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Malaysia: Manufacturer-backed sugar hike rejected by government

Plus: Indonesia granted $600m irrigation loan from the ADB, and Tetra Pak opens Singapore innovation centre.

Japanese e-commerce site allows customers to choose by aroma

A Japanese company that designs and develops small odour-imaging sensors is in the final stages of testing what it claims to be the world’s first e-commerce website on which consumers can search and select products by aroma.

Australia, NZ most obese OECD countries in APAC

Australia and New Zealand are now among the OECD’s five most obese nations, while Japan and South Korea are the two least obese nations on the list, according to the OECD’s Obesity Update 2017.

Is dairy a hindrance and not a help for probiotics growth?

The vast majority of new product development for functional foods featuring probiotics “remains in the dairy space”, but this may be more of a hindrance than a help for the sector’s growth prospects.

AGRANA Fruit expands into India through acquisition

Austrian fruit ingredient company AGRANA Fruit, part of the AGRANA Group, has acquired a fruit processing plant from the Indian company Sai Krupa Fruit Processing Pvt. Ltd.

Fonterra optimistic as milk price increases

Fonterra Co-operative Group has increased its 2016/17 forecast Farmgate Milk Price to NZ$6.15 (US$4.31) per kgMS.

Australian growth drives positive Hilton trading

International meat packing business Hilton Food Group has reported a solid trading update, driven by strong growth in Australia.

This week Down Under

Will AmazonFresh disrupt Australia’s bricks-and-mortar market?

Plus: Chinese now take up nearly half of Aussie university’s oenology places.

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