Wonder what happened last week in F&B?

Singapore is now producing rice 

It's called Temasek Rice. Created here after 8 years of research and trials, it became available at the Meidi-Ya supermarket at Liang Court last month. This rice is able to withstand droughts and floods for up to two months, and produces more grains per hectare on average than other kinds of rice. The lead inventor is looking to partner more rice companies to increase yield and distribute to more supermarkets. Read the full article here.

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Hawker centre needs renovations 10 months after opening

Bukit Panjang Hawker Centre and Market,  one of the 20 hawker centres the Government is building by 2027, boasting larger stalls and better ventilation than their predecessors. is already in need of renovation. Rainwater has been splashing in and collecting, and it is now undergoing repairs.

Some louvre panels near the ceiling have been covered with plastic sheets to prevent rain from wetting tables and chairs, and a section of the floor is being hacked to allow rainwater to drain more quickly. Details here. 


Robot chefs are here!

Singaporean company Kurve Automation has designed a system based on a robotic arm that can have multiple applications – all that's needed is to change the tool (e.g. spatula) at the end of the arm. It is now building an automated "egg breakfast buffet" robot that cooks eggs all ways, from sunny side up to omelettes complete with fillings. The robot, expected to be completed by the end of September, will make its debut at an undisclosed hotel here.  Read the full story here.

Training kitchen for ex-offenders

HCSA Community Services, formerly known as HighPoint Community Services Association, ix setting up a new HCSA Training Kitchen to equip its beneficiaries and other needy individuals with the skills required to land a stable job in the food and beverage (F&B) industry. They will learn to cook and also go through a basic food hygiene course.

The Training Kitchen, which will be developed from the current kitchen at HCSA Community Services Headquarters in Geylang, is expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2017. It will begin with beneficiaries from the organisation's three existing programmes: HighPoint Halfway House, DaySpring Residential Treatment Centre and DaySpring New Life Centre. Read more here.

Insight: The thrill of losing money by investing in a restaurant

Enlightening read about one man's venture into the restaurant business in Manhattan as a shareholder. Hindsight is always 20-20, and it is useful how the profit of his restaurant was broken down and how much they actually learned. If you have 10 minutes, read it here.


Bonus: The answer to your lack of staff