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KUALA LUMPUR, 16 NOVEMBER – The young talented musicians of Young Malaysians Go Classic II (YMGCII) recently concluded their mesmerizing performance before an international audience on the 16th of November 2017 at Connexion @ Nexus Bangsar South, Kuala Lumpur.

The Young Malaysians Go Classic II (YMGC II)

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Expressing Musical Creativity & Passion

KUALA LUMPUR, 2 NOVEMBER - The Malaysia Belgium Luxembourg Business Council (MBLBC) and the Belgium Embassy along with platinum sponsor BIGbox Asia will be organising the Young Malaysians Go Classic II (YMGCII) event on this 16th November 2017 at Connexion @ Nexus Bangsar South, Kuala Lumpur.

YMGCII is a CSR-initiative by the MBLBC which enjoys the full support of the Belgian Embassy. The event aims to provide young musicians living in Malaysia an opportunity to display their musical talents in front of an international and appreciative audience of international business-people, government officials, musical colleagues and parents.  The talented youths of YMGC will also be the main attraction and entertainment for the EU-Malaysia Chamber of Commerce and Industry (EUMCCI) organized EUROPA Awards, happening on the 24 November 2017.

BIGbox Asia Partners with Fitness First Platinum

BIGbox Asia recently teamed up with Fitness First, a leading gym brand in Kuala Lumpur that just opened their 13th outlet in Melawati Shopping Mall at Taman Melawati, Kuala Lumpur. In their on-going efforts to form new and beneficial partnerships between businesses, BIGbox Asia was there to promote their range of healthy snacks including granolas, organic cereals, juices, nuts and more.

DPO at FiA Bangkok 2017

DPO International recently took part in Food ingredients Asia (FiA) 2017 in Bangkok from 13 to 15 September 2017. FiA is the ASEAN region’s primary destination for emerging market opportunities, especially when it comes to food ingredients.

DPO International expands to Vietnam

DPO International expands to Vietnam

DPO International is proud to announce the widening of its foothold in Asia through their latest expansion to Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam. DPO Vietnam will continue to represent DPO’s extensive range of international partners & products they carry which includes Hydrosol, Diasta, Halcyon & more. DPO services & products will be available for the Vietnamese food industry and surrounding regions not limited to Ho Chi Minh.


With a strong presence in Malaysia, Indonesia, China, Korea, Philippines, Thailand, Sri Lanka and now Vietnam, DPO International will be planning out more expansions in the years to come.

DPO International Launches Sunnyland


Striving to meet ever changing consumer demands, DPO International will be launching a new in-house brand called Sunnyland.  Applying over 20 years of experience servicing nearly all aspects of the food industry, Sunnyland taps into DPO’s vast understanding of the Foodservice market, offering frozen foods of the highest quality that are stored in proper storage conditions and transported with care in an ideal environment.

As a testament to DPO’s experience in the handling of frozen foods at an international level, Sunnyland products are ensured to be handled with care, with special priorities placed on safe storage and secure distribution.

Sunnyland products include delectable potato based products, fruits & vegetables, seafood & meat and yummy ready-to-eat desserts & meals. Sunnyland will be available in Malaysia, China, Korea, Thailand and the Philippines and will be launched sometime in September 2017. 

DPO International Launches Foodcraft

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To offer customized specialty ingredients & blends to smaller businesses, DPO International has launched a new in-house brand called Foodcraft. As the lines between B2B and B2C continue to converge, products and services offered will have to evolve in order to cater to new robust market demands and this is where Foodcraft comes in.

Foodcraft offers consumers & businesses a superior choice of quality specialty ingredients & blends, customized packing & more, all tailored to the customer’s preference. Food ingredients that are normally sold in bulk are now available in repacked convenient sizes and retail size packs for various applications, meeting the needs of smaller businesses or SMEs.

Foodcraft products include specialty ingredients that bring more functional benefits to food applications and customized blends & premixes that are formulated according to the customer’s preference. 

More info on Foodcraft

Chopstick Challenge

Chopstick Challenge

The full experience of eating Chinese food can truly be experienced by eating it as it was meant to be eaten – with chopsticks! However, if you use chopsticks as if spear fishing, you would probably end with food catapulting across the table. It’s time to say goodbye to that fork and to put those chopsticks to work.

Art of Eating with Hands

Art of Eating with Hands

Eating using hands is a very common practice in many Asian countries including Malaysia, Indonesia and Sri Lanka. The art of eating with one's hands is not easy as it looks. And if eating off a plate seem hard enough, how about eating rice and curry on a banana leaf using your hands?!

The Challenges of Food Security

The Challenges of Food Security

Watch Astro Awani’s interview with Daniel Pans, the Deputy Chairman of the EUMCCI (EU-Malaysia Chamber Of Commerce And Industry), on the subject of food security and its present day challenges.


Daniel Pans, Deputy Chairman, EU-Malaysia Chamber of Commerce & Industry (EUMCCI) & CEO of DPO International, spoke on BFM Radio about EUMCCI's mission to support and develop the interest of EU businesses in Malaysia, as well as facilitate trade and discussed about how the current sentiment in Europe could impact trade.

The Food Industry - Moving Toward Standardisation


Daniel Pans wears many hats. Besides being the Deputy Chairman of EUMCCI and a Co-Sector Leader of SEBSEAM-M’s Agribusiness Services, he is also the President of the Malaysian Belgium Luxembourg Business Council (MBLBC) and the group managing director and owner of DPO International, a pan-Asian food distribution company with 20 sales, marketing and distribution locations across seven Asian countries and one of the main sponsors of the EU-ASEAN Forum on Food Safety.

Market Trends of 2017

Change is accelerating in the world we live in today. The usual drivers of consumer behaviour and purchases seem to have fundamentally changed, with potentially profound implications throughout the food & beverage industry.

In today’s world, consumers now have unprecedented access to readily available information and the ability to instantly share this information via social media. Convergence of information technology, cultures across popular media and the rise of online grocers has been some of the driving factors that have caused a shift in consumer purchase decisions and is ever evolving shopping behaviours. This in turn is beginning to influence food processors to re-evaluate their products and formulations.

This article takes a brief look at some of the emerging market trends of 2017 and how innovative ingredients could play a vital role in transforming popular everyday foodstuffs that we are all familiar with.

DHA and Enhanced Cooking Oil


‘Innovation: The act or process of introducing new ideas, devices, or methods’-          Merriam – Webster dictionary


Like almost everything else, the food industry is no stranger to innovative products and processes. As the food industry is constantly finding ways to evolve and create more beneficial products to society, DHA is currently being looked at and applied to certain food products in hopes of increasing the DHA intake of not just adults but infants and children as well.

Inulin and Oligofructose

Inulin and Oligofructose

Inulin and Oligofructose are natural food ingredients which occur in many other foods but chicory has one of the highest percentages. Both Inulin and Oligofructose are soluble prebiotic dietary fibres which promote inner well-being and better digestive health. Inulin is a fat replacer and stability improver while Oligofructose is a sugar substituent.

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