Source = e-Travel Blackboard: D.M. American Express has expressed its commitment to Travelscene agents, saying their partnership has evolved on founded shared goals at the annual Owners-Managers conference in Buenos Aires last week.Visiting from global headquarters to address agents directly, American Express’ Vice President, Global Travel Partner Network, Stephanie Chadwick, said the Travelscene partnership was “deep”, showing “commitment from both sides”.With over 1200 partners in 120 countries, Ms Chadwick told agents to take advantage of being part of the world’s largest agency network. With its partner network with card members and foreign exchange products, Ms Chadwick said American Express was growing stronger every year, and I think you can see huge advantages of working together.“We have seen some great joint campaigns over the past 12 months, we will continue to look at opportunities that will be of value to you.”“Think of this joint brand as more than just a logo on your business,” she said.
Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J Increasing capacity between China and Australia, Qantas has released plans to expands its A380 network into Hong Kong.Subject to regulatory approval, the jumbo-jet will commence services into Hong Kong from 15 January next year and operate between the city and Sydney.Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce said Hong Kong was a key market in both business and leisure for the carrier.Once launched onto the route, the aircraft will fly between Hong Kong and Sydney on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.Planning to receive its eleventh and twelfth A380 later this year, the carrier said it will also add the jumbo jet onto flights between Melbourne and London via Singapore as well as its services between Melbourne and Los Angeles.“Qantas is set to offer passengers travelling to Hong Kong the latest in comfort and design,” Mr Joyce added. “Our Creative Director Marc Newson has set a precedent in the long haul travel experience for customers wanting style and more space.”To celebrate the launch of the new service, Qantas is offering one way in Economy class flight between Sydney to Hong Kong for AU$380 and AU$938 for Premium Economy.
Julie Denovan, Virtuoso’s Manager Australia, commented: “We are delighted to see so many Virtuoso members recognised by the readers of Luxury Travel. Each one of these agencies is deserving of the title of Best Luxury Travel Agency. They boast unparalleled knowledge of the sector and absolute dedication to providing clients with the finest travel experiences.”Luxury Travel is one of Australia’s most prestigious travel magazines and its 2013 Gold List Awards is the most comprehensive luxury travel survey ever undertaken by an Australian magazine, voted for by thousands of discerning readers. The 2013 Gold List Awards recipients will be announced in the next issue of the magazine, due out at Easter.Virtuoso’s luxury travel network is made up of more than 7,200 leading travel advisors from around the globe, including 31 member agencies in Australia and New Zealand. An elite group of Australian travel agencies from leading travel network Virtuoso® have been named as finalists for Luxury Travel Magazine’s 2013 Gold List Awards. Out of 12 agencies shortlisted for the prestigious Best Luxury Travel Agency category, nine are Virtuoso members.The following Virtuoso agencies have been shortlisted for Best Luxury Travel Agency:Bicton Travel Concierge Traveller Executive Edge Goldman Travel Mary Rossi Travel Phil Hoffmann Travel Spencer Travel Travel Phase World Travel Professionals Source = Virtuoso
Finnair has been named Best International Airline – Off-Line Carrier in the prestigious AFTA National Travel Industry Awards in 2013.These annual awards acknowledge and celebrate the achievements of individuals and product within the Australian travel and tourism industry over the past 12 months.Finnair Country Sales Manager – Australia, New Zealand and New Caledonia, Geoff Stone, accepted this latest award for the acclaimed airline at a glittering dinner in Sydney on Saturday night (20 July).“We are delighted with this recognition by our industry partners and thank them greatly for their vote of confidence in Finnair and the wonderful support they have given to us over many years,” Mr Stone said.“I wish to thank my dedicated team for the great service they provide to the industry and for their passion and commitment in promoting and selling Finnair in our market.”Mr Stone also acknowledged the ongoing support of Airline Marketing Australia, which represents Finnair in Australia. “This award is especially exciting for everyone involved with Finnair in this significant year for the airline as we celebrate 90 years of service on 1 November,” Mr Stone said.Finnair has a longstanding reputation for exceptional service, punctuality and safety and offers excellent connections with oneworld partners to Europe from Australia via its Asian gateways including Singapore, Hong Kong, Bangkok, Tokyo, Beijing, Shanghai, Delhi and Seoul, and recently commenced services to Chongqing, Xian, Hanoi and Tel Aviv. Source = Finnair
