Alternative protein university course launched in Singapore to drive innovation in plant-based proteins

SINGAPORE – Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU)—one of the top universities in Asia—has approved a new undergraduate course titled “Future Foods – Introduction to Advanced Meat Alternatives,” to help drive innovation in plant-based foods.   The course which will be launched in August this year was created in collobaration with the Good Food Institute Asia Pacific (GFI APAC), a global nonprofit headquartered in Washington DC that works to accelerate alternative protein innovation.  According to a statement from GFI APAC, the course aims to equip NTU students with expertise and knowledge of the food industry focusing…

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Firmenich opens R&D hub in Singapore to meet demand for plant-based foods in Asia

SINGAPORE – Singapore’s thriving alternative protein ecosystem has attracted yet another food and ingredients company seeking to have a share of the rapidly expanding plant-based food sector in Asia. The latest company is Flavour and fragrance company Firmenich which has opened a new SmartProteins innovation hub to meet the rising demand for plant-based proteins in Asia. The research and development (R&D) hub will join a rising number of such research hubs including the recently opened Givaudan, Buhler joint Protein innovation center and ADM’s Biopolis research hub. Known as the Culinary…

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Givaudan, Bühler open new innovation center in Singapore to support agile plant-based product development

SINGAPORE – The APAC Protein Innovation Centre in Singapore has been officialy opened by Givaudan and Bühler and is expected to play a major role in accelerating plant-based product development on a global scale.  Located at the Givaudan Woodlands site in Singapore, the Protein Innovation Centre is a first of its kind establishment leveraging the expertise of both companies to accelerate development of high quality plant-based proteins. The facility will also be connected to a vast network of R&D innovation centers in Switzerland and key hubs across the region further…

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ADM opens new research lab in Singapore to advance protein innovation

SINGAPORE – Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) has opened a new plant-based innovation lab within its Biopolis research hub in Singapore, as it looks to advance protein innovation. The American based commodities trading giant says the lab will develop ‘next-level, on-trend and nutritious’ plant-based products, tailor-made for the Asian consumer palate. The Biopolis research hub, where the new protein innovation lab will be located, was launched in 2018, and houses a number of labs – including a food and flavour analytics hub, a beverage and dairy applications lab, a bakery and…

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Eat Just to begin home delivery of cultured meat in Singapore

SINGAPORE – Alternative protein startup, Eat Just has partnered with Asian grocery delivery platform Foodpanda on what it claims will be the world’s first home delivery of cultured meat. The collaboration will see meals featuring Eat Just’s Good Meat cultured chicken product available for delivery on the Foodpanda app for a limited time in Singapore. According to a statement from the company, customers can order three dishes containing cultured chicken prepared by Singapore’s 1880 – the first restaurant which served Eat Just’s cultured meat to its guests. Some of the…

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AppHarvest acquires agricultural robotics company as Singaporean firm deploys robots in grocery delivery

US – American AgTech Company AppHarvest, has acquired agricultural robotics and artificial intelligence (AI) company, Root AI, to boost its capacity to produce food sustainably and increase efficiency. Founded in 2019, Root AI creates intelligent robots to help manage high-tech indoor farms. Its signature robot Virgo can be configured to identify and harvest multiple crops of varying sizes including tomatoes and peppers and more delicate fruits such as strawberries. As part of the deal, AppHarvest will gain access to Virgo and is expected to take advantage of the data the…

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Olam’s 2020 annual report, a reflection of a company committed to sustainable growth

SINGAPORE – Global food and agri-business company Olam International has released its 2020 Annual Report, highlighting its key achievements for the year with a particular focus on financial achievement and progress in sustainability commitments. The company noted in its report that it successfully navigated the pandemic and emerged stronger, with a robust operational financial performance in 2020. The company’s overall annual revenues went up 8.6%, totaling US$35.8 billion, including US$12.5 billion for its food division, despite the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. In the report, Olam was also proud of the significant…

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Olam secures US$1.45Bn financing facility to bolster its sustainability sourcing platform

SINGAPORE –  Leading global food and agri-business company,  Olam International Limited has secured a US$1.45 billion facility to help fund activities carried out over its AtSource sustainability insights platform. According to Olam, AtSource is  a “sustainability insights platform” which gives customers a view of their supply chain sustainability parameters. The agribusiness company further notes that the platform also provides insights into how the its customers can effect positive change within the ecosystem and create value for all.  Roel Van Poppel, CEO of AtSource, explains that the sustainability platfrom was created…

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Rwanda avails coffee products on Singapore’s leading online platform, largest supermarket chain

RWANDA – Rwanda has expanded its coffee market beyond the traditional exports by availing the products in Singapore’s leading online retail store, RedMart and the country’s largest supermarket chain National Trades Union Congress (NTUC) FairPrice. According to reports by New Times Rwanda, NTUC FairPrice has 100 supermarkets across Singapore and the sale of the products on RedMart platform will avail to not only Singaporeans but customers across the globe. The development was announced by Jean de Dieu Uwihanganye, Rwanda’s High Commissioner to Singapore stating, “Rwanda’s products are now on the…

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Olam full year profits jumps 36% even as it makes significant progress in business re-organisation

SINGAPORE – leading food and agri-business company Olam International Limited (OIL), has reported a 36% jump in Profit after Tax and Minority Interests for the full year ending December 2020. This is despite of the company operating during a difficult work environment occasioned by the COVID-19 pandemic. During the year, Olam also reported that it had made significant progress in reorganization of its businesses. According to a statement from Olam, the reorganization process will create two new coherent operating groups that are well-positioned for further growth. Creation of two distinct…

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