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25 December, 2014

Volume 4 Issue: XI


Vol 4, Issue XII

Todays News Headlines

Thai rice exports to hit 11mn tonnes in 2014
Rubber and rice farmers to receive compensation
money faster
Extreme weather delays Sri Lanka's post-war
Price Of Rice Falls To N9,000 In Jos
City folk find friends on the organic farm
Two witnesses to be questioned in Yingluck rice case
Traders awareness essential for a crop variety to
WECARD empowers 100 farmers on fish-rice-pig
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Amira Nature Foods : Raises Fiscal 2015 Guidance
Where to take the family for cheap eats over the
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News Detail.
Thai rice exports to hit
11mn tonnes in 2014
in Freight News 24/12/2014

said that the
Southeast Asian
nation has already exported 10.07mn tonnes
since beginning of January to 2 December
this year, compared with same period last
years of six million tonnes.He added that
the rice prices were returning to normal after
the end of the rice-pledging scheme, and
exports could rise to 11mn tonnes at end of
the year.
This would make Thailand the leader among
rice exporting countries after losing the title
years.Laothammathat forecasted that India
could export only 8.5mn tonnes this year,
and Vietnam 6.7mn tonnes.Thai Rice
Exporter Associations chairman Kongkiat
Opaswongkarn, meanwhile, said that
Thailands rice export in 2015 might be
close to this years export figure.But it could
hardly push up Thai rice price next year
because of the huge rice stocks of 17mn
tonnes, which will remain a major factor to
deter the price rise.
Source: Far Eastern Agriculture

Rubber and rice farmers to

receive compensation
money faster
Tuesday, 23 December 2014By NNT

BANGKOK, 23 December 2014 The

Department of Agricultural Extension
(DOAE) has adjusted its procedure on the
payment of compensation to rubber farmers,
allowing the latter to receive the payment
faster. At least 300,000 of them are expected
be paid by the end of this year.DOAE
Director General Olan Pitak said there are
currently nearly 900,000 rubber farmers who
have registered for the financial assistance.
Under the scheme, they will receive 1,000
baht per rai in compensation for the
declining prices of rubber.A total sum of
107 million baht has already been paid to
10,388 households via the Bank for
Agriculture and Agricultural Cooperatives
(BAAC). The DOAE has set to compensate
as many as 300,000 farmers by the end of
this year.As for rice farmers, the BAAC has
so far distributed 30 billion baht to 2.8
million families. The remaining of around
one million others who have been eligible
for the money are expected to receive it by
the end of December as well.
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Extreme weather delays Sri

Lanka's post-war

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Wed Dec 24, 2014 12:46pm IST
Tamil people, who escaped Tamil Tigers
rebels-held area following fighting between
Sri Lanka army and Tamil Tigers, are seen
inside a temporary refugee camp in
Vavuniya, northern Sri Lanka February 23,
Foundation) A series of
weather events in the past three years has
reconstruction efforts in Sri Lankas
Northern Province, officials and experts
say.An 11-month drought eased only in
early December, and has been followed by
monsoon-linked flooding that could cause
additional delays.This years long dry spell
drove down agricultural production.
Water shortages also hampered the building
of thousands of houses to replace those
destroyed in 2008 and 2009, during the last
phase of the countrys 26-year war between
the government and Tamil insurgents."The
drought has been terrible - probably the
worst in the last decade," said Rupavanthi
Ketheeswaran, the top public official for
Kilinochchi District, one of four that make
up Northern Province. The Sri Lanka Red
Cross Society said the drought had been a
major concern for re-housing efforts in
2014."The project was partly affected by a

prolonged drought," the Red Cross said in

an update early this month. "Shortage of
both surface and ground water, and limited
water supply from the local authorities and
local suppliers delayed construction.
"Only about a third of the 138,651 homes
needed have been constructed so far, despite
the war ending in May 2009.Experts say
extreme weather events - which are expected
to increase as the planet warms - are putting
conflict-affected communities across South
Asia in harms way.In the restive Rakhine
State of western Myanmar, for example, aid
officials say monsoon-related floods have
periodically worsened the humanitarian
Rising religious tensions have forced over
140,000 to flee their homes there, and aid
agencies estimate that at least 800,000
people are in dire need of relief.In 2010,
over 300,000 in the state were affected by
two cyclones. According to Pierre Pron, a
spokesman for the U.N. Office for the
Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in
Myanmar, over 40 percent of the population
in Rakhine lives below the poverty line, and
reoccurring extreme weather events are
making their situation worse.
In Sri Lanka, the drought has had serious
repercussions for the farming sector in the
north, with crop losses likely to exceed 30
percent.In the first half of this year, the rice
harvest was only 122,000 metric tonnes, less

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than half of the targeted 300,000 metric
tonnes, said Sivapatham Sivakumar, director
of agriculture at the Northern Provincial
Council.Overall, agricultural production is
expected to fall by around 40 percent this
year, with rice production contracting some
30 percent to a six-year low.
The droughts impact on agriculture has
been widely felt in Northern Province where
around a third of the population of just over
1 million depends on it for income. About a
quarter of the population are displaced
people returning home after the war."There
have been a lot of loan defaulters in the last
year, because people dont have the money
to meet repayment obligations," said
Murugesu Kayodaran, a rehabilitation
officer for the Kilinochchi Divisional
Secretariat who looks after the needs of
Poverty in the region is among the highest in
the nation. Mullaitivu, where the war raged
worst, ranks as the poorest district with a
poverty level of 28.8 percent, over four
times the national average of 6.7 percent,
government statistics show.Despite this,
people in the province tried to buy water for
reconstruction purposes during the drought,
the Red Cross said. In some areas the water
available was not suitable for construction
due to a high level of salt, making it
unsuitable for mixing concrete, the agency

