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RSPO Next - What has been the reaction to the new palm oil standards? 23 Feb 2016

The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil was, in its early days, hailed as a model of inter-stakeholder collaboration but has faced mounting criticism as the years have gone by - not least in a stinging letter from a number of food companies last summer. The organisation has a new set of criteria - RSPO Next - that it says strengthen standards. But, as Ben Cooper reports, the new benchmarks have attracted disapproval.


Comment: Pork DNA in halal Cadbury chocolate could undermine trust 27 May 2014

A string of headlines out of Malaysia this weekend would suggest that Mondelez International is in some hot water in the market.


Halal food: observing growth 15 May 2007

The expanding Halal food market represents a significant opportunity for international food companies, not only in Muslim countries but also, Rupert Sutton writes, in western markets with significant and growing Muslim populations among whom Halal observance is on the increase.

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Mondelez makes Belvita biscuits in Malaysia in SE Asia push 18 Nov 2016

Mondelez International is producing Belvita breakfast biscuits in Malaysia as part of plans to grow the brand locally and in neighbouring south-east Asian markets.


Nestle eyes Malaysian e-commerce sales  13 Oct 2016

Nestle plans to grow sales via e-commerce channels in Malaysia through the launch of two "multi-brand wellness stores" in conjunction with local e-tailers Lazada and 11street. 


Gruma eyes global growth with Malaysia plant  10 Oct 2016

Mexican tortilla maker Gruma has opened a production plant in Malaysia as it works to expand the global presence of its Mission brand.


Fonterra starts work on Malaysia plant investment 27 Sep 2016

Fonterra has begun work to upgrade its two plants in Malaysia as part of the dairy giant's plan to expand in what is one of its eight "most important global markets".


Brazil's BRF buys into Malaysian firm FFM Further Processing 9 Sep 2016

BRF, the Brazil-based meat processor, today (9 September) announced it had acquired 70% of Malaysian food business FFM Further Processing.


BRF to "accelerate" expansion in SE Asia, Middle East 20 Apr 2016

Brazilian meat group BRF plans to speed up its expansion in south-east Asia and the Middle East through the opening of a new regional office to focus on growing in halal markets. 


RSPO targets "continuous improvement" with standard extension 19 Nov 2015

The Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil has announced an extension to the RSPO standard that allows growers to demonstrate best practice in sustainable palm oil and help buyers deliver on their "no deforestation" commitments.


Kellogg opening Malaysia 'snacks hub' 29 Oct 2015

US snacks-to-cereal group Kellogg has invested US$130m to construct a manufacturing facility in Bandar Enstek, Malaysia, that will serve as a production hub for the group's snack brands in the Asia Pacific region. 


Nestle invests in Maggi noodle production in Malaysia 26 Oct 2015

Nestle has invested CHF21m into a Maggi noodle production line in Malaysia.


First Pacific pulls plans to acquire Cocoaland 22 Jul 2015

Hong Kong investment firm First Pacific Co. has aborted plans to acquire Malaysian confectioner Cocoaland Holdings.

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Islamic watchdog cautious over pork-testing kit 8 Jul 2014

Scientists in Malaysia are developing a kit that they claim can trace pork in food in under a minute, purporting to offer reassurance to consumers of Halal foods - but the country's Islamic watchdog has issued a note of caution.