For once, the national press have been the baker’s best friend. This week began with: “Snow crisis: it’s panic in the shops” (Daily Express); “Panic buying hits supermarkets” (Daily Mail) and, our favourite, “Grit hits the fan” (predictably, The Sun). With images of barren shelving offering a helpful visual cue to spark anxious consumers into skidding to the shops, sales of bread went through the roof. If bakers gritted their teeth in anticipation of the snow storms, it didn’t come from falling flat on their face on the high street. Difficulties in getting supplies through appeared largely localised and sales of bread in supermarkets shot up 10-15%. “Inevitably there have been a few problems with distribution, with some customers in the Cotswolds difficult to reach, but we are getting through to virtually everyone,” said Joe Street, MD of Fine Lady Bakeries, a major supplier to Tesco. “The bigger issue has been people ’panic-buying’. It’s always a big week when the kids go back to school, but we’ve seen orders increase significantly as people stock up because of the snow.”Indeed, the reported panic-buying was overstated and short-lived, but the retailers reported a spike in bread sales. “We haven’t seen panic-buying, but people are picking up an extra loaf or two when they shop,” said a spokesman for Sainsbury’s. “Conditions are challenging, but we have a lot of experience in overcoming logistical issues. Deliveries are getting through and there have been no store closures.”The impacts on trading were mainly felt in staffing bakeries, distributing amid a lottery of gritted and iced roads, getting staff in to open shops and customers failing to make it into work. “You expect to see a couple of weeks of snow every year we saw two last February,” commented Ken McMeikan, CEO of Greggs. “But the severity of the snow this year and the length of time it is set to last is a challenge for all businesses. For some it could be the final straw.”Higher bread salesNevertheless, the likes of Martins Bakery, which has 28 bakery sandwich shops around Manchester and which struggled to get deliveries through to its shops, found positives in higher bread sales. “It has been very difficult all week…getting deliveries and our products to the customers,” said financial director Kirsty Harvey. “We have managed but with great difficulty.” While roads around the city centre cleared, Manchester City Council faced difficulties when it came to gritting. As many of Martins’ shops are located in the surrounding suburbs or on side streets, customers found it difficult to reach them. Despite this, bread sales were up. “We have been trading very well in bread and rolls as people have come out for bread,” she explained. “So we’ve had to make more to meet demand.”Aberdeenshire was one of the worst-hit areas in the UK. Past SAMB president John Smith, with one shop in Pitsligo, another in Fraserburgh, plus wholesale to local shops and hotels, witnessed nearly 5ft of snow. “We are on the main street in New Pitsligo and lorries stop for savouries while passing through, but we anticipated that big bread lorries would not get through to the supermarkets on time, so we are making and selling up to an extra 100 large loaves a day. Some of my staff cannot get in. When that happens, I manage on two to three hours’ sleep a night, but have kept up production and deliveries.”David Gunn, of Gunns Bakery in Bedfordshire, said that the weather hadn’t caused much of a problem, even though the company is located not far from the snow-hit A1. While many local schools were closed, it meant that children and their parents came in later to buy treats. “It has been a slightly different sort of trade,” he said.Battling onWhile Gloucestershire had “a massive dump” of snow, said Tom Herbert, director at Hobbs House Bakery, they found ways to battle on and get bread to customers. “We’ve been able to meet most of our delivery obligations, but Wednesday and Thursday last week were the worst. We dented two vans and we’ve had a lot of orders cancelled. The people who have been the busiest have been the village shops; we’ve been able to get bread to them and they’ve been so amazingly grateful,” he said. And as if to underline the baker’s blessing of a nation prodded towards hysteria, he added: “We managed to shift most of our bread by encouraging a bit of panic-buying, saying, ’You don’t want to be caught trapped without bread’. It worked a treat! It was little bit naughty, but we knew they were getting bread they would enjoy…”
Today marks 90 years since the first sliced bread was sold by the Chillicothe Baking Company in Missouri, America. Otto Frederick Rohwedder of Davenport, Iowa, had invented the world’s first bread slicing machine – it could slice one loaf at a time. He chose 7 July as the release date for the first sliced loaf because it was his 48th birthday.The advertisement read: “The greatest forward step in the baking industry since bread was wrapped.”This is believed to be the origin of the far better-known saying we know today, ‘the best thing since sliced bread’, but also suggests that before sliced bread, the ‘best thing’ was in fact wrapped bread.Rohwedder had come up with a prototype for the machine 16 years earlier, but it was destroyed in a fire.The machine was bought by the Chillicothe Baking Co in 1928, and their Kleen Maid Sliced Bread proved an instant success.A second version of the machine was bought by a baker in St Louis – this included a way to keep the slices together by aligning them in a cardboard tray, which meant the bread could be wrapped as well as sliced.This machine is now preserved in the Smithsonian Museum in New York – the first one fell apart after six months of heavy use.Consumption of bread increased after the invention of the slicing machine, because slices were thinner than the hand-cut versions, so people could eat more. It was also more convenient to eat bread more frequently when it didn’t require slicing. Spreads such as jam and honey also saw a huge surge in popularity thanks to the invention.But the sliced bread boom ground to a temporary halt in 1943 when American officials placed a ban on it in order to free up steel and conserve stocks of waxed paper, for the war effort.But a letter appeared in the New York Times shortly afterwards, from a housewife who wrote: “I should like to tell you how important sliced bread is to the morale and saneness of a household.“My husband and four children are all in a rush during and after breakfast. Without ready-sliced bread, I must do the slicing for toast – two pieces for each one – that’s 10.“For their lunches, I must cut by hand at least 20 slices for two sandwiches apiece. Then I make my own toast – 22 slices cut in a hurry!”The ban lasted just over two months, after it was found the savings weren’t as much as expected.The first slicing and wrapping machine In the UK was installed in the Wonderloaf Bakery in Tottenham in 1937 – by the 1950s, the sliced loaf accounted for 80% of the British bread market.Sources: The Sunday Post, The Telegraph, Time.com
This summer also marked the inaugural edition of STS9’s Wave Spell Live festival in Belden Town, CA. You can watch full video of STS9’s improv set with Richard Devine here.For more information regarding tickets to STS9’s 2018 New Year’s run, head here. Today, jamtronica favorites STS9 have announced their 2018 New Year’s run, set to take place over the course of four nights in Denver. On Friday, December 28th and Saturday, December 29th, the band will head to The Fillmore for a pair of performances. Then, on Sunday, December 30th, the band will have a change of scenery as they move to Denver’s 1,100-capacity Summit Music Hall (less than one-third the size of the Fillmore) for an intimate evening. Finally, STS9 will return to The Fillmore on Monday, December 31st to ring in 2019 with one final blowout.Limited four-night passes will be available for pre-sale beginning this Wednesday, September 19th. The public on-sale period begins on Friday, September 21st. The four-night passes, which include tickets to all three Fillmore shows as well as a ticket to the smaller Summit performance, will be available at a discounted price. Single-night tickets for the Fillmore shows will also become available when public on-sale begins on Friday. Any remaining standalone tickets for the Summit show will go on sale at a later date.The announcement of STS9’s Denver New Year’s celebration comes on the heels of a successful two-night run at Red Rocks earlier this month, where they constructed their incredible “Cave of Crystals” stage set. You can watch a clip of the magic below:
The big man is back in town! Jersey Boys vet Michael Lomenda will step in for Matt Bogart as Nick Massi in Jersey Boys from May 3 through September 4. Bogart is on leave from the long-running tuner while he appears in off-Broadway’s Himself and Nora; he will return to the Main Stem’s August Wilson Theatre on September 6.Having appeared as Nick Massi in Toronto and on the road, Lomenda also played the role in Clint Eastwood’s feature film adaptation of the musical. This is his Broadway debut.The Tony-winning jukebox tuner Jersey Boys tells the story of how Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons went from being unknown New Jersey kids to international pop superstars. The show features over 30 hit songs, including “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry” and “Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You.”The production currently additionally stars Richard H. Blake as Tommy DeVito and Quinn VanAntwerp as Bob Gaudio. As previously reported, Mauricio Pérez and Dominic Scaglione Jr. are alternating the role of Frankie Valli. Both will play four shows a week; a performance schedule will be announced later. They took over for Joseph Leo Bwarie, who appeared in his final performance at the August Wilson Theatre on April 24. Jersey Boys Michael Lomenda(Photo: David Leyes) Related Shows from $59.00 View Comments
Best Mountain Town Series: Part III from Blue Ridge Outdoors on Vimeo.Fayetteville, W.Va., won Best River Town in this year’s Mountain Town poll. From whitewater rafting to creek boating and even fly fishing, this little town has A LOT of river action. Check it out!To read about the other mountain towns included in this year’s poll, check out the article in our November issue or online here. To see parts I and II of the Best Mountain Town Video Series, check out our BRO-TV feed.Thanks to David Fusilli with Demshitz for providing additional video footage.Soundtrack provided by The Kalob Griffin Band out of Philadelphia. Check out their Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram feeds to learn more about this “Pennsylvania raised band of country-fried rock n’ rollers.”
In the classic Jefferson Airplane song “White Rabbit,” they tell us that “one pill makes you larger and one pill makes you small.” It seems like, when it comes to social media, too many credit unions are looking for this “one pill cure-all” approach.The fact of the matter is, social media is a powerful tool — and also usually misunderstood by those that seek to use it. Social media, when used correctly, can be a powerful weapon in your marketing arsenal. It is not, however, a cure-all for everything dragging down your marketing machine.With that in mind, below please find a few tips to help you better understand social media and what it can and cannot do for your credit union.Despite the mass of people using it, social media still requires a targeted approach. For example, contrary to popular belief, Facebook is not the best way to reach all people. The demographics of Facebook trend increasingly older. Therefore, if you’re looking to reach younger people, Facebook may not be your best bet. Similarly, if you are trying to reach female consumers, a better option might be Pinterest. Social media offers a wide variety of choices for users. This requires credit unions to align their target audiences with the social media platforms those people choose.An integrated social media approach requires a great deal of time. At some larger corporations, social media unit has its own department. Most credit unions don’t have this luxury. In order for a typical credit union to make a meaningful impact in social media, you’ll have to select a handful of platforms and concentrate your efforts and time there. Spreading yourself too thin in social media is just like spreading your advertising to thin across different channels. All you do is dilute your message and water-down your return on investment.Instead of using social media to push-push-push, consider using it to pull-pull-pull information from consumers. As with other marketing channels, social media can be misused as a bull-horn to browbeat consumers with your information. The average person wants to be communicated with — not spoken down to. Consider using social media as a way to initiate conversations with consumers. Pose questions and engage in conversations with members and potential members on your social media channels. Encourage dialogue and interaction. Position your credit union as an information source rather than trying to indoctrinate them from on-high.Consider using a blog is a critical element of your social media platform. Your credit union blog is your voice. It also offers a higher degree of brand control than the average social media platform. It further establishes your credit union as an information source for consumers, positioning you in such a way that they seek you as a trusted partner when it comes to financial matters. Blogging is also a fairly inexpensive way to bolster your social media platform.You can’t use social media to completely replace real-life networking. Even the most robust social media program does not allow you to board up the windows on traditional business development. You still have to meet and greet people in person to build lasting relationships. If social media serves as a tool that helps you start these relationships, so much the better. Just don’t look at it as the silver bullet that will address all of your business development woes.Social media represents a true revolution in the way people communicate. Platforms rise and fall and it’s exciting to think about where we might be in the course of just a few years. Credit unions should look to social media in a realistic way to help broaden the depths and reach of their overall marketing and communication programs. Remember, social media is just another tool in the marketing toolbox, not a magic pill that makes everything better. 5SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Jeff Kjoller Jeff has extensive experience in branding, art direction and graphic design, having served employers and clients in a creative capacity for more than twenty-five years. After graduating from the University … Web: www.loudthought.biz Details
MIAMI (AP) — Tropical Storm Fay has formed off the coast of North Carolina. The storm could have an impact on our area, too, producing heavy rainfall and strong winds. 12 News will have more details in its 5, 5:30 and 6 p.m. newscasts. The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami announced the storm’s formation Thursday afternoon. Forecasters say they will release more details shortly. It is already the sixth named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season.