Officials like Kayodaran and Sivakumar

worry that some of those affected by
drought will lose their farm plots or their
homes if they cannot repay loans."Land was
the only asset that most of the returnees had
to seek loans on - now they run the risk of
losing that," Kayodaran said.This years
drought is the latest in a series of back-toback extreme weather events that have hit
Sri Lankas former conflict zone in the last
three years.
There were two major droughts in mid-2010
and late 2012, as well as heavy flooding in
2011 and 2012. The end of this years
drought has now given way to floods,
caused by the onset of the North East
Monsoon that became active in midDecember.The rains have brought severe
flooding, with almost half a million people
affected across the country, including in the
Northern regions, according to the Disaster
Management Centre.Ahead of the monsoon
season, which runs through February, the
Red Cross warned rains could cause further
delays to home reconstruction in the north.
(Reporting by Amantha Perera; editing by
Megan Rowling)

Price Of Rice Falls To

N9,000 In Jos

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Published on December 24, 2014 by admin

With few days to Christmas, the price of rice

has fallen to N9,000 across markets in Jos
metropolis, a survey has revealed.In spite of
the last minute rush and high demand for
goods in the market, prices of some goods
have remained stable with slight increases in
some.At the Terminus Market in Jos North,
Mr. Chidozie Osuafor said the price of a
50kg. bag of Mama Gold previously sold for
N10,500 has fallen to N9,000.He said that
bags of PGS Tomato and Stallion rice of the
same measure had fallen from N10,500 to
N9,500 each.Osuafor attributed this to low
cash in circulation as both federal and state
workers had yet to be paid salaries.
At Tudun Wada Market, Jos South, a rice
merchant, Mr. Azi Galadima disclosed that
the price of a 50kg. bag of rice had fallen to
N9,000.We sell all the brands of rice at the
same rate of N9,000 to encourage people to
patronise us for the Christmas celebration,
he explained.He said patronage was still
very low despite the reduction in
price.Galadima also attributed the situation
to salary arrears owed civil servants by the
government in the state.The situation in
Pankshin town was even better as 50kg. bag
of rice sells for as low as N8,500.Mrs.
Bridget Peter, a civil servant, revealed that
even at the low price, many civil servants
could not afford a bag of rice as they had
been owed salaries.A trader in Tudun Wada
Market, Miss Aweki Yusuf, however, said
the price of a bag of onions had increased
from N8,000 to N38,000 or N40,000
depending on the size.She attributed the
increase to the security challenges in the
North East, the source of supply.The
attacks in the North East have made supply
of onions to this part very expensive and we

cannot intervene in this issue as it is beyond

us, she stressed.A measure of flour at
Tudun Wada market remained at N170
while some corner shops in Zarmanganda
recorded slight increment to N180.

City folk find friends on the

organic farm
Published: 25 Dec 2014 at 06.00
Newspaper section: News
Writer: Sirinya Wattanasukchai
With the festive season upon us, has anyone
noticed a new gift-giving trend? People are
increasingly picking organic rice as a
present. The trend is boosted by groups of
middle-class city people who have
endeavoured to transform the relationship of
rice growers and consumers to that of one
between friends with the former growing
food for the latter.These groups of
Samaritans are creating the perfect match
rice eaters who happen to be well-paid
salary people with low access to chemicalfree food, and organic rice growers who are
short of marketing knowhow and a
distributing channel.
One of the groups, Farmers' Friend Rice,
kicked off its project earlier last year to
work with about 50 rice growers in
Yasothon province.Their principle is simple;
the farmers are taking good care of the rice,
while city people take part in improving the
well-being of the farmers. Individual city
people will pay 10,000 baht in advance for
the 100kg of organic rice at the end of the
harvest season. The organisers promote the
project on social media and draw support
from like-minded consumers and some

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consciousness.Harvested at the end of the
year, the single-crop organic rice, grown
from April to late November or early
December, has served as an ideal product to
be marketed as a New Year's gift.The buyers
don't just buy the product, but the story
behind it. At 100 baht/kg, this organic rice
may be regarded as pricey for those who are
accustomed to conventionally-farmed rice
which sells for 30 or 40 baht a kilogramme.
But the Farmers' Friend group insists the
100-baht/kg price that comes down to just
five baht for a plate of rice is reasonable
when you know your friends, organic
farmers, do not have to deal with loan sharks
and toxic chemicals.Once the rice is
harvested, it is vacuum-packed and sealed
with a trendy label, so a family can set aside
part of the 100kg portion as a present for a
special occasion. Consumers from the city
may also visit the growers during seeding in
April or May and harvesting season in
November to get first-hand experience of
how the staple food is grown.Every time
their "friends'' from Bangkok visit Yasothon,
the farmers are more than happy to welcome
them with the best food they have on their
farm the best form of hospitality from the
villagers.I was with them during the harvest
season and talked to Nauvaluk Sangsuwan,
an Earth Net staffer who has convinced
farmers to go organic.
She said the farmers are more than happy to
grow food for their friends in the city
without stress about fluctuating prices. From
50 last year, the number of organic farmers
under the co-op has doubled, with 106
altogether this year. The yields are no less
impressive: from 180 tonnes/paddy or 90
tonnes/milled rice last year to 440
tonnes/paddy or 200 tonnes/milled rice this
year. The additional rice production that is
supplied to the group belongs to the farmers

