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China's chocolate brands face image crisis amid international onslaught, says analyst

Chinese consumers are turning their backs on domestic chocolate brands they associate with questionable food safety in favor of a growing number of international brands, says China’s market research company, Daxue...

Insect protein makes a jump to the gourmet aisle with Jimini's apéritif snacks

While most insect products focus on hiding the insect content by using flours, French start-up Entoma sells Jimini's whole, spiced insects as a gourmet apéritif snack – a gamble that has paid...

Kura brings New Zealand milk protein powder to families

Kura is continuing the expansion for its protein smoothie powder containing New Zealand grass-fed dairy protein, with Vitamin Shoppe now stocking the product. One serving contains 14g of dairy protein, and is said to...

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KraussMaffei Group to expand in China

ChemChina, one of China’s largest chemicals group, is set to acquire KraussMaffei Group and its brands KraussMaffei, KraussMaffei Berstorff and Netstal, for €925m.

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Goss International expands into South Korea

Goss International has appointed Alles International as its agent for South Korea to get a foothold in the market.

Cargill ponders Dubai application centre for strategic plan

Cargill may consider establishing an application centre in Dubai as part of its regional strategy, as it sees demand for advanced R&D increasing, according to its regional chair.

Israeli and Indian companies to collaborate on South Sudan mega dairy project

A $600m dairy farming enterprise is being developed by Tel Aviv-based firm, AlefBet Planners Ltd., who will be conducting the planning and design work for Indian entrepreneurs in South Sudan

Yili sells stakes in livestock company to Hong Kong dairy

Inner Mongolia Yili Industrial Group Co., Ltd. (Yili) has sold its 40% stake in its livestock company to Yogurt Holding I (HK) Limited

Fonterra breaks its export volumes record

Fonterra Co-operative Group Limited announced it exported record volumes for the month of December 2015.

Sabinsa concludes curcumin patent suit that was part of a series involving Indian suppliers

Sabinsa Corp. has prevailed in yet another patent infringement suit based on its Curcumin C3 Complex ingredient. The most recent settlement is one in a series of suits the company...

Restauranteur pays $117k for endangered fish in final Tsukiji auction

The sale of a bluefin tuna for JPY14m marked the end of a long-running and beloved tradition at Tokyo’s Tsukiji fish market this week.

Philippines Pekin duck producer unlocks Dubai

The only Pekin duck producer in the Philippines has secured halal accreditation, opening up a number of markets in the Middle East. 

Saudi-led coalition airstrikes destroy Coca-Cola plant

Saudi-led coalition airstrikes have allegedly destroyed a Coca-Cola plant in Sana'a, Yemen, according to reports.

Annie Chun’s takes seaweed to mainstream snackers with launch of crunchy Seaweed Crisps

Roasted sheets of flavorful nori increasingly are competing with crunchy kale chips and other healthier-for-you snacks, but the stick-to-the-top-of-the-mouth texture of dehydrated seaweed isn’t for everyone. 

RSPO to publish members’ plantation maps in wake of Indonesia’s forest fires

The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) will publish maps of all its members’ palm oil plantations – with the exception of Malaysia – in the hope closer monitoring will...

Sri Lanka Gold to bring local, street-side favorite to US shores

Two D.C.-based international development economists, partners in life and business, are launching bottled king coconut water and are aiming to have it on natural food store shelves by February. It’s...

Merger forms China’s biggest fruit company

China’s biggest fruit distributor has merged with one of its major fruit producers to create the country’s largest fruit business. 

Thai seafood companies must ‘wake up’ practices that will stop slavery

Allegations of slave labour at one of the world’s biggest shrimp companies should be a “wake-up call” to the industry, said the man whose company has been at the centre...

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Berjaya holds off on acquisitions with Malaysian labour hard to find

Malaysia’s biggest food and beverage company said a shortage of retail labour is behind its decision to hold back on new acquisitions.

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Toyo Ink Group to expand into packaging with DYO Printing Inks acquisition

Toyo Ink Group is to acquire 75% of shares of DYO Printing Inks in Turkey to expand its inks and coatings in the packaging market, including materials for food packages.

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Start-up incorporates microgel technology in probiotic drink

A Queensland start-up is testing the market for a non-dairy, low-kilojoule probiotic in selected stores in Brisbane and the Gold Coast.

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Sole superfood supplier tips hat to Oprah and Jamie for demand surge

Global demand for an ancient superfood backed by Oprah Winfrey and Jamie Oliver is being met by a single company in South Australia.

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Woolworths repeats ‘Mind the Gap’ demand while drawing heat from ACCC

A supermarket giant is preparing to fight Australia’s consumer watchdog after being accused of acting “unconscionably” in negotiations with its grocery suppliers.

Avantium & Mitsui to launch 100% biobased packaging in Japan to coincide with Tokyo Olympics

Avantium has signed an agreement with Mitsui & Co. (Mitsui), to commercialize 100% biobased chemicals FDCA (Furan-2,5-dicarboxylic acid) and PEF (polyethylene furanoate) in Asia.

Was the Maggi “ban” in fact a ban? FSSAI says not

India’s food regulator never “banned” Maggi noodles but instead issued a show-cause notice to Nestlé for an explanation about lead levels and product labelling, a court has heard.

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