First Starbucks Signing Store Celebrates Its Third Anniversary

The world’s first Starbucks Signing Store located in Bangsar Village II is commemorating this milestone by showcasing the passion and growth of their Deaf partners, who have now achieved the certification of Advanced Coffee Masters, an achievement that further develops their barista skills and coffee knowledge.

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“At Starbucks we always endeavor to create a culture of diversity and inclusion. This was how the concept of the Signing Store came about more than three years ago by offering the Deaf and hard of hearing community in Malaysia with employment and career advancement opportunities. Today, we further recognize our Deaf partners (employees), who are also all certified Coffee Masters, with the progress they have achieved in completing their Advanced Coffee Master program. Our deaf partners have come so far in achieving this certification through hard work and determination,” said Rina Siew, Corporate Social Responsibility Manager for Starbucks Malaysia and Brunei.

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Leaning into growth opportunities at Starbucks, the Advanced Coffee Masters Program teaches qualified baristas new coffee mastery skills for different coffee equipment. Thus, the newly-certified Deaf Advanced Coffee Masters are able to brew coffee using the Pour Over method. In addition, these Deaf baristas are also qualified to conduct coffee chat sessions with the public using sign language much like the baristas at the Starbucks Reserve™ stores in Malaysia. Throughout these three years, the Starbucks Signing Store advocates continuous learning and development of each barista.

Given an equal opportunity as any Starbucks barista, the Signing Store partners have proved their confidence in working and handling a variety of brewing equipment professionally. This has further raised awareness about the Deaf culture at the workplace to surrounding communities. The Deaf baristas are making more than just a cup of coffee but also sharing the warm approach of Starbucks through their perspective. The Deaf Coffee Masters in Malaysia are distinguishable by their black aprons that feature a special embroidery with ‘Starbucks’ in Malaysian Sign Language.

Dedicated to empowering the hearing-impaired community throughout Malaysia, Starbucks Malaysia has announced plans to open the first Starbucks Signing Store in Penang. Mimicking the Starbucks Signing Store in Bangsar Village II, the Deaf baristas in the Penang Signing Store will get the opportunity to develop soft skills, such as work ethics, teamwork and career attributes. The Penang Signing Store is scheduled to open by the end of this year.

The Pour Over brewing method is available at the Signing Store starting 25 July 2019 and customers can now experience a coffee signing session on a scheduled basis by Advanced Coffee Masters.

Starbucks Malaysia has also launched a series of new exclusive Signing Store merchandise collection in conjunction with the 3rd anniversary celebration. The merchandise is priced from RM25 onwards and is only available at the Starbucks Signing Store at Bangsar Village II.

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London Crispiest Chicken Spread Its Wing Wing in Pavilion

After serving London foodies with some of the most sensational chicken wings and such; the London-based cult fried chicken brand, Wing Wing has made its way to the heart of Kuala Lumpur.

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Situated on the 6th floor of Pavilion Kuala Lumpur, its debut outlet, is pecking up a new part of the coop.

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The brand was founded by the ‘London Chicken Elite’, and aims to serve the planet’s freshest, krispiest fried chicken you have ever tasted. Grasping firmly to their food philosophy, Wing Wing’s chickens are freshly delivered every morning, then marinated, battered, and hand-brushed using only the finest ingredients – French flour and natural spices. The hand-brushing technique creates a thin layer of coating over the basic marination, in order to deliver the thin, crackly and almost transparent crust that Wing Wing swears by.

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There are THREE flavours available for their signature fried chicken wing, drumette and drumstick;

  • soy garlic
  • spicy
  • liquoric

Lesser known by Malaysians, liquorice is an ancient Mediterranean herb that has been used in food and medicines for thousand of years, and is one of the most celebrated Wing Wing flavours. It boasts a distinctive, naturally-sweet flavour, which when melded with the savoury meat, creates a harmonious clash for the tastebuds to crave time and time again.

Aside from their popular krispy chicken, Wing Wing also offers a wide variety of meal choices. One of their signatures – Chicken Katsu Bao, is served on a lightly-fried all-time Chinese favourite – mantou bao, paired with their krispy, tender chicken and a generous dollop of kimchi coleslaw!

