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China’s ‘willingness to engage’ praised by US health food promoter

China’s ‘willingness to engage’ praised by US health food promoter

Chinese regulators’ have been hailed by an American industry representative for showing great “openness” following a multipartite discussion on the country’s new draft food safety law. 

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Pernod Ricard hit by Chinese slump

Pernod Ricard says a slump in China, and unfavourable foreign exchange effect, is responsible for an overall 7% fall in sales, as it released its full year 2013/14 results today. 

Australian milk market share could increase 'north of 10%': a2 Milk Company

The a2 Milk Company believes its share of the Australian fresh milk market could increase “north of 10%” in the next 12 months.

Gaza conflict causes $450m damage to agri infrastructure

The recent conflict in Gaza has effectively halted local food production and caused US$450m-worth of damage to the territory’s agricultural infrastructure, the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) warns.

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Australia’s zero-weed tolerance, waterlogging in barley plants, the spreading wheat curl mite

Lessons from Australia in wheat herbicide resistance, waterlogging stress tolerance and how the wheat curl mite spreads.

GCC food imports to double in a decade to $53bn

GCC spending on food imports will more than double in the decade to 2020 to reach US$53.1bn, according to an Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) report.

Brazil envoys petition Egypt and Iran to lift embargoes

The Brazilian agriculture ministry (Mapa) is sending a trade delegation to Egypt and Iran in an attempt to restart embargoed beef shipments and improve systems for importing poultry.

From lab to field: Breeding-out Australia’s ‘most costly’ wheat disease

Australian farmers are reaping the benefits of yellow spot-resistant wheat, developed by a team of researchers using gene deletion.

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Diet could enhance immunity among the elderly: Researchers from FoodNavigator.com

Proper nutrition could strengthen immunity in older age and thus prevent diseases, according to two recent UK studies.

Junk food could reduce appetite for healthier balanced diet from FoodNavigator.com

A diet of ‘junk food’ not only increases weight gain, but could also lead to changes in food preference that include a loss of appetite for a balanced diet, according to new research in rats.

Accelerating move toward plant proteins shakes up sports nutrition market, expert says from NutraIngredients-USA.com

A continued move toward plant proteins will be one of the major trends of the sports nutrition marketplace in the coming 12 months, according to market watcher Tom Vierhile, innovation insights director of the market intelligence firm Datamonitor.

Jamie Oliver backs drive for food industry talent from FoodManufacture.co.uk

Jamie Oliver has issued a rallying cry to get the food sector behind an ambitious new plan to attract fresh young talent.

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It is too early to praise industry for Thai prawn slavery meeting
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It is too early to praise industry for Thai prawn slavery meeting

When in June of this year, British newspaper The Guardian published a damning report tracing fishmeal that...

Researchers make progress in finding how wines make drinkers feel
Australia

Researchers make progress in finding how wines make drinkers feel

Australia’s wine industry needs to turn to the perfume industry to learn how wines affect a consumer’s...

Mussels and joints: A homegrown Kiwi advantage

Mussels and joints: A homegrown Kiwi advantage

Over half a century ago, Ben Winters Sr arrived in New Zealand from the Netherlands and soon...

China's most prominent food scandals so far this year
China

China's most prominent food scandals so far this year

There is absolutely no doubt that the Chinese authorities are doing everything they can to bring the...

Report suggests India’s baby food market is set to soar
India

Report suggests India’s baby food market is set to soar

A combination of demographic, social and economic factors is helping grow India’s baby food market, which is...

Destination China for Australian hemp

Destination China for Australian hemp

China might be one of the world’s biggest producers of hemp, but the quality of the crop...

CII: Lacklustre Indian companies must invest more in R&D
India

CII: Lacklustre Indian companies must invest more in R&D

A chronic lack of investment and incentives has stalled Indian food product development, according to a report...

Human rights due diligence is part of the cost of business in SE Asia
Insight

Human rights due diligence is part of the cost of business in SE Asia

Recently, it seems that not a week goes by without a lead story in the English-language press...

Malaysia forms halal fund to boost its export dominance
Malaysia

Malaysia forms halal fund to boost its export dominance

Malaysia aims to keep on top of the organised halal industry by injecting US$88m into a business...

Drinkers need to be told about the risk of cancer from alcohol
Australia

Drinkers need to be told about the risk of cancer from alcohol

Curtin University researchers are now recommending the adoption of cancer warning labels for alcoholic beverages after a...

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