The party of the “Gremi of the Unió d’Hostaleria Costa Brava Center” yesterday awarded the prize of the Costa Brava Cooperative to the company Frit Ravich, a company with a wide recognition among the managers of establishments of hotel and catering of the zone.
The “Timó d’Or” award of this edition was for Marian Muro, former director general of Tourism. El Timó d’Argent was shared between Josep Lloret, for his connection to the culture and Joventuts Musicals of Torroella, and Montse Closas, for his professional activity in the world of hospitality and for the position of President of the Union of Employers Of Hospitality and Tourism of the Costa Brava Center.
Frit Ravich has recently initiated the installation of photovoltaic panels for its own consumption on the roof of the logistics centre. The installation will consist of 1584 photovoltaic panels which will be able to generate peak power capacity of 435kW. The installation is expected to be completed in July.
From 19 to 21 February, Frit Ravich will be present at the first edition of the HIP (Hospitality Innovation Planet) at Ifema, Madrid, a fair devoted to the HORECA sector, where specific solutions, trends, products and innovations will be on display for each of the segments within the field.
Frit Ravich continues to focus on innovation in products, processes and its business model. This is why, in accordance with its strategic plan, in six years’ time, the company will have invested a total of €52M, of which 20 million is intended for the expansion of the production facilities at Maçanet de la Selva.
The investment in the factory will involve extensions to the production lines in order to have the capacity to manage the productive growth expected in the coming years, as well as to handle product innovation.
This investment is in addition to the 27 million invested in recent years for the commissioning of the new logistics centre – a 18,000m2 automated centre with a capacity for 20,000 pallets – and 5 million earmarked for the construction of the new offices.
On 7 May, the town council of Maçanet de la Selva (Girona), following a proposal by the mayor, Antoni Guinó, awarded the Town Medal to the founder of Frit Ravich, Josep Maria Viader, since the company has been a key driver of the economic and industrial development in the area by creating jobs, thanks to its constant development and expansion spanning the last 54 years.
In view of the impressive history of the founder himself as well as the continuous growth of the company and its work in the local community, the Maçanet de la Selva Town Council proposed giving the Town Medal to Mr. Viader, in accordance with the regulations established as part of the town medal concept, and the criteria and procedures for its being awarded by the Town Hall.
The event, witnessed by 200 family members, friends, workers, and members of the Town Council, came as a surprise to the recipient of the medal.
One of the strategic cornerstones of Frit Ravich is the value of its people, who are the most important asset of the company. For this reason, the company has incorporated 11 workers who are at risk of social exclusion through the Incorpora programme, which is an employment mediation programme run by the La Caixa Social Project.
For the company, being part of this programme means providing equal opportunities to different groups, and thus giving a better quality of life to people most in need. The jobs these workers have tend to be permanent positions with limited rotation. Furthermore, just like the rest of their colleagues, they follow an induction plan whereby they are shown round the facilities and introduced to the people with whom they will be working.
In addition to Incorpora, Frit Ravich collaborates with other organisations such as the Berstelsmann Foundation, aimed at improving the employability of young people in Spain, through the Dual Vocational Training programme, by incorporating young people into the Sales and Quality departments. The aim is to extend this programme to other departments in the future.
Moreover, the company collaborates with other organisations such as Mifas, Fundació Eurofirms and Fundació Ramon Noguera.
For the company, the incorporation of people with different abilities is important for everybody, because when a person is hired, irrespective of their status, it is a learning experience for the whole team.
Summer is an ideal time to indulge yourself a little, enjoy what you like the most and take advantage of your free time to do some sport. If you want to try something new this year, we suggest you give stand up paddle surfing a go, or SUP as it is known. This sport has become fashionable of late due to its originality, but above all, because having a fun time is guaranteed.
Walking on water is generally considered a miracle, and the closest you can get to this divine act is paddle surfing. This sport, in which you stand on a board and use a paddle to propel yourself through the water, has caught on around the world in recent years, and no wonder! Here are the SUP essentials, which explain why it is so popular.