For fellow Malaysians who ‘must have rice with their meals’, Wing Wing also offers rice as part of their set meals, along with more ‘traditional’ sides including: french fries, kimchi coleslaw, salad, and more.

Can’t wait to try it out?

Wing Wing, 6th Floor, Pavilion KL (opposite Starbucks)
168, Bukit Bintang Street, Bukit Bintang,
55100 Kuala Lumpur.

Opening Hours: 10am – 10pm daily

For the latest information, follow Wing Wing on their Instagram page @wearewingwing.my.

 

Craving for Thailand Food? Let’s Heading to Thai Floating Market, The Starling Mall

With the ever-growing popularity of Thai cuisine and flavours among Malaysians, the tantalising Thailand Food Fair 2019 is set to draw in the crowds from 25 to 28 July 2019 at The Starling in Damansara Uptown, Petaling Jaya.

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Jointly organised by Jaya Grocer and the Department of International Trade Promotion (DITP), Ministry of Commerce of Thailand, the fair will occupy 3,500 square feet of space in the main concourse of the mall, located on the ground floor.

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With its alluring theme of “Talad Nam” or “Floating Market”, this inaugural event is an invitation to discover the rich food and cultural heritage of our northern neighbours. So get ready to be treated to a mouth-watering showcase of quality food products, from classic favourites to innovative new creations. In fact, the sheer diversity of delicacies on offer is reason enough to drop by and take in the delicious vibes.

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Beyond food and beverage choices, a carefully curated line-up of activities awaits all in the family. Among the highlights are:

  • Kids Traditional Thai Costume Contest and Talent Show
  • lucky draw featuring the grand prize of two return flight tickets from Kuala Lumpur to Bangkok sponsored by Thai Airways International, a two-night hotel stay and Supanniga river dinner cruise
  • shopping vouchers
  • cookware
  • goodie bags.

Visitors can also look forward to taking part in exciting workshops, from Thai food and dessert making to the art of pandan leaf folding. Enjoy non-stop fun and entertainment with Hanuman mask painting for kids, a Thai kickboxing demonstration, cultural performances, face painting and a balloon clown.

DITP extends its appreciation to Jaya Grocer and other event partners for their enthusiasm and support in helping make this event happen; and for generously contributing towards the shared vision of bringing the best of Thailand to Malaysia. This four-day food extravaganza is poised to provide Malaysian consumers with greater choice and better quality products that are the pride of Thailand, all under one roof.

Thailand Food Fair 2019, 25 – 28 July 2019

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to experience some of Thailand’s finest food and cultural offerings and so much more. See you all at The Starling Mall!

For more information on the event, please contact:
Ninasrin Radenarmad (Ms) Marketing Officer
Officer of Commercial Affairs, Royal Thai Embassy-Kuala Lumpur Department of International Trade Promotion
Ministry of Commerce
Tel: +03 2142 4601, 2145 8545
Fax: +603 2148 9818
Website: http://www.thaitrade.com / http://www.ditp.go.th Email: enquiry@thaitrade.my

“RAGE”- A New Cafe Concept In KL

This home-grown Malaysian tech startup has been the talk of the town for reinventing the local coffee scene in the Klang Valley with a refreshing new cafe concept and mobile application, DrinkRage.

(Left) Jevin Singh, CEO & Co-Founder of RAGE; Makissa Sophia, Chief Community Officer of RAGE + DrinkRage App

Armed with a catchy “RAGE to #NeverSettle” tagline, the brand hopes to assemble go-getters, dream chasers and entrepreneurs to do what they love, and #NeverSettle, while fuelling themselves with specialty coffee and other sumptuous offerings.

 

RAGE is the brainchild of Jevin Singh, and it aims to be much more than your typical instagrammable cafe. What sets RAGE apart from your copy-and-paste coffee chain is their focus on technology and community.

Pre Ordering via the DrinkRage App & Picking it up

With their app DrinkRage, they don’t aspire to only sell you coffee, but rather deliver inspiration on demand. Within the app, there is also a specific community tab which allows fellow RAGERs to sign up for events and build relationships with people who enjoy the same cup of coffee.

