Sandwich sales are boosted by consumer focus on health

first_imgThe expansion of sandwich bars and the trend for healthy eating has turned sluggish performance in the sandwich market between 2002 and 2006 into an estimated 9% rise in the last year, says a new report.Research from Mintel estimates the market will be worth more than £4 billion this calendar year, up from £3.3bn in 2002. And it forecasts a 27% expansion between 2007 and 2012, taking sales to around £5.2bn.Vivianne Ihekweazu, senior market analyst at Mintel, said: “The sandwich market has turned itself around. Having successfully tapped into the trend for healthy eating, it is now clearly reaping the rewards.” The availability of superfood and wheat-free varie-ties, coupled with a greater range of fillings, helped to boost sales.But the Mintel report, entitled Sandwiches, published last week, warned that “after three to four years, the focus will need to be a continuous increase in value sales, as the competitive environment – both within the sandwich category and outside it – is becoming very intense”. It added: “More consumers may choose salads and fewer carb-rich options, as health becomes a major focus. The amount of salt in these products may also come under increasing scrutiny.”Takeaway sandwiches dominated the market, accounting for £3.8bn-worth of sales in the last year, said Mintel, while eat-in sales represented just 6% at £229m.Mintel also found a change in adults’ bread preferences, with white bread down from 65.3% in 2003 to 52.4% in 2007. Meanwhile healthier types were increasingly favoured, with brown up 5.9%, Granary up 6.5% and wholemeal up 7.6% over the same period.’Eat me, keep me’ deals, where one sandwich is bought for immediate consumption and another to keep and eat later, could make the most of the trend towards longer working hours, added the report.last_img read more

Bacow, named Harvard president, meets the press

first_img Related Bacow traced his appreciation of higher education to his family’s difficult history. His father immigrated to the United States to escape pogroms in Minsk in the Soviet Union. His mother arrived aboard a Liberty ship with few belongings shortly after World War II. She was the only member of her family to survive the Auschwitz extermination camp and the only Jew from her village to survive the war.“When she arrived on our shores, she was all of 19,” Bacow said. “When I reflect upon my parents’ journey to this country, I realize how lucky I am. Where else can one go in one generation from off the boat with literally nothing to enjoying the kind of life and opportunity that I and my family have been fortunate to enjoy? It was higher education that made this all possible.”Bacow will take the helm of an institution that is financially robust, nearing the end of a capital campaign that has raised more than $8 billion, topping its original $6.5 billion goal. Bacow declined to discuss specific priorities for his presidency, but said new opportunities exist in a variety of areas, offering as an example the expansion of Harvard’s campus in Allston.Bacow said that when he arrived at the Kennedy School in 1972 as a 20-year-old graduate student, he thought that he might have been the beneficiary of an admissions mistake. It was during his time here, he said, that he discovered a love of teaching and of scholarship and developed the interest in higher education that put his feet on the path they still tread today.“It was here that I discovered who I really was,” Bacow said. “I know of no place on earth with greater potential to help change people’s lives for the better, and I can think of no more exciting time [for] doing all I can — indeed I would say all we can — to help Harvard achieve that potential, not just for the good of our students but for the good of the world we aim to serve.” There came a moment last fall when Bill Lee just had to ask.Lee, the Harvard Corporation’s senior fellow, chaired the search committee tasked with finding a successor for Harvard President Drew Faust, who will step down in June after 11 years at the University’s helm.The committee presided over a process that was broadly consultative, sending out 375,000 emails seeking comments and suggestions, and speaking with hundreds of alumni, students, and higher-education leaders. Advisory committees were convened representing each of the campus’ main stakeholders: faculty, students, and staff.The process worked, generating the names of 700 potential candidates. One name kept resurfacing: Lawrence S. Bacow, who spent a successful decade as Tufts University’s president, who had once been described as “perhaps the most respected university president in the country,” and whom Lee didn’t have to go far to interview: Bacow had been working diligently as a search committee member.“We had heard from a number of folks during the interviews, suggesting that we consider Larry,” Lee said. “And then several members of the faculty contacted me directly and suggested, ‘What about Larry?’ I was in a car on the way home from the airport, and I thought to myself it would be irresponsible not to ask him” if he might be interested in the job. Widely admired higher education leader, who previously served as Tufts president and MIT chancellor, to become next president in July center_img Harvard names Lawrence S. Bacow as 29th president Lee called Bacow and asked whether he’d consider joining the pool of candidates.  Bacow discussed the prospect with his wife during a two-day car trip. When they returned, Bacow agreed to participate, and in December stepped down from the search committee. Bacow said Sunday that the challenging times facing Harvard and all of higher education played a role in his decision.“I really see this as an opportunity to not just serve Harvard, but at this particular moment in time, to serve higher education,” Bacow said. “These are tough times, and it’s the first time in my lifetime when people have questioned the value of going to college, have questioned whether it’s a worthy investment for students and their families, questioned whether or not colleges and universities are worthy of our support.”That skepticism, found even at the highest levels of government, caused higher education’s tax-exempt status to come under assault in recent months. In December, Congress passed and President Trump signed the first tax on university endowments, which provide critical support for campus budgets.Bacow spoke after being introduced as Harvard’s 29th president on Sunday afternoon during a news conference at Harvard’s Barker Center. Bacow, who was Tufts president from 2001 to 2011 and previously chancellor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), was appointed Sunday by a vote of the Harvard Corporation, in consultation with the Board of Overseers. His presidency begins July 1.In his introductory comments, Lee called Bacow “one of the most respected, insightful, experienced, and effective leaders” in higher education, one who other leaders come to for advice on hard problems. He is someone who the search committee “unanimously and enthusiastically believes was the best choice to lead Harvard forward.”“Larry is an extraordinarily accomplished, admired, and forward-looking university leader, a respected scholar and a respected educator and a truly wonderful human being,” Lee said. “Harvard’s future will be in excellent hands.”Lee thanked members of the search committee and others who participated in the process and also thanked Faust for her “extraordinary service and her extraordinary leadership.”Bacow, a lawyer, economist, and environmental policy expert who served on MIT’s faculty for 24 years, not only knows higher education, but knows Harvard as well, Lee said. Bacow holds three Harvard degrees — a J.D. and an M.P.P., both earned in 1976, and a Ph.D. in public policy in 1978. He has served on the Corporation since 2011 and has been president-in-residence at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education. He’s currently the Hauser Leader-in-Residence at Harvard Kennedy School’s Center for Public Leadership.last_img read more

I.S.P. Versailles Post to Conduct Sobriety Checkpoint

first_imgDecatur County, IN—  Troopers from the Indiana State Police Versailles Post will be conducting a sobriety checkpoint at an undisclosed location in Decatur County on March 13-14.  Those drivers passing through the checkpoint area should have their licenses and registrations ready to present to troopers and will only be detained briefly while troopers determine whether further investigation is necessary. The purpose of sobriety checkpoints is to remove those motorists from the highways who are alcohol or drug-impaired and pose a danger to all who use the roadways.  Impaired drivers are responsible for billions of dollars in property damage, personal injury, and death annually.   To help to ensure your weekend is safe and enjoyable, observe the following tips: Plan ahead and always use a designated driver. Don’t get behind the wheel of a vehicle if you’ve been consuming alcoholic beverages. Call a taxi, a family member, or friend who has not been drinking to give you a ride. If you are hosting a party, always offer alcohol-free beverages and make sure all of your guests leave with a sober driver or allow them to spend the night. Remember, Friends Don’t Let Friends Drive Drunk.  Take the keys and never let a friend leave your sight if you think that they are about to drive while impaired.If you see a vehicle exhibiting erratic driving behavior, call 911 and give a complete description of the vehicle, its location, and the direction of travel.  These reports can be made anonymously.last_img read more