Own-label showcase: M&S Plant Kitchen

first_imgOrganic Super FirmTofuRsp: £2.50M&S says: Organic tofu. Dirty FriesRsp: £3M&S says: Fried potato chips in tomato and vegan bechamel sauce, topped with a grated coconut oil-based alternative to cheese. Vegan Potato SaladRsp: £1.50M&S says: Potatoes in a vegan mayonnaise-style dressing with onions and herbs. Rainbow Veg Sushi WrapRsp: £2.30M&S says: Avocado, sweet potato, pickled turmeric mooli and pickled red cabbage with a ginger, chilli and coriander dressing, wrapped in a cooked rice and dried seaweed roll with black sesame seeds. Mexican SupergrainsRsp: £3M&S says: Rice, black beans, quinoa and pumpkin seeds with a sweetcorn and chipotle chilli dip. Cauliflower PopcornRsp: £3M&S says: Deep-fried battered cauliflower pieces with a pot of spicy chilli dip. Mushroom PieRsp: £2M&S says: Shortcrust pastry pie with chestnut, white and portobello mushroom and gravy filling. No Chic’n Chunks and No Meat MinceRsp: Both £2M&S says: No Chic’n Chunks are gluten and meat-free chunks made with seasoned soya protein and No Meat Mince is gluten and meat-free mince made with seasoned soya protein.center_img Moroccan Lentil StewRsp: £3M&S says: Spiced dates, aubergines, carrots and red peppers with lentils and chickpeas. Beet BurgerRsp: £2.50M&S says: Two chickpea, beetroot, green lentil and onion seasoned vegan burgers with rice and carrots. Cashew MacRsp: £3M&S says: Cooked pasta and roasted mushrooms in cashew nut and mustard sauce, topped with paprika crumb. Expert verdict: Jennifer Pardoe, Plant Based to BusinessWhat do you think?With the number of flexitarians growing annually it’s been a long time coming for M&S to step up its plant-based game. M&S is known for innovative, quality food with their own twists, and not for hopping on the bandwagon of every urban food trend. Considering plant-based eating is more of a ‘dietary shift’ than ‘minor trend’, why did it take so long? Quality can’t be rushed, it seems. The timing, however, of Plant Kitchen’s launch couldn’t have been more perfect: during the double whammy of January’s consumer focus on healthier eating combined with the growing campaign of Veganuary. Also, the choice of celebrity endorsements on the shelf talkers has not gone unnoticed. Paddy McGuiness – who knew?Is the range interesting?I love that no one at M&S has deemed that eating plant-based must always be about rainbow colours, light-as-a-feather portions, or virtuous healthy eating 365 days a year.There’s clear division of uber-healthy versus fast food. There are beet burgers and falafels for the healthy weekdays, and ’fun, street food-style’ eats you might have for a weekly treat, such as the Dirty Fries, Cauliflower Popcorn and Mac N’ Cheese. There’s a raft of more traditional staples and sides such as spaghetti bolognese, lasagne, mushroom pie, margherita pizza, potato salad and coleslaw – and there are three healthier reliable ready meals: Thai Green Curry, Roasted Aubergine, and Mushroom Stronganoff with Cauli Rice. There’s something for everyone.What does this tell us about the wider own-label strategy?By investing in a fully-fledged plant-based development, accompanied by perfectly positioned naming and branding, M&S has reasserted its strengths in own-label and has justified the time lag behind competitors. The focus remains on quality, and being in control of guiding and delighting its customers with innovation. Notably, Plant Kitchen is also free from black plastic packaging, using more widely recyclable trays, as well as foil trays and cardboard boxes. How does it stack up against other own-label vegan ranges?Plant Kitchen feels more hearty, grown-up and accomplished. It’s worth the wait. Competitors have either taken an uber-healthy route or they have rushed products to the shelves and left flavour as an afterthought.Also, there is an oversupply of vegan shepherd’s pies and curries under third party brands and M&S has now proven they are a force to be reckoned with.I’d only improve upon the sandwich range, but cold vegetables between bread is a hard sell. I’m sure the product developers will be working on proper meat and cheese alternative sandwiches, given the main ingredient suppliers are soon to obtain their necessary BRC accreditations.Finally, to the one major flaw in Plant Kitchen, which I do hope I don’t need to wait another year for: what’s for pudding? Marks & Spencer kicked off Veganuary by launching a 60-strong vegan own-brand range called Plant Kitchen. The range comprises a number of fresh meals, salads, snacks and ingredients including vegan coleslaws and potato salad – which it claims are high street firsts. To offer deeper insight into the range, we’ve selected 13 of the new products to highlight what they are, what they’re competing against and what they tell us about Marks & Spencer’s wider own-brand strategy. This time, expert analysis is from Plant Based to Business co-founder Jennifer Pardoe. This showcase is part of a new series of articles examining key trends and developments in own-label and has been introduced to support The Grocer Own-Label Accreditation Scheme. Under this new scheme, all the products we review can apply for accreditation at any time, through a programme of continuous consumer testing and approval developed to help retailers and suppliers promote the best own-label products. Find out more here.You might be interested in our other own-label showcases – we’ve recently analysed M&S ready-to-drink cocktails, Amazon’s private-label brands, Waitrose Cooks’ Ingredients range and Aldi’s disruptive Lacura beauty range.,No Chic’n NuggetsRsp: £2.50M&S says: Soya-based nuggets coated in a gluten-free crumb. Plant-based decoded: The Grocer to host free webinarlast_img read more

