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Courts gag campaigner after ‘toxic’ Capilano honey remarks

Plus: Survey reveals the extent of sub-par Australian diets; and New processing enzyme put on the regulator’s anvil.

S$3.2bn and 38,000 jobs: The direct value of food manufacturing to Singapore revealed

Singapore’s food manufacturing industry chips in S$3.2bn to the City State’s GDP, according to a new report, although productivity levels in the sector are found to be slightly below the national average.

Vinamilk signs strategic cooperation with DSM

JSC Vietnam Dairy Products (Vinamilk) has signed a strategic cooperation with nutrition company Royal DSM, to apply international standards on nutrition powdered milk products for children and consumers in Vietnam.

Australia

Bickford’s craft distillery is banking on brandy resurgence

Making brandy cool again and appealing to millennials with a growing appreciation for boutique spirits are the goals of a new distillery opened by a leading Australian beverage company.

Turkmenistan brewer Berk Group extending into potato chips market

Berk Group, a brewer in former soviet republic Turkmenistan, has secured a loan to expand into the potato chips market.

Pakistan: UK-funded fortification programme targets women & children

A £48m (€55m) five-year, large-scale fortification programme is being rolled out this month in Pakistan in a bid to combat malnutrition in women and children.

South Asia radius

FSSAI releases new e-commerce regulations for public consultation

Plus: Doubling of processed food sales responsible for Indian packaging growth; Coca-Cola to train 350k grocery students with emphasis on food safety; and Market update: Herbs and spices.

Greenpeace activists block IOI palm oil at Rotterdam port

Greenpeace activists are blocking palm oil imports from Malaysian trader IOI at Rotterdam harbour in protest at the firm's involvement in forest destruction, peatland fires and use of child labour.

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