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The labelling debate

The man who invented a new nutrition labelling system

Australian food labelling laws are currently under close political scrutiny following an outbreak of hepatitis A linked to imported frozen berries.

China

AB-Biotics to launch gastropaedriatric probiotic with Derbycare

AB-Biotics, the Spanish biotech company, and leading Chinese women and infant nutrition player Derbycare will launch a gastropaediatric health product in China this year.

Australia

With record results at home, Blackmores to bolster key Asian markets

Blackmores, Australia's leading natural health brand, announced record profits for the half-year while putting in place new provisions to ramp up the retailer's presence in Asia.

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Dole develops ‘wearable banana’ snack gadget for Tokyo Marathon

Dole Japan has developed a 'wearable banana' for the Tokyo Marathon that tells runners their time, tweets, heart rate, and doubles as a nutritious in-race snack.

Japanese C-store sales boom fires Monster Energy's international turnaround

Monster Beverage Corporation CEO Rodney Sacks hopes the company's recent deal with Coke will fire further international growth in markets including Japan, after its international arm returned to year-on-year earnings...

Aussie dairy Warrnambool to acquire Lion everyday cheese business

Saputo-owned Warrnambool Cheese and Butter (WCB) has agreed to acquire the "everyday cheese" business of Australian rival Lion Dairy and Drinks (LDD) for AU$137.5m (US$107m, €95m)....

Snacking power house talks about ‘regional jewels’ at Packaging Innovations 2015

Developing markets account for 44% at Mondelēz International with plans to expand into more ‘white space’

Mondelēz kicked off the Packaging Innovations tradeshow at the NEC in Birmingham, UK, today talking about its developing markets and ‘regional jewels’.

Kerry Group on cusp of Pinnacle sale

Kerry Group is in advanced discussions to sell its €160m ($181.28m) Australian bakery business Pinnacle, the company says.

News in brief

DNV inks deal to increase Asian presence

DNV has acquired International Standards Certifications (ISC) which has a strong presence in Asia.

Indonesian fish producer targets Middle East

An Indonesian canned fish producer is aiming to make its entry into the Middle East food market, as Indonesia’s government aims to bolster its national fishing industry.

Mead Johnson to expand US infant formula capacity to meet online Chinese demand

Mead Johnson Nutrition plans to boost its US infant formula manufacturing capabilities to supply the e-commerce channels opening up between the US and China. 

Carlsberg announces new CEO; Russian market puts pressure on full year results

Carlsberg’s CEO and president Jørgen Buhl Rasmussen will retire from the group in June, and will be succeeded by Cees ‘t Hart (currently CEO of the Dutch dairy giant Royal...

Coca-Cola Amatil invests in 'exciting' Indonesia as group predicts return to growth

Coca-Cola Amatil will devote more energy to its Indonesian business - a bright spot in its 2014 full year results - hoping strengthened market leadership in the country will help...

Rexam to build two Indian beverage can plants

Rexam will build two beverage can plants in India, starting with an initial investment of £50m ($77m) in Sri City.  

News in brief

Goodman Fielder acquisition clears Chinese regulatory hurdle

The Chinese business regulator has given the green light for Wilmar International and First Pacific to acquire Australian food manufacturing major Goodman Fielder. 

Patent Watch

Nestlé crisps up China’s ‘monotonous’ Sachima

Nestlé has filed a patent on a recipe and process to increase crispiness in China’s traditional sweet pastry Sachima to draw in younger consumers.

Richest candyman Michele Ferrero dies as company rises in China and Russia

The world’s richest confectioner Michele Ferrero, owner of the Ferrero Group, has died aged 89 as his company gains traction in emerging markets.

Australia

Global majors might be ‘locking out’ craft brewers from local market

An exposé by Australian consumer watchdog Choice claims SAB Miller, which owns Fosters and Carlton & United Breweries, is locking out genuine craft beer from local pubs.

Thailand

ThaiBev introduces 100Plus in bid to grow soft drinks market share

Thai Drinks will invest US$92m in promoting 100Plus, a functional drinks brand made by Fraser and Neave, the Singaporean manufacturer with which it shares its parent, ThaiBev, the Thai alcoholic...

News in brief

China gives clearance in SHV takeover bid for Nutreco

Nutreco says that SHV has received regulatory clearance from the competition authorities of China in connection with its offer for the Dutch feed group.

Australian Arla Foods JV to build on 'decades of success' Down Under

Arla Foods and Australian firm F Mayer Imports have established a joint venture to market Castello cheese, Lurpak butter, and other Arla products Down Under. 

South Korea

Benecol yoghurt drinks come to South Korea through Lotte partnership

Lotte Foods, Raisio’s Benecol partner in South Korea, has launched Benecol yoghurt drinks under the country’s health functional food category. 

Japan

Scandals prompt McDonald’s Japan to report first loss in over a decade

A series of food safety incidents last year has taken its toll on McDonald’s Japan, with the company declaring its first net loss in 11 years.

Allied Bakeries: 'Our ultimate palm oil aim is 100% segregated sourcing'

Allied Bakers, the maker of Kingsmill bread, said today that the palm oil and derivatives used in its products are now 100% sustainably sourced through physical supply chains.

Q’Sai opens US subsidiary to share Japanese health staples with American audiences

Leading Japanese direct-seller Q’SAI Co Ltd is entering the US with a new wholly-owned subsidiary and will launch American versions of health products that have become staples in Japan.