Coronavirus in Mexico made worse by trio of health risk factors

first_imgMeanwhile, the country boasts one of the world’s highest incidence of obesity.”You see the combined effect of these three elements in the death toll statistics,” said Josafat Camacho, a medical doctor and president of the Mexican Diabetes Federation.Describing Mexico as “very high risk” he said incomplete data makes it impossible to draw definitive conclusions.The problem, according to experts, is the high probability that a large number of asymptomatic people carry the virus without knowing it and are spreading it to others.Better data could lower Mexico’s high death rate, currently at around 9.9% while the global average is at 6.8%.According to the latest health ministry model, there could be more than 100,000 coronavirus cases in the country, many of them involving potentially asymptomatic persons.Gustavo Cruz, a mathematician and researcher with the National Autonomous University of Mexico, said the government’s figures capture the trajectory of the virus, though the true number of cases may be much higher.Cruz estimates that a peak in infections will not come until the second or third week of May. Despite a growing daily tally of new infections, President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has said he wants to re-start a badly slumping economy that has seen key industries like auto production and tourism shut down, and is set to present a plan to gradually reopen businesses later this week.As of Sunday, officials confirmed that total infections had risen to 35,022 and the number of deaths to more than 3,465 due to the outbreak, although both figures almost certainly undercount the real numbers due to little testing.More than 10% of Mexicans over the age of 20, or more than 8 million people, are diabetic, according to 2018 government data.Hypertension, or high blood pressure, is more prevalent with around 18% of the over-20-year-old population affected, or some 15 million Mexicans. The spread of the new coronavirus is taking a deadly toll on Mexico due to the widespread presence of a trio of pre-existing medical conditions that put Mexicans at higher risk.To date, seven in 10 deaths attributed to the highly contagious respiratory disease caused by the virus have been linked to patients diagnosed with diabetes, hypertension or obesity, according to government data.Mexicans are more vulnerable due to “the epidemic of chronic disease induced by poor nutrition and the excessive supply of unhealthy industrialized food,” said Hugo Lopez-Gatell, the deputy health minister in charge of the country’s coronavirus response.center_img Topics :last_img read more