Sarovar Hotels & Resorts have signed two new hotels in north India. The group has signed an 81-room Sarovar Portico at Kapashera, New Delhi and a 43-room Sarovar Portico at Palampur in Kangra Valley, Himachal Pradesh.Owned by Palm Land Hotels & Resorts LLP, the hotel in Kapashera will be named The Muse Sarovar Portico, New Delhi Kapashera. The hotel, providing all modern facilities, is strategically located near the Delhi airport and is in proximity to the Delhi-Haryana border.The resort in Palampur, owned by R S Belvedere, offers a virtual bonanza for nature lovers, unearthing the most exciting views of the divine Dhauladhar mountain range, which forms the backdrop of this beautiful town. Located in an important town in the Kangra Valley, also known as the tea capital of north India, RS Sarovar Portico, Palampur will be an ideal destination for nature lovers and adventure enthusiasts.“We are focusing on our expansion plans and the signing of these two properties boost the company’s strategic efforts to expand our brands even further across the region. With business as well as leisure travel continuing to rise in this region, we aim to grow our presence to meet the demand over the coming years in different markets including Dehradun, Raipur, and Amritsar. Through our distinctively recognised brands, we aim to offer value for money accommodation and superior hospitality to today’s travellers,” said Ajay K Bakaya, Executive Director, Sarovar Hotels & Resorts.The hotels are expected to be operational by July 2016. The hotel group also plans to expand to newer markets this year like Dehradun, Amritsar, Raipur, Jaisalmer, Ajmer, Bhavnagar, Jalandhar, Greater Noida and Bekal.
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May 2, 2012 411 Views in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing, Technology Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Company News Investors Lenders & Servicers Processing Service Providers 2012-05-02 Abby Gregory Costco Launches Online Mortgage Loan Program As anticipated, “”Costco””:www.costco.com/ will now begin offering consumers access to mortgage loans through the company’s online presence. The discount retailer will move ahead with its initiative to extend residential mortgage to borrowers through partnerships with 11 U.S. lenders. Costco began testing its mortgage loan vehicle in 2011 in preparation for the program’s launch. Thus far, the company has made loans to more than 10,000 of its members.In addition to the mortgage products, Costco also offers health and automobile insurance, brokerage services, recreational vehicle loans, and boat loans. The company notes that it also has plans to roll out services for automobile and student loans “”in the near future.””Costco’s manager of financial services, Lauren Kutschka, commented on the company’s decision to generate online home loans for members, “”We’ve always known that our members wanted more financial services.””[COLUMN_BREAK][IMAGE] Share
Freddie Mac Housing Affordability Mortgage Rates Processing 2012-09-12 Tory Barringer Share in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing While Americans may be feeling pain at the pumps, “”Freddie Mac””:http://www.freddiemac.com/ doesn’t believe the recent increase in gas prices will have a huge impact on the economy.[IMAGE]In the GSE’s most recent U.S. Economic and Housing Market Outlook, Freddie Mac VP and chief economist “”Frank Nothaft””:http://www.freddiemac.com/bios/exec/nothaft.html looked at energy costs and their potential effects on the economic recovery.The “”Energy Department””:http://energy.gov/ reported that gas prices averaged $3.84 per gallon on September 3, up about $0.50 over the past two months. [COLUMN_BREAK]While rising energy costs can divert spending away from consumer goods, Nothaft said he isn’t worried.””A fuel-price spike doesn’t pack the same punch it once used to in part because of more efficient use of energy,”” Nothaft said.Nothaft pointed to the country’s increased energy efficiency efforts in the last 50 years, which have led to fuel efficiency in passenger cars nearly doubling. In addition, homes built in the last decade are proven to have fuel costs about 30 percent lower than homes built before 1960.Furthermore, Nothaft said he believes the fuel-price spike is unlikely to have an effect on monetary policy, allowing for an extended period of low interest rates, which should in turn help energize the housing market.””Low mortgage rates and a high degree of affordability have helped to energize the housing market recovery,”” Nothaft said. “”Through the first seven months of 2012 compared with the same period in 2011, home sales are up 8 percent, housing starts have rebounded by 19 percent, and national house-price indexes have recorded a gain on a year-over-year basis. “”We anticipate this favorable interest-rate environment will remain at least through the end of this year,”” he added. September 12, 2012 442 Views Freddie,Freddie: Don’t Expect Fuel Prices to Kill Recovery
