That was the year that was. The deepest recession in history, unprecedented industry interference from the food regulator, a series of big name chains toppling like dominoes not to mention a glut of biscuit-related scandals (more of that later), and well, looking back, it could have been a lot worse. In fact, over the course of the year, the number of good news stories among bakery retailers and manufacturers far outweighed the bad, which goes to show it wasn’t all doom and gloom.British Baker firstsl Bakers’ Review joins BB (Jan) l We organise the first-ever National Craft Bakers’ Week alongside the NAMB (June)l BB launches National Cupcake Week, which takes off as a blogging sensation (Sep)l BB supports the new Café+ show (Mar)l Kevin Sibley of newcomer Mama’s Cakes wins the first ever BB National Cupcake-off with a Black Forest Cupcake (Aug)l The Baking Industry Awards, fronted by comedy legend and bakers’ son Ronnie Corbett, sells out in record time, with WC Rowe’s Alan Pearce scooping the top prize Baker of the Year, sponsored by Vandemoortele (Sep) What recession? Still going strongl Cooplands (Doncaster) branches out into wholesale for the first time (16 Jan)l La Crème Patisserie expands wholesale and retail (16 Jan)l Jacksons eyes new wholesale with £1.2m bakery opening (30 Jan) l West Cornwall Pasty Co announces plans for 15 more shops (13 Feb)l 25-shop Esquires Coffee Houses has plans for eight more (13 Feb)l Kerrs Bakery opens £1m factory (27 Feb)l The Bread Factory doubles capacity (13 Mar)l PV France spends £1.2m on Anglesey bakery (13 Mar)l Wholesale giant Brakes launches bakery division La Boulangerie to target foodservice (27 Mar)l James Allen Bakers adds two new shops with sales up 30% (24 Apr)l Wenzels adds five new shops (8 May)l Country Style doubles artisan bread-making capacity with new plant (22 May)l Maison Blanc acquires new outlets as Raymond Blanc returns (22 May)l Pie firm Cappell’s Fine Foods eyes a quadrupling of turnover following its sale (5 Jun)l Giles Foods opens a sweet bakery plant with a £1.5m equipment investment (5 Jun)l Belgique plans to go from eight to 25 shops in three years (5 Jun)l Pasty Presto expands with £1.5m backing (3 Jul)l Nicholas & Harris buys Goswell’s Bakeries including the Vogel’s brand (3 Jul)l Baguette Express looks to grow from 55 to 300 outlets in three years (11 Jul)l Café-bakery chain Cinnabon wants to open 40 stores in five years (14 Aug)l EAT plans to double stores to 200 in three-five years (28 Aug)l Greggs doubles its annual store opening target to 50-60 (23 Oct)l Cooplands (Doncaster) aims to double in size within five years (6 Nov)l Milligans views five new stores (20 Nov)The future of skills brightensl Scottish Association of Master Bakers moves into England and Northern Ireland to offer training (27 Feb)l The National Skills Academy develops pilot modules for a new Professional Bakery course (17 Jul)l Bakery college enrolments soar by up to 160% (9 Oct)l The Skills Academy pilot course is launched (9 Oct)Down but not out, bakery retailers and producers survive administrationl The Bagel Group (30 Jan)l Baker & Spice (27 Feb)l O’Briens’ Irish arm (3 Jul)l Coombs Hampshires (17 Jul)l Coffee Republic (17 Jul)l BB’s Coffee & Muffinsl Firkins (4 Dec)Buzzwords come and buzzwords gol 2009 starts with news that ’natural’ features on two-fifths of UK bakery product launches (16 Jan)l ’Cupcakes’ is the fastest-growing recipe search on Google in the UK (16 Jan)l ’Corporate Social Responsibility’, or CSR, drops from third to 13th on food execs’ list of challenges ahead (16 Jan)l ’BOGOFs’ are tarnished by a report that suggests they contribute to 30% of all food waste (28 Aug)The Food Standards Agency (FSA) earns its keepl Bakery, coffee shop and sandwich chains are pushed to make healthy eating commitments (13 Mar)l FSA plans to introduce sat fat reduction targets; meanwhile, 18 retailers sign up to trial calorie labelling in store (May)l Industry is angered by a demand for calorie reduction as part of its consultation on sat fat reduction in sweet baked goods (14 Aug)l FSA opens consultation on front-of-pack labelling (14 Aug)l FSA issues guidance on whether it’s good or not to eat ham sarnies the answer is ’yes, but not too often’ (28 Aug)l An anti-salt poster campaign is launched featuring bread, which angers just about everybody (9 Oct)l FSA recommends folic acid fortification despite Ireland rejecting it (23 Oct)l A second wave of consultations on sat fats in savoury products is announced (6 Nov)l Independent bakery retailers say they would struggle to implement calorie labelling (4 Dec)but goes too far