Orkla joins UK confectionery ingredients market

first_imgBakery ingredients supplier Orkla Food Ingredients has purchased 85% of the shares in sales and distribution company, Orchard Valley Foods Limited.Through its wholly-owned subsidiary NIC Enterprises Limited, Orkla Food Ingredients has signed and completed an agreement to purchase 85% of the shares in the British sales and distribution company Orchard Valley Foods Limited.Tenbury Wells-based Orchard Valley is a supplier of ingredients and accessories to the UK bakery, chocolate and ice cream market – most of its turnover is generated in the UK, but the company also has increasing exports to Europe.Orkla Food Ingredients holds strong positions as a bakery ingredients supplier in the Nordic region and selected countries in Europe.Pål Eikeland, Orkla EVP and CEO of Orkla Food Ingredients, said: “Orchard Valley Food and Orkla Food Ingredients are a good fit. The acquisition of Orchard Valley complements Orkla’s current position in the UK ice cream ingredients and accessories segment.“It also strengthens our position in categories that are well known to Orkla Food Ingredients. This acquisition offers potential for increased exports and synergies with our present operations.”Orchard Valley is a privately-owned company with 72 employees. The agreement also includes an option to purchase the remaining 15% of the shares. The company will be consolidated into Orkla’s financial statements from 1 April 2017. The parties have agreed not to disclose the purchase price.last_img read more


Weekend Poll! Which B’way Character Do You Want to Get Smashed With on St. Patty’s Day?

first_imgSt. Patrick’s Day, the booziest holiday of the year, is just around the corner—wait, don’t crack open that Guinness yet! It’s not until Monday, guys, relax. But while you’re getting your leprechaun costume dry-cleaned, we have a very important question for you. Broadway is full of fun and hilarious characters, and some of them know how to party (Mrs. Wormwood, we’re looking at you). We’ve assembled a few of our favorites we think it might be awesome to get a few drinks with. So we have to know—which one of these Broadway characters do you want to get obliterated with this St. Patrick’s Day? Grab your four leaf clover shot glass and cast your vote below! View Commentslast_img


Experts urge users to upgrade from Windows 7

first_img“Microsoft has an upgrade utility that you can basically run on your computer, it will take your credit card information and it will bill a license for you,” he said. Wurtenberg says that if you have a computer running on Windows 7 you may be able to upgrade it to Windows 10. This process will put you back about $100. Wurtenberg says that while you may think that big corporations with a lot of data are the most at risk, it’s actually casual web browsing that could get you in trouble. Wurtenberg tells 12 News that if you must continue to use Windows 7 for the time being, develop a plan to upgrade within the next few months. “Any future problems that arise because of viruses or anything to that nature will not be patched,” Wurtenberg said. If your computer is more than a few years old Wurtenberg says that the upgrade may not be worth it and you should consider buying a new computer all together. “The average user browsing Facebook and reading email is probably some of the riskiest behavior that you have,” he said. “I would say that especially those users should be thinking about upgrading to Windows 10.” center_img “You can continue to use your operating system, it will continue to function, however, as time goes on the risk for infection will continue to grow,” he said. “If it’s bordering on three to four years old I’d probably take a stock and say, maybe it’s time to upgrade it and buy one that already has Windows 10 on it,” he said. BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — It’s a day many computer users have been dreading. Microsoft officially ended support for its Windows 7 operating system Tuesday. Derek Wurtenberg, department lead for the Managed Services Department at Red Barn Technology Group in Binghamton tells 12 News that if you continue to use Windows 7 after today you will be putting your digital security at risk. Wurtenberg says that while Windows 7 will still work after today, your computer is more likely to be compromised. last_img read more


