Fresh bakery products have bucked the downward trend in bakery consumption in the UK, according to a new report by strategic consultancy and market research firm Gira.The Bake-off Bakery Markets in the EU 2009-2014 report states that across the 16 European countries studied, fresh products will drive market growth until 2014, after years of decline. “Similarly the many years of decline in bread consumption will come to a stop,” said Gira. The report, which covers bread, Viennoiserie, patisserie and hot savoury pastry snacks, predicted that the fresh bread market would become increasingly polarised, with both extremities premium and every-day bread growing.One of the key messages of the report was that bake-off products also presented real growth opportunities. Gira predicted the category, which accounted for 16% of all total bakery products consumption in 2010 (volume), would grow by 4.5% by 2014, across the surveyed countries.”In the UK more than 60% of the bake-off consumption is channelled through the grocery retail market, but the balance of demand is likely to shift further in favour of small-format and convenience stores,” said Gira director bakery Anne Fremaux.Gira said the most significant new element in the retail distribution of fresh bakery products, was the growing influence of the ’hard-discounters’. “Germany, the Netherlands and Austria are the most advanced countries in this respect, but Gira expects it to spread to all countries where the hard-discounters have a significant market presence,” it said.The study also highlighted the growing importance of foodservice, expected to rebound to pre-recession levels. And it predicted that the consumption of pre-packed long-life/wrapped bakery products would fall across Europe, particularly in the UK.
Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionWitness to Israeli army using violenceI’m responding to Matt Cutler’s June 21 letter (“Anti-Israel letter full of inaccuracies”). I’m filmmaker from Albany, I lived and filmed in Hebron, Palestine for part of two years.Concerning the issue of a colonial endeavor, ”From its inception, Zionism was both a nascent national movement and a colonial enterprise in search of a metropolitan sponsor” Rashid Khalidi.Of the two massacres in Hebron, one in 1929 and the other in 1994. In 1929, 64 Jews were killed, it was caused by a rumor that Jews in Jerusalem were going to control the Temple Mount.The rumor spread to Hebron, where Jews and Arabs had been living together peacefully.According to Rabbi Kaplan, who was studying at the Yeshiva, many Jews were hidden by the local Arabs.In 1994, Baruch Goldstein, a fanatical Zionist entered the Abraham mosque in Hebron, killed 29 Palestinians and wounded over 100.The killing and arrests of innocent civilians is a daily occurrence in Palestine.I filmed a family whose unarmed father was killed by Israeli soldiers. I interviewed a woman whose 65-year-old husband was killed sleeping in his bed. The last time I was there, a young girl was murdered at a checkpoint because an Israeli soldier thought she was reaching for a knife in her bag.As far as the use of human shields, according to the October 6, 2005 Guardian, “The Israeli high court yesterday ruled that the army’s long-standing practice of using Palestinian civilians as human shields in combat is illegal under international law.”Ellie BernsteinAlbanyPlacement of ad and article inappropriateI’m contacting you about the very nicely written article by staff reporter Jeff Wilkin, that appeared on the front page of The Daily Gazette’s Sunday June 16 edition, regarding two local priests serving the Schenectady community.With anticipation I then turned to page 8 to finish reading the wonderful story, only to discover at the bottom half of the page, an ad notice by a New York City law firm soliciting business related to the Catholic Church’s sexual abuse fiasco.For the record, nothing disappoints or disgusts me more than the poor and inadequate way the church has been handling this situation.However it was insensitive to place that ad on the same page where you had printed great stories about these two local men who have been committed to their priestly/deacon vocation for many years, and on Father’s Day no less.It certainly appears that the layout editor and staff was asleep-at-the-wheel and The Daily Gazette should be ashamed at this lack of professionalism.You can and should be doing a better job.Richard S. ZazyckiRotterdamEDITOR’S NOTE: The circumstance the writer describes was purely coincidental. The copy editors who edit and lay out the newspaper at night do so with limited if any knowledge of the content of advertisements. Ads are placed on the page after all editorial content is placed. Similarly, the editorial staff doesn’t coordinate with the advertising staff in order to allow advertisers to request placement of their ads next to specific editorial content. More from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesGov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motorists
He’s already famous in Donegal for helping Rory Gallagher to sing Jimmy’s Winning Matches.JIMMY’S WINNING MATCHESBut now Senegal Jimmy, who makes a living selling fake Rolex watches to tourists in Lanzarote, has himself being ripped off by imitators cashing in on his fame.The video in honour of the Donegal GAA team went viral and has had more than a million hits. But now Senegal Jimmy, whose real-name is Bamba, has found that other beach traders are cashing in on his fame.Jimmy’s knows almost every name in Ireland and uses the ploy to sell watches to happy-go-lucky tourists who also have their picture taken with him.But singer Rory Gallagher revealed how Jimmy isn’t happy at all that other ‘Senegal Jimmys’ have learned the words to the famous song and pretending to be him!“They’re costing him a lot of business and he’s not happy. There are a lot of Irish tourists in Lanzarote all year round and Jimmy has become a bit of a hero out there. “But the other lads have copped this on and have learned the song and even plenty of Irish placenames in a ploy to get Irish people to buy watches.“Most Irish people don’t know the real Jimmy and are having their picture taken with imposters! It’s hilarious,” said Rory. SENEGAL JIMMY’S PROTESTS AS OTHERS CASH IN ON HIS FAME! was last modified: November 22nd, 2012 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:JIMMY’S WINNING MATCHESRory GallagherSenegal Jimmy