for some”By saying we don’t think we can meet the 2012 targets, we are being honest. It would be disingenuous to say we can meet them when we can’t” Federation of Bakers director Gordon Polson on FSA salt targets”Although the FSA has stayed away from calling its recommendations ’targets’, we believe they have taken an approach that is too prescriptive” Barbara Gallani of the Biscuit, Cake, Chocolate & Confectionery sector of the Food & Drink Federation on sat fat/calorie reduction”EU law on free trade prevents the UK from legislating for maximum salt in bread” Owen Warnock, law firm EvershedsA year in numbersl BB’s annual league table of bakery retailers shows Subway is the fastest-growing, adding 264 UK outlets in 2008 and catching up fast on leader Greggs. Coffee Republic doubles its outlets in a year (16 Jan)l UK bread prices drop down the world rankings from 70th to 83rd despite ingredients cost rises (30 Jan)l Food processors’ cost base goes up 16% in 2008, but producers of staples such as bread are hardest-hit when passing on costs to retailers, according to a Rabobank report (30 Jan)l Organic bread sales drop 21% (10 Apr)l 77% of ’industry decision-makers’ say coffee shops need to enhance their food offering, as opposed to 6% who disagree (5 Jun)l Cupcake sales rise 22% in the year prior to National Cupcake Week (19 Jun)l Exports of biscuits shoot up by 15.3% and cakes up by 12% (19 Jun)l Bakery retail price inflation runs at 5.6% half that of total food price inflation at 12% as retailers hold prices on staples (22 May)l 12% of retail units are now vacant (31 Jul)l A long-term declining trend of fewer bakery products consumed at breakfast was turned around, growing by 2.6% (25 Sep)l The number of bakery manufacturing businesses in the UK rises from 1,815 to 1,915 (9 Oct)l Multiple in-store bakeries see sales rise 4.8% (6 Nov)l Sales of gluten-free bread soar by 55% (4 Dec)Biscuitgate, parts 1-4l “Fruit was flown in from Paris daily, meat had to come all the way from Yorkes Butchers in Dundee, while the incorrect choice of biscuits for the executives’ afternoon tea was a disciplinary offence. The inclusion of pink wafers on one occasion led to a stern memo headlined ’Rogue Biscuits’” as if disgraced former RBS chief Sir Fred Goodwin didn’t have enough to worry about, an ex-employee of scandal-hit RBS blew the whistle in The Sunday Times on the ’Biscuitgate’ scandal (27 Mar)l “When I told her the posh chocolate biscuits had been listed in the press, she retorted ’Well, you don’t expect me to eat Family Circle under this kind of pressure do you?’ No, I don’t, because she has been bang on in her judgment and the way she has handled our office accounts” expenses scandal-hit Mid Beds MP Nadine Dorries attributed a taxpayer cost of £34.38 for two packs of luxury biscuits to her office administrator Pippa, “who does have one flaw biscuits”, after MPs expenses claims were made public (3 Jul)l “The chocolate HobNob and custard cream of late night telly” More controversial biscuit-related copy, as late-night political TV presenter Andrew Neil introduced co-hosts Diane Abbott and Michael Portillo with this ill-advised epithet (6 Nov)l “I missed the Mumsnet question about biscuits: the answer is absolutely anything with a bit of chocolate on it, but I am trying very hard to cut down” Prime Minister Gordon Brown finally caved in by issuing a statement on Twitter after failing to answer the burning question of our times, ’What is your favourite biscuit?’, posed on 12 separate occasions in an interview on Mumsnet.com (23 Oct)
As a member of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), Vermont has been recognized for leadership in reducing emissions responsible for global warming. The EPA recognized the RGGI states for building a cap-and-trade program, which limits emissions of carbon dioxide from fossil fuel-fired power plants. The RGGI, created in September 2007, is composed of 10 Northeast and Mid-Atlantic state. Member states have capped power sector carbon dioxide emissions at current levels through 2014. The cap will then be reduced by 2.5 percent in each of the four years 2015 through 2018, for a total reduction of 10 percent.The Climate Protection Awards were presented at an annual awards ceremony held in Washington, DC. Vermont is the greenest state in the nation and was the first to sign onto RGGI, Governor Douglas said. I maintain that the course to economic prosperity is tied to our abundant natural resources and respect for a healthy working landscape. I call it the Vermont Way.The EPA recognized the RGGI states for their leadership in building a model