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China

Chinese authorities plan 22-month crackdown on food safety

China’s most powerful prosecutor will crack down on crimes involving food, drugs and environmental practices over the next 22 months, the Supreme People's Procuratorate has announced.

Japanese C-store sales boom fires Monster Energy's international turnaround

Monster Beverage Corporation CEO Rodney Sacks hopes the company's recent deal with Coke will fire further international growth in markets including Japan, after its international arm returned to year-on-year earnings growth in Q4 2014. 

Australia

Men from Mars, women from Venus in liquor store tastes

As Australia’s alcohol market shrinks, researchers have told retailers they should understand better that men and women don’t always look for the same qualities in a liquor store, with different demographics being swayed by different things.  

The labelling debate

The man who invented a new nutrition labelling system

Australian food labelling laws are currently under close political scrutiny following an outbreak of hepatitis A linked to imported frozen berries.

MULTINATIONAL CLAIMS WORLD'S FIRST 'EDIBLE WEARABLE'

Dole develops ‘wearable banana’ snack gadget for Tokyo Marathon

Dole Japan has developed a 'wearable banana' for the Tokyo Marathon that tells runners their time, tweets, heart rate, and doubles as a nutritious in-race snack.

NZ Commerce Commission backs INC call for power to restrict infant formula marketing

The New Zealand Commerce Commission has given "preliminary" backing to an Infant Nutrition Council (INC) request for power to restrict the infant formula marketing practices of its members. 

Australia

With record results at home, Blackmores to bolster key Asian markets

Blackmores, Australia's leading natural health brand, announced record profits for the half-year while putting in place new provisions to ramp up the retailer's presence in Asia.

India

Assocham: AP’s strong processing sector demands better supply chain

Business leaders have called on the Andhra Pradesh government to announce it will establish the fast-moving supply chain needed for to transport produce to its strong food-processing industry.

Spotlight

Industry applauds new food code, but does it go far enough?
Australia

Industry applauds new food code, but does it go far enough?

Australia’s food and grocery champion has applauded the release last week of a new government code of...

Positive sentiment hints Asean economic bloc is starting to take shape
Southeast Asia

Positive sentiment hints Asean economic bloc is starting to take shape

What would Asean look like if it were re-imagined as a single bloc, and what characteristics would...

Peanuts: Fewer allergies mean more fans as Asian consumption grows
Briefing

Peanuts: Fewer allergies mean more fans as Asian consumption grows

It is no coincidence that eight out of the world’s top 10 peanut consumers are in Asia,...

Packaged food and fizzy drinks not behind India’s diabetes spike
India

Packaged food and fizzy drinks not behind India’s diabetes spike

Despite living among the highest population of diabetics in the world, Indians consumed just one-fifth of the...

Complementary health comes in from the cold
Australia

Complementary health comes in from the cold

Complementary medicine may have been welcomed back to the fold after an official review panel added a...

Collagen suitable for Muslims and Hindus launched for first time
Malaysia

Collagen suitable for Muslims and Hindus launched for first time

A Malaysian company has released the world’s first food-grade sheep collagen on the market to tap into...

FAO: Food security requires ‘paradigm shift’ in agri-production models
FAO

FAO: Food security requires ‘paradigm shift’ in agri-production models

Farmers must change their approach to production if the world wants to meet its food security challenges,...

Beer researchers look for the secrets behind the perfect head
Australia

Beer researchers look for the secrets behind the perfect head

Queensland researchers have begun a study to prescribing the unique molecular signature of Queensland’s iconic XXXX beer....

Behind the rhetoric, industry relies on a contract of trust
Soapbox

Behind the rhetoric, industry relies on a contract of trust

Warren Buffett once said: “It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it.”

Global majors might be ‘locking out’ craft brewers from local market
Australia

Global majors might be ‘locking out’ craft brewers from local market

An exposé by Australian consumer watchdog Choice claims SAB Miller, which owns Fosters and Carlton & United...

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