Rockets blast off to 2-0 start on the mat

first_img The Raritan High School wrestling team is off to a 2-0 start as it seeks its sixth consecutive Shore Conference Class A Central championship. Coach Rob Nucci’s team has downed Red Bank Catholic and Monmouth Regional thus far and also finished seventh overall in the recent Richmond (Va.) Invitational Tournament. The Rockets have been quite successful in recent years, reaching the NJSIAA Central Jersey Group II finals each of the past five years. Last season, Raritan compiled a 22-2 mark, with its only losses coming against powerful Jackson in the Shore Conference tourney and South Plainfield in the CJ Group II title match. In addition, the Rockets won the Manchester Hawk tourney. “Our expectations are always high, so we’re looking to do even better this year,” said Nucci, now in his seventh season at the Rockets’ helm. “We’re proud to have won our division five times, and we want to make it six. Ultimately, we really want to win the Group II sectional.” With a strong group of returnees led by 171-pound ace Dan Seidenberg, there’s plenty of reason for optimism in Hazlet. A year ago, the junior posted a 37-4 mark and went on to finish second in his weight class at the Meet of Champions. Seidenberg took second at the District 22 competition and won the Region VI meet, and is already 7-0 this time around. Dan Bilowus (160 pounds) and juniors Cody Mooney (125) and Chris Van Sechtman (119) have all posted six wins in the early going. Bilowus was 24-11 last season, while Mooney went 27-10 and Van Sechtman was 20-13. Both Bilowus and Van Sechtman finished second in District in their respective weight classes, and Mooney took third. Bob Hornacek (140), who won 19 times last winter, is 5-2. Meanwhile, Raritan opened the season without the services of 135-pounder Billy Voutsinas, who is close to returning from a knee injury.Ayear ago the junior posted a 27-4 mark and won the District 22 competition. Freshman Ryan Lynch has filled in admirably, posting a 5-3 record. The Rockets’ lineup also includes seniors Justin Jackson (130), 1-2; Ryan Putnam (145), 5-2; and Pat Susino (152), 4-2; juniors Jon Deangelis (112), 2-2; Nick Hungerford (171), who is off to a fine 6-1 start; and heavyweight Matt Walsh, 3-3, who won nine matches last year. Several sophomores dot the Raritan lineup as well. Aaron Cruz (189), 3-2, and Sebastian Lodato (215), 1-3, both saw some varsity action last year. At 103 pounds, Matt Mitchell moves up from the junior varsity, where he won the MVP award last year. Mitchell is 3-2. “We have a good mix of veterans and some good newcomers, most of whom wrestled quite a bit over the summer to prepare for the season,” Nucci said. “I’m hoping that they can step up and really help us out. So far, everyone has been doing pretty well; they just have to keep their focus, because we have a very difficult schedule.” Raritan faces a tough test on Saturday when it hosts a quad match with St. John Vianney, Hillsborough and Sayreville. During the holiday break, the Rockets will head south on the parkway for the Brick Memorial Tournament. “They’ll both be good challenges for us, and we can assess where we are as a team,” Nucci said. BY TIM MORRIS Staff Writer last_img read more

Big Post-Ebola Meeting Expected in Monrovia

first_imgThe Director-General of the West African Health Organization (WAHO), Dr. Xavier Crespin, has told the Daily Observer in an exclusive interview that WAHO, in consultation with authorities at the Ministry of Health, is set to convene a “very big health meeting in Monrovia,” next month.According to the WAHO DG, the meeting, which is expected to be attended by more than 200 health experts and stakeholders of the African sub-region, will be chaired by the President of Togo, Mr. Faure Gnassingbé, who is the Regional Chair on Ebola. This high level meeting, which is expected to be held on November 24, will be co-chaired by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.Dr. Crespin made the disclosure yesterday following the formal opening of a two-day meeting to setup the Network of ECOWAS Health Communication Specialists (NEHCS), which is taking place in Abidjan, La Côte d’Ivoire.The WAHO DG revealed that before the high level meeting, health experts and other major stakeholders, including all of the Ministers of Health and key partners from across the region, the continent and beyond, will gather here for deliberations on what they have to do together to improve the health situation in the region.Dr. Crespin stated that so far, his institution has been working assiduously to improve the surveillance system and how they can better control diseases in the region.“We are also now working on how to strengthen a regional surveillance and disease control center. This Center is already in place, but we intend to make it more operational. Also recently in Accra Ghana, we put in place a regional intervention team comprising all the health professionals in the region so that when there is a need in one of our countries, we can immediately as ECOWAS, movein to show our solidarity by assisting and supporting,” he added.He also stated that they will be looking at how they can coordinate resources which come into the region and how they can further strengthen health system capacity in West Africa.He said the Heads of State and Government in the region had decided that the Regional CDC be headquartered in Abuja, Nigeria, adding: “We already have the building; we already have some of the staff and the budget.”Before he spoke with this newspaper, he had earlier participated in the formal opening of the two-day meeting to set up the Network of ECOWAS Health Communication Specialists (NEHCS), which working session is chaired by Mr. Sorbor George, Director of Communications at the Ministry of Health.Each ECOWAS member state sent two individuals, including those from the various health ministries and one independent local health journalist.The WAHO DG urged the independent media to effectively collaborate with them in order to widely disseminate activities of his entity.He expressed delight over the gathering saying it demonstrates the commitment and willingness of Communication Officers to work with WAHO in order to achieve its objectives.The WAHO Director General reminded the participants that communication is a significant tool, promising his organization’s commitment to support whatever network that will be set up. Speaking earlier, the Director-General of Health at the Ministry of Health, Côte d’Ivoire, told the gathering that the lack of effective communications during the recent Ebola crisis in the region, shows that there is an urgent need for the Network to be set up.“So every one of you needs to fully participate in setting up this Network, which will adequately communicate with our population on what is happening in order for WAHO’s mission to be accomplished,” he said.The Côte d’Ivoire DG of Health, Prof. Dagnan added: “You are a vibrant channel for the dissemination of vital pieces of information.” For his part, the Deputy Director-General (DDG) of WAHO, hoped that the two-day meeting won’t be “just another meeting,” but that after it, the Network will effectively communicate with the population. “I therefore urge you to fully commit yourselves to this partnership with WAHO and that the Network can adequately communicate with the population,” Dr. Laurent Assogba, WAHO, DDG, added.Among other things, the Network is expected to boost the flow of information of WAHO to the local population in member states.The meeting is a follow up to another that was held in Burkina Faso last year by Communication Officers to lay a foundation for the improvement of media coverage of WAHO programs and activities.The Ivory Coast meeting is being sponsored by the United States Aid for International Development (USAID).Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Simbas fail to roar against Chile in Hong Kong

