were announced.Hamad has met with the incumbent President Ali Mohamed Shein from the ruling party Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) at least twice to resolve the crisis in the archipelago. The government has however stated that Ali Mohammed Shein will continue ruling until the elections have been resolved.“The date for fresh elections will be announced later,” Zanzibar information ministry official Rafi Haji told AFPOver 500,000 registered voters in Zanzibar will have to cast their votes again following the cancellation of the results.Magufuli was sworn into office despite the nullification.Several homemade bombs have been detonated in Zanzibar town since the polls were nullified; however no injuries nor deaths were reported.last_img read more

Barbara (Mulford) Peace, Osgood

first_imgBarbara (Mulford) “Mama” Peace, age 65 of Osgood passed away on May 13, 2019 at Margaret Mary Health Hospital in Batesville. She was born on July 13, 1953, the daughter of the late Joseph and Sylvia (Augustin) Mulford in Milan, IN. Barb was a resident of the Osgood community her entire life.Barb was a 1971 graduate of Jac-Cen-Del High School. She grew up fast after losing her mother at a young age. Barb’s maternal instincts took over as she cared for her brother and sisters. While working at the Dogs and Suds in Osgood, a guy in a 69 green Charger caught her eye. Joseph “Wayne” Peace and Barb were united in marriage on January 15, 1972. A couple months after marriage, Barb was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes and the two of them would courageously fight this together for the next forty- seven years. The marriage was blessed with two daughters, Becky and Holley.Barb had always been a giver in early adulthood and life would continue to see her do the same. She was a faithful member of the Osgood United Methodist Church. She worked the Fishes and Loaves food pantry for years, served as a Girl Scout leader for fifteen years, and took a group weekly to Manderley to help the residents. She enjoyed being a member of the Osgood Refunders Club in the 80’s, was an avid Cincinnati Reds fan, and listened to Marty and Joe anytime she was able.She will deeply missed by husband Wayne, daughters Becky (Jason) Horn and Holley Rose all of Osgood , grandsons Stephan, Cory, Gage, Branson, Riley, Jace, Phoenix, Keith, Dustin (Faith), and William, great grandsons Landon and Korbin, brother Dan (Judy) Mulford of Osgood, sister Kathy Brown of Versailles, and numerous niece and nephews, who loved their Aunt Barb. She was preceded in death by her parents, sister Mary Mulford, and son in law Patrick Rose.Visitation will be held on Tuesday May 21, 2019 from 10 am.- 1 pm., with funeral services being held also Tuesday at 1 pm, all services will be held at the Osgood United Methodist Church. Memorials may be given to the church youth fund in care of Neal’s Funeral Home.last_img read more

Cricket News Jasprit Bumrah credits Rohit Sharma for slower ball to get rid of Shaun Marsh in Boxing Day Test

first_imgNew Delhi: Jasprit Bumrah has been a sensation for India ever since he made his Test debut on the tour to South Africa earlier in the year. The Gujarat pacer is the only Asian bowler to take a five-wicket haul in England, South Africa and Australia in the same calendar year and he showed why he is so highly rated during the Melbourne Test. Bumrah picked up a sensational haul of 6/33 as Australia were bowled out for 151 to give India a massive 292-run lead after Cheteshwar Pujara’s century and fifties from Mayank Agarwal (76), Virat Kohli (82) and Rohit Sharma (63*) helped India declare at 443/7.Bumrah accounted for Marcus Harris (22) but it was the ball to Shaun Marsh during the final ball before lunch which turned the momentum firmly in India’s favour. Marsh, who was batting on 19 at that time, prepared to take strike but Bumrah read the situation brilliantly. He bowled a low, dipping and slow full toss which sneaked under the bat of Marsh to trap him plumb LBW. It was the slower ball which caught the attention of cricket experts, with many praising his ability to read the situation of the match brilliantly.Read More | India vs Australia, live cricket score, 3rd Test day 4: Jadeja removes Harris, Kohli’s side on topSpeaking to Cricket Australia after the end of the day’s play, Bumrah said the plan to bowl the slower ball was actually Rohit Sharma’s. “When I was bowling before lunch, the wicket was not doing a lot and the ball had become soft. Rohit was there at mid-off and he said, ‘it’s the last ball, you could try a slower ball’. He told me that I use it quite a lot in white-ball cricket and I could still try it. The execution was good and we got a wicket off the last ball. (I have to thank Rohit) for the suggestion, obviously,” Bumrah said.Read More | Virat Kohli’s India achieve rare distinction in double declaration vs Australia in Boxing Day TestRohit has been Bumah’s captain for some seasons at Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League and this suggestion shows Rohit’s tactical acumen as well. Bumrah’s spell has given India a firm hold in this match, but the Boxing Day Test will be remembered memorably for THAT slower ball by Bumrah, which could very well be series-defining. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Lady Jags down St Lucia 2-0 to stay undefeated

