South East 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.

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