Australia files complaint to WTO over china wine tariffs

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MADE a complaint to the World Trade Organisation over vile china’s tariffs on Australian wine. The WTO in Geneva confirmed this on June 28, 2021.

The dispute is the second that Canberra has launched at the global trade body against China amid growing tensions. The first, launched in December, is over China’s barley import duties and is currently under consideration at this time.

Australian wine exports to China collapsed to just $12 million in the four months that ended on March 31, 2021 from $325 million in the same period a year earlier, as punitive tariffs took their toll.
New figures from industry body Wine Australia revealed the impact of the hefty tariffs of up to 212 per cent which have been put on bottled products from Australia by Chinese authorities! For the year to March,2021, the report said the total value of Australian global wine exports dropped to $2.77 billion, a decline of four per cent compared with the prior year.
Good News! 
Wine Australia CEO Andreas Clark said the UK export market had grown by 33 per cent and exports to Europe were the highest in 10 years.  Andreas Clark said, “There was also growth to North America, up five per cent to $628 million, and Oceania, up seven per cent to $112 million,” 

Relations with china have worsened since Canberra called for an international inquiry into the origins of the coronavirus, which was first reported in china in late 2019. Vile china wilfully spread the china virus worldwide which has killed almost 4 million.

Vile china, Australia’s largest trading partner, responded by imposing exorbitant tariffs on Australian commodities, including wine and barley and limited imports of Australian beef, coal and grapes, moves described by the United States as “economic coercion”.

At a closed-door WTO meeting on 28 June 2021, Canada also sought to escalate a trade dispute with China over the latter’s restrictions on canola seed imports from Canada.


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Yummie Takeaways from Marriott Singapore

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MARRIOTT, an oriental oasis of gourmet delights, award-winning Wan Hao Chinese Restaurant  is the Singapore Marriott’s haute cuisine Cantonese restaurant. One of my favourites, it features classic Cantonese delicacies that are familiar and comforting, yet refined elegant and exquisite with the use of premium, fresh ingredients with an extensive array of notable wines.

Due to a rise in local cases of the horrid china virus, from 16 May 2021, dining-in at Wan Hao Chinese Restaurant will be suspended and will resume on 14 June 2021. More and more evidence has emerged that vile china wilfully spread the virus created in a lab worldwide. During this period, only takeaway, drive-through pick up and delivery options are available from Monday to Sunday, 11.30 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Bountiful Bento Box!

The Bento Box is only S$15 nett and comes in an environmentally friendly Cornwear box. What I really like about the Bento Boxes is that you have ample choice of what you want to create for your meal!

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For POULTRY, BEEF, PORK you can choose from not one, not two BUT eight items! Just choose one. I recommend the Steamed Chicken Fillet with Chinese Lap Cheong/Sausage. The Soft Bone POrk Rib with Hawthorn Sauce is also good.

Steamed Chicken Fillet with Chinese Sausage
Hong Kong Style Soya Chicken
Baked Chicken Fillet with Mala Sauce
Coffee Soft Bone Pork Rib
Salt & Pepper Soft Bone Pork Rib
Soft Bone Pork Rib with Hawthorn Sauce
White Pepper Beef Fillet
Beef Fillet Black Bean Sauce

For fruits de mer or SEAFOOD there are lovely choices like Sauteed Prawn with crispy Celery and Bell Pepper. Choose one.

Sichuan Spicy Prawn
Sautéed Prawn with Celery, Bell Pepper
Sautéed Prawn with Black Truffle Sauce
Deep-Fried Prawn with Yuzu Mayonnaise
Sautéed Garoupa Fillet with XO Sauce, Bell Pepper
Sautéed Garoupa Fillet with Garlic Sauce
Steamed Garoupa Fillet with Ginseng Sauce
Steamed Garoupa Fillet with Black Garlic Sauce

Healthy Vegetables! I recommend Broccoli with Crab Meat Egg White Sauce Choose one.