first_img0Shares0000The Kenya Simbas in a past match. Photo/KRUNAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 10- Tomas Ianiszewski was Kenya’s chief destroyer as the full back bagged 18 points to aid Chile humble Kenya Simbas 23-3 in their opening Cup of Nations match in Hong Kong on Friday afternoon.Ianiszewski booted in three penalties, dotted down once and converted twice as the Chileans exerted their authority over Kenya. Darwin Mukidza’s boot from a penalty was Kenya’s sole score from the clash.Chile took crisp command of the first 40 minutes, pushing the Simbas deep into their own half as they searched for the opener. For the first 15 minutes of the tie played on artificial turf, Kenya did not cross their own half line.The Chileans won a set piece off Kenya close to 40m off the try box and they decided to go for the three points, but Ianiszewski’s attempt was short.The full back finally got a favorable opportunity minutes later, this time the Chileans winning a set play just above the 22m line and Ianiszewski made no mistake booting the ball between the sticks.Kenya’s Darwin Mukidza attempts to boot in a penalty during an international test match against Germany at the RFUEA ground on May 27, 2017. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaImmediately after going ahead, Chile almost sunk in their first try when Franco Velarde won the ball off the re-start, kicking and chasing but unfortunately the ball slipped off his hands just as he got into the try-box waiting to land in.After dodging that bullet, the Simbas picked up their play and began to pour the numbers into the Chilean half attempting to get to level terms.However, Mukidza who has been one of the best performers for the team in the just concluded season got the team back level.From almost 40-yards off, the prolific kicker sent the ball between the sticks after Kenya won a foul, taking the scores to 3-3.The Simbas were better especially from the line outs where they played the ball out smoothly, but couldn’t get the better of the possession in the final third of attack.But Chile got back into the lead benefiting from a mistake from the Kenyans losing possession easily then on the turn fouling from good scoring range, an opportunity which Ianiszewski took with both arms booting the ball home.-Second half-action between Kenya and Chile at the Kings Park Ground in Hong Kong on Friday 10 November 2017. Photo/KRUIn the second half, Ianiszewski had another attempt with a penalty from the left, but he struck low to see the ball come off the upright.But minutes later, Chile were flying 13-3 ahead. Ianiszewski sunk in the first try of the game after sneaking in between the Kenyan back-line to land in a cheeky kick from Santiago Vidella, five metres from the try line.The South Americans almost added their second try of the game but it took some good defending from Jacob Ojee and George Nyambua to take Jose Tomas Munita into touch when he was a metre off the try line.But the Simbas found themselves trailing further when the backline was caught napping, Benjamin Boto scratching the ball quick from a set-piece before forcing his way into the try box.Ianiszewski sunk the final nail into Kenya’s coffin in the final 10 minutes of the game from his third penalty of the game after Darwin Mukidza was penalized for failing to release the ball.The battered Simbas who are ranked higher than Chile on the World Rugby standings will now hope to redeem themselves on Tuesday when they take on Russia in their second match of the tournament.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

All Black Savea, fearing blindness, to wear goggles at Rugby World Cup

first_img0Shares0000New Zealand flanker Ardie Savea will wear goggles in the game against Canada © AFP / CHRISTOPHE SIMONOITA, Japan, Oct 1 – All Blacks loose forward Ardie Savea will become the first player to wear goggles at a Rugby World Cup as he battles vision problems that have left him fearful of going blind.The bruising back-rower, a key player for the defending champions, was not known to have had sight problems but he said the vision in his left eye was blurred and deteriorating. Against Canada on Wednesday, Savea will wear goggles which were approved by World Rugby earlier this year to allow people who are visually impaired to play the game.“A couple of years ago I realised I had bad vision in my left eye. Everything’s kind of blurry,” he said. “I told All Blacks doctor Tony Page that it was getting worse and now we’re doing something about it.“Doc notified me that World Rugby had some goggles that were approved and everyone has been really supportive. In terms of vision and seeing, it’s pretty sweet, and it’s now just a matter of getting used to them.”The goggles are designed to be safe for both the wearer and those coming into contact with him. Italy’s Ian McKinley, who is blind in one eye, was the first player to wear them at international level.Savea said it was an easy decision to make when he realised that he could potentially lose his sight if his other eye was damaged.“Obviously if this right eye goes then I’m maybe, potentially blind,” Savea said. “I’ve got my little girl and hopefully future kids and a bigger family, so I want to be able to see.“I’m just thinking of the bigger picture and trying to protect my eyes.”– ‘This is the right time’ –All Blacks assistant coach Ian Foster said Savea did not wear contact lenses and that the goggles were purely for protection, not as a vision aid.When asked why the All Blacks and Savea had waited until the World Cup to trial the goggles, Foster said: “This is the right time.“When a player comes and says he felt his eye was getting worse… it’s a very natural time.”Italy’s Ian McKinley was the first player to wear goggles at Test level © AFP / ANDY BUCHANANHowever, the revelation that Savea had vision problems was news to his All Blacks and Wellington Hurricanes teammate Beauden Barrett.“It sort of makes sense,” Barrett said. “I’ve never thought of it until this point but I remember trainings and games and seeing him blinking a bit more than usual.”Vannes scrum-half Florian Cazenave has also worn the goggles playing in Italy and France. Page said Savea had worn them at training and they hadn’t affected his ability to play.“It’s probably been the most challenging conditions that you can get (to test them). Humidity at up to 90 percent, 20 degrees (68 Fahrenheit) or so, and hard All Blacks training, and he’s done pretty well,” Page said.“It’s great to see someone like Ardie putting them on and being proud of it.”0Shares0000(Visited 19 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

New squad numbers for Arsenal, Liverpool and Celtic players revealed!

