Indonesia: Sugary Drinks Industry: Sugar Good, Tax Bad

Indonesia Sugary Drinks Industry Sugar Good Tax Bad

Makers of sugary beverages have called on the government to drop a planned tax on their products, claiming it will hurt their revenue and lead to layoffs.

Food safety scheme to launch

The Ho Chi Minh City Department of Industry and Trade has chosen Hoc Mon Wholesale Market and Ben Thanh Market to implement a pilot food-safety market model,according to a report in the Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper.

DPO Indonesia Awarded with GREENLANE Facility Status



Diligent work, especially in the area of submitting timely and complete documentation, has awarded DPO Indonesia with a GREENLANE facility status from Indonesian customs.

‘We are extremely thorough and rigorous when it comes to our processes. We're proud that our hard work has paid off!' said Inneke Fransisca, Group Commercial Director of DPO International.


Philippines: Beverage manufacturers oppose higher taxes

Philippines Beverage manufacturers oppose higher taxes

A bill imposing a tax on sweetened beverages hurdled the committee level in the House of Representatives on Tuesday, seeking to impose a 10-per-cent ad valorem tax on soft drinks and carbonated drinks. The tax collected would be allocated for health and other government programs.

From butter beans to pigeon peas UN launches International Year of Pulses

According to the United Nations, pulses – including all kinds of dried beans and peas – are a cheap, delicious and highly nutritious source of protein and vital micronutrients that can greatly benefit people’s health and livelihoods, particularly in developing countries.

Advert controls eyed on green tea, sodas

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Thailand’s Department of Health is proposing to place controls on green tea and carbonated drinks which have high sugar content that is detrimental to health, Deputy Department Director-General Sutha Jienmaneechotchai.

Selangor looks at drafting guideline for food trucks

Selangor looks at drafting guideline for food trucks


The Selangor government is considering implementing a standard guideline for food truck operators in the state.

How to make the most of a US$2.4 trillion opportunity in Asia

How to make the most of a US2.4 trillion opportunity in Asia

The grocery markets of China and India are set to grow in double digits and be worth US$2.4 trillion by 2020, according to the latest forecast by food and grocery researchers IGD.

Singapore: Be alert to safety issues with ready-to-eat meals

Singapore Be alert to safety issues with ready to eat meals

In a letter to TODAY, reader Liu I-Chun, in response to an article titled “Food firms get help to boost productivity with digital solutions”, said that while a shrinking workforce does pose challenges for the food industry, there are food safety concerns around the championing of new dining formats proposed.

Worldwide infant formula sales set to rocket as China ends one child policy

The abandonment of the one-child policy in China is expected to grow sales of infant formula by 10-15%, with 1.5-2 million more babies likely to be born each year in the country.

Indian QSR category expected to tip $3.8bn in five years

Indian QSR category expected to tip 3.8bn in five years

India’s fast-food sector continues its lightning growth, with Assocham estimating it will reach Rs25,000cr (US$3.8bn) by 2020.

Apac cheese market to leap to $15.5bn by 2021

Apac cheese market to leap to 15.5bn by 2021

The Asia-Pacific cheese market is worth US$8.3bn and is expected to almost double to US$15.5bn by 2021, according to a Research and Markets report. This corresponds to an annualised growth rate of 8.1% over seven years from 2014.

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In our everlasting quest to bring exceptional and global food innovations into local Asian markets, we would like to announce the arrival of TheBigBox.Asia, an online plaza of imported and delightful treats.

Made for treat lovers everywhere, TheBigBox.Asia offers Malaysians the chance of sampling exquisite imported delights at affordable prices from continental brands such as Elle & Vire, Delacre, Compal, BN Biscuits and more.

The Future of Food in the Year 2020

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A momentous evolution of change for the food industry will be upon us in the year 2020. In fact, it is already happening today. The present food landscape looks mighty different from what it looked like 10 years ago.

Technology is continuing to drive innovation in not just food sciences but foodservices as well. Today you can order your favorite dishes from multiple restaurants with just a click of a button or do your groceries on your smart-phone while waiting for the bus.

Changing consumer expectations and behavior on the other hand will continue to encourage restaurants and even food producers to recalibrate recipes, re-imagine their styles of service, pricing and even targeted messaging.

Here, we will briefly look at a few driving trends that will shape the food industry in the year 2020, and many years forward. They are health, convenience, transparency and sustainability.

“Disease preventive” berries in niche markets


It’s no secret that over the years berries have experienced a rapid growth in market demand due to the health and wellness benefits that come with it, as well as its year-round availability.


Natural source of powerful antioxidants

The type of berries that are usually referred to as ‘Superfruits’ includes blueberries, strawberries, blackberries, raspberries and even blackcurrants. They are an excellent source of natural and powerful antioxidants present as phenolic acids and varied types of flavonoids (flavones, flavanols and anthocyanidins) giving these fruits a rich diversity of color-providing pigments (eg. deep blue blueberries, dark purple blackcurrants and rich red raspberries ).

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