“Most relationships start over a drink and very often that happens to be a caffeinated beverage. It can be as easy as ‘Hey, let’s go and grab a cup of coffee’,” emphasised CEO and Co-Founder of RAGE, Jevin Singh.

“We want everyone to walk into any RAGE outlet and feel the close-knit communal spirit that we aspire to create across all outlets. Even the interior is build with a focus on Relationships-First; most of the seating we have are communal long tables and we even have a “RAGE room” where you and your friends get to let out some steam after a stressful day at work”.

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FUELLED BY TECHNOLOGY

Upon realising the energising power of caffeine to keep the working crowd constantly revitalised, RAGE is among the first in the market to develop an application called DrinkRage, which allows RAGERs to pre order their drinks and even get it delivered.

To ensure maximum freshness, RAGE uses a micro-delivery model within a geofence from each RAGE outlet. At the moment, delivery areas are mostly targeted at high density office areas such as KL Sentral and Bangsar LRT station. Members can now get their caffeine fix in just a few taps and have it sent to their doorstep without having to leave the office!

People are forever in a hurry and with so little time to waste, RAGE aspires to be a part of a solution that helps make the experience of ordering coffee and other caffeinated beverages, a smooth and efficient transaction. Upon placing an order, RAGERs can expect their coffee to be ready for pickup when they arrive or delivered within 20 minutes by an assigned runner.

For those who dread the morning coffee queues, DrinkRage offers you the perfect pre-order solution. And those of us who aren’t lucky enough to have a dedicated runner to pick up coffee for us, DrinkRage offers you the perfect “tea runner” on demand while in the office.

AN INSPIRED COMMUNITY

As a brand that advocates building meaningful relationships and facilitating stronger connections, communal seating is conveniently offered at RAGE’s flagship store situated in Menara UOA Bangsar, which encourages interaction between all guests of the outlet.

The brand is also heavily invested in curating workshops in hopes to support aspiring individuals and tie the working community closer together. From movie nights to personal branding and motivational talks, RAGE has curated a fascinating lineup of interactive activities in store for all its members. To stay in-the-know, RAGERs can check out the DrinkRage app and sign up to join in on the conversation.

“Most of what we do at RAGE revolves around our goal of promoting the urge to #NeverSettle. It is our belief that every individual stands to benefit from interacting with other interesting individuals. That is when differing perspectives are gained; ideas propagate and sometimes turn into action,” says Makissa Sophia, Chief Community Officer of RAGE.

RAGE is also a strong proponent of working with other local businesses and places strong emphasis on participating in the circular economy. Circularity has never been more prevalent and necessary than it is now, therefore RAGE has taken the initiative to put systems in place. Collaborating with eco and chemical-friendly beauty brand ‘The Mineraw’, RAGE’s coffee waste is the star and vital component in their body, face and lip scrub produced by these ethical connoisseurs.

GET REVITALISED

Of course, most important of all, customers can rest assure that good quality coffee comes at an affordable price range and it doesn’t stop there –– vegans and lactose-intolerant RAGERs are given an extensive range of alternatives to dairy milk such as oat milk, soy milk and even coconut milk!

All recipes in the RAGE menu are meticulously crafted, seeking to offer customers the perfect balance of taste and nutrition. The flagship store in Bangsar is also vegan-friendly as they serve plant-based food and to keep taste buds aroused, the RAGE menu is constantly reinventing itself.

Spreading energy and motivation at five locations in less than two months, the ambitious startup aims to have a total of 50 outlets in full operation by H2 2020, and hopes to encourage more individuals to punch through the fatigue and revitalise themselves by using the DrinkRage app.

For orders made via the DrinkRage application starting from 22nd of July to 18th of August, members will get a promotional rate at RM 5 (Black Coffee), RM 6 (White Coffee and Matcha) and RM 7 (Specialty Drinks) across all outlets! *Alternative milk options will cost an extra RM2.

 

BRAHIM’S Announces Its Opening Online Store at Lazada and Shopee

Now, it is much easier for everyone especially  travellers to get Brahim’s food..just order it ONLINE at Lazada and Shopee!!