August 22, 2014 575 Views in Government, Headlines, News, Technology CFPB Names Participants for eClosing Pilot Program The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) unveiled this week its list of companies selected to participate in the agency’s mortgage eClosing pilot program designed to measure the benefits of electronic mortgage closings and determine best practices.The pilot was first announced in April, when the bureau put out a report detailing what it calls the “pain points” of the loan closing process. Through its three-month pilot, set to begin later this year, CFPB says its hopes to explore how technology can affect consumer understanding and engagement and save time and money for all parties.The program’s launch marks a big step in the agency’s “Know Before You Owe” mortgage initiative, which is aimed at improving the homebuying experience for consumers through simpler disclosure forms as proposed in a rule first issued in November last year. In Thursday’s release, CFPB announced it is in the process of preparing for that rule to be implemented in August 2015.”Mortgage closings can be stressful, confusing, and overwhelming,” said Director Richard Cordray. “We believe that eClosings have the potential to create a better process for everyone involved.”This eClosing pilot project will provide valuable insights as we work to improve the closing experience for consumers,” he continued.The companies named in Thursday’s announcement include a range of vendors, including: Accenture Mortgage Cadence; DocMagic, Inc.; eLynx; Pavaso, Inc.; and PiersonPatterson, LLP.The lenders included in the announcement are: Blanco National Bank; Boeing Employees Credit Union; Franklin First Financial, Ltd.; Flagstar Bank; Mountain America Credit Union; Sierra Pacific Mortgage; and Universal American Mortgage Company.Through its study of eClosing processes at those firms, CFPB said it hopes to gain insight as to how technological solutions can aid consumer understanding of loan documents and processes; incentivize consumer engagement through early document review; and make processes more efficient overall. Share Consumer Financial Protection Bureau eClosings 2014-08-22 Tory Barringer
in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines, News May 11, 2017 632 Views The confidence of existing homeowners is rising, and it could mean more starter-home inventory will hit the market in the near future, according to an analysis released by ValueInsured on Thursday.ValueInsured’s Housing Confidence Index shows existing homeowners who are considering upgrading to a larger one have a confidence level of 75 out of 100 in their potential purchase. That’s higher than the confidence levels of first-time buyers, non-homeowners, and all Americans as a whole.“Existing homeowners are also the only group that reported an increase in housing confidence since January 2017,” ValueInsured reported. “This comes as no surprise as rising interest rates, higher home prices, and what has been dubbed ‘the strongest seller’s market ever’ have most benefitted existing homeowners in the current housing climate.”But given homeowners’ high levels of confidence, inventory is still strapped, and there just aren’t enough starter homes on the market. It will take getting these owners to start selling in order to alleviate the market’s inventory problem, ValueInsured says.“It has been reported that home sales this Spring has been slowed by low inventory; and one key reason for the shortage is would-be sellers holding onto their current homes, concerned that they may not be able to find desirable homes to upgrade to,” ValueInsured reported. “In other words, it is not far-fetched to say that not only are repeat buyers responsible for two-thirds of all home sales, they have a hand in helping close the other one-third as well.”Ultimate, ValueInsured says, it’s expected interest rate hikes and timing that are keeping people from selling. According to the site’s recent Modern Homebuyer Survey, 76 percent of homeowners believe interest rates will continue to rise this year, and another 71 percent say “the era of affordable mortgages are coming to an end.”“Given the historically low levels of interest rates and record high refinancing applications in the past four years, many of these potential upgrade buyers likely have recently refinanced and are hesitant to give up their existing low rate mortgage,” ValueInsured reported.The survey also showed that 56 percent of homeowners think prices would come down if they bought a new home now, and half think six months from now is a better time to sell. Move-up Buyer Confidence on the Rise Share homebuyer confidence move-up buyers repeat buyers valueinsured 2017-05-11 Aly J. Yale
The Week Ahead: Mortgage Industry to Convene at Conference The Five Star Conference and Expo 2017-09-17 Brianna Gilpin Share The mortgage industry will soon convene at the 14th annual Five Star Conference and Expo beginning Monday, September 18th and continuing through Wednesday, September 20th at the Hyatt Regency in Dallas, Texas.The Five Star Conference and Expo is the largest mortgage servicing and real estate conference in the nation, with six academic labs presented by subject matter experts. Topics for the Five Star Labs include compliance, foreclosure, property management, REO, servicing, and investing.On the evening of Monday, September 18th, Five Star will honor veterans of the U.S. military with the annual Military Heroes Keys for Life event, which will include the presentation of five mortgage free homes to veterans and their families with the support of Operation Homefront, a national nonprofit whose mission is to build strong, stable, and secure