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Swatch produces report in dialect

How to show your attachment to your small Alpine country when you’re a globally known watch manufacturer? Try writing your annual financial report in the local dialect impenetrable to outsiders.

Swatch Group AG, Switzerland’s biggest watch maker, this month issued its 216-page report for 2012 in Swiss German – an idiosyncratic form of the language that often baffles other native German speakers. Swiss films are typically shown with subtitles in neighboring Germany.

Chairwoman Nayla Hayek said the language switch was meant as “a positive provocation” and she was confident the Swiss “will respond to this expression of our deep connection to our roots with a wink.”

Ohio fruit processor plans New York plant

An Ohio company that supplies the dairy industry plans to build a fruit processing plant outside Syracuse, N.Y., that will employ up to 120 people.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office says AGRANA Fruit US will build the $50 million plant in the Radisson Corporate Park in the Onondaga County town of Lysander, 10 miles northwest of Syracuse. The company expects to break ground next month. Brecksville, Ohio-based AGRANA makes fruit preparations for dairy products, including yogurt.