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.
2503 Cressbrook Drive, Hope Island. 208 Wongawallan Drive, Wongawallan.THE Gold Coast’s million-dollar club is growing with several big sales recorded last week.A riverfront mansion at Hope Island was one of the highest sales, changing hands for $1.9 million.Hope Island Resort Realty agent Warren Hickey said an Asian family bought the home at 2503 Cressbrook Drive on Friday. 2503 Cressbrook Drive, Hope Island.The two-storey home has four ensuited bedrooms, a study, a pool overlooking the river and pontoon.Also on Friday, the $1.12 million sale of a Wongawallan home was cemented after a two month settlement period.Wise Choice Realty Oxenford principal Pauline OBrien-Wise said a couple based in England bought the 4ha mountain-top property at 208 Wongawallan Drive.She said the house’s panoramic coastline vistas from Moreton Bay to Tweed Heads framed by floor to ceiling windows made it special.“It’s more of a lifestyle property,” Mrs OBrien-Wise said.“It’s the sort of property that wasn’t going to be everyone’s cup of tea.” 2503 Cressbrook Drive, Hope Island. 2503 Cressbrook Drive, Hope Island.“They have an existing property portfolio in Australia (but) I believe they are going to reside here,” Mr Hickey said.He said several buyers were interested in the property, which was on the market for about three months.“We had multiple offers,” Mr Hickey said.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa17 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days agoHe said its position on the Coomera River overlooking Thompson Island was one of its most appealing features.Prospective buyers also liked that it was secure within the gated Gracemere Island prescient of Hope Island Resort. 208 Wongawallan Drive, Wongawallan. 2503 Cressbrook Drive, Hope Island. 208 Wongawallan Drive, Wongawallan. 2503 Cressbrook Drive, Hope Island. 208 Wongawallan Drive, Wongawallan.She received a couple of offers not long after it hit the market on November 1 but said they were “dreamers”.She said the man who bought the property knew instantly he wanted to live in the home with his wife once his two-year contracted ended overseas.“He said, ‘I’ve just got to have this, it’s just beautiful’,” Mrs OBrien-Wise said.“He’ll move over, just him and his wife, and live in it and put their own stamp on it.”She said it will be rented out until they moved in.A modern Burleigh Heads house and family home at Helensvale also sold for more than a million on Thursday at $1.13 million and $1.05 million respectively.
Aside from that, Dear avoided controversy and focused instead on the planned Avalon at South Bay mall project, recent improvements at the Southbay Pavilion and other developments affecting the Carson business community. Dear showed about a dozen clips designed to promote local businesses. In one, Walter Neil, the chairman of the Carson chamber, touted BP’s new, energy-efficient Carson headquarters. In another, a representative of the Tire Co. announced that the company would be leasing vacant office space in the old Nissan headquarters. A developer gave a presentation on a new Walgreen’s and a Starbucks slated for the Ralphs shopping center at Carson Street and Avalon Boulevard, adjacent to City Hall. Because the event is hosted by the chamber, economic issues tend to take center stage. This year’s speech made no mention of public safety, despite a spate of recent gang killings, nor of the city’s recent budget deficits, which have spurred discussion of seeking a utility tax. Instead, Dear focused on bringing more chain restaurants to the city, and also some jazz and R&B concerts to the Home Depot Center. Neighbors have complained lately about noise from rock concerts there. “Steady, consistent growth is what we’re looking for,” Dear said. “Only if we stay the course, focus on our goals, and work as a team, can we continue to achieve those goals.” [email protected] local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Overall it was a subdued performance containing only oblique references to the bitter factional disputes that have plagued the council since Dear lost his majority in March. Dear began with a tribute to former Councilwoman Julie Ruiz Raber, a loyal ally to the mayor who was defeated in the March election by Lula Davis-Holmes. He credited Raber with helping spur the city’s economic development during her four-year term. “The business community wants to see stability and teamwork,” Dear said, to an audience comprising mostly members of the Carson Chamber of Commerce. Dear did not introduce any of the current council members, expanding on a pattern established at last year’s speech when he failed to mention his opponents, Councilmen Elito Santarina and Mike Gipson. “He talked about a team,” Gipson said. “And there were some players on the team that weren’t mentioned.” CARSON: Mayor leaves council dissension and safety issues out of his State of the City address. By Gene Maddaus STAFF WRITER Carson Mayor Jim Dear touted local businesses in his annual State of the City address Thursday and turned over much of the presentation to video clips featuring developers and small-business owners.