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Australia

Linfox buys out Lion from BevChain distribution joint-venture

Australian logistics major Linfox has bought out Lion’s 50% stake in BevChain for an undisclosed sum and will take full control of the drinks distribution and warehousing group.

News in brief

Baiju maker to target under-30s in Thailand launch

Joybo baiju will soon bring its bizarre marketing to Thailand, where it is planning to attract young spirits drinkers.

Vitafoods Asia 2017

Indulgence and affluence: Nutrition firms urged to appeal to consumers' emotions for APAC sales success

Supplement and functional food firms must appeal to consumers’ emotions if they want new products to sell well in Asia's more developed nations, according to Frost & Sullivan’s Asia-Pacific director...

VITAFOODS ASIA 2017

Personalised nutrition in Asia Pacific: 'Industry is now at a tipping point'

New players in the market and groundbreaking technology will lead to a wave of personalised nutrition innovation across Asia, according to a panel of experts at Vitafoods Asia.

Man United and Malaysian halal e-tailer kick off global partnership

Manchester United and Aladdin Group, the owner of Malaysian Halal e-commerce retailer AladdinStreet, signed a global partnership deal in March. 

New show aims to boost Japan's food exports

The Japanese government is backing moves to boost food exports by supporting a new trade show – Japan’s Food Export Fair – being held next month in Chiba.

McDonald’s UAE bucks trend as customers spurn healthy food

McDonald’s may have been introducing healthier options to its global menus, but there has been little interest in items beyond burgers and fries in the UAE.

Egypt ripe for Britannia biscuits expansion

Egypt is among the countries under consideration by Indian snack major Britannia Industries as it seeks to expand its international footprint.

VITAFOODS ASIA 2017

VIDEO - There’s more mileage in mānuka: Major brand launches b2b ingredient firm

New Zealand mānuka honey brand Manukora has launched a new firm to target b2b sales in the functional food and supplement space.

South Asia radius

Indian colour major continues westward push with Italian acquisition

Roha’s aggressive expansion strategy continues with the acquisition of its second Italian company is less than a year. 

Australia

Woolworths Father's Day cake sparks outrage online

A Woolworths mud cake sparked widespread controversy during this year’s antipodean Father’s Day.

China

Yili named official dairy for 2022 Winter Olympics

Yili has been named the dairy partner for the Beijing 2022 Olympics, making it the only food company to have supplied both summer and winter Games in China’s capital.

Kiwi supplement firm secures exclusive boysenberry supply deal ahead of China product launch

New Zealand supplement firm Anagenix has secured an exclusive supply deal with Boysenberries New Zealand Ltd (BNZL), the largest marketer of boysenberries worldwide.

New Australian lamb awareness campaign launched

Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA) has launched its latest lamb marketing campaign for spring. 

China

Cofco agrees to major distribution deal with US partner

Cofco, the Chinese state-owned grain major, will form a partnership with American co-operative Growmark in a bid to improve control of its import chain. 

India

Everstone hires industry veteran to lead QSR business

Industry heavyweight Ajay Kaul had joined Everstone Group to lead its QSR business.

India

Burger King to use recent profits to pursue aggressive growth

Having crossed the 100 mark earlier this month, Burger King now plans to add a further 30-35 outlets in the country this year.

Mars Australia voted top for employees

Mars is the best big company to work at in Australia, according to the 2017 Great Place to Work rankings, which also feature Campbell Arnott’s in fourth place.

News in brief

AGCO ties up with CP Foods to manufacture meat tech in China

Global agri-equipment supplier AGCO will begin manufacturing protein production equipment in China through a joint-venture with CP Foods.

China Mengniu Dairy grows profits 4.7% with plans to partner with e-commerce giant Alibaba

China Mengniu Dairy reported a 4.7% year-over-year jump in profits to $172m (1.13bn RMB) for the first half of 2017 and announced plans to partner with Alibaba to develop its...

Probiota Asia: World-class full agenda for inaugural Singapore summit revealed

The world-class agenda for the inaugural Probiota Asia has been confirmed, with speakers from major probiotics firms and renowned academics to present at the three-day summit, to be held at...

Dateline Southeast Asia

Pokka calls for more government action to limit sugar consumption

Singapore’s biggest beverage brand has begun reformulating its drinks to reduce their sugar content, and has called on the government to take wider action against lifestyle diseases.

Mixed reaction to Chinese cooked chicken import plans

Plans to allow China to export cooked chicken from poultry slaughtered in the country to the US have prompted strong reactions from both sides of the debate.

This week Down Under

Details of new Woolworths concept revealed in court

Woolworths’ plans for its new foodservice concept store have been revealed during a recent legal dispute over retail tenancies.

Coca-Cola Amatil eyes up potential of Coca-Cola No Sugar

Coca-Cola Amatil says it has been a ‘challenging’ first half for its Australian business, but highlights the potential of new products such as Coca-Cola No Sugar.

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