Baking the digital way

first_imgIngredients supplier Sonneveld’s European Bakery Innovation Centre (EBIC) is taking the baking industry into the 21st century. Digital cameras can record everything in iats test bakery and images they take are put on the internet so that they can be viewed anywhere in the world.Temperatures are monitored throughout the bread-making process and the end product analysed. Computers register every last statistic, from softness and crumb structure to the number of holes and cells in slices of bread, so that they can be used to create graphs and intricate diagrams.”Why? Because knowledge is power,” explains Sonneveld’s newly appointed managing director, Cees Hack.”We want to share the ambition and the passion, which is why we have opened up EBIC. We invite people from our industry – bakers, machine constructors, students and raw material suppliers – to use it as a meeting point. We believe that two heads are better than one. By sharing knowledge, we are encouraging innovation. It’s our desire to become known as the problem-solvers of the industry and we want others to share the wealth.”Geert Sonneveld, who owns the Sonneveld Group, opened the centre on 13 September, 2006, the day the group officially celebrated its 50th anniversary. Sonneveld supplies bread mixes, improvers and release agents to artisan and industrial bakeries worldwide.experiment to perfectAccording to the company, EBIC’s primary purpose is to involve its customers in new developments, allow experiments to be carried out on small production lines and to give artisan bakers an opportunity to refresh or enhance their knowledge.EBIC has a trained sensory panel that conducts a series of consumer tests on products. Members cast their votes on hand-held devices, similar to those used by the audience on the TV quiz Who Wants to be a Millionaire? Companies and bakers can use the test bakery at EBIC to try different methods of preparation and tweak recipes.”We’re very proud of the centre,” says Martin Churchill, technical sales manager for the UK and Ireland. “We think that British bakers and people in the industry can introduce more innovation into the market by using its facilities.”His European counterpart, Ruud Klasens, agrees: “EBIC is a very exciting centre and we welcome everyone from the industry to come and visit.”Sonneveld conducts research for customers and consumers and has contacts with international research institutes and technical bakery libraries across the world.”We believe that, for a baker to be successful, he must understand his consumer,” says Hack. “So one of our latest developments is researching what we believe are the four types of consumers: pure, indulgent, passionate and worldly.consumer profiles”The pure consumer will buy a product for one particular reason – for example, cost. This same category buys ’healthy’ bread for its health benefits.”Indulgent consumers have a sweet tooth. This category will stay in a bakery for an extra few minutes just to look at the cream cakes, whereas passionate consumers love the smell, the feel, the taste and want to know the origin of their bread.”They use all their senses, gathering as much information as possible. And the worldly consumer will travel miles to buy, for example, a naan bread because it tastes like those in Delhi.”But you also have to remember that consumers often switch between categories.” n—-=== Fact file ===? Sonneveld Group BV supplies an extensive range of bread improvers, bread mixes and release agents to both artisan and industrial bakeries? Major turnover comes from exports to countries in Europe, the Middle East, South America and south-east Asia? The company was set up in Sliedrecht, Holland, in 1956 by E J Sonneveld Snr and his eldest son, C G Sonneveld? In the 1980s and 1990s, Sonneveld expanded its range and introduced fruit and gelatine products, imitation chocolate, pastry mixes, almond paste, marzipan and yellow cream powders? In 1998, the company introduced liquid bread improvers for the industrial segment? Sonneveld’s most recent innovation is aimed at the artisan bakery segment: a block improver called Proson? On 6 September, 2005, Sonneveld opened its Palipro plant, the largest fully automated factory in Europe for the production of liquid, oil-based bread improvers? Cees Hack is Sonneveld’s new managing director. He took over from its owner, Geert Sonneveld, who opened EBIC on 13 September, 2006? Sonneveld conducts, and has access to, extensive market researchlast_img read more

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Cardinals Fall To St. Mary’s

first_imgThe St. Louis 6th grade boys basketball team played a great game againsta really good visiting St. Mary’s team from Vernon, but fell short 29-25.The Cardinals had 5 players involved in the scoring attack with Kyle Salatin leading the wayfollowed by Cody Mohr, Hunter Laudick, Luke Wilson and Abe Streator.Tenacious defense by Spencer Mack and Cayden Pohlman helped keep it close.It was an exciting game with several lead changes that went to the last fewseconds of the game before St Mary’s closed it out and won 29-25.Courtesy of Cardinals Coach Jim Mohrlast_img

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Hunt: ‘It won’t happen again. Plain and simple.’

