Cornish craft bakery Rowe’s has joined with Asda to launch the supermarket’s first in-store savoury bakery concession.It was officially opened on 16 July at the Asda store in St Austell, Cornwall, and features a 12ft long hot counter and 12ft ambient sections, as well as a food-to-go offering at the front of the store.Asda’s change manager Roy Clark said the supermarket had trialled concessions in other areas, which had proved popular and was keen to develop an offer in the bakery sector. “Sales of local products have increased by 41% at Asda this year and this venture with Rowe’s demonstrates our commitment to a partnership approach to working with West Country brands.”The venture builds on Rowe’s previous relationship with Asda in the West Country, which has seen the bakery supply breads, cakes and pasties to the supermarket for the past 15 years. Rowe’s also supplies frozen unbaked savouries nationally for both the in-store bakeries and Asda Cafés.Paul Pearce, director of marketing at Rowe’s, said the concession would allow the firm to put its products in front of the consumer in a different environment to its high street shops, and there were no plans for more concessions. “Its performance will be carefully reviewed and any steps to take this format forward will be determined by its success,” he added.
1 Lionel Messi once again displayed just why he is regarded as the greatest ever as his fine double saw Barcelona take a huge step towards their first Champions League final in four seasons.The Argentina star beat an in-form Manuel Neuer twice before strike partner Neymar added a third in stoppage-time to seal a 3-0 victory over Bayern Munich in the first leg of their semi-final tie.Barcelona were the dominant attacking force throughout the Nou Camp clash but looked set to be held by an unmovable Neuer in the Bayern net, Bayern’s saving grace in what was a shambolic defensive display in the opening stages.Pep Guardiola’s injury-hit side started with a back three but reverted back to a four-man defence before the break as Barca completely pulled them apart.In fact, if it weren’t for the German number one, the tie would have been all over as a contest at the halfway point, with the world class keeper making himself big to pull off two miraculous one-on-one saves from Luis Suarez and Dani Alves.However, Barcelona weren’t invulnerable at the back as Bayern went close themselves on 17 minutes when Thomas Muller beat his man on the right and whipped in a cross for Robert Lewandowski, but the Poland star slipped and sliced his stretched effort horribly wide.The visitors looked to have recovered from their appalling start as the break approached, and they continued their upward surge in the second-half, though they struggled to turn their inspired one-touch play into goalscoring opportunities as they failed to register a shot on target.Despite their smaller share of possession, Barcelona were still able to carve out chances, and shot after shot after shot aimed at Neuer eventually took its toll on the World Cup winner, with Messi finally breaking the deadlock on 77 minutes with a powerful shot which beat the giant German at his near post.Guardiola was raging on the touchline, with the goal coming seconds after his side had a penalty appeal waved away, and it only got worse for the manager on his Nou Camp return, as Argentine maestro Messi mustered more magic moments later to double Barca’s lead.The forward made it seem impossibly easy as he drifted past a clumsy Jerome Boateng on the edge of the box before darting inside and lofting an outstanding chip over Neuer and into the net.Suarez then had a chance for a third but perhaps let fly too early as he fired his shot high into the stands, but it mattered little as Neymar put the game to bed with a goal in stoppage-time.Bayern were punished for sending too many men forward, with Messi’s through-ball sending his Brazilian team-mate through one-on-one, and Neymar slotted coolly past Neuer to put the Spanish giants one step closer to a first final since 2011. Barcelona striker Lionel Messi celebrates
Colombo: Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, former Sri Lankan defence secretary, was on Sunday named as the presidential candidate of the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) party for the election scheduled for later this year. Brother of former strongman President Mahinda Rajapaksa, Gotabhaya, 70, headed Rajapaksa’s military campaign against the the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) between 2006 and 2009. He attained super hero status among the Sinhala Buddhist majority of the country for ending the three-decades-long civil war with the LTTE. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US Ending months of speculation, Rajapaksa on Sunday named his younger brother Gotabhaya as the presidential candidate and additionally took over the leadership of the new political party formed by the Rajapaksa family, the SLPP. Rajapaksa thus ended his long association with the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) of which he had been a member since the mid 1960s, and elected twice as the president from the SLFP. “My brother is your brother now, we need discipline and law to uphold, Gotabhaya is the man for that,” Rajapaksa said while addressing the gathering. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls “Security is of foremost importance in a country. I assure you the safety of your children. I will not let extremism lift its head in the country,” Gotabhaya said in his address. “I have always did my duties going beyond boundaries and limits,” he said. Gotabhaya was a Colonel in the Sri Lanka Army before migrating to the US in 1992. “I will not let anyone to interfere in Sri Lanka’s sovereignty,” he said. Gotabhaya, who has held dual US-Sri Lankan citizenship, renounced his American citizenship two weeks ago as under the nineteenth amendment to the Lankan Constitution (19-A), he could not become an elector due to his US citizenship. Rajapaksa cannot contest a third time due to a time bar for the presidency which was introduced through 19A of the Constitution. In Rajapaksa’s absence, Gotabhaya is seen as the most suitable candidate to carry forward the Rajapaksa legacy. However, Gotabhaya has many cases pending in the Sri Lankan courts in addition to the complaints filed in the US by the daughter of a newspaper editor killed during the Rajapaksa presidency in 2009. Almost every member of the Rajapaksa family has faced corruption cases which are pending. “The passage of time has cleared us of charges , Rajapaksa said, adding that the current government’s inability to tackle pressing public issues had enabled them to make a political comeback after just four years. The presidential election which must be announced by late September must be held before December 8 this year.