Paddle surfing can be relaxing or energetic
This sport is essentially a question of balance. Keep your feet apart, remain in an upright position and adjust your body to the rocking so as not to fall — this sport is one that very subtly tones your whole body. Paddling must be done with your entire body, and one of the benefits is that you give a workout to your muscles from head to toe.
Another plus for those who plan to take up this sport is that you can choose how intensely you want to do it. If you like, you can simply slide by and enjoy the fresh air and the sun, while you contemplate both the coast and marine scenery (the fact that you are standing up enables you to see the bottom of the sea, if the water is clear and not too deep). Alternatively, if you want to get a sweat on, you can travel for miles, or have races with your friends. You’re sure to end up exhausted!
The closest thing to being a surfer
There is a variety called “SUP surfing” which is closer to traditional surfing. This variety is usually done in the sea, because the goal is to paddle out to sea and surf back. SUP surfing uses boards that are wider than traditional surfboards, which makes it easier to stay on your feet, and as a result, it is less of a challenge for those who are new to the sport.
On the water but without getting wet
SUP is a water sport because water is an essential element to do the activity. However, if you keep your balance, you can enjoy a morning’s paddle surfing without getting wet (as long as you don’t fall!), and, if at any time you fancy a dip, just jump in.
Beyond the sea
Currently, many beaches offer board rental services and SUP classes; however, another fun option is to try it in other places such as rivers and reservoirs. Some examples are the lake of the Northern Sierra of Madrid, the Iznájar reservoir in Cordoba, or the rivers of Aragon, such as the Ebro. In Valencia, you can go to the Loriguilla reservoir (inland Alicante). In Catalonia, you can do SUP in the Mont-rebei gorge or on the Sau reservoir, for example, and in Castilla y León, on the Burguillo reservoir.
Surely close to your home, you are bound to find a place where you can do SUP, either in the sea or inland. Make plans with your friends, pack your swimsuit, a towel and sunscreen in a rucksack and don’t forget your Ligeras crisps and some cool water to wash them down. Go ahead, and have a good time doing this truly “in” sport.
Meeting up to go for a drink is one of the best ways to have fun with friends. The squares of our towns and cities are the perfect meeting place, especially if they have pleasant terrazas where you can have a drink outside, and a good ambiance at all times of day. If you want to meet up, below we recommend 5 of the best squares to have a drink in some of the main cities of Spain.
Barcelona: Plaça Reial
Plaça Reial is a colonial-style square in the heart of the city of Barcelona, within spitting distance of Las Ramblas. With colonnades on all four sides, this large square is chock-full of cafés, restaurants and well-known music venues. All year round, it is a meeting place for locals and people from all over the world.
Madrid: Plaza de San Andrés
Located in the heart of the capital’s lively La Latina district, Plaza de San Andrés is situated next to the church of the same name. Although it is not very large, it is a perfect place to go for a drink and escape the hustle and bustle of the city. In addition to being a nice spot, it is easy for everyone to get to because it is so centrally-located.
Valencia: Plaza del Tossal
In the centre of the old town of Valencia, this square is a great place to meet up, especially in the late afternoon, when the sun is not so overbearing. As the hours go by, you will see how the square fills up and the atmosphere becomes that much livelier.
Bilbao: Plaza Nueva
Plaza Nueva, built in the neoclassical style, is a meeting place in the centre of Bilbao’s old town. The square is surrounded by arches, all of which are occupied by restaurants and bars with their terrazas. This lively place is perfect for getting together at any time of day for tapas, drinks or just have a good time.
Zaragoza: Plaza Seo
Right at the end of the hugely popular and centrally-located Plaza del Pilar, you will find Plaza Seo, which is next to the labyrinthine old town and the liveliest streets of Zaragoza. It is the perfect place to meet up for a drink before venturing into the hubbub of Zaragoza for lunch or dinner.
