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Walmart invests in Chinese e-commerce with $50m New Dada deal

Plus: Starbucks appoints insider as new China chief; and China proposes tougher penalties in food safety law draft.

The hottest superfood ingredients in Japan right now…and the next ones primed for success

Several superfoods are now becoming mainstream in Japan because consumers are acutely aware of the “nutrient powerhouses” and their functional benefits.

EFSA considers Mitsubishi’s antioxidant salt following member state concerns

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has taken the reins in the safety evaluation of Mitsubishi’s novel antioxidant salt ingredient following member state toxicity concerns. 

This week Down Under

Worrying rise in younger Australian children with body image issues

Plus: Industry approves of content of code-of-practice review report; and Australians not meeting WHO vegetable consumption goals.

IBM and Walmart use blockchain technology to track China’s pork

US technology and retail giants IBM and Walmart, alongside Beijing’s Tsinghua University, will put Chinese pork on a blockchain in a move to bolster food safety and traceability. 

Cargill’s ‘Hunger Action Season’ aims to tackle child malnutrition for 15,000 Asian children

Cargill has launched a three-month campaign to help fight child malnutrition in Asia in commemoration of World Food Day. 

New still is just the tonic for Kangaroo Island gin distillery

One of Australia’s first dedicated gin distilleries will begin ramping up production in the next few weeks following the arrival of a new still.

South Asia radius

Hydrocolloids gain from FSSAI’s new additives standards

Plus: FSSAI promotes fortification with release of new standards; and Veeba funding round suggests continuing investor interest in condiments.

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