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British organic body inks partnership for certified China exports

Britain’s Soil Association Certification and China’s organic certification body, the Organic Food Development Centre (OFDC), have entered into a unique partnership that is hoped makes it cheaper and simpler for...

Halloren targets Thailand and Korea for export growth

German confectioner Halloren believes its best growth prospects lie in the fast growing markets in Thailand and Korea as well as North America amid intense competition in its home market.

Biggest Gulf grocery retailer LuLu prepares to enter Malaysia market

The Middle East’s biggest supermarket chain will open for the first time in Malaysia when Abu Dhabi-based LuLu opens six hypermarkets in the country. 

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Nutricia India at ‘risk of non-compliance’ with IMS Act: Danone

The Danone Group has acknowledged that its Nutricia India business is still at “risk of non-compliance” with the Infant Milk Substitutes Act (IMS Act), DairyReporter.com can exclusively reveal....

Fresh from Smithfield buy, WH Group readies for biggest IPO in a year

Chinese pork producer WH Group, which last year bought US pork giant Smithfield Foods, hopes to raise more than US$5bn in what would be the world's biggest initial public offering...

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DSM opens its first premix plant in India

Dutch life science company DSM has opened a sizeable new plant in Gujarat to produce its Fortitech premixes in Vadodara, Gujarat. At an investment of US$10m, it will be the...

Japanese beer giant Asahi set to acquire Malaysian dairy

Asahi Group Holdings, the firm behind the Asahi Japanese beer brand, is preparing for its first foray into fresh dairy after agreeing a deal to acquire Malaysian firm Etika Dairies.

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DSM in negotiations to buy Chinese vitamin C manufacturer

DSM has ended speculation about acquiring Chinese vitamin C supplier Aland by acknowledging it is in talks with the firm, but asserts no deal has been signed.

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Anlit granted TGA approval in Australia

Israel-based Anlit has been granted GMP certification by the Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration, the governmental authority charged with regulating therapeutic goods in the country. 

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Ingredion appoints new Apac general manager

Jorgen Kokke has been appointed to the role of regional vice-president and general manager of Ingredion in Asia-Pacific. 

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Barentz moves into Oceania following Additive Solutions acquisition

Barentz International has teamed up with Australia’s Additive Solutions to market and distribute its ingredients across Australia and New Zealand.

Coles admits to misleading campaign during AU$1 milk wars

Supermarket giant Coles painted a misleading picture of the dairy industry via a social media campaign at the height of the A$1 milk wars last year, Australia’s top consumer watchdog...

Fonterra fined NZ$300k for WPC food safety failings

Fonterra has been fined NZ$300,000 (US$256k, €187k) by a New Zealand court after admitting four food safety violations relating to last year's whey protein concentrate (WPC) recall.

Yogurt and cereal: The new snap, crackle and pop?

Kellogg Australia reckons there’s a new breakfast cereal trend afloat as consumers replace traditional milk with yogurt or fruit juice, but Mintel’s innovation head says this is nothing new....

M&S to change approach to China by seeking JV partner

Marks & Spencer no longer plans to open wholly owned stores in China, making the British retailer the latest in a long line of international chains to be seeking a...

Woolworths private label milk contract losses will 'impact volumes': Lion

Australian processor Lion Dairy has admitted that being dropped as Woolworths’ private label milk supplier in Victoria and Western Australia “will impact volumes” at two plants.

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Capri-Sun adds final Indian BRIC to emerging market edifice

Capri-Sun will launch in India this month via a partnership with SDU Beverages, and the brand says it has tremendous potential to tap fruit juice growth of 49% over the...

Parmalat 'strengthens its position' in Australia with Harvey Fresh buy

Italian dairy giant Parmalat has moved to strengthen its market position Down Under through the acquisition of Australian dairy and juice product manufacturer Harvey Fresh.

Cadbury ‘premiumizes’ Bournville for increasingly affluent Indian consumers

Mondelēz International has upped the cocoa content and revamped the packaging of its Cadbury Bournville brand in India to appeal to the growing middle classes.

Food Vision 2014

Final preparations underway for Food Vision 2014

Final preparations are underway for Food Vision 2014, the event that brings together global food and drink industry leaders at Cannes in the south of France to discuss key topics...

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Firmenich bolsters Asia-Pacific presence

Firmenich, the largest privately held flavour and fragrance company, is ramping up its Asia-Pacific presence as it banks on the region’s increasing awareness of health and wellness.

Aussie seafood producer aiming for world-first in certification

An Australian seafood is hoping to receive a world first with Marine Stewardship Council certification for its mahi mahi, while also becoming Australia’s first tuna fishery to enter assessment to...

Fonterra budgets NZ$11m for Danone WPC recall lawsuit

Fonterra has budgeted for a payout of just NZ$11m ($9.5m, €6.85m) in its ongoing legal battle with Danone over last year’s whey protein concentrate (WPC) botulism scare.

US firm hopes deal will open up market for californian wines

VATS the way I like it! Constellation Brands inks China wine deal

Constellation Brands has signed a long-term strategic deal with China’s VATs Liquor to develop the world’s best-selling table wine Robert Mondavi in the country.

Fonterra breaks ground on its biggest SE Asia site

Fonterra has begun construction on what will be its biggest manufacturing investment in Southeast Asia in the last decade.

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