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Myanmar: Half of population over 40 has high cholesterol, one-in-three has hypertension

Specialists in Myanmar are warning that unhealthy lifestyles and the low intake of essential vitamins and minerals is leading cardiovascular problems to spiral out of control.

Bird flu will ‘continue’ in Vietnam, expert warns

After a deadly outbreak of the highly pathogenic avian influenza (AI) strain H5N1 rocked Vietnam’s southern meat-producing hub, experts have warned the country will continue to suffer from the virus....

Good palm oil is possible. This is what it looks like, says Palm Done Right CEO

At a time when the conversation around palm oil centres on deforestation, fires and habitat loss – and global demand shows no signs of abating – several companies have come together...

Barry Callebaut invests $18m in Singapore factory

Barry Callebaut has expanded its chocolate factory in Singapore to meet growing demand for chocolate across Asia.

Vietnam hit with bird flu outbreak

Hundreds of chickens have been culled in backyard poultry farms in Vietnam following the outbreak of a highly pathogenic avian influenza (AI) strain.

Exclusive interview

‘Time to take supplements and probiotics mainstream in South East Asia’: DuPont

In the second part of our interview with DuPont’s Asia regional president Dr Li Yongjing, we assess the potential for the dietary supplements industry in South East Asia and examine...

Thai Union pays $46m for final stake in Tri-Union Frozen Products

Thailand’s seafood producer Thai Union has bought out the remaining 18% stake in its US subsidiary Tri-Union Frozen Products (TUFP) for a fee of over $46m.

De Heus opens feed facility in Myanmar

Dutch feed giant, De Heus, has invested €10m in a new feed plant in Myanmar, in a move it says will bolster its position in Asia.


More countries look for ways to secure lucrative halal certification

The Philippines is making its bid to join the world’s US$2.6tr halal export market by aligning its halal accreditation systems and institutions.

Four nutrition and health trends shaping functional food and drink innovation in South East Asia

Functional food innovation in developed Asian economies is increasingly influencing consumers in South East Asia’s emerging nations, with protein products, superfoods, herbal extract powders and fortified breakfast snacks making their...

Thai chicken farmers stamp out slavery and abuse

Over 400 poultry farmers supplying Thai chicken exporter CP Foods have pledged to stamp out abuse and exploitation of workers through the implementation of an anti-forced labour programme.


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.

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