International Taste Solutions (ITS) has appointed Gail Underwood as the company’s chief flavourist.Underwood has a wealth of experience in the flavour industry since starting her first role as a soft drinks technologist in 1973, said ITSShe has also undertaken roles with Synergy Flavours, Fuerst Day Lawson and completed 13 years at Barnett and Foster (now Firmenich) as a flavourist.“Bringing Gail into the team will allow ITS to be playing top division in the sector and to make a step up in terms of new flavour development for various applications,” said Mike Bagshaw, ITS managing director and founder.Underwood said she was excited to be part of the company’s strategic growth plans.“It is an exciting time to join ITS, especially in this moment of rapid growth for the company into different sectors like sports nutrition, dairy or beverages,” she added. “I am delighted to be able to bring my flavour expertise to the team.”Based in Newbury, Berkshire, ITS offers flavour and texture solutions to the bakery, dairy and health/wellness markets. Its premises include a test bakery, innovation kitchen and a flavour creation/applications lab.
December 30, 2020
US Fish and Wildlife Service comply with order to put grizzly bears back on Endangered Species List North Carolina’s 1,175-mile Mountains-to-Sea trail turns 42 years old this September and the Friends of the Mountains-to-Sea trail are inviting hikers of all abilities to come out and celebrate. The move to delist the Yellowstone grizzly was an attempt to carve the Yellowstone grizzly out of the larger whole, and conservationists warned it did not take a look at the bigger picture of grizzly recovery. A federal judge agreed and blocked the delisting of the Yellowstone grizzly. On July 31, the US Fish and Wildlife Service announced that it had complied with the court order and relisted the Yellowstone grizzly bear as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. Thirty-three group hikes are being offered in 27 trail towns across the state over the weekend of Friday, September 6 through Sunday, September 8. The hikes will range in distance from one to twelve miles and in difficultly from easy to strenuous. There’s also a 42-mile challenge for hikers looking for an endurance challenge. For more information about any of the hosted hikes visit the website: https://mountainstoseatrail.org/birthdayhike/. Before the year 1800, approximately 50,000 grizzly bears roamed the United States and parts of Mexico. But by 1975 less than 1,000 grizzly bears remained and the animal was listed on the Endangered Species Act. As part of the grizzly recovery plan, six recovery regions were identified, one of which was the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. Grizzly bears in this region have made a strong recovery, growing from less than 150 to around 700, though recovery efforts in other regions have been less successful. Two years ago, the US Fish and Wildlife Service attempted to remove the grizzly bear in and around Yellowstone National Park from the endangered species list. Celebrate the Mountains-to-Sea trail birthday this September
September 29, 2020
Sweden’s AP2 has reduced the carbon footprint of its investments by a third between January and June after overhauling its benchmarks, according to its interim report.Releasing financial results for the first half of this year, the Gothenburg-based pension fund said it made an overall 2.9% return on investments in the period including costs, underperforming its benchmark by 0.1 percentage points.Eva Halvarsson, chief executive of the state pension buffer fund, said: “During the first quarter, the fund implemented extensive changes to its management of foreign equities by introducing new benchmarks for both emerging markets and developed markets.”With the new indices, she said the fund was also getting exposure to a number of sustainability factors, which – apart from improving the portfolio’s sustainability characteristics – also improved the expected return and risk. “Among other things, the new indices entail a considerably lower carbon footprint,” Halvarsson said.The fund said in its report that in relation to the market value of its holdings, the carbon dioxide intensity for its total equity portfolio would be 18 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent per million krona as of 30 June, compared with 28 for 2017.The absolute carbon footprint for the portfolio as of 30 June was 1.9m tonnes of carbon dioxide, compared with 2.6m for 2017.AP2’s new indices combined most of the alternative indices it used before to gain exposure in individual sub-portfolios, turning these into one multiple factor index for developed countries and one for emerging countries.The fund said the investment return for the first half exceeded its long-term return assumption of 4.5% a year.Investments were helped to some extent by a weaker Swedish krona, with the currency hit by uncertainty around the central bank’s monetary policy.“The weakening of the krona during the first half of the year has had a positive impact on the return on foreign assets but this has partly been counteracted by the fund’s hedging policy and tactical positions,” AP2 said.Foreign government bonds, for example, made a 7.4% return in absolute terms in the first half, whereas Swedish government bonds returned just 0.9%.In the first half, the pension fund paid out SEK3.3bn (€314m) to the national pension system, lower than the SEK3.7bn it paid out in the same period last year.AP2’s total assets increased to SEK352.4bn by the end of June, up from SEK345.9bn at the end of December.
September 16, 2020
In yesterdays County Senior Hurling Championship action Portroe were 8 point winners over Cappawhite – 3-16 to 1-14 the final score in Newport. There was one game in the County Senior Football Championship last evening.Kilsheelan Kilcash and Thomas McDonaghs locked horns in Templemore with the south side coming out on top with 16 points to spare.6-12 to 1-11 the final score.