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This week Down Under

Aussie firms must take crisis planning more seriously

Plus: Australian dieters fall into five personality groups ; and Taco Bell hopes third time will be lucky in Australia.

Dateline Southeast Asia

Halal recognition opens door for UAE food exports to Malaysia

Plus: Synergy Flavours continues Thailand expansion; and Beverage firms rally against Vietnam sugar tax draft proposal.

Australia

PM dashes renewed calls for sugar tax

Australian consumers already pay enough taxes at the supermarket and should not be forced to pay an extra 20% for sweetened drinks, the prime minister has said.

IFF opens refitted Cairo flavours facility

A Cairo flavours facility has come back online a year after International Flavours and Fragrances shuttered it for renovation and expansion work to be carried out. 

Singapore’s war on diabetes: $5 screening test latest weapon in the armoury

After calling on soft drink firms to slash sugar content, and encouraging the development of more functional ingredients, the latest addition to Singapore’s so-called 'war on diabetes' is $5 screening tests for people aged 18 to 39 who are deemed to have high diabetes risk.

China invests heavily in Dubai food hub

Dubai Food Park will feature a Chinese food processing cluster following a pledge to invest AED1.35bn (US$367m) by Ningxia Forward Fund Management Company.

Savola aims to claw back revenues through Almarai share sale

Savola Group will sell 2% of its stake in the Gulf's biggest dairy company in a bid to shore up its dwindling returns. 

Kiwis disregarding the impact of diet choices on cholesterol

People in New Zealand need to be more aware of how increasing polyunsaturated fats, dietary fibre, and plant sterols in their diets can help cut cholesterol.

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