Beancurd Skin with Broccoli
Broccoli with Crab Meat Egg White Sauce
Sautéed Kai Lan with Assorted Mushroom
Sautéed Kai Lan with Chinese Sausage

Who does not love beancurd? Try Seaweed Wrapped Beancird with Assorted Mushrooms and Seasonal Greens

Seaweed Beancurd with Assorted Mushroom,
Seasonal Green
Seaweed Beancurd with Spicy Sauce, Seasonal Green
Seaweed Beancurd with Assorted Fungus,
Seasonal Green
Seaweed Beancurd with Crab Meat, Egg White Sauce

You can have White Rice or Brown Rice. Do go for the healthy Brown Rice which has a lovely flavour and texture.

Wan Hao also gives you a complimentary dessert! How lovely! My Bento came with Cheng Then that had Longans and Sea Coconut.

Keep calm and carry on eating! Order Wan Hao’s Bento Boxes. Free delivery for 10 boxes S$25 delivery fee. You can also self-collect at Wan Hao Level 3 of the Singapore Marriott at Tang Plaza.

*** Call +65-6831-4605 to order

Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel

320 Orchard Road, 

Singapore, 238865

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Meatless Impossible Burger now in 7-11

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MEATLESS Impossible Burger is now in 7-11 stores in Singapore!

7-Select Impossible™ Deluxe Burger will make its convenience store debut in Asia on 26 May at more than 300 7-Eleven stores in Singapore. Impossible Foods worked closely with leading retailer Dairy Farm Group, which operates 7-Eleven in Singapore, Hong Kong, Macau and Southern China, to develop a ready-to-go plant-based burger for fans to enjoy any day, any time. The auspicious date of 26 May 2021 is also Vesak Day which celebrates Lord Buddha’s birthday.

Crafted using 7-Eleven’s recipe created by a chef, the ready-to-eat Impossible Deluxe Burger is stacked with delicious sauteéd healthy white button mushrooms, garden-fresh spinach and finished with a light and refreshingly tangy sour cream sauce between fluffy buns. Tasty and sustainable, the pre-made item can easily be warmed up in under a minute. 

Laurent Stevenart, Singapore Country Manager at Impossible Foods waxed lyrical and said excitedly, “A huge mission of Impossible is to make our delicious plant-based products available everywhere conventional animal meat is sold today, and this includes the convenience store market. We are so thrilled to collaborate with 7-Eleven Singapore on this on-the-go option for fans who might have not yet tried Impossible products,” 

Yes, the Impossible Deluxe Burger at S$5.90 has no meat at all and yet tastes by my taste buds, 80% like real meat. 7-Eleven Singapore will be the first convenience store to serve the Impossible Burger in Asia at more than 300 7-Eleven convenience stores across the island. The Impossible Deluxe Burger will be ideal for busy Singaporeans grabbing a quick bite in between meetings or looking to satisfy their hunger pangs late at night.

Touted as versatile, nutritious and delicious, Impossible Burger is the world’s only burger that looks, tastes and smells like ground beef from cows, and yet it is made entirely from plants. I can tell you that there are Soy Beans in it and many vitamins too. The meat flavour comes from plant based Heme/leghemoglobin fermented from genetically engineered yeast from soy bean plants. Being made from plants means there is a much smaller environmental footprint than meat from animals. There is also 0% cholesterol. Also NO cancer causing palm oil. As it is made from plants, 96% less land is used and 87% less water is used. Moreover, 89% less greenhouse gasses is produced. This means a saving of 7 square meters of land, 3 kg of CO2, and 84 litres of water for every 113g serving consumed. Save the planet, eat Impossible Burger!

These are the ingredients in the Impossible Deluxe Burger:

Water, Soy Protein Concentrate, Coconut Oil, Sunflower Oil, Natural Flavors, 2% Or Less Of: Potato Protein, Methylcellulose, Yeast Extract, Cultured Dextrose, Food Starch Modified, Soy Leghemoglobin, Salt, Mixed Tocopherols (Antioxidant), Soy Protein Isolate, Vitamins and Minerals (Zinc Gluconate, Thiamine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B1), Niacin, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B6), Riboflavin (Vitamin B2), Vitamin B12).



