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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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RSPO palm-oil certification unveils changes 16 Nov 2018

A major - and at times controversial - certification for palm oil has announced changes to the standards the underpin the programme.


Lactalis buys Nestle assets in Malaysia 9 Oct 2018

French dairy giant Lactalis has snapped up assets from Nestlé in Malaysia.


Indonesia's Nabati Food hires DKSH to boost Malaysia presence 28 Aug 2018

Indonesian food and beverage group Nabati Food has appointed distributor DKSH to market a range of products in Malaysia.


Munchy Food Industries confirms CVC Capital takeover 13 Jun 2018

Malaysia-based snacks group Munchy Food Industries has confirmed the sale of the business to private-equity firm CVC Capital Partners.


CVC Capital 'buys Malaysia's Munchy Food Industries' 12 Jun 2018

Private-equity firm CVC Capital Partners has reportedly acquired Malaysia-based snacks business Munchy Food Industries.


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.

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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.