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Food Vision Asia 2017

Minister unveils pro-industry plan to fight diabetes in Singapore

Singapore’s minister of state for health has revealed a new business-first approach to encourage healthier food development as part of a three-pronged “war on diabetes”.

RSPO issues first ever RSPO Next palm oil certification

The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) has issued its first RSPO Next certification, a stricter voluntary add-on, to Colombian-based agribusiness Daabon Group.

Taste, habits, price and availability: Why young Singaporean adults aren’t eating whole grains

Food manufacturers and health officials have to overcome significant barriers to encourage the consumption of disease-fighting whole grains among young Singaporean adults, a new study has found.

News in brief

Emerging markets continue to drive growth for Nestlé and Unilever

Industry giants Nestlé and Unilever report steady sales growth driven by emerging markets for first quarter of 2017 and predict continued growth throughout the year.

Dateline Southeast Asia: Halal

Mindanao eyes US Islamic trade, though it must first tailor standards

The Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao’s advance on the global halal market continues as it prepares to sign an agreement with Islamic authorities in America.

Autumn set for ‘world's first’ low-GI bread, sugar, noodle launches

Low-GI bread, sugar and noodles, and salt with a 40% lower sodium content, are each poised to break onto the market this year after years of development by a Malaysian-Australian...

Thailand sends first cooked duck to New Zealand

Charoen Pokphand Foods (CPF) has been the first food company in Thailand to exploit New Zealand’s policy change that allows imports of cooked Thai duck for the first time ever....

'GALLERY - Botanical boom? The outfits with high herbal hopes for South East Asia

According to analysts at BCC research, the nutraceutical ingredients market will be led by the phytochemical and plant extracts segment, followed by prebiotics and probiotics,...

Six-legged superfood: Beyond the protein

Insect protein: that’s the way bugs are usually referred to when applied as food. But it is also an understatement. The nutritional profile of edible insects is much more complex...

Southeast Asia

Hollande’s Indonesia trip leads to agriculture research project

An Indonesian consortium led by Singaporean palm oil planter Golden-Agri Resources’ local offshoot, PT Smart, has signed a new agreement with a French partner to support the development of sustainable...

FAO and Irri collaborate for Apac rice sustainability programme

The International Rice Research Institute will work more closely with the UN’s agriculture agency to support sustainable rice production in developing countries in a bid to improve food security.

Dateline Southeast Asia

Logistics firm expands Japanese chilled food deliveries to Thailand

A door-to-door food delivery service linking vendors in Japan with customers in Thailand will launch next week to tap into the increasing Far Eastern food fad in Southeast Asia.

European Parliament votes in favour of strict new palm oil measures

Today the European Parliament voted to implement tough new palm oil resolutions, which if enforced would see its elimination from use in biofuels and enforce stricter regulations on production and...

Bel Group inaugurates Vietnam plant to produce Laughing Cow cheese

Bel Group has inaugurated a plant to make The Laughing Cow cheese in Binh Duong province in Vietnam.

News in brief

Thai firm in £60m takeover of UK food business

Thailand-based Charoen Pokphand Foods (CPF) has agreed a deal to acquire UK-based Westbridge Food Group Limited for £60m.

Vietnam meat firm enhanced by cash injection

Vietnam-based Masan Group Corporation’s meat subsidiary is set to see a cash injection of $250 million (m) after US investment firm KKR acquired a minority share in the business.

Dateline Southeast Asia

World’s fourth-biggest noodle market buckling under competition

Vietnam’s generations-long love affair with a paper-wrapped instant noodle brand appears to be in terminal decline after it reported plunging sales for last year.

Vinamilk completes Angkormilk takeover

Vietnamese dairy Vinamilk has bought all of the remaining shares of Cambodian milk producer Angkor Dairy Products Co. Limited (Angkormilk).

Vietnam is the fastest-growing convenience market

Asia’s fastest growing convenience market is Vietnam – which is set to achieve annual growth of 37.4% over the next four years – according to grocery think-tank IGD.

Nestlé "very concerned" over deforestation links to Wilmar palm oil

Nestlé says it is "very concerned" by allegations that its palm oil supplier Wilmar International has again been implicated in sourcing palm oil from the protected Leuser ecosystem in Indonesia, according...

HI SOUTH EAST ASIA 2017

False claims still blighting Indonesia’s functional food sector despite tighter rules

Misleading health claims are still rife in Indonesia despite tighter functional food rules, claims a new association set up to ‘professionalise the industry’.

NUTRITION ASIA VIDEO SERIES

VIDEO - Singapore’s war on diabetes: Industry, academics and government 'need to line up like hunters'

With a staggering one million Singaporeans forecast to have type 2 diabetes by 2050 – that’ll be one-sixth of the population – this month’s Nutrition Asia video assesses what is...

Eurofins expands in Singapore and Turkey

Eurofins Scientific has acquired two companies to boost testing services in Singapore and Turkey.

Singapore looks to cash in from shelf life-extending packaging

Singapore’s state science agency is well on the way to launching a new packaging material that can extend the shelf life of foods by at least 50%.

Better knowledge and more dairy: How Malaysia can help tackle national diabetes surge

There is vast scope to improve glycaemic control among type 2 diabetics in Malaysia by boosting nutrition knowledge and the intake of dairy, a cross-sectional study has found.

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