4 Millionaire Brands for the LA MARTINIQUAISE-BARDINET Group

PARIS, July 16, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — The LA MARTINIQUAISE-BARDINET Group has reached a significant milestone in its development with NEGRITA Rum, the fourth brand in its portfolio to exceed one million 9-litre cases. NEGRITA thus becomes a “Millionaire” brand (sources Drinks International, Impact and Spirits Business 2014).

“We are extremely proud of the success of the NEGRITA brand which has allowed us to confirm our global expertise and our ambition with rum, a category central to our history and associated with a significant presence in the lands of rum (French Caribbean and Reunion Island),” states Sylvia Bernard, the Group’s International Marketing Director. “This result has made us one of the 4 global groups to have millionaire brands in the three major categories of Scotch Whisky, Vodka and Rum, a key asset to our development.”

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Hong Kong Airlines Awarded SKYTRAX World’s Best Improved Airline

HONG KONG, July 15, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Hong Kong Airlines is pleased to announce that the company is the winner of “World’s Most Improved Airline” by SKYTRAX this year and is honoured as the “World’s Best Improved Airline.” Meanwhile, Hong Kong Airlines is awarded the highly-esteemed SKYTRAX 4-Star rating for the third consecutive year. On behalf of the company, Mr. Sun Jianfeng, Vice President of Hong Kong Airlines, attended the award presentation ceremony held on July 15 (BST) in London, the UK.

Mr. Sun Jianfeng, Vice President (second on the left) and Mr. Stanley Kan, Director of Service Delivery of Hong Kong Airlines (second on the right) received the award of SKYTRAX "World's Best Improved Airline" in London on behalf of the company
Mr. Sun Jianfeng, Vice President (second on the left) and Mr. Stanley Kan, Director of Service Delivery of Hong Kong Airlines (second on the right) received the award of SKYTRAX “World’s Best Improved Airline” in London on behalf of the company

“The SKYTRAX ‘World’s Best Improved Airline’ is a great recognition and encouragement for our company. With a history of eight years, Hong Kong Airlines has been committed to providing passengers with quality service. By adhering to the people-oriented service approach, we have achieved remarkable improvement in various service categories and recorded rapid growth over the years. As a Hong Kong-based airline, we feel very honoured and proud to stand out among airlines worldwide. We owe this success to our highly devoted and professional team, especially the front-line staff who serve passengers with great dedication. We would also like to extend our heartfelt thanks to the passengers and industry partners who have been supporting us all along. Riding on the expanding route network, Hong Kong Airlines will continue to focus on providing excellent customer service to bring our passengers more pleasant travel experiences,” remarked Mr. Zhang Kui, President of Hong Kong Airlines.

SKYTRAX are specialist Research Advisors to the air transport industry. The annual global customer satisfaction survey “World Airline Survey,” launched by SKYTRAX since 1999, is an industry benchmark of high authority. Based on the survey results, the annual “World Airport Awards” are the most prestigious accolades for the industry. The award category of the “World’s Most Improved Airline” is aimed at rewarding the airline’s remarkable progress in its frontline products and service standards over the past year. This year’s survey is based on 18 million customer nominations across over 100 nationalities of air travellers, covering over 200 airline companies worldwide. The survey evaluates customer satisfaction across 41 key performance indicators for airport service and products including check-in and boarding experiences, onboard seat comfort, cabin cleanliness, food, beverages, IFE, staff service and associated travel items. The winning of “World’s Best Improved Airline” as well as the SKYTRAX 4-Star rating three years in a row serves as a clear evidence of Hong Kong Airlines’ establishment of international standards in both its ground and onboard services.

When talking about bringing better service to passengers, it is worth mentioning that Hong Kong Airlines has upgraded its service principle since the beginning of 2013 and launched a “PEOPLE” service approach riding on past hands-on experience and customer’s suggestions. By strengthening the six points of “Passion to deliver, Extra to give, Opinions to offer, Promise to fulfill, Lasting impression to create, Emotional quotient to serve” during daily work, each one of its front-line staff has gained deeper understanding and delivered more people-oriented services, making prominent progress as a whole.

The current network of Hong Kong Airlines covers nearly 30 business and leisure travel destinations in mainland China, Taiwan and Southeast Asia. Hong Kong Airlines carried over 4.8 million passengers in 2013, an increase of 35% year-on-year, and a 50% increment year-on-year in Business Class sales. Recently, Hong Kong Airlines has also expanded its flight service to provide new destinations including Tianjin and Kagoshima. Leveraging Hong Kong’s status as an international air hub, the flights to major destinations like Beijing, Shanghai, Taipei, Bangkok, Hangzhou and Nanjing have increased frequency to three to five flights daily, and the frequency of flights to popular leisure travel destinations like Okinawa and Bali has also been increased to two to three daily, offering travellers a wide range of choices.

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CEM’s Breakthrough High-Efficiency Peptide Synthesis Technology Wins R&D 100 Award

MATTHEWS, N.C., July 15, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — CEM Corporation, a leading provider of microwave laboratory instrumentation, is pleased to announce that the Liberty Blue™ Automated Microwave Peptide Synthesizer is a winner of a 2014 R&D 100 Award. The award is presented on a yearly basis by the editors of R&D Magazine in recognition of the 100 most “technologically significant new products and processes of the year.”

The Liberty Blue is a new, revolutionary technology that dramatically improves peptide synthesis. The system utilizes a new high-efficiency solid phase peptide synthesis (HE-SPPS) process that allows peptides to be synthesized in higher purity up to 25 times faster than conventional systems and 6 times faster than currently available microwave systems. In addition, it results in a 90% reduction in solvent usage, which is a major cost driver in peptide synthesis. HE-SPPS enables the synthesis of a peptide in less than 1 hour, instead of days, and provides a major enhancement for producing fundamental biological materials needed for drug research and many other fields of study in Life Sciences with a significant reduction in purification and solvent costs.

“Liberty Blue is the culmination of years of research on the peptide synthesis process and, due to the critical need for peptides in the pharmaceutical industry and life science research, it is one of the most important products we have ever designed,” said Michael J. Collins, president and CEO of CEM Corporation. “It is a singular distinction to be chosen for this award and we would like to thank the judges and the editors of R&D Magazine for their consideration.

“Liberty Blue is game changing technology that has already created a tremendous response in the market. In less than a year, this new technology has been adopted by a substantial number of key academic and industrial laboratories involved in the peptide field in North America, Europe, and Asia. Overall feedback has been extremely positive.

“Obviously, we are very pleased with this initial response and are excited about the future potential for this technology as the market continues to expand. We will continue to focus on this important field and will be announcing several new innovations later this year,” Collins concluded.

The Liberty Blue technology, known as High-Efficiency Solid Phase Peptide Synthesis (HE-SPPS), was recently featured in Organic Letters1 and C&E News2.