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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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Malaysia diabetes rate doubles since 2011

An official study has shown that the instance of diabetes had more than doubled in Malaysia over the last four years.

Money talks! Norway withdraws from 4 Asian palm oil firms

The Norwegian national investment fund has cut ties with four major Asian companies, citing the risk of ‘severe environmental damage’ as a result of palm oil plantations.

Petra Foods profits slump as Indonesian consumers cutback on chocolate

SilverQueen and Delfi brand owner Petra Foods has reported a 40% net profit dip in Q2 2015 as sales fall in its main market Indonesia.

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EU and Vietnam close to concluding a free-trade agreement

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Efacec to expand in South East Asia with three partnerships

Efacec has signed three contracts with PT Sinar Mas Agro Resources and Technology TBK (PT Smart TBK) in Surabaya, Indonesia, Lian Hock Hardware (Lian Hock) and a print and supply...

Vitamin E tocotrienol-tocopherol complex shows endothelial benefits: Rat data

A combination of tocotrienols and alpha-tocopherol may help support endothelial function, but the effects were not observed when the tocotrienols were used alone, says a new study.

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Ministry: Hiked import tariffs not a means to swell Indonesian coffers

Ministry: Hiked import tariffs not a means to swell Indonesian coffers

Guest article

Food industry fail? Elderly nutrition

The food industry is missing a billion euro trick when it comes to ageing population, says Lauren Bandy, senior nutrition analyst at Euromonitor International.

Blendhub Corp. to open 40 factories in the next 3 years as processed food sales reach $8tn in 2016

Blendhub Corp. has set up its third Portable Powder Blending plant (PPB) in Mexico, after Spain and India, as it plans to open 40 factories in the next three years...

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Quarter of a million tonnes of food wasted during Ramadan in Malaysia

Malaysia: Quarter of a million tonnes of food wasted during Ramadan

Indonesian-sourced tuna linked to Salmonella illnesses

Osamu Corporation is recalling all of its frozen tuna sourced from one processing plant in Indonesia because samples have been found to be contaminated with Salmonella.

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Thai fishermen prolong strike after government impounds vessels

Thai fishermen prolong strike after government impounds vessels

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Aggressive food marketing throwing up weighty problem in Philippines

Aggressive food marketing throwing up weighty problem in Philippines

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Malaysia’s baby food market closes in on half-billion-dollar value

Malaysia’s baby food market closes in on half-billion value

China, India, Brazil and South East Asia in high spirits for liquor, says spiritsEUROPE

Growth for spirits lies in export markets such as China, India, Brazil and South East Asia as EU consumption slumps, says trade association spiritsEUROPE.

Dateline Southeast Asia

Age causing diabetes to soar in Singapore; some groups not managing it

Age making diabetes rates soar in Singapore; Indians and Malays not managing condition properly

Scientists discover how to make sustainable palm oil profitable

Scientists have found an ‘optimal point’ at which switching to sustainable palm oil production methods actually becomes profitable.

Barry Callebaut to set up Indonesia compound plant to supply biscuit maker GarudaFood

Barry Callebaut has announced it will establish a chocolate plant on the premises of Indonesian biscuit firm GarudaFood to supply it 10,000 metric tons of compound chocolate per year.

Consumers care about how products are produced and their environmental impact

APP reports an increase in the availability of PEFC certified products, following certification in Indonesia

Asia Pulp & Paper Group (APP) has announced an increase in the availability of PEFC (Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification) certified products, following certification in Indonesia.

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Malaysia facing digestive health time bomb

Malaysia facing digestive health time bomb

Benecol enters China

Finnish food-agriculture giant Raisio has launched its cholesterol-lowering, plant stanol-based Benecol brand in China in a powder form via mostly medical channels in its big coastal cities.

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