Advertisement Owen Hargreaves reveals Danny Welbeck ‘couldn’t believe’ how talented Arsenal boss Unai Emery was Welbeck has made two Premier League appearances since joining Watford (Picture: Getty)‘I was speaking to Danny Welbeck, I saw him [just now], and he said what a brilliant coach Unai Emery is,’ Hargreaves told The Kelly & Wrighty Show. ‘He said he couldn’t believe how talented a coach he was.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘So I really believe in the talent that they have, the front three that they have, but it goes back to the defence. Can they sort it out?’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 CityFormer Manchester United midfielder Hargreaves believes Arsenal have the squad, and the manager, to compete for a Champions League berth this season and was full of praise for Real Madrid loanee Dani Ceballos.He continued: ‘This league is difficult and I think the first game he was magnificent, then went to Anfield and barely kicked the ball – and he’s a ball player, he needs touches. So didn’t really affect the game there. The former Gunners frontman takes on his old club with Watford on Sunday (Picture: Getty)Owen Hargreaves has revealed that Danny Welbeck was blown away by Unai Emery’s coaching ability during his time at Arsenal, while the former midfielder has backed the Gunners to finish in the top four.Welbeck’s five-year stay at the Emirates came to an end over the summer after an injury-plagued final campaign and he will take on his old club with new side Watford at Vicarage Road on Sunday.The 28-year-old only spent a season playing under Emery – making just 14 appearances before injury struck – but, according to Hargreaves, the Spaniard left a huge impression on Welbeck. Comment Hargreaves thinks Arsenal have a serious chance to finish in the top four (Picture: Getty)‘When he came on against Tottenham I thought he was terrific, I thought he was exceptional. So just put all those guys on the pitch and let them figure it out.‘Lacazette up top, Aubameyang, Pepe, Ceballos maybe in behind. Torreira’s got to play I think, Guendouzi [as well]. Xhaka I’m not sure why he consistently starts with all the mistakes that he makes.‘But I like what Arsenal have. I really believe in it. In the second half against Tottenham I thought they were magnificent. They should have won the game, they really should have. And I think they’ll finish fourth.’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 Metro Sport ReporterSunday 15 Sep 2019 11:34 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link426Shares Advertisement
Siemens Gamesa has selected Green Wind to organise and supervise all switching operations during the commissioning of the offshore transformer platform and the wind turbines at the 112MW EnBW Albatros wind farm in the German North Sea.The transformer platform and the wind farm’s 16 Siemens Gamesa 7MW turbines are scheduled to be commissioned by the end of 2019, the Berlin-based Green Wind said.Green Wind’s scope of services also includes the simulation of planned switching processes, the monitoring of commissioning by remote and partially on-site communication, and the creation and dynamic adaptation of all necessary switching programs.In addition, the entire network structure is mapped within the Green Wind control room software in the form of a so-called “digital twin,” and prepared for manual control and optional telecontrol.“The Albatros contract opens another door for us into the offshore market,” said Manuel Lasse, Green Wind’s Managing Director.“We are currently one of the few independent companies with a 24/7 control room and a highly competent team that can offer this range of services. We are delighted that Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy has placed its trust in us, and that we can make an important contribution to Germany’s largest offshore wind farm project currently under construction.”The EnBW Albatros wind farm is being built some 104 kilometres off the coast of Germany, in the immediate vicinity of the 497MW EnBW Hohe See offshore wind farm. The two projects are being built as one and are due to be put into operation by the end of 2019.
Forty-two year old Helio Castroneves says he feels like a 19-year old. When he had his annual physical for the 2017 Indy Car Series, his doctor confirmed that he has the body of a much younger man. In just a couple months, we will be ready for the Indy 500 and Castroneves is hoping his 20th season in racing brings another 500 win.At the present time, he is the only active driver with 3 wins at the Indy 500. Although he did not win a race last year, he still finished 3rd in the season standings. If Helio can get that 4th win, he will join some of the legends of the brickyard with 4 wins. The very popular Castroneves is obviously a fan favorite at Indianapolis. We will have to wait to see how he does in May.