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Cash in one’s chips: The humble potato’s new Asian markets

Potatoes: like dairy not the first global staple you think of when it comes to Asia, but that doesn’t mean to say that there isn’t a growing market for spud-based...

Delfi and Orion to corner half the Indonesian chocolate market with new JV

Delfi Limited, formerly Petra Foods, and Orion Confectionery have formed a joint venture in Indonesia that will command 50% of the country’s retail chocolate market, the firms estimate.

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Courts, controversy and CSR – the palm oil story

There were more twists and turns this week in the controversy surrounding the IOI group, which was suspended by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) last month.

Palm oil spike drives continued rise food prices for April: FAO

The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has said global prices of key food staples rose for the third consecutive month in April, after four years of previous decline.

InVivo NSA copper fastens SE Asia presence through Philippines deal

French animal nutrition group, InVivo NSA, has acquired Philippines based pig, poultry and aqua feed manufacturer, Popular Feedmill Corporation (PFC).

Singapore prepares for $15m study to demystify diabetes

Singapore researchers hope that a S$20m (US$14.7m) project will “change diabetes’ natural course” in a country whose diabetic population is expected to top 1m by 2050—more than double the current...

Dateline Southeast Asia

Sugar tax one step closer to implementation in Thailand

Soft drinks could cost up to 25% more in Thailand after the National Reform Steering Assembly’s health panel approved by 153 votes to two a proposal to increase taxes for...

Stern Wywiol investing in Asian feed facility, expects sector to deliver in 2016

The feed market is said to be a significant growth driver for Hamburg based functional ingredient producer, Stern Wywiol Gruppe, which had 12% growth overall in 2015.

Vitamin Angels boosts efforts in Indonesia with MOU

Vitamin Angels has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Muhammadiyah, among the largest and oldest charitable organizations in Indonesia, to collaborate on alleviating micronutrient deficiency among children under age 5.

Cambodia’s first abattoir readying the starter’s gun

Cambodian meat distributor SLN Meat Supply Pty has told GlobalMeatNews it will start operating a major industrial slaughterhouse this summer.

IDFA predicts 'bright future for US dairy' as TPP will lift Vietnam export tariffs

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) will create new export opportunities for US dairy exports to Vietnam. 

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Bugs: A strange case of amnesia

Please don’t get me wrong, I am not a fervent entomophagist; I am just passionate about edible insects as a new food industry. 

Philippines readies drones to assess disasters' impact on agriculture

In a bid to stay ahead of the negative impacts of climate change and natural disasters, the Philippines government has started to use unmanned aerial drones to assess where farmlands...

Report: Almost all Vietnamese cattle and seafood farms use antibiotics

A staggering number of cattle seafood farms across large areas of Vietnam have been found to feed their stock antibiotics, the country’s animal welfare authority has found.

Palm oil sustainability boosted by certified emulsifiers chain

Palsgaard has said it is now able to offer a broad range of emulsifiers based on segregated certified palm oil, following a sustainability drive.

Singapore exporters turn attention to India’s vast market potential

Trade between Singapore and India has come under the spotlight after two manufacturing industry groups signed an agreement with Indian food importers to make it easier to export to the...

Diabetes’ cost to Singapore’s economy estimated for the first time

The cost of diabetes to Singapore’s economy, estimated at S$1bn (US$740m) in 2010, is predicted to grow to S$2.5bn by 2050, according to the first ever study of its kind...

Dateline Southeast Asia

Prism rice data: The Filipino response to food security disasters

Reliable information based on satellite data and ground observations can help the Philippines prepare for and mitigate the effect of recurring disasters, such as typhoons and El Niño on rice...

Aspire Food Group: Right now, our goal is simply to make eating insects – in any form – ‘normal’

If the edible insect movement is to meaningfully impact the protein market (and the planet) by displacing less sustainable animal-derived protein sources (beef, poultry, dairy), cricket companies will have to...

Food Vision Asia: Be part of a unique US delegation

Are you looking to explore the Asian market for new business opportunities? Food Vision Asia is looking for individuals who are interested in forming a delegation to represent US trade...

Food Vision Asia: Be part of a unique EU delegation

Are you looking to explore the Asian market for new business opportunities? Food Vision Asia is looking for individuals who are interested in forming a delegation to represent Europe’s trade...

Vilomix enters Asia in vitamin and premix joint venture

Denmark’s Vilomix has signed a deal with a Vietnamese integrated feed and food producer, Hung Vuong, to build a new premix and vitamin factory in Lang An province in Vietnam....

Major brands dump palm oil supplier IOI following RSPO suspension

Four of the world’s biggest food companies have moved swiftly to cease trading with Malaysian firm IOI after it fell foul of sustainable palm oil rules, but NGOs say it’s...

News in brief

Palm oil prices now at 19-month high

Palm kernel oil prices are at 19-month high driven by reduced supply expectations from Malaysia and Indonesia, the two largest producing countries.    Palm kernel oil prices

Asian food industry lobby names new executive director

Food Industry Asia has named Matt Kovac as its new executive director after serving in an interim role since November 2015.

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