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PureCircle begins work to double stevia production capacity

Natural sweetener major PureCircle will build a new processing plant that will double its capacity to produce a proprietary stevia leaf extract. 

What does Greenpeace's palm oil report mean for IOI & RSPO?

Greenpeace's damning report on Malaysian palm oil supplier IOI, just one month after its membership of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) was renewed, could be damaging for the...

Lab demonstrates commitment to Asia Pacific - Eurofins

Eurofins Scientific has opened a microbiology testing laboratory in Singapore for food and beverage retailers and manufacturers.

S$3.2bn and 38,000 jobs: The direct value of food manufacturing to Singapore revealed

Singapore’s food manufacturing industry chips in S$3.2bn to the City State’s GDP, according to a new report, although productivity levels in the sector are found to be slightly below the...

Greenpeace activists block IOI palm oil at Rotterdam port

Greenpeace activists are blocking palm oil imports from Malaysian trader IOI at Rotterdam harbour in protest at the firm's involvement in forest destruction, peatland fires and use of child labour....

Vinamilk signs strategic cooperation with DSM

JSC Vietnam Dairy Products (Vinamilk) has signed a strategic cooperation with nutrition company Royal DSM, to apply international standards on nutrition powdered milk products for children and consumers in Vietnam.

Thai poultry firm threatens to sue NGO

A chicken supplier in Thailand may open a lawsuit against a non-governmental organisation (NGO) over alleged claims of human trafficking. 

Infant formula intake and protein guidelines queried in Southeast Asia

There is concern about the considerable variance in the recommended consumption levels of infant formula and follow-on formula in Asia and questions over the amount of protein they are required...

FI Asia 2016: The key industry trends hitting the show floor

With FI Asia taking place this week in Jakarta with 15,000 visitors, 650 exhibitors and a host of industry experts in one place, we caught up with Olav Masseling, brand...

Southeast Asia

Food companies have role to play in tackling obesity and malnutrition

Manufacturers must re-engineer processed foods share research in a bid to tackle the double burden of malnutrition across Southeast Asia.

Pharmacists want to plug supplement knowledge gap as consumer demand grows: Malaysia survey

Over 80% of Malaysian pharmacists believe their profession should play a greater role in recommending supplements and other ‘complementary medicines’ (CM) to their customers, but most are having to teach...

Danone considers calling time on Dumex infant products in Vietnam

Danone is reported to be considering a gradual withdrawal of its Dumex infant nutrition products from Vietnam.

Joint venture forms Burmese chicken company

A chicken hatchery tasked to produce 12 million birds has been created in Burma by a joint venture of animal feed and poultry breeding companies from the Netherlands and Belgium. 

Brazil’s BRF buys majority stake in Malaysian meat processor

Brazilian food conglomerate BRF has entered into an agreement with Malaysian agri-food firm FFM Berhad to acquire a 70% stake in its subsidiary FFM Further Processing (FFP) for $16m.

News in brief

PRAN Group to get food safety help

PRAN Group in Bangladesh is to get help to reduce food safety risks.

WHO calls on communities to tackle over- and undernutrition in SE Asia

The World Health Organisation has called on all layers of society to address the double burden of malnutrition across Southeast Asia, particularly in cases affecting women and girls.

Thai poultry giant faces abuse lawsuit

A lawsuit against one of Thailand’s top meat exporters, Betagro, has been opened by 14 Burmese migrant workers who have alleged the mistreatment they suffered amounted to modern-day slavery. 

Popular but illegal: Legal certainty on the horizon for Tongkat ali extract?

The UK Food Standards Agency (FSA) is seeking feedback on a novel food application for Tongkat ali extract, a process which could lift a formal EU ban on the ingredient...

Southeast Asia

Industry lauds success of self-regulated nutrition labelling plan

The Southeast Asian food industry’s efforts to transform food labelling have been lauded by a report that analyses a growing movement to post guideline daily nutrition amounts.

Indonesia looks to grow buffalo imports

The Indonesian Bureau of Logistics (Bulog) is promoting buffalo meat as an alternative to beef in an effort to keep prices down. 

Indonesia’s food industry surging ahead as FI Asia prepares for Jakarta show

Indonesia’s growing food and drink sector makes Jakarta the ideal location for 2017’s FI Asia exhibition and conference later this months, show organisers claim, with the industry seemingly shielded from...

Vietnam’s first ‘fairer’ sugar auctions announced

Vietnam’s trade ministry is preparing to auction import quotas for 85,000 tons of sugar this year in a move that will delight industry lobbyists.

Childhood stunting costs Philippines almost 3% of GDP

A report by a global children’s charity has revealed that the Philippines economy is losing at least PHP328bn (US$7bn) a year due to the impact of childhood stunting on workforce productivity and education. ...

Dateline Southeast Asia

Indonesian parties table legislation to outlaw alcohol

Plus: Childhood stunting costs Philippines almost 3% of GDP; and Vietnam’s first ‘fairer’ sugar auctions announced.

CP Foods to tackle slavery in the broiler industry

Thai broiler operator CP Foods has set out to raise industry standards with the implementation of the Good Labour Policy (GLP) for Poultry Farm and Hatchery in Thailand. 

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