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AIS claims Middle East’s biggest food plant after opening extension

One of the Middle East’s biggest food importers has unveiled the region’s largest production factory. The new Arab & India Spices plant in Ajman was built with an investment of AED350m (US$95m).

Predator-free New Zealand is critical to the dairy industry: Fonterra

Fonterra has welcomed the New Zealand Government’s ambitions to make the country predator free by 2050, saying the ‘hugely significant goal’ is shared by the dairy industry.

Chinese meat giant enters the digital space

One of China’s largest agricultural and meat conglomerates has entered a deal with the country’s leading e-commerce and cloud computing company to get a digital edge on its rivals.

UK criminalises infant formula marketing offences

The UK government has introduced legislation that would make a company’s failure to fall in line with EU infant formula and baby food marketing laws a criminal offence subject to fines.

Thousands of chickens killed in Iraq bird flu virus

More than half a million birds have died thanks to a highly pathogenic H5 avian influenza strain that has torn through Baghdad and Wasit in Iraq. 

UK-China free trade agreement of ‘great interest’ to meat sector

A bilateral China trade deal offers "great opportunities" to the UK meat industry, according to The International Meat Trade Association (IMTA).

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FSSAI increases scientific panels as charm offensive continues

Plus: Food service industry now India’s third biggest service segment; and Delayed Indian monsoon causes guar gum prices to rise.

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Restacking BRICs: Chocolate makers to rethink future growth markets, says Euromonitor

Euromonitor International has pinpointed several promising chocolate markets that may help manufacturers offset slowdowns in traditional emerging markets such as China and Brazil.

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