People have been making bread for thousand of years, its exact origin is unknown. Back in the Stone Age, nomadic tribes made thick gruel from stone crushed wild grains of barley and wheat and then baked them into flat cakes on hot stones over open fire. About 10,000 years ago, nomadic tribes settled and began cultivating grains. Later, Swiss lake dwellers improved on the wild grain-gruel recipe by crushing grains to make flat bread. Archeological evidence proved that the Egyptians produced the first risen loaves using yeast as far back as 5,000 years ago. The Egyptians were also believed to be the first to grind wheat flour in a process similar to modern milling.
This is the story of how Kim’s Chocolates is bringing education to 65,000 children in Tanzania to lift them out of poverty – in partnership with Barry Callebaut.
Pastries are the cornerstone of the food industry. One cannot set foot into most food establishment without there being at least a few pastry items on the menu. But unbeknownst to many, there are countless hours necessary to provide quality pastry to customers. This is where Clement Lim and Pastry World come in. Pastry World is a one stop provider for any and all pastry needs. This is how restaurants can cut down on their pastry production, by having Pastry World provide high quality and delicious pastry for them, cutting down on kitchen space and man-hours which they would otherwise have to sacrifice.
In the recent furor of “halal” issues pervading the media, one must surely pause to give due consideration and effort in understanding this term. In Arabic, the term halal means allowed or permitted by Islamic law. The criteria specifies what food is allowed and in what manner this food is prepared which also includes processing and storage stages.
Malaysian Indian Chef Association (MICA) amat berbangga menjadi penganjur bagi ‘The King Authentic Satay Challenge 2018’ yang akan di anjurkan pada 16 Sept 2018 (Ahad).
While most folks predicted some immediate changes following the transition of governments, none were prepared for the swift abolition of the Goods & Services tax. The much-maligned substitute for the Sales & Services Tax had come under fire since its introduction in April 2015 for purportedly instigating steep price hikes across the board.
IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, signed an advisory agreement with Myanmar’s Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation (MoALI) today to support its efforts with boosting sector productivity, quality and skill development. The technical assistance program is supported by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Australia, the Department for International Development of the United Kingdom and the Government of Japan.
The country’s agricultural sector is a key pillar of the economy and provides employment to about 53 percent of the labor force and is a source of livelihood for about 70 percent of the rural population. Through this agreement, IFC’s technical assistance will support the government’s objective of increasing the productivity, market access and competitiveness of the agricultural sector by improving the provision of quality inputs to farmers. As a driver of growth and innovation, the private sector will play a significant role in assuring quality seeds, fertilizer and crop protection products reach farmers efficiently. A strong balance between efficient markets and effective regulation is needed along with an improved way of working together for the government and private sector.
“IFC’s emphasis on improving the use of agricultural inputs and strengthening quality standards of agricultural products is aligned with MoALI’s mission. I am confident that this project will be supportive to our agriculture sector development and fulfill our vision for the future,” said Dr. Aung Thu, Minister of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation.
IFC will also assist with establishing quality standards for key export commodities, such as rice, and local food processing, while helping farmers to develop skills related to the use of agricultural inputs and improved quality standards. In July, IFC and MoALI held a one-day workshop in Nyuang Shwe, which brought together over 200 tomato farmers to discuss Good Agricultural Practices and the importance of improving and reducing the use of chemicals on their floating farms to protect Inle Lake.
“We believe that improved access to quality agricultural inputs will elevate industry productivity and quality, while also resulting in raised incomes and job creation along the value chain,” said Vivek Pathak, IFC Regional Director for East Asia and the Pacific. “By supporting Myanmar’s agricultural development, we hope to help create potential markets for agricultural products through exports.”
As a member of the World Bank Group, IFC has been a the forefront of driving agriculture sector reforms in recent years across Asia to unlock the door for farmers and rural communities to access relevant inputs, knowledge, skills and finance to improve their livelihoods in a sustainable manner. With agribusiness as a strategic pillar of IFC’s work in Myanmar, we are supporting local firms such as the Awba Group to increase the production of good-quality crop protection products and improve access to agri-lending products for farmers.
Sugar-related health and wellbeing concerns are high on consumers’ radar, especially amongst millennials and health-conscious adults. They all have one thing in common: the search for good food with a better nutritional profile that doesn’t force them to compromise on taste. Nowadays, 49% of global consumers are trying to limit their sugar intake. Healthy alternatives for snacks and meals are a worldwide growing trend that Barry Callebaut is addressing through its continuous investments in R&D. It developed a complete range of five wholesome sugar solutions for chocolate and also has a toolbox of sugar substituting technologies ready for customer-specific developments.
Trends come and go, and this is especially true in a food industry that changes at the breakneck pace of Instagram. When you’ve only just caught on salted egg yolk when the world has moved on to cauliflower rice, you’re in trouble.