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UMFHA tells fake manuka honey to buzz off

The Unique Manuka Factor Honey Association (UMFHA) has developed a system that uses compounds to validate manuka honey as genuine, after a rise in fake manuka honey was sold in...

ASIA'S FOOD LEADERS VIDEO SERIES

Video: ‘We’re investing where the market grows…and that’s Asia’

Distributor Jebsen & Jessen has been splashing the cash in Asia, having recently opened in its first ingredients site in the region – a $17m joint venture malt processing factory...

Australia

Soybean oil enables ‘breakthrough’ in making graphene commercial

A breakthrough by Australian government scientists has made the world’s strongest material more commercially viable, thanks to the soybean.

Saputo looks to delist Warrnambool Cheese & Butter after share offer

Canadian dairy company Saputo has made an offer to buy out the remaining shares of Australian firm Warrnambool Cheese & Butter (WCB).

Singapore identifies scope for continued food manufacturing growth as e-commerce and innovation increases

E-Commerce and innovation is driving the growth of Singapore’s food manufacturing and food services industries - but firm's need to quicken the pace of technological change, according to the government...

South Asia radius

Traders associations prepare for multinational soda ban in Tamil Nadu

An industry group and a trades union have backed a ban on beverages made by multinational companies in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, signalling possible trouble for PepsiCo...

Shanghai doubles down on food safety policing

Already the authors of China’s toughest local food-safety regulations, Shanghai’s city authorities are planning to introduce stricter measures that could include banning some offenders from the food industry for life....

Australian craft pioneer changes focus from beer to $260 whisky

One of Australia’s early craft breweries has grown up to become a premium whisky distillery.

News in brief

Vietnamese businesses offered new link to US

The American Chamber of Commerce in Vietnam has joined Washington-based Global Food Safety Forum and a business association in a move that could allow more local products into the American...

Aussie robo-company is complete package for SE Asian processors

Australian packaging robots that are fitted with cameras to allow remote troubleshooting have been helping to streamline Southeast Asia’s surging food and beverage industry.

Food Vision Asia returns to Singapore for three-day event on the future of food and nutrition

Following a highly successful inaugural event in 2016, Food Vision Asia announces its return to the Grand Hyatt Hotel, Singapore, from April 25-27.

Amway plans 50 stores in India amid sports nutrition and consumer durables push

Amway has revealed it plans to open a further 50 stores in India, but has vowed to remain a direct-selling company with sellers “the key point of distribution”.

ADB grant to help fund study on boosting dairy production in Tajikistan

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is providing a $500,000 technical assistance grant to prepare a feasibility study for a proposed project to improve food security in Tajikistan by boosting dairy...

Waste not want not: Why more needs to be done to maximise the functional food potential of by-products

The functional food and nutraceutical opportunities offered by agricultural waste products in developing countries are not being fully exploited, meaning vital nutrients that could be of immense health and economic...

Dateline Southeast Asia

Indonesian manufacturers say growth will outpace official predictions

Indonesian food and beverage companies have voiced their hope that 2017 will be a better year for business while the government has set higher targets for growth in the segment...

India manufacturer launches MyFy prebiotic supplement to bridge country’s fibre gap

Prebiotic soluble fibre dietary supplement MyFy is the first product to be launched by Galaxy Scientific Nutrition in India to address the country’s significant shortfall of fibre intake.

Japan's tax diversion scheme lifts wagyu beef sales

A scheme by Miyazaki Prefecture, which offers local wagyu in return for tax payments to its municipalities from residents in other parts of the country, is supporting regional livestock farmers...

Looming perfect storm will lead to Aussie CBD boom, pioneer predicts

An anticipated perfect storm in Australia, involving the recent legalisation of medical cannabis and the expected approval of hemp in foods and nutrition later this year, has led to the...

NGOs publish best practice guide on transparency in palm oil supply chain

Environmental and scientific organisations, including Ceres and Oxfam, have published a best practice guidance on how to improve transparency in the palm oil supply chain.

Feature

Bon Bon Buddies sizes up Asia after hitting record sales

UK confectioner Bon Bon Buddies plans to expand its footprint in Asia after reporting a “record-breaking” financial year.

GCC fast-food boom sees two-thirds of diners eating at QSRs

The GCC’s fast-food segment was worth more than US$20bn last year, making it one of the 20 biggest quick-service markets in the world, and is expected to grow by nearly...

UAE awarded top spot in rankings of halal food ecosystem

The UAE has come first in an authoritative new ranking of global nations with the best developed halal food ecosystems.

News in brief

Ruparel Foods: Previously, only 1 in 8 rejected nuts were bad

Ruparel Foods has said only one in eight nuts rejected by its previous sorting systems were actually bad, prompting a move to machines from Tomra Sorting Food.

News in brief

Pakistan academics demand legislation to safeguard food security

Pakistani food experts and researchers have called for legislation to ensure food security by allocating adequate funds for crop research, and to stop the building of new settlements on fertile...

India

Regulator to take first step to introduce junk food warning labels

India’s food regulator is expected to have formed a definition for “junk food” in the next two months, giving scope for possible new mandatory nutrition warnings for potato chips and...

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