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Beyond Asia, BreadTalk has sights set on Europe and US

London

HENRY Chu, the chief executive officer of Singapore's BreadTalk Group, is more than confident of where he wants to steer the SGX-listed company over the next five to 10 years.

Under his watch, he hopes to achieve a S$1 billion market capitalisation (it is currently trending at around the S$500 million mark, having peaked at just over S$700 million in July), and improve the ...more

Food checks on caterers to be a priority this festive season

Checks on food caterers and premises with considerable catering operations will be given priority by Singapore's food inspectors in the coming festive season.

The move, announced yesterday by the National Environment Agency (NEA) and Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA), comes in the wake of three major food poisoning incidents that killed one man and affected about 400 people.

With ...more

S'pore may allow import of roast meat from Hong Kong

Singaporeans who hunger for Hong Kong's roast meat, especially its famed roast goose, may soon have their fill of it without having to visit the territory.

The Singapore Government is considering easing the import rules on cooked meat products, said Senior Minister of State for Trade and Industry Chee Hong Tat yesterday.

The rules are being reviewed by Singapore's Pro-Enterprise ...more

New plan launched to help food businesses go digital

Singapore

IF OLD Street Bak Kut Teh's experience is any indication, going digital can pay off handsomely for a small and medium-sized food business.

The chain of 15 stores selling pork rib soup introduced digital food ordering and payment systems, starting in 2013.

Customers can order through a mobile phone app or use the tablets at each table. Those who pay digitally get ...more

More than a hotel-listing platform

UNLIKE many other tech startups out there, Zuzu Hospitality Solutions believes that people still have a place in its services. The three-year-old company, which focuses on providing online management and distribution tools to independent hotels, packages both software and consultants together.

"The challenge is that if you give hotels technology, they don't know how to use it. And if you just ...more

Fancy mooncakes galore with fun local flavours and low-sugar options

Mooncakes made with less sugar as well as those inspired by local flavours are taking centre stage for this year's Mid-Autumn Festival, which falls on Sept 24.

More hotels, restaurants and bakeries are offering low-sugar mooncakes in response to customers who want healthier options.

For the first time, the TungLok Group is offering a range of mooncakes in nine flavours that has ...more

Robo-breadmaker firm Zimplistic gets US$30m in series C funding

Singapore

ZIMPLISTIC, the creator of flatbread-making robot Rotimatic, has signed a US$30 million series C funding round led by private equity fund Credence Partners and EDBI, the investment arm of Singapore's Economic Development Board.

The investment comes after Zimplistic announced US$20 million in revenue in its first year of sales, and its expansion into five new markets: the ...more

Sibling duo gearing up to take the reins at family kitchenware business

Huilin Quek and her brother Kwan Yi Quek were only six and three when their parents started Q Industries, a company supplying tableware to restaurants and hotels, in 1987.

The idea for the business came from their mother, Mrs Jacqueline Quek, who had always loved hospitality and secretly harboured dreams of becoming an air stewardess in her younger years.

Though she eventually took ...more

Singapore Kitchen Equipment seeks dual listing on HK GEM board

Singapore

CATALIST-listed Singapore Kitchen Equipment is seeking a dual primary listing of its shares on the Growth Enterprise Market (GEM) board of the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong (SEHK) through a share offer.

The company, which deals in the fabrication and distribution of commercial kitchen equipment, announced in a statement on Wednesday that the opportunities provided by the dual ...more

Mix it up, robot bartender

PERFORMERS in the style of Daft Punk may no longer be the only robots at music festivals. Thanks to a whiz-kid's home-grown startup, the bartender might be one, too.

Tushar Mohan, 24, has cooked up an automated drink dispensing system - capable of mixing cocktails and air bandung alike - that his firm, Souschef, offers for hire.

Different storage containers each hold an ingredient ...more
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