World bread prices: soaring costs push UK loaf up table

first_imgSpiralling flour and fuel costs have helped propel the UK up the global ranking for bread prices, but the country remains one of the cheapest places to buy bread in the world.Figures from the Economist Intelligence Unit’s (EIU’s) Worldwide Cost of Living Survey show the average price of a kilo of bread in London rose from £1.09 in September, 2006, to £1.45 a year later. In Manchester, prices rose from 88p to £1.11.The EIU said rises had been compounded by the strength of sterling and the weakness of the US dollar, which has seen the relative cost boosted further compared to countries with weakening currencies or those linked to the dollar.”Bread prices in the UK have risen in local currency terms as rising commodity prices have been passed on to consumers,” said Jon Copestake, food and drink analyst and EIU survey editor. “In Manchester, the prices we surveyed rose 15.2% in the last year, although only 1.2% in the past six months. In London, bread prices rose 20.1% in the past year, 13.6% of which came in the last 6 months.”Despite the price rises, the UK is still one of the cheapest places in the world to buy bread. Of 130 cities surveyed around the world, London ranked number 70, up from 81 in 2006, in terms of price, while Manchester was at 93, up from 103.”Bread in the UK is seen as more of a staple than other countries. Production is highly developed and commoditised,” said Copestake. “Large scale consumption allows companies to exploit economies of scale and the market is highly competitive.”The research was based on bread from three categories of retailer. ’Low’ covers multiples, such as Tesco, ’medium’ equates to top-end supermarkets such as M&S and specialist shops, and ’high’ comprises food halls.last_img read more

Finsbury maintains growth in cake sales

first_imgFinsbury Food Group has posted a 12.6% increase in group revenue in its preliminary results for the year to 2 July 2011, aided by the return to growth of its cake division.The manufacturer of cake, bread and morning goods saw adjusted profit before tax up 8.3% to £5.8m. Group revenue stood at £189.6m.Sales in its cake division increased 12.1% over the financial period to £139.6m, while its bread and free-from sales continued to see a good rate growth, with sales up 14.2% to £50m.The firm said the increased revenue within bread and free-from had come from its investment in the Vogels brand, as well as the ongoing growth of its fresh free-from range of both Genius branded products and own-label.The past financial year has seen Finsbury add Disney small cakes to its licensed portfolio, and the expansion of the Genius range of free-from products to include pies and sausage rolls.CEO John Duffy said Finsbury had succeeded in returning to organic growth – “an important milestone for the group” – but added the difficulties it faced, from the price rises in global commodities, should not be underestimated.last_img read more

Last chance to enter BIA!

first_imgEntries to this year’s Baking Industry Awards, organised by British Baker, close on Friday 10 May. There are 11 categories for professional bakers and suppliers to choose from.They include The Craft Business Award, Bakery Supplier of the Year, Baker of the Year, The Product Innovation Award and many more.If you have not yet entered go to to download a form, or call or email [email protected] on tel 01293 610422.The awards take place at the Hilton Hotel, Park Lane, London on Wednesday 11 September before a crowd of over 800 people.The glittering event, hosted each year by a popular celebrity, includes a three-course meal, entertainment, dancing, a funny money casino with a fantastic prize and dancing till 2am.Shortlisted candidates will be reduced to three finalists, all of whom will attend free on the night with their partners, as guests of the sponsors. If you are a professional in the bakery trade we look forward to hearing from you soon. To purchase tickets for the night, email:[email protected] or call 01293 846593. Tickets cost £255 each or £2,295 per table of 10.last_img read more

