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Nutritional ingredients firm Barentz International expands in Vietnam amid rising APAC sales

Dutch ingredients firm Barentz International recently has opened its first office in Vietnam, on the back of 15% annual Asia Pacific growth.

Morinaga eyes South East Asia growth with probiotics and blood pressure product

Morinaga has revealed plans to target the South East Asia market to boost sales of its functional ingredients such as its Bifidus BB536 probiotic strain.

Ferrero opens first Asian innovation centre in Singapore

Ferrero has opened its first Asian Innovation Center in Singapore to develop and test new products ‘in a market of strategic importance’.

Al Islami tops list of influential halal food companies

A UAE company has been named the world’s leading halal food vendor in a new report on the global market for food acceptable to Muslims.

Australia

Abalone found to thrive on wine-waste diet

Waste from the wine industry is being developed into aquaculture feed with highly promising results.

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Thailand to be food ‘superpower’ in two decades

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha has vowed to make the country a food industry “superpower” in the next 20 years, as he introduced a new strategy.

China’s functional candy crush: Iron, collagen and taurine fortification could provide a sales boom

There is vast scope to increase functional confectionery innovation and sales in China by including iron, collagen and taurine in products, according to analysts.

Probiota Asia: World-leading probiotics summit comes to Asia and calls for abstracts

NutraIngredients-Asia is delighted to announce that the first Asia edition of the global probiotics and prebiotics summit, Probiota, will be held in Singapore in October.

Dateline Southeast Asia

Ingredion launches clean-label alternative to modified starches

Ingredion has developed a line of Homecraft Create multifunctional rice flours that produce smooth, silky textures in clean label and gluten-free products.

Malaysian incubator signs deal to boost China’s halal exports

A Malaysian technology and energy incubator has agreed to collaborate with companies in Hong Kong and China to produce and market halal-certified foods internationally.

ASIA'S FOOD LEADERS VIDEO SERIES

VIDEO: Singapore to boost status as a food and nutrition powerhouse

Increasing high-tech jobs, boosting exports and helping home-grown brands soar are among the priorities for Singapore as it seeks to cement its status as South East Asia's premier food industry...

Alibaba Group, Aker BioMarine and China Chamber of Commerce to feature at USCHPA's Shanghai summit

China's cross-border e-commerce will be the subject of a keynote speech delivered by Ali-Health's (Alibaba Group) international director Daniel Yiu at this year's US-China Health Products Association (USCHPA) summit.

Murray Goulburn axing products as job cuts loom

In a letter to suppliers, Australian dairy company Murray Goulburn Co-operative Co. Limited (MG) said it is discontinuing several products as job losses take place.

Mother Dairy refurbished milk processing plant inaugurated in Nagpur

Mother Dairy Fruit & Vegetable Pvt Ltd, a subsidiary of India’s National Dairy Development Board (NDDB), has inaugurated its refurbished Nagpur plant.

Taiwan e-commerce platform turns to blockchain for traceability

An e-commerce platform that connects food vendors with farmers in Taiwan has launched OwlChain, which it claims is the world's first blockchain food provenance system of its kind. 

China direct

Tianning deal completes as Kerry continues Asia push

The purchase by Kerry Group of Chinese ingredients firm Tianning Flavours and Fragrance has gone through for an undisclosed price.

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Mérieux NutriSciences expands footprint in India

Mérieux NutriSciences has bought Bangalore Testing Laboratories Pvt to strengthen geographical presence and expand services in India.

Chinese demand prompts $20m Fonterra plant investment

Fonterra has announced an investment of almost NZ$20m (US$14.2m) at its Te Rapa site to meet growing demand for cream cheese and mini-dish butter.

Patchi to double manufacturing capacity with new Dubai plant

Patchi has begun work on a new 122,000 square-foot chocolate manufacturing facility in Dubai to serve as a “springboard” into regional and overseas markets when it opens in 18 months.

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Novacap prepares to open new sodium bicarbonate plant in Singapore

Novacap is preparing to open a stand-alone sodium bicarbonate plant in Singapore to help the French firm expand across the food, feed, pharmaceutical and health care industries in APAC.

New oil palms promise highest crude palm oil yields in industry: GAR

A new variety of oil palm developed using traditional plant breeding techniques will increase crude palm oil yields by up to double current levels, says SMART Tbk, a subsidiary of...

Synlait purchases New Zealand Dairy Company

New Zealand dairy processing company Synlait Milk announced today it has purchased 100% of the shares of The New Zealand Dairy Company (NZDC).

First Future Food Asia award winners announced in Singapore

The winner of the first Future Food Asia Award has been announced in Singapore, with Indian firm String Bio taking the US$100,000 top prize.

Prebiotic and antioxidant-packed white chocolate: 'A promising opportunity for industry'

Adding prebiotics and an antioxidant source to white chocolate can alter its taste and texture, but a new sensory analysis reported that consumers still ranked it highly, with researchers concluding...

From shopping mall to office block: Singapore’s micro-farms

Just 25 “micro-farms” could stimulate an agricultural economy in Singapore and produce some 750 tonnes of vegetables a year.

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