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Harmonised Southeast Asia regulation complete by end of year

The Alliance for Southeast Asian Nations’ (ASEAN) harmonised health supplement framework will be up and running by the end of the year after over ten years in the making. ...

Guest essay

The outstanding India-IRRI partnership

At the time of establishing the International Rice Research Institute (Irri) in 1960, Dr Sterling Wortman of the Rockefeller Foundation seriously considered India as a potential location for the institute....

Chocolate heavyweights back Indonesian sustainable cocoa program

Mondelēz, Mars, Nestlé and Barry Callebaut and Cargill are backing a three-year sustainable cocoa program in Indonesia, which aims to reduce poverty and greenhouse gas emissions.

General Mills nears goal of 100% sustainably sourced palm oil

Through partnerships with small farmers, non-governmental organizations and other industry stakeholders, General Mills reports it is making progress towards its goal of sustainably sourcing 100% of its top 10 ingredients by 2020.

Lentein has more essential and branch chain amino acids than any other plant protein

Could the water lentil be the next big thing in plant-based protein?

A new form of non-GMO plant-based protein boasting an amino acid profile comparable to whey, plus high levels of calcium and other nutrients, is now available in commercial quantities from...

Malaysian palm oil industry denies deforestation claims

The Malaysian Palm Oil Council (MPOC) has denied claims of corruption and widespread export of palm oil from illegally deforested land.

Will 2015 be the year of tempeh?

Manufacturers are cautiously reinvesting in tempeh, which is well-positioned to capitalize on multiple growing consumer trends, but they realize that before it can take-off it must clear a major hurdle:...

News in brief

Cargill’s drones to begin testing in Indonesian oil palm plantations

Cargill is on track to make its goal of completely sustainable palm oil supply by 2020, the company has said in its second palm oil progress update, summing up the...

Indonesia

Barentz acquires Indonesian distributor Astabumi

Netherlands-headquartered Barentz has acquired PT Astabumi Ciptadaya, a leading food and nutrition ingredients distributor in Indonesia after receiving a capital injection to accelerate expansion. 

News in brief

IOI Loders Croklaan-Kerry JV to manufacture lipids in Malaysia

A joint-venture between IOI Loders Croklaan, a Dutch oils major, and Ireland’s Kerry Group will manufacture nutrition lipids at a factory in Malaysia for the global market. 

Indonesia

New Java plant shows first fruits from $500m Indonesian investment

The Coca-Cola Company’s chief executive has branded Indonesia “one of the most dynamic countries in the world”, as he opened Coca-Cola Amatil Indonesia’s Cikekodan plant in Bekasi, West Java....

Dutch feed player expands production capacity in Vietnam

De Heus, in its strategy to be a leading player in the Vietnamese feed sector, continues to enhance its production capacity in that Asian country, with construction of its seventh feed...

Malaysia

Nestlé shows consumers how to tell fake Milo after counterfeit bust

Milo’s supposedly biggest market, Malaysia, was dealt a scare over the weekend after thousands of packs of the exceptionally popular chocolate milk powder were seized by inspectors in Negeri Sembilan....

APIs in banned sex supplements sold openly online says regulator

Tests show Viagra and Cialis APIs present in over 100 brands of bogus ‘sexual enhancement’ pill.

Efacec wins automated warehousing project with Indonesian dairy firm

Efacec has won a second consecutive project with PT Indolakto, a dairy producer in Indonesia. 

Singapore to grow GCC exports with free trade agreement

A newly-implemented free trade agreement between the GCC and Singapore will boost their US$291m food trade, according to Singapore’s international trade body.

Singapore

Fuji to develop oils for Asia in new Singapore research hub

Edible oil manufacturer Fuji will use its first research centre outside of Japan to focus on products formulated for the Asian market, the company said at its ceremony in Singapore. ...

Australia

With record results at home, Blackmores to bolster key Asian markets

Blackmores, Australia's leading natural health brand, announced record profits for the half-year while putting in place new provisions to ramp up the retailer's presence in Asia.

Southeast Asia

Positive sentiment hints Asean economic bloc is starting to take shape

What would Asean look like if it were re-imagined as a single bloc, and what characteristics would it have if all 10 countries were aggregated into an economic unit?

Malaysia

Collagen suitable for Muslims and Hindus launched for first time

A Malaysian company has released the world’s first food-grade sheep collagen on the market to tap into religiously observant markets for which beef or pork are not allowed.

Indonesian fish producer targets Middle East

An Indonesian canned fish producer is aiming to make its entry into the Middle East food market, as Indonesia’s government aims to bolster its national fishing industry.

Philippines

Filipino food safety Act given more teeth and oversight

Ministers in the Philippines have signed off the regulatory side of their country’s Food Safety Act 2013, bringing new levels of oversight to the industry and placing greater responsibility onto...

Wake up and smell the coffee pods: Coffee shop culture leads to sales boom

Coffee pods are driving growth in the ground coffee sector, says FMCG market and shopper intelligence firm IRI, thanks to cheaper coffee machines and the popularity of the coffee shop...

News in brief

Tesco and Nestlé enlisted into Malaysian price reduction programme

Malaysia will launch a price reduction programme on March 1, according to the country’s trade and consumer ministry.

Coca-Cola Amatil invests in 'exciting' Indonesia as group predicts return to growth

Coca-Cola Amatil will devote more energy to its Indonesian business - a bright spot in its 2014 full year results - hoping strengthened market leadership in the country will help...