cap-and-trade program to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. Each participating state has implemented rules to cap emissions of carbon dioxide from fossil fuel-fired power plants. Together, the RGGI states auction over 80 percent of allowances and dedicate the proceeds to consumer benefit programs. To date, the RGGI states have conducted three auctions that have generated over $262 million for energy efficiency, energy conservation, clean energy development, and other consumer benefit programs throughout the region.Winners of the awards were chosen on the basis of originality and public purpose; global perspective and implication; and reduction in greenhouse gas emissions.”EPA applauds the leadership of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative in protecting our global environment,” said Dr. Kathleen Hogan, Director of EPA Climate Protection Partnerships Division. “You have set the bar high, and for that, we thank you.”To date, the EPA has presented over 150 awards to individuals, dedicated companies, forward-thinking organizations, and government institutions from eighteen countries, including Australia, Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Costa Rica, France, India, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, South Korea, Sweden, United Kingdom, and the United States. Last year, 15 individuals and organizations earned the award by advancing climate science, slashing energy consumption, inventing technologies that reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and inspiring others to take action. More information about past winner accomplishments is available online at www.epa.gov/cppd/climateawards(link is external).This year s ceremony was attended by over 200 high-ranking corporate officers, notable individuals, influential NGOs, and foreign dignitaries who are current or previous winners of the Climate Protection Awards.The Climate Protection Partnerships Division of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency oversees the EPA Climate Protection Awards. This award program was established in 1998 to recognize exceptional leadership, outstanding innovation, personal dedication, and technical achievements in protecting the climate.About the Regional Greenhouse Gas InitiativeThe 10 Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states participating in RGGI (Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont) have designed the first market-based, mandatory cap-and-trade program in the U.S. to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The Participating States have regulations in place to cap and then reduce the amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) that power plants in their region are allowed to emit, limiting the region s total contribution to atmospheric greenhouse gas levels.A CO2 allowance represents a limited authorization to emit one ton of CO2, as issued by a respective participating state. A regulated power plant must hold CO2 allowances equal to its emissions to demonstrate compliance at the end of each compliance period. Because CO2 allowances issued by any participating state are usable across all state programs, the ten individual state CO2 Budget Trading Programs, in aggregate, form one regional compliance market for CO2 emissions. For more information about RGGI, turn to: www.rggi.org(link is external)About Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, Inc.RGGI, Inc. was created in September 2007 to provide technical and administrative services to the states participating in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. RGGI, Inc. is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization. For more information please visit: www.rggi.org/rggi(link is external)Source: Governor’s Office
In 2018, Valamar Riviera will increase salaries by 11,5% with a focus on increasing salaries of basic occupations, which has been agreed with the Croatian Tourism and Services Union (STUH) and the Istria, Kvarner and Dalmatia Trade Union (SIKD).According to the agreement with the social partners, the basic salary will increase by a total of 4% while 7,5% of the total salary will be additionally invested in increasing the salaries of basic occupations such as chefs, waiters, cleaners, receptionists, maids and many others. The increase of coefficients for almost 50 key jobs in operating operations and the increase of the base by 2% will start on June 1, 2018, while the salary of all employees will increase by 2% from December 1, 2018, Valamar pointed out. and added that this adjustment of salaries for basic occupations will cover about 