BANGKOK, THAILAND – The C-Suite team from Thailand’s largest International restaurant franchise, COCA & Mango Tree Restaurants Worldwide, recently sponsored and took part in a charity expedition as part of the ‘Climb to Change a Life’ project that saw them climb to the summit of Mt. Fuji in Japan while taking turns to carry children with movement disabilities.
|Parents and children pose with the volunteer climbers from Coca and Mango Tree Restaurants on the slopes of Mt. Fuji. For high res image please click here.|
Group Chairman and celebrated Thai chef Pityaya Phanphensophon, joined the event, which was led by Walter Lee, better known as Chef Kani, whose son Zy Lee was the original inspiration for the CTCAL Initiative, which is part of the Zy Movement Foundation, founded by Walter Lee to raise awareness of children with disabilities in Southeast Asia.
Also joining the climb were Trevor MacKenzie, Managing Director of COCA & Mango Tree Restaurants Worldwide and his wife NIt, as well as the MD Of COCA & Mango Tree Restaurants Japan, Ari Kumagai-san and Coco Yuri Takasugi from his team, plus members of the Entrepreneurs Organisation of Japan who organized the event on behalf of Zy Movement Foundation. Two trained guides also joined the group on the hike.
“There was an incredible sense of teamwork as we planned and managed the challenge of carrying these wonderful kids to the peak of Japan’s highest mountain,” said Mr. MacKenzie. “The experience brought families, colleagues and even strangers together as we shared a common bond, which was very emotional. I was also incredibly impressed at the trust the parents put in us and their willingness to have the children experience something so incredible for themselves.”
|Coca and Mango Tree founder Pityaya Phanphensophon with his senior team of volunteer climbers in Japan. For high res image please click here.||Walter Lee, better known as Chef Kani, and the founder of the Zy Movement Foundation climbing with his son Zy Lee. For high res image please click here.|
Following a successful event in Japan, COCA & Mango Tree Restaurants Worldwide is planning a “Climb to Change a Life in Thailand” event later this year that will bring together staff from the group’s international team plus invited franchisees who will gather in Kanchanaburi for a team building and training exercise. The climb will be an integral part of the programme and will also raise money for the Zy Movement Foundation
“There are millions of children with movement disabilities in Thailand who have to face physical and social barriers every day, preventing them from making the most of their lives,” said Mr. Lee. “Reaching the summit of a mountain gives them a sense of pride and helps them create a positive attitude about themselves so they can develop a sense of independence.”
Since the Zy Movement Foundation became official in 2010 it has partnered with leading global institutes and launched several campaigns to promote equality for disabled children by raising awareness, bridging the knowledge gap, and bettering the publics’ understanding of locomotive disabilities. Doctors have been brought over from Germany to teach new therapies and technologies that can make a real difference to the quality of life for disabled children in Asia.
“The Climb to Change a Life project not only gives these children a chance to experience something they would not normally dream of achieving, it also raises money for the ZY Movement Foundation that supports them,” said Mr. Mackenzie. “This is the second time Mango Tree Group has sponsored the event and once we complete the third expedition in Thailand later this year, the idea is to roll out the concept globally.”
KATHMANDU, NEPAL: Exquisine system, a subsidiary of the COCA and Mango Tree restaurant franchise worldwide is set to bring its first branded Thai outlet to Nepal with a much anticipated café-restaurant launching inside Labim Mall in September 2016.
|Mango Chilli Café will be located in the Labim Mall, at the entrance to the historical Patan Durbar Square in Lalitipur, a new addition to the retail landscape in Kathmandu. For high res image please click here.|
The casual eatery is designed in a hip café-style with elements of Thai design weaved through the approachable interiors of the 2,000 square-foot space.
“Labim Mall was completed in the aftermath of the 2015 Nepal earthquake, which stands as testament to the perseverance and tenacity of the Nepali people to rebuild their beautiful country.” said Trevor Mackenzie, managing director, “We believe in the country and its people, and in our own small way, we are proud to contribute to the rebuilding of Nepal.”
“With no Thai restaurants to speak of in Katmandu we see Nepal as an exciting opportunity. Usually with Mango Tree its all about Class A location, but we saw this gap the market and since we have been developing a quick service café for some years now in Kuala Lumpur we felt that the brand would suit Nepal perfectly,” added Mr. Mackenzie.
The Mango Chilli Café name may be new to many, but as part of the larger COCA & Mango Tree restaurants worldwide franchise, guests have the assurance that the same principals of delivering quality and value for money experiences apply, along with the brand’s commitment to offer genuine Thai cuisine around the world.
“Nepalis travel to Thailand often. They know our cuisine and love it. We have kept the menu very approachable right from the start and will get more and more exotic with our food promotions as time goes on.”
Highlights from the menu include classics like Pad Thai , Green curry and Tom Yum along with a range of other popular wok dishes in a menu that includes best of Thailand’s four culinary regions – Northern, Northeastern, Central, and Southern.
In keeping with its light and breezy Thai dining philosophy, all the food will be prepared and served fresh and simple to highlight the Thai flavours and dishes will be priced affordably.
An oversized blackboard prominently displayed in the main dining area highlights specials of the day depending on seasonal ingredients available to the chefs. The enticing food menu is paired with an equally tempting collection of complementary cocktails.
COCA & Mango Tree Worldwide finished 2015 with USD90 million in gross revenue across the group and expects to grow by 10 per cent in 2016 as it continues its expansion strategy across Asia, the UAE and Europe.
“We are now working on projects in Shanghai and other parts of China for Mango Chili Café as we see a gap in the market for affordable, genuine tasting Thai cuisine,” added Mr. Mackenzie.