The Grocer Own Label Awards 2018: the winners

first_imgInnovation winner: Aldi Moroccan HoumousSupplier: not disclosedA whopping 75% of consumers thought this product was “new and different”, agreeing its spice mix had “impact” and would stand out in a chiller. Judges thought the texture had been greatly improved with the addition of chickpeas and sultanas and liked the “attractive” packaging. Overall, “fantastic flavour, excellently executed” with a “well formulated texture”. The winners:  Category champion: Aldi Fish Sushi SelectionSupplier: not disclosedThis sushi pack wowed our panel of consumers, who thought it was “great for a lunch at work” and had “lots of fish” with “distinctive ­flavour” – as well appreciating as its “cute tray”. Judges described the Aldi sushi as “a really good-quality ­product” with “excellent variety for an excellent price”, lauding its “insanely good value”. Innovation winner: Aldi Specially Selected Scottish Gingerbread with Candied OrangeSupplier: not disclosedAwarded a coveted triple innovation score, this entry wowed consumers with its “upmarket” look and “excellent taste and texture”. Seventy-nine per cent said it beat alternatives in the category and 73% felt it added something new and different. Experts praised its “striking” packaging featuring a “clear Scottish cue”. Innovation winner: Morrisons The Best Smoked Bacon & Camembert QuicheSupplier: MorrisonsConsumers thought the combination of bacon and camembert with maple syrup made for a “lovely starter” and considered the quiche “light and fluffy” with “just the right amount of saltiness” and a “good cheese flavour”. Judges praised the “hand-crafted” feel and were impressed by the whole camembert in the middle. Large cakes Category champion: Aldi Specially Selected Treacle Glazed Back BaconSupplier: not disclosedPraised by judges for its “very appealing” look and “excellent packaging” coupled with the introduction of innovative new flavours, this bacon from Aldi impressed. Consumers loved that its “sweet taste and excellent quality” made it the perfect “weekend treat” with the flavour adding a “luxurious” edge to a cupboard staple. Innovation winner: Aldi Double Chocsticks Peanut ButterSupplier: not disclosedPart of an Aldi range to have scored highly with shoppers in the past, this variant did not disappoint. There was effusive praise for every aspect – from the price (£1.75/264ml) to the combination of salty peanut butter and sweet ice cream. Even the shape pleased consumers – and judges gave a thumbs-up to the “snap from the chocolate”. Category champion: Morrisons The Best Keralan Coconut SauceSupplier: AB World FoodsOur expert judges thought this sauce had an authentically “homemade” taste and texture, with a “good depth of flavour”. Our consumers were intrigued by the unusual recipe and glass jar, and while it was a little too hot for some, others enjoyed the “hot kick”. With a “good price” of £1.44 for 350g, it was rated as better than similar products from leading brands. Category champion: The Co-op Irresistible Belgian Chocolate CakeSupplier: Finsbury FoodsThere were high expectations for this Co-op cake and the product delivered, with its “chocolatey, light, moist sponge” and “attractive packaging” adding up to a “premium, sleek” entry that left 85% of our panel wanting to buy after trying. A “rich chocolatey flavour with delicious cream filling”, added our experts, who also liked its “nice finishing touches”. Blue cheese Savoury pastries Bacon Cheddar cheese Food to go – savoury Jams & spreads Meat joints Fresh fruit & vegetables Family desserts Category champion: The Co-op Rye BloomerSupplier: Country Style FoodsThe “fresh, rustic appearance” and well balanced “malty” flavour of this Co-op bloomer saw it score incredibly highly with our consumer panel, many of whom felt it would be perfect “to impress guests when entertaining” and 60% would happily recommend it to others. “The flavour and texture is great, it looks beautiful and could be eaten everyday,” added our expert judges. Crackers Innovation winner: Lidl Mature Cheddar & Balsamic Onion Waxed TruckleSupplier: not disclosedPresentation alone impressed our experts, who described it as “inventive, playful and quirky”, with strong novelty appeal. Consumers felt it would draw them in over and above other cheddars on the market, with 85% believing it was better than other options out there, featuring a “gorgeous nutty taste” and great value at £1.99. Savoury snacks Category champion: Aldi Goji & Cranberry Quinoa BarSupplier: not disclosedOur experts enjoyed the “great texture and taste” of these snack bars and thought that, at 49p, they were “excellent value for money”. The fact that quinoa featured as a lead ingredient was also praised. The consumer testers were impressed by the “chewy texture”, “healthy ingredients” and “combination of flavours”. Nearly all testers said they would consider purchase. Innovation winner: Iceland Arctic Royal Salt-Baked SeabassSupplier: not disclosedIceland’s innovatively prepared seabass was deemed “new and different” by a definitive 81% of consumers, with 77% claiming they would buy it occasionally. They thought it had a “lovely label design” with “excellent instructions”. Judges thought it was “fantastic to see so much innovation” in a product and that it was “a real first” in NPD. Innovation winner: Co-op Onion Bhaji SandwichSupplier: Greencore Food to GoThis Co-op sandwich, which capitalises on the plant-based food trend, was an “excellent product”, said our judges, with balanced flavours and a “fantastic” appearance. Some 83% of our consumers felt it offered something new and different, awarding it a 17/20 innovation score, believing it could add a touch of inspiration to the standard sandwich selection. Innovation winner: Aldi Traditional White BloomerSupplier: not disclosedAt a time when salt is being rapidly dropped by manufacturers in a bid to boost health credentials, the choice by Aldi to include sourdough saw this product score highly on innovation for our experts. Some 76% of consumers felt it offered an improvement on other products on the market, with 43% feeling it created something new and different in the category. Innovation winner: Lidl Deluxe Spinach, Vintage Cheddar & Garlic WellingtonsSupplier: not disclosedThis wellington also won its category’s innovation award, achieving three innovation stars with consumers, 88% of whom thought it was new and different. Our experts were bowled over by the “full flavoured innovative pie”, considering the parcel design a very different twist on traditional beef wellingtons, with great visual impact. Prepared meats Innovation winner: The Co-op Irresistible Theakstone Ale & Thyme Cooking SauceSupplier: Greencore GroceryConsumers and experts agreed this unusual sauce brought something new and different to the category. Judges were impressed by the practical two-step jar, with the separate herb compartment giving a “new twist”. Nearly 96% of consumers loved its “rich” and full-bodied flavour. More than a third would recommend it Fish – ready to eat Category champion: Lidl Mediterranean Vegetable RisottoSupplier: not disclosedPacked with “tasty, crunchy veg” this lunch pot from Lidl impressed consumers with its good health credentials and “colourful packaging”, with 61% happy to recommend it and a fifth (22%) convinced it could make it into their weekly shop. “Fresh and good value for money,” added our judges, with a “good vegetable selection” as well as being “well balanced”. Free-from – savoury Prepared poultry Pizza Category champion: Iceland Luxury Sea Salt & White Wine Vinegar CrispsSupplier: not disclosedThe expert judges loved the flavour delivery, citing its “sharp, strong vinegar taste and crunch”. They also noted the “attractive premium-style packaging”. Our consumer panel thought the crisps were “lovely” and “good value for money”. Over two thirds thought they were better than the competition and over 90% said they would buy. Innovation winner: Asda Extra Special 2 Wagyu Beef BurgersSupplier: ABP UKEighty-five per cent of consumers thought this was better than alternatives and looked “better than a standard burger”. Over half also felt the burgers were new and different. Our experts agreed they were “different to anything else”. They liked the “different meat to give a different texture” and felt the burgers brought a new cut to the category. Innovation winner: Asda Extra Special Bake in the Box Belgian Chocolate & Salted Caramel BrownieSupplier: Symington’sPackaging alone “made this a winner”, said our judges, with the fact it could be baked in its box offering a “truly convenient” solution and delivering the “wow factor”. Some 80% of consumers agreed, believing the product offered something different and awarding it an impressive innovation score of 19/20. Category champion: Aldi Specially Selected Aberdeen Angus Sirloin SteakSupplier: Not disclosedConsumers loved this “full of flavour” steak and scored it 48 points out of 50, describing it as “juicy”, “tender” and “better than most other supermarket packaged steak”. More than half of our testers thought this would be great as a weekend treat and more than three quarters of them said they would buy this product again. Innovation winner: Aldi KalettesSupplier: not disclosedThere wasn’t a bad word to be said about this Aldi product, with shoppers handing it a coveted double innovation star. They said it brought something truly new to the fresh veg fixture. Described as “colourful” and “easy to cook”, Aldi’s offer would be a definite regular buy for around a third of consumers as a midweek accompaniment. The experts found it “highly innovative”. Category champion: Aldi Butterflied Lamb LegSupplier: not disclosedThe novel presentation of this joint combined with its “excellent” flavour and moist texture meant it scored top marks with our experts. They felt it was an easy cook and carve, making lamb “more accessible”. Consumers liked the absence of bone and thought it was “tender” and “succulent” with “lots of flavour”. Around half of the consumers were future buyers. Category champion: Asda Oven Cook From Frozen Spanish Chicken & ChorizoSupplier: Faccenda FoodsThe mix of “tender chicken” and just the “right amount of chorizo” meant this product hit the spot for consumers. Seen as a “very healthy” meal, it appealed greatly to younger shoppers. Judges praised the “good value” of the dish, which was a “good midweek meal option” in “fresh” packaging. Confectionery – sugar Innovation winner: Morrisons The Best Italian Vine Ripened Cherry Tomato, Pecorino Cheese & Chilli Pasta SauceSupplier: LDH (La Doria)Our experts thought this sauce brought something truly different to the category, with the “great mix” of ingredients resulting in “bold and fresh” flavours. They were also impressed by its “sleek, premium packaging” and Italian provenance giving it real standout on shelf. Category champion: Iceland Peanut Butter Cup Ice CreamSupplier: not disclosedThis ice cream was “full-on peanut”, said our experts, who also loved the “great chunky pieces of chocolate”. Shoppers were in agreement. They applauded everything from the “colourful and attractive” packaging to the flavour and “creamy” texture. This product was “absolutely delicious”, they said, as well as being “good for adults and kids”. Category champion: Lidl Deluxe Spinach, Vintage Cheddar & Garlic WellingtonsSupplier: not disclosedThe consumer panel thought this was “great comfort food” with a good ratio of pastry to filling and considered the “nice crispy pastry”, which “didn’t go soggy”, a triumph. Both consumers and expert judges thought it was “a great alternative for vegetarians” with the mixture of cheese, garlic and spinach “melting in the mouth”. Chilled ready meals – Asian Chilled ready meals Innovation winner: Aldi Mamia Raspberry Mini Rice CakesSupplier: not disclosedOur consumers loved this “easy, convenient snack”. They thought the rice cakes were a “great alternative to crisps” and over half of our parent testers were attracted by the strong health credentials. Our experts liked the way Aldi took an adult product into the infant category and noted that its “bright pink colouring” would prove a hit with kids. Category champion: Aldi Moroccan HoumousSupplier: not disclosedThis deli product from Aldi was a clear winner for our consumer testers, who praised its bold packaging and innovative ingredients leading to a houmous “full of flavour”. They said it would make an ideal lunchtime snack or dip option when entertaining. Judges called it “a nice twist on a traditional recipe” with a “great balance of flavours” that “captured Morocco”. Category champion: The Co-op Free From TagliatelleSupplier: Rondanini UKOur consumers enjoyed the “nice texture” of this product and the fact it tasted just like regular pasta even though it was gluten free. Nearly half would expect to buy this product