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Malaysia

Nestlé shows consumers how to tell fake Milo after counterfeit bust

Milo’s supposedly biggest market, Malaysia, was dealt a scare over the weekend after thousands of packs of the exceptionally popular chocolate milk powder were seized by inspectors in Negeri Sembilan....

APIs in banned sex supplements sold openly online says regulator

Tests show Viagra and Cialis APIs present in over 100 brands of bogus ‘sexual enhancement’ pill.

Efacec wins automated warehousing project with Indonesian dairy firm

Efacec has won a second consecutive project with PT Indolakto, a dairy producer in Indonesia. 

Singapore to grow GCC exports with free trade agreement

A newly-implemented free trade agreement between the GCC and Singapore will boost their US$291m food trade, according to Singapore’s international trade body.

Singapore

Fuji to develop oils for Asia in new Singapore research hub

Edible oil manufacturer Fuji will use its first research centre outside of Japan to focus on products formulated for the Asian market, the company said at its ceremony in Singapore. ...

Australia

With record results at home, Blackmores to bolster key Asian markets

Blackmores, Australia's leading natural health brand, announced record profits for the half-year while putting in place new provisions to ramp up the retailer's presence in Asia.

Southeast Asia

Positive sentiment hints Asean economic bloc is starting to take shape

What would Asean look like if it were re-imagined as a single bloc, and what characteristics would it have if all 10 countries were aggregated into an economic unit?

Malaysia

Collagen suitable for Muslims and Hindus launched for first time

A Malaysian company has released the world’s first food-grade sheep collagen on the market to tap into religiously observant markets for which beef or pork are not allowed.

Indonesian fish producer targets Middle East

An Indonesian canned fish producer is aiming to make its entry into the Middle East food market, as Indonesia’s government aims to bolster its national fishing industry.

Philippines

Filipino food safety Act given more teeth and oversight

Ministers in the Philippines have signed off the regulatory side of their country’s Food Safety Act 2013, bringing new levels of oversight to the industry and placing greater responsibility onto...

Wake up and smell the coffee pods: Coffee shop culture leads to sales boom

Coffee pods are driving growth in the ground coffee sector, says FMCG market and shopper intelligence firm IRI, thanks to cheaper coffee machines and the popularity of the coffee shop...

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Tesco and Nestlé enlisted into Malaysian price reduction programme

Malaysia will launch a price reduction programme on March 1, according to the country’s trade and consumer ministry.

Coca-Cola Amatil invests in 'exciting' Indonesia as group predicts return to growth

Coca-Cola Amatil will devote more energy to its Indonesian business - a bright spot in its 2014 full year results - hoping strengthened market leadership in the country will help...

News in brief

Scandinavian herring roe starting to deliver on omega-3 promise

Herring by-products like immature roe are proving a bountiful source for omega-3s in Norway, with research showing strong market potential.

Allied Bakeries: 'Our ultimate palm oil aim is 100% segregated sourcing'

Allied Bakers, the maker of Kingsmill bread, said today that the palm oil and derivatives used in its products are now 100% sustainably sourced through physical supply chains.

Cost, cynicism and frustration: Malaysian government launches own palm oil standard

The Malaysian government has launched its own sustainable palm oil certification standard – but will this add to or detract from sustainability and transparency efforts in the sector?

EFSA rejects white kidney weight loss appeal; firm points to ‘procedural stickling’

Malaysian pharma-nutra firm InQpharm is taking positives from its white kidney bean extract, weight management health claim rejection at the hands of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).

Southeast Asia

Rabobank: Cheap crude oil will hit SE Asia’s oil palm fortunes

The last year’s dramatic oil plunge, and with it expectations that crude prices will stay low, will continue to have a wide-reaching affect on the global food supply chain, not...

F&N extends ASEAN Nestlé canned milk brand licenses

Fraser and Neave (F&N) has extended a series of licenses to manufacture and distribute several Nestlé canned milk brands in South East Asia.

'Great need for good nutrition' in malnourished Myanmar: ANZ Nutrition

Functional beverage firm ANZ Nutrition has developed two "competitively priced" dairy drinks "to boost the health status of Myanmar people."

Arla creates Asian business unit to manage Chinese, SEA interests

Arla Foods has brought its Chinese and South East Asian interests under one roof, creating a new segment called Business Unit Asia.

Tetra Pak opens €5m technical training centre in Thailand

Tetra Pak has opened a €5m technical training centre in Rayong, Thailand, with courses in automation, filling line equipment, quality assurance and food safety for dairy and beverage producers.

New Vietnam aqua center focused on gut health and feed efficiency

How to optimize fish health while controlling disease and managing waste are some of the fish farm challenges being explored at Biomin’s new aqua research hub opens in Vietnam.

Hot topic

Join the free FoodNavigator-Asia infant nutrition forum on Wednesday

On Wednesday, January 21 FoodNavigator-Asia will be holding its first free online forum under the banner "Red flags and white gold: Marketing infant formula in Asia-Pacific". Join us as a panel...

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BioGaia to launch ProTectis drops in Vietnam through VietPhap

Vietnamese pharmaceutical company VietPhap International has been given the rights to sell BioGaia’s ProTectis probiotic baby drops in its home market.