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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.

FAO praises 38 countries for halving 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

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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

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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).

Food industry has big role to play in Asean single market

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Food industry has big role to play in Asean single market

By Beverly Postma, executive director of Food Industry Asia

As the deadline for the creation of single common market across the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) fast approaches, the food industry has stepped up to demonstrate that the private sector can play a meaningful role in accelerating the...

FSANZ standard should be adopted by Asian giants

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FSANZ standard should be adopted by Asian giants

By Ankush Chibber

Health claims in food and beverage products is perhaps the most talked about topic in the entire food production chain outside of GM. In mature markets like the US—and now Australasia—at least there has been frameworks implemented to rationalise the claim-making...

ABF calls Oxfam food ethics attack ‘ridiculous’

ABF calls Oxfam food ethics attack ‘ridiculous’

By Shane Starling

Associated British Foods – worst-in-class in an Oxfam report critical of 10 food giants for essentially operating under a corporate social responsibility (CSR) “veil of secrecy” – has hit back, slamming the report ‘s findings as “ridiculous”.

Dohler expands MENA might with Delta Aromatic acquisition

Dohler expands MENA might with Delta Aromatic acquisition

By RJ Whitehead

Already a mainstay in the Middle East ingredients market, Dohler has now announced further expansion in the region following its acquisition of the fruit processing and flavour unit of Delta Aromatic in Egypt.

How high can high-end omega-3 go?

Special edition: Omega-3 (Editor's blog)

How high can high-end omega-3 go?

By Shane STARLING

Just got off the phone to Ola Snove, the new(ish) CEO of Aker part-owned Norwegian omega-3 specialist Epax. Wanted to know his view on high-end omega-3 prospects that have attracted BASF and DSM to the sector. His word: “Stellar”.