first_imgTerrel Hunt watched the final 33:24 and the overtime periods of Syracuse’s season-opening win against Villanova with Omari Palmer and Josh Parris.They were injured. He had been ejected for punching Villanova linebacker Dillon Lucas in the face mask with his left hand.Speaking to the media Tuesday evening for the first time since the ejection on Aug. 29, Hunt said that his return on Saturday at noon against Central Michigan won’t be a do-over. His team beat the Wildcats with Austin Wilson playing the remainder of regulation and double overtime in the 27-26 SU win. After a week-plus of apologizing to his teammates, talking to Orange alumni and preparing for the Chippewas, the SU starting quarterback is eager just to play a competitive game again.“I want to stay in the game all four quarters and win,” Hunt said. “That’s all.”The punch was out of his character and a response to what he maintains was a late hit to the head. It was also a response to what he said were dirty plays earlier in the game.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIn addition to his teammates, former SU stars Donovan McNabb and Floyd Little forgave Hunt, he said.“He told me exactly what I already knew,” Hunt said of his conversation with the former SU quarterback, McNabb. “I got to keep my cool, be composed. Whatever we said was between me and him. But the moral of it was, ‘Just be calm, you’re the leader of the team. You can’t let little things affect you.’“… We’re men. It’s a tough sport, it’s emotional,” Hunt said.When asked how he’ll prevent further outbursts from happening again, he responded, “It’s not going to happen again. Plain and simple.”While Hunt said the extended break was tough, it didn’t spawn any seminal reflections.“Nothing I didn’t already know about myself,” he said. “I’m the same person. I made a mistake. It’s simple. You make mistakes, you learn from them and you move forward. That’s all.”When offensive coordinator George McDonald was asked what he wants to improve on against from the Villanova game to the Central Michigan matchup, he said he just wants a complete game from Hunt.“I want to see Terrel Hunt not get thrown out of the game,” McDonald said. “I want to play a full game with our starting quarterback. I want to get in the flow and I want to see us just go out and execute.” Comments Published on September 9, 2014 at 8:27 pm Contact Jacob: [email protected] | @Jacob_Klinger_ Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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William Amponsah wins 2019 Kwahu Easter Mountain Marathon

first_imgWilliam Amponsah, a 20-year-old from Swedru in the Central Region won the 2019 Kwahu Easter Mountain Marathon (KEMM) over the weekend.He clocked a time of 2 hours, 29 minutes and 16 seconds in the 42-kilometre race which started at Nkawkaw and ended at Abene.He had taken a commanding lead at Mpraeso ahead of the closest competitor, Malik Yakubu and maintained same till the end.For his prize, he received GHÈ»3, 000, a decoder and a satellite dish from Startimes Ghana and a smartphone from Mibisoko. He would also compete in this year’s  Beijing Marathon.The runner-up, Yakubu who clocked a time of 2:41:40, also received a cash prize of GHÈ»2, 000, a satellite dish from Startimes Ghana and a Smartphone.Seidu Salifu came third. He took home GHÈ»1,500 whilst Afful Basit and Simon Ayittey placed fourth and fifth respectively. Fifteen-year-old Ramatu Abdulai from Wa, the first female to cross the finish line at a time of 3:25:14, received a cash prize of GHÈ»1,500 a decoder and dish from Startimes, a smartphone and other souvenirs from sponsors.Nine-year-old Noami Fisouli became the youngest to finish the race to place second in the female category.last_img read more

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LA Clippers hold on to beat Sacramento Kings

first_imgSACRAMENTO >> You don’t just quit smoking cigarettes without walking by a cloud of smoke and being tempted. You don’t just stop gambling and ignore the sounds of slot machines ringing and roulette wheels spinning. You don’t just stop cursing without wanting to let a f-bomb fly every now and then.Old habits, as everyone knows, are hard to break. And, the Clippers, it seems, aren’t immune to this battle.Friday night was a reminder that these battles, they’re always there. In a 121-115 win in Sacramento, the 2016 Clippers looked like an older model.Instead of staying locked in for the entire game, the Clippers’ defense waned when the lead got bigger. Instead of staying even during the Sacramento runs, the Clippers looked around at one another or glared at the refs. Winning isn’t easy, especially on the road, and at times, the Clippers played like victory would be assumed.Up by 26 in the first half and by 19 heading into the fourth quarter, the Clippers walked around the court shocked by the Kings’ push.The lead shrunk all the way down to six points midway through the fourth, as the offense that glided through big chunks of the game now looked like they were moving through sludge.On two separate occasions, the Clippers failed to successfully inbound the ball after Kings’ baskets. They didn’t challenge shooters and they let rebounds squirt through their hands.But like the former smoker, the former gambler, the reformed potty-mouth, the Clippers don’t want to be their former selves. They want to be better, and in the final minutes, they found a way to keep from fully relapsing. On one critical fourth-quarter possession, the ball moved from the post on the left side of the floor to the right corner to Chris Paul beyond the 3-point line at the right elbow, where the Clipper point guard drilled a huge 3.On another, they perfectly executed a counter to a play to get Blake Griffin open underneath the rim, forcing the Kings to foul. Griffin made both free throws.Still, the Kings kept fighting because the Clippers never fully quieted them.Former Clipper Matt Barnes made all three fourth-quarter 3-point shots he took. And after the Clippers failed to corral a long rebound, Ty Lawson drained a wide-open 3 from the far corner cutting the lead all the way down to three. After a block and a Barnes free throw, it was just two.But Paul found DeAndre Jordan for a lob, and Paul got a huge steal, and Paul, who struggled shooting all night, split on two trips to the free-throw line, giving hi team just enough cushion to hold on. Friday, the Clippers didn’t take a drag of a smoke; they didn’t drop a paycheck at the tables.The old habits didn’t win. The Clippers were able to hold them off for a night.But the challenges, the allure to fall into familiar patterns, they’re not going anywhere.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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Defense shows up, but Lakers fall in overtime to Denver

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error The score was tied 90-90 when Danilo Gallinari made one of two free throws for a 91-90 Denver lead. The Nuggets got the long rebound on Gallinari’s missed second free throw and Gallinari eventually got the ball back and hit a 3-pointer for a 94-90 Nuggets lead with 1:28 to play. The Lakers could not recover from that.Denver (6-7), which has won four consecutive games, got 19 points from Wilson Chandler, 18 from Ty Lawson and 15 from Arron Afflalo.Kobe Bryant led Los Angeles with 27 points, shooting 10 of 24 from the field. Jeremy Lin scored 17 and Robert Sacre had 13 points off the bench.Sacre, who also had three rebounds and three steals, echoed Scott’s sentiments.“Absolutely,” he said. “We harp on defense in practice and just little things like that and when you lose a game like this, it’s tough. It hurts.” Los Angeles had a chance to win in regulation. With the score tied 86-86, the Lakers took the ball out with 15.1 seconds to play out of a timeout. But Bryant could not connect on a tough shot from the corner.“I could have gotten a better one,” Bryant said, “but that was the shot I practiced my entire career.” Denver, which has won four consecutive games, called timeout with 0.5 seconds left. But the Nuggets were called for traveling on the sideline out-of-bounds play.The Lakers then took it out. Nick Young received the ball about 40 feet out and his prayer was not answered.The Lakers trailed 41-39 at halftime, but led 75-72 after three quarters. The teams both went cold in the fourth and combined for just 25 points. The Lakers were just 2 of 7 from the field in overtime. The Lakers (3-11) were without forward Carlos Boozer, who was out with a sore left shoulder.Bryant was shooting 6 of 10 from the field through three quarters, then shot just 3 of 11 in the fourth when the Lakers scored only 11 points. After the loss at Dallas on Friday, Bryant said he had heavy legs. Scott said they still could be a bit tired.“Might be, might be a little bit,” Scott said. “It’s a good time for him the next two days to get some rest, get rejuvenated.”The Lakers host Memphis on Wednesday.Young, who scored just seven points on 2-of-12 shooting, intimated the team needs to take some of the burden off Bryant.“At times, we fall into relying on No. 24 a lot,” Young said. “We got to believe in ourselves. I believe in everybody on this team. Kobe is going to be Kobe. But we have to find a way to put the ball in the hole with everybody else.“Guys are used to going to Kobe for the last four or five minutes and let him make plays. Kobe is going to be Kobe and has been in these situations for a while. It’s time for us to step up more.”Bryant believes the team is improving.“We are playing much better,” said Bryant, who shot 1 of 3 in overtime. “Today kind of felt a little flat. We had spurts when we really had some high energy and got out on transition as of late. It’s not like the Dallas game where they hit everything they threw up.”As bummed out as the Lakers were, the Nuggets were that stoked.“We came out and we played hard,” said Chandler, who shot just 6 of 15, but was 5 of 11 from 3-point range. “We scored when we needed to. We made a big 3 at the end and I thought our team did a great job on the glass.”Denver outrebounded the Lakers 57-50.Timofey Mozgov contributed 13 points and 13 rebounds to the Denver cause. Jordan Hill had 11 points and 14 rebounds for Los Angeles.center_img The Lakers were coming off a 34-point loss at Dallas in which the Mavericks shot a whopping 62.2 percent from the field. It put a bit of a damper on a 2-1 road trip that began with impressive victories over Atlanta and Houston.“Do we have to get better on defense? Of course, we do,” first-year coach Byron Scott said ahead of the Lakers’ game Sunday night against the visiting Denver Nuggets.The Lakers were much better defensively, head and shoulders above the Dallas game, as they held the Nuggets to just 37.8-percent shooting. That still wasn’t good enough because the Lakers shot only 37.1 percent and Denver came away with a 101-94 victory over Los Angeles in overtime before a disappointed Staples Center crowd.“Yeah, yeah, definitely tougher to take,” Scott said of losing after such a solid defensive showing. “Definitely, because the effort was there. Things that we talked about yesterday, it was all there. I thought our guys played hard tonight, did a lot of good things on the defensive end.”last_img read more

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