Bakery and catering company Peyton and Byrne has gone into administration following the loss of contracts at London’s Kew Gardens and the British Library.Peyton and Byrne operates a number of stand-alone bakeries, as well as restaurants. The bakery business has been sold as a separate entity to Peyton and Byrne Bakeries Limited, a new business owned by the Peyton family.There are no redundancies expected of the company’s 440 existing employees, and most of the assets and the majority of the business relating to Peyton and Byrne’s five existing public catering contracts have been sold as part of a pre-packaged sale to foodservice company Sodexo.These contracts will be operated by Sodexo Sports & Leisure, Sodexo’s catering and hospitality partner for sporting venues, major events and visitor attractions in the UK and Ireland.Chris Bray, chief executive of Sports & Leisure, Sodexo UK & Ireland, said: “We are bringing together our resources, talent and expertise to develop an attractive customer experience that will deliver greater value to all our clients.”Earlier this month it was reported the company had appointed Deloitte to explore “strategic options for the future”.Peyton and Byrne co-founder and owner Oliver Peyton said: “I am excited about this opportunity which is good news for the future of the Peyton and Byrne brand and Sodexo.”In December 2012 the Business Growth Fund (BGF) invested £6.3m into the business, which was aimed at expanding the bakery chain. But two years later the company ended its catering contracts after just a year at the Brighton Dome and Brighton’s Royal Pavilion.In 2014 Peyton invested £1m in a new central bakery, and then in 2015, the contract that Peyton and Byrne held with London’s National Gallery was extended by eight years in a deal worth £36m.
Baked goods supplier Handmade Speciality Products is distributing Nim’s Fruit Crisps products to education outlets and the healthcare sector.Nim’s, which is run by entrepreneur Nimisha Raja, will supply its apple, pear, pineapple and beetroot and parsnip crisps to Coventry-based manufacturing bakery Handmade Speciality Products.A hundred cases have been sold in the first four weeks of the agreement and this figure is set to grow, according to Nim’s, “as more organisations are made aware of the healthy benefits of this alternative to traditional snacking.”“This is a major breakthrough deal for our business and illustrates the growing demand for our air-dried fruit and vegetable crisps,” said Raja.Handmade Speciality Products, with the additional backing of its parent May & Raeburn, is now one of the largest suppliers of individually wrapped baked goods to the UK education market and has also been a listed supplier on the NHS supply chain for the past 18 months.Raja added: “We now have the opportunity to push our products across both of these networks and will be working with them on marketing activities and attending events, such as LACA (the Lead Association for Catering in Education).”James Raeburn, national account manager at Handmade Speciality Products, said: “Within the education sector especially, caterers are constantly under pressure as to what they are allowed to offer children. Nim’s is the perfect fit as a snacking solution.”Nim’s Fruit and Vegetable Crisps are fat, gluten and dairy free, and are manufactured at its bespoke BRC-accredited facility in Sittingbourne, which is capable of producing more than 12 million packs of crisps a year.
Source: The Artful BakerThe Artful Baker’s biscotti rangeWarburtons has backed biscuit manufacturer The Artful Baker with a six-figure investment as part of the Batch Ventures innovation fund.It is the first of several investments that the 50:50 joint venture with independent business accelerator Mission Ventures expects to make this year, it said.Batch Ventures was set up last year to back businesses producing innovative bakery products. It combines equity funding together with hands-on support from successful entrepreneurs and industry professionals, it added. It takes a minority stake-holding in businesses it approves and typically plans to invest between £50,000 to £250,000.Following its launch, it received more than 80 expressions of interest from UK companies with nearly half of these (46%) specialising in snacks while 21% were involved in the gluten-free market.Based in Dorset, The Artful Baker produces a range of sweet and savoury biscuits, Biscotti Thins and Biscotti Nibbles.“We were impressed with The Artful Baker’s quality of products and level of innovation and see a great opportunity to support their growth plans. Working with Mission Ventures and using Batch as a vehicle for small investments in a portfolio of promising brands give us an opportunity to support early stage entrepreneurs,” said Jonathan Warburton.“We’re excited to be partnered with Batch Ventures and see the support they provide as a great step forward on our journey of scaling the business, both here in the UK and via export trade. We already supply our biscotti to Italy and are seeing increased interest from buyers overseas,” added Paul Rostand, founder and CEO of The Artful Baker.The investment represents a new approach to backing SMEs and start-ups working in and around baked goods, according to Batch Ventures.It also expects to announce a second investment this month and is actively seeking new investment opportunities to back British enterprise.
Harvard researchers have identified nine genetic variants that dramatically increase the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, adding to our knowledge of the disease’s underpinnings and providing a glimpse of its vast genetic diversity.Amit Majithia, instructor in medicine at Harvard Medical School (HMS) and at Harvard-affiliated Massachusetts General Hospital and a researcher at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, said the variants increase the risk of developing type 2 diabetes sevenfold, but are very rare in the population, found in just one in 1,000 individuals.As significant, Majithia said, is the glimpse of genetic diversity in the single gene studied, called PPARG, which has been known to be associated with diabetes risk for 20 years.Despite the scientific familiarity with the gene, the project’s scan of the genomes of 20,000 people from various international populations revealed 53 mutations, only four of which had been previously described. Further experimentation showed that nine of the 49 remaining mutations caused changes in key proteins that increased the risk of type 2 diabetes.“These rare mutations are only seen in one in 1,000 individuals, but the effect on the individual is very strong because they increase risk by 700 percent,” Majithia said.Majithia believes that the current research has uncovered just the tip of the iceberg with respect to mutations in this gene aloneThe gene, which regulates the development of fat cells, encodes a protein made up of 500 amino acids. With 19 possible amino acids that could be plugged in at each position, there are nearly 10,000 possible mutations, Majithia said, making it highly likely that there are additional mutations — possibly many of them — that affect diabetes risk.The work, published recently in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, was conducted by a team led by Majithia and David Altshuler, HMS genetics professor and the paper’s senior author. The team included researchers from the Broad, MGH, HMS, Harvard-affiliated Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.The work, Majithia said, began as an effort to understand the role the PPARG gene plays in diabetes. A mutation had been found previously that decreased the risk of type 2 diabetes by 20 percent. On the other hand, rare, familial mutations in the gene had been implicated in a severe malfunction in the development of fat cells and an increased risk of diabetes.The work also highlighted shortcomings in emerging computer-based methods of analyzing the risk presented by genetic mutations, Majithia said. As part of the work, the researchers applied computer algorithms to the 49 new mutations they found and identified them as either benign or damaging. On investigating further, the mutations classified as damaging by the computational algorithms did not show an increased risk of type 2 diabetes.That sent Majithia and colleagues to the lab to examine the mutations one by one, which revealed the nine harmful variants.Majithia plans to continue work to develop methods that can reveal which mutations in PPARG are harmful, in hopes of creating a comprehensive catalog of potentially harmful mutations that clinicians can consult when patients are tested for diabetes risk.“If there are ways to test every possible mutation up front, you can just look up the consequence of any mutation that may be found in the future,” Majithia said.
Individuals born by cesarean delivery were 15 percent more likely to become obese as children than individuals born by vaginal birth—and the increased risk may persist through adulthood, according to a large new study from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. In addition, individuals born via cesarean delivery were 64 percent more likely to be obese than their siblings born by vaginal birth.The study will be published online September 6, 2016 in JAMA Pediatrics.The researchers also found that individuals born via vaginal birth among women who had undergone a previous cesarean delivery were 31% less likely to become obese compared with those born via cesarean birth following a cesarean birth.“Cesarean deliveries are without a doubt a necessary and lifesaving procedure in many cases,” said Jorge Chavarro, associate professor of nutrition and epidemiology at Harvard Chan School and senior author of the study. “But cesareans also have some known risks to the mother and the newborn. Our findings show that risk of obesity in the offspring could another factor to consider.”Nearly 1.3 million cesareans are performed each year in the U.S., accounting for one third of all deliveries. While a number of previous studies have suggested a link between cesarean delivery and a higher risk of obesity in offspring, the studies were either too small to detect a clear association or lacked detailed data. Read Full Story
This is part of our Coronavirus Update series in which Harvard specialists in epidemiology, infectious disease, economics, politics, and other disciplines offer insights into what the latest developments in the COVID-19 outbreak may bring.Harvard Medical School faculty members and their colleagues at Partners In Health (PIH) are collaborating with local communities and national governments to help prepare some of the world’s most vulnerable people for the COVID-19 pandemic.PIH is launching a comprehensive effort to support this response across its network of supported countries to:contain and control the spread of the virus,ensure that patients are provided with dignified care, anddemonstrate to the world what aggressive action in vulnerable settings can achieve.While the impact of the novel coronavirus pandemic is having an unprecedented impact on developed nations including the U.S., Italy, and China, it’s an all-too familiar progression in the places where PIH works, which have faced devastating earthquakes and hurricanes, massive outbreaks of Ebola and cholera, and simmering epidemics of HIV and tuberculosis in recent years, all in the context of crushing poverty and fractured or nonexistent health systems.Paul Farmer, the Kolokotrones University Professor of Global Health and Social Medicine in the Blavatnik Institute at Harvard, has seen these crises firsthand many times, as an anthropologist, an infectious disease doctor, and as co-founder and chief strategist of PIH.“Communicable pathogens almost always have some treatment,” he said in a recent online forum. “We’re not talking about the specific therapies but rather the nonspecific ones, supportive and critical care.”In combating infectious disease outbreaks for the last three-plus decades, PIH has developed a methodology that builds strong partnership with national governments and local community members and combines screening and prevention efforts with the best available treatment for the disease.This comprehensive model for care delivery, combined with long-term collaboration at the community and national level, also creates a platform for performing crucial research to develop and test new care delivery models, diagnostic tools and treatment regimens for a broad swath of illnesses.“Since this is a communicable pathogen, protecting the caregivers is a prime concern,” said Farmer, who is head of the HMS Department of Global Health and Social Medicine. “Once we link this to our mission to make a preferential option for the poor, we’re going to find ourselves needing more staff, stuff, space and better systems. And that’s what our colleagues are doing from Haiti to Rwanda to Russia.”COVID-19 continues to spread around the world at an alarming rate, demanding global action to contain the spread and ensure that care is available for the most vulnerable.As hard hit as more developed nations have been, COVID-19 will likely disproportionately affect the most vulnerable and hit hardest in countries with weak health systems. The currently reported case fatality rate cannot be used to predict how this virus will devastate many areas globally where there are not high functioning and resourced health systems that can respond to an aggressive infectious disease and where the population suffers from conditions such as malnutrition, HIV and tuberculosis. Mortality is anticipated to be far worse in the places where PIH works, and it is unclear if the current global response accounts for the factors in these settings.This story is adapted from articles and updates from Partners In Health.
In June, the University announced a project to build the nation’s premier turbine engine component research and testing facility, which will give researchers and students the opportunity to study and improve upon the technology used in aircraft and power production, according to a Notre Dame press release.The $36 million project, in which other partners include General Electric (GE), the city of Sound Bend, the state of Indiana, Great Lakes Capital and Indiana Michigan Power, will be completed by March 2015 and fully operational by July 2016, the press release said. Notre Dame will contribute $7.5 million to the project, which will occupy 25,000 square feet of South Bend’s Ignition Park and directly generate 60 new jobs.Notre Dame Vice President for Research Robert Bernhard said the project will also allow unparalleled academic opportunities for students.“The facility is able to support experiments at the extreme conditions [such as temperature, pressure and velocity] of real gas turbine engines,” Bernhard said. “Students will have better access to observe these conditions than any other facility in the world with the opportunity to learn about the physics of gas flow in gas turbine engines.“In addition, the experimental measurements made in this facility are unique. Undergraduate and graduate students will learn about very unique measurement methods that are state-of-the-art.”The research students and Notre Dame faculty perform could also directly translate into new techniques or products for turbine producers, Bernhard said.“The research our faculty and students will conduct at the facility could be implemented by gas turbine engine manufacturers within several years,” he said. “The various studies might result in higher engine efficiency, better performance, lower emissions or lower costs or some combination of these factors.”University President Fr. John Jenkins said the project will stimulate the local economy as well as produce unique educational opportunities.“This venture will be a cutting-edge research and testing facility for the turbine engine industry as well as a tremendous economic driver for our region,” Jenkins said in a statement. “Notre Dame is grateful to our partners for their support of this project and excited about all that it will mean to our University, the city and state, the industry as a whole and our nation.”The facility is expected to create more than $15 million in expenditures annually, and Indiana governor Mike Pence said it highlights Indiana’s growing presence in the aerospace industry.“The aerospace industry is reaching new heights in Indiana,” Pence said, according to the press release. “Universities like Notre Dame and others across the state are providing avenues for discovery, proving that the sky is the limit in Indiana when it comes to bringing a big vision to life. The next great technological innovation could come from the mind of a Hoosier, highlighting for the world the full range of possibilities when investing in a state that works.”Rick Stanley, vice president and chief technologist for GE’s Power and Water business and a 1980 Notre Dame alumnus, said the facility will continue Notre Dame’s fruitful relationship with GE.“The center will allow GE’s industrial businesses to simulate full-scale engine operating environments,” Stanley said in a statement. “The important rig testing we will do at the center builds upon GE’s already strong and long-standing technical relationship with the University. For years, GE has turned to Notre Dame for top technical talent.”South Bend Deputy Mayor Mark Neal said the project illustrates the city’s commitment to business innovation and economic development.“Attracting such major investment speaks to South Bend’s economic future and its capacity to attract high-tech businesses,” Neal said in the press release. “This project continues our city’s history of innovation and is more evidence of the benefits that South Bend’s economic and geographic advantages offer.”Tags: Aerospace, aerospace engineering, General Electric, Ignition Park, research, South Bend, Turbine Engines, Turbomachinery
Josh Gad & Luke Evans in ‘Beauty and the Beast'(Photo: Disney) Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today and this weekend.What a Guy! Josh Gad Performs ‘Gaston’Get the popcorn ready! Beauty and the Beast hits theaters on March 17, and we could not be more excited. While we are counting the minutes to see Audra McDonald on the big screen, the Disney gods have graced us with a snippet of hilarious stage and screen fave Josh Gad performing “Gaston” alongside a brawny Luke Evans. Get psyched with the clip below, and we’ll see you at the movies on March 17! View Comments Bernadette Peters & More Join the PopsLeading lady alert! The Boston, New York and Cincinnati Pops have some starry guests joining them in their 2017-2018 season. Bernadette Peters will join the Boston Pops during their seven-city tour showcasing the music of the legendary George Gershwin. Peters will take the stage at The Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University in Chicago on March 31. Jessie Mueller will follow up her Waitress run with an appearance at Carnegie Hall on April 21 with the New York Pops in You’ve Got a Friend: A Celebration of Singers and Songwriters concert. On February 25, 2018, Audra McDonald will perform with the Cincinnati Pops at Cincinnati Music Hall. Other acts to catch in the Queen City include the Holiday Pops concert starring Tony winner Laura Benanti from December 8 through December 10 and the West Side Story film with a live orchestra from April 27 through April 29, 2018. Mark those calendars now!Patti Haritgan Will Pen August Wilson BiographyAccording to The New York Times, Patti Hartigan, a former theater critic for The Boston Globe who interviewed the legendary playwright many times, will write the first significant biography of Wilson’s life. She will work in collaboration with Constanza Romero, Wilson’s widow. The tentative title is August Wilson: The Kiln in Which He Was Fired, and 37 INK is scheduled to publish the book in late 2019.Emmy Winner Jon Cryer Set for ShelterFrom Two and a Half Men to a man and his computer! Two-time Emmy winner Jon Cryer will present two performances of Nancy Ford and Gretchen Cryer’s Shelter at Feinstein’s/54 Below on June 27. Shelter centers on Michael (Cryer), who uses his computer (and best friend) Arthur to perfect every aspect of his life. Are you a tech-lover who totally relates and wants to come see the show? Awesome, but you may want to leave your laptop pal at home.New York Premiere of 946: The Amazing Story of Adolphus TipsKneehigh Theatre Company returns to St. Ann’s Warehouse! Shakespeare’s Globe Co-Artistic Director Emma Rice is at the helm of the New York premiere of 946: The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips, which will run at St. Ann’s Warehouse from March 16 through April 9. Adapted by Rice and War Horse author Michael Morpurgo from his book The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips, the play tells the true story of what happened when African American soldiers met the townsfolk from Devon, England, when they were sent to their shores to rehearse for D-Day. The cast includes Kneehigh founder Mike Shepherd, Nandi Bhebhe, Emma Darlow, Ncuti Gatwa, Kyla Goodey, Chris Jared, Craig Johnson, Katy Owen, Adam Sopp and Akpore Uzoh. There’s a production trailer below, and the kicklines, cartwheels and bicycle riding have got us on board. My, what a guy, that Gaston #BeOurGuest pic.twitter.com/s64za3iNAr— Beauty and the Beast (@beourguest) February 27, 2017 And then there were three…We are over the moon #babyonthewayA post shared by patinamiller (@patinamiller) on Feb 24, 2017 at 4:53pm PST P.S. She’s got mom magic to do! Tony winner Patina Miller and her husband David Mars recently announced that they are expecting their first child. Congrats to the happy couple!
It is a well known and accepted rule that, on one’s birthday, one should be allowed to sleep in, particularly if one’s birthday falls on a day off from work.My nearly three year old daughter, Lindsay, doesn’t give a damn about said rule.Today marks the end of my 41st trip around the sun. I held out hope that my eyes wouldn’t be opened until after the 7 o’clock hour. A frivolous birthday wish, for sure, but parents of toddlers will understand my longing. Lindsay, bright eyed and bushy tailed, bounded into our room at 5:45 and, now, here we sit, me with a cup of coffee as I bang out this blog entry while she watches some Caillou in our sunroom.Happy birthday to me!This birthday has begun somewhat auspiciously. My family should be waking up in Charlottesville, not here in Wise, as we were supposed to head up to visit my wife’s family for Thanksgiving yesterday evening. A particularly aggressive stomach bug and some snowy weather have delayed our travel plans – I don’t think we will get to Charlottesville until tomorrow – but good times await us once we arrive.Of course, I am looking forward to a fantastic meal with my family tomorrow. Our annual exercise in gluttony is always much anticipated.Also on my radar will be Friday night’s show at The Jefferson Theater with The Hackensaw Boys and Chamomile & Whiskey.The Hackensaw Boys have long been one of my favorite bands to germinate in Charlottesville. I can remember buying their first record, Get Some, on a whim at the old Plan 9 store on 29 North. I can remember the first time I saw them live at Starr Hill Music Hall. I remember being amused by the notion, seemingly, that if one played an acoustic instrument and called Charlottesville home, you could take on a folksy nickname and be a Hackensaw Boy your own self.Most distinctly, I remember the release party for the band’s second record, Keep It Simple. Hundreds of fans packed Starr Hill Music Hall and at least a dozen Hackensaw Boys took the stage. The energy was through the roof and the manic crowd was dancing so hard that the floor of the venue felt like it was going to give way. There were times during the show that I fully expected to end up in the lap of a dining guest downstairs; that I questioned the building’s structural integrity that night puts it mildly.While the cast of The Hackensaw Boys has remained pliable over the last 15 or so years, the band is still hard at it, churning our their frenetic, rough around the edges take on old time music. The band has cranked our four studio albums, two EPs and, this year, released For The Love Of A Friend, their first live record.The Hackensaw Boys sound as good as ever. Considering the holiday at hand, for that I am thankful.Joining the Hackensaws on the bill is one of Charlottesville’s up and coming bands, Chamomile & Whiskey. This band has been on my radar for some time; they have made the trip out here to Wise to play, though I was unable to see them, and we have featured them on Trail Mix. They were even joined by some good friends of mine in Folk Soul Revival – a band with Wise County roots – at a Fridays After Five show this summer. I am happy to be able to catch them live for the first time.In keeping with my birthday spirit, I have a gift for you. I’d like for you to be able to see Friday’s show at The Jefferson Theater. All you have to do is take a shot at the trivia question below and email your answer to me at [email protected] A winner of two tickets to the show will be chosen from all correct answers received by 5:00 today.Good luck, and have a happy Thanksgiving.Question – The Hackensaw Boys began their musical career banging out old time tunes at what West Main Street lunar greasy spoon?
19SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Charles Fagan Charles E. “Chuck” Fagan, III is President and CEO of PSCU, a credit union service organization that leverages the cooperative model to better serve credit unions and their members through … Web: www.pscu.com Details One of my favorite customer service quotes comes from the automotive industry: “If we aren’t customer driven, then our cars and trucks won’t be, either.” In the same vein, whether members will still do business with their credit unions in 2015 and beyond has a lot to do with how credit unions set out to serve them.Members want to be served how they want to be served, and credit unions must meet those desires—which will likely be different by generation and by member. The goal for credit unions is to move repetitive, information-based transactions to online channels and have member needs related to life events (such as buying a home or saving for a child’s college education) served in the more expensive physical locations. There’s no magic formula for this, but it’s time to head in that direction.As you think about the new year—and the next five—consider taking the following three steps to get on the best possible path for member service delivery.Set up an executive- or board-level committee to spearhead knowledge and next steps in this arena.Stan Moeckli, CCE, president/CEO of $148 million Electro Savings Credit Union in St. Louis, told me recently about something I think needs to become an accepted best practice. Electro Savings CU put together a board-level committee to review the latest in service delivery, including possible fee structures; compare the CU’s offerings with market trends; and make recommendations to the CU’s board next spring. (To help in applying this idea, the charter for Electro Savings CU’s committee is available to CUES Members in CUES Members Share. Members can get password help by emailing [email protected])Look at what leaders in member service delivery are doing. It was my pleasure earlier this year to visit the “Inspiration Branch” of $2 billion Summit Credit Union, Madison Wis. President/CEO Kim Sponem is a CUES member and a member of our board. If you’re at this Summit CU location to talk about a loan for a special trip, you might head to the left side where you can make your plans in a room with airplane seats. Next door to that is a setting that feels like home, where members interested in taking out a mortgage might want to have their conversation with CU staffers. Next to that is a white building with big columns symbolic of a university, a place where members can talk about student loans or saving for college. You get the idea about just how cool service delivery feels when you’re in this branch. Notably, there isn’t a teller line at this location. Instead, there are half a dozen universal agents at a circular desk in the middle, all trained and ready to help you do whatever you want to do.Learn, learn learn.The service delivery landscape will continue to change and evolve. To keep up, look to periodicals and expert presenters for ideas that may become actionable. For example, you might want to read“Best Thing Since Sliced Bread?” about interactive teller machines from the December issue of our CU Management magazine. Or, you may find value in attending CUES School of Product and Channel Management in April, or the new CUES School of Payments in May, both in Chicago.And don’t think learning is just for members of the C-suite. CUES knows for sure that front-line branch staff need to be top member service providers. It’s a huge but key responsibility to ensure that your stars who interact with members every day have opportunities to grow and evolve their roles. That way, they can be of ever-better service to your members—and therefore to your organization. We’ll be here to help.Charles E. “Chuck” Fagan, III, is president/CEO of the Credit Union Executives Society, an individual membership association based in Madison, Wis. Before joining CUES in January 2013, Fagan served as executive vice president of PSCU’s national sales and client relationship teams and helped pioneer the company’s role in bringing emerging payments technologies to its member-owner credit unions. Previously, he held positions at Electronic Data Systems and Virginia Credit Union. Fagan earned a BSBA in finance from Longwood University in Farmville, Va. He and his wife, Kathy, have two daughters.