occasionally, finding it “handy” if in a hurry. The expert judges liked the “substantial texture and bite” and “nice mouthfeel” of the pasta and that it was “very close to normal pasta delivery”.Innovation winner: The Co-op Free From TagliatelleSupplier: Rondanini UKOur consumers found the concept of a 300g bag of fresh gluten-free pasta appealing and liked the clear packaging. As it is quicker to cook and perceived as healthier, younger, pre-family testers were particularly interested. The expert panel thought the “deli-style” packaging was “accessible” and “modern”, and they liked the consistency. Fish & shellfish Innovation winner: Aldi Specially Selected Treacle Glazed Back BaconSupplier: not disclosedGlazed in treacle, this took the category beyond tried and tested bacon flavours and offered something truly different, said our judges. An overwhelming 90% of consumers thought it improved on current products already out there in the market, while two thirds (63%) agreed it brought something new and different. Bread Category champion: Co-op Irresistible Sticky Toffee PuddingSupplier: Hain DanielsGold lettering against a dark design meant this Co-Op dessert stood out as premium. Consumers thought it was a good example of its type, saying it was “delicious”, “luxurious” and had “lots of fruit and sauce”. Crystallised fresh dates were a selling point for our experts, who thought the “flavour was consistent all the way through” without being too rich or too sweet. Category champion: Aldi Specially Selected Pork, Bacon & West Country Cheddar Sausage RollsSupplier: not disclosedThe sausage rolls were deemed to “look top quality” by consumers, who said the bacon complemented the taste, giving it a “quite sweet”, “upmarket” feel, almost “like a pie”. Judges raved about the “intense favours, even down to crispy cheese bits”, saying the cheddar added “another dimension”. Dressings, vinegars & oils Category champion: Aldi Soy, Chilli & Ginger DressingSupplier: not disclosedThis salad dressing was described by consumers as “delicious” and “a great product for summer barbecues”. The “eye-catching” bottle was “attractive” and a huge 95% of participants said they would buy it, as an ideal product for entertaining. Our team of judges liked the “great flavour delivery”, “great packaging” and “amazing value for money”.Innovation winner: Aldi Soy, Chilli & Ginger DressingSupplier: not disclosedThe experts thought the dressing was “unusual” and “exciting”. They praised its potential uses as “dipping sauce or marinade”. Consumers loved the “spicy kick” and thought it was ideal for giving salads a tangy edge. Eighty per cent felt the product was new and different and 63% thought it was better than what was available elsewhere. Category champion: Aldi Traditional White BloomerSupplier: not disclosedA high-quality product with a “good depth of flavour” and “nice cut”, said our judges, with the look of a rustic loaf found in a bakery. Consumers agreed, praising the “soft, fluffy” texture, value for money and “appealing appearance”, coupled with a resealable bag to help prevent waste. Nearly half (45%) said they’d happily make this part of their regular weekly shop. Innovation winner: Morrisons Lime and Chilli Breast QuartersSupplier: Avara FoodsAlso a winner in innovation with a score of 17/20, our consumers found its flavours “enhanced the chicken”. Nearly three quarters of them felt it was new and different. A huge 81% of testers thought it was better than similar products on the market. Our experts also gave this “different proposition” a high score, noting it was a “nice twist on classic chicken”. Innovation winner: Lidl Mediterranean Vegetable RisottoSupplier: not disclosedSo impressed was our consumer panel it awarded the Lidl risotto a double innovation star and a top innovation score of 20/20, with 78% saying it was better than other lines out there and 80% saying it offered something different. Judges agreed, praising the “high quality and convenience of the meal” in a design concept that “is hard to do well”. Savoury pies Category champion: The Co-op Onion Bhaji SandwichSupplier: Greencore Food to GoAn “excellent tasting vegan product” said our judges, with a good texture from its vegetable filling, balanced flavours and an “attractive” appearance. “An excellent mix of ingredients,” they added, “with a great use of colours”. In fact, more than half of our consumer testers (54%) said they’d look to buy it again despite its relatively niche filling. Italian cooking sauces Individual desserts Speciality bread Category champion: Lidl Mint & Honey Pulled LambSupplier: not disclosedOur experts liked the “innovative idea” of pulled lamb and the “good punch of flavour” this product gave and enjoyed its “great taste”. Consumers scored it 45/50 and over 90% would consider buying thanks to its “lovely smell”, “great texture” and complementary ingredients. They thought it offered both value (£3.49/380g) and convenience. Coffee Category champion: Lidl Deluxe Maris Piper Chunky Oven ChipsSupplier: not disclosedAt £1.95 for 1.5kg, these chunky chips were “stunning value” said our panel of experts. “Well seasoned” with “great taste”, there was a “good contrast” between the “crispy” outside and “fluffy” inside. Shoppers loved the “upmarket” look of the packaging and the “excellent size” of the chips – which they said were better than those from some leading brands. Innovation winner: Lidl Deluxe Apricot & White Stilton Stuffing ParcelsSupplier: not disclosedNearly all our consumer testers agreed the “luxurious” and “festive” parcels were “new and different”, earning them two innovation stars. Despite their premium positioning they scored well on value for money. Our experts were particularly impressed by the presentation and “hand-made packaging” of the parcels. Deli Category champion: Morrisons The Best Italian Vine Ripened Cherry Tomato, Pecorino Cheese & Chilli Pasta SauceSupplier: LDH (La Doria)Boasting a “good tomato flavour” with a subtle hint of chilli, this pasta sauce was a big hit with our consumers. They also loved the “classy” bottle. Nearly 90% said they would consider buying it again, as a good standby or as part of a quick and easy midweek meal. Category champion: Aldi Specially Selected Mature Blue StiltonSupplier: not disclosedScoring close to maximum points, this stilton was widely enjoyed by consumers who praised its “creamy texture” and “excellent value” (£1.45/220g), along with a “classy label that flagged up its quality assurances”. “A lovely strong, classic blue cheese taste,” added our judges, offering “fantastic value for money – great for entertaining and occasions.” Innovation winner: Lidl Scottish Multi-Pack CrispsSupplier: not disclosedOur experts loved Lidl’s “new and different” range of flavours (which include Scotch Bonnet, Haggis and Aberdeen Angus Steak) and gave the “very different” crisps a high innovation score. Over 80% of consumers thought the product was “new and different”, with nearly 60% saying they were better than other multipacks currently on the market. Prepared salads Innovation winner: Aldi Veggie Burst Power PocketSupplier: not disclosedOur expert panel thought this individual-sized product was a “great innovation”, which can be popped into a bag for an “on-the-go” snack. Its “good mix of nuts and pulses” was thought to offer a “refreshing alternative”. Our consumers loved it too, with 79% saying it was “new and different” and 69% believing it was better than other products available on the shelves. Cookies & biscuits Category champion: Lidl Dark Chocolate Ginger BiscuitsSupplier: not disclosedA “great product” with “well-balanced, rich flavours,” said our experts of these Lidl biscuits, also praising the “good crunch and decent layer of chocolate.” Consumers agreed, praising their “moreish, creamy” taste, which provided a luxury look and feel. Seventy-seven per cent said they’d make the perfect weekend treat and 83% believed the product beat rivals. Category champion: Lidl Scottish Fudge BoxSupplier: not disclosedOur experts were impressed with the “deep buttery” ­flavour of this fudge, which was also “great value for money” at 79p. Consumers loved its “creamy” texture, Scottish provenance and eye-catching pack design. Nearly 70% thought it was better than the competition, and all agreed they would buy it again as a “nice gift”, to offer guests, or as an occasional weekend indulgence. Category champion: Lidl English Breakfast Tea BagsSupplier: not disclosedThis Lidl tea attracted plenty of praise from our consumer testers who were impressed with its “refreshing” delivery and “light flavour”, with more than 90% saying they would consider buying. The expert judges were equally enthused, calling the tea “a proper brew” with a “nice dry finish”. A “strong, rich flavour which would be perfect with a buttery biscuit,” said one. Innovation winner: Asda Rhubarb & Custard Tea InfusionSupplier: Typhoo TeaA “playful, nostalgic, aromatic” hot beverage, said judges of this Asda herbal tea infusion, with many shoppers equally intrigued by the concept of a dessert-inspired blend. Upon tasting they enjoyed the sweet aroma and balance of flavours within the tea, with many pleasantly surprised by the taste. The colourful packaging was widely praised too. Innovation winner: Aldi Specially Selected Caprino Verde PizzaSupplier: not disclosedThis premium veggie pizza was much enjoyed by experts and consumers alike, who were attracted to the ­convenience of a frozen option that still “looks fresh and healthy”. Almost 70% of consumers agreed the pizza was “better than what’s already out there” with “well balanced” flavour profiles that weren’t “too overpowering”. Kids Sponsored by: Category champion: Morrisons Lime and Chilli Breast QuartersSupplier: Avara FoodsThe expert panel described this as “well balanced” and “a bit more indulgent”. They liked that the meat was “nice and moist” and a “good size” in addition to its “decent value for money”. Our consumers also thought it was a “good portion size”, with 63% saying it had an “excellent taste”. Testers gave it 48/50, with 65% saying they would buy it for a midweek meal. Soft drinks & juices Innovation winner: Aldi Specially Selected Farmhouse Apple, Pork & Cider PâtéSupplier: not disclosedAn impressive 71% of our consumer panel said Aldi’s pâté was better than what was out there, with 65% agreeing it was both new and different. They liked its “creamy” mouthfeel and “tasty apple pieces”. Judges thought the pâté was provided in “great”, “innovative” packaging that helped to reduce food waste too.center_img Ice cream Category champion: Aldi Aberdeen Angus Picanha Beef BurgersSupplier: not disclosedOur consumers liked the use of picanha, a cut prized in Brazil, alongside the Aberdeen Angus and scored the product 47/50. They found the burgers “thick” and “light yet meaty”, well seasoned and with a “peppery herby taste”. At £2.99 the burgers were also “great value”. Our expert judges, meanwhile, found them “beautifully moist” and “good quality”. Free-from – sweet Category champion: The Co-op Irresistible Authentic French Macaron CollectionSupplier: Rondanini UKConsumers loved the “upmarket” and “eye-catching” presentation of this pastry collection from the Co-op that included a variety of flavours, all of which were “crumbly and soft”. Our judges felt the product was of a “superb” quality and “great value” too, both “aesthetically pleasing” and “with a great flavour profile”.Innovation winner: The Co-op Irresistible Authentic French Macaron CollectionSupplier: Rondanini UKShimmery, colourful packaging saw these macarons praised by judges for tapping the seemingly ubiquitous “unicorn trend”. Sixty per cent of our consumers felt it offered something new and different, working as the perfect product to brighten up a party thanks to its “good flavours” and striking packaging. Innovation winner: The Co-op Irresistible Free From Triple Chocolate CookiesSupplier: Northumbrian Fine FoodsOur experts thought this was a “great option for the gluten-free market” and said it was a “nice touch” to have them dipped in chocolate too. Consumers found it “hard to believe” the cookies were free from and over half considered them better than similar products, as well as being “new and different”. Frozen desserts & cheesecakes Sandwiches and wraps Innovation winner: The Co-op Irresistible Super Green SaladSupplier: Freshtime UKConsumers called The Co-op’s Super Green Salad “fresh” and “colourful” and thought it offered great value at £3.20/240g. Some 79% of testers said it was “new and different,” with 46% saying they would buy it occasionally. Judges thought it was a “very innovative salad without the use of lettuce” and said they loved the inclusion of falafel. Innovation winner: The Co-op Rainbow FriesSupplier: Fullers FoodsFor many shoppers, this was a novel product with great appeal for kids. The “colourful” mix