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Pok Fu Lam: a pipeline to the past

Siu Kwan-lun, 50, his wife Lau Wing-fung and their 23-month-old son Siu Chun-nam. Photo: Nora Tam

It is one of Hong Kong Island's last villages, but a serious lack of sewage facilities is casting a shadow over Pok Fu Lam, while its residents are embroiled in a struggle for recognition of its 150-year heritage.

Monday, 15 October, 2012, 11:35am

No accounting for waste

Banker and charity worker Celene Loo leads me to Novotel Hong Kong Century's coffee shop kitchen. There, we bag up a full tray of chef Lui Tak-cheong's leftover croissants, Danish pastries and pain au chocolat. 'A bit less than usual today,' Lui says with a shrug. 'The restaurant was quite busy this morning.'

12 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Growing 'green beans' into leaders

Late one evening at a Starbucks store, a lady traveller was looking for a coffee mug as a souvenir for her daughter - a ritual she followed on every trip. The store manager told her it was out of stock and suggested she come back the next day. The traveller was disappointed - she had an early flight and would not have time to return.

6 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

7-Eleven owners say wage rise has made them losers

Workers at 7-Eleven stores may be guaranteed a minimum hourly wage of HK$28, but some of their bosses say they are earning less than that.

30 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Cafe chain founder wants Hong Kong to get into the Italian coffee Habitu

Coming from the family that owns Liu Chong Hing Bank is certainly advantageous for an entrepreneur. But Jennifer Liu Wai-fun, founder and chairwoman of the Caffe Habitu chain, deflects the notion that her wealth and connections carry her business, saying she has to fight for customers like every other entrepreneur.

6 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Unicef charity drive with Starbucks makes it easy to warm body and soul

Model Amanda Strang ignored the chilly winds blowing through the city last Friday to arrive at the opening ceremony of Starbucks' Christmas Red Cup campaign attired in a pink short-sleeved mini, while actor Louis Koo Tin-lok played it safe with a black down vest with long sleeves.

6 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Out of their depth?

The minnows of the business world usually applaud the introduction of a competition law, seeing it as their shield against huge and predatory monopolies.

Not in Hong Kong.

27 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Starbucks brews full ownership deal

Starbucks, the world's largest coffee shop chain operator, has reached an agreement with long-time jointventure partner Maxim's Caterers to take full control of more than half of its retail stores on the mainland.

As part of that deal, Maxim's acquired Starbucks' remaining stake in its business in Hong Kong and Macau, assuming 100 per cent equity in those markets.

3 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

18 arrested over milk-powder bribery ring

The ICAC has arrested 18 people in suspected bribery scams involving supermarket workers over the sale of milk powder to traders who resell the products on the mainland.

10 May 2011 - 12:00am

Fighting spirit keeps me going

There is not much Caroline Mak doesn't know about the retail business. As regional director, north Asia, and CEO, China for the Dairy Farm Group, she oversees about 2,600 stores - the number keeps growing - serving and supplying millions of consumers a month.

9 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

What's in a name? Starbucks ignores critics and lets new design do the talking

In case you haven't noticed yet, your cup of Starbucks coffee just came with a new logo. The new design, a fourth revamp since Starbucks was established in 1971 in Seattle, keeps the familiar siren and green colour, but drops the words 'Starbucks coffee'.

10 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Consultant helps companies get personal

Consultant Joseph Michelli's book about the rise and rise of the Starbucks coffee company could not have been more ominously timed.

23 Aug 2010 - 12:00am

Traditional baker happy to pay up and keep recipes secret

How to make mouthwatering biscuits and mooncakes has always been a secret closely guarded by bakers.

So, to meet new labelling law requirements, the owner of a traditional bakery in Yuen Long said he would spend HK$380,000 to have his biscuits laboratory tested rather than divulge his recipes to a third party for evaluation.

2 Jul 2010 - 12:00am

CRE buys 80pc of Pacific Coffee

China Resources Enterprise (CRE) yesterday agreed to pay HK$326.6 million in cash to acquire 80 per cent of Pacific Coffee from Chevalier Pacific Holdings, a Hong Kong-listed investment holding company.

'Our goal is to become the number one coffee house in China,' said CRE general manager Joyce Chan.

30 Jun 2010 - 12:00am

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20 Oct 2009 - 12:00am