20 July 17
The Straits Times by JACQUELINE WOO
Coca-Cola Singapore yesterday opened a $79 million storage and distribution centre in Tuas to drive efficiency and support its growing business in the Asia-Pacific region.
The investment comes as the firm evolves into a "total beverage company" catering to consumer demands for low and no-sugar drinks, and new options that provide benefits like nutrition and hydration, Coca-Cola said in a ...more
10 July 17
The Straits Times by HEDY KHOO
Consumers here can look forward to more home-grown leafy greens from Panasonic, which plans to expand its high-tech indoor vegetable farm and more than double its production by next year.
The Japanese electronics giant is also looking into cultivating seasonal fruits that are usually grown in temperate climates.
It runs a 1,154 sq m indoor farm, about the size of 11/2 soccer fields, ...more
05 July 17
The Straits Times by AUDREY TAN
Amid the Government's push for farms in land-scarce Singapore to be more productive, eight farms have been penalised in the last four years for repeatedly misusing land for purposes other than agriculture, figures from the authorities show.
The misuses concern the carrying out of various unauthorised activities on farmland, such as subletting space for non-farming activities, or the conversion ...more
15 June 17
The Business Times by WONG SHIYING
FERRERO, the maker of Nutella spread and Ferrero Rocher chocolates, opened its first Asian innovation centre in Singapore on Wednesday.
The centre, which was set up in collaboration with the Economic Development Board (EDB), is designed to strengthen Ferrero's position as a global innovation leader and will house several strategic innovation functions in the areas of health ...more
15 June 17
The Business Times by JUDITH TAN
SINGAPORE'S largest traditional coffee shop operator Kimly Limited has gone on an acquisition spree in a bid to expand its kopitiam empire further.
The Catalist-listed company announced on Wednesday that it had recently bought over a coffee shop and an industrial canteen.
Kimly paid S$850,001 to manage and operate Yong Yun coffee shop, located at Block 631 Bedok ...more
12 June 17
The Straits Times by NG SOR LUAN&NBSP;EXECUTIVE PHOTOJOURNALIST
In a 6m by 4m sauna-like room in a Defu Industrial Park factory, four men wearing disposable shower caps, masks and aprons are hard at work.
It's all arms, palms and fingers on deck, pushing and massaging millions of soya beans - that have been steamed and cooled hours in advance earlier in the morning - to ensure that every bean is coated with wheat flour and a fermenting agent.
06 June 17
The Business Times by TAN JIA HUI
A DISA Limited subsidiary has agreed to leverage blockchain technology to digitally track a pig supplier's pork all the way from its pig farm in Indonesia to the consumer in Singapore.
Disa Digital Safety Pte Ltd and KMP Private Ltd signed on Monday a proof-of-concept agreement to define the partnership, roles and responsibilities for testing and evaluating Disa's blockchain-based ...more
03 June 17
The Straits Times by NATASHA ANN ZACHARIAH
In community gardens found in housing estates, schools and even offices, urban farms are taking root in Singapore.
Such farms are not ornamental gardens. Instead, gardeners plant vegetables and fruit such as cabbage, basil and lime to eat.
Urban farms have always been popular with gardeners in Singapore, especially those who volunteer at neighbourhood community gardens.
28 May 17
The Straits Times by AUDREY TAN,SAMANTHA BOH
The third time's the charm, or so the saying goes. But some farmers in Lim Chu Kang may beg to differ.
About two weeks ago, they were told their leases had been extended by another two years to 2021 - the third extension in four years.
But while their rice bowls can continue feeding them for the extra years, farmers say they are caught in limbo as the repeated extensions add uncertainty ...more
28 May 17
The Straits Times by KENNETH GOH
Six years ago, Mr Freddy Yap was at "the lowest point" of his life.
He slogged for long hours running his food-packaging business and wolfed down "rubbish food" such as fast food and economy rice meals - whichever was more convenient at odd hours.
The 48-year-old recalls: "I hardly slept as I was constantly thinking about how to make more money. I grew up in poverty and was afraid ...more
27 May 17
The Straits Times by PRISCILLA GOY
Almost all shark's fin sold here is from sustainable sources, said the Marine and Land Products Association yesterday, following the release of a study on Thursday that found Singapore to be a top trader of the controversial delicacy.
The group represents companies in the fishing and marine industry, including about 10 involved in the shark's fin trade. This makes up about 70 per cent of ...more
24 May 17
The Straits Times
Traditional open-land agriculture is a luxury that Singapore can ill-afford. In our latest attempt to address food security issues, the authorities are releasing 60ha of agricultural land, with strong emphasis on high-tech farming methods.
In land-scarce Singapore, the only way to utilise land efficiently is to go either skywards or underground.
While the agro-tech industry has ...more
24 May 17
The Business Times by LEILA LAI
GERMAN flavour and fragrances manufacturer Symrise held the official opening of SPark, its new Innovation and Technology Centre located at Pandan Loop, on Tuesday.
The first phase of Symrise's S$50 million investment for expansion in Singapore from 2013 to 2019, the SPark centre is part of the company's strategy to be the first major player in the industry to make Singapore ...more
22 May 17
The Straits Times
The proposal for high-rise agriculture as an alternative to land-based farming is interesting (Vertical growth is where S'pore's future lies, by Mr Paul Chan Poh Hoi; May 19).
If it works, we can get fresh produce right in our own backyard, drastically cut transportation costs, free up precious land for development, lighten the natural pest load and be less pollutive from fertilisers and ...more
22 May 17
The Business Times
THIS WEEK'S TOPIC: Can Singapore go big on agriculture? What is needed to encourage high-tech farming here?
Toh See KiatDirector, Edition LtdChairman/DirectorGoodwins Law Corporation
IF DESERTS can produce high-quality fruits, vegetables and flowers (like in Israel) - yes, Singapore can go big on agriculture. Technology is already available which allows farmers to control crop quality ...more