Renshaw owner Real Good Food (RGF) has appointed Steve Dawson – who helped to turn around the Bahlsen US business – as an independent non-executive director.Described by RGF as an experienced specialist in food and beverage brands in the UK and in North America, Dawson is founder and managing director of BrandGrowth, a consultancy advising food and drink brands on how to achieve success. Its clients have included First Milk, Burton’s Biscuits and Bahlsen.Dawson’s appointment follows a troubled time for RGF, which has been hit by a string of difficulties including the exit of founder and executive chairman Pieter Totté. The company has also issued a number of profit warnings and is improving its corporate governance and reporting after admitting standards had been below those investors “might reasonably expect”.The turnaround has included raising additional funding and selling off parts including Garrett Ingredients and Haydens Bakery. RGF still owns cake decorating business Renshaw, Chantilly Patisserie and Brighter Foods, which recently announced investment in a new site.“On behalf of the company, I am delighted to welcome Steve to the board. His extensive experience in both the USA and in food brands will undoubtedly prove to be very useful and will add significant value to the company,” said RGF CEO Hugh Cawley. “I look forward to working with him as we continue to improve the group’s performance.Before founding BrandGrowth in 2016, Dawson was CEO of the US division of Walkers Shortbread from April 2007 to December 2015. Before that, he was managing director of Food From Britain North America for eight years.In August 2016, Dawson was appointed as interim CEO of Bahlsen North America, with the aim of returning the business to profitability. In 2017, the business was stabilised, with operating losses cut by two-thirds, reported RGF.When he left Bahlsen in May this year, the business was projected to break even and generate double-digit net sales growth by year-end.
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Unfortunately, it is no longer news that young people from Slavonia are moving out every day. But the news is when someone moves there for work, and it was this step that was decided by two young people who started their careers – no less and no more – than in Feričanci, a small town with about two thousand inhabitants. It currently exports to 18 countries: Germany, Austria, Italy, France, the Netherlands, England, Ireland, Estonia, Switzerland, Poland, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Romania, USA, Australia, Mexico, Singapore and Japan. “This year, we exported the most wines to Germany, France, the Netherlands, the USA and Serbia. I am extremely glad that Frankovka Miraz and Frankovka Dika have been drinking in the distant Caribbean since this autumn, which we exported through our customer in the Netherlands. Exports account for a little more than 20 percent of our revenues, which is a good result considering that until a few years ago, our share of this segment was only three percent. We plan to increase the share of exports to 40 percent of total sales. ” pointed out Luka Vrga, a member of the Management Board of Osilovac, a company within which Feravino operates. “I am extremely happy to have been given the opportunity to work in the cellar and vineyards where it all actually begins. My days in Feričanci are full. After work, there is always time to hang out with dear people I met there, and Zagreb is only a two and a half hour drive away, so when I want it, I go on the weekends. “, says Lucija Kužir. Consumption of wine as well as knowledge about wines is an increasingly important part of the lifestyle in Croatia, including in Feričanci. Many wine regions and winemakers promote wine when guests visit wineries, including our winery in Feričanci. Photo: Feravino Photo: Julio Frangen And the fact that this winery takes care of young people is confirmed by the fact that since the beginning of last year, the professional team of oenologists has also been led by the young and promising Antonija Čema. Martin Kovačević, her fiancé, says that the fear of moving and the negative news spreading about emigrating from Slavonia quickly disappeared. “Already after the first few working days I was satisfied with my new job. From vineyards and cellars to selling wine, there is a lot of work, but I am very satisfied with the working conditions, and as a young technologist I see room for improvement. It is important for me to work in the profession. After all, I was educated for that, and I love my job very much. I am also delighted with Slavonia. Here the people are extremely hospitable, warm and cheerful. I like the serenity with which they radiate and live, as well as the richness of tradition and customs”, Martin Kovacevic points out. Photo: Martin Kovačević, Adela Grabež and Lucija Kužir, a team of young technologists from Feravin Feravina exports its wines to 18 countries around the world Unfortunately, it is no longer news that young people from Slavonia are moving out every day. But the news is when someone moves there for work, and it was this step that was decided by two young people who started their careers – no less and no more – than in Feričanci, a small town with about two thousand inhabitants. Feravin’s increasingly important business orientation is export-oriented. Namely, after graduating from the Faculty of Agriculture in Zagreb, twenty-four-year-old Lucija Kužir and twenty-five-year-old Martin Kovačević got a job at the Feravino winery as technologists. Lucija is from Zagreb, and Martin Dalmatinac from Polača, and they gained their first experiences in practice in California, one of the most famous wine regions in the world. Construction of a wine hotel is also planned Exports account for just over 20 percent of our revenues- Luka Vrga, member of the Management Board Feravina vineyards cover an area of 165 hectares, and at the moment about 40 hectares of vineyards are in the phase of restructuring and new planting. The annual production is about 900 thousand liters, and in the vineyards are planted part of the indigenous grape varieties that have been found here since ancient times – Graševina, Frankovka, Zweigelt, as well as international varieties of white grapes (Pinot Blanc, Chardonnay and Rhine Riesling) and black varieties – syrah , cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc, merlot and pinot noir. “The plan is to have sauvignon blanc on offer, for which vineyards have already been planted, thus following the trends of winemaking in the world. Most of the vineyards and attractive localities are located on the slopes of the Krndija mountain in the village of Feričanci, and some of the interesting locations are located in the vicinity of Našice. ” Vrga pointed out. With the possibility of wine tasting in the Old Cellar and wine shop, we offer our guests a tour accompanied by an expert oenologist, the past few years we offer vintage as a tourist program and every year more and more interested in this type of tourism. “In the long run, we plan to build a small hotel, restaurant and accompanying facilities, which will be realized in the next two to three years. This will strengthen the image of Feravin, but also Feričani as an unavoidable wine destination. ” concludes Vrga.
