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Pacific food exports to promote tourism in pacific

By CTA Admin | Jul 19, 2016

Pacific partners in the food industry say more open doors to export internationally will help put the region on the map. Pacific brands who exhibited at the recent Fine Food trade expo in New Zealand say a new partnership with a New Zealand food distributor will have a valuable impact on tourism, the economies and…

Trinidad and Tobago Dominates Taste of Caribbean Awards

By CTA Admin | Jul 19, 2016

The small twin island nation of Trinidad and Tobago continued their dominant run at the Taste of the Caribbean Showcase in Port of Spain, Trinidad this past June. Described as “an avenue where the Caribbean’s most talented and creative gastronomic practitioners blossom”, Trinidad’s national culinary team amassed six gold and two silver medals at the…

Creative Pumpkin Dishes Featured At Restaurant Week Tasting Showcase

By CTA Admin | Jul 19, 2016

Chefs across St. Kitts and Nevis have for the second year running, proven their creativity and talent, offering tasty pumpkin dishes at Sunday’s Restaurant Week Tasting Showcase. The St. Kitts Marriott ballroom was transformed Sunday afternoon (July 17) with a number of stalls where local restaurants provided samples of their culinary masterpieces, all made from pumpkin,…

A Chocolate Lover’s Paradise in the Dominican Republic

By CTA Admin | Jul 19, 2016

It’s the Dominican Republic’s sweetest deal. And if you’re a chocolate lover (and who isn’t?) it just might be reason enough to book a stay at RIU’s all-inclusive resorts in the Dominican Republic’s Punta Cana. That’s because guests at the Spanish all-inclusive resort chain’s playgrounds have exclusive access to Chocolate & CIA, a chocolate workshop…

New partnership to see more Pacific food products in NZ

By CTA Admin | Jul 19, 2016

A new trade partnership between a New Zealand company and its Pacific partners could see more food products from the region sold in New Zealand stores. Pacific Trade and Invest has teamed up with the Produce Company which distributes more than 3000 products to restaurants, cafes and caterers around New Zealand. Pacific producers say the…

Assessment of the Economic Impact of Cruise Tourism in Papua New Guinea & Solomon Islands

By CTA Admin | Jul 19, 2016

The Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), IFC and Carnival Australia have partnered in an effort to provide baseline data on the cruise sector’s impact on the economies of Pacific Island Countries (PICs). Given the importance of tourism to the economies of many Pacific Islands and the growth of cruise tourism, there is…

Sweet Meets Savoury At Negril’s Food And Wine Event

By CTA Admin | Jul 19, 2016

The Negril Chamber of Commerce’s inaugural International Food and Wine fundraiser was a culinary hit on Saturday night, with excellent cuisine and the perfect weather for mingling, sipping wines and eating on the beach. Hosted by chefs from some of Negril’s finest hotels, the soiree, which was held on the sands at the Boardwalk Village…

Fusion dining with chef Lance Seeto, Fiji’s Jamie Oliver

By CTA Admin | Jul 19, 2016

Seeto has been called “Fiji’s Neil Perry” because of his award-winning restaurants, his weekly newspaper column and the fact he’s “culinary ambassador” for an airline (today’s al fresco lunch is to celebrate Fiji Airways’ new route between Nadi and San Francisco). But Seeto, 50, has more in common with another celebrity chef: Jamie Oliver. Like…

Dark chocolate made from Samoan cacao launched

By CTA Admin | Jul 19, 2016

A new 80% dark chocolate bar using cacao beans sourced from Samoa was launched at Fine Foods New Zealand by Devonport Chocolates in Auckland recently. Devonport Chocolate owner Stephanie Everitt says it has always been a goal of hers to find a local source of ethically grown cacao to produce a South Pacific chocolate. The cacao beans…

FAO and Palau join forces to tackle El Niño impacts on agriculture and food security

By CTA Admin | Jul 12, 2016

FAO and Palau join forces to tackle El Niño impacts on agriculture and food security FAO will support Palau with technical assistance to address the challenges posed by the 2015/2016 El Niño cycle, which has resulted in a global crisis adversely affecting agriculture and the food security and nutritional status of more than 60 million…

New era beckons with implementation of illegal fishing treaty

By CTA Admin | Jul 11, 2016

New era beckons with implementation of illegal fishing treaty The Port State Measures Agreement “marks the dawn of a new era in the effort to combat illegal fishing” but rapid action is needed to make sure its implementation is effective, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva said today at an event held to celebrate the…

OECD and FAO see likely end to period of high agricultural prices but urge vigilance

By CTA Admin | Jul 4, 2016

OECD and FAO see likely end to period of high agricultural prices but urge vigilance The recent period of high agricultural commodity prices is most likely over, say the OECD and FAO in their latest 10-year Outlook. But the two organisations warn of the need to be vigilant as the probability of a major price…

Shrimp farming sector looks for consensus on ways to battle trans-continental disease

By CTA Admin | Jun 24, 2016

Shrimp farming sector looks for consensus on ways to battle trans-continental disease Governments, scientists and producers have expressed the need for a consensus on ways to fight a deadly disease that continues to seriously threaten the world’s shrimp farming sector. Outbreaks of acute hepatopancreatic necrosis disease (AHPND), commonly known as “early mortality syndrome” (EMS), caught…