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Retailers boost bakery ranges for Veganuary 2021


first_imgSource: M&SM&STo celebrate Veganuary, the retailer has expanded its own label vegan range.Its New York Pretzel Roll with No Salt Beef (£3.50) is filled with marinated wheat and vegetable protein, sauerkraut, carrot, and spring onion slaw. Pickled dill cucumber, mustard dressing and coconut-based cheese are also packed into the traditional pretzel roll.The two-pack No Beef Steak Bakes (£3.30) see the retailer take on the Greggs Vegan Steak Bake. The M&S version sees pea protein ‘steak’ and mushrooms encased in a puff pastry.For those with a sweet tooth, there’s Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies (£0.75 each). Described as soft and gooey, the plant-based cookie is packed with Belgian chocolate chips.“All of our Plant Kitchen dishes have been developed with a ‘flavour first’ mentality. We’re super excited about our new pea protein ingredient which we have been working and experimenting on for the past 12 months,” said James Fisher, product developer for Plant Kitchen, M&S.“We took it back to the kitchen and taking some of the UK’s most popular recipes to see what would work – through lots of trials and errors we found that we could replicate amazingly well.” Source: TescoTescoTesco has rolled out an array of bakes for its own-label line-up.The Wicked Kitchen range includes a selection of muffins, cookies, doughnuts and cinnamon scrolls.Its Jazzy Jam Doughnuts (£1/five pack) are a plant-based twist on the bakery classic. Described as squishy and soft, the dough is dusted with sugar and stuffed with apple & raspberry jam.The Super Cinnamon Scrolls (£1.85/two pack) feature dough swirled with cinnamon and sugar, topped with a drizzle of icing.For dessert, the Double Trouble Chocolate Cookies (£1.50/four pack) pack a punch with a chocolate flavour and dark chocolate pieces. Source: AldiAldiAldi has expanded its vegan own-label range called Plant Menu.The retailer expects to see sales of vegan food sales double as a result, it said.For a breakfast treat, consumers can try the Vegan Pain Au Chocolat (£1.49/eight pack). Designed for an on-the-go snack, it is made with vegan puff pastry and vegan chocolate chips.Its Specially Selected No Beef Bourguignon Pie (£1.69) sees shortcrust pastry filled with a seitan, mushroom and onion in a red wine gravy, and is topped with a puff pastry lid.Another pie comes in the form of the Specially Selected Vegan Rainbow Pie (£1.69). It has a tomato & chilli shortcrust pastry and a ‘rainbow vegetables’ filling in a spiced tomato & harissa sauce all topped with herbs and seeds.The vegan pizzas (£1.99) include variants such as BBQ Pulled Jackfruit, Spicy Cauliflower, and a meat-free Chicken Arrabiata. Source: AsdaAsda’s Plant Based Steakless BakesAsdaAsda has rolled out a host of meat-free treats for those embracing the plant-based lifestyle.Called Plant Based, the range includes a duckless wrap, meatless sausage roll and steakless bake. The Hoisin Duckless Wrap (£2.50) features a vegan flame grilled soya protein bursting with ‘familiar oriental flavours’.A popular classic comes in the form of Meat Free Sausage Rolls (£1.50). Encased in flaky pastry, the snack is packed with a lightly seasoned soya protein.The Steakless Bakes (£1.50) contain wheat and pea proteins, as well as steak style pieces coated in rich onion gravy and wrapped in flaky pastry. Source: Co-opCo-opCo-op has extended its vegan bakery offering with a host of treats, including pies and a beefless wellington.The launches are part of its own-label Gro range aimed at the growing number of shoppers looking for meat- and dairy-free foods, it said.The Spiced Squash & Cauliflower Pie (£2.50) contains butternut squash, cauliflower, chickpeas and spinach in a spicy coconut milk sauce. Encased in shortcrust pastry, the pie has a crumble topping.The Mushroom & Spinach Wellington (£3.75/two) features a mushroom and seiten base, coconut oil-based sauce and spinach which is all encased in puff pastry and sprinkled with pine nuts.“As a convenience retailer with stores in every postal area, it’s important that we cater for all our shoppers. Growing our plant-based offering will continue to be a priority for 2021 and our expert team of developers have already created some amazing new products to kick start the new year,” said Breige Donaghy, director of Delicious Food, The Co-op. Source: M&SRetailers have ramped up their vegan bakery ranges for Veganuary 2021.M&S, Tesco and Aldi are among those to roll out new plant-based products during the month in which some consumers challenge themselves to adopt a vegan lifestyle.Launches include pretzel rolls, chocolate cookies, onion bhaji wraps and pain au chocolat.Brands have also tapped into demand for vegan bakery products. Chunk of Devon, Délifrance and Pidy are among those to have already rolled out an array of plant-based products this month.Here’s our pick of the retailers’ vegan ranges: Source: James Hall & CoJames Hall & CoSpar wholesaler James Hall & Co has launched a host of plant-based and free-from treats, with a vegan range among them.The line-up includes an Onion Bhaji & Bombay Potato Wrap and a vegan Cheese Salad Wrap.This comes after the successful launch of the retailer’s first vegan range in February 2019.“Completing our current sandwich and wraps range, these new delicious flavours will offer customers the very latest in on-trend lunchtime options. Many customers are looking for lighter, meat-free options that are full of flavour and we think they will be delighted with the new range of fusion food-to-go options,” said Peter Dodding, sales and marketing director at James Hall & Co.The vegan wraps, which are available for an rsp of £2.95, will be part of Spar’s meal deal.last_img read more


Red Cross fears coronavirus spreading silently in Somalia’s displaced camps


first_imgThe new coronavirus could be spreading undetected through camps across Somalia hosting some 2.6 million displaced people, the Red Cross warned on Tuesday, as floods and conflict swelled the numbers fleeing into overcrowded settlements.Almost 500,000 people have been forced from their homes by recent floods in central Somalia, the United Nations said, putting further pressure on some 2,000 camps across the Horn of Africa nation, which has been mired in conflict since 1991.”We are concerned that many COVID cases are going undetected, especially in the internal displaced camps,” said Ana Maria Guzman, health coordinator for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), in a statement. Topics : “Because of the ongoing conflict in Somalia, and also we are facing floods right now in Somalia, there is an increase in the number of internal displaced population into urban areas and this creates the perfect environment for infectious disease.”Somalia, which has a population of about 15 million people, has recorded more than 2,600 coronavirus cases and about 90 deaths, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University.Aid workers said the virus could spread undetected in the camps – where maintaining a safe distance and regular hand-washing are a challenge – with particular concern for the capital Mogadishu, host to some 800,000 displaced people.Officials from Somalia’s health ministry were not immediately available for comment.center_img “So far, no COVID-19 case was registered at the camps in Mogadishu,” government spokesman Ismail Mukhtar Omar told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.”The government has taken strong, important measures to curb the virus and raise awareness amongst internally displaced people … the Somali government has managed to provide preventive materials, like hygiene kits, to the displaced.”Impoverished Somalia regularly suffers prolonged droughts and flash floods – threatening peoples’ livelihoods and worsening hunger amid ongoing conflict between its Western-backed government and the Islamist militant group al Shabaab.Most internally displaced people (IDP) live in congested camps in towns and cities across Somalia, dependent on daily wage labor and with limited access to quality healthcare and sanitation services.Acute watery diarrhea and measles have already been reported in some clinics, said Guzman.The ICRC is working with Somali Red Crescent volunteers to disinfect the camps, test people and trace contacts, she said, adding that it was a complex task as many people could not provide contact details or did not have mobile phones.”It seems incredibly likely to me that there are cases going undetected in IDP camps,” said Suze van Meegen, global advocacy advisor for the Norwegian Refugee Council, which recently conducted a study on the impact of COVID-19 in Mogadishu camps.”We spoke with community leaders … nine of them reported to us that they thought there had been recent deaths as a result of COVID-19. This is just a perception but I think it’s indicative of the likelihood that there are cases in the camps.”last_img read more


French Open 2019: Federer, Nadal Reach Third Round


first_imgFormer champion Roger Federer and 11-time winner Rafael Nadal moved into the third round of the French Open without dropping a set.Federer, the 2009 champion, needed only 96 minutes to beat Germany’s lucky loser Oscar Otte 6-4 6-3 6-4.Nadal, 32, eased to a 6-1 6-2 6-4 victory over Germany’s world number 114 Yannick Maden. Nadal through to third round of 2019 French Open Former champion Stan Wawrinka also won in straight sets, overcoming Chile’s Cristian Garin 6-1 6-4 6-0.Otte held his serve in his opening four services games but was broken in his fifth as Federer, playing in this tournament for the first time since 2015, took the opening set.The third seed, a winner at Roland Garros in 2009, then took control to move two sets ahead and a break in the ninth game of the third set gave him the opportunity to clinch an assured victory on his serve.Otte had lost to Spain’s Guillermo Garcia-Lopez in the third qualifying round but took his place in the main draw as a ‘lucky loser’ because of withdrawals.He then won just his second match in eight years on the main ATP Tour by seeing off Malek Jaziri of Tunisia in the opening round.Next up for 37-year-old Federer is a match against Norway’s Casper Ruud who knocked out Italian 29th seed Matteo Berrettini 6-4 7-5 6-3.Nadal won the first five games of the match on his way to taking the opening set in 42 minutes and then broke 29-year-old Maden’s serve in the opening service game of the second.Maden, playing in the second round of a Grand Slam for the first time, managed to break Nadal’s serve twice in the third set, but struggled to hold on to his own serve as the second seed moved into the last 32.This is the second German qualifier that Nadal has defeated at this year’s French Open after his first-round win over Yannick Hanfmann on Monday.Nadal will now face either David Goffin or Miomir Kecmanovic in round three.Elsewhere, France’s Corentin Moutet, the world’s number 110, defeated Argentina’s 19th seed Guido Pella 6-3 6-1 2-6 7-5.Sixth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece fought back from a set down to beat Bolivia’s Hugo Dellien 4-6 6-0 6-3 7-5.Kei Nishikori, seeded seventh, also suffered a scare in his match against France’s Jo-Wilfried Tsonga on Philippe Chatrier Court – the equivalent of Wimbledon’s Centre Court.Two-time French Open semi-finalist Tsonga won the opening set but the Japanese player came back to win 4-6 6-4 6-4 6-4.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more


Donegal farmer’s invention impresses at the ploughing


first_imgA new invention by Donegal farmer and engineer James Coyle is impressing attendees at this year’s Ploughing Championships in Carlow.The ‘Quad Ramp’ by Cloghan-based JC Engineering was launched this week and is the first design of its kind for farms in Europe.Company MD and part-time farmer James Coyle developed the ‘Quad Ramp’ with support from InterTradeIreland’s FUSION programme. Quad Ramp by JC EngineeringLike many good ideas, this innovation in farming was borne out of frustration and the need to save time.James says: “The Quad Ramp is a unique product to the Irish market. It is the fastest and safest way to get around the farm. It allows farmers to enter and exit their fields without having to dismount their quad to physically open and close gates. I could see the amount of time that I was wasting every day and I wanted to speed things up. The time saving on using the Quad Ramp has been calculated at 36 hours per year.”Quad Ramp by JC EngineeringThe patented Quad Ramp is designed in a manner which means livestock cannot escape. The farmer can travel to the feeding area quickly, without having to open a gate while trying to keep livestock at bay.“Safety was an issue for us. It can be dangerous with cattle at gates, and that was on my mind too, when I thought about developing the ramp,” says James. Having an idea and bringing it to life, are two very different things, as James knows only too well. “I contacted InterTradeIreland’s FUSION programme. Through that, we had funding to work with a graduate to develop the product.“The graduate, Rodger Harkin did all the designs of the product for us. Rodger was also linked in with the Northern Regional College in Ballymena who provided academic and technical support.  Without the support of InterTradeIreland’s FUSION programme, we wouldn’t have been able to develop the Quad Ramp as quickly as we did.”As for the future of the Quad Ramp, James has already secured a retailer “We have made contact and arranged for Gibson Farm Services in Donegal to stock the Quad Ramp and sell it. The plan is to further expand into the rest of Ireland and the UK after the Ploughing Championship launch.”Donegal farmer’s invention impresses at the ploughing was last modified: September 18th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:JC EngineeringPloughing Championshipsquad ramplast_img read more


Live streaming first for MTB Marathon World Champs


first_img11 June 2014 Fans of marathon mountain bike racing worldwide will be now able to follow the UCI MTB Marathon World Championships live, thanks to a new live streaming television collaboration. The event takes place at the Cascades MTB Park in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa on 29 June. While recent major events in Pietermaritzburg, such as the 2014 UCI MTB World Cup and the 2013 UCI MTB and Trials World Championships, brought with them major global live streaming TV infrastructure, the 2014 Marathon World title decider did not, which left the door open for local event organisers and the national federation to step in.Tested Cycling South Africa’s General Manager Mike Bradley said that their new collaboration with local live streaming company StreamIt360 had been tested during the South African National MTB Marathon Championships at the Cascades venue on Sunday, 8 June, with the event serving as a dress rehearsal for the World Championships. Without any advanced marketing, over 2 200 people watched the national marathon champs live streaming telecast, many of them from Europe.‘An on-going demand’ “This proves that there is an on-going demand to watch our cycling events live,” Bradley said in a statement on Monday. “This new partnership to bring live streaming to all of our major events will give the events more visibility and more spectators, and thereby add more media value to each event and to the sport as a whole.”A major challenge Bradley admitted that taking on an event that is 74km long for women and 95km in distance for the men is a major challenge. “A Marathon World Champs is pretty much the ultimate test, given the distances and logistical challenges, but I am confident that we will deliver top class production to the global audience at the end of the month,” he said. “As far as we know, no-one has ever provided full live coverage of a marathon world championships before.” Bradley said with word of the live coverage already emerging on social media, interest was being expressed by TV channels worldwide to carry the live coverage.12 cameras and a helicopter The live streaming telecast will be anchored by a panel of presenters, with the use of 12 cameras and a helicopter to provide coverage of the races. The technical demands of covering the event live included dealing with weak cellphone signals and communications facilities in the remote parts of the route. Numerous camera sites will be serviced by fibre-optic cables and satellite uplinks, with the helicopter providing coverage in the most remote areas. The production will include profiles and interviews with the key marathon personalities, and will be screened on televisions at the start/finish venue, in addition to the worldwide live internet streaming platform. SAinfo reporterlast_img read more


Best to Worst: 6 Video Editing & Motion Design Software Discounts for Students


first_imgTake advantage of discounted video editing software if you’re enrolled as a student.While the verdict is still up in the air as to whether or not film school is a good choice, one thing is for sure, there are a lot of perks associated with being a student. For one, many software manufacturers give deep discounts to currently enrolled students.In the following post we will take a look at all of the major editing and motion graphic applications and examine what discounts, if any, are available to film students.‘Student’ StatusAlmost all the editing applications on this list require you to verify your current enrollment at a school. This can include a student ID, transcript, report card, or letter from the registrar. The entire process usually takes a very short amount of time. Some applications allow you to download then verify, but be prepared to fill out some web-forms in order to get the software.Note: while almost all these applications are available at a discounted rate to students, you may not be permitted to do outside work on the app that isn’t education related. Read the terms and conditions to know for sure.We’ve structured the article to go from most student-friendly discount to least, so let’s get started:1. AutodeskAutodesk has (by far) the best discount for film students…free. Unlike the other software companies on this list, Autodesk offers a free 3 year license to students. The free 3 year license extends down to most of their professional applications including:Smoke – Video EditingMaya – 3D Modeling3Ds Max – 3D modeling (Windows only)Mudbox – Digital SculptingAutoCAD – Architectural DesignAnd many moreUsing the free tools offered from Autodesk you’re got a full video editing, motion graphics, modeling and special effects pipeline. Word of warning for newbies: Autodesk applications tend to have a steeper learning curve then some of the others on this list.All of the apps are available via instant download and verification is really quick. If you’re a student you can have Autodesk’s powerful app suite on your computer today.2. MaxonAdmittedly Cinema 4D almost didn’t make this list because of it’s rather strange licensing agreement for students. Unlike the other apps in this list, the only way to get a Cinema 4D student discount is to go through your school. That is, if you’re school has an educational agreement with Maxon. In this case, the you’d have access to the application for free.If your college isn’t an approved Maxon institution you would have to pay full price. You can request to have Maxon reach out to your school to become an educational partner, but this can take some time.3. AdobeA few years ago when Adobe announced the Creative Cloud some people were skeptical, including myself, but over time the Creative Cloud has proven to be a very practical way to pay for software. Creative Cloud users have the ability to access dozens of industry-standard applications including:Premiere Pro – Video EditingAfter Effects – Motion Graphics/CompositingSpeedGrade – Color Correction/GradingMedia Encoder – Digital EncodingPhotoshop – Photo Editing/Digital PaintingIllustrator – Vector ArtworkAdobe’s Creative Cloud isn’t free for students, but it is available at $19.99 a month – a deep discount off the normal pricing. eitherfor the entire Creative Cloud. Get the Creative Cloud student and teacher discount on the Adobe site.4. AVIDWhile Pro Tools is the industry standard when it comes to audio software, Avid Media Composer hasthe pro video editing industry split between those that love it and those that loathe it.Avid does offer an awesome student discount on it’s applications including:Media Composer – Video EditingPro Tools – Audio Editing/ComposingThe applications however don’t come bundled so you must get them separately. Media Composer is available for $9.99 a month to students with free upgrades along the way. Pro Tools ‘buy outright’ at $299.99.5. LightworksWhile you won’t find a ton of editors using Lightworks, the ones who do are often working on big-name productions. Lightworks’ slick interface and easy-to-use tools make it a very powerful and underrated editing applications.Lightworks comes in two flavors, Lightworks Free and Lightworks Pro. For everybody, Lightworks Free is, you guessed it, free to use (note: output is limited to a maximum of 720P). Lightworks Pro is available at a 50% discount to students, making it $12.99 a month, $87.50 a year or $219 to buy outright.6. SonyIt is always surprising to hear how many professional editors got their start using Sony Vegas. Vegas and Sony Sound Forge. They’re both avaliable at a discounted rate for students.Unlike most of the applications on this list, you can’t get a discounted student version of Sony Vegas or Sound Forge on Sony’s website. Instead you will have to purchase your copy from one of their licensed resellers (reseller search here). Because there is a third party involved prices can sometimes be inconsistent so we recommend shopping around. Our preliminary searches found Sony Vegas Pro 13 from $234.95 and Sound Forge for $179.95.Non-Discounted Software7. ResolveWhile widely respected as a color editing application, DaVinci Resolve 11 brought a new level of functionality by adding the ability to edit footage directly in the app. Over time we definitely expect this software to get better and better.That being said, DaVinci Resolve is surprisingly not student friendly as there is no student discount available yet. Students are encouraged to download Resolve Lite which is completely free to all users.8. AppleWhile the argument between Final Cut Pro lovers and Adobe lovers wages on, one thing is for sure, when it comes to student discounts Final Cut is in dead last. There are no students discounts available for Final Cut Pro X.Final Cut Pro X – Video EditingApple Motion – Motion GraphicsCompressor – Video CompressionOn the plus side, Final Cut Pro X is relatively affordable at $299. The non-discount also applies to Apple Motion and Compressor which can be purchased at full-price for $49.99 each. As a student you do qualify for discounted Apple computers, so if you’re thinking about purchasing a computer for school check out their online education store.Know of any other discounts available to students? Share in the comments below.last_img read more