China bakery insight 2012: business visits

first_imgBB’s Georgi Gyton is continuing her trip throughout China and visiting the country’s bakeries to see how they compare to the UK, including chanting from in-store staff and ‘floss’ breads.Day four: Sunday 13 MaySunday was dedicated to finding out a bit more about some of the successful bakery businesses currently operating in China. We visited two retail bakeries and one manufacturer in Beijing. Paris Baguette was our first stop. Not a very Chinese sounding bakery, I’d imagine you’re thinking. Well this was a great example of the east meets west food culture in the more developed cities on the east coast of China – namely Shanghai and Beijing. The chain itself is in fact Korean, and offers a wide range of bakery products – some very traditionally Chinese, such as ‘floss’ breads, as well as chocolate brownies and pizza for example.One of the interesting ancillaries it offered, which could be easily taken up by bakeries in the UK, was the sale of candles and party hats to go alongside its celebration and birthday cake offering. Once again individually packaged portions were big, with things like two slices of Swiss roll or one mini cake encased in elegant see-through packaging.One thing I’m not sure would catch on in the UK was the bizarre tandem chanting by the staff at regular intervals in the shop. Apparently, they were welcoming people to the shop and thanking them for shopping there, but it did sound like maybe they were part of some strange cult, each kitted out in their French-style stripey t-shirts and berets. But despite this bizarre custom, they are certainly a company on the up in China, and have worldwide domination in their sights. They already have a presence abroad, including 20 stores in the US and one in Singapore, with plans to open in the Middle East in the near future. In a presentation given to us by the firm, they said their goal was to be “the world’s number one bakery brand by 2020”. That’s quite a target.We then headed to the world’s most expensive bakery retailer – the Black Swan Luxury Cake Shop, which was described as the Tiffany’s of bakery. The particular shop that we visited turns over around $1m annually – just in the one shop alone. And rumour has it that its retail assistants – which look like glamourous flight attendants – are the highest paid of any retailer in China. Its most expensive option – the equivalent of $350,000 – costs the same as a small apartment in Beijing apparently. And they have sold a few. It was certainly like no bakery I have ever been to before, but interesting to see that people really are prepared to pay serious money for top-quality bakery products.We then stopped for a ‘hot pot’ lunch in the city, which was essentially the Chinese version of a fondue. There were all sorts of ‘interesting’ dishes laid out on the large round table, which you then cooked yourself in a spicy sauce bubbling away in a pan on a mini one ring hob inlaid into the table in front of you. I managed to avoid the roll of ox’s stomach – I decided it might be a good plan to look at the catalogue-style menu this time, so had ruled out a few of the options. However, there was a rather alarming moment when, after I had eaten mushrooms, one of the Chinese guys said these particular varieties needed cooking, or apparently you would be so ill, he joked, that you wouldn’t be leaving China any time soon. Thankfully I had submerged this particular mushroom in the steamy broth before I ate it, but not for that long. Well I’m still alive now, so hopefully I’ll be okay!After lunch we took a trip to Yili Bakery, a manufacturer based outside the city centre. Its speciality was fruit bread – made with apple, walnuts, melon and grapes (sultanas). We had a look at the production line, which you could say was definitely less automated than a UK factory would be, with lots of things being done by hand. One lady’s method of check-weighing – which seemed to involve randomly pulling off chunks of dough with her hands from already portioned pieces – was certainly interesting.We then ended the day with a delicious meal at ‘M’ Capital, a western-style restaurant in the heart of Beijing.last_img read more

UK Teacher fired for petition against transgender issues

first_imgDaily Mail 21 April 2019Family First Comment: “A single anonymous complaint that accused her of offending gay and transgender pupils led to her immediate suspension and eventually ended her career.”A similar petition in New Zealand is also attracting the same ‘hate’.#freetobelieveTeaching assistant Kristie Higgs’s devotion to her Christian faith was matched only by her dedication to her job.She is no evangelist, but believed one complemented the other – her role, after all, was to provide emotional support and care for the most needy and troubled students in a 1,000-pupil secondary school.It was a job the mother-of-two cherished and carried out for seven unblemished years – until she was sacked recently for an ‘offence’ that, in these politically correct times, is becoming all too familiar.Kristie’s ‘crime’ was to share on her personal Facebook site what she thought was an innocent expression of her Christian point of view – an online protest against transgender teaching at her son’s primary school.A single anonymous complaint that accused her of offending gay and transgender pupils led to her immediate suspension and eventually ended her career.READ MORE: read more

