Philippine sugar producers call for boycott on Kraft products
Sugar growers in the Philippines are calling on the public to
boycott Kraft's Tang and Kool-Aid brands because the US firm
refuses to pay a sugar import tariff on the powdered beverages.
Foreign food brands attract most loyalty in Vietnam
Foreign foods and drink brands have the strongest brand name
recognition and loyalty in Vietnam with the exception of one local
company, according to new research.
Philippines to boost cocoa output
The Philippines is seeking to boost production of dried cocoa beans
under a 10-year plan designed to reduce its dependence on imports
and target new export markets.
Philippines dairy sector wants higher tariffs
Milk producers in the Philippines are urging the government to
increase liquid milk tariffs to 18 per cent from the current 3 per
cent to help them grow the young dairy industry.
Prima Agri joins up with major food group to expand
Prima Agri-Products, one of Malaysia's largest manufacturers of
Halal meat products, has joined up with Australian heavyweight food
maker, Comgroup, to help it tap growing demand for its products in
Thai Beverage raises funds for expansion
Thailand's brewer of Chang beer, Thai Beverage, raised S$1.37
billion (EUR677m) on Wednesday in an initial public offering in
Singapore, designed to help fund its expansion overseas.
Want-Want sees strong first quarter
New confectionery products and strong demand for beverages lifted
sales at Taiwan's Want Want Holdings by 28 per cent during the
first quarter, while higher margins helped it reduce the impact of
rising sugar prices.
Vietnam pepper exports surge on global shortage
Vietnam's pepper exports surged during the first quarter of the
year, accounting for more than 60 per cent of the global total,
according to the International Pepper Community (IPC).
Fraser & Neave targets Middle East to offset weak domestic demand
Malaysia's largest soft drinks maker Fraser & Neave Holdings
says it will treble its exports sales in the next two years by
entering the Middle East's condensed milk market.
Indonesia's foodmakers switch to sweeteners
Use of sweeteners in Indonesia has surged in the last year, as food
and beverage makers seek cheaper alternatives to sugar.
Universal Robina reveals international expansion plans
Philippines-based Universal Robina will spend P5.6 billion (€87m)
this year to expand its branded foods range and increase its
presence in other Asian markets, URC president Lance Gokongwei told
reporters last week.
US targets Malaysia free trade deal
The US government is set to open free trade talks with Malaysia,
predicting that an agreement could double exports of American
goods, including food, to the country by 2010.
Palm oil demand driving orang-utan to extinction
A UK lobby group is targeting the Malaysian and Indonesian palm oil
industries, claiming that intense farming of plantations is
threatening the orang-utan with extinction.
FiAsia draws industry to Kuala Lumpur
Food Ingredients Asia opens in Kuala Lumpur next week, attracting
food makers from all over southeast Asia and beyond.
Vietnamese seafood shrugs off US export decline
Vietnam has announced that seafood exports have risen during the
first four months of the year, despite ongoing trading difficulties
with the US, Tom Armitage reports.