military families.The conference will conclude on the afternoon of September 20th with the Women in Housing Leadership Forum where women leaders in the mortgage industry will deliver inspiring keynotes on promoting inclusion throughout the industry.To find more information on the 2017 Five Star Conference and Expo, click here.Editor’s note: The Five Star Institute is the parent company of MReport and theMReport.com. in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, News Other Events in the Week Ahead: Housing Market Index, Monday, 10 a.m. EDTHousing Starts Report, Tuesday, 8:30 a.m. EDTFOMC Forecasts, Wednesday, 2:00 p.m. EDTFed Chair Press Conference, Wednesday, 2:30 p.m. EDTFHFA Home Price Index, Thursday, 9:00 a.m. EDTFreddie Mac Weekly Mortgage Survey, Thursday, 10 a.m. EDT. September 17, 2017 508 Views
May 9, 2018 718 Views in Headlines, journal, News, Servicing, Technology Mr. Cooper, a Dallas-based non-bank mortgage servicer and mortgage lender, today introduced Mr. Cooper with Home Intelligence, a new mobile app that uses artificial intelligence to reimagine the experience of homeownership with tools to help homeowners optimize their personal balance sheets.The new Mr. Cooper with Home Intelligence app is the latest step in the company’s vision to transform the home loan industry with a digital-first approach and a customer-centric experience. The app provides homeowners with valuable insight into their largest asset—their homes—to help them manage not just their mortgage but their broader financial well-being. “U.S. consumer debt continues to climb to new heights, and financial pressures are weighing heavy on millions of Americans. Mr. Cooper is excited to offer an industry-first digital solution that puts the home, rather than the loan, at the center and helps homeowners better understand how to use their home as an asset to strengthen their personal balance sheets,” said Jay Bray, Chairman and CEO of Nationstar Mortgage Holdings, the parent company for the Mr. Cooper brand. “The new Mr. Cooper with Home Intelligence app is more than just a new mobile experience; it is a game changer for homeowners looking to get out of high-cost debt. In just a few minutes, the app provides homeowners with solutions to help them achieve their financial goals—from optimizing their debt to realizing monthly savings opportunities to paying off their home sooner.”Home Intelligence gives homeowners:Insight into what their home may be worth, neighborhood trends, and the current state of their equity.Instant, personalized ideas for debt consolidation, such as a cash-out refinance, personal loan, or second mortgage. Plus, homeowners can easily see the pros and cons of the option they choose.Options to save money and manage their debt without the in-depth research and time required to identify similar debt management solutions on their own.A simple way to clearly see how putting monthly savings towards their home loan can help speed up their ultimate goal of owning their home.Direct access through phone or email to a Mr. Cooper mortgage professional who can help homeowners get started with a product and answer questions.To better understand consumer sentiment around debt and equity leading up to launch of Home Intelligence, YouGov, on behalf of Mr. Cooper, conducted a nationwide online survey among more than 1,000 homeowners with over $500 in credit card debt. According to survey results, the burden of credit card debt is putting a strain on many American homeowners: A third of respondents reported having a restless night due to their debt.Forty-five percent of respondents said they were at least somewhat concerned about their debt. Many homeowners are struggling to keep up with monthly payments, while they continue to rack up debt from interest rates: 30 percent of respondents expect to accumulate more credit card debt due to interest rates, while 44 percent have had trouble paying the credit card minimum in the past. But there is hope: 44 percent of respondents have more than $100,000 in home equity. Many homeowners have the ability to use this equity to optimize debt, including high-interest credit card debt, and save thousands of dollars a year. With the new Mr. Cooper with Home Intelligence app, homeowners can easily see their home equity and discover how to use it to save money.Mr. Cooper with Home Intelligence was announced at FinovateSpring in Santa Clara, California. The app will be available to Mr. Cooper customers this summer with plans to launch beyond customers in the near future. To learn more about the Mr. Cooper with Home Intelligence mobile app, visit mrcooper.com/homeintelligence. App Company News Home Equity Home Intelligence Mr Cooper 2018-05-09 David Wharton Mr. Cooper Brings the Power of AI to Homeowners Share