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The announcement came in conjunction with the company’s 31st ANNIVERSARY!

More than 50 products ranging from Meal-Ready-To-Eat such as rice, porridge and dishes to Ready-To-Cook Sauces and Pastes are listed in the stores.

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Among them are NINE new products that are not available in the market as it is specifically made for online stores.

  1. Chicken Rice Porridge
  2. Savoury Rice Porridge
  3. Sambal Sotong
  4. Sambal Daging
  5. Sambal Telor Puyuh
  6. Daging Masak Hitam
  7. Rendang Tok
  8. Bubur Pulut Hitam
  9. White Rice

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In conjunction with the launch, Brahim’s Online Store is offering up to 30% discount on all their products at both Lazada and Shopee from 16 July until 23 July 2019.

Nur Fatin Dato’ Seri Ibrahim, Group Managing Director of Dewina Holdings Sdn Bhd. commented that:

“Brahim’s is excited to open its online store at Lazada and Shopee, a premier online marketplaces in Malaysia. We look forward to becoming a member of the local online community and building our reputation for excellence service and products among Malaysia consumers as well as the neighboring countries in the region. Brahim’s is committed to creating perfect meals that meet the needs of Malaysian’s. With this online store, we are offering convenience at just a click of a button on smartphones. Pick. Choose. Pay. The rest of the delivery process is our job to ensure customers’ satisfaction!”

Fazil Othman, Marketing and Sales Manager of Dewina Trading Sdn Bhd. said that:

“Lazada and Shopee have been among the top online portal popular among local consumers. Our company started joining the online platform in March this year and to date, the response has been overwhelming with about 35,000 meal packs dispatched during the 4 months period. Averaging 300 to 500 meal packs every day. We cannot lack in this online sales momentum and thanks to the acceptance and support from customers on our promotions and offers especially during the Ramadhan and Raya season and more so with the free shipping offered.

In today’s launch, we are introducing 9 new products from Chicken Rice Porridge, Savoury Rice Porridge, Sambal Sotong, Sambal Daging, Sambal Telor Puyuh, Daging Masak Hitam, Rendang Tok, Bubur Pulut Hitam and White Rice.

We hope to gain more traction on our online store with this launch and with the up to 30% discount offer on all our products available both at Lazada and Shopee. Our online team will constantly update new promotions and offers and ensure efficient customer services in keeping with the online service standard.”

In view of high demand for online purchases, Brahim’s will regularly promote its online activities on its social media platform and website. The brand offers high quality, ease, and convenience at affordable prices. Its main focus is on promoting new and tasty meals suitable for all occasions, from home, travel to outdoor.

More information about the products that ill be offered by Brahim’s Online Store can be found at: brahimsfoodisforsharing.com

 

 

 

Get Rewarded When You Buy Pack Of TROPICANA

Let;s join the TROPICANA Contest held in conjunction with the introduction of Tropicana Essentials to Malaysians.

Tropicana, the World’s No. 1 brand in packaged 100% Juice and Nectars is holding a rewarding contest to give away cash prizes to its loyal consumers from 1 to 31 July.

This contest celebrates the recent launch of Tropicana Essentials, a range that provides Malaysians with much needed daily nutrition to support their busy, fast-paced lifestyles.

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The THREE new variants under the range, which include:

  • Orange Blend
  • Mango Blend
  • Banana Blend

“We are always looking for new, fun and interesting variants for our consumers to enjoy. The introduction of Tropicana Essentials Orange Blend, Mango Blend and Banana Blend give consumers additional options to pick from. By creating this new range, we believe that we can encourage more Malaysians to make healthier consumption choices, helping them to take care of their own health and wellbeing while keeping up with their daily routines,” said Santharuban T. Sundaram, Senior Vice President of Marketing and Alternate Business at Etika Sdn Bhd.

To be one of the lucky winners to walk away with the cash prize is easy. All participants have to do is:

  1. purchase Tropicana Essentials or any of their favourite variants from the refreshing Tropicana range worth RM10 and above in a single receipt at all participating TESCO, Giant, AEON and AEON Big outlets
  2.  type ETIKA (space) last 5 digits of receipt number (space) receipt date (space) MyKad number (space) Name (space) City
  3. send the details to the number provided via WhatsApp
  4. retain the original receipt as proof of purchase.

