Barry Callebaut launches chocolate challenge for caterers

first_imgChocolate specialist Barry Callebaut is offering caterers the chance to win a trip to a cocoa plantation in its For The Love of Chocolate Challenge.Chefs, chocolatiers and patissiers are all eligible to enter by putting a new twist on one of the nation’s top five desserts: brownie; cheesecake; cake; pudding; and ice cream.Then, hopefuls must share the details of their creation on www.fortheloveofchoc.com between 5 January and midnight on 1 March 2015.Two winners will be chosen – one over 22 years old and one under – for a four-night paid-for trip to learn more about the origins of chocolate.Robert Harrison, sales director, said: “The foodservice industry thrives on innovation so we’re really looking forward seeing what chefs come up with and rewarding the best of the best with a trip to one of our plantations. It really is a unique prize and one we’re incredibly proud to be able to offer.“There are so many interesting uses for chocolate and it’s an ingredient that works equally well for desserts as it does for afternoon tea and banqueting menus. Our recipes have been created to spark imagination amongst the industry. Strong consumer demand means there will always be a place for chocolate on menus but caterers really need to expand their offering with wow-factor dishes to keep customers coming back for more.”More information is available at www.fortheloveofchoc.com.last_img read more

UK launches £500m venture capital fund to attract institutional money

first_imgCatherine Lewis La Torre, CEO of the bank’s investment arm, British Business Investments, said the organisation’s earlier venture capital project – the UK Innovation Investment Fund – had backed a number of funds that had already invested in “a large number of outstanding UK businesses”.“The £500m made available today under our new Managed Funds programme will build on this experience by attracting more institutional capital to the venture and growth asset class,” she added. “Through this Managed Funds programme, prospective investors will be able to access high quality venture and growth capital funds that will be investing in the success stories of tomorrow.”In November last year Chancellor Philip Hammond, head of the UK’s Treasury department, announced plans to “unlock over £20bn” for “scale-up businesses”.As part of this move, the Treasury said the Pensions Regulator would “clarify guidance on investments with long-term investment horizons”.“With over £2trn in UK pension funds, small changes in investment have the potential to transform the supply of capital to innovative firms,” the chancellor’s report said.However, JP Morgan Asset Management’s Sorca Kelly-Scholte previously warned that the mature nature of UK defined benefit funds – which still account for the majority of the country’s pension assets – meant that illiquid asset classes such as venture capital were not always suitable.“Funds are maturing and they often think that private equity is not the right risk or liquidity profile for them,” Kelly-Scholte told IPE in November. “They don’t want to get into illiquid assets if they are going for buyout.”Last month, the European Commission and the European Investment Fund launched a similar venture capital programme, VentureEU, with initial capital of €410m. The Commission said it expected to unlock €6.5bn of new investment in start-up and high-growth companies across Europe. The UK government has launched a £500m (€567.3m) venture capital programme as part of its stated aim of encouraging more pension funds to invest in small domestic companies.The Managed Funds programme, launched by the government-funded British Business Bank, aims to increase long-term allocations through investing in “large scale” funds of funds.In a statement, the bank said its project would “boost the amount of patient capital available to the UK’s high-growth businesses”. The programme aimed to generate a “commercial rate of return” from a diversified portfolio.Managers interested in running money through the programme have been invited to pitch to the British Business Bank.last_img read more

Dauda Mohammed wants Kotoko to build on from Hearts victory

first_imgKotoko striker Dauda Mohammed is confident his side can pick three points in their league fixture against at the Baba Yara Stadium.The striker who was named man of the match in their derby day victory over rivals Hearts of Oak is keen for his side to use the win as a stepping stone to better their season.“We enter every game with a different approach,” he told Adom FM Sports.“We will build on from the Hearts victory because we can’t afford to drop anymore points.”“Picking up points away from home is very difficult so we are determined to pick maximum points at home.”“We are confident of picking the three points against Dwarfs this Sunday.”     Dauda is Kotoko’s leading scoring in the league with two goals. –Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @JoySportsGH. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

Villanueva starts and ends PBA career with ‘father figure’ Guiao as coach

first_imgSean Anthony of Meralco (dark) vs Enrico Villanueva of NLEX (light).NLEX saw its season come to an end Tuesday night and so did the PBA career of its rugged big man Enrico Villanueva, who quietly called it quits after 15 seasons.Villanueva had his moments as one of the league’s stars and played his best basketball as part of the defunct Red Bull franchise, which selected him as the seventh overall pick in 2003.ADVERTISEMENT In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide NBA: Anthony sees no problem playing power forward with Thunder MOST READ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up Injuries, however, prevented the one-time UAAP MVP out of Ateneo from sustaining his strong showing in the latter part of his career.“The only problem when he was near the end of his career, he couldn’t get back into game shape because his injuries kept coming back so he just really wanted to finish this season, but it would have been [great] if he was able to play and was healthy and that was really his problem during the last few months that maybe his body was giving up on him already so that is the time to call it quits and enjoy the rest of young life,” Guiao said.“But he was able to do what he wanted with the basketball career that’s really more than anyone can ask for.”Guiao believes Villanueva won’t be away from basketball entirely and it won’t take long before he returns to the sidelines.“I think he still wants to able to be involved in basketball in another capacity but we still don’t know that yet,” Guiao said.Villanueva said he has businesses to attend to and he’s not discounting the idea of coaching someday.In fact, he already has a blueprint figured out.“If I’ll be a coach, it’s pretty obvious which coaching style I’ll take.” Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold PLAY LIST 06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img How to help the Taal evacuees Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson “More than competing at the highest level, I’d have to say I’ll miss the people I encounter in the league. I’ll miss the camaraderie and friendships that I’ve built through the years,” Villanueva told INQUIRER.net Wednesday.“Of course, I’ll still see some of them but not being with my team day to day will be something I’ll need to get used to. Those people have been a part of my life one way or another.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogThe 37-year-old Villanueva led Red Bull to a title in the 2005-06 Fiesta Conference where he was named Best Player of the Conference.Villanueva played for six other teams before finishing his career with the NLEX Road Warriors. And interestingly, his first PBA coach in Yeng Guiao was also his last. LATEST STORIES DAY6 is for everybody Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments “He’s created a lot of good memories, especially when we were together in Red Bull,” said Guiao after the Road Warriors’ quarterfinals exit following a loss to the Star Hotshots.“It’s been a privilege coaching him when he started, and when he’s ending.” Guiao, who called the shots for Red Bull from 2000 to 2009,” he added.Guiao coached Villanueva for five seasons before the former national team player was traded to San Miguel Beer.“He’s a very blunt and straightforward coach. He’ll tell you what he wants and will tell you if you’re messing up; and in the most colorful way you can imagine,” Villanueva said. “There’s no superstar and you can’t be soft. You need to be tough otherwise you won’t survive. I can guarantee, though, that you’ll be a better player after.”“More than a coach, he’s also a father figure to us. He cares for his players and this is evident through his relationships with them, including former players. He’s a great family man and a person to emulate.”ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more