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Special edition: Beyond 2020 - The future of sustainable cocoa

‘We cannot let Indonesia fail’: Mars stresses Asia’s importance in meeting future cocoa demand

Asia is poised to help meet rising demand for cocoa, but its key producer Indonesia faces quality concerns and its government lacks incentive to grow the sector.

Australia

Australian wine seeing record growth in China and UK

Australian wine exports to China are continuing to recover, and in some quarters are even experiencing record sales, according to industry figures released this week.

Food safety legislation in the US and Europe now a blueprint for emerging markets such as China

Food safety legislation and standards in both the US and the European Union are now blueprints for similar regulations in emerging markets, such as China, both to improve safety for local consumers and to facilitate exports to Europe and North America, according to Eagle Product Inspection.

Clinical trial proves effectiveness of 'sleep promoting' night milk powder: Synlait

Synlait Milk has commercialised a "sleep promoting" milk powder, produced using milk collected from cows in the hours of darkness, following a clinical trial.

China

Malaysia joins forces with China to open halal lab in Gansu

A joint-venture between China and Malaysia has led to the opening of a halal food laboratory in northwestern China.

Vitafoods investment hunt: 14 start-ups on menu

14 nutrition start-ups are formally seeking investment and partners the day before Vitafoods Europe officially opens next week in Geneva.

India

Cold chain blocking India’s destiny to be a processing powerhouse

India’s food minister believes the country would be a global food processing powerhouse were it not for its troubled supply chain. 

China

McDonald’s supplier given record fine for polluting Beijing

A three-way joint-venture involving McDonald’s, an agribusiness giant and a Beijing business has attracted the city’s biggest ever fine for causing pollution.