Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : March 24th 2015 Contents As part of a Cariforum project funded by the
European Union in support of the Caribbean Eco-
nomic Partnership Agreement, the West Indies Rum
and Spirits Producers Association (Wirspa), in col-
laboration with Angostura Ltd, implemented a train-
ing workshop aimed at upgrading the ability of pro-
ducers to maintain their stock of rum ageing barrels.
Coopers from several smaller Caribbean distilleries
spent an intensive week at Angostura s distillery in
Trinidad, learning the art of repairing and maintaining
the wooden barrels in which rum is placed to age and
mature, a release from Angostura said. Premium
authentic Caribbean rums are aged in oak barrels and
keeping them leak free is a challenge.
This is where Coopers come into the picture---using
age old techniques passed down over the years, Coopers
use their skills and mostly hand tools to keep barrels
of ageing rum from leaking.
This was one of many knowledge exchange activities
funded by the European Union under their support
for the Caribbean Economic Partnership Agreement.
The overall project is aimed at strengthening the
industry to better enable Caribbean rums to compete
in international markets.
"Ageing of our rums in wooden barrels is a core
part of producing our quality Authentic Caribbean
Rums," says Frank Ward, Chairman of Wirspa.
"At the same time, it is an expensive process as
we lose significant amounts each year to evaporation
and sometimes leakage. This initiative will provide
practical training to the smaller distilleries in the
Wirspa family on how to reduce these losses and
extend the life of their barrel stock. It s in the barrel
that our unique flavours develop and our Coopers
have an immense responsibility in making this hap-
According to Robert Wong, CEO of Angostura, "all
of our Authentic Caribbean Rums are quality products
which deserve a place at the table. Our contribution
is part of an ongoing series of collaborations to support
smaller distillers across our region to improve their
practices. We ll continue to support these efforts by
Wirspa to develop premium aged authentic Caribbean
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McDonald s has released new collectible toys for
children, the new Barbie Life in the Dream House
and Team Hot Wheels: The Origins of Awesome!
available for a limited time at McDonald s in
Trinidad, a release said.
These toy sets which accompany Happy Meals,
are geared towards boys and girls.
The new Happy Meal features Mattel s Barbie with
six Life in the Dream House toys, featuring a lineup
of three dolls and three accessories. For boys, the
Team Hot Wheels Happy Meal features a lineup of
six fully decorated pullback vehicles.
"McDonald s is committed to playing a positive
role in children s well-being," said Ayanna Ferreira-
Holder, marketing coordinator at Arcos Dorados T&T.
The Barbie Life in the Dream House and Team
Hot Wheels: The Origins of Awesome! Happy Meal
delivers great quality food choices and lots of fun."
According to the company, the Happy Meal menu
options has an adequate nutritional composition to
meet the requirements of infant nutrition, with more
vitamins, more minerals, more fibre, less sodium,
less sugar and fewer calories. Considering the World
Health Organization recommended limit of a daily
ingestion of 1,800 calories for children between the
ages of six and ten, the kids menu in McDonald s
is adequate to fill a third of their daily necessary
caloric energy intake.
New Barbie and Hot Wheels
toys from McDonald's
The group of coopers from Caricom that were trained by Angostura.
• For more information, visit your closest
McDonald's restaurant, or visit the websites
mcdonalds.tt or www.happymeal.com. You can
also check out the Facebook page McDonald's TT
or follow on Twitter @McDonalds_TT.
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