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January 1, 2021 | |Post a Comment

first_imgThe Vermont Chamber of Commerce is please to announce the 2009 – 2010 Top Ten Winter Events Award recipients. The winners, in chronological order are:CRAFT VERMONT – Fine Craft, Art, and Design – presented by Vermont Hand CraftersSouth Burlington-Sheraton Hotel and Conference Center, November 19-22, 2009, Thurs. & Fri. 12-8 pm, Sat. 10-6 pm, Sun. 10-5 pm. At the CRAFT VERMONT – Fine Craft, Art, and Design Show you ll meet the artists and hear their stories, their inspiration, and their dedication to their craft. Shop over 130 booths of original, high quality, works in glass, ceramics, wood, and decorative fiber along with paintings, jewelry, photography, sculpture and wearable art made by Vermont s finest artisans. This highly acclaimed annual event offers a wide range of contemporary and traditional items in all price ranges. Four-day Pass $7 valid for unlimited re-entry. www.vermonthandcrafters.com;(link is external) 802-373-5429. Thanksgiving Weekend at Billings Farm & MuseumWoodstock, November 27-29, 2009, 10-3 pmView how Thanksgiving was celebrated over 100 years ago; the Thanksgiving meal is prepared in the 1890 Farm House wood burning stove. Traditional cooking demonstrations, horse drawn wagon rides, farm tours, and hands-on Thanksgiving activities and programs for every age. Adults $11, seniors $10, children ages 5-15 $6, ages 3-4 $3. www.billingsfarm.org;(link is external) 802-457-2355.The Lights of ChristmasSouth Royalton, November 27, 2009 – January 5, 2010Be captivated by over 120,000 lights and heart-warming displays honoring the birth of Jesus Christ at the Joseph Smith Birthplace Memorial Historic Site. Two-night lighting ceremonies. Enjoy The Lights of Christmas with live nativity, free refreshments, and continuous holiday music. NEW: Get in the spirit of Christmas with concerts by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir – America s Choir with renowned guest performers such as Angela Lansbury and Walter Cronkite on DVD in cozy 40 seat theater. It is one hour and is nondenominational.  Free. 802-783-7742.First Night BurlingtonBurlington, December 31, 2009, Noon to midnight.Vermont s largest single day arts festival, whose mission is to bring the community together with an accessible, substance-free New Year s Eve celebration of the arts. Over 20,000 people attend at 23 sites in downtown Burlington. $15 buttons ($20 day of event), $2 tickets. www.firstnightburlington.com;(link is external) 802-863-6005.Winter Dew TourMount Snow (West Dover), February 4-7, 2010, 9-6 pm.Over 20,000 spectators and another 1,000,000 television viewers witnessed hometown girl Kelly Clark s winning halfpipe run at the 2009 competition, while pros like Simon Dumont and Shaun White battled for the coveted Dew Cup. Festival Village features interactive displays, giveaways, athlete signings and live music. Party with the pros at the ALLI-After-Dark parties! Visit allisports.com or mountsnow.com for more information. Free. www.mountsnow.com;(link is external) 800-245-SNOW.Snowflake Festival 2010Lyndon and East Burke area events, February 12-28, 2010The Lyndon/Burke Snowflake Festival is two weeks of non-stop family fun in the Lyndon/Burke area celebrating the best of winter in the Northeast Kingdom. Many events take place at Lyndon Outing Club, the oldest volunteer-run ski area in Vermont. Burke Mountain is a spectacular setting for lots of family fun throughout the festival. Join us for pancake breakfasts, torchlight ski parades, free horse drawn wagon rides, cross-country and alpine skiing and much more! Most events are free. www.lyndonvermont.com;(link is external) 802-626-9696.Montshire Museum Igloo BuildNorwich, February 15, 2010, 10:30 am – 3 pmLearn how to build an insulated, sturdy house, strong enough to support the weight of a polar bear. Join Dr. Bert Yankielun, author of How to Build an Igloo and Other Snow Structures and learn the secrets of building with snow – from making the initial snow angel, to placing the final block on the dome, to sawing yourself out. Then try building your own igloo! Activities and presentations throughout the day. Free with Museum admission ($10 adults, $8 children 2-17, free for Montshire members and children under 2) www.montshire.org;(link is external) 802-649-2200.Middlebury Winter Carnival & Chili ContestMiddlebury, February 27, 2010, 2-5 pmThe Better Middlebury Partnership proudly presents the Middlebury Winter Carnival & Pro/Am Chili Contest! The streets of Middlebury will be alive with free chili, free live music and free treats for all! Last year 29 local restaurants served over 50 different kinds of chili! Amateurs and professionals are encouraged to enter – the public votes! Other activities include public skating, snowshoe races, an open house at the Middlebury Fire Station, dog sled demos, and a bonfire! Free. www.middbiz.org;(link is external) 802-388-4126.Burton U.S. Open Snowboarding ChampionshipsStratton Mountain, March 15-21, 2010The U.S. Open Snowboarding Championships have showcased the world s most progressive riding longer than any other snowboarding competition. For the 26th consecutive year, the competition will take place at Stratton Mountain Resort. Snowboarding s elite athletes like Shaun White, Danny Kass, Kelly Clark, and Hannah Teter are U.S. Open staples and compete in quarterpipe, halfpipe, and slopestyle events. The Open, which draws more than 20,000 fans, big name sponsors, snowboarding legends and international media, is free of charge to spectators. www.stratton.com;(link is external) 1-800-STRATTON.13th Green Mountain Film FestivalMontpelier, March 19-28, 2010Montpelier, in the heart of Vermont, provides the perfect setting for this intimate festival bringing together films and film makers from all over the world. Nearly 120 separate events over ten days, including interviews and discussions with film makers, writers, and other special guests from the world of film. Recent guests have included Oscar nominated screenwriter Robin Swicord (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, and  Memoirs of a Geisha), and NPR and LA Times film critic Kenneth Turan. $7-$8.50, some events free. Discounts available. www.greenmountainfilmfestival.org;(link is external) 802-262-3423.Each year, a panel of independent judges chooses Vermont s best activities, selected for their diversity and wide appeal. This year s winners display a wide-range of family-friendly activities and represent many different parts of the state.In order to qualify as a Vermont Chamber of Commerce Top Ten Event, events must appeal to out-of-state visitors as well as Vermonters; appeal to a diverse audience, including children and families; and due to the additional attention a Top Ten garners, the event must be able to accommodate an influx of visitors up to twice the normal count.last_img read more

October 18, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_imgOf those who would buy healthy options, 68% said they would buy fresh fruit & veg and 64% wanted healthy snacks. This is where the gap between demand and reality kicks in. Only 29% felt there was a wide range of fruit & veg in their local store, for example, and an even smaller 18% had access to a wide range of healthy snacks. Harris Interactive’s head of research Lucia Juliano believes this indicates a need for change. “There is clearly a market for healthy options to be offered by c-stores,” she says. “However, consumers say the current range of healthy foods on offer is limited.”Heidi Lanschuetzer, head of insight & innovation at retail research consultancy Him, admits the convenience channel has “some catching up to do when it comes to when it comes to healthy options”. On the plus side, she has noticed the Co-op and certain symbol groups starting to up their game of late.Nisa is one of these symbols. Retail director Nigel Gray has noticed “a definite shift towards consumers wanting healthier options” as Brits become more savvy about what they’re putting into their bodies. “More consumers are starting to look at the product ingredients and nutritional fact labels before they make a purchase with the aim of being ‘healthier’,” he explains. Nisa is keen to respond to this changing mindset. At its annual trade show last month, the group demonstrated how fruit & veg could work as a centrepiece and showcased a comprehensive salad bar (see The Real Life Healthy Retailers, below). Retailers are also shaking up what they are putting in these aisles. “Stores are starting to offer more healthy options across food to go such as fruit pots, eggs with spinach and protein-packed salads, and there is also a definite shift to more locally produced food (home-cooked style), that is seen as healthier,” says Gray. “More stores are producing their own products, from sandwiches and salads to ready meals.” That would certainly address the lack of healthy lunch options, which shoppers felt were sorely missing from their local stores (see below). What these consumers are looking for is hardly surprising. Top of the list were essentials such as bread, milk and cheese, cited by 68% as among their top three reasons for visiting a c-store, followed by 45% who were looking for snacks. Fruit & veg was a distant third, cited by 32% of respondents.You could assume punters just aren’t interested in healthy options. It turns out the opposite is true: shoppers want the more virtuous stuff, but doubt their local store will meet that demand. Just over half (51%) of shoppers said they would buy healthy options if they were available. That figure rises to 58% among the core demographic of 25 to 34-year-olds, and women are also more likely to buy into salads and the like (see below). Watch: Are convenience stores a desert for healthy options? Plenty of other groups are taking the same tack. Spar appointed its first UK format proposition manager, Cat Worsfold, last year. She is tasked with making store formats “more representative for the customer” – and part of that includes highlighting healthy options. Worsfold admits there has been something of an image problem in the convenience sector; there remains a perception they are primarily just “crisps and chocolate”. Spar is tackling this misconception head on. “We’ve been doing a lot of work in terms of how stores are laid out with food to go and encouraging consumers to choose healthy options,” she says. Examples include its Pwllheli store with a food-to-go section packed full of healthy options, and the ‘fresh and hearty’ made-to-order sandwiches at its Donegall Road branch in Belfast (see The Real Life Healthy Retailers, below). “Changing the whole image of the convenience market isn’t going to happen overnight,” stresses Worsfold. “But there’s been a real trend in the marketplace of people putting more space on to food to go and healthy options.”Lack of space shouldn’t be an insurmountable obstacle, she argues. In some cases, it’s not about adding new products to the range, but effectively merchandising what you do have. “We make our stores an easy format by highlighting healthy options in one place so it can help consumers see what options there are.”Being healthy doesn’t necessarily mean a full store overhaul to fill your aisles with quinoa salads and fruit compotes. Just revamping existing lines can be a start, as Spar has shown. It has removed 2.9 tonnes of salt from its crisps and snacks range to meet demand for healthy snacking. The Co-op has taken a similarly evolutionary, rather than revolutionary, approach to health with the launch of its Well and Good brand. The range includes better-for-you versions of “basket favourites” such as curries and fish pies, as well as some more hardcore healthy options such as nourishment bowls and wheatgrass shots.Costcutter stresses that the concept of health means different things to different demographics. There are “busy mums and dads” looking for primarily for healthy meal solutions, while younger people expect a “large fresh food range” and older consumers put more of an emphasis on locally sourced products. “Responding to these diverse needs is vital for convenience stores and this begins by understanding their local shoppers and their diverse needs when it comes to healthy food and drinks options,” says Sean Russell, director of marketing at Costcutter Supermarkets Group.And this is the crucial point behind all this drive to be healthy. A concept such as Raw Store – a Nisa retailer that stocks almost exclusively organic, diet-specific or local produce – may work in trendy Shoreditch. In other areas, it would be unthinkable to start selling three different varieties of apple from an organic local producer. So, just as in all areas of retailing, the key is understanding the consumer. That also means recognising that, as much as we try to be healthy, there will also be times when we fall off the wagon. “I think it’s important to highlight that while interest in healthy eating is growing, people still leave room for the occasional treat – so there really is, and always will be, demand for both healthy and more indulgent products,” says Him’s Lanschuetzer. So don’t ditch the crisps and chocolate just yet.Mindful Foodoriginaldate 1/1/0001 6:00:00 AMheight 705width 940orientation 1camerasoftware Adobe Photoshop CC 2originaldate 1/1/0001 6:00:00 AMheight 705width 940orientation 1camerasoftware Adobe Photoshop CC 2originaldate 1/1/0001 6:00:00 AMheight 705width 940orientation 1camerasoftware Adobe Photoshop CC 2originaldate 1/1/0001 6:00:00 AMheight 705width 940orientation 1camerasoftware Adobe Photoshop CC 2originaldate 1/1/0001 6:00:00 AMheight 705width 940orientation 1camerasoftware Adobe Photoshop CC 2originaldate 1/1/0001 6:00:00 AMheight 705width 940orientation 1camerasoftware Adobe Photoshop CC 2originaldate 1/1/0001 6:00:00 AMheight 705width 940orientation 1camerasoftware Adobe Photoshop CC 2originaldate 1/1/0001 6:00:00 AMheight 705width 940orientation 1camerasoftware Adobe Photoshop CC 2originaldate 1/1/0001 6:00:00 AMheight 705width 940orientation 1camerasoftware Adobe Photoshop CC 2 It wasn’t long ago we had convenience stores actually named ‘Fags & Booze’. As shocking as the title of the former West Midlands establishment may sound to today’s consumer, it did what it said on the tin. Convenience retailers were somewhere to pop in for cigarettes, alcohol, crisps or chocolate. The chances of picking up a healthy, balanced meal were slim to zero.Since then, many players have upped their game to offer healthy meal deals, snacks and fresh fruit & veg. Yet research suggests convenience stores haven’t quite shaken off the ‘fags and booze’ image in the eyes of the consumer. So should c-stores be doing more to appeal to the health-conscious shopper? What are they doing already? And do these efforts risk alienating their core clientele? How can c-stores really hammer home the health message? We challenged Conran Design Group to devise a bold new concept. The result is Ark, the ‘mindful’ health food store.Stores that sell a bit of healthy food are 10 a penny. Ark is different. The concept of health is enshrined in everything it does: from the design of its premises to its choice of products. The modular prefabricated units that make up the stores are created entirely from recycled or reclaimed materials. Solar panels provide an eco-friendly source of energy, and rainwater is harvested to make sure nothing goes to waste. All food is “mindfully” chosen. That means produce is of a high quality with traceable ingredients, all with the aim of supporting ”a healthier lifestyle and healthier mind”. There will be a range of options to suit every time of day: from freshly prepared breakfast and lunches to healthy snacks, and meal packs for a quick yet healthy evening meal. But Ark aims to sell far more than food. Each franchisee can choose exactly what services to offer their local community. Add-on options include a Wellness Studio – designed for mindfulness sessions, yoga, pilates or mother and baby groups – or an allotment for growing of veg, herbs and grasses. And just to prove it practises what it preaches, Ark will put profits into outreach programmes such as pop-up cookery classes in more deprived areas of its locality.Priced on a par with Whole Foods Market, the store aims to attract professionals who are concerned with wellness and where their food comes from, and are willing to pay a bit more for a business with the right values. ”The concept is grounded in retail spaces that provide a community gathering point of like-minded people,” says Conran. “It’s a destination with thoughtful product ranging, offering customers the pint of milk, the perfect lunch and so very much more.”The real-life healthy retailers Simply FreshBranches of this health-orientated chain include ‘kitchens’ with fresh, healthy options and it is set to launch a store in Reading with a home-cooked seasonal menu of hot boxes.center_img First, the good news. As ‘little and often’ shopping habits begin to replace the weekly shop, the majority of consumers visit their local c-store regularly. An encouraging 62% of people said they made a trip at least every week in a poll of 2,090 consumers by Harris Interactive conducted on behalf of The Grocer. Numbers were even higher among the younger generation, reaching as many as 76% of 18 to 34-year-olds (see below). SparFreshly-made orange juice and healthy food-to-go options aim to tempt in the lunch crowd at the Spar store in Pwllheli, North Wales.  NisaSalad bars and wide-ranging fruit & veg aisles featured at Nisa’s annual trade exhibition, when a mock store showcased its latest innovations in format. Raw StoreThis Nisa store rebranded last year to sell organic, local produce and meet demand for “something a little bit different in the area”. Eat 17The four London Eat 17 stores have launched a 72-strong range of homemade meals including sandwiches, dinner options, sides and desserts in a bid to tap into the growth of healthy eating in convenience.last_img read more

January 6, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_imgThey will host Liverpool this week, four days after celebrating winning La Liga on Saturday, and with a Copa del Rey final to come next month against Valencia. It means a treble is in their sights.“Whenever our captain says something the rest of us follow,” said Rakitic at a press conference on Tuesday.“Leo has been a La Liga champion 10 times in 15 years and of course, after seeing him lift the cup (on Saturday) with such happiness, that motivates everyone.“If Leo is happy to win every title, it makes us even more eager too. We know we’re Barca, we have to give everything and following the best player in history gives us more confidence to do that.”A domestic double last season could not make up for failure in Europe, after a 3-0 defeat by Roma ensured Barcelona were left watching Real Madrid triumph again.“We want to be in the final but we have to understand the last few years weren’t the best for us,” Rakitic said. “We have to learn from that.”The pressure is particularly intense for Messi, whose four Champions League titles include only one in the last seven seasons and still fewer than the five of Cristiano Ronaldo.Asked if Messi has to win the Champions League this year, coach Ernesto Valverde said: “Nobody has to do anything. We embrace the challenge to win but there is no obligation. Every team that starts in September wants to play in games like this.”Liverpool coach Jurgen Klopp has caused a stir by dismissing the idea his players could be intimidated at Camp Nou, which he described as “just a stadium”.Rakitic believes Barcelona’s home advantage is significant. “I understand he wanted to take a bit of pressure off his players, he wants them to see it as another stadium. All I can say is playing at Camp Nou is a different thing, something special and you have to respect that.”Valverde added: “Our fans can be decisive. We feel it, our rivals have felt it and we hope it will be the same tomorrow.”Liverpool have lost only once in the Premier League this term and are still fighting with Manchester City to win the title.Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino already boast 68 goals this season between them.“We need to stop them running at our defence,” Rakitic said. “We are going there to score but we mustn’t lose our heads.”“We know how valuable a clean sheet is but our aim is to win,” said Valverde.“We know in these ties one good game is not enough, you need to play two great games. If you switch off for five minutes against Liverpool, they can finish you off.”0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Ivan Rakitic says Messi is proving an inspiration for Barcelona ahead of Liverpool semi-final © AFP / LLUIS GENEBARCELONA, Spain, Apr 30 – Ivan Rakitic has said Lionel Messi’s desire to win the Champions League is proving an inspiration for Barcelona ahead of their Champions League semi-final first leg against Liverpool on Wednesday.At the start of the season, Messi stood on his home pitch and pledged to bring “that beautiful cup back to Camp Nou” after three consecutive years of Barca crashing out in the quarter-finals.last_img read more