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IOI Loders Croklaan, Kerry form infant nutrition lipid JV

Fats and oils specialist IOI Loders Croklaan is partnering with Irish dairy player Kerry group in a 50-50 joint venture to develop its infant formula-focused lipid, Betapol.

Turning Japanese: Tomra to target food processors in Japan with sensor-based sorting and peeling tech

Tomra Sorting Food is stepping up its focus on Japan by launching a Japanese-language website.

China

Wacker opens PVAc production plant in Nanjing

German chemical major Wacker Chemie has opened Asia’s biggest food-grade polyvinyl acetate (PVAc) production plant for solid resins at its Nanjing site in Jiangsu province. 

Indonesia

Barentz acquires Indonesian distributor Astabumi

Netherlands-headquartered Barentz has acquired PT Astabumi Ciptadaya, a leading food and nutrition ingredients distributor in Indonesia after receiving a capital injection to accelerate expansion. 

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IOI Loders Croklaan-Kerry JV to manufacture lipids in Malaysia

A joint-venture between IOI Loders Croklaan, a Dutch oils major, and Ireland’s Kerry Group will manufacture nutrition lipids at a factory in Malaysia for the global market. 

Fonterra 'scanning the market' for new European whey sources

New Zealand dairy giant Fonterra is "scanning the market" for new whey sourcing partnerships in Europe.

FrieslandCampina, Huishan Dairy establish Chinese infant formula JV

Friesland Huishan Dairy - FrieslandCampina's newly established Chinese infant formula joint venture - will introduce a new brand in China "in the near future."

Beverage Bites: news up to April 2, 2015

Coca-Cola Life hits Australia, Suntory’s cool ice cubes, and more beverage bites

This week Molson Coors acquired an Indian brewer, while Heineken announced a global reshuffle of its business. Meanwhile, there’s a new Life down under… read on for more nuggets of...

Not just for hippies: Hemp's rising superfood status

Bursting with nutrients and boasting an impressive growth rate, the future of hemp seed is bright– but what’s the best way for manufacturers to cash in on a product that...

Indonesia

New Java plant shows first fruits from $500m Indonesian investment

The Coca-Cola Company’s chief executive has branded Indonesia “one of the most dynamic countries in the world”, as he opened Coca-Cola Amatil Indonesia’s Cikekodan plant in Bekasi, West Java....

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Toshiba claims pathogen detection in less than 2 hours

Toshiba and Kawasaki City have developed DNA chip technology that they claim can simultaneously test 14 foodborne pathogens in less than 90 minutes.

Rexam jumps on ‘fantastic’ opportunity for beverage cans in India

The beverage can remains a ‘novel’ form of packaging in India, according to manufacturer Rexam. But having seen a 72% increase in sales volume in 2014, the company predicts the...

Dispatches from Anuga FoodTec 2015

Heat and Control awaits go-ahead for India mega plant

Heat and Control plans to open a large-scale manufacturing facility in India to serve a rapidly growing snacks market and bolster business in the country, its sales head says.

China

GNT signs China distributor for anticipated Asian growth in colour

Food colouring major GNT has appointed AAFUD Group as its distributor for the Chinese market as as it looks to ramp up its presence in Asia-Pacific.

China

Acasti awarded Chinese krill patent as it eyes Far East expansion

Canadian biopharmaceutical krill oil research and development company Acasti Pharma, which is working on the commercialisation of new forms of omega-3 phospholipid therapies for the treatment and prevention of certain...

Japan poultry giant mulls technology transfer to boost Indian exports

Tokyo-based Mayekawa Manufacturing Co is in talks with officials of India’s Andhra Pradesh state government to bring Japanese technology to the state’s large poultry industry. N. Chandrababu Naidu, the chief...

Korea signs MOU with UAE for Halal, plans to double exports to $1.2bn

Korea has signed a memorandum of understanding with the UAE to develop its Halal food industry, with the aim of almost doubling its current US$680m Halal food exports to US$1.23bn...

Green tea packs a stronger punch in China with new Bacardi spirit

Bacardi claims to have made a “breakthrough” in spirit production technology with a new liquor named TANG, that is distilled entirely from green tea leaves.

UAE dairy Al Ain claims world's first with camel milk powder and ice cream

Al Ain Dairy, the largest dairy processor in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), has launched what it claims are the world's first camel milk ice cream and milk powder products available on...

Kloeckner Pentaplast, Starlinger and P&G join PET association

Petcore Europe challenges Indian Government on proposed ban of PET packaging

Klöckner Pentaplast, Starlinger and Procter & Gamble have joined Brussels-based association Petcore Europe, representing the PET industry in Europe.

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Dupont opens application centre in Delhi

DuPont’s has opened a multi-million dollar food application centre in a Delhi satellite city to go alongside an existing blending facility in neighbouring Haryana.

New Zealand

Fonterra moving Asia focus to organic dairy

Good news continues to churn out of New Zealand dairy major Fonterra. This time, the world’s biggest dairy co-operative revealed it plans to expand its organic products as a sustainable...

Infant formula tested over tampering fears 'negative for 1080': NZ Police

Samples of infant formula feared to have been tampered with have tested negative for pest control poison, sodium monofluoroacetate (1080), says New Zealand Police.

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Diageo takes bottle storage to its Sydney plant

Having invested A$21.5m (US$16.4m) in a warehouse at its bottling facility in Sydney’s western suburbs, Diageo Australia now has capacity to store 22m bottles of Bundaberg Rum, one of its...

Police probing 1080 threat test NZ infant formula after tampering reports

Police investigating a threat to contaminate New Zealand infant formula with sodium monofluoroacetate (1080) are testing tins after a number of consumers complained of pinpricks in packaging lids.