Jamaican prime minister reveals his government is planning to introduce more stringent plans to combat crime in Jamaica.Combatting crime in JamaicaPrime Minister Andrew Holness, says his administration will be implementing new legislation that will inflict harsher penalties on perpetrators of crime in Jamaica.Administration concerned about crimeHolness, also leader of the ruling Jamaica Labor Party (JLP), made the statement on Sunday in addressing supporters at the party’s 74th annual conference at the National Arena in Kingston.The Prime Minister acknowledged his administration is concerned about the crimewave that has led to the murder of 1400 persons so far, this year.He told the crowd of supporters the recently implemented Zones of Special Operations in the communities of Mount Salem in the western parish of St. James and Denham Town in the Corporate Area, have been successful and disclosed the government is now focusing attention on 20 communities where the bulk of the violence occur.Fighting crime with law and intelligence“We hear the desperate cries for tough and extreme measures to deal with the criminals. Jamaica cannot go back to that, there are greater costs to Jamaica. We have to fight crime with law, with intelligence, with citizens cooperation by providing information and not giving in to criminals in your community,” the Prime Minister said.New gun laws to be introducedMeanwhile, National Security Minister Robert Montague who also addressed supporters said new gun laws will also be introduced to fight crime as security officials have found that guns are used in 84 percent of the crimes committed.He said while it is anticipated that the legislation will be challenged by the main opposition People’s National Party (PNP) and other groups, he urged Jamaicans to back the government.“When I bring that bill to Parliament, we are going to say that if you are charged with a gun crime – no bail. So far, this year 143 Jamaicans have been murdered by men who are on bail for other charges. We are going to put it in law that if you are caught with a gun or any gun crime, there will be mandatory minimum sentence that you know that when you get convicted you going to prison for 15-20 years.”Since the start of the year 795 illegal guns and 21,000 rounds of ammunition have been seized by members of the security forces.Montague also defended the administration’s efforts to implement an anti-crime plan.“We all want a safer Jamaica. Of the seven categories of crime, murder and shootings are up, but robbery is down by 15 percent. Aggravated Larceny is down by 28 percent and rape is also down by 15 percent. We are doing the work but there is no overnight solution. There is no instant cure. There is no quick fix and this government is working … we have put a $1 million reward on every wanted man in Jamaica. So if you have any information on a wanted man – call crime stop and earn a million dollars for your Christmas,” he said.
The struggle for position at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is brewing as President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf’s quest to create a new position at the Agency backfires.According to documents obtained by the Daily Observer, President Sirleaf has opted to create a Deputy Executive Director for Operations at the EPA, contrary to the Act establishing the entity.It all started when Civil Service Agency (CSA) Director General George Werner wrote to EPA Executive Director Amyaa Vohiri requesting a new position to be occupied by former Margibi County superintendent Levi Piah.“I write to appeal for the creation of the Deputy Executive Director for Operations (DEDO) within the EPA,” CSA Werner said in a letter dated October 14, 2014 addressed to EPA.According to Werner, the DEDO will be accompanied by a Special Technical Assistant to the DEDO who will assist the DEDO with facilitating EPA’s operations.He added that fiscal allocations for both positions will be placed in EPA’s 2014/2015 Budget but will require EPA management’s follow up with the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning.Knowing full well that the creation of the two positions would contravene the EPA Act, the CSA communicated the Terms of Reference (ToRs) to EPA in an apparent attempt to justify the Civil Service’s request.According to information obtained by this paper, the EPA boss apprised stakeholders about the CSA request, forcing Finance and Development Planning Minister Amara Konneh to immediately intervene.In his letter of November 7, 2014 addressed to the CSA, Konneh proposed that such a request is directed to the EPA Board of Directors for approval prior to any action by the Ministry of Finance to include the positions in the FY2014/2015 National Budget.“I therefore request that you direct your appeal to the Board for consideration,” Konneh advised.Similar to Konneh’s reaction, Madam Vohiri reminded CSA that the request “contravenes the Act establishing EPA, an autonomous agency situated under the office of the President of the Republic of Liberia. Further, your directive does not in fact reflect a current need of the Agency. The leadership structure of the Agency as enshrined in the Act allows for the Executive Director, one Deputy Executive Director and line managers to inform the management team that is currently operating the EPA as successfully as it can, given the budgetary and technical constraints,” Madam Vohiri declared.President Johnson Sirleaf in apparent anger, wrote the EPA boss informing her of her immediate suspension.“In keeping with the authority granted me under the Constitution as head of the Executive Branch of which EPA is a part, and in response to your gross misconduct and disregard to the instructions given you in a meeting on Thursday, November 20, 2014, you are hereby suspended for an indefinite period of time.“The Minister of Finance and Development Planning, in his capacity as chair of the National Environmental Policy Council, has been advised on the reason for this decision and requested to take appropriate action,” President Sirleaf said to the EPA boss.However, the Act creating the EPA does not call for the establishing of the two positions. According to Section 16 A, B & C, “There shall be an Executive Director who is a person with wide environmental knowledge.“The Executive Director shall serve for the period of 7 years and shall be eligible for reappointment, except that there shall be appointed an interim ED.“The ED shall have security of tenure but shall cease to hold office if he/she, resigns, found guilty of gross misconduct on the advice of the Board and approval of the Policy Council or unable to discharge the functions of his/her office for health reasons.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)