The London-based Dum Dum Donutterie is expanding, with locations earmarked in the UK and several overseas as it looks to triple its first year’s turnover. Launched a year ago, Dum Dums is listed in Harrods and has three sites – in Fenchurch Street, East London, Shoreditch’s Boxpark, and Westfield at Stratford.Founder Paul Hurley told British Baker: “Turnover far exceeds expectations. From the grab-and-go site I expect to do in excess of half a million pounds a year and for the café concept we are looking at higher than that. I imagine we will triple last year’s sales this year and probably exceed that. Last year we were working with just a couple of concepts and we’ll probably double those in the UK in the next couple of months.“I want to reach 20 sites in London and then look to set up in cities around the world. I’d keep it relatively exclusive and then replicate the model across the world.”He said sites in London’s Camden, Brixton and Soho would open “in the very near future”, with suburbs in Essex, the south and south-west next on the agenda.International expansionInternational regions chosen for expansion include Singapore, Dubai and New York, where sites should open “in the coming months”.“We have a little US community and interest from the Far East. Our international sites would run as joint ventures with other business owners, while all UK sites would be owned and run by Dum Dum’s employees. I wouldn’t let many franchises happen – only with partners who have food backgrounds.“In sites abroad I’d look for sites large enough to allow a café concept with seats and we’ll also do kiosks. The idea is that Dum Dums is a flexible concept and works as a pop-up, café or more of a restaurant with seating.The company is providing doughnuts at the Brits after-party next Wednesday (25 February) and Hurley is starting work on his first book of recipes, which will launch next year.Hurley has a patent for the way Dum Dums makes doughnuts – baked instead of deep-fried. The bakers can choose how much oil they use and sell ‘healthier’ doughnuts with just 6g of fat as a result.
Pharmaceutical companies’ television ads have come under fire for pitching drugs to consumers, but another marketing tactic, behind closed doors and often ignored, is perhaps even more troubling, according to one expert.Harvard health economist Meredith Rosenthal said drug companies also pitch their wares directly to doctors through an array of tactics, including face-to-face marketing, in a little-scrutinized process that may be ripe for regulation.“What goes on behind closed doors might require a totally different approach,” Rosenthal said.Rosenthal cited a 2019 study that showed that, though direct-to-consumer advertising grew most rapidly — more than fourfold, to $9.6 billion — between 1997 and 2016 that total was dwarfed by the $20.3 billion the industry spent marketing to physicians. Included in that total were direct payments to doctors for things such as speaking fees, free samples, face-to-face pitches by drug company representatives, and disease education efforts.Rosenthal, the C. Boyden Gray Professor of Health Economics and Policy at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, said though physicians claim they aren’t influenced by sales visits, recent studies showed that doctors’ attitudes toward the drugs more closely echo pharmaceutical company pitches than the findings of published scientific studies.Harvard Chan School Professor Meredith Rosenthal said drug companies pitch their wares directly to doctors through an array of tactics. Photo by Kara Gavin“Pharmaceutical marketing … is ubiquitous,” Rosenthal said. “Studies have shown that despite physicians denying relying on pharmaceutical messaging, attitudes are closer to that than to scientific evidence.”Rosenthal made her comments during an all-day conference focused on the opioid epidemic. Called “Opioids: Policy to Practice,” the event was co-sponsored by Harvard and the University of Michigan.Held in Ypsilanti, Mich., the conference was the first of two examining the issue. Billed as a “University of Michigan ‒ Harvard University Summit,” the event stemmed from an agreement last fall between the two universities that the Harvard Chan School and the Michigan Opioid Prescribing Engagement Network would collaborate to find scalable solutions to the opioid epidemic.The second summit will be held next October at Harvard. The collaboration on the opioid epidemic was just one of two partnerships between the universities struck in the fall. The second, focused on boosting economic opportunity in Detroit, pairs Harvard’s Equality of Opportunity Project and the University of Michigan’s Poverty Solutions initiative, the city of Detroit, and community partners.The opioid summit, held May 10, featured Harvard and University of Michigan experts, as well as authorities from a variety of outside organizations. University of Michigan President Mark Schlissel and Chad Brummett, co-director of the Michigan Opioid Prescribing Engagement Network, delivered opening remarks.Brummett and Mary Bassett, the Francios-Xavier Bagnoud Professor of the Practice of Health and Human Rights and director of the Harvard Chan School’s FXB Center for Health and Human Rights, co-chaired the event. Bassett, the former commissioner of health for New York City, spoke on a panel discussing the public health response from urban to rural communities. Michael Barnett, assistant professor of health policy and management at the Harvard Chan School, participated on a panel discussing health systems approaches to opioid prescribing.Barbara McQuade, a professor from practice at the University of Michigan Law School, said the conference represented exactly the kind of collaboration between an array of fields that’s needed to solve the problem.McQuade cautioned that interventions