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WMAW: ’Innovation isn’t just reinventing the wheel’

first_imgWinning a Baking Innovation Award at the 2017 BIAs for a crumpet is no mean feat, but Village Bakery succeeded in doing just that. Here’s how…These aren’t any ordinary crumpets, these are M&S Ultimate Five Grain Crumpets.Created by family business Village Bakery, they feature five grains – rye, spelt, linseed, sunflower and wheat – soaked in a rye sourdough, which gives depth of flavour and a soft bite to the palate.“We wanted to develop a new product that wouldn’t cannibalise sales from our existing range of sourdough crumpets,” explains Village Bakery MD Robin Jones (pictured left). “So we came up with the idea of a five-grain crumpet which is slightly healthier.”Working with Marks & Spencer, the Coedpoeth-based company sought to innovate, add value and ultimately make customers pick up the product. Health was a definite driver of that agenda.“We wanted to look at what other health benefits we could add. We made it high in fibre, using chicory fibre to do that, we added a live sourdough, looked at a source of vitamin D which is naturally provided by a yeast product and then we blended a range of flours – wholemeal and a very strong white flour – to carry the soft grains.”This, Jones notes, results in a unique taste and twist on a standard crumpet. Going into the Baking Industry Awards, Jones was confident in his product but admits he was unsure of their chances in such a strong category.“You never know what you’re up against,” he says. “But that’s the great thing about the Baking Industry Awards.”Confident or not, they took the award home, reinforcing the decade-long relationship between M&S and Village Bakery. “It was so nice to share the awards with Marks & Spencer,” Jones adds.If that wasn’t enough, the Five Grain Crumpets are flying off the shelves with repeat sales in M&S’ national stores and Simply Food outlets. “That is the greatest accolade, and that it hasn’t cannibalised any of our existing sourdough crumpet sales,” he notes. “It has been a fantastic success.”Sales are key. If consumers aren’t into the product, there’s no point in making it. Finding the sweet spot between innovation and strong sellers can be tricky – sometimes the wackiest ideas don’t have mass appeal. “The bakery market is tough. The only way we can have a point of difference is to develop new products, to add value and, in particular, value that consumers recognise,” Jones says.He suggests starting with up-and-coming trends, but turning an eye to the past can also pay off. “We like to look at products that people have forgotten about. Who would have thought about making a sourdough crumpet three or four years ago?” he says.“We’re trying to take those unloved products and make them special again. Innovation isn’t just about reinventing the wheel, it’s about making it better.”Steve Merritt, managing director of award sponsor EPP; Mark Waples, food technologist at Marks & Spencer; Denise van OutenSponsor’s commentThere are always risks when tinkering with a well-loved product, but get it right and it delights existing consumers and brings new people into the category. This is exactly what The Village Bakery did when creating a sourdough-based Ultimate Five Grain Crumpets. The business overcame significant technical challenges in introducing grains into the product and has produced something that has successfully built sales within the category by bringing in new consumers. The key eating characteristics that consumers demand of a crumpet are delivered, while offering an improved flavour and eating experience.Steve Merritt, managing director, European Process Plant (EPP)last_img read more

2020 Gold Coast Master Builders award winners announced

first_img Housing The panel was drawn to the degree of difficulty in gaining access for deliveries, and the quality of finish throughout the building, which also took home the top gong in the Residential Building (high-rise over 3 storeys) over $20 million category.The winner of the 2020 Gold Coast President’s Award was the Erskine 225 by Hotondo Homes.The Erskine 225 is a compact four-bedroom, two bathroom home, with an open plan kitchen, dining and lounge overlooking a patio with pool. MORE NEWS: Free breakfast for a year with Gold Coast property purchase Swap an overseas trip for a Gold Coast holiday home White House GC won 2020 Gold Coast House of the Year at the Master Builders Gold Coast Housing & Construction Awards. White House GC won 2020 Gold Coast House of the Year at the Master Builders Gold Coast Housing & Construction Awards. 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White House GC, by Enclave Constructions, was crowned the 2020 Gold Coast House of the Year at a live-streamed awards ceremony on Friday night.Inspired by the original mansion of the governor of Alabama, and recalling the homeowner’s family connections with Indonesia, the project impressed the judges with its Corinthians columns, stone gates that were delivered in pieces from Indonesia and grand marble staircase as its centrepiece. • Health Facilities up to $20 million – Tomkins Commercial & Industrial Builders Pty Ltd T/A Tomkins for Homeworld Helensvale (Helensvale)• Education Facilities up to $10 million – Condev Construction Pty Ltd for Somerset Design Centre (Mudgeeraba)• Education Facilities over $10 million – ADCO Constructions Pty Ltd for Bond University Health Sciences and Medicine Extension (Robina)• Retail Facilities over $5 million – Tomkins Commercial & Industrial Builders Pty Ltd T/A Tomkins for Homeworld Helensvale (Helensvale)• Tourism and Leisure Facilities up to $10 million – Alder Constructions Pty Ltd for Dreamworld Sky Voyager (Coomera)• Tourism and Leisure Facilities over $10 million – Halcyon Constructions QLD Pty Ltd for Halcyon Greens Lifestyle Community Leisure Facilities (Pimpama)• Commercial Building up to $5 million – Lory Group Pty Ltd for Computer Road Stage One Industrial & Commercial Facility (Yatala)• Commercial Building $5 million – $50 million – ADCO Constructions Pty Ltd for Mazda Showroom Southport (Southport)• Industrial Building up to $5 million – S E Q Construction Group Pty Ltd for The Shed (Miami)• Industrial Building over $5 million – Lory Group Pty Ltd for Cuthbert Drive Industrial Estate (Yatala)• Residential Building (high-rise over 3 storeys) up to $20 million – Rawcorp Pty Ltd for Stanhill (Chevron Island)• Residential Building (high-rise over 3 storeys) over $20 million – J Hutchinson Pty Ltd T/A Hutchinson Builders for Northcliffe Residences (Surfers Paradise)• Community Accommodation for Aged Care and Nursing Homes – TF Woollam & Son Pty Ltd T/A Woollam Constructions forJapara Robina Rise (Robina)• Refurbishment/Renovation up to $750,000 – Goris Co Projects Pty Ltd for Berkeley on the Beach Pool Refurbishment (Surfers Paradise)• Refurbishment/Renovation over $750,000 – Alder Constructions Pty Ltd for Ashmore City Shopping Centre (Ashmore)• Excellence in Workplace Health & Safety – Jakaspa Pty Ltd T/A Coastal Asbestos Removal for Asbestos Removal Management System (Burleigh Heads) All Gold Coast winners:center_img • Best Use of Steel Frame Housing – DTL Constructions Pty Ltd for Edgecliff Cove (Hope Island)• Best Residential Bathroom – Mark Underwood for Reflections (Broadbeach Waters)• Best Residential Kitchen – Enterprise Constructions Pty Ltd for Clear Island Waters Residence (Clear Island Waters)• Best Residential Swimming Pool – JB Pool Construction Pty Ltd for Bayview Walk (Sanctuary Cove) White House GC won 2020 Gold Coast House of the Year at the Master Builders Gold Coast Housing & Construction Awards.The project took 17 months to build including demolition of the former 1960s-era home.The White House GC was also given the nod for the best individual home over $2 million.Hutchinson Builders took out Project of the Year with their luxurious multi-residential Northcliffe Residences, perched on the Surfers Paradise beachfront. Individual Specialty • Home Renovation/Remodelling Project up to $275,000 – Eclat Building Co Pty Ltd for Blantyre Farm House (Blantyre)• Home Renovation/Remodelling Project $276,000 – $575,000 – Symcorp Building Services Pty Ltd T/A Symcorp for Project Sorrento (Bundall)• Home Renovation/Remodelling Project $576,000 – $1 million – Ingenious Homes Pty Ltd for Broadbeach WatersResidence (Broadbeach Waters)• Home Renovation/Remodelling Project over $1 million – Romark Design Constructions Pty Ltd T/A Romark for Almogim (Sanctuary Cove)• Display Home $251,000 – $350,000 – Sunfox Pty Ltd T/A Hotondo Homes Gold Coast North for Erskine 225 (Coomera)• Display Home $351,000 – $450,000 – Metricon Homes Qld Pty Ltd for Santorini 28 (Coomera)More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa7 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag1 day ago• Display Home over $551,000 – Sanctuary 28 Projects (QLD) Pty Ltd for The Corner House (Broadbeach)• Individual Home up to $250,000 – Transpire Constructions Pty Ltd for Avoca 185 – Moreton Façade (Coomera)• Individual Home $251,000 – $350,000 – Remiche Pty Ltd for The Glenbar Residence (Tamborine Mountain)• Individual Home $351,000 – $450,000 – Quadriant Developments Pty Ltd for Revelstoke by Quadriant (Arundel)• Individual Home $451,000 – $550,000 – Stroud Homes Brisbane South Pty Ltd for Wildflower 300 Classic (Stockleigh)• Individual Home $551,000 – $650,000 – Bradwell Constructions Pty Ltd for The Randall (Ashmore)• Individual Home $651,000 – $750,000 – Clamroc Constructions Pty Ltd for Kaja (Broadbeach Waters)• Individual Home $751,000 – $950,000 – Resolve Logistics Pty Ltd T/A Resolve Construction for 340 Serenity (Helensvale)• Individual Home $951,000 – $1.25 million – PJH Constructions Australia Pty Ltd for Bajo El Sol (Burleigh Heads)• Individual Home $1.26 million – $2 million – Enterprise Constructions Pty Ltd for Clear Island Waters Residence (Clear Island Waters)• Individual Home over $2 million – Enclave Constructions Pty Ltd for The White House GC (Surfers Paradise)• Best Use of Sloping Sites – Gala Homes Pty Ltd for Dielacher & Dunlop Residence (Burleigh Heads)• Medium Density up to 3 Storeys – 2 to 5 Dwellings up to $1 million – Australasian Homes Pty Ltd T/A Valcon Homes for Via Roma (Surfers Paradise)• Medium Density up to 3 Storeys – 2 to 5 Dwellings over $1 million – Evbuilt Pty Ltd for Mermaid Beach Units (Mermaid Beach)• Medium Density up to 3 storeys – over 5 Dwellings – Luban Homes Pty Ltd for Drury Lane (Southport) Construction The winner of the 2020 Gold Coast President’s Award at the at the Master Builders Gold Coast Housing & Construction Awards was the Erskine 225 by Hotondo Homes.Master Builders Gold Coast regional manager John Duncalfe congratulated the winners across all 49 categories.“The diversity and quality of building work across the Gold Coast, particularly during this time of uncertainty, is testament to the resilience of our local industry,” Mr Duncalfe said.“With projects like the stunning Ashmore City Shopping Centre refurbishment, Helensvale Homeworld extension, and Bond University Health Sciences and Medicine Extension also among the award winners, it’s fantastic to see our local communities benefiting from quality workmanship, and cutting-edge design. • Residential Trade Contractor of the Year – Goldtrim Tiling Pty Ltd for Chainey Duplexes (Miami)• Ron McMaster Memorial Award for Excellence in Craftsmanship – PJH Constructions Australia Pty Ltd for Bajo El Sol (Burleigh Heads)• Apprentice of the Year – Dillan Morales from Goldtrim Tiling• Rising Star – Tim Sayce from Kai Konstruct• Women in Building – Jingjing Song from Luban Homeslast_img read more

