Festive bonanzaSainsbury’s has announced that, for the four weeks to 25 November, sales of its mince pies were up by 120% compared to the same time last year, and sales of its iced Christmas Cake were up 75%.Online food to soarThe value of online grocery shopping is predicted to almost double to £9.5bn in the next five years, according to new research published by IGD. It looks set to represent 5.2% of the overall UK grocery market by 2015, compared to 3.2% at the moment.Kerry’s Oz dealGeneral Mills is to sell its Croissant King and van den Bergh’s frozen bakery business in Australia to Ireland-based food and ingredients firm Kerry Group. The sale includes frozen dough and pastry products sold to professional bakers under those brands, as well as two plants located in Mansfield, Queensland, and Camellia, New South Wales.Bakery rise in IndiaThe middle classes are driving bakery growth in India, according to a new study on the future of the baking industry, reported national paper The Hindu. The paper revealed there was a market for relatively new products, such as crackers and pizza, and noted the opening of a number of new outlets of foreign bakery chains across the country.
The Estefans are showing no signs of taking a sitting break. Their Broadway bio-musical On Your Feet! finished the first week of February—generally considered a sluggish period across the boards—by grossing in over $1 million. It’s managed to reach seven figures every week since November with the exception of last month’s shortened week during snowstorm Jonas. The musical was one spot shy of reaching the top five, which was secured once again by Hamilton, The Lion King, Wicked, The Book of Mormon and Aladdin. Meanwhile, Fun Home, the Tony-winning Best Musical currently at the Circle in the Square (one of Broadway’s smallest theaters), appeared in the bottom five by gross; it still managed to reach 84.65% capacity. We suspect that house on Maple Avenue to polish and shine a little brighter after making it through the winter.Here’s a look at who was on top—and who was not—for the week ending February 7:FRONTRUNNERS (By Gross)1. Hamilton ($1,771,086)2. The Lion King ($1,533,403)3. Wicked ($1,429,696)4. The Book of Mormon ($1,273,332)5. Aladdin ($1,225,573)UNDERDOGS (By Gross)5. Fun Home ($432,296)4. Chicago ($397,020)3. The Humans ($236,708)*2. Our Mother’s Brief Affair ($201,600)1. Blackbird ($156,916)**FRONTRUNNERS (By Capacity)1. Hamilton (101.68%)2. The Book of Mormon (101.25%)3. The Color Purple (98.16%)4. Wicked (97.49%)5. The Lion King (97.27%)UNDERDOGS (By Capacity)5. Our Mother’s Brief Affair (67.37%)4. Chicago (64.76%)3. An American in Paris (64.74%)2. The Phantom of the Opera (64.24%)1. Jersey Boys (53.98%)* Number based on eight preview performances** Number based on two preview performancesSource: The Broadway League Josh Segarra & Ana Villafañe in ‘On Your Feet!’ Photo: Matthew Murphy View Comments
Statehouse—A bill sponsored by State Sen. Jean Leising (R-Oldenburg) that would modernize dental regulations recently passed the Senate unanimously.House Bill 1067 would allow a dental hygienist to administer topical, local dental anesthetics and nitrous oxide without supervision. HB 1067 would also update code to reflect requirements a dental hygienist or dental assistant must follow when administering nitrous oxide, among other certification requirements for different areas of dental practice.“HB 1067 updates code to reflect current practice,” Leising said. “As modern medicine continues to advance, it is important that we give industry professionals the skillsets and authority they need to treat us effectively. This bill updates state law to support dental professionals as they work to meet the needs of their patients.”HB 1067 was amended in the Senate and will now move back to the House of Representatives for further consideration. Sen. Leising met with third-year students from Indiana University School of Dentistry and Dr. John Roberts, a dentist from Connersville, at the Statehouse last Monday.