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.

Until sanctions, coal exports were a major earner for North Korea, worth some US$1.2 billion in 2016.

Japan Police Mount Raids Over Illegal Food Exports To North Korea

TOKYO: Japanese police said Thursday (Dec 14) they had carried out several raids, reportedly in connection to alleged shipments of food to North Korea that would contravene sanctions.

Japan has banned trade with North Korea as part of sanctions imposed on the country over its missile and nuclear programmes as well as the abduction of Japanese nationals.

Investigators raided several places on suspicion of violating foreign exchange regulations, an official from the Kyoto Police Department told AFP, declining to comment further.

Malaysia Seeks To Satisfy China's Durian Craving

Malaysia seeks to satisfy Chinas durian craving
A worker harvesting Musang King durians in Raub Durian Orchard in Raub district, Pahang. Durians from estates in Raub are sought after for their creaminess and bittersweet flavour that stems from the area's soil and terrain.

KUALA LUMPUR • China's love of durian is rocketing, and Malaysia wants a piece of it.

The value of China's fresh imports of durian has climbed an average of 26 per cent a year over the past decade, reaching US$1.1 billion (S$1.48 billion) last year, according to United Nations data.

Japan, China dominate list of world’s best restaurants

Japan China dominate list of worlds best restaurants
An employee of restaurant chain Sushi-Zanmai holds the head of a 212-kilogram bluefin tuna near the Tsukiji fish market in Tokyo on January 5, 2017. Photo: AFP/Behrouz Mehri

Japan and China have more of the world’s best restaurants than anywhere else, according to the La Liste ranking, which will be published next week.

Although the French-based list will declare Guy Savoy’s flagship Paris riverside restaurant the best in the world for the second year running –and French cooking dominates the top 100 – the big trend is the climb of Chinese haute cuisine.

Olam forecasts smaller cocoa surplus as Asia develops a taste for chocolate

Cocoa processor Olam is projecting a smaller than expected cocoa surplus where excess supplies, that hit record levels last season, are falling because of a larger uptake from emerging Asian markets.

Head of cocoa at Olam International Ltd, Gerry Manley, spoke to Bloomberg recently explaining how an increase in cocoa demand from countries like the Philippines, Indonesia, India and China is leading to a decline in the cocoa surplus that was the hallmark of last season. 

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Ornua is predicting big opportunities for Irish companies in Asia

Irish companies are looking eastwards to Asia for new opportunities in dairy and health food markets.

Forget Saké, Here’s Sachi – The First Booze Made From A Tofu By-Product

A new alcoholic drink rich in isoflavones has been made from whey that is usually wasted during tofu production.

The National University of Singapore research team, headed by Associate Professor Liu Shao Quan and PhD student Chua Jian Yong, have named the drink sachi.

Economy Whets Consumer Appetite

Economy Whets Consumer Appetite
Long queues at a Chooks To Go outlet outside Manila. The Philippines' largest rotisserie chicken chain has over 1,500 kiosks across the country, and its popularity has been a symbol of high consumer demand.ST PHOTO: RAUL DANCEL

When people are happy, they tend to go out more to enjoy themselves.

Just ask Chooks To Go. The Philippines' largest rotisserie chicken chain has over 1,500 kiosks scattered across the archipelago of 100 million people. Like most food companies here, it barely winces amid downturns and weathered the bird flu worries earlier this year.

Global Food Solutions From The Asia-Pacific

Global Food Solutions From The Asia Pacific

At the EAT Food Forum in Jakarta, finding more sustainable ways to feed the world

Fish for sale in a local market in Jambi, Indonesia. When talking about food security in Indonesia, forests and fisheries play an integral role, says CIFOR scientist Terry Sunderland. CIFOR Photo/Icaro Cooke Vieira

SUGAR - Friend or Foe?

 SUGAR - Friend or Foe?

With the so called ‘healthy’ sweeteners appearing in more products on supermarket shelves, some consumers are left wondering if these ‘healthier alternatives’ are indeed better than their more traditional counter parts.

If not taken in moderation, added sugar along with its evil accomplices like high fructose corn syrup is reckoned to be one of the main factors for some of the world’s leading killers like diabetes, heart disease, obesity, and even cancer.

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Coca-Cola is yet to crack the code in Indian market

Coca Cola is yet to crack the code in Indian market

Sales growth for soft drinks in India has tapered as urban consumers opt for low-sugar beverages and rural buyers cut discretionary spending.

Coca-Cola, the world’s largest beverage company, has not been able to crack a section of the Indian market even with brands such as SpriteMaaza and Thums Up

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