first_img 13 Joey Barton (Rangers) – 8 Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) – 7 13 Moussa Dembele (Celtic) – 10 13 Ousmane Dembele (Borussia Dortmund) – 7 13 Emre Mor (Borussia Dortmund) – 9 13 13 Clubs across Europe are getting ready for the new season with signings aplenty this summer.A number of transfers have already gone through, with sides like Bayern Munich, Arsenal, Borussia Dortmund and Liverpool all spending big.But, as well as seeing the new signings putting pen-to-paper, fans love to know what squad number they will be handed for the campaign.Will they get a digit befitting their position, or will they shirk tradition and go for one which is special to them?The summer also represents a chance for players already with a team to swap their number, which is exactly what Aaron Ramsey and Alexis Sanchez at Arsenal have done.So, to find out some of the numbers already allocated, click the right arrow above… Loris Karius (Liverpool) – 1 – Click the right arrow above for more of next season’s squad numbers… 13 13 Sadio Mane (Liverpool) – 19 13 Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) – 8 Marc Bartra (Borussia Dortmund) – 5 13 13 13 Granit Xhaka (Arsenal) – 29 Nolito (Manchester City) – 9 Dani Alves (Juventus) – 23 Alex Iwobi (Arsenal) – 17 13last_img read more

Liverpool FC team news: Predicted Reds XI to face Sunderland

first_img 11 6. Dejan Lovren (centre-back) 1. Loris Karius (goalkeeper) – Click the right arrow above to see our predicted Liverpool XI, in squad number order… 11 19. Sadio Mane (forward) 2. Nathaniel Clyne (right-back) 11 11 10. Philippe Coutinho (forward) 11 7. James Milner (left-back) 11 11 A stalemate with Southampton saw Liverpool drop to second last weekend and now they will seek to regain top spot with a win over Sunderland.The Reds host the Black Cats at Anfield but remain without Adam Lallana for the short term, and long-term injury victim Danny Ings.So Jurgen Klopp will only tinker with his line up – which was held to a 0-0 draw by Saints last week – based on form and tactics, rather then fitness.Daniel Sturridge could get a start, while Marko Grujic may be pushing for a role in midfield too.So, who will start for Liverpool as David Moyes’ Sunderland come to town? Click the right arrow above to see our predicted XI, in squad number order… 11. Roberto Firmino (forward) 14. Jordan Henderson (central midfield) 11 11 11 11 5. Georginio Wijnaldum (central midfield) 23. Emre Can (central midfield) 32. Joel Matip (centre-back)last_img read more

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first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2For more information, call (562) 945-3904. Caregivers invited to support group SANTA FE SPRINGS – Grandparents as Parents, a group that serves the urgent and on-going needs of grandparents and other relative caregivers raising at-risk (or any) children, holds a weekly support group at 9:30 a.m. Wednesdays. Meetings are held at the Kinship Resource Center, 9834 Norwalk Blvd. Registration is not required. For more information, call (562) 921-7554. City to present Movies in the Park PICO RIVERA – Families are invited to attend the city’s second annual Movies in the Park series in Smith Park Amphitheater, 6016 Rosemead Blvd., beginning this Thursday. The free program will feature family-friendly films every Thursday night this month. All movies start at dusk. Free popcorn will be available to kids ages 12 and under. Viewers are welcome to bring their own chairs, blankets and snacks. “The Little Rascals” will be played this Thursday; “Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius” will be played July 13; “The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie” is slated for July 20; and “Nanny McPhee” is scheduled for July 27. For more information, call (562) 801-4424. Group to offer sun damage screenings LA MIRADA – A free sun and skin damage screening will be held for seniors ages 55 and above from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Thursday at the La Mirada Activity Center, 13810 La Mirada Blvd. CareMore Medical Group will administer screenings to assist seniors in determining the extent of sun damage and risk of skin cancer. For more information, call (562) 902-3160 or visit Summer concert series opens July 9 PICO RIVERA – Bomba Chante will kick off the city’s ninth annual Summer Concerts in the Park series from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. July 9. Free concerts are held each Sunday at the same time at Smith Park, 6016 Rosemead Blvd. Concertgoers may bring their own picnic baskets and lawn chairs or blankets. Additional entertainment includes special giveaways, street performances by local groups and art activities for children. Concerts are scheduled through Aug. 6. The lineup includes the Sedillo Brothers Band on July 16, the Wise guys on July 23, Mariachi Divas on July 30 and Spice on Aug. 6. For more information call (562) 801-4430. Senior health fair slated for July 27 LA MIRADA – A free senior health fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. July27 at the Activity Center, 13810 La Mirada Blvd., in the city’s Civic Center. A cafeteria lunch will be served for seniors age 55 and older at 11:30 a.m. for a suggested $2 donation. Reservations must be made in advance. For more information, call (562) 902-3160. – From staff reports160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LA MIRADA – The City Council will not meet Tuesday because of the holiday. The council’s next meeting will be July 11. Gardens to host Bingo Blast event WHITTIER – Merrill Gardens, 13250 E. Philadelphia St., will host a Bingo Blast from 2-4 p.m. Saturday. There is a 25 cent charge per game. Snacks and door prizes will also be available. last_img read more

Imperfect Pulisic, Emery’s no genius at Arsenal, plus Leicester on for top four?

