Omnicane Limited (MTMD.mu) listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius under the Food sector has released it’s 2014 abridged results.For more information about Omnicane Limited (MTMD.mu) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Omnicane Limited (MTMD.mu) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Omnicane Limited (MTMD.mu) 2014 abridged results.Company ProfileOmnicane Limited is a company headquartered in Mauritius and specialises in sugar milling and electricity production services. The company engages in the production and processing of sugar cane, electricity production, food crop, flower and venison production, vegetable, palm heart and fresh shrimp production. Omnicane ltd operates through its subsidiaries, Omnicane Milling Holdings (Mon Tresor) Limited, Omnicane Milling Holdings (Britannia Highlands) Limited, Floreal Limited, FAW Investment Limited, Exotic Exports Limited, Omnicane Logistic Operations Limited, Omnicane Thermal Energy Holdings (St Aubin) Limited, Omnicane Holdings (La Baraque) Thermal Energy Limited, Omnicane Milling Operations Limited and Omnicane Agricultural Operations Limited; all arranged under sugar, energy, hospitality, and property segments. Omnicane Limited is listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius.
New Mauritius Hotels Limited (NMHL.mu) listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius under the Tourism sector has released it’s 2015 annual report.For more information about New Mauritius Hotels Limited (NMHL.mu) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the New Mauritius Hotels Limited (NMHL.mu) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: New Mauritius Hotels Limited (NMHL.mu) 2015 annual report.Company ProfileNew Mauritius Hotels Limited indulges in the hospitality sector primarily, where together with the company’s subsidiaries, it operates through four segments; hotel operations, tour operating, airline and inland catering, and property development. Respectively, the hotel operations segment covers operations in Mauritius, Seychelles, and Morocco. The tour operations segment involves activities in Mauritius, France, the United Kingdom, Italia, and South Africa. The flight and inland catering segment caters to operations in Mauritius. The property development segment refers to activities in Morocco and to be started in Mauritius. New Mauritius Hotels Limited is listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius.
Downtime with… Exeter star Sam Simmonds MORE ON SAM SIMMONDS Who is Sam Simmonds: Ten things you should know about the Exeter star A back-row with the skill-set and athleticism of a centre, Sam Simmonds was selected in Warren Gatland’s British & Irish Lions 2021 squad.Having helped Exeter Chiefs to a Gallagher Premiership and European Champions Cup double in 2019-20, he went on to set a new try-scoring record in the 2020-21 English top flight.Ten things you should know about Sam Simmonds1. Sam Simmonds was born on 10 November 1994 in Torquay, Devon. He grew up in Teignmouth, a smaller town only 30 minutes away from Exeter.2. His younger brother, Joe, was born in December 1996. The two are Exeter team-mates, with Joe fly-half and captain of the Chiefs. Can’t get to the shops? You can download the digital edition of Rugby World straight to your tablet or subscribe to the print edition to get the magazine delivered to your door.Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. My Day Off: Joe and Sam Simmonds of Exeter Chiefs “To have my brother beside me is massive!”At 23, Joe Simmonds just lead @ExeterChiefs to the summit of European rugby He was joined by his brother Sam at full-time who presented him with the man of the match award #ChampionsCupRugby pic.twitter.com/HJPB95afUO— Rugby on BT Sport (@btsportrugby) October 17, 20203. The family background is in fishing – both his father and uncle are involved in the crab and lobster business in Teignmouth.4. Simmonds did not go straight into the Exeter senior squad, instead spending time on loan at Plymouth Albion and Cornish Pirates.5. He scored a try on his Premiership debut for Exeter, a 35-35 draw with Wasps in 2017. Lions team-mate Jonny Hill was sent off in the same match. Left-field chat with the dynamic Chiefs No 8… Collapse Sam Simmonds is a key player for Exeter Chiefs (CameraSport/Getty Images) My Day Off: Joe and Sam Simmonds of… LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS From fishing to FIFA, find out more information about the Premiership’s top try-scorer in 2020-21 Downtime with… Exeter star Sam Simmonds 6. The 2017 autumn Internationals saw Simmonds win his first England cap, playing in a 21-8 win over Argentina. He appeared in four of England’s Six Nations matches in 2018, scoring a double against Italy.Sam Simmonds on England duty in Durban in 2018 (Getty Images)7. His England initiation song was Build Me Up, Buttercup by The Foundations.8. Warren Gatland spoke to Simmonds during the 2021 Six Nations to assure him that he was in the Lions selection picture, despite not playing for England at the time. My Day Off: Joe and Sam Simmonds of Exeter Chiefs Expand Sam Simmonds in full flight…Terrifying #PremRugby pic.twitter.com/QCJsGfcCMk— Rugby on BT Sport (@btsportrugby) February 29, 20209. Simmonds is a massive Liverpool fan, with Steven Gerrard one of his heroes outside rugby.10. He is a keen gamer – and revealed to Rugby World that he gets more irritated after losing a game of FIFA than after losing a game of rugby.
