French Navy’s OPV Visits Cape Town, South Africa

first_img View post tag: Navy Back to overview,Home naval-today French Navy’s OPV Visits Cape Town, South Africa View post tag: French Navy Authorities Share this article View post tag: africa French Navy’s offshore patrol vessel L’Adroit (P725) moored in Cape Town, South Africa, for a port call on Monday, 11 May.OPV L’Adroit came alongside after being at sea for three months, and stayed in town until yesterday, May 17, when it continued its deployment.The vessel was commissioned on 19 March, and handed over to the French Navy on 21 October 2011 for a three-year trial period, during which she carried out a wide variety of naval missions such as fisheries inspections and protection, anti-drugs operations, environmental protection, humanitarian assistance, and search and rescue at sea.L’Adroit is designed to remain at sea for extended periods – up to 220 days per year.This is her second visit to South Africa. The first time she visited was on 3 September 2012.[mappress mapid=”16003″]Image: SA Navy May 18, 2015center_img French Navy’s OPV Visits Cape Town, South Africa View post tag: OPV View post tag: Cape Town View post tag: News by topic View post tag: south africa View post tag: Navallast_img read more

Fair trade certified sales up 30 percent in grocery stores

first_imgSOURCE: Fair Trade USA. OAKLAND, Calif., Oct. 14, 2010 /PRNewswire/ — Additionally, Maggie’s Organics has been working with Fair Trade USA to pilot a program that extends the protections and benefits of Fair Trade certification from the farm and into the factory. We anticipate that Maggie’s Organics will soon join Tompkins Point Apparel and Hae Now as the first-ever brands to sell Fair Trade Certified apparel. With this new label, consumers are able to vote with their dollars to support cotton farmers around the world and say no to sweatshops.In 2009, consumer and industry purchases generated more than $48 million in additional income and funding for education, health care, clean water and other vital social services to support the more than 1.2 million people in Fair Trade farming communities around the world.SPINS (www.spins.com(link is external)) is the first company to offer Natural Products sales data to the industry. Established in 1995, SPINS is now the premier provider of industry reporting and consulting services for this rapidly expanding sector. SPINS’ comprehensive offering includes retail measurement services, content-based reporting, consumer information and consulting services.Fair Trade USA (previously TransFair USA), a nonprofit organization, is the leading third-party certifier of Fair Trade products inthe United States. Fair Trade USA audits and certifies transactions between U.S. companies and their international suppliers to guarantee that the farmers and workers producing Fair Trade Certified goods were paid fair prices and wages, work in safe conditions, protect the environment, and receive community development funds to empower and uplift their communities. Fair Trade USA educates consumers, brings new manufacturers and retailers into the Fair Trade system, and provides farming communities with tools, training and resources to thrive as international businesspeople. Visit http://www.fairtradeusa.org(link is external) for more information.Editors Notes:Data for 52 weeks ending Sept 4, 2010; growth rates are over the prior 52 weeksData includes all food, drug, mass merchandisers and natural food stores; excludes Walmart, Whole Foods Markets and private labelsThe majority of Fair Trade Certified product sales come from coffee sold brewed, private label, Walmart and Whole Food Markets. Well-Known Brands Expand Fair Trade OfferingsBen & Jerry’s and Green & Black’s kicked-off the year by announcing they would convert 100 percent of their products to Fair Trade Certified ingredients;Green Mountain Coffee converted two of its top iconic blends’Our Blend and Vermont Country Blend’to Fair Trade;Choice Organic Teas, the first exclusively organic tea crafter in the United States and the first in the country to introduce Fair Trade Certifiedâ ¢ teas, has been selected to carry the Jane Goodall “Good For All” brand, featuring the name and image of Dr. Jane Goodall, DBE, with its new product line extension. Oothu Garden Green, Wild Forest Black, Decaffeinated English Breakfast, Rooibos Superfruit, and Yerba Mate Mint form an exceptional collection of flavorful teas.Frontier Natural Products Co-opâ ¢ introduces Simply Organic® Gluten-free Brownie mix. It’s all natural and built around great-tasting Fair Trade Certifiedâ ¢ organic cocoa.Glory Bee Foods introduces Fair Trade, organic honey available in 12 oz squeeze bears or raw packed in 18 oz glass jars.Whole Foods Markets adds six ready-to-drink, Fair Trade Certified 365 Everyday Value® teas. New Partners Featuring Fair Trade Certified ProductsTwinings continues its tradition of quality by offering a new line of fully Organic and Fair Trade Certified teas, hand-selected from the world’s finest tea gardens. Made without any artificial ingredients, Twinings Organic and Fair Trade Certified teas provide a natural and wholesome tea experience. Available in a variety of Blacks, Greens and Herbals.Tea Forte invites consumers to get in mint condition with launch of Fair Trade Certified MINTEAS, organic, functional tea mints for daily well-being. Delicious and refreshing Cacao Mate for energy, Ginger Pear with gingko for focus, Lemongrass Yuzu for relaxation, Lime Mojito for wellness and Matcha Chai for fitness. A convenient way for today’s on the go consumer to embrace a life of health and wellness.center_img Two Vermont companies are leading a surge in national sales of “fair trade” consumer products. Fair trade generally refers to agricultural products from Africa, Asia, the Caribbean and South America that ensures that farmers receive market value for their products and social justice for themselves. Fair Trade has generated significant momentum during 2010 in the United States. Ben & Jerry’s and Green & Black’s kicked-off the year by announcing they would convert 100 percent of their products to Fair Trade Certifiedâ ¢ ingredients; Green Mountain Coffee converted two of its top iconic blends’Our Blend and Vermont Country Blend’to Fair Trade; certified coffee imports were up 25 percent and 47 percent of all imports were also organic; Fair Trade cooperative CECOVASA was awarded the People’s Choice Award at the Specialty Coffee Association of America’s Cupping Competition; and the Fair Trade Towns USA campaign increased the number of official Fair Trade Towns from 13 to 20, including Boston.Fair Trade USA, the leading third-party certifier of Fair Trade products in the United States, celebrates National Fair Trade Awareness Month with a multitude of news announcements from household brand names to coincide with the Natural Products Expo East in Boston.And now SPINS, the first company to offer Natural Products sales data to the industry, has issued a report that builds on that strong foundation. SPINS reports that sales of Fair Trade Certifiedâ ¢ products at grocery stores grew by 30 percent this year, to$140 million, lead by growth in packaged coffee (44 percent), and ready-to-drink tea and coffees (51 percent).(1) Other notable double-digit contributors include the refrigerated juices & functional beverages category that was introduced in 2009 (98 percent), carbonated beverages (38 percent), chocolate candy (29 percent), and shelf stable functional beverages (10 percent). Frozen desserts are up eight percent and teas are up four percent, with cocoa and hot chocolate as the only category to experience a decline, down eight percent.This is yet more proof that even in tough economic times, consumers care. In 2009, the BBMG Conscious Consumer Report stated that three-fourths of consumers (77 percent) believe they can make a difference by buying products from socially and environmentally responsible companies, and two-thirds agreed that even in tough economic times it’s important to buy products with social and environmental benefits (4 point scale). And over half (51 percent) agreed that they are willing to pay more.Additionally, just in time for Natural Products Expo East, Fair Trade USA is proud to announce:What’s New(s)Honest Tea announced today that it is committed to expanding its Fair Trade Certifiedâ ¢ offerings to include its entire tea portfolio. In 2003, Honest Tea launched the first Fair Trade Certifiedâ ¢ bottled tea in the U.S. with its introduction of Peach Oo-la-long. Since then, the company has continued to increase its Fair Trade offerings. Over the past three years, Honest Tea expanded from seven to 19 varieties. With this new initiative, all 27 of its teas will be transitioned to Fair Trade Certifiedâ ¢ starting in December 2010. The company expects the transition to be completed by the end of the first quarter of 2011. (1) This data is for the 52 weeks ending Sept 4, 2010; growth rates are over the prior 52 weeksFair Trade Certification is currently available in the U.S. for coffee, tea and herbs, cocoa and chocolate, fresh fruit, sugar, rice, and vanilla.last_img read more

Astra aims to maintain majority market share amid plunging car sales

first_img“The automotive segment contributes around 30 to 40 percent to Astra’s bottom line, so we will likely see further contraction in the bottom line despite the economic recovery,” Koneksi Kapital analyst Alfred Nainggolan said, expecting the profit shrink to continue until year-end due to the low vehicle sales.However, the situation is expected to only be temporary with Alfred believing that the company has the opportunity to grow in 2021 due to improving automotive sales, rising crude palm oil (CPO) prices and growing property business.Astra, which has over 230 subsidiaries working under seven business segments, reported a 23 percent annual decline in revenue to Rp 89.8 trillion (US$6.19 billion) as of June 30. Its net profit, excluding revenue from the sale of Bank Permata shares, nosedived 44 percent annually to Rp 5.5 trillion. Net profit in the company’s automotive segment crashed 79 percent yoy to Rp 716 billion, making it the third-largest contributor to the conglomerate’s net profit, after having contributed the most in June last year.Astra director Johannes Loman expected the company’s motorcycle sales to fall 40 to 45 percent this year. This means Astra projects to sell a total of 2.7 million to 2.95 million motorcycles this year from last year’s 4.91 million units.The pandemic has also affected Astra’s financing business. Director Suparno Djasmin said the company’s financial services subsidiaries had restructured a total of Rp 30 trillion in loans from 1 million customers as of July.“Most of the restructured credits were coming from motorcycle ownership loans because the pandemic disrupted customers’ ability to repay their loans,” he said.He said the rate of loan restructuring had slowed down since June following the government’s decision to ease the PSBB.Astra, a publicly listed company, currently has no plan to expand its businesses despite gaining a significant profit from the sale of its stake at Bank Permata to Bangkok Bank.Bangkok Bank acquired in May a 89.12 percent stake in Bank Permata from Astra and United Kingdom-based Standard Chartered Bank for Rp 33.66 trillion, 1.63 times Bank Permata’s book value. “We are focusing on strengthening our balance sheet, but we are always open if a good opportunity presents itself,” Astra president director Djony Bunarto Tjondro said on Monday.The company announced in June that it halved capital expenditure to between Rp 10 trillion and Rp 11 trillion this year as part of its effort to conserve cash.Astra International shares, traded with the code ASII at the Indonesia Stock Exchange (IDX), had lost 23.47 percent of its value so far this year. The company’s share prices jumped 0.94 percent as of 2:02 p.m. Jakarta time on Tuesday to Rp 5,350 apiece.Topics : Diversified conglomerate PT Astra International is aiming to maintain its car market share at 52 percent this year despite the automotive market’s sluggish performance during the pandemic.The Association of Indonesian Automotive Manufacturers (Gaikindo) has projected that this year’s car wholesales will only reach 600,000 units, a 42 percent plunge compared to last year’s number, as the outbreak hits purchasing power.“We still intend to keep our share at the same rate as last year despite the slump,” Astra director Henry Tanoto said during a virtual press briefing on Monday. This means that Astra expects to sell around 300,000 cars this year, well below Astra’s total car sales in 2019 at 536,402.The market share of Astra, which has around half its revenue sourced from its automotive business, plunged to just 31 percent in May, when national car sales plummeted 95.7 percent year-on-year (yoy) to 3,500 cars following the introduction of large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) to contain the coronavirus spread. Astra usually dominates the market with a share of around 50 percent.Its market share slowly recovered in June to 38 percent and 40 percent in July in line with rebounds in sales nationwide. At least 25,283 cars were sold in July across the country, higher than 12,623 in June but far lower than 89,254 cars in July last year, according to Gaikindo data compiled by Astra.Head of investor relations Tira Ardianti said the company had prepared several strategies to maintain its market share. The strategies include strengthening its product lines with new and revamped models and providing the best customer experience from presales to after-sales, she told The Jakarta Post on Monday. last_img read more