COVID-19 and APAC's food and beverage sector: All our coronavirus one place

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COVID-19 and APAC's food and beverage sector: All our coronavirus one place

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Here's your constantly updated and comprehensive round-up of FoodNavigator-Asia's COVID-19 coverage.

Trend Tracker: COVID-19, sugar reduction, healthy snacking and more feature in our round-up

3 April 2020

COVID-19, sugar reduction, healthy snacking and more feature in this edition of Trend Tracker.

‘Serious consequences’: ASEAN COVID-19 lockdowns heighten food supply fears

1 April 2020

A lack of collaboration between ASEAN governments and the food industry could risk causing supply shortages across the region as several nations enforce COVID-19 lockdowns.

‘Spend more!’: Taiwan premier reassures public of sufficient food stocks amid panic-buying

31 March 2020

Taiwan Premier Su Tseng-chang has opted to employ humour to reassure the local public that his government has sufficient food stocks to tide the country through the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak, asking the people to ‘buy as much as you like’.

Going ‘off-air’ for COVID-19: Coca-Cola Philippines cancels all commercial advertising

31 March 2020

Coca-Cola Philippines has opted to halt all of its commercial advertising activities and turn the original funds for these towards supporting COVID-19 frontliners and vulnerable communities.

India’s COVID-19 lockdown: Coca-Cola, Nestle and more MNCs call for F&B manufacturing to be made ‘essential service’

30 March 2020

In the wake of India’s nationwide lockdown due to COVID-19, Coca-Cola India, Nestle India and various other big MNCs in the country have called for F&B manufacturing to be made an ‘essential service’ in order to keep shelves stocked and avoid further panic.

Stop COVID-19 hoarding: Indonesian police and Philippines government order purchase limits

30 March 2020

The Indonesian National Police and Philippines Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) have both issued orders to limit the purchases of noodles, rice and other staple food items nationwide in hopes of curbing the hoarding and panic-buying induced by the COVID-19 outbreak.

Science Shorts: Asian vs Western foods, coconut oil for COVID-19, plant-based production and more feature in our round-up


Asian vs Western foods, coconut oil for COVID-19, plant-based production and more food science and technology stories feature in this edition of Science Shorts.

COVID-19 in the Middle East: UAE closes all fresh food markets, supermarkets allowed to open 24 hours


The UAE government has closed all fish, meat and vegetable markets for two weeks in light of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

Eating right: COVID-19 pumps up sales for India’s protein bread maker


An Indian start-up specialising in making protein bread and cookies saw online sales go up by 15% in mid March, with the firm believing consumers are increasingly making more healthy food choices as COVID-19 continues to spread.

Singapore clamps down on 1000+ e-commerce listings for false COVID-19 health claims


Singapore’s national regulator for health products, the Health Sciences Authority (HSA), has removed a significant number of product listings claiming to prevent or treat COVID-19 from local e-commerce platforms.

Too little too late? Pakistan issues new COVID-19 guidelines for food industry amidst rampant rumours and speculation


Pakistan’s Punjab Food Authority (PFA) has recently issued a set of COVID-19 guidelines aimed at the food industry in hopes of controlling the outbreak, amid rampant rumours and speculations about the virus in the country.

Packaging problems: Slowdown in supply of materials in China causing problems in Australia


The export slowdown of packaging materials from China in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak could exacerbate the shortage of products such as rice, flour, pasta, biscuits, and UHT in Australia caused by the current panic buying, according to the boss of retailer Ritchies Stores.

Wine will be fine: Outlook for online sales in China remains positive despite coronavirus outbreak


The outlook for wine e-commerce in China remains optimistic despite the recent novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak in the country, according to a leading expert.

COVID-19 wreaks havoc: Meat and seafood New Zealand’s biggest losers in China trade


New Zealand’s trade with China has suffered some heavy hits since the novel coronavirus outbreak began, with the meat and seafood sectors affected worst of all, although dairy has managed to remain stable.

Policy Picks: Malaysia lockdown, COVID-19, sugar-related policies and more feature in our round-up


Malaysia lockdown, COVID-19, sugar-related policies and more feature in this edition of Policy Picks.

Malaysia in lockdown: COVID-19 reignites food supply fears in Singapore despite government reassurance


Malaysia’s announcement that borders of the entire country will be closed for two weeks in an attempt to control the local spread of COVID-19 has led to renewed panic in neighbouring Singapore, which imports large amounts of fresh produce from the country,...

