Bakery-cafés, coffee shops and patisseries are the three fastest-growing limited-service segments in terms of sales, according to data analyst Technomic.However, patisseries boost the most regular monthly visits (65%), with 58% at coffee shops and 40% at bakery-cafés, it noted in its latest UK Café Consumer Trend Report.The report also stated that, overall, the value and cost of food and beverages was a more important factor in visits to patisseries, than in bakery outlets or coffee shops.Patisseries also had the highest proportion of takeaway sales out of the three (78%), followed by bakery (49%), and coffee shops (38%).Additional data revealed that bakery-cafés were top of mind for consumers when they were after high-quality menu offerings for a wide variety of occasions, with 44% of consumers visiting their favourite outlets for the quality of the products.It also appeared that the quality of food in bakery-cafés was on the rise, as consumers who said they visited more bakery-cafés today than last year, put it down to the food offering (56%).This compared to half of consumers who visited a particular coffee shop most often, said they did so due to its convenience.Looking at the implications of these findings, Technomic said that despite the growth of these outlets, there were opportunities for all three sectors to expand their reach and increase sales.“As bakery-café, coffee-café and patisserie operators consider growth strategies, they will want to make sure they meet the needs of their customer base. For example, coffee-café and patisserie operators may want to add amenities that can enhance the convenience of a visit, while bakery-café operators can focus on the quality of their menu items,” said the company.
In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the McGrath Institute for Church Life is launching virtual programming this fall to adapt to health and safety restrictions. One such series is “A Season with the Saints,” a digital take on the traditional “Saturdays with the Saints” lectures.The online edition of the perennial lecture series will offer participants the same opportunity to get to know six holy women and men venerated by the Catholic Church, but this year, the program will be a self-paced set of digital lectures. “A Season with the Saints” is free for all and accessible nationwide until Dec. 20.The modified programming is one of a number of digital offerings that the McGrath Institute has created in response to restrictions on in-person programming due to the pandemic.Program director of communications Amy North said that, despite the cancellation of in-person events, the McGrath Institute’s virtual courses have reached a broad audience among schools and parishes across the country. “A Season with the Saints” is anticipated to have a similar impact.The program is suitable for a range of audiences, from parish groups to Catholic schools. North said the digital format offers flexibility for ministers to adapt to their particular needs.“We wanted to release this entire series all at once, so that these folks could schedule their own gatherings to meet virtually to discuss the saints,” North said. “One of the main hopes is that we would reach those working as administrators, who would be able to then use this as a tool for their gatherings.”“A Season with the Saints” is part of a new initiative, the Sullivan Family Saints Initiative, at the McGrath Institute. Leonard DeLorenzo, director of undergraduate studies for the McGrath Institute, said the initiative is geared toward fostering both scholarship and devotion around the lives of the saints, in the campus community and in dioceses nationwide.“As part of our devotion and growth and love of the saints, this [initiative] can nourish the Catholic imagination and hopefully renew the church,” DeLorenzo said.Through the series, participants can learn from Notre Dame faculty and staff about St. Teresa of Calcutta, St. Padre Pio, St. Thérèse of Lisieux, St. John Henry Newman, St. Gertrude the Great and St. Nicholas. DeLorenzo said that all the saints chosen for the 2020 virtual series have feast days between Sept. 5 and Dec. 6, enabling participants to engage with the Catholic Church’s liturgical calendar through the lecture series.“It’s a way for people to not just learn about the saints, but to actually be moved toward prayer with the saints and the Church,” DeLorenzo said. “We wanted to direct people who are interested in learning about the saints towards the prayer with the saints that the liturgical calendar invites.”The McGrath Institute hopes that its online lecture series will, like the traditional in-person lectures, inspire participants through the lives of saints.McGrath Institute director John Cavadini said in an email that learning about the lives of the saints, through programs like “A Season with the Saints,” has the potential to impact people today.“The lives of the saints are a vision of hope,” Cavadini said. “The beautiful thing about the saints is that they are all different, so we find a vision of hope refracted through a myriad diversity of lenses.”Cavadini said that the saints’ responses to darkness in their own times can help people make sense of the current moment.“[In] a period like our own where we find isolation, sickness [and] political maneuvering at the expense of the common good, and narrowness of heart seemingly everywhere … the saints can help us see it through their eyes, to see through to a vision of hope and to have the courage to act on it,” he said.Tags: 2020 football season, COVID-19, mcgrath institute, McGrath Institute for Church Life, saturdays with the saints, Season with the Saints, Sullivan Family Saints Initiative
NewsHub 14 February 2018Family First Comment: Nice coverage on Newshub As couples across the country celebrate their love on Valentine’s Day, New Zealand’s longest married couple says the secret to their own union is tolerance.For the third year running Auckland’s Jeram and Ganga Ravji are the longest married couple in New Zealand – and possibly the world record holders too – as they celebrate their 83rd anniversary.Family First announced the couple – who are turning 102 this year – continue to be the longest-running marriage in New Zealand and are checking up on whether they are world record holders.Mrs Ravji said the couple had their ups and downs “but you have to live with it and work through it”.She said her parents had instilled in them the importance of marriage and she was concerned that young couples were incapable of making sacrifices.Mr and Ms Ravji have six children, 15 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren.The second longest marriage in New Zealand is Mosgiel couple Eric and Lillian Brinsdon, both 99, who celebrated their 80th anniversary in January.http://www.newshub.co.nz/home/new-zealand/2018/02/nz-s-longest-married-couple-reveal-secret-to-happiness.html