Welsh Drinks Producer Secures Middle East Business

Torri Donley

Welsh Drinks Producer Secures Middle East Business


Flawsome! Drinks have every reason to celebrate after securing a business deal with a multinational premium supermarket retailer in the Middle East.

Cardiff based drinks producer, Flawsome!, which makes cold-pressed juices from imperfect fruit and vegetables, will see its products available to buy in the well known Spinneys stores in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). This latest news is a great boost to the company at such a challenging and uncertain time for all food and drink producers.

Next month, around 28 stores will initially stock Flawsome! lightly sparkling range which includes Apple & Rhubarb, Sweet and Sour Apple, and Apple & Cherry as well as their Apple and Orange, Apple & Strawberry, Apple & Superberry cold pressed juices in 750ml glass bottles.

The deal was secured earlier this year following a visit to Gulfood, one of the world’s largest food and drink

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Dog-Food Recall Now Includes 18 Brands

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is expanding a dog-food recall of certain products from multiple brands that may contain an unsafe level of a toxin called aflatoxin. Aflatoxin is a byproduct of a type of mold (Aspergillus flavus) that can grow on grains commonly used in pet food, according to the FDA. When pets consume too much aflatoxin, it can cause sickness and, in some severe cases, longterm liver issues and/or death.

Pet-food manufacturer Sunshine Mills, Inc., first announced the voluntary recall on September 2 after the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry (DAF) found elevated levels of aflatoxin in a bag of dog food during routine sample testing. (According to Sunshine Mills’ October 9 announcement, there have been no reports of sickness linked to recalled products yet.) The initial recall included 12 lots of six different dog-food products, from three different brands.

A subsequent FDA investigation

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7 expert kitchen design tips to make cooking a delight

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“WE SPEND SO much time in the kitchen,” says kitchen designer Marie Browne. “But we don’t ask ourselves, how are we using this space? How could we be using it better?”

For most households in Ireland, the kitchen is where life happens. Not just cooking, but everything from the morning scramble to afternoon schoolwork; from lazy lunches to late-night conversations. 

We asked Marie – a designer with Cash & Carry Kitchens – for her tips on designing a kitchen that makes life easier, not harder. Say goodbye to cluttered worktops and make awkward storage a thing of the past with her expert advice. 

1. First, make your ‘must-have’ list of appliances

The first step, says Marie, is to look at the things that you really need. “That’s where the design process really starts,” she says. And it’s crucial to be realistic. “If you’re a family of four, you don’t want

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New Jacksonville restaurant would go where River City Brewing is razed

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David Bauerlein
| Florida Times-Union

The developer proposing to tear down the River City Brewing Co. restaurant on the downtown Jacksonville riverfront has added a restaurant with patio dining to its plan for a 335-unit apartment building.

The restaurant will not be as large as the two-level River City Brewing building, but it would give Downtown Investment Authority board members assurance that the riverfront site still would have a dining option.

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A DIA staff summary said the Related Group added the restaurant in response to “questions and concerns regarding the loss of a restaurant, lounge or space to be available for use by the public.”

The summary says the restaurant will be modeled after the Glass & Vine in Coconut Grove, which dubs itself an “intimate secret garden by the sea”  and touts its covered

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‘We have provided electricity to every home, aren’t we catering to all castes and religions’: Bihar BJP in-charge

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As the BJP campaign kicks off in Bihar, Bhupendra Yadav, Bihar BJP in-charge, talks to The Indian Express about the party’s position on the LJP, dismisses reports of distrust with JD(U), and insists the party is not following the Maharashtra Model in Bihar

How will the BJP convince voters that the LJP is not working on its behalf to damage JD(U)’s chances in some constituencies?

We have already expelled nine BJP rebel leaders who were contesting (against NDA candidates) on Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) ticket. Also, soon there will be several joint rallies of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar. Besides, leaders from both the parties will campaign together.

