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India’s new GST tipped to appear next April

Plus: SL enlists cross-section of ministries in effort to curb youth NCDs; and Industrial compliance slowly improving in Bangladesh.

Official: Pepsi will launch a smartphone in China

Pepsi China will enter the mobile phone business, ending 24 hours of frenzied and incredulous speculation by technology web sites, some of which suspected the move was an elaborate hoax.

Danone denies Indonesian health workers paid to promote SGM infant formula

Danone has dismissed allegations its Indonesian subsidiary encouraged health professionals in the country to promote its infant formula products.

Conversion of fish waste to flavours could be commercially viable, say researchers

Researchers working on ways to convert fish waste in to flavours say it may be a commercially viable proposition for the industry.

Growing demand for dairy and confectionery drying technology in the Middle East

Secomak, which solves moisture related issues for customers including Coca-Cola, Nestlè, Danone and PepsiCo, is seeing a growing demand for its drying technology for the confectionery and dairy industry in the Middle East.

China direct

Food insecurity: Chinese meat consumption grows 400% in 40 years

Plus: Chinese exports decline 6% year on year; Slow China growth hits Yum Brands global results; and Inner Mongolia developing into a mine for ‘brain gold’.

Far East digest

Farmers get TPP concessions to boost chances deal being ratified

Plus: Taipei reviews food-safety in record time; Nippon Shokubai gets halal certification for sodium polyacrylates; and JGC signs up for Japan-themed business park in India.

China imports of maize forecast to grow substantially to meet industrial pig production demands

As China’s meat production industrializes, feed grain demand will jump significantly, and will require the Asian giant to source feedstocks, particularly maize, on the international market, forecasts Price Waterhouse Cooper (PwC) in a new report.

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