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Sustainability group seeks to mobilise Asian shrimp industry

New protocols aim to reform shrimp aquaculture, address feed ingredient use, says consultant.

HIV: Patients reveal the therapeutic foods and supplements they want

Ready-to-eat therapeutic foods designed to boost the nutritional status of people with HIV in Thailand should contain clear health claims, be manufactured in a soft, or liquid form, and be...

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Hanoi ramps up local agri-inspections due to lack of safe local food

Hanoi’s city’s authorities have ordered agriculture inspectors to double down on food inspections to increase the amount of safe local food available for consumers.

Functional food and supplement manufacturers urged to get creative with whey protein offerings

South East Asia functional food and supplement firms need to help educate consumers that whey protein isn’t just for body builders, and formulate new products that can help treat the...

Dateline Southeast Asia

Indonesia hints at halal mark, urges firms to target Islamic market

As Indonesia continues to miss out on the lucrative global halal market, Jakarta has begun drumming up support among SMEs to certify their halal from overseas bodies before exporting their...

Five ways to get foodservice right in Vietnam

As foodservice companies race to attract Vietnam’s increasingly affluent and youthful 93m population, there are signs that many would benefit from taking a more nuanced approach to the country’s exceedingly...

Aquatic plant potential: Why duckweed could become a source of protein and omega-3 beyond South East Asia

Duckweed has long been consumed as an inexpensive protein and source of omega-3 in three South East Asia countries, but now researchers are questioning if it has the potential to...

Relief for PureCircle as Chinese stevia held at US border released

US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has released shipments of refined stevia from PureCircle coming in from China that had been held at the border based on allegations that they...

New study boosts use of thiamine fortified fish sauce to tackle beriberi

Further evidence has been published showing how fortified fish sauce is being used in Cambodia to help tackle thiamine (vitamin B1) deficiency and the associated disease beriberi in babies.

BASF opens 'Newtrition Lab' in Singapore to boost regional R&D capabilities

BASF’s Nutrition & Health Division has opened a new technical application lab in Singapore to provide analytical services and product development support to customers across the region.

Thai CPF continues expansion with €49.5m SuperDrob stake

Thailand’s Charoen Pokphand Foods (CPF) has signed a preliminary deal to acquire a 33% stake in Polish poultry processor SuperDrob SA less than a fortnight after its big money Bellisio...

CP Foods thaws US with $1bn Bellisio takeover

Thailand’s Charoen Pokphand Foods (CP Foods) has flexed its financial muscles with a $1.075bn takeover of frozen specialist Bellisio Foods and a 33% stake in Poland’s SuperDrob.

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Edible insect industry group set up to support Southeast Asia

In the last few years, dozens of edible insect start-ups have popped up in western countries to supply a new wave of interest in bugs as food. This market is...

Asian mothers on a ‘seafood-noodle’ diet at reduced risk of gestational diabetes: Study

Researchers have demonstrated a significant association between a seafood and noodle-based dietary pattern and the reduced likelihood of gestational diabetes.

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Sugar, sweeteners do not have different effects on appetite

The body’s natural eating rhythms compensate for the calories reduced by using natural or artificial non-nutritive sweeteners, researchers have found after comparing the habits of people taking four different types...

Thailand tipped for top five exporter status in 20 years

Thailand could be one of the world’s five biggest food exporters in the next 20 years—a significant jump for a country that is currently in 13th place in terms of...

Australia welcomes major Vietnamese beef investment

Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA) has welcomed the first large-scale Vietnamese agricultural investment in the country – the purchase of an AU$18 million ($13.6m) cattle station by An Vien Pastoral...

Thailand’s CP Food targets growth as South Korea resumes trade

After a 12-year hiatus in Thai poultry exports to South Korea, triggered by a bird flu outbreak in 2004, exporters are targeting growth in one of Asia’s largest consumer markets.

Olam rejects green washing and 'black box' palm oil claims

Agri-food giant Olam has defended its palm oil operations against accusations they are a 'black box' of secrecy that funnels palm oil linked to deforestation from rogue traders to global brands...

Cargill starts $50m expansion of Thai broiler processor

Cargill has begun work to expand its poultry processing operations in central Thailand at a cost of US$50m.

News in brief

Philippines’ proposed salt tax slammed by lawmakers

A Philippines law designed to tax each excess milligram of sodium relative to guidelines has met with strong opposition at committee stage after one representative remarked that such a levy...

Dateline Southeast Asia

Vietnamese consumers frugal with food but splash out on healthy drinks

As Vietnam’s 93m population grows in size and purchasing power, healthy soft drinks are becoming more attractive for food and beverage sector investors.

Wilmar palm oil produced using child labour in dangerous conditions: Amnesty International

Amnesty International has uncovered “systemic” cases of child labour and labour rights abuses in Indonesian palm oil plantations operated by Wilmar, tracing the palm oil back to firms including Nestlé,...

Amnesty report fallout: Another blow for RSPO?

Amnesty International’s report is another dent in the reputation of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) as three of the suppliers on Wilmar's operations were RSPO-certified. 

Brazil meat sector welcomes Malaysia trade deal

Brazil's meat industry has welcomed a commercial agreement struck by their country’s government with Malaysia, that will encourage and enable Brazilian beef and chicken exports to the south-east Asian country....

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