Martha Tilaar and the Jamu Industry

The Martha Tilaar Group has been expanding its business into spa and jamu (herbal drinks) business. In 2013, the company invested up to Rp45 billion in the jamu business by establishing a 10-hectare jamu factory complex in Cikarang, West Java. [Continue reading]

Cosmetics Industry: Conversation with Wulan Tilaar

Sari Ayu is one of the oldest Indonesian cosmetic brands produced by PT. Martina Berto Tbk (IDX:MBTO) of the Martha Tilaar Group. MBTO was established on June 1977. Today it has 13 brands targeting different segments of cosmetic consumers. On Friday (April 17), we spoke exclusively with Wulan Tilaar Widarto, the vice chairwoman of the Martha Tilaar Group. [Continue reading]

The Care for Education Community & their Sekolah Kolong Pelangi

Valentina Palma Sastrodihardjo is a Jakarta resident, who took it upon her to help the less fortunate kids pursue education. Valent once worked as a corporate secretary but she realized that that wasn’t what she wanted to do. So she resigned and began working as a computer teacher at Ricci Elementary School. She found joy in teaching kids and thus decided to pursue further education in teaching. [Continue reading]

Ahok & the Idea of Province-Owned, Alcoholic Beverages Retail Outlets

The implementation of the controversial Trade Minister Regulation on The Sales of Alcoholic Beverage has been in full force since April 16; three months after it was released in January 16, 2015. Jakarta Governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, otherwise known as “Ahok”, is now under fire after the revelation that the province government has been for long a major shareholder of the Indonesian brewery company PT Delta Djakarta Tbk (IDX: DLTA). Ahok’s response? Throwing an idea to establish a Jakarta-government-owned alcoholic beverages outlets. [Continue reading]

Online Prostitution and the Idea of Establishing A Red Light District

Online prostitution has once again become a topic of discussion upon the recent news of the murder of Deudeuh Avisah Rini. The 25 year old was found dead in her boarding house in Tebet, South Jakarta, on Saturday (April 11). She’s reportedly a sex worker, who offers her service through social media platforms. [Continue reading]

Questions for Indonesia’s Coffee Industry

The Indonesian coffee industry is facing a tough choice. Indonesia can sell smaller quantity of coffee to the American and European market with a premium, but both market require the Indonesian coffee industry to develop a sustainable business practice. Or, Indonesia can opt for the easy choices, i.e., selling larger quantities at a low price to the People’s Republic of China, who may not be as invested in the economic well-being of Indonesian coffee growers. [Continue Reading]

Indonesian Executed in Saudi Arabia

Indonesian migrant worker Siti Zainab was executed on Tuesday (April 17) in Saudi Arabia. The Indonesian government have launched a protest against the Saudi Arabia government for not notifying Indonesian government representative or the family of Siti Zainab regarding the date of the execution.