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Thai firm in £60m takeover of UK food business

Thailand-based Charoen Pokphand Foods (CPF) has agreed a deal to acquire UK-based Westbridge Food Group Limited for £60m.

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Construction underway for new Firmenich plant in Zhangjiagang

Firmenich has begun construction of a new flavours plant in Zhangjiagang that it hopes will cut supply times for customers in its second-biggest market. 

Chinese winery sets sights on ‘feeding own market’ with Aussie grapes

China’s third biggest wine company could soon become the first ever to vertically integrate its production between Australian vineyards and its home market.

Vietnam meat firm enhanced by cash injection

Vietnam-based Masan Group Corporation’s meat subsidiary is set to see a cash injection of $250 million (m) after US investment firm KKR acquired a minority share in the business.

China direct

Barry Callebaut targets China’s premium market with ‘refreshed’ range

Chocolate and cocoa supplier Barry Callebaut has increased its number of product lines available in China after seeing sales of its gourmet range doubling over the last four years.

Australia’s pork farmers face faeces ‘issue’

Free-range pig farmers in Australia face an emerging issue of pig feed becoming contaminated by duck muck, according to a livestock veterinarian.

Australian cricket gives a XXXX for new beer sponsor

Lion’s XXXX beer brand will replace VB after two decades of sponsorship of the Australian cricket team.

Australian volumes help drive Hilton Food profit

An increase in production capacity in Australia and favourable currency conditions have helped Hilton Food Group to revenue and profit growth in 2016.

Dateline Southeast Asia

World’s fourth-biggest noodle market buckling under competition

Vietnam’s generations-long love affair with a paper-wrapped instant noodle brand appears to be in terminal decline after it reported plunging sales for last year.

Australia

New Harvey Beef line to process only pampered cattle from WA

Western Australian meat major Harvey Beef has placed its emphasis on animal welfare for the launch of its new Rangelands brand.

NATURAL PRODUCTS NEW ZEALAND SUMMIT 2017

NZ government backs natural products innovation as exports help offset dairy slump

The New Zealand government is committed to helping natural products and supplements firms meet their export potential by removing barriers to innovation, according to the country’s environment minister.

FrieslandCampina comments on China Huishan Dairy crash

On March 24, the Hong Kong Stock Exchange postponed the trading in shares of China Huishan Dairy Holdings Company Limited after an 85% drop of its share price.

This week Down Under

Amazon Fresh confirmed: Online grocer to open in Australia in 2018

Amazon’s launch in Australia will include an online grocery delivery service, Amazon Fresh, though the global retailer is still yet to announce plans for bricks-and-mortar Amazon Go shops in the...

APAC’s food and nutrition entrepreneurs: This is your time to shine

APAC’s food and nutrition entrepreneurs and new start-ups are driving innovation in the region, and we want to shine the spotlight on their achievements.

Aussie Yum! operator ramps up investment in Northern Europe

An major Australian restaurant franchise operator will expand heavily into Europe after Yum! Brands agreed to sell it 16 outlets in the Netherlands.

Vinamilk completes Angkormilk takeover

Vietnamese dairy Vinamilk has bought all of the remaining shares of Cambodian milk producer Angkor Dairy Products Co. Limited (Angkormilk).

Roha launches Natracol Ultra Cran Red as an alternative to carmine in dairy products

Indian food company Roha Dyechem Pvt Ltd has created Natracol Ultra Cran Red (UCR), which it says capitalizes on the trend to move from synthetic dairy food colorants to natural...

Nestlé "very concerned" over deforestation links to Wilmar palm oil

Nestlé says it is "very concerned" by allegations that its palm oil supplier Wilmar International has again been implicated in sourcing palm oil from the protected Leuser ecosystem in Indonesia, according...

New Zealand’s ‘big win’ for exporters with chilled China meat deal

New Zealand has struck a six-month agreement with China to supply top restaurants and retailers with chilled meat, in a deal potentially worth millions of dollars to the economy.

News in brief

Rob Scoines appointed GM of Sanitarium NZ

Sanitarium Health & Wellbeing operation has named Rob Scoines as its general manager in New Zealand.

Australia

Murray Goulburn hopes new chairman will calm waters

John Spark has been named to replace outgoing chairman Philip Tracy at beleaguered dairy co-operative Murray Goulburn after weeks of boardroom turbulence.

Four fundamental APAC nutrition and food trends shaping 2017…and our Food Vision Asia summit

Diabetes, the double burden of malnutrition, personalised nutrition and sustainability: these are four of the most pressing APAC food and nutrition trends, according to industry experts speaking at our Food...

Regulators pave the way for use of hemp as a food in Australia and New Zealand

Food Standards Australia and New Zealand (FSANZ) has issued a circular paving the way for the sale of low-THC hemp seed products as a food.

Eurofins expands in Singapore and Turkey

Eurofins Scientific has acquired two companies to boost testing services in Singapore and Turkey.

South Asia radius

Drinks companies unite to counter India’s looming health policies

Executives from some of India’s biggest food and beverage companies have begun discussing ways to join forces and lobby the government to abandon plans to squeeze the industry.

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