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Australia

Australia’s biosecurity could be in for a shock

European honey bee colonies wiped out and an invasion of a devastating wheat disease are just two of the potential biosecurity threats facing Australia, according to a report released by Australia’s research agency.

China-Australia FTA will provide fillip for Aussie organics

Last week’s free-trade agreement between China and Australia will potentially complement existing agreements between the two countries by boosting access for Australia organic wines, dairy products and possibly meats to Chinese consumers.  

Yili to invest NZ$400m in New Zealand dairy projects

Chinese dairy giant Yili plans to invest NZ$400m in a series of processing and packaging projects at what has been dubbed the “world’s largest integrated dairy base.”

dispatches from Emballage 2014, Paris

Zip-Pak targets India and emerging market growth

Zip-Pak is putting its efforts towards emerging markets such as India and revealed it has just picked up two major customers in the country.

News in brief

Setria Glutathione approved for use in Australia

Australia’s Therapeutics Goods Administration has approved Setria Glutathione for use as a “therapeutically active ingredient in adults”. 

IFF expands emerging markets footprint with new state-of-the art facilities in Indonesia and Chile

International Flavors & Fragrances (IFF) has opened a state-of-the-art flavors creative facility in Jakarta, Indonesia; and will open a sales office and applications laboratories in Santiago, Chile, on November 26.

Soapbox

Will hemp replace fish as the king of omega 3?

As decades of unjustified prohibition and persecution continues to lose its grip, hemp is rapidly regaining the popularity it has held for millennia as a primary and sustainable source of life’s necessities—including omega 3 and 6 fatty acids.

China

China still hunting for brands that can compete overseas

China is failing to produce enough consumer brands for a globally competitive brand name to emerge, says Wall Street brokerage Bernstein’s research arm in a joint report with the Interbrand consultancy.

Australia

Orange juice consumption in fourth year of decline

Over 1.5 million fewer Australians are drinking packaged fruit juice in an average week compared with just four years ago, analysis by Roy Morgan Research has revealed.  

News in brief

BASF sells Norwegian omega-3 business to US firm

BASF has sold its Norwegian, “natural fish oils, medium-concentrated omega-3s, and customised bottled fish oil” plant to Pennsylvania firm Marine Ingredients for an undisclosed sum as the German ingredients and chemicals giant switches its focus to high-end omega-3s.

Spotlight

Lemon myrtle: Aboriginal functional favourite revived by Sydney Games
Special edition: Functional Foods

Lemon myrtle: Aboriginal functional favourite revived by Sydney Games

An indigenous Australian tree plant, used for tens of thousands of years by Aborigines before being forgotten...

How India secured a WTO deal with the US, and what it means
India

How India secured a WTO deal with the US, and what it means

After months of angry negotiating had brought India and the United States to a tense impasse, the...

Bush tucker will only catch on when it becomes more productive
Australia

Bush tucker will only catch on when it becomes more productive

Australia’s “bush tucker” industry needs a new business model that includes commercial cultivation in order to reach...

Maintaining standards as market demands natural medicine discounts
Soapbox - Guest viewpoint

Maintaining standards as market demands natural medicine discounts

Through the gradual process of rationalisation, corporatisation and sophistication, the world’s supplements manufacturers are now bringing an...

Grapes (and wine drinkers) owe a debt to 30m-year-old viruses
Australia

Grapes (and wine drinkers) owe a debt to 30m-year-old viruses

Researchers in Queensland have been toasting the prehistoric viruses that they’ve found are partly responsible for the...

China introduces ‘nutritional supps’ category in health foods reform
China

China introduces ‘nutritional supps’ category in health foods reform

China’s food and drug regulators have embarked on modernising the country’s health food industry by releasing two...

India could be the next China for food and drink

Manufacturers urged to take passage to India

India could be the ‘new China’ for food and drink manufacturers looking to increase margins and supply...

Hong Kong the gateway to China’s promising craft beer market
Soapbox

Hong Kong the gateway to China’s promising craft beer market

It’s hard to stress how important it is for craft brewers to get their product into greater...

Industry chief: ‘Once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to slash the red tape’
Australia complementary health under the spotlight

Industry chief: ‘Once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to slash the red tape’

A year ago, the then newly installed chief executive of what was known as the Complementary Healthcare...

You’d have to be a dope not to realise the benefits of hemp’s CBD
Australian complementary health under the spotlight

You’d have to be a dope not to realise the benefits of hemp’s CBD

Stoners have had their day in the push to legalise cannabis for recreational use. Now, consumers and...

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