Traditional and staple foods

Few bird's nest manufacturers registering under new norms is continuing problems

Bird’s nest exports still not back on track

Malaysia’s efforts to get its lucrative business of edible bird’s nests exports to China back on track has hit a roadblock as very few of the manufacturers registering under the new norms.

Thailand emerging as a new CSPO producer...

Thailand: The new ‘frontier’ of CSPO production

By Kacey Culliney

Malaysia and Indonesia are renowned as strong production players in the certified sustainable palm oil (CSPO) market but Thailand is emerging as the new frontier in Asia Pacific, according to the secretary general of RSPO.

Tobacco plants

Gutkha ban imminent in India

By Ankush Chibber

Indian’s health ministry is all set to ban gutkha, pan masala, and other edible forms of tobacco on the basis of a ruling last year by the country’s Supreme Court.

WFP backs Cambodian and Bangladeshi fortified rice programmes

WFP backs Cambodian and Bangladeshi fortified rice programmes

By Shane Starling

The World Food Programme (WFP) operates on many fronts, with many initiatives, but it’s core remains the same – to better the nutritional inputs of the world’s neediest people. Significant advances in fortified rice technology are set to see those goals...

Calls to ban gutkha in India increase amid contamination finds

Calls for a ban on gutkha in India increase

By Ankush Chibber

Calls for a ban on gutkha in India have intensified after a recent spree of inspections by a food safety watchdog found traces of toxins in samples.

Thai sugar company Mitr Phol secures controlling stake in Aussie mill

Thai sugar giant secures majority stake in Aussie mill

By Kacey Culliney

Thai sugar company, Mitr Phol, has secured a majority stake of 57.69% in Australian sugar mill MSF for A$300m, racking up the total foreign investment in Australia’s sugar production to over 60%.

Multi-level integrated approach to water management in India is essential: Study

Water management in India – is it your problem?

By Kacey Culliney

Food and beverage manufacturers will have a key role to play in water management and food security across India as the projected impacts of climate change take hold across agricultural land, finds a new study.

Genomics are unlocking salt-ready rice potential, say researchers

Salt tolerant rice for Tsunami soils ready within two years

By Kacey Culliney

A method for marker-assisted breeding, conceived in 2009 through a collaborative research project between the UK and Japan, is now focused on developing rice breeds tolerant to salt-sodden Japanese soils following the Tsunami last year.