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‘I Can’t Believe It’s Not Gutter’

September 19, 2014

The problem of “gutter oil” in Asia continues as news of the latest food scandal emerges involving Taiwanese food oil manufacturer Chang Guann Co, which has led to product recalls in Hong Kong and Taiwan. “Gutter” oil is illegal cooking oil that has been recycled from waste oil or discarded animal parts.

Jan Kees Vis receives European Lipid Technologist Award

September 19, 2014

Jan Kees Vis, Unilever’s global director of sustainable sourcing, has received the European Lipid Technologist award, presented to him at the Euro Fed Lipid Congress held from 14-17 September 2014 in Montpellier, France.

Olam protects African operations against Ebola

September 15, 2014

Agribusiness giant Olam International has introduced measures to protect its staff and products in Nigeria from the West Africa Ebola outbreak, the worst recorded outbreak of the virus that has so far claimed 2,300 lives in the region.

Is obesity a disability?

September 12, 2014

Obesity is a growing and serious public health challenge confronting the developed world. The World Health Organization (WHO) says that in 2008, more than 1.4 billion adults (20 and older) were overweight. Of these, over 200 million men and nearly 300 million women were obese. And in 2011, more than 40 million children under the age of five were overweight.

Malaysia: from strength to strength

September 01, 2014

The economies of Southeast Asia continue to show strong growth rates, with improvements in technology leading to expansion in both the manufacturing and services sectors.

EU caps conventional biofuels at 7%

July 31, 2014

The European Union (EU) Energy Council announced on 13 June that it had reached a political agreement to incorporate indirect land use change (ILUC) into EU biofuel policies by placing a 7% cap on the use of conventional biofuels.

Goodman Fielder’s board supports joint takeover bid by Wilmar

July 31, 2014

The board of Australasian food giant Goodman Fielder has backed a joint A$1.37bn takeover bid by Asian agribusiness group Wilmar International and Hong Kong-listed conglomerate First Pacific Co.

EU member states given green light to decide on GM crops

July 31, 2014

On 12 June, European Union (EU) environment ministers reached a majority agreement to allow member states to individually decide whether or not to grow genetically modified (GM) crops, after four years of discussion. Individual member states can now ban the cultivation of GM crops without the need to follow the lead of the EU.

Mitsubishi takes 80% stake in Olam Australian grain handling

July 31, 2014

Japanese conglomerate Mitsubishi Corp is investing US$64M to take an 80% stake in Olam International’s grain handling operations in Australia, signalling further expansion in grain storage and handling infrastructure, reported The Australian on 25 June.

Wilmar agrees to purchase European commodity surfactants arm of Huntsman

July 31, 2014

Huntsman Corporation, USA and Asian agribusiness group Wilmar International announced on 10 April that Wilmar’s wholly-owned subsidiary, Wilmar Europe Holdings BV, had agreed to purchase Huntsman’s European commodity surfactants business for an undisclosed sum.

Biofuels consumption up by 4% to reach 14.3M tonnes

June 03, 2014

EurObserv’ER released in March the 2013 edition of its renewable energy report, which said that final energy consumption from renewable resources increased significantly in 2012, Ethanol Producer Magazine reports.