Southeast Asia

Singapore has been setting itself up as a regional hub for food science for more than 10 years. Pic: Getty Images/CharlieTong

Lobby group wooing region with whey ingredients

US dairy targets SE Asia in protein charm offensive

By Richard Whitehead

American dairy has been on a charm offensive in Southeast Asia recently, in a bid to persuade more food companies to feature its protein and permeate ingredients in their products.

Maori milk company Miraka has signed an MOU to distribute its Whai Ora product in Malaysia.

Miraka expands with Malaysia deal

By Jim Cornall

Miraka, New Zealand’s first Maori-owned milk company, has signed an MOU with Malaysian company Storiiu, a food distribution business, to supply their flagship consumer food, Whai Ora. 

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This week Down Under

Baby of the family is least likely to be breastfed

By RJ Whitehead

A family’s youngest child is most likely to miss out on breastfeeding, according to an Australian study that also found that a woman’s education level and the number of children she has also affect its likelihood.

FrieslandCampina has extended its partnership with the NBA for the Southeast Asia market

FrieslandCampina renews NBA partnership

By Jim Cornall

The National Basketball Association (NBA) and FrieslandCampina have announced a multi-year extension of their marketing partnership.

Dairy debunked: Ingredients could benefit SE Asian physiology

SE Asia dairy focus

Dairy debunked: Ingredients could benefit SE Asian physiology

By RJ Whitehead

For generations, Southeast Asia has been a black hole for dairy, mainly because lactose has been seen as incompatible with regional physiology. But that is changing, says Sharon Gerdes, a food scientist and author. Ingredients like whey permeates could...

Thai tastes meet the heat through dairy flavours

SE Asia dairy focus

Thai tastes meet the heat through dairy flavours

By RJ Whitehead

Although not a newcomer to Southeast Asia, American cheese and diary ingredient manufacturer DairiConcepts is determined to break new ground. Its strategy is to bring innovation to Thailand while beating off competitors with less experience in the region.

American dairy's newest frontier

SE Asia dairy focus

American dairy's newest frontier

By RJ Whitehead

Southeast Asia is now America's second biggest market after Mexico, and is the centre of a growth trend that is set to continue. Dali Ghazalay, the US industry's regional representative, talks about the reasons for this rise and the challenges...

America's dairyland to Thailand: Sizeable growth in ingredients

SE Asia dairy focus

America's dairyland to Thailand: Sizeable growth in ingredients

By RJ Whitehead

Grassland, a Wisconsin butter products company, is seeing fast expansion in a Southeast Asian market that is now demanding a wide range of ingredients. "It is a very positive market for US dairy," says sales manager Greg Rodriguez. 

Showfloor blog: FI Asia-Thailand

Supply chain shocks driving Asian food producers to western quality

By Shane Starling in Bangkok

The non-Asian ingredient supply sector is fairly well represented here at Food Ingredients Asia-Thailand in Bangkok, but given current concerns about food supply chain security in the region, is probably still under-represented. Which is surprising…

Joe Barenberg of Octal speaks to Joe Whitworth at Emballage 2012

dispatches from emballage 2012

Octal on track with four-stage growth plan

By Joe Whitworth

Octal is targeting new markets and geographies in what the firm described as a “well-planned four phase approach”.

GEA targets Asian growth with New Zealand acquisition

GEA targets Asian growth with New Zealand acquisition

By Rory Harrington

GEA Group has reached an agreement to acquire a New Zealand-based powder specialist as part of its ongoing strategy to expand in the emerging Asian markets and compete with rivals such as Tetra Pak.

Danone WBD talks called off

Danone WBD talks called off

Danone's on-off acquisition of Russian dairy market leader
Wimm-Bill-Dann appears to be off again, at least for the time
being. WBD has today announced that talks have been broken off with
the French group, which was negotiating...

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