who can sell it separately. There is a

promise between them that if the rice crop
fails this year due to natural disasters,
consumers in the city will have to wait for
rice from the crop next year.For these
farmers, no one has ever shown firm
commitment to help them grow organic
Some governments seemed to show
interest, but Nauvaluk said, "they were not
sincere".But such an organic project benefits
small-scale farmers. Soon after the launch of
the past government's rice pledging scheme,
farmers realised it's wealthy rice millers who
were the main beneficiaries, not them.The
farmers are hoping the coup-makers will be
interested in organic farming and set up an
"organic agriculture ministry" instead of the
current agency that acts as a sales rep for the
food conglomerates."Farmers don't need a
provincial agricultural extension officer who
works more like a sales rep who tries to
convince them to shower their rice fields
with chemicals," Ms Nauvaluk said.
In recent weeks, my Facebook feeds have
been busy with photos of friends working in
the ricefields, helping organic farmers with
seeding, harvesting, and packing. Back
home, they are also busy help selling
organic rice on social media. No doubt these
eye-catching rice packages have hit city
markets.I cannot agree more with Ms
Nauvaluk and hope the government comes
up with support for organic farming so those
who care about the health and the quality of
farmers' life is not limited to just a few
groups of people.Sirinya Wattanasukchai is
an assistant news editor, Bangkok Post.
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Two witnesses to be
questioned in Yingluck rice
Case report should be finalised in January
Published: 25 Dec 2014 at 16.31
Online news: General
Writer: Online Reporters

The joint panel of

and graft-busters has
agreed two more
people still need to be
questioned about the
government-to-government (G2G) rice sales
before a decision can be made on the
indictment of former prime minister
Yingluck Shinawatra over the loss-ridden
scheme. Agreement
reached on Thursday at the fourth joint
meeting between members of the Office of
the Attorney-General (OAG) and the
(NACC) to discuss the case against Ms
Yingluck. After a two-hour meeting, the
panel agreed there was conflicting testimony
from witnesses in the NACC case file about
whether the G2G rice deals really happened.
Therefore, two witnesses would have to be
questioned - the accuser, and a researcher
with Thailand Development Research
Institute (TDRI) - to further clarify the
matter.The meeting also agreed to seek more
information regarding the G2G contracts
from the Auditor General's Office, a Finance
Ministry subcommittee overseeing the rice
subsidy scheme's accounting procedure, the
TDRI's rice research paper, and statements
made during the censure debate in

NACC secretary-general Sansern Poljiak

said the two sides agreed on all points and
Thursdays meeting went well.The panel
realised that the case was of high public
interest and that the gathering of the
additional evidence should not take too long,
he said. He said the G2G rice deals required
further witness questioning and additional
documents. It was a relatively small issue
but it needed to be sorted out to ensure the
completion of the case report and so that it
would be accepted by court. He expected the
process to be completed in January, and
after that the OAG will decide whether it
will prosecute Ms Yingluck.
If the prosecuters do not pursue the
indictment, Mr Sansern said, the NACC will
take the case to court itself.The NACC
accused Ms Yingluck in her former capacity
as the ex-officio chair of the National Rice
Policy Committee of dereliction of duty and
abuse of authority for failing to halt or
review her government's loss-ridden ricepledging scheme, and the alleged corruption
in it.It also proposed impeachment and her
retroactive removal from the prime
minister's position.The Finance Ministry has
estimated the state had lost 682 billion baht
in implementing rice-subsidy schemes over
the past 10 years, of which 518 billion baht
was occurred under the Yingluck
government through its crop pledging
scheme while it was in office from 2011 to
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Traders awareness
essential for a crop variety
to succeed

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Whatever hardship a farmer undertakes to
grow a crop, it is ultimately the consumer
preference that decides its success in the
market place. Based on demand from the
consumer, a crop is labelled a success or
failure.Particularly for rice varieties, today
in almost all the markets across Tamil Nadu,
the popularity of raw rice is so much that
whatever variety a farmer cultivates it is
sold under a major brand name called super
fine variety.
Two years back

M. Velu a farmer in Chengalpattu, Tamil

Nadu.Like Mr. Velu, several farmers who
had cultivated this variety had informed the
Rice Institute about the hardship in
marketing it.Based on their grievances,
scientists from the institute visited several
ADT49 growers and checked the quality of
the harvested grains.In many places we
found that the harvested grains were good
without any infestation. But the problem
was marketing since traders had never heard
of ADT 49, says Dr. R. Rajendran,
Director-in- charge of the Institute.
Release details

Two years back the Tamil Nadu Agriculture

University, through its Rice Research
Institute in Aduthurai had introduced a
variety called ADT 49 which gave a good
yield both under SRI method and general
cultivation but traders simply refused to buy
it from farmers because they had not heard
the name and were not familiar about the
characteristics of the variety.Many farmers
who had grown the variety were put through
lot of hardship in marketing it.Compared to
many previous rice varieties ADT 49 is
quite sturdy to stand up to pest and
infestations. But I could not sell it easily
after harvest from my four acres.
I had to wait for nearly three months and the
interest value on my investments for those
three months increased several fold till I
could sell it and clear my dues, sighs Mr.