The number of entry entitlements will differ, depending on the purchase volume and type of Tropicana product.

Consumers can get three (3) entries when they purchase Tropicana Essentials 330ml; three (3) entries when they purchase Tropicana 100% Orange Juice 1L; three (3) entries when they purchase Tropicana Coconut Water 1L; two (2) entries when they purchase Tropicana PET Twisters 1.5L Twin Pack; and one (1) entry when they purchase Tropicana PET Twisters 1.5L.

The total cash prize value of RM38,000 consists of 10 Grand Prizes worth RM500 each, 50 Main Prizes worth RM300 each and 180 Consolation Prizes worth RM100 each.

“We want to reward our loyal fans for their continuous support and love for our beloved Tropicana brand. At the same time, we want to encourage consumers to live healthier and more fulfilling lives. We hope to continue delighting our consumers and we will do so by bringing more interesting offers to them in future,” added Santharuban.

For more information on the contest, please visit Tropicana Malaysia Facebook Page or http://www.etikaholdings.com/campaigns.

‘Lick It, Crunch It’ to Enjoy Creamy Crunchy Eperience with Oreo Chocolate Coated

It tastes wonderful, creamy yet crunchy and you will feel good when eating them!

Oreo Stays Playful with the Launch of Oreo Chocolate Coated - [L-R] Mico Chia, Brand Manager, Oreo, Simon Crowther, Senior Marketing Manager, Biscuits and Snacks (Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand), Arpan Sur, Associat

Oreo, the world’s leading biscuit brand under confectionary powerhouse Mondelēz International, introduces its latest product variant to the Malaysian market, the Oreo Chocolate Coated.

Oreo Stays Playful with the Launch of Oreo Chocolate Coated - The All-New Oreo Chocolate Coated - Photo by RMi Photography

The new Oreo Chocolate Coated is a collaboration between Mondelēz International’s two favourites brands, which are Oreo and Cadbury Dairy Milk.

The iconic crunchy Oreo cookie is coated with the smooth and creamy Cadbury Dairy Milk chocolate, creating a creamy and crunchy texture, giving way to a more enhanced and indulgent eating experience.

Oreo Chocolate Coated also brings forth an all-new twist on the iconic “Twist, Lick, Dunk” eating ritual. With the Oreo cookie being coated in Cadbury Dairy Milk chocolate, a new eating ritual “Lick It, Crunch It” is introduced for the Oreo Chocolate Coated. Now, the iconic cookie not only provides its loyal fans a new way to indulge in their favourite cookie, but also challenges them to always be ready to try something new.

Speaking at the launch of Oreo Chocolate Coated, Simon Crowther, Senior Marketing Manager, Biscuits and Snacks (Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand), said

Oreo Stays Playful with the Launch of Oreo Chocolate Coated - Guests taking pictures at the Oreo 3D photo wall - Photo by RMi Photography

“We wanted to create a product that breaks free from the conventional mold of our other product variations, while still ensuring that it is something our consumers would turn to whenever they feel in need of a snack. As a brand that prides itself on its playfulness, we believe that the introduction of Oreo Chocolate Coated will inspire our consumers to stay playful in their ways of coming up with more creative and fun ways of indulging in the Oreo Chocolate Coated”.

This latest product variant first launched overseas in regions such as South Africa, United Kingdom, United States of America, Australia and India and was very warmly received.

Made in Egypt, the Oreo Chocolate is now making its debut in the South East Asian market, with Malaysia being the first to host a media launch.

The new Oreo Chocolate Coated is now available in chocolate aisles and checkout counters, retailing nationwide at RM2.70.

Mondelēz International leads the future of snacking with their tagline “Snacking Made Right” which aims to inspire consumers to snack right — with the right snacks, made the right way, at the right moment. Mondelēz International believes in always thinking ahead by innovating boldly with speed and excellence in order to ensure that they stay ahead of market demand and their consumers.

For more information on the all-new Oreo Chocolate Coated, check out: