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October 05, 2010
Creating great food memories

(ARA) - Your memory of real, flavourful, fresh food is a key tool for losing weight. At least that's one of the intriguing claims in Bruce Weinstein and Mark Scarbrough's new book, "Real Food Has Curves: How to Get off Processed Food, Lose Weight, and Love What You Eat."

We find pleasure in what we eat because we stock up those good memories of past real food. "You don't get a lot of flavour depth in the processed stuff," Scarbrough says. "And so you don't develop many pleasure memories from it."

In fact, real food is the key to eating less, the authors say. For one thing, you're satisfied more quickly with its big flavours. And more flavour means mor ...

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May 07, 2013
RBC Royal Bank (Bahamas) is presenting sponsor for Food For Thought Panel Discussion on hunger and food security

Nassau, Bahamas - RBC
Royal Bank has announced that it is a presenting sponsor for the
upcoming Food For Thought Panel Discussion on Hunger and Food Security
in The Bahamas. The panel event promises to be a unique learning
experience. It will include light refreshments, a live raffle, door
prizes and the opportunity to discover how individuals can join in the
fight against hunger in The Bahamas.

The event is being organized by
Hands For Hunger (H4H). Hands For Hunger is a humanitarian organization
committed to the elimination of unnecessary hunger and the reduction of
food waste in The Bahamas. H4H strives to achieve this goal through the
creation of meaningful and engaging partnerships amongst all sectors of
the Bahamian community. Since 2008, H4H has provided 500,000 meals to
Bahamians in need through its food rescue program. The program currently
assists 12 recipient outreach agencies serving over 8,000 meals each
week...

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AML Foods Targets 100M In Sales
November 16, 2011
AML Foods Targets 100M In Sales

While Solomon's Fresh Market represents a "very large investment" for AML Foods, more than half of the $5.3 million outlay has been paid off with existing cash flow.

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July 12, 2011
Food retail sector the'most competitive ever'

Food retail consolidation is "inevitable" given the over-supply of competing chains and stores, AML Foods' chief executive telling Tribune Business it was likely to happen first in Freeport, where 10 major players were chasing 40,000-50,000 customers.

Gavin Watchorn, who is also the BISX-listed food retail group's president, said acquisitions were the likeliest route for achieving consolidation, given that no grocery retailers were contemplating failure, while the industry's "diverse" ownership meant mergers would be hard to execute.

With food retail industry veterans describing the current market as "the most competi ...

By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

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AML Foods to invest 1M in energy efficiency
December 27, 2011
AML Foods to invest 1M in energy efficiency

AML Foods will invest a further $1 million in 2012 to reduce its energy costs, right on the heels of releasing its third-quarter results revealing rising sales but lower net profits.

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August 16, 2014
Bahamian chef to participate in Food Network event

Chicago will get a taste of The Bahamas next month as Bahamian chef Simeon Hall Jr. will treat participants of a special Food Network concert at the Ravina Festival to Bahamian culinary delights.The concert, which will be held on September 20, will attract thousands of food lovers to Chicago. It's the first time that The Bahamas will participate in the event.Chef Hall will be among 75 top chefs and will participate in the "Hot Hot" luncheon prepared by the Islands of The Bahamas."We are going to represent The Bahamas, and we have three categories that we are working with. One of them is a VIP event for 300 people and a major event for 1,200 people and then there is something even bigger than that. I am just working along with the Food Network kitchen to produce," said Hall.

"It is a great privilege but first and foremost representing The Bahamas anywhere is fantastic. We are doing everything uniquely Bahamian...down home. We will be preparing conch chowder, old fashioned peas and rice, dried conch, and we are doing a twist on a dish, which is a little bit more modern but it is still uniquely Bahamian. Everything that we are doing is going to be uniquely Bahamian."The concert will also draw music lovers to its doors as John Mayer will be performing. A Bahamian DJ that lives in Chicago will perform at one of the scheduled events.

