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Noodle major Nissin to enter Chinese potato chip market

Nissin is preparing to enter China’s “shining” potato chips market in a bid to open up a new revenue stream beyond its traditional instant noodles empire.

Sustainable food and booze: NZ’s most sought-after exports to Singapore

New Zealand’s wealth of safe, sustainable food and beverage sources is not lost on Singaporean consumers, with total exports rising by 10% to $1.1bn in the past year.

French yeast giant Lesaffre establishes APAC hub in Singapore

Lesaffre, a 164-year-old French company specialising in yeast and fermentation products, has officially opened its regional expertise hub in Singapore, consolidating its different APAC business streams.

The sativa saga: Part 3

A novelty in Australia, hemp oil is nothing new for Kiwis

Last month’s decision to allow the sale of hemp seed for human consumption might have delighted Australian manufacturers that had hitherto been unable to stock their products on grocery food...

Eight start-ups vying for the Future Food Asia Award unveiled

The eight finalists for the Future Food Asia Award have been announced, with the winner of the US$ 100,000 grant set to be announced in Singapore this week.

APAC entries sought for World Steak Challenge

The World Steak Challenge is back for a third year and the deadline for entries is closing soon.

Nestlé’s Gulf business looking up as Dubai’s third plant opens

Business in the Gulf will bounce back after years of poor performance in the wake of collapsed oil prices, the world’s biggest food group’s regional chief has predicted while opened...

Dubai hydroponics investor launches global food security fund

Dubai’s Pegasus Agriculture Group, which owns various hydroponic farming facilities in the Middle East and North Africa, has established a futures fund to focus on food security.

Fonterra reopens Malaysian milk powder plant

Fonterra has reopened its milk powder manufacturing plant in Malaysia following a NZ$7m (US$4.8m) investment to boost manufacturing efficiencies and ensure it continues to meet health and safety, and food...

Miraka expands with Malaysia deal

Miraka, New Zealand’s first Maori-owned milk company, has signed an MOU with Malaysian company Storiiu, a food distribution business, to supply their flagship consumer food, Whai Ora. 

Nestlé inaugurates Nescafé and Maggi factory in Dubai

Nestlé Middle East has inaugurated its Al-Maha factory in Dubai South; its 18th factory in the region. 

China's infant formula trends: Sales boom predicted with organic and premium brands leading the charge

China’s infant milk formula market is poised to boom in the next five years as a result of the new “two-child” policy, and tighter rules issued by regulators, analysts said...

Sativa saga: Part 2

Farmers plan huge cannabis expansion to cash in on hemp foods ruling

When he heard the news that a council of antipodean ministers had decided to permit the sale of hemp seed as a food last month, Harry Youngman thought: “At last,...

Court decision looming in Cargill dispute with South Korean trade watchdog

A ruling in the appeal process initiated by Cargill against claims it participated in a feed cartel in South Korea is due this autumn.

China direct

ChemChina poised for swift completion of Syngenta deal

Now with the support of some 82% of Syngenta shareholders, ChemChina’s US$43bn bid to take over the Swiss pesticides and seeds group appears to be heading for fast completion.

Fonterra introducing trial hi-tech local weather stations for dairy farmers

Fonterra farmers in New Zealand will test new weather technology that the dairy cooperative hopes will bring greater precision.

Australian chicken giant to create 400 jobs

Poultry producer Ingham’s Group Limited will invest AU$70m ($51m) over a three-year expansion plan that will create 400 jobs in Western Australia.

VITAFOODS 2017

Sports nutrition scoring in the mainstream: The latest trends driving the sector’s growth

The blurring of boundaries between sports nutrition and mainstream food and beverages is fuelling the sector’s growth, alongside new product development (NPD) tackling consumer needs according to their age, gender...

Deinove protects its bacteria derived feed innovation in China

French biotech company, Deinove, says its first patent focusing on the use of the bacteria, Deinococcus, for animal nutrition has been issued in China.

Bakery China 2017

China to familiarize Western market with ‘pinyin’ baked treats

China’s diverse bakery industry – encompassing bakers of traditional ‘pinyin’ (literally translated as ‘Chinese style cakes and snacks’) and producers of modern items like croissants and waffles – is growing...

Energy drink 'risk' revealed for teenagers with genetic heart disease

Caffeinated energy drinks can trigger serious cardiac events in young people with a genetic heart disease, Australian researchers claim.

FoodEx Japan 2017

Functional soups: The next big business opportunity for food and nutrition firms in Japan?

Functional soups featuring botanical and herbal ingredients such as ginger, ginseng and cordyceps are ripe for new product development in Japan, with the ageing population a particularly lucrative target market.

Hot topic

Australia exhibits 3D printed meat - in pictures

Scientists and trade body Meat & Livestock Australia have unveiled a groundbreaking 3D meat printer that makes edible protein from liquid offal and mince. 

Global campaign marks the return of the Australian kingfish

The world’s biggest full-cycle commercial kingfish producer is preparing to launch a global campaign to introduce the fish typically used in sashimi to a broader market.

Vimto gears up for bumper Ramadan

Despite “challenging” times in its home market, Vimto manufacturer Nichols is expecting another strong performance during the Ramadan season in the Middle East.

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