Thailand will ban all plastic waste imports by 2021, making it the latest country in South east Asia to take policy-level action against a rising influx of foreign plastic scraps, much of which comes from food and beverage packaging.
Vietnam’s fruit and vegetable exports reached the VND 63.5tn (US$2.7bn) mark as of September 2018, up 14.1% year-on-year, but officials are concerned that more needs to be done to improve sales to domestic consumers.
In just three years, a craft scene has exploded in Vietnam’s beer capital. We talk to some of the craft brewers and entrepreneurs driving the sector forward with Vietnamese ingredients and local twists.
Changes to food safety and traceability rules in China, the prospect of severe fines for food firms in Vietnam, plus potential raw milk law changes in New Zealand feature in our monthly policy round-up.
Asia’s large format retailers — supermarkets and hypermarkets — are set to grow 3.3% a year to 2022, with firms in Vietnam, India and the Philippines forecast to see double-digit growth over the next five years.
Nestlé has launched a new Nescafé Dolce Gusto capsule production line in Vietnam, which will use locally-grown coffee beans top process 2,500 tonnes of coffee per year — the equivalent of around 130 million capsules.
Coffee and tea company Jacobs Douwe Egberts (JDE) and its partners are ploughing in US$1m on a coffee sustainability project in Vietnam’s Central Highlands designed to boost traceability and food safety.
The Vietnamese food and beverage industry is seeing strong growth along with rising incomes, and its unique characteristics and preferences bring opportunities that food firms need to know how to seize.