Monthly Archives: August 2015

Preparing and Eating Dragonfruit

Cesare Della Santina, founder of CDS Foods, is an importing professional based in Montreal. Bringing exotic produce from Asia, South America, and Europe to North America, Cesare Della Santina aims to provide his clients with diverse food options from around the world.

Though CDS Foods was originally known for importing garlic, it has expanded its product range to include produce such as dragonfruit, a flavorful cactus fruit that grows in Asia and Central America. Vividly colorful in appearance, dragonfruit conventionally sports a pink skin, but may also be red or yellow. Inside the fruit is a crunchy white flesh with small black seeds.

To prepare dragonfruit, use a sharp knife to cut the fruit down the middle. Separate the flesh entirely from the skin with a spoon, then cut the flesh into cubes and refrigerate prior to eating. Many people choose to add the cubes to fruit salad for a unique take on a classic recipe. Dragonfruit is a heart-healthy, fiber-rich option that is full of antioxidants for those who crave a sweet, nutritious snack.


Reasons to Retrain Employees

Importing produce from around the world, Cesare Della Santina supplies ingredients ranging from garlic to dragon fruit to customers through CDS Foods. To enhance business operations, Cesare Della Santina works with Groupe Lavigne to periodically retrain staff in areas of sales and management.

While retraining employees can be a significant expenditure for companies, there are benefits of improving an existing workforce. In terms of positions requiring specialized skills, retraining allows a company to share new methods and practices to implement on the job to enable employees to carry out their responsibilities more efficiently. As a result of their enhanced knowledge, employees can produce better products and services.

Retraining also serves the purpose of correcting or boosting the quality of work delivered by an underperforming employee. To avoid using retraining as a disciplinary tool, a company should clearly communicate both the goals of retraining and follow-up steps to determine improvement. During the process, a trainer can require employees to read such materials as policies and procedures and incorporate scenario-focused examples to clarify proper methods for handling different situations, thereby reinforcing the required reading.

Advantages of Freeze-Drying

In 2000, Cesare Della Santina founded CDS Brokers, which imported fresh produce including ginger, shallots, and garlic from Asia and Europe. Now operating as CDS Foods but still under the leadership of Cesare Della Santina, this company has expanded to work with dried fruits and other produce items, though it continues to deal extensively in its first products.

The company’s City Snacks line, consisting of freeze-dried fruit snacks, has become a major brand for CDS Foods. Freeze-dried foods are resistant to spoilage and ripening due to the total removal of water from the product. Secure freeze-dried packages can keep for years, provided they are properly stored. Freeze-dried foods also become much lighter, allowing them to be easily transported on both an individual and industrial scale. Though these advantages are most relevant to food, other fields have also begun to use freeze-drying. Even researchers and florists can use freeze-drying to keep biological samples from losing desirable properties over long periods of time.