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Almonds become Oz's most valuable agri-export after California drought

Also: Research identifies annual winter drop in Australian beer consumption; Solar power for irrigation could speed up time taken for investment return; Connell Brothers wins contract to distribute Graminex Down Under; and Victoria plant will allow Fonterra to supply milk to Woolworths for next decade.

a2 Milk Company takeover talks with Dean Foods 'ceased': Freedom Foods

Freedom Foods has "ceased detailed discussions" with US dairy giant Dean Foods on their failed joint bid to acquire the a2 Milk Company (a2MC).

No decision on South Korean cartel ruling appeal yet: Cargill

Cargill has not yet decided if it will appeal a ruling by South Korea’s competition authority claiming the firm was part of an animal feed price rigging cartel over several years.

Non-alcoholic Guinness hopes to address beer challenges

Diageo hopes its non-alcoholic Guinness will improve fortunes in Indonesia, with the alcoholic beverage giant saying the beverage is addressing market trends in the country, and legislation which now bans the sale of beer in some stores. 

Study confirms blood sugar management potential of chromium picolinate

Supplements of chromium picolinate may help to control blood sugar levels in people with poorly controlled type 2 diabetes, says a new study from Brazil.

South Asia radius

FSSAI looks to legal firms to form new regulatory guidelines

Plus: Over 30% of indians suffering from potbelly abdominal obesity; India and Australia to collaborate on NCD prevention; Industry to partner government in promoting Indian brands overseas; and Now food ‘self-sufficient’, Bangladesh companies should now focus on nutrition.

Australia

Oz nutraceuticals exports grow by over one-third in last two years

Australia’s natural health lobby has welcomed the latest data that shows Australian complementary medicines exports to Asia have more than doubled in the last year.

Green-lipped mussels move from pharma to food with seafood seasoning

German pharmaceutical company, Pharmalink, is moving from pharma to food with a contaminant-free seafood flavouring made from green-lipped mussels.

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