South East Asia

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...

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