Bakery and sandwiches are among the top three performing categories for Northern Foods, which announced group like-for-like sales were up 1% on last year.In its interim statement for the 14 weeks to 3 April 2010, the firm said trading was strong within its Chilled division, with new sandwich business secured with Costa Coffee, due to commence during the second quarter of the new financial year. However, underlying revenue for the fourth quarter stood at 2.1% growth compared to 6.3% for the full year. The firm announced that Bakery had “continued to see strong trading”, with underlying revenue for the full year up 3%, and for the fourth quarter up 4.1%.“Our Fox’s Biscuits brand increased its market position following the Christmas trading period and moved up to number two in the UK, with a brand share of 10.7% (AC Nielsen Scantrack 52 w/e 20.02.10),” commented the firm.Within its Frozen division, underlying revenue fell by 9.3% for the year, due to the exit from “low-margin business”. The firm recently announced a major investment in its new Goodfella’s pizza range, with a brand re-launch, including new packaging and an extensive TV campaign, set to commence this month.
JAY – The Selectboard readdressed two warrant articles from last week’s budget meeting.The chosen image for this year’s town report.The town’s administrative ordinance states that the board must act with a quorum of three members. The board must act by majority vote and if only three members are present at a meeting then they must vote unanimously.At the Feb. 2 budget meeting a board member was absent, meaning all decisions had to be made unanimously for action to be taken. Two warrant articles, Paving Capital Reserve and Curbside Collection, passed 2 – 1, but are technically invalid because the vote was not unanimous.The board voted again Monday evening with all four members present, passing both articles 3 – 1.The Selectboard unanimously approved Jay resident Stacy Greenleaf’s sewer abatement of $314.16. Because her winter quarter reading was more than 20 percent higher than the average of the past three quarters she was able to request a modified billing format to determine her sewer fee.There are three properties that are in danger of being foreclosed because of unpaid taxes or sewer. Town manager, Shiloh LaFreniere believes that two of the properties will be able to pay in full by the March 3 deadline, but thinks an apartment building who she’s had no luck contacting will be foreclosed.If there are any foreclosed properties the board will discuss possible actions to take on their March 8 meeting.The town is currently taking bids for replacing the town office generator. So far they have received two bids, and may have a third tomorrow. The bids are due by Feb. 17.Board member Gary McGrane suggested the town look into getting a solar powered battery for the office. McGrane cited the 26 percent federal tax rebate as a strong incentive for looking into going green.The town office is getting an energy audit that will specify how much energy they are using which will help them make a decision on what path to take regarding their back up energy.Unfortunately, because of limited time in the classroom the RSU 73 art contest didn’t work out this year. This left the town report cover blank.Lisa Bryant, the town Finance Director designed a few logos for the board to choose from.For the back cover the board decided to go with #AndroStrong logo that was designed by K&J Couture Designs after the Verso mill explosion last year.The inside cover will feature the recipients of the Spirit of America award.
Dunne’s angled pass out of defence was chested down by skipper Zamora perfectly into the path of Austin, whose drive flashed past the despairing hand of Guzan to give the Rs a valuable lead. Benteke had a chance to level matters with a header shortly afterwards but could only flick Westwood’s cross wide of Green’s post as Villa searched for an immediate riposte. Republic of Ireland defender Dunne, who spent four years at Villa Park, was again the man to put his body on the line as he blocked Benteke’s next effort as Agbonlahor and Weimann combined on the break to open up the Rangers defence. Sandro came closest to extending the QPR lead before the interval but his cute chip was too high to catch Guzan off his line and drifted behind for a goal kick as Rangers reached half-time in front. The second half started in much the same vein but Villa should have equalised on 55 minutes when Clark could only poke wide from close range after being picked out by Benteke’s downward header from Westwood’s deep free-kick. Zamora, who had spent the night hassling and harrying the Villa defence and proved he could still be a thorn in the side of an opposing team, was withdrawn just after the hour as Redknapp introduced Junior Hoilett from the bench. The Canadian winger almost made an immediate impact but saw a clever shot hit the far post, but it was not long until Austin’s second goal killed off the game as the former Burnley frontman did well to beat Ron Vlaar to Eduardo Vargas’ low cross to steer the ball past Guzan with just over 20 minutes remaining. Lambert responded by bringing on Darren Bent and Joe Cole but it was Vargas who should have made it three for QPR as he broke the offside trap before his tame effort was kept out by Guzan. Villa’s luck in front of goal continued to desert them as Tom Cleverley’s strike was palmed back into the middle of the box by Green, who then recovered well to prevent Clark from tapping home. That proved to be the last meaningful chance at a consolation for Villa, who will be hoping to halt their slide when they welcome similarly out-of-form Tottenham to Villa Park on Sunday. Having proved the architects of their own downfall with two own goals in the recent defeat to Liverpool, Rangers came out on top at Loftus Road in a game against an Aston Villa outfit bereft of confidence. When Austin struck a sweet half-volley in the first half the writing was already on the wall for Paul Lambert’s visitors, who have now gone over eight hours since scoring a goal, and another predatory finish the other side of the interval secured what could be a vital 2-0 win. They may have faced Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City and Everton in recent weeks – with an 11-0 aggregate reverse scoreline – but these sorts of evenings need to produce results if Villa are to stay clear of the pack squabbling at the foot of the table. But, for Redknapp and QPR, this was a much-needed second win of the campaign which lifts them above fellow newly-promoted side Burnley and to within two points of 17th-placed Leicester as the 67-year-old continues to face questions about his future. As well as Austin’s two efforts, Redknapp would have been pleased with the developing link-up play his goalscorer is enjoying with the industrious Bobby Zamora – whilst the league’s worst defence kept just their second clean sheet of the campaign with Rio Ferdinand again an unused substitute. Ciaran Clark was brought back into the Villans’ defence but he wasted their best chance to grab just their fifth league goal of the season, with five defeats in succession leaving Villa only three points clear of their Monday night hosts. The recalled Villa duo of Carlos Sanchez and Andreas Weimann combined well in the early stages, with the latter’s cross headed to Ashley Westwood who could only arrow his shot into the chest of fit-again Rob Green. Gabriel Agbonlahor, who scored Villa’s last league goal back in mid-September, saw a low effort bravely blocked by former team-mate Richard Dunne as Lambert’s side began to dominant possession. Green was again called into action moments later as Sanchez thrashed a shot towards goal from distance but, fortunately for the former England goalkeeper, the effort flew straight into his grasp. Brad Guzan was not as lucky at the other end as Redknapp’s men broke the deadlock from the next attack following a simple long ball forward. A brace from Charlie Austin lit up an otherwise forgettable game as QPR moved off the bottom of the Premier League and eased the mounting pressure on manager Harry Redknapp. Press Association