Coffee and tea company Jacobs Douwe Egberts (JDE) and its partners are ploughing in US$1m on a coffee sustainability project in Vietnam’s Central Highlands designed to boost traceability and food safety.
Barry Callebaut’s APAC president said the firm’s Asia strategy is ‘boringly consistent’ – namely to be the heart of the cocoa industry in the region – but underlined that constant innovation is needed to deliver on that objective.
The Vietnamese food and beverage industry is seeing strong growth along with rising incomes, and its unique characteristics and preferences bring opportunities that food firms need to know how to seize.
Singapore Polytechnic’s Food Innovation and Resource Centre (FIRC) and the US Dairy Export Council (USDEC) have signed a partnership agreement to maximise research and development opportunities across South East Asia.
Blockchain technology is set to feature strongly at a new Vietnam Food Integrity Centre (FIC), which aims to improve standards in a nation that has been rocked by safety and hygiene issues in the recent past.