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UNV Samoa boosts new flavours for ice cream company
26 January 2005

Apia, Samoa: To bring world-class ice cream expertise to Samoa, the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme is sponsoring an Italian ice cream production expert to provide short-term advisory services to Supreme Ice Cream under the Corporate/Private Sector Programme (CPS), formerly known as the United Nations International Short-Term Advisory Resources.

This UNV-CPS mission will take place from 22 November to 9 December and is sponsored by UNV and the Government of Italy.

Italian ice-cream maker and owner of the enterprise, Claudio Soravia, has a deep knowledge of the most advanced techniques for ice-cream and sherbet production, and will be coming to Samoa as a UN Volunteer to train and advise Supreme Ice Cream staff on methods of improving the product.

"Supreme Ice Cream expects to learn from Mr. Soravia about the manufacture of specialty lines and especially the methods of using local fruit in ice-cream," says Ainslie Ferenczy, Managing Director of Supreme Ice Cream.

The UNV-CPS programme has provided short-term volunteer advisory services for 20 years in areas of private sector development and business enterprise in developing countries.

Samoa hosts the CPS UNV volunteer for the first time

"We are looking forward to tasting a new Supreme Ice Cream product. Mr. Soravia's mission will give us the basis to expand this programme to support other local businesses or other sectors concerned, such as youth, the environment and ICT, in conjunction with the UNDP programme in Samoa," says Joyce Yu, UNDP Resident Representative.

The UNV-CPS programme is fully-funded by the Government of Italy and the Government of Japan and maintains partnerships with private companies such as Kraft Foods, SUEZ, BASF and Plan├Ęte Urgence, a new association of French companies. Through the Programme, company employees have the opportunity of becoming UN Volunteers for a short period of time. Areas of support under the CPS programme include strategic planning, industrial design, product development, manufacturing processes, marketing strategies, quality control, financial management, investments, training, environment protection, and tourism development.