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China direct

12.5% of beverages failed Chinese inspections in first-half of year

Plus: Chinese GM foods ‘as safe as traditional foods’, says agriculture ministry; New production plants underway for Coca-Cola; Basketball star brings ‘differentiated’ energy drink to Hong Kong and Macau; and Hong Kong to review online food sales regulations.

Vitamin D cuts asthma exacerbation by 74% in children: Review

Vitamin D supplementation may cut the risk of asthma exacerbation in children but it does not impact respiratory infections in healthy children, a review has found.

Predictions

The top three trends shaping Asian convenience retail

Leading convenience retailers in Asia generated more than US$130bn in sales in 2014, through a combination of higher sales from existing stores, as well as significant new-store expansion, according to research carried out by UK-based IGD Retail Analysis.

Feature

Australia to lead worldwide task force to save endangered honey bees

To help address the growing threat of dwindling honey bee populations, Australia’s government research organisation is leading a global initiative to investigate the causes of their decline. 

China and Russia likely to put 'considerable pressure' on H2 dairy sales: FrieslandCampina

Lagging Chinese demand and the impact of the Russian embargo are likely to put "considerable pressure" on FrieslandCampina's sales in the second half of 2015.

Dateline Southeast Asia

Low-cost tools to solve large-scale water problem

Plus: Vietnam toughening stance of food safety violations; Singaporeans getting more responsive to healthier food options; Philippines releases dietary guidelines.

Global turmoil hits food company share prices

Turmoil in global financial markets has hit food companies’ share prices and could directly impact exporters, according to a leading analyst.

Fonterra boosts Chinese kids' milk presence with 'ultra-premium' Anchor launch

Fonterra has moved to strengthen its position in China's kids' milk market with the launch of a vitamin-enriched "ultra-premium" product.

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