Snacks nation: Food makers turning everything into snacks

first_imgNEW YORK | There are no meals anymore, only snacks.As around-the-clock grazing upends the way people eat, companies are reimagining foods that aren’t normally seen as snacks to elbow in on the trend. That means everything including grilled chicken, cereal, chocolate, peanut butter and even Spam are now being marketed as snacks.Some are trying to jump into the party by playing up protein. Meat processing giant Tyson launched Hillshire Snacking this year with packs of cut-up chicken that people are supposed to grab and eat with their hands (120 calories per pack). Canned meat maker Hormel is testing “Spam Snacks,” which are dried chunks of the famous meat in re-sealable bags (220 calories per bag).Two packs of Hillshire Snacking Grilled Chicken Bites are arranged for a photo, Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2016, in New York. Meat processing giant Tyson launched the 120-calorie packs. As around-the-clock grazing upends the way people eat, companies are reimagining foods that aren’t normally seen as snacks to elbow in on the trend. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)People with a sweet tooth aren’t being forgotten. After years of slumping cereal sales, Kellogg recently introduced Kellogg’s To Go pouches, which hold slightly larger pieces of cereal the company says were “specifically created to be eaten by hand” (190 calories per pouch, which is comparable in size to a bag of potato chips).Even Hershey is trying to become more of a snacks player with “snack mixes” that seem like trail mix, except with Reese’s peanut butter cups and mini chocolate bars (280 calories per package).“People are snacking more and more, sometimes instead of meals, sometimes with meals, and sometimes in between meals,” said Marcel Nahm, who heads North American snacks for Hershey.He said Hershey’s research shows some people snack “10 times a day.”Snacking has been encroaching on meals for years, of course, fueled in part by the belief that several smaller meals a day are better than three big ones. Snacks now account for half of all eating occasions, with breakfast and lunch in particular becoming “snackified,” according to the Hartman Group, a food industry consultancy.But more recently, the blurring lines are making people reach for snacks with benefits they might otherwise get from a meal, like protein or fiber. That has led to ingredients like chickpeas, lentils and quinoa popping up in snacks. And it’s inspiring some companies to try and transform everyday foods into more exciting snacks.Snacks can have good profit margins, too. Prices will vary depending on the retailer, but the suggested retail price for a snack pack of Hillshire’s grilled chicken is $2.49, while Kellogg’s To Go pouch sells for about $2.Kellogg is also marketing regular bowls of cereal as a late-night snack, and says it can do more to push Pop-Tarts as an anytime snack. Hormel recently introduced Skippy P.B. Bites, which are candy-like balls of peanut butter marketed as filling treats for kids.A serving has 160 calories and 8 grams of sugar, with each canister containing six servings. The canister costs around $3.50 and isn’t supposed to be a single snack, but Hormel president Jim Snee says “unfortunately it can end up being that.”Prescribing an ideal eating pattern for everyone is difficult given people’s varying lifestyles, said Claudia Zapata, a registered dietitian in San Antonio, Texas. But she noted that snacks should generally be 250 calories at most and are meant to tide people over between meals.“Well, that was the point of snacks back then. I don’t know what the point is now,” she said.Zapata noted there is a lot of mindless eating going on, and that people should stop and ask themselves whether they’re even hungry before diving into a snack. “It may be that you just need water,” she said.For food makers, the bigger priority seems to be delivering maximum convenience so people can eat wherever and whenever the spirit moves them.“I don’t like things that have to be assembled,” said Bridget Callahan, a part-time student and freelance writer in Wilmington, North Carolina who says she snacks six or seven times a day.Callahan says she picks snacks like protein bars and oranges that she can carry around in her purse.The various efforts to court snackers may not succeed over the long term, but Kellogg promises that the pouches for its cereal snacks are “ergonomically designed to allow fingers to easily access the food” and Hershey describes its snack mixes as perfect for “one-handed eating.”And while it may seem odd to snack on meat with bare hands, Hillshire says its research shows people don’t mind.“The meat is quality meat, so people would take it and dip it with their fingers,” said Jeff Caswell, general manager of Hillshire Snacking.Already, Caswell said the company is looking at turning other meats into portable finger foods.To see people react to eating Tyson’s chicken packets, go to: Candice Choi at read more

Mayor’s wheely grateful

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Moving mountains to oppose quarry

first_imgBy Bonny Burrows The weekend’s community walk of Mount Cannibal in protest against the controversial granite quarry proposed for a…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

John Travers And Siobhan O’Doherty Wins Galway Clinic Streets of Galway 8K

first_imgOver 3,200 Runners, Walkers and Joggers took to the Streets Of Galway with the Finish at the Claddagh Hall. The First Three Home In The Galway Clinic Streets Of Galway Womens Race (L-R) Regina Casey (2nd), Siobhan O’Doherty (Winner), Jane Ann Meehan (3rd). The 2018 Streets Of Galway 8k took place on Saturday the 11th of August with the largest ever entry involved. John Mulligan was there and he spoke to the first three athletes in the Male and Female category and to David Glynn and Brian Bruton of Galway City Harriers and Claire Henry of sponsors the Galway Clinic.John started by getting the thoughts of Mens Winner John TraversAudio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. The First Three Home In The Galway Clinic Streets Of Galway Mens Race (L-R) Damien Landers (2nd), John Travers (Winners), Rory Chesser (3rd),print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emaillast_img read more

Connacht Rugby announce new signing

first_imgConnacht Rugby have announced the signing of 29 year old prop Paddy McAllister from English Premiership side Gloucester. McAllister joined Gloucester from Aurillac in France having previously made 44 appearances for his native Ulster. He has played for Ireland at Schools, U19 & U20 level. Announcing the signing, Connacht Forwards Coach Jimmy Duffy said: “We are delighted to announce that Paddy McAllister will be joining Connacht at the beginning of next season. Paddy is a powerful scrummager and strong ball carrier. He is a player that I have been impressed with and I think he will be a good addition to our squad next season.” Commenting on the move to Connacht, Paddy McAllister said; “I am delighted to sign for Connacht and hugely looking forward to joining the squad next season. There is no doubt that Connacht are a team on the rise. There is huge excitement surrounding Connacht at the moment both on and off the field and I hope to contribute to that from next season. I’d also like to take this opportunity to thank the players, staff and supporters of Gloucester for their support during my time with the club and for my family for their continued support.”print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emaillast_img read more

Barcelona chief Bartomeu calls end-of-season elections

first_imgBy Tim HanlonBarcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has called presidential elections for the end of the season as a result of dissatisfaction with his running of the La Liga club, he told a news conference on Wednesday.The Catalan club were due to hold elections in 2016 but Bartomeu has decided to bring them forward a year following the dismissal of sports director Andoni Zubizarreta last Monday.“I have taken the decision so as to ease the tension which I believe to be disproportionate and doesn’t reflect the reality of the club,” Bartomeu told a news conference at the Nou Camp.“It is a club which is functioning well, we are going to construct a new stadium and on the sporting front we are still in all the competitions.“I ask that there is ‘fair play’ among all the candidates (for the election) and we all concentrate on what is best for the club.“It is best that mandates are completed but there has been too much tension over the last few weeks. We will continue our programme now and there will be no changes there. I have talked with the other board members but it is me that takes the decisions.“We will seek re-election. We started in 2010 and we want to keep going.”Zubizarreta’s sacking came in the aftermath of a FIFA ban on signings for two windows for a breach of rules on the transfer of foreign Under-18 players.Bartomeu said that it was necessary to make a change but that the dismissal was not directly related to the transfer ban.The president added that Zubizarreta’s replacement would be someone who knows the club well.“Zubizarreta has been in charge of the remodelling of the club but there has been a loss of confidence and so we decided that we needed to take action,” said Bartomeu.“This is nothing out of the ordinary, when there is a lack of confidence then you have to make changes.“Focusing on who will replace him then it will be someone from the club or someone who has been at the club. We want somebody that has Barca DNA.“I want to clarify that Zubizarreta was not part of transfers that led to the FIFA sanction, he did not authorise those signings.“Zubizarreta and (coach) Luis Enrique have worked well together and we aim to name his replacement in the coming days.”last_img read more

I could play on until I am 40, says Djokovic

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Super Bowl a tossup at legal sports books Serbia’s Novak Djokovic celebrates after beating Spain’s Fernando Verdasco in their semi-final tennis match of the ATP Qatar Open in Doha on January 6, 2017. AFP PHOTODOHA, Qatar—In bad news for his opponents, 12-time Grand Slam winner Novak Djokovic said on Friday that he may continue his astonishing career until the age of 40.Speaking after securing a place in the Qatar Open final against Andy Murray, Djokovic said he would play on for as long as he could.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ LATEST STORIES 15-year-old Gauff stuns Venus anew in first round Senators think TWG’s move to axe motorcycle taxi pilot run an act of ‘revenge’ Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Earlier this week in Doha he played against 38-year-old Radek Stepanek, one of the oldest players on the ATP tour.After beating the Czech veteran, Djokovic said he was “excited” about the longevity of Stepanek’s career.“It shows me that I can have as long a career as he has. If he can do it, I can do it, too,” said Djokovic.The oldest player currently in the top 20 is 37-year-old Ivo Karlovic.The Croat is currently ranked number 20 in the world and, notably, was the last player to Djokovic in Doha in 2015.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite READ: Defending champ Djokovic rallies to reach Qatar Open finalAsked if could still be on tour aged 40, the Serb replied: “Why not? You’re going to see a lot of me in the future.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnDjokovic, who turned professional in 2003, celebrates his 30th birthday in May this year.READ: Djokovic to star in reality show ‘Old school work ethic’ pays off for immaculate Federer Raonic beats Nadal, keeps Brisbane title defense on track Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Senators think TWG’s move to axe motorcycle taxi pilot run an act of ‘revenge’ The oldest ever winner of a Grand Slam in the Open era is Ken Rosewall, who won the Australian Open in 1972 aged 37.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Rodgers again falls short of another Super Bowl stintlast_img read more

‘We’ll Eradicate Poverty from Liberia’

first_imgDr. Jeremiah Whapoe, standard bearer, VOLTThe leader of one of the newest political parties, the Vision for Liberia’s Transformation Party (VOLT), Dr. Jeremiah Z. Whapoe, has assured his partisans and well-wishers that he is prepared to lead the country come 2017 with a guarantee to eradicate poverty completely.“Ours is not to reduce poverty, but through our merchandized farming system that would give rise to agricultural activities across the country, we will definitely eradicate poverty,” Dr. Whapoe declared.He made the remarks yesterday during a program marking the hoisting of the party’s flag alongside the nation’s flag. The program coincided with the dedication of the party headquarters on 3rd Street in Sinkor, Monrovia. Yesterday’s event, according to Dr. Whapoe, was a display to the public that VOLT has already won the victory ahead of 2017, “because we have visualized the way to transform the country with massive food production through mechanized farming.” He attributed what he considered Liberia’s failure to develop and meet international standards, to the failure of its leaders to listen when their citizens cry in abject poverty. This, he said, is tantamount to creating chaos.Dr. Whapoe inspired and kept the gathering mesmerized when he said, “we don’t have rice, money and other political gifts, but we have wisdom because we want your authority, not power, in order to robustly implement our mechanized farming to eradicate poverty, not to reduce it.”Shortly before hoisting the party’s flag, VOLT partisans in a resolution said the challenges of the country’s post-conflict leadership highlight the need for a new political order and democratic capacity building with clear participatory process involving communities and the leadership. This said the resolution, was a necessary condition to mitigate new or resurrected conflicts, adding, “It is our argument that community capacity building through grassroots leadership is a necessary and sufficient ingredient for the development and sustenance of democracy in post-conflict Liberia.“Reconciliation through an effective justice system, a people centered democratic governance, and political reforms including decentralization, and empowerment of women and underserved communities was a critical variable in this process. It characterizes a transformational agenda to achieving gradual stability and tackling mainstream ills in Liberia,” Said Whapoe.VOLT believes that the dilemmas of an inept government, injustice and undemocratic tenets have made transformative leadership to digress at both state and grassroots levels.National leadership of the so-called “big man” style where decision-making over the distribution of resources, power and authority are exclusively controlled by the president, (indicates) a compelling need for revisiting our laws, Constitution and policies.”Those who signed the party’s six-count resolution were VOLT national chairman, Gus A. Wilson, and other members including Dr. Whapoe, Samuel N. Brown, Chris Chiewolo and Emmanuel Yarl.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

PBA: Rain or Shine sends San Miguel tumbling, keeps playoff bid alive

first_imgMocon and import Rich Ross each had a team-best 16 points as Rain or Shine improved to a 3-7 record, keeping a quarterfinal spot—though a long shot—within reach.Nambatac, who sealed the deal with a free throw in the dying moments of the contest, had 15 points just like skipper Gabe Norwood, who turned in his finest scoring performance this conference.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4San Miguel got the goods mostly from Chris Ross, who led the effort with 19 points, and hometown hero June Mar Fajardo, who chipped in 17 more.Arwind Santos tossed in 14 points off the bench, while John Holland, pinch-hitting for injured reinforcement Dez Wells, only had 10 as the Beermen slid to No. 5 with a 6-4 card. Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball PLAY LIST 02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash01:45Iran police shoot at those protesting plane shootdown01:54MMDA deploys rescue team to Batangas following Taal eruption DSWD Bicol donates P1.5M worth of food packs for Taal eruption evacuees Motolite ties BanKo Perlas in duel for PVL bronze Phivolcs: Cloud seeding in ashfall affected areas needs study Taal Volcano’s lava fountain weakens, but Phivolcs says it’s not sign of slowing down ‘People evacuated on their own’ Rain or Shine held off San Miguel Beer,91-85, to keep its playoff aspirations alive Saturday night at Hoops Dome in Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu.The Painters drew double-digit scores from four of their starters, including Rey Nambatac and Javee Mocon, who countered most of the Beermen’s dogged tries at a comeback down the stretch.ADVERTISEMENT 400 evacuees from Taal eruption take refuge in Mt. Banahaw Lava gushes out of Taal Volcano as villagers flee View comments No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ 2 village execs nabbed in Bohol buy-bust Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Job Vacancy: Stock/Inventory Control Manager sought in Inishowen

first_imgA HR Team client is now seeking to recruit a Stock/Inventory Control Manager for a leading company based in the North West. Job DetailsContract Type: Full-time/Permanent Location: InishowenSalary: Negotiable and depending on experienceAs a stock/inventory control manager, your role will involve management of stock count variances, count accuracy and warehouse queries. We are looking for candidates with elite leadership, organisational and communication skills to work alongside our production team.Responsibilities: Direct and coordinate stock control activities of the product lines stored within the warehouseManage and coordinate stock take and cycle counting activitiesWork and adapt to complex growing operational environmentsReport stock discrepancies to the management teamAllocate stock to production areas in a timely manner to ensure there is no interruption to production linesWork in close liaison with the production team and externally with customers to facilitate stock control proceduresEnsure accurate stock levels are recordedConduct daily analyses to forecast potential inventory issuesReport on inventory activities and variancesDevelop and implement inventory control procedures and best practice Essential Criteria:Previous experience of stock control and inventory countsDemonstrable problem-solving skillsProficiency in Microsoft Office – Excel package requiredStrong ability to work under pressure as it is a fast-paced working environmentGood determination and motivation to work towards and achieve deadlinesThe ideal candidate will possess the key skills to coordinate stock control activities, proactively look for process improvements with a methodical and consistent approach and take responsibility in problem investigation and resolution.How to Apply:To apply for this position, please send a cover letter outlining how you meet the criteria, along with your CV to or via post to The Recruitment Department, HR Team, The Innovation Centre, Northern Ireland Science Park, Bay Road, Derry~Londonderry BT48 7TG; before Thursday 21st February 2019 at 5.00pm, any applications received after this time will not be accepted.Job Vacancy: Stock/Inventory Control Manager sought in Inishowen was last modified: February 13th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:InishowenjobsStock/Inventory Control Managerlast_img read more