The ‘Tea-rrific’ way teas are made

There are normally two kinds of special breeds in the world, the tea lovers and the coffee addicts. The tea folks tend to see themselves as a more sophisticated ‘nobili-tea’ (pun intended) that are sometimes misunderstood for their unflinching loyalty to their tea. Unlike a coffee drinker who needs that cup of Joe each morning to function like normal human being, a tea lover usually chooses when and where to slowly sip on their liquid enjoyment.

southeast Asia a hotspot for antibiotic abuse
Thousands of chickens are seen in a poultry farm in Bogor on the outskirts of Jakarta. Reuters

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Overuse and misuse of antibiotics in food is rife in Southeast Asia, a Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) official said on Wednesday, warning of serious risks for people and animals as bacterial infections become more resistant to treatment.

Plastic found in mussels from Arctic to China enters human food

plastic found in mussels from arctic to china enters human food

OSLO ― Tiny bits of plastic are contaminating mussels from the European Arctic to China in a sign of the global spread of ocean pollution that can end up on people's dinner plates.

Mussels in apparently pristine Arctic waters had most plastic of any tested along the Norwegian coast, according to a study this month by the Norwegian Institute for Water Research (NIVA).

Vegan Scrambled Eggs From Just Arrive In Asia

Vegan Scrambled Eggs From Just Arrive In Asia

JUST, formerly the brand Hampton Creek that’s best known for disrupting the mayonnaise industry, has begun its launch into Asia with its groundbreaking Just Scramble, the new vegan egg product made from mung beans. The Bay Area company is also bringing its flagship Just Mayo product and its Just Ranch dressing products to the booming Asian market.

JUST began launching in Hong Kong this week at the Green Common, a marketplace that brings together plant-based food and shopping in the destination city. The companies have been hosting tasting sessions with media and influencers to kick-off the launch.

South Korean spicy ramen craze continues halal version to be launched in Indonesia

When Samyang Foods released Buldak Spicy Chicken Ramen in 2012, the company did not expect it would receive such explosive popularity from customers abroad - especially in the YouTube community.

Malaysian farmers protest against EU push to ban palm oil in biofuels

Protesters display placards and banners during a protest against the European Union campaign to ban palm biofuels in Kuala Lumpur on Jan 16, 2018.

KUALA LUMPUR: About 2,000 palm oil farmers protested Tuesday (Jan 16) against a push by the European Parliament to ban the use of the commodity in biofuels, saying it would devastate rural people's livelihoods.

Japanese city on alert for deadly fugu blowfish

 Japanese city on alert for deadly fugu blowfish

A Japanese city has broadcast emergency warnings to prevent people consuming blowfish, after potentially deadly portions were mistakenly sold.

A local supermarket in Gamagori city sold five packets of fugu fish without removing the livers, which contain poison.

 

yuck factor

Can the “yuck factor” — one of the biggest barriers faced by edible insect producers — be overcome?

It’s that feeling of horror, revulsion or disgust that many consumers endure when they think about eating bug protein.

Obviously, as a manufacturer of pasta containing cricket flour, I have been looking at ways to counter this popular perception of our novel ingredient. To do so, it is important to understand if this feeling of distaste is rationally explainable — if it is innate or learned, dynamic or durable. To begin, let’s look at the appearance of a cricket.

Making Instant Noodles More Nutritious

making instant noodles more nutritious

Instant noodles have always been an easy (and cheap) way to quickly satisfy your hunger pangs, especially when you’re winded after a long day at work or school.

Instant noodles have long been a favorite comfort food for Asians, especially for students and single working adults who are sometimes on a tight budget.

JD.com expands into fresh food supermarkets in Beijing

JD.com expands into fresh food supermarkets in Beijing

JD.com, one of the two major ecommerce platforms in China, followed the steps of its rival Alibaba and launched its first offline high-tech supermarket in Beijing last week.

Running under the name of "7Fresh", the supermarket chain officially opened on Thursday is the first physical fresh food retailer operated by JD.com, which is boosted by the use of a mobile app, digital payments, and a number of high-tech features, according to a NetEast report.

Ise Foods aims to sell 4 billion eggs a year in India

Eggs are very popular foods in India

TOKYO -- Japan's largest egg producer, Ise Foods, is teaming up with Suzuki Motor in a joint venture to launch major egg production operations in the enormous Indian market, aiming to selling 4 billion eggs annually, about 5% of India's current egg consumption.

Malaysias Dahmakan chows down 2 6M for its end to end food delivery service 

Dahmakan, a food delivery startup from Malaysia that graduated Y Combinator last year, has raised $2.6 million as it begins to explore the potential to expand its business across Southeast Asia.

The startup distinguishes itself from the likes of FoodPanda and Deliveroo with an “end-to-end” approach to food, that’s to say that it cooks all dishes itself and dispatches them to customers, too. (That’s also called “full-stack” but perhaps “food-stack” is more appropriate.) Most important, it considers its food to be healthy rather than of the junk/variety — that’s just the right note for those (of us) on a New Year-powered health kick.

Chinas Baby Formula Revamp May Trigger Boom For International Brands

A safety overhaul of China's notorious baby-formula industry removed about 1,400 products from store shelves this week, clearing the way for international brands.

SHANGHAI (BLOOMBERG) - A safety overhaul of China's notorious baby-formula industry removed about 1,400 products from store shelves this week, clearing the way for international brands such as Nestle and Danone to grab greater shares of a US$20 billion (S$26 billion) market.

China’s DRex Food Group invests $400m in Belarus dairy infrastructure in latest spending spree

China's DRex Food Group has signed various agreements with Belarus in December, including to invest US$400m in dairy farms and a milk processing plant.

China’s DRex Food Group Co. Ltd. has signed an agreement to invest US$400m in dairy farms and a milk processing plant in the Vitebsk region of Belarus, near the border with Russia.

US brand Tasty Bite to enter Europe, Asia

US brand Tasty Bite to enter Europe Asia

CHENNAI, JANUARY 2: US-based Preferred Brands International, which makes ready-to-serve Indian and Asian food under the brand Tasty Bite will expand to newer geographies and increase production capacity.

The company was acquired by Mars Food, a part of Mars Inc.

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