An aperitif is the inauguration of lunchtime around a table. Therefore, if you want to start this prelude to the meal successfully, every last detail has to be taken care of. Here we reveal the keys to preparing a perfect aperitif.
Chilled alcoholic or soft drinks
The most important aspect of the drink is for it to be at the proper temperature. If you opt out of the traditional beer or vermouth, we recommend you try a spritz, a fashionable Italian drink made from dry white wine, sparkling mineral water or tonic water and a few drops of pink liqueur. If you prefer a non-alcoholic alternative to the typical soft drinks, try a natural fruit juice, for instance, of watermelon with lemon and mint leaves.
Olives are one of the symbols of the Mediterranean diet that are an essential part of any aperitif. We recommend you try a selection, such as arbequina, split, spicy, garlic or even giant olives. If there are children among the guests, we recommend that you always have some pitted olives on hand.
Crudités and Dips
In recent years, crudités (raw vegetables cut into strips) have been making a comeback. As well as being surprisingly tasty and very healthy, their crunchiness makes them the ideal companion for dips such as hummus, cod brandade and cream cheese.
Shellfish and seafood add that special touch to aperitifs. Cockles, pickled mussels or tinned squid are traditional aperitif fare that whet your appetite without filling you up. However, if you want to surprise your guests, we suggest serving a few grilled razor shells with fennel and thyme.
Homemade Frit Ravich Crisps
The star attraction of aperitifs is undoubtedly the crisps. An aperitif is not an aperitif without them, and we recommend our homemade Frit Ravich crisps, with their traditional flavour, fried in olive oil and salted. They are and will always be the indispensable ingredient of such pleasant occasions.
We love summer because for many, it is synonymous with holidays and good times. We often have the free time to enjoy all the things which during the rest of the year we would love to do, like sit back and watch a good film. Especially in the afternoon, while having a siesta in a cool place, which can be the perfect way to find a bit of shelter from the heat.
If you are looking for some entertainment to enjoy during the long hot days, let us make five fun, different and refreshing recommendations:
A story set in paradise – The Blue Lagoon
Even if we can’t actually travel to an authentic island paradise, we can always do so by watching the very popular film, “The Blue Lagoon” (1980). Watch this beautiful story about human behaviour, discovery, respect for nature and love.
A saga – Pirates of the Caribbean
Here, we can’t choose just one, so we recommend a whole seafaring saga. If you are going to have a film marathon in summer, it has to be the fearsome “Pirates of the Caribbean”. The adventures of Captain Jack Sparrow on the high seas will fill our summer afternoons with hours of fun and action.
A cartoon feature – Frozen
In the heat of summer, sometimes there is nothing better than a film as refreshing as ice. “Frozen”, the latest great Disney classic, is much more than a film for children. Young and old alike will enjoy this wonderful story about the love between sisters, courage, acceptance and reconciliation in an absolutely frozen environment – perfect for helping you endure the heat!
A science fiction film – The Day After Tomorrow
What would happen if the consequences of climate change happened all of a sudden? According to the writers of the film “The Day After Tomorrow”, the world would succumb to storms and deep snow would cover each and every city, such as New York. How will the remaining survivors overcome this natural disaster? This film’s frozen temperatures will make you a little less inclined to wish it were colder, and also, it encourages you to reflect on the environment.
A classic – Roman Holiday
Princess Anna (a supremely elegant Audrey Hepburn), goes to Rome as part of her official duties. Once there, she decides to live as a normal citizen, at least for a day, because she is fed up with all the protocol. Finding herself on the streets, she is taken in by journalist Joe Bradley (Gregory Peck), who gains her trust straight away with the secret intention of taking photos of her and becoming famous. But the more time they spend together, the more he falls in love… It is an unforgettable film that invites you to imagine you are a tourist on a Vespa in the Rome of 1953.