‘Don’t be satisfied with numbers’: Doubts remain as Jakarta officials claim epidemic under control

first_imgJakarta, the first epicenter of the COVID-19 epidemic in Indonesia, has reportedly brought the outbreak “under control”, officials have said, in a statement that has raised eyebrows as new cases still appear in the city.The capital of Indonesia continues to have more cases than most other places in the country with a total of 10,796 confirmed cases as of Friday, while the number of daily new cases always ranks among the top three provinces.Home to about 10 million people, the city has logged 1,128, 874 and 949 new cases per week for the past three consecutive weeks until June 26, according to data from the national COVID-19 task force. Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan said new cases remained low thanks to the double testing that officials had been exercising since early June to shore up negative results. He also claimed Jakarta’s epidemiological statistics, comprising the reproductive rate and positivity rate, were on the decline.The three are among the city administration’s main considerations for easing restrictions under the so-called “transitional phase” of large-scale social restrictions (PSBB), the governor said.As of June 21, the COVID-19 reproductive rate in the city was 0.98, according to the city health agency.The World Health Organization (WHO) requires a region to have, among other things, a testing capacity of below 0.1 percent of the population per week and a positivity rate of below 5 percent, before it can begin to reopen the economy. Jakarta has tested 0.22, 0.18 and 0.13 percent for each week during the three weeks of the transitional PSBB, according to data compiled from the city’s official coronavirus website, corona.jakarta.go.id. The time taken to receive test results had also reduced from more than one week in March to two days as of mid-May, Anies said.Jakarta has had a positivity rate ranging between 3.3 and 6.2 percent for the past two weeks, according to data gleaned from the city administration’s website.“Yes, we still have cases. [The pandemic] has yet to end. However, we have those numbers relatively under control when compared to the situation in April,” Anies told the Post in a recent exclusive interview.In addition to the metrics, the governor said the capital’s healthcare facilities for treating COVID-19 patients had much improved. The city health agency recorded 4,556 beds and 659 intensive care units last week, an increase from 904 beds and 80 ICUs in March.Only around 30 to 35 percent of all the facilities were occupied, Anies said late Thursday at a zikr (Muslim prayer chant) event live-streamed on Youtube.“The evaluation of [the transitional PSBB] is that our epidemiological numbers show we are under control, health facilities are not overwhelmed and we did not see a jump in the number of patients and [visitors] in public places,” Anies said last weekend, citing occupancy rates of just 17 percent in shopping malls after reopening.University of Indonesia (UI) epidemiologist Tri Yunis Miko Wahyono said when it came to public health, the decision to ease restrictions must account for more than just numbers, especially when the daily number of new cases was still high.”I agree that [the reproductive rate and positivity rate] is about to decline, but it is not safe and under control yet, because it may rise again,” Miko said. “Let’s redefine what ‘under control’ means. For instance, new cases must not be above 100 per week – not per day.”He acknowledged that Jakarta had been facing a severe economic contraction, which forced the administration to reopen the economy even though, as a former epicenter, it should have been the last to reopen.As of Friday, East Java leapfrogged Jakarta to become the new national epicenter of the disease in Indonesia, according to the official daily tally.With the inevitability of economic repercussions, Miko called on the city to impose health protocols that were stricter than existing efforts and warned against resuming activities that made no direct contribution to the economy.He noted the resumption of Car Free Day (CFD) on Jl. Sudirman and Jl. M.H. Thamrin on Sunday with a ban for street vendors. More than 40,000 visitors descended on the street that day.The city administration responded midweek by shifting CFD this weekend to 32 spots for sporting activities across Jakarta in an attempt to reduce crowd numbers.Jakarta Public Order Agency head Arifin admitted that the public was still lacking in compliance with the order to not gather in large crowds, among other basic health protocols.Arifin said the agency had been patrolling residential neighborhoods every day over two shifts – morning and afternoon – to remind people to observe health protocols.The agency has collected Rp 200.92 million (US$14,139) in fines from 1,150 individual violators for not wearing masks during the transition period.Public health specialist Baequni of the Syarif Hidayatullah State Islamic University (UIN), the head of the Indonesian Public Health Expert Association’s (IAKMI) Jakarta branch, demanded the city administration involve public health professionals to oversee the implementation of health protocols at the grassroots level.He argued that inconsistent compliance with health protocols was largely due to a lack of knowledge and public awareness, which is why he believes it is important to supervise the efforts rather than merely reminding people.“Do not be satisfied with the numbers […] The only way to adapt [to COVID-19] is by instilling a culture of public health [awareness],” he said.“It is too early for us to claim success in controlling the disease, unless we are able to educate society and health protocols are fully implemented.”Editor’s note: Corrected opening paragraphs for clarityTopics :last_img read more