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Thailand

Thai rice stocks could help market keep El Niño in check

Current weather patterns in Southeast Asia reinforce meteorologists’ belief that a strong El Niño is already taking place, but still the rice market is indifferent, says a leading rice researcher....

Region in focus

Dateline Southeast Asia

FairPrice extends waste-reduction pilot

Adept Technology receives $1m order for Lynx AIVs

Adept Technology has received an order of more than $1m for its Lynx autonomous intelligent vehicles (AIVs).

Region in focus

South Asia radius

Bread market expecting to see double-digit growth

News in brief

AB InBev opens Vietnam brewery to embrace beer potential of Southeast Asia

Anheuser-Busch InBev says Vietnam is the ‘next turning point’ for growth in Southeast Asia, as it officially opened its first brewery in the country yesterday.

Region in focus

Far East digest

Honey butter chips craze boosts potato prices

Region in focus

Dateline Southeast Asia

Malaysia joins the food secure, though far behind Singapore

Agriculture briefing

Big Data and drones could bring more precision to Indonesia’s farms

Not long in office, Indonesian president Joko Widodo plans to grow rice production by 30% each year—a sum that is vitally necessary for the country to be self-sufficient in rice...

European 100% sustainable palm oil target is realistic, says RSPO

Reaching the goal of 100% Certified Sustainable Palm Oil (CSPO) in Europe by 2020 is a big challenge with significant barriers, says RSPO, but one that is ultimately achievable with...

Vietnam

Eurofins buys majority stake in Vietnam’s biggest food testing company

Eurofins Scientific, the international environment testing company, has agreed to acquire a 65% stake in Sắc Ký Hải Đăng (EDC-HD), Vietnam’s biggest private food analysis laboratory. 

Competition and opportunity: What will ASEAN mean for EU industry?

Southeast Asia is heading for massive economic change with its ten-nation ASEAN single market and this could have ripple effects for the EU too, says expert. 

Southeast Asia

Ingredion introduces ‘super-tasters’ to Singapore development centre

International ingredients developer Ingredion has added a “sensory panel” of trained “super-tasters” to its development centre in Singapore, its second facility in Asia offering the service. 

Myanmar

KFC hunts for golden egg in Myanmar's new market

US fast food is poised to arrive in Yangon for the first time after KFC was named the first north American chain to open in Myanmar.

Manner explores ‘wafer country’ Indonesia for Asia launchpad

Austrian-based biscuit firm Josef Manner is considering marking its entry into Asia by entering Indonesia, where there is already an established wafer market.

China

Malaysia joins forces with China to open halal lab in Gansu

A joint-venture between China and Malaysia has led to the opening of a halal food laboratory in northwestern China.

Special edition: Beyond 2020 - The future of sustainable cocoa

‘We cannot let Indonesia fail’: Mars stresses Asia’s importance in meeting future cocoa demand

Asia is poised to help meet rising demand for cocoa, but its key producer Indonesia faces quality concerns and its government lacks incentive to grow the sector.

Acquisition leaves Masan Group a major feed player in Vietnam

The Masan Group has a acquired a 52% and 70% equity interest in Vietnam French Cattle Feed JSC – Proconco – and Agro Nutrition Company JSC – Anco – respectively...

Asean

End in sight for Asean harmonisation of supplements regulations

The process to harmonise health supplement regulations in Asean nations is close to completion with the news that nearly 90% of the initial targets for agreement had now been achieved.

Dispatches from Asia Choco Cocoa Congress in Singapore

State-owned plantations could rouse Vietnam’s cocoa industry

Vietnamese state-owned companies plan to convert some coffee and rubber plantations to cocoa, delivering a significant boost to the country’s annual output, says Vietnam’s principle cocoa buyer Puratos Grand-Place....

Ingredients in focus

DSM’s innovation expansion mirrors Singapore’s new might as a food hub

Asia-Pacific food companies have developed a greater focus on innovating over the last few years, said DSM’s regional human nutrition head Pieter Nuboer at the opening of the company’s new...

Harmonised Southeast Asia regulation complete by end of year

The Alliance for Southeast Asian Nations’ (ASEAN) harmonised health supplement framework will be up and running by the end of the year after over ten years in the making. ...

Guest essay

The outstanding India-IRRI partnership

At the time of establishing the International Rice Research Institute (Irri) in 1960, Dr Sterling Wortman of the Rockefeller Foundation seriously considered India as a potential location for the institute....

Chocolate heavyweights back Indonesian sustainable cocoa program

Mondelēz, Mars, Nestlé and Barry Callebaut and Cargill are backing a three-year sustainable cocoa program in Indonesia, which aims to reduce poverty and greenhouse gas emissions.

General Mills nears goal of 100% sustainably sourced palm oil

Through partnerships with small farmers, non-governmental organizations and other industry stakeholders, General Mills reports it is making progress towards its goal of sustainably sourcing 100% of its top 10 ingredients by 2020.

Lentein has more essential and branch chain amino acids than any other plant protein

Could the water lentil be the next big thing in plant-based protein?

A new form of non-GMO plant-based protein boasting an amino acid profile comparable to whey, plus high levels of calcium and other nutrients, is now available in commercial quantities from...