Laney’s BBQ Sauce was introduced to the local market with a tasting at the Jelly Mill. It was a huge success and exceeded all of Laney’sexpectations. Clint Lewis, owner of the Jelly Mill, said: “we’ve always thought the barbeque sauce on the ribs at Laney’s was the best in the world, so we are thrilled that Laney is now offering it for sale through our shop and others across the country. We always like to be proud of the quality of what we sell, and we know we can tell our customers sincerely that they’ll never find a better barbeque sauce anywhere–for ribs, chops, chicken or steak. When Laney set up a tasting here at The Jelly Mill, nearly every customer who tried it bought at least one jar. We are proud to be one of Laney’s first dealers, and we’re looking forward to a long relationship.”Sales of Laney’s BBQ Sauce are gaining momentum in New York City and surrounding areas. The sauce will again be available for tasting onSaturday and Sunday, June 8th and 9th at the Antique Car Show at Hildene Meadows. Stop by Laney’s booth, meet Laney and sample her delicioussauce.Laney’s BBQ Sauce, made from fresh herbs and the finest ingredients, is rich and thick in character. Its smooth zesty flavor enhances ribs,chicken, fresh fish, steaks, burgers and adds great flavor to your own sauces. For health conscious consumers, Laney’s BBQ Sauce has no fat, no cholesterol and is low in calories.Laney’s BBQ Sauce has been awarded the Vermont Seal of Quality. Ski Magazine declared Laney’s “the best ribs in Vermont” Laney’s customers declare our BBQ Sauce the “best ever.” Use this sauce with proven customer acceptance. Laney’s BBQ Sauce will be introduced to the national market at the Fancy Food Show at the Jacob Javitz Center in New York City in July.Laney’s Restaurant, Route 11/30 in Manchester was founded in 1988 by the Davis Family and continues to be owned and family operated by the Davis & Carieri Families. There success has been based on the consistent quality of their food and outstanding service. Laney’s lively contemporary Restaurant specializes in BBQ Ribs & Chicken with a wonderful selection of hand-cut steaks, fresh seafood and gourmet pizza’s cooked on the hearth of the first wood fired brick oven in Vermont.To order Laney’s BBQ Sauce please call the restaurant at 802-362-4456, stop in The Jelly Mill, Mary’s Kitchen in Manchester, VT or the Winhall Market in Bondville
Field said: “We hope and expect we will never again see a company like BHS be able to come up with a 23-year recovery plan for its pension fund, and certainly not that it would take the regulator two years to really begin to do anything about it.”Among the committee’s proposals are:“Nuclear deterrent” powers for TPR to fine employers three times a pension fund’s deficit if it refuses to engage with trustees;TPR to be given powers to intervene in corporate actions if they are perceived to threaten a pension fund;The establishment of an “aggregator fund” to take on small pension funds – potentially to be run by the PPF;An overhaul of the “regulated apportionment arrangement” framework to make it easier for schemes to separate from employers where appropriate;The introduction of a form of conditional indexation to allow stressed schemes to reduce liabilities;An extension of DB members’ ability to take their benefits as lump sums.“To prevent another BHS, we need to have the means to nip inevitable disasters like this one in the bud,” Field added. “We hope the government will consult on the package of measures we propose, which would go a long way, without resorting to any new reams of red tape, towards doing just that.”Next year, the government will publish a green paper aimed at pension reform, according to the pensions minister Richard Harrington.TPR criticismThe committee’s report criticised TPR’s approach to stressed schemes and anti-avoidance, arguing that it seemed “reluctant” to use some of its powers.The committee added: “We get the impression [TPR] can be somewhat aloof in dealing with trustees when it is well placed to provide timely, informal guidance.”TPR has announced a review of its regulatory approach.Chris Martin, an independent trustee and chair of the BHS trustee board, told the committee: “I have a definite sense that there is sometimes a reluctance to use the powers because it might provoke challenge. To my mind, a regulator should be challenged. It develops [the] use of its powers by being challenged.”Lesley Titcomb, TPR chief executive, said: “We note [the] recommendations and will consider them carefully. We continue to discuss options with the Department for Work and Pensions for the legislative and regulatory framework for workplace pensions, and how this might be improved, ahead of the green paper, which will consider the future of pension funding, the regulatory framework and TPR’s powers.”Intervention powersTPR should be able to intervene and stop corporate-level activity by a scheme’s sponsor if it is judged to be a threat to the funding of the scheme, the report said. This would include mergers, acquisitions and dividend payments.Given such powers, the politicians argued, TPR could have prevented the sale of BHS last year without a plan to fund the pension scheme.However, in her evidence to the committee, Titcomb warned that such powers would have “resource implications” for the regulator.“Granting TPR the power to block a corporate transaction was ‘superficially attractive’, but the situations in which it applied would need to be ‘very tightly defined’,” the report said.The regulator should also be “tougher” on schemes’ deficit-recovery plans, the report said – “it should not be shy or slow in imposing a contribution schedule when a sponsor is not taking its responsibilities seriously.”The committee added: “There is clear evidence many sponsors could give greater immediate support to their pension schemes.”The PPFAlso among the committee’s recommendations was the introduction of an “aggregator fund” to aid small schemes that struggle to get access to buyout.The report said there was a “very strong case” for creating a vehicle to consolidate such schemes, potentially to be run by the PPF.As well as Harrington, former pensions ministers Steve Webb and Baroness Ros Altmann backed the concept.Harrington said the fund would not cut pension payments (as the PPF does with non-retired members), and would provide benefits of scale and “a chance of getting better returns”.Alan Rubenstein, chief executive of the PPF, told MPs his organisation was willing to take on the task if requested.However, he warned that the details of an aggregator fund would be difficult to iron out because of differing funding levels and the need for deficits to be closed.Joanne Segars, chief executive of the Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association (PLSA), backed consolidation plans. She said: “As the committee recognises, creating consolidators is a complex task where the details matter. We are actively investigating the pros and cons of the spectrum of consolidation options including an aggregator fund or funds model.”The PLSA’s DB Taskforce is to publish its own recommendations in March.Responding to the report this morning, Rubenstein said: “We’re pleased to see that a number of our suggestions have been taken on board, particularly around anti-avoidance fines to improve oversight of corporate transactions.“The recommendations of this considered report are timely and will hopefully set the standards for companies to ensure their pension scheme members are protected now and in the future. We will give full consideration to those recommendations which relate to the PPF.”The full report is available on the committee’s website. A group of British politicians have called for radical reform of the defined benefit (DB) sector to avoid future scheme failures.The Work and Pensions Committee has called for a series of new powers for the Pensions Regulator (TPR), including “nuclear deterrent” fines to force employers to confront their pension shortfalls.The proposed reforms come as TPR is attempting to resolve the future of the British Homes Stores (BHS) pension scheme, and the saga formed the backdrop to the inquiry.Frank Field, chair of the committee, argued that many of the proposals would have prevented the scheme from developing a large deficit and facing being absorbed into the Pension Protection Fund (PPF).