Injuries create chances for underclassmen to shine

first_imgTeams in any sport would agree the one thing they could do without is the plague of injuries. That plague may be one answer to explain the struggles of the Wisconsin women’s hockey team.Injury woes resurfaced for the Badgers in their frustrating series split with St. Cloud State this past weekend.Senior forward Kyla Sanders was sidelined for both games, while sophomore forward Brooke Ammerman was briefly sidelined during the series’ first game.Despite the issues the Badgers have been experiencing in that regard, the rest of the roster has answered the call as best they can when a teammate has been absent.Injuries have not been the only reason for the season-long roster shuffling. Sophomore forward Carolyn Prevost missed the series against North Dakota two weeks ago as she was playing for Canada’s National Women’s Under-22 Team in Germany.She was joined by junior Mallory Deluce who missed the North Dakota series as well as the following series against Minnesota-Duluth.Interim head coach Tracey DeKeyser has cited the constant roster rearranging as the cause for some of the struggles the team has experienced all season, such as taking full advantage of scoring opportunities, which the team had trouble doing Saturday.“I think part of it is because all year we haven’t had consistent lines because, if you noticed today, we had one person [Sanders] out to start, another person [Ammerman] left after the second period, all forwards,” she said. “We’re just riddled with injuries and it’s hard to develop chemistry with your lines when it’s ever-changing.”The most easily recognizable result from all of the roster movements is junior Geena Prough, who plays forward as well as defender for Wisconsin. She registered a goal in Saturday’s win and showed her versatility by playing in multiple spots.“She’s played center, she’s played wing, she’s played defense, she’s at the point on the power play, she’s on penalty kill,” DeKeyser said of Prough. “She’s been a great asset to our program.”DeKeyser also acknowledged that even though players like Prough have filled in spots comfortably, players missing from the ice have at times made the team stretch itself a little too thin.Nevertheless, several younger Badgers also have stepped up in light of the roster adjustments.The Badgers have struggled to put rebounds in the back of the net, but those concerns turned out to be a non-issue in Friday’s 5-3 win, in which Prevost put back three goals for a hat trick.“I’ve been on the other side where you do all the work and then the other player just puts it in the open net,” Prevost said. “Pretty much what happened was my right wingers were making amazing plays and then the goalie was coming out with a big save and then I just happened to be in the right spot.”Offensive involvement overall is widely influenced by underclassmen as well. Two of the three goals and all five assists were tallied by underclassmen in Saturday’s 4-3 loss.Although St. Cloud’s high-scoring forwards got the best of Wisconsin in Saturday’s game, DeKeyser noted that freshman defender Saige Pacholok, who also added two assists in Saturday’s game, has upped her play as well.“Saige did a great job of getting in the right position to break down the two-on-one or just getting in front of the passes and blocking those passing lanes, so I give her credit,” DeKeyser said. “She has some great bounces going her way and I think that’s a function of just working hard out there.”The Badgers have eight games remaining in the final season to smooth things out for a playoff run. Should the injuries persist, Prough believes compensation will be found among the eager and primed younger players.“We have a lot of young girls and they’ve been thrown in the fire early and they’ve embraced that with open arms,” Prough said. “They’re just ready to work hard and play hard — and it’s really helping us.”last_img read more

WSOC : Romagnuolo makes plays, controls ball to lead SU to 1-0 win

first_img Published on September 25, 2011 at 12:00 pm Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse freshman Megan Hunsberger was the hero for the Orange on Sunday. She scored the game-winner with a toe-poke goal past Villanova goalkeeper Jami Kranich. And she got all the high fives and hugs once the clock finally ran out.But while Hunsberger delivered the decisive strike for SU, junior Tina Romagnuolo was the difference-maker against the Wildcats.‘We needed someone in the midfield who could hold the ball and play it out,’ Syracuse head coach Phil Wheddon said. ‘Tina likes to venture forward. She’s also a very, very good ball winner. I thought her ball-winning skills were great in the midfield, and that solidified things for us.’Romagnuolo started the game as a forward for the Orange but struggled to find room to maneuver throughout the first half. But Wheddon moved her back to her usual midfield position after halftime, and the junior controlled the middle of the field for much of the second half. She also provided the lead pass that set up Hunsberger’s game-winner in the 1-0 victory.‘When I was playing up top, I felt like there wasn’t a lot of space,’ Romagnuolo said. ‘I felt like they were clustering everybody up top. But as soon as I went in the middle, there was tons and tons of room.’AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIn the first 45 minutes, chances were few and far between for the junior, who is tied for seventh on SU’s all-time goal scoring list.Her first touch came nearly eight minutes into the action when Villanova defender Alexa Carugati whiffed on a clear attempt. The ball rolled to Romagnuolo, and she sent a low shot on target, but Kranich made the save.Romagnuolo, who just returned from playing with the Canadian women’s national team for Syracuse’s game against Georgetown on Friday, struggled to hook up with her teammates throughout the rest of the first half. And SU couldn’t capitalize on the chances it produced.‘I think the first half, we just came out, and we were a little down,’ junior forward Jenna Rickan said. ‘We didn’t have as much energy as we usually do. In the second half, we kind of regrouped and came together.’And that started with Romagnuolo in the midfield. Her first touch in the second half came on the opening kickoff and she was fouled less than 15 seconds after the opening whistle.The junior continued to make plays for the Orange throughout. With more room to operate in the midfield, she created opportunities for herself and her teammates.‘She brings so many assets to our game,’ Rickan said. ‘For her to see the whole entire field, as a forward, you see her looking up all the time. It’s easier to make runs (with Romagnuolo in the midfield) because you can tell where she’s going.’And finally, Romagnuolo helped SU break through.With Hunsberger making a run down the left sideline, Romagnuolo hit her in stride from the middle of the field. Hunsberger took one touch into the box and poked the ball into the upper right corner on a tough angle to give Syracuse a 1-0 lead.‘Tina sent me the ball down,’ Hunsberger said. ‘She was coming forward and I made my run wide. I had my first touch in and just hit it in.’Romagnuolo had a great scoring chance of her own but missed a wide-open header right in front later in the half. Still, that wasn’t enough to overshadow her performance in the midfield. Wheddon said her control of the game and ball-winning abilities were a key factor in SU getting the win.‘We put Tina back in the midfield because they were playing centrally and pushing numbers through the midfield, and we were having a problem with that,’ Wheddon said. ‘We wanted someone to win the ball and play out. And Tina’s very good at that.’[email protected]center_img Commentslast_img read more