Till date the Aduthurai Institute has released

more than a dozen varieties all of which are
well known among the rice growers in the
state.Apart from these, a medium duration
variety called BPT (bapatla) is also grown
among a specified segment of delta
growers.We find that delta farmers prefer
to cultivate BPT than other varieties since it
gets a better price among the traders.A 75
kg bag of paddy fetches Rs. 1,200 to 1,300
(per bag), but unlike ADT 49, bapatla is not
a hardy crop. It cannot withstand the
different infestations common among rice
plants.In fact, in some regions farmers
reported total loss of the crop.
We do not recommend BPT among Tamil
Nadu rice growers. In spite of this, farmers
are opting for repeated cultivation of this
variety due to its preference by traders,
explains Dr. Rajendran.Even though ADT
49 yields about 30 bags from an acre and
sells for Rs. 1,300 than BPT, farmers are
hesitant to grow it due to lack of a good
market.However, farmers who have
cultivated ADT-49 have given good
feedback about it for its higher yield and
grain quality which are better than or equal
to BPT.

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Better endurance
ADT 49 has better endurance to pest or
disease attack and the crop is able to recover
after the incidence which is not so in case of
BPT, says Dr. Saraswathi, senior scientist
at the Institute. As there were mixed
responses from different quarters on these
varieties the Institute decided to re-evaluate
both.Seventy one participants including
farmers took part in a evaluation procedure
for checking characteristics such as
chewing, aroma etc.

Femi Ibirogba


West and Central African Council for

Agricultural Research and Development
(WECARD), last week, trained no fewer
than 100 farmers in integrated farming as
part of poverty alleviation programmes.The

All the participants agreed that both varieties
are somewhat same in all the specifications
with ADT49 variety possessing a slightly
better taste after being cooked.So what is
needed now is the awareness among traders
that ADT 49 variety is equivalent and is no
way inferior to other previous varieties,
stresses Dr. Rajendran.For more information
farmers and rice traders can contact
Dr.R.Rajendran, Director i/c Tamil Nadu
Rice Research Institute (TRRI), on email:, Phone : 0435- 2472098,
mobiles:09443421207 and 09489056726.
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WECARD empowers 100

farmers on fish-rice-pig

training, themed, Poverty eradication and

grassroots empowerment through integrated
aquaculture development, was anchored by
the University of Ibadan, using Nikol Farm,
on the Akobo-Olorunda road, Ibadan, as a
demonstration farm.
The fish-rice-pig aquaculture integrated
farming involves using earthen ponds to
raise fish, rice and using piggery waste to
raise insect larvae as feed supplements for
fish, thereby reducing cost of production and
maximizing streams of income by selling
fish, rice and pigs.The Head of Department
of Aquaculture and Fisheries Management,
University of Ibadan, Professor Bamidele
Omitoyin, while inaugurating the training,
said though it was sponsored by WECARD,
it was part of the mandate of the department
to disseminate information generated by
academics to the farmers.
He said space, labour and capital are
integrated and properly utilized for optimum
farm output with the integration farming if

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coordinator, Professor Emmanuel Ajani of
the Department of Aquaculture and
Fisheries Management, University of
Ibadan, said the research into integrated
farming was farmer-generated and meant to
tackle challenges of monoculture source of
income to farmers.
He revealed that based on the success of the
research into and implementation of findings
of the aquaculture integration, the
department had been called upon to train
5,000 farmers in Nigeria in the art of
integration depending on demand.This
integrated farming has been helping and will
continue to help alleviate poverty and create
wealth, as well as employment, Ajani
said.Professor A. E. Falae said fishery had
become the best traded commodity in
Nigeria, with the annual production growth
rate of between 9 and 13 per cent, adding
that Nigeria is the largest producer of catfish
in Africa.
He commended fish farmers under the
umbrella body of Catfish Farmers
Association of Nigeria (CAFAN), saying
their efforts had made Nigeria proud at the
international arena, urging them to embrace
the integration farming and value addition to
their farm products to ensure higher income
and wealth.He charged researchers to
incorporate and integrate indigenous
technologies to the solutions being packaged
for farmers to enhance acceptability and
adaptability, saying carrying farmers along
in research processes would guarantee
research success and adoption rate.

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Global Rice Quotes

December 24th, 2014
Long grain white rice - high quality
Thailand 100% B grade 420-430
Vietnam 5% broken
India 5% broken
Pakistan 5% broken
Cambodia 5% broken 460-470
U.S. 4% broken
Uruguay 5% broken
Argentina 5% broken 595-605

Long grain white rice - low quality

Thailand 25% broken NQ

Vietnam 25% broken 350-360

Pakistan 25% broken 330-340
Cambodia 25% broken 435-445
India 25% broken
U.S. 15% broken

Long grain parboiled rice

Thailand parboiled 100% stxd 405-415

Pakistan parboiled 5% broken stxd


India parboiled 5% broken stxd 375-385

U.S. parboiled 4% broken


Brazil parboiled 5% broken


Uruguay parboiled 5% broken NQ

Long grain fragrant rice

Thailand Hommali 92%

Vietnam Jasmine

India basmati 2% broken


Pakistan basmati 2% broken


Cambodia Phka Mails 820-830


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Thailand A1 Super

Vietnam 100% broken 330-340

Pakistan 100% broken stxd


Cambodia A1 Super

India 100% broken stxd


Egypt medium grain brokens NQ

U.S. pet food 390-400

Brazil half grain


All prices USD per ton, FOB vessel,

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Amira Nature Foods :

Raises Fiscal 2015
12/24/2014 | 09:53am US/Eastern
Amira Nature Foods Ltd (the Company)
(NYSE:ANFI), a leading global provider of
packaged Indian specialty rice, announced
today that it has raised its revenue and
adjusted EBITDA guidance for fiscal 2015.
The Company expects to grow both revenue
and adjusted EBITDA by more than 25% for
the full year Fiscal 2015 driven by ongoing
distribution gains and market expansion
across India and our international markets.
The Companys previous guidance for
revenue and adjusted EBITDA growth of
20% was included in its second quarter
fiscal year 2015 earnings release dated
November 24, 2014 under the Fiscal 2015
Outlook, which was furnished with the
U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission
(the SEC) on a Current Report on Form 6K.
About Amira Nature Foods Ltd.

