Edward Eng

Business Development Manager

January 12, 2012

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Global Beer Consumption Still Climbing

Global consumption of beer is continuing to rise, with demand in emerging markets driving the amount that was guzzled down around the world in 2010 to a new record.

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Global consumption of beer is continuing to rise, with demand in emerging markets driving the amount that was guzzled down around the world in 2010 to a new record.

The research arm of major Japanese brewer Kirin Holdings Co. estimated last month that 182.69 million kilolitres of beer were consumed during the year, the most recent for which it was able to provide statistics.

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Edward Eng

Business Development Manager

January 11, 2012

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In-N-Out Cloned, Smart Moves?

A run-of the-mill mid-market Cantonese restaurant on Yanping Road quietly turned off their lights and took their sign off the hook.

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A run-of the-mill mid-market Cantonese restaurant on Yanping Road quietly turned off their lights and took their sign off the hook. Within a few days, a massive banner was wallpapered across the old storefront, urging citizens to prepare to feast on a Double-Double and Animal-Style fries. This statement vexed and inflamed burger-lovers across the city (Animal-Style is supposed to be a secret!) as well as created a commotion on Dianping.

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Edward Eng

Business Development Manager

January 3, 2012

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Asia-Pacific Leads in Contactless Transport Cards

Hong Kong was the first region to employ a radio frequency identification (RFID) smart card system in 1997 called the Octopus.

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Hong Kong was the first region to employ a radio frequency identification (RFID) smart card system in 1997 called the Octopus. The cards are now used by 95 percent of the population with 11 million transactions daily across metro, buses, ferries and more than 10,000 retail outlets in the city. Many Asia-Pacific cities and regions now use similar cards. Major cities in Japan use lots of different types of transport cards, Beijing and Shanghai commuters use the Yikatong, Singaporeans use the EZ-Link smart card, Taiwan has the EasyCard and most recently (December) New Delhi’s government launched a “Common Mobility Card” called More. New Zealand is currently working with Octopus to develop a transport card for 2012.

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Edward Eng

Business Development Manager

January 1, 2012

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Piazza Sempione & China’s Luxury Consumers

Niche Italian luxury label, Piazza Sempione, hopes to compete with heavyweights such as Louis Vuitton and Burberry in China’s crowded luxury market.

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Niche Italian luxury label, Piazza Sempione, hopes to compete with heavyweights such as Louis Vuitton and Burberry in China’s crowded luxury market.

The company plans to capitalize on changing consumer tastes: “There are a growing number of Chinese who want to buy expensive niche brands rather than purchase luxury labels consumed by a less sophisticated, more mass segment of Mainland shoppers,” according to the company’s chief executive officer Enrico Morra.

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