Premier Foods has promoted Yilmaz Erceyes to the role of UK marketing director. Erceyes, who joined Premier in 2015 after 13 years with Procter & Gamble, where he held both UK and international roles, is currently brand director for the cooking sauces and desserts categories.Helen Warren-Piper – who currently holds the position – will join Mars as sales director of its UK Pet Nutrition division in April 2018.Once in the new role, Erceyes will take responsibility for a 120-strong team that spans brand management, innovation, insights and R&D.“We are delighted to be able to promote Yilmaz into this key role,” said Alex Whitehouse, managing director, UK at Premier Foods. “His strong strategic capabilities, leadership experience and entrepreneurial spirit make him a perfect fit. Yilmaz has demonstrated a strong track record in contemporising our portfolio of loved British brands, making them more relevant to today’s consumers through programmes of insightful, consumer-focused new product development.”Whitehouse added that Erceyes was “instrumental” in the turnaround of the Batchelors brand and building the partnership with Nissin Foods.“I am particularly delighted to be promoting to this senior role from within the business, which is a great illustration of the strength of our talent pipeline,” Whitehouse added.
Ridiculously Rich by Alana owner Alana Spencer has opened a bakery and shop in Aberystwyth, Wales.Spencer, who won the 2016 series of BBC’s The Apprentice, marked the opening of the premises on the Glan yr Afon industrial estate with a launch party, including a champagne reception, Ridiculously Rich cakes and music from a local harpist and choir.The shop opened to the public on Friday 18 October, selling a selection of Ridiculously Rich by Alana cakes.Spencer shared a video on social media of the queue outside before the opening, alongside the caption: “Still can’t get over I had an actual queue of people waiting for me when we opened the doors for the first time yesterday!”Spencer and her new bakery team will work at the bakery from Monday to Friday, with the shop open for the public to purchase cakes on Fridays from 11am-7pm. The shop will sell the Ridiculously Rich by Alana core range, as well as some exclusive cakes.Spencer recently bought Lord Sugar out of the Ridiculously Rich by Alana business following what she described as “an exciting, crazy, scary few months while the final details were being agreed”.
The digital version of the July edition of British Baker magazine is available to readers now.In the face of the Covid-19 outbreak, we are working to ensure our readers have the information they need, when they need it. To help achieve this, we are currently making the digital edition of the magazine available to all readers by clicking here.Among the content in this month’s mag is:Scottish special edition: We look at how the country has fared since lockdown, with a round-up of industry activity and a fascinating interview with Scottish Bakers CEO Alasdair Smith on the association’s reaction to the crisisHalloween: With social distancing potentially continuing to prove tricky in October, how can bakery retailers still achieve a spookily successful Halloween?High fibre: Still a favourite among Brits, the humble white loaf is increasingly getting a makeover, as bakeries look to help improve UK consumers’ intake of fibrePastry: Filo, popular in Middle Eastern and Balkan countries, hardly gets a look-in in the UK, but why not?In addition to the magazine, we have a host of other ways of ensuring you keep up to date with the latest developments in the industry:We will be sharing the advice and information as it becomes available on our website britishbaker.co.ukThree times a week, we will email out the latest news and insight via our free newsletter – if you are not already a subscriber sign up now using this linkInformation will be shared on our social media channels, including Facebook and LinkedIn – if you don’t already follow our LinkedIn page please do so using this link.
This story was updated on Nov. 24.NEW SHARON – A woman and her dog perished in a fire early Saturday morning; New Sharon Fire Department Chief John Welch said they received the call at 2:45 a.m. yesterday morning.Several departments responded to the call of an engulfed home including Farmington, Wilton, Rome, Industry, Chesterville and Temple. By the time they arrived on the scene, the home, at 198 Mile Hill Road, was completely destroyed according to Welch.The state Fire Marshall is currently investigating the cause of the fire, but Welch said it likely started as a chimney fire, or was caused by the electric space heater that resident Shaina Shaylin-Begin, 59, often used. The Fire Marshall reported on Tuesday, Nov. 24 that there is no indication of foul play.“It wasn’t a good setup to begin with, and we had told her that,” Welch said.The woman, whose identity has net yet been released, often kept the space heater next to her bed, and in the same room as the wood stove, according to Welch.The scene was cleared at 11:15 a.m. on Saturday morning after having closed Route 27 for several hours.