Founded in 1915, Amira has evolved into a

leading global provider of branded packaged
Indian specialty rice, with sales in over 60
countries today. The Company primarily
sells Basmati rice, which is a premium longgrain rice grown only in certain regions of
the Indian sub-continent, under its flagship
Amira brand as well as under other third
party brands. Amira sells its products
through a broad distribution network in both
the developed and emerging markets. The
Companys global headquarters are in
Dubai, United Arab Emirates, and it also has
offices in India, Malaysia, Singapore,
Germany, the United Kingdom, and the
United States. Amira Nature Foods Ltd is
listed on the New York Stock Exchange
(NYSE) under the ticker symbol ANFI.
Cautionary Note on Forward-Looking
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statements within the meaning of the U.S.
federal securities laws. These forwardlooking statements generally can be
identified by phrases such as that we or our
members of management believe,
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describe our expectations for the growth of
our business, expansion into new geographic
markets, maintaining and expanding our
relationship with key retail partners, the
financial impact of new sales contracts on
our revenue, our plans to make significant
capital expenditures, and other statements of
managements beliefs, intentions or goals.
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of them do, what impact they will have on
our results of operations, financial condition,
or the price of our ordinary shares. These
forward-looking statements involve certain
risks and uncertainties that could cause
actual results to differ materially from those
statements, including but not limited to our
ability to penetrate and increase the
acceptance of our products in new
geographic markets; our ability to perform
our agreements with customers and further
develop our relationships with key retail
partners; our ability to recognize revenue
from our contracts; continued competitive
pressures in the marketplace; our reliance on
a few customers for a substantial part of our
revenue; our ability to implement our plans,
forecasts and other expectations with respect
to our business and realize additional
opportunities for growth; and the other risks
and important factors contained and
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Where to take the family

for cheap eats over the
holidays in Vancouver
by TARA LEE on DEC 22, 2014 at 5:32 PM
In addition to the thin-crust pizzas at
Pizzeria Ludica, the downtown restaurant
has hundreds of board games on offer to
keep the clan entertained for hours.
SANTA CLAUS MAY have demanded a
chunk of your savings (apparently, the elves
got a raise this year?), but that doesnt mean
you cant enjoy a dinner out with the family
over the holidays. Here are some
recommended places that will feed your
brood for cheap ($15 and under per person)
and satisfy the palates of both grandparents
and younger ones.
Pizzeria Ludica
(189 Keefer Place; closed December 24 and

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25, and January 1)
If your kids are already bored with their
Christmas loot, Pizzeria Ludica had, at last
count, 624 board and card games (theres
everything from more obscure geeky options
to old standbys like Scrabble) to keep them
occupied while you dine. Board games are
something that can make them [the kids] put
the iPhone away and spend time with their
parents, says co-owner Darryl Boone by
phone. In between game strategizing, the
family can dig into thin-crust pizzas like the
Montreal, with pepperoni, mushrooms,
green pepper, and mozzarella ($13). For
$7.50, diners under 12 get juice or milk,
pasta or an eight-inch pizza, and a choice of
gelato or sorbetto.
Dinesty Dumpling House
(various locations)
Watching the cooks in the glassed-in kitchen
work their dumpling magic will have you
instantly dying for xiaolongbao (soup
dumplings, $5.95 for six). These elegant,
modern rooms are devoted to topnotch
Shanghainese and Taiwanese fare at prices
that will keep your wallet plump. Other dim
sum items include pan-fried Chinese
dumplings ($3.95), shredded duck in deepfried tofu wrap ($4.95), and pan-fried pork
buns ($3.95). The extensive menu features
dishes like shrimp and squid on vegetables
and crispy rice ($12.95), stir-fried spicy
shredded pork ($11.95), fried rice with
veggies and salted pork ($9.50), and stirfried rice cakes with pork or chicken
Zeitoon (1795 Pendrell Street;
Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver)


The subtle but flavourful spicing of

Zeitoons Persian offerings will please

everyone in the family. Order two groundbeef skewers ($11.95) or grilled boneless
chicken breast ($13.95) with saffron rice for
the younger diners, while the adults enjoy
slow-cooked lamb shank with baghali polo
(basmati rice with dill weed and lima beans,
$12.95). A couple of you can share a bowl
of saffron-flavoured ice cream topped with
pistachios ($6.95) for an aromatic finish.
Bob Likes Thai Food
(3755 Main Street; 1521 West Broadway;
closed December 24 and 25) Come and
have spicy food so you dont have to light
Keattivanichvily during a phone chat. Dcor
is nothing fancy but suits the no-fuss but
well-executed Thai classics that the kitchen
lovingly produces. For a family of four,
Keattivanichvily suggests veggie spring rolls
the kiddies are bound to love ($5), a
refreshing shredded green papaya salad with
green beans and tomato ($7), Thai-style fish
and chips, served with fried rice balls
($12) in place of the usual French fries, pad
Thai ($13), and roast duck red curry in a
fragrant tamarind and coconut milk broth
Peaceful Restaurant
(various locations; closed December 25)
Cmonwho doesnt love noodles? And
they can be darn cheap. Noodle pick number
one is Peaceful for its oh-so-slurp-worthy
handmade-noodle dishes that range from
spicy cumin lamb stir-fried noodles ($12.95)
to stir-fried cat ears (like gnocchi) with
pork and veg ($13.95) to dan dan noodles
with spicy peanut sauce, minced pork, and
spinach ($7.95). Get there early to avoid the

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Pho Tan
(4598 Main Street, closed for dinner
December 24 and 31; 2076 West 41st
Avenue, closed December 25 and January 1,
and for dinner December 24 and 31)
For more quick and cheap noodle fun, head
to a perennial favourite pho destination
where $8 will get you a large bowl of rich
beef broth, rice noodles, and a meat of your
choice. While kiddies might want to stick to
the plain rice noodle soup or just beef balls
with rice noodles (small for $7), grownups
can go for versions with rare beef, beef
brisket, tendon, and tripe. Add an order of
spring rolls ($6), and the family will be well

Review: Mynt spices up

Hannibal Square in Winter
The kofta lollipops are served with a artfully
pooled sweet-and-sour sauce. (MYNT FINE
By Heather McPhersonOrlando Sentinel
Food Editorcontact the reporter
Fine Indian cuisine in the heart of Winter
Park's shopping district

House of Dosas
(1391 Kingsway)
Take the family out for southern Indian
dosasbasically, large rice and lentil crepes
(the crispy edges are the best part) with your
choice of filling. At the restaurant, manager
Gavaskar Ethiraj points out a few menu
highlights, like the cheese and spinach dosa
($10.99) and the beef, chicken, or lamb
vindaloo dosa ($10.99), as well as the
chicken biryani ($12.99), the deep-fried
paneer ($9.99), and themedu vadasavoury
doughnuts ($4.99). Go on Monday, when
dosas are only $5.99. Itll be so inexpensive
and delicious that you may just want to dine
out with the family multiple times this
holiday season.

Mynt Fine Indian Cuisine is spicing up

Winter Park's Hannibal Square with
precision and panache. A sister restaurant to
Saffron Indian Cuisine on Orlando's bustling
Restaurant Row, Mynt has a more refined
ambience than its 3-year-old sibling. But
both offer some of the best Indian cookery
in Central Florida.Taking over the space
formerly occupied by Fresh, a caf that only
utilized the tiny ground floor of the
structure, was a brilliant choice for Mynt's
owners. The closest Indian restaurants are in
Winter Park and far enough away to give
Mynt a nice niche.The new interior squeezes
big-city chic into several small dining areas.
The downstairs has seating for about 25
tops. But upstairs there's a cozy private
dining area and bar that can also be used for
overflow.The menu reminded me of my
meals at Saffron in 2011, but there's a
fresher finish on the palate at Mynt. I don't
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but I like what I tasted.Meals begin with a
free basket of six papad ($4 a la carte). The
thin lentil wafers are skillfully rolled into a
crisp cylinder. Break them up and dip into
the delightfully syrupy tamarind sauce and
the thick mint concoction.For appetizers,
newcomers to the cuisine should start with a
Delhi samosa ($5), a crisp triangular
turnover lightly stuffed with seasoned
potatoes and peas.
Often the dough used to make these are
thick and heavy. Not here. The compact
dumplings had a crisp outer shell with an
almost fluffy filling.Our Kofta lollipops ($8)
were a mix of vegetables and paneer cheese
molded into oblong meatballs and encased
in a light layer of breading on a slim stick.
The four pops were positioned on a serving
plate with a curved platform with holes to
hold each. Alongside was an artfully pooled
sweet-and-sour sauce.For entrees, the saagh
paneer ($16) was a meld of cooked spinach
and the unaged cheese.
The dish had subtle notes of cardamom and
nutmeg.Our lamb roganjosh ($19) blended
cut-up meat with fresh ginger, tangy yogurt,
sweet onion and a full-bodied tomato sauce.
I ordered the dish with medium heat and it
did not disappoint, popping on the palate
with additional flavor, not random fire.You
will be three-for-three with the old Delhi
butter chicken ($19). The tender pieces
ofbreast meat soaked in a creamy tomato
butter sauce. The deeply colored red sauce
gives no clue to its complex layering of
delicate flavors.All entrees come with a
bowl of aromatic basmati rice.Butter naan
($3), a warm puffy bread, is a requisite
accompaniment as well. You are in sopping
nirvana here.Servers were knowledgeable
and well-engaged with diners
Mynt is a mint-condition newcomer that
should have a long run., 407420-5498 or Twitter@OS_thedish

The Dish on dining
Mynt Fine Indian Cuisine
(out of 4)
Where: 535 W. New England Ave. in
Winter Park's Hannibal Square (near
Pennsylvania Avenue)
When: Lunch 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. daily;
dinner 5-10 p.m. Sunday-Thursday, 5-10:30
p.m. Friday and Saturday; Sunday brunch
11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
How much: $6-$30; brunch $16
Beverages: Wine and beer
Wines by the glass: From $8
Attire: Casual
Extras: Good for groups, private dining,
takes reservations, vegetarian options
Noise level: Nice conversational buzz
Wheelchair access: Good
Credit: American Express, Discover,
MasterCard and Visa
Call: 407-636-7055
Online: and Facebook

Best Eats 2014: The 12 top

Huntsville-area dining
reviews from this year
ChuckWagon BBQ's Three Meat Plate with ribs, brisket,
chicken, slaw and potato salad. (Matt

