Industry: Buying & Choosing Chocolate Cooking

Widths of not less than two weeks away. Maybe you’ve planned to make cakes using chocolate ingredients to be given or sold at the feast. What kind of chocolate is suitable for making these cakes? Yuk, peep the info here!

In the market found a lot of different types of chocolate. But if your goal is to make buying chocolate cakes of chocolate, types of chocolate are selected should receive special attention. Obviously because it affects the display of pastries to make it more beautiful and the resulting flavor.

There are two types of chocolate are usually used in making cakes of chocolate, ie chocolate couverture and compound types. Type is the original chocolate couverture which usually contain fat chocolate, chocolate mass and tend bitter taste and the price is more expensive.

Before using these types of chocolates usually have to go through the process of making chocolate tempering temperature reaches around 25oC – 30oC. The tempering process is used to make the color look more shiny brown and tastes better. Couverture chocolate is usually sold in the form of blocks or now also in smaller pieces so easy dilumerkan.

While this type of compound chocolate is a type of chocolate that is made of brown fat that is mixed with other vegetable and sugar or sweetener. This type of chocolate so the price tends to be cheaper than the couverture. Use compound chocolate is also easier because enough in the team aka melted away.

Chocolate compound widely used by bakery cottage industry compared to the types of couverture which is widely used in bakery or pastry shop a large scale such as large industrial and hotel. The second type of chocolate is sold in a variety of brands such as Tulip, Collata, Thyes, Lindt, until Valhorna. All are offered at varying prices in 1kg or 2kg packs.

In a grocery store cake (ICC) is also sold without a brand cooking chocolate. Usually these chocolates wrapped in transparent plastic with a steeper price around Rp 13,000.00 – 15,000.00 USD (depending on size). There is a dark chocolate, milk chocolate, until chocolate with colors like pink, yellow, green, etc.

Down, Astra gets profit of Rp 8.8 Trillion

JAKARTA, KOMPAS.com – PT Astra International Tbk and its subsidiaries had net profit of Rp 8.8 trillion during the first half of 2013. Net income was down 9 percent from the acquisition of the first half of 2012 which reached Rp 9.7 trillion. Earnings per share fell 9 percent to Rp 218 per saham.PT Astra International and its subsidiary, Tuesday (07/30/2013), announced a slight decrease in performance during the first half of 2013 compared to first half of 2012.
Through the release mentioned that the Astra’s net income during the first six months of 2013 amounted to Rp 94.3 trillion. Net revenue was down 2 percent compared to the same period of 2012 which reached Rp 95.9 trillion.
According to the President Director of PT Astra International Prijono Sugiarto, there are several factors that predicted to affect business performance in the second half of 2013.
Factor in question is increased competition in the automobile market, rising labor costs, and declining commodity prices. As for his own prospects for domestic demand continued to grow.
There are six core business lines are the focus of Astra Group, the automotive division, financial services, heavy equipment and mining, agribusiness, infrastructure and logistics, and information technology.
Two division increased net income, namely financial services division rose 19 percent to Rp 2.1 trillion and information technology division rose 2 percent to Rp 55 billion.
Net income and mining equipment division fell 24 percent to Rp 1.4 trillion. Agribusiness division net income fell 25 percent to Rp 571 billion.
Meanwhile, the automotive division’s net profit fell 10 percent to Rp 4.4 trillion. Demand for motor vehicles during the first 6 months of 2013 remained high.
Based on data from the Association of Indonesian Automotive, car sales in Indonesia in the period January to June 2013 reached 601 952 units. The sales figures increased compared to the same period in 2012 to reach 535 261 units.
Increased income and affordability levels still remain high interest rates support demand for motor vehicles. Automotive segment net profit decline due to increased competition due to an increase in domestic production capacity and high labor cost.
Of total national car sales of around 602,000 units, Astra’s car sales rose 6 percent to 321 000 units. Market share declined from 56 percent to 53 percent.
Astra Toyota Agya and Astra Daihatsu Ayla?-Products of energy-efficient cars and affordable (low cost green car / LCGC)-Astra Group is expected to begin to be distributed in August 2013 with a production capacity of 10,000 units per month.
Meanwhile, the Indonesian Consumers Foundation (YLKI) asked the government to revise the regulations concerning the total cars energy efficient and environmentally friendly.
“It should be given incentives are public transport, not private vehicles,” said board member daily YLKI, Sincere Abadi.
According YLKI, policy-efficient cars can be accepted if the transport system in the large cities is adequate and integrated. Regulation efficient cars is currently not on time because it is still poor public transport infrastructure in Indonesia.

