100 Heineken pubs offer Christmas lunches to combat loneliness

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first_img About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. Heineken’s annual Brewing Good Cheer returns for its third year this Christmas in its efforts to combat loneliness, working with national and local charities and groups.Across the country 100 pubs will host lunches for nearly 2,000 socially isolated and vulnerable people, at a time when nine million people in the UK say they suffer from loneliness. They will each receive a three-course Christmas meal.The pub, cider and beer business is working with national charities such as Age UK and Royal Voluntary Service, and hyper-local services that use art, drama and music to combat loneliness, to encourage people to come together in the pub.Through its Christmas campaign Heineken aims to raise awareness of social exclusion on our doorstep, as well as highlight the role pubs play within communities across the UK. Actor Adam Thomas joins in Brewing Good Cheer  234 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis24 Tagged with: alcohol christmas corporate 100 Heineken pubs offer Christmas lunches to combat loneliness Actor Ryan Thomas joins in a Brewing Good Cheer lunch Advertisement David Paterson, spokesman for Heineken explained: “We believe pubs are at the heart of communities and we’re proud to be working once again with so many pub landlords up and down the country who want to make a positive difference not just during the Christmas period, but all year round. We hope through Brewing Good Cheer we’re able to continue raising awareness of the issue of social isolation and inspires more people and publicans, to get involved and brew some good cheer this Christmas!” Eimear Walsh, licensee of The Winchmore in North London, which is hosting one of the lunches said: “It’s great to be part of a national movement showing just how vital pubs are to communities and how they can help to combat loneliness.  Here at The Winchmore, we’re incredibly proud to be at the heart of our local community – not only providing great food and drink, but also those really important aspects of life – a safe and welcoming environment for people of all walks of life.” Brewing Good CheerBrewing Good Cheer was launched in 2016 and has helped over 2,000 lonely or socially isolated people in the last three years to network and make new friends. This year the number of pubs taking part is twice that of last year.This year actors Ryan and Adam Thomas are helping to promote the campaign.Ryan and Adam Thomas raise their glasses to Brewing Good Cheer from behind the bar AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis24  233 total views,  1 views today WATCH; Ryan and Adam Thomas introduce Brewing Good Cheer[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BVK6nX8ZWPA[/youtube] Howard Lake | 14 December 2018 | Newslast_img read more

AG Zoeller, Rx Task Force Host 6th Annual Prescription Drug Abuse Symposium

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first_imgTwo-day conference draws 800 attendees, national officialsINDIANAPOLIS – Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller hosted the sixth-annual Indiana Prescription Drug Abuse Symposium in Indianapolis this week, Oct. 28 and 29, to focus on new challenges in the fight against prescription drug abuse, particularly in light of unprecedented HIV and Hepatitis C outbreaks this year triggered by intravenous abuse of diverted medications.Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy Michael Botticelli and Deputy Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse Dr. Wilson Compton were keynote speakers at this year’s symposium, titled “In the Trenches, A Community Approach.” The symposium offered sessions on arming communities with strategies for curtailing abuse and providing treatment, and focused on collaboration between public health and public safety as well as among all levels of government.The annual two-day symposium is the pinnacle event for the Indiana Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Task Force, which Zoeller founded in 2012 and which he co-chairs alongside Dr. Joan Duwve, chief medical officer for the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH).“This year, a small community in Southern Indiana saw an unprecedented spike in HIV infections and became the face of the national opioid epidemic,” Zoeller said. “This crisis was in addition to reports that show prescription drug abusers are turning to heroin, and the continued rise in heroin overdose deaths. Though the state’s efforts to stem the flow of prescribed opioids into communities are working, we now have new challenges to address in our ongoing battle to reduce abuse in Indiana and save Hoosier lives.”According to a 2015 ISDH report, the number of heroin overdoses in Indiana more than doubled from 2011 to 2013. A 2014 study by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that approximately three out of four new heroin users report having abused prescription opioids prior to using heroin.Setting record attendance with more than 800 registered attendees this year, the Indiana Prescription Drug Abuse Symposium is the largest statewide collaboration of professionals from local, state and federal agencies, academia, clinicians, pharmacists, treatment providers, counselors, educators, state and national leaders, and advocates impacted by prescription drug abuse.“Meetings that bring together public health and public safety are critical to breaking down silos that impede our progress,” Director Botticelli said in his keynote. “This issue is personal for many of us in this audience today… It’s not somebody else’s kids; it’s our kids. The goal today is to shine a spotlight on this epidemic and make sure we all walk out of here committed to doing something about it, whether we are a faith leader, elected official, law enforcement or private citizen. We all have a role to play.”Other prominent speakers at the symposium included Indiana State Health Commissioner Dr. Jerome Adams and Attorney General Zoeller. Symposium sessions covered the following topics among others:Lessons learned from the Scott County HIV crisisNaloxone (opioid overdose antidote) trainingOpioid abuse prevention strategies targeting youthOpioid addiction in vulnerable populationsSyringe exchange programsA full agenda for this year’s symposium is available here.“Every community in Indiana has been touched by opioid misuse, addiction and overdose. Opioid misuse is preventable, opioid addiction is treatable, and opioid overdose is reversible,” Dr. Joan Duwve said. “This symposium is a way for all of us to come together to learn from one another, and from national experts, and then take what we’ve learned back to our local communities where families are struggling to keep children alive and get loved ones into treatment and recovery.”Zoeller created the Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Task Force in 2012 to reduce the abuse of controlled prescription drugs and decrease the number of deaths associated with these drugs in Indiana. The Task Force has grown to approximately 100 members including legislators, state and federal regulators, clinicians, pharmacists, treatment providers, educators and law enforcement. The Task Force holds quarterly meetings in addition to meetings held by the following individual committees: Education, Enforcement, INSPECT (state prescription drug monitoring program), Treatment & Recovery and Drug Take Back.The Task Force has advanced a number of initiatives to reduce prescription drug abuse in Indiana. A key achievement was developing safer prescribing guidelines for physicians and working with the Legislature and Medical Licensing Board to adopt new rules consistent with the guidelines. Within six months of these rules taking effect, there was an 11 percent decrease in the amount of opioids prescribed in Indiana.Significant legislative accomplishments include providing more oversight for pain clinic operators, stronger reporting requirements to the state’s prescription drug monitoring program INSPECT, greater access to addiction treatment services and to the overdose antidote naloxone, and – most recently – allowing communities with an HIV or Hepatitis C outbreak to establish syringe exchanges that discourage shared needle use and direct people to treatment options. Other key legislative successes from the 2015 legislative session include ensuring that Medicaid and the state’s Healthy Indiana Plan cover addiction treatment services and appropriating new funds for the growth of mental health and addiction services.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Bakery treats launched for Veganuary 2021

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first_imgSource: Chunk of DevonChunk of DevonExeter-based Chunk of Devon has launched a Vegan Selection Box.With an rsp of £30 for a box of eight, it comprises three pies and pasties along with the new Cheatin’ Cheese Pasty.The line-up features:Chunki Roast Veg Pasty – contains roast vegetables, encased in wholemeal pastry and topped with a pea glaze.Spicy Jack Pie – filled with jackfruit, sweet potato, squash, peppers and coconut milk. It is encased in whole wheat and turmeric pastry and topped with fennel seeds.Nips and Nuts Pie – encased in wholemeal shortcrust pastry, it is loaded with parsnips glazed in sherry, butternut squash, chestnuts and cranberries.Cheatin’ Cheese Pasty – has its signature lightly roasted potato chunks, onions and herbs wrapped in a vegan puff pastry. The cheddar does not contain dairy.“We have been creating award-winning pies for nearly 15 years and our focus has always been on producing great tasting products, using locally sourced ingredients with no additives. This collection is no exception. It’s all about the taste, so whether you are a vegetarian, vegan or just an all-round lover of pies, we are confident that you’ll adore our vegan range,” said Simon Byron-Edmond of Chunk of Devon.The Vegan Selection Box is available for nationwide delivery via the Chunk of Devon website. Source: RenshawRenshawRenshaw has launched a wholesale vegan caramel filling to tap the growing demand for plant-based food and drink alternatives.Called Creamy Vegan Caramel, it is described as the first plant-based caramel product of its kind which maintains the functionality and flavour of traditional creamy caramel.The ready-to-use product is suitable for filling and decorating chocolates, doughnuts, pastries, cakes and tarts. It is also freeze/thaw stable.“The exciting launch of Creamy Vegan Caramel has had a great reception from our customers, and offers them a versatile and ready-to-use solution for creating delicious vegan treats, desserts and beverages,” said Kerrie Medlicott, head of marketing and UK sales for Renshaw and Rainbow Dust.Hannah Kennedy, product manager at Renshaw, added: “Our Creamy Vegan Caramel is deliciously smooth and creamy, with no compromise on taste or functionality. It has a traditional caramel taste profile, and is not made with coconut milk, so you’ll find it has a creamy and buttery authentic caramel flavour.” Source: Frank DaleFrank DaleTo celebrate Veganuary, the Norfolk-based brand has added a trio of bite-sized treats to its vegan range.The new offerings are aimed at those who want to exercise portion control without overdoing the calories, it said.Its Spring Vegetable & Mature Cheese Tart is filled with broccoli, pea and mint in a British oat-based vegan custard. Encased in a stone baked British oat and pea flour pastry, it is topped with mature vegan cheese. The 400g Woodland Berry & Sable Crust Tart is made up of a sable pastry case filled with vanilla vegan custard. Blackberries, cherries, redcurrants and blueberries add a burst of colour.Both tarts are available for an rsp of £4.99. For those seeking indulgence, the Mini Chocolate & Raspberry Cakes will do nicely. The moreish vegan chocolate and avocado sponge cakes are filled with a raspberry compote and sweet plant-based cream, drizzled in a vibrant pink icing. At an rsp of £6.99, they come in a pack of 12. Source: Délifrance Vegan BasketsDélifranceThe bakery supplier has unveiled Vegan Baskets targeting operators and retailers looking to build on their vegan offering.Délifrance has selected a host of fillings encased in savoury buckwheat puff pastries. Each recipe is free from palm oil and additives.The line-up includes carrots, cumin, sweet potatoes and chickpeas for a source of fibre; quinoa, lentils, coriander and green apple for protein; and tomatoes, courgettes, onions and sweet potatoes, which is inspired by ratatouille.“We know one third are following a flexitarian diet and veganism is at an all-time high, with a 62% increase in those following a vegan diet. Aligned with this is the growing consumer trend for health and nutrition and demand for functional foods,” said Stephanie Brillouet, marketing director at Délifrance.“It’s increasingly important for operators and retailers to tap into this to remain ahead. That’s why we’ve created our Vegan Baskets. Nutritionally rich, easy to bake and full of flavour, they are an ideal choice for all consumers from flexitarians through to vegans.” Source: Floozie CookieFloozie CookieVegan brand Floozie Cookie has rolled out a Black Forest Stuffed Cookie.Exclusively for Veganuary, the homemade fudge dark chocolate cookie is studded with plant-based white chocolate, stuffed with homemade morello cherry jam and topped with an edible gold leaf.The limited-edition special is on sale all month, for an rsp of £3.50 and is available as part of a gift box of six, 12, 18 or 24.“The black forest cookie is inspired by the classic black forest gateaux. To make it extra special, we finish each cookie with a melted dark chocolate and gold leaf. I chose this rich and fruity flavour to lift gloomy January days and the gold leaf is a little bit of luxury since January seems to always get a bit forgotten after all the Christmas festivities,” said chef and founder Kimberly Lin.Consumers can collect the cookie at its Covent Garden store or order via the website for nationwide delivery. It can also be ordered through Deliveroo for delivery to the Covent Garden area, Tower Bridge, Victoria, Clapham or Oxford Circus. Online ordering service Slerp is also offering delivery to select postcodes in London. Source: Chicago TownChicago TownPizza brand Chicago Town has extended its vegan portfolio with two new variants.Enter the Vegan Deep Dish Cheeezeburger and Vegan Tomato Stuffed Crust Takeaway Smokey Bac’n and Mushroom. Available to buy now, both pizzas are registered with The Vegan Society’s Trademark.The Vegan Deep Dish Cheeezeburger (£2.50) features a deep-dish crust with burger sauce and toppings of vegan mince, red onions, tomatoes, gherkins and mozzarella.Its Vegan Tomato Stuffed Crust Takeaway Smokey Bac’n and Mushroom (£3.50) comprises a sauce-filled crust with toppings of smoky vegan bacon, a smoked gouda alternative, red onions and mushrooms.“We are really excited to be expanding our vegan offering in takeaway as well as launching our first Vegan Deep Dish variant. We know that consumers love indulgent flavours in vegan pizza. Everyone can enjoy them – vegetarian, flexitarian, anyone who has a passion for pizza,” said spokesperson Rachel Bradshaw.These latest products follow the successful launch of the brand’s first vegan pizza, Vegan Tomato Stuffed Crust Sticky BBQ Jackfruit. Following its rollout last year, it’s now the biggest selling pizza in the UK with a value of almost £3m, according to data firm IRI.Consumers can find both pizzas in Tesco’s and Morrisons, and the Vegan Deep Cheeezeburger exclusively in Iceland. Source: PidyPidyBelgian pastry specialist Pidy has launched a vegan range including a shortcrust pastry case.The firm said it is one of the first professional pastry suppliers to launch an extensive vegan range, which is targeted at chefs and operators.Its ‘sweet’ shortcrust pastry case features a fluted design and a diameter of 9.5cm for the optimum-sized individual tartlet serving.The pastry is made from a plant-based recipe that uses responsibly sourced margarine. It features the same crisp, golden finish and ‘buttery’ flavour of Pidy’s signature classic sweet sablee shortcrust pastry, it said.It can be filled up to two hours before serving, depending on the moisture content of the filling, while still maintaining its crispness.“Our plant-based range means vegans and those on a dairy-free diet can enjoy Pidy pastry. The ready-to-fill nature also means that it is easy and convenient for chefs and caterers to prepare too! We have carefully developed plant-based shortcrust and foncage recipes to give our customers even more choice when creating vegan dishes,” said Fabien Levet, commercial manager at Pidy UK. Source: Knead A Little LoveKnead A Little LoveBalham-based Knead A Little Love has unveiled a box of handmade vegan doughnuts.Called the Vegan Variety Doughnut Box, the nine-strong selection is both experimental and traditional, it said.The variants are: chocolate orange; pistachio, almond & cardamom; date & caramel glaze; spiced apple with apple flavoured topping candy; cinnamon; and strawberry jam.The doughnut box is available to order via the Knead A Little Love website for an rsp of £25. Source: Knead A Little LoveTo celebrate Veganuary, bakery brands are rolling out an array of products for those adopting a plant-based lifestyle. The new year has kicked off to a veg-tastic start with the launch of a host of vegan products from deep dish pizzas to pies, puff pastries and doughnuts.Chicago Town, Delifrance and Renshaw are among those to tap into the growing demand for vegan food.Higgidy, Coughlans Bakery and Oggs are among those to have already unveiled sweet and savoury treats galore this month.Here’s our latest plant-powered picks for Veganuary 2021:last_img read more