More than 52,000 of Aldi’s Christmas puddings have been sold in the last 17 days, a 43% increase year-on-year.It comes as the discount food retailer’s Orange Topped Christmas Pudding, priced at £7.99, was ranked second in a taste test conducted by Good Housekeeping magazine, beating the likes of Fortnum & Mason whose upmarket version of the festive pudding was placed 29th out of 32 products.Aldi explained that since its Christmas puddings went on sale on 5 November, 255 have been sold every hour during the 17-day period.A spokesperson from Aldi said: “The sales data shows that the traditional Christmas Pudding is a clear favourite for the annual festive feast this year. At Aldi we are surprised to see it flying off the shelves so early. It’s testament to the fact that shoppers this yuletide are seeking value as well as quality for their Christmas shop.“As we have such a great selection of puddings ranging from our traditional to our connoisseur, we have something to suit every taste and wallet.”The firm said its range of Christmas puddings has been popular with its customers in the south east, selling on average four-times more than in Scotland – a 416% difference in sales between the north and south.Aldi described its Orange Topped Christmas Pudding as a Heston Blumenthal-inspired product containing sultanas, whole cherries, almonds, pecans, Spanish sherry, French Cognac and rum, topped with whole candied orange slices.
100m and 200m sprinter Benjamin Azamati believes he and his teammates can break the GUSA records this year.The defending 100 metres champion says he and his team are ready for battle today in the athletics discipline.He ran 10.60sec to win gold in the last edition of the GUSA Games.“I think so far the training has been good and we are psyched up, so we will see what happens [today]”The African Games gold medalist added that he has confidence in his coach’s assertion that they can set the milestones.“As our coach is saying, I think we can set new records. Looking at the times we’re hitting, I believe in what he is saying and we will do our best to get there”Azamati added every athlete is good competition for him and that he is ready for the race.“There are a couple of names and as a race, anything can happen. I was an underdog in the Mini GUSA, nobody knew about me and so going into this one, I fear everyone I will meet in the track. I just to do my best, keep a dry face and qualify and hopefully break the record.”The 21-year-old has a personal best time of 10.32 sec, a time he set at the Summer Universiade Men’s 100 metres.The GUSA 100m record belongs to Emmanuel Yeboah of the University of Cape Coast who clocked a time of 10.25 secsThe All African Games gold medalist believes per his preparations and advice of the coach, he will be able to finish ahead of his opponents.The 100/200m races heats and finals come off today at the University of Ghana’s stadium.
Raheem Mostert sent a pointed message to the NFL teams who cut him after leading the San Francisco 49ers to the Super Bowl.Mostert, 27, dominated the NFC Championship Game on Sunday, scoring four touchdowns and rushing for 220 yards in San Francisco’s 37-20 win over the Green Bay Packers. San Francisco cornerback Richard Sherman, a Super Bowl champion with the Seattle Seahawks, suggested Green Bay had the wrong mindset after losing 37-8 when the teams met in November.”I think they were trying to pump themselves up, hype themselves up. They were talking about a revenge game,” Sherman said. “When you stay ready, you don’t got to get ready. They were trying to hype themselves like ‘man, we’re going to be ready this time.'”You weren’t ready the first time and that was in front of the whole country. That was a Sunday night game. It kind of bothered us a little bit – did you not take the game seriously?” The 49ers now have two weeks to prepare for their Super Bowl date with the Kansas City Chiefs, giving running back Mostert the chance to reflect on his rough ride to the summit.The Florida native passed through six franchises before settling with San Francisco in 2016.MORE: Six facts to know about Raheem Mostert — one for each NFL team that cut him”I did have a lot of doubters and naysayers,” Mostert told a postgame news conference. “Now I get to tell them: ‘Look where I’m at now.’ I never gave up on my dream and the opportunities when they presented themselves. I always worked hard no matter what. Before every game, I looked at the cut dates, when I got cut.”I’ve been on seven different teams and the journey has been crazy. Not everybody can deal with that type of stress and the pain and agony I went through. I kept the faith in not only myself but whoever gave me the opportunity.”This organisation has gone a great job with that.”Raheem Mostert made history tonight en route to a trip back to his home state of Florida for #SBLIV #BeLegendary pic.twitter.com/jhjf25ZP8F— San Francisco 49ers (@49ers) January 20, 2020Mostert ran in three TDs to help the 49ers to a 27-0 half-time lead against the Packers and scored his fourth in the third quarter at Levi’s Stadium.