Second part of the BB coverage.
Summary of article in Billed Bladet #46, 2015.
Written by our man in South Africa, the Ulrik Ulriksen.
Frederik visited the first ecological chocolate factory in South Africa. Located in Cape Town it's owned by a Dane. And as a main part of the DRF's work is to promote Danish commerce, Frederik visited the factory.
Here he was to produce chocolate buns, a special Danish treat. And not at all fattening. - And if you believe that, then I've got a Mona Lisa painting for sale!
The factory, CocoaFair Chocolate, has adopted the Danish model with having the farmers who produce the raw-material have a share in the factory. So the better the factory is doing with their raw-material, the more money the farmers earn. That's a model that has been extensively here in DK for some 150 years, mainly in dairy products. That improved quality of the final products and raised the income for the individual farmers. - The raw-materials in this case are ecological, which again is something the factory use to increase the sale of their products. And because the farmers have a direct financial interest in keeping their raw-materials as eco-friendly as possible it benefits the environment.
But back to Frederik. He was issued with an apron and a buns-spray (or whatever you call it in English) and started to squirt whipped cream on the biscuits. With considerable concentration he managed to create six buns.
Now it was time to dip them in chocolate and that
is more difficult than it looks! Frederik managed to create six unique, very
unique buns. That didn't prevent Frederik from asking: "You wanna buy them? It's for a good cause".
While there Frederik also sampled other products from the factory.
On the way out he was approached by four young women, who worked next door and who asked for a selfie. Frederik responded: "Okay, let's do it". It was four very pleased girls who afterwards served Frederik and a couple of others from the delegation at the coffee bar next door, where they work.
They didn't know much about Frederik let alone Denmark beforehand, but I guess they do now.
Frederik was very much praised for his role as head of the delegation.
The Minister for Growth and Commerce, Troels Lund Poulsen said: "The Crown Prince creates a good atmosphere wherever he goes and he opens the doors for our businessmen. Crown Prince Frederik simply makes a big difference in such a (commercial) offensive".
Thor Thorøe, owner of the chocolate factory said: "We are all deeply grateful for what the Crown Prince is doing. It's stamp of approval of our effort. He really opens doors for us here in South Africa. And then the Crown Prince is just such a fantastic personality. I think he makes a difference that can be read on our excel-papers in our accountant-department within the next year".
Another owner of a factory, Jens Dybdahl from DACS Ventilation said: "He give all of us a moral boost with his presence".
Frederik commented on the praise: "I'm sure glad to hear that, because that's one of the reasons why I went here. It has made a big impression on me to experience the enthusiasm of the danish businessmen in connection with the offensive.
We came here with some expectations about creating relations to South African trading partners and it's been good to see how many from South Africa who have taken part in conferences and meetings.
More contacts have been made and the businesses have met many new costumers and potential costumers. It's turned out better than they thought I've been told. Many of the Danish businessmen are as a result of that going back to South Africa in a couple of weeks to talk business and solutions on eg. energy, water and foodstuff.
To me it's always exciting to take part in these offensives. I learn something new each time - and learn a lot especially from speaking with the many businessmen about the areas they in particular focus on.
The experience I have gained over the years benefit me well on a commerce-trip as this to South Africa".
- That is one of the "boring" "suit-events" that get so little coverage in the press. - Unfortunately.
(*) Chocolate buns. They consist of whipped cream placed on a kind of biscuit, covered in chocolate. There are many variations, but this is the basic: https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikiped...haumkuss-1.jpg
And here are a sample of variants: http://blogs.cornell.edu/cualnl9hrz5...87-163l5hd.jpg
Of course you can make your own: http://bloggersdelight-dk.bloggersde.../10/image2.jpg
Now, in my childhood, in the later stone-age, before the world became politically correct, they were commonly called negerkys = negro-kiss.
Now, before you lift your arms in horror, to my generation and certainly those older than me, negro is not
derogatory. Calling someone black however, feels more derogatory in my ears. It's changing 180 degrees with the younger generation.
Just so you know, should you hear a European saying negro. It might very well be a generation thing.