and public policies should be carefully considered so they don’t have unintended consequences like those that occurred when cracking down on prescription drug abuse pushed addicts to more dangerous heroin and fentanyl.Craig Summers, executive director of the Michigan High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area, a federal grant program to coordinate law enforcement anti-drug efforts, said that access to real-time data about overdoses and deaths will improve law enforcement’s ability to fight drug traffickers. Timely data, he said, means the difference between getting a fentanyl dealer off the street when overdoses are first detected and waiting until several deaths occur.Traffickers, Summers said, aren’t interested in the epidemic’s human toll — they’re only interested in making money, and will fill a demand wherever it is. That means prevention efforts and programs to reach young children with anti-drug messages are critical. Summers also said that, though the focus is on opioids, large amounts of cocaine and methamphetamine are also coming into the state.“The cartels have one objective and one objective only: to make money,” Summers said. “They have no regard for human life. If there’s a demand, they will find a way to serve it.”In addition to talks by academic experts and leaders from the epidemic’s front lines, the event included comments by David Clayton, outreach coordinator for Families Against Narcotics. Clayton shared his personal experience with addiction and said that his life shows what a difference effective treatment can make. He has been clean and sober since 2013.Clayton grew up in a stable household, an athlete and a good student. He became addicted to prescription painkillers at age 18 and doctor-shopped to get the drugs, visiting up to five doctors, until he was found out and cut off. By age 21, estranged from his family, he sniffed heroin for the first time. At 24, he became an intravenous drug user.Clayton recalled one occasion when he agreed to go to rehab. As he waited to leave, he rummaged through boxes of his belongings in his parents’ basement looking for leftover drugs to ease his withdrawal, and came across funeral prayer cards with his name on them, evidence that his mother was planning his funeral. Instead of rehab, he crawled out of the basement window and left.In September 2013, intent on killing himself with drugs, he got arrested instead. He was sent to treatment and then to a “sober house” to live. Instead of dying that day, he said, he got his life back. Today, he owns a house and works traveling the state to fight addiction.“Recovery is possible,” Clayton said. “Sept. 23, 2013, I wanted to end my life. It was the last day I had to use drugs and alcohol. It was the last day drugs and alcohol told me when to wake up and when to sleep.”
20SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by: Laura ShinThis year, Millennials are expected to surpass Boomers as the largest living American generation, and soon, their effects on the economy will be felt in even greater measure, according a new Standard & Poor’s report released Wednesday.The report by Beth Ann Bovino, Standard & Poor’s U.S. chief economist, noted that this generation, born from 1981 to 1997, numbers 80 million and that they spend an annual $600 billion. By 2020, they could account for $1.4 trillion in spending, or 30% of total retail sales.Surprisingly though, this generation has conservative spending habits similar to those of the Silent Generation, which grew up during and after the Great Generation. What distinguishes Millennials from other generations is the historic student loan debt that the generation carries, which in turn has meant that Millennials (and some of Gen X) have had less access to full-time jobs and wealth than previous cohorts.Bovine looked at what this generation might do over the next five years to see how they might affect the U.S. economy. If the economy continues to strengthen, as Standard & Poor’s projects, there’s potential that Millennials could start making big-ticket purchases that contribute to economic growth. On the other hand, their student loan debt could keep them from spending and not buying houses, costing the economy. continue reading »
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Team Nigeria gold medalists are Tawakalt Yakeem who garnered two in the junior women’s individual pursuit and sprint events while Bethel Okeyah got the gold medals in the men’s junior individual pursuit, sprint and the point race events.The other three gold medals came from Mary Samuel in the women’s point race, Rita Oven in the elite women’s Sprint and Qodri Ajibade who beat other riders in the elite men’s point race.The cynosure of all eyes was former junior world champion, Ebtissam Zayed of Egypt who beat all in her category, the women’s individual pursuit in style to the admiration of all.The three-day championship ends today as both the President of the Confederation of African Cycling (CAC), Dr. Mohamed Wagih Azzam and the President of the Cycling Federation of Nigeria (CFN), Giandomenico Masari commended all the cyclists for their performances so far in the first track competition in Africa.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram After two days of action at the maiden edition of the All African Track Cycling Championship at the Moshood Abiola National Stadium in Abuja yesterday, Team Nigeria amassed a total of 14 gold, 24 silver and 4 bronze medals to lead other countries so far.Egypt follows in second place with 5 gold, 4 silver and 5 bronze medals while Morocco is currently in third position with a gold and silver each.Burkina Faso and Burundi have also recorded medals with the Burkinabe team grabbing 5 bronze while Burundi a have two bronze.
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