Greggs plans to build an additional bakery in the south of England to support the proposed opening of 600 new stores. In its half-year statement in August, the bakery chain said it aimed to open 30-40 net new shops in 2010, but an interim statement this week revealed this has now been revised to 50-60, doubling its historic rate of new store openings. From 2011 it plans to open at least 70 net new shops per annum. It also hopes to double its shop refits to 120 per annum from 2010.Sales performance in the 42 weeks ending 17 October 2009 rose steadily, up 3.8%, with like-for-like sales up 1%. However, for the first 16 weeks of the second half, like-for-like sales were up only 0.2%.In order to fulfil its plans for expansion and ensure an effective distribution network, Greggs said it planned to build an additional new bakery to support growth in the south, as well as replace its bakery in Twickenham and extend other bakeries “to facilitate greater expansion than previously planned”.
[H/T JamBase] Little Feat hosted a destination event this week, Ramble On The Island at the Jewel Paradise Cove in Runaway Bay, Jamaica. The rock band closed out the four night event with the Midnight Ramble Band and a guest appearance from guitarist and vocalist Warren Haynes. Haynes was in the area gearing up for the Gov’t Mule hosted Island Exodus, which starts today, so he took the time to get warmed up with friends nearby.Haynes sat in with Little Feat, Larry Campbell, and the Midnight Ramble Band horn section for a rendition of “Let It Roll”, before the rest of the MRB, including Teresa Williams and Amy Helm, joined in for a jammed-out version of “Dixie Chicken.” The 15th installment of Ramble On The Island saw three full performances from Little Feat, three from Midnight Ramble Band, and two from Jackson Browne and Greg Leisz.Thanks to Little Feat archivist Chris Cafiero, you can watch 4K video of Haynes’ appearances below:
Pindad president director Abraham Mose said the Philippine representatives could observe the production process at the factory directly, thanks to the MoU.”The government-to-government MoU also allow Philippine representatives to make direct appointments or bidding for Pindad’s products,” he said.Manila had ordered two strategic sealift vessels from state-owned shipbuilder PT PAL, as well as two NC-2121 medium cargo aircraft from state-owned aircraft manufacturer PT Dirgantara Indonesia.”We have a deal with the Indonesian government to buy military equipment we’ll use, while at the same time, we will work to develop our defense industry with other suppliers from Indonesia,” Elefante said.Defense Ministry Director General for Defense Potential Bondan Tiara Sofyan, who accompanied Elefante on his visit to Bandung, said the government would support Indonesia’s strategic defense industries.“We will seize every opportunity. Hopefully, such an MoU for logistics and defense cooperation can support Indonesia’s defense industries to export their products, especially to the Philippines,” said Bondan. (dpk)Topics : The undersecretary expressed particular interest in Pindad’s armored personnel carriers (APC), such as the Anoa and Komodo, as well as in the Harimau medium battle tank recently developed by the weapons manufacturer.Elefante, however, admitted that the 30-ton medium tank might not be suitable for the country. “Our bridges can’t hold vehicles of such weight.”He went on to say that other vehicles manufactured by Pindad had the potential to complement the country’s defense systems.Read also: Indonesia grows muscles as arms manufacturer The Philippine National Defense Department has expressed interest in buying combat vehicles from Indonesia’s state-owned weapons manufacturer PT Pindad.”If our end user is interested, we will get [the combat vehicles] from Pindad and other [Indonesian] industries,” the department’s undersecretary for finance and material, Raymundo Elefante Elefante, said during a visit to Pindad’s factory in Bandung, West Java, on Friday.The visit was a follow-up to a memorandum of understanding (MoU) between the two countries on logistics and the defense industry.