LEVITATION Will Live Stream Their Festival With 360 Degree Virtual Reality Technology

first_imgCome next weekend, the psychedelically inspired LEVITATION Festival will take over Austin, TX for three full days, April 29-May 1st, bringing artists like Brian Wilson, Flying Lotus, The Arcs, Ween and more! The festival has made an intriguing announcement today, sharing that the entire event will be live streamed using 360-degree technology for a virtual reality experience.The festival has partnered with a company called VRLIVE, allowing fans worldwide to enjoy the festival in a truly immersive technology. While the stream will be available for any device, a VR headset will create the most engaging experience, as you can literally watch the festival in all directions.Virtual reality is quickly rising to the forefront of music streaming technology. With the recent announcement that the Grateful Dead’s “Fare Thee Well” shows in Santa Clara were captured in VR, and a recent Umphrey’s McGee show as well, it’s clear that these cutting-edge groups are on to something. If you try a VR headset, you’ll quickly understand why.Tickets for the 360-degree stream run only $20 and can be found here.last_img read more

Remembering Jamiroquai Founding Keyboardist Toby Smith On The Anniversary Of His Death [Videos]

first_imgJamiroquai buzz has grown to a fever pitch over the last year-and-change. First came the release of Automaton in March, 2017, the band’s first new album after years out of the spotlight. They then set out on a world tour to support the new release–with a notable absence of any U.S. performance. Now, Jamiroquai’s American performance drought is about to end: The band will play their first stateside show in 13 years this weekend at Coachella, followed by a handful of confirmed performances in San Francisco and New York City. They’ve also been hinted at as headliners for this year’s Suwannee Hulaween.Return Of The Space Cowboy: Why Jamiroquai Playing The U.S. Has Everybody On Cloud 9But just as this new chapter in the story of Jamiroquai was beginning, an earlier chapter ended sadly. One year ago today, the band’s founding member/ex-keyboardist Toby Smith (pictured above, right) passed away at the age of 46 after secretly battling cancer for multiple years. As we prepare, at long last, to begin the first batch of Jamiroquai U.S. performances in more than a decade, we remember the late keyboardist who helped create the funk phenomenon…Toby Smith, Founding Member/ex-Keyboardist of Jamiroquai, Dead at 46By: B. Getz[Originally published April 12th, 2017]Toby Smith, founding member/former keyboardist of Jamiroquai, has died at the age of 46. Smith, along with singer Jason Kay and bassist Stuart Zender, formed the band in 1991 and released their first single, “When You Gonna Learn?” in 1992. The singer is survived by his wife and children.He retired from the band and touring in 2002 after a decade behind the Fender Rhodes and walls of analog synths. Smith spent his remaining years in semi-seclusion; a private person to begin with, he was a doting father, husband, and recording engineer in the studio he helped build. No official cause of death has been released as of press time. [Note: The cause of death was later revealed to be a years-long battle with cancer.]The first five Jamiroquai albums featured prominent songwriting and virtuoso musicianship from Smith. Emergency on Planet Earth (1992), The Return of the Space Cowboy (1994) and Travelling Without Moving (1997) saw Zender and Smith unite for freakishly inventive, mouth-watering jams. After Zender left the band in 1998, Smith and Kay steered the ship on records Synkronized (1999) and A Funk Odyssey (2001). Smith then abruptly departed the band on the eve of the Funk Odyssey World Tour, just before the band returned to the US for a show at Hammerstein Ballroom on September 10, 2001.Jamiroquai – “Too Young To Die” We reached out to a longtime Smith/Jamiroquai fanatic, keyboardist Todd Stoops of Electric Beethoven for some words on a fallen hero: Oh man! What a loss – Toby was a huge influence on my playing – his vibe on those monster tracks like Cosmic Girl and Canned Heat and of course the massive hooks behind Virtual Insanity… madness! Not many people know he was a co-writer with Jay Kay for their biggest hits – gone way too soon! RIP TobyA note from the author B.Getz: As a pianist, fan, journalist, and somebody who looked up to Toby Smith for a variety of reasons, I am personally devastated by this loss. His effortless way of making tall, lanky, curly-haired dudes be cool went a long way with me in my youth. His tasty, classy playing on the seminal records remains timeless (“Just Another Story” is STILL unreal, 22 years later), and his contributions to the songs and vibe that make early Jamiroquai remain relevant decades later, will definitely not be overlooked nor forgotten. Please enjoy some of my favorite videos of Toby Smith’s time in Jamiroquai.Club Citta, Kawasaki, Japan, 10/10/1993[Courtesy of Mathijis de Graaf]Glasgow, Scotland, 4/30/1997[Courtesy of funkandrockcity]Montreux Jazz, Montreux, Switzerland, 7/12/1995[Courtesy of Zsolt Horváth]Tokyo Dome, Tokyo, Japan, 11/18/1999[Courtesy of SerpicoBerserk]Fila Forum, Milan, Italy, 10/12/2001[Courtesy of The Tribe With The Vibe]RIP Toby Smith- 1970-2017 [From official fan-site]last_img read more

