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AgriProtein and Twynam Group in licensing deal

Australasia to get 20 new insect feed factories

Insect feed producer, AgriProtein, has announced a licensing deal with its Australian partner, Twynam Group, that it said will see 20 insect feed factories being rolled out across Australasia.

Japan: Methionine facility set to target Asian poultry sector

Sumitomo Chemical is building a methionine manufacturing facility on the island of Shikoku in Japan.

Feature

Byron Bay botanicals give punch to crowdfunded gin start-up

Australia’s newest distillery start-up has been using crowdfunding to bring to market a dry gin made from a wealth of local botanicals developed with the help of Scottish whisky master...

IFCN workshop looks at Indian dairy challenges

The fifth IFCN Regional Workshop was held recently in Anand, India, with 50 experts from various backgrounds in the dairy industry contributing.

Hilton Food Group plans for new Australian factory

Hilton Food Group is to build a new meat processing facility in Australia, to expand its packing capabilities.

Nascens signs deal to supply wholesale tea to German retailer in India

The maker of Planta specialty teas will tap into German wholesale giant Metro’s cash-and-carry network in India.

Sri Lanka

Nestlé helps coconut growers with plantlets and model farms

Nestlé will donate 10,000 coconut plantlets to 2,000 farmers and develop two model coconut farms to demonstrate best growing practices.

South Asia radius

Amira joins select few firms with permission to ship rice to China

Dubai-based Amira Nature Foods, which manufactures packaged Indian specialty rice, is now one of only a select few Indian companies allowed to export rice to China after they were granted...

ADM sells stake in GrainCorp; completes revamp of Ukraine oilseed plant

Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM) has sold its stake in GrainCorp Limited soon after separately reopening  its oilseed processing facility in Chornomorsk in the Ukraine.

China infant formula uncertainty claims another victim: Murray Goulburn and Mead Johnson deal scrapped

Australian dairy co-operative Murray Goulburn and Mead Johnson Nutrition have scrapped an agreement signed in March to supply infant formula to Asia.

News in brief

Local acquisition will vertically integrate Ingredion’s China business

Ingredion has completed the acquisition of Shandong Huanong Specialty Corn Development in China from Pingyuan County Juyuan State-Owned Asset Management for an undisclosed sum.

China

SIAF aquaculture offshoot given green light to expand with $36m loan

Chinese protein investment major Sino Agro Food Industries’ fisheries subsidiary has been approved for a CNY250m (US$36.3m) loan to expand its operations.

China

Cargill opens development centre in Shanghai for most food streams

Cargill has pooled its resources across a range of divisions to open its first innovation centre in Asia, which employs some 50 researchers, nutritionists and chefs.

News in brief

Chaucer sold to Japanese food firm in €122m deal

British food firm Chaucer has been sold to Japanese manufacturer Nagatanien in a £102.8m (€122.8m) deal which the freeze-dried food manufacturer says will help it expand into the US and...

Australian baskets find foothold in premium oyster farming markets

Oyster baskets that improve farming efficiency while growing a higher quality product are helping an Australian company penetrate international markets.

China's Jinluo sees growth in 'no starch' ham

One of China’s biggest traditional pork processors is crediting its repackaged ‘no starch’ ham sausages for strong growth in the company’s sales.

Fonterra’s ingredients business keeps up with vast region’s fast pace

When I speak to Fonterra’s Hamish Gowans, he had just been asked by a potential customer if the cows that produce the milk for the New Zealand dairy ingredients co-operative...

3D printed meat opportunity analysed by Australia

3D printed meat technology could be the “next big advancement” for the protein industry, according to a research paper published by Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA). 

Cargill starts $50m expansion of Thai broiler processor

Cargill has begun work to expand its poultry processing operations in central Thailand at a cost of US$50m.

Pomegranate push gets ready to bear fruit in Australian wine region

A sustainable farming company is building one of the world’s largest privately-owned pomegranate gene banks to help revive the potentially lucrative industry Down Under.

Wilmar palm oil produced using child labour in dangerous conditions: Amnesty International

Amnesty International has uncovered “systemic” cases of child labour and labour rights abuses in Indonesian palm oil plantations operated by Wilmar, tracing the palm oil back to firms including Nestlé,...

Mubadala mulls two big Russian agriculture investments

Abu Dhabi state investment vehicle Mubadala may make two food-supply investments worth up to US$200m to Russia’s food sector. 

Saudi PIF acquires half of Adeptio soon after Americana sale

Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund has made a rare foray into into the food industry after concluding a deal to buy half of Adeptio Holdings, which recently acquired a 67%...

NZ government swoops on illegal meat operation

An illegal yet sophisticated meat processing ring in greater Auckland has been shut down after a raid orchestrated by New Zealand’s Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI).

American sweetener company blocks Chinese import ‘copies’

American trade authorities are investigating a claim brought by an artificial sweetener that Chinese companies are infringing its patented manufacturing methods. 

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