Northern Foods announced a “strong performance” in its Bakery division in its full year results to 28 March 2009.Revenue increased in its bakery division by 5.4% to £216.m (2007/08: £205.m). Investment in its Vinnie campaign for Fox’s biscuits helped improve awareness and distribution of the brand, but the firm said “competitive pressure in the puddings market will bring challenges”.Revenue in its Chilled division rose 1.1% to £486.8m, however there was slightly lower volume growth in sandwiches and salads due to the poor summer weather last year.The firm said growth in its frozen division had been impacted by the strength of the euro as its manufacturing operations are based in Ireland. This, in addition to increased promotional activity in the division, saw total revenue rise 11% to £272.4m, compared to £245.4m for the comparable period last year.Total group revenue was up 4.6% to £975.2m but profit before tax fell to £47.5m from £50.1m for the same 2007/08 period.In a statement released by the company, it said business with discount retailers, or based around value products, now makes up around a fifth of the group’s sales.Chief executive, Stefan Barden said the firm had delivered a resilient performance this year, in challenging economic conditions. Northern Foods has seen material costs rise around 12% on last year and energy costs increase approximately 64%.“We anticipate that next year will be equally challenging, with the continuation of food inflation and competitive pressures. Our operational and financial strengths position us well to benefit when markets recover,” said Barden.
BEDFORD HILLS, N.Y. (AP/WBNG) – The former prison tailor who helped two killers escape a maximum-security New York prison has been released after more than four years behind bars. Prison officials say 55-year-old Joyce Mitchell was conditionally released Thursday morning from the Bedford Hills Correctional Facility north of New York City. She will be under supervision in northern New York, where she previously lived and worked at the state prison in Dannemora. Mitchell helped Richard Matt and David Sweat break out of the prison in 2015. After a three-week manhunt, Matt was shot dead and Sweat was captured and put behind bars for life. Sweat was convicted of 1st-degree murder and imprisoned for the killing of Broome County Deputy Kevin Tarisa in 2002.
Source: Ghanasoccernet The three referees who officiated the AshantiGold-Asante Kotoko Special Competition match in Obuasi have been handed temporary bans by the Ghana Football Association after the latest allegation they took bribe from the Porcupine Warriors. Ali Alhassan, Mustapha Abdulai and Mohammed Issahaku have been suspended from officiating any Ghana FA Official Match with immediate effect.A letter signed on Friday read: ”The Normalization Committee of the Ghana Football Association has ordered a temporary suspension of referees Ali Alhassan, Mustapha Abdulai and Mohammed Issahaku from officiating any Ghana FA Official Match with immediate effect.”This decision has become necessary due to the bribery allegation leveled against you after officiating a Day Eleven match between AshantiGold SC and Asante Kotoko SC played on Sunday, 12 May, 2019 at the Len Clay Stadium.”This week, a retired referee Robert Tawiah Mensah alleged one Kofi Oduro, who claims to have close ties with Kotoko chairman Dr Kwame Kyei is demanding a refund of a supposed GH 8,000 he paid to the match officials.He claims one Kofi Oduro nicknamed “Shishilla” has been hounding him with calls to get a refund of the cash after the Porcupine Warriors lost 1-0 in Obuasi.