first_img… Guyana to face Suriname tonight GOALS from Tiandi Smith and Nailah Rowe on either side of the half were enough for Guyana to down St Lucia 2-0 to remain undefeated in Group A of the CONCACAF Women’s U20 Championship Qualifiers. The Lady Jags, as they are more popularly known, will play Suriname today from 16:00hrs in their final game of the competition.Guyana’s goalscorers Tiandi Smith (right) and Nailah RowePlaying at the National Track and Field Centre, Smith, in front of her home crowd, scored a sensational goal in the 19th minute, while Rowe netted in the 73rd minute for Guyana to end St Lucia’s unbeaten run in Group A.The Lady Jags defeated Bermuda, Antigua and Barbuda, along with St Lucia; all by a 2-0 score line and two different scorers in each win.Guyana now sit atop Group A on nine points from three games and are the only team to not concede a goal so far.Meanwhile Suriname won their first game of the competition with a 5-1 drubbing of Antigua and Barbuda.Ortgea Riley scored all of her country’s goals while Tyanna Simon scored theirs in the 44th minute. (Rawle Toney)last_img read more

Federation Cup: 3SC to Battle Wikki Feeders in Round of 64

first_imgShooting Stars Sports Club of Ibadan (3SC) has been drawn against Wikki Tourist Feeders in the Federation Cup Round of 64 billed to be played across the nation on May 25-26.Defending champions, Akwa United of Uyo are bye into the next round and will meet the winner of Kwara United and Galadima Best of Kano in the round of 32 billed for June 15-16.Giwa FC of Jos will confront Abia Comets, while Kano Pillars are set to face Gateway of Abeokuta.It will be a showdown between IfeanyiUbah FC of Nnewi and Ebonyi United. MFM will confront El Kanemi of Maiduguri while Flash Flamengoes of Gombe will be up against Nasarawa United. In other fixtures, Akure City FC will play against Rangers International, while Sokoto United will test might against Crown FC Ogbomoso.Sixty one teams were drawn from the pot at the low-keyed draw ceremony held yesterday in Abuja.Their composition is made up of 18 Nigeria Premier Football League teams, 15 National League clubs, 18 teams from the Nationwide League One and 10 non league club sides.The round of 16 will be played on July 6-7 while the quarter finals are billed for July 27-28. The semi finals will be played on August 17 while the final is fixed for August 28.Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) Secretary General, Mohammed Sanusi, said that the federation had asked states interested in hosting the quarter final and semi matches to indicate in writing.He also quickly jumped in defence of the federation after concern was raised that by asking states to bid to host the quarter final and semi final matches will make room for lack of transparency.The NFF scribe said that giving a state a quarter final slot, does not automatically translate that a team from that state will play at the home venue as all the four quarter finals venues will be announced in advance.He also said that NFF will not reverse a decision on a venue if by coincidence a team is drawn to play its quarter final or semi final match at home, saying that NFF ‘s decision is guarded by international practice.“The process is very transparent now and you can t change the position of the post in the middle of the match. We have to start from somewhere. The states and zones are interested in hosting the matches as we have to thrown it open. We will make the process open for everyone,” Sanusi said.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more