first_imgWhat do customers do when they are low in energy? Simple, they reach for a snack.Snacking is as British as afternoon tea or fish and chips and is part of our culture. Snacks, nuts and crisps are inexpensive indulgent treats and recession-proof. In fact, the recession is the reason behind the high demand for nuts, snacks and crisps, due to the increase in consumers staying in rather than going out. Sharing bags are especially popular with consumers because they are cheaper than single-serve bags, taking full advantage of the ’staying in’ trend. This is also called the ’lipstick effect’, consumers want to treat themselves with luxuries during the recession that they can afford.Nick Stuart, United Biscuits commercial manager, says: “Retailers should capitalise on this by stocking the best-sellers in both on-the-go and the sharing markets. Sharing formats have been one of the key drivers of growth during the past year, both in everyday and adult ranges.”Even though sharing packs are benefiting from the recession, sales of standard single bagged snacks have not. Impulse sales are also struggling, which account for the biggest part of single-pack sales. Another reason for the growth in crisps, nuts and snacks sector is that consumer tastes have changed radically in last few years. For example, programmes such as Jamie’s School Dinners and You Are What You Eat have motivated consumers to think about what they put in their mouths.The government is already discouraging consumers from eating products with high salt and fat ingredients, encouraging the benefits of healthier alternatives, and the trend towards banning junk food has opened the door for new business opportunities.Bakers can tap into this by educating consumers on the nutritional value of the nuts, seeds and dried fruit. Another way to increase your sales is by positioning healthy snacks near the till. Nuts are already associated with convenience, but if they are associated with health, even better. Twenty-nine per cent of consumers do not purchase nuts on a regular basis, so consider introducing flavoured varieties.Despite the threat of government intervention, it would appear that sales of crisps, snacks and nuts show no signs of abating. The category saw a 7.1% increase in value and a 1.1% increase in volume from 2010 to 2011 (52 weeks ending 7 August 2011) as consumers turned to a premium or healthy offer according to Kantar Worldpanel.Why not take advantage of the healthy trend, look for products that use sunflower oil for crisp frying as well as baked crisps. Selling smaller bags gives consumers the opportunity to buy them as an accompaniment to lunch. Think impulse purchase and high visibility. According to Stuart, the premium snacks market has become more popular in the convenience channel. So you can stock several premium brands to reach the consumers. “Premium snacks are currently worth £85m and experienced 3% value sales growth in the impulse channel,” says Stuart.last_img read more

first_imgThe capacity to conduct 200,000 tests each day has been made up of: The UK was one of first countries in the world to develop a PCR swab test to identify who currently has the virus, and teams across the public and private sectors and academia have worked tirelessly to expand testing to all those who are symptomatic. A rapid test which can return results in 20 minutes is now being trialled in Hampshire, with hospitals, GP practices and care homes using it to quickly identify if staff and patients have the virus.Testing capacity has also been expanded by new innovations developed since the outbreak began, including antibody tests to identify who may previously have had the virus. There is now a 40,000 antibody testing capacity available daily to NHS and social care staff, enabling us to gather information and understand how the virus has previously spread.Surveillance testing is also underway to develop a greater understanding of how the virus is moving through the population. So far, more than 250,000 surveillance tests have been done across the UK.National Testing Coordinator Professor John Newton said: Capacity of more than 112,000 tests across the new network of diagnostic testing facilities, made up of home testing kits, drive through sites, mobile testing units and supported by new mega laboratories. Capacity of more than 40,000 antibody tests, currently offered to NHS staff and care workers across the country to understand who may previously have had the virus and how it has spread. Surveillance testing is also underway to develop greater understanding of how the virus is moving through the population. So far, more than 250,000 surveillance tests have been done across the UK.Work continues to further develop and expand the Government’s testing capabilities, including to reduce the time it takes for a test result to be delivered and continued research and verification of new kinds of tests. The extensive capacity now available makes this one of the largest network of diagnostic testing facilities To achieve this more than 150 drive through and mobile testing sites have been set up across the UK and the new NHS Test and Trace service has been rolled out to ramp up the coronavirus responseThe UK-wide target to build testing capacity to 200,000 tests a day has been reached. The expansion of our testing capacity has allowed us to take important steps to control the virus, including the introduction of a world-class contact tracing service that will help us to safely ease lockdown over time. I am proud to say that anyone in the country who needs a test can get one, regardless of where in the country they are. We will continue to develop and grow our testing capabilities, to learn more about transmission of the virus and how it has previously spread. The rapid expansion of testing capabilities has led to the largest network of diagnostic testing facilities in British history. The capacity of NHS and Public Health England labs has been more than doubled, over 150 drive through and mobile testing units are in operation, and new innovative testing solutions such as home testing kits and lab-based antibody tests have been introduced from scratch.The 200,000 testing capacity target was reached yesterday, at 205,634 (Saturday 30 May).The increased testing capacity has now allowed for the rollout of the new NHS Test and Trace system, which will identify and isolate new cases of the virus, controlling its spread and helping to gradually and safely ease lockdown measures.Health Secretary Matt Hancock said: Reaching our 200,000 capacity target is an important milestone on our journey to control the spread of the virus, save lives and gradually ease lockdown. By rapidly expanding our testing capacity, we have been able to introduce NHS Test and Trace, and enabling those who have coronavirus symptoms to get a test is an important part of the programme. I want to thank and pay tribute to the incredible team who joined together in one of the greatest national mobilisations that we’ve seen. We brought together the best minds in the civil service, NHS, PHE, universities and the scientific community, the armed forces and private sector companies across the globe to reach this incredible achievement. This is by no means the end of our ramping up of testing. We will continue to build upon the tremendous work so far, exploring new technology and deliver even more test results.last_img read more

first_imgBirmingham City have been deducted nine points by the English Football League for breaching profitability and sustainability rules.The sanction sees Blues drop from 13th to 18th in the Championship, five points above the relegation zone with eight games to play.The EFL said Blues incurred losses of nearly £48.8m between 2015 and 2018. That is almost £10m more than the accepted adjusted losses of £39m over a three-year period.Both Birmingham City and the EFL have 14 days to appeal against the decision of an Independent Disciplinary Commission, which considered the matter on Monday.It is understood that there will be no further financial penalties for the club, nor will they be under a future transfer embargo relating to this issue.They are the first club to be deducted points since the EFL introduced its new profitability and sustainability regulations at the start of the 2016-17 season.In January, Birmingham revealed a £37.5m loss in the 12 months to the end of June 2018, largely a result of their wage bill rising from £22m to almost £38m after an extensive recruitment drive in 2017.The independent panel heard that Blues had spent £7.45m to sign four new players in January 2017, when Gianfranco Zola was manager, and a further £23.75m to add 14 players to the squad that summer, by which time Harry Redknapp had taken charge.Both Zola and Redknapp were sacked by the club after short stints as manager, the costs of which were also given as factors to Birmingham’s rule breach.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

first_imgDonegal manager Rory Gallagher has said he would rather be in Donegal’s shoes than Mayo’s come next Saturday’s All-Ireland quarter-final.Speaking to DonegalV’s Charlie Collins, the Donegal boss said having played five tough games, his team are physically and mentally ready for the big game. Simply click on the video to play.DDTV: ‘I’D RATHER BE IN OUR SHOES THAN MAYO’S SHOES’, SAYS RORY GALLAGHER was last modified: August 3rd, 2015 by StephenShare 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:all-irelanddonegalMayolast_img read more