Angels’ Shohei Ohtani still has not been invited to HR Derby

first_img Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter ANAHEIM — Shohei Ohtani is still waiting for Major League Baseball to invite him to the Home Run Derby.At this point, it’s possible that MLB officials have so many other players who want to do it, thanks to the newly added $1 million for the winner, that that they are going to pick from that list rather than put Ohtani or the Angels in the position of turning them down.Ohtani, of course, is coming back from Tommy John surgery. While he’s been cleared for normal hitting, the Derby is a higher intensity exercise than playing in a game or taking normal batting practice.So far the Angels have said little on how the front office or medical staff would feel about his participation, because the question still hasn’t officially been put before them. Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros “It’s the same swing,” he said. “It’s more on the BP thrower throwing it to you home run spot. For some people (it might be a problem). Some people might alter their swings. I didn’t have that feeling really.”ALSOJC Ramírez, who gave up two runs in five innings at Triple-A on Saturday, will have at least one more rehab outing after that, Manager Brad Ausmus said. Ramírez’s 30-day rehab assignment was set to expire on Saturday, but he agreed to extend it up to another 30 days…Keynan Middleton did face hitters on Friday, the first time he’d done so during his rehab from Tommy John surgery. There was some confusion about his workout schedule, but Ausmus confirmed on Saturday that Middleton did face hitters, and he felt good. Middleton is expected to be ready to rejoin the Angels in about three weeks…The Angels don’t have a scheduled starter for Monday’s game in Texas, but José Suarez is expected to get the call. If Suarez starts, he would likely get another start later in the week because the Angels don’t have an off day until the All-Star break…Jared Walsh was recalled from Triple-A on Saturday, with Luke Bard being optioned after pitching two days in a row. The Angels view Walsh primarily as a hitter, but he can pitch up to two innings if necessary. The Angels have less need for bullpen coverage now because Trevor Cahill, who was stretched out as a starter, is in the bullpen.UP NEXTAngels (LHP Andrew Heaney, 1-1, 4.99) vs. A’s (RHP Chris Bassitt, 4-3, 3.86), 1:07 p.m., Fox Sports Westcenter_img Mike Trout, who said he turns down invitations to the Home Run Derby every year, said a couple days ago would “probably win” because of his epic power displays in batting practice.Justin Bour, who participated in the 2017 Home Run Derby in Miami, said he loved the experience.“I think it’s awesome,” said Bour. ”If you have an opportunity to do it, I think you should do it. It’s one the most fun times I’ve had playing baseball.”Bour hit 22 homers in the first round, but lost out to Aaron Judge, who hit 23.Related Articles Bour also said he didn’t feel the Derby presented any issues of disrupting a swing. Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone last_img read more

Happy return! – JAAA, JOA pleased with Rio medal haul

first_img “I think Jamaica has everything to be proud of. We did fairly well. We came 16th overall on the Olympic medal table, which is taking all sports into account, and that all the medals came from a single sport. This is really a tremendous achievement,” Blake continued, in an interview with The Gleaner. With regard to track and field (athletics), Jamaica placed third overall, a feat which the JAAA boss calls “a remarkable achievement for a country so small”. Prior to the Olympics, the JAAA came in for some criticism regarding medical exemptions to athletes like triple Olympic champion Usain Bolt in the 100 and 200m at the national trials, double sprint Olympic champion Elaine Thompson in the 200m, and Janieve Russell in the 400m hurdles, but Blake says his organisation feels vindicated. “Jamaica is a small country and we cannot behave like the United States of America, where it’s first three past the post on the day,” he stressed. “We saw the need to put in place a situation that would allow for such a medical exemption, and the results have vindicated us,” he outlined, while crediting the coaching staff, technical team, medical teams, masseurs, who “all pulled together to make this one of our most successful Olympics ever”. In the meantime, Fennell says Jamaica had their disappointments like any other country, but noted that the overall medal haul was “excellent”. “Very satisfactory. We had our disappointments like every team. We are not the only one with disappointments. The US probably had more disappointments than anybody else, but we had our own disappointments. But overall, it was excellent,” the veteran administrator noted. He believes Jamaica gave the Rio Games a big boost. “Yes, it did, as did other teams too, because remember, we were big in one sport, but there were 27 other sports. Swimming was pretty big and many of the other sports, but of course, athletics is our flagship,” Fennell added. Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA) President Dr Warren Blake, while admitting local “medal hopefuls might have wanted more Olympic medals” from the 73-member team, feels Jamaica “did fairly well” in placing 16th overall on the Olympic medal table. Blake, along with Jamaica Olympic Association (JOA) President Michael Fennell and other administrators, team personnel and athletes, arrived at the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston yesterday from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Jamaica racked up 11 medals, equalling their highest haul – inclusive of six gold, three silver and two bronze in athletics competition. “It’s quite good; the hopefuls among us were hoping for a few more medals, but there are many nations who went away empt-handed,” said Blake yesterday. MUCH TO BE PROUD OFlast_img read more