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McDonald’s registers first growth after 19-month slump

Plus: Morinaga's BB536 probiotic now 100% gluten free; Taiwan must transform food export segment; and India’s Ruchi forms Japanese JV for soybean germ oil distribution.

Mars opens center to address food safety risk portfolio

Mars Incorporated has opened a pre-competitive research and training facility in China to address food safety.

Europe increases pressure on Thailand over illegal fishing: 'Yellow card' update

The European Union (EU) will make a decision on whether to ban fish imports from Thailand by December, while the EU gave out ‘yellow cards’ for illegal fishing to Comoros and Taiwan. 

Quorn snapped up by Filipino company for £550M

Quorn Foods has been sold to Filipino branded consumer goods company Monde Nissin for £550M, ending months of speculation.

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Nestlé Pakistan: Research is one of the first steps towards food safety

Nestlé Pakistan has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences (UVAS), Lahore.

Evonik to ramp up amino acid production capacity in Asia

Evonik has revealed it is planning further expansion at its methionine production site in Singapore.

Dateline Southeast Asia

Consumer awareness driving sea-change in modern slavery

Plus: Chemical pesticide use in Vietnam has increased 5,000-fold in two decades; One-quarter of region’s deaths are from heart disease; Thai health ministry urges sugar sachet size reduction to 4g; and More agriculture funds needed despite Philippines government’s ‘radical progression'.


Moonlighting winemakers exploit thirst for boutique gin

The growing demand for boutique gin has seen a steady increase in Australian winemakers working on the side as distillers.

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