Vietnam looks set to become one of Asia's primary cocoa producers,
with the government pledging to invest 40 billion
dong (€1.8m) in the country's burgeoning cocoa trade, according to
local news reports.
Vietnam's drive to boost exports of its sea-food products received
a boost this week, as a number of processors have been honoured for
their aquaculture practices, the country's ministry for fisheries
The labelling of genetically modified (GM) goods within Malaysia
has come further under the spotlight this week as the industry
remains torn between its proposed bio-safety laws and free
trade agreements between the US.
Synergy is opening a new technical centre in Thailand - a resource
intended to help it tap local Asian markets and to lend its
knowledge of western markets to manufacturers wishing to export to
The Indonesian government is currently reviewing its laws on
artificial sweeteners and will consider banning them from food if
expert evidence suggests they present health risks, according to a
Indonesia's food and beverage exports will grow by between 10 and
15 per cent this year, surpassing the US$2 billion in earnings
previously forecast for 2006, according to the Indonesian Food and
Beverage Producers Associations...