Indias Packaged Food Market

More working women and smaller families will drive consumption of packaged food in India. Particularly when hiring a household help is becoming costlier.

Tips for eating in Asia: The golden rule of Asian food

Tips for eating in Asia

OPINION: You have to love a unifying theory of life. You have to enjoy a brazen, sweeping generalisation to suit your particular point of view.

Southeast Asia’s Fisheries Near Collapse from Overfishing

Southeast Asias Fisheries Near Collapse from Overfishing

Approximately 12 percent of the world’s population relies upon fisheries and aquaculture for their livelihood, and over half of the world’s people get a significant source of their animal protein from fish and seafood. In Southeast Asia, this proportion is significantly higher. The region’s seas not only serve as a major source of food and livelihood for hundreds of millions of people, they generate several billion dollars in GDP for the region.

World's 10 most divisive foods

Worlds 10 most divisive foods

OPINION: You either love them or hate them, or have no desire to taste them in the first place.

Here are foods from around the world that you gag for or gag because of.

battle among Chinas food delivery apps

China’s tech companies are known to offer especially generous subsidies to take over niche markets. The upshot for users is that, from time to time, they can enjoy nearly free services. Such was the case with ride-hailing before Uber stopped competing against local rival Didi and became a stakeholder instead.

Chicken’s Million Steps to the cooking pot

chickens million steps to the cooking pot
Chickens at a farm in China's Hebei province wear electronic trackers to count the exact number of steps they take before they are sold.PHOTO: SINA.COM.CN

SHIJIAZHUANG (Hebei) - A farm in China is taking the idea of free-range chicken seriously - each fowl wears an electronic tracker to count the exact number of steps it takes.

"We don't sell them until they have taken over one million steps, roughly 160 days," said chicken farm manager He Xiaofei.

significant drop in demand for rockmelons

SINGAPORE: Demand for rockmelons has fallen sharply in Singapore following a recent listeria infection outbreak in Australia, with some suppliers reporting a fall in sales of between 50 and 90 per cent. 

Do you know about Acacia Gum
Acacia / Arabic gum is a natural gum consisting of the hardened sap of various species of the acacia tree.

Alland & Robert, France based supplier of food additive Acacia gum has done a study on the nutritional knowledge about Acacia gum, in the UK, Germany, Japan, and the USA, through the polling organisation Toluna.  Company finds huge misunderstanding about Acacia Gum uses, according to its study.

Difference between Halal and Halalan-Toyyiban

Difference between Halal and Halalan Toyyiban
Not all halal certified foods are halalan-toyyiban, which is a more comprehensive method of international standards compliance that is universally acceptable. PIC BY FAHMI YUSOF

HALAL is an Arabic word connoting a state of permissibility for objects or actions according to Syariah principles.

The Quran states that: “Eat of what is on earth, lawful and good” (2:168). This verse implies that humanity is expected to eat, use and act in accordance with what is not only permissible but also good, pure or wholesome. The verse expresses the godly commandment using two important words, namely “halal” and “toyyib”.

Wild salmon versus farmed salmon: Which is healthier?

Wild salmon versus farmed salmon
While both wild and farmed salmon are generally healthy options, the determining factor lies in how you want to prepare your salmon.PHOTO: THE NEW PAPER FILE

It is often assumed that wild seafood is healthier because it comes from natural sources, while farmed seafood contains parasites and genetically modified organisms (GMOs). But that is not the case, according to Mr Jon Erik Steenslid, regional director of the Norwegian Seafood Council of Southeast Asia. We speak to the seafood expert to reveal some surprising facts about farmed salmon. 

Banana sugar and cricket protein
Cambodia's National Fruit: Chicken Egg Banana

Start-ups including a Cambodian firm that produces a unique banana sugar and a Vietnam cricket protein company are among the 23 businesses selected to take part in the Mekong Agritech Accelerator (MATCh) programme.

The chosen cohort includes 13 startups from Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam, and 10 international firms proposing agritech solutions for these country markets.

Indias child stunting cant be stopped

In the 1970s, undernutrition was a common problem in the urban slums and poorer regions of Sao Paulo in southeastern Brazil. Brazilian health crusader Carlos Monteiro, who was practising medicine in these pockets then, recalls the large number of stunted children he dealt with.

Indonesia's salt spat gives industry a shake

Indonesias salt spat gives industry a shake
With more than 50,000km of coastline Indonesia is surrounded by salt water, and yet it spends tens of millions of dollars every year on imports of salt. PHOTO: REUTERS

JAKARTA (REUTERS) - Indonesia's efforts to protect farmers from imports have sometimes gone spectacularly wrong, creating shortages of staples such as rice and beef, and playing havoc with markets.

Superhot fried chicken eats into KFCs dominance in Indonesia
Fried chicken with traditional chili sauce is served with rice at an ayam geprek restaurant in Jakarta. (Photo by Wataru Suzuki)

JAKARTA -- A cheap, super-spicy dish of pounded fried chicken with chili sauce called ayam geprek has become all the rage in Indonesia. Restaurants that specialize in it have sprung up over the past year, shaking up the fast-food industry and challenging the dominance of Kentucky Fried Chicken.

Praying for Kobe beef Kelantan plans Quran recitals for its cows
Che Abdullah said that Kelantan has the country’s second-most cattle exports, adding that it was the first state to export lembu sado bred from prized European stock. — Picture by Choo Choy May

KUALA LUMPUR, April 5 — The Kelantan government is reportedly planning for Quran recitals to be held near locally-reared lembu sado, an imported breed, in the hopes this will help produce meat of similar grade to Japan’s famed Kobe beef.

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