You’ve listed your home and the offers aren’t pouring in, should you drop your price?

first_imgSarah Hackett said price wasn’t always the problem.“I have seen many homes marketed poorly, so sometimes price isn’t always the problem.“It is important to do the work up front with your agent and educate yourself on the most recent sales and more importantly, know what is on the market and what is direct competition to your property. This should provide a list of comparable sales to give to your buyers.”Ms Hackett said it was important to present the home in the best possible light to achieve the best possible price.“If your property is listed at a price and you haven’t received an offer within the first six weeks it would be advised to go over the recent sales since the home has been listed and then re-evaluate the price,’’ she said.“This is no reason to panic but doing this with your agent will give you more market knowledge and information to pass onto prospective buyers. “After 90 days, it is recommended to reassess the strategy, marketing and price. It is time to make some changes. Send a clear message to the market place that you have shifted gears and you’re ready to sell.” If the offers don’t come rolling in, should you drop your asking price?YOU’VE listed your house for sale and the offers aren’t pouring in like you thought they would, should you ever drop your price?We’ve asked three of Brisbane’s top agents what they think: Matt Lancashire — Ray White New Farm “Unfortunately most agents think the first thing a vendor should do is drop their price if the property hasn’t sold quickly,’’ he said.“This is actually the last thing an agent should recommend. In my opinion there are only four actors as to why properties don’t sell.’’ Marketing. Many properties are under exposed because people don’t want to pay the cost of marketing. Exposure generates more inquiry and creates competition, which in turn will help push price. Presentation. Is the home looking its best? More than half of the properties we present to market have a furniture package. This is a crucial component to achieving a record price. The Agent. Has the agent done there job? Have they gone over and above with the activities or are they solely waiting on the buyers to come to them? The days of waiting on the buyer to come to you are gone. Agents need more accountability around the activities to generate inspections for their clients. You shouldn’t need to drop your price if you get it right at the start, according to Matt Lancashire. Price. Get it right at the start. Agents should present sellers with a list of recent comparable sales. If listing with a price, then it should reflect the most recent area sales, or be marketed without a price. It is crucial that both the agent and sellers expectations are inline.After all that Mr Lacashire said it a deal wasn’t done within 30 days and what buyers are prepared to offer is not in line with what the owners want, then it was important to assess if everything had been done and if the price needed to be reviewed. Joseph Lordi of Queensland Sotheby’s International Realty More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North2 hours agoNew apartments released at idyllic retirement community Samford Grove Presented by “Agents should pre-frame their vendors prior to launching the campaign about the potential need for a price reduction in the first few weeks,’’ he said.“If the market place is providing price feedback well below the advertised price or if the number of buyers through the open home are lower than average, we recommend to lower the price after the second or third week of open homes to avoid the property going stale in the market place and to maintain the momentum of the campaign.’’Mr Lordi said another option was to remove the price completely which in turn could build the inquiry level as well as the numbers through the open home.“Each case is also dependent on the price calibre of the property and the suburb the property is located in”. Sarah Hackett of Place Bulimba “There are two main reasons why a home has not sold. One, if the right person has not seen the property, which is to do with how well the agent markets the home. Or two, the buyers who are coming through do not believe it is good value compared to what else they are looking at. This obviously comes down to price,’’ she said.last_img read more

Under 21 provincial action tonight

first_imgMonaghan go up against Fermanagh, Down host Armagh, Tyrone visit Cavan and Donegal clash with Derry in Ballybofey. In tonight’s Munster semi-finals, Waterford go up against Cork at Fraher Field, while Kerry host Limerick at Austin Stack Park.There’s also a Leinster semi-final at O’Moore Park where Kildare and Westmeath will go head-to-head for a place in the provincial final.Those games will all throw-in at half-past seven, but there’s 8 o’clock starts in all four of tonight’s Ulster quarter-finals.last_img read more

MTN FA Cup: Obed Owusu brace sends Kotoko to round of 16

first_imgAsante Kotoko progressed to the round of 16 stage of the MTN FA Cup for the fifth successive year with a 2-0 win over second tier side Real 24 hours in Tumu.Striker Obed Owusu scored a brace to ensure Kotoko’s progression to the next round.Kotoko honored the match despite complains about bad condition of the Tumu pitch and were good value for the win with a convincing performance.Owusu put Kotoko ahead in the first half when he expertly converted a penalty before sealing progression with a strike late on.The Porcupines travel to Dawu to play Dreams in a tricky fixture in round 8 of the Ghana Premier League.– Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @JoySportsGH. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

U.S. Open 2019: 3 storylines to follow in final round

first_imgPEBBLE BEACH, Calif. — There have been plenty of stories to follow in the 119th U.S. Open and the final day has no shortage either.Gary Woodland continues to lead, a history making finish is possible and a number of golfers in contention could use an early push. U.S. Open 2019: Tiger Woods closes out day with birdie to finish at even par U.S. Open 2019: Gary Woodland holds serve as Justin Rose sits one shot back Pebble Beach has been surprisingly fair but you never know what Sunday at a major has in store.Here are three storylines to follow in the final round of the U.S. OpenCan Gary Woodland win his first major championship?The three-time PGA Tour winner is in a new position heading into the fourth and final round at Pebble. It is the first time he has held a 54-hole lead in a U.S. Open. Related News U.S. Open 2019: Tiger Woods refuses to blame pain as cold weather triggers issues Each will approach it differently. Rose will come up with a plan in the morning. It will take him about an hour to evaluate the conditions, wind speed and pin placements. Reavie, who is searching for his first win since 2008, will focus on hitting the fairways and greens in the right spot. While Louis Oosthuizen, who is also tied for third, is just trying to go mistake free — which is much easier said than done for any one of these golfers.It will be entertaining to say the least when the first group tees off at 10:21 a.m. ET. Woodland, who currently sits 11 under for the tournament with a one-stroke advantage over Justin Rose, has had recent success in major championships. He finished tied for eighth at this year’s PGA Championship and ended the 2018 PGA Championship in a tie for sixth. But he has never been close to contending in a U.S. Open.Woodland’s best finish was in 2011 when he left the Congressional Country Club tied for 23rd. There’s added pressure sleeping on a lead, and entering the final round on a course like Pebble. Things can change quickly, and Woodland has a lot of time to think — for better or for worse. Will Brooks Koepka make history? Koepka is in an unusual position. The four-time major champion is chasing history as he tries to win his third consecutive U.S. Open, but this time he will have to climb up the leaderboard if he wants to come away with a victory. Koepka sits four strokes behind Woodland in a tie for third (7 under) and will be paired with Chez Reavie in the second to last group to tee off Sunday.He is happy with how he has played this week, but there’s a difference when you’re in the lead and have to catch up to the leader. Koepka doesn’t plan on chasing Woodland or anyone else who might sneak into the top spot. He is focused on playing his game, which certainly has worked to his advantage to this point. Who, if anyone, can come back?In 22 of the past 23 U.S. Opens, the winner has been in sixth place or better after the second round. There are currently six golfers in that position after three rounds now, and seven golfers one to two strokes outside of the top six. It will make for an exciting day of golf and an eventful one if a player can make an early charge, which is the key to triumph at Pebble.For any one of these golfers to have a chance Sunday they will have to take advantage of the first seven holes. If they can card 2- to 3-under par heading into the tough stretch from No. 8 to No. 10, it will certainly put pressure on the leaders — who can’t escape the oversized scoreboards that line the course. last_img read more