4.000 employees, which will guarantee Valamar for 2018 a net income of at least 5.000 to 7.500 kuna per month for employees in the facilities.Valamar Riviera will thus invest over HRK 20 million in increasing the salaries of all employees with a focus on basic occupations in business, of which about 30% of investments are tax relief, and the rest are direct investments in increasing the material rights of workers.Photo: Valamar”In recent years, in accordance with its development strategy, Valamar has progressively increased the basic salary of its employees, so the average salary at Valamar in 2017 was 20% higher than the average for the tourism sector in Croatia. With progressive salary growth and other investments in human resources development, Valamar puts employees first because of their key role in achieving excellent service, innovation and long-term success in tourism. ” stand out from Valamar.New hotel for employeesIn addition to a significant increase in net income, seasonal workers who come to work in Valamar’s destinations from all over Croatia are provided with quality accommodation and three meals a day at the expense of the employer. This season, Valamar is opening a fourth hotel for employees called Valamar House. The company has invested over HRK 60 million in the Valamar House project in the last two years. In the Valamar House, seasonal workers are waiting for newly renovated rooms and apartments with private bathrooms, common areas for rest and socializing, as well as many other benefits.In 2018, Valamar Riviera will employ 6.600 employees from Istria and Kvarner to Dubrovnik. In 2018, Valamar will offer 1.200 permanent season contracts within the Valamar +3 program and 400 new permanent employment contracts. “All these initiatives have contributed to the fact that Valamar Riviera has been awarded the Employer Partner certificate for the eleventh year in a row, and further confirm Valamar’s leading role as a leading employer in tourism. ” conclude from Valamar.
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The government is mulling over a plan for state-owned livestock company PT Berdikari to procure chicken meat from local farmers to cope with a meat supply shortage during Ramadan and Idul Fitri due to a delay in imports of buffalo meat from India.State Logistics Agency (Bulog) operations director Tri Wahyudi Saleh said in Jakarta on Wednesday that the Office of the Coordinating Economic Minister and the House of Representatives Commission IV proposed replacing buffalo meat with chicken meat.The government is expected to allocate Rp 452 billion (US$28.8 million) for Berdikari to procure chickens from local farmers, according to Tri. “This is to compensate for the delayed import of buffalo meat with another protein, chicken meat,” said Tri. Bulog, a governmental body tasked with securing national food stocks, had secured a permit from the Trade Ministry to import the buffalo meat from India, a top exporter of the meat. But Bulog was not able to secure the procurement in time since India extended its lockdown until May 3 to slow the spread of COVID-19. The lockdown has disrupted deliveries of goods to and from the country.The demand for staple foods including meat usually rises significantly during Ramadan, which is set to begin on April 24, and during Idul Fitri at the end of the fasting month.Between March and May, the consumption of buffalo meat and beef is estimated to reach 201,730 tons, according to data from the Agriculture Ministry. Without supplies from overseas, the stock is estimated to be lower than the demand by 46,403 tons.The government had yet to issue any formal orders for Berdikari to procure the meat, said the company’s corporate secretary, Dheni Karmavina.“Berdikari has yet to receive any letter of assignment to procure chickens,” Dheni told The Jakarta Post in a text message interview on Wednesday. “The coordination has taken place, but it is still under discussion.” Topics :