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SIA loses 4.3 billion because of the china virus

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MARVELLOUS SIA, the world’s best airline is still carrying on despite its toughest year caused by the horrible china virus. Make no mistake, the horrible virus was wilfully spead by china worldwide and more and more evidence has emerged showing this.


Singapore Airlines passenger traffic is down 97.9% due to global restrictions on international travel
• Luckily strong cargo revenues cushioned plunge in passenger contributions
• $2.0 billion non-cash impairment charge largely on removal of 45 older aircraft
• Proposed issuance of additional mandatory convertible bonds to strengthen
Group’s liquidity position in order to navigate crisis and secure future growth
• Transformation programme reinforces foundation for SIA Group to emerge

Financial Year 2020/21

The china virus/Covid-19 pandemic, which began to spread globally in February 2020,
resulted in unprecedented restrictions on international air travel at the start of the
financial year. Successive waves of Covid-19 infections and more virulent strains
emerged over the course of the 12 months. As a result, the Singapore Airlines (SIA)
Group’s passenger traffic (measured in revenue passenger-kilometres) shrank 97.9% in
the financial year ended 31 March 2021 from a year before.
Group revenue fell by $12,160 million (-76.1%) year-on-year to $3,816
million due to the plunge in passenger flown revenue across Singapore Airlines, SilkAir
and Scoot – the three passenger airlines within the Group. This was partially offset by
higher cargo flown revenue, which rose by $758 million (+38.8%) year-on-year to $2,709
million. Improvements in freighter utilisation, deployment of passenger aircraft for cargoonly flights, and removing seats from passenger cabins to create additional volume for
cargo partially mitigated the loss of passenger aircraft bellyhold capacity during the
pandemic. Strong air cargo demand, especially in key segments such as e-commerce,
pharmaceuticals and electronics, provided strong support for both cargo load factors and
yields amid tight industry cargo capacity.


The Group operating fleet currently consists of 162 passenger aircraft and
seven freighters. This excludes 414 aircraft which are deemed surplus to the Group’s
requirements, six Boeing 737 MAX 8s that have been temporarily withdrawn from
service, and two aircraft (one Airbus A330 and one Airbus A320) that left the operating
fleet in preparation for lease returns.
During the fourth quarter, the Group continued to expand its network in a
calibrated manner by resuming services to some destinations, and adding frequencies to
some existing points. The transfer of narrow-body services from SilkAir to SIA began on
4 March, starting from Phuket. At 31 March 2021, SIA served 47 destinations including
Singapore, up from 38 at the end of December 2020. SilkAir served five destinations,
down from eight, while Scoot’s network increased by one to 18 destinations. By the end
of the financial year, the Group’s passenger network covered 60 destinations including
Singapore, compared to 54 three months earlier. The Group’s cargo network comprised
72 destinations including Singapore, up from 66 as at 31 December 2020.
Based on our current published schedules, the Group expects the passenger
capacity to be around 28% of pre-Covid levels by June 2021. By July 2021, the Group
capacity is expected to reach around 32% of pre-Covid levels, and we expect to serve
around 49% of the points that were flown before the crisis.
Even though mass vaccination exercises are in progress in most of our
major markets, the prognosis for the global airline industry remains uncertain. While
domestic markets have recovered in some countries, international air travel remains
severely constrained and its recovery trajectory is still unclear.


The integration of SilkAir’s narrow-body operations with Singapore Airlines
began on 4 March 2021, with the first SIA Boeing 737-800 NG aircraft operating to
Phuket. Nine 737-800 NG aircraft have joined the SIA fleet. The integration will deliver
greater economies of scale for the Group, and enhance the flexibility of aircraft
deployment to meet the demand for air travel as it returns.
Robust health and safety measures have been and continues to be a key
focus area for the SIA Group, to safeguard the well-being of our customers and staff. Over
100 touch points have been reviewed throughout the customer journey with
enhancements made, supported by digital technologies. These efforts were recognised
with both SIA and Scoot being awarded the Diamond certification in the Airline Passenger
Experience Association (APEX) Health Safety powered by Simpliflying audit of global
airlines. The Diamond rating is the highest level attainable, indicating that an airline has
put in place hospital-grade health safety measures, processes and training, along with an
end-to-end focus on wellness.
SIA is also the world’s first airline to pilot the International Air Transport
Association’s (IATA) Travel Pass mobile application for digital health verification, further
enhancing convenience along the customer journey. SIA plans to integrate the entire
digital health verification process into the SingaporeAir mobile app from around mid2021, using IATA’s Travel Pass framework.

The SIA Group was among the first in the industry to vaccinate its frontliners,
including cabin crew and pilots, providing added safety and reassurance for both our
customers and staff members. Around 98% of SIA Group pilots and cabin crew have
signed up for the vaccine, of which 96% have been fully vaccinated with both doses.

On 11 February 2021, Singapore Airlines, SilkAir and Scoot became among the first carriers
in the world to operate flights with a full complement of vaccinated pilots and cabin crew.

SIA is committed to continuously improving its capabilities in transporting
high-value, time-sensitive, and temperature-controlled pharmaceutical cargo through its
THRUCOOL service. This contributed to SIA’s early readiness to perform the important
mission of transporting Covid-19 vaccines safely and reliably. In addition to transporting
Covid-19 vaccines to Singapore, SIA Cargo has carried vaccines to countries in Asia and
the South West Pacific region, including under the UNICEF vaccine transportation
Upon receiving IATA’s Centre of Excellence for Independent Validators in
Perishable Logistics (CEIV Fresh) certification in February 2021, SIA launched THRUFRESH,
a new service that transports temperature-sensitive perishable cargo with speed and care.

The Travellig Gourmet TM says: SIA, You always have my support!

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Restaurants and Cafes open in France!

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MARVELLOUS news in France on May 19, 2021!

Restaurants and bistros in France have been closed since the end of October, 2020. This is the longest time of any European country except Poland, where bars and restaurants reopened on Saturday 15, May 2021 for outdoor service after being closed for seven months.

However, May 19, 2021 was a grand day for the French. Cafe and restaurant terraces reopened Wednesday after a six month long shutdown due to the horrid china virus deprived residents of the beloved essence of French life — drinking coffee and wine and eating with friends.

The French government is lifting restrictions incrementally to stave off a resurgence of the china virus wilfully spread by vile china worldwide. This is to give citizens back some of their signature “joie de vivre.” As part of the plan’s first stage, France’s 7 p.m. nightly curfew was pushed back to 9 p.m. and museums, theaters and cinemas reopened along with outdoor cafe terraces.

The government has put limits on how much fun can be had. Restaurants are can fill only 50% of their outdoor seating areas and there can be no more than six people at a table. Movie theaters can only seat 35% of capacity, while museums must restrict entries so there is 8 square meters of space (86 square feet) per visitor. Well, the Louvre has opened too.

The Travelling Gourmet TM says: Keep calm and carry on eating

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China trade war with Australia

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MERCILESS trade war against Australia. Lobster producers in Tasmania are affected as are wine producers. The horrid trade war was vile china’s failed attempt to bully Australia to try and cover up that the china virus came from china.

Lobster is just one of a raft of industries hit by China’s trade sanctions, including beef, wine and barley. 

Professor Rory Medcalf, who heads the National Security College at ANU, believes China is trying to coerce Australia into “essentially supporting China’s interests”. 

It is clear that that the sanctions are being used as a weapon by china to punish Australia for adopting policies and positions that china doesn’t like.

China accounted for more than 40 per cent of all Australia’s wine exports — and 50 per cent of red wine exports – before the tariff hit. That’s fallen to near zero.

Well, Australia’s barley producers have found new markets! Vile china go to hell!

