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No Pandemic Slowdown for Frogtown pickle makers



The Kruegermanns

Carl (left) and Greg Kruegermann say that the coronavirus pandemic hasn’t slowed down production at Kruegermann Pickles, a demand that is fueled by stay-at-home residents who want well-stocked pantries with products that need no refrigeration.




“We survived WWI, WWII, Russian pillaging, and socialism that made my dad leave Germany in the ’60s. We are survivors,” says Greg Kruegermann about how Kruegermann Pickles & Sauerkraut is weathering the 2020 coronavirus pandemic. 

Indeed, the longtime Frogtown factory continues to churn out thousands of jars of assorted pickles, red beets, cabbage and more.

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Earlier in the Day:

economic calendar this morning. The Japanese Yen and Aussie Dollar was in action early on, with economic data from China also in focus.” data-reactid=”20″It’s was a relatively busy start to the day on the economic calendar this morning. The Japanese Yen and Aussie Dollar was in action early on, with economic data from China also in focus.

For the Japanese Yen

August’s finalized services PMI came in at 45.0, which was in line with prelim, while down from July’s 45.4.

August survey,” data-reactid=”27″According to the August survey,

  • Activity fell back further in August, with restrictions on activity and a lack of customers weighing.
  • New orders decreased again in August, delivering a 7th consecutive monthly decline. The pace of decline was also more marked than in July, with new export orders seeing a material fall.
  • Firms continued to scale back employment in line
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From Sars to Covid-19: grounded but undaunted

For the first 12 years after starting her company, Ms Reene Ho-Phang did not take leave.

As the co-founder of BrandStory, a strategic travel marketing consultancy, she had eight offices around the region to manage and clients as far away as Azerbaijan and Iceland to service.

The only times she managed to get away were when her clients’ offices closed for Christmas and Chinese New Year.

In late January this year, she and her husband Peter Phang, 50, who runs the company with her, flew back to Singapore from their base in Shanghai for Year of the Rat celebrations with their extended family.

On the seventh day of Chinese New Year – a significant occasion known as Everyone’s Birthday – her father suddenly died at age 78. A retired civil servant, he had looked after finance for BrandStory’s headquarters here.

“It was…” Ms

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Earlier in the Day:

It’s was a relatively busy start to the day on the economic calendar this morning. The Japanese Yen was in action in the early part of the day.

For the Japanese Yen

In July, consumer prices rose by 0.3%, following a 0.1% increase in June, with the annual rate of inflation picking up from 0.1% to 0.3%. Core consumer prices were unchanged, year-on-year, following a 0.2% decline in June. Economists had forecast a 0.1% rise. The figures were released by the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communication,

The Japanese Yen moved from ¥105.732 to ¥105.716 upon release of the figures.

August’s prelim private sector PMI numbers were also in focus this morning.

The Manufacturing PMI rose from 45.2 to 46.6, while the Services PMI slipped from 45.4 to 45.0.

According to the August Markit Survey,

  • Demand continued to be adversely affected by subdued trade flows and
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