Diva Coffee: 100% Carbon Offset ECO Coffee

SYDNEY, July 2, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — When Jim Storey started Diva Coffee, he believed that through business he could make the world a better place.

“When you run your own business you get to make your own choices,” said Jim, owner of Diva Coffee. “So I decided to make positive choices for our planet and the communities supported by the coffee industry.

And so Diva ECO Coffee was born – coffee that’s Ethical, Community focused and Organic. It’s also 100% carbon offset.

“We’ve chosen the best of the best in terms of Ethical products,” Jim said. “The coffee is Fair Trade certified which ensures that farmers get paid a reasonable amount for their work. By choosing Organic we’re ensuring the sustainability of the coffee farms and communities that the beans are from, and 100% carbon offsets are helping keep the planet safe for our children.”

A study in 2012 published in the Journal of Agricultural Science and Technology regarding the carbon footprint of coffee found that for every kilo of coffee harvested, approximately 5kg of carbon was released in its journey across the supply chain. So from the tree to your waste bin 5kg of carbon is released as the coffee is harvested, transported, roasted, packaged, ground and consumed. The packaging in capsules is even higher with a greater carbon footprint.

“The most exciting part of launching this product is choosing where to buy the carbon credits,” said Jim. “It’s like Christmas having money to spend helping others, especially choosing projects like the Kenya Lifestraw Project.

Traditionally water is purified in Kenya by boiling it – and the fuel for heating the water is the local forest. The Kenya Lifestraw Carbon Offset Program reduces deforestation by providing a healthy alternative using clean drinking water filters. Not only is this reducing carbon, providing clean drinking water is also saving lives.

“As soon as I saw the Kenya LifeStraw program I fell in love with it,said Jim. “As a parent I can only imagine the anguish of having to give your children potentially harmful drinking water. The LifeStraw project ticked all the environmental and ethical boxes for me.”

To read more about this project, or Diva Coffee, head over to divacoffee.com.au.

Contact:

Jim Storey, CEO
15/20 Narabang Way
Belrose NSW 2085
Phone: +612-9986-3053
Email: sales@divacoffee.com.au

The Asia Livestock Series Move Positively Ahead

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, July 1, 2014 /PRNewswire/ —The globally renowned major Asia Livestock Industry Event Series by UBM ASEAN feature a wide range of innovative products and solutions, including improved farming systems, genetics and feed to help the feed, livestock and meat industries meet the challenges. UBM organised livestock events are held across ASEAN countries including Malaysia, the Philippines, Vietnam and Myanmar and the series continues to expand each year after proving to be a cost- effective marketing platform for industry players.

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VIETSTOCK 2014 With the theme “Restructuring The Livestock Industry For Sustainable Development, the 7th edition of VIETSTOCK will gather together more than 250 leading local, regional and international suppliers representing the entire livestock value chain from ‘farm to fork’. The event was launched in 2004 and has become the country’s showcase for attracting investments in feed and livestock. Now in its 10th year, VIETSTOCK continues to get bigger and better with more comprehensive seminars and a wider showcase featuring the modernisation of livestock rearing and feed manufacturing, both of which will greatly benefit both local and international firms. Enjoying strong support from The Department of Livestock Production (MARD) since the first staging of the event, VIETSTOCK will be held at the Saigon Exhibition & Convention Centre (SECC), HCMC from 15-17 October 2014. Pre-register at http://www.vietstock.org and plan your visit today!

LIVESTOCK MYANMAR 2015 Following the success of its debut edition Livestock Myanmar 2014, several exhibitors have already rebooked for 2015. The event will follow in the footsteps of other UBM livestock events and will certainly be another successful event – one especially designed for Myanmar’s regional industry. This event, Myanmar’s first official feed, livestock & meat industry event will take place on 29 – 31 January 2015 at Tatmadaw Exhibition Hall, Yangon. Find out more about Livestock Myanmar 2015 by visiting http://www.livestockmyanmar.com.

LIVESTOCK PHILIPPINES 2015 will be the third staging of the event following its great success of the 2013 event. Livestock Philippine 2013 drew more than 200 exhibitors from 20 countries and was officially opened by no less than Philippine President Benigno S. Aquino III. Foreign participation was evidenced by international pavilions from China, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan and the UK. Supported by the Department of Agriculture, LIVESTOCK PHILIPPINES 2015 is expected to attract more than 5,000 industry participant. The show will take place at the SMX Convention Centre,Pasay City, Philipphines from 24 to 26 June 2015. To discover more on the event, please log on to www.livestockphilippines.com .

LIVESTOCK ASIA 2015 has developed an outstanding reputation since 2001 as Asia’s leading event for feed, livestock and meat industries. With the theme “Feeding AEC’s Future”, the 8th edition of Livestock Asia is timely as it falls just before the single integrated market and production base, the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) which becomes effective on 31 December 2015. Co- located with Livestock Asia 2015, a new event ASIA MEATEC the show will focus specifically on the needs of the meat industry from production, processing and packaging all the way through to the plate. With a floor plan expanded by 30%, Livestock Asia 2015 will take place at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre from 21 – 23 September 2015. For more information, kindly go to http://www.livestockasia.com.

“Asia Livestock Series developed an outstanding reputation as Asia’s leading event for the feed, livestock and meat industries and efficiently accommodate industry professionals and players interact with their ASEAN and other foreign counterparts to discuss challenges and opportunities forging mutual partnerships towards harmonies global competitiveness,” said Ms. Rungphech Chitanuwat, Business Development Director, UBM Asia.

Exhibitors and visitors both understand that meeting face-to-face is important, as it gives the opportunity not just to see products and have hands-on inspection of the latest equipment, but also to exchange valuable ideas and experiences with other industry professionals and find solutions for their business challenges – all in one place. The Livestock Event Series also feature a comprehensive seminar and conference program featuring industry experts to keep you up-to-date the latest products, developments and industry trends.

Notes to Editors:

1. About UBM Asia (www.ubmasia.com)

Owned by UBM plc listed on the London Stock Exchange, UBM Asia is Asia’s leading exhibition organiser and the biggest commercial organiser in mainland China, India and Malaysia. Established with its headquarters in Hong Kong and subsidiary companies across Asia and in the US, UBM Asia has a strong global presence in 25 major cities with 30 offices and over 1,400 staff.

With a track record spanning over 30 years, UBM Asia operates in 21 market sectors with 160 dynamic face-to-face exhibitions, 75 high-level professional conferences, 28 targeted trade publications, 18 round-the-clock vertical portals and virtual event services for over 1,000,000 quality exhibitors, visitors, conference delegates, advertisers and subscribers from all over the world. We provide a one-stop diversified global service for high-value business matching, quality market news and online trading networks.

UBM Asia has extensive office networks in China, Southeast Asia and India, three of the world’s fastest growing B2B events markets. UBM China has 11 offices in the major cities in mainland China, including Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Hangzhou, Chengdu and Shenzhen, where we organise more than 70 exhibitions and conferences. In ASEAN, UBM Asia operates from its offices in Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore, Vietnam and the Philippines with over 50 events in this region. UBM India teams in Mumbai, New Delhi, Bangalore, Chennai and Hyderabad organise 20 exhibitions and 60 conferences every year across the country.

2. About UBM plc (www.ubm.com)

UBM plc is a leading global business media company. We inform markets and bring the world’s buyers and sellers together at events via online and print providing them with the information they need to do business successfully. We focus on serving professional communities from doctors to game developers, journalists to jewellery traders, farmers to pharmacists. Our 6,500 staff members in more than 40 countries are organised into specialist teams that serve these communities, helping them do business and their markets to work effectively and efficiently.

This press information is issued by:

MARKETING COMMUNICATION DEPARTMENT
United Business Media (M) Sdn Bhd
A-8-1, Level 8, Hampshire Place Office,
157, Hamphire 1, Jalan Mayang Sari
50450 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Tel: +603-2176-8788 Fax: +603-2164-8786
E:  sufian.zahari@ubm.com      W: www.ubmasia.com

For more information on Livestock Series Show, contact:

LIVESTOCK SERIES
Ms. Rungphech Chitanuwat – Director of Asian Livestock Series
E:rose.c@ubm.com

VIETSTOCK 2014
Ms. Chau Tran
E: chau.tran@ubm.com  / vietstock@ubm.com

LIVESTOCK MYANMAR 2015
Ms. Yee Mon
E: yeemon.c@ubm.com / livestockmyanmar@ubm.com

LIVESTOCK PHILIPPINES 2015
Ms. Jessica Go
E: jessica.go@ubm.com / livestockphil@ubm.com

LIVESTOCK ASIA 2015
Ms. Rita Lau / Ms. Salmiza Salim
E: rita.lau@ubm.com / salmiza.salim@ubm.com / livestockasia@ubm.com

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International SOS provides advice for a healthy Ramadan

BEIJING, June 30, 2014 /PRNewswire/  International SOS is providing travellers and expatriates with seven key tips for staying healthy during the upcoming holy month of Ramadan.

Dr Salwan Ibrahim, Deputy Regional Medical Director for the Middle East Region at International SOS, said:

“The holy month of Ramadan is an important time for Muslims worldwide. It is a time of reflection, devotion to God and self-control. From a medical point of view it is important to stay healthy during this period. That means staying hydrated, eating wisely, and making sure to take sufficient rest.”

Muslims fast from dawn to dusk during the holy month of Ramadan. This year the holy month falls during the hot season in the Middle East and North Africa and during the time of year with the longest hours of daylight in the Northern Hemisphere.

Dr Ibrahim said:

“The main risks of fasting are low blood sugar and dehydration, and with Ramadan falling during the height of summer, it’s important that people are particularly aware of the risks this year. Fasters should adopt routines gradually and be moderate in their eating and drinking habits during the hours of darkness. Business travellers and expatriates should consider the advice regardless of whether they are working in one fixed location or if they are on the move”

International SOS’ seven tips for the Holy Month are:

  1. Eat moderately at Iftar – When breaking the fast it is important to avoid large intakes of sugar and fatty foods, which can disturb the metabolism and cause dizziness, headaches and fatigue. Break the fast with dates and yoghurt, water and fruit juice and then wait 10 minutes before consuming a sensible portion of further food, which should be rich in minerals.
  2. Make sure to eat Suhour – With sunrise occurring early in the Northern Hemisphere on the year’s longest days, there is a temptation to sleep or simply drink water rather than rising to eat a proper Suhour. International SOS’ doctors advise that it is better always to eat Suhour, and to choose complex carbohydrates such as whole-grain bread, barley and lentils to provide energy throughout the day of fasting ahead.
  3. Get sufficient sleep – The holy month of Ramadan is a time of increased prayer and gatherings of family and friends. Frequently this can mean less opportunity to sleep during the night. Fasters should make sure to get eight hours of sleep in every 24 hour period, even if this is split into several separate periods of rest.
  4. Adapt your exercise routine – It is still possible to follow weight loss and exercise routines during the Holy Month of Ramadan. However, exercise plans should be moderated to allow for the change in eating patterns. Fasters should concentrate on lighter exercises, such as brisk walking, and pay particular attention to the time of day they choose to take exercise; International SOS recommends waiting 2-3 hours after breaking fast before a work-out.
  5. Managing medication and chronic illness – Fasters with chronic health conditions should consult a doctor for advice on how fasting may affect their health. As a general rule, medication usually taken at breakfast can be taken at Iftar, whilst medications usually taken at dinner can be taken at Suhour. Diabetics should consult a physician for advice on how they can continue to take Insulin and should monitor blood sugar carefully around mealtimes.
  6. Plan workload carefully – Although in many countries work hours are reduced during Ramadan, it is advisable to plan workloads to minimise fatigue. Work that requires heavy concentration should be carried out in the early morning hours. Where possible, working fasters should work at intervals throughout the day to avoid unnecessary strain rather than attempting one long work period.
  7. Be extra cautious on the road – Low blood sugar from fasting can seriously affect fasters’ capabilities and concentration behind the wheel. In many Muslim countries, traffic will be heavy in the hour before sunset, as people return home to break the fast. Traffic accidents tend to peak at this time. Avoid road travel later in the day whenever possible and exercise extra caution if travel is required. This may include choosing to travel with a passenger who can help keep the driver alert. It is always better to take regular breaks rather than continuing to drive for long periods of time whilst drowsy or otherwise impaired.

Walmart to Sponsor Food Fraud Prevention Online Course In China

BEIJING, June 30, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Walmart has agreed to sponsor the translation of a Food Fraud Prevention online course to the Mandarin language. The course was developed by Dr. John Spink, Professor at Michigan State University (MSU) and Director of the University’s Food Fraud Initiative. Dr. Spink, a recognized expert in this area, has joined Walmart in their efforts to help customers, regulators, suppliers and retailers increase public awareness of food fraud prevention in China and prevent food fraud through joint efforts in the market.

MSU’s first Food Fraud Prevention Overview was originally conducted in May of 2013 and it has only been offered in English. Since its debut, the massive open online course (MOOC) has seen over 800 participants from 48 countries take in the free course. Following the first MOOC, there has been great interest in follow-up courses and translation into other languages. The Walmart sponsorship of the first language translation of the MOOC into Mandarin is a critical next step in protecting against food fraud and improving the global food supply chain.

This two-week MOOC is offered free to anyone, anywhere, who has Internet access. The first Mandarin version of the two-week course will be offered in two sections, on August 5 and August 12. It is especially targeted to be a tool to help food companies in China further strengthen their food fraud prevention and surveillance programs.

Participants of the MOOC will gain important insights into the reasons food fraud continues to be a major issue in the global supply chain. The course will draw on a wide range of current experience and expertise, infusing many real-world applications and problem-solving exercises that will provide a framework for success in the future.

Frank Yiannas, Vice President of Food Safety for Walmart said, “At Walmart, we take the issue of food fraud very seriously. Because prevention of food fraud is a shared responsibility and education is a key to deterrence, Walmart is delighted to be able to help Michigan State University make the course more broadly available to regulatory officials, industry professionals, consumers and other stakeholders in China.”  

Dr. Spink said, “We are grateful for forwardthinking companies like Walmart who are working, and investing in, improving the safety of the world’s foods.” He elaborated that, “When we rapidly expand the education and awareness building at this early stage in the development of the science, we can more efficiently establish a starting point and trajectory of our actions.”

“Food fraud has been recognized as a common challenge not only for retailers but also the whole supply chain, Walmart China Chief Compliance Office Paul Gallemore said. “As the largest retailer in the world, Walmart intends to leverage global food safety expertise and best practices to help our suppliers address the problem together in order to provide even greater assurance of food product quality, authenticity and safety to our customers.”

The retailer recently announced they are continuing to invest heavily in food safety for China with their total investment for 2013, 2014 and 2015 reaching 300 million Yuan. A portion of this investment has been heavily focused on supplier training and management. Walmart is helping suppliers understand and comply not only with China’s regulations, but the company’s extensive and rigorous food safety policies. Meanwhile, the company will perform additional testing and tougher standards for suppliers in 2014, increasing DNA testing on meat products by 100 percent and facility audits and inspections of primary producers by more than 30 percent from 2013. Walmart China has also taken a zero-tolerance policy on food fraud.