Selling Well Rattan Baskets Parcel

Fingers Lewis, 52 Years, expertly weave rattan. The rattan woven into a small basket. Then the basket was his sandpaper so that the surface becomes slippery and covered with liquid varnish.
“It hampers baskets for Eid,” he said, Tempo, when met at his stall in Jalan rattan Dona ODOT, District Tassel, Friday, July 19, 2013. Lewis is a rattan craftsmen in Rumbai. Various home appliances in production such as chairs, tables, baskets, hood of food and toys.
Tassel area is known as the center of rattan in Pekanbaru. The craftsman was busy weaving wicker to order consumer, since the month of Ramadan is away rattan orders increased compared to normal days.
Lewis said the high interest rattan been happening since the beginning of the fasting. Because consumers need household items made from rattan is when the feast of Eid. “Ahead of Eid is more and more orders,” said the former Chairman of the Association of Craftsmen Rattan.
Increasing order of rattan also accompanied by increased earnings of the artisans. Lewis said, if he’s just a normal day gain in a month turnover of USD 15 million, while the fasting month he can earn double the usual day at $ 30 million per month.
Lewis said the rattan species that the public interest ahead of the Eid al-Fitr is the parcel basket. If he was just a normal day produce fruit baskets parcels 50 to 100 pieces per month, but since the beginning of the fasting Lewis has produced 2,000 parcels of fruit baskets. Lewis said, the parcel Basket demand by Shop Gift Baskets and offices.
The price offered varies, depending on the size and model of wicker. The price of a basket of parcels priced at Rp 80 thousand to Rp 300 thousand dollars. If the shelves are shaped parcels offered at a price of Rp 15 thousand to $ 30 thousand, depending on many levels of the parcel shelves.
Also experienced an increase in demand for rattan species hood of food, the day he could sell the hood of food as much as 10 to 15 pieces of fruit per day. The price offered is also varied from Rp 100 thousand to Rp 150 thousand dollars.
While the demand for chairs, desks and children’s toys such as rocking horses running relatively normal as usual. Price 1 wicker chair type seats cost Rp 3 million elephants, cobras and 1 seat long Rp 2 million. Toys for 1 piece children piggyback type offered at a price of Rp 200 thousand.
Lewis thankful not happen constraints in supply of raw rattan. “Alhamdulillah raw materials smoothly,” he said. If the raw material in Pekanbaru drag, he could order raw rattan from West Sumatra.
Lewis admitted ahead of Idul Fitri is receiving more orders fruit baskets parcels reach 2000, as a result he was forced to absorb a lot of labor to resolve consumer demand before Eid just two weeks away. Lewis is currently employing 20 people craftsmen. “So many of my own as well go to work,” said the owner of three pieces of rattan craft stalls.

PT. RNI Beef Production in Developing

Mataram – Capacity Slaughter House (RPH) Banyumulek, West Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara, improved. Before managed by PT. Cattle Rajawali Indonesia (SRI) – from state-owned PT group. Rajawali Nusantara Indonesia (RNI), only 25 birds per day, to 100 head per day. Could even reach the target of 60 thousand head per year.

Director of PT RNI Ismed Hasan Putro explain, to meet the needs before Eid, RPH Banyumulek optimistic capable of supplying 10 tons of meat.

That’s why, in addition to increasing the capacity cut, PT. SRI also continue to increase the production of beef cattle. In land area covering 26 hectares Banyumulek RPH, 5 acres of which are currently being prepared for construction of cattle shed.

Beef from slaughterhouses Banyumulek with the trademark ‘King of Meat’ has entered the market as much as 5 tons Jakarta last week. “We’ve sold five variants of the flesh,” he told Tempo in Mataram, Wednesday, July 31, 2013.

Variant ‘King of Meat’ in between the outer meat, tenderloin, sirloin, until back to the material rendang dishes. The price varies, from Rp 70 thousand to Rp 120 thousand per kilogram.

Ismed also explains, in cooperation with PT PT SRI Golden Gate NTB (PT GNE), remedy the freezing process the meat before it is supplied to the market, particularly to the island of Java. As for the beef cattle breeding activities, are woven kersama with local farmers as breeders plasma.

