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Traffic-clogged streets behind Singapore’s online grocery sales rise

The number of online grocery purchases is soaring in Singapore, a city where its time-poor citizens are chocking with traffic.

Global seed data pool gains data of thousands of rice genomes

The International Rice Research Institute (Irri) has filed the genomic sequences of more than 3,000 rice varieties in a move that boosts plans to set up a global data exchange...

Quorn snapped up by Filipino company for £550M

Quorn Foods has been sold to Filipino branded consumer goods company Monde Nissin for £550M, ending months of speculation.

Europe increases pressure on Thailand over illegal fishing: 'Yellow card' update

The European Union (EU) will make a decision on whether to ban fish imports from Thailand by December, while the EU gave out ‘yellow cards’ for illegal fishing to Comoros...

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Consumer awareness driving sea-change in modern slavery

AsiaInspection has released an authoritative white paper on modern-day slavery, a practice which the auditing and inspection company called “a highly disturbing reality that is woven into nearly every supply...

Dedicated followers of fashion

Pan-Asia food distributors must keep their finger on the pulse of industry trends. DPO's country head takes a look at the segments that will be big business over the coming...

Recruitment's war of attrition

With three out of 10 food industry jobs becoming vacant each year in Thailand, companies face a significant challenge in finding staff, and then retaining them in an employees' market.

Innovation nation: DSM's success centre in Singapore

Ingredients major DSM has ramped up its regional development work with the opening of an innovation centre in Singapore this year. Central to its operation is an understanding that Asian...

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America's dairyland to Thailand: Sizeable growth in ingredients

Grassland, a Wisconsin butter products company, is seeing fast expansion in a Southeast Asian market that is now demanding a wide range of ingredients. "It is a very positive market...

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Thai tastes meet the heat through dairy flavours

Although not a newcomer to Southeast Asia, American cheese and diary ingredient manufacturer DairiConcepts is determined to break new ground. Its strategy is to bring innovation to Thailand while beating...

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American dairy's newest frontier

Southeast Asia is now America's second biggest market after Mexico, and is the centre of a growth trend that is set to continue. Dali Ghazalay, the US industry's regional representative,...

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Dairy debunked: Ingredients could benefit SE Asian physiology

For generations, Southeast Asia has been a black hole for dairy, mainly because lactose has been seen as incompatible with regional physiology. But that is changing, says Sharon Gerdes, a...

BASF and Genomatica expand BDO process for packaging to SE Asia

BASF and Genomatica have expanded their license agreement to produce 1,4-butanediol based on renewable feedstock (renewable BDO), from North America to Southeast Asia.

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Half of Malaysian deaths now due to NCDs

Non-communicable diseases are now responsible for half of Malaysian deaths each year, according to a senior health official.

Savola and Thai Union form seafood JV, aim to net $400m in sales

Saudi’s Savola Group has formed a joint venture with Thai Union Frozen, one of the world’s largest seafood processors, to bring new seafood products to the Middle East, targeting US$400m...

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IFC signs advisory services agreement with Stora Enso Lao

IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, has signed an advisory services agreement with Stora Enso Lao Co. to help the company improve its social risk management in Lao...

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Agilent partners with DKSH in Vietnam on spectroscopy equipment

DKSH has signed a distribution agreement for Agilent's spectroscopy systems in Vietnam.

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Nutreco: new Indonesian premix plant on stream

Nutreco’s new €15m animal nutrition facility in Indonesia has come on stream, with the feed giant saying the move bolsters its position in the region. 

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Whole grain consumption by pregnant women in Singapore critically low

The first study of its kind has found the intake of whole grains by pregnant women in Singapore is below international guidelines, potentially increasing their risk of developing gestational diabetes.


Rabobank: SE Asian bloc will pave way for food and meat to boom

Packaged food and meat will gain most out of all food and agriculture (F&A) sectors as a result of Asean Economic Community (AEC) integration to outpace global growth.

New Zealand dairy Fonterra opens first Indonesian manufacturing facility

New Zealand dairy giant Fonterra has opened a NZ$37m (US$23.5m) plant in Indonesia - its first manufacturing facility in the South East Asian country.

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Vietnam's fizzy drinks market going great guns as category escapes tax

While consumers have been curbing their intake of carbonated drinks in many markets, in Vietnam soft drinks consumption looks set to break the 1bn litres barrier this year.

Non-alcoholic Guinness hopes to address beer challenges

Diageo hopes its non-alcoholic Guinness will improve fortunes in Indonesia, with the alcoholic beverage giant saying the beverage is addressing market trends in the country, and legislation which now bans...

Crown celebrates Singapore’s 50th birthday with metal can packaging designs

Crown Holdings has been supporting local and international brands with packaging designs to mark Singapore’s 50th birthday (SG50) this year.

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Low-cost tools to solve large-scale water problem

Climate change and the overuse of water in agriculture means water scarcity poses a growing threat to farmers, households and industry in Vietnam. 

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