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Unstoppable Summer Love Songs -- "2018 Taipei Riverside Festival" Invites Visitors to Enjoy the Summer and Chinese Valentine's Day
Unstoppable Summer Love Songs -- "2018 Taipei Riverside Festival" Invites Visitors to Enjoy the Summer and Chinese Valentine's Day

TAIPEI, Taiwan, July 21, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- "2018 Taipei Riverside Festival", this summer's most free-spirited event will be staged from August 17 to August 19 at Yanping Riverside Park in Taipei (Dadaocheng Warf). The Department of Information and Tourism of Taipei City Government holds this 3-day multi-style music performance with the themes of "classic", "original" and "electronic rock". There will be special water projection and fireworks performance on August 18 inviting visitors to have an unforgettable romantic Chinese Valentine's Day.

Spectacular firework show lighted up the sky of Tamsui River
Spectacular firework show lighted up the sky of Tamsui River

In addition to good music and fireworks, there will be mobile catering vans, craft booths and Beer & Food Zone in the afternoons of August 18 and 19. Moreover, there will be a local creative market of the Dadaocheng area and some popular Facebook/ Instagram check-in locations as well. Taipei City invites everyone to make friends from all around the world.

From August onwards, there will be two special tours for visitors to explore around the Dadaocheng area and experience the atmosphere of old Taipei City every weekend. A map of tourist activities will also be issued to introduce specialty shops and special offers around the Dadaocheng area. Stroll along the river banks of Taipei and enjoy the refreshing beer and deep love this lovely summer.

Event Information:

2018 Taipei Riverside Festival

August 17 (Friday) 18:30 to 20:30
August 18 (Saturday) 14:00 to 21:00
August 19 (Sunday) 14:00 to 21:00
Yanping Riverside Park | Dadaocheng Warf

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Sat, 21 Jul 2018 09:00:00 +0800
Hangzhou invites you to savor Green Tea, MICE will have explosive growth in the post-G20 Summit Era

BEIJING, July 20, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- On 22nd May, the Second China International Tea expo, which lasted for 5 days, was successfully concluded in Hangzhou which is located in Zhejiang province. The expo attracted 151,000 visitors, achieved 99.43 tons of trading volume of tea and generated RMB103 million yuan in turnover. 

As the largest, most influential and most authoritative tea event in China, the expo attracted 30 countries and regions worldwide to participate, while holding more than 10 theme activities and over 70 brand promotions. It allowed the world to have one more chance to feel the pulse of the Chinese culture and experience the development vitality of contemporary China through a tealeaf.

As a famous production area of green tea, Hangzhou has integrated the organic tea industry, tea economy, tea ecology and tea culture. Many famous teas are produced in Hangzhou, and the amount of green tea exports occupies a high percentage of the whole country. It is definitely worthy of the name "Hangzhou, Tea home of the world".

Tea has no borders. Tea is one of the three major beverages in the world, not only in China, but the world. At present, there are more than 60 tea producing countries and regions in the world, with nearly 5 million hectares of tea planting area, about 6 million tons of output and over 2 million tons of trade volume. Tea has become a pillar in the agricultural economy of many countries, especially developing countries. Tea culture has become common around the world. Just as what undersecretary of Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs of People's Republic of China said in the expo, tea is a good window. A tealeaf accomplishes an industry and enriches the people.

The expo actively responds to the initiative of "One Belt and One Road", greatly enhancing the international influence of Chinese tea culture. Hangzhou will have a new label since it will become the permanent host city of the tea expo. The G20 summit gave Hangzhou the chance to exhibit its unique charm and splendor of the intersection of history and modernity to the world. The new identity of the permanent host city further proves that Hangzhou is qualified to accommodate international conferences on the highest level.

Hangzhou, a city famed for its landscape, is also a city of innovation and vitality and has undoubtedly established a unique foundation for building its self as an international conference city.

In 2017 China (Hangzhou) Conference and Incentive Travel Industry Fair, Hangzhou signed up more than 150 international conferences. In the coming years, a large number of international and domestic conferences will be held in Hangzhou, which is expected to host 60,000 guests from all over the world. Hangzhou will usher in a "Golden Age" in the tourism industry.

Fri, 20 Jul 2018 23:12:00 +0800
Hainan Airlines and BBC Global News sign a major new deal

HAIKOU, China, July 20, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Hainan Airlines and BBC Global News today signed a major new deal at a special signing ceremony at the BBC's headquarters in London to celebrate their partnership.

Yufei Wang, Vice President, Branding, Hainan Airlines and Jim Egan, CEO, BBC Global News, spoke about the significance of this strategic commercial partnership which will see BBC StoryWorks, the award-winning content marketing division of BBC Global News, produce digital and video content for Hainan Airlines to mark the launch of its new route and the beauty of its destinations. 

Jim Egan said: "We are delighted to be continuing our partnership with such a prestigious Chinese brand as Hainan Airlines. We look forward to working closely with them, developing and delivering a range of creative content that will bring their brand and services to life for our global audience."

Yufei Wang said: "Metaphorically speaking, Hainan Airlines has built an air bridge connecting different cities and regions worldwide, while BBC Global News has built a cultural bridge communicating the diversity of the world in the form of unique and genuine reports. Our cooperation will not only promote cultural exchanges and integration between China and the UK, but also help in cultivating a healthy and closer relationship between the two countries. With the support of the content created by BBC StoryWorks, we expect to enhance our influence across the world by making more travellers aware of our services."

BBC WORLD NEWS AND BBC.COM 

BBC  World  News  and  BBC.com,  the  BBC's  commercially  funded  international  24-hour  English  news  platforms,  are  owned and  operated  by  BBC  Global  News  Ltd.  BBC  World  News  television  is  available  in  more  than  200  countries  and  territories  worldwide,  and  over  454  million  households  and  3  million  hotel  rooms.  The  channel's  content  is  also available  on  178  cruise  ships,  53  airlines,  including 13 distributing  the  channel  live  inflight,  and  23  mobile  phone networks. BBC.com  offers  up-to-the-minute  international  news,  in-depth  analysis  and  features,  including  BBC  Capital,  BBC  Culture,  BBC  Future  and  BBC  Travel,  for  PCs,  tablets  and  mobile  devices  to  more  than  95 million  unique  browsers  each  month.

BBC STORYWORKS

BBC StoryWorks is  the  content  marketing  division  of  BBC  Global  News,  with  teams  on  the  ground  in  New  York,  London,  Dubai,  New  Delhi,  Beijing,  Singapore  and  Sydney,  ensuring  access  to  a  global  network  of  creative  excellence  as  well  as  expert  regional  knowledge.  It  works  with  clients  to  develop  and  deliver  commercial  branded  content  and  the  sponsorship  of  BBC  editorial  across  BBC  Global  News' digital  and  TV  platforms,  as  well  as  digital  services  provided  by  BBC  Studios  and  BBC  World  Service.     

Hainan Airlines

Hainan Airlines has recently been named a SKYTRAX five-star airline for the eighth consecutive year by leading global airline and airport review and ranking site SKYTRAX in the 2018 SKYTRAX World Airline Awards. The airline also moved up the rankings to claim eighth place in the 2018 roster of SKYTRAX's 10 top-ranking airlines. On the back of the success in bringing the airline into full compliance with international standards, Hainan Airlines has actively joined other players in the civil aviation sector to support the development of the country while focusing on developing the international aviation markets for Chinese new hub cities. In the first half of 2018, the company rolled out several long-haul international services, among them, Haikou-Sydney, Shenzhen-Brussels, Shenzhen-Madrid, Changsha-London and Shenzhen-Tianjin-Vancouver. The launch of further routes, including Guangzhou-Tel Aviv, Shenzhen-Zurich and Shenzhen-Vienna, is scheduled to follow in the second half.

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Fri, 20 Jul 2018 22:00:00 +0800
Sichuan Airlines Adopts Baby Panda to Spread "Panda Culture," Promote New International Routes

CHENGDU, China, July 20, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Sichuan Airlines ("the Company"), the leading Chengdu-based carrier, has adopted a baby panda from the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding ("the Base") as part of its mission to foster strategic partnerships that promote its brand, develop the region's "Panda Culture," and support the poverty alleviation mission of the Base.

Sichuan Airlines’ Adopted Panda Baby, named "3U" and nicknamed "You You"
Sichuan Airlines’ Adopted Panda Baby, named "3U" and nicknamed "You You"

The black-and-white baby female, named "3U" and nicknamed "YouYou," was born on July 15, 2017, and has become the official ambassador of Sichuan Airline's "Panda Route" international flight development program. The program, launched in 2016, aims to enrich the Company's domestic and international route network, enhance passengers' transfer service experience and introduce more destinations in Southwestern China to the world.

"We're excited to take this opportunity to introduce more people to Sichuan and pandas in a fun way," said Shi Zuyi, General Manager of Sichuan Airlines. "Adopting pandas is one of our public welfare activities which supports the protection of endangered animals. It is also a part of Sichuan Airlines' commitment to protect Sichuan culture and to promote it to our international passengers and partners."

Zhang Zhihe, Director of the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding, noted at the adoption signing ceremony that the collaboration with Sichuan Airlines highlights the significance of panda culture in China and that the company's support will allow both parties to share this vital national treasure with the world. "We expect to welcome more than 6 million visitors to the Base this year, with more than 80 percent of them coming from outside Sichuan province," he said.

In addition to adopting You You, Sichuan Airlines will carry out panda-themed flights in the future, with more panda elements to be integrated into aircraft cabins and flight meal service, providing passengers from around the world with improved service quality and a comprehensive cultural experience.

An airbus A350 painted with eight pandas, one of which has been inspired by You You, will be assigned to the Chengdu-Beijing route in August 2018 and will become a part of Sichuan Airlines' expansion strategy to intercontinental routes going forward.

About Sichuan Airlines

Established in 1986, Sichuan Airlines, one of the most distinctive airlines in China, is headquartered in Chengdu and operates a fleet of 134 aircraft on more than 270 domestic, regional and international routes, covering Asia, Europe, North America and Oceania. Each year, the company is committed to providing service that is infused with "Chinese Elements and Sichuan Charm" to more than 24 million passengers. Its service quality and on-time performance rank in the top among all the Chinese-mainland carriers, and the Company has been named the "Best Airline in China" by CAPSE for four consecutive years.

For more information about Sichuan Airlines, please visit: http://global.sichuanair.com/US-EN

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Fri, 20 Jul 2018 21:00:00 +0800
Golden Agri-Resources debuts on FTSE4Good Index Series

SINGAPORE, July 20, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Golden Agri-Resources (GAR) has debuted on the FTSE4Good Index Series. The FTSE4Good Index Series is designed to measure the performance of companies demonstrating strong Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) practices. Last year, GAR debuted on the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) Indices, the first Southeast Asian palm oil company to be included in the DJSI Asia-Pacific Index. GAR is also a member of the SGX ESG Indices, including the Sustainability Leaders Index.

"We are honoured to be recognised for our efforts in continuously improving our ESG performance. As inclusion is based on an annual review of our performance, this will encourage us to continue on the path of adopting and implementing globally-recognised standards and to share that commitment with our supply chain," said Mr Rafael B Concepcion Jr., Chief Financial Officer of GAR.

GAR's recent ESG achievements include achieving 100 percent Traceability to the Plantation (TTP) for all 44 of its own mills in 2017, mapping over 70 brokers and some 11,000 smallholders supplying palm raw materials to GAR mills. This means that 39 percent of GAR's palm supply chain is now fully traceable. This is enabling GAR to reach out to more and more of its suppliers all the way back to origin and this is key to GAR's efforts to transform its supply chain by sharing responsible practices. GAR is also working with over 400 third-party supplier mills to help them achieve TTP by end 2020.

In addition, GAR continues to make progress in forest conservation by maintaining some 72,000 hectares of conservation area and implementing innovative community conservation partnerships. To date, 13 villages have signed on to help protect over 7,000 hectares of High Carbon Stock forests.

To read more about GAR's progress in responsible palm oil, download GAR's latest Sustainability Report at https://goldenagri.com.sg/sustainability/sustainability-report.

About Golden Agri-Resources Ltd (GAR)

GAR is one of the leading palm oil plantation companies with a total planted area of 500,345 hectares (including plasma smallholders) as at 31 March 2018, located in Indonesia. It has integrated operations focused on the production of palm-based edible oil and fat.

Founded in 1996, GAR was listed on the Singapore Exchange in 1999 and has a market capitalisation of US$3.4 billion as at 31 March 2018. Flambo International Limited, an investment company, is currently GAR's largest shareholder, with a 50.35 percent stake. GAR has several subsidiaries, including PT SMART Tbk which was listed on the Indonesia Stock Exchange in 1992.

GAR is focused on responsible palm oil production. In Indonesia, its primary activities include cultivating and harvesting of oil palm trees; processing of fresh fruit bunch into crude palm oil (CPO) and palm kernel; refining CPO into value-added products such as cooking oil, margarine, shortening, biodiesel and oleochemicals; as well as merchandising palm products throughout the world. It also has operations in China and India including a deep-sea port, oilseeds crushing plants, production capabilities for refined edible oil products as well as other food products such as noodles. For more information, visit: www.goldenagri.com.sg

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Fri, 20 Jul 2018 15:58:00 +0800
Hong Kong Airlines awarded Skytrax 4-star rating and named one of top 20 airlines in the world

HONG KONG, July 18, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Hong Kong Airlines celebrated a big win yesterday at the prestigious 2018 World Airline Awards, when it once again retained its Skytrax 4-star rating. Thanks to our customers' votes, Hong Kong Airlines also made historic headway in the global rankings and is proud to be represent Hong Kong in the top 20 list of the World's Best 100 Airlines in 2018. The airline was also recognised as one of the top 10 airlines in Asia.

Hong Kong Airlines Vice Chairman Mr Tang King Shing (left) accepts the Skytrax 4-star award from Skytrax Chief Executive Edward Plaisted (right)
Hong Kong Airlines Vice Chairman Mr Tang King Shing (left) accepts the Skytrax 4-star award from Skytrax Chief Executive Edward Plaisted (right)

The World Airline Awards is widely regarded as one of the industry's top accolades, held in high esteem for its clarity of process and independence, with no outside sponsorship or external influence.

Hong Kong Airlines Vice Chairman Mr Tang King Shing, who accepted the award on the airline's behalf, said that the recognition from Skytrax was an affirmation of all the hard work that Hong Kong Airlines colleagues have put in over the past year.

"This is an exciting time for Hong Kong Airlines, as we continue to grow from strength to strength. We will continue to improve our customer offerings to deliver the best products and services and aim to become the airline of choice for all travellers."

On awarding the 4-star rating to Hong Kong Airlines, Skytrax Chief Executive praised Hong Kong Airlines for continuing to offer a strong product on its regional routes, whilst also strengthening its global presence with the launch of new long-haul routes, meal concepts and service amenities.

Having successfully transitioned from a regional carrier into a global airline over the past year, Hong Kong Airlines now offers a growing network of nearly 40 destinations across Asia Pacific and North America, including Vancouver, Los Angeles and San Francisco -- new routes launched over the past year. The airline has also introduced exciting new products, including its flagship lounge Club Autus, and the Airbus A350 aircraft.

About Hong Kong Airlines

Established in 2006, Hong Kong Airlines is a full-service airline firmly rooted in Hong Kong. The airline flies to nearly 40 destinations across Asia Pacific and North America, and currently maintains 79 interline and 18 codeshare agreements with multiple airline partners. Hong Kong Airlines operates one of the youngest fleets in the world, it has been awarded the internationally acclaimed four-star rating from Skytrax since 2011.

For more information, please visit:

Website: www.hongkongairlines.com
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Wed, 18 Jul 2018 20:33:00 +0800
USD220,000 for a share in Six Senses St. Kitts Resort and Spa Gains You Global Mobility & A Second Citizenship for Life

HONG KONG, July 18, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Harvey Law Group announces Strategic Partnership with Range Developments in South East Asia for the newly launch Six Senses St. Kitts Resort and Spa. Steeped in legendary seafaring history dating back hundreds of years, the Eastern Caribbean island of St. Kitts & Nevis is the newest exotic destination for Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas.

Mr. Jean-Francois Harvey Global Managing Partner of Harvey Law Group (left) and Mr. Bastien Trelcat, Managing Partner South East Asia (right) officially announced the strategic partnership with Range Developments in South East Asia in May 2018.
Mr. Jean-Francois Harvey Global Managing Partner of Harvey Law Group (left) and Mr. Bastien Trelcat, Managing Partner South East Asia (right) officially announced the strategic partnership with Range Developments in South East Asia in May 2018.

The resort will be set on the site of a former sugar cane plantation with gentle hills rolling down to a long stretch of sandy beach fronting the Caribbean Sea. All of the projected 70 pool villas and The Retreat will enjoy sea views and an unspoiled environment that gives the glorious feeling of being isolated from civilization; a place where guests can reconnect with themselves, their families and loved ones and nature.

In true Six Senses style, every aspect of the 70 villas all with private plunge pools are true to the Six Senses commitment to the environment, using sustainable and repurposed materials juxtaposed with contemporary comforts.

Overlooking the resort's nature reserve, Six Senses St. Kitts will feature a menu of Six Senses specialty treatments as well as Caribbean healing traditions and rejuvenation journeys, Six Senses Integrative Wellness, detox, yoga and workshops.

Investing in Six Senses St. Kitts will entitle you and your family to apply for citizenship of St. Kitts & Nevis through a government sponsored program:

  • A USD220,000 investment (through a limited partnership structure) in Six Senses St. Kitts is required in order to qualify to apply for citizenship of St. Kitts & Nevis.
  • Financing available over 2 years.
  • Citizenship is for life for the investor, spouse, parents and a number of eligible dependents, and citizenship is passed down through generations. Applicants are not to visit or reside in St. Kitts.
  • St. Kitts & Nevis passports are issued within approximately 90 to 120 days of ?ling an application.
  • Citizens are free from personal income, capital gains, gift, wealth and inheritance taxes.
  • St. Kitts & Nevis citizens may travel visa-free to more than 139 countries, including the United Kingdom, Schengen European countries and most British Commonwealth countries.
  • Citizenship includes full residency status and the right to work in St. Kitts & Nevis.
  • Dual citizenship is permitted and open to all nationalities, without any requirement to notify the applicant's home country.
  • St. Kitts & Nevis offers a favorable business development environment where the currency is pegged to the US dollar.
  • Exit options provide the ability to realize capital gain and income generation on investment.

Harvey Law Group (HLG), one of Asia's leading legal firms focusing on investment immigration and mobility, announced that one of its portfolio companies has acquired nearly 20% of the inventory in the newly launched Six Senses St. Kitts being developed by Range Developments (Range) under the St Kitts' Citizenship-by-Investment program. The agreement between Range and Harvey Law Group was signed on May 8, 2018 securing access to units in the development for HLG's well-established clientele in Asia-Pacific.

Harvey Law Group is a multinational law firm dealing with corporate law and investment immigration with a worldwide reputation for representing high-profile clients and corporations, with over 19 offices worldwide. As one of the well-known HNWI law firms, HLG offers the most comprehensive residency and citizenship programs available to date. Harvey Law Group was awarded the Immigration Law Firm of The Year at the Annual Macallan ALB Hong Kong Law Awards in 2014 and 2017. It is notable that Harvey Law Group has been offering Business Immigration Services since 1992 and therefore making it one of the oldest firm in this highly specialized field.

For further inquiries on exclusive financing option or investment immigration program opportunities, please contact HLG World Wide Managing Partner, Mr. Jean-Francois Harvey (jfharvey@harveylawcorporation.com) and HLG Managing Partner, Mr. Bastien Trelcat (btrelcat@harveylawcorporation.com)

Call +6626701848 or visit www.harveylawcorporation.com or FB: https://www.facebook.com/HLGThailand

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Wed, 18 Jul 2018 16:09:00 +0800
Callebaut launches RB1, the first ruby chocolate for chocolatiers and pastry chefs, in Hong Kong

Callebaut ruby RB1 offers new platform for chocolatiers' artisanship and creativity

  • Ruby is the 4th category in chocolate after dark, milk and white. Callebaut ruby RB1, is the 1st ruby chocolate dedicated to artisans and chefs.
  • Callebaut ruby RB1 delivers a sparkling ruby color and intense fruitiness with fresh, sour notes. The taste are color naturally present in the ruby cocoa bean -- no fruit flavorings or colorants are added.
  • Ingenuity and international outlook makes Hong Kong ideal for ruby RB1.

HONG KONG, July 18, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Ruby, the fourth chocolate category, becomes available for artisan chocolatiers and chefs. Callebaut Finest Belgian Chocolate ruby 'RB1' -- the first ruby chocolate produced in Belgium by the Callebaut chocolate makers – will be officially available in Hong Kong this September. To celebrate the launch, RB1 was proudly presented at an exclusive showcase today with illustrious chefs for a handful of chocolatiers in Hong Kong.

Come September this year, Callebaut Finest Belgian Chocolate ruby RB1, the first ruby chocolate dedicated to artisans and chefs, will be made available to Hong Kong.
Come September this year, Callebaut Finest Belgian Chocolate ruby RB1, the first ruby chocolate dedicated to artisans and chefs, will be made available to Hong Kong.

 

Master chocolatier and Belgian chocolate champion, Chef Marijn Coertjens, was in Hong Kong to demonstrate several applications using the ruby RB1. Barry Callebaut expects ruby RB1 to unleash a wave of creativity for chefs that will lead to exciting new products and concepts for people to enjoy.
Master chocolatier and Belgian chocolate champion, Chef Marijn Coertjens, was in Hong Kong to demonstrate several applications using the ruby RB1. Barry Callebaut expects ruby RB1 to unleash a wave of creativity for chefs that will lead to exciting new products and concepts for people to enjoy.

Ruby RB1: unlearn everything you knew about chocolate

Less than a year after it was first revealed in Shanghai, ruby chocolate will become available to chocolatiers and chefs in Hong Kong as 'RB1' by Callebaut. RB1 offers them a new platform through which to express their artisanship and artistry.

Master chocolatier and Belgian chocolate champion, Marijn Coertjens, was in Hong Kong at the showcase and demonstrated several applications using the ruby RB1. Marijn said, "I am very excited that ruby RB1 will soon be formally available in Hong Kong which has the reputation of being one of the world's culinary capitals. Without exaggerating: ruby is the most exciting thing to happen in the chocolate industry in decades. With ruby, you need to unlearn what you would traditionally do with dark, milk or white chocolate. This chocolate opens up a host of new ideas."

With its arresting color and unique taste, RB1 satisfies a yet unmet desire for extreme pleasure, delighting all senses. Research shows that it resonates strongly with a new generation of consumers -- mainly millennials (18-35 years old) who balance a healthy lifestyle with the quest for extreme pleasure.

"We are proud to offer the chef communities in Hong Kong this fourth category of chocolate under the Callebaut brand and our Finest Belgian Chocolate range," said Denis Convert, Barry Callebaut's Vice President for Gourmet in Asia Pacific. "Belgian chocolate has a solid reputation with an image of higher quality standards among the professional chocolate users in Hong Kong. The RB1 recipe has been crafted by the Callebaut chocolate makers in collaboration with Belgian chocolatiers, to encourage creative freedom with its remarkable taste and color. It is low in sweetness, maximizing the fresh fruity character and sour notes."

Ingenuity and international outlook makes Hong Kong ideal for ruby RB1

A strong purchasing power -- and the growing popularity of innovative food products -- among consumers will boost chocolate consumption in Hong Kong.

According to analyst firm Euromonitor, value sales of chocolate confectionery segment in Hong Kong grew 3% reaching HKD2.1 billion (US$268m) in 2017. Hong Kong has one of the largest annual per capita chocolate consumption at 1.5 kg in 2017 among Asia Pacific countries -- second behind Australia (5.7 kg) and more than Japan (1.2 kg) and Singapore (1.0 kg).

"Consumers in Hong Kong are seeking more than just a product," said William Gong, Gourmet Sales and Marketing Director for Mainland China and Hong Kong. "Offering ruby chocolate to artisans and chefs will unleash a wave of creativity that will lead to exciting new products and concepts for people to enjoy. Enough reasons to look out for the innovative creations that will soon pop up in Hong Kong." William expects ruby RB1 will be most attractive to leading hotels, restaurants, cafes as well as bakery and pastry outlets in Hong Kong.

Ruby chocolate, a gift from Mother Nature

Ruby chocolate was discovered more than a decade ago. The invention is the work of the global R&D center of Barry Callebaut, based in Belgium, in collaboration with the Jacobs University (Germany) and over 175 years of expertise in bean selection and chocolate making.

The researchers found out that ruby chocolate was linked to precursors in a specific type of bean: the "ruby" cocoa bean. Identifying the ruby cocoa beans, which hold plenty of these precursors, and finding the best way to process the beans during the chocolate-making process has taken many years of research. RB1 owes its color and specific taste solely to the expert selection and meticulous processing of the ruby beans -- no fruit flavoring or colorants are added to the chocolate.

For every bag of RB1, Callebaut sources sustainably grown beans and supports cocoa farmers in cocoa farming communities.

Barry Callebaut is gaining traction

Barry Callebaut, the world's leading manufacturer of chocolate and cocoa products and the company behind the Callebaut brand, has been making waves in China. After the successful premiere of ruby chocolate in Shanghai, the company last month -- for the first time in Asia -- introduced the chocolate ritual tasting in Shanghai to more than 50 international chefs from around the world. Callebaut has also gained market share and mindshare among the semi-professionals bakery and pastry users through its e-commerce platform on Alibaba's Tmall.

About Callebaut® (www.callebaut.com):

For more than 100 years, Callebaut® has been making chocolate in the heart of Belgium and is still one of the rare chocolate makers to select, roast and grind cacao beans into its own secret and exclusive cocoa mass – the most important ingredient for chocolate couvertures. Callebaut® was established in 1850 in Belgium as a malt brewery. Grandson Octaaf Callebaut produced his first chocolate bars in 1911 and began production of chocolate couverture for Belgian chocolatiers soon after. Callebaut® began exporting its finest Belgian chocolates in 1950 and is part of the Barry Callebaut group, the world's leading manufacturer of high-quality chocolate and cacao.

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About the Barry Callebaut Group (www.barry-callebaut.com):

With annual sales of about CHF 6.8 billion (EUR 6.3 billion / USD 6.9 billion) in fiscal year 2016/17, the Zurich-based Barry Callebaut Group is the world's leading manufacturer of high-quality chocolate and cocoa products -- from sourcing and processing cocoa beans to producing the finest chocolates, including chocolate fillings, decorations and compounds. The Group runs close to 60 production facilities worldwide and employs a diverse and dedicated global workforce of about 11,000 people. The Barry Callebaut Group serves the entire food industry, from industrial food manufacturers to artisanal and professional users of chocolate, such as chocolatiers, pastry chefs, bakers, hotels, restaurants or caterers. The two global brands catering to the specific needs of these Gourmet customers are Callebaut® and Cacao Barry®. The Barry Callebaut Group is committed to make sustainable chocolate the norm by 2025 to help ensure future supplies of cocoa and improve farmers' livelihoods. It supports the Cocoa Horizons Foundation in its goal to shape a sustainable cocoa and chocolate future..

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Wed, 18 Jul 2018 14:00:00 +0800
Jeff's Cellar Rated as One of the Most Magnificent Bars in the World by CNN Greece

Experience Jeff's Cellar through the Dine & Dream Programme

IPOH, Malaysia, July 18, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Jeff's Cellar at The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat was recently named as one of the 5 most magnificent bars in the world by CNN Greece, alongside other remarkable bars located in Germany, Namibia, South Africa and Jamaica. The Banjaran invites diners for an ethereal dining experience in the cave chamber cellar through its Dine & Dream gastronomy programme at the bespoke wellness resort in Ipoh, Perak; located just 2-hour drive from Malaysia's capital city, Kuala Lumpur. 

Dine in Jeff's Cellar at The Banjaran - rated one of the most magnificent bars in the world by CNN Greece
Dine in Jeff's Cellar at The Banjaran - rated one of the most magnificent bars in the world by CNN Greece

Built into a cavern of a 260 million-year-old limestone hill with some of the most spectacular cave concretions, Jeff's Cellar is one of the most unique wine bars in the world where guests can savour an extensive range of organic and rare wines from around the world. What commenced as a private wine cellar exclusively for guests staying at The Banjaran, has now evolved into a dining destination that is certain to entice discerning food and travel adventurers to visit Ipoh's most experiential culinary destination, further reaffirming Ipoh's recognition by Lonely Planet as "Asia's top destination for food".

Under the Dine & Dream programme, The Secret Escape takes diners into Jeff's Cellar. Its entrance is disguised in a medieval fashion with a deep well, and high steel grated gates bearing double crests. Beyond the entrance, an ethereal feel immediately welcomes guests to an intimate cave interior with breath-taking natural water features which also give it a cooling effect, transporting guests into another realm for a whole new encounter and indulgence. Diners can choose from a selection of 5- or 7-course set dinner menus, priced from RM500 nett per person.

The Dine & Dream programme also presents 4 other bespoke choices, each themed to heighten the novelty of the venue in which it is set amidst the sprawling retreat. These dining options include Star Struck, Sizzle & Flames, In-Private and Enchanted Delights, with prices starting from RM500 nett per person. For a romantic setting, a most sought after Dine & Dream programme is the Star Struck where diners are ushered to a private deck overlooking the hot springs lake, set against a breath-taking backdrop of towering limestone hills; Sizzle & Flames cocoons diners into The Balcony, an elevated private cave chamber that overlooks the retreat's hot springs lake and In-Private takes dining into a new level of privacy where guests are able to sizzle their own barbeque selections; Enchanted Delights will make diners reminisce and experience an elegant afternoon tea overlooking a tranquil pond with an array of sweets, savouries and a lovely selection of teas, complemented by a glass of champagne.

The Banjaran's Dine & Dream culinary brigade is led by Malaysian-born Head Chef Lee Choon Boon. Chef Boon brings over 15 years of regional culinary experiences with several international hotel brands and award-winning independent restaurants. Mr. Castaldi Alex Rosario, General Manager of The Banjaran said, "Dine & Dream brings together food and destination as a cohesive recipe. With Jeff's Cellar given such a recognition by CNN Greece, we believe Dine & Dream creates another reason for diners and tourists alike to visit this part of Malaysia; and to experience The Banjaran, which has become one of Ipoh's most experiential culinary destinations in its own right."

For a complete experience, The Banjaran features 45 Garden, Water and Lake villas nestled in a secluded cove, allowing nature to play host and providing vistas of the towering limestone hills that envelopes the valley floor. Each villa accommodates 2 adults. Prices are quoted in Ringgit Malaysia (RM) inclusive of prevailing taxes. For reservations, call The Banjaran at Tel: +60-5-210-7777, email directly to tbhr.reservations@tsunwayhotels.com or visit https://www.thebanjaran.com. The Banjaran's Dine & Dream is also open to external guests. Advanced reservation is required.

ABOUT THE BANJARAN HOTSPRINGS RETREAT

The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat is nestled in a valley cradled by lush tropical rainforest, geothermal hot springs, natural caves, cascading waterfalls and magical 260-million-year old Paleozoic limestone hills; located 15-minute drive from Ipoh city, in the northern state of Perak; and 2-hour drive north of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The retreat features 45 luxurious villas, and a host of natural features including the geothermal hotsprings dipping pools, a thermal steam cave, meditation cave, crystal cave, Garra Rufa Doctor Fish Pool, a naturally-heated swimming pool, a yoga pavilion and more. The Spa and Wellness Centre offers over 40 authentic Asian-inspired treatments. Jeff's Cellar, an ethereal cave chamber with some of the most spectacular cave concretions is arguably one of the most unique dining venues in the world. The Banjaran is reserved exclusively for guests above the age of 12 years old.

FOR MEDIA ENQUIRIES, PLEASE CONTACT:

Farizal B. Jaafar
Group Director of Brand Marketing & Communications - Sunway Hotels & Resorts

Stephanie Yong
Media Relations & Publicity Manager

Chandrika Bhaskaran
Public Relations Manager

Tel: +60-3-7492-8000
E-mail: srhs.media@sunwayhotels.com

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https://www.thebanjaran.com

Wed, 18 Jul 2018 10:40:00 +0800
Farmmi, Inc. Enters into Strategic Cooperation Framework Agreement with Bantan Internet Technology PTE. LTD.

LISHUI, China, July 17, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Farmmi, Inc. (the "Company") (Nasdaq: FAMI), a leading agriculture products supplier in China, today announced that the company has entered into strategic cooperation framework agreement (the "Framework Agreement") with Bantan Internet Technology PTE. LTD. ("BIT"), a Singapore company.

Pursuant to the Framework Agreement signed on July 10, 2018, BIT is obligated to establish a world leading blockchain technology system and other application of blockchain technology as well as to provide blockchain technology services for suppliers of the Company. In addition, BIT will also be responsible for the technical support and maintenance of the blockchain system. The term of the Framework Agreement is one year. BIT agrees to receive cash from the Company as the service fee which will be decided by both parties according to the specific performance.

Ms. Yefang Zhang, Chairwoman and Chief Executive Officer of the Company, commented, "We are proud to announce our agreement with BIT. We believe our customers and shareholders will benefit from the blockchain technology system of EA Chain that BIT is developing."

About Farmmi, Inc.

Headquartered in Lishui, Zhejiang, Farmmi, Inc. (the "Company") (Nasdaq: FAMI), is an agricultural products supplier and primarily processes and sells Shiitake mushrooms, Mu Er mushrooms, other edible fungi, and other agricultural products. In addition, Farmmi Liangpin Market, the Company's ecommerce platform, provides an opportunity for consumers to access locally sourced agricultural products. For further information regarding the Company, please visit: http://ir.farmmi.com.cn/.

Forward-Looking Statements

This announcement contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. All statements other than statements of historical fact in this announcement are forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties and are based on current expectations and projections about future events and financial trends that the Company believes may affect its financial condition, results of operations, business strategy and financial needs, including the expectation that Bantan Technology will perform its obligations under the Agreement and the cooperation with Bantan Technology will benefit the Company's customers and shareholders. Investors can identify these forward-looking statements by words or phrases such as "may," "will," "expect," "anticipate," "aim," "estimate," "intend," "plan," "believe," "potential," "continue," "is/are likely to" or other similar expressions. The Company undertakes no obligation to update forward-looking statements to reflect subsequent occurring events or circumstances, or changes in its expectations, except as may be required by law. Although the Company believes that the expectations expressed in these forward-looking statements are reasonable, it cannot assure you that such expectations will turn out to be correct, and the Company cautions investors that actual results may differ materially from the anticipated results.

For more information, please contact Investor Relations at:

Tina Xiao, President
Ascent Investor Relations LLC
Phone: +1-917-609-0333
Email: tina.xiao@ascent-ir.com

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http://ir.farmmi.com.cn/

Tue, 17 Jul 2018 20:30:00 +0800

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