first_img Sterling scored as City beat Aston Villa at the Etihad 11 Steve Round reveals how Mikel Arteta convinced him to join Arsenal staff Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Villa need to find out who needs their palms greased with silver to get a VAR decision go in their favour.Once again they were on the wrong side of a clear-and-obvious error as Raheem Sterling was offside for City’s second. Of course, Villa wouldn’t have won but they would have felt good about something finally going their way.So, were Man United a little bit better or are Norwich absolutely woeful?United should have been 4-0 up by half-time but even without Paul Pogba on the pitch they love to miss a Premier League penalty, Tim Krul denying both Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial from the spot. The two strikers got over it sufficiently to find other ways on to the scoresheet and United have leapt up to the David Moyes-esque dizzy heights of 7th in the table.Spurs are in the bottom half, but it’s much more cool to talk of United in crisis still, isn’t it? Up until a minute before kick-off at Anfield, you had to wonder whether Mauricio Pochettino actually wanted Spurs to lose given the team he’d picked to start the game. 90 seconds later, all that kind of talk was banished as Harry Kane found it easier to score before Virgil van Dijk put him in his pocket than after.There probably hasn’t been such a fine Gazza performance in a Spurs shirt since Gascoigne in the 1991 FA Cup Semi Final, but Tottenham’s back-up keeper Gazzaniga was in inspired form to keep Spurs ahead for so long. But only for so long because, do not forget, Poch’s lot don’t do winning away from home in the Premier League anymore.Captain Hendo levelled it up before Serge Aurier went peak Serge Aurier into the back of Sadio Mane’s heel, giving Mohamed Salah the chance to win it from the spot. If you are a fan of stats telling us some of the story, you cannot deny Liverpool deserved all three. Having suggested on Friday that all James Ward-Prowse does is hang around waiting for a free-kick in a dangerous area, it was quite nice to see James Maddison put in a shift and curl in a beauty. Top four for the Foxes? Probably not. Top six? You can put your house on it. Southampton to go down? It’s hard to think otherwise right now. Serge Aurier gave away a late penalty at Liverpool AFP or licensors stalemate 11 Getty Images – Getty Marco Silva is under pressure at Goodison Park after a slow start to the season Ian Holloway thinks Arsenal have made a mistake in hiring Mikel Arteta Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti statement Spurs investigation into alleged racial abuse of Rudiger is so far ‘inconclusive’ Getty Images – Getty Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman Hey, Jordan Pickford – if you line up a defensive wall with a gap so you can see what is going on, I think the idea is you stop the ball if they wallop it through that gap, no? I know Pickford can, allegedly, pass the ball out from the back quite nicely but is he the most overrated English goalkeeper since, well, Joe Hart?Talking of vastly overrated and also paid by Everton, Michael Keane has had better months.We can argue all day whether VAR were right to overrule and give that ankle tread as a penalty – but Keane is probably wise to look three times before crossing the road right now, such is his luck. Jamie Vardy and Ayoze Perez had a lot of fun against Southampton Getty Images – Getty Anthony Martial made up for his penalty miss by scoring United’s final goal Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side were thrashed by Leicester 9-0 on Friday night Frank Lampard’s Chelsea had been warned by Frank Lampard that it would not be acceptable to relax after their win in Amsterdam on Wednesday night. Whether Frank was talking more generally or actually warning his players against the perils of a relaxing night in Amsterdam is not clear, but they certainly did the business in Burnley on Saturday night.Many thought that a trip to Turf Moor would tell us even more about Lamps’ yoof and it certainly did – they need to be taken very seriously indeed this season.Pope was trumped by a Christian as Pulisic grabbed his long-awaited chance with both hands scoring what some people are claiming to be the perfect hat-trick.Now, I do not want to overwater Pulisic’s front garden, but can it really be a ‘perfect’ hat-trick if one of them deflected in? Surely the point of perfection is exactly that – it has to be perfect. Getty Images – Getty Pep Guardiola gives Man City injury update and talks Christmas schedule LATEST Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:56Loaded: 8.53%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:56 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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By Leicester, I mean – obviously not by Southampton.Leicester’s resounding 9-0 hammering of the Saints has led to some Southampton fans musing that Ralph Hasenhuttl ‘is the worst Austrian ever’ – now, I am not sure I can get on board with that, but the Alpine Klopp is certainly having a tough old time at St Mary’s. Can Brendan Rodgers get his Leicester City side into the Champions League? latest 11 11 update getty images – getty Getty Images – Getty 11 It was a ‘perfect’ hat-trick for Pulisic What about Lucas Digne, who some Evertonians like to suggest is the best left-back on Merseyside? He’s certainly clinical from five yards, that’s for sure.The clock said 90+4 when Everton managed to self-combust and throw away another lead under Marco Silva at Brighton who, in the main, thoroughly deserved another win under Graham Potter.How much longer will the Everton board put up with Silva, and could Bill Kenwright put that £1m he has prepared to give Bury to better use, like paying the Portuguese manager to call it a day? 11 rookie error 11 Burnley’s VAR decisions have now balanced themselves out after Callum Hudson-Odoi’s terrible attempt at conning a penalty was overturned by the video officials – sadly for Burnley, they’ve seen it balance out when they were already 4-0 down, so it was a bit of a waste, really.The same goes for Jay Rodriguez’s thunderstrike – 4-0 down, mate. What’s the point?Manchester City leapt above Leicester into second-place once more, following a second-half only win over Aston Villa.Are you seriously telling me that Dave Bassett hasn’t had an influence on the English game when you watch back City’s first? Graham Taylor would have also had a small smile on his face from above having seen the directness in that one. PEP TALK 11 appointed LATEST FOOTBALL STORIES 11 Liverpool transfer news live: Mbappe latest, Lille star wants to join Reds in future 11 Sean Longstaff’s challenge left Ruben Neves in a heap Granit Xhaka stormed off down the tunnel after being substituted against Crystal Palace 11 Manuel Pellegrini might have been misquoted when he claimed that Sheffield United ‘just played direct’ but he certainly wasn’t misquoted when he claimed West Ham should have won the match against Chris Wilder’s team – and he was wrong on both counts.Put it this way, if even Paul Merson knows that Wilder’s side pass the ball then Pellegrini might want to have a word with his scouts.The game finished 1-1, United remaining unbeaten away from home and Lys Mousset looking like he may well be one of the shrewder signings this season. Still, at least all that Carlos Tevez stuff is in the past. on target Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship Michael Keane and Jordan Pickford stand by Aaron Connolly ahead of Brighton’s penalty award Has a situation ever gone from bad-to-worse quicker than how things escalated in this one? In the 12 minutes between the score being 0-0 and 0-3, Southampton completely fell apart with Ryan Bertrand being sent off and their players feeling the need to assist Leicester City scorers.I mean, credit to many of the Southampton fans to be honest – 3-0 down in the torrential rain, ten men on the pitch and you’ve touched the ball about five times.I’d have been tempted to call it a night and see if I could get home in time for EastEnders. Those that did nick off early should have hung around as they’d have seen more than their money’s worth of goals.Hasenhuttl fronted up to the cameras and took ‘full responsibility’ for the ‘atrocity seen on the pitch – but how can he, really?Yes, he picks the team and the shape but is it his fault that Ryan Bertrand took leave of his senses and Yan Valery seemed to think Southampton were playing in Blue? After he has said, ‘and lads, don’t forget to defend’ and they clearly forget, what else can he actually do? Getty Images – Getty Chelsea fan arrested for allegedly racially abusing Heung-min Son targets Bournemouth seem to have stopped scoring goals and it probably wouldn’t have been a major worry if they’d been playing anyone other than Watford. Up on Tyneside, people far more sensible than I were questioning the decision to give goalkeeper Martin Dubravka a six-year contract last week.With Newcastle by no means certain to be in the same division next season, let alone with the same manager (or even the next one) it seemed a bit of an oddity to start looking that far into the future. Especially now, after he cost Steve Bruce three points against Wolves, going all flappity-flap deep into the second half and allowing Jonny to equalise.Sean Longstaff is starting to feel the pressure of his brother being more popular than he is, getting a red card to make the last ten minutes more defensive than usual for Newcastle. To be fair to Arsenal’s centre-backs, they may not be the finest at defending but when it comes to putting the Gunners 2-0 up against Palace within ten minutes they are world class.The problem is, Arsenal only really seem to be good for ten minutes at a time this season (or anytime in the last four or five) and Palace found themselves back in it – courtesy of VAR deciding (rightly) that Wilfried Zaha isn’t a naughty little diver and was in fact fouled by Calum Chambers. Yellow cards reversed and everything.Not being so fair to Arsenal’s centre-backs, we always suspected Palace would find a way of getting level because of Arsenal’s centre-backs. We also suspect that Granit Xhaka hasn’t increased his popularity at the Emirates, given his reaction to the sound of booing as he was subbed.Emery’s two biggest decisions as manager of the Arsenal are to back Xhaka with the armband and to refuse to believe that Mesut Ozil even exists – neither are making him look like a genius right now. Arsenal fan FURIOUS with Unai Emerylast_img read more

Picks and Skips of the 2019 Epcot International Festival of the Arts

first_imgGallery Bites: A Trio of Hors d’OeuvresChilled Shrimp with Cucumber Cream Cheese on a CrostinoTraditional Deviled Egg with Candied BaconCrispy Truffled Risotto Ball with Truffle Aioli Share This!Now in its third year, the 2019 Epcot International Festival of the Arts celebrates artistic endeavors across many disciplines – and lucky for us, that includes the culinary arts! Recent years have featured innovative and creative displays of technique and flavors from the festival booths, and this year, with a few new booths and many new dishes, I was looking forward to seeing the festival take even more steps forward in the food scene.Overall, the Festival of the Arts is finally settling into its groove, but there were more misses this year than I’ve noticed in years past. Italy’s L’Arte di Mangiare, America’s The Artist’s Table, Decadent Delights, and Morocco’s Mosaic Canteen are all easy skips in this year’s festival; there are just too many other good dishes to try elsewhere. On the bright side, Deconstructed Dish, Pop Eats, Germany’s Cuisine Classique, Japan’s Takumi Table, and France’s L’Art de la Cuisine Francaise continue to bring solid dishes to the fore, with interesting flavors and presentations mixing to highlight the best this fest can do. Elsewhere, you’ll find hidden gem dishes at Masterpiece Kitchen and Mexico’s El Artista Hambriento (as well as at Refreshment Port, where lobster nachos are all the rage right now).Check out my rundown below of each booth’s offerings, along with my picks and skips to help plan your trip to this year’s festival. As always, click on any photos to enlarge them and get an up-close view of each dish.The Painter’s PalateSmoked Salmon and Cream Gateau with Egg Yolk Cream, Paddlefish Caviar, and Micro-herbsTrio of Savory Croissant DoughnutsWhipped Boursin Garlic & Fine Herbs Cheese with Fresh HerbsChicken Salad with Shaved Fennel and Fresh HerbsSpicy Tuna with Wasabi and Seaweed Salad Mexico is always hit or miss in festivals these days, and I’m happy to report that at least two of their three dishes are picks for me! The seared scallops with ginger-habanero sauce and yucca puree really hit the spot – we hit this booth last during my first day of sampling, and after some underwhelming scallops from The Artist’s Table booth, these scallops really sang. Tender and perfectly seared without being chewy and overdone, these two smaller scallops sat atop a creamy yucca puree (mild in flavor, with a texture much like mashed potatoes) and a tangy sauce that only slightly hinted at the habanero within. Don’t shy away from this dish if you are spice averse – I think it’s still pretty accessible and tasty enough to sample.Also a pick is the returning chocoflan dessert, slightly updated this year. The cake underneath was a tad dense on my portion, but the dark chocolate flavors with the caramel custard is really hard to pass up. It’s also worth noting that this is one of the few dishes where the portions really make it shareable – hard to come by in Epcot festivals these days.I was underwhelmed by the sopes de chilorio, unfortunately. I think the pork could’ve used an injection of flavor, and otherwise everything was very mild and inoffensive, which makes this a skip in my book.The Painted PandaCrystal Mooncake with Fruit Filling and garnished with Toasted CoconutDragon and Phoenix: Spicy Sauteed Shrimp with Spinach NoodlesPlum-Infused Cherry TomatoesThe chewy mooncake continues to be one of the prettier and most fun desserts at the festival; if you like fruity-sweet flavors, this is a definite pick for you! I would certainly skip the dragon and phoenix – portion sizes alone (with 5 noodles and 2-3 shrimp per plate) made it a dish I was not willing to wait 30 minutes in line for during either of my festival visits, particularly when both of these items are served inside Nine Dragons on a regular basis. I’m intrigued by the plum-infused cherry tomatoes, and it looked to be a decent snacking portion, but the booth was out of them the second time I visited after skipping out on my first trip. I’ll have to return to the festival and report back if they’re worth the effort of this always long line.Cuisine ClassiqueRed wine-braised Beef Short Rib with Parsnip Puree, Broccolini, Baby Tomatoes, and Aged BalsamicSeared Corvina with braised Ratatouille and Lemon-Thyme Beurre BlancSaint-Honore Tart with Caramel Cream and Cream PuffsTwo of my top festival picks from last year, the beef short rib and Saint-Honore tart return, continuing to reign supreme over many other festival offerings. The short ribs are both decadent and accessible – picky-eaters would be hard pressed to pass up a bite of good ol’ pot roast, while the dish still satisfies more adventurous diners, too. The Saint-Honore tart is a caramel lover’s dream – creamy, crunchy, with slight hints of salt to elevate the flavors laced throughout, I could eat this every festival visit.L’Arte di MangiareBarbabietoe Dolci, Caprino Fritto: Roasted Candied Beet Salad with Goat Cheese FrittersCostine di Maiale Aceto Balsamico: Sweet & Sour Balsamic-glazed Pork RibsSpuma al Miele d;Arancio: Orange Honey Mousse with Peaches and Mint-Marjoram CreamItaly’s food booth continues to divide festival fans – I was enthusiastic that their offerings would be great this year after those tasty ricotta fritters from last year and a good showing at last year’s Food and Wine festival, but alas, it was not to be. In short, the booth is entirely a skip. The roasted beet salad was covered in crunchy kosher salt to the point of being inedible (though the goat cheese fritters were nicely fried, still not enough to recover the whole dish). The ribs were… odd. Most of our party commented on how the whole booth and surrounding area smelled like soy sauce, a rather odd flavor to be coming from the Italy booth. The meat was a bit paltry and mealy, and did indeed taste like soy sauce (I imagine this is what burnt balsamic tastes like). The orange honey mousse was largely flavorless – it was like eating air; very expensive air.The Artist’s TableBeef Wellington with Mushroom Bordelaise, Fennel Cream, and Roasted Baby VegetablesPan-Seared Scallop with Chorizo, Roasted Red Pepper Coulis, and Parmesan CrispI wanted to like both of these dishes, but neither was appealing enough to continue eating after even one bite. The beef wellington was both mushy and tough, a remarkable feat, and had little to no mushroom or fennel flavor anywhere on the plate. As mentioned earlier, the pan-seared scallop here was vastly inferior to the Mexico booth’s scallop dish; this was tough, over-cooked, and lacking any flavor, alongside a flavorless red pepper sauce and a relish with chorizo that also did not have flavor (do you know how hard it is to make chorizo taste like nothing?). Unanimously, my dining party thought the only good thing about either dish was the parmesan crisp atop the scallop, which I think makes this booth a resounding skip.Takumi TableTaiyaki: Fish-shaped Japanese Sweet Stuffed Pastry with Red Bean Paste topped with Whipped Cream and Sesame CustardSushi Donut: Donut-shaped sushi featuring Salmon, Tuna, Shrimp, Avocado, and Masago accented with Citrus-soy gelee and Wasabi on the sideAfter two very disappointing booths, the Japan booth will cheer you up. Both the taiyaki and the sushi donut are must-try dishes, in my opinion. The taiyaki is a fun, traditional Japanese dessert beginning to make waves here in the US of late – sweet pastry, almost waffle-like in texture, filled with sweet red bean paste and a tiny dollop of whipped cream is sure to please most anyone who tries it. The sushi donut is an equally-successful crowd-pleaser, with one caveat – you’ll likely have to wait a while to get one. During the first festival weekend, I ended up waiting about 15 minutes for my order, as they’d run out of fish (the sushi chef inside the booth joked they had to go catch some more). It was, however, entirely worth the wait. It may seem like a lot of rice, but this is about the equivalent of a 6 or 8 piece roll in size, with a decent amount of fresh seafood, to boot. The citrus-soy gelee served in the middle of the donut means you don’t even have to douse this in soy sauce packets from the booth to hit the spot.Mosaic CanteenSpiced Beef with Pine Nuts, Dried Cherries, Hummus, and Pita ChipsMediterranean Flatbread with Za’atar, Olive Oil Artichoke, Olives, Mozzarella, and Feta CheeseChebbakia: Hand-twisted strips of fried dough coated with Honey, Rosewater, and Sesame SeedsLast year, I highlighted the hummus trifle (known this year as the spiced beef with hummus), and was pleasantly surprised at how palatable it was. I was disappointed to find that this year’s portion was a bit smaller and not worth the asking price, so I instead sampled the Mediterranean Flatbread in hopes of being wowed – in short, I was not. This dish is a definite skip – it’s a large portion, overall, but it’s mostly pita bread with very little toppings on it. The best part of the dish was the delicious sauce drizzled on top (the very same from the hummus fries famous from festivals and Spice Road Table). Also a skip, and probably one of my least favorite dishes of the day, were the chebbakia. I’m not sure if I disliked the texture of these because they were stale, or just not my cup of tea, but they were unappetizingly chewy and didn’t taste like much of anything. Additionally, this dessert is a whopping $7 for essentially 4 bites of food, which wouldn’t have been a good value, even had they been tasty.L’Art de la Cuisine FrancaiseCrème de Brie en Petit Pain: Warm Creamy Brie in a House-made Bread BowlDariole de Saumon a la Provencale, Sauce Beurre Blanc, Fleuron: Salmon Terrine with Zucchini and Tomato, Beurre Blanc Sauce, Puff Pastry FleuronMoelleux Aux Chocolats Valrhona: Molten Chocolate Cake with Pure Origin Valrhona ChocolateNow, I’m not one to complain about cheese and bread, but I did find the warm creamy brie dish to be a little more style over substance than I wanted. Don’t get me wrong – the cheese was excellent and the bread bowl, even slightly stale, was a great delivery vehicle, but I wanted a slice of crisp green apple or some grapes to help offer a little sweet or acidity to the cheese party. The salmon dish is slightly changed from last year, with the fish presented in a terrine rather than playfully draped in the puff pastry itself. The texture definitely improved as a result, making this a more palatable option for me, though this is certainly one of the fussier dishes of the festival and not really meant for pickier eaters. The true crowd pleaser, and honestly probably one of my top festival picks overall, has to be the molten chocolate cake. This was a masterpiece in chocolate flavor, hitting every deep, dark note you want from something that is meant to be rich and gooey. Is it original? Absolutely not. Is it innovative? Nope. But it’s darn tasty, and that’s enough for me.The Masterpiece KitchenWild Mushroom Risotto, Aged Parmesan, Truffle Shavings, and Zinfandel ReductionCharcuterie Palette with Artisan Cured Meats and CheesesVanilla, Rosewater, and Pistachio Panna CottaMasterpiece Kitchen continues to be a consistent favorite for me, with the rich and earthy wild mushroom risotto (still served up in reasonable portions) and the well-curated and adorably-presented charcuterie palette. For wine drinkers, this is a great stop, and these two dishes make excellent savory snack-alongs for your sips. I would skip the pistachio panna cotta, though – it’s most gelatin and unflavored sweet air here, which is unfortunate but means you’ll have more room for other better options.What are your picks and skips for the 2019 Festival of the Arts? Let me know in the comments below!center_img Pop’t ArtWhite Chocolate Figment PuzzleMickey & Pluto White Chocolate PaintingFestival of the Arts White Chocolate PaintingThe Painter’s Palate booth, located in the Odyssey Festival Showplace, still shiny and spiffy after its recent renovation as a festival center, adds one dish to its menu this year. Unfortunately, both days I visited the festival during opening weekend, technical issues prevented me from trying the Smoked Salmon and Cream Gateau. It sounds pretty innovative and perhaps worth a shot, but the trio of savory cronuts remains my top pick – the gimmick of the cronut has saturated Disney food thoroughly by this point, but the quality flavors of the creamy chicken salad and spicy tuna toppings for two of these bites (plus, who doesn’t love cheesy, garlicky anything?) is enough to keep this as a must-try for me.At this booth (and all booths), I’d skip the white chocolate paintings. They’re cute to look at, but even in the dead of Florida winter, they quickly disintegrate outside, and they’re really just white chocolate at the highest possible cost – there are too many other great desserts (kid-friendly, too!) to go for these.The Deconstructed DishDeconstructed BLT with Crispy Pork Belly, Tomato Jam, and Soft-Poached EggDeconstructed Reuben with Shredded Corned Beef, Thousand Island Dressing, Pickled Red Cabbage, and a Rye CurlDeconstructed Strawberry CheesecakeThe Deconstructed Dish is better described as Fussy Family Favorites, and honestly, if that doesn’t sound up your alley, your best bet is to skip this booth in favor of a few others we’ll get to later. I happen to enjoy this booth’s offerings, on the whole – familiar flavors wrapped in a new package are a fun way to jump in to “fancy” food, particularly for kids and picky eaters, and bonus: because these dishes are deconstructed, if there’s a part that you don’t want to eat, it’s pretty easy to avoid.My pick for this booth continues to be the Deconstructed BLT with Crispy Pork Belly – really, how do you say no to pork belly? One caveat for this dish is to try to order it during a busy time of day – you definitely want a super-fresh version of this, as it makes the pork belly and the poached egg shine best. I still wish this dish had a little crouton or breadcrumbs at the very least – a true BLT is loaded with crunchy textures and this misses that altogether, but the salty-sweet juxtaposition of the bacon and tomato jam is can’t miss for me.The Deconstructed Strawberry Cheesecake is a skip, if only because of its simplicity; basically, this dish is cheesecake mousse with strawberry topping you’ve had a million times and an unremarkable sugar cookie. It is delicious, but it is not innovative unless you are a particularly picky eater.Decadent DelightsWhite Chocolate and Purple Sweet Potato Mousse with Caramel, Coconut, and Maple MeringueChocolate, Peanut Butter, and Pretzel CrunchLemon-Blood Orange TartArtist Palette Jumbo Chocolate Chip CookieThe dessert-centric booth returns this year with an honestly underwhelming selection of treats. The white chocolate and purple sweet potato mousse was a rave for me last year, but I’ve softened on it since – upon sampling it again the first festival weekend, I found little flavor except “sweet” present, and no real focus. The chocolate and peanut butter dessert needed more of both flavors, and less stale pretzels all over the plate. The lemon-blood orange tart was the best out of the three desserts I sampled, but it lacked the true tart punch I’d expect from those two fruits, with the blood orange playing second fiddle to a too-sweet and dense crust. Overall, I’d skip this booth altogether and stick to other desserts.Pop EatsSous-Vide Poulet Rouge Chicken Roulade with Apples and Sage served with Warm Brie Fondue, Blueberry, and Beet GelShirmp Ceviche with Lime-Mint FoamAlmond Frangipane Cake layered with Raspberry Jam and Callebaut Belgian ChocolatePop’t ArtPop Eats is always one of my favorite booths, and this year is no exception. I love the sweet-tart-richness of the decadent Almond Frangipane Cake, artfully crafted to look like a Mondrian painting (how cool is that?!). Nearly every time I drop into the festival, I find myself grabbing a slice of this cake, which is both style AND substance wrapped into a few small bites. Also a pick? The chicken roulade, which combines fall and winter flavors beautifully. I still can’t believe this dish is being served in a theme park – it’s as complex in execution as it is in flavors, balancing all the sweet fruits and tender chicken with the sage and brie perfectly. Both of these dishes are definite picks to give a try.El Artista HambrientoSopes de Chilorio: Slow-braised Pork marinated in Ancho Chili Paste served on Fried Corn Dough with Black Beans, Queso Oaxaca, Crema Mexicana, and Salsa VerdeCallo de Hacha em Salsa de Jengibre y Habanero: Two Seared Scallops with Ginger-Habanero Sauce atop Yucca PureeChocoflan: Creamy Mexican Custard and Chocolate Sponge Cake topped with Cajeta and Hazelnuts last_img read more

