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StarHub, ST Kinetics getting robots to ease hotel laundry load

Robots transporting dirty linen from guest rooms to a laundry collection point could soon become a common sight in hotels here, following a new partnership between StarHub and ST Kinetics, which will introduce Aethon TUG robots to hotels to streamline their laundry processes.

Both companies said yesterday that for a start, the TUG robots will be deployed next year in three hotels - Capri ...more

Boosting standards with technology

TO deal with persistent manpower challenges, food-catering company Neo Group has adopted technology to automate its processes and ramp up its productivity, while ensuring the consistent quality of its food.

Reflecting this commitment to technology-based solutions, the company has even developed its own in-house IT systems to capture, analyse and disseminate information.

One of its ...more

MBS to reel in more sources of sustainable seafood

Integrated resort Marina Bay Sands (MBS) is fishing for new means to ensure sustainable seafood in its restaurants.

By 2020, half of all seafood procured for MBS establishments will be from sources that meet international standards of sustainable farming and fishing.

Already, those looking to eat red garoupa or blue fin tuna, which are on the World Wide Fund for Nature's (WWF) avoid ...more

Meat the professionals

THE Indoguna story began in 1993 as a purveyor of premium meats to hotels and restaurants. Its customers include high-end supermarkets and hotels such as Dairy Farm Group, Marina Bay Sands and Grand Hyatt Singapore.

Over the decades, it has expanded to include an assortment of premium food products that range from gourmet meat and seafood to its extensive range of halal dim sum.

To ...more

Banking on its bread and butter brands

Auric Pacific Group's chief executive, Dr Andy Adhiwana, has big plans for nourishing the business after taking Indonesia's Riady family's first listed vehicle in Singapore private.

Although Auric's flagship brands SCS butter and Sunshine bread have been household names since the 1900s, the company has set its sights on being the nation's bread and butter supplier for the next 100 years as ...more

Zeemart whips up link for food suppliers and buyers

Q What does Zeemart do?

Mr Sundarajoo We are a business-to-business platform built for the hotel, restaurant and catering industry, connecting buyers and suppliers.

Mr Tan Nobody starts a food and beverage (F&B) business because they love administrative work. They love the creation of food, interacting with guests, creating a nice ambience. They don't love the paperwork and that's ...more

Trade visitors get to learn from cafe experts in exclusive first look

The Singapore Coffee Festival 2017 kicks off today at the Marina Bay Cruise Centre exclusively for trade members and the media.

Industry insiders have been lined up to share their knowledge in the morning, while sustainability will be the focus of talks in the afternoon.

The Singapore Coffee Festival is now into its second year, and is organised by The Straits Times and presented ...more

Catering Solutions taps strengths of both sides of Causeway


SINGAPORE institutional caterer Catering Solutions has been tapping the strengths of both sides of the Causeway to optimise its operations and to enter new markets.

The sister company of Indian restaurant Gayatri has moved some of its processes to Johor Bahru (JB), Malaysia, as part of its cost-cutting measures, to internationalise and to complement its operations in Singapore.

The ...more

Giving housekeeping more 'zoom' at hotels

It looks compact and mobile, but that cart that hotel housekeepers push along carpeted corridors can weigh more than 100kg.

The strenuous work - and its ill effects on one's physical health - is making it difficult for the hotel industry to keep people in this job, say industry players.

But a new project by a team of lecturers from Republic Polytechnic, supported by the Ministry ...more

Neo Group diversifies into food retail


A DIVERSIFICATION into food retail and a focus on profitability are some ways that catering firm Neo Group will move ahead in its strategies, the company said in a results briefing on Thursday.

This comes after the Catalist-listed company reported a 181.1 per cent increase to S$2.7 million in its Q4 net profit for the three months ended March 31, 2017.

Revenue for ...more

Coffee shops latest to have tender linked to productivity


TWO new coffee shops, which leverage technology and other features to boost productivity, were launched over the weekend, with a tender for three more such coffee shops to be released in the third quarter of this year.

Koufu's "Happy Hawkers" coffee shop in Tampines was officially opened by Masagos Zulkifli, Minister for the Environment and Water Resources, while Sim Ann, ...more

One in five F&B outlets using tech to raise productivity

One in five food and beverage outlets - or about 1,400 establishments - in Singapore have adopted digital solutions to improve their productivity, as of March.

And the Government is setting a target for 50 per cent of all F&B outlets to adopt digital service solutions by 2020, Senior Minister of State for Trade and Industry Sim Ann told Parliament yesterday.

She was responding to ...more

Hotel industry's prospects bright, say Park Hotel and RB Capital

The outlook for the hotel industry is bright, with rates for upscale rooms going higher amid healthy occupancy, according to the Park Hotel Group.

The company, which is opening a new hotel at the Farrer Square mixed development in Farrer Park on May 15, expects to raise room rates by nearly 5 per cent on average this year.

"We already registered a 1-3 per cent increase in rates ...more

Feeding the passion


WHILE most firms in the food and beverage (F&B) sector are adapting to keep pace with the rapid growth of technology, homegrown restaurant chain Putien believes that sticking with perennial values will set it apart from its competitors during this period of great change.

"Delivering innovative dishes while matching local diners' tastes is the challenge that we have ...more

Serving up new dishes

IF THERE is one thing that Singapore is known for around the world, it is food, glorious food. When almost everyone is a critic, you know that food is serious business here. Even as overall growth slows and disruptions hit, the food services and food manufacturing sectors remain essential parts of the Singapore economy. After all, eating does not just fill a intrinsic need here – it is probably the ...more
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