Nestlé and Kraft probe palm oil sources after sustainability claims
The globe’s two biggest food firms, Nestlé and Kraft, have launched internal investigations after a Greenpeace report claimed both purchase palm oil from Indonesian company PT Smart whose parent group Sinar Mas allegedly engages in widespread illegal...
Unilever acts over Greenpeace’s palm oil claims
Unilever has halted all purchases of palm oil from Indonesian company PT SMART after a Greenpeace report alleged that its parent group Sinar Mas is engaged in widespread illegal deforestation and peatland clearance in Indonesia.
Fonterra invests in growing Malaysian market
Fonterra has completed a NZ$12m plant expansion in Malaysia as the dairy market in the country grows in sophistication.
New Philippine FDA to have more control over foods
The world’s newest food industry regulatory body was set up in Phillipines this week, with the foundation of a new agency modeled on the US FDA.
Vietnam to build its largest food complex
Vietnamese food company Vissan has unveiled plans to build the nation’s largest food processing complex worth $39m (700bn VND) in the southern province of Long An, according to the company’s website.
Singapore approves five food health claims
The Singapore Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority (AVA) has approved five nutrient and product-specific health claims that can now bear a ‘Healthier Choice’ symbol.
Tate & Lyle is to produce all its sucralose from its new plant in Singapore, ‘mothballing’ its facility in McIntosh, Alabama.
Major international project to boost South Asian cereal production
The International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) has announced a $30m collaborative project which aims to boost South Asian cereal production by five million tonnes a year.
New Cargill center to focus on Asia markets
Cargill says it will create innovative new dairy and confectionery products and help bring them to a growing market in Asia with the opening of its new application centre.
Purac opens lactic acid plant in Thailand
Purac has officially opened its new lactic acid factory in
Thailand, where it hopes to build on lactic acid growth in Asia as
well as cutting production costs.
Barry Callebaut takes majority stake in Malaysian cocoa firm
Swiss chocolate company Barry Callebaut is to purchase a 60 per
cent share of Malaysia's KL Kepong Cocoa Products in a move
designed to increase its sourcing capacity in Asia.
Friesland Indonesian investment targets Asian functional drive
Dairy and ingredients firm Friesland Foods Kievit has constructed a
new drying plant in Indonesia for producing encapsulated
products to expand the group's portfolio in the wider Asian region.
Carlsberg builds new brewery in Vietnam
Carlsberg will strengthen its position in Vietnam's burgeoning
economy with its new brewery built in association with a
domestic partner, the company announced this morning.
Vietnam pushes for cocoa market growth
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.
Nutracea looks to tap Southeast Asian rice production
Nutracea announced it has received an opening purchase order from
network marketing company the Cosway Corporation for launch of its
stabilized rice bran in Southeast Asia.