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a2 milk concept not confusing Australian consumers: A2DPA

A2 Dairy Products Australia (A2DPA) has slammed claims made by the CEO of Parmalat Australia that its a2 milk concept has left consumers Down Under confused.

Amway executes next leg of $375 manufacturing expansion with new Vietnam plant

Amway, the world’s largest network marketing company, has broken ground on a $25 million manufacturing facility in Bihn Duong, Vietnam, the company announced recently.  The facility will be devoted to...

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New Japan office to bolster Tate & Lyle’s Apac presence

Tate & Lyle hopes to strengthen its direct sales potential in Japan with the opening of a new office in Tokyo. 

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Nestlé S Korean JV approved, opens new Chinese safety centre

The European Commission has approved the creation of a joint-venture between Nestlé and South Korea’s Lotte Group under EU merger regulation. 

Orkla the latest major to pledge more sustainable palm oil sourcing

Norwegian consumer goods giant Orkla, which also owns Indian brand MTR Foods, has committed to using palm oil from sustainable sources in a move which Greenpeace says should coax other...

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FONA opens innovation centre in Guangzhou

Flavours manufacturer FONA International has opened new innovation centre in Guangzhou, China.

Indian start-up targets global snacks with high protein, price stable quinoa

Snack makers should consider sourcing quinoa from India where the exotica strain is sweeter, higher in protein and sells at a stable, lower price, says the managing director of Ashtral...

Dairy in the desert

When it is said that a cow should consume three litres of water for every litre of milk it produces, how is arid and water-starved Saudi Arabic able to command...

Amira expands into the UAE organic market

Indian speciality rice major Amira Nature Foods has announced plans to enter the UAE’s organic food market as it focuses on gaining a larger market share across the wider Middle...

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Ritter Sport injunction impacts Ishida sales

Ritter Sport has delayed buying a second piece of machinery from Ishida following a legal battle with German consumer group, Stiftung Warentest.

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DuPont develops kit to mix and match dahi characteristics

DuPont Nutrition and Health has developed a creations kit that allows manufacturers of dahi greater freedom to play with high performing cultures and design curds.

Takasago opens new flavours and fragrances facility in Singapore

Japan-based Takasago International has announced  the opening of a new fully integrated flavours and fragrances plant in Singapore, in a move directed towards targeting growing Asian food and beverage processors. ...

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Innovation watch: Japanese KitKat you can bake

Nestlé has developed a new mini KitKat that can be eaten as a chocolate bar or bake in the oven for two minutes to become like a crispy cookie.

Fonterra to plead guilty to botulism scare charges

Fonterra, the world’s biggest dairy company, has indicated that it will plead guilty to charges following and investigation by New Zealand’s Ministry for Primary Industries into events leading up to...

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Perfetti Van Melle signs Chupa Chups licensing deal in Greater China

Dutch-Italian confectioner Perfetti Van Melle has signed a licensing deal with brand extension agency Beanstalk to growth the strength of its Chupa Chups lollipop brand in Greater China.

Woolworths deal secures SPCA's future, though farmers remain wary

The future finally looks bright for troubled SPC Ardmona following the announcement of a five-year, A$70m (US$63m) partnership with Woolworths that will see an extra 24,000 tonnes of fruit, tomatoes...

WORLD BANK INVESTMENT ARM 'TROUBLED' BY REPORTS OF CHILD TRAFFICKING ON PLANTATIONS

Angry TATA Global Beverages instructs lawyers over Tetley tea slavery allegations

TATA Global Beverages is instructing defamation lawyers after a video documentary in The Guardian online claimed its Tetley tea brand is supplied by a plantation paying such pitiful wages that...

Dubai site 'reflects growth' in Middle East, Africa: Fonterra

Fonterra has opened a warehouse in Dubai to support increasing demand for its dairy ingredients in the Middle East, Africa, and the CIS region. 

Customers with smartphones increase the risk of grocery theft

A report released by Australian supply chain industry body Efficient Consumer Response Australasia (ECRA) has highlighted the significant security challenges for the grocery industry stemming from smartphone technology....

Indian business and Saudi prince to control basmati distribution in ME

An Indian conglomerate and a Saudi prince have teamed up with plans to make Dubai a regional hub for basmati rice—the leading food imports from the subcontinent to the Middle...

BASF nutrition and health jumps 7% to crack €2bn in 2013

‘Nutrition and Health’ was the best performing section within BASF’s ‘Performance Products’ division in 2013, posting a 7% gain on 2012 to push through €2bn in sales for the year.

Mead Johnson awaiting conclusion of SEC China 'expenditures' probe

Mead Johnson Nutrition is still waiting for the outcome of a US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) probe that could see it penalized on home soil for alleged promotional payments made by...

Operations set to begin at NZ$120m Fonterra UHT milk plant

Fonterra's NZ$120m ($99m, €73m) Waitoa UHT plant is on track to produce its first batches of Asia-destined Anchor brand long-life milk and cream in March – just over a year...

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Unilever: ‘Social media has brought a totally new dynamic to the business’

Customer care has come a long way since the pen and ink complaints letters of yesteryear – so how has a major company like Unilever made the transition to digital media?

Kellogg CEO: We integrated Pringles flawlessly

The acquisition of Pringles back in 2012 has tripled the scale of Kellogg in some emerging markets – completely changing the nature of business, its CEO says.

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