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Special edition: Functional Foods

Lemon myrtle: Aboriginal functional favourite revived by Sydney Games

An indigenous Australian tree plant, used for tens of thousands of years by Aborigines before being forgotten after the arrival of Europeans Down Under, has the Sydney Olympics to thank...

Sustainable palm oil milestone in sight for Unilever

Unilever will be able to guarantee 100% sustainable palm oil for its European food business by the end of this year, it has announced.

UN helps RSPO strengthen palm complaints platform

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) have partnered to raise awareness on sustainable palm oil and strengthen frameworks like that for complaints...

Mondelēz to acquire Vietnamese biscuit leader Kinh Do for $370m

Mondelēz International will acquire a 80% stake in Vietnam’s leading biscuit firm Kinh Do to spur growth in the rising Asia-Pacific market.

Southeast Asia

Investors are demanding more focus on sustainability, says report

Analysis released today shows that nearly three-quarters of global companies see risks associated with sourcing commodities that are linked to deforestation.

Singapore

‘Culinology’ central to Ingredion’s Singapore’s research centre

Cereal chemists, food scientists and even culinologists will feature in Ingredion's new innovation centre in Singapore—the latest in a series of international food development facilities opening in the city-state. ...

News in brief

CSPO palm oil switch will help DuPont focus on sustainable emulsifiers

DuPont Nutrition & Health believes a switch to sustainably certified palm oil will ‘raise the bar’ for sustainable emulsifier supply, says the firm.

What is palm oil’s economic impact in Europe?

The palm oil sector makes a clear contribution to the economies of producer countries – but it also contributes to the economy in importing markets, according to a new report.

Tate & Lyle backs fibre to battle Asian bulge

Tate & Lyle used the recent Food Ingredients-Asia trade event in Jakarta as a springboard for its mounting ambitions in the country of 250 million people as well as other...

Amcor Flexibles to open Philippines factory

Amcor Flexibles Asia Pacific has announced plans to build a multi-million dollar packaging plant in the Philippines.

Bunge commits to deforestation-free palm oil

Agribusiness giant Bunge is the latest multinational company to commit to deforestation-free palm oil supply – going beyond the requirements for RSPO membership.

Special edition: Healthy ageing

Learning from Japan's healthy ageing market

From an €80 million market for anti-ageing placenta supplements to the world’s most innovative (and fad-driven) functional foods and drinks market, Japan’s healthy ageing market is unique and instructive.

Dairy ingredients giant on Indonesia: ‘A lot of opportunities here’

Irish dairy and ingredients group Kerry sees a lot of potential in an Indonesian market where sophisticated nutritionals are gaining ground with a young demographic. It is upping investment in...

Indonesia stakes claim as SE Asia's most important food market

Indonesia's food industry will continue to grow in importance as its population of around 300 million gains wealth, according to some voices in the halls of the Jakarta International Expo...

Indonesia

Indonesia’s plantation war with foreign conglomerates continues

Indonesia continues its fight against the foreign domination of its plantation industry and, in particular, crude palm oil (CPO).

Opinion

EU on charm offensive as Asean gears up for regulatory harmonisation

To a backdrop of the Asean regulatory harmonisation process, a number of European Union officials have descended on Kuala Lumpur to attend a forum designed to apply the older bloc’s...

Nestle backs beverage ‘belief’ in Vietnam with $36m Milo investment

Nestle has spent $36.6m expanding its Milo chocolate malt beverage factory in Vietnam and stressed its ‘firm belief in the potential of the country’ as nutritional drinks demand grows.

Market uptake surges for RSPO-certified palm oil

RSPO-certified sustainable palm oil now accounts for 18% of the total global palm oil market, up from 15% last year, according to the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO).

Mead Johnson unveils $325m Singaporean production and R&D site

US infant formula giant Mead Johnson Nutrition has bolstered its presence in the lucrative Asian market with the opening of a Singaporean research and production site.

Insight

White gold: How the EU has been central to the rise of Cambodian rice

With its rice industry going through salad days, Cambodia is nevertheless at a crossroads. While on the international front, it is shipping more rice overseas than ever before; domestically, there...

Southeast Asia

How has RSPO responded to deforestation from palm oil plantations?

Having completed a review of RSPO, Gary Paoli of Daemeter Consulting outlines how the sustainable palm oil certifier has fared in addressing key market demands. 

Southeast Asia

New bird flu strain causing concern for poultry producers in SE Asia

A recently-emerged strain of avian influenza virus in poultry in Southeast Asia represents a new threat to animal health and livelihoods and must be closely monitored, the United Nation’s Food...

Malaysia

Halal certifier: We could cover medicine, but only if there's no panic

Although Malaysia’s halal certification is pretty much the only such standard that is accepted across the world, the body behind it continues to refuse to allow the accreditation of medicines...

Dispatches from Euro Fed Lipid Congress, Montpellier

Malaysia hopes to double palm oil production by 2020

Malaysia hopes to double its palm oil production by 2020 without having to dedicate more land to palm plants, according to a Malaysian minister.

Blog

Change brewing as Malaysia hops onto craft beer bandwagon

Faced with increasing gains across Asia-Pacific, not least in Australia where traditional brewers are fast losing market share, craft beer importers are now eyeing Southeast Asia as a new growth...

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