Journalists are not at present legally bound by professional confidentiality, as doctors and lawyers are. But they can conceal the identity of informants when they give court evidence (article 109-2 of the code of legal procedure). “We’ll hold Ilham Aliyev personally responsible if anything happens to this blogger in France” RSF says FranceEurope – Central Asia RSF denounces Total’s retaliation against Le Monde for Myanmar story FranceEurope – Central Asia Receive email alerts News The law currently only allows searches of media premises to be done by a judge, but Reporters Without Borders has always condemned the fact that a journalist’s home is not protected in this way and can be searched by an ordinary police detective. The Perben Bill aggravates this situation and poses an even greater threat to investigative journalism and independent journalists. RSF_en Follow the news on France Help by sharing this information April 25, 2003 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Perben Bill “threatens confidentiality of journalists’ sources” Reporters Without Borders today expressed deep concern about a proposed French law it said would endanger the right of journalists not to reveal their sources of information. The measure supplements legislation presented by interior minister Nicolas Sarkozy boosting the government’s internal security powers and giving it new means to obtain information.”This bill is another blow to the confidentiality of journalists’ sources,” said Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Robert Ménard in a letter to justice minister Dominique Perben. “Even if searches of media premises are still to be conducted under special rules, the measure is a new threat because journalists need only be considered ‘likely’ to have relevant information for them to be asked by a prosecutor or judge to divulge it. If they refuse, they can be fined. As we have said repeatedly, journalists are not to be treated as assistants to the police or the courts.”Perben presented a bill to the cabinet on 9 April officially “adapting the law to changes in criminal behaviour.” Its articles 28 and 49 say an examining magistrate, state prosecutor or police detective “can require any person or private or public company or institution likely to have material or information of interest to an investigation, including data in personal files, to hand it over or disclose it, without pleading exemption on grounds of professional secrecy.” Refusal could incur a fine of 3,750 euros. to go further News June 2, 2021 Find out more June 4, 2021 Find out more News The new proposal reduces the right of journalists not to reveal their sources. The European Court of Human Rights has however supported this right (The Goodwin decision, 27 March 1996) as one of the “corner-stones” of press freedom and said that “without such protection, sources may be deterred from assisting the press in informing the public on matters of public interest” and that “as a result, the vital public watchdog role of the press may be undermined.” News Use the Digital Services Act to make democracy prevail over platform interests, RSF tells EU Organisation May 10, 2021 Find out more
Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago CIRT Fannie Mae GSE 2017-06-26 Staff Writer Related Articles Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Fannie Mae Reduces Risk Pool June 26, 2017 8,603 Views The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Fannie Mae is making moves again—this time it has completed its second set of traditional Credit Insurance Risk Transfer, (CIRT), to the tune of $19.8 billion in loan coverage. As of Monday when the deal was announced, Fannie Mae has acquired almost $4.3 billion of coverage on around $170 billion in loans through the program. The two transactions, 2017-3 and 2017-4, cover a total of $17.7 billion and 2.2 billion in initial principle balance, respectively, and took effect May 1, 2017. They both have a 10 year term with an annual premium of 14.04 base points. Loans in both pools were acquired between January 2016 and January 2017, are fixed-rate, and have a loan-to-value ratio greater than 80 percent but less than 98 percent. Loans were transferred to 17 different insurers and reinsurers, and Fannie Mae reserves the right to cancel any time after the five-year mark with a cancelation fee. Fannie Mae retains the rest for the first 50 basis points on 2017-3. If this amount—$88.4 million—is lost, reinsurers will cover the next 275 basis points up to around $486.2 million. For 2017-4, Fannie Mae also covers the first 50 basis