Eveready East Africa Limited (EVRD.ke) 2018 Abridged Report

first_imgEveready East Africa Limited (EVRD.ke) listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchange under the Industrial holding sector has released it’s 2018 abridged results.For more information about Eveready East Africa Limited (EVRD.ke) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Eveready East Africa Limited (EVRD.ke) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Eveready East Africa Limited (EVRD.ke)  2018 abridged results.Company ProfileEveready East Africa Limited manufactures and markets a range of portable power products in Kenya as well as exports products to countries in the East Africa sub-region. Its extensive product range includes dry cell and carbon zinc primary, alkaline and rechargeable batteries; flashlights and portable lanterns; automotive batteries, and CFL and incandescent bulbs sold under the Turbo brand name. Eveready East Africa has a division which supplies batteries and accessories for motor vehicles and trucks. A side division manufactures and sells a range of washing detergents, household bleaches, surface cleaners and fabric softeners under the Clorox and Everclean brands. Formerly known as Eveready East Africa Limited, the company changed its name to Eveready East Africa Plc in 2016. The company head office is in Nairobi, Kenya. Eveready East Africa Limited is listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchangelast_img read more

If not now, then when?

first_img Please enter your name here InspirationBy Rabbi Rick Sherwin Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Please enter your comment! LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply 1 COMMENT Reply Rabbi Rick Sherwin, a graduate of UCLA, was ordained by the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York. Rabbi Rick’s passion is filling spiritual services and interfaith educational programs with creativity, relevance, dialogue, and humor. UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 TAGSOpinionRabbi Rick Sherwin Previous articleA nation in mourningNext articleIn case you missed it: The Apopka news week in review Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img Columbine High SchoolVirginia TechSandy Hook ElementaryFort HoodUmpqua Community CollegeSan BernardinoChattanoogaEmanuel African Methodist Episcopal ChurchPulseLas VegasTo name just a fewAfter each one comesThoughts and prayersExpressions of sympathyPrayers for consolationHeightened security atSchoolsMilitary BasesChurches, Mosques, SynagoguesNight ClubsMaybe now hotel check in!What about the real problem?Not controlling gunsBut outlawing assault weaponsNot allowing silencersBut speaking up and speaking outNot second amendment rightsBut the responsibility for lifeNot more mental health checksBut more sane lawsThe real problem is addressingIn a completely direct wayDevastation and anguishLoss of hope and loss of life.We have delayed the conversationWe have delayed the actionWe have delayed protectingChildren and AdultsGoing to SchoolPrayingAttending a ConcertThe Prophet Isaiah:“They have eyes but will not seeThey have ears but will not hear”Wake up nowBefore more parents mourn childrenBefore more children are orphanedBefore more young love is lost.The Sage Hillel2,000 years ago:IF NOT NOW, THEN WHEN? You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom Mama Mia But the NRA says to arm up more to prevent the terrorists, the madmen, the nutcases, and to be ready to fight back, then the various politicians are led around by the NRA, like puppets on a string, bought and paid for. The loud- mouthed radio hosts next shout that Sandy Hook never happened….fake news! Eyes that don’t see, ears that don’t hear…..and as the debate continues back and forth, babes pick up the guns, that the parents don’t put away and kill, the criminals wait for the perfect moment to break into the homes to get your guns, the stand- your- ground folks whip out their guns at the slightest perceived threat and fire, and the next copy-cat madman plots his next personal one- man army tactics against the world, and people get used to the new norm of the non-stop killings, and to the local level politicians that dare to challenge the gun laws, they can be removed from office, or fined. When will it all end? When the nukes of the world powers push the buttons or until God says ENOUGH. Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 October 8, 2017 at 10:38 pm Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.last_img read more

