Ingredients supplier Puratos has appointed Vera Malhotra as marketing director.Malhotra has previously worked for food and bakery brands, including CSM Bakery Solutions, Délifrance UK and BRF Europe. She has a wealth of FMCG, bakery, foodservice and market analytics experience, Puratos said.In her new role as marketing director, Malhotra will take control of the strategic direction of all marketing activities across the Puratos UK business, creating and implementing the marketing strategy in line with its vision. This includes the global Taste Tomorrow report and the role of Puratos’ Sensory Ambassador, as well as leading the internal Sensory Expert Panel.“I am delighted to be joining Puratos UK and look forward to working with the team to grow our business in line with our global mission and vision,” said Malhotra.“I will be focusing on continuing to build the brand image and demonstrating why Puratos is among the industry leaders in bakery, patisserie and chocolate. With our latest Taste Tomorrow report and a raft of NPD launching in the coming months, this is an exciting time to be joining a business that has an international reputation for insight, quality and passion.”
Taj Mahal and Keb’ Mo’s—and the duo’s collaborative TajMo project—were the big winners at the 39th annual Blues Music Awards on Thursday night. Hosted by the Blues Foundation, the celebration took place at the Cook Convention Center in Memphis, a city considered by many to be the home of the blues.TajMo took home the awards for Album of Year and Best Contemporary Blues Album for their 2017 album, TajMo. Taj Mahal, who was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in 2009, also won Best Acoustic Artist and was named B.B. King Entertainer of the Year. Keb’ Mo’, for his part, earned the award for Best Contemporary Blues Artist.The new accolades come a few days after the announcement of TajMo’s upcoming tour, which will bring the 75-year-old Taj Mahal and 66-year-old Keb’ Mo’ across much of the West Coast and Midwest this summer. The pair also picked up a trophy for Best Contemporary Blues Album at the Grammy Awards earlier this year.Other winners at Thursday night’s ceremony include Mavis Staples, Trombone Shorty, Southern Avenue, and Rick Estrin, among others. Staples was honored with Best Soul Blues Female Artists for the second year in a row, while Trombone Shorty earned the award for Best Instrumentalist in the horn category. Southern Avenue won Best Emerging Artist Album, and Estrin took home three awards for Best Band (for Rick Estrin & The NightCats), Best Song (for “The Blues Ain’t Going Nowhere”), and Best Traditional Blues Male Artist.A full list of winners from the 2018 Blues Music Awards can be found here.
That came in doubles, where the Northstars’ Ethan Dupell and William Janusz were down a set and in a second-set tie-breaker, but came back to pull out a 4-6, 7-6, 6-2 win over Loh and Joshua So.But F-M still had a singles sweep, initiated when Fernando beat James Corl 6-3, 6-1, just as Max Farber-McEntee beat Ryan Hill 6-1, 6-1 and Lukasik endured a tough first set, but went on to beat Wyatt Dupell 6-4, 6-0.There were a pair of 6-0, 6-0 shutouts in doubles, Dhawan and Ma doing so against Jonathan Corl and Brandon Millias as Duggal and Woolridge did the same to Josh Matyasik and Holden Sarosy. Sun and Ben Farber-McEntee beat Ryan Gallagher and Edwin Hirsh 6-3, 6-1.After the defeat to West Genesee, F-M did win a 7-0 rematch with C-NS, highlighted by Fernando’s tough 7-5, 6-4 singles win over Hirsh as Woolridge and Lukasik also won in two sets. The closest doubles match had Sun and Ben Farber-McEntee prevailing 6-3, 6-2 over Josh Matyasik and Holden Sarosy.A big OHSL Liberty division showdown pitted Christian Brothers Academy against Westhill, with single-set matches to 10 games all claimed in singles by the Brothers as it edged the Warriors 3-2.Ben Vlassis blanked Jackson Bradley 10-0, just as Dean Vlassis won, 10-1, over Mike Ferrara. Having lost both doubles matches, CBA needed Shivam Nanavati to prevail – and he did, topping Ryan Rolince 10-5.Jamesville-DeWitt beat Central Square 5-2 last Wednesday, mostly by dominating singles as Peter Hatton got it going with a 6-0, 6-0 shutout of the Redhawks’ Lukas Capstraw.Mark Bratslavsky handled Austin Grosso 6-1, 6-0, with William Guisbond beating Michael Haywood 6-3, 6-0. In doubles, Essex Glowaki and Dhruv Nanavati beat Logan Foster and Ethan Westfall 6-1, 6-0 as Mike Bratslavsky and Aniket Maini handled Kevin Kershner and Jared Smith 6-2, 6-1.As a follow-up, J-D shut out Auburn 7-0 on Thursday, with Hatton, Aiden Usher and Mike Bratslavsky dropping just three games in six sets of singles play. The doubles matches were lopsided, too, except for Ben Oppedisano and Simon Zhou needing three sets to get past Kevin and Ryan Stechuchak 6-3, 6-7, 10-5.Bishop Grimes lost, 3-2, to LaFayette last Wednesday, even though it got points from Jeff Wang in singles as he beat Kaleigh Danaher 6-1, 7-5, just as Andrew Coleman and Sean Moran topped Leanna Crouse and Adam McIntyre 6-3, 6-4. Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story The constant rain outside forced the Fayetteville-Manlius boys tennis team to head indoors in order to complete some of its SCAC Metro division matches.But when it returned outdoors last Wednesday, the Hornets suffered a rare defeat, unable to close out West Genesee as it lost a 4-3 decision to the Wildcats.Cameron Lukasik won in singles, handling Ty Lisi 6-4, 6-3, but WG earned the other singles points when James Plunkett defeated David Fernando 7-6, 6-0 and Matt Mannara topping Davin Woolridge 6-1, 6-1. When Dan Good and Ben Paoli paired up in doubles to for their own 6-1, 6-1 win over Evan Bybee and Derek Hodge, WG was one point away. F-M countered with Rohan Dhawan and Riley Ma handling Stefan Atanasov and Noah Ruston 6-0, 6-0 as Jaden Duggal and Charlie Loh worked past David Puma and Michael White 7-5, 6-4.Then Ben Farber-McEntee and Andy Sun won the first set 6-2 over Ryan Joyce and Max Mekker, but saw the Wildcats pair win the next two sets by those same 6-2 margins for the clinching point.Before this, F-M surrendered its first point of the season last Monday against Cicero-North Syracuse on the way to beating the Northstars 6-1. Tags: Boys tennisCBAF-MJ-DMPH