Coconut: Origin coconut prices have eased over the past 1-2 months, although these declines have been largely offset by the stronger dollar. Demand for coconut should pick up in the run-up to Easter.Raisins: Although Turkish raisins are scarce and still trading at a widening premium over Turkish sultanas, their prices are still cheaper than the US fruit and California will need to drop down much lower before it can effectively compete again, although the dollar weakness right now is encouraging.Sultanas: Exports from the start of the season to date, virtually mirror those figures from last year (approx 125,000mts) although availability is far greater. Provided the weather prevails and there appears to be another big crop on the horizon, then pricing should stabilise if not weaken further.Currants: Prices are still high in Greece, with little reason to reduce their export pricing, and compounded by a euro/sterling exchange rate, now 25% worse than six months ago. The quality coming out of Greece is also unreliable this season.Apricots: There has been little to no change in UK pricing over the past two to three months. As always, the developing new crop in Turkey is vulnerable to frost damage until June, which has affected the crop and pricing on more than one occasion.? Based on information provided by ingredients supplier RM Curtis.
With 2019 fast approaching, we cast our eye over some of the bakery stories that have hit the headlines over the past 12 months.JanuaryIceland pledged to swap plastic packaging across its own-label bakery lines for paper-based material. It announced it would eliminate all plastic packaging from its own-brand products by the end of 2023. In the case of bakery goods, the retailer said it would look to use a paper-compatible material, such as cellulose, in place of plastic for products where shoppers needed to see what they were buying.The Real Bread Campaign published a guide to help small bakeries reduce the number of surplus loaves they produced. Among other things, No Loaf Lost, addressed where, when and why surplus arose, ways to minimise mismatches between production and sales, reasons to slice surplus, what to do with surplus loaves and how to communicate with staff and customers.Bakery businesses ramped up activity encouraging customers to have their drinks in reusable cups. The previous month Patisserie Valerie owner Patisserie Holdings introduced a 50p discount for customers who ordered a takeaway drink and brought their own reusable cup. Pret A Manger doubled its cup discount to 50p, and Paul UK increased its discount from 10p to 25p.Stephens opened what it claimed is UK’s first drive-through independent bakery site – and first drive-through bakery in Scotland – in Dunfermline. FebruaryPudding firm The Ultimate Food Company entered administration after trading for more than 30 years. All 20 employees of the Kendal-based business were made redundant.Greencore sold its cakes and desserts business in Hull to Bright Blue Foods. The sale marked Greencore’s exit from the UK cakes and desserts sector and coincided with the closure of its desserts facility in Evercreech, Somerset.Tesco reduced the sugar content of its jam-filled, custard-filled and sugared large ring doughnuts. Milk replaced egg in the recipe as part of the sugar-cutting process, which meant they were no longer dairy-free.Carbs were reported as being back in fashion, with Argos citing a 106% increase in online searches for bread-makers compared to the previous year, while sales of spiralisers for making courgette spaghetti had fallen 65%.Scottish biscuits suppler Border switched from a seven-day week to a five-day one under a new production schedule. The business, which at the time of writing has a £16.5m turnover, said the revamped production schedule gave its 150 members of staff weekends off and a better work-life balance. MarchMarks & Spencer, Asda and Waitrose enjoyed booming sales of sourdough loaves. Demand at M&S almost doubled year on year at 98%, Asda saw sales rise 50%, while sales of sourdough loaves at Waitrose jumped by a third, the retailers said. Tesco also revealed that demand for its hard-crusted, rustic-style bread soared by nearly 40% over the previous year.Violet Bakery owner Claire Ptak, was named as the baker who would produce Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding cake. To meet the “bright flavours of spring” brief, the cake would go on to be a lemon and elderflower creation, covered in buttercream, crowned with icing pearls and decorated with fresh flowers.Public Health England (PHE) called on businesses to slash 20% from the calorie content of certain foods – including many baked goods – by 2024. Sandwiches, pizza, savoury biscuits, bread ‘with additions’ (such as ciabatta with olives), pies and pastries were among products targeted by PHE in a bid to tackle obesity, which it said cost the NHS £6bn each year.Signature Flatbreads bought out its joint venture partner Aryzta. The Eid family, which had set up the business that became Signature more than 30 years earlier, bought out Aryzta’s shareholding to become the owners of Signature Flatbreads.
Phish is providing fans with the ultimate couch tour experience this Halloween, as they’ve announced a webcast for all four nights of their run at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. The run starts this Friday, and finishes up with Phish’s highly-anticipated three-set Halloween show on 10/31.Today, the band has announced live webcast streams for each of the four shows through their LivePhish service. As always, you can choose to webcast individual shows, or purchase the whole set of four as a bundle. You can find all of the information here.Phish’s tour resumes tonight, October 24th, with a performance in Grand Prairie, TX. Stay tuned for a full recap and more after the show!
Spafford and Mungion are in the midst of their first-ever spring tour together, and it’s off to a smashing start. Last night at Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn, NY, fans were treated to an exciting double bill that kept the room rocking and rolling in the right direction.With high energy performances showcasing their top-level musicianship, Mungion never stray too far away from each other and display impressive interplay between members. With a style that is easily danceable and laden with heavy grooves, Spafford is creating improvisational highlights on a nightly basis that are simply extraordinary. Together, they deliver an exciting new direction that gives the jam scene hope for a bright future.Spafford’s two set extravaganza gave fans in Brooklyn a chance to get acquainted with their impressive mix of originals and sing along Grateful Dead and Tears for Fears. To the surprise of all, Todd Stoops (Electric Beethoven) joined in for the first set-closing “Ain’t That Wrong.”Watch Todd Stoops join Spafford for “Ain’t That Wrong” in the video below:You can also enjoy full show audio from Matt Moricle below:SpaffordMungionTonight, they head to Hamden, CT at The Outerspace / Ballroom.Setlist: Spafford | Music Hall of Williamsburg | Brooklyn, NY | 4/13/17I: Slip and Squander, All In, Electric Taco Stand, Diana, Feel Like a Stranger , Ain’t That Wrong II: In the Eyes of Thieves, Mad World , Funkadelic > Galisteo Way, Beautiful Day > Leave the Light OnEncore: America (fake out pause) > The Reprise  The Grateful Dead w/ Todd Stoops on keys Tears for Fears with Long PauseSetlist: Mungion | Music Hall of Williamsburg | Brooklyn, NY | 4/13/17Disco Rice>Nuthead, Casual Titus>Myrtle, Ferris Wheel’s Day Off, Chemical Plant Zone (Sonic The Hedgehog Theme), Life During Wartime (Talking Heads cover)E: One Night StanEnjoy the full gallery below, courtesy of Jeremy Gordon. Load remaining images
Image by Bowman Gum / MGN Online.LONG ISLAND — The New York Yankee’s all-time winningest pitcher and Hall of Famer, Whitey Ford, died Thursday night at his Long Island home.The cause Ford’s death was not released by the family or the Yankees organization.Edward Charles Ford was born Oct 21, 1928, and grew up in Queens. He made his major league debut for the Yankees in 1950 and spent his entire career with the team.Ford posted a record of 236-106 during a career that spanned 16 seasons. He went 10-8 in 11 World Series. He was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1974. Over the course of his career he was named to 10 All-Star teams, won three pitcher of the year awards, a Cy Young Award and a Most Valuable Player Award. At the end of his career, Ford topped out at a salary of $60,000 per year. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)
“Give up?” the woman asked as I headed back to my truck after walking past her a few minutes earlier. I was parked aside Green River Cove Road in Saluda, North Carolina for the Green Race, the well-known kayak race on a section of whitewater called the Green River Narrows. The Narrows include the “Gorilla”, a Class V rapid that is the centerpiece of the 23 year-old race.I’d walked up to the trailhead, heard that the two-mile hike-in to the race was four miles, and doubled back to see if I could find a water bottle (unlikely) or an old Clif Bar (possible). I found instead three lacrosse balls, Downy wrinkle remover, a tarp, and a dog blanket. I turned back around.Pat Keller finished second at the 2018 Green Race. Photo by Marc Hunt“Need a map?” asked the woman joined now by someone else, her daughter perhaps, who also was interested in the passing stranger and had pulled up a camping chair next to her.“Sure, I’ll take a map. Thanks.” She hands me a black and white copy of a map with a pink highlight indicating the route to the race.“You up for this? It’s four miles in there. Then you have to come out,” said her daughter. “I went in there the other day and I ended up all over the place.” She shows me another map that highlighted her own recent hike. I was impressed by how well she documented what, to appearances, looked like a wayward drift into delirium.“I’m in better shape than I look,” I said.“You look alright,” she said. The flatness to ‘alright’ suggested that I’d cut bait two miles in.With that, I hiked in, and ultimately joined 1,000 others to watch the Green Race some four and a half miles into the woods. The last part of the trail to get down to the race is an interesting thing. Along with a throng of spectators you snake down a steep hillside grasping rocks, roots and a rope line. By rock climbing standards a modest descent, by spectating standards, a good effort.2018 Green Race champion Dane Jackson hangs with some fans. Photo by Marc HuntAt the bottom, there’s immediate payoff. Spectators line the right side of the river and the racing kayaks break up a backdrop of autumn browns and yellows with an abrupt flash of pink or a blue as they plummet through the whitewater. The crowd whoops and hollers and the echo merges and lifts up and out of the gorge as a single roar that temporarily supplants the roar of the river.I drift up the sometimes slippery rocks on the river’s right side, ascending a slow half-mile upward to the heart of the race. En route, I step to the side as a stretcher takes out an injured spectator who to appearances is unconscious.Once on a rock perch, I take in the race. It’s my first visit to the Green Race, and to get a better feel for it I talk with a few nearby racers who have completed their afternoon’s runs.“It’s about my 15th time. I come back every year because not only is this one of the best deep creeks in the whole world, but it’s an amazing group of talented, top-notch whitewater paddlers,” said Clay Wright, 50, of Rock Island, Tennessee. “We race together and then we hang out together in just an amazing scene.”‘Queen of the Green’ Adriene Levknecht won the Green Race for the tenth time. Photo by Marc HuntWhen prompted as to whether anything stands out about this year’s event, Wright doesn’t hesitate. “I feel like the average age of the race just dropped 10 or 20 years this year. It’s the most amazing thing,” he says with a broad smile. “There are a lot of racers under 20, and there are a lot of racers under 18 and it’s awesome to see the next generation stepping up and riding the lightning.”To his right is Heidi Walsh, who is visiting the States from her native England and participated in the race for the first time.“I’m on an exchange with the University of Colorado. So I’ve come to America and instead of going to University, I’ve just gone kayaking,” said Walsh, 20. In her travels she’s fallen in with a group of fellow kayakers who encouraged her to attend the race.Colin Hunt drops through a chute on the Green. Photo by Marc Hunt“They were like ‘Why don’t you come? The Green Race is huge.’ I naturally assumed they meant ‘Why don’t you race?’ not ‘Why don’t you watch?’ so I bought a bib,” said Walsh. “The next thing you know they were like, ‘Oh no, we meant sit on the side and watch.’ So I had to train up and I don’t regret it at all.”Walsh sports the remnants of a fresh scrape on her upper lip. “For me personally, I’ve had a rough time training. I didn’t always have good lines and today the top section was my best run that I’ve done so far here,” she said. “I’m really pleased that when I feel sick with nerves and I’m really scared, I know that I can still bring it.”The Green Race is held annually on the first weekend of November. For the full 2018 results, click here.
Gary Neville defends Arsenal’s performance in defeat to Liverpool Comment Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 24 Aug 2019 7:47 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link749Shares Advertisement Advertisement Neville felt there were plenty of positives for Arsenal to build on (Picture: Getty)‘I know it’s still a defeat but psychologically, I think even those Arsenal fans are still there, there have been times in the past when they’ve been walking out of here with 15-20 minutes to go, that’s not the case today.‘It sounds a little patronising when you’re a club as big as Arsenal to say there are positives when you’ve lost 3-1 but they are playing against a really good side. And I think this performance from Arsenal today will win a lot of away games this season.’After Torreira’s goal he added: ‘I think that’s a big, big goal that for Arsenal. It won’t get them anything out of the game, but it demonstrates a character and a personality that they’re going to keep going. It’s a good moment for Arsenal.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal The former Manchester United defender believes there were plenty of positives (Picture: Getty)Gary Neville has defended Arsenal’s display against Liverpool despite suffering another heavy defeat at Anfield and believes they will win plenty of matches with that level of performance.The Gunners were ripped apart as Joel Matip scored from a corner and Mohamed Salah netted twice in a 3-1 win – the second finishing a brilliant team move – before substitute Lucas Torreira netted a late consolation goal.Arsenal have now failed to win on their last seven visits to Anfield, conceding 25 goals in the process, but Neville felt this performance was markedly different from previous implosions. Salah scored twice as Liverpool maintained their 100% start to the season (Picture: Getty)Speaking on commentary for Sky Sports while Arsenal still had a three-goal lead, he explained: ‘It’s difficult when you lose 3-0, it feels like you’ve taken a bit of a doing to take positives from it.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘But it feels like a… positive 3-0 defeat, if you could argue that. I’ve seen things today from Arsenal that I quite like.‘They are playing against a brilliant team, let’s be clear. They pushed Manchester City right to the end last season, a monstrous amount of points, and obviously won the Champions League, so we’re talking about one of the best in Europe.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘And that’s told today but from an Arsenal point of view we’re talking about building block by block. And I don’t mind what I’ve seen. Arsenal fans behind the goal might see it differently travelling back to London having lost 3-0. But I think over the season it will bear out that they will do okay.‘It’s the manner of the performance sometimes with Arsenal in the past we’ve been critical of. I’ve not seen that today, they are still going, they’ve not left anything in the changing room, it’s all out there on the pitch.
The investigation on the attack that killed 12 Tunisian presidential guards is underway.This has been the worst attack targeting Tunisian security forces so far.Yet Tunisians found the strength to come out of their houses and fight their own way.Youssef Gaigi reports from Tunis.
Batesville, In. — The Batesville Bash will be held on August 4 this year and organizers are planning a big celebration.The event includes “Breakfast on the Square”, Farmer’s Market & sidewalk sales, a Pickleball exposition, classic cars, a salsa contest and a “Fastest Kid in Town” contest.Organizers are looking for sales and service vendors. Set up begins at 9 a.m., sales begin at 11 a.m. and booths can be torn down between 6 and 8 p.m. For more information please call 812-934-3101.The Batesville Girl Scouts will be in “The Kids Zone @ Batesville Bash. The scouts will offer membership information, a craft or game. For more information about the Batesville Girl Scouts take a look at their Facebook page.
ELLSWORTH — Jamie Calandro will be the next head volleyball coach at Ellsworth High School, Athletic Director Josh Frost announced in a statement Wednesday morning.Calandro, who is entering his second year as a music teacher at Ellsworth, previously spent more than a decade as coach of Bishop McGann-Mercy Diocesan High School in Riverhead, N.Y. He founded the volleyball program at Bishop McGann-Mercy in 2004 and led the team to a total of eight Suffolk League playoff appearances.Prior to coaching high school volleyball, Calandro played the sport at the club level at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. He graduated from Marist in 2002 and was team captain as a senior.“Jamie has a huge volleyball background,” Frost said. “We are very excited for him to lead the program at EHS.”This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textA passionate musician, Calandro is trained in over 20 concert instruments and has performed at prestigious concert halls across the country. He is also an avid New York Giants, Yankees and Knicks fan and is the lead baseball writer for FantasyTeamAdvice.com.Calandro accepts the coaching position at Ellsworth during a time of a major change within the state’s classification guidelines. Ellsworth, which was previously the second-largest school in the 13-team Class B, now becomes the second-smallest team in the division instead. Ten of the other schools in last year’s Class B have reclassified to the newly created Class C.Whitney Ranger, Ellsworth’s previous head coach, resigned last month after spending two years at the position. Ranger, who is set to get married next month, cited time commitments as the reason for her departure.Under Ranger, the Eagles had a 17-14 record and made the Class B playoffs twice before falling in the semifinals (2015) and quarterfinals (2016). The Eagles will return seven players from last season’s team.The team will be hosting an open gym session for athletes wishing to play volleyball in 2017 over the course of the month. The dates of those sessions are July 13, 18, 20, 25 and 27 from 6-8 p.m. at the high school. Teams may begin fall practices Aug. 14 and regular-season play Sept. 1. Hospice volunteers help families navigate grief and find hope – September 12, 2020 Mike MandellMike Mandell is the sports editor at The Ellsworth American and Mount Desert Islander. He began working for The American in August 2016. You can reach him via email at [email protected] Bio Latest Posts Ellsworth runners compete in virtual Boston Marathon – September 16, 2020 MPA approves golf, XC, field hockey, soccer; football, volleyball moved to spring – September 10, 2020 Latest posts by Mike Mandell (see all)