Krispy Kreme offers treats
Sweets lovers are in for a treat, as Krispy Kreme Taiwan is to offer free doughnuts this and next weekend. The company is holding two events in Taipei on Saturday and on Dec. 1 to cook up enthusiasm ahead of the grand opening of its first Taiwanese store on Dec. 12, according to Krispy Kreme Taiwan’s Facebook page. Krispy Kreme said it plans to give away 2,000 dozen starting at 1pm on Saturday, but did not give more details for the Dec. 1 event. The new store is in a cinema area in Taipei’s Xinyi District (信義). US-based Krispy Kreme Doughnuts is looking to fill the hole left by US doughnut chain Dunkin’ Donuts, which pulled out of Taiwan in February. The company’s main competition locally will be Japanese chain Mister Donut, which has more than 50 stores across the nation.
Endangered plants get boost
The nation has established a standard operating procedure (SOP) for reproducing its wild endangered plants, said Chang Li-hui, an assistant researcher at the Council of Agriculture’s Endemic Species Research Institute. The extinction of any species not only represents the problems the particular species is facing, but indicates changes in the food chain, which may affect the whole ecosystem, Chang said. Taiwan has 163 wild plant species that are classified as “critically endangered,” Chang said, citing a survey by the institute last year. There are fewer than 250 plants in each of those 163 species, she said, adding that the situation may have worsened since Typhoon Tembin struck eastern Taiwan in August last year. A five-member team that includes Chang will conduct further evaluation and try to reproduce a certain orchid first, before other endangered plants, she said.