Sunu Assurances Nigeria Plc ( 2019 Abridged Report

first_imgSunu Assurances Nigeria Plc ( listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Insurance sector has released it’s 2019 abridged results.For more information about Sunu Assurances Nigeria Plc ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Sunu Assurances Nigeria Plc ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Sunu Assurances Nigeria Plc (  2019 abridged results.Company ProfileSunu Assurances Nigeria Plc formerly (Equity Assurance Plc) is an established insurance company in Nigeria offering non-life insurance for the domestic and corporate sectors as well as asset management and health management services. The company also has business interests in Ghana. Non-life insurance ranges from fire and special peril to consequential loss, cash and goods in transit, public and products liability, fidelity guaranty, personal liability and accident insurance products. Equity Assurance Plc also provides insurance products for workmen compensation and plant, erection and contractors all risk and welfare funds and medical evacuation. The company has subsidiary segments providing health management, asset management and hospitality services. Equity Assurance Plc is a subsidiary of SUNU Finances Holding SA. Its head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. Sunu Assurances Nigeria Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

Brian O’Driscoll’s air punch at Ulster’s Chris Henry

first_imgMonday May 16, 2011 Brian O’Driscoll’s air punch at Ulster’s Chris Henry Brian O’Driscoll is fairly lucky that his arms aren’t an inch longer, as he appeared to swing a punch at loose forward Chris Henry in Leinster’s Magners League semi final against Ulster on Friday night. Leinster, who came out 18-3 winners at the RDS, will wait to see if O’Driscoll will be available for their Heineken Cup Final against Northampton Saints this coming weekend. While he seems to have avoided a citing, there is still an injury cloud hovering over the talisman centre. O’Driscoll lashed out at Henry early in the first half as the two of them got in a bit of a tangle while competing to get to the breakdown. The Ireland captain’s quick left seemed to only glance Henry, with no damage being done and play continuing. Referee George Clancy was however notified by one of his touchline assistants, and had a bit of a chat with the players, telling them too cool down and direct their energy into the game. Leinster have not heard from the citing commissioner, so O’Driscoll, injury worries aside, looks to have dodged a bullet with that one. With events taking place elsewhere this past weekend, it does make one wonder if players should be punished according to intent or outcome. His punch could easily have landed, while Manu Tuilagi’s three might have been poorly aimed glancing blows with far less consequence. As it stands, Tuilagi is facing a hefty suspension, while O’Driscoll, who by all means looked like he lost his cool, is free to play. It’s an interesting one. I suppose you could say that had Tuilagi swung just once, and barely connected, it would hardly have been discussed, giving the entire incident a different complexion. Maybe his good aim, landing three from three, is his worst enemy right now. Whatever the case, Leinster’s fans will be breathing a sigh of relief that O’Driscoll may have actually held back at the last split second. Either that, or maybe he simply mistimed it.Time: 0:40 Note: Thanks to for the fantastic photo of the incident ADVERTISEMENT Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error Related Articles 81 WEEKS AGO scottish prop saves fire victim 84 WEEKS AGO New Rugby X tournament insane 112 WEEKS AGO Vunipola stands by his comments supporting… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingDoctors Stunned: This Removes Wrinkles Like Crazy! (Try Tonight)Smart Life ReportsHere’s What That Tiny Hole Next to Your Iphone Camera Actually DoesNueey10 Types of Women You Should Never MarryNueeyShe Was the Most Beautiful Girl in the World. What She Looks Like Now is InsaneNueeyThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

E-mail not so good for political campaigning?

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis E-mail not so good for political campaigning? Howard Lake | 29 March 2001 | News E-mail is an excellent tool for fundraising and campaigning but it is not effective for communicating en masse with government officials. A recent report from the Congress Online Project in the USA finds that officials receive so much e-mail that they tend to ignore much of it.E-mail is an excellent tool for fundraising and campaigning but it is not effective for communicating en masse with government officials. A recent report from the Congress Online Project in the USA finds that officials receive so much e-mail that they tend to ignore much of it.Congress alone received 80 million e-mail messages last year. Advertisement About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of Researching massive growth in giving.  9 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis This should not come as a surprise. Untargeted campaigning e-mail is as futile as untargeted fundraising e-mail. There are some effective ways of using e-mail to communicate with government officials and NetAction’s Virtual Activist 2.0 explains how. Read the report on e-mail campaigning by the Congress Online Project. read more

‘A bike stolen every day’: TCU’s recent rise in bike thefts

first_imgFacebook Twitter Fort Worth’s first community fridge program helps serve vulnerable neighborhoods Kylie Walker ReddIt Kylie Walker Kylie Walker Previous articleExamining the Mr. and Ms. TCU selection processNext articleVeterans on campus speak about campus carry law Kylie Walker RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Kylie Walker First-year student remembered for her humor Twitter ReddIt printBike theft on campus from TCU Student Media on Vimeo.A recent string of bike thefts around TCU have students and campus police on alert.A total of 19 bikes have been taken from racks across campus since Aug. 19.Bike Thefts on Campus | Create infographics“This year has really been almost unprecedented since the beginning of the school year,” TCU police detective Robert Rangel said. “We’ve had almost a bike stolen everyday.”TCU police arrested 42-year-old Albert Nicholas, 24-year-old Ryan Shimozaki and 23-year-old Ambrosio Medina for bike theft and evading arrest, according to an Aug. 8 campus crime alert.Rangel said he has observed people on surveillance video walking past bike racks while the theft takes place.“They probably just didn’t notice,” Rangel said.He said community policing is going to be a huge help in stopping bike thefts.“Just glance at the bike racks on campus and if they see someone that might not belong on campus, call our 7777 number,” Rangel said. “We’d much rather be called for a false alarm rather than get a call afterwards from someone saying, ‘My bike was stolen.’”Rangel said another important part of bike security on campus is the type of bike lock used.“I did some research and it looks like there is a particular brand that seems to be one that’s more likely to slow down the thieves that are taking the bikes,” Rangel said.Terrul Ratcliff, a junior pre-med student, rides his bike everywhere on campus and said his bike lock is very important.“Someone tried to steal my bike; there were plier marks where someone tried to break it,” Ratcliff said. “Luckily, my bike lock is amazing.”Deanna Valone, a bike merchandiser at Trinity Bicycles on the 600 block of Throckmorton Blvd., said students with bikes on campus should consider four locks that slow down bike thieves. Rangel encourages students to register their bikes because the serial number and identifying marks are important when ensuring bike security on campus.“Without the serial number, there is a low probability that we can recover someone’s bike,” Rangel said.Students can register online or go into the TCU police department and fill out a hard copy to register bikes.center_img ‘Liters for Life’ student campaign raises funds for global water crisis JMBLYA breaks record at Dallas festival University alerts campus after student diagnosed with mumps + posts ‘Let’s be real’: TCU talks diversity Facebook Kylie Walker is a junior Journalism major from Dallas, Texas. She is the SGA/Greek line editor and Public Safety reporter. Linkedin Linkedin Kylie Walker TCU social work majors go into the field to help support Fort Worth’s homelesslast_img read more

Media freedom in free fall 20 years after Hong Kong returned to China

first_img Radio Television Hong Kong (RTHK): Patrick Li, Director of Broadcasting or political commissar? Hong Kong: RSF appeals to the UN to act for the release of Apple Daily founder Jimmy Lai News Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information RSF_en A generation after Hong Kong was handed back to China, the level of media freedom in the former British colony has never been so low. Physical violence against journalists has declined in recent years but control of the media continues to grow despite the emergence of a few independent but fragile online media outlets. Organisation News Twenty years after Hong Kong was handed back to China, the level of media freedom in the former British colony has never been so low. Hong KongAsia – Pacific Judicial harassmentEconomic pressurePredatorsViolenceFreedom of expressionRSF PrizeInternet May 26, 2021 Find out morecenter_img to go further April 29, 2021 Find out more In order to bypass journalists, Hong Kong Chief Executive launches her own talk show on public television News Hong KongAsia – Pacific Judicial harassmentEconomic pressurePredatorsViolenceFreedom of expressionRSF PrizeInternet May 28, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Hong Kong June 27, 2017 – Updated on July 26, 2017 Media freedom in free fall 20 years after Hong Kong returned to China Hong Kong will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the transfer of sovereignty back to China with great pomp on 1 July, which is also the 96th anniversary of the Chinese Communist Party’s founding and the day that Hong Kong’s new chief executive, Carrie Lam, officially takes office after being elected by a small committee with Beijing’s support.Chinese President Xi Jinping has invited himself to the festivities, which will include a gigantic firework show that will display the letters HK in the sky, along with “China” in simplified Mandarin characters, the official language on the mainland but little used by Hong Kong’s residents.Twenty-six journalists representing ten Hong Kong media will not be accredited to cover these events, just as they were barred from covering Lam’s election in March, because the authorities do not recognize media that publish solely online. The Hong Kong Journalists Association (HKJA) has been demanding equal treatment for online media for five years but the request curiously continues to be “under examination.”As for journalists lucky enough to be sent accreditation, the message could not have been clearer. The accompanying document said that their personal details could be shared with all law enforcement agencies.Mainstream media under controlThis is not insignificant in the Hong Kong of 2017. In the course of 20 years of pro-Chinese rule, a sizable proportion of the former British colony’s freedoms have been eroded although they are in theory guaranteed by its status as Special Administrative Region.In the World Press Freedom Index compiled by Reporters Without Borders (RSF), Hong Kong has fallen from 18th in 2002 (when the Index was created) to 73rd now. Amnesty International describes the human rights situation as the worst in 20 years. This is free speech and media freedom “with Chinese characteristics,” to use the Beijing newspeak that the Hong Kong residents find so hard to assimilate.What can they expect from the traditional media? Most of the media owners have major business interests in China and more than half are members of Chinese political bodies such as the National People’s Congress and the People’s Political Consultative Conference. If these media bosses want to do business on the mainland, nothing helps more than a good measure of “patriotism,” meaning self-censorship.The Communications Authority, which is in charge of regulating Hong Kong’s media, keeps an eye out for problems from those owners who have not understood this. One of its methods is to threaten non-renewal of their outlet’s licence (see our report: “Beijing’s invisible hand on Hong Kong’s media”).The acquisition in December 2015 of the Hong Kong English-language daily, the South China Morning Post, by Jack Ma, the executive chairman of the Chinese Internet commerce company Alibaba, dashed any remaining hope that this venerable institution, created in 1903, might still play a watchdog role.At the start of 2016, nearly 30 of its employees including all of its international section left the newspapers and were immediately replaced by people with a reputation for being docile or pro-Beijing.Discreeter methods replace physical violenceFortunately, physical violence against the media has declined in the past two years, aside from a police attack on a journalist with the daily Min Pao who was covering rioting in the Mongkok district in February 2016. More than a year later, the justice system seems to be in no hurry to shed light on the case.The violence peaked in 2014, the year of the “umbrella revolution,” in which tens of thousands of protesters