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Anchor Food Professionals In Fiji

Anchor Food Professionals are in the country to help upskill local pastry chefs and Punjas HORECA sales team. The Fiji tour involves visiting res­taurants and hotels, hosting guest lectures and theory, and on job training around Fiji.
17 Sep 2022 15:35
Anchor Food Professionals In Fiji
Participants at the Cheese Stretching competition .

Anchor Food Professionals are in the country to help upskill local pastry chefs and Punjas HORECA sales team. The Fiji tour involves visiting res­taurants and hotels, hosting guest lectures and theory, and on job training around Fiji.

The Fonterra Business Devel­opment Manager, Debbie Van Niekerk during the Punjas and An­chor Food Professionals Wine and Cheese Tasting at the Heineken House, Denarau Golf and Racquet Club in Nadi on Wednesday com­mended Punjas staff and manage­ment for their outstanding per­formance in the area of service delivery.

Ms. Niekerk is also in charge of Business Development for Food­service and Specialty Cheese for Exports. The food pairing event with wine and cheese was led by the visiting Anchor Food Profes­sionals from New Zealand.

The event which was attended by executives from hotels, restau­rants and cafes was an exciting one which also featured a display of premium and specialty cheese food pairing with alcoholic bever­ages.

In her address, Ms Niekerk said from a Pacific perspective, the com­pany actually looked after multiple markets all the way across the Pa­cific, Fiji being probably the most prominent market.

“As a first time visitor to Fiji, I don’t think I have ever experi­enced such a warm welcome, such a great resilience of a great in­dustry and just the way you have bounced back and made sure that your customers and your tourists that are flocking to your shores feel super welcomed is just amaz­ing,” she said.

“We are really blessed to work in partnership with Punjas for many years now. I would like to thank them for the tremendous amount of energy that they put into put­ting this event together, I have never witnessed such passion and such interest in making an event work and under a very quick time­line.

“I would also like to thank them for their excellence in which they employ a great service that they deliver to all their customers and I am aware that they represent our brand with such passion and en­thusiasm.”

She said Anchor Food Profession­als was a long-standing brand that was something people grew up with in their homes in their every­day lives.

Punjas Group Managing director, Rajesh Punja said Punjas has had a long-standing relationship with Fonterra as the group has been distributors of their brands in Fiji for over five decades. The brands include Anchor, Kapiti, Mainland and Chesdale.

Mr Punja said both companies had grown as business partners and continued to strive to do bet­ter each year.

“We strive for excellence and pro­vide you with support and benefit from our 87 years of experience operating in Fiji,” Mr Punja add­ed.

Two-day training was success­fully completed at the Coffee Hub outlet in Nadi. The owner of Cof­fee Hub, Mr. Zoro himself dem­onstrated to the participants the essentials of the coffee brewing process. Team of Punjas HORECA staff were also very fortunate to learn pizza making skills using a wood fire oven at Heineken House.

The visiting team will travel across the country to assist differ­ent outlets to boost local skills and talents around dairy work.

Feedback: nicolette.chambers@fijisun.com



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