Food & Beverage

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Latest Food & Beverage Corporate Stories

Secret Recipe Cakes & Cafe Sdn Bhd : The Secret to Success

Secret Recipe Cakes & Café has success firmly on the menu in the Asian market; taking on new projects and expanding into markets further afield.  

By Editorial Team Joshua Mann

Wine Connection

Since its inception, Wine Connection has been safeguarding Southeast Asia’s taste buds by unveiling the right selection of wines and wine-themed restaurants across the regionWriter: Phoebe CalverProject Manager: Joshua MannSuperior quality ingredients and products have formed the foundation of Wine Connection, constantly exploring new ranges for both wine and food business lines.Alain Trad, Chief Executive Officer at Wine Connection explains: “In order to achieve the quality of the successful products we have created, we have a stringent research & development department that ensures our new investments will be leading menu innovation in the market.”Wine Connection is recognisable for its unique integration chain of wine retail and restaurant businesses, all of which have strengthened its leading position since inception in 1998 by the founder, Michael Trocherie. The Company has grown at a steady and fruitful pace, with an ever-increasing number of wine retail shops and its diversified full-service restaurant business.The aforementioned innovative thinking has led Wine Connection to become owner and operator of the largest chain of wine retail shops, as well as full-service wine-themed restaurants in Thailand, Singapore and Malaysia.“Our business has been aided by the acquisition of the majority stake of Wine Connection in 2014 - by private equity firm, Abraaj - where both parties involved had a vision to develop the brand regionally,” affirms Alain Trad. “In the present day we are proud to be the exclusive importers of more than 300 wine labels from all over the world, including European craft beers, glassware, accessories and selected delicatessen products.”Brand promiseAt Wine Connection, one of

By Editorial Team

KFC Myanmar : Chicken Masters

KFC is bringing more than 11 secret herbs and spices to Myanmar, as it looks to ingrain itself into the country’s food & beverage sector.

By Editorial Team Joshua Mann

Himalayan Brewery

Himalayan Brewery Ltd has instigated a dramatic reversal of fortunes over the past seven years, recovering from near dissolution to become one of Nepal’s most innovative and modern-thinking beer producersWriter: Matthew StaffProject Manager: Joshua MannSince being acquired back in 2010, Himalayan Brewery Ltd has restructured and upgraded its image and facilities in order to reinvigorate a beer producer that has become synonymous with quality and taste in Nepal.Incepted initially in 1981, the past seven years have presented the Company the perfect opportunity to re-establish itself as a market leader courtesy of fund injections and a more robust management team; culminating in improved quality and a license to produce more than 80,000 hectolitres (hl) of beer per annum.“The brewery is now closely held by three major investors with business value exceeding £10 million. It is incorporated as a closely held public Company,” further details Himalayan Brewery’s Chairman, Arvind D. Joshi.  “As with other professionally managed organisations, the Company has various departmental functions for production, technical and quality controls, engineering and plant management, sales and marketing, finance, audit and funds management, procurement, human resources, and administration. And each department is led by a manager with a team of officers and assistants to ensure efficient and effective management.”This may sound like an archetypal business structure, but it has been this refreshing adherence to internal stability that has paved the way for its products to flourish in recent years. At present, this range comprises beers in both 650 millilitre (ml) bottles and in kegs; across its Kathmandu Premium Lager, Iceberg