January 11, 2019 819 Views Eagle Home Mortgage Lennar loans mortgage Movement Mortgage Originations Retail 2019-01-11 Radhika Ojha in Headlines, News, Origination Movement Mortgage Buys Eagle’s Retail Operations South-Carolina based Movement Mortgage is expanding its operations and reach in the Pacific Northwest and Mountain West market through the acquisition of Lennar’s Eagle Home Mortgage’s retail operations. The transaction is expected to add $1.5 billion in additional annual mortgage loan volume to Movement’s origination platform, the company said in a statement.The acquisition, which is scheduled to close later this month, will also increase Movement’s national retail mortgage footprint by 230 additional mortgage professionals and 35 branch offices. “We want to grow, and we relentlessly look for purpose-filled, growth-minded mortgage professionals who want to make a meaningful difference in their industry and communities. We found all of those qualities and more in the team at Eagle Home Mortgage,” said Casey Crawford, CEO, Movement Mortgage. “I’m excited and honored to welcome these talented individuals to Movement.”The Eagle Home Mortgage assets are concentrated in the Pacific Northwest and Mountain West regions, including offices and operations in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming, Utah, and Colorado. Movement expects to retain the staff across the acquired branch network and integrate the business with its existing retail network of more than 650 branches and 1,500 loan officers nationwide.“Movement provides our loan officers and support teams with the industry’s best process and service, innovative technology and a culture that emphasizes caring for customers, teammates, and communities,” said Kisha Weir, SVP, Eagle Home Mortgage.Movement kicked off the acquisition announcement with a four-day roadshow across four states, as executive sales and operations leadership visited Eagle associates in Seattle, Portland, Oregon; Boise, Idaho; and Denver. Share
April 15 , 2019 A star-studded lineup of speakers and panelists including retailers, exporters, marketers and breeders from around the world has been announced for the first-ever edition of the Global Grape Summit, which takes place in London on June 5, 2019. Numerous educational sessions have also been scheduled to provide attendees with insights they need to be successful in a fast-moving industry.The commercially-focused, one-day conference, which is co-organized by Produce Business magazine and Yentzen Group, will be held at the luxurious JW Marriott Grosvenor House in Mayfair as part of The London Produce Show and Conference, the largest event in the UK — the 5th largest economy in the world — for the fresh fruit and vegetable sector. The Global Grape Summit will take place one day before the London Produce Show’s one-day trade exhibition. (Clockwise from top left) Jim Prevor, Produce Business; Tania van der Merwe, Freshmark; George Liu, FrutaCloud; Rupert Maude, El Ciruelo; Manuel Jose Alcaino, Decofrut; Ricardo Koch, Rio Blanco; Don Goodwin, Golden Sun Marketing; Josep Estiarte, SNFLKicking off the day, Manuel José Alcaíno, President of Decofrut (Chile), will present “The Global Table Grape Panorama”, providing insights into every prominent supply country, from their current plantings to the evolution of their latest advances.Then, during the session titled, “Consumer Response to New Varieties”, Joe Shaw Roberts of Kantar Worldpanel will present research on the topic, following which Jim Prevor, CEO and Editor-in-Chief of Produce Business magazine, will moderate a panel that includes Phil Macy, Category Buyer for Grapes and Stonefruit at Sam’s Club (U.S.); George Liu, CEO of e-commerce platform Frutacloud (China); Josep Estiarte, Director of Special New Fruit Licensing, SNFL (Spain); Tania van der Merwe, Senior Buyer for Freshmark (South Africa); and John Pandol, Director of Special Projects at Pandol Bros. Inc. (U.S.).A session called “Fast-Forward to 2029” will delve into what the next decade holds for the global table grape industry, looking at where the industry is headed as well as the critical opportunities and challenges, from over-production to new varieties and emerging markets. Presentations by Oscar Salgado of SanLucar (Spain) on “New Production Areas Around the World”, and by Garth Swinburn, Vice President of Licensing at Sun World Innovations (U.S.) on “The Breeder’s Paradox”, will be followed by a panel including Gary York, Vice President of Global Sales at C.H. Robinson (U.S.); Ricardo Koch, General Manager for Chile-based exporter Río Blanco (Chile); Rupert Maude, Commercial Director at El Ciruelo (Spain); and Nitin Agrawal, Managing Director of EuroFruits (India). There will then be presentations by Don Goodwin, President & Owner, Golden Sun Marketing (US) on “Marketing Grapes for Success”; by George Liu, CEO of Frutacloud (China) on “Maximising Online Retailing in China”; and by Alejandro Fuentes, General Manager, Agrícola Don Ricardo (Perú) “Supplier Spotlight on Peru”.Rounding off the day will be a session called “Retail Opportunities in the UK”, which will help attendees come to grips with one of the leading global import markets for table grapes. A panel made up of Louisa Read of Marks and Spencer (UK) and Paul Farmer of Sainsbury’s (UK) — moderated by Carlo Berardi of Agrimessina (Italy/UK) — will provide in-depth analysis of grape category trends and opportunities in the UK where grapes are one of the most frequently purchased fruits.