Thursday, March 28, 2019

Sustainability is Important in Business from TDI President and Chief Operating Officer Lucio "Bong" Tan, Jr.

Sustainability should be part of the company’s corporate DNA, he said, emphasizing how the transformation to a zero-waste facility of TDI’s distillery in Batangas has provided greater value for business over the years. 

As it celebrates the success of its 165 years, Tanduay Distillers, Inc. (TDI) looks to the future by doing its share in protecting the earth's resources. TDI President and Chief Operating Officer Lucio "Bong" Tan, Jr. sees the company continuing the green initiatives it started years back and looking for ways to make its operations even more environmentally friendly.
"We always strive to find a healthy balance between environmental development and operational efficiency. We have realized this long ago in Tanduay, we never stopped in looking for better ways to ensure we do our part for the sake of the environment to ensure the future of our business," he said.
According to Tan Jr., stakeholders do not only demand strong business performance but for business organizations to champion socially and environmentally sustainable as well as responsible business practices.
“Businesses need to level up our game in making environmentally sound decisions in our operations. As a result of transferring into sustainable business practices, we were able to derive, direct and indirect values, that improved our processes and our relationships to our stakeholders,” he added.
Under Tan, Jr., TDI has taken on various green initiatives through its award-winning distillery, Absolut Distillers, Inc. (ADI), in Lian, Batangas. These include the following: the establishment of a bioethanol facility with an expected production volume of 3 million liters per month; the operation of a 2.04-megawatt solar power plant; initiating an orga-ponics operation where it makes use of its distillery effluent (slop) as the main fertilizer of its plants; registering in the Anaerobic Digester Project of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) Project of the 1997 Kyoto Protocol (a UN-sponsored program that aims to reduce harmful gas emissions into the environment). 
"As a company that operates a manufacturing plant, we are very much aware of the role we play in making sure that the products we make should not be to the detriment of the resources we use. We want our operations to be environmentally sustainable not just for our own benefit, but for the good of the community and people we serve," Tan Jr. concluded.
ADI was cited for "viewing their waste products as commodities." The distillery operation of TDI has, likewise, been lauded and has received multiple awards from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR). 

These initiatives were recognized by various environmental organizations. In 2011, it received the International Green Apple Environment Award from the Green Organisation at the British House of Commons in London, England. 

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

McDonald's brings the exciting Flavors of Japan to the Philippines!

You no longer have to fly out to experience this dream destination, from the land of the rising sun, Japa. McDonald’s brings a piece of the country to the Philippines with the launch of its new Flavors of Japan offers!

McDonald’s restaurants across the world Filipinos enjoyed the same mouth-watering products started last February 2, with four new and exciting Japanese-inspired products!

Flavors of Japan offerings include:

The new Ebi Burger (with actual shrimp!)
Has a tempura coated shrimp patty topped with sweet sauce and lettuce, all sandwiched between a black and white sesame seed bun.

Teriyaki Samurai Burger
Has a beef patty dipped in teriyaki glaze, topped with mayo and lettuce, all in between a sesame seed bun

Nori Shake Shake Fries
A sweet and salty, seaweed-flavoured take on McDonald’s World Famous Fries.

Strawberry Sakura McFloat
sweet strawberry and cherry taste topped with a creamy vanilla sundae.

The new Flavors of Japan products are available for dine-in, take-out, DriveThru and McDelivery. You can also get the Strawberry Sakura McFloat at Dessert Stations and Sundae & McFloat Stations nationwide.

Congratulations to the lucky winner, Jessamae!

To complete your Japanese experience, select McDonald’s branches nationwide will also get a Japanese-inspired makeover. You’ll feel like you stepped into a Japanese restaurant as our crew greets you with a warm Konnichiwa, dressed in their Japanese-inspired vests. The Sakura season will also be in full bloom at McDonald’s with Sakura window displays where you can dine and take photos with.  You can also enjoy the timeless yet fun art of origami with friends and family with special origami traymats that you can turn into paper cranes, while listening to the Japanese inspired ambient music playing inside the store throughout the afternoon.