Traditional and staple foods

Thai food giant to tap West African noodles market

Thai food giant to tap West African noodles market

By Ankush Chibber

In a first, a Thai food major is taking its operations across the Indian Ocean to Africa, hoping to capitalise both on available resources and rising consumption in the region.

The GM rice problem: Food fraud from China?

The GM rice problem: Food fraud from China?

By Kacey Culliney

Genetic modification is an on-going problem in Asia’s basmati rice network and it is a problem that importers need to be vigilant in curbing, according to an industry expert.

Agriculture company dives into the 'lucrative' noodle sector

Chinese agricultural firm carves new FMCG product line

By Kacey Culliney

Shanxi-based Deyu Agriculture has developed a new line of MSG-free, easy-cook noodles that will enable it to delve into an unknown yet lucrative fast moving consumer goods (FMCG) sector in China.

Asia's natural, healthy cultural heritage is driving natural colour demand, says Chr Hansen CEO

Natural colours suit Asia’s dietary heritage: CEO of Chr Hansen

By Kacey Culliney

Chr Hansen recorded an 11% surge in sales across Asia Pacific in its H1 results, with natural colours proving strong for business; underpinned by a cultural dietary heritage favouring healthy food choice, according to CEO of the company.

RTE frozen foods catching on in India: McCain catering

McCain wants to stay local, grow local in India

By Ankush Chibber

Aiming to garner a higher share of the Indian ready-to-eat (RTE), frozen foods markets, McCain Foods is further strengthening its product range to cater to Indian tastes and sensibilities.

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Indian state drives first nail in Gutkha’s coffin

By Ankush Chibber

The central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh has become the first to ban the sale and manufacture of Gutkha products, the traditional and increasingly controversial form of edible tobacco.

India considers removing its wheat export controls

Indian government may remove controls on wheat exports

By Ankush Chibber

India may soon see a final policy move that would lead to the government stepping back and removing its controls on the exports of wheat products, a move that until now has been a utopian dream for local farmers and millers.