There is a fine line between brilliant innovation and the utterly bizarre. This was evident from the Hotelympia 2008 exhibition, which showcased a vast range of products, including aluminium teabags and juice made from flowers.== Snacks ==In the snacking category, hand-cooked crisps with a high mark-up price are all the rage. At the end of last year, research company Mintel predicted this trend would take off in 2008. Demand for hand-cooked crisps in particular has grown about 20-30% in recent years. According to Mintel, sales of standard or regular crisps dropped by 3% between 2004 and 2006, while sales of premium brands increased by 4% over the same period.”People are looking for quality products that are perceived to be healthier than the standard varieties. They want exciting flavours and a great-tasting product,” said Simon Herring of Pipers Crisps. “Bakers can benefit from added-value sales, as consumers view crisps as indulgent treats and are buying more expensive ranges.”Among a wealth of handmade premium snacks that were on display, Pipers Crisps are hand-cooked and come in a range of flavours, including Biggleswade sweet chilli, and Somerset cider vinegar and Anglesey sea salt. Other crisp companies at the show included The Real Crisp Company, Salty Dog, and Yorkshire Crisps. Yorkshire Crisps come in a range of flavours, including tomato, basil & mozzarella, parsnip with black pepper and Cheddar & caramelised onion chutney.Healthy snacking options are also on the rise, such as fruit and cereal bars. An unusual snacking alternative making its debut in the UK is Wheat Nuts. The nut-free snack has no trans fats and is claimed to be a good source of the antioxidant vitamin E.== Soft Drinks ==Health, once again, was high on the agenda in the soft drinks category, with some companies pushing innovation to its limits.The Hibiscus Drinks Company launched what it called “the UK’s first superflower drink”. Hib! is made from the calyx of the Hibiscus sabdariffa flower bush and pure spring water. It has no artificial additives, colourings or flavourings. Anita Doran, director of the Hibiscus Drinks Company, said: “Hib! contains a source of anthocyanin antioxidants, which help to mop up harmful free radicals in the body and have been linked to a reduction in blood pressure and the slowing of cancers.”It comes in two flavours including Hibiscus and Grape and Hibiscus and Peppermint. Other drinks companies at the show included Juice 4 U with its new smoothie dispensing machine and Projuice, which provides everything for setting up and running a juice and smoothie operation. The firm was also promoting its own Juice Academy.== Tea ==As a nation of tea drinkers, offerings at the show were varied. Stick Tea, for example, is a novel alternative to teabags. The point of using stick tea is to alleviate the need to stir with a spoon. It is a disposable infuser made with a thin aluminium sheet. According to the company, just put the stick into an empty glass, pour in hot water and stir the stick until the tea is the desired strength.Award-winning Newby Tea UK was also promoting its range of luxury teas, including Imperial Jasmine, Royal Black Dragon, Premier Assam and organic teas.Typhoo, one of the household names at the show, launched the On the Go Cup. This features a teabag inside a cup that is ready to go. “As consumer lifestyles become busier and lunch breaks get shorter, Typhoo On the Go Cup is a way for bakers and outlets to drive tea sales, particularly at point of purchase, where 75% of all purchasing decisions are made,” said Typhoo’s Sue Jones-Smithson.== Coffee and machinery ==The Italian Beverage Company was showcasing a range of products, including Fairtrade hot chocolate, flavoured syrups, sauces, toppings from marshmallows to toffee crunch, speciality teas, wafers and beverage machines.Café Bar, which supplies a range of bakery chains including Lyndale foods and Firkins, was also showcasing its range of Espresso machines. The latest new addition is the CMA-Planet espresso unit. The CMA-Planet system is manufactured in Italy and is available in single, double, triple or quad brew versions and the operator can choose between automatic and semi-automatic modes.Other companies with espresso machines on show included Macro, First Choice Coffee, Coburg coffee company, Black & White, WMF, Scotsman Beverage Systems, Magrini, Brasilia coffee machines and many more.== Cakes and confectionery ==No cup of coffee is complete without a slice of cake. Chasing a share of the premium dessert market, The Handmade Cake Company launched its Blueberry and Lemon Drizzle Cake.Barry Callebaut, supplier of chocolate to the baking industry, also promoted its range of hard and soft chocolate coatings, as well as its single-origin chocolates with 70% cocoa from Ecuador, Madagascar, São Thomé, Java, Mexico, Peru and Venezuela.Sandwiches, wraps and speciality breadsTaking place alongside the exhibition, The British Sandwich Association held the British Sandwich Designer of the Year Competition.It also gave presentations, ranging from healthy options to adding value to your sandwich, delivered by development chef Howard Rowell from Cherry Valley.According to Cherry Valley, there are over two billion sandwiches sold out-of-home each year and a third of people want to see duck used in sandwiches and wraps. The company showcased its range of sliced and shredded cooked duck meats and handed out sandwich recipe ideas.Nearby was Speciality Breads, an artisan wholesale company with a range of sandwich carriers, including paninis, brioches and a fruited rustic loaf.”The Speciality Breads’ product range has evolved to keep up with changes in consumer expectations,” said Peter Millen, sales and marketing director. “These have been fuelled by foreign travel, the ’celebrity chef’ and a plethora of TV channels devoted to food.” n