“The Global Grape Summit promises to quickly become the single most important event on the table grape industry’s calendar,” said Jim Prevor. “An incredible day of top-quality educational sessions will provide attendees with the insights and knowledge they need to ensure success in this dynamic and exciting industry.” “We have an absolutely fantastic lineup of expert speakers and panelists for the inaugural Global Grape Summit,” said Gustavo Yentzen, General Manager of Yentzen Group. “This event will be a unique meeting point for the table grape industry to come together and analyze the biggest challenges and opportunities they are facing.” The Global Grape Summit will conclude with The London Produce Show and Conference’s Opening Cocktail Reception, which all delegates will be able to attend. The next day will include the Thought Leader Breakfast Panel session, a full-day trade exhibition, and optional seminars, sold at an additional fee. On the final day, there will be a series of optional industry tours.For more information about the Global Grape Summit, including tickets, booths and sponsorship opportunities, please visit www.globalgrapesummit.com or contact email@example.com. Global Grape Summit wrap-up part three: What is ne … You might also be interested in ‘What does it take to win with new grape varieties … Inaugural Global Grape Summit draws large internat … Opinion: Inaugural Global Grape Summit gathers the …
You might also be interested in May 06 , 2019 From the pages of Produce Business UKApeel Sciences is in the final administrative stages of regulatory authorization with the European Union (EU) to apply its plant-derived food waste prevention technology to a number of fruits, including avocados and citrus. Already available in the USA, the breakthrough product has the ability to reduce food waste for both consumers and retailers. With the issue high on the agenda in the UK, PBUK catches up with the California-based company ahead of exhibiting at The London Produce Show and Conference.A World Economic Forum Technology Pioneer and one of Time magazine’s 50 Genius Companies, Apeel claims its product is unique in being the only commercially available solution that is both plant-derived and a true end-to-end shelf-life extension solution that maintains harvest quality from the supplier, through distribution, to the retailer, and all the way to consumers’ homes. Subject to approval, the firm anticipates making its solution available by mid-2019 for avocados sold in the UK and the EU by Nature’s Pride, one of the region’s leading distributors, on the back of a partnership announced earlier this year. “The partnership will bring Apeel Avocados — avocados with double the edible shelf-life on average — to European households for the first time,” Natalie Shuman, Director of Industry Marketing at Apeel, tells PBUK. “The EU and the UK represent the second-largest import market for avocados, so we see great potential to help stakeholders in this supply chain unlock the value that Apeel’s shelf-life extension technology brings.“Europe is a natural next step for us considering the large population of customers and consumers seeking more sustainable food options. We are anticipating clearance by mid-year, and are working with supply and retail partners to determine the optimal time to enter the market upon approval.”Extending usage beyond avocadosApeel has been working behind the scenes to establish relationships with avocado industry leaders in the UK and the EU in preparation for its 2019 commercial launch.Beyond that, Apeel intends to expand its usage into other categories in both the UK and the EU. Organic produce that is treated in the US with Apeel’s organic formulation can be imported into the EU and the UK also. And that’s just the beginning – Apeel claims its technology has proven to be effective at improving the quality and shelf-life of more than two dozen types of fruits and vegetables.“While Apeel will be focusing on a commercial launch with avocados in the EU, we anticipate regulatory clearance on a number of other fruits such as citrus, mangoes, and more, giving us the runway to expand into other categories,” Shuman comments.“The demand for Apeel in new categories and new markets is very strong. We’re working around the clock to expand the availability of our solution so we can make an even bigger dent in the fight against food waste.”In the US, Apeel is currently available for application on avocados, asparagus and limes, which are sold at major US grocery stores, including Kroger, Costco, Harps, Martins, with fruit supplied by Del Rey, Horton, Eco Farms and Nature’s Pride. Further strategic partnerships are due to be announced shortly. Three important benefitsOn average, the firm says it is seeing in the US at least a 50% reduction in shrink, 5-10% sales growth, significant margin expansion and reduction in shopper product returns; thereby demonstrating a “real” return on investment in both profitability and shopper satisfaction. “We launched Apeel avocados [in the US] last summer with the likes of Kroger, Costco and Harps, and from there we have seen significant retail and supply programme expansion and consumer demand,” Shuman explains.