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Cargill cultivates carrageenan supply chain

Cargill says it is diversifying its carrageenans portfolio in both location and species to combat the associated supply risks of the texturing ingredient derived from seaweed.

Urban, young office workers in Asia could energize cereal bar category

The cereal bar category in Asia is on the cusp of a boom with young urbanites a ripe target, particularly in India, says an analyst.

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PepsiCo eyes expansion with new AMEA CEO

PepsiCo has appointed a new chief executive officer for the Asia, Middle East and Africa (AMEA) region as it aims to bolster penetration in the region.

THE BIG INTERVIEW: KELLOGG ASIA PACIFIC PRESIDENT – PART I

Kellogg APAC president: We're in a position to create the breakfast category in Asia

Kellogg is in a position to drive, shape and ultimately create a cereal category in Asia Pacific, and that’s exactly what it plans on doing, its regional president says.

Packaging design inspiration gallery: ASIA

Home to more than half of the world's food consumers, Asia is also home to some inspired food packaging designs.

Showfloor blog: FI Asia-Thailand

Supply chain shocks driving Asian food producers to western quality

The non-Asian ingredient supply sector is fairly well represented here at Food Ingredients Asia-Thailand in Bangkok, but given current concerns about food supply chain security in the region, is probably...

FI Asia-Thailand

Distribution prime: ‘European approach is useless in Asia’

One thing both niche players and the largest multinational suppliers like DSM, Tate & Lyle and Naturex have in common when it comes to doing business in Asia is their...

Fi Asia-Thailand

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. 

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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...

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