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Ribena recalled in Malaysia

The manufacturer of Ribena has recalled some batches of the fruit drink in Malaysia over a “manufacturing error”.

Fsanz calls for submissions for GM rice variety

The antipodean food regulator is consulting the public on an application to allow a genetically modified rice line for human consumption.

Heart disease, stroke present highest mortality risk for elderly with high BMI: Singapore study

Cardiovascular disease and stroke are the two main causes of mortality in overweight and obese individuals aged 65 and above, according to a study led by the National University of...

C-store demand rocketing as more call centres open in Philippines

Tipped to grow at an annual rate pushing 10%, the Philippines grocery retail market is expected to become the fifth-biggest in Asia by 2021, according to new data by IGD.

Move over, mānuka? Firm claims stingless bee honey 'better for health and environment'

Honey from a stingless bee species native to the Philippines is being touted as superior to mānuka honey, with a Singapore firm marketing products made from the former.

Singapore PM declares ‘war on diabetes’ in National Day message

Singapore PM Lee Hsien Loong has said the city state needs to "go all out" to fight the soaring number of diabetes cases.

PepsiCo palm oil progress report dismissed as ‘masterful window dressing’

PepsiCo’s efforts to provide further transparency in the palm oil supply chain have been slammed as “masterful window dressing”, in a strongly worded statement by the Rainforest Action Network.


Seed company opens micro veggie gardens at future-food institute

East-West Seed has begun collaborating with the Food and Nutrition Research Institute in the Philippines to develop improved varieties of vegetables that can be grown in home gardens.

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Olam completes US$400m debt refinancing

Singapore-based Olam International, the multinational agri-commodity trader, has secured a revolving credit facility worth US$400m.

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MoU signed and CDB funding for Grenada

A trilateral Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been signed while Grenada has received funding to boost food safety in the produce sector.

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Thailand’s neighbours leapfrog Japan to become biggest export markets

Strong demand from other Asean countries should see 8% growth for Thai agriculture and food exports this year.


VIDEO: Why understanding young Singaporeans’ diets should be a public health and research priority

Academics are striving to increase the volume of quality data about the dietary patterns of young Singaporeans, in order to boost the nutritional health of future generations.

Yakult, DuPont, Danone and Watsons join stellar line-up for first Probiota Asia summit in Singapore

Top-level speakers from a raft of major probiotics manufacturers and suppliers will join international academics to present at our first Probiota Asia summit in Singapore in October.

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Bell plans Kuala Lumpur office for Asian flavours operation

Bell Flavours and Fragrances will open a Malaysian office to boost its presence in Asia-Pacific.

Food entrepreneurs get their own reality show

Production is underway on a new reality web series that will cover food start-ups.

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Thailand to introduce new sugar tax over six years

Thailand will phase in a sugar tax over six years in a bid to help drinks manufacturers to lower their sugar content and take advantage of a simultaneous lowering of...

Amazon launches Prime Now in Singapore

Amazon looks set to shake up Singapore’s retail market with the launch of its most aggressive service yet, Prime Now. 

Singapore and South Australia unite to drive functional food innovation among SMEs

Singapore’s government enterprise body SPRING is joining forces with economic development agency Primary Industries and Regions South Australia (PIRSA) to collaborate on functional food innovation.

Academics showcase research to boost Filipino food security

Ensuring food security for its population is central to realise the government’s goal of achieving a high-income economy in the Philippines by 2022, according to a leading academic.

Novacap’s first sodium bicarbonate plant in Asia opens in Singapore

Novacap has officially opened a sodium bicarbonate plant in Singapore, the first of its kind for the French firm in Asia, to boost sales to bakery and pharmaceutical sectors, among...

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Brunei clarifies new halal laws for manufacturers and retailers

Plus: Academics showcase research to boost Filipino food security.

Don’t scrap SRP for the sake of the poor, pleads Filipino lawmaker

A proposal to scrap suggested retail prices for basic goods in the Philippines would hit the poorest hardest.

Edible insects can help solve hunger and improve nutrition in Sumatra: Study

Edible insects from Sumatra can provide a strategic solution for hunger problems and subsequent undernourishment due to their high essential fatty contents, researchers have concluded.

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Australia sets sights on Southeast Asian fruit markets

Australia’s international trade mission hopes to make a bigger dent in Southeast Asian fruit markets, where demand for its produce is continuing to grow on the back of targeted promotional...

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Philippines urges the crop-rich to give to the crop-poor

The Philippines has called for the establishment of a world food bank to receive agricultural products as “deposits”, which in turn would be loaned out to other needy countries.

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