“If the results we are seeing in the US are any indication, buyers in the EU and the UK will see three important benefits: a massive reduction in shrink, a significant increase in profitability and the ability to be a leader making a real difference in the global fight against food waste.”The key to the product’s added value is the extended shelf-life it provides, since this gives more time for all stakeholders in the supply chain from the farm to the kitchen. One month to go until Hort Connections 2019: ‘G … Grapes in Charts: U.S. market has seen flat volume … U.S.: EPA decides not to ban chlorpyrifos … Shuman says more time for suppliers means easier inventory management, a better arrival rate and superior quality associated with their brand. “Retailers can merchandise and increase space allocation with confidence, and can deliver a longer lasting product that will increase shopper satisfaction and loyalty,” she points out. “The majority of food waste happens in the home, and Apeel helps resolve the number one pain point that consumers have with produce – wasting good food and hard earned money.” WRAP research shows that the UK throws away 7.1 million (m) tonnes [in 2015] of household foodwaste a year in the UK, compared to 8.1m tonnes in 2007. Of that total, WRAP estimates that almost three quarters (70% of the total) is food we could have eaten (5m tonnes), worth around £15 billion.Apeel was founded with a mindset that the solution has a global reach and multiple benefits; from helping small holder farmers in remote areas overcome the lack of cold chain infrastructure to feed more people, to solving one of the biggest pain points for large retailers and the end consumer. “Every day we are learning new ways the solution can unlock value in different commodities and for different parts of the food distribution system,” Shuman reveals. “What we love most is that we looked to nature for inspiration and found the answer to address food waste reduction – one of the most crucial challenges we face as a society.”How the solution works Apeel is plant-derived coating applied post harvest that essentially creates a second edible ‘peel’ that minimises water loss and oxidation – the two primary causes of spoilage. This creates an optimal micro-climate in every piece of produce that lasts from the time it is applied, through to consumption. The coating is made from lipids and glycerolipids that exist in the peels, seeds, and pulp of all the fruits and vegetables that we already eat. Apeel says it works hand-in-hand with its supply partners to customise its formulation for the unique characteristics of the particular fruit or vegetable variety and its growing regions to ensure the ultimate success of the product.The fact that the coating is plant-derived is part of the solution’s successful reception among consumers too.“We are finding that because we are essentially using food to protect food, consumers are not only receptive to Apeel produce, but have a high purchase intent as indicated by the thousands of online store locator searches we’re receiving,” Shuman reveals. “In the US, we have a very proactive consumer marketing effort to educate consumers about the benefits of Apeel, what it is made of and how it works. We plan to proactively engage consumers in the EU and UK markets ahead of our launch.”Seeing is believing – The London Produce ShowTo support its European launch, Apeel will be exhibiting at The London Produce Show on 5-7 June, 2019. As well as presenting product demonstrations, members of Apeel’s senior team, EU retail relations department and marketing personnel will be on hand to discuss partnership opportunities.“Interested suppliers and distributors can visit us at our booth at The London Produce Show, or visit our website at apeel.com to submit a business inquiry,” says Shuman.“The timing and setting of The London Produce Show line up perfectly with our expansion timeline, and it provides an intimate setting that allow for more quality time and productive conversations with our retail and supply contacts.“The results we’re getting are so astounding that they really need to be seen to be believed, so trade shows like The London Produce Show provide the perfect stage for people to witness the power of our product firsthand.” Register here to attend The London Produce Show 2019.The three-day event takes place on 5-7 June at The Grosvenor House Hotel on Park Lane.All stories ‘What does it take to win with new grape varieties …
Rail Plus has released its largest ever Great Train Journeys brochure, with the 2018 edition featuring new products in Europe, North America and Australasia, along with an expanded range of images designed to help agents sell some of the world’s most alluring land voyages.Rail Plus has also removed the route maps it traditionally runs alongside each train itinerary and, instead, provided enhanced versions of maps, consolidated into a handy six-page section at the front of the 40-page publication. All train journeys are once again grouped geographically – making them easy to find – and each page offers consultants a product summary using simple icons to indicate key features and inclusions. BrochuresGreat Train JourneysRail Plus “The brochure is an important sales tool and travel agents have asked us to incorporate bigger images that display key features such as cabins, dining cars and entertaining areas,” says Commercial Director Ingrid Kocijan. “This year’s brochure does just that, without compromising essential information.”Rail Plus operates a dedicated phone line for Great Train Journeys, which means travel agents can liaise directly with the company’s expert consultants, and secure seats on the world’s most exclusive rail adventures.Agents can now order the 2018 Great Train Journeys brochure through TIFS or download a copy from railplus.com.au.TOP IMAGE: KiwiRail Northern Explorer
