Allied Bakeries reports increased sales in challenging times

first_imgKingsmill owner Allied Bakeries achieved a substantial increase in sales volumes for the 16 weeks ending 2 January, “although pricing and margins remain challenging”.Allied Bakeries’ parent company, Associated British Foods (ABF), reported that its group revenue for the 16 weeks ending 2 January was 3% ahead of the same period last year at constant currency. It was 2% behind at actual exchange rates.Against a backdrop of declining UK retail prices for bread, Allied Bakeries said that the “challenging” UK bread market and lower bread prices had resulted in lower profitability. This was despite the Kingsmill brand being relaunched last May, and revenues from Sandwich Thins continuing to build following their 2014 launch.ABF-owned AB Sugar reported “good progress” with the UK crop for the 2015/16 season. After its record crop of 1.45 million tonnes in 2015, a smaller area was contracted for cultivation this year.  With a return to more typical beet yields, sugar production is predicted to be just short of 1.0 million tonnes. 2015/16 is forecast to be the first year of global sugar deficit for five years, which has resulted in some improvement in world prices.last_img read more

The Disco Biscuits Lay Down The Funk For The Meters Cover In Colorado [Watch]

first_imgThe Disco Biscuits continue to ride high in Denver, CO for the second night of their four-night Bisco Inferno run. Performing at the Ogden Theatre from June 1st through 3rd, then at Red Rocks with Twiddle on June 4th, there’s truly no shortage of great music coming from this exciting band.After a successful first night saw tDB dive into their classics, night two found the jamtronica pioneers diving deeper into their catalog and bringing out some classics. The band started the show by celebrating Allen Aucoin’s birthday with a jam session, before bringing out “Stone -> Devil’s Waltz” and a “Mulberry’s Dream” sandwich with “Catalyst” in the middle. One of the big highlights of the show was a cover of The Meters’ “Cissy Strut,” played at the very beginning of set two. Tunes like “Trucker’s Choice,” “Digital Buddha,” “And the Ladies Were The Rest Of The Night,” and more kept the dance party rocking all night long.Thanks to the band’s new live streaming on YouTube, you can watch the full video from last night’s show, below.Setlist: The Disco Biscuits at The Ogden Theatre, Denver, CO – 6/2/16I: Happy Birthday Allen Batman jam, Stone-> Devil’s Waltz, Mulberry’s Dream-> Catalyst-> Mulberry’s Dream, Hope-> ReactorII: Cissy Strut-> Trucker’s Choice, Digital Buddha-> And the Ladies Were the Rest of the Night-> Widow in the Rain-> Digital Buddha, RockafellaE: Highwire-> Svenghalilast_img read more

Indonesia sets COVID-19 swab test price ceiling at Rp 900,000

first_imgThe government has set the price ceiling for individually requested COVID-19 swab tests at Rp 900,000 (US$60.6) to eliminate price disparities following concerns over the high costs of tests at private laboratories.The price ceiling was determined after a discussion with the Development Finance Comptroller (BPKP) on analysis and surveys of health care facilities, the Health Ministry’s public health director general, Abdul Kadir, said.“Our problem are the price disparities; the prices are not uniform.” Kadir was quoted as saying in a statement published Friday. Topics : “It is for this reason that the caps have been set for the cost of independent swab and RT-PCR [reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction] tests.”The prices will be enforced through a Health Minister circular expected to be issued soon, he added.Read also: Research and Technology Ministry to launch rapid and PCR test kitsFurthermore, the ministry has asked regional health agencies to ensure that local health facilities in their respective areas implement the price cap.Iwan Taufiq Purwanto, one of the BPKP’s deputy heads for government agency supervision, said the comptroller would supervise the implementation of the price ceiling.According to the ministry, the COVID-19 swab test price usually covers the labor cost of the doctors and other testing personnel, consumables such as personal protective equipment and other overhead costs such as waste management.Prior to the regulation, the national COVID-19 task force said several hospitals had charged more than Rp 2.5 million for swab tests.With COVID-19 rapid tests still being widely used in the country, including as a requirement for travel, the ministry set the price cap for the tests at Rp 150,000 in July.According to, Indonesia has conducted more than 3.6 million COVID-19 swab tests as of Oct. 2. The country has recorded 295,449 confirmed COVID-19 cases, with 10,972 fatalities as of Friday.last_img read more

Phil Jones admits Man United were a ‘laughing stock’ under Jose Mourinho

first_imgJones recently signed a new contract at the club (Picture: Getty)More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errors‘You can see it in every game, we’re creating a number of chances and putting them away.’United are currently fourth in the Premier League on 51 points, one above both Chelsea and Arsenal.The club’s next fixture is against PSG on Tuesday in the Champions League.MORE: Solskjaer raves about three PSG stars ahead of Champions League clashWill Solskjaer finish in the top four?Yes0%No0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your results Phil Jones admits Man United were a ‘laughing stock’ under Jose Mourinho Advertisement Comment Metro Sport ReporterSunday 10 Feb 2019 11:38 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link724Shares Advertisement Jones has been a United player since 2011 (Picture: Getty)Phil Jones has admitted Manchester United were a “laughing stock” at the beginning of the season under Jose Mourinho.The Portuguese was sacked from his position as the United manager in December, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer taking over on an interim basis.The Red Devils have won 10 of their 11 games under the Norwegian, and Jones revealed he’s made a huge improvement to the squad.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‘It was tough for everyone involved,’ Jones said of United’s poor start to the campaign. ‘We might have been a bit of a laughing stock at the start of the season, but certainly not now.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘Everyone is going to take us seriously now, we’ve proven that [with Solskjaer], and we’re still getting better.‘There is just a positivity about the place, to grind results out when we’re not playing well, to play forward, to play with intent and purpose – and that’s exactly what we’re doing.last_img read more

Nadal may pull out of Shanghai Masters

first_imgRelatedPosts Nadal stunned by Schwartzman in Italian Open quarter-finals, Djokovic survives Koepfer Impossible to play under US Open’s COVID-19 protocols, Djokovic says ‘Big Three’ join #BlackoutTuesday campaign against racial injustice Rafael Nadal is considering pulling out of the Shanghai Masters. Nadal was looking to strip back his schedule following success at the US Open. The world No 2 needed four hours and 50 minutes to beat Daniil Medvedev in a grueling final on Sunday. Such a difficult battle left Nadal struggling to get changed in the dressing room in the aftermath. The 18-time Grand Slam winner was set to return to action alongside Roger Federer at the Laver Cup next weekend. But Nadal was considering pulling out of the Shanghai Masters, which starts on October 5, to ensure he is fresh for the Paris Masters later that month. “It’s hard for me to tell my plans right now,” Nadal told Spanish media during a conference call. “I shot off after the final to the plane and I didn’t have time to talk to the team. “They arrived later in Palma and I hope that we have a conversation soon. “Anyway, to decide the calendar, I have to wait to see how my body evolves. “The immediate thing is to play the Laver Cup (September 20-22), which is planned. “The next thing I do not know. “Priority objectives from here at the end of the year and also with a view to the next one. It will be one or the other depending on those objectives. “The Masters in Asia is still yet to be decided. The Masters in Paris-Bercy is what I have fixed.”— Tags: Daniil MedvedevRafa NadalShanghai Masterslast_img read more