Dodgers left-handed pitcher Julio Urias has accepted a 20-game suspension for an alleged incident in May when he was arrested for a domestic dispute with his girlfriend.MLB announced the decision Saturday. “My office has completed its investigation into the allegations that Julio Urías violated Major League Baseball’s Joint Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Policy,” commissioner Rob Manfred wrote in a press release. “Mr. Urías cooperated fully with my office’s investigation. Having reviewed all of the available evidence, I have concluded that Mr. Urías violated our Policy and that discipline is appropriate.”In the alleged incident, Urias was reportedly seen shoving his girlfriend in public following an argument. Related News He denies having done so, but witnesses stated they saw the alleged contact occur.Urias was arrested and taken to a nearby police station, where he was charged with one count of misdemeanor domestic battery and later released on a $20,000 bond. The Los Angeles City Attorney’s office ultimately decided not to prosecute Urias on the condition that he participates in a 52-week domestic counseling program and commits no acts of violence for the next year.Urias was initially placed on seven-day administrative leave after his arrest but MLB declined to extend his absence as the pitcher reportedly would not have consented to it.The 23-year-old joins several players who have been suspended for such incidents including Astros reliever Roberto Osuna, who was with the Blue Jays at the time, and Cubs shortstop Addison Russell, who was recently reinstated.MLB has declined to give suspensions to Reds outfielder Yasiel Puig and Twins infielder Miguel Sano following investigations into each of their alleged incidents. Puig was involved in an alleged domestic violence incident in 2016 and Sano was accused of sexual assault by a photographer in 2017.Urias was once MLB’s top left-handed pitching prospect and made his debut with the Dodgers at 19 years old. Dodgers’ Julio Urias won’t be charged from domestic violence arrest He is 4-3 with a 2.53 ERA in 27 games (six starts) for Los Angeles this season.Urias will be allowed to participate in the postseason despite his suspension. MLB players are not allowed to participate in the playoffs if they have tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs, but they are allowed if they have been involved in a domestic incident. Osuna pitched for the Astros last year in the postseason after his alleged incident.
South African athlete Wayde van Niekerk has become the first runner in history to break records for the 100m, 200m and 400m events, the International Association of Athletics Federations confirmed on Saturday, 12 March 2016.Sprinter Wayde van Niekerk made South Africans proud when he was the first runner in history to break records for 100m, 200m and 400m events. His 100m win in Bloemfontein on 12 March 2016 puts him on track for success at the Rio Olympics in August. (Image: All Athletics)Brand South Africa reporterWATCH: SA #sprinter Wayde van Niekerk makes history https://t.co/wcTY2rQIsS #WaydeVanNiekerk pic.twitter.com/NX61uDIDSm— The Daily Dispatch (@Dispatch_DD) March 14, 2016Almost a week after South African runner Akani Simbine broke the South African 100m record in Pretoria on 8 March 2016, fellow South African Wayde van Niekerk, the current world 400m champion, became the first runner to break records for 100m, 200m and 400m events.The last of these three achievements was at an athletics event in Bloemfontein on 12 March. He broke the 10-second barrier for the 100m race, posting 9.98 seconds to win.Previous records broken were his 19.94-second run in the 200m at an event in Luzern, Switzerland in July 2015, and his 400m champion win in Beijing in August 2015 with a time of 43.48 seconds. Bloemfontein, with its legal 1.5m/sec tailwinds and 1 300m altitude as advantages, enabled Van Niekerk to complete his trifecta. Before Saturday, he had not run the 100m since his junior athletics days.His record this weekend puts Van Niekerk in a very exclusive 100-metres-in- under-10-seconds club that features not only current 100m world champion Usain Bolt, but also previous race winners Tyson Gay and Yohan Blake.Wayde van Niekerk 100-200-400 Combo – Where does he Stack up? https://t.co/gV9NS6GuDI pic.twitter.com/hgzfd5W7wJ— SpeedEndurance (@speedendurance) March 13, 2016While these times look encouraging for his success at the forthcoming Rio Olympic Games, starting in August 2016, Van Niekerk has chosen to contest only the 400m race at the Games, as he considers it his strongest event and his chances of winning a medal for it look promising.He was the silver medallist in the 400m at the 2014 Commonwealth Games and took bronze in the 4×400m relay at the 2013 Summer Universiade. He also represented South Africa at the 2013 and 2015 Athletics World Championships‚ winning a gold medal in the 400m in the latter event.He took to Instagram to thank his fans for their support and post a video of the Bloemfontein race.Fans, particularly Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula, congratulated Van Niekerk on Twitter for his win, and wished him luck for Rio.Proud moment for our SA Sportstar of the year 2015 pic.twitter.com/aDE4pnzIsj— RSA Min of Sport (@MbalulaFikile) March 12, 2016Shame, poor Telkom. They do an entire marketing campaign about how fast Usain Bolt is and then Wayde van Niekerk breaks the 10 second/100m.— Mr. Missing (@chestermissing) March 13, 2016Thousand pounds of respect for Wayde van Niekerk on his recent achievement. Big ups !— Oleboheng Rasenyalo (@drnkmorewater) March 14, 2016Source: News24Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.
Slip Cup New Idea Beer PongLet’s face it – beer pong, for as fantastic a tailgating game as it is, is also a bit unhygienic. Players throw ping-pong balls onto the ground, clean them off with dirty water, and then drink the beer they’ve come in contact with. After you’ve played a while, you get used to it. But apparently, you no longer have to. Five friends from Connecticut have invented the “Slip Cup”, which sits on top of each cup, blocking the balls from hitting the beer. They also don’t interfere with gameplay at all – they’re basically smaller versions of the normal cups you already use. It’s a genius idea. KickstarterThe Slip Cup is trying to raise $70,000 on Kickstarter to get the product into major retailers. So far, they’ve racked up just over $13,000.Here’s the video from the Kickstarter page. Needless to say, this is a game-changer both for tailgating and house parties. Would you buy one?[Patch]