2018 Helloworld Travel OMCAdelaideHelloworld Travel Adelaide is prepped and ready to entertain over 600 attendees at the 2018 Helloworld Travel OMC! The Adelaide Convention Centre will play host to the 2018 conference, with the exciting schedule due to kick off this Thursday, running from 10-12 May.The theme for this year’s annual conference is ‘Transforming our futures’, featuring keynote addresses from leaders in the industry, including; Bob Spellman, President of Spellman Travel Partners, Author, Writer and Sports Commentator Mick Colliss, and Igor Kwiatkowski, Executive Manager Sales and Distribution for Qantas Airways.Opening the conference on Friday will be the Premier of South Australia, the Hon. Steven Marshall. The agenda will also see presentations from Helloworld Travel CEO and Managing Director – Andrew Burns, Kirk Peterson – High Performance Coach, Mark Jenkins from Resurg, Jason Westbury from AFTA, Greg Nathan from Franchise Relationships Institute and Rodney Harrex of the SATC. Emceed by the ever entertaining Steve Jacobs, attendees are in for a jam-packed conference.The evening social activities are also sure to impress with a welcome function at the National Wine Centre of Australia, dinner at Adelaide Oval including exclusive access to the Bradman Collection, and it will all be topped off by awarding the best of the best on the Saturday night at the Gala Awards black tie event.2018 Helloworld Travel OMC top tier sponsors are South Australia Tourism commission, Qantas, Intrepid Group, The Travel Corporation, Worlds Leading Cruise Lines, Air Canada, APT Travel Group, Qantas Holidays, Viva! Holidays, Insider Journeys, Sunlover Holidays, Territory Discoveries, Ready Rooms, and The Cruise Team,IMAGE:Adelaide Exhibition Centre
The South Pacific Tourism Organisation (SPTO) and Pacific Trade Invest, Australia recently hosted over 65 travel agents in Maroochydore in Queensland, and 85 agents in Brisbane, providing ongoing education and insights from tourism office representatives from the Cook Islands, Fiji, Norfolk Island, Vanuatu, Samoa, Tahiti, New Caledonia, Solomon Islands and the Hidden Treasures of the Pacific.Save the date for the next Treasures of the South Pacific events:• Sydney, Tuesday 16 October, 2018• Wollongong, Wednesday 17 October, 2018Travel agents can also sign up and complete the South Pacific Specialist online training platform to become a South Pacific Specialist.For more details visit . eventstrainingTreasures of the South Pacific
appointmentsContiki Nathan Taylor has been appointed as Head of Sales for Contiki and will be based at the company’s Sydney office effective 25 September 2018.Nathan TaylorTaylor has experience in building strong commercial partnerships and managing multiple teams, with over 10 years’ experience in the Travel Industry, most recently as an Area Leader for Student Flights. “Nathan’s genuine desire to shape the experience of young travellers, aligns with our core values and vision,” said Vanessa Fletcher, Contiki md. “Knowing that our agency partnerships are in good hands thanks to the experience and expertise he brings, we’re excited for him to join our sales team and help drive the success of Contiki in Australia.”
Lindley, who threw seven interceptions in six games last season, completed 17 of 27 passes for 214 yards and two touchdowns.“I thought Ryan looked extremely sharp,” Arians told Arizona Sports 620’s Paul Calvisi. “He could have probably had a higher rating if a couple of guys would have ran the right routes. I thought he handled himself with great poise and confidence and made a great showing for himself.”The 24-year-old’s first touchdown pass of the night came on a beautiful 55-yard throw to Jaron Brown in the third quarter, which tied the score at 17.In the fourth quarter, Lindley put the Cardinals ahead for good with a 13-yard touchdown pass to veteran wideout Mike Thomas over the middle and a nice connection in the flat to rookie running back Andre Ellington for a two-point conversion.The two touchdown passes were the first two of his NFL career.Whether three-plus quarters of quality quarterbacking are enough to keep Lindley on a roster behind Carson Palmer and Drew Stanton remains to be seen. But after Thursday night’s performance, he has enough tape to potentially attract other NFL teams should he fail to make Arizona’s Week 1 roster. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Comments Share Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling To start the 2013 regular season with two quarterbacks or three, that is the question.If you’re asking Ryan Lindley, he hopes the Arizona Cardinals choose the latter option.And outside of Arizona’s first offensive series Thursday night, the second-year quarterback was given every opportunity to make that decision an easy one for Bruce Arians and his coaching staff.Although he was going up against the Denver Broncos’ second and third-team defensive units, the former San Diego State standout ran with his chance in the Cardinals’ preseason finale. Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo