Sponsor Microsite: Food Industry Asia
The leading voice of the food industry in Asia
About Food Industry Asia
Founded in July 2010, Food Industry Asia (FIA) is a non-profit industry association based in Singapore that represents and promotes the views of the food and beverage sector throughout the region to address non-competitive issues and share best practice. FIA brings together the region’s most senior industry leaders to explore collaborative solutions to complex challenges such as food safety, health and nutrition, and regulatory harmonisation.
We seek to speak with one voice at the highest level to help shape food policy and stimulate sustainable growth in Asia. FIA members share common values on food safety, international competitiveness and the delivery of public health outcomes that are relevant to their products. Together, FIA lends support to local industry groups in the region and reach out to stakeholders who share our common vision.
Public-Private Partnerships: The Key Enabler of Growth and Development
FIA believes that public-private partnerships are vital in enabling growth and development in the region, particularly in Asia’s food and beverage sector. Across Asia, the food industry is increasingly working with the public sector to encourage healthier lifestyles, enhance food quality standards across the supply chain, as well as improving prospects for trade harmonisation in the region.
Safer Food Supply Chains through Public-Private Partnerships
Food Safety has become a progressively complex issue, and the rapidly changing landscape in Asia has presented a strong need for measured, multi-stakeholder conversations on this topic. This has brought into focus the huge value and importance of public-private partnerships. The food industry has been successful in stepping up to counter complex and unique food safety challenges by developing sophisticated surveillance tools and by working collaboratively across the supply chain with various groups. A brilliant example of such a collaboration is the Global Food Safety Partnership (GFSP).
FIA is a partner to the Global Food Safety Partnership (GFSP) – a unique platform developed by the World Bank to improve the safety of the global food supply chain. Partnerships like this one, which call for collaboration between all relevant actors from the public and private sectors, that we can be greater than the sum of our parts in the area of food safety, by acknowledging the need for both global and local solutions.
Tackling Obesity through Partnerships
The food industry has been encouraging nutrition literacy and healthier diet choices, promoting physical activity and reformulating products through a number of global, regional, and in-country initiatives. These initiatives are at their most effective where they are conducted in partnership with national governments. Furthermore, FIA believes that industry self-regulation is a cost-effective way of delivering wider benefits to society and is committed to building partnerships with multiple stakeholders, including governments, non-governmental organisations, and communities.
In the Philippines, for example, the industry has been working closely with the public sector to introduce voluntary front-of-pack nutrition labelling to enable consumers to make informed food choices at-a-glance. Companies have also demonstrated their commitment to encouraging healthier lifestyles through responsible marketing practices. Fourteen of Singapore’s leading food and beverage companies have pledged to change the way they advertise to children in 2012. This Responsible Advertising to Children Pledge is the first of its kind in Singapore and forms part of an ongoing commitment by the food and beverage industry to support healthy, active lifestyles.In 2013, ten big food and beverage companies in Malaysia adopted the self-regulatory Responsible Advertising to Children pledge, which has been endorsed by the Malaysian government, to help shift the nature and balance of advertising to children, and support parental efforts to encourage healthier choices for their families.
Seeking Trade Harmonisation through Public-Private Dialogue
FIA believes that fair, transparent and harmonised policies that promote trade throughout the world are crucial because they encourage competitiveness and benefit consumers by ensuring both the availability of safe, staple foods and access to a wider variety of products and technologies.
FIA actively supports the ASEAN Food and Beverage Alliance (AFBA), which was established in 2013 to serve as a dedicated vehicle that promotes public-private dialogues between government leaders and the industry in ASEAN, driving the harmonisation of food standards and regulatory processes across Southeast Asia. Such partnerships between the private and public sectors are important in facilitating trade within the industry and unlocking the industry’s full potential for the benefit of small, medium and large companies and their consumers.
Our members include:
Publications and Reports:
FIA Health & Wellness Report
Food Industry Asia outlines the contribution of food & beverage companies to health and nutrition in Asia.
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Industry Guideline and Toolkit
FIA publishes a guide to Voluntary Front-of-Pack Nutrition Labelling for the Food & Beverage Industry.
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