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Doing business in Asia: CP Kelco’s all-in hub approach

With more and more global companies staking a claim in Asia’s growing countries, we have been looking at the directions some of the major players have taken to make the...

Fi Asia-Thailand

Doing business in Asia: distributor helps Ganeden gauge local tastes

During the course of Fi Asia-Thailand, we will be looking at the logistics behind how international companies are tapping into their new Asian markets.

Fi Asia-Thailand

Forget China, flavour firms should bank on Southeast Asia for growth

Flavouring companies looking to expand across Asia should forget China. That’s the point San-Ei Gen’s David Tan was making as he spoke to FoodNavigator-Asia during Fi Asia-Thailand in Bangkok, adding...

Big brand sale

UPDATE: Suntory will buy Lucozade and Ribena for ‘sum close to £1bn’; brands won’t work in Asia, says analyst

Sources close to GlaxoSmithKline have confirmed that the sale of its iconic Lucozade and Ribena brands to expanding Japanese beverage giant, Suntory, will proceed for a sum closer to initial...

Pea protein boom drives Cosucra plant expansion

Belgian pea protein player  Cosucra is investing €30m to build a ‘second line’ at its processing facility as European and North American demand rockets.

Botanicals

Monteloeder launches drinkable skin protection ingredient

A new variant of Monteloeder’s NutroxSun cosmeceutical product has been launched and claims to protect the skin from the sun when taken in liquid form. 

News in brief

Wilmar honoured for omega-3 cooking oil

Asian agribusiness major Wilmar has received the first Vitafoods Asia Nutrition Innovation Award at a ceremony in Hong Kong in recognition of its efforts to address the health issues of Chinese...

Big changes at Chr Hansen

Nature lover: Chr Hansen plays natural card in 6-platform reinvention

Danish ingredients giant Chr Hansen has today rebranded itself ‘Nature’s Number 1’ as it announced a 6-platform strategic overhaul of its colours, enzymes and cultures businesses.

Vitafoods Asia

Chr Hansen: While EU regulations are tough, Asia's are a minefield

On a day when its headquarters in Copenhagen announced a significant overhaul of a number of its core businesses, Chr Hansen’s vice-president of health and nutrition sales highlighted the regulatory...

Soapbox

India and China must be part of the green palm oil process

Currently, RSPO certified palm oil represents 15% of global production, and many of the global brands have made commitments to source 100% certified palm oil by 2015.  

Ceylon cinnamon making weight loss progress for French start-up

French start-up supplier Dialpha Laboratories is gaining success with Ceylon cinnamon extracts promoting weight loss after just a few months on the market.

Danone reviewing Fonterra WPC botulism false alarm ‘compensation options’

Danone is reviewing its “recourse and compensation options” in relation to the Fonterra whey protein concentrate (WPC) botulism alert that led it to pull potentially-affected infant formula products from shelves in eight...

Natra reports weak Europe and out-of-season Asian chocolate consumption

Natra Cocoa and Chocolate has reported flat sales in its first half results due to weak consumer spending in Europe and a blip in chocolate consumption in its growth driver...

RSPO aims to transform European market for sustainable palm oil

Boosting industry commitment to sustainable palm oil, the impact of upcoming EU regulation and improving certification credibility are among the topics on the agenda at the first European Roundtable on...

Heineken: 5% rise in Asian drinkers by 2015

The Asian beer market is the greatest potential for growth in the future, says Heineken as it expands its Sidel canning line. 

Books

Can ramen be the saviour with food security in the soup

If you were asked to list Japan’s biggest export concepts, what would you say? Undoubtedly consumer electronics would be there; cars too - after all, the country has made the...

More political stability needed to enhance Pakistan’s export potential

A Western certification company is preparing to move into Pakistan, where it says the adoption of BRC standards is of huge benefit in a country looking to find its feet...

Better shrimp syndrome knowledge means tier-II producers can flourish

An outbreak of early mortality syndrome (EMS) might have stalled a decade-long boom in the shrimp industry, but a new better understanding of the pathogen might mean significant growth once...

Emerging market healthy food 'faux pas': Too much pleasure, too soon

“The most common mistake by western fast moving consumer good (FMCG) companies who launch new food and beverage brands in emerging markets is that they jump straight in to a...

FAO anticipates record-breaking Asian rice crop

A deluge of early monsoon rains is expected to help produce a bumper Asian rice crop this season, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation has predicted.

Soapbox

Why there is great urgency for sustainability in palm oil

Increasing global consumption of palm oil poses serious sustainability challenges and raises questions about leading consumer nations’ responsibility in managing the footprint of its global supply chain. 

Pakistani, Caribbean and Halal are the fastest growing trends in ethnic cuisine, says GrubHub

Pakistani, Caribbean and Halal cuisines experienced the greatest growth in order volumes in US restaurants over the past year, although Italian, Chinese and Japanese remain the top three most popular...

Asian cocoa grind defies slowing Chinese economy

The Asian cocoa grind has registered a shock 2% increase in Q2 in the face of economic slowdown in China, the region’s growth driver.

Asian influence for North American orientated films market

North American producers once led the bi-orientated film market but the industry is mostly now in the hands of Asian owners, according to PCI Films Consulting.

News in brief

FoodNavigator-Asia to publish four days a week

FoodNavigator-Asia.com, the news service for Asia-Pacific's food, beverage, nutrition and ingredients industry, and part of the global FoodNavigator.com network, will publish four days a week starting from Tuesday, July 9. ...

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