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Chiang Mai and Phrae chambers of commerce win awards

Sweet business in Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai and Phrae chambers of commerce win awards

Chiangmai Mail Reporters

Chiang Mai and Phrae have both received awards for the quality of their chambers of commerce in a ceremony on October 29 presided over by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Commerce Somkid Jatusripitak.

The awards were announced at the 23rd Chamber of Commerce Conference, held at the Amari Lagoon Hotel, Phitsanulok, with 10 chambers nationwide being honoured.

Governors also came in for recognition, with Chiang Mai’s Suwat Tantipat, Phitsanulok’s Pipat Wongsaroj and Phrae’s Santhad Jatuchai (now on governor duty in Sisaket) also receiving awards for their cooperation with the private sector. This year was the first occasion for the governor awards.

Somkid said he would like to see all chambers of commerce giving practical help to business owners, especially in relation to export opportunities, and mentioned that China currently offers exciting potential for agricultural products, particularly fruit.

Sweet business in Chiang Mai

Chiangmai Mail reporters

In November, after more than 40 successful years in Bangkok, Phuket and Koh Samui, Schmidt Company opened in Chiang Mai.

Pastry chef Josef (left) and Master Baker Leo de Leijer showed everyone the little ‘tricks’ to make a ‘real Brezel’.

Schmidt Co. was established in 1960 by the late Reinhold Schmidt and is a second generation, family owned Thai company. They produce, import and act as a wholesaler of semi finished products, ingredients and utensils for pastry, bakery and confectionery and are representing some of the finest brands in this segment of the international food trade.

Their air conditioned warehouses contain enormous quantities of food products and utensils. Miss Rosy Schmidt, the Chiang Mai Manageress, said that the temperature-controlled store rooms ensure that even dry goods and utensils are stored in cool and dry conditions to prevent premature aging. Refrigerated pick-up trucks are used to make sure the products reach their customers in best condition.

At the official opening in Chiang Mai, four international chefs gave confectionery demonstrations and education on the training and testing involved in bread making and baking techniques, fine pastry and desserts, working with chocolate in the production of pralines, wedding cakes and show pieces and finally something very important for the upcoming Christmas season - marzipan.

More information can be obtained from the Chiang Mai branch on 0 5329 7880-1 or by email: [email protected] ,