According Ismed, PT. SRI initial disburse Rp 65 billion to buy 15,000 head of beef cattle. While in the area is currently available Banyumulek RPH 150 head of cows 1500 plan to be developed. “In the year 6000 produces a tail,” he said.

The next stage, said Ismed, is a diversified business, such as producing meatballs to sausage, which will be marketed to various areas in Java, including Jakarta and Bali. Also for local needs on the island of Lombok.

Head of Department of Animal Husbandry and Animal Health NTB Hery Erpan mnengatakan Rayes, the work done by PT. RNI is appropriate because NTB is a source of beef cattle. Tail of the potential 106,000 cattle, 32,500 NTB can set quotas tail.

Potential of beef cattle in NTB does not include unrecorded about 45,000 birds. While the beef quota seeds, both males and females up to 22,000 head of as many as 41,000 potential tail.

Charlotte-area home prices rise 7.1% in May

Charlotte-area yearly home price gains slowed in May for the first time in 11 months – a sign that the local housing market might be cooling off.

The closely watched Standard & Poor’s Case-Shiller indexes, released Tuesday, showed prices of existing Charlotte homes increased 7.1 percent from a year ago, down from April’s year-over-year increase of 7.3 percent.

On a national level, average home prices have returned to spring 2004 levels, according to Case-Shiller. Across 20 U.S. cities, May home prices rose 12.2 percent, their largest yearly increase since March 2006, but remain about 25 percent below June-July 2006 peaks.

While the data show the local and national housing sector is healthier than during the depths of the downturn, David Blitzer, chairman of the Index Committee at S&P Dow Jones Indices, said U.S. home price growth isn’t expected to stay at current levels.

“I don’t think we’re going to sustain double-digit annual rates of increase over the long haul,” he said in a phone interview. “Over the next year to year and a half, the rate of increase is going to slow down for almost all the cities.”

In Charlotte, home prices have been rising as inventory shrinks and brokers report some listings resulting in competing bids. A year ago, Charlotte brokers say, competing bids would have been virtually unheard of.

Existing Charlotte-area homes are also selling faster than they were a year ago, according to the Charlotte Regional Realtor Association. In June, it took 93 days on average for a home to sell, a decline of 16 percent from June 2012.

Despite signs of a strengthening market, some Charlotte sellers have had to lower prices this summer after failing to attract buyers.

Such reductions are helping to keep price increases in check.

Mark DuPont, 68, listed his home in the Downs Grant neighborhood for $247,500 July 6, but has since slashed that to $237,500.

“It was way overpriced for the area,” DuPont said Tuesday. “I really thought I would get more interest than I did.”

After lowering the price and putting the home on the local multiple listing service, he’s getting more inquiries, he said. Since last week, there have been five showings but no offers, he said.

“I think it will sell,” he said.

Holly Corbit also had to lower the price of the Cameron Wood home she owns with her husband. The couple listed it June 2 at $230,000 after putting in new appliances and making other upgrades to the home, which was built in 1988.

“We thought we were competitively priced within our neighborhood,” she said.

They received no offers and, worried that there would be less interest in buying homes after the summer ends, put it on the multiple listing service and dropped the price to $215,000.

“We were concerned about bringing it down significantly,” she said. “But we said, ‘Well, we’ve got to get offers.’ ”

About four days later, a flurry came in, she said. The house is now under contract.

As to why the home didn’t sell at $230,000, she speculated that buyers are still trying to find a bargain.

“They’re just trying to chisel down as low as they can go,” she said.

Rising mortgage rates

Rising mortgage rates are also creating uncertainty about the housing market. According to Freddie Mac, the government-controlled mortgage-finance company, the average rate for a 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage in July is 4.37, up from 3.55 the same month last year.

On Monday, the National Association of Realtors’ chief economist said its index of pending sales dropped 0.4 percent in June from May. Lawrence Yun, the association’s economist, blamed higher mortgage rates and lower inventory of homes for sale.

In Charlotte, monthly price gains tapped on the brakes in May, according to Case-Shiller, which does not track sales of newly built homes in its indexes.

Prices rose only 0.1 percent from the month before, after a 1 percent increase from March to April.

The same trend took place in the U.S. Across the 20 cities, May prices rose 2.4 percent from April, down from a 2.6 percent rise from March to April.

Blitzer, of Case-Shiller, said the decline was not significant.

As mortgage rates go up, he said, “that will dampen housing.”

