Doughnuts were the fastest-growing snack in the out-of-home sector last year, according to new research from The NPD Group.New data, covering the foodservice sector, has revealed the sugary treat saw the number of servings up 11.1% compared to 2012, at 63.7 million.Brownies were second on the list, with 54.6m servings, up 10.9% on the year before, while bacon sandwiches were third with 44.7m servings – also up 10.9%.The fifth fastest-growing snack was croissants, up 10.4% to 54.9m servings.According to The NPD Group, the desire for a ‘little treat’ was key to the growth of these snacks products, with 11.7% more consumers revealing that they treat themselves, which accounts for 14.5% of all snacking meal occasions during 2013.However the study revealed that despite the growth in particular products, the trend for snacking away from home is actually declining, with visits down 2.3% in the year to December 2013, “following several years of growth”, it said.The decline covers morning, afternoon and late snacking dayparts, down 2.9%, 2.4% and 1.7% respectively, with the declines driven by consumers aged 25- to 49 years old.The biggest loss of appetite for snacking was among the C2DE social groups, with snack visits down by -13.1%, while visits among the more affluent ABC1s were up by +5%, it said.In terms of the most popular products to snack on, cake came in second place to chocolate bars, with crisps coming in third.Jessica Chambers, client development manager for The NPD Group, said: “We spent £8.1bn on ‘out of home’ snacks in 2013, so we are not losing our knack for a snack, even though some people are definitely trying to save money by snacking less often.“And with three sweet snacks in the top five fastest growing, and nearly 425 million servings of chocolate and cake happily consumed out of home in 2013, we clearly have a sweet tooth.”
52SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Is the lottery the new American dream? Imagine becoming vastly wealthy overnight. Being a winner of a multimillion dollar lottery certainly will be a life-changing event for almost every single lottery winner. But what about when the prize is an astronomical sum of $100 million, $200 million or $300 million? Various Powerball and state lotteries have reached vast sums, and lotteries elsewhere have as well.Future Powerball and state lottery ticket winners will become incredibly wealthy in an instant. Imagine being Joe Somebody and turning into Sir Joe the Magnificent overnight. Now imagine the unthinkable, where Sir Joe becomes Joe the Village Idiot in a very short time. Supposedly most lottery winners end up broke again. That just doesn’t seem right at all.24/7 Wall St. wants its readers, particularly those few who are lucky enough to win the lottery, to avoid some of the simple and complex mistakes that have taken other lottery winners into bankruptcy. Some lottery winners have even died. continue reading »
On Friday, Ukraine’s interior minister Arsen Avakov and head of emergency service Mykola Chechotkin reassured President Volodymyr Zelensky that the smog does not pose a chemical or radiation threat.Kiev authorities made similar assurances to residents in the capital.”In Kiev, smoke and air pollution are being observed as a result of fires… but there is no radiation,” Kiev Mayor Vitali Klitschko said in a video address.Officials nevertheless urged locals not to go out without urgent need and to keep their windows shut.The Kiev air pollution hit a city already under lockdown due to the coronavirus epidemic, with 4,662 confirmed cases in Ukraine and 125 deaths.In Kiev, people are allowed to walk outside but only wearing masks and not in groups of more than two. On Tuesday, Ukrainian authorities said the blaze had been largely extinguished thanks to heavy rain.But on Friday a thousand firefighters aided by two planes and three helicopters were still battling a number of small blazes in the wooded area some 80 kilometres (50 miles) north of Kiev, the emergency service said.The sky became clearer in the evening as Kiev dropped from the top of the list to seventh place in the ranking compiled by IQAir Group.The smog has been blown in by strong winds from dozens of forest fires in surrounding regions, including from the nuclear exclusion zone around the Chernobyl power plant. Thick smoke hung over Ukraine’s capital Kiev on Friday as forest fires smouldered on in the Chernobyl nuclear zone, but city officials said no radiation spike had been detected.The acrid haze hindered visibility all over the city of three million people and the smell of smoke permeated homes as Kiev jumped to the top of high air pollution rankings.A forest fire broke out almost two weeks ago close to the Chernobyl reactor that exploded in 1986 in the world’s worst nuclear accident. Topics :
PALM BEACH COUNTY, Fla. — After weeks of closures due to the deadly coronavirus, parks, boat ramps, golf courses, community pools, and other recreational areas reopened in Palm Beach County on Wednesday.A new emergency order went into effect at 12:01 a.m.However, there are restrictions to limit the spread of COVID-19, and residents are still urged to practice social distancing and wear face coverings whenever possible.“This does not mean we are back to normal in any way, shape, or form,” said Dr. Alina Alonso, the health director for the county, at a news conference on Monday. “I would say that social distancing now is more important than ever.”PARKS:All public county and municipal parks and natural areas, with the exception of beach parks, are now open.Park hours are from sunrise to sunset for walking, running, strolling, biking, and equestrian riding. In addition, fishing, canoeing, kayaking, water skiing, wake boarding, and bicycle rentals are permitted as long as physical distancing is practiced.All park playgrounds, picnic pavilions, campgrounds, dog parks, skate parks, field sports, organized sports, recreational buildings, gymnasiums, and concession stands remain closed.Basketball courts in county parks are open for individual practice only. Only three players per half court are allowed, and competitive team games are prohibited.Phil Foster Park and Dubois Park are considered beach parks, and will therefore remain closed as long as public beaches are closed. The boat ramp at Phil Foster will be open, but not the beach.BOATING:For boaters wanting to take advantage of the boat ramps reopening, there are restrictions in place.Boats must remain at least 50 feet apart at all times, boats cannot link to one another, and no gatherings of more than 10 people are allowed.Law enforcement officers are out patrolling to make sure boaters are not anchoring at any sandbars or islands. Violators could be fined or have their boats towed.The following limitations are in place for boaters: Boats 25 feet or less: four adult passengers maximum Boats 26 feet to 36 feet: six adult passengers maximum Boats 37 feet to 60 feet: eight adult passengers maximum Boats over 60 feet: 10 adult passengers maximum, not including crew membersGOLF COURSES:The county has also set regulations for private and public golf courses.Golfers are not allowed to touch flagsticks, only one person is allowed in each golf cart cart, and tee times are staggered.Play is set up for walking, single-rider golf carts, or shared carts for families living in the same household.Practice facilities, clubhouses, locker rooms, and pro shops remain closed, and all league, clinic, camp, youth, and other organized activities remain suspended.COMMUNITY POOLS:In terms of community pools, pool capacity is limited and seating on pool decks is restricted.BEACHES:Beaches in Palm Beach County remain closed until further notice.According to the latest numbers from the Florida Department of Health, there are 2,911 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Palm Beach County, including 178 deaths.