Source: Country ChoiceIn-store bakery and foodservice supplier Country Choice has launched Flatstone Pizza Co – a branded concept enabling retailers to serve made-to-order pizzas.The package is designed to provide retailers with everything they require to offer customers eat-in or takeaway pizza options.Country Choice worked with a craft baker to develop the hand-stretched pizza base. Each base is brushed with extra virgin olive oil and dusted with durum wheat semolina before being part-baked in a stone oven.The signature Flatstone Pizza Co sauce, made with tomatoes from Portugal, oregano, peppers, basil and garlic, is supplied in 1.5kg pouches to pipe onto the base before spreading.Two pre-grated cheese options accompany a range of toppings including Margherita, Pepperoni, BBQ Chicken, Meat Feast, Hawaiian Ham, Ham & Mushroom, Chicken & Pepperoni and Plant Lovers.The pizzas can be baked in a convection oven, a Merrychef oven or a dedicated tabletop pizza deck including a fire-brick base. Country Choice offers on-site training as standard, supported by online step-by-step guides and ‘what to do’ cards for reference.The company also provides chopping boards, knives, squeezy sauce bottles, spoons, portioners, pizza cutters, pizza peel and temperature probes.For serving the pizzas, there is a choice of 9in and 11in wooden serving boards for table service, recycled Kraft pizza boxes and fully branded labels for takeaway as well as carry bags. There are also marketing materials, including posters, social media graphics, ‘A’ boards, drinks coasters, table talkers, banners, flyers, editable menus and social media videos.“Demand for pizza continues to grow, driven by big brand advertising and the growing home delivery sector,” said Neil Lindsell, Country Choice retail operations manager. “As a result, 85% of Brits now buy pizza so there has never been a better time for retailers to add it to their menu.“The opportunity to include pizza as part of a takeaway or home delivery option is particularly beneficial to a retailer’s food to go offer as it allows them to extend it into the evening and secure incremental sales of accompaniments such as salad and alcohol.”
Athletics: Mengden pitched in a game for the first time since undergoing elbow surgery in February. He was moved into the rotation as left-hander A.J. Puk deals with a strained throwing shoulder that landed him on the injured list to start the season and required cortisone and platelet-rich plasma injections. … T.J. McFarland, Jake Diekman and Yusmeiro Petit, all of whom pitched three times in Oakland’s first four games, were rested. UP NEXTThe two-game series ends Wednesday afternoon when Oakland’s Frankie Montas (0-0, 2.25 ERA) makes his second start of the season against Colorado’s Germán Márquez (0-1, 1.59) in a matchup of right-handers. Marquez’s loss on opening day was his first in 16 interleague starts.___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports July 29, 2020 Tyler Kinley, Daniel Bard and Carlos Estévez combined to two-hit the A’s over the final four innings.Ramon Laureano had two hits and Mark Canha added a sacrifice fly for the A’s, who were attempting to go 4-1 for the first time since 2010.Oakland manager Bob Melvin had been hopeful of resting his taxed bullpen but didn’t get the chance after Mengden (0-1) lasted four innings and gave up three runs on five hits. “Strike one can be a problem for him sometimes,” Melvin said. “He tries to be a little too fine at times. It’s getting the pitch count down and trying to get the other team to put the ball in play earlier in the count.”The Rockies tacked on a pair in the fifth with four consecutive one-out hits and a sacrifice fly off A’s reliever Jordan Weems in his major league debut. They scored three more in the eighth. MILESTONE, BUT NO HITSDavis moved into second place in games played by A’s designated hitters but continued to struggle at the plate. He struck out twice, popped up and hit into a double play in four at-bats, dropping the Oakland slugger to 0 for 15 this season.“I’ve said all along that leashes can be a little bit shorter when you struggle in 60 games,” Melvin said. “It’s like being in August right now. Some of the guys who have track records deserve a little bit of a longer leash. He’s been really good for us over the years.”The game marked the 356th for Davis as the A’s DH, moving him past Mitchell Page on the franchise list. Davis will have to wait until next season to break Dave Kingman’s mark of 428.TRAINER’S ROOM Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditOAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Sam Hilliard homered for the first time this season, Antonio Senzatela pitched out of an early jam on his way to a rare road win, and the Colorado Rockies beat the Oakland Athletics 8-3 Tuesday night.Charlie Blackmon had two hits, David Dahl drove in a pair of runs and Nolan Arenado made up for an uncharacteristic fielding error with a single and sacrifice fly to help the Rockies to their third straight win following an opening day loss to Texas.