The rising popularity of home baking shows no sign of slowing, with the market predicted to grow 10% this year, according to a new report from market research company Mintel.The sector grew by 13% between 2007 and 2009 to reach £523m and this upward trend is set to continue, with the market predicted to be worth £576m in 2010. Some 28% of Brits now bake from scratch, using raw ingredients at least once a week.Despite a trend towards smaller cakes, the top item consumers bake at home is a standard cake, with 42% of consumers saying they had baked this type in the past year. Cupcakes follow with 39%, batters (such as Yorkshire Puddings) with 37%, biscuits/cookies (29%) and sweet pies, tarts and puddings in joint position with 28%. Brownies come last with just 14%.”Cupcakes are now one of the most popular items baked by consumers almost two-fifths of Brits choosing to bake these in the last year but the traditional large cake still reigns supreme,” said Vivianne Ihekweazu, senior food and drink analyst.Despite being adversely affected by rising commodity prices, the flour category has been helped by consumers’ desire to bake from scratch using raw ingredients, and has seen the category grow by 19% between 2007 and 2009 to stand at £75m up from £67m in 2008.
By Michael Rupured University of GeorgiaIt starts soon after the Thanksgiving turkey and pumpkin pie are gobbled down, the football games are over and the family is headed home. That is when serious shoppers – with adrenaline pumping – sort through all the advertisements to plan for the big after-Thanksgiving-Day sales. More than ever, it is important to shop smart. That means developing a sound spending plan. With economic conditions still shaky, now is not the time to pile up a lot of holiday debt. Know how much money you can spend. To avoid problems in 2009, limit your spending to the cash you have set aside for the season.Think creatively. Everyone is tightening their belts this year. Remember, it is the thought that counts. Homemade gifts, food, clothing or crafts may be appreciated more than a mass-produced item purchased at a local store.Give the gift of time. Things like babysitting, car washing or housecleaning may also be well received.When you get to the stores, keep your spending plan and shopping list in hand. Think carefully about each and every purchase. Avoid deciding on an item in the spur of the moment. Take your time. Think about your needs and the amount of money you have.Use the ads that appear in newspapers and mailboxes around Thanksgiving to plan your purchases. Compare offerings to find the best values. Once you decide on a particular item, compare features, quality, prices, installation fees, delivery charges and service rates. Sometimes the cost to use and maintain the item makes selecting a more expensive model the cheaper option. Look in the newspaper classified section for items, too. Person-to-person buying often saves money.Running from store to store may not be feasible. Instead of driving around town, use the phone and Internet to find information, particularly for gifts you will send out of town. You may find that it is cheaper to order the desired items and ship them directly to the recipients.Shopping online can also be an easy way to locate special or unique gifts. Do be careful. Use a secure browser. Shop with companies you know and keep your passwords creative and private. Pay particular attention to shipping charges. Be sure to print out and keep records of your purchases.With a possible recession looming, retailers started sales earlier this year than in years past. That means plenty of bargains, but you will need to shop carefully to find them. As the holidays approach, many will slash prices so the best deals may be still to come. Waiting for last-minute price cuts makes sense for items that are not in short supply.This might be the year to avoid buying gift cards. If you buy a gift card at a store that then goes out of business, you may as well have flushed your money down the toilet. If you do buy gift cards, make sure you understand the terms. Some companies begin charging fees after a relatively short time. These fees can eat up the value of the card.Bargains that sound too good to be true are usually just that. Expect a fair and reasonable price for goods and services. Read labels, seals, tags and instruction booklets. Ask questions. Get the facts before you buy. Find out what is promised, who stands behind the promises and what you must do to benefit from any warranty. Your holiday spending plan is not just about the gifts you plan to buy. Remember to allow funds for parties, greeting cards, charitable giving and clothing to wear to holiday functions, along with other things that make the holiday season joyful for you and others.(Michael Rupured is a University of Georgia Cooperative Extension financial management specialist with the UGA College of Family and Consumer Sciences.)
The task of ending world hunger begins with understanding that poverty affects over 1 billion people worldwide, who lack of resources or live in areas engaged in conflict. In developing countries, one of three children is malnourished. The University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences faculty, staff and students celebrated international education within the college and the international activities CAES students this month at International Day 2012. “We would like to have 100 percent of our students study abroad,” said CAES Dean J. Scott Angle. “Our goal is to get everyone to go overseas to learn a different culture. If we can get all our students to understand that this is an international business that we’re in, and that feeding the hungry around the world is all of our responsibility, then we can be exactly where we need to be.” To emphasize the college’s goal of building a more food-secure global community, Maria Navarro, associate professor of Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communication, served foods representative of the diets in high-, low- and mid-income countries. Former study abroad participants Paul Adeyemi, a senior studying Agricultural Engineering, and Myra Clarisse Ferrer, who is pursuing her PhD in Agricultural and Applied Economics, shared their travel experiences with the crowd last week. William McFall, a master’s degree student studying Agricultural and Environmental Economics, took home a CAES Graduate Student International Travel Award to pay for a plane ticket to Brazil, where he will present a paper. Laura Ney, who has worked extensively with farmers living near UGA’s campus in Costa Rica, was honored with the college’s Undergraduate Global Citizen Award. The award recognizes a student who has embraced global citizenship by participating in and promoting the college’s international outreach efforts. Ney and Adeyemi will receive their Certificates in International Agriculture this spring along with four other CAES undergraduates. Food Science student Ariel Chan, Agricultural Education student Amanda Stephens, Environmental Economics and Management student Ben Dymecki and Biological Sciences student Ukachi Ugorji also will receive certificates. CAES offers the International Agriculture Certificate to students who achieve fluency in a second language and complete a minimum 8-week internship in a country where English is not the first language. The college started offering a graduate certificate in International Agriculture this year. Graduate students Na Hao, Zachary King and Ishakh Pulakkatu thodi also took prizes in this year’s international photo contest. For more information about study abroad programs offered through CAES or about the International Agricultural Certificate program visit www.global.uga.edu.
Timberwolves G Derrick Rose on bounce-back season: ‘This is the happiest I’ve been in a long time’ Clippers G Patrick Beverley knocks out Dennis Smith Jr.’s tooth, ejected for tossing ball at fan LeBron James scored 22 points, grabbed six boards and dished out eight assists in 31 minutes. Kyle Kuzma had the hot hand in the first half, scoring 18 points in just 17 minutes. He led all scorers in the game with 23 points.Rookie big man Moritz Wagner scored his first NBA points in garbage time against Phoenix. He has been limited to four games this season because of a knee contusion he suffered back in October. After getting his first two points at the charity stripe, he knocked down two 3-pointers en route to his mark of 10 fourth-quarter points. Related News The now-14-9 Lakers are sixth in the Western Conference, and they’ll look to pick up more steam at home when they take on the Spurs at 10:30 p.m. ET Wednesday.Studs of the NightAnthony Davis had 36 points and 19 rebounds in 37 minutes to help his Pelicans topple the Hornets 119-109.Hassan Whiteside scored 23 points and grabbed 20 rebounds in a 102-100 Heat victory over the Jazz.DeMar Derozan had a season-high 36 points on 13-of-27 shooting for the Spurs to counteract a 37-point performance from Blazers guard Damian Lillard, resulting in a 131-118 win for San Antonio over Portland.Harrison Barnes poured in 30 points to help the Mavericks upset the piping hot Clippers 114-110.Duds of the NightKemba Walker played a team-high 33 minutes for the Hornets, but was only 6-of-15 shooting. He missed all six of his 3-point attempts in the game, totaling 13 points.Marc Gasol was 4-of-14 shooting in the Grizzlies’ 103-95 loss to the Sixers. He played a team high 38 minutes and Memphis was minus-12 with him on the court.HighlightsThe Hornets may have lost to the Pelicans, but Miles Bridges wowed the crowd by slamming home this off the backboard alley-oop from Malik Monk. The Lakers dominated the lowly Suns on Sunday. Los Angeles handed Phoenix a 120-96 pounding in the Staples Center, extending their winning streak to three games.Considering they trailed by as many as 17 points in the first half, it’s surprising the Lakers beat the opposition by 24. 😱🤯😤THIS. WAS. EPIC. pic.twitter.com/quD1hv1iVF— Charlotte Hornets (@hornets) December 2, 2018Dennis Smith Jr. used his 48-inch vertical to make up for the seven inches he gave up to Tobias Harris, blocking this potential game-tying shot at the end of regulation.Dennis Smith Jr. stands strong defensively to secure the @dallasmavs W! #MFFL pic.twitter.com/dkKFdZthQ9— NBA (@NBA) December 3, 2018What’s Next?Nuggets (15-7) at Raptors (20-4) 7:30 p.m. ET — Denver is just half a game back from the first place Clippers in the Western Conference. Meanwhile, the Raptors are the clear favorites in the Eastern Conference. The young core of the Nuggets will have to bring their best to challenge the likes of Kawhi Leonard and the rest of Toronto’s talented roster.