West Australian grain handler CBH Group has sent a shipment of malt barley to Mexico, which is a first for the Australian grains industry. The shipment of 35,000 tonnes of malting barley, used to make beer, was loaded at the port of Albany in WA and sent to Mexico in January 2021.

Despite vile china’s futile attempts to cover up the origin of the china virus, more and more evidence has emerged showing that the vile china virus came from the lab in wuhan, china and was wilfully spread worldwide.

Boycott china.

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MULTI faceted Wine Paris and Vinexpo Paris is going digital because of the vile china virus pandemic wilfully spread by china worldwide. Alas, there is no substitute for actual tasting and visualising the wines and holding the glass of wine in your hands.

WINE PARIS & VINEXPO PARIS GOES DIGITALBringing wine and spirits professionals from all backgrounds together, allowing them to engage with each other and creating a buzz at a time when they most need it, is what drove the entire team at Wine Paris & Vinexpo Paris to come up with a raft of new content accessible on Vinexposium Connect. A product catalogue, networking facilities, features and international events will be available throughout June 2021.

Save the dates in your diary – Thursdays 3, 10 and 24 June along with 14, 15 and 16.
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VINITALY in Verona Italy postphoned again!

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MANY wine experts, producers, traders and importers look forward to is postphoned yet again. Why? All because of the vile china virus wilfully spread by china worldwide. Last year I was kindly invited to attend Vinitaly but due to the horrid china virus Vinitaly 2020 was postphoned.



A truly special event for the sector in October 2021

A programme of initiatives from March to October to promote the recovery on national & international markets

Verona, 16 March 2021. Veronafiere has decided to postpone the 54th Vinitaly – the international wines and spirits exhibition – now scheduled 10-13 April 2022. “The ongoing uncertainties within the national and international scenario and the extended lockdowns have prompted us to reschedule the exhibition definitively to 2022,” said Maurizio Danese, President of Veronafiere S.p.A. It is a question of making an albeit painful choice of responsibility; yet another compulsory halt that deprives Italian wine of its landmark event for national and international promotion. While waiting for the scenario to become more favourable once again,” Danese concluded, “Vinitaly continues to work hand in hand with all exponents, including sector institutions, such as the Ministry of Agricultural Policies and ICE-Italian Trade Agency, as well as all associations and categories, to continue supporting the competitiveness of Italian wine both on the domestic market and other countries already on the way to recovery, with the USA, China and Russia in the forefront.”

Against this background, the CEO of Veronafiere, Giovanni Mantovani, added: “We confirm OperaWine attended by Wine Spectator and the top companies in the sector identified by the American magazine for the 10th anniversary of this event, which remains scheduled in Verona next 19-20 June. The event will focus on restarting the sector, thanks to the involvement of the trade press and national and international operators,” said Mantovani, “and will also act as a point of attraction and a driving force for all the wine companies keen to take part in a b2b calendar that Veronafiere is already preparing.” 

Operawine will be preceded, again in June, by the Vinitaly Design international Packaging Competition (11 June) and Vinitaly 5 Stars Wine The book (16-18 June). The Vinitaly international Academy (21-24 June) will close the attended events scheduled for the summer.

Innovations also include an exceptional promotional event with significant institutional input next October and which will guide the sector during the run-up to the 54th Vinitaly in 2022.  Giovanni Mantovani went on: “We are talking about Vinitaly – Special Edition, a strictly b2b event that will highlight the resumption of national and international business in Verona 16-18 October.”

“We want to keep attention on Italian wine alive all over the world as one of the most meaningful ambassadors of Made in Italy,” said the President of ICE-Italian Trade Agency, Carlo Ferro. The initiatives implemented by Veronafiere to keep the ball rolling between Vinitaly 2019 and 2022, with the Vinitaly Special Edition and other events we will develop together share this objective. This seamless approach was achieved despite the global pandemic and thanks also to the use of new tools in terms of digital commerce.  I send my best wishes to the entire Veronafiere team and wine producers in the belief that the events scheduled for 2021 will help support Italian wine-making excellence.”

While waiting for the resumption of attended events in Italy itself, Vinitaly continues its operations on international markets, starting off in Russia with stop-offs in Moscow and St. Petersburg scheduled from 23 to 25 March. It will be the turn of Vinitaly Chengdu 3-6 April and then Wine to Asia (Shenzhen, 8-10 June). And China will again open Vinitaly’s international calendar in the autumn (13-17 September) before moving on to Brazil for Wine South America (22-24 September).

Veronafiere also makes its know-how available to organise other promotional events in other target markets for the wine sector.

The decision to postpone Vinitaly was shared with organizations and associations in wine-making and agricultural sectors. There follow below, in alphabetical order, statements by: Alleanza delle Cooperative Italiane Agroalimentare, Assoenologi, Cia-Agricoltori Italiani, Coldiretti, Confagricoltura, Copagri, Federdoc, Federvini and Unione Italiana Vini (Uiv).

“We acknowledge the decision to postpone the 54th Vinitaly to 2022,” said the wine sector coordinator of Alleanza Cooperative Agroalimentari, Luca Rigotti. It was certainly not an easy decision to take but, in light of the current health situation, it is in line with what Alleanza delle Cooperative Italiane-Agroalimentare is hoping for. We also welcome the other promotional initiatives proposed by Veronafiere for coming months: we look forward to being able at last to enter a stage characterized by a higher level of safety and fewer uncertainties for the wine sector. These are also necessary conditions if we are to relaunch – thanks to the experience and expertise of Veronafiere – the wine sector on an international scale.”

The President of Assoenologi, Riccardo Cotarella, commented: “The decision taken by Veronafiere to postpone the 54th Vinitaly to 2022 follows the direction suggested by the wine supply chain. Yet, above all, it takes into account the on-going situation of serious difficulty generated by the pandemic emergency, for which vaccination has not yet found a decisive answer. It is a choice of responsibility that we share in the broadest terms. We are equally ready to support the other initiatives announced by Veronafiere and scheduled for next June and later in October. The world of wine simply has to be ready for the when markets restart and therefore it is vital to keep attention high even through events capable of stimulating national and international relationships and interest in our sector. Yet the support that the Italian government and Europe will be able to implement to sustain the entire agro-food sector will be even more important: after more than a year of pandemic, this field is feeling the impact of the crisis just like other sectors in the Italian economy.”

“We team up with Veronafiere to continue supporting the sector with all the companies and producers who help every day to ensure that wine in one of the products of Italian excellence acknowledged all over the world,” said the National President of Cia-Agricoltori Italiani, Dino Scanavino. The pandemic is still a very serious matter and has forced a further postponement of attended events – but we are ready to work together with Vinitaly, in these difficult times, to support a vital field in the agro-food sector with production worth around 12 billion euros and an incomparable reputation.”

“Postponing Vinitaly is a necessary decision to allow attendance by international operators and support the success of the most exported Made in Italy agro-food product worldwide which, despite the pandemic, achieved turnover of 6.3 billion euros in 2020,” said the President of Coldiretti, Ettore Prandini, in highlighting the importance of the programme of upcoming Veronafiere events starting with OperaWine.

“The decision of Veronafiere, although a painful one, goes in the right direction,” said the President Confagricoltura, Massimiliano Giansanti. We especially appreciate the capacity for resilience and range of proposals put forward in such an extremely difficult time for the wine sector. Confagricoltura fully supports Veronafiere and the entire national agro-food trade fair sector. We are convinced that it is vital to support the validity of the Italian system and avoid perilous openings to other international realities. We also believe the Veronafiere, with its activities and Vinitaly, is a hugely valid promotional and image tool for the entire Italian wine sector. We therefore hope to restart at full swing again in 2022 by giving far-reaching emphasis to the initiatives scheduled as of today through to the next edition of Vinitaly, together with our companies that help make the Italy of wine so great worldwide.”

The President of Copagri, Franco Verrascina, said: “Veronafiere decision, however painful it may be, confirms its seriousness and desire to support winemakers in the best possible way in these critical times. We are more than happy to collaborate and stand alongside Veronafiere in planning not only the 54th Vinitaly but also the special event in October, thereby giving a signal to the world of wine as regards promotion and valorisation of Italy’s great wines.”

“The announcement of the postponement is a huge disappointment but the reality of the pandemic leaves no room for alternatives: it would be difficult for us to plan trips and contacts, we would encounter difficulties in welcoming guests to our stands,” said Sandro Boscaini, President of Federvini, “yet the second postponement widens the void left by Vinitaly not taking place. We need international contacts, we need to present our products and keep in touch with the enormous number of national and international operators who flocked to Verona in the past. We are sure that Vinitaly’s experience and expertise, with the help of ICE Italian Trade Agency, will be of great help to our companies, with formulas and proposals we can study quickly together.”

“I can only emphasize our regret in having to miss out on Vinitaly again this year, the main reference event for the Italian wine sector,” said the President of Federdoc, Riccardo Ricci Curbastro. A show so full of events, reviews, tastings and workshops to promote meetings between exhibitors and national and international operators in the sector which has contributed to the success of Italian wine around the world while also highlighting that the wine sector is one of the pillars for the international success of Made in Italy. We ask the Government to consider the immense economic damage that this decision entails and therefore to provide effective aid to keep the international competitiveness of our trade fair sector high.”

“We understand and share the reasons that prompted Veronafiere to postpone the landmark event for Italian wine,” explained the President of Unione Italiana Vini (Uiv), Ernesto Abbona. However, we believe that it is essential in such a difficult moment to keep the promotion engine running. We therefore support Vinitaly’s intention to continue sustaining the sector during the year by organizing targeted events on behalf of the business and international image of Italian wine.”

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Burger King GRILLED for offensive tweet!

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MUCH Galgenhumor (German for gallows humour or black comedy) in BUrger King’s attempt to highlight female inequality in the kitchen! Yes, it is a cold, cruel, heartless world and life is unfair.

Burger King’s attempt to highlight gender disparity in the restaurant industry with a provocative tweet appears to have backfired.

Burger King text

On Monday, 8 March 2021 is also Commonwealth Day and also International Women’s Day, the Twitter account for Burger King UK tweeted “Women belong in the kitchen.”  

OMG! Faux pas n’est pas!

In a series of subsequent threaded tweets, the fast food giant pointed out the lack of female chefs in the restaurant business.

“If they want to, of course,” reads a follow-up from Burger King UK. “Yet only 20% of chefs are women. We’re on a mission to change the gender ratio in the restaurant industry by empowering female employees with the opportunity to pursue a culinary career.”

The chain then highlighted its new scholarship program for female employees to “pursue their culinary dreams!” But later in the day, Burger King UK, before deleting the tweet, tweeted an apology: “We got our initial tweet wrong and we’re sorry. Our aim was to draw attention to the fact that only 20% of professional chefs in UK kitchens are women and to help change that by awarding culinary scholarships.”

Meanwhile, the Burger King Foundation, the company’s United States-based nonprofit arm, meanwhile, published a full-page ad with similar language in Monday’s print edition of the New York Times. “Women belong in the kitchen” was bolded in large font that took up much of the ad’s above-the-fold space.

“Fine dining kitchens, food truck kitchens, award-winning kitchens, casual dining kitchens, ghost kitchens, Burger King kitchens. If there’s a professional kitchen, women belong there,” the ad continued. “But can you guess who’s leading those kitchens these days? Exactly. Only 24% of chef positions in America are occupied by women. Want to talk head chefs? The number drops to fewer than 7%.”

This shows how true the old adage is: The road to hell is paved with good intentions.

The Travelling Gourmet TM says, Keep calm and carry on eating Burgers! Stay healthy!


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The indomitable and irrepressible Travelling Gourmet TM reveals how Air Travel has been hit by the…

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3 February 2021, Geneva – The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced full-year global passenger traffic results for 2020 showing that demand (revenue passenger kilometers or RPKs) fell by 65.9% compared to the full year of 2019, by far the sharpest traffic decline in aviation history! Furthermore, forward bookings have been falling sharply since late December.

  • IATA (International Air Transport Association) represents some 290 airlines comprising 82% of global air traffic.
  • International passenger demand in 2020 was 75.6% below 2019 levels. Capacity, (measured in available seat kilometers or ASKs) declined 68.1% and load factor fell 19.2 percentage points to 62.8%.
  • Domestic demand in 2020 was down 48.8% compared to 2019. Capacity contracted by 35.7% and load factor dropped 17 percentage points to 66.6%.
  • December 2020 total traffic was 69.7% below the same month in 2019, little improved from the 70.4% contraction in November. Capacity was down 56.7% and load factor fell 24.6 percentage points to 57.5%.
  • Bookings for future travel made in January 2021 were down 70% compared to a year-ago, putting further pressure on airline cash positions and potentially impacting the timing of the expected recovery.
  • IATA’s baseline forecast for 2021 is for a 50.4% improvement on 2020 demand that would bring the industry to 50.6% of 2019 levels. While this view remains unchanged, there is a severe downside risk if more severe travel restrictions in response to new variants persist. Should such a scenario materialize, demand improvement could be limited to just 13% over 2020 levels, leaving the industry at 38% of 2019 levels.

“Last year was a catastrophe. There is no other way to describe it. What recovery there was over the Northern hemisphere summer season stalled in autumn and the situation turned dramatically worse over the year-end holiday season, as more severe travel restrictions were imposed in the face of new outbreaks and new strains of COVID-19.” said Alexandre de Juniac, IATA’s Director General and CEO.

Total Market
Asia Pacific
Latin America
Middle East
North America

1) % of industry RPKs in 2020    2) Year-on-year change in load factor    3) Load Factor Level

International Passenger Markets

Asia-Pacific airlines’ full-year traffic plunged 80.3% in 2020 compared to 2019, which was the deepest decline for any region. It fell 94.7% in the month of December amid stricter lockdowns, little changed from a 95% decline in November. Full year capacity was down 74.1% compared to 2019. Load factor fell 19.5 percentage points to 61.4%.

European carriers
 saw a 73.7% traffic decline in 2020 versus 2019. Capacity fell 66.3% and load factor decreased 18.8 percentage points to 66.8%. For the month of December, traffic slid 82.3% compared to December 2019, an upturn over the 87% year-to-year decline in November reflecting pre-holiday momentum that was reversed toward the end of the month.

Middle Eastern airlines’ annual passenger demand in 2020 was 72.9% below 2019. Annual capacity fell 63.9% and load factor plummeted 18.9 percentage points to 57.3%. December’s traffic was down 82.6% compared to December 2019, improved from an 86.1% drop in November.

North American airlines’ full year traffic fell 75.4% compared to 2019. Capacity dropped 65.5%, and load factor sank 23.9 percentage points to 60.1%. December demand was down 79.6% compared to the same month a year-ago, a pick-up over an 82.8% drop in November reflecting a holiday surge.

Latin American airlines had a 71.8% full year traffic decline compared to 2019, making it the best performing region after Africa. Capacity fell 67.7% and load factor dropped 10.4 percentage points to 72.4%, by far the highest among regions. Traffic fell 76.2% for the month of December compared to December 2019, somewhat improved from a 78.7% decline in November.

African airlines’ traffic fell 69.8% last year compared to 2019, which was the best performance among regions. Capacity dropped 61.5%, and load factor sank 15.4 percentage points to 55.9%, lowest among regions. Demand for the month of December was 68.8% below the year-ago period, well ahead of a 75.8% decline in November. Carriers in the region have benefitted from somewhat less severe international travel restrictions compared to the rest of the world.


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