Britvic highlights ’healthy’ variety

first_img’Better for you’ choices emerged as the biggest growth area in soft drinks retail last year, according to the latest research, as bakers were urged to diversify their drinks offering, reports Andrew Williams.Glucose and stimulant drinks, smoothies and sports drinks all fared well in 2007, with consumers seeking out functional benefits such as vitamins, minerals or energy. As many as 18 of the top 20 launches last year offered a perceived health benefit, said the Britvic Soft Drinks Report 2007.Paul Moody, president of The British Soft Drinks Association and chief executive of Britvic Soft Drinks, told BB that bakery retailers should still be catering for mainstream tastes, but that niche drinks were on the up.He said: “Superstores present a huge range of products from, at the one end, the traditional scale brands, such as Pepsi Cola and Coca Cola, to obscure, small brands, which fulfil an interesting role. Over time, that breadth of offer will translate its way into bakeries or high street sandwich shops.”The biggest question for bakery retailers, he said, would be how much space to devote to niche drinks in the chiller cabinets. Burgeoning drinks such as “enhanced water” – with added vitamins or electrolytes to aid hydration – doubled their market in the US last year. Over time these drinks could accelerate into the mainstream in the UK.l Britvic has launched Lime Grove – a range of on-trade-only drinks. The sparkling fruit drinks will be sold in 275ml glass bottles. It has also added a 250ml single-serve pack to its Robinsons Smooth Juice range to tap into health trends.last_img read more

House passes bill w/ CUNA-backed UBIT repeal

first_imgThe House passed the Retirement, Savings, and Other Tax Relief Act (H.R. 88) Thursday, a bill that makes a CUNA-backed change to Unrelated Business Income Tax (UBIT). H.R. 88 contains a provision that would eliminate the new UBIT on not-for-profit transportation and athletic facilities fringe benefits.The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act requires tax-exempt organizations currently subject to UBIT (which includes state-chartered credit unions) to pay a 21% tax on certain employee fringe benefits, such as transportation and parking benefits.The Treasury recently released interim guidance on how to comply with the parking portion of this TCJA provision, following a CUNA call for additional guidance. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

No let-up for Vermaelen

first_img He added: “I will give everything every day, as I have throughout my career. It is just something that happens in football, especially when you play for a big club. “I always want to play, of course, but the boss has big decisions to make and puts the team on the pitch that he thinks will win the game. “It worked on both of those occasions, and each time I was delighted that we won. I have played many games in my career, and spending two on the bench does not mean the world is on fire. “You can’t be surprised by these things, the only thing to do is keep going and make sure you come back strongly.” Arsenal were on Thursday hit by the news midfielder Abou Diaby was set for up to nine months on the sidelines with a knee injury, which is the latest setback for the France international who has been plagued by a series of fitness problems since suffering a fractured and dislocated ankle in May 2006 after joining from Auxerre. England midfielder Jack Wilshere, meanwhile, is also not available as he recovers from an ankle problem and forward Theo Walcott misses out after he returned early from international duty with a hip/groin problem. Kieran Gibbs has been struggling with a virus, but fellow full-back Bacary Sagna should be available again following a knee problem along with Germany striker Lukas Podolski (ankle). The Belgium centre-back was dropped to the bench for the Gunners’ last two games, when they won away at Bayern Munich and then Swansea before the international break, which kept alive hopes of breaking back into the top four of the Barclays Premier League. Manager Arsene Wenger must decide whether to stand by the pairing of Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker when domestic action resumes against Reading, or recall his skipper to the heart of the defence. Speaking in Saturday’s official Arsenal matchday magazine, Vermaelen said: “I am fighting to win my place back, and nothing will change my mentality or the way I work.” Press Associationcenter_img Arsenal captain Thomas Vermaelen insists his work-rate will remain the same – whether he is in the side or not.last_img read more