Piccolo eyes Asia as UK baby-food firm gets backing from PE firm DSG Consumer Partners

Piccolo eyes Asia as UK baby food firm gets backing from PE firm DSG Consumer Partners

Piccolo looking at entering markets in Asia

Piccolo has secured investment from DSG Consumer Partners, with the UK baby food firm eyeing markets in Asia.

Asia will drive global organic growth over next decade: Indian industry pioneer

Asia will drive global organic growth over next decade

Asia is primed to drive the sales of global organic products between 2020-2030 as consumer understanding and government support grows, claims an industry pioneer in India.

Raj Seelam is the founder and CEO of Sresta Natural Bioproducts which sells organic ingredients and finished products under the 24 Mantra brand.

Export shelled peas to Asia

Export shelled peas to Asia

Players in the agro-business have been urged to export shelled peas into the South-East Asian market to boost the country’s foreign currency reserves dwindle, ZimTrade has said.

In its newsletter, ZimTrade said the demand for fresh garden peas in Malaysia was increasing and exporters should take advantage of that to earn the country the much-needed foreign currency. “ZimTrade is urging Zimbabwean exporters to take advantage of the opportunities available to supply shelled peas into the South-East Asian market. The demand for fresh garden peas in Malaysia is increasing,” it said.

Technology for Social Good – Yimishiji and the Chinese food industry

 Technology for Social Good Yimishiji and the Chinese food industry

The latest participant in our ongoing ‘Tech for Social Good’ series is Yimishiji, an online farmers’ market in China that is one of six organisations to be awarded a Social Impact Fellowship from GLG. Receiving the Fellowship means that winners are given two years free-of-charge of access to GLG’s consultancy network of more than 500,000 experts in order to help them develop and grow.

Shaping the Future of Food with EAT Forum in Jakarta

Shaping the Future of Food with EAT Forum in Jakarta

Founder and CEO Alva Lim (far left) together with her team at Agora Food Studio in Dili, Timor-Leste.

Alva Lim wants eating with the seasons to be fashionable again. She’s the Founder and Director of Agora Food Studio in Dili, Timor-Leste, working to revitalize Timorese cuisine by promoting the country’s heritage crops and inspiring new healthy food traditions. “We focus on training people’s palettes to taste food and using what is in season to create beautiful combinations, rather than through a recipe based approach,” says Lim.

Sugar: The Sweet & Bitter Facts

Sugar: The Sweet & Bitter Facts

We previously introduced Ricebowl Asia’s readers on the importance of Carbohydrates in our diet and its functions to the human bodies. Since we were previously discussing about the good ol’ Carbs, it is only natural if we digress towards Sugar. We have all heard about Sugar and how too much sweetness is bad for health but how much do we really know about Sugar?

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Suntory and PepsiCo form soft drink joint venture in Thailand

Suntory and PepsiCo form soft drink joint venture in Thailand

Suntory Beverage & Food and PepsiCo have agreed to create a soft drink joint venture in Thailand, helping Suntory expand its beverage business in the country.

Suntory will acquire 51% of the shares in International Refreshment (Thailand) Co, a PepsiCo operation, for 33bn yen ($289.63m). The venture will be renamed as Suntory PepsiCo Beverage (Thailand) Co. Ltd.

Danone installs China rooftop solar system to slash carbon emissions

Danone installs China rooftop solar system to slash carbon emissions

Danone has installed a vast rooftop solar system at its Zhongshan factory in China, which will save 55,000 tons of CO2 over its lifetime.

The project is Danone’s first solar PV (photovoltaic) project in China.

Asia Clean Capital (ACC) designed, constructed and funded the system and will undertake the long-term system maintenance.

Electricity from the solar systems will be provided to Danone at competitive rates.

Clear gains: Fruit firm brings clear can packaging to Asia

Clear gains Fruit firm brings clear can packaging to Asia

S&W, a Del Monte company, is launching clear fruit cans in stores in Seoul, South Korea, and Shanghai, China.

S&W Fine Foods International, a Del Monte company, is rolling out clear fruit cans for its products sold in Seoul, South Korea, and Shanghai, China.

The firm says the use of Milacron’s Klear Can shows consumers the quality and freshness of its pineapple products at the time of purchase.

Milacron CEO Tom Goeke said: “After years of development and strong positive consumer results, we’re excited to have S&W Fine Foods International on-board as a partner to launch the Milacron Klear Can in key global markets. We are also thrilled about the prospect of transforming the metal can industry.

Malaysian MyNews owner Bison secures Japan food manufacturing JVs

Major Malaysian retailer group Bison is accelerating its move into food manufacturing by partnering with two Japanese firms to produce bakery and ready-to-eat convenience goods.

Bison has 220 outlets under its myNEWS.com. brand and operates the WHSmith stores within Malaysian international airports.

Falling Chinese pork imports fuel global oversupply

Falling Chinese pork imports fuel global oversupply

A drop in Chinese imports is expected to cause a global oversupply in pork meat.

According to the Rabobank Pork Quarterly report for Q4 2017, the global pork supply is expected to increase further, mainly driven by China, the US, Canada, and Brazil.  Pork imports to China alone were down by 27% in the first eight months, but are expected to rebound later on in the year.

All About Protein

All about Protein

If you’re one of those who patiently studies new additions in supermarkets and grocery stores, you would notice that year after year, more snacks, meals and foods are being fortified with protein.

Certain snacks now come in ‘high in protein’ flavors and even some cereals are now ‘enhanced with protein’.

This article takes a brief look at what exactly is protein made off and offers a few insights on what it can do for your body, and we don’t just mean building muscles like Arnie.

 

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Yoghurt soars as China develops new dairy foothold

Yoghurt soars as China develops new dairy foothold

Cheaper production costs and higher quality products have led foreign companies to dominate most Chinese dairy markets, but high margins and booming demand have put local firms in pole position in the yoghurt market.

Having touched US$55bn last year, the dairy market is now second only to America.

Indonesian food firm creates first halal accredited mentaiko

Takefumi Hashimoto, executive officer, Yamaya Communications Inc, receives the halal certification for the mentaiko, with the different forms of the product displayed.

Takefumi Hashimoto, executive officer, Yamaya Communications Inc, receives the halal certification for the mentaiko, with the different forms of the product displayed.

The product certified by Majelis Ulama Indonesia (MUI), the Muslim authority of the country, is now sold in AEON supermarkets in Indonesia. Whole mentaiko, also known as mako, is being sold in packs of about 70g to 100g.

PT Kanemory Food Service, a halal-certified operation, was consigned to produce the halal mentaiko by its group company in Indonesia, PT Kanematsu Trading Indonesia.

‘Spicy’ Top 10 Facts You Might Not Have Known About Indian Food

By Ricebowl Asia

Almost every human being in planet Earth has heard or tried Indian Food. Their spicy and flavourful dishes are known to evoke fiery tongues along with sweaty foreheads and are generally not for people with a sensitive tummy. Modern day Indian cuisine in certain cities now adopts a less spicy approach to their meals so that their cuisine can cater to all.

Contrary to popular belief, traditional Indians do not eat their food in stages. Food is often served on a one giant plate with little bowls of dishes in them, called a thali, with the sweet dishes enjoyed following the savoury good stuff. The dishes you find in the Starter section of a restaurant menu is usually just snacks and/or street food. Keep this in mind the next time you’re browsing through a menu at an Indian restaurant!  

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