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Thailand: chicken sector to boost standards following abuse claims

Two government departments in Thailand alongside the Thai Broilers Processing Exporters Association (TBA) will improve conditions in the chicken industry, following claims of modern-day slavery.

Gäyo Kopi seeks to expose 'underbelly' of fraudulent Kopi Luwak coffee

Detroit-based startup Gäyo Kopi has introduced wild-certified Kopi Luwak coffee (sourced from wild civets in Indonesia) to the US market, completing pre-order shipments of the rare imported coffee this month, the...

Official hails Indonesia’s F&B industry as ‘strongest in Asean’

A senior Indonesian official has proclaimed his country’s food and beverage industry as the strongest competition in the burgeoning Asean Economic Community.

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Collaboration begins to study crucial Asian bee populations

CropLife Asia will partner with the Asian Apicultural Association to support the study of bee species and populations in Asia and collaborate in developing a harmonised method to survey pollinators...

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Philippines grocery retail market ‘stands out in Asia’

Backed by solid economic growth, increasing incomes and strong domestic demand, the Philippines stands out as one of the top burgeoning retail markets in Asia.

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Thai functional beverage firm takes US$4m stake in coconut processor

Thailand functional beverages manufacturer Sappe has taken a 40% stake coconut processor Coconut Factory Co Ltd for US$4 million. 

Palm oil plantations moving in on lowland forests can damage ecosystem functions

Replacing tropical lowland forests with oil palm plantations can damage 11 out of 14 functions of a healthy ecosystem, some of which will be irreparable, researchers say.

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Are venture capitalists buying into bugs as food?

As it gathers increasing attention, is the edible insect market really worth the hype—at least from a financial perspective? 

Philippines FDA sets out to fast-track licensing and registration

Authorities in the Philippines are poised to cut the time it takes for manufacturers of processed foods and health products to secure operating licences and product registrations following calls for...

Consuming foods with plant sterols plays a role in managing heart health, says Nestlé Malaysia

Studies at Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) and the UKM Medical Centre show that Malaysians in their 30s are now more likely to have arteries similar to a person aged 70 due...

Fonterra adopts new palm products sourcing standard

Following discussions with Greenpeace and supply partners, Fonterra has adopted a new standard for sourcing of palm products.

More Asia-specific research needed to improve nutrition knowledge

More high-quality Asia-specific research on local foods and their impact on the population is needed to help improve nutrition and combat the growing number of diet-related illnesses across the continent,...

Thiamine-fortified fish sauce could help combat beriberi

Fish sauce fortified with thiamine could help fight cases of beriberi in Southeast Asia – a public health concern caused by thiamine (Vitamin B1) deficiency.

IOI starts long journey to win back major customers

IOI took just four months to regain its certification by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), but convincing major customers to take it back could take much longer, according...

Malaysia study: Vitamin D deficiency risk for epileptic children

Malaysian children undergoing long-term treatment for epilepsy are at significant risk of vitamin D deficiency, with youngsters of Indian ethnicity especially affected, a study has found.

BREAKING NEWS

RSPO lifts IOI's suspension

The Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) has lifted the suspension of Malaysian palm oil supplier IOI citing "good progress" made by the group.

Malaysian halal e-commerce site eyes global expansion

Aladdin Street, a Malaysian halal-focused e-commerce site, will expand to Singapore by the year-end, with further international growth in 2017.

Nestlé announces new $43m Philippines plant to produce Milo ingredient

Nestlé’s Philippines operation is investing PHP2bn (US$43m) in a new plant south of Manila to manufacture a key ingredient for its popular Milo fortified chocolate drink. 

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Indonesia sees spike in foreign F&B industry investment

Foreign investment in Indonesia's processed food and beverage industry is expected to have topped US$1bn in the first half of this year, marking a substantial improvement over a difficult 2015,...

Dateline Southeast Asia

Coca-Cola fined following health inspection at Vietnamese factories

Coca-Cola Beverages Vietnam has been fined for various violations, including the manufacture of food supplements without the required safety certificates, following an inspection carried out by the health ministry last...

CPF Foods to end migrant abuse in Thai meat sector

Poultry business CPF Foods has partnered with the Thai government to tackle mistreatment of staff in the poultry industry, following modern-day slavery claims at a separate chicken farm. 

Modern-day slavery at Thai poultry farms risks 'polluting' supply chain

Poultry meat importers risk “polluting their supply chains” by relying on Thai producers that abuse workers’ rights and must press them to uphold the law, according to a prominent migrant...

Cargill suspends business with IOI following RSPO fallout

Cargill has suspended new business with IOI and called on the palm oil supplier to “take further action to resolve the charges that resulted in its RSPO suspension and address longstanding...

Malaysian certifier to help with upgrade at 100 Egyptian fish farms

WorldFish has appointed Intertek as its quality partner as the international aquaculture researcher assists with upgrading production at some 100 fish farms in Egypt.

PureCircle invests $100 million in stevia agronomy program

Stevia giant PureCircle is expanding its agronomy program to more than 15 stevia plant growing regions around the world and further developing its farming footprint outside of China.

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