By Matt Wake |

December 23, 2014 at 8:00 AM, updated
December 23, 2014 at 9:24 AM
It doesn't really matter if a restaurant
employee notices the
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there at table nine. Or if
they don't. Because with all
variables involved in the
wild animal that's the
restaurant business, getting well-prepared
food out to a tableful of people in a timely,
courtesy and interesting manner is never
truly easy.
To use a baseball analogy, a major league
pitcher knows he's supposed to throw a
strike into the catcher's mitt. But that doesn't
mean he'll be on target when there are
20,000 fans in the stadium. Or that he'll get
the ball past the batter. That's why
restaurants and food trucks that do pull off
stunning food and sterling service deserve
much respect ... and a place on our Best Eats
of 2014 list.
Please note: Pricing, available items and
hours of operation indicated below reflect
those on the date the dining review was
conducted. Please call ahead for latest
ChuckWagon BBQ
8982 Hwy. 20, Madison
Monday - Wednesday: 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Thursday: 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.; 5 - 8 p.m.
Recommendations: Chicken, ribs, pulled
pork, brisket.
Price range: Most main dishes $7 - $16.

Suspense builds as you get to the front of the

line at Chuckwagon BBQ. A tall gray
bearded gent wearing a cowboy hat - and
looking like he just finished shoeing a horse
- brandishes a large knife and presides over
a steaming table of various meats. The ribs
are excellent - smoky, tender, a subtle
sweetness - and paired well with
ChuckWagon's medium barbecue sauce,
which has enough kick for most folks.
There aren't many barbecue joints in
Huntsville that take a stab at brisket.
ChuckWagon nails it. The chicken, my
serving was basically a breast halved, might
have been my favorite main dish here - a
pronounced smokiness, super tender wellcooked white meat.
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The Eaves Restaurant (Sunday brunch)
501 Church St.

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Sunday brunch: 10:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Recommendations: Surf & Turf
Omelette, Crab Cake BLT, Bourbon
Peaches & Cream Signature Stuffed
French Toast.
Price range: Most entrees $9 - $22.

Duck Au Poivre, Charbroiled Flounder,

Chicken Provencal.
Price range: Most entrees $10 - $22

The Eaves brunch menu indicates the

Bourbon Peaches & Cream Signature

If you've never eaten snails before, it's

actually not a freaky experience. The
Escargot ($10) at Brasserie Juno is quite
lovely, broiled in a subtle garlic-butter and
the snails themselves, served sans shell, had
a bouncy texture not dissimilar from clams

Stuffed French Toast ($15) requires extra


prep time. It's worth the wait. Dusky, spicy

bourbon notes imbuing the gooey peach
stuffing inside the two large planks of
French toast, which were expertly cooked.
Golden. Right on. The fresh whipped cream
on top was super rich and super airy, and
when combined with the bourbon peach
filling made for a truly decadent experience.

Squeezing the accompanying lemon wedge

over the Escargot really made this dish pop.
Virtually every molecule of our meal at
Brasserie Juno - formerly the long-running
German restaurant Caf Berlin which
ownership rebooted in mid-July as a French
place - was assured and elegant.
Transportive. And flat-out delicious.

The side of bacon, thick cut, Applewoodtasting was a smart, savory counterpoint to
all that lights-out sweetness.

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Brasserie Juno
964 Airport Road S.W. Ste. 3
Tuesday - Thursday: 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Friday - Saturday: 11 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Sunday: 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Recommendations: Tour du Fromage,




Viet Cuisine
405 Jordan Lane
Monday - Saturday: 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Recommendations: Lemongrass Chicken,
Dry Phnom Penh Noodle, Tofo And
Mixed Vegetable On The Skillet, Seafood
Price range: Most main dishes $7 - $8.

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The Lemongrass Chicken ($7.25) arrived on
a sizzling skillet similar to those Mexican
restaurants utilize for fajitas. A perfect
portion of tender stir fry chicken, supported
with a balanced amount of green bell pepper
chunks, red onion (caramelized sweet), baby
corn, mushrooms and, in a deft move, a few
bits of pineapple. Served with white rice.
Several sprigs of cilantro imparted exotic,
fresh notes. Minced chili pepper added pow.
An awesome dish.
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Rollin Lobstah
Visit for locations, dates
and times
Recommendations: Connecticut Lobstah
Roll, Maine Lobstah Roll, Mac & Cheese
Bacon Lobstah Bites.
Price range: Most items $7-$11.
When Lobstah debuted this summer at a
Downtown Huntsville Inc.'s Street Food
event, people were waiting in 90-minute
lines to order from this food truck. An hourand-a-half. Just to order. The Connecticut
Lobstah Roll ($11) is particularly excellent.
Warm fresh lobster chunks on a toasted
lightly buttered bun (with a favorable
lobster-to-bun ratio), and this is one of those
dishes where the ingredients meld into one.

