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Sustainable palm oil shift is cheaper than bad publicity impact

The cost of moving towards traceable and sustainable palm oil is marginal compared to the long-term effects of negative publicity, says Euromonitor.

World’s longest-running rice research project marks 150th harvest

The International Rice Research Institute is marking the 150th harvest of its Long-Term Continuous Cropping Experiment (LTCCE), the world's longest-running rice research project.

Malaysian agriculture minister unaware of post-MH370 Chinese boycott

The Malaysian government has agreed to form a special committee to study the economic impact on trade and investment with China following the disappearance of Flight MH370 last month.

Biggest Gulf grocery retailer LuLu prepares to enter Malaysia market

The Middle East’s biggest supermarket chain will open for the first time in Malaysia when Abu Dhabi-based LuLu opens six hypermarkets in the country. 

Japanese beer giant Asahi set to acquire Malaysian dairy

Asahi Group Holdings, the firm behind the Asahi Japanese beer brand, is preparing for its first foray into fresh dairy after agreeing a deal to acquire Malaysian firm Etika Dairies.

Sustainable palm oil sales continue to rise

Sales of Certified Sustainable Palm Oil (CSPO) for the first-quarter of this year have reached a new high. 

Forget India and China: Indonesia is driving Asia’s middle-class boom

The opportunities to engage with Southeast Asia’s growing middle-class are abundant, but marketeers will also need to nurture the consumer up the value chain to ensure success. 

Orkla the latest major to pledge more sustainable palm oil sourcing

Norwegian consumer goods giant Orkla, which also owns Indian brand MTR Foods, has committed to using palm oil from sustainable sources in a move which Greenpeace says should coax other...

Majority of Singaporeans unable to understand labelling info

Even though Singapore’s obesity rate is steadily rising, a recent poll there has shown the majority of its residents do not read or understand the information printed on food packaging. ...

Takasago opens new flavours and fragrances facility in Singapore

Japan-based Takasago International has announced  the opening of a new fully integrated flavours and fragrances plant in Singapore, in a move directed towards targeting growing Asian food and beverage processors. ...

Palm oil in troubled waters with new Sumatra death accusation

Greenpeace has suggested that security forces in a palm oil concession linked to the supply of Wilmar International might have been complicit in the death of a member of the...

SE Asian women concerned about bone health but shun beneficial diet

Southeast Asian women are more worried about the effects of poor bone health than an expanding waistline, according to a new report on opinions towards ageing.

Indonesia to become a top 3 wheat importer in next five years

With wheat consumption is on the rise in Indonesia, the country might soon be in a position to resolve its self-sufficiency target for rice, according to a new report by...

Adverse weather threatens to drive Southeast Asian food inflation

Analysts have been predicting price rises and a slowing of economic growth in Southeast Asia as the drought that has gripped the region since the start of the year continues...

Rice institute developed 44 new or improved rice varieties in 2013

Last year, the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) and its partners released 44 new and improved rice varieties, taking the number to around a thousand since it was launched in 1960.

China’s food safety lapses create a halal opportunity for Malaysia

China’s food safety issues and the subsequent turn by middle-class consumers towards quality imports have made it a hot market for Malaysia’s halal foods, according to a top Malaysian government...

New bird flu strain poses no threat to poultry populations

Human patients infected with the A(H7N9) strain of avian influenza are not able transmit the virus to animals, including birds, according to the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation....

EU spirits industry keen to tap ‘unfulfilled potential’ in Vietnam

spiritsEUROPE tells BeverageDaily.com that the EU is keen to seal a free trade agreement (FTA) with Vietnam to help members including Diageo, Beam Inc. and Pernod Ricard open up a...

Japan’s Calbee teams up with URC to tap Filipino snack food market

Filipino food major Universal Robina Corp's has partnered with Calbee Inc., Japan's largest snack food company, a move that will further establish both firms in Philippines’ growing packaged food market.

Singapore research centre seeks to make bread that cuts blood-sugar

The Singapore government’s scientific agency has joined forces with a university in a US$20m joint-venture to develop a variety of bread that will reduce blood sugar, among other research projects....

News in brief

Palsgaard recreates customer conditions with new Singapore pilot plant

Emulsifier specialist Palsgaard is now in the process of installing a margarine pilot plant at its Singapore facility. 

Philippine coconut farmers still struggling to recover after Haiyan

Coconut farmers in the Philippines are in urgent need of assistance to recover their livelihoods nearly three months after Typhoon Haiyan tore through the country, the FAO has warned. 

US bottle maker ramps up Indonesia investment

Owens-Illinois, the world's largest glass container manufacturer, will increase investment in its Jakarta plant, having already increased its production line speed and capacity to support Southeast Asian growth.

China gorges on Indian buffalo via Vietnam

India’s buffalo meat (carabeef) exports to Southeast Asia are growing fast, thanks to rising demand in China, even though the world’s second-biggest economy has not officially opened its doors to...

Nestlé collaborates with Singapore’s A*STAR to study biotransformation

Food giant Nestlé has found a new research partner in the form of a Singaporean government agency to study, with whom it will be studying a number of food and...

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