But there have been reports about growing distrust between JD(U) and BJP workers on the ground…

We have already sent out a strong message to our workers. We have been working

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Top drinks marketing campaigns and news: October

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US wine giant E&J Gallo signed the Black Eyed Peas for an augmented reality marketing stunt to promote its Barefoot wine brand.

The wine label has created an app that allows drinkers to see a virtual mini-performance courtesy of the band.

Consumers start by downloading an app directly or scanning the QR code on a Barefoot wine product. Then, consumers scan the iconic ‘foot’ on the Barefoot label to hear a new version of Black Eyed Peas’ single “VIDA LOCA” and see a 3D animated performance from the group. With each additional Barefoot product in the frame, more sections to the display will be added until the full song is playable.


Scotch distiller Glenmorangie has released a single malt whisky designed to be paired with cake.

Called A Tale of Cake, the whisky is finished in Tokaj wine casks, which is intended to help it develop flavours of honey, white

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Imperative Messages From The World Food Programme’s Nobel Peace Prize: Remembering Frank Shefrin’s Role

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The Nobel prize committee sent the world a series of imperative messages last Friday when it announced that the United Nations’ World Food Programme (UN’s WFP) will be the recipient of the 2020 Nobel Peace prize.

The strongest message from the Nobel committee is that using starvation as a weapon of war is cruel, inhumane, and immoral; and they are telling us that starvation has been getting worse of late, not

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Online reinvention for &munch has highlighted public appetite for events catering

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Of all the businesses affected by the Covid-19 pandemic, the events industry has been one of those hit hardest. 

The thought of having thousands of people crowded into small spaces or singing along to live music feels a million miles away from our current world of social distancing and household bubbles. 

What’s more, these kind of large-scale events are likely to be the last area of society to re-open when the Covid-19 crisis eventually eases. But what do you do if your entire business is based around catering at events?

In the case of Vanessa Gilpin, the 30-year-old director of catering business ‘&munch’, the challenges posed by lockdown didn’t slow down her ambition.

She used the lack of event bookings to dedicate her time to the rebrand of her business (formerly known as strEAT events) and the launch of a new digital platform that will allow people to connect with

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Three Columbia-area gas station food stops you need to try | Food & Drink

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Gas station food gets a weird wrap. Images of warm, glowing hot dogs spinning on a conveyor belt and lines of slushie machines are the typical images. On the other side of the globe, though, gas station food is a culture unto itself. In Japan, 7-Elevens, Lawsons and Family Mart provide incredibly delicious foods, like tonkatsu chicken sandwiches and ramen, at classic convenience store prices.

Despite the negative reputation, there actually is a deep culture of gas station food in the South. From small towns to outer rims of the city, many kitchens are tucked back and hidden away from plain sight. A couple of years ago, I scoured stores around the city and found two places that I couldn’t imagine living without: Jimmy’s Mart (9900 Two Notch Rd.), with iconic hot dogs and one of the last places you can find a catfish stew, and Roy’s Grille (711 W

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Learning the ropes, and English, to become a successful restaurant owner

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Maria Gonzalez, originally from Mexico, is now a proud entrepreneur and business owner in northwest Cedar Rapids.

Together with her husband, Javier, Gonzalez owns El Super Burrito & Lupita’s Bakery, 3300 Johnson Ave. NW. What began as a humble home bakery 17 years ago has expanded to a full-service restaurant with a loyal following.

So loyal, in fact, that the Gonzalezes purposefully choose not to advertise when they have specials and celebrations.

“We have a small kitchen and a small space,” Maria Gonzalez said. “We celebrate Dec. 4 as our anniversary every year, and we don’t even advertise because there are so many people that come. … May 5 (Cinco de Mayo) is also a crazy time for us.”

Hundreds of authentic Mexican delicacies emerge from the restaurant’s tiny kitchen each day. The restaurant’s most popular dish, the burrito ahogado, features a giant burrito smothered in green salsa, guacamole, sour

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