points for a total potential loss of $10.9 million, after which time an insurer will cover the remaining 275 basis points for a coverage of $60.1 millionFannie Mae’s goal with their credit risk management approach is to “act as an intermediary between lenders and investors . . . to develop broad and liquid markets for credit risk that reduce taxpayer risk, minimize the impact to borrowers and lenders, offer an attractive investment option for investors in mortgage credit, and help build a stronger housing finance system.” You can find all the details of this CIRT deal, as well as past CIRT transactions on Fannie Mae’s website. in Commentary, Daily Dose, Featured, Government, News, Secondary Market Home / Commentary / Fannie Mae Reduces Risk Pool The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Previous: Why Are Lenders Loosening Credit Standards? Next: 5 Cities with Great Rental Investment Opportunities Print This Post About Author: Staff Writer Share Save Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Tagged with: CIRT Fannie Mae GSE Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily Subscribe
Online rent payments firm Flatfair has launched a free tool for landlords and letting agents to help set up rent payment plans with tenants if they amass arrears during the Coronavirus crisis.Called Resolve, the tech has been launched as the government urges landlords and letting agents to talk to struggling tenants and work out payment plans rather than initiating eviction proceedings.Once the courts lockdown ends and judges start to deal with evictions once more, the tool may also help satisfy the strengthened pre-action protocols to be introduced.These will require landlords and letting agents prove they have worked with tenants to avoid legal proceedings before they can apply to the court for possession. A landlord who has or expects properties to fall into rent arrears can ask their tenant to upload proof of financial distress on to the platform such as a redundancy letter.These documents can then be reviewed before a landlord proposes a payment plan which the tenant can accept or reject. Once the payment plan is agreed, both parties sign the documents electronically.Any landlord, not just those who use Flatfair’s deposit alternative product, can sign up for Resolve free of charge.Disruption“As the disruption caused by Covid-19 started to mount across the rental sector, we knew we had to build something that would help landlords not get left behind,” says Franz Doerr, CEO of Flatfair.“This is a very uncertain time for landlords, most of whom work extremely hard to provide a good home to their tenants, and now see their livelihood put at risk.”“Resolve will give landlords certainty that they can simply arrange a rental payment plan online with their tenants and electronically sign a legally binding agreement with everything clearly documented.”Flatfair also plans to support landlords in recovering any outstanding rent as part of Resolve’s premium offering, which is being rolled out soon.Read more about Flatfair. no deposit scheme coronavirus tenancy deposits flatfair Franz Doerr May 11, 2020Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » COVID-19 news » Free Coronavirus rent payment plan tool launched for landlords and tenants previous nextCOVID-19 newsFree Coronavirus rent payment plan tool launched for landlords and tenantsFranz Doerr, CEO of deposits firm Flatfair, says its new Resolve service will help both sides negotiate instead of ending up in court.Nigel Lewis11th May 202004,260 Views
View post tag: Flight III View post tag: USS George M. Neal View post tag: US Navy US Navy’s sixth Flight III Arleigh Burke-class destroyer will be named in honor of Korean War veteran, and Navy Cross Recipient, Aviation Machinist’s Mate 3rd Class George M. Neal, the US Navy secretary has announced.Neal, a native of Springfield, Ohio, served with Helicopter Utility Squadron ONE (HU-1), a Navy Helicopter rescue unit embarked from Australian light cruiser HMAS Sydney during the Korean War.“At significant risk to his personal safety, Petty Officer Neal distinguished himself by volunteering to go into harm’s way into North Korea to rescue a fellow service member,” said Spencer. “He was a hero, and I am proud his legacy will live on in the future USS George M. Neal (DDG 131).”Neal was awarded the Navy Cross for his actions on July 3, 1951, when, while serving with Helicopter Utility Squadron ONE, he and pilot Lt. j.g. John Koelsch attempted to rescue Marine Corps Captain James Wilkins. Wilkins crashed near Yondong in North Korea after his Corsair took antiaircraft fire.Keolsch and Neal located Wilkins and under increased enemy fire lowered the rescue sling, however the helicopter was soon disabled and crashed. For nine days, Neal assisted Keolsch and Wilkins in evading enemy forces before being captured and held as a Prisoner of War. Keolsch died during captivity but Wilkins and Neal were released and returned to the United States with more than 320 fellow POWs in 1952.The future USS George M. Neal (DDG 131) will be a Flight III destroyer capable of fighting air, surface and subsurface battles simultaneously, and will contain a combination of offensive and defensive weapon systems designed to support maritime warfare, including integrated air and missile defense and vertical launch capabilities.The ship will be constructed at Huntington Ingalls in Pascagoula, Mississippi. The ship will be 509 feet long, have a beam length of 59 feet and be capable of operating at speeds in excess of 30 knots. View post tag: Arleigh Burke-class Photo: An artist rendering of the future Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS George M. Neal (DDG 131). Photo: US Navy Share this article
FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail So there you have it! The County Commissioners never engaged or directed an engineer’s study related to the Harmony Way Bridge. If they had or if a Commissioner had a copy of such a study it should have been turned over to and maintained by the County Auditor’s office for safekeeping. Mr. Schmitz has never produced the report that he claimed to have had and has not responded to emails, texts and letters from the New Harmony Gazette requesting a copy of the report. He has instead allowed the attorney for the County Commission to answer for him.FOOTNOTE: The City County Observer posted this article without opinion, bias or editing. THE REQUEST AND REPLY RE: CARL SCHMITZ by The New Harmony Gazette Publisher Dan Barton(This is a copy of an Indiana Access to Public Records letter sent by The New Harmony Gazette to Posey County Commissioner Carl Schmitz on May 11th.)Dear Commissioner Schmitz:Pursuant to the Access to Public Records Act ( Ind. Code 5-14-3) I would like to obtain a copy of the following Public Records:In a cell phone text dated March 24, 2017, you stated to me that you had an engineer’s report stored in your barn that would confirm the remarks that you made to citizens of Posey County, Indiana at a public meeting on March 11th, concerning the status of the Harmony Way Bridge. You indicated, after I requested the report for the New Harmony Gazette, that it would take a couple of weeks for you to get it.More than two weeks have come and gone and I have not received the report nor any word from you regarding this matter. I also requested the report from you via a text message to your cell phone at 812-483-1629, on April 12, 2017. Again, no response! I believe the statements that you made were false and I am now taking steps to formally request the engineer’s report, that you say you have, through Indiana’s Public Access Act.Also on March 24, 2017 you indicated, via text, to me that the reason you voted “NO” twice in 2014 for Posey County to “Not” take title to the Harmony Way Bridge, was because of this unsubstantiated information which you indicate shows that it would cost $41 to $50 million to reopen the bridge. This decision had a potential negative effect on the economy of both The Town of New Harmony and Posey County. It has been calculated that the Harmony Way Bridge can attract gross receipts of nearly $600,000 per year and possibly as much as $500,000 in transient income per annum. It’s important for the voters and citizens to know that what you said that you depended upon to make your decision was based on factual data, such as a valid engineer’s report.On March 11, 2017 at a Public Meeting in Poseyville Indiana, entitled, Farm Bureau/Cracker Barrel Legislative Forum, you made the following statements pertaining to any assistance by the Posey County Government, whom you represent, participating in the reopening of the Harmony Way Bridge. The bridge is located on the Wabash River between New Harmony, Indiana and Crossville, Illinois:1)”I wouldn’t drive over it on a four wheeler.”2)“No one owns it.”3)The cost to update the bridge is $41 to $50 million dollars.Regarding the first comment, it must be pointed out that in July 2016, six citizens of Indiana and Illinois, myself included, walked across the entire Harmony Way Bridge together from Indiana to Illinois and back without any bridge structure reverberations. Everything went just fine.New Harmony Indiana, Road Maintenance Supervisor Bobby Grider has been observed by me and by several other residents of New Harmony over the past two years crossing the Harmony Way Bridge by bicycle from Illinois, where he lives, to New Harmony, Indiana, where he works. Grider comes over on the bridge in the morning, and back to Illinois in the afternoon. The bridge has not shown any negative effects from Mr. Grider’s many crossings back and forth on his bicycle. Please furnish the New Harmony Gazette, to my attention, the proof that you say you have in the form of an engineer’s report that validates your statement, “I wouldn’t drive over it on a four wheeler,” pertaining to the Harmony Way Bridge.In your second statement, “No one owns it,” I merely ask that you answer the following questions, in writing. Have you ever heard of the White County Bridge Commission? Are you familiar with the names David Rice and Michael Spud Egbert in that regard? Are you familiar with an Act of Congress dated April 12, 1941 under 55 Stat. 140, which created the White County Bridge Commission and authorized the Commission, the current owners, to purchase the Harmony Way Bridge? Please be so kind as to answer these questions in writing so that the New Harmony Gazette can convey your answers to the People of New Harmony and Posey County, Indiana.Your last statement was about the cost to update and reopen the Harmony Way Bridge at a cost of $41 to $50 million dollars. You confirm in a text message to me dated March 24, 2017, that this cost was your primary reason for voting “no” on the option of Posey County taking title to the Harmony Way Bridge on two separate occasions in 2014. You say it was from data on the engineer’s report which you have in your barn. According to all of the engineers reports, that I personally have in my possession currently, your comment has no basis in fact. This is the third time that I have requested the engineer’s report that you say you have, that proves your assertion regarding these inflated cost figures and was reported by you to the public on March 11, 2017. Please forward that engineer’s report to my attention at The New Harmony Gazette.I understand that if I seek a copy of these records, there may be a copying fee. Could you please inform me of that cost prior to making the copy. I can be reached at 347-757-8142 and email at [email protected] to the statute you have 7 calendar days to respond to this request.If you choose to deny the request, then you are required to respond in writing and state the statutory exception authorizing the withholding of all or part of the public record and the name and title or position of the person responsible for the denial.Please comply and release these reports to the New Harmony Gazette, to my attention at:The New-Harmony Gazette. Dan Barton, PublisherP.O. Box 551New Harmony, Indiana 47631Thank you for your assistance in this matter, Respectfully,Dan Barton, Publisher ——————————————————————————————————————————FOOTNOTES: As a post script to this Access to Public Records request: On Wednesday, May 24th, a letter was received by the New Harmony Gazette from W. Trent Van Haaften of the law firm Van Haaften & Farrar on behalf of the Board of Commissioners for Posey County Indiana, whom they serve.It is a three page letter. So in this edition of the Gazette I will simply try to summarize Mr. Van Haaften’s thoughts and statements regarding the issue of the engineer’s report that Commissioner Schmitz claims that he has and which The Gazette has requested. —————————————————————————————————————————— In short, Mr. Van Haaften said: “An elected official, in their capacity does not fall within the definition of a “public agency.” “We are interpreting and responding to your request as if it were directed to the Board of Commissioners as a commission, although it appears the request is directed at an individual office holder.”Mr. Van Haaften went on to say, “ …the Posey County Auditor serves as clerk of the county executive. This role includes maintaining the public records of the county executive (i.e County Commissioners).”In addition he said, “In one instance of your correspondence you pose a question to Commissioner Schmitz and ask him to answer it in writing. Since this request is being directed at an individual officeholder, we do not interpret the request as being made to a “public agency” as defined by Indiana Code….”However Mr. Van Haaften then stated, “Your correspondence does request an engineer’s report which you claim (actually Commissioner Schmitz claimed in his March text) is in the personal possession of Commissioner Schmitz. Again, we interpret the email correspondence directed at an individual officeholder as not being directed at a public agency as contemplated by Indiana’s Access to Public Records Act….”We have asked the County Auditor to provide us with any engineering reports maintained on behalf of the Board of Commissioners, if in fact any such records exist. Once she has had an opportunity to search the public records we will advise you of the outcome.”Finally, he further suggests, “Until such time, you may want to inquire of the Indiana Department of Transportation for information regarding studies of the Harmony Way Bridge. The Board of Commissioners for Posey County have not engaged or directed the study or preparation of any engineer’s for any purpose related to the Harmony Way Bridge. However, because of the State of Indiana’s involvement in the past with the bridge, a state agency such as INDOT may have created and/or are in possession of studies and reports relating to the Harmony Way Bridge.”——————————————————————————————————————————
What does a raspberry taste like? Well, to give a scientific answer, 13 hydrocarbons, 36 alcohols, 17 aldehydes, 22 ketones, 16 acids and 27 esters.Enter the ’flavourist’ a scientist who can mix up a quick raspberry in a test tube, and whose skills are increasingly in demand as the baking industry looks at ways to cut costs and reap various technical benefits.Estimates from Leatherhead Food Research suggest that the global flavourings market in food and drink was worth something between $6.5bn and $7bn in 2008, and growing at a rate of about 2% a year.By application, bakery, snacks and confectionery account for around a third of food and drink flavours consumption worldwide, according to Leatherhead’s Food and Beverages Trends in Western Europe report, published in November 2009.So what exactly do bakery flavourists have to offer and what are the market trends? Well it may not be as weird and wacky as one might expect. Of the growth areas that Leather-head has identified in its research, three chime with sup-pliers to the bakery sector: escalating demand for natural flavours; products that allow reductions in fat and sugar; and flavour alternatives, which allow cost savings.Firstly, though, there is the question of delivery. Flavours are generally used in baking in liquid or powdered form. Encapsulating the flavour is an area of innovation. The flavour releases at a set stage in the baking process, offering technical benefits as well as potential cost savings.Supplier Tastetech says hot cross buns are a seasonal example. Technical manager Gary Gray says bun spice can be quite aggressive to yeast. Encapsulating the flavour keeps the yeast and the spice separate and also means that, as the spice flavour releases later, less of it is needed to give the same impact.Lemon is another example of a flavour that it is useful to encapsulate so as not to clash with baking powder.Fresh approach neededMike Bagshaw director of International Taste Solutions says his firm, launched last year, wants to be an innovator on flavours. Bagshaw believes it is time for a fresh approach to flavour delivery. “Everyone thinks the flavour industry is innovating all the time, but customers often have the same old thing rammed down their throats. We want to help them come up with new solutions,” he says.To that end, he is working on some new top-secret proprietary delivery systems for flavours, set to launch in July.Stepping away from the lab to look at trends, natural and “authentic” flavours are increasingly in demand as clean-label continues to be a priority at retail level.It’s partly due to rising consumer awareness of healthy eating and artificial additives, but also driven by the fact that revised European legislation on labelling, making it mandatory to provide information on food colours and flavourings on the label (EC 1334/2008), comes into effect in January 2011.”Real fruit” and fruit flavours, which consumers see as being more natural and providing essential vitamins and nutrients are big growth areas. Simon Solway, MD of Unifine Food & Bake Ingredients says: “Customers want pure flavours. They have got to be natural it’s a prerequisite now. Retailers want to be innovative, but the most important thing is good, natural flavours.” Unifine’s products include Delifruit, a range of ready-to-use 70% fruit fillings in flavours such as strawberry and apple, for example.Meanwhile, supplier Frutarom has created what it calls a more natural strawberry flavouring, rather than the typical sweet confectionery strawberry flavour. The company cultivated a crop of strawberries, which were analysed at the point of optimum ripeness to take and replicate their profile.Other fruit flavour products coming through include URC concentrated fruit pieces, manufactured by Taura Natural Ingredients, which contain up to seven times their own weight in real fruit and are bake-stable.Dark chocolate, origin-specific flavours and flavours demonstrating provenance also tie in with the ’natural’ trend and, from the retailer’s point of view, give products a premium edge.Putting the flavour backThe second big focus in the flavours sector is on putting taste back into lower-sugar, lower-fat and lower-salt products, as well as gluten-free bakery products. Suppliers must ensure that taste profiles do not suffer.Balancing potential sensory disadvantages for the consumer is key, says Axel Graefe, general manager, taste solutions Europe at Frutarom, which already offers what it calls a “broad range of masking flavours” to cover any undesirable tastes.Meanwhile, supplier Synergy predicts that, as bakers become more aware of the health and wellness trend, products related to fat and saturated fat reduction, as well as sugar reduction, will become increasingly significant to the sector. Looking to the future, adding functional ingredients that allow manufacturers to make positive health claims will gradually become more common, says Donna Rose, marketing manager for Synergy Europe and Asia.The third trend, particularly in an economic downturn, is that manufacturers are looking at ways to cut ingredients’ costs by using flavour substitutes.Unifine’s Solway comments: “You see that cost is a huge issue; we are starting to win business by making sure that the flavours are at the right cost. People don’t just switch flavours from one day to the next it’s the ultimate characteristic of their product. But we can show them that using our products can improve taste.” Honey and butter are examples of ingredients where suppliers can save money by using alternative flavours, he says.Other examples from Frutarom include cocoa enhancer and two natural vanilla replacers, which can be used instead of synthetic vanilla in bakery. These enable manufacturers to make the claim “natural flavour”, while avoiding the higher costs of natural vanilla.But maybe more tried-and-tested routes are also worth reviewing. Malt supplier Muntons suggests it might be time to look again at malt. Marketing manager Andy Janes says using malt reduces the inclusion rate of the main flavour component. “Take savoury biscuits one of our customers wanted to introduce a cheese flavour and discovered that adding malt extract achieved this, without the addition of cheese. When cheese was then added, the flavour was outstanding far better than when cheese was added on its own.”California Raisins says raisins have a key role to play. Tartaric acid, found in raisins and juice concentrate, acts as a flavour enhancer, so any other flavours involved in the product will benefit. Raisins also contain propionic acid, which inhibits mould growth, thus potentially extending shelf-life.It seems that as science paces ahead, nature may already hold some of the best solutions. After all, it certainly thought of raspberries first. Blending in at BIE Dandy LionsDandy Lions, a honey importer and blender, promoted a new side to its business at this year’s Baking Industry Exhibition the manufacture of syrups. The company can offer refined and blended agave and maple syrup, as well as bespoke blends, where customers want extra ingredients blended with invert syrup. “It cuts out the processes for them,” says the firm’s Hamish Deas. “For example, we’re producing a maple-flavoured syrup that contains invert syrup, pure maple syrup and a maple flavour in there to stand up to production, and it also has some salt, because that’s what our customer wants bespoke to them. Basically, anything anybody wants blending, we can blend it.” Elgar FoodsAlso offering bespoke blends was Elgar Foods, which showcased spicy apricot, apple with toffee fudge, minty raspberry, rhubarb with a hint of ginger and a cherry ’Bakewell’ jam with an almond flavour. It uses cold-stable starch, as well as heat-stable starches to mimic the characteristics of a hot processed jam. These are ambient-stable with a 12-week shelf-life. “We’re trying to give customers the opportunity to put different flavours into their products; 99% of our products are bespoke,” said business development manager Adam Day. Another jam it makes uses 2% expanded orange peel to give 30% more fibre.