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China firm mulling setting up of wine academy in M'sia

Publication Date : 05-10-2012


One of China's largest wine manufacturers is mulling over the idea of setting up a wine academy in Ipoh.

LePo Food and Wine Company Limited director Tony Lai Kwok Yuen said Kampar would be an ideal location for such an academy due to the proximity of Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (Utar).

There are several academies in both China and Hong Kong, said Lai, adding that he was looking to branch out to Malaysia.

“The wine academy will offer programmes covering the entire course from wine-making, evaluation to sales and service.

“I will gather more details on how to go about setting up the academy here before deciding,” he told reporters after a meeting with the Mentri Besar's adviser (Chinese Affairs) Chang Ko Youn at his office yesterday.

The company makes both traditional Chinese and European wines.

Lai said 70 per cent of the wine produced by LePO were for China and Hong Kong while the rest was for the international market.

Lai was among a five-member delegation from China and Hong Kong paying a courtesy call on Chang to discuss business prospects in the state.


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