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Abuela's Mexican Bar and Grill
8694 Madison Blvd. Ste. 7
Monday - Thursday: 10:30 - 9 p.m.
Friday- Saturday: 10:30 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Sunday: 10:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Recommendations: Marinated Pork
Enchiladas, Tortilla Soup, Diablo Shrimp.
Price range: Most entrees $6.50 - $13.
They might as well all be franchises of some
restaurants that serve food so similar you
could be in Topeka or Tennessee. Many of
us still eat at them on the regular. Mostly
because of proximity to work or home.
Located in Madison, Abuela's Mexican Bar
and Grill is about a 15-minute drive from
downtown Huntsville and not particularly
convenient to here but I'll be driving back
there soon. Fresh, higher quality ingredients
and a menu with some delicious deviations
from the norm are the primary reasons why.
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1892 East (vegetarian lunch menu)
720 Pratt Avenue
Lunch: Monday - Friday 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Dinner: Monday - Saturday 5 - 10 p.m.
Brunch: Sunday 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Recommendations: Mushroom Pot Pie,
Portobello "Burger," Crispy Tofu
Price range: Most items $9 - $12.
My cheeseburger at 1892 East was juicy,
plenty, rich, savory, tender ... and
completely meatless. The Portobello
"Burger" ($10) is served on a soft, bakerystyle roll, the Portobello Burger was ideally
grilled. Balsamic aioli imparted bright notes
while Wright Dairy white cheddar cheese
contributed lush texture. The green leafy
lettuce, onion slices and ultra-ripe tomatoes
served with all the sandwiches we ordered
upped the ante, as did the abundant and
crunchy fresh-cut fries.
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5 A's Restaurant
6297 Highway 53
Tuesday - Saturday: 10:30 a.m. - 9 p.m
Sunday: 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Recommendations: Feisty Feta Spread,

Chicken Kabob Plate, Kataifi, Vegetarian
Price range: Most items $5 - $10.
Just because food is served on a Styrofoam
plate doesn't mean it can't look and taste
phenomenal. Witness the Chicken Kabob
Plate ($7.99) at 5 A's Restaurant, a twoyear-old-plus Greek eatery in Harvest.
Tender, juicy chunks of chicken breast, crisp
lettuce, sliced cherry tomatoes, olives, feta
cheese, soft pita triangles plated attractively
atop perfectly cooked, long-grain basmati
rice. This entre really delivered some
subtle-yet-zesty flavors while retaining a
relatively healthy vibe. The accompanying,
on-the-side tzatziki sauce offered cucumber
coolness, garlic zip and clean creaminess,
and the hummus boasted lothario levels of
smoothness and earthiness.
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The Bottle (lunch menu)
101 Washington St. N.E.
Lunch: Monday- Friday 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 4 - 11 p.m.
Recommendations: Apple and Blackberry
Mixed Green Salad, Pan Fried Trout,

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Seared Ahi Tuna Nicoise Bowl.
Price range: Entrees $13 - $16.
The skin-up plating of trout always looks a
little crazy to me, but you cannot argue with
the flavor. The Bottle's Pan Fried Trout
($16) possessed - snow-soft texture, flaky,
hints of buttery sweetness. It started off
tasting good and got better with each bite.
And there were lots of bites. Generous
portion. The accompanying lemon meuniere
sauce - dotted with a constellation of capers
- evoked earthy notes, and whenever I bit
into a caper, it added an intense bright burst.
The few neon-green drops of basil oil added
some sweet and leafy kicks, and I found
myself searching the plate for a few more
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Brix (lunch menu)
964 Airport Road
Dinner: Monday -Thursday 4:30 - 9 p.m.;
Friday - Saturday 4:30 - 10 p.m.
Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 11 a.m. - 2
Recommendations: Brix Salad, Chicken
& Waffles.
Price range: $9 - $15.

If you've ever been underwhelmed by

chicken and waffles, try the version on
Brix's lunch menu. The problem you can run
into with this dichotomous dish, as prepared
at soul food restaurants, is the chicken is
often three or so fried wings. So the protein
is skimpy and a hassle to eat with a knife
and fork. Brix's Chicken & Waffles
($12.95), ordered on a recent Monday,
featured a sizeable, boneless chicken
tenderloin, fried juicy-crisp without being
overdone or greasy. Granted, Brix is a
white-tablecloth restaurant. But this is an
upscale refinement that really, really works
and a fair trade for whatever "funkiness" is
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Cotton Row Restaurant (lunch menu)
100 South Side Square
Lunch: Wednesday - Friday: 11 a.m. - 2
Dinner: Monday through Saturday 5 p.m.
- 10 p.m.
Recommendations: Gnocchi Spinach
Soup, Pan Seared Corvina, Grilled Mahi
Mahi, Chicken Pot Pie.
Price range: Most lunch items $11 - $17.

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Ever since star chef James Boyce opened
Cotton Row in 2008, the downtown-square
fine-dining spot has earned a reputation for
transcendent food and car-payment sized
tabs. While Cotton Row dinner entree prices
are no joke, the restaurant's fantastic lunch
menu is much more accessible. I ordered the
Grilled Mahi Mahi ($14).
When the gorgeously plated Mahi was
placed in front of me, it felt like I was living
inside a cookbook photo. The fish couldn't
have been cooked better. Super, tender flaky
interior, and a slightly-crispy exterior which
was subtly salt and herb seasoned. The fish
was served atop sunset-soft ringlets of
house-made, slightly buttery fettuccine.
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Nick's Ristorante
10300 Bailey Cove Road
Monday - Saturday: 4 - 11 p.m.
Recommendations: Veal Saltimboca,
Pasta Nicky, Crab-Stuffed Portobello
Price range: Most entrees $18 - $39.

Nick's Ristorante is located in a South

Huntsville strip mall, so approaching the
humble exterior you might wonder, "Is this
really somewhere I want to drop some big
coin on dinner?" The answer is a
resounding, 72-point font "YES." The Veal
Saltimboca ($24) was possibly the best in a
strong field of entrees we ordered. Layers of
veal, prosciutto, cheese and, I believe, sage,
resulted in a dish that was sophisticated and
supper-comfy. Our server recommended
mushroom risotto as a side, and man, was
she right-on. Chunky, woodsy and a must-do
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