Faf de Klerk struggles to win over critics despite player of the match performance

first_imgMonday Oct 21, 2019 Faf de Klerk struggles to win over critics despite player of the match performance Going into the Springboks’ quarter-final against Rugby World Cup hosts Japan in Tokyo on Sunday, scrumhalf Faf de Klerk was under a lot of pressure from fans.ADVERTISEMENTAfter a poor performance against the All Blacks at the beginning of the tournament, a big display was expected from the Sale Sharks man, particularly with Herschel Jantjies and Cobus Reinach behind him in the squad.Many would have thought de Klerk had answered his critics as the Springboks won 26-3, and he came away with the player of the match award, in a game where he had a hand in a lot of the action.The 28-year-old’s box kicking and tactical kicking had vastly improved from the Test against the All Blacks, he was a persistent threat around the breakdown and defended superbly in the wider channels of the field. His performance was capped off with a try, after a destructive maul from his forwards.Despite the award, many Springboks fans on social media are still critical of the halfback, and feel he kicked possession away too much. Although it was an improvement from the Test against the reigning champions, many fans wanted to see the Springboks keep hold of the ball.This was clearly a tactic of Rassie Erasmus’, not only because Japan had shown themselves to be susceptible under the high ball over the RWC, but it would force them to play within their own half. But this approach has not sat well with some fans.After scoring two tries, Makazole Mapimpi was worthy of being player of the match according to some, as was Pieter-Steph du Toit after a typically tireless performance.ADVERTISEMENTIt looks as though de Klerk still has a long way to go to win over some sceptical fans.This is what was said:https://twitter.com/IncGrowth4All/status/1185900410705457152?s=20I bet his foot is sore tonight from all that ridiculous kicking. The odd box kick when it catches the opposition by surprise makes sense. Box kicking every second breakdown just becomes predictable and won’t cut the mustard against Wales. You guys need to wake up and get with it!— Richard Thompson (@EkilErif) October 20, 2019After being nominated for World Rugby player of the year in 2018, a lot is expected of de Klerk, and with Jantjies waiting behind him, the pressure has been on him all RWC.ADVERTISEMENTHowever, Erasmus has backed him for much of his tenure in charge of the Springboks, and with Wales waiting in the semi-final, it seems unlikely that he would turn his back on his scrumhalf so deep into the tournament.Watch extended highlights of South Africa vs Japan below Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error News Related Articles 25 WEEKS AGO Exeter vs Toulouse is off as a number of… 25 WEEKS AGO Danny Cipriani leaves Gloucester with immediate… 25 WEEKS AGO ‘Aphiwe can’t believe it. We were starting… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedYou Won’t Believe What the World’s Most Beautiful Girl Looks Like TodayNueeyUrologists Stunned: Forget the Blue Pill, This “Fixes” Your EDSmart Life ReportsDoctors Stunned: This Removes Wrinkles Like Crazy! (Try Tonight)Smart Life ReportsIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier Living10 Types of Women You Should Never MarryNueeyThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

Cocoon House / Studio Aula

first_img Photographs CopyAbout this officeStudio AulaOfficeFollowProductsWoodGlassConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesShiojiriHousesJapanPublished on April 01, 2014Cite: “Cocoon House / Studio Aula” 01 Apr 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Read commentsBrowse the CatalogMetal PanelsAurubisCopper Alloy: Nordic BrassCompositesMitrexPhotovoltaic Solar Cladding – BIPV CladdingPanels / Prefabricated AssembliesTechnowoodPanel Façade SystemArmchairsUniForArmchair – ParigiLouvers / ShuttersBruagShading Screens – Perforated Facade PanelsAluminium CompositesSculptformAluminium Façade BladesCultural / PatrimonialIsland Exterior FabricatorsSeptember 11th Memorial Museum Envelope SystemWire MeshJakobWebnet in a Gymnasium in GurmelsDoorsLinvisibileLinvisibile Pocket Door | MareaPaintKEIMMineral Paint for Concrete – KEIM Concretal®-WLouversReynaers AluminiumSolar ShadingHandlesFormaniFitting Collection – ARCMore products »Read commentsSave世界上最受欢迎的建筑网站现已推出你的母语版本!想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream Year:  “COPY” ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/491753/cocoon-house-studio-aula Clipboard Cocoon House / Studio AulaSave this projectSaveCocoon House / Studio Aula Year:  CopyHouses•Shiojiri, Japan Projects Houses Save this picture!© Ippei Shinzawa+ 23 Sharecenter_img 2013 2013 ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/491753/cocoon-house-studio-aula Clipboard Architects: Studio Aula Year Completion year of this architecture project “COPY” ArchDaily photographs:  Ippei ShinzawaPhotographs:  Ippei ShinzawaArchitect In Charge:Mitsuru Yoshida, Kyoko HoshinaCity:ShiojiriCountry:JapanMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Ippei ShinzawaRecommended ProductsDoorsVEKADoors – VEKAMOTION 82DoorsLibartVertical Retracting Doors – Panora ViewDoorsAir-LuxPivoting DoorDoorspanoramah!®ah! PivotText description provided by the architects. Our client is a family with a couple in their fifties, two children and their mother. They formerly lived in the Kiso region in a one hundred year old farm house built with wood, paper, and mortar in the Meiji period. Kiso is known for its natural beauty, surrounded by mountains, forests and water. The client loved the old house and the area, but an accident forced them to move, so they purchased an existing house with a lovely old garden in an adjacent suburb. Unfortunately, the purchased home was not adequately earthquake-proofed so it required demolition and then new construction on the site.  Save this picture!© Ippei ShinzawaAfter this dilemma, our hope was to comfort the displaced family with a new home that had some of the traditional Japanese style that they loved. The wood textures and beam construction were a tribute to the old house in Kiso. Japanese Cypress (Hinoki) timbers were taken from a mountain forest owned by the family, where they had planted trees for their son’s birth. Save this picture!© Ippei ShinzawaThe Cocoon house is built on a property that is narrow and deep, with an old garden in the back. On the north side facing the road we placed storage and space to take in light and wind. Japanese-style vertical slat partitions were used for privacy throughout the plan. A multipurpose earth floor provides an entrance from the north and extends to the south garden. This indoor/outdoor corridor is lined with storage, and becomes the central public space for guests. There are two dominant visual themes throughout the plan: iconic framed square spaces, and checker patterns that recall the thread of a cocoon. Save this picture!© Ippei Shinzawa The traditional garden was redesigned with stepping stones leading to the earth floor of the interior. While most of the neighboring houses are of a more conventional industrial style, our design aims to integrate the old and new into a modernized Japanese architectural language. Save this picture!Floor PlanProject gallerySee allShow lessFirst 3D Printed House to Be Built In AmsterdamArchitecture NewsChinquihue Stadium / Cristian Fernandez ArquitectosSelected Projects Share Japan Cocoon House / Studio Aulalast_img read more

New Tools Help Farmers Analyze Farm Data

first_img Facebook Twitter Facebook Twitter SHARE New Tools Help Farmers Analyze Farm DataBrent MinettThis week, Indiana based Beck’s Hybrids announced their new data analysis system, the latest in a variety of new tools on the market to help farmers make critical decisions based on their farm data.  Tom Uthell is an Illinois corn and soybean farmer who is now using the Beck’s system, called FARMserver. He said the ability to analyze on farm data is helping him to improve his operation, “We have a lot of great monitors that record information very well, but all that gets us is binders full of data that sat on a shelf. Now we can get data we can really use.” Brent Minett, FARMserver field manager, says these tools can help farmers look at their production in a new say, “It can be as simple as wondering why hybrid A did so well in the first 3 fields, but did not do so well in the 4th field.” The weather tool can help growers analyze weather patterns to help explain differences in crop performance. FARMserver weather monitoring is focused on an individual field. A grower can receive an email or text message alerts when rain is approaching. In addition, FARMserver provides a unique recordkeeping system focused at the field level; comprehensive aerial imagery that delivers deep insight into field variability; field-based weather monitoring; and a crop scouting app.Minett says the Beck’s program will allow growers to share their data and compare their operation to farmers in their area, “So if you are a farmer in Hamilton County Indiana and you would like to compare your yield information anonymously with other growers in your area, you can compare your information to theirs.” For example, you can compare your nitrogen rate or application timing with other growers who had similar or higher yields.  This gives growers the opportunity to compare their agronomics with real farmers in their area.Minett says the development of the Beck’s products, as well as similar products being offered by other seed companies, are all being driven by a desire on the part of farmers to do a better job of managing and analyzing their data.  He said this kind of data analysis can help growers increase yields, better manage inputs, and save time. “This the qualification we use to  include tools in FARMserver; it has to do one of those three things,” Minett said.Mobility is another key issue. Taking data mobile has never been more important for farmers. FARMserver provides the capability to access their information from a web connected device at any time by using a simple and user-focused design. The FARMserver mobile app allows farmers to record geo-referenced data from the field and easily sync it to their secure FARMserver account.Uthell told HAT he sees this kind of detailed analysis as the trend in farming for the near future. The Teutopolis, IL, farmer said ownership of his data is a key concern, “With FARMserver, I’m not only in control but I can choose to give my trusted advisors access in order to implement management strategies that will help increase my bottom-line. Plus, I can now store data from all my field locations in one place using one technology that I feel is safe, secure and easy to use.”Security and ownership of the on-farm data is a major point of discussion among farmers and the industry. Standards are being put in place to provide guidelines for services who are collecting and sharing data. The Beck’s system is unique in that it allows grower to choose how their information is used and who can use it.For more information or to sign up today, please contact a FARMserver field advisor at 317.565.4120 or visit www.FARMserver.com. Brent Minett interview New Tools Help Farmers Analyze Farm Data Home Indiana Agriculture News New Tools Help Farmers Analyze Farm Data SHARE By Gary Truitt – Jul 29, 2014 Previous articleVeterinarians Modify Position on Sow HousingNext articleIndiana Pork Joins with ISDA to Feed the Hungry Gary Truittlast_img read more

Alum appearing on survival-style reality show ‘Stranded With a Million Dollars’

first_imgKristen Weaver is a junior journalism and Spanish major from Plano, Texas, and a managing editor for the109. She is addicted to taking pictures of her food and petting any and every cat she can find. Looking for a place to vote on Election Day? Kristen Weaverhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/kristen-weaver/ ReddIt Kristen Weaverhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/kristen-weaver/ Facebook Kristen Weaverhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/kristen-weaver/ Twitter Linkedin Kristen Weaver TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history Starting the conversation about eating disorders on campus + posts Twitter printImagine being dropped on a deserted island alongside nine other strangers. You’re allowed nothing but the clothes on your back to survive up to 40 days, all while being filmed constantly by drones and cameras hidden in trees.Oh, and there’s a million dollars at stake.No, it’s not an science fiction novel or a movie. “Stranded With a Million Dollars” is MTV’s new reality TV show which tests the skills of contestants for a chance at winning a huge sum of money–and a TCU alum is one of the ten battling it out for a share of the prize.Alex Apple is appearing on MTV’s new reality show, “Stranded With a Million Dollars.” Credit: MTV“It’s like the show ‘Survivor’ meets ‘Hunger Games,’” said Alex Apple, a TCU alum who graduated in 2014.The reality show begins by dropping ten strangers on an island in Fiji. The rules seem simple enough: survive 40 days, and split a million bucks with whoever makes it to the end.But it’s a little more complicated than that.“The catch is, the tools you need to survive aren’t given to you,” Apple said. “You have to buy them, and that money comes out of the eventual prize money. Everything is crazy expensive, so a machete you would need to build shelter may cost $10,000.”The only way out is to shoot a flare up, signaling that a contestant has had enough.“There’s no voting off, so the only way out is to quit,” Apple said. “It’s really a test of your will.”Apple described himself as someone who didn’t know a lot about survival before the show. Fresh out of college, he was a reporter for a WCAX, a TV station in Burlington, Vermont.Apple during his job as a reporter for WCAX in Vermont.He said he stumbled across a casting call for the reality show while watching casting videos from the show “Survivor.”“I came across this casting call for an unnamed survival adventure show,” Apple said.After several interviews, “Lo and behold, I ended up deciding I was gonna give it a whirl,” he said.Once the MTV producers narrowed the applicant pool down to ten contestants, Apple said they were told very little about the rules of the show or what they would need to prepare before being dropped off in Fiji.“I prepared by trying to brush up on basic survival skills like starting fires without matches,” he said. “It happened quickly so I didn’t have a great deal of time.”Apple during his reporting job in Vermont.Once he arrived, Apple described how difficult the experience was, both physically and mentally.“That’s the hardest part: [being lonely]. There’s a lot of down time. And they’re constantly filming you.”Apple said that the producers used drones and robotic cameras to film the series as a way to make contestants feel even more isolated.The show’s executive producer, Kevin Lee, gave a behind-the-scenes look of how the cameras were set up here.“It’s designed to simulate having less people around the cast to make the cast feel alone or like you’re on an isolated island,” Apple said.Apple couldn’t say how far he made it in the show or what the outcome was, but he did say this:“It was intense…one of the most difficult things I’ve ever done.”These days the TCU grad said he’s readjusted to life back home. He said coming back was an experience in itself.“It was weird coming back at first,” he said. “You’re so engrossed in this game…eventually I came back to work and my life has gone back to normal.”The show is premiering Feb. 21 at 9 p.m. on MTV.“We’ll see what people think once it airs,” he said. “We’ve all been looking forward to [it].”TCU360 will follow up with commentary from Apple after the show premieres. World Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution A TCU alum is competing on “Stranded With a Million Dollars,” a new MTV reality show. Previous articleThe Podell and Pickell Podcast – Chuck LaMendola InterviewNext articleAnn Louden leaving TCU, heading to Adelphi University in NY Kristen Weaver RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Kristen Weaverhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/kristen-weaver/ ReddIt It’s official: Caylin Moore is a Rhodes Scholar Update: Suspect arrested in connection with death of TCC student Facebook Linkedin Welcome TCU Class of 2025last_img read more

Man charged with 84 counts of sexual assault and rape

first_img Facebook By News Highland – January 18, 2011 Pinterest Pinterest News 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Twitter Man charged with 84 counts of sexual assault and rape Facebook Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Previous articleWoman rescued from house fire in DerryNext articlePublic on both sides of border urged to attend meeting over future of Cancer Care unit News Highland RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Twitter WhatsApp WhatsApp Google+ A man in his mid-50s appeared at Letterkenny District Court yesterday charged with 84 counts of sexual assault and rape.The man, who cannot be identified, will now face trial on the 84 counts alleged to have been committed against four teenage boys on a series of dates between July 1990 and January 2005.He was also charged with a single count of illegally possessing a firearm on June 6th 2010.Garda Denise Cassidy told Judge Seamus Hughes the accused, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was charged at Glenties Garda station yesterday morning.Inspector Sylvie Henry said the Director of Public Prosecutions consented that the accused, who is unemployed, be sent forward for trial to the Central Criminal Court and he sought an adjourment for the preparation of a book of evidence in the case.Solicitor Patsy Gallagher sought legal aid and the appointment of one Junior Counsel for the case. He did not seek bail in the matter.The accused was remanded in custody to appear back in court on January 21st. Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Google+ Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry last_img read more

Regeneration plans for Strabane get green light

first_imgHomepage BannerNews Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Twitter Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Google+ News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th DL Debate – 24/05/21 WhatsApp Plans for the regeneration of the public realm space in Strabane have been given the final green light as Derry City and Strabane District Council’s Planning Committee granted full planning permission for the scheme.The plans will see significant improvements to a number of roads in the town centre, and the creation of a new public space in Abercorn Square.They will also result in a realignment of the traffic flows and improvements to a number of junctions and parking areas in and around the town centre area.Planning Committee members accepted the recommendation of planning officers to approve the works, which the Council says, will have a major positive impact on the town, particularly for local businesses.The plans aim to address a number of issues including alleviating traffic congestion, and restoring character and identity to the town centre through high quality public realm design and improved infrastructure.In a statement Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District, Councillor Michaela Boyle says that there has been a legacy of underinvestment in Strabane Town Centre and is pleased to see the Council addressing many of the challenges that have restricted economic growth and development by investing significantly in the area.Additional projects which are also in the pipeline include the Melvin Arena stand and 3G pitch, the green space at Lisnafin, the Strabane/Lifford phase of the North West Greenway Project and the Canal Basin Regeneration Project.It was also confirmed in recent weeks that €8.96m in EU Peace IV funding for the Riverine project which will see the development of the cross border area between Strabane and Donegal. Regeneration plans for Strabane get green light Pinterest By News Highland – July 5, 2019 center_img Facebook Google+ Previous articleDevine says Derry looking forward to Dundalk testNext articleDonegal Investment Group sells feed & shipping business News Highland RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Pinterest WhatsApp Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Twitterlast_img read more

University of Oxford at number six in world rankings

first_imgThe annual QS World University Rankings released this week reveal that after two consecutive years in fifth place, Oxford’s new position at number six in the world equals its position of 2010.Cambridge remains the highest ranked UK university in third position, with University College London (UCL) in fourth, Imperial in fifth, and Oxford in sixth place. Edinburgh is placed at 17th, up from 21st last year, whilst King’s College London has risen from 26th to its current position at 19th. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) retains its position at number one.Graduates of Oxford and Cambridge are also held to be the most employable in the world, as a poll of 27,000 global graduate employers illustrates.“Clearly the prestige of a UK degree is recognised by employers around the world, and the brand-name value of Oxbridge has so far survived any negative publicity following the tuition fee hikes and student protests,” observed the head of research at QS, Ben Sowter.“As the UK and governments around the world move towards the ‘student pays’ model on higher education funding, employability is increasingly crucial to graduates.”Oxford and Cambridge also feature strongly in the QS World University Rankings by subject.Oxford is ranked the top university in the world to study English Language and Literature, Philosophy, Modern Languages and Geography, whilst Cambridge leads for History, Linguistics, and Maths.Overall, Oxford and Cambridge are ranked in the top ten for 15 and 27 subjects respectively, whilst Imperial gains top rankings for ten, LSE for seven, and UCL for three subjects.The number of UK universities in the top twenty for at least one subject is “far in excess of the total achieved by any other country apart from the United States”, according to John O’Leary of the QS Global Academic Advisory Board.However, Mr O’Leary warned that, “The UK invests below the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) average in higher education, so it is unrealistic to expect its universities to continue to punch above their weight indefinitely.”Indeed, universities minister David Willetts stated that, “We are not complacent, and know we must work hard to remain the best.“Our reforms to undergraduate finance have put universities on a sustainable financial footing and sharpened incentives to deliver a world-class student experience.”The success of UK universities in the rankings is welcome news to current students. Keble law student Andrew Hall commented, “That six British universities are ranked amongst the best in the world, despite the age-old reputation of America’s Ivy League as superior, just goes to show that a system politicians are so keen to meddle with does not need fixing.”last_img read more

Riding the third wave

first_imgA lot of the hype in the coffee shop market at the moment surrounds the much-trumpeted so-called ’third wave’ of coffee shops. In case you missed the memo, the third wave refers to a band of quality-obsessed indie artisans currently germinating in the capital. These follow the second wave the emergence of the big chains, Costa, Starbucks and Caffè Nero. And the first? Pretty much everything that came before. “The third wave is about real authenticity, it’s about love for what you do. It’s about environment and theatre. For the first time in a long time this is being led by independents,” said Jeffrey Young, MD of market analyst Allegra Strategies.”In Huddersfield we’re still struggling with the ’first wave’,” noted esteemed coffee shop consultant Paul Meikle-Janney, putting this somewhat London-centric observation into context. Nevertheless, he believes the phenomenon of artisan coffee shops will spread beyond the ghetto-ised clusters of coffee nerds in London. So what does this mean for food sold in coffee shops? The high-quality ethos driving the successful emergence of the third wave is, in turn, shaking the big three from their complacency to the point where we could finally gasp see them move on from done-to-death muffins and paninis.”I’ve never made a panini at home,” stated Meikle-Janney. “It’s a product that has grown with the café chains, which don’t really want to be based in food. You can buy them in, slap them on the contact grill and you don’t need to have any catering skills or knowledge. Yet is it really what our customers want?”John Derkach, MD of Costa, does not shy away from the question of an over-reliance on tired products. “The issue we face in the category is that although the average quality of food in coffee shops has improved over the last few years, we’ve probably been too internally focused and spent too much time copying and leapfrogging each other,” observed Derkach at the Allegra Coffee Leader Summit in London. “We need to break out of that paradigm and there are great independents showing how that can be done. Usually it’s with more skilled people than we can engage in all of our stores, doing more preparation in the store itself. I’m not sure we could do that. Nonetheless, we could be bolder than we have been and get out of the silly cycle of launching a meatball panini and calling it an innovation, because it’s not. It’s just another panini.”About 25-35% of people visiting Costa buy food, but its dependence on lunchtime trade stands in the way of a breakout from the rut, he said. “We so desperately need that lunchtime business to make the economics work that we end up with a broad range of sandwiches that, to some extent, stops us from really exploring the opportunities for better breakfast products and more imaginative afternoon cake-type products. [Bakery] Konditor & Cook, for example, has shown how far you can drive coffee shop food.”Outside competitionThe coffee chains are finding more competition from the likes of Pret A Manger, a sandwich chain that is winning plaudits for its coffee. It was the most admired brand among coffee shop executives, according to Allegra’s research, notching up double-digit like-for-like growth in the first quarter of this year. It grew comparable store sales by 2.6% last year and EBITDA by 11%. “The fast food or sandwich-based coffee shop operators are critical, because they seduce new users into the category new users who will continue to fuel growth in the future,” said Derkach. “That’s absolutely vital, because 53% of people don’t currently visit a coffee shop.”It’s no wonder coffee drinkers are viewed as “users”, given the market for this addictive drug grew 5.6% in a recession, accor-ding to Allegra’s analysis of the branded coffee shop market; penetration was 47% of British adults; they visit about twice a week and are very loyal. Around nine out of 10 visits are made by people who visit coffee shops weekly about 27% of the population.Despite this, the market could be reaching a tipping point. A sign of market maturity is fragmentation a classic indication being one artisan coffee shop in London opening solely to cater for cyclists. “That’s a sign of a mature market and it plays to the strengths of the independents, who will find it easier to create that type of environment,” said Paul Ettinger, head of international food and beverage at Caffè Nero.”We all assume it is going to carry on growing forever, and there’s no law that says it will. Is the market saturated? The UK has about 1.8 coffee shops per 10,000 people, so we’re getting close.” In London this rises to 3.5. “Maybe we’re in a mature part of the market and growth will slow down. What are the implications? It certainly means profits will be harder to make. New players are going to enter the market and the independents will drive quality and new ideas.”The successful indies, such as Kaffeine, Taylor St Baristas, Tapped & Packed, Flat White, The Espresso Room and Sacred in London, are thriving by tempting customers to spend more per visit. “They’re as good at food as they are with coffee,” said Meikle-Janney. “If you look at Kaffeine’s website, its display and merchandising of food really draws you in. [Bakery] Ottolenghi has great displays of food.”Where does this leave those bakeries not yet up to speed with their coffee offer? “The risk is if you do the bread extremely well and the coffee is rubbish, it lets the whole brand down,” cautioned Barry Kither, sales and marketing director for coffee supplier Lavazza. “Le Pain Quotidien and other foodservice brands are getting better and better and better at coffee.”But before you get set to jump on the third-wave bandwagon, hold your horses. Inevitably, we’re already talking about the fourth wave. “I want to get there before anyone else does!” exclaimed Allegra’s Young. “The coffee wave, which is some years out, is about the science of coffee, the perfecting of coffee through machinery, vacuum-packing and playing around with roasts.”And the fifth wave? Down-loading caffeine directly into your brain via an iPhone. You heard it here first! Why focus on coffee when you make bread? Given the competition for coffee on the high street, Le Pain Quotidien (LPQ), the bakery café-restaurant with 15 outlets in London and over 140 worldwide, is raising its game. Director of operations Steven Whibley said that while bread was the company’s passion, there was a black seam of coffee running through the business, accounting for a big chunk of profits: 40% of LPQ’s sales are from beverages, 60% of which is from coffee. “That means we’re in the beverage business,” he said. Twenty-five pence in every pound spent in LPQ is on coffee; the gross profit effect of that means coffee accounts for a third of profits. “The average coffee shop takes in around £7,500 per week. We take in four times that, so our average shop is selling as much coffee as your average coffee shop.”One of the challenges is providing a quality coffee when it’s not the core business focus. “I’m not 100% proud of our coffee,” he admitted. “Most days it’s pretty good, some days it’s very good it’s never as good as we want it.” LPQ currently sells triple-certified (Fairtrade, organic and World Land Trust) Puro coffee, made on Faema X5 bean-to-cup machines, with the supplier providing two-hour service call-outs and barista training. “After five years we have a very good relationship and we’re pretty happy with the coffee; now we’re starting to look at really improving it and getting up to the level of the indie guys. I don’t think we’ll get there, but at least we’re going in the right direction,” he said. This means a switch to manual machines for its next store, opening in Borough Market, London Bridge.last_img read more