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Restaurants Rise launches as new digital resource center and virtual event June 2-5


NEW YORK, April 29, 2020 — Restaurants Rise will debut in early May as an on-demand resource and education center to provide foodservice leaders with the information, inspiration and solutions to help drive business during this unprecedented time of disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The initiative will include a virtual event June 2-5, Restaurants Rise LIVE!, with twenty webinar and keynote sessions covering menu, marketing, leadership, operations and workforce strategies.

Keynotes include Charlie Morrison, CEO at Wingstop (June 2), Kelli Valade, CEO at Black Box Intelligence (June 3), and Jack Li, from Datassential (June 4). Additional sessions will include The Elliot Group, the award-winning editors of Nation’s Restaurant News and Restaurant Hospitality and more speakers to be announced soon.

As part of the Restaurants Rise initiative, Nation’s Restaurant News and Restaurant Hospitality have committed to support the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation Restaurant Employee Relief Fund through donations and live fundraisers.

“Restaurants Rise is a true community initiative built to serve the great restaurant and foodservice industry at a time like no other for the millions that call hospitality home,” said Sarah Lockyer, Group Director & Publisher, Media & Events at The Restaurant & Food Group at Informa Connect. “Our mission is to connect people through shared content – whether providing a needed solution to a specific challenge or offering a break in the day to listen to leadership lessons from the best in the business.”

“At a time when we can’t meet face-to-face and our businesses need total re-imagination, we are here to support and serve our audience and sponsor partners. There is no better time than now for thought leadership, communication and commitment – to each other, our teams, businesses and the wider foodservice ecosystem.”

Be sure to register now for Restaurant Rise to be sent updates on programming. Title sponsors for Restaurants Rise include DoorDash, National Pork Board and True Aussie Beef & Lamb.

“The restaurant industry has showcased such strength in the face of unprecedented adversity, and we’ve been proud to provide information, insights and solutions to leaders from the largest chains to the local independent chef-owner,” said Lisa Jennings, Executive Editor of Nation’s Restaurant News and Restaurant Hospitality. “Our coverage of COVID-19 and paths forward for the industry has led to the highest levels of user visits and engagement we’ve ever seen, and we’re eager to provide our best-in-class analysis through our new platform, Restaurants Rise.”

For more information, visit and stay connected with us on social via #RestaurantsRise

About The Restaurant & Food Group at Informa Connect The Restaurant & Food Group at Informa Connect is the largest and most integrated media brand portfolio in foodservice and supermarket retail. The group connects the entire food and foodservice ecosystem of operators, chefs, retailers, manufacturers, vendors and solutions providers through traditional, digital, social and custom media as well as in-person events and conferences.

About Informa Informa PLC is a leading, international business to business information services group, operating in over 30 countries. We create transaction-led exhibitions and content-based events, specialist data, intelligence and marketing services products, as well as scholarly research and specialist reference-led academic content. Our products and services help businesses and professionals connect, learn, do business and gain an edge over the competition. Informa is listed on the London Stock Exchange and is a member of the FTSE 100.

MEDIA CONTACT Monique Monaco-Levy Group Event Director [email protected] 813-334-6068

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Joinland Group Anticipates Better 2021


New Agricultural Projects Expected To Contribute To Group Revenues


KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA – Media OutReach – 12 January 2021 – The Joinland Group, a diversified Malaysian conglomerate of varied business interests, is looking forward to the future with optimism, due to two new agricultural projects that are coming onstream in Sarawak over the course of the year.


Dato’ Sri Thomas Hah Tiing Siu, the founder of Joinland, said, “We have decided to invest in the agricultural aspect of our business, both to diversify income for the overall group and because it’s clear as that there is both high and growing demand particularly for fresh pineapple/coconut and pineapple/coconut-based products from neighbouring countries, the Middle East and China. As such we began pineapple and coconut planting in the Sungai Rait and Kuala Baram areas of Sarawak earlier this year. We believe that this will create an important revenue stream for the business moving forward.”


According to Malaysia’s Ministry of Agriculture (MOA) Malaysia exported RM419 million in pineapple products in 2019 — a 60% increase over 2018* — and the Ministry also predicted annual growth for the industry exceeding 5%.** Likewise, while coconut is currently Malaysia’s fourth largest industrial crop, behind oil palm, rubber and rice, the demand for coconut products has also been growing rapidly driven by higher awareness of the health benefits of the fruit.***


As part of its agricultural focus, Joinland has invested in R&D, technology and automation to ensure the best productivity, fruit quality, storage and delivery in the industry. Joinland will be planting the ‘Matag’ variety coconut and the ‘MD2, N36 and Josapine’ pineapple variants.


The company is focusing on downstream processing to ensure value creation for its agricultural products and to ensure compliance with food and safety standards (HACCP, Halal, GMP, MesTi, etc.), which will in turn ensure the marketability and premium pricing of these products through the company’s international partnerships and sales channels. 


The Joinland Group, which is headquartered in Miri, Sarawak, is involved in many different businesses including a major agro-forestry project on the island of New Hanover in Papua New Guinea, Swiftlet Farming in Sarawak, real-estate management (including developments in Malaysia, Singapore and China) and substantial investments in seven other businesses in Malaysia, Singapore, China and New Zealand.


Just as it has done for businesses worldwide, the COVID-19 pandemic did impact Joinland’s revenues and operations in 2020. The biggest impact was on the company’s Swiftlet Farming operations, with both a reduction in the price of edible bird nests (due to reduction of tourism and interstate transportation complications), as well as operational issues (travel restrictions) which limited oversight of the production houses.   

Commenting on this Dato’ Sri Thomas Hah Tiing Siu, commented, “We expect that things will gradually improve in 2021, although this may take a while. Many of the very severe restrictions that were imposed with the first Movement Control Order (MCO) in Malaysia have gradually eased, which has helped, but we will continue to face challenges in 2021, particularly in the Swiftlet Farming element of our business due to the low-price of edible bird nests, labour supply issues and increased operational costs due to higher transportation charges. This is why we are delighted to have got our new agricultural projects underway.”


In concluding, Dato Sri Thomas, said, “Despite the unpredictable nature of life at the moment, I am confident that Joinland Group is well positioned to ride out any further turbulence thanks to the wide ranging and diverse nature of our business. We are excited about what the future holds and are looking forward to growing the business further during 2021.” 





About Joinland Group

The Joinland Group is a diversified Malaysian conglomerate including property, plantation, forestry and agricultural management, insurance and shipping businesses, to name a few. The company operates businesses and investments in many markets including Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei, Australia, Papua New Guinea, China and New Zealand, among others.


The company was founded by Dato’ Sri Thomas Hah Tiing Siu, a self-made entrepreneur who started out in the cold storage business. In 2013 he was awarded the honorary title of Dato’ Sri by the Sultan of Pahang (Malaysia) in recognition of his management skills and business acumen in building the Joinland Group.


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Marine Stewardship Council: Assortment of top chefs combine for sustainable seafood cookbook


The collaboration aims to encourage shoppers to make the best environmental choice when buying the seafood they love


SINGAPORE – Media OutReach – 14 January 2021 – The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) — an environmental not-for-profit — is launching its first sustainable seafood cookbook in collaboration with top sensational chefs from across the globe. It is part of an initiative to encourage and inspire shoppers to commit to making the best environmental choice when buying the seafood they love this year, and beyond.


The Blue Cookbook is a digital collection of delicious recipes featuring a variety of species and styles which appeal to a range of preferences and tastes. Options include seared king prawns, haddock and broccoli bake, hake with cantonese glaze and steamed halibut with rice wine. Also contained within its pages is the environmental story behind the fish we eat, showing consumers how their actions can have a big ripple effect on ocean health.


Some of the contributors to the project are culinary director Lucas Glanville from Grand Hyatt Singapore and Executive chef Otto Goh from the Shangri-La Hotel Group in China.  All those involved are strong advocates for sustainable fishing and responsible sourcing.


Anne Gabriel, Programme Director for Oceania and Singapore at the Marine Stewardship Council said: “A new year has arrived, and with it a chance to make better choices for ourselves, our planet and our oceans. We’ve teamed up with incredible chefs to launch a unique sustainable seafood cookbook which features delicious, healthy and future-friendly recipes from across the globe. By choosing to buy from sustainable sources, everyone can help make sure the seafood we love can be enjoyed for years to come.”


Chef Lucas Glanville, who has contributed a Seared King Prawns said: Singapore diners and consumers are ready to embrace sustainable seafood as a way of life. The people are savvy, and the market is articulate about what is good for the environment. Our hotel has seen amazing growth in business due to our sustainable philosophy. This is all thanks to the support of our diners. We are all accountable for the future, we should do our part to protect the oceans for our future generation.”


The ocean is a vital part of human life on our planet. It provides a major source of protein to more than 3 billion people1, and millions rely on fisheries for their livelihood2. However, the oceans are under threat – 34% of global fisheries have been fished beyond sustainable limits, with this trend continuing to worsen slightly3.


For more than 20 years, the MSC has been tackling the problem of overfishing by incentivizing people to change their behaviour when buying seafood, through its certification and labelling program. Its international collaborative of partners including scientists, NGOs, fisheries, seafood companies, retailers, and restaurants work hand in hand to ensure seafood is wild, delicious, and above all else, sustainable.





1 UN FAO — State of the World’s Fisheries and Agriculture Report 2020 page 67

2 UN FAO — State of the World’s Fisheries and Agriculture Report 2020 page 95

3 UN FAO — State of the World’s Fisheries and Agriculture Report 2020 page 7

About the Marine Stewardship Council:

The MSC ecolabel on a seafood product means it is fully traceable to a wild-catch fishery which has been independently certified to the MSC’s science-based standard for sustainable fishing. Fisheries representing more than 17% of the world’s wild marine catch are engaged in its certification programme and more than 18,000 different MSC labelled products are available on shelves across the globe*. (*figures correct as of 31 March 2020). For more information visit or visit our social media pages:

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Smithfield Divorce Hong Kong is increasing its team in anticipation of the surge in demand for family dispute solutions


HONG KONG SAR – Media OutReach – 19 January 2021 – In the midst of the global environmental turmoil and the epidemic in 2020, Smithfield has become a trusted divorce firm in Hong Kong by handling civil disputes and family cases of all sizes for a wide range of stakeholders in the community.

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Demand for family dispute solutions has increased dramatically as a result of the epidemic and the economic climate. In spite of the recent turmoil in Hong Kong, Smithfield is moving forward to expand and add more than 10 staff members to its team to enhance its efficiency in the area of civil and family dispute resolution.

Smithfield founder Kennth Mak said, “Firms must have the ability to be highly flexible and mobile, to mobilize resources in the region quickly, and to develop new business plans in response to changing market demands.”

Smithfield advocates a one-stop solution and is committed to providing clients with the most effective and time-saving approach to all possible solutions, while maintaining a high degree of flexibility to tailor each case to the realities of each situation.

With more than a decade of experience, the company has handled more than 6,000 successful cases, both civil and family, putting clients first and providing them with the highest quality of service.

Smithfield offers a high level of competence in all areas of divorce procedure in Hong Kong, Hong Kong-China divorce, child custody, alimony and distribution of family assets after divorce, utilizing diverse experience and knowledge of handling cases to effectively handle matters and provide professional advice.

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