Why Reducing Food Waste from Grocery Stores Needs to Be a Top Priority

first_imgIn the English language, the word “set” reportedly has the most number of different meanings—464 according to the Oxford English Dictionary. The word “run,” with 396 meanings, is apparently making a strong bid to catch up, and somewhere not far behind is probably the word “collaboration.”Even just in the context of retailing, it has many meanings. To some, it can mean working with those you would traditionally see in a commercial relationship as your adversary. To others, collaboration is about one party complying with the needs and requests of the other party. While to others, it can mean working together towards one common purpose for the benefit of each party.Given the sheer number of mentions of collaboration in retail publications, conferences, and talks, the ECR Community Shrinkage and On-shelf Availability Group felt there was an opportunity to bring some clarity and definition to what is really meant by collaboration, with a particular focus on reducing food waste in retail.- Sponsor – To this end, a team of academics and practitioners from the world of fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) manufacturers and retailers have been working together in recent months, with the support of food waste experts from Oliver Wyman, to identify the true “DNA” of collaboration.In this post, we detail why we chose food waste as the focus of our research on collaboration. We share what we have found to be some of the key barriers to collaboration and then some of the early insights from the project. We will close by describing a possible next step for retail loss prevention professionals in the full version of this article (“Collaboration on Food Waste Reduction“).The Value of Using Food Waste as a Case StudyWe chose food waste for two main reasons:1. Food Waste Matters. One-third of food produced for human consumption is wasted. It is now an industry priority, and bold waste-reduction targets have been set by a number of bodies, including the Consumer Goods Forum.2. Collaboration Is in Demand. Top retail managers have called out the need for collaboration. George Plassat, the CEO of Carrefour, said, “Food waste is a collective challenge in which all stakeholders must take action.” That comment was further underlined by Dave Lewis, the CEO of Tesco, who said, “At Tesco, we’re committed to tackling food waste not only in our own operations but also through strong and effective partnerships with our suppliers and by helping our customers reduce waste and save money.”In short, food waste is not only highly relevant to our member organizations and the shoppers they serve, but also seen as a priority by senior business leaders who have called out improved collaboration as a strategic priority. Thus, it made sense for the ECR Group to focus this project on food waste.Understanding the Barriers to CollaborationDespite the apparent relevance and sense of urgency for greater collaboration on food waste from grocery stores, many attending the workshops organized by the ECR Group expressed frustration at the current state of collaboration. As one member put it, “We all know what we have to do together to reduce food waste, but it’s not happening.” They then went on to ask, “What does it really take for us to get to a better state of collaboration?”To begin to answer this question, the research group had to first identify the major barriers to improving collaboration. Five key obstacles were thought to be particularly relevant:1. Incentives. The reward and recognition schemes for most suppliers’ category managers and retail buyers do not include food waste, thus collaboration is rarely included as a metric or consideration in their assortment discussions, annual contracts, or daily interactions on supply.2. Competing Internal Priorities. Fresh suppliers are being asked to collaborate with multiple stakeholders within each of their customers, each with slightly different requirements that have different impacts on food waste. By way of example, the supplier and the supply-chain manager of a retailer may wish to increase the case counts from 24 units per case to 48 units to reduce packaging costs and the number of journeys to the store. However, the supplier’s category manager and the retail buyer may want smaller case counts from 24 units to twelve units to increase sales and the depth of distribution. If retailers and suppliers cannot be perfectly aligned internally on their requirements, collaboration will be problematic.3. Data Sharing. Collaboration can only happen when data is shared, yet accessibility to the right level of inventory, food waste, and sales data by store and by SKU is a barrier, with some retailers choosing as a principle not to share data.4. Benefit Sharing. While multiple case studies consistently demonstrate that collaboration can unlock huge value, often projects can stall at the very start when organizations fail to reach agreements on how to split any benefits that may be realized.5. Consistency and Capacity. Collaboration is about long-term thinking; however, suppliers’ category managers and buyers are often tasked to think short term. Further, the capacity required for collaboration, in terms of days and hours, can simply not be available.Reducing Food Waste from Grocery Stores: The Role of Better CollaborationThere is much that retailers and producers can do to reduce food waste from grocery stores without the need for collaboration with other organizations. However, there are also some transformational changes that can only be delivered when organizations collaborate. Below are a few examples.Range and AssortmentJoint product innovation from initial conceptualization to eventual product launch that considers and designs in potential food waste reduction benefits, for example, longer shelf life, shorter supply chains, or reduced case sizes.Joint development of range and planograms by type of store and format using metrics such as the fresh case cover (FCC) that can prevent food waste. By way of explanation, the FCC “score” is a function of the weekly sales rate, the shelf life, and minimum case sizes, and can help the range and space planners identify the SKU/store combinations with the greatest risk to food waste from grocery stores. To mitigate that risk, the planners can reduce the range to potentially increase the sales rates of each remaining SKU. They can seek ways to extend shelf life or work with the supply chain to reduce minimum case sizes.Joint development of innovative packaging and display fixtures that can improve shelf life and give the impression of abundance without the need for excessive volumes of product on display and the consequent higher risk of food waste.PlanningJoint forecasting of forward sales through the combination of available information that also includes past waste performance data.Joint planning of promotional volume to also include using food waste data from previous promotions.Supply ChainJoint short-term demand generation activities to sell excess quantities to the consumer to try and avoid waste.To illustrate the benefits and results from collaboration, the ECR Group has started to collect evidence from joint projects. Below are examples of three case studies:Case Study 1. One retailer responded to the news from its suppliers of a bumper harvest of cauliflowers with the development of new in-store demand-generating promotions (recipes, extra displays, and price discounts) that helped sell through to the shopper the more-than-forecasted volumes, ensuring that produce was sold, and not left to rot.Case Study 2. One manufacturer worked with a retailer to create a new product made up of unused raw materials, thus saving those materials from being wasted. This new line item is now being sold in the retailer’s stores.Case Study 3. One manufacturer and retailer partner worked together to improve the percentage of every crop that was purchased by consumers by repurposing and processing the off-standard and oddly shaped products into other products such as ready-made meals and frozen varieties of the product that would then be sold in the retailer’s stores. This collaboration prevented significant quantities of product being fed to animals or thrown away while also improving profitability for both organizations.Towards Better CollaborationWhile the ECR Group has yet to finalize the full details of the maturity model, three major findings have already emerged from the research.Finding 1: Collaboration on food waste must be declared a business priority by the organization. Organizations that are mostly likely to be strong collaborators on food waste are also likely to have declared at the CEO level that food waste reduction fits their company strategies. In these organizations they will have:Awareness that food waste reduction is critical to the achievement of the company’s corporate goals and must be prevention focused and end to end—from farm to fork.A vision and an alignment on how to systematically share sales and food waste data.Confidence that there is a business case for collaboration that ensures a win-win for both suppliers and retailers.An approach that is well structured with aligned rules of engagement for collaboration.Further, those organizations that have recognized the importance of collaboration on food waste will typically:Promote internally a collaborative mindset where multidisciplinary thinking and collaboration are actively fostered and incentivized.Identify the right people in the right positions to be dedicated to delivering successful collaborative work.Ensure there is full transparency of key performance indicators, such as cost and time, across the whole supply chain.Ensure the full availability of timely, accurate, and formatted inventory data.Invest in state-of-the-art data systems that allow for seamless interaction between each organization with strong user acceptance.Invest in state-of-the-art professional mid-to-long term forecasting systems for volume planning and utilization across the supply chain.Finding 2: Category and partner selection needs to be very intentional. Once the need and fit of collaboration has been established and the capability to achieve this has been put in place, organizations should then consider who are the right partners and what are the most appropriate categories for collaboration. Key considerations will be:The overall size of the joint businesses.The legacy and levels of trust from previous collaborations.The relevance of the category sales volume to each organization.The significance of the waste reduction opportunity for the category to each organization.Finding 3: Organizations need to be set up correctly in order to collaborate effectively. Organizations embracing strategic collaboration will most likely succeed when:There is buy-in and prioritization of the collaboration effort by senior management.There are clear, tangible, and measurable objectives in place.There is clarity on benefit allocation to all parties, both within organizations as well as between third-party organizations.There is capacity for collaboration and the right level of seniority, experience, and tenure in the teams, with a good balance across functions and organizations.There is clarity on roles and responsibilities, with a clear responsible, accountable, consulted, and involved (RACI) model for each major change intervention.There is good chemistry between the teams, ensuring high-quality cross-team exchanges and mutual trust.There are frequent and disciplined joint meetings.There are commonly defined key performance indicators (KPIs) being reported.There is a shared incentive system supporting aligned behaviors and common goals.There is regular and seamless exchange of predefined data sets.Check out the full article, “Collaboration on Food Waste Reduction,” to learn more about the implications of this research and possible next steps for loss prevention professionals. EDITOR’S NOTE: This article first appeared in the Autumn 2017 edition of LP Magazine Europe. 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