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Cargill says it has reduced supply chain risks with its new cultivated carrageenan texturizing products

Cargill cultivates carrageenan supply chain

By Annie-Rose Harrison-Dunn

Cargill says it is diversifying its carrageenans portfolio in both location and species to combat the associated supply risks of the texturing ingredient derived from seaweed.

The new CEO will oversea growth strategies for the Asia, Middle East and Africa region

PepsiCo eyes expansion with new AMEA CEO

PepsiCo has appointed a new chief executive officer for the Asia, Middle East and Africa (AMEA) region as it aims to bolster penetration in the region.

Showfloor blog: FI Asia-Thailand

Supply chain shocks driving Asian food producers to western quality

By Shane Starling in Bangkok

The non-Asian ingredient supply sector is fairly well represented here at Food Ingredients Asia-Thailand in Bangkok, but given current concerns about food supply chain security in the region, is probably still under-represented. Which is surprising…

Shanghai is home to CP Kelco regional headquarters, but new hubs and labs have recently spun off from east China

Fi Asia-Thailand

Doing business in Asia: CP Kelco’s all-in hub approach

By RJ Whitehead

With more and more global companies staking a claim in Asia’s growing countries, we have been looking at the directions some of the major players have taken to make the most of these new markets.

BJC: “We talk to them about what to bring to market and how and we come to a conclusion together.

FI Asia-Thailand

Distribution prime: ‘European approach is useless in Asia’

By Shane Starling at FI Asia-Thailand in Bangkok

One thing both niche players and the largest multinational suppliers like DSM, Tate & Lyle and Naturex have in common when it comes to doing business in Asia is their heavy reliance on local distributors.

Forget China, flavour firms should bank on Southeast Asia for growth

Fi Asia-Thailand

Forget China, flavour firms should bank on Southeast Asia for growth

By RJ Whitehead

Flavouring companies looking to expand across Asia should forget China. That’s the point San-Ei Gen’s David Tan was making as he spoke to FoodNavigator-Asia during Fi Asia-Thailand in Bangkok, adding that the youthful markets of Indonesia and the Philippines...

Lasse Nagell

Vitafoods Asia

Chr Hansen: While EU regulations are tough, Asia's are a minefield

By RJ Whitehead

On a day when its headquarters in Copenhagen announced a significant overhaul of a number of its core businesses, Chr Hansen’s vice-president of health and nutrition sales highlighted the regulatory difficulties companies face when doing business in Asia.

India and China must be part of the green palm oil process

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India and China must be part of the green palm oil process

By Dave McLaughlin, vice-president of agriculture, WWF US

Currently, RSPO certified palm oil represents 15% of global production, and many of the global brands have made commitments to source 100% certified palm oil by 2015.  

FAO anticipates record-breaking Asian rice crop

FAO anticipates record-breaking Asian rice crop

By RJ Whitehead

A deluge of early monsoon rains is expected to help produce a bumper Asian rice crop this season, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation has predicted.

Why there is great urgency for sustainability in palm oil

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Why there is great urgency for sustainability in palm oil

By Darrel Webber, secretary general of Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil

Increasing global consumption of palm oil poses serious sustainability challenges and raises questions about leading consumer nations’ responsibility in managing the footprint of its global supply chain. 

World slowly waking up to what Asia has known for years

Case study

World slowly waking up to what Asia has known for years

By RJ Whitehead

It is no secret Malaysia has a strict halal verification process and its certification is accepted across all Muslim countries, including the Middle East. But why did the country embark on a policy to tame the standards beast.

“[These countries] are proof that with strong political will, coordination and cooperation, it is possible to achieve rapid and lasting reductions in hunger.”

FAO praises 38 countries for halving hunger

By Shane Starling

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) says better nutrition targets to battle global hunger that affects 870 million people globally are being met in 38 countries.

Asia needs real halal standards before it can compete with the West

Halal special

Asia needs real halal standards before it can compete with the West

By RJ Whitehead

When you are catering to 1.8bn Muslim shoppers in a market that, according to The Economist, is likely to grow by 35% by 2030, there is bound to be a degree of fragmentation, but when it comes to halal, it is often more a case of disorganisation.

Norwegians debut 'compressed' omega-3 tablets

Norwegians debut 'compressed' omega-3 tablets

By Shane STARLING

A Norwegian start-up says its patent pending compression technology has allowed it to commercialise omega-3 powder that can be formulated in hard tablets rather than capsules.

China's opaque approach to rice data is becoming a massive concern

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China's opaque approach to rice data is becoming a massive concern

By RJ Whitehead

China’s rice production is proving to be a conundrum for analysts and food organisations the world over. The simple fact is, nobody knows with any degree of certainty what’s happening there, and what little that can be divined is nothing short of puzzling.

UN endorses Australian's call for the world to eat more insects

Asian tastes

UN endorses Australian's call for the world to eat more insects

By RJ Whitehead

A book released this week by the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation’s forestry department attempts to persuade Westerners that they should see insects as a potential key food source for the future. This will no doubt please Australian “science communicator”...

Bouman: Don’t just ban pesticides, find other ways to protect rice

Bouman: Don’t just ban pesticides, find other ways to protect rice

By RJ Whitehead

In the wake of the European Commission’s announcement that it will adopt a proposal to restrict the use of three pesticides belonging to the neonicotinoid family, rice research guru Bas Bouman has called for Asia to take different approaches, including...

World waits to learn the impact of China and India’s rice market surge

Commodities

World waits to learn the impact of China and India’s rice market surge

By RJ Whitehead

The recent rise of India as a rice exporter and of China—somewhat unexpectedly—as an importer is paving the way for increased uncertainty to the global market for the crop, according to one expert at the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI).

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