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  • 05 Jul 2019 11:52 AM | Anonymous

    SEPANG: The Western Australia state government, through its tourism agency, Tourism Western Australia, has announced an expanded cooperative marketing agreement with leading low-cost airline, AirAsia in Malaysia yesterday.

    Announced by Tourism Minister Paul Papalia at AirAsia’s global headquarters, RedQ, the agreement aims to further promote the State’s tourism highlights in markets such as Malaysia, India, China and Japan.

    The deal, worth A$1 million (RM2.87 million), has the potential to bring thousands of holidaymakers to the state.

    The agreement will see joint marketing campaigns developed to promote affordable flights to Western Australia, including flight deals, print, television, radio, cinema and online advertising.

    The deal forms part of the expanded A$12 million (RM34 million) international marketing boost announced by Western Australian Premier Mark McGowan and Papalia in March to grow the State’s visitor economy.

    It is hoped the combined campaign activity in Malaysia alone will generate more than 29,000 visitors.

    Comments attributed to Tourism Minister Paul Papalia:

    “We know that well promoted low-cost air fares are a strong drawcard for people to visit Western Australia and this deal with AirAsia will provide that in some of our important markets such as Malaysia, India, China and Japan.

    “Malaysia is Western Australia’s second biggest source of overseas visitors, so we know Malaysians love what Western Australia has to offer.

    “This cooperative marketing agreement will not only encourage more Malaysians to visit the State but the marketing activity in connecting markets of India, China and Japan will help entice holidaymakers from those markets as well.

    “Growing tourism is key to the State Government’s plan to diversify the economy, create jobs and develop business opportunities.

    “Increasing the number of people travelling here from overseas will help achieve those objectives, which is why we committed an extra A$12 million (RM34 million) to Tourism Western Australia’s international marketing activity.

    “It is the biggest international marketing push in the State’s history and we hope to see thousands more people come to Western Australia as a result of this surge in activity.”

    Speaking on the expanded partnership, AirAsia X Malaysia chief executive officer Benyamin Ismail said: “We are excited to take our partnership with Tourism Western Australia to new heights and, through this new marketing agreement, grow demand for air travel from markets such as Malaysia, India, China and Japan.

    “Since we began flying to Western Australia in November 2008, we’ve carried more than three million guests on Kuala Lumpur-Perth, Bali-Perth and our latest route between Lombok and Perth, which was launched last month. In 2018, AirAsia carried more than 585,000 guests to and from Western Australia.

    “Demand for Perth and greater Western Australia is evident and the continuous support from Tourism Western Australia will enable us to push the envelope in terms of tourist arrivals through joint marketing efforts in Malaysia, India, China and Japan, where our route network is the strongest.”

    To celebrate the announcement, AirAsia is offering fares from as low as RM299 one-way on standard seats and 20 per cent off its award-winning Premium Flatbed for flights between Kuala Lumpur and Perth. These low fares are available for booking on airasia.com or the AirAsia mobile app from now until July 7, 2019.

    The signing follows the successful launch of Tourism Western Australia’s Muslim Travel Guide. The guide features stunning road trip routes, itineraries, must-visit attractions, restaurants and Muslim-friendly facilities in the state.

    Source : Borneo Post Online

  • 05 Jul 2019 11:12 AM | Anonymous

    In 13 years, family-owned AGRIFresh has become Western Australia’s largest citrus grower, packer and exporter. Australia’s wide-ranging Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) are helping the company expand its global presence.

    Joseph Ling, Co-Founder and Managing Director of AGRIFresh, describes himself as a farmer at heart.

    Driven by a commitment to producing high-quality fruit and sharing the ‘freshness of Western Australia’ – this farmer and his team have built the company into one of the state’s most important citrus players.

    AGRIFresh grows oranges, mandarins, lemons and mangoes on what was once a mixed grain and sheep farm 200 kilometres north of Perth.

    The family-owned business, which has 200,000 trees across two properties, supplies fresh citrus to the domestic market as well as 11 other countries, including Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, China, Canada, Oman, Saudi Arabia and Qatar.

    Exports boost business growth

    In 2017–18, AGRIFresh’s export sales grew by 80 per cent. Ling says Australia’s FTAs have helped the company enormously by giving its products preferential access to overseas markets.

    Since the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA) entered into force in 2015, the tariff on oranges has gradually reduced from the initial level of 11 to 4.9 per cent in 2019, and it will be eliminated by 2023.

    ‘The ChAFTA made a huge difference to our industry, for sure.’ Ling says.

    AGRIFresh also exports to Indonesia with the help of the ASEAN-Australia-New Zealand Free Trade Agreement (AANZFTA), which saw the tariff of 5 per cent on oranges eliminated in 2013.

    ‘Everybody loves a bargain, including our buyers,’ Ling says.

    ‘We know we’ve got a good product already but if we can compete at the price point in overseas markets with the help of FTA tariff reductions, then immediately we’ve got orders.’

    Ling is also looking to new opportunities in Japan under the Japan-Australia Economic Partnership Agreement (JAEPA), and the Philippines and Vietnam under AANZFTA.

    ‘We have made a lot of trade visits to Japan and reverse trade visits so they understand what we do, that we’ll comply and that we understand how to meet their demands,’ Ling says.

    ‘There’s a little more work to be done with the Philippines and Vietnam but those countries are important to us.

    ‘While China takes most of our premium produce, we do have other products, different oranges for example, that are of interest to other countries. So, we have to open our net a little bit wider.’

    The journey to export

    Starting out in 2005, Ling planned to produce quality fruit for Australian consumption but a few years in, he realised the export potential.

    ‘The first five years was all about getting trees into the ground, figuring out how to get the best yield per hectare,’ he explains.

    ‘The second five years was about restructuring and repositioning ourselves for the international market.

    ‘We changed our business structure through organic growth and some acquisition. Then we tried markets like Hong Kong and Singapore just to get our feet wet, to figure out how to export something in a really, really small volume.’

    The company started with eight and now has a permanent team of 20 staff. During the season, this number increases to more than 80 staff.

    ‘When you start to tap into the export market, when orders start coming, you’ve got to be prepared to get your capacity right,’ Ling says.

    The company actively embraces innovative technologies to minimise costs and maximise efficiencies in the value chain.

    ‘We expanded our production base very quickly, increased our packing facility from 4,000 square metres to 8,000 square metres and got in new equipment up to international standards,’ he says.

    ‘We also had to set up new offices and distribution models for exporting.

    ‘We’re exporting about 100-plus containers, but we’ve positioned ourselves to do 600 containers a year in about four to five years’ time.’

    Choosing the right partners

    Ling believes one of the keys to success is teaming up with the right partner because each country has a different way of doing things.

    ‘It’s probably the biggest challenge,’ he says.

    ‘In the early stages we used Austrade to make the initial introductions. They were instrumental because they were there on the ground and knew all the people in the trade that you could trust.

    ‘We’ve always had this idea that you have to go on a number of dates before you kiss. Always remember that these guys are representing your brand.’

    He admits it takes time.

    ‘The gestation period for some countries and customers is one or two years. You can’t go in there in a rush because it’s going to be very painful if you make a mistake,’ Ling says.

     I think the opportunity overseas is enormous, however, and we will continue to push that line.’

    Source : Mirage News


  • 30 Jun 2019 10:34 AM | Anonymous

    SINGAPORE: Leading international property and infrastructure group, Lendlease, has announced a partnership to invest in data centres across the Asia Pacific region.


    The partnership will be funded 20 per cent by Lendlease and 80 per cent by a large institutional investor. The initial equity commitment by the parties is US$500 million, combined with leverage will enable the partnership to invest US$1 billion in the sector. Completed assets and new development opportunities will be targeted across Australia, China, Japan, Malaysia and Singapore — all markets in which Lendlease has a significant presence.

    Lendlease’s integrated capability across development, construction and investment is well placed to execute on the significant growth forecast for the data centre sectorAccordingly, Lendlease has been appointed as development, construction, property and investment manager for the partnership.

    Lendlease’s CEO Asia Tony Lombardo said, “A data centre platform is a strategic fit for the Group, aligning with our targeted key trend of infrastructure, our telecommunications strategy and our integrated business model. This partnership will enable us to leverage our track record of project managing, designing and building data centres with the strong growth potential for this sector, which is evolving into a mainstream real estate asset class.”

    Commencement of the partnership is subject to the relevant regulatory approvals. 

    Source: Business Insider Singapore


    • 10 Jun 2019 11:35 AM | Anonymous

      KUALA LUMPUR: Years of promoting Tun Razak Exchange (TRX) as the city’s premier location will finally see the city’s financial centre welcoming its first tenant.

      British insurance company Prudential Assurance Malaysia Bhd (PAMB) will be leaving Menara Prudential in Jalan Sultan Ismail to enter what has been promoted as the regional financial centre TRX “soon”, according to a statement from PAMB.

      “TRX is a world-class and exciting commercial development. It meets our requirements for a strategic location, good infrastructure and transportation connectivity that is convenient to our people, including our employees and customers,” said a statement from PAMB.

      The statement said three other business units of Prudential plc – Prudential BSN Takaful, Eastspring Investments Bhd and Prudential Services Asia – will also be moving to TRX. Prudential plc is headquartered in Britain.

      An industry source said while the move has already started, the insurance company would take a month or thereabouts to be operational from TRX starting July.

      The insurance company will occupy between 70% and 80% of what is currently loosely known as Menara Prudential 2. The TRX building is also known as Menara Prudential. The remaining office space has been leased.

      The developer of TRX’s RM500mil Menara Prudential is IJM Construction Sdn Bhd, a wholly-owned subsidiary of IJM Corp Bhdthe building owner.

      Menara Prudential is a Grade A, LEED Gold-certified and MSC-status office building with a gross floor area of 560,000 sq ft.

      IJM Construction is also developing the RM505mil Affin Bank Bhd HQ and HSBC HQ, excluding lifts and facade works for RM392mil, according to Bursa filings.

      Other than Menara Prudential, the other building expecting its first tenant by the end of this year is Mulia Group’s Exchange 106, which offers super prime office space of higher specifications than Grade A space, in the TRX district.

      Because of the weak office market and the over supply of office space, the source said Exchange 106’s rental rate is likely to go down to below RM10 per sq ft (psf).

      As a comparison, a Grade A building in the city used to command a range between RM7 and RM8 psf several years ago which means super prime space should command a higher rental.

      Another industry source said super grade buildings, which is of a higher category than Grade A buildings, have a cost of construction which is about double that of Grade A buildings.

      The cost of construction for a Grade A building is about RM1,000 psf on a net lettable area basis.

      When the rent is between RM7 and RM8 psf, the building owner just about break even, the source said.

      Without naming any buildings, the source said some of the buildings in TRX may be closer to the RM2,000 psf category. So they should be getting RM15 psf and not below RM10 psf.

      Office rental rates in Kuala Lumpur business district fell again in the first three months of 2019, the sixth consecutive quarter fall, property consultancy Knight Frank said in its Asia-Pacific Prime Office Rental Index 1Q2019.

      Office rental growth in Kuala Lumpur dropped by 1.4% compared with a year ago. Against October-December 2018, it fell 0.3%, the report said.

      TRX is a 70-acre development earmarked to be the region’s financial centre. Exchange 106 will have 2.8 million sq ft of net lettable space.

      HSBC and Affin buildings are scheduled to be completed next year.

      The other feature in TRX is Australian property and infrastructure group Lendlease’s 17-acre mixed integrated development known as The Exchange.

      The retail mall is expected to be operational by the third quarter of 2021.

      Source: The Star

    • 24 Apr 2019 2:27 PM | Anonymous

      PETALING JAYA: Malaysian small businesses did well in 2018 with confidence in business and economic growth at its highest point since 2012, according to CPA Australia’s 10th Annual Asia Pacific Small Business survey,

      These businessmen are even more positive that this year will be even better.

      CPA Australia Malaysia Country Head Priya Terumalay said the survey results showed a positive shift in sentiment among Malaysia’s small businesses, reflecting the sector’s continued focus on being drivers of growth.

      “Malaysia’s small business sector has had a strong 12 months, with 65.5% of respondents reporting that they grew over this period. Looking to 2019, the results are even more positive, with three quarters of small businesses expecting to grow this year.

      “The positive shift in sentiment is also reflected in small business confidence in Malaysia’s economy, with nearly 70% (69.1%) expecting Malaysia’s economy to grow, much higher than expectations for 2018, when 53.7% expected the economy to grow,” Priya said in a statement today.

      More than 3,600 small business operators in Malaysia, Vietnam, Indonesia, Mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, the Philippines, Singapore, Australia and New Zealand participated in the survey.

      The statement did not say exactly how many Malaysian businesses were surveyed.

      Priya said it was not surprising that small businesses in Malaysia were bullish about the economy as small businesses focused on factors linked to long-term growth, including innovation, e-commerce and technology.

      They also have a strong focus on positive influences of growth such as improved customer satisfaction, attracting and retaining good staff and improved business strategy.

      “Small businesses from Malaysia continue to be relatively strong users of digital technologies, particularly in comparison to their competitors from Australia, Singapore and New Zealand,” Priya said.

      According to the survey, 43.4% of Malaysian businesses surveyed earned more than 10% of their income from online sales. An overwhelming majority use social media for business purposes, with 45.1% stating that they use it to sell their products or services.

      “The positive outlook of Malaysia’s small business sector is translating into jobs, with more than a quarter (25.7%) stating that they added staff in 2018 and are likely to be even stronger creators of jobs in 2019, with 45.1% expecting to add staff,” said Priya.

      However, global trade war worries are impacting Malaysian small businesses, with over 33.6% expecting this issue to have a negative impact on their business in 2019, close to the survey average of 34.7%.

      However, for some of Malaysia’s small businesses, a trade spat could create opportunities, with 22% stating they expect a trade war to have a positive impact on their business.

      “We expect that the positive business conditions experienced by Malaysia’s small businesses in 2018 will continue into 2019, with small businesses remaining focused on innovation, e-commerce and technology,” Priya added.

      Source: Free Malaysia Today
    • 19 Apr 2019 12:18 PM | Anonymous

      NS BlueScope Malaysia has completed the acquisition of YKGI Holdings' Berhad’s facility in Klang, Malaysia.

      The assets comprise a push-pull pickling line, cold rolling mill, continuous galvanizing line and a continuous colour coating line. NS BlueScope Malaysia an operating entity of NS BlueScope Coated Products, which is a 50/50 joint venture with Nippon Steel Corporation (NSC) and BlueScope Steel Australia (BSL) focusing on coated products business in Southeast Asia and the USA.

      NS BlueScope Coated Products believes that the acquisition has further strengthened its responsiveness to the needs of customers in the building and construction market. 

      The acquisition gives NS Bluescope Malaysia access to 'a cost-effective source of cold rolled substrate' and provides options to supply cold rolled feed to other operations in the ASEAN JV as well as future growth potential via additional coating and painting capacity.

      Source: Steel Times International 

    • 02 Apr 2019 11:02 AM | Kiff Arifin (Administrator)
      • International delegation to visit WA food producers and processors
      • Opportunities to boost WA exports to South-East Asia and drive jobs in WA agriculture 

      Connecting Western Australian agrifood businesses with export opportunities to South-East Asia is the key focus of an international delegation visit this week.

      The McGowan Government, through the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development, is this week hosting a delegation of buyers from Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam to visit export-ready food and beverage businesses across southern Western Australia.

      The South-West, Great Southern, Wheatbelt and Perth metropolitan regions will be the focus of the visit, showcasing premium products including fresh fruit and vegetables, meat, dairy and seafood.

      The South-East Asian region is home to half of WA’s top 10 global markets for agriculture and food products. At $2.3 billion in 2016-17, it represented 27 per cent of WA’s food and agriculture exports.

      These countries are key markets for premium food products including milk, chilled beef, prawns, carrots, strawberries, wine, wheat and malt.

      The rapidly expanding Asian middle class and rising demand for high-value food products provides a real opportunity for Western Australia to boost trade to the region.

      As stated by Agriculture and Food Minister Alannah MacTiernan:

      “South-East Asia is a region with growing demand for food and rich in opportunity for local food and beverage businesses to establish long-term export supply contracts.

      “WA’s proximity to the region and reputation for producing premium produce means we are perfectly placed to capture increasing demand for fresh fruit and vegetables, meat, dairy, seafood, wine, grains and value-added, premium produce. 

      “Critically, we can supply counter-season products from the Northern Hemisphere – giving our producers a real competitive edge. 

      “This visit is a fantastic opportunity for the international buyers to meet with producers and processors, and experience firsthand some of WA’s best food offerings.

      “Increasing WA trade to South-East Asia will not only benefit local agrifood businesses but also boost job opportunities and economic growth in the regions.”

      Source: Mirage News

    • 22 Mar 2019 8:32 AM | Kiff Arifin (Administrator)

      KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia’s digital exports can increase to RM222 billion to the economy by 2030 from the current RM31 billion in the absence of digital trade barriers.

      AlphaBeta Singapore engagement manager Dr Konstantine Matthies said works done by Malaysia on digital economy has been very encouraging, especially in the setting up of a right organisation managing the sector.

      He added that the country has been very active in integrating small and medium enterprises into the digital economy and encouraging digital adoption under the Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation.

      “The other thing is really making sure not to rush into regulations that may have a detrimental effect on digital trade.

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      “Often, it is not so much the type of regulations but rather around the certainty of regulations, making the policy very transparent,” he told reporters at the launch of a report titled Data Revolution: How Malaysia Can Capture The Digital Trade Opportunity at Home and Abroad yesterday.

      Matthies pointed out that haphazard formulation of policy in digital economy could be interpreted in many ways and it could send a signal of uncertainties to the investors.

      The report was launched jointly by the Hinrich Foundation, the Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs, the Malaysia Australia Business Council and AlphaBeta, which estimates the current and potential future economic values of digital trade to the Malaysian economy.

      According to the report, digital trade enables Malaysian firms to reduce the cost of storing data, improves business practices, generates richer business insights and enters new markets, while facilitating more efficient management of global supply chains.

      It reveals that digital trade could have a huge impact on the country’s domestic economy, with some of then biggest beneficiaries coming from outside the digital sector.

      To maximise future returns from digital trade, digital trade barriers at home and abroad need to be reduced, added the report.

      It outlines actions in four main areas that can help achieve this, namely ensuring open cross-border data flows, formulating innovation-oriented approaches to copyright and intermediary liability regulations, minimising border frictions, and encouraging digital adoption.

      Source: Borneo Post Online

    • 19 Feb 2019 5:24 PM | Kiff Arifin (Administrator)

      Australian summer fruits have high nutritional value and appeal to the health conscious consumer writes Meera Murugesan

      FOR healthy eaters, fruits are a must-have in the daily diet.

      Besides the wide variety of local produce, Australian summer fruits, which are easily available in supermarkets today are also a great addition to the grocery list.

      Summer fruits such as nectarines, peaches, plums and apricots are a perfect match for the diet-conscious consumer as they are natural superfoods that are low in calories and Glycemix Index (GI), helping to restore energy, satisfy cravings in a healthy way and keeping you feeling full for longer.

      They also provide significant dietary fibre, potassium and antioxidants that encourage healthy digestion.

      SEASONAL FRUIT

      With Taste Australia having kicked off its “Sweeter When Shared” 2019 summer fruits campaign, Malaysians can now enjoy Australia’s freshest seasonal produce, brought to our supermarkets including Village Grocer.

      Taste Australia is the horticulture industry of Australia’s national marketing campaign and aims to support and drive demand for premium fresh produce from Australia into major markets throughout the world including Malaysia.

      The unique microclimates in Australian summer fruit production regions which includes very long hot days and cooler nights, intensifies the sugar levels in fruit, making sweeter fruit for people to enjoy says Daniel Havas, senior trade commissioner for Austrade.

      Summer fruits are also called stone fruit because of their pit (seed). Around 100,000 tonnes of summer fruit is produced by 1,200 growers from October to April each year from four major and two secondary production regions across Australia.

      Farmers have generations of expertise, and also apply strict biosecurity and food safety measures to guarantee the tastiest and safest fruits.

      Havas says almost 19,000 tonnes of fruit is delivered to Malaysia from Australia every year.

      “Australia has a reputation for clean, green and high quality produce,” he adds.

      These fruits are also handpicked to guarantee the best quality for consumers.

      Australian summer fruits are all-rounders; versatile, nutrient rich and sweet yet healthy says Jessica Beard from Taste Australia.

      Adding an Aussie summer fruit to your diet will boost your immune system with plenty of vitamin A, C, and E, improve eyesight as they are a rich source of carotenoids, and strengthen bones and teeth from vitamin K she explains.

      “You can eat them fresh to savour their true and pure flavour or add them to sweet or savoury meals to create another layer of balanced sweetness.”

      For a healthy lifestyle, it’s recommended that one consume five servings of vegetables and two servings of fruit daily and Beard suggests summer fruits for at least one serving.

      It’s also important to pick the best fruit and in general, one should avoid greenish fruits or those that are pale in colour as these will be unripe.

      And to get children interested in consuming these nutritional fruits, mums can buy different summer fruits and mix them up for a colourful, pleasing and surprising treat for kids.

      They can also try different recipes including grilled peaches for a savoury dish or dice fresh summer fruits to be mixed with yoghurt or added to drinks for kids.

      meera@mediaprima.com.my

      FRUITY GOODNESS

      PEACHES, nectarines, apricots and plums are in the same family as the rose, and are a close relative to almonds - all belonging to the Rosacea family.

      PEACHES

      Peaches provide excellent anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial and antioxidant properties that help decrease the development of inflammatory joint conditions.

      It also helps maintain healthy immune function, protects cells from free radical damage, supports healthy brain function and healthy skin, and helps to increase iron absorption.

      Peaches are naturally low in sodium and naturally saturated fat free

      Nutritional Profile

      One peach provides:

      2 per cent of the average person’s daily kilojoule needs.

      2.5g dietary fibre, which helps to lower cholesterol and keeps you feeling full for longer.

      260mg potassium, which is needed for a healthy nervous system and healthy muscle function.

      24 per cent of RDI (recommended daily intake) of Vitamin C which helps maintain a healthy immune system, protects cells from free radical damage, supports healthy brain function and healthy skin and helps increase iron absorption.

      11 per cent of RDI of niacin (Vitamin B3) which is important for a healthy nervous system, brain function, fighting fatigue and for healthy skin.

      Selection and Storage

      Select unwrinkled peaches which are free of blemishes and discolouration.

      You can tell whether a peach is ripe by gently pressing it around the stem. A ripe peach will dent a little when pressed.

      Store firm peaches at room temperature to allow it to continue ripening and develop a soft and juicy texture.

      If a crisp texture is preferred, refrigerate peaches to prolong shelf life.

      NECTARINES

      Nectarines provide a good source of potassium which regulates blood pressure and reduces the risk of a heart attack. Nectarines are naturally sodium free and saturated fat free and have a low Glycemic Index of 43, providing slow released energy to keep you feeling full for longer.

      Nutritional Profile

      One nectarine provides:

      2 per cent of the average person’s daily kilojoule needs.

      2.3g dietary fibre, which helps to lower cholesterol and keeps you feeling full for longer.

      266mg potassium, which is needed for a healthy nervous system and healthy muscle function.

      A good source of Vitamin C, which equals to 33 per cent of RDI.

      13 per cent of RDI of niacin (Vitamin B3).

      Selection and Storage

      Choose unwrinkled nectarines, free of blemishes and discoloration.

      You can tell if a nectarine is ripe by gently pressing it around the stem. Ripe nectarines dent a little when pressed.

      White dots on the fruit are called “sugar speckles” and indicate sweetness.

      Store firm nectarines at room temperature to allow them to continue ripening and develop a soft and juicy texture.

      If you prefer a crisp texture, refrigerate to prolong shelf life.

      PLUMS

      Plums are a low glycemic index fruit, which help to control blood sugar and also contain Vitamin K which is a key nutrient for healthy bones and teeth. Plums are naturally low in sodium and naturally saturated fat free and have a low Glycemic Index of 53.

      Nutritional Profile

      One plum provides:

      2 per cent of the average person’s daily kilojoule needs.

      19 per cent of RDI of Vitamin A.

      12 per cent of RDI of Vitamin C.

      Selection and Storage

      Select unwrinkled and smooth skinned plums which are free of blemishes and discolouration.

      A greyish sheen on the plum is called the “bloom” and indicates freshness.

      Plums do not develop further sweetness after picking.

      If you prefer a softer plum, store at room temperature.

      Refrigerate plums to prolog shelf life and maintain firmness.

      APRICOTS

      Apricots are a low kilojoule fruit and rich in Vitamin A and beta carotene which are beneficial for eye health. Apricots are naturally low in sodium and naturally saturated fat free and have a low Glycemic Index of 34.

      Nutritional Profile

      One apricot provides:

      1 per cent of the average person’s daily kilojoule needs.

      11 per cent of RDI of Vitamin C.

      Selection and Storage

      Choose unwrinkled apricots, free of blemishes and discolouration.

      You can tell if an apricot is ripe by gently pressing it around the stem. A ripe one dents a little when pressed.

      A sweet apricot is an indication of ripeness.

      Store apricots at room temperature or refrigerate to prolong shelf life.

      FARM TO TABLE

      PEACHES, apricots, plums and nectarines make a great addition to a sweet or savoury meal or simply as a delicious snack on its own. Add them to your child’s lunchbox or use them to make delicious meals and desserts.

      Source: New Straits Times


    • 19 Feb 2019 5:00 PM | Kiff Arifin (Administrator)

      Qantas has been named as the airline offering the best on-board wines in first and business class overall.

      The Australian flag carrier scooped six accolades at the annual Cellars in the Sky Awards, which included the coveted title of best overall wine list for 2018.

      Hong Kong-based Cathay Pacific was runner-up while third place was shared by Qatar Airways and All Nippon Airways. American Airlines claimed a 'highly commended' for its overall cellar and British Airways scooped the award for having the best business class wine list.

      Sajida Ismail, British Airways' Head of Inflight Product, said: 'We pride ourselves on providing our customers with high quality wines and champagnes, so we are delighted to have won the Gold medal for the Best Business Class Cellar.'

      The Cellars in the Sky Awards are organised by Business Traveller and 33 airlines entered their premium offering wines for testing.

      In December, four independent judges spent two days blind taste testing and scoring the wines at London's Grosvenor Hotel.

      They then decided on winners for 14 categories that included awards for reds, whites, sparkling wines and fortified wines.

      As well as scooping the award for best wine cellar, Qantas also took top spots in categories including best first class white, best first class sparkling, best first class cellar, best presented first class wine list and best business class fortified/dessert wine.

      Cathay Pacific won two awards for best first class sparkling (shared with Qantas and Air France), and best business class red.

      The best first class red category was won by Malaysia Airlines and best first class fortified/dessert wine went to All Nippon Airlines.

      The award for best business class sparkling wine was won by Qatar Airways.

      The best business class white category was won by JetBlue, a US low-cost airline.

      The Cellars in the Sky Awards is now in its 33rd year, having been running since 1985.

      Source: Daily Mail

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