of vegetable fries was “different” and came in packaging likely to catch one’s eye. The product was “crunchy” and “not oily” with an “excellent coating”. Our judges said the fries looked “attractive on the plate” and picked out the sweet potato ones as the tastiest. World cooking sauces Category champion: Morrisons Sage & Onion SpatchcockSupplier: Avara FoodsDropping just one point across the board, the spatchcock gained praise from consumers keen on its clear cooking instructions, “subtle” flavour profile and “good size”, with almost a quarter saying they would buy it weekly. The expert judges thought the ovenproof tray and short cooking time offered “real convenience”. Category champion: Iceland Luxury Sourdough CrumpetsSupplier: not disclosed“Light and airy in texture” with a “crisp base” and “plenty of flavour” were just some of the comments about these premium Iceland crumpets, which impressed all round. Our judges praised their “good presentation” and “good use of ingredients”, all at a price of £1 for six. Some 85% of consumer testers said they’d buy these crumpets again after tasting.innovation winner: Iceland Luxury Sourdough CrumpetsSupplier: not disclosedBang on trend, the inclusion of sourdough helped “elevate this product” above the normal expectations of the crumpet category, said our judges, with consumers remarking on its “intriguing” ingredient list even before trying. As a result, this product was handed a double innovation star, with a third of consumers (62%) happy to recommend it to others. Cereals Category champion: Aldi KalettesSupplier: not disclosedThis pack of greens was well received by consumers. Described on pack as a mix of kale and Brussels sprouts ‘with a twist’, many were curious to try out the unusual veg combination. When they did they enjoyed the “really nice flavour” the product delivered and felt it “would appeal to kids” too. Our judges agreed that the product combined “the best of both vegetables”. Yoghurts Sliced meats & pâtés Individual cakes & pastries Category champion: Asda Extra Special Bake in the Box Belgian Chocolate & Salted Caramel BrownieSupplier: Symington’sNot only did this Asda kit “look amazing” in its innovative bake-in-the-box design, but it tasted “moist and delicious” with a “lovely salted caramel flavour”, said our consumers. Judges praised its value for money at only £2, saying it offered a delicious treat and “something fun to do with the children”. Category champion: Lidl Deluxe Oregano & Garlic Root Vegetable CrispsSupplier: not disclosedScoring 49/50 from consumers and described as an “ideal product for entertaining”, our panel loved the “different textures” of these crisps. The packaging was noted as “unlikely to go unnoticed on the shelf”. Our experts felt the oregano added “something new and different”. They were described as “good value” at 99p for 100g. Category champion: Lidl Deluxe Apple & Salted Caramel Crumble TartSupplier: not disclosedConsumers thought this dessert offered great value and was “easy to store”. They were also pleased the product came out the box looking just as good as on the packaging. Judges described it as “indulgent”, saying it was a “nice modern take on a classic”, and lauded the “delicious gooey filling” and “great flavour combinations”. Innovation winner: Aldi Specially Selected Blue EggsSupplier: not disclosedNearly 90% of consumer testers thought these “unique” pale blue eggs, with British provenance and free-range credentials, were new and different – earning them a triple innovation score. They also delivered on taste with “lovely orange yolks”. Our experts agreed they were an exciting addition to the category, with a great taste and “unbelievable” value at £1.49 for 300g. Category champion: Lidl Cheese ColeslawSupplier: not disclosedConsumers commented that Lidl’s cheese coleslaw offered fantastic value at only 79p, with one third adding that they would buy it at least fortnightly after tasting it. They also lauded its relatively low-calorie content. Our experts pointed out it had a “lovely cheese taste and great ratio between the veg and sauce” with “a nice balance of flavours.” Overall, a “very well-executed” product. Innovation winner: The Co-op Irresistible Chicken & Cracked Black Pepper SausagesSupplier: CranswickThe experts loved that these sausages were a healthier option and that the “packaging highlighted the high protein and low-fat content”. They also liked the fact they were gluten free and “good value for money”. Our consumers scored the bangers 17/20 for innovation, with 77% saying they were “new and different”. Category champion: Iceland Arctic Royal Salt-Baked SeabassSupplier: not disclosedIceland snapped up both wins in this category with this seabass SKU, which consumers called “moist and tender”. They liked its “eye-catching” packaging, which they thought “looked posh”. Judges thought it had “real wow factor” and was a “good innovation not commonly seen” that “adds theatre”. In association with: Category champion: Lidl Orange & Mango JuiceSupplier: not disclosedLidl’s juice was awarded top marks, scoring above average in all key measures. Consumers loved the bright packaging and the 99p price. They thought the juice had a “great mango taste” and 90% said they’d be happy to add it to their basket. The expert panel added it was a “good breakfast accompaniment” with a “refreshing and fruity” flavour. Innovation winner: Aldi Specially Selected Tuscan Sausage Tortiglioni BakeSupplier: not disclosedThe “fantastic sturdy packaging” with “wooden-style container” was considered right on trend, with 85% of our consumer panel saying they thought this was a “new and different” concept. The seasoning went down particularly well, with judges and consumers enjoying the “tangy”, “creamy” flavours with a hint of fennel. Innovation winner: Lidl Hazelnut Heart CookiesSupplier: not disclosedIn a design that simply “can’t be replicated at home” this cookie scooped the prize for innovation, its hazelnut centre a “great concept” “at the start of a mass market trend,” said our experts. Consumers awarded it 17/20 for innovation, with a whopping 91% keen to buy both before and after tasting and 75% believing it brought something new and different to the market. Category champion: Aldi Specially Selected Melt in the Middle Salmon FishcakesSupplier: not disclosedAldi’s fishcakes were heralded as “divine” by consumers, who thought they were “as good as M&S’ but cheaper”, with “lots of fresh salmon” that “melts in the mouth”. Experts agreed, ­calling them “very special for the price point” of £1.89 with the packaging “excellent with a premium feel”. Innovation winner: Morrisons The Best Brinjal PickleSupplier: AB World FoodsThis premium-positioned chutney’s unusual recipe, centred on aubergine, drove a lot of interest among shoppers. While not everyone liked it – comments varied from “authentic” to “cannot taste brinjal” – they agreed that it brought something new to the fixture. Judges agreed it was a “bold idea” – although “more like a pickle than a chutney”. Prepared fish Innovation winner: Lidl Orange & Mango JuiceSupplier: not disclosedThe juice also won for its innovation, with consumers giving it two of three stars. Nearly 80% of the consumer group thought the juice was better than other, similar products on the market. They liked the packaging, which was “cheerful” and showed the wording well. Our expert judges awarded it 16/20 for its innovativeness and noted its “great price”. Innovation winner: Lidl Deluxe Passion Fruit & Vanilla PossetSupplier: not disclosedExperts and consumers alike thought the reusable ceramic dish was a great feature of this posset, making it look “upmarket”. Almost 90% of consumers thought it was better than what’s out there, praising its “thickness” and flecks of vanilla as standout textures. The panel described it as “mouth-wateringly fruity” and thought it offered excellent value at 75p/90g. Category champion: Aldi Specially Selected Macaroni Cheese with PancettaSupplier: not disclosedOur consumer testers loved the “rich” flavours on offer, with “plenty of excellent pancetta” and “gooey and stringy” cheese among the highlights. More than a quarter said they would buy it fortnightly, while our expert judges liked the crispy topping and thought the price point (£3.99/800g) made it a great all-rounder. Frozen meals Ketchups & chutneys Ambient meal kits Speciality cheese Category champion: Iceland Luxury Thick Pork SausagesSupplier: not disclosedOur experts scored these bangers 46/50 due to their higher pork percentage, “great flavour” and “moist texture”. They also thought the packaging “communicated luxury”. Consumers gave them a score of 46/50, praising the “good flavour”. They particularly liked the “classy” packaging too, which includes RSPCA and Red Tractor assurances. Category champion: Nisa Heritage Chicken Saag Masala with Pilau RiceSupplier: not disclosedOur consumer testers thought this entry was “better” than other brands on the market, and praised its generous chicken content compared with competitors. The product was ­”tender” with “good flavours”. Our judges, meanwhile, said it was a “great ­tasting” product with “good heat and flavour” which left a “pleasant taste in the mouth”. Category champion: Lidl Deluxe West Country Butter with Sea Salt CrystalsSupplier: not disclosedSmoooth and creamy with an added bite of salt crystals, this butter was a hit with consumer testers, who thought its West Country provenance and “sophisticated” packaging made it stand out. More than 90% said they would buy it again. Experts were impressed by the “crunch” of the sea salt and its “good value” at £1.39 for 250g. Poultry joints Burgers Category champion: Co-op Irresistible Decadent Artists’ CollectionSupplier: Lir ChocolatesDespite a premium price tag of £6 for 190g, our consumer testers thought the chocolates were a “good size” and the “great variety of flavours complemented each other”. Our expert panel was impressed by the attention to detail paid­ ­­­­­­­­­­­­to the luxe packaging and the magnetic box, describing it as “gift-worthy” and “bold”. Category champion: Asda Extra Special Melt in the Middle Salted Caramel & Chocolate PuddingsSupplier: Classic DessertsProminent traffic light labelling was considered helpful, while our consumer testers said the “indulgent” dessert brought something new to the category thanks to its “dark, rich melting chocolate”. Our expert panel of judges found the product “fun”, reminiscent of TV’s MasterChef challenges. Chocolate Category champion: Lidl Deluxe Apricot & White Stilton Stuffing ParcelsSupplier: not disclosedWith its premium packaging and use of outdoor British pork, this seasonal treat had immediate appeal among our consumers, who loved the combination of ingredients. Our experts were impressed by the “good execution” throughout”, noting the stuffing parcels would “look great on a dinner plate” and had “lots of flavour”. Category champion: Aldi Specially Selected Italian Ham, Portobello Mushroom & Mascarpone Sourdough PizzaSupplier: not disclosedConsumers loved that they could “taste each individual ingredient” on this pizza, praising it for its texture as well as looking “just like the picture”. Our experts agreed the packaging was a great selling point, while an “artisan look” and “handmade feel” added to the appeal. Innovation winner: Lidl Deluxe CroquemboucheSupplier: not disclosedOur panel of consumers went nuts for this imposing addition to Lidl’s Deluxe range, noting the croquembouche would particularly suit ­special occasions and calling it a great “centrepiece dessert”. Some 90% said it was new and different. Judges were similarly enthused, calling the dessert “an excellent idea” that delivered, with “real wow factor”. Category champion: Lidl Simply Sumptuous Super Berry GranolaSupplier: not disclosedThis granola had a “lovely, moreish taste” and was packed full of “plenty of fruits, almonds and seeds,” said conusmers, with 73% keen to add it to their basket after trying. “A natural-looking, appealing product,” added our experts, who thought it was complemented by “great packaging” that showcased the provenance of ingredients. Potato products Sausages Innovation winner: Asda Extra Special Handmade Cornish Sea Salt Caramel FudgeSupplier: The Serious Sweet CompanyWith its ornate gold packaging, this fudge was a standout for our consumers, who praised its “delicious” rich, buttery flavour and “smooth” texture. Our experts agreed the packaging was “unique and gift-worthy”, while the fudge more than delivered on taste with a “good combination of sweet and salt”. Innovation winner: Lidl Black Forest Kirsch TrifleSupplier: not disclosedConsumers loved that they could taste the alcohol in this trifle, describing it as “more-ish” with an authentic Black Forest gâteau taste. Good visibility through the packaging showed how fresh it was, they thought, giving it an