Chris Robinson Brotherhood Cancels LOCKN’ Appearance Following Departure Of Adam MacDougall

first_imgThe immediate future looks pretty bleak for fans of Chris Robinson Brotherhood. Over the last two days, the band announced they had parted ways with keyboardist Adam MacDougall and canceled an upcoming performance at New York City’s Webster Hall set for later this year. On Friday, it was announced that the band will now no longer be performing at this year’s LOCKN‘ Festival, which is set to take place on August 22nd-25th.According to the announcement shared by the festival, CRB will no longer perform due to a “scheduling conflict”, and has been replaced on the event schedule by Midnight North. The band did not make any statement of their own, and has yet to share their plans for replacing MacDougall.The drastic changes to the band’s lineup and schedule come at a slightly inconvenient time, as they’re set to release their sixth full-length studio album, Servants of the Sun, on June 14th. The band is still scheduled to perform at the official afterparty at the inaugural BeachLife Festival in Hermosa Beach, CA on Saturday, and their 2019 spring tour is set to continue on May 16th with a show in Kill Devil Hills, NC.MacDougall is currently on the road with his other band, Circles Around the Sun, which also just announced a new batch of summer tour dates. Awkwardly enough, the band’s summer tour schedule also includes an appearance at LOCKN’. Oof.Fans can still catch Trey Anastasio Band, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Bob Weir & Wolf Bros, and many more when LOCKN’ Festival returns to Arrington, VA at the end of summer.last_img read more

