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Halal food industry worth $1.2 trillion, but more entrepreneurs needed

The Islamic economy continues to evolve and is no longer considered a niche segment, according to a new report that estimates it to be worth US$1.9tr.

Aker files patent suit against new Chinese krill oil competitor

Litigation in the krill sphere continues to proliferate, with a new suit from Aker BioMarine against Chinese firm Luhua BioMarine. 

Piglet diarrhea: Australian player seeks regulatory backing for antibiotic alternative

Anatara has submitted an application to register a product, which is based on a natural extract from pineapple roots called bromelain, to control diarrhea in piglets, with the Australian Pesticides...

Asahi set to bid for SABMiller’s Eastern European beer brands: reports

Japan’s Asahi Group Holdings is set to bid $4.87bn for SABMiller’s Eastern European beer operations in the Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary, Slovakia and Romania, according to reports. 

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‘Time to take supplements and probiotics mainstream in South East Asia’: DuPont

In the second part of our interview with DuPont’s Asia regional president Dr Li Yongjing, we assess the potential for the dietary supplements industry in South East Asia and examine...

Australia’s ‘better’ carob given boost by demand for healthy chocolate

Global demand for healthy, natural foods is helping to drive a resurgence in carob production in Australia, which currently supplies just 1% of the world’s market.

Thai Union pays $46m for final stake in Tri-Union Frozen Products

Thailand’s seafood producer Thai Union has bought out the remaining 18% stake in its US subsidiary Tri-Union Frozen Products (TUFP) for a fee of over $46m.

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Fonterra drops sugar in children’s yogurt by 40%

Fonterra’s Anchor Uno has reformulated its children’s yogurts, with 40% less sugar than the original product.

De Heus opens feed facility in Myanmar

Dutch feed giant, De Heus, has invested €10m in a new feed plant in Myanmar, in a move it says will bolster its position in Asia.


India’s ‘first’ chocolate subscription service: Cocoatrait

A chocolate tasting club in India has launched what it claims is the country’s first artisan chocolate subscription service.

Beef + Lamb New Zealand shuts several foreign offices

Red meat levy board Beef + Lamb New Zealand (B+LNZ) will shut its overseas bureaus in the UK, South Korea and Japan as part of a “fundamental shift” in strategy.

Bangladesh poultry sector hit by climate change

Bangladesh’s poultry executives claim climate change poses a major management and operational problem as blazing temperatures cause heat stress and incite livestock disease, increasing mortality rates.

Indian joint venture launches new nationwide supplements brand

Indian companies Vitalic Health and Athena Life Sciences have signed a joint venture to launch nutraceuticals and dietary supplements under the brand name 'Truuth'. 

SeaDragon officially opens NZ$10m omega-3 refinery as new investor talks collapse

New Zealand Omega-3 company SeaDragon has officially opened its new refinery in Nelson, which the firm previously said has the potential to generate NZ$50m annual sales.

Thai chicken farmers stamp out slavery and abuse

Over 400 poultry farmers supplying Thai chicken exporter CP Foods have pledged to stamp out abuse and exploitation of workers through the implementation of an anti-forced labour programme.


PureCircle begins work to double stevia production capacity

Natural sweetener major PureCircle will build a new processing plant that will double its capacity to produce a proprietary stevia leaf extract. 

What does Greenpeace's palm oil report mean for IOI & RSPO?

Greenpeace's damning report on Malaysian palm oil supplier IOI, just one month after its membership of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) was renewed, could be damaging for the...

S$3.2bn and 38,000 jobs: The direct value of food manufacturing to Singapore revealed

Singapore’s food manufacturing industry chips in S$3.2bn to the City State’s GDP, according to a new report, although productivity levels in the sector are found to be slightly below the...

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DuPont's Asia nutrition boss: Dow merger will make us faster, flexible and more efficient

In the first of a two-part interview, DuPont’s Asia president for health and nutrition Dr Li Yongjing discusses the initial turbulence created by the ongoing merger with Dow, and explains...


Bickford’s craft distillery is banking on brandy resurgence

Making brandy cool again and appealing to millennials with a growing appreciation for boutique spirits are the goals of a new distillery opened by a leading Australian beverage company.

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Courts gag campaigner after ‘toxic’ Capilano honey remarks

A victorian beekeeper who accused a leading Queensland honey manufacturer of selling “toxic” foreign products has been gagged by the courts ahead of legal action.


Coca-Cola to train 350k grocery students with emphasis on food safety

Coca-Cola University aims to train 350,000 students how to run groceries and convenience stores by the end of next year.

Vinamilk signs strategic cooperation with DSM

JSC Vietnam Dairy Products (Vinamilk) has signed a strategic cooperation with nutrition company Royal DSM, to apply international standards on nutrition powdered milk products for children and consumers in Vietnam.

Turkmenistan brewer Berk Group extending into potato chips market

Berk Group, a brewer in former soviet republic Turkmenistan, has secured a loan to expand into the potato chips market.

Thai poultry firm threatens to sue NGO

A chicken supplier in Thailand may open a lawsuit against a non-governmental organisation (NGO) over alleged claims of human trafficking. 

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