Malaysian farmers protest against EU push to ban palm oil in biofuels

Protesters display placards and banners during a protest against the European Union campaign to ban palm biofuels in Kuala Lumpur on Jan 16, 2018.

KUALA LUMPUR: About 2,000 palm oil farmers protested Tuesday (Jan 16) against a push by the European Parliament to ban the use of the commodity in biofuels, saying it would devastate rural people's livelihoods.

Japanese city on alert for deadly fugu blowfish

 Japanese city on alert for deadly fugu blowfish

A Japanese city has broadcast emergency warnings to prevent people consuming blowfish, after potentially deadly portions were mistakenly sold.

A local supermarket in Gamagori city sold five packets of fugu fish without removing the livers, which contain poison.

 

yuck factor

Can the “yuck factor” — one of the biggest barriers faced by edible insect producers — be overcome?

It’s that feeling of horror, revulsion or disgust that many consumers endure when they think about eating bug protein.

Obviously, as a manufacturer of pasta containing cricket flour, I have been looking at ways to counter this popular perception of our novel ingredient. To do so, it is important to understand if this feeling of distaste is rationally explainable — if it is innate or learned, dynamic or durable. To begin, let’s look at the appearance of a cricket.

Making Instant Noodles More Nutritious

making instant noodles more nutritious

Instant noodles have always been an easy (and cheap) way to quickly satisfy your hunger pangs, especially when you’re winded after a long day at work or school.

Instant noodles have long been a favorite comfort food for Asians, especially for students and single working adults who are sometimes on a tight budget.

JD.com expands into fresh food supermarkets in Beijing

JD.com expands into fresh food supermarkets in Beijing

JD.com, one of the two major ecommerce platforms in China, followed the steps of its rival Alibaba and launched its first offline high-tech supermarket in Beijing last week.

Running under the name of "7Fresh", the supermarket chain officially opened on Thursday is the first physical fresh food retailer operated by JD.com, which is boosted by the use of a mobile app, digital payments, and a number of high-tech features, according to a NetEast report.

Ise Foods aims to sell 4 billion eggs a year in India

Eggs are very popular foods in India

TOKYO -- Japan's largest egg producer, Ise Foods, is teaming up with Suzuki Motor in a joint venture to launch major egg production operations in the enormous Indian market, aiming to selling 4 billion eggs annually, about 5% of India's current egg consumption.

Malaysias Dahmakan chows down 2 6M for its end to end food delivery service 

Dahmakan, a food delivery startup from Malaysia that graduated Y Combinator last year, has raised $2.6 million as it begins to explore the potential to expand its business across Southeast Asia.

The startup distinguishes itself from the likes of FoodPanda and Deliveroo with an “end-to-end” approach to food, that’s to say that it cooks all dishes itself and dispatches them to customers, too. (That’s also called “full-stack” but perhaps “food-stack” is more appropriate.) Most important, it considers its food to be healthy rather than of the junk/variety — that’s just the right note for those (of us) on a New Year-powered health kick.

Chinas Baby Formula Revamp May Trigger Boom For International Brands

A safety overhaul of China's notorious baby-formula industry removed about 1,400 products from store shelves this week, clearing the way for international brands.

SHANGHAI (BLOOMBERG) - A safety overhaul of China's notorious baby-formula industry removed about 1,400 products from store shelves this week, clearing the way for international brands such as Nestle and Danone to grab greater shares of a US$20 billion (S$26 billion) market.

China’s DRex Food Group invests $400m in Belarus dairy infrastructure in latest spending spree

China's DRex Food Group has signed various agreements with Belarus in December, including to invest US$400m in dairy farms and a milk processing plant.

China’s DRex Food Group Co. Ltd. has signed an agreement to invest US$400m in dairy farms and a milk processing plant in the Vitebsk region of Belarus, near the border with Russia.

US brand Tasty Bite to enter Europe, Asia

US brand Tasty Bite to enter Europe Asia

CHENNAI, JANUARY 2: US-based Preferred Brands International, which makes ready-to-serve Indian and Asian food under the brand Tasty Bite will expand to newer geographies and increase production capacity.

The company was acquired by Mars Food, a part of Mars Inc.

China's appetite for sorghum continues

Chinas appetite for sorghum continues

With increased production in its livestock sector and a drop in imports of distillers’ dried grains (DDGS), China’s appetite for sorghum isn’t waning. The nation is expected to use 8.9 million tonnes of the crop in 2017-18, a majority of which will come from imports.

Consumption is up from 8.8 million tonnes in 2016-17, but down from a high of 11 million tonnes in 2015-16, according to a report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS).

Amid Fattest Asian Country Claim Malaysian Nutritionists Sponsored By Food Giants
The report pointed at the Nutrition Society of Malaysia, whose research on local diets and lifestyle habits was not only financed, but also reviewed by Nestlé, the world’s largest food company whose malted chocolate beverage Milo is popular with consumers here. 

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 23 — In Malaysia — where nearly half the adult population are overweight or obese, and dubbed the fattest country in Asia — nutritionists are being financially supported by major food companies, New York Times (NYT) reported today.

The report pointed at the Nutrition Society of Malaysia, whose research on local diets and lifestyle habits was not only financed, but also reviewed by Nestlé, the world’s largest food company whose malted chocolate beverage Milo is popular with consumers here.

Bangladesh ranks lowest in terms of food security in South East Asia

Dhaka [Bangladesh], Dec 24 (ANI): Bangladesh has been ranked a lowly 89th, among other South Asian countries, in the recently published Global Food Security Index 2017.

According to Dhaka Tribune, the general secretary of Bangladesh Food Security Network (BFSN), Nurul Alam Masud, disclosed the figure at a press conference at the Dhaka Reporters' Unity in the Bangladeshi capital yesterday.

Japan government to promote fugu exports to Asia

Japan government to promote fugu exports to Asia

The government plans to promote exports of fugu, a traditional luxury food item in Japan, targeting wealthy people in China and other Asian nations, according to sources.

Fugu, or puffer fish, are rarely seen in overseas marketplaces because of the poison they contain, but the government is aiming to make the product a big seller among the country’s agricultural and marine exports.

Sales of instant noodles declining fast in China

Sales of instant noodles declining fast in China
Tingyi, which makes and sells Master Kong instant noodles, had a revenue slump in its instant noodle business from US$4.3 billion (S$5.8 billion) in 2013 to US$3.2 billion in 2016.PHOTO: REUTERS

BEIJING - With their tangy sauces and sachets of dried meat and vegetables, instant noodles were once the bedrock of China's convenience food, but their sales had declined drastically in recent years, reported Xinhua news agency.

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