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How military-owned companies have been silencing dissent in Burma

In what many say is an attempt to silence dissent against an allegedly military-orchestrated land grab, a Burmese court has been prosecuting hundreds of farmers who have been calling for...

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ABB opens robotics hub to drive productivity in Southeast Asia

ABB has opened a Regional Robotics Packaging Application Hub in Singapore.

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UK think tank denies Malaysian palm oil conflict of interest accusations

The Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) has said categorically it does not accept state money, following accusations by a Malaysian media outlet that the UK think tank is in bed...

Southeast Asia

Malaysians still bugged about eating insects

Many Southeast Asians might wonder what all the fuss is all about as the insect ingredient industry looks at ways to make dietary bugs more enticing to Western consumers. 

Southeast Asia

Young Malaysian scientists honoured for probiotics research

Probiotics research is now entering the Malaysian mainstream, according to two female Universiti Sains Malaysia students who recently received international recognition for their work.

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ANZ Bank accused of abandoning farmers after splitting with sugar firm

Early this month, in what looks like a failed attempt to save its reputation, Australia‘s ANZ Bank severed its ties with Phnom Penh Sugar, a company accused of a range...

Thailand

Thai food major admits to paying off journalists, but denies bribery

If it wasn’t bribery, then who was it, Thais have been asking after food conglomerate Charoen Pokphand Foods strongly denied the payments it had been making to journalists were anything...

New sustainable palm oil manifesto accused of greenwashing

A new sustainable palm oil scheme has met with criticism from environmentalists claiming that it actually allows deforestation, rather than stopping it.

Malaysia

Diabetes expert: Rice is obese Malaysia's most dangerous junk food

The causes behind the rise in obesity and diabetes in Asia’s most overweight country, Malaysia, are very different to those in the Western world, according to one of the Southeast...

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Turning tables: NGOs commend multinational for transparency in Myanmar

In a rare move, NGOs and rights experts commended Coca-Cola for a report it has submitted with the US State Department regarding its responsible business practices in Myanmar.

Philippines

'Aquatic chicken' could feed billions around the world

A common fish that was said to have fed thousands in biblical times could feed billions of mouths in the future as food stocks struggle to keep pace with population...

Palm oil plantations threaten water quality, warn researchers

The expansion of oil palm plantations may also pose a threat to water quality in fresh water streams that millions of people depend on, according to new research.

Australia

SWOT analysis exposes Asian opportunities for Australian exporters

The Australian Food and Grocery Council has published a series of reports that it hopes will deepen the manufactured food industry’s understanding of the opportunities that exist within Asia....

Malaysia

New halal kit will let Muslims test for pork in less than one minute

A new testing kit will go a long way to ease fears among Malaysian Muslims that the food they are eating is halal, especially in light of a recent pork-related...

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How companies should act to stamp out fishing slavery in Thailand

If modern-day slavery is ever to be eradicated from Thailand’s food sector, companies and supermarkets must set out to make their supply chains more transparent—a move for which there seems to be...

Southeast Asia

Indonesia considering new labeling rules for alcoholic beverages

The Indonesian government is considering new labeling regulations for manufacturers of alcoholic beverages in a bid to lower the number of consumers of alcohol in the country.

News in brief

tna opens Thailand office

tna has expanded its operations in Asia by opening an office in Bangkok, Thailand.

Southeast Asia

FAO urges smallholders unite to improve conditions, sustainability

Indigenous peoples, local communities and private smallholders should actively form producer organisations, according to two new reports promoted by the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation.

Analysis

No rice stock shocks yet in spite of El Niño

In spite of fears that El Niño will deliver a possible monsoon failure in India and Southeast Asia, the fate of existing rice stocks have failed to perturb the market....

Malaysia

Obesity taking its toll in Asia's heaviest country

Alarm bells are ringing for Malaysian lawmakers after an Asia-wide study found that almost half of the country's population is now classed as obese. 

Oil palm genetics may provide more reliable clues for ripeness

New genetic research could help palm oil producers to improve yields by aiding them in knowing when fruit is ripe, say scientists.

Insight

Firm's 'bullying' response to labour claims sets dangerous precedent

This story is part of a new series of investigative reporting commissioned by FoodNavigator-Asia to follow the legalities and loopholes in Asia's produce growing and production network.

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New $27m Givaudan plant opens in Indonesia

Indonesia’s fast-growing importance in flavour production was acknowledged by the opening of a US$27m spray-dry facility by the worldwide flavours and scents market leader, Givaudan.

Southeast Asia

WTO approval means Philippines can maintain high rice import duties

The Philippines’ special treatment in rice, which allows the country to keep high duties on rice imports, is expected to continue after the World Trade Organisation’s Goods Council approved the...

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Questions to answer for Tate & Lyle in Cambodian land-grabbing action

This story is the first in a new series of investigative reporting commissioned by FoodNavigator-Asia to follow the legalities and loopholes of Asia's produce growing and production network. Please feel...

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