Art, turned on its ear

first_imgPhotographer, curator, and arts scholar Deborah Willis, who normally hangs her beret at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University, will be in residence at Harvard this semester.Willis, the foremost U.S. historian of African-American photography, last Wednesday shared what she will explore this year as the inaugural Cohen Fellow at the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research. She’ll focus on how modern photo and video artists are revisiting iconic Western images, and recasting them with jarring depictions of races typically left out of the iconic art of ages ago.“There is something to be said for historical returns,” said Willis, quoting art critic Okwui Enwezor, “the way past events play on our memories.”Flashing on a screen during the lecture were a dozen or more familiar images, including Venus de Milo’s marble curves, da Vinci’s “The Last Supper” (1498), Johannes Vermeer’s “Girl with a Pearl Earring” (circa 1665), and Andrea Mantegna’s “St. Sebastian” (1480), which shows the martyred saint pierced by a thicket of fatal arrows.But more interesting to Willis are the re-creations of these iconic images. Art photographer Awol Erizku, for instance, recast Vermeer’s famous beauty into “Girl with a Bamboo Earring,” a portrait of a black teenager from the Bronx. And, notoriously, photographer George Lois depicted Muhammad Ali in a pose like the tortured St. Sebastian for a 1968 Esquire cover, complete with arrows. (Ali had just emerged from his trial for refusing to be drafted into the military.)“For some time now, I’ve been reconsidering history,” said Willis, “especially iconic moments in history.” This scholarly and artistic pursuit is what she called “an experience of borrowing” on the part of modern artists taking fresh looks at old art from a racial perspective.Her noontime audience crowded into a nearly full Thompson Room, on the occasion of the first Hutchins Center colloquium of the semester. To center director Henry Louis Gates Jr., the Alphonse Fletcher University Professor and director of the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research, she is “the great Deb Willis.”  To Harvard’s Robin Kelsey, the Shirley Carter Burden Professor of Photography and director of graduate studies in the History of Art and Architecture Department, she is an author so prolific that the list of her books “only seems to accelerate. The rest of us feel like we’re moving in slow motion.”Kelsey mentioned a few Willis titles, including “Reflections in Black” (2002), a history of black photographers from 1840 onwards, and “Posing Beauty” (2009), an exploration of black images starting from the 1890s. In her work, said Kelsey, Willis focuses not on theory, but on “the individuality and the humanity of her subjects.”This time, Willis’s subjects are those seen by an array of video artists and photographers, some of whom — as she said of Erizku and his Bronx teenager — are in pursuit of “excluded beauty.” Most of these artists are also after images that “explore a sense of desire,” said Willis, a onetime MacArthur Fellow. That can be social desire, as Singapore artist Ming Wong explored in his 2009 video installation “Life of Imitation.” (Willis played a few clips.) It’s a re-creation of the classic “Imitation of Life,” a 1959 film in which a mixed-race daughter rebuffs her black mother, along with her own racial identity. To add layers, said Willis, Wong used three actors, all men and none of them black. “It’s a witty piece,” she said.After a short presentation, Willis opened the event to questions, so she edited down a long list of artists whose “historical returns” to old images she will explore this semester. But even a partial list reads like invitees to a party worth attending: Luis Gispert, Lorna Simpson, Kiluanji Henda, David LaChappelle, Joy Gregory, Sheila Pree Bright, Peter Lippmann, Carla Williams, and Carrie Mae Weems.Onto the screen flashed images from the late Maud Sulter, a Scots-Ghanaian artist and writer. Her photographs, in part, tried to make up for “a 150-year absence of black presence” in the art of the British Isles, said Willis. Sulter’s creative urge to rewrite art history also extended to reimaging the nine muses of Greek mythology as black women. What survives in some of her art, said Willis, is the seductive gaze present in some of the old works, along with overt erotic appeal.The same echoes of desire are at play in the work of Renee Cox, whose 2001 photo “Baby Back” is an explicit recasting of the lush and erotic classic painting of 1814 by Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres, “Grande Odalisque.” The modern version comes with humor, though, or perhaps irony: Lovers of spareribs, said Willis, know that “baby back” is “the sweetest meat.”Revisiting old images and recasting them with racial overlays can also make the realities of erotic love more explicit than they might have been in the past. In Gustave Courbet’s “The Sleepers” (1866), two white women lie in a reverie, with sleep’s bliss as the message. But in “Courbet 3 (Sleep)” (2011) by Mickalene Thomas the women are black and the context is clear. They are “two lesbians entwined,” said Willis of the 20-inch-square Polaroid, and it depicts “what it means to sleep after a beautiful sex act.”Many of the artists on her list “are not in conversation” about these visits to the past, said Willis, “but they’re all working on the same idea.”  That idea counters racial depictions excluded from most of art history. That makes these “historical returns,” she said, modern commentaries on long-ago injustices of “absence and disappearance.”Due to adverse weather conditions, the Feb. 5 Hutchins Center colloquium has been canceled. “DNA Is Not Destiny, But What Happens When It Is?” will be rescheduled at a later date.last_img read more