By Editorial Team

Hi Japan

Hi Japan is the leading functional and health ingredient show in Japan and also Asia’s largest ingredients trade show. Serving the Asian functional and health ingredient markets for more than 25 years, Hi Japan brings in exhibitors who exclusively don’t exhibit at any event; offering visitors access to exclusive functional and health ingredients with limited distribution outside of the Asian food market.With the rapid growth of the health food market, Hi Japan is the must-attend event to witness the next step in the functional ingredients industry.Discover the latest trends from not only the Japanese health food market but also those from neighbouring Asian countries, with Hi Japan bringing more than 200 exhibitors.Attending Hi Japan you’ll be putting yourself at the forefront of the functional food, supplement and nutraceutical market in both Japan and the rest of Asia; identifying the key ingredients that will shape the market and valuable ways of their applications.The only exhibition for food safety and quality control in Japan, S-Tec Japan answers all your questions regarding food safety.The event also unites industry experts to answer the tough questions on; safety and hygiene, technology of powdered/liquid food, environmental technology, and packaging technology.Bringing together exhibitors and experts with best practice examples and understanding the latest legislations, the event offers the best networking opportunities with production, quality control and R&D professional. S-Tec Japan is the must attend event for keep your organisations safe and compliant in the industry world of food and beverage.New to 2017, FiT Japan is a whole new show co-located next to Hi Japan.FiT Japan will showcase exhibitors

By Editorial Team

Food ingredients Asia: the Perfect Ingredient for Success

Fi Asia is the most important gathering of food and beverage ingredient leaders serving the Southeast Asian food industry. This year’s event will welcome more than 700 exhibitors from around the world, including more than 85 first time exhibitors including Olam Europe, JK Sucralose, Ganeden & Hleks. The event expects to attract more than 17,000 visitors from around the world looking to source the latest ingredients and applications. Fi Asia has seen continuous growth over the last number of editions, reflecting the robust growth of the ASEAN F&B market, while also demonstrating the value that Fi Asia presents to both visitors and exhibitors.What’s new this year at Fi Asia?This year’s event will be the first SMART event arranged by UBM in Asia. All badges will include NFC chips which will enable visitors and exhibitors to connect digitally. Through this tool they will be able to share contact information and collateral, which is hoped will reduce the paper usage onsite, leading to a more sustainable event. On top of this the event will also be operating a paperless registration system.This year the event will have more onsite features than any before. Many features will return this year including the Innovation Zone, Innovation Tours and the Supplier Finder. On top of this Fi Asia has a number of new exciting features. This year includes the launch of the Start-Up Innovation Challenge, which is organised in conjunction with TISTR, Ministry of Science and Technology together with the Faculty of Agro Industry from Kasetsart University. It will give a handful

By Editorial Team

Carabao Group Public Company Limited

Carabao Group’s family-driven philosophy and increasingly recognisable products are combining to further energise an international drinks market already in ascent  Writer: Matthew StaffProject Manager: Joshua Mann Progressively becoming a household name on an international scale, energy drink brand, Carabao Group is experiencing its own energised rise to prominence as its evolution from small drink maker to multinational heavyweight gathers momentum.The public traded Company based in Bangkok is only 16 years old, but its ever-broadening array of products can now be found in more than 20 major markets around the world.“In 2016, the Group sold more than 800 million bottles domestically and shipped more than 400 million cans overseas,” emphasises Assistant Managing Director, Romtham Setthasit as a testament to the grandeur that Carabao now enjoys. “Carabao energy drink has also recently signed a contract with Chelsea football club in the UK to be their principle partner, while in January, 2017, we became a proud sponsor of one of the most prestigious football competitions in the UK; now called The Carabao Cup.”Comprising three subsidiaries in the form of Tawandang DCM, its distribution arm, Carabao Tawandang, its manufacturing and marketing division, and Asia Pacific Glass, a glass bottle manufacturing entity; the business has spread its activities in such a way as to capitalise on this new-found attraction, and is compounding its influence even further via a joint venture with Japanese business partner, Showa Aluminium Can of the Showa Denko Group.Setthasit continues: “This is to start an aluminium can fabrication company and also emphasises our international scope as we already have a

