October 22, 2020
Southeast Asia hub for US dairy launched in Singapore
The United States Dairy Export Council (USDEC) virtually launched its new regional hub for US dairy exports in Singapore on October 21, The Straits Times reported.
The U.S. Center for Dairy Excellence (U.S. CDE), aims is to be a platform for discovering Southeast Asian uses for US dairy products. It is funded by US dairy farmers and processors and will be an "innovation and education hub", with a demonstration kitchen, a sensory evaluation lab, and meeting and training rooms.
Experimental recipes of US dairy ingredients and local products have been trialled. For example, the USDEC has been working on a prototype called "High Protein Gula Melaka Lassi-tte", which is a protein-rich drink made by combining US-produced whey protein with yogurt, low-fat milk and gula melaka (palm sugar).
The USDEC says the centre was "envisioned as a gateway for collaboration between the US dairy community and South-east Asia's food and beverage stakeholders, the culinary sector, health professionals and other partners".
Southeast Asia is on track on becoming the top market for US dairy exports by volume this year, overtaking Mexico, with an overall export value of US$1.27 billion in 2019. US dairy exports to the region surged by US$250 million from 2017 to 2019.
The Philippines is the largest importer of US dairy products in the region, followed by Indonesia and Vietnam.