"It's going to be very Bahamian, and we plan to take some Bahamian props over there and we want it to feel very local because we are taking these things over there to sell The Bahamas," said Hall.The chef representing The Bahamas has an extensive resume from working as an executive chef, food and beverage manager, executive sous chef and as a culinary expert at locations such as Walt Disney Cruises, Marriott Hotels, Island Catering Inc, Grenada W.I., Taino Beach Resorts Ltd. to Sandals Royal Bahamian Resort and The Ritz Carlton's Abaco Club to name a few.

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Urban Renewal Seeks Food Donations for Annual Thanksgiving Luncheon
November 19, 2010
Urban Renewal Seeks Food Donations for Annual Thanksgiving Luncheon

Doctors Hospital recognizes the plea from charities during this tough
economic time and has stepped up to the table with food donations for the
Urban Renewal annual Thanksgiving Luncheon.

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June 21, 2013
Summer's Here! My top 10 favorite summer food splurges

As the weather starts to really warm up we start to look for ways to cool down and food is no exception.

Summer food is lighter and seems fresh and bright compared to the heavier meals of the winter season. When the mercury starts to approach the red line, these hot season favorites will be a hit around the pool, out on the patio or under a beach umbrella...

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September 30, 2011
AML Foods eyes three Solomon's Fresh Markets

As Solomon's Fresh Market's opening looms in November, AML Foods Limited is considering two more store openings in the coming years, with executives confident there is a strong place for the supermarket in the Bahamian marketplace.
"We're very confident it will be successful and with the right location we can duplicate it in the future," said Gavin Watchorn, Group President and CEO.
"There is room for more than one of these stories - I would say three is a possibility in The Bahamas."
Watchorn was unable to give an exact timetable or specify where the stores would be built at this time.
The business model behind Solomon's Fresh Market, he added, includes a healthy, natural and organic image, which is a niche he believes will fit in well with Bahamian shoppers.
The news comes as the company announced their second-quarter results this week, revealing that while the company's sales are up, net profits have suffered due to the high price of utilities.
In fact, utilities rose 15 percent this year, or $294,000, which "materially impacted" earnings, according to the press release.
The company is putting aside $1 million in 2012 for capital expenditures that will focus on energy usage reduction, geared towards replacing air conditioning and refrigeration units throughout their holdings.
The CEO explained that is four times AML Foods normal expenditure in this area.
Most years, he said the company tends to spend $250,000 on upgrades to improve energy efficiency.
Although the $1 million is expected to have a major impact on utilities costs, Watchorn noted that Solomon's Fresh Market presented a particularly unique opportunity to reduce costs in the future.
Building something "from the ground up", he said, allows AML Foods to be "as energy efficient as possible".
He speculated the approach will save the store between 40 and 50 percent in costs, compared to the other stores under AML's umbrella.
"When we were designing the store, we sat down with utilities in mind," he said.
"Our branding and vision for the store is healthy, natural and organic.  We don't want to give the wrong impression as energy hogs.  So we have made a lot of decisions and investments that will reduce energy usage."
For example, Watchorn said the new store will make use of skylights, meaning Solomon's won't have to rely on standard electricity as much.
Dionisio D'Aguilar, the Chairman of AML Foods Limited, added that employing these energy saving tactics have been a priority from the beginning.
"I know it has been a major topic of discussion," he felt.
"Natural lighting, keeping the building cool, and yet reducing AC usage is important."
In the case of the skylights, Watchorn explained the lights in the supermarket will actually automatically dim or brighten based on the conditions outside.
Similarly, Solomon's will employ top-notch air conditioners that work in tandem with the store's humidity, cutting on and off depending on the climate control needs.
Energy efficient refrigerators, freezers and special building materials represent a larger initial expenditure.
But Watchorn said he is confident the investment will pay off.
"We believe we will see a return on it in the future in regards to our utility bills."

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Bahamas joins global celebration of World Food Day
October 19, 2009
Bahamas joins global celebration of World Food Day

Bahamians from all walks of life stood united in the warm glow of candlelight, to pray for relief of people living in poverty and hunger around the world.

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