R.I.P Jiacipto Jiaravanon

Sad news came from Charoen Pokphand (C.P.) Group, Thailand’s largest agribusiness conglomerate. Earlier this month, the Indonesian Charoen Pokphand Group lost one of its members Jiacipto Jiaravanon, the vice president commissioner of PT Charoen Pokphand Indonesia Tbk (IDX: CPIN). Jiacipto Jiaravaron is one of the third generation descendants of the Chearavanont family. [Continue reading]

The Coffee Business: Maxx Coffee

Starbucks (Nasdaq:SBUX) has become a staple for big cities. It’s brand color green is already well known that people wouldn’t mind using a similar green to label their brand of coffee. Starbucks’ Indonesian competitor named Maxx Coffee uses a drawing of an owl in a green circle symbol as their corporate logo. At a glance, one could not help to think of Starbucks when seeing a Maxx Coffee logo. [Continue reading]

End of Year Security Brief

The National Police’s counter terrorism squad, Detachment 88, otherwise known as Densus 88, arrested six suspected terrorist over the weekend in West Java, Central Java and East Java. The group are reportedly affiliated with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS). The National Police (POLRI) Chief Gen. Badrodin Haiti told the press that the group had prepared a bomb attack for this upcoming end of the year holidays. [Continue reading]

F&B Business: Socieaty

Socieaty is a new restaurant located in the First Floor of the Plaza Indonesia shopping center in Central Jakarta. The restaurant was opened in September earlier this year. Socieaty offers all-day dining with a combination of Asian and European influence in their menu. The new restaurant adds to the plethora of other ventures catering to the upper- middle market of Jakarta. [Continue reading]

SBUX Features Indonesian Coconut in North America

Warung Kopi Mbah Sakijah in Blora, Central Java is an Indonesian coffee stall known for kopi santan, a cup of coffee served with coconut milk. Warung Kopi Mbah Sakijah is now a famous culinary tourism destination. It’s been featured in a variety of media outlets like Kompas newspaper, Suara Merdeka, and Net TV. Earlier this year, Starbucks Corporation (Nasdaq: SBUX) began selling a modern version of Mbah Sakijah’s kopi santan. SBUX launched its new, non-dairy product known as the single-origin Sumatra coconut milk in North America on Feb. 17. The Sumatran single-origin coconut milk is now available in most SBUX outlets the U.S. and Canada. [Continue reading]

Engaging the Public in Monitoring the Government

Public are re-invited to participate in improving and monitoring performance of the government by filing any complaints and aspirations through electronic based system called LAPOR! (meaning REPORT!) LAPOR! is an electronic based application, which can be used to file complaints and aspirations, be from website, SMS or mobile application. LAPOR! itself stands for Layanan Aspirasi dan Pengaduan Online Rakyat (Public Complaint and Aspiration Online Service). [Continue Reading]

Insider Words on Soon to be Queen of Yogyakarta

It seems that the rumour of the next Sultan of Yogyakarta has slowly been answered. On Tuesday (May 5), Sri Sultan Hamengku Buwono X has renamed his eldest daughter Gusti Kanjeng Ratu (GKR) Pembayun to be GKR Mangkubumi Hamemayu Hayuning Bawono Langgeng ing Mataram. Last year, an insider of Yogyakarta Sultanate told us that Sultan HB X would pass his throne to his eldest daughter GKR Pembayun. The succession plan, however, triggers family feud and controversies in Yogyakarta. [Continue reading]