By Editorial Team

Fi Asia, 2017

From 13-15 September, 2017, Fi Asia will bring together leading international and local food and beverage professionals from all over the world in Bangkok, Thailand. More than 17,000 food and beverage professionals and more than 750 ingredient suppliers will gather at the most important event in the Southeast Asian region to present, and get to know, the latest innovations of the industry. Held annually, the show's location now alternates between Jakarta, Indonesia and Bangkok, Thailand.The Southeast Asian market is booming, with a population of more than 625 million. Fi Asia is the ideal platform for large and small businesses to increase their exposure in the ASEAN region and drive their business, with 25 percent annual growth in exhibitor numbers over the past four years. The event gives you the perfect opportunity to find out more about current trends in the region and helps you to break into the Southeast Asian food market.The event provides you with a 360 degree perspective of the food ingredients industry through an exclusive offering of new ingredients and solutions, innovative tours, presentations, seminars and live demonstrations.Join the event in Bangkok from 13-15 September for three full days of learning, sourcing and networking:Meet 750+ leading food and beverage suppliers to update your product range and find the most cost efficient solutionsGain up-to-date and in-depth knowledge on the latest food and beverage trends. This is the quickest way to test a potential new product launch or a recipe reformulationBuild your network and form new partnerships with the finest selection of 17,000+ F&B professionals from all over the worldConnect with some of the leading ingredients manufactures. Register today to get your free visitor pass

By Editorial Team

The 18th Malaysian International Food & Beverage Trade Fair (MIFB 2017)

MIFB 2017, which will be held from 9-11 August at Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC), is Malaysia’s leading and premium food and beverage trade fair held in Kuala Lumpur annually. Malaysia’s longest running food and beverage industry event marks its 18th year and this year, the exhibition also marks its third year as a full ‘trade fair’.MIFB 2017 will give you an insight into what is new and exciting within the food and beverage industry. These trends are based on developing and emerging consumer demand for products that are healthy, convenient and trustworthy and are informed by our work and association with producers, manufacturers, and, clients across Europe, Middle East, Asia, Africa and the US.MIFB 2017 expects to showcase more than 550 exhibitors from 40 countries or more. To-date, we are confirmed hosting Country Group Pavilions from South Korea, Thailand, China, Taiwan R.O.C., Sri Lanka and expect more based on the positive enquiries we are receiving.Working in line with current food trends, MIFB 2017 will give importance to the Healthy and Natural Produce exhibits. The focus will be on Ready to Eat, Food Ingredients, Health and Organic and Halal Food produces. The Healthy and Natural Produce will be under the F&B segment which forms one of the three specialised segments of the MIFB series. The other two segments are Foodtech and Seafood & Fishery.This year, Sphere Exhibits is collaborating with Halal Media Japan to introduce a new segment, the International Halal Village, which promotes healthy and natural food. This halal village will host food producers and

By Editorial Team

Hi China

Hi China 2017 takes place from 20-22 June in the SNIEC, Shanghai.  China is a key food and beverage market for businesses globally and Health ingredients China, together with its co-located events delivers the entire value chain for the health ingredients, food ingredients, nutraceuticals and functional food industries, all under one roof.The 4th Nutraceutical Industry Development Conference presented by the authorities from China’s health industry will once again take place alongside Hi China on 20-21 June. The bilingual conference is a great way for both domestic and international companies to keep updated on the latest policies and technologies.Themed "China Market Entry Strategy for Foreign Dietary Supplements", the conference will invite heads of state ministries and commissions such as the Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM); the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ); Ministry of Commerce of the People’s Republic of China and the China Food and Drug Administration (CFDA); health food review experts; and renowned entrepreneurs. They will all discuss issues such as China's latest nutrition and health policies, the technical requirements of health food registration and filing, cross-border ecommerce, market trends, and brand building. You can find the full programme here.Registration for Hi China is free, so sign up today and you will benefit from:·         Free access to Hi China and six co-located events including HNC, NEX and Expo FoodTec·         Access to more than 450 leading global food and health ingredient suppliers including Naturex, Du Pont, Gelita, GNT, Jebsen and many more·         Access to all on-site features including the exhibitor seminars, self-guided discovery tours and free business match-making·         Access to the Nutraceutical Industry Development Conference, a bilingual conference

By Editorial Team