South East Asia

Few bird's nest manufacturers registering under new norms is continuing problems

Bird’s nest exports still not back on track

Malaysia’s efforts to get its lucrative business of edible bird’s nests exports to China back on track has hit a roadblock as very few of the manufacturers registering under the new norms.

Thailand emerging as a new CSPO producer...

Thailand: The new ‘frontier’ of CSPO production

By Kacey Culliney

Malaysia and Indonesia are renowned as strong production players in the certified sustainable palm oil (CSPO) market but Thailand is emerging as the new frontier in Asia Pacific, according to the secretary general of RSPO.

WFP backs Cambodian and Bangladeshi fortified rice programmes

WFP backs Cambodian and Bangladeshi fortified rice programmes

By Shane Starling

The World Food Programme (WFP) operates on many fronts, with many initiatives, but it’s core remains the same – to better the nutritional inputs of the world’s neediest people. Significant advances in fortified rice technology are set to see those goals...

Frutarom building new manufacturing plant for savoury applications in China and Southeast Asia

Frutarom’s savoury sway for China and SE Asia

By Kacey Culliney

A new manufacturing facility in Shanghai will enable flavour manufacturer Frutarom to tap into the vast opportunities in the savoury application sector in China and Southeast Asia.

Innovative exports to drive growth in Singapore's food industry

Singapore: Innovative exports to drive growth

By Jennifer Phang & Kacey Culliney

The focus for manufacturers in Singapore needs to be on the export market, and in particular functional and health foods, according to industry official.

New rules to resume imports of Malaysian bird's nests into China

Malaysia to resume bird’s nest exports to China

By Ankush Chibber

Almost half a year after China banned the import of edible bird’s nests from Malaysia due to nitrite contamination, Malaysian exporters will finally get back to work under new regulations.

Halal food industrial estate for Thailand

Thailand jumps on Halal bandwagon

By Jennifer Phang

Thai trade authorities are working closely with local food manufacturers to set up a halal food industrial estate in the south of the country, a region with a large Muslim population.

Baskin-Robbins enters its eight Asian country in Vietnam

Timely entrance into Vietnam for Baskin-Robbins

By Kacey Culliney

US ice cream brand Baskin-Robbins has timed entrance into Vietnam carefully via a franchise with a local food company amid a snowballing economy and emerging middle class with a taste for luxuries, the company said.

New Indonesian production facility to serve Southeast Asia: Firmenich

Swiss flavour house builds Southeast Asian presence

By Kacey Culliney

Swiss flavour and fragrance giant, Firmenich, will be able to better serve Southeast Asia’s market as it will be closer to clients and consumers with its new flavour production facility in Indonesia, according to the company.

Possible campaign launch in Indonesia against unhealthy foods for children

Indonesia wants better, healthier food products at schools

By Ankush Chibber

Indonesia will more tightly supervise the sale of food products sold in and around schools in 2012, if a government agency-backed effort to reduce the impact of unhealthy snacks on the country's 50 million 6-18 year-olds is OK'd at senior level.

Indian edible oil processors want change in 2012

Indian edible oil processors want change in 2012

By Ankush Chibber

The Indian edible oil industry is banking on a slew of corrective measures in 2012 to revive its fortunes after the last year ended on a downhill thanks to changes in the Indonesian palm oil tax structure.

Stevia Corp enters research partnership to encourage cultivation in Vietnam

Stevia: Economically viable in Vietnam

By Kacey Culliney

US farm management company, Stevia Corp, has signed an agreement with a Vietnamese research institute to strengthen knowledge of stevia cultivation and crop management to drive production in the country.

Thai government agency to help rice production following destructive floods

Thailand to help farmers ramp up rice production

By Jennifer Phang

The recent deluge of rain in Thailand will not hamper overall rice production in 2011 as farmers will be aided by the National Science and Technlology Development Agency (NSTDA) to increase rice production with better quality seeds.

Government work has boosted Thailand's organics market

Government support boosts Thai organic food industry

By Jennifer Phang

Thailand's organic industry is now a 400m Thai Baht business since the National Innovation Agency (NIA) started a government initiative in 2006 to help organic farmers and food production companies raise the level of their products and to hike up...

Singapore government pledges $45m to food manufacturing sector

Singapore invests $45m in food manufacturing

By Kacey Culliney

Singapore’s government has pledged funds over the next five years towards the country’s food manufacturing sector in a bid to improve productivity by 20%.

Bunge Agribusiness Singapore enters palm oil industry through JV

Bunge forms joint venture for palm oil

By Ankush Chibber

Bunge Agribusiness Singapore Pte has announced that it will join hands with an Indonesia palm plantation company, the first time Bunge has invested in the palm oil industry.

Coffee preference varies according to region

Getting up close and personal with Southeast Asian tastes

By Caroline Scott-Thomas

There is a huge range in taste preferences within Southeast Asia, so being immersed in the market is essential for meeting regional customer requirements, according to Asia-focussed flavour company KH Roberts.

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