Export challenge: China’s botanical firms in supply chain battle as global orders rebound for immunity ingredients


The COVID-19 epidemic has led to a rebound in demand for plant extracts with immune-boosting effects, but a China industry expert has warned there are difficulties in exporting the goods due to logistic supply chain problems.

Fight COVID-19 with dairy: China industry associations issue consumption guidelines to ‘build immune resistance’


Four major dairy industry associations in China have formed a set of guidelines for dairy and dairy product consumption for local residents in hopes of strengthening public immune resistance to combat the recent COVID-19 novel coronavirus outbreak.

Coconut and COVID-19: Philippines studying antiviral properties of coconut oil as potential treatment


The Philippines is looking to study virgin coconut oil (VCO) as a potential treatment for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) which has since infected more than 80,000 people and killed more than 2,800 worldwide.

China Focus: Sugar reduction, fresh food sales surge, COVID-19 and more feature in our round-up


Sugar reduction, fresh food sales surge, COVID-19 and more feature in this edition of China Focus.

COVID-2019 sparks boom in fresh food imports to China as trust in local produce takes a hit


The recent coronavirus outbreak (COVID-2019), which is believed to have originated from a seafood market in Wuhan, has heightened demand for fresh food imports into China.

COVID-2019: Egypt and Jordan suspend import of Chinese food products, Saudi and UAE remain calm


Two countries in the Middle East have suspended import of some Chinese food products to soothe public concerns in light of the COVID-2019 outbreak.

Coca-Cola faces tighter supply of sucralose from China as COVID-19 hits supply chain


Beverage giant Coca-Cola has experienced some delays in its artificial sweetener supply chain from China as a result of the novel coronavirus outbreak (COVID-19).

Coronavirus ‘leverage’: FSSAI ups meat hygiene auditing and manpower in India


The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has denied that the recent novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak has had any impact on the local meat and fish industry, but said that it intended to ‘leverage’ the crisis to raise hygiene standards...

Strong growth in China but COVID-19 brings uncertainty to demand and supply chain: a2 Milk


The a2 Milk Company said revenue from China was “above expectations” in Jan and Feb, but the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak had brought uncertainty to consumer demand and supply chain.

Hot Right Now: Novel coronavirus, palm oil, Mondelez paper packaging and other top stories trending on social media


Novel coronavirus, palm oil, Mondelez paper packaging and other top stories trending on social media feature in this edition of Hot Right Now.

Coronavirus in Singapore: Vitamin demand jumps five-fold in two weeks for supermarket chain


The coronavirus Covid-19 has sparked a sudden spike in demand for vitamin C and multivitamins in Singapore, according to a major retailer in the city state.

Double threat: Negative outlook for food retail scene as Hong Kong battles coronavirus and protests


Hong Kong’s sales of food retail outlets have dropped 3% to HK$42.8 billion (US$5.5bn) in 2019, compared to HK$44.3 billion (US%5.7bn) in 2018.

Safety First: Novel coronavirus, false labelling, nuclear food ban lift and more feature in our round-up


Novel coronavirus, false labelling, nuclear food ban lift and more feature in this edition of Safety First.

Angel Yeast, Mengniu and Friesland donate to support fight against coronavirus


Hubei-based Angel Yeast Company has donated RMB$1m (USD143k) through the Municipal Charity Federation for epidemic prevention and control in response to the Wuhan Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) epidemic.

JD reports surge in fresh food orders in China during Chinese New Year and coronavirus outbreak


China e-commerce giants JD say they have seen sales of fresh foods, especially vegetables, increase both online and offline during the Chinese New Year period and during the Wuhan Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) outbreak.

‘Totally catastrophic’: China’s coronavirus crisis sees global F&B authorities react with varying degrees of caution


The recent coronavirus outbreak originating from animals in China has seen food and beverage authorities and industries worldwide taking steps to prevent spreading or ‘importing’ the virus into their countries – some more aggressively than others.

Ayurvedic protection? India’s AYUSH ministry draws flak for advocating alternative medicine against Coronavirus


India’s Ministry of AYUSH has attracted criticism from medical experts for suggesting alternative medicines, such as Ayurveda, homoeopathy, and unani practices, could act as immunity booster against the deadly novel coronavirus.

China coronavirus: Calls to ban live animal sales in wet markets to halt future outbreaks


Sales of live animals at wet markets across China should be banned in the wake of the outbreak of coronavirus 2019-nCoV, according to one expert.

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