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Cargill starts $50m expansion of Thai broiler processor

Cargill has begun work to expand its poultry processing operations in central Thailand at a cost of US$50m.

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Philippines’ proposed salt tax slammed by lawmakers

A Philippines law designed to tax each excess milligram of sodium relative to guidelines has met with strong opposition at committee stage after one representative remarked that such a levy...

Dateline Southeast Asia

Vietnamese consumers frugal with food but splash out on healthy drinks

As Vietnam’s 93m population grows in size and purchasing power, healthy soft drinks are becoming more attractive for food and beverage sector investors.

Wilmar palm oil produced using child labour in dangerous conditions: Amnesty International

Amnesty International has uncovered “systemic” cases of child labour and labour rights abuses in Indonesian palm oil plantations operated by Wilmar, tracing the palm oil back to firms including Nestlé,...

Amnesty report fallout: Another blow for RSPO?

Amnesty International’s report is another dent in the reputation of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) as three of the suppliers on Wilmar's operations were RSPO-certified. 

Brazil meat sector welcomes Malaysia trade deal

Brazil's meat industry has welcomed a commercial agreement struck by their country’s government with Malaysia, that will encourage and enable Brazilian beef and chicken exports to the south-east Asian country....

Givaudan chooses Singapore for new regional flavour centre

The world’s biggest flavour and fragrance company has invested S$7m (US$5m) to expand its flavour innovation centre in Singapore.

Malaysia offers to advise Japanese halal industry ahead of Olympics

Malaysia has offered to advise the Japanese halal industry, which its prime minister says holds great potential for Islamic products. 

Expansion-minded distributor JJ opens formulation lab in Thailand

Regional distribution major Jebsen & Jessen has launched a new ingredient innovation centre to adapt international products for the Southeast Asian market.

Singapore food industry transformation is all about the long-term

Singapore’s policymakers have once again turned their attention to the food industry, and in light of recent previous sorties in this direction, it can only be a good thing.

Vinamilk farm first to achieve EU organic standard in Vietnam

Vinamilk’s Da Lat Organic dairy farm, located in Lam Dong, is the first organic dairy farm in Vietnam to be certified to a European standard.

Dateline Southeast Asia

Climate change could draw 2m more Filipinos into hunger

A further 2m Filipinos risk hunger at an annual cost of some PHP145bn (US$3bn) by 2050, though effective policymaking could reduce the impact.

Philippines takes on meat import fraud through permit recall

In a bid to tackle import food fraud, the Philippines Department of Agriculture is to cancel and recall all import permits on agricultural products. 

Guest article

The Palm Oil Diaries: My journey below the forest canopy of half-truths

Film maker Michael Dorgan went to the forests of Latin America and Africa to investigate palm oil production while observing a palm oil-rich diet and returned convinced only multi-stakeholder action...

PureCircle launches new stevia ingredient Sigma-Beverage

Global stevia company PureCircle says it has refined the sweetener specifically for clear beverage use with a new release called Sigma-Beverage.

Safer fruit and veg target for Bangladesh project

Improving the safety of the Bangladeshi fruit and vegetable sector is the target of a SWITCH-Asia project which runs until the end of 2019.

Singapore prepares national Diabetes Action Plan as government and academics plough in resources

Singapore health officials will launch the county’s first Diabetes Action Plan next year in response to the City State being identified as having the second-highest proportion of diabetics among developed...

Charoen Pokphand grows profits by 45% in third quarter

Thai poultry producer Charoen Pokphand Foods’ (CP Foods) operational profit in the third quarter of 2016 reached Baht122.5 billion, an increase of 10% while net profit jumped up 45% to...

NTU to open food safety research centre in Singapore

A new research centre to develop more efficient and sustainable food technology is in the pipeline at a Singapore university.

Dateline Southeast Asia

Agrana expands dairy fruit operation to SE Asia and India

One of the leading fruit companies in the Far East has set out to expand in Southeast Asia by opening new offices in Thailand and India and signing an exclusive...

Guest article

Palm oil industry under fire as Indonesia’s haze drama continues

Haze from slash-and-burn agricultural has returned to Southeast Asia this year. Is it enough to wait for regulators to bring the (mainly palm oil) culprits to justice? Asian resource legal...

Routine malnutrition screening for COPD patients ‘vital’: Vietnam study

Researchers in Vietnam have argued that routine screening of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) patients could avoid the development of malnutrition and its associated risks, costs and complications.

Soapbox

Insects: A special food case for the European Union

Watch out! Crickets about to hop over from Thailand to across the entire European Union. What a leap!

Wacker opens Singapore food lab as it seeks to boost nutrition and supplements business

Wacker has opened its first Asia food laboratory and technical centre in Singapore as it seeks to boost its nutraceutical and nutrition offerings.

Legal battle over Thai poultry migrant abuse begins

A lawsuit hearing over the alleged forced labour of 14 Myanmar chicken factory workers has started in Thailand’s Saraburi province.

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