‘Principal for a Day’ offers lessons of a different grade

first_imgStudents hopping off the buses at the Jackson/Mann K-8 School in Allston earlier this week were greeted by not one, but two cheerful principals.The “Principal for a Day,” Annie Tomasini, joined Andrew Tuite, Jackson/Mann’s actual principal, in welcoming students back from the Thanksgiving break.Tomasini, the senior director of state, local, and community relations at Harvard University, was at the elementary school as part of the Principal Partners program. The program is run by the Boston Plan for Excellence (BPE), a local organization that fosters improvement in the Boston Public Schools (BPS). Each year Boston-area colleges, businesses, media, community leaders, and political leaders partner with local schools and spend the day shadowing principals to “get a firsthand look at the school-improvement investments the district has made and the challenges that remain,” according to Principal Partner’s website. Participants spend time with students, attend meetings with teachers, and sit in on classes, all in an effort to experience what educators do every day.“Teachers, administrators, and staff here at the Jackson/Mann, and all across Boston, are making an incredible and meaningful impact on the lives of the children they educate and care for every single day,” said Tomasini, who herself is a graduate of the Boston Public School System. “Harvard is honored to once again have the opportunity to connect and partner with the Jackson/Mann, and with all of BPS today and every day.”Annie Tomasini, who is a graduate of the Boston Public School System, talks to students during her tenure as principal. Photo by J. Graham PearsallJackson/Mann has more than 700 students, from kindergarten to eighth grade. They speak more than 31 different languages. Seventy-eight percent qualify for subsidized lunch, and 24 percent receive some sort of special education services.Harvard has a strong partnership with the school. Among the contributions: an intern from the Graduate School of Education’s School Leadership Program works directly with Tuite; a group of eighth-graders regularly visit the Ed Portal for its Apprentice Learning program; all seventh-graders come to Harvard’s campus to participate in the Project Teach program, which helps them develop a college-bound identity; hundreds of students take part in a STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) program developed by the Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics; and more than 200 first- and second-grade students will attend a performance of “Charlotte’s Web” at the American Repertory Theater in December. Additionally, through its 2014 cooperation agreement with the city of Boston, Harvard provides $12,000 a year to support enrichment opportunities for the students.“These [enrichment opportunities] have been a huge benefit. The students love them. We love them,” said Tuite. “What Harvard has done here has really been fabulous.”Tomasini, who visited a class that recently took advantage of some of the supplemental programs, heard from one kindergarten student: “We went to the Aquarium! I saw a turtle and a really, really big fish! I had so much fun!”The partnership is equally important to Harvard, which has long collaborated with local schools, particularly in Allston-Brighton and Cambridge. Through its many programs, both in the individual schools and on its own campus, Harvard reaffirms its commitment to the health and improvement of public education, and support for the development of high-quality teachers.last_img read more

Slow COVID-19 vaccine rollout expected in war- ravaged Syria

first_imgDAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — A World Health Organization official says the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines in war-ravaged Syria will depend on their availability and distribution and may initially cover only 3% of the population, a World Health Organization official said Tuesday. Akjemal Magtymova, WHO’s representative in Syria, said the country is eligible to receive the vaccine for free through the global COVAX effort aimed at helping lower-income countries obtain the shots. But Magtymova couldn’t say when the first shipment was expected to arrive, how many vaccines were expected, or how they would be rolled out in a divided country still at war. The COVAX rollout is expected to begin in April.last_img

Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Allegro Opens Off-Broadway

first_img Related Shows Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Allegro, starring Claybourne Elder and Elizabeth A. Davis, officially opens off-Broadway on November 19. Directed by John Doyle, the production is playing a limited engagement through December 14 at Classic Stage Company. The cast also includes George Abud, Alma Cuervo, Malcolm Gets, Maggie Lakis, Megan Loomis, Paul Lincoln, Jane Pfitsch, Randy Redd, Ed Romanoff and Jessica Tyler Wright. Allegro was Richard Rodgers’ and Oscar Hammerstein II’s third collaboration and first premiered on Broadway in 1947. The musical chronicles nearly four decades in the life of an Everyman, Joseph Taylor Jr. (Elder), from cradle through a mid-life discovery of who he is and what his life is truly about. The saga takes us from Joe’s birth through his childhood, from college dorm to marriage altar, and on to his career; from the tranquility of his small Midwestern hometown to the hectic din of big city life. View Comments Allegro Show Closed This production ended its run on Dec. 14, 2014last_img read more