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A new line up of affordable De’Longhi range cookers has been launched by Italian manufacturer Fisher & Paykel Italy.  The new range collection comprises nine models available in stainless steel and a selection of popular colours offering an array of features to provide the consumer with the complete range cooker experience at an affordable price tag.

The top of the range single cavity stainless steel dual fuel DSR 905-DF is A-rated for energy efficiency and offers  a full electronic cooking programmer, eight function cooking, cast iron pan supports on a hob with 5 burners including a triple ring burner and wok stand.

The twin cavity version of this model which has a 65 litre and a 40 litre oven is available in three popular colours, cream, anthracite and racing red as well as stainless steel.  All of these models include a stylish stainless steel splash back.

The competitively priced stainless steel only models are available in both single and twin oven models in dual fuel or an all gas version. The single oven version boasts an impressive 100 litre oven and the dual fuel models include an electric grill and fan oven to offer both the performance of electric and flexibility of gas.

In keeping with the growing trend for smaller ranger cookers, the new collection are all 90cm wide, making them an ideal sale to the growing number of homeowners with average sized kitchens that aspire to join the ‘range cooker’ set.

“The distinctive Italian styling and the strength of the De’Longhi brand are key differentiators in the market place and will drive forward their popularity,” says Fisher and Paykel Italy key account manager Andrew Mellor.

Three built in products have also been launched to complete the new De’Longhi cooking range.  A design led 60 cm single oven available in stainless steel and racing red and a four and five burner gas hob.

Market leading automotive logistics IT specialist Vehnet has partnered with respected logistics provider IRC (India) Ltd to roll out an innovative package of best-practice transportation, yard and workshop management solutions in India, backed with deep market knowledge, expertise, training and support.

According to Ashok Gupta of IRCIL, the approach is a ‘game changer’ for the automotive logistics sector in India, “The service which we will be offering collectively to the Indian market, probably is the first of its kind, saving costs through superior technology and efficiency,” he said. “We believe this could change industry dynamics and the way some of the biggest companies work in India – particularly, the OEMs and forward thinking Logistics Service Providers; Our message is that by increasing efficiency through superior technology and smarter systems, with support from qualified personnel , significant cost savings can be achieved in the long run.”

Commenting on the new partnership, Managing Director of Vehnet, Steve Jones said, “We have long recognised the potential of the emerging market in India, but also understood the importance of finding a partner based in the region, who could provide the necessary local market intelligence, industry knowledge and technical expertise to support our software. We are delighted that a well-established company with the credentials of IRCIL has agreed to become our Certified Reseller in India, and we look forward to working closely together to deliver automotive logistics IT solutions that improve efficiency, increase performance and productivity, while saving cost.”

Vehnet’s Advance software is flexible, optimised and richly functional, designed specifically to meet the challenges of today’s fast-moving automotive logistics sector. Providing access to vital management information, it delivers increased visibility and control, enhancing productivity and performance. Vehnet offers ‘best-practise’ proven technology on an out-of-the-box basis, able to adapt to specific business processes at low cost and with minimal disruption to the overall operation. The Advance package includes comprehensive education and training for all key operators.

Vehnet’s portfolio of products now includes stand alone or integrated Transportation, Yard and Workshop Management systems.

IRCIL is one of the leading logistics solutions providers in India, operating across a diverse range of industries, working with customers to fulfil logistics needs, improve responsiveness, reduce costs, minimize lead time and achieve greater customer satisfaction.

The company has more than 100 branches covering all the major cities and towns in India.

Ceinconsa SA, growers of BanaBay bananas, the new brand launched earlier this year, have netted an impressive two places in the hotly contested ‘Banana King’ competition, which is held each year in Ecuador – a country recognised worldwide for producing premium quality bananas.

Competing with over 30 established plantations for five winning positions, BanaBay premium  bananas were judged on both size and quality. After a thorough examination of each plantation’s entry, the judges announced the winners, including both third and fourth position for BanaBay producers Ceinconsa.

Plantation director Danilo Serrano was extremely pleased with the result, “We were up against plantations widely known as the best in Ecuador, so the pressure was really on,” he said. “We’re extremely happy to have achieved both third and fourth place – out of five positions on the podium, our BanaBay bananas were on two! It was great to have the quality of our fruit recognized in this way by the industry.”

Since BanaBay bananas were introduced into the UK just nine months ago, the new brand has gone from strength to strength, with a million BanaBay bananas transported a week, not only supplying the UK, but also being importing into Ireland, The Netherlands, Egypt and, most recently, New Zealand.

Managing Director Mark O’Sullivan believes the brand’s success is due to the premium quality of the produce, but also the direct sourcing opportunity created by the company’s 50% Ecuadorian and 50% UK ownership, which means customers enjoy the benefits of shorter, more flexible supply chains and can have confidence in reliability of supply.

“Our success in this Ecuadorian competition confirms what we already know – our bananas are top quality,” he says. “Feedback from the marketplace confirms people love both the look and the taste of our bananas – and clearly the judges agreed!”

BanaBay bananas are grown on extensive, ethically managed plantations, harvested and shipped all over the world. The growers have built a reputation for quality over the last thirty years; currently they hold GlobalGAP certification and shortly will be FairTrade and Organic Fair Trade accredited.


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