“We’ve got a good pitching staff always and this year we’ve been doing good,” Senzatela said. “We were just working for that in the offseason, even through the quarantine. I think we deserve this.” Hilliard was hitless going into the day before doubling off A’s starter Daniel Mengden in the second and then homering in the fourth. Hilliard, who homered in his major league debut last August, laced a 2-2 pitch into the right-field stands after Raimel Tapia singled.“Sam’s blast, the breaking ball in the seats was a great swing,” Rockies manager Bud Black said. “I like the double the other way. We saw Sam do that a number of times last year, take pitches away from him, hit them to left field. The home run gave us a big lift.”Senzatela worked himself into an early jam but got Oakland slugger Khris Davis to pop out with the bases loaded in the first on the way to his first win on the road since July 5, 2019. The right-hander had dropped five straight away from home since then.Senzatela (1-0) allowed two runs (one earned) and six hits in five innings. He walked three and struck out three.“I threw too many pitches in the first inning but I just put on myself, ‘I need to make it through five to give the team a chance to win,’ and I did it,” Senzatela said. Rockies keep rolling behind Hilliard, Senzatela to beat A’s Associated Press
It is the last round of Qualifers as 4 teams head to Croke Park for the last two Quarter Final spots. Sligo face Tyrone at 4pm.Then at 6pm Donegal take Galway.
QUEENS, New York: ONE of the world’s leading athletes, Veronica Campbell-Brown, says based on her own experience, she distrusts the way anti-doping measures are effected. At the National Championships in 2013, Campbell-Brown returned a positive test for diuretics (lasix) and was provisionally suspended. She denied knowingly taking banned substances and was later cleared (October 2, 2013) by the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA) and issued a public warning. The International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF), the sport’s world governing body, appealed the decision, but the Court of Arbitration for sport (CAS) cleared Campbell-Brown of all doping charges, citing the JAAA’s testing procedures for not being complicit with international standards. As a consequence of that experience, she has no faith in the system and is urging fellow athletes to be honest and arm themselves with enough information to avoid making incorrect decisions pertaining to doping. Seventeen-time Olympic and World Championships medallist Campbell-Brown was in New York at the weekend where she was a guest of honour at the 21st Children of Jamaica Outreach yearly function and presented with its Humanitarian Award for her work as a philanthropist. While here to collect her award, she was asked about a couple of current drug-related happenings in her sport, one relating to the Russian Federation – and, by extension, its athletes – being banned from competition after a systematic doping programme was uncovered; and corruption allegations against former IAAF president, Senegal’s Lamine Diack. “I tend not to judge people,” she said, when asked if the IAAF’s first-time decision to ban an entire country’s athletes from competition was unfair. “You never know what’s going on, and based on my experiences, which I really don’t want to go into, I really do not trust the system, and I won’t ever trust the system and that’s the most I want to say,” Campbell-Brown stated firmly. “But I do believe that God has blessed a lot of people and there are a lot of talented people out there, and the great talent that we have makes for great competition, but that’s all I’m going to say about that. “The federation made their ruling and I don’t know all the information they have to make that ruling,” she added. Diack is alleged to have taken bribes totalling more than US$1 million as part of a cover-up for Russia’s doping issues. “I do not know the president personally, so there’s nothing I can say on that matter,” was the Jamaican sprinter’s offering on that topic. She said the bad news isn’t good for track and field. “I do not follow the negative part of my sport too much, because it is not good for us, it’s not good for the upliftment of the sport,” the 33-year-old pointed out. “Track and field needs more support, we need more sponsors, and with the negative publicity that we’re getting, it’s not helping us, so I tend to just stay focused on me and I just pray that people will be honest in what they’re doing .”