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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...

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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...

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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.

Nestlé expands Singapore age nutrition research centre with A*STAR

Nestlé will expand its innovation activities in Asia by opening of a research centre in Biopolis, Singapore’s biomedical research hub. 

El Niño wreaks havoc on Philippines food production

Dry and wet spells brought by El Niño and La Niña are threatening the Philippines’ food security, an official has warned a special government committee on food and climate change....

Dateline Southeast Asia

Report: As many Indonesian children are overweight as are malnourished

The simultaneous crises of over- and undernutrition are causing a “double burden of malnutrition” for children in some middle-income Asean countries even though these have seen sizeable economic gains over...

Mintel: Asia-Pacific market is being shaped by four key ‘mega-trends’

Healthier alternatives, brand story, visual eating and changing lifestyles describe the four key food and drink trends in Asia-Pacific, according to market intelligence agency Mintel.

Philippines exporters make record $110m from Gulfood

Firms from the Philippines booked more than US$110m in sales at Gulfood in February, beating last year’s total, but challenges remain for exporters to the Middle East.

Philippines unveils action plan to transform into agribusiness hub

The Philippines government has laid out a blueprint for the country to become a regional agribusiness hub by 2022 through a comprehensive national industrial strategy.

Singapore’s first food manufacturing complex signs its first tenants

Food manufacturers will soon have the opportunity to secure premises at Singapore’s first food hub as the government-backed project signed its first tenants.

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Shock tactics used in latest Thai diabetes awareness campaign

The Diabetes Association of Thailand has taken a shocking approach in its latest awareness campaign by using images of confectionery to create a frightful picture of infections and festering wounds...

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