A tufted titmouse having no problem in a rain shower in Wilton. (Photo by Jim Knox)A black-capped chickadee taking a holiday pose in Wilton. (Photo by Jim Knox)A bobcat on the prowl in Stratton. (Photo by Jim Knox)This bobcat finally noticed me and jumped a snow bank, although it just had to take another look! In Stratton. (Photo by Jim Knox)Is that an alligator in the pond? lol (Photo by Linda Rungi)Canada geese at the head of Wilson Lake in Wilton. (Photo by Tom Oliver)Female pileated woodpecker in Wilton. (Photo by Tom Oliver)Blue jay in Wilton. (Photo by Tom Oliver)Northern shrike at the head of Wilson Lake in Wilton. (Photo by Tom Oliver)Frozen over big in Maine looks like the frozen tundra in Siberia when I traveled there by sled and jeep. (Photo by Jane Knox)Morning sunrise signals a mixed wintery day. (Photo by Jane Knox)Gulls scratching through the ice for a morsel to eat. (Photo by Jane Knox)Tis’ the season and Little Red’s been extremely busy adding holiday cheer to his neighborhood. (Photo by Jane Naliboff)He double checks to be sure everything is just right. (Photo by Jane Naliboff)He found a perfect spot for his bell. (Photo by Jane Naliboff)Afterwards he checked to be sure it was hanging straight. (Photo by Jane Naliboff)A close inspection was last on Little Red’s list. (Photo by Jane Naliboff)Before heading home, he discovered the meaning of slippery. (Photo by Jane Naliboff)Then, Little Red called it a day and headed home. The End. (Photo by Jane Naliboff)Blue jay shows off the holiday decor in the snack bar. (Photo by Jane Naliboff)Chickadee stopped by to enjoy the decorations. (Photo by Jane Naliboff)Followed by Nuthatch. (Photo by Jane Naliboff)Not to be left out, Titmouse came, too. (Photo by Jane Naliboff)Lastly, Red-bellied Woodpecker came calling to see what all the excitement was about. (Photo by Jane Naliboff)Red-bellied Woodpecker flew off after finding a treat in the snow. (Photo by Jane Naliboff)Blue jay chose a snowy breakfast. (Photo by Jane Naliboff)Getting bluejays to line up is much more difficult than herding cats. Many thanks to our feathered and furry friends who bring a bit of humor and joy to our daily lives. (Photo by Jane Naliboff)
The String Cheese Incident hit the road last night, playing the Summit Pavilion at the Grand Sierra Resort in Reno, NV for the first of their “March Madness” tour dates. Tour openers always have an aura of intrigue, as the band’s catalog is wide open and prime for the plucking. Last night, SCI did not disappoint.The band has been off the road since a New Years run in Colorado, though they’ve assumedly spent some of the last few months in the studio working on a new album. No details about the new release have been shared, but the band has confirmed that they’re cooking up something Cheesy for the fans.Last night opened with a fun “Close Your Eyes” before going into the Keller Williams-collaborative composition, “Best Feeling.” Among the highlights were covers of The Allman Brothers’ “Hot ‘Lanta” and Stevie Wonder’s “Master Blaster,” and the show closed with a soulful “Sittin’ On Top Of The World.” The band is truly on top of the world, and fans couldn’t be happier.March Madness continues tonight, March 11th, with a two night stand at Oakland’s Fox Theatre. Stay tuned for more coverage from the shows!Setlist: The String Cheese Incident at Summit Pavilion, Grand Sierra Resort, Reno, NV – 3/10/16Set 1: Close Your Eyes, Best Feeling, Mouna Bowa, Age, Sometimes A River, Pack It Up > Colorado Bluebird SkySet 2: You’ve Got The World, Joyful Sound, Restless Wind, Turn This Around, Hot ‘Lanta, Desert Dawn, On the RoadEncore: Master Blaster, Sittin’ On Top of the World
My Morning Jacket recently announced some major plans for their back catalog, as the band has major plans to re-release their 2003 hit album, It Still Moves. The reissue will see the band remix and remaster audio, and will also include ten original demos and three unreleased tracks from the original sessions.Due out on May 27th, the new release of It Still Moves will be issued on 4 x 180 gram vinyl as well as a 2 CD set. In anticipation, the band has shared their updated take on the classic tune, “One Big Holiday.”Listen to the remastered and remixed version of “One Big Holiday” below:For more on MMJ’s and Jim James’ future plans, be sure to read this article.
The tributes to lost legends Prince and David Bowie will never end. Like their music, their legacies will last forever through whatever dedicated glitter is thrown in their honor. Even the Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts is planning ahead with something special.According to BBC, this year’s Glastonbury will hang a massive metal lightning bolt on the Pyramid State in honor of David Bowie’s Aladdin Sane album cover. There will also be footage from Bowie’s 2000 appearance on that very stage playing across the entire festival. Additionally, a special tribute to Bowie’s 1977 album Heroes will take place on the Park Stage.Watch Bowie’s full Glastonbury performance from 2000 below:In honor of Prince, there will be “an incredible light show which will go on for the whole show and beyond, into the night,” says Glastonbury co-founder Emily Eavis. “There’s talk of late-night Prince parties and things,” she adds. Though he’s never played the England festival before, his presence in music will undoubtedly be known. With over a month to plan, we’re confident festival organizers will pull these tributes off in style. It can also be expected that many of the performing artists and entertainers will also work tributes into their own sets as well.Known for being one of the largest festivals in the world, Glastonbury is going down June 22-26 in Pilton, England. Festivalgoers will get to see headlining performances from Muse, Adele, Coldplay, Foals, Jeff Lynne’s ELO, Beck, LCD Soundsystem, PJ Harvey, ZZ Top, Disclosure, New Order, Earth Wind & Fire, The Last Shadow Puppets, Ellie Goulding, Skepta, The 1975, Grimes and plenty more. [H/T CoS]
Beloved guitarist Buckethead recently revealed plans for his first major tour in four years, which kicked off just a few weeks ago at the Granada Theater in Lawrence, KS. The virtuosic guitarist has been quite active during his touring hiatus, releasing a steady stream of 224 albums (!) throughout the “down time.”As Buckethead’s tour rages through the Northeast this weekend, we wanted to celebrate by sharing this excellent video from his first performance back in action. Taken from April 15th, the show features Buckethead opening with “I Love My Parents” and “Jowls,” and even working “Mr. Sandman” and “Pure Imagination” into his performance. Closing out with “Soothsayer,” it’s great to see the famed guitarist in action!Watch the full video below, courtesy of westofeight:Setlist: Buckethead at Granada Theater, Lawrence, KS – 4/15/160:40 – I Love My Parents1:40 – Jowls6:00 – Gory Head Stump12:29 – Meta Matic18:33 – Lebrontron23:23 – Binge & Grab29:17 – Ghost34:35 – Computer Master37:50 – Crash Victim39:37 – Siege Engine45:15 – Botnus53:01 – Hog Bitch Stomp55:10 – Mr. Sandman55:54 – Pure Imagination57:53 – Jordan1:01:44 – Scraps1:04:41 – Revenge of the Doubleman1:15:30 – Well, Well, Well1:19:10 – Nottingham Lace solo1:23:49 – Haunted Mansion/Can I Have A Ride1:26:00 – Giant Robot1:27:37 – The Embalmer1:31:38 – Soothsayer
Check out the full setlist below.Edit this setlist | More The Strokes setlists The Strokes returned to The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, NY last night, performing a last minute warm-up show in advance of their headlining performance at Governors Ball this Friday. The reclusive New York rockers boasted an impressive light show that left them silhouetted for the majority of the performance. While they spent most of the night in the shadows, The Strokes were showered with love from their rabid fans from the moment they took the stage, and they returned the favor with a wild, varied setlist that featured several bust outs and the live debut of all three songs from their new Future Present Past EP.The Strokes began the show with a combo of songs from their debut record Is This It, opening with a thumping “The Modern Age” and following that up with the first “Soma” since 2010. After a quick run through “Threat of Joy” from the new EP, the band returned to older material with “What Ever Happened?” from Room on Fire, followed by the increasingly rare “Under Cover of Darkness” from their comeback record, Angles. Next up were three impressive bust outs in a row, as “Alone, Together” from Is This It and “Ask Me Anything” from First Impressions of Earth were both trotted out for the first time since 2011. In between those two tracks was the biggest bust out of the night, playing First Impressions of Earth‘s “Electricityscape” for the first time since 2006.After so many bust outs, the band brought the crowd back to earth with another debut from Future Present Past, this time “Oblivius”. The Strokes then turned in a great rendition of their classic Is this It track “Someday”, with “You’re So Right” from Angles following it up. After a raucous run through “Juicebox” from First Impressions of Earth, the band gave the crowd even more bust outs, playing “Evening Sun” from First Impressions for the first time since 2010, and “Trying Your Luck” from Is This It for the first time since 2011. They sandwiched these rarities with their third and final song from the new EP, “Drag Queen”. Finally, they brought things to a close with the energetic Room on Fire track “Reptilia”, after which they left the stage and did not return for an encore.After such an exciting night, it was a surprise to look back at the setlist and see that it lacked many of The Strokes go-to live favorites, such as “Take it or Leave it”, “Last Night”, “New York City Cops”, “12:51”, “Is This It”, “Hard To Explain” and “Machu Picchu”. One can only imagine what’s in store when The Strokes take the stage to headline their hometown Governor’s Ball this Friday, locked and loaded with a set full of classics on deck.Check out some videos from the show, courtesy of Megan S/YouTube!