Baker Hughes, a GE company (BHGE), has been awarded one of the first agreements of its kind with Twinza Oil to provide fullstream support on the Pasca A gas condensate field, which is located off Papua New Guinea in the Gulf of Papua.To remind, GE’s oil and gas business and Baker Hughes in July closed its merger thus creating a company with a fullstream offering across the full value chain of oil and gas activities—from upstream to midstream to downstream.According to Baker Hughes’ statement on Tuesday, the Twinza-BHGE fullstream agreement – an industry first – covers services and equipment during Phase I of the Pasca A field Development, including drilling services, wellheads and pressure control equipment for the fourth and final appraisal well.The appraisal well will be drilled in 3Q 2017, which will be suspended as a future development well, and the final investment decision (FID) to proceed to development is expected in 2018.Post FID, Baker Hughes said it expects to provide an integrated gas processing solution from the wells through to point of export. The fullstream offering includes a wide range of capabilities in drilling services, subsea equipment, gas processing topsides, gas compression and turbomachinery as well as installation and commissioning services. As part of the fullstream package, BHGE was also be able to bring its expertise to offer a financial solution to enable Twinza to complete appraisal drilling and proceed to FID, the company added.Lorenzo Simonelli, president and CEO of BHGE said: “This project with Twinza is one of the first times we can truly show the value of combining our legacy strength into one unique fullstream offering.”“Having a single point of contact and a complete offering for a complex project was one of the key reasons why we partnered with BHGE,” said Huw Evans, CEO of Twinza. “With its fullstream capabilities, BHGE was able to propose a fully integrated services and equipment offering using a modular state of the art approach, high tech solutions and systems that ‘talk to each other’ for optimization. This greatly synergizes the execution of the project while reducing the integration risk if we had engaged several vendors for similar services and equipment.”Pasca is the first offshore oil and gas development in PNG that will produce natural gas liquids (NGLs) in the form of condensate (a light crude oil) and LPG, and will also produce natural gas. The project is expected to spur development of relevant offshore skills and services in PNG and will prove a significant boost to the PNG economy, providing government revenues, utilizing local services and providing local employment. Additionally, the LPG produced from Pasca will be available to reduce imports, and will offer a competitive alternative to imported diesel fuel for power generation.Twinza holds 100% of the Pasca A License, located in PPL 328, and has submitted a development plan for the field that will produce the resource across two phases. Phase I consists of the initial production of natural gas liquids (NGLs), including condensate and LPG, with reinjection of dry gas ahead of Phase II. During Phase II, dry gas will be exported.Back in July, Twinza awarded a drilling contract for its PNG project to COSL jack-up drilling rig, the COSLSeeker, which is scheduled to arrive at Papua New Guinea in late August.
Uganda have sacked national team manager Bobby Williamson, the country’s football federation said on Monday with the Cranes bottom of their World Cup qualification pool at the halfway stage.The Scot had a contract with the side up to September 2014, but the Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA) has decided to release him early following the 2-0 World Cup qualifier loss to Liberia last month.“FUFA hereby informs the public that a notice of termination of contract has this morning Monday 8th April 2013 has been given to the Cranes head coach Mr Robert ‘Bobby’ Williamson,” a statement from the organisation read.The 51-year-old took over as Uganda manager in July 2008 and led them to three regional CECAFA titles in 2010, 2012 and 2013.He also took the side to the brink of qualification for the 2013 African Nations Cup before losing out 9-8 in a dramatic penalty shootout in their final qualifier against then African champions Zambia.Uganda are bottom of their World Cup qualification pool but only three points behind leaders Senegal and with home matches against Liberia and Angola to come in June.
The Erie Fire Department in Pennsylvania is reporting that five children have died due to a fire at a day care center.The incident was reported at 1:15 am Sunday at a residential building, housing a day care center believed to be the Harris Family Daycare.Five children who were staying at the 24- hour center were reported dead.The grandmother of four of the children told reporters that the children were staying at the center because their parents worked overnight.The owner of the center was flown to UPMC Mercy for treatment and a neighbor was also said to have suffered injuries.While not much is known about the incident at this time, officials did report that the fire appears to have started in the living room area on the first floor.Authorities are currently working to determine the cause of the fire.
There’s a three-way tie for top spot after four draws at the Tim Horton’s BC Senior Men’s Curling Championships Wednesday in Trail.Garry Gelowitz of Kelowna, Craig Lepine of Langley and Cranbrook’s Tom Shypitka all sit at 3-1 midway through the provincial tournament.Shypitka, third Fred Thomson of Nelson, second Don Freschi of Trail and Bill King of Fruitvale, was the last unbeaten team to fall.Wes Craig of New Westminster rallied from a 4-2 deficit with three in the sixth end to knock off the Kootenay reps 7-5.After scoring the bundle in the sixth, Craig stole singles in the seventh and eighth ends to put away Shypitka.After going undefeated to open the tournament, Castlegar’s Myron Nichol lost two straight to sit in the middle of the pack at 2-2. Nichol lost 8-6 to Shypitka in the morning draw despite jumping out to a 3-0 lead after two ends.Shypitka scored three in each of the third and fifth ends to grab the victory.Nichol, third Rick Brown, second Terry Kryzcka and lead Rob Babiarz, lost 6-3 to Lepine.Thursday Nichol opens the morning draw against 2-2 Mel Steffin of the Royal City Curling Club before meeting winless Ken Teskey of Williams Lake.Shypitka meets 2-2 Rick Pughe of New Westminster to open the day before playing 3-1 Gelowitz.The top four teams advance to the playoff round Saturday with the final set for 2 p.m.On the women’s side of the Tim Horton’s BC Senior Curling Championships, Kootenay rep Teresa Hiram of Grand Forks finished the day at 1-1 to sit 1-3 in the championship.Hiram, third Rhonda Lee Bedard, second Rose Beauchamp and lead indy Pettapiece defeated Penny Shantz of Salmon Arm 8-7 in the morning draw before dropping a 12-1 decision to Karen Lepine of Langley.Lepine leads the women’s standings with a 4-0 mark.Hiram plays Brenda Ridgeway of Nanaimo (3-1) and Wendy Cseke of Salmon Arm (2-2) Thursday.
The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos More InfoHere are a few more interesting tidbits from the Sysomos report: Who Are The Most Active Users?Sysomos also compiled a list of the most active Twitter users with more than 50,000 followers. Fox News (@foxnews) leads this list with 136 tweets per day, followed by Japanese BMX and mountain bike rider @mooris with about 108 tweets per day, and Hawaii’s Arleen Anderson (@Alohaarleen) with 101 daily tweets on average. Other notables in this list include Chris Brogan (43 tweets/day), Guy Kawasaki (39 tweets/day), Tyrese (37 tweets/day), and Tila Tequila (33 tweets/day).Active News Organizations on TwitterWhile Fox News is clearly the most active news organization on Twitter (though 136 tweets/day might be slightly overwhelming), the New York Times posts about 39 tweets per day and Time.com sends out about 30 tweets per day to its over 1.2 million followers. With just under 29 tweets per day, Breaking News didn’t quite make the list. Related Posts Tags:#Features#NYT#social networks#Statistics#Trends#twitter#web Among the top 5% of active Twitter users, 48% have more than 100 followers; only 6.3% of all Twitter users have more than 100 followers.3.3% of the most active users have more than 2000 followers compared to 0.29% among all Twitter users.88% of the top 5% post at least one new message every day – only 36% of all Twitter users do so.Retweets account for 5% of the activity from the top Twitter users – it accounts for 4% of the activity of all Twitter users.Active users with more than 1000 followers tend to have “Internet marketer”, “Internet marketing”, “business marketing” and “entrepreneur” as keywords in their profiles.The leading keywords for those with less than 1000 followers are “Web designer”, “graphic designer”, “love”, and “Web developer". Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… frederic lardinois Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Only 5% of Twitter’s users account for 75% of all the activity on the service, and almost one third of all the tweets posted by the most active users come from bots that each generate more than 150 tweets per day. According to a new report from Sysomos, the up-and-coming social media monitoring and analytics service, one quarter of all the messages posted on Twitter are currently generated by bots. Some of these are obviously spambots, though a large number of bots are also run by legitimate organizations, including @diggupdates, @imdb, and @dogbook, which posts updates from pets on Facebook to Twitter.Twitter’s Most Active Users in DetailSysomos’s Alex Cheng and Mark Evans decided to take a closer look at the top 5% of Twitter’s most active users, and the results of their study are quite interesting. Most of them (60.6%) live in the United States, 6.9% in the U.K., 4.7% in Japan, and 4.3% in Canada. 54% are male and 46% are female (on Twitter overall, 46% of all users are male and 53% female).These active Twitter users also tend to have more followers. 48% have more than 100 followers, compared with 6.3% for Twitter overall. Interestingly, a third of these highly active users only signed up for Twitter this year. About 72.5% of all of Twitter’s users only signed up this year. These numbers seem to suggest that some of the most active and enthusiastic users had already signed up for the service before it became the mainstream phenomenon it is now. A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit