Source: Nairn’sNairn’sNairn’s has unveiled a Spicy Oatcakes sub-range comprising Peri Peri and Cheese & Smoky Chipotle variants.The oatcakes contain wholegrain oats and are high in fibre, said the firm.Suitable for vegetarians, they contain no added sugar, artificial colours, flavours or preservatives.Consumers can find the Spicy Oatcakes in Morrisons Scotland and Nairn’s online shop, while Asda will roll out the oatcakes from November. Source: SparSparSpar is extending its food-to-go range with three new products which it said are designed to drive sales and increase customer retention.The new own label products include Ham & Cheese and Chicken & Stuffing rolls (£3.25/each) as well as a Mini Lemon Drizzle Cake (90p).“Having a range of fresh, on trend and seasonally relevant products available in our Spar stores is really important when attracting customers. We are going to continue with our own label new product development programme as breakfast on the move and the UK snacking market grows,” said David Wright, brand manager at Spar UK. Source: MarylandMarylandBurton’s Biscuits has expanded its Maryland range with an orange-flavoured cookie, The Jaffanator.Available for an rsp of £1.30, the cookie combines a citrus taste and chocolate chips.“As the autumn period approaches, the orange and chocolate flavour combination is a classic taste to get you feeling cosy and prepared for the cooler months and festivities to come,” said Kate Needham, marketing director at Burton’s Biscuits.The Jaffanator is available from Sainsbury’s and Home Bargains, as well as Lidl from 8 October and Asda from 7 November. Source: MarylandNairn’s, Maryland and Pukka are among the bakery brands to unveil new products.Delifrance and Spar have also extended their bakery ranges in recent weeks, with NPD including viennoiserie made with a blend of butter and margarine as well as own label sandwiches.Here’s what’s new to the UK bakery aisles and foodservice counters: Source: PukkaPukkaThe pie brand has launched a Just For Two sharing range, with Steak & Red Wine; Chicken, Ham & Leek; and Vintage Cheddar & Leek variants.Designed for two people to share, the new pies will target shoppers seeking something a little more special, said the firm.Available for an rsp of £3, all three recipes feature Pukka’s signature golden puff pastry.“We’ve found that sharing pies can sometimes cause confusion amongst shoppers around how many people should be tucking in. That’s why we’ve made it clear that these pies are meant for two people to enjoy – through the name of the range, an on-pack ‘New for 2’ flash and novel illustrations to demonstrate ways the pies can be split – whether that can be a nice and precise 50:50, or a bigger slice 75:25,” said Rachel Cranston, head of marketing at Pukka.The Pukka Just For Two range will hit Sainsbury’s shelves from 23 September, followed by Morrisons on 12 October. Source: DelifranceDelifranceThe bakery supplier is now offering its Smart Blend viennoiserie range in the UK.It is set to support operators looking for a high quality but affordable option, Delifrance said, as it is made with a combination of butter and margarine.The Smart Blend range includes croissants, pains au chocolat, pains aux raisins, a range of filled croissants and a mini classic pastry mix.“With operators across the country looking to reduce prices without sacrificing quality, Delifrance is proud to offer the Smart Blend to hotels, cafes and wholesalers as a more affordable alternative that still delivers high standards expected of Delifrance products,” said Stephanie Brillouet, marketing director at Delifrance.
This is part of our Coronavirus Update series in which Harvard specialists in epidemiology, infectious disease, economics, politics, and other disciplines offer insights into what the latest developments in the COVID-19 outbreak may bring.A Harvard healthy-buildings expert has laid out a lower-cost, five-layered approach for employers and building managers as they consider how to safely reopen their establishments and get America back to work.Joseph Allen, assistant professor of exposure, assessment science at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and director of the School’s Healthy Buildings Program, said existing safety guidelines called the “hierarchy of controls,” normally used to reduce risk in situations such as hazardous chemicals in the workplace, would be suitable for blocking exposure to COVID-19.The system used by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) consists of five steps, with the use of personal protective equipment being the last, Allen said. They include:Hazard elimination, which means keeping employees home, a tactic that works for some, but not others, and won’t lead to full economic recovery.Personnel substitution, in this case initially bringing back just those key employees who need to be physically present to get and keep the business running.Engineering controls, including healthy-building strategies such as increasing the flow of outside air, using portable air purifiers, and swapping existing filters in air circulating systems for ones that can capture smaller particles.Administrative controls, such as de-densify buildings by having portions of the workforce come in on alternate days or staggering shifts within a day. This might also include spreading workers out in space and limiting the use of conference rooms for large gatherings.Use of personal protective equipment (PPE), such as the now-familiar cloth face coverings, respirators, and other gear in common areas and situations where other controls don’t achieve the required level of safety. “Everyone has to be really clear. There’s no such thing as zero risk.” — Joe Allen Your building might be making you sick. Joe Allen can help. How masks and buildings can be barriers to the coronavirus The Daily Gazette Sign up for daily emails to get the latest Harvard news. Related Harvard Chan School researcher illuminates role of air quality in workers’ physical, cognitive health Harvard experts say pandemic exacerbates longstanding inequities in American society “There are technology solutions that are being considered that are more expensive, require a big capital outlay, might take a couple of months to implement. But … I’m being cognizant we have to put in right now strategies that people can take and deploy in almost any situation,” Allen said. “Broadly, these are strategies that people can put in and the costs are low or manageable.”Steps taken in the workplace, however, don’t get everyone safely through their commutes. Those who drive or walk may have fewer concerns, but those who take public transportation face a tougher challenge, Allen said. For those taking car transport — taxis, Ubers, Lyfts — models have shown that simply opening a window three inches significantly decreases concentrations of airborne contaminants inside. For those whose commutes include time on subway trains and buses, however, he said more work still needs to be done.“It’s a vexing problem, everything about this pandemic is,” Allen said. “I’m confident that we’ll get there.” Healthy buildings expert Joe Allen from the Chan School of Public Health weighs in on ways to help protect yourself from coronavirus COVID-19 targets communities of color “I haven’t yet come across an environment where putting in sensible controls isn’t able to significantly reduce the risk,” said Allen, who is deputy director of the NIOSH Education and Research Center on Worker Health and Safety.There are additional actions that could be tailored to each workplace, Allen said. Employers could rearrange desks so workers would be offset instead of sitting directly across from each other; ensure hard surfaces are regularly disinfected; or position portable air purifiers near employees. Things like managing lines near elevators and ensuring PPE is used inside them would also be important.Allen, who spoke to the media on a conference call Thursday, said the guidelines constitute a relatively low-cost roadmap for employers thinking about bringing people back to work. He cautioned against assuming any one action will provide complete protection, but said it’s rather a matter of understanding and managing risks, not just putting a mask on everyone who walks through the door.“There is no silver bullet here,” Allen said. “You don’t give someone a mask and say, ‘Our responsibilities are done.’”Allen also cautioned that managing risks doesn’t mean there will be no transmission.“Everyone has to be really clear. There’s no such thing as zero risk,” Allen said.,And these guidelines don’t mean businesses should reopen before it’s safe to do so. Several Chan School epidemiologists and infectious disease experts have urged current social-distancing restrictions remain in place until case numbers have declined, health care system capacity is sufficient to handle a new increase in cases, and adequate testing is in place to detect any new surge in cases.“I’m not talking about ‘when,’” Allen said. “I’m talking about when they say it’s clear, how you go about this safely.” There’s a common misperception that strategies will necessarily be expensive, he said, but simple things like installing more efficient filters, increasing the supply of fresh air, and enhancing disinfection are well within the reach of most business owners.
It’s no secret that credit union lending has been nothing short of epic lately. And there’s no end in sight — even if interest rates have been inched up a bit. But to add icing on this already tasty cake, auto loans as of late have brought in reportedly 30-40% new credit union members. That’s gotta feel good going into this holiday season and closing out 2015.To get the details, we invited CUNA’s Chief Economist and Chief Policy Officer Bill Hampel to share with us how this double shot of good news has occurred, why these numbers are so significant, and how long it will last with lofty expectations looming in 2016.A mighty fine way to end the year with this type of news after mired in the thick mud of the recession and its aftermath. Enjoy and keep up the good work in 2016! continue reading » 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
Inter Allies winger Evans Mensah is delighted to have picked up invaluable lessons with the Black Stars after his debut call up with the team.The winger was called up as a late replacement for the injured David Accam and despite not playing a single minute, he is delighted with the experience gained.“I was very happy because seeing different players and top class player in a different environment made me learn more from there,” he told Adom FM Sports“I was very happy because I have been watching them on television but now I had the chance to mingle with them.”“It was one of the best moments in my career.” “I have to prove what I have in our upcoming matches especially because Inter Allies is not in a good place.”“I have to be on top of my game to help the team get more victories.”Mensah has won three man of the match awards in seven matches he has played for Inter Allies this season. –Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @JoySportsGH. Our hashtag is #JoySports