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Bakery sees mixed success with exports

first_imgBakery exports had mixed results in the first half of 2010, as total UK exports of food and non-alcoholic drinks grew by 4.3%.According to research from Leatherhead Food for the Food and Drink Federation, sweet biscuits grew by 6.6% to a total of £102.2m compared to the same period in 2009, while cakes rose by 9.8% to £87.2m. However, bread exports dropped significantly, down 9% to £40.7m, and savoury biscuits fared even worse, falling 9.7% to £14.6m.Overall, UK food and drink exports fared well during the period, growing to over £5bn, thanks to a 23% increase in sales to non-EU countries for British products. Demand from countries in the EU was flat, with sales down 0.2%. Sales to countries outside the EU now accounts for 22.7% of all exports.“I am delighted to see another strong export performance from UK food and drink manufacturers,” said Melanie Leech , director general of the Food and Drink Federation. “If these levels continue throughout 2010, we should see our sixth consecutive full year of growth and break the £10bn mark for exports for the first time.”>>Mrs Crimble’s boosts its transatlantic listings>>Strong exports for biscuitslast_img read more

Michael Owen’s FA Cup and Premier League predictions including Liverpool, Arsenal & Man City

first_imgMichael Owen’s FA Cup and Premier League predictions including Liverpool, Arsenal & Man City Comment Michael OwenFriday 5 Apr 2019 11:39 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link Advertisement Man City came from 2-0 down to beat Swansea in their quarter final tie (Picture: Getty)City continue their attempt for a clean sweep of trophies this season and they are very strong favourites in their FA Cup Semi Final with lowly Brighton. Albion needed penalties in the last round to eliminate Championship outfit Millwall and were beaten 2-0 in Manchester earlier in the season. They have only tasted victory once in their last ten top flight matches and will need to produce a huge shock to qualify for the final. City may not need to reach top form to progress but will surely have far too much weaponry. Once again they were on the bridle when defeating relegation threatened Cardiff 2-0 at home in midweek and you always feel the team can easily go through the gears if necessary.Michael’s prediction: 3-0Watford vs Wolves Eden Hazard was back to his best in the midweek win over Brighton (Picture: Getty)Chelsea followed up their late win at Cardiff with a resounding 3-0 home win over Brighton on Wednesday and will be hoping to make it a quick double when they host West Ham. Victory is looking essential to keep their top four hopes alive and with only one defeat on home soil in the PL this term they have made Stamford Bridge quite a fortress. The Hammers have taken just one point from a possible last eighteen on the road and despite plenty of attacking flair are highly unlikely to add to that tally here.Michael’s prediction: 3-1Manchester City vs Brighton Advertisementcenter_img Huddersfield Town’s relegation was confirmed last week at Selhurst Park (Picture: Getty)Relegation was confirmed for the Terriers last weekend during a fourth straight loss and they may very well be regretting sacking manager David Wagner now. It’s difficult to see, with a tough fixture list ahead, where they will find another win and with the squad demoralised a veil of gloom hangs over them. Leicester are battling to finish in the top half and with three wins on the bounce are in terrific form. Striker Jamie Vardy has scored six goals in his last seven appearance and is bound to be a handful again.Michael’s prediction: 0-2Newcastle vs Crystal PalaceNewcastle as expected were defeated in London on Monday as Arsenal proved too strong but back on home turf the Toon can get back to winning ways. They are not totally safe from the drop but one more success should be sufficient. With seven PL wins at St James Park United are strong although ironically Palace have tasted more success on their travels than at home. The Eagles were unable to prevent Spurs from crowning the opening of their new ground with victory on Wednesday evening where they also failed to score. The clubs played out a goalless draw earlier in the season and I expect another low scoring and tight affair.Michael’s prediction: 1-0Everton vs Arsenal Arsenal temporarily moved into third after Monday’s win over Newcastle (Picture: Getty)The Gunners have hit top form at the right time and after looking likely to miss out on a top four place have taken 16 points from a possible 18 during a great six game unbeaten run. They now travel north to Merseyside where hosts Everton are also suddenly finding some late season form and hoping to finish in the top ten. Successive wins over London clubs Chelsea and West Ham see the Toffees looking for a capital hat trick and there certainly could be a surprise I feel. With London rivals Spurs and Chelsea both successful on Wednesday there is now just a solitary point between the trio but I will be surprised if the visitors can come away with all three points on this occasion.AdvertisementAdvertisementMichael’s prediction: 1-1Chelsea vs West Ham Elton John was the Watford chairman last time they reached an FA Cup final in 1984 (Picture: Getty)The second Semi Final looks far more intriguing and difficult to call. Both enjoyed tremendous midweek success and are in relatively decent form. Only one point separates the pair in the PL table so this is a contest which could go either way. With plenty of attacking options it’s hard not to envisage plenty of chances and this should be a great battle. Purely at the prices and with the tag of underdogs a little surprising, I think Watford will finally prevail and reach the final.AdvertisementMichael’s prediction: 2-1Michael’s Weekend Treble – Liverpool, Leicester and Chelsea all to win at 13/5More: 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 It’s a huge weekend of FA Cup and Premier League action (Picture: Getty / Metro)We’re set for a weekend of Premier League and FA Cup action – and Brand Ambassador Michael Owen has again shared his thoughts exclusively with BetVictor.Southampton vs Liverpool Liverpool left it late against Tottenham last weekend (Picture: Getty)Liverpool face a tricky away trip here to St Mary’s where Southampton have already beaten Spurs and Arsenal this season. The Saints are still involved at the foot but gave themselves some much needed breathing space with a 1-0 win at rivals Brighton. They now have a five point cushion over the final relegation spot. The Reds know once again that three points are a must and may very well need to score at least twice as I fully expect the hosts to notch.AdvertisementAdvertisementMichael’s prediction: 1-2Bournemouth vs BurnleyI am sure Burnley manager Sean Dyche would snap your hand off for a point here with the Clarets now five points clear of the drop zone and gradually moving away from danger. A superb 2-0 home success over Wolves ended a frustrating run of four straight defeats and with some tough fixtures ahead they need to avoid defeat on the South Coast. The Cherries have only tasted victory once themselves during their last eight outings which has seen them fall into the bottom half where they now look likely to remain. Survival looks assured, which was always the target, so both teams may be content to share the spoils.ADVERTISEMENTMichael’s prediction: 1-1Huddersfield vs Leicester Citylast_img read more

Integra boosts IMCA program with awards for Hobby Stocks

first_imgCOOPERSVILLE, Mich. – Hobby Stock awards are the latest addition to Integra Racing Shocks’ contingency award program with IMCA.Top eligible drivers in both Hobby Stock regions receive product certificates valued at $350, $250 and $150 in 2015.The Coopersville, Mich., manufacturer and sixth-year sponsor gives certificates in the same increments in each of the five IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modified regions and both IMCA Sunoco Stock Car regions, and based on national Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod and Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center Southern SportMod standings.Integra has also renewed a one-of-a-kind program that bases awards on combined national Late Model and Deery Brothers Summer Series points.Drivers with the top two point totals each receive $350 product certificates; third and fourth place finishers each get $250 and fifth and sixth place drivers receive $150 certificates.Total value of the Integra awards package is nearly $10,000. Certificates will be presented during the national awards banquet in November or mailed beginning the fol­lowing week from the home office.Drivers in all six divisions must compete with four Integra shocks and springs, display two Integra decals on their race car and return a sign-up form to the IMCA home office by Aug. 1.Information about Integra’s extensive high performance product line is available by calling 800 472-2464, at the www.integrashocksandsprings.com website and on Facebook.“Adding Hobby Stocks and adjusting our Southern SportMod awards program falls in line with the availability of Intregra shocks and springs for those divisions,” observed IMCA Marketing Director Kevin Yoder. “Integra shocks helped propel our Hobby Stock national champion to the podium last year and we’ll see if they can repeat the feat in 2015.”last_img read more

Jackson tops Raceway Park Sport Compacts

first_imgBy Bob ConeyJEFFERSON, Iowa (May 22) – Tacky track conditions led to a fast night of action Sunday night at Raceway Park.The first of five IMCA divisions hit the track when the KISS 107 FM Sport Compact division headed out. Only one caution slowed the race at six laps to go with Luke Jackson holding onto the lead he took at the drop of the green flag. In the final dash to the checkered flag, it was Jack­son taking the win followed by point leader Ramsey Meyer.The Car Quest IMCA Hobby Stocks ran clean for the first six laps of the feature until the first yel­low of the evening brought the field together with pole sitter Mike Hanson leading Andy Hoffman, Craig Clift, Ron Jensen, and Dave Riley. A tangle on the restart took Hoffman and Riley out of contention. Hanson held on for his first win of the year followed by point leader Aaron Shearn.A.J. Boulware led the early laps of the MOPAR IMCA Northern SportMod feature until his uncle Todd Boulware made the pass for the lead with 10 laps remaining. In the closing laps, Todd Boul­ware and Kaleb Kennedy pulled away from the field to finish in that order.The Casey’s General Stores Stock Car feature was the wildest of the night. Mel Elsberry led the early portion of the race before the first caution came out with 11 laps remaining. The second re­start saw Chris Mills complete his charge through the field, taking the lead within a lap. At the check­ered flag, it was point leader Mills out front followed by ElsberryThe Total Motors Modified feature wrapped up the evening in grand style as defending track and national champion Chris Abelson powered from sixth to the lead in the opening two laps. A cau­tion with 15 laps remaining brought the field together with Abelson out in front of Jason Schnei­ders, Jim Cole, Jim Thies, and Ricky Stephan.The field ran fast and clean over the final laps with the exception of point leader Justin Zeitner, who fell out of competition with six laps remaining due to mechanical issues. At the checkered flag, it was Abelson out front by a full straightaway over Thies.last_img read more

MSP Celebrates 100th Anniversary with Open House

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Michigan State Police- Alpena post is hosting an open house, to celebrate their 100th anniversary.The event will allow members of the public to view the inside of the post and patrol cars, as well as get to know some of the personnel at the Alpena post. Displays of different divisions of the MSP, such as the dive team, recruiting, the emergency support team, the bomb squad, and much more, will be available for viewing.The Open House will take place this Wednesday, June 7th, from 10am until 2pm. For more information, contact community service Trooper Ashley Simpson at 989–354–4101. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Firefighters Respond To A Smokey SituationNext Alpena Man Sentenced For Manufacturing Methlast_img read more