But the housing industry won’t “fall off a cliff” as a result, he said.

“It’s likely to be much more gradual. If past patterns are any indication, a lot of people will shift from fixed-rate loans to adjustable-rate loans. I don’t see any reason why we wouldn’t see it again.”

First semester of 2013, Pertamina EP Records Profit of Rp 10 Trillion

In the first half (I) 2013, PT Pertamina Exploration and Production (EP) posted a profit of Rp 10 trillion more. Targeted for this year, a subsidiary of state-owned PT Pertamina is able to reap a profit of Rp 18 trillion.
Public Relations Manager of PT Pertamina EP, Amperianto Agus told reporters in Jakarta, Saturday (3/8) night suggests, corporate profits optimistic embrace of it is based on the production performance of oil and gas corporation that produced it.
He said that the present level of oil production per day PT Pertamina EP reached 132 thousand barrels. The expected production rate constant and even increases with the exploration and discovery of new reserves by corporations. “In 2012, corporate profit reached Rp 21.5 trillion,” he said.
This year profit target of Rp 18 trillion does not mean a decrease compared to last year. Agus argues that profits surge last year in addition to the corporate consistency in producing oil and gas, as well as exchange rate differences and the rise in oil prices in the international market.
“Target profit last year (2012) amounted to Rp 17 trillion,” he added.
Most of PT Pertamina EP oil fields located in Sumatra, especially in Jambi, South Sumatra, North Sumatra, and Riau. Pertamina EP also has oil fields in West Java, Central Java and East Java.
“We’re also there is quite a large project in Central Java and East Java. BUT, it is where the gas production is later used to supply gas power plant Tambaklorok Semarang. If that was to be our gas production, is estimated to be saving USD 2 billion of fuel conversion used oil to gas power plant Tambaklorok Semarang, “he explained.
As a subsidiary of PT Pertamina engaged in the upstream oil and gas sector, according to Agus, operational and corporate performance requires the support of many parties, especially the government and society.
Oil theft cases in a massive scale in the pipeline Tempino-Plaju South Sumatra should not happen in other places. In the pipeline along the 265 kilometer (KM), he said, about 75% have been embedded in the ground at the depth of 1.5 meters to 2 meters.
“But, it remains stolen. Trick with building above the oil pipelines, oil pipelines and oil drilled and taken,” he said.

Dunkin Donut South Korea Cronut Bulk Production

Jakarta – Fever cronut was not only struck the citizens of New York City and the United States in general. The pastry lovers in co-infected Asiapun fond of croissants and donuts this marriage, to the extent that Dunkin Donuts South Korea cronut create his own version.

Cronut created by Dominique Ansel Bakery in NYC last May is now widely imitated, including in Japan, the Philippines, Australia, Spain, China, and England. Including in Indonesia. However, because it has made Ansel cronut trademark, they use a different name. Examples are ‘dosant’ in London, England.

Most imitators is a small bakery, bakery. However, in South Korea, cronut recipe adapted by Dunkin Donuts. Pastry called ‘New York Pie Donut’ is on sale in the elite area of ​​Jamsil and Gangnam and Myeongdong.

In South Korea, featuring the image of a Dunkin Donuts donut cafe a la western elite and exotic. As in NYC, Seoul citizens are also willing to queue length in order to try cronut this imitation. Pembelianpun pastry limited to two per person.

Previously, Dunkin Donuts has launched ‘Donut Croissant’ in Manila, Philippines a few weeks ago. However, this global network donut cafe not plan to introduce it in America, the country of origin cronut.

Modernland Record Profit of Rp 260 billion, Jumped 250%

Property company, PT Modernland Realty Tbk (MDLN) earned a net profit of Rp 260 billion during the year 2012, surging 250% from the previous year’s profit of Rp 74 billion. Earnings per share also increased from Rp 24.26 per share to Rp 41.57.

The increase in net income was driven by the increase in total revenue in 2012 amounted to Rp 1.06 trillion from the previous year sebesaar revenue of Rp 504 billion. This was conveyed by the company in its disclosure to the Indonesia Stock Exchange (BEI), in Jakarta, Tuesday (03.19.13).

The amount of revenue sustained by net sales in 2012 amounted to Rp 1.01 trillion, which was also up from the previous year of Rp 468 billion.

Also supported the acquisition of the company’s revenue from the golf course and restaurant business Club House in 2012 amounted to Rp 37.76 billion. That was up from the previous year of Rp 36, 44 billion.

Of a business acquisition also sustain revenue of Rp 7.48 billion in 2012. Meanwhile, the cost of sales also increased from Rp 238 billion in 2011 to Rp 556 billion in 2012.

CIMB Group Raup RM 4.35 Billion Profit for 2012

CIMB Group Holding Berhad announced a net profit of RM 4.35 billion in fiscal year 2012. This figure is up 7.8% over the same period the previous year.

“We return a high profit for FY12 because almost all business units to increase revenue numbers,” said Group Chief Executive, CIMB Group, Dato Nazir Razak in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Wednesday (04/17/2013).

Recorded earnings are equivalent to net earnings per share valued at 58 cents and the rate of return on equity of 16%.

The company achieved net profit in the fourth quarter of FY12 stood at RM 1.082 billion, or 5.3% lower than 3Q12 net income, and lower by 4.5% from 4Q11 net profit, amounting to RM 1.133 billion.

“CIMB Group’s revenue in FY12 experienced increased 11.3% over the same period previous to RM 13.495 billion,” he added.

Net interest income rose by 10.6% while non-interest income increased 12.7% due to capital market transactions exceeded the highest plus increasingly aggressive treasury market activities.

“Without taking into account the advantages and CIMB Aviva deconsolidation amounted to RM250 million in 4Q11, an increase in non-interest income amounted to 19.8%,” said Nazir.

Increase in CIMB Group’s profit before tax was higher by 9.1% to RM 5.678 billion.

“Profit before tax generated regional consumer banking unit of CIMB Group in 2012 rose 23.9% to RM 2.323 billion,” he said.

PT CIMB Niaga Tbk (BNGA) to contribute pre-tax profit by 34% to CIMB Group. 2015 is expected to increase to 40%.

“I think 2015 could be 40 percent,” said Razak.

Even so, the Group has no plan to add an injection of capital into CIMB Niaga. “If Mr. Arwin capital may ask, but I think it has been pretty,” he continued.

Nazir said the target is given as see good prospects in the banking market in Indonesia.

“We see the ratio, very attractive. Terms of the macro-economy is also growing rapidly. Macro management and banking regulation is good,” said Nazir.

On the same occasion, President Director of CIMB Niaga, Arwin Rasyid, said CIMB Niaga has committed to continue to develop products and services micro and small enterprises (MSEs) in Indonesia while maintaining good credit quality.

“Our initiative is in line with Bank Indonesia regulations that establish bank credit portfolio in the MSE sector by 20 percent in stages by 2018,” said Arwin.

Responding to these rules, the CIMB Group is also committed to undergo such a rule.

“The rule is good, we will obey it,” he continued.

Cable Industry Optimistic ASEAN Free Trade Deal

Jakarta-As preparations for the ASEAN Economic Community in 2015, Vice Minister of Commerce visited the factory wiring Krisnamurthi PT Supreme Cable Manufacturing Commerce (Sucaco) Tbk. Wires and electronic equipment is one sector which is set by default in the free trade in the region.
“It turns out we are ready to face competition because the company is apparently one of the best in ASEAN,” said Bayu at the factory Sucaco in Daan, West Jakarta, Monday, July 29, 2013. Factory covering an area of ​​14 haktare was already 41 years old and is one of the oldest cable factory in Indonesia.
According to Bayu, PT Sucaco been exporting its products to Japan and other countries in the Middle East are taking a higher standard of ASEAN. However, exports are now stalled because the domestic market absorbed all of its products.
As the economy grows, the need for cables and equipment in the country is growing. This additional requirement apparently was overtaken by the domestic industry in which the culprit was more than 100 companies.
As a result, Indonesia’s trade balance was a deficit of electronic products. Last year for example, the Central Bureau of Statistics noted that the export cable and electronic products only reach U.S. $ 7 billion, while imports reached U.S. $ 15 billion.
Jamallulail Noval, Chairman of Cable Manufacturers Association (Apkabel) states, the main obstacle in the cable industry is the issue of raw materials. Although Indonesia is producing copper and aluminum, but in fact the cable industry still has to import both these metals. “Because here there is no industry median, so it should be processed beyond the first,” he said.
Another problem, the import of raw materials seengah so it turned out to be between 10-15 per cent import duty. “It’s somewhat reduces our competitiveness for export markets,” said Noval.