expensive, luxury feel. The experts thought the “retro” pud ­”re-imagined an old-fashioned concept into a tasty­21st century trifle”. Beef steaks Category champion: Aldi Gourmet Sea Salted Savoury CrackersSupplier: not disclosedScoring top marks with our consumers, these gourmet crackers were described as “crunchy” and “moreish”. Testers thought the crackers looked “high end” and, at 79p, that they were “excellent value”. The experts found them to have a “really excellent flavour,”enjoying the “pretty” and “premium” packaging and “nice salted taste” too. Side dishes Fruit infusions and tea Category champion: Lidl Lupilu Apple, Carrot & Parsnip Baby Fruit & Veg PouchSupplier: not disclosedScoring 49/50 even in unfinished packaging, this “good value” babyfood was our consumers’ champion. They liked the organic ingredients and flavour. Our experts also loved the use of organic and the lack of additives, seeing it as evidence the retailer is acting responsibly. The texture, flavour and use of ingredients were also appreciated. Innovation winner: Iceland Luxury Rosé Veal SaltimboccaSupplier: not disclosedTwo thirds of consumers found this “flavoursome product” an interesting addition to the market and “eye-catching”. Experts thought it was “stunning” with a “great back story” about higher-welfare British veal. All in all, a “carefully considered, well-executed” product. Overall winner of Champion of Champions 2018:  Category champion: Aldi Specially Selected Red Onion & Balsamic Vinegar ChutneySupplier: not disclosedThe Scottish provenance, informative presentation and competitive price of £1.19 for 310g all helped this chutney achieve top marks from our consumers. They admired the “lovely tangy ­flavour”, “fab colour” and liked that it spread easily. For our experts, Aldi’s chutney was ­”warming”, “rounded” and “very nice overall”. Category champion: Lidl Deluxe Somerset Crunchy Vintage CheddarSupplier: not disclosedDescribed as “nutty, creamy, and crumbly, with a complex flavour”, this deluxe cheddar impressed our judges, who also praised its “creamy, moreish flavour with a rounded rich aftertaste”. It was the standout entrant for consumers, too, seen as a great option for midweek that would also sit comfortably on a cheeseboard. Bakery  – savoury/sweet Innovation winner: Lidl Deluxe French Trimmed Pork Loin with Honey & Mustard ButterSupplier: not disclosedWith a score of 18/20 for innovation, this product was a hit with our consumers, 81% of whom thought it was a new and different addition to the market. They liked the “good-sized portion” and found it “well worth the money”. Our experts noted its French trim was innovative and “unusual”. The judges also liked that it “looked premium”. Overall winner of Innovative Product of the Year 2018:  Category champion: Lidl Deluxe Baking Camembert with a Caramelised Red Onion RelishSupplier: not disclosedAwarded full marks, this Lidl Camembert “did not disappoint.” It was described as “creamy, melt-in-the-mouth” with a “sweet aftertaste” by consumers, 88% of whom would happily add it to their trolley. Judges felt it was a “real crowd-pleasing comfort food” with a “beautiful taste”. Soups Store cupboard Innovation winner: Asda Apple & Cinnamon Seed MixSupplier: IPLThe apple and cinnamon flavour profile gave this cereal topper a “seasonal twist” felt consumers, which was also praised fo rits “healthy image and versatility.” Seventy-five per cent felt it brought something new and different. Our judges praised its “innovative idea”, “authentic flavour”, “nutty crunchy texture” and “old-fashioned store cupboard packaging”. Category champion: Aldi Pickled Whole Baby BeetrootSupplier: not disclosedOur expert judges loved the price point of 52p for 440g of this product. They noted the “tender texture” of the beetroot and thought there was a “good balance” of flavours too. Over three quarters of the consumer group said they would notice the “bright label design” and British provenance. On tasting they were impressed by the “earthy, fresh” flavour. Celebrating the very best supermarket own label food and drink has to offer The Grocer’s annual Own Label Food & Drink Awards took place at London’s Hilton Park Lane this Friday.,More than 1,000 entries had been whittled down over a rigorous two-stage testing programme involving consumer and expert judges, with the winners announced by Adam Leyland, editor of The Grocer, and TV presenter Stacey Solomon.As always, the awards highlighted some key themes emerging in own label – with suppliers increasingly tapping into the wellness trend through the use of ‘healthier’ ingredients and clean labels, while ethically sourced meat and a focus on provenance were also much in evidence. There were also some intriguing new twists on old favourites, such as Iceland’s Sourdough Crumpets and Aldi’s Mac and Cheese with Pancetta. “The best ideas tend to be tweaks on the familiar,” says Alison Eddershaw, senior market research analyst for Cambridge Market Research, which conducted the product testing. “Innovation for consumers may be a familiar recipe or ingredient in a new context; a new ingredient they haven’t tried before or a different pack or presentation format.” In the meat categories, there was a noticeable increase in added value, with new flavours, specialist cuts and innovative preparation helping the winning products stand out. But perhaps the most significant trend was consumer engagement, with no less than 20 cooking kits entered this year, alongside restaurant-quality meals and products with real visual impact, from colourful French macaroons to striking blue eggs. This year there were once again two awards in each category: the first for a category champion, the second for the innovation winner – thus rewarding excellent execution but also encouraging innovation.Special AwardsThere were also three special awards. The Champion of Champions award recognised the best of the best – the product that stood out above all others through our two-stage judging process. The Innovative Product of the Year award celebrated the most impressive piece of innovation. Finally the Innovative Retailer of the Year award recognised the retailer who achieved the highest average innovation score across all its entries. With both suppliers and retailers consistently upping their game there were plenty of worthy contenders for all three of these overarching awards. Aldi continued to impress through its blend of quality and value, winning 21 awards, with Lidl in second place with 19 awards, and The Co-op in third with eight. Aldi also led the field in terms of total innovation with 14 awards, followed by Lidl with 13 awards and the Co-op with eight.However, Iceland – which has invested heavily in its own-label proposition by hiring chef Neil Nugent and building a £2m test kitchen – took home both the Champion of Champions Award and the Innovative Product of the Year award for 2018. The former went to its Arctic Royal Salt Baked Seabass, which had “real wow factor” for consumers and experts alike, while the innovation prize went to its Luxury 2 Rose Veal Saltimbocca, which not only tasted “spectacular”, but also delivered high animal welfare credentials and a “great back story”, our judges noted. Iceland didn’t just impress with its seabass and saltimbocca, with the frozen food specialist scoring consistently highly for innovation during the expert judging phase. But it was Morrisons that scooped the Innovative Retailer of the Year award after achieving the highest average innovation score from consumers and our experts across its entries. Cereal bars Category champion: Aldi Specially Selected Chicken Mulligatawny SoupSupplier: not disclosedOur experts voted this Indian-inspired soup 40/50 and enjoyed its “good selection of ingredients”. They also thought the soup offered a “substantial” lunch proposition. Consumers found the “hearty soup” to “smell gorgeous” and “look home-made”. Three quarters thought it was better than other chilled soups and around half said it would be a definite future purchase. Category champion: Aldi Specially Selected Black Treacle & Stout HamSupplier: not disclosedConsumers loved this ham from Aldi, claiming it looked “expensive” and “different” with the taste of the ham enhanced by the sweetness of the treacle – “very more-ish”. Judges thought it tasted “amazing” and were impressed that it was made from formed meat as it “looks like natural muscle structure”. Potato crisps Category champion: Aldi Specially Selected Lemon Curd Farmhouse YogurtSupplier: not disclosedOur expert panel gave this Aldi yoghurt full marks, with its presentation particularly well received. The panel thought it “very indulgent” with a “creamy flavour and a distinct long-lasting flavour of lemon”. Our consumers scored it 50/50. They liked the sharp, creamy taste, with 56% saying it would be a “refreshing” weekend treat.Innovation winner: Aldi Specially Selected Lemon Curd Farmhouse YogurtSupplier: not disclosedNot only a category champion but thanks to its “new and different” packaging also an innovation winner. The experts thought the pack was unique and its “continental aspiration” made it stand out. The glass jar gave it the “feel of a premium French product” and the packaging made a “dessert from a yoghurt”. Category champion: The Co-op Irresistible Free From Triple Chocolate CookiesSupplier: Northumbrian Fine FoodsOur industry judges found this “chewy chocolatey cookie” to be “delicious”. They liked that it contained a “generous amount of chocolate” and handed it a high score of 43/50. Our consumers also thought the cookies were “great-tasting”, though at a premium price of £1.99 more of an “indulgent treat”. Category champion: Lidl Deluxe Guatemalan Roast & Ground CoffeeSupplier: not disclosedThis “smooth”, “rich” and “refreshing” coffee delighted consumers with its “distinctive flavour”. In an “eye-catching” pack, it was suitable for entertaining – though its “strong aftertaste” wasn’t for everyone. The coffee’s “single-origin credentials” were enjoyed by our experts as were the packaging and “fantastic value for money” at £1.99 for 200g. Category champion: Lidl Blackcurrant ConserveSupplier: not disclosedPacked in a “sexy” embossed jar, this jam had “great blackcurrant integrity”, according to our experts. They praised the “well balanced” flavour, “lovely lumps of fruit” and “lovely tartness”. Our shoppers added it was “excellent value” at 99p for 450g. It was “colourful” and “thick”, they said, and “very fruity and flavoursome”. In fact, it was “like Ribena in a jar”. Innovation winner: Lidl Deluxe Bleu D’AffinoisSupplier: not disclosedThe novelty of this premium cheese saw it awarded a double innovation star by consumers, many of whom hadn’t tried the variety before and enjoyed its “lovely, melt-in-the-mouth texture”. The packaging was “upmarket and simple, like something you might get from a deli counter”, added experts, while the product was “deliciously creamy.” Innovation winner: Lidl Fig & Walnut BreadSupplier: not disclosedDescribed by our experts as an “attractive product that tastes gorgeous with cheese” this bread offered a “well-balanced sweet and nutty” flavour, and scored 17 on innovation from our consumer panel too. Seventy-one per cent thought it offered something new and different, 78% would be happy to buy after trying and a huge 80% felt it was better than other products on the market. Morrisons seal Innovative Own Label Retailer of the Year Award through consistently high execution averageMorrisons has really upped its game in own label in recent years. We saw that last year when The Best – its top-tier range – was voted Own-Label Range of the Year at The Grocer Gold Awards. To be crowned Innovative Own Label Retailer of the Year, it needed consistency of execution across all its entries, including innovation in standard as well as premium tiers.It also needed to convince bothconsumers and experts. Analysis from Cambridge Market Research showed Morrisons bested Lidl to achieve the highest average innovation score across all its entries in the consumer testing round, and Morrisons continued to impress in the second round, with only Iceland achieving a higher combined innovation score across shortlisted products in the blind testing phase. When the average consumer and expert scores were combined, Morrisons came top, with an average score of 34.53 out of 50. Aldi was in second place with 33.84, while Iceland was third with 33.62. Innovation winner: Lidl Deluxe Dry Aged British Beef Tomahawk SteakSupplier: Not disclosedOur consumers gave this product 17/20 on innovation, with 79% saying they would like to make this an occasional purchase. With a price of £14.99 the testers thought this steak would likely be enjoyed as a weekend treat. The expert panel thought it “brought something new to the category” and that it had “the wow factor”. Dairy & eggslast_img read more

Vacancy rates back from the brink with even inner-Brisbane recovering

first_imgRecovery in the inner Brisbane market which is dominated by apartments has been a welcome boon for the property market.VACANCY rates in Brisbane’s inner-city have bounced back from the apartment “oversupply” brink, with landlords and tenants on equal footing again.The apartment-heavy inner Brisbane rental market went from an all-time vacancy rate high of 4.4 per cent in the March quarter to 3.5 per cent in the June quarter, according to the Real Estate Institute of Queensland’s June quarter report.It found a recovery was underway across the state’s weaker rental markets amid a tightening in inner Brisbane and across much of the regions, with the Brisbane LGA zone also back in healthy range, going from a weak 3.7 per cent in March to 3.3 per cent in the latest report.The tightest rental market in the state was Maroochydore on the Sunshine Coast for the third consecutive quarter at 1 per cent.REIQ chief executive Antonia Mercorella was ecstatic over the capital city’s resilience and the market’s ability to self-correct after massive supply. REIQ CEO Antonia Mercorella uutside the REIQ headquarters in Cannon Hill. Picture: Claudia Baxter“At 3.5 per cent, the REIQ classifies this market as healthy and this is when both tenants and landlords have reasonable expectations of their needs being met. We know that the population growth and jobs in the southeast corner are, so far, sufficient to absorb the level of apartment supply coming onto the rental market,” she said.“The market has an unswerving ability to self correct. In the first quarter of 2015, 2300 new apartments came onto the market and in the first quarter of 2017, around 260 apartments came onto the market.”REIQ said Brisbane’s middle ring (5-10km) remained a tighter rental market than the inner ring with a vacancy rate of 3.1 per cent- which was a repeat of the March figure.“The middle ring presents an affordable alternative to the inner ring and over the past six to nine months we’ve seen this ring tighten.”According to REIQ classifications a tight rental market was that with a vacancy rate from 0 to 2.5 per cent, healthy was 2.5 to 3.5 per cent and weaker was higher than 3.5 per cent.QLD Vacancy Rates – June Quarter:Brisbane LGA 3.3 per centInner Brisbane 3.5 per centIpswich 3.1 per cent (from 2 per cent)Logan 2.2 per cent (from 2.8 per cent)Moreton Bay 1.7 per cent (from 1.6 per cent)More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home2 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor2 hours agoRedland 2.6 per cent (from 2.5 per cent)Gold Coast 1.7 per centSunshine Coast 1.2 per centNoosa 3 per cent (from 4 per cent)Toowoomba 3.2 per cent (from 2.9 per cent)Fraser Coast 2.6 per cent (from 3.9 per cent)Hervey Bay 2.6 per cent (from 4.2 per cent)Bundaberg 3.6 per cent (from 4.6 per cent)Gladstone 6.5 per cent (from 6.4 per cent)Mackay 4.5 per cent (from 6.4 per cent)Rockhampton 7.2 per cent (from 8.6 per cent)Townsville 5 per cent (from 6.2 per cent)Cairns 1.8 per cent (Steady)(Source: REIQ) *Follow SOPHIE FOSTER on Twitter or Facebooklast_img read more

10 QLD suburbs that smashed records in 2017/18

first_imgAndrew Stone and Naomi Freney with their kids Remy Freney 6, Chelsea Stone 7 and Easton Freney 10 at the house they recently bought in Bundall, where the median house price recently burst through the $1m barrier.THEY are the state’s high achievers.The suburbs that have outperformed their peers in the residential property stakes; breaking records for sale price, number of sales, days on market or for smashing through the million-dollar median price ceiling.Benchmarks have been beaten in blue-chip areas like Ascot, Sunshine Beach and Surfers Paradise, as well as suburbs on the rise, including Kalinga and Underwood.Records were smashed in at least 10 suburbs across the state in the past 12 months— an indicator of a shortage of stock and increase in demand in a number of competitive markets.Here are some of Queensland’s benchmark busters of 2017/18: GET THE LATEST REAL ESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO YOUR INBOX HERE ASCOTThe standout record-breaker in Brisbane was the sale of the trophy home of Domino’s Pizza boss Don Meij in Ascot.The $11 million sale price of 27 Sutherland Avenue in March set a new record for the inner-city, blue-chip suburb.It was also Brisbane’s highest sale of the past financial year. An artist’s impressions of the Spirit 89 tower at Surfers Paradise.UNDERWOODThe working class suburb in Brisbane’s south experienced the highest capital growth in Queensland in the past 12 months.The Logan suburb’s median house price climbed nearly 25 per cent to $601,345 in the past financial year.Underwood’s median house price also jumped a massive 65.6 per cent between May 2008 and May this year — the highest growth of any Brisbane suburb in the past decade.CoreLogic senior research analyst Cameron Kusher told The Courier-Mail it was “a bit surprising” given the suburb’s location, 17km from Brisbane’s CBD, but its affordability and access to the highway and Gold Coast made it attractive.“But its median (house) price is now up over $600,000, so it’s not really that cheap anymore,” Mr Kusher said. This mansion at 21-23 Webb Rd, Sunshine Beach, QLDThe seven-bedroom, eight-bathroom property at 21-23 Webb Road was bought by David Russell, the owner of private equity group Equis Energy.Just streets away, former tennis star Pat Rafter’s beachfront home sold for $15.2 million to Betty’s Burger founder David Hales, within weeks of the Webb Road sale. Inside the home at 27 Sutherland Ave, Ascot.BRENDALE The fastest selling suburb in Queensland is Brendale in the Moreton Bay region, where the median house price is still an affordable $461,000.It takes, on average, just 11 days to find a buyer, according to CoreLogic.According to the latest Census data only 14.5 per cent of properties in the suburb are houses. With so few houses available, demand can be strong when something new is listed. CHECK OUT THE HOUSE SNAPPED UP AS A HOLIDAY HOME BUDERIM The Sunshine Coast hinterland suburb had the highest number of houses change hands in 2017/18, with 573 houses selling in the 12 months to May, according to CoreLogic.The owners of a majestic property at 10 Orme Rd, Buderim, that once hosted royalty have embarked on a new push to sell it. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus17 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market17 hours agoThe view from the house at 19 Donegal Cres, Bundall.COORPAROO The inner Brisbane suburb achieved a new sale price record when a landmark house sold for $5.025 million just last month.Designed by architect Eric Trewern, the English-inspired home known as Thongabel at 4 Welwyn Crescent captures views of the entire Brisbane City skyline. Inside Buderim House at 10 Orme Rd, Buderim, which is for sale.BUNDALL This Gold Coast suburb made the million dollar club for the first time in 2017/18, with its median house price now $1.05 million.The sale of a waterfront mansion at 8-10 Marseilles Court this year for $9 million also broke the suburb’s sale price record — trumping the $8 million sale achieved in 2009 for a house in the same street.The resort-style home has five bedrooms and seven bathrooms and is on a huge, 2703 sqm riverfront block.REIQ Gold Coast Zone chairman Andrew Henderson said the new record was not surprising given the Coast’s strong market and he was confident property values would continue to soar.Andrew Stone and his partner, Naomi Freney, recently bought a five-bedroom house, which they renovated, in Bundall for $620,000. CHANCE TO OWN A LONDON MANSION FOR $23 Mr Stone said he considered it a bargain given how tightly-held the suburb had become and the increase in house prices.“I think we probably hit pot luck with that place,” Mr Stone said.“People had been saying that area was going to go up 20 years ago and all of a sudden, it’s growing and there’s not a lot of turnover anymore.”Ben Latimer of LJ Hooker Southport said Bundall’s transformation into a record-breaking suburb had happened gradually.“It’s desirable because it’s so close to everything and there’s a good mixture of waterfront and dry blocks,” he said.Paul Nikolas agrees.He’s been buying, renovating and selling homes in Bundall for the past six years.The last house he sold there earned him a profit of around $700,000.He’s now selling his latest project at 19 Donegal Crescent for a cool $3.995 million.“I’ve found a niche market here — nice, older properties on the water,” Mr Nikolas said. This house at 19 Donegal Cres, Bundall, is for sale. This house at 4 Welwyn Cres, Coorparoo, sold for a record price for the suburb.The five-bedroom, three storey house had been renovated with architectural features including Tulip Oak timber floors, Italian tiles and travertine.Other highlights included a library, gym, climate controlled wine cellar, formal office, heated lap pool, heated horizon spa and outdoor space for kids to play.Just 4km from the CBD and with a number of good Catholic and private schools on offer, Coorparoo has become one of Brisbane’s most sought-after suburbs. The median house price sits at $875,000, according to CoreLogic. Buderim House at 10 Orme Rd, Buderim, is for sale.With all the focus on the royal newlyweds of late, it’s only fitting this heritage-listed Queenslander now holds extra appeal, given it was the residence of choice for the Duke of Gloucester during a royal visit in 1934.The grand residence on 6315 sqm was built circa 1913 on the highest point of the northern slope of Mt Buderim, overlooking the Maroochy coast and river valley. GAVEL TO FALL ON TIGHTLY-HELD HOMES This apartment at 301/177 Melville Tce, Manly, has sold for $1.2m.A couple from Sydney snapped up the luxurious three-bedroom, two-bathroom pad at 301/177 Melville Terrace, which had been advertised for offers over $1.1 million.The median unit price in Manly, just 15km from Brisbane’s CBD, is $485,000, according to property research firm CoreLogic.Late last year, Mr Sorrentino sold a family home on a huge, waterfront block at 497 Royal Esplanade for $3.9 million — smashing the suburb record for the sale price of a house. The former home of tennis star Pat Rafter at 46 Seaview Tce, Sunshine Beach.SURFERS PARADISE A whopping 1398 units were sold in the Gold Coast’s glitziest suburb in the past financial year — more than any other property type in any other suburb.It seems only fitting then that the most expensive penthouse Queensland has ever seen is under construction in Surfers Paradise. Inside 4 Welwyn Cres, Coorparoo, which sold for $5.025m in 2018.KALINGA The tiny, up-and-coming suburb in Brisbane’s inner north made it into the million dollar club for the first time in 2017/18.Its median house price broke through the $1 million barrier in late 2017 and currently sits at $1.04 million. In November, 2017, records show the offmarket sale of a house at 119 Nelson Street for $4 million set a new price record for the suburb. MANLY Brisbane’s bayside is a sleeping giant only held back by lack of stock, according to one of Manly’s leading agents.The suburb set a new sale price record for both houses and units in the past financial year.Marc Sorrentino of Place Manly recently sold a unit in the seaside suburb for a whopping $1.2 million — smashing the previous record price paid for an apartment there by $345,000. This home at 27 Sutherland Ave, Ascot, sold for $11m.Patrick McKinnon of Place Ascot, formerly of Coronis Hamilton, brokered the deal and said Mr Meij sold after receiving an off-market offer from a buyer who had fallen in love with the property.Set on a sprawling 2024 sqm, the lavish home has six bedrooms, six marble ensuites and a jaw-dropping outdoor entertaining space with resort-style gardens, infinity-edge pool, pool house with outdoor kitchen and verandas. MILLION-DOLLAR BREAKTHROUGH A STEAL An artist’s impression of one of the apartments inside the Spirit 89 tower at Surfers Paradise.Priced at a whopping $41m and spread across two full floor levels, the highest home in the $1.2 billion Spirit 89 building easily tops the list of Queensland’s most expensive penthouses.The 1899sq m sky home will also be one of the largest in the country, almost twice as large as Hong Kong billionaire Tony Fung’s $7.95 shell of a penthouse in the Soul building, and just a fifth smaller than the hyper-exclusive Boyd Residence above ANZ Tower in Sydney — which at $66m is Australia’s most expensive penthouse.“Without the spire on Q1, it is the tallest residential building in Queensland,” agent Julian Sutherland of Ray White Projects told The Courier-Mail. The sale of this house at 497 Royal Esp, Manly, set a new record for the suburb.“I keep saying it’s Australia’s best kept secret, but you watch. The prices are just going to keep going up and up and up,” he said.“There’s just been a lack of good stock.”SUNSHINE BEACHThe sale of a beach house in Sunshine Beach for $18 million in March set a new price record for the entire Sunshine Coast region.last_img read more

First home buyers to be better off with deposit contribution

first_img MORE: Celeb’s plan to bring design into more homes Instead, Ms Campbell, like many Millennials, she said she would stay with relatives for the next two years while she saved up a big enough deposit to buy a home.While southeast Queensland is overall more affordable than her previous home in Sydney, Ms Campbell said she was still disenfranchised by the cost of property.“The prices for real estate nowadays are just ridiculous, I wish I had the same rates as my parents did,” she said.“For me and my generation it’s something that I will be paying off for the rest of my life.”The schoolteacher said that her ideal home, when she finally makes the plunge into buying a home, will need to have airconditioning, be located in a safe suburb with public transport access to the city, and be close to green spaces and recreational facilities — all of which come at a premium in today’s housing market. >>FOLLOW THE COURIER-MAIL REAL ESTATE TEAM ON FACEBOOK<< Millennial Hannah Campbell will live with relatives for the next two years while she saves enough money for a home deposit.If house prices were just a little lower, Brisbane newcomer Hannah Campbell, 26, would have become a first-home buyer.center_img Mr Hill cited recent statistics from Porter Davis and REA which showed that first home buyers make up 46 per cent of all would-be buyers in the market.The competition runs until October 31, 2018. QLD’s dwelling approvals set to soar in 2020 More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus16 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market16 hours agoBuilder Porter Davis is looking to provide to first home buyers with their “Rich Parents you never had” competition.For Ms Campbell, a $50,000 deposit represents approximately two and a half years of savings, yet it’s this kind of life-changing benefit which builder Porter Davis is looking to provide to first home buyers with their “Rich Parents you never had” competition.The competition is open to Queensland first home buyers who build a Porter Davis Smart Living Home, and the winning entrant will receive a $50,000 deposit on their home.Porter Davis Queensland sales manager Alex Hill said the competition hopes to make first home buying more affordable for younger generations.“Queensland has traditionally been seen as more affordable than New South Wales and Victoria, but with population growth and reductions to the First Home Owners Grant, matched with improving economic conditions, affordability is decreasing,” Mr Hill said.“For first home buyers in Queensland, now is the time to act and break into the market,” he said.last_img read more

Statoil finds non-commercial gas volume in Korpfjell well

first_imgNorwegian oil company Statoil has proven a small, non-commercial gas volume in the Korpfjell well in the Barents Sea southeast.The company received consent from the Petroleum Safety Authority (PSA) to drill the 7435/12-1 well with the Songa Enabler drilling rig in late June and a drilling permit from the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate in late July.Korpfjell is the first exploration well drilled in the Norwegian section of a formerly disputed area between Norway and Russia, Statoil said on Tuesday.“We have all the time pointed out the high level of geological uncertainty related to Korpfjell. The main question was whether we would find anything at all – and if we did, would it hold gas or oil,” said Jez Averty, Statoil’s head of exploration in Norway and the UK.“Korpfjell is a structure of a size seldom seen on the Norwegian Continental Shelf and has attracted much interest, and the results of the first well in this frontier area of the Barents Sea have triggered broad and strong expectations. For this reason, it has been important to us to complete this drilling,” adds Averty.The main purpose of the well was to prove whether there was any oil in the large geological structure on Korpfjell. The drilling has only proven small gas volumes. The gas discovery is estimated to contain 40-75 million barrels of recoverable oil equivalents (6-12 billion standard cubic metres of gas), but the volume is not large enough for a commercial development. The gas was proven in the well’s main target. Statoil and its license partners will now start analyzing the well data acquired.“The results are of course disappointing, but it is too early to draw any conclusions on how this will impact the Barents Sea southeast area,” says Averty.“It is important to remember that you rarely succeed on the first try in a frontier area. Thirty-three wells were drilled before the first commercial discovery was made in the Norwegian section of the North Sea. Even if we have learned a lot since 1969, we do not expect the first exploration well to give all the answers. We need further exploration to find out what this implies for the total resource potential of the Barents Sea southeast area,” he points out.Statoil is planning both operated wells and participation in partner-operated wells in the Barents Sea southeast area in 2018. These plans also include drilling the second commitment well in the Korpfjell license PL 859.“Despite an exciting discovery in Kayak and traces of oil in Gemini North, we have so far not had a direct hit that may result in a new standalone field development. The campaign has however provided important clarifications and new information about the resource potential in the Barents Sea,” concludes Averty.Korpfjell is the fourth well in Statoil’s 2017 exploration campaign in the Barents Sea, where the Kayak oil discovery was announced on July 3, the Blåmann gas discovery on July 17 and Gemini North on August 7.The well is drilled by the Songa Enabler semi-submersible drilling rig, which will move to the Koigen Central prospect in license PL718 in the western part of the Barents Sea when the well has been permanently plugged and abandoned.Partners in Korpfjell (PL859): Statoil (operator) 30%, Chevron 20%, Petoro 20%, Lundin Norway 15% and ConocoPhillips 15%.The Korpfjell well location was recently targeted by activists from Greenpeace, resulting in an arrest of 35 activists. They were later released but six activists were fined for breaching the safety zone around the semi-submersible drilling rig, Songa Enabler.last_img read more

Bad parents should be ‘called out’ and helped out, inquiry on inequality urges

first_imgThe Independent 20 October 2014Bad parents should be taught the basics of bringing up children in a nationwide campaign, a parliamentary inquiry into inequality has recommended.The Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission also called for an end to unpaid internships by 2020, using the law if necessary, and proposed to pay teachers more for working in the country’s most deprived schools. Its State of the Nation report warned that without these changes the UK is at risk of becoming a “permanently divided” nation, with the poorest in society left behind.The proposals come as the commission warns that far from being the year when child poverty is eradicated, 2020 could mark the end of the first decade in recent history in which it increased.Politicians have previously been too nervous to intervene on parenting. Former Labour minister, Alan Milburn, argued the issue should not be avoided any longer and that poor parenting should be “called out”.“The starting point should be parenting,” Mr Milburn said. “Effective parenting has a bigger influence on a child’s life than their wealth, their class or even their education. Most parents do a great job but some do not, and there has been a reluctance to call out bad parenting or to support more parents to develop their parenting skills.”A National Parenting Campaign would cost an estimated £50m a year, the commission said. This could be funded by restricting tax free childcare to families where one parent earns over £100,000.http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/parliamentary-inquiry-into-inequality-calls-for-an-end-to-unpaid-internships-by-2020-9806665.htmllast_img read more

Rendering to Caesar and rendering to God

first_img Share Sharing is caring! Tweet Share 7 Views   no discussionscenter_img Share LocalNews Rendering to Caesar and rendering to God by: – October 17, 2011 Image via: icr.orgThe hypocritical Pharisees thought they had Jesus in a trap about paying taxes. The situation was this — the Jews had to pay taxes to a government they despised. Rome was an occupying power dominating their lives. For a portion of their income to end up in Caesar’s pocket was extremely galling. As a proud people, they resented it. “Is it lawful to pay taxes to Caesar or not?” was thus a particularly loaded question. Would Jesus offend the Jews by siding with Roman domination or would he risk the wrath of the Romans by siding with Jewish nationalist feeling?Jesus sailed above the dilemma with the now classic reply which thrust the decision back at them. It is not often noted that the underlying basis of his response was their use and acceptance of Roman coin. Using Roman coin, the ordinary means of all kinds of transactions and trade, meant some acceptance of the social benefits involved. Jesus didn’t say it but what he implied was if you enjoy benefits, you must contribute something to paying for them. It’s not an either/or situation then between giving to Caesar and giving to God. Rather, give to Caesar what is Caesar’s due, and give to God was is God’s.We have to pay taxes ourselves, whether income tax or VAT or whatever form of tax the government chooses to impose. Indeed, we have little choice in the matter. Whatever the government wants, the government will find a way of getting. The point, however, is that we too enjoy a variety of social benefits, which cost money; and if we want to keep enjoying the benefits, we have to contribute something to paying for them. There can be little argument with the principle that something is owed to Caesar.That’s not the arm of Jesus’ statement that causes us difficulty. The difficulty we have concerns what is spiritually due to God. There’s a standard complaint among many people that the Church talks too much about money. Much of this is rationalization, I think. The Church, the Catholic Church at any rate, hardly talks about money. What is truer to note is that giving to God, i.e. giving to the work of Christ in the world, is a pretty low priority for many people. That’s the case for at least two reasons. First, as a culture we have become increasingly more materialistic. It’s difficult to pay for all the playthings we have to have these days and still give something to God. We’re like the little boy whose mother gave him a dollar to take to Church – fifty cents for collection, and fifty cents for whatever he wanted to buy for himself. On the way he slipped and fell on the pavement, and the coins rolled out of his hands. Fifty cents ended up in the gutter. He looked up to heaven and said in sorrow: Well, God, there goes your fifty cents.The second reason of course is that there is something intrinsically seductive about money. The more we have, the more we want, the more we hold on to, and the harder it is for us to give. Jesus said, “you cannot worship both God and money…” Money is like a drug. It can be just as enslaving as cocaine. That’s why Jesus spoke so stringently about the perils of loving it. He did not say it was a bad to have money, but he warned us to be careful lest we get to a point where the idolization of possession meant that money owned us. The worship of money is probably the most widely practiced religion in our country today. It’s the idol everyone bows down to and worships.As a nation we require a deep conversion away from this idol worship. Let us instead set greater store by possessions that truly matter, that make us rich in a lasting sense. We can see this only when we give ourselves –not only our money – to God, realizing that all that we are and all that we have comes from him and remains a gift. If we take this truly to heart, giving some due to Caesar will not be a big problem; giving to God will be no problem at all.By: Father Henry Charles Ph.Dlast_img read more

PSU to inform public on issues affecting them

first_img Tweet LocalNews PSU to inform public on issues affecting them by: – February 23, 2012 Share Sharing is caring! Sharecenter_img The Public Service Union (PSU) will hold a press conference to inform the public on issues affecting its membership.One of the issues of concern is a recent statement by government’s Productivity Consultant who they’ve asked to retract his statement which they claim was disrespectful. Last month after government’s Productivity Consultant Parry Bellot stated at a press conference that eighty percent of public servants are unproductive was given seven days to retract that statement or else protest action would be staged. Mr. Bellot responded to the request by saying that he sees “no reason to retract the statement” but that he would be guided by his employer. Public servants met at a special general meeting two weeks ago and expressed disappointment that no government official had defended that statement, describing it as disrespectful to employees. Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit told a press conference last month that he would not accept that figure of 80% without scientific evidence to prove it.The press conference will take place on Friday morning at the Union’s Headquarters on Valley Road. The executive members comprising of President Steve Joseph, Vice President Joseph Peters, General Secretary Thomas Letang, Treasurer Steven LaRocque, Assistant Treasurer Cherry Stuart, Recording Secretary Relda Andre, Assistant Recording Secretary Allison Liverpool and members; Lydia Letang Talbot, Clayton Christian, Glenda Castle, Sheba Bowers Bell, Matilda Popo and Damian Harrigan are expected to attend.Dominica Vibes News Share 39 Views   one commentlast_img read more

Gary G. Cummins

first_imgGary G. Cummins, 76, of Aurora, Indiana, passed away, Friday, December, 9, 2016, at his residence in Aurora, IN.He was born July 16, 1940 in Lawrenceburg, Indiana, son of the late Elmond Cummins and Dorothy Carter Cummins.He worked in the Molding Department at Thatcher Glass Mfg., retiring after over 30 years of service. Gary loved the outdoors, hunting and fishing. He enjoyed traveling and seeing all of the scenery, especially traveling to Vegas and Jamaica. He also enjoyed motorcycle riding, boating, collecting knives and guns. He liked to buy vehicles, fix them up and sell them. He also used a leather burning tool to engraving designs out of his old boots, on holsters and and gave to friends and family. Gary loved being around people and had many fun adventures on the river and camping with his family. He will be missed by all of his friends and family.Surviving are his children, Kim (Chuck) Hopskin, of Frankfort, IN, Kevin Cummins of Lafayette, IN, Kelly (Andrea) Cummins of Aurora, IN, Kris Cummins of Frankfort, IN; sibling, Shelby (Pam) Cummins of Greendale, IN, sibling, Shirley (Billy) Wulner of HVL, lawrenceburg, IN, Bobby (Nancy) Cummins of Louisville, KY; grandchildren, Amber Clouser, Autumn Cummins, Brad McKeown, & Brandon McKeown, great grandchildren; Eathan, Haley, Jade, Mason, Alyx, Landen & Lydia. He was preceded in death by Father, Elmond Cummins, Mother, Dorothy Carter Cummins, and brother, Ricky Cummins.Friends will be received Wednesday, December 14, 2016, from 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm at the Rullman Hunger Funeral Home, Aurora, Indiana.Services will be held at the Funeral Home, Thursday, December 15, 2016 at 11:00 am with Pastor Tom Holt officiating.Interment will follow in the River View Cemetery, Aurora, IndianaContributions may be made to Toys For Tots. If unable to attend services, please call the funeral home office at (812) 926-1450 and we will notify the family of your donation with a card.Visit: www.rullmans.comlast_img read more