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Boost for Sri Lankan cinnamon industry

A joint project is helping cinnamon producers in Sri Lanka meet food safety and hygiene standards to boost export opportunities.

French MPs drop palm oil tax - but accuse producer countries of blackmail

French politicians have dropped the proposed palm oil tax, leading some politicians to say the country is being blackmailed by producer countries. "We are legislating with a knife at our throats," said one....

Dateline Southeast Asia

Low-GI breakfast could reduce risk of developing type-2 diabetes

Breakfast is officially the most important meal of the day and can help reduce the risk of developing type-2 diabetes, Singaporean scientists have found in a limited study.

Guest Article

Navigating complex global rules for soft drinks

For soft drink and fruit juice manufacturers looking to expand into new geographies, understanding global regulations is vital. However, this is no mean feat.

Australian cattle killed with sledgehammer in Vietnamese abattoir

‘Abhorrent’ footage aired in Australia shows what is believed to be cattle unlawfully exported to Vietnam being bludgeoned to death with a sledgehammer.

Halal range launches with 16 lines on Amazon Fresh

Haloodies, the halal food brand aimed at millennial Muslims, has launched 16 lines with Amazon Fresh.

Not so fast: First fasting supplement takes cautious approach to claims

Start-up Nowrish has launched the first fasting supplement - a mix of vitamins, minerals and herbs formulated to support the body’s cleansing, immune, digestive and energy production systems during periods...

KKR buys stake in Indonesian poultry major

Singapore-based agri-food company, Japfa, which focuses on supplying protein staples to emerging Asian markets, has announced the purchase by a global investment firm of over 10% of its interest in...

Thailand

JJ-Muntons joint-venture inaugurates Chonburi plant

JJ-Muntons has opened a new 3,000 square-metre manufacturing facility in Thailand, which features one of the world’s biggest vacuum driers.

Singapore

C&C ties up third Asia-Pacific distribution deal in two months

C&C Group has announced yet another new distribution partnership to distribute more of its portfolio brands in Asia with the signing of an agreement with InterBev in Singapore, a subsidiary...

Dateline Southeast Asia

Indonesia’s sugar shortage could cut production over Idul Fitri

A shortage of sugar may force some Indonesian food and beverage companies to cease production ahead of the Idul Fitri celebrations, the chairman of the Indonesian Food and Beverage Association...

News in brief

Norway joins the move to 100% sustainable palm oil in Europe

Norway has become the latest country to sign the Amsterdam Declaration which aims to see 100% of palm oil used in Europe certified sustainable by 2020. 

Confectionery accounts for 1% of food with sustainable palm oil label

Confectionery products account for 1% of total packaged food that carries a sustainable palm oil label, according to new ethical labels data from Euromonitor.

New Asean headquarters ‘critical’ for DuPont’s nutrition business

DuPont is the latest multinational food player to expand its presence in Singapore with the opening of new full-service regional headquarters there, once again demonstrating the city-state’s growing importance in...

‘There’s an opportunity to broaden the appeal of energy drinks’: Thailand’s Carabao on potential of UK market

Asian energy drink Carabao has launched in the UK, and while it admits it’s a competitive market, it still sees significant untapped potential beyond the niche categories of ‘lads, high-octane...

Farmed shrimp can thrive on soy and canola meal blend: Malaysian team

A vegetable-based diet protects shrimp growth and feed utilization, say researchers. 

Meat demand rises in Myanmar

Meat consumption in Myanmar has grown due to an influx of tourists and investment, while a limited manufacturing base presents new opportunities for international suppliers.

The Craft Beer Clan of Scotland

‘Our quest: To share the finest Scottish craft beer:’ Brewers eye up potential of exporting to Asia

Scotch whisky’s revered reputation is providing an opening for a new wave of Scottish beverages in Asia: craft beer.

IOI damage raises questions about RSPO standards

The damage caused by IOI’s deforestation and peatland drainage is “far greater” than that detailed in the complaint that led to the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil suspending the supplier back in...

Changing supply chain

Interconnected diets: Two thirds of crops we consume are result of ‘food globalisation’

'Foreign' crops dominate national food consumption patterns and farming practices, according to new research that finds nearly 70% of fruit, vegetables, legumes and grains in an average country's diet originate...

IOI drops legal action against RSPO

Palm oil supplier IOI Corporation Berhad has ditched plans to sue the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), saying it has “engaged” with customers, NGOs and the RSPO to resolve...

Philippine halal law to drive meat export growth

Outgoing Philippine President Benigno Aquino has signed into law a consolidated measure on halal exports, which may help boost the country’s meat exporters in the Middle East.

Barry Callebaut ramps up Indonesia cocoa sustainability program

Barry Callebaut is expanding its sustainability program in Indonesia and has announced plans to train 50,000 farmers in good agricultural practice by 2020.

Soapbox

Edible insects: Let’s look at what’s on the menu

In these early days of edible insects going global, it is still unclear which products will stand out and make their way to the mainstream. The ideas popping out of...

Myanmar’s fast-food industry attracts US attention as sanctions ease

US fast-food firms could flood into Myanmar after the easing of US-imposed sanctions to improve bilateral trade and allow more financial transactions to take place.

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