PCB aims to ’raise the game’ in UK decoration

first_imgFrench sweet decorations company PCB Creation is now selling its products in the UK, after signing a deal with distributor Classic Fine Foods (CFF).The firm, which specialises in decorations for pastry products, launched its new spring/summer collection, along with CFF, at the Sketch Gallery in London, which PCB already supplies. Offering products such as ready-to-use chocolate decorations, transfer sheets, printed marshmallow squares and bakery moulds, PCB is targeting higher-end bakeries and patisseries, as well as chocolatiers and restaurants.CFF general manager Olivier Batel said a current trend in decorations was the personalisation of products. He added companies were looking to offer products that were different and bespoke. “It gives you a greater edge over your competitors,” he said, adding that PCB wanted to “raise the game in the UK” on decoration.As well as its catalogue of products, PCB offers a bespoke service, so bakeries and patisseries can develop decorations with, for example, their own logos on.World Patisserie Champion Franck Michel, holder of the prestigious Meilleur Ouvrier de France title, has been working with the firm to develop the products. His new creations include a cushion made with chocolate, which Batel said is a new style of decoration to the market.PCB’s production site, close to Strasbourg, employs around 150 staff and has a turnover of around €25m. It exports to 85 countries.last_img read more

Boys hoops Bees go 2-1 in four-day span to close regular season

first_imgHaving won 73-66 when these teams first met on Jan. 14, the Bees bolted out 24-15 in the rematch, only to have Corcoran make it all up before halftime and go in front 34-33.From there, it was tight the rest of the way, and the game’s two main stars would have equally good efforts as J.J. Starling put in 28 points, with the Cougars’ DeJour Reaves matching him.Clinging to a two-point lead,  64-62, B’ville was trying to run the clock down in the final minute when Corcoran’s D.J. Haynes stole it from Nate Ray and converted a layup on the other end to tie it with 23 seconds left. When last week’s action got underway, the Baldwinsville boys basketball team still was in control of how the Salt City Atheltic Conference Metro division race would turn out.If the Bees won each of its last three regular-season games, it could do no worse than tie West Genesee for first place, but it could not afford any setbacks.Yet that’s what happened Tuesday at Corcoran, B’ville now feeling the other end of a last-second decision in a season full of these kind of outcomes as it lost to the Cougars 66-64. Starling got the ball on the Bees’ ensuing possession, drove to the basket and had his shot blocked. A scramble ensued and the ball rolled out of bounds off a B’ville player.Now the Cougars had a chance to win it. Reaves took the ball in the backcourt and initially intended to drive, but instead pulled up from 15 feet and buried a jumper just as the clock ran out.Chase Trombley, with 13 points, and Bo Nicholson, with 11 points, supported Starling as Ray got seven points. Haynes had 16 points for Corcoran.Back-to-back games followed, and more was at stake Thursday as B’ville had a chance to deny Fayetteville-Manlius a playoff spot.It didn’t prove easy, but the Bees held off the Hornets 66-60, a game closer than the 67-55 decision B’ville earned when they had first met on Jan. 24, but with the same successful outcome.All game long, the Bees’ attempts to draw clear were unsuccessful. On F-M’s side, Josh Michel had 18 points, with James Madill hitting five 3-pointers to account for all of his 15 points.Up by 10 with five minutes left, the Bees were able to hang on as Starling had 25 points and Nicholson nearly matched him, earning 19 points, while Ben Bifulco hit a trio of 3-pointers for all of his nine points.Then, against Henninger 24 hours later, it was time to honor B’ville’s seniors – and many of them put up sterling efforts to help the Bees beat the Black Knights 61-52.Even though it was playing for the third time in four days, B’ville had plenty of energy from the outset and built a 38-28 halftime lead. Then it overcame a quiet third quarter to restore its margin down the stretch.And it was a senior, Trombley, seizing the spotlight, leading the team for the first time in scoring as he got 23 points, more than half of it from four 3-pointers.Starling earned seven of his 16 points at the free-throw line, with Nicholson contributing 10 points. Tong Mading and Evan Kelly led Henninger with 13 points apiece.Having gone 12-3 in league play and 14-6 overall, the Bees would now wait until next Wednesday to find out who it would face in the Section III Class AA playoffs.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story center_img Tags: Baldwinsvilleboys basketballlast_img read more

Dustin May still auditioning for role on Dodgers’ postseason roster

first_img How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco KELLY STATUSReliever Joe Kelly’s unspecified health issue – “overall body situation,” Roberts called it Tuesday – will make him unavailable to pitch until Thursday at the earliest, the manager said. Kelly has faced a total of seven batters in three appearances over the past 13 days.“The expectation is he’ll be ready to go when the bell rings and before that too,” Roberts said.“His head space and where his body is at is most important and right now the body part isn’t quite where we want it to be. So once it gets there – hopefully it’ll be Thursday – we’ll put him back in the mix.”Roberts continues to assert that he is “absolutely” certain Kelly will be ready to pitch in the postseason.“I’m certain he will pitch again this year,” Roberts said. “And if I’m not concerned I don’t think anyone should be concerned. I’m not concerned.”STARTING ROTATIONClayton Kershaw will make his final start of the regular season on Thursday followed by Walker Buehler in San Francisco on Friday and Hyun-Jin Ryu on Saturday. All three are likely to be abbreviated starts.With their NL Division Series scheduled to start next Thursday at home, Kershaw would be lined up to start Game 1 on six days’ rest, Buehler on five. Even with a short start on Saturday, Ryu is an unlikely Game 1 starter on four days’ rest.Related Articles Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season He has allowed three runs and nine hits in 7-1/3 innings, allowing a .310 batting average. But he has also struck out 10 and walked only one (but hit two others).“I think the thing that’s been the most impressive … is the intensity and the importance of every outing he takes,” Roberts said. “I think some of it has been self-induced as far as the traffic that’s created. But when it comes down to making pitches, he’s done that.“I think, for me, having him come into games and see his intensity from pitch one has been really good to see.”What May has to offer a Dodgers’ postseason bullpen is obvious – his pitch mix might be the most electric among the candidates vying for spots.“There’s a soft contact. There’s obviously with the swing and miss with the punch out,” Roberts said. “For him to be able to run 97 mph up there and throw a 93 mph cut fastball, a breaking ball once in awhile … for him to have that obviously is exciting for all of us.”center_img “We don’t know yet,” Roberts send when asked what order those three might start in the NLDS. “We’re talking through it. We are. Obviously you’re looking at who we’re potentially going to face. I think that matters. Where we’ve lined up our guys, Thursday, Friday and Saturday – knowing we play the first game on Thursday – gives us some latitude to go in any direction we want.“We’re digging in on both potential opponents and seeing what makes the most sense.”ALSOInfielder Max Muncy returned to the starting lineup Tuesday after missing two games with tightness in the quadriceps muscle of his left leg. Like third baseman Justin Turner when he returned from an ankle injury over the weekend, Muncy will be eased back into the lineup with limited at-bats at first. …Ross Stripling is the most likely starting pitcher on Wednesday. Roberts said Stripling will either be the starter or “the bulk guy” who pitches multiple innings following an opener.UP NEXTDodgers (TBD) at Padres (RHP Dinelson Lamet, 3-5, 3.84 ERA), Wednesday, 7:10 p.m., SportsNet LA (where available), 570 AM Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start SAN DIEGO — For Dustin May, the audition continues.Going into the final trip of the regular season, May has made six relief appearances this month. He will get “two, three more outings” this week as the Dodgers try to decide if they can trust a hard-throwing right-hander who started the season in Double-A and just turned 22 to pitch out of the bullpen in the pressurized atmosphere of the postseason.“We’re learning more about him,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “But fortunately for us, we don’t have to set the roster yet. He’s going to get a couple more outings and we’ll know more.”May’s results pitching out of the bullpen this month have sent mixed signals. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more