demanding more democracy staged a street sit-in that went on for more than two months. On the 79th day, police broke up the protest using teargas, leaving many people injured including journalists covering the event.2014 began with a knife attack on Ming Pao editor Kevin Lau and continued with intermittent acts of violence against media outlets, especially the Next Media group, which had to cope in turn with the blocking of its printing press, two Molotov Cocktail attacks and a large-scale cyber-attack. But in the end these spectacular acts just increased public hostility towards the Hong Kong government and Beijing.Journalists harassed, firedSince then, the government seems to have preferred discreeter methods of harassing and silencing independent journalists and media. The leading daily Mingpao suddenly fired its editor, Keung Kwok-yuen, on economic grounds on 20 April 2016, hours after he ran a story focusing on well-known local politicians and businessmen who had been named in the “Panama Papers” investigation.Despite a wave of protests, Keung was not reinstated and he joins the long list of journalists whose outspoken reporting has led to their dismissal, a practice that has unfortunately become common in Hong Kong.The Chinese-language Sing Pao Daily News is known for its pro-Beijing line but its chairman, Chinese businessman Gu Zhuoheng, paid the price when the newspaper ran a series of editorials in 2016 criticizing Hong Kong’s chief executive and his links in China. The Chinese police issued a warrant for Gu’s arrest for alleged financial fraud, forcing him to flee abroad. In February of this year, a cyber-attack blocked the newspaper’s website for a day.A new generation of media onlineWith the traditional media failing to do their job, the public has turned to the Internet and to the handful of independent online newspapers that have emerged in the past two years or so. Professional-looking although run on a shoestring, they have added to the independently-reported online local news coverage that the veteran inMedia has been providing since 2004. The new outlets include HK01, The Initium, Post852, Stand News, Hong Kong Free Press and Citizen News.Funded by reader donations, the non-profit Stand News was the first of the new generation news sites to have kept going. Businessman Tony Tsoi launched it in January 2015, a few months after being forced to close an earlier site, House News, in the wake of being kidnapped and threatened by the security services during a visit to China.The English-language Hong Kong Free Press was next. Two freelance journalists created it in the summer of 2015 after a crowdfunding campaign gathered four times the anticipated amount. After operating for two years, it claims to have published 8,500 stories, to have had 500,000 unique visitors and to have 1 million page views a month. This is a significant readership in a territory with 7.3 million inhabitants, 95% of them Chinese-speaking.The Chinese-language subscription site Citizen News appeared in January of this year. It was founded by a dozen media veterans including Kevin Lau, who used his convalescence to help develop the project, and Daisy Li, a famous journalist who received the International Press Freedom Award from the Committee to Protect Journalists in 1994.However, the prospects of these new online media outlets are uncertain. They are barred from covering official events, they are using non-commercial economic models whose viability has yet to be demonstrated, they are exposed to the possibility of cyber-attacks and it is very difficult if not impossible for them to cover Mainland China. Furthermore, they are also exposed to the possibility of being subjected to the same brutal methods that were used to rein in Hong Kong’s independent publishing sector.Kidnapped publishersAlthough two years have gone by, no one has forgotten the abduction in 2015 of five members of the staff of a Hong Kong-based publishing house specializing in sensationalist books about senior Chinese leaders. They subsequently appeared on Chinese TV, escorted by police officers and forced to confess their “crimes.” Another publisher, Yiu Mantin, had previously been sentenced to ten years in prison on the mainland in 2014 as he was about to publish a book in Hong Kong with a suggestive title: “Xi Jinping, China’s godfather”.In Hong Kong nowadays, you think twice about publishing revelations about Beijing’s leaders, especially as one of the publishers, British citizen Lee Bo, was kidnapped in Hong Kong itself and another, Gui Minhai, a Swedish citizen kidnapped in Thailand, is still held in China.These two cases serve as a constant reminder to Hong Kong’s inhabitants that nothing – no passport and no border – gives them complete protection from China’s intelligence services. They constitute a permanent threat, especially as Beijing has turned the abduction and torture of human rights activists into one of the trademarks of its authoritarian methods in recent years. Newslast_img read more

Court acquits blogger known as “Minerva”

first_imgNews Receive email alerts News April 20, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Court acquits blogger known as “Minerva” South KoreaAsia – Pacific RSF calls for the release of South Korean journalist jailed for defamation August 18, 2020 Find out more “During the trial, even the prosecution witnesses seemed hard put to claim that Park was to blame for any destabilisation of the markets,” the press freedom organisation said. “Some of the comments he posted on discussion forums were exaggerated, but they were not responsible for the financial crisis that South Korea has suffered.” Organisation to go further Kim Tae Dong, a former presidential adviser on economic issues, told Reporters Without Borders there was no credible hard evidence to support the charges against Park. In a comment that can be seen on YouTube, Kim argues that the “Minerva” case is crucial for free expression in South Korea Reporters Without Borders added: “If judge Yoo Young-hyun sentences Park to a jail term, a blogger’s comments will have received an unjust and disproportionate punishment and the judicial system will have become an accomplice to a government strategy designed to intimidate Internet users who express their views on financial subjects.” South KoreaAsia – Pacific News News Help by sharing this information Forum on Information and Democracy 250 recommendations on how to stop “infodemics” Among the blog posts cited during the trial was one on 29 December in which Park claimed that seven of South Korea’s most important finance institutions and export companies had been ordered not to by US dollars in order to stabilise the won. Nonetheless, the won did not collapse during the 29 December trading session and in fact was higher against the US dollar at the end of the day than it was before Park’s post. After attending some of the hearings and gaining access to confidential information about the case, Reporters Without Borders is convinced that Park is innocent. On 13 April, the prosecutor requested an 18-month jail sentence under an electricity and communications law that dates back to a time when the Internet did not exist. November 19, 2020 Find out more Many of Park’s widely-read articles were posted on the forum of, one of South Korea’s most popular web portals. In one of his posts, he forecast the collapse of the US bank Lehman Brothers a week before it happened. He also predicted the current worldwide financial crisis. His real identity was unknown until his arrest. November 11, 2020 Find out more On eve of the G20 Riyadh summit, RSF calls for public support to secure the release of jailed journalists in Saudi Arabia Reporters Without Borders welcomes blogger Park Dae-sung’s acquittal today by the Seoul central district court on charges of affecting “foreign exchange markets” and undermining “the nation’s credibility” by posting false information online. Prosecutors had requested an 18-month prison sentence for Park, who is better known by his blog name of “Minerva.”“This acquittal is a sign that the South Korean courts are capable of issuing independent verdicts based on the facts, without yielding to political pressure,” Reporters Without Borders said. “We hope this verdict will encourage the authorities not to prosecute or intimidate Internet users any more.”Judge Yoo Young-hyun said in his ruling that he did not think Park “intended to damage the public interest” or was “aware the information was misleading when he wrote the postings.” Park was due to be freed after spending more than three months in prison.“I am just happy,” his mother told journalists.Reporters Without Borders, which had a representative monitoring the trial, called for Park’s acquittal in a 17 April press release.————–17.04. Court urged to acquit jailed blogger known as “Minerva”Reporters Without Borders calls for the acquittal of blogger Park Dae-sung, better known by the pseudonym of Minerva, who has been tried on charges of affecting “foreign exchange markets” and undermining “the nation’s credibility” by posting false information online. A Seoul court is due to issue its verdict on Monday (20 April). Follow the news on South Korea RSF_en Arrested on 7 January 2009, Park pleaded not guilty.last_img read more

Rep. Chu Statement on Start of the 114th Congress

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Chicago to Shannon Air Link Opens

first_imgShannon Airport “has been abandoned” One of the world’s most unusual aircraft arrives at Shannon Airport Linkedin Tourism Ireland warmly welcomes the arrival of the inaugural United flight from Chicago to Shannon, which will provide a welcome boost for both business and leisure tourism from the all-important American market to Shannon and the West of Ireland this summer.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Working closely with airlines is a key priority for Tourism Ireland and the organisation has put in place a busy programme of marketing activity – in conjunction with United – to help drive demand for this new route in the Chicago area and ensure the success of the service. Ads are running in Red Eye, a daily Chicago newspaper, reaching some 180,000 readers with messages about the new ease of access to Shannon and the many great things to see and do in the West of Ireland.Earlier this week, senior executives from Tourism Ireland were in Chicago, where they undertook a series of interviews with popular television and radio stations – highlighting Shannon as a wonderful gateway to the west of Ireland and issuing an extra-special invitation for Mid-Westerners who are Irish born, Irish bred or Irish in spirit to come and visit in 2013 and join our great Gathering celebrations. And, in advance of the inaugural flight, a Tourism Ireland event in Chicago was attended by 50 influential travel agents, tour operators and journalists.This summer will see a significant increase – almost 27% – in the number of airline seats between the US and Ireland for the peak season, making it easier than ever before for Americans to get to the island of Ireland. Simon Gregory, Tourism Ireland’s director of markets, said: “We are delighted that United has chosen to operate this new service from Chicago to Shannon. As an island, direct, convenient and competitive access services are critical to achieving growth in inbound tourism. Tourism Ireland is committed to working with United, Shannon Airport and other tourism interests to drive demand for this new service, and all other services to the island of Ireland, and to help maintain our vital network of routes and services.   Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Aer Lingus needs to clarify Shannon plans – Crowe Email Shannon Group Focused on Recovery and Rebuilding Printcenter_img Previous articleKevin wins top literary awardNext articleLimerick Employers urged to be extra vigilant with young workers on summer jobs Guest Writer WhatsApp Urgent action needed to ensure Regional Air Connectivity Sad day for Limerick and Mid-West following Aer Lingus announcement – Mayor Michael Collins TAGSfeaturedShannonShannon airporttravel NewsLocal NewsChicago to Shannon Air Link OpensBy Guest Writer – June 9, 2013 862 Twitter Advertisementlast_img read more

Anna Kelles joins climate activists rallying for corporate emissions tax on Ithaca Commons

first_img Anna Lamb Tagged: Anna Kelles, CCIA, climate change, environment, ithaca Your local health and human services news is made possible with support from: Anna Lamb is a reporter for the Ithaca Voice.Questions? Story tips? Contact her at [email protected] More by Anna Lamb “Lets keep in mind that the CCIA is just a start. This bill will move us one step closer to a greater societal change. The CCIA is something that we need,” said Eden Lewis, a sophomore at IHS and member of the group Our Climate. “It’s time for us to be resilient and not succumb to the greater and greater profit of these large corporations.”Another speaker, looking to preserve the environment for youth like Lewis, was Merrill Hurst from Tompkins Mothers Out Front –– a group inspired by the idea of preserving the planet for future generations. Hurst was surrounded by her granddaughters on stage, Natalie, 8 years-old, Edith, 7 and a half years-old and Lilly, four and a half years-old –– all who said they love playing outside. “These people are the reason I became a climate activist,” Hurst said. The other government official to join the afternoon rally was Ithaca’s Director of Sustainability Luis Aguirre-Torres, who highlighted the importance of youth voices within the movement. “You are doing all the work to turn this place into a much much better place,” he said. The rally Tuesday was one of several across the state, during which organizers in Long Island, Ithaca, Albany, Westchester, Buffalo, and New York City also called for the passage of the New York Climate and Community Investment Act (S4264A). To read the bill in its entirety and find out more about what activists are asking for, click here. ITHACA, N.Y. — Climate activists once again came together this week to rally for the passage of the Climate and Community Investment Act (CCIA), a corporate emissions tax bill. On Tuesday, May 18 representatives from Climate Justice Cornell (CJC), Sunrise Ithaca, Our Climate, the Ithaca High School Green Team and Tompkins Mothers Out Front came together with government officials to show their support.     One of those officials was Assemblymember Anna Kelles, a cosponsor of the CCIA bill, which is on the table in both the state senate and assembly. “Now is the time to make this solution happen,” Kelles said during a speech at the event. This is the second time in a little more than a month that activists have come together with Kelles to support the legislation. In April,  almost 40 local climate activists joined Assemblymember Kelles outside her East Court Street office to rally for the CCIA. Now is crunch time for the act –– legislative session for NYS assembly adjourns in June.  In addition to Kelles, other speakers included a score of young activists, many of whom had a hand in organizing the event itself. last_img read more

Organic firms counter data showing falling sales

first_imgOrganic bakery producers have come forward with stories of sales growth in response to the Organic Market Report, which revealed that sales of organic bread and bakery items had plummeted during the recession.The report, published by the Soil Association, announced that sales in the category one of the hardest-hit were down 39.8% during 2009. Organic biscuit sales fell by 19%.However, Honeyrose Bakery, which supplies Sainsbury’s, Waitrose and Caffè Nero among others, said sales of its organic cakes saw a 78% increase during the first quarter of 2010 compared to 2009. Managing director and founder Lise Madsen said the firm had gained new business in the past six months, including new lines in Sainsbury’s. She said the firm believes that when consumers’ spending power returns, companies that have “stuck to quality over taking easy shortcuts” would be rewarded.Chantelle Ludski, founder and CEO of sandwich and snack supplier fresh!naturally organic, and member of the Organic Trade Board committee, said the firm’s pie and quiche sales had gone up over the period. “It’s all about the way the organic message is put across,” she said, referring to how the market can turn itself around. “You cannot just market a product purely on the fact it is organic. It needs to be a good product, and fairly priced.” She added that consumers need to be told why it’s good to buy organic, without being bombarded with too many different messages.Judges Bakery co-founder Jo Fairley said sales of organic bread at her Hastings bakery were also up “and growing”. Echoing Ludski’s commments, she said: “Organic products need to be as good as, or preferably better than, the non-organic version.”Michael Bell, MD, Bells of Lazonby added that there have been a lot of fairly ordinary organic products in the past, but he said organic customers don’t just want a product with organic ingredients it has to offer them something else as well.last_img read more