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New Ingredion launch taps into the Asian non-sugar sweetener market

Ingredion is introducing its range of Sweetis sweeteners, which has been designed to create sucrose-like taste profiles and the mouthfeel of sugar, across Asia-Pacific. 

Australian team discover methane busting seaweed

Seaweed can reduce methane emissions in cattle dramatically, found the team behind an Australian research project. 

Dateline Southeast Asia

Agrana expands dairy fruit operation to SE Asia and India

One of the leading fruit companies in the Far East has set out to expand in Southeast Asia by opening new offices in Thailand and India and signing an exclusive...


Australian pasture feeding the booming South American cattle industry

The thriving South American beef industry is helping Australian pasture crops find new roots.

New Zealand

Bigger companies now opting to outsource their sales to agencies

More big Kiwi food and grocery companies have been seeking specialist help from sales and merchandising agencies as cost and margin pressures increase, the boss of New Zealand's biggest field...

Gulfood Manufacturing 2016

Dubai confectionery and dairy procurement firm expands in Algeria

Ar-kom project management and consultancy firm, is building a confectionery plant in Algeria to become operational in 2017.

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Fonterra New Zealand innovation award for infant nutrition studies

New Zealand’s Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) has welcomed an Innovation Award received by Fonterra at the New Zealand Innovation Awards 2016 for its research in infant nutrition.

RSPO RT14: Palm oil smallholders ‘put off’ by food manufacturers’ labelling tactics

Almost 500 products belonging to RSPO members are carrying ‘contains no palm oil’ labels, in a clear breach of the organisation’s ‘spirit’ – with the vast majority of them coming...

Infant nutrition firm Ausnutria eyes record profits on back of sales boom

Hong Kong-listed infant nutrition company Ausnutria Dairy Corporation is forecasting record profits of around RMB135m (USD $19.8m).


Halal firm encourages buffalo consumption

Buffalo burgers should be considered a healthy and alternative option to the classic beef variety. That is the message being emphasised by Indian processor Allanasons Private Limited at Gulfood Manufacturing this...

M&M’s taps Japan’s samurai roots for limited edition launch

Mars has introduced limited edition M&M’s milk chocolate kimono and samurai novelties in Japan.

GEA installs ‘second of its kind’ world’s largest spray dryer at Fonterra milk powder plant

GEA has partnered with Fonterra to install the ‘second of its kind’ world’s largest spray dryer at Fonterra milk powder plant in Lichfield, New Zealand.

This week Down Under

Cooked chooks are the new troops in Australia’s supermarket wars

In the wake of the infamous milk and bread wars of recent years, hostilities between Australian supermarkets have resumed this year in a  fight for supremacy on a new battlefield....

Wacker opens Singapore food lab as it seeks to boost nutrition and supplements business

Wacker has opened its first Asia food laboratory and technical centre in Singapore as it seeks to boost its nutraceutical and nutrition offerings.

Edita boss praises officials' ‘personal attention’ after sugar seizure

A face-off between Egyptian authorities and the country’s biggest food company ended last week after Edita Foods Industries’ sugar supply was returned following confiscation by officials.

Nestlé Lanka opens milk chilling center in northern Sri Lanka

Nestlé Lanka has opened a new milk chilling center in Jaffna, Sri Lanka.

Europe’s meat players join trade mission to Asia

European meat and poultry players have joined EU agriculture commissioner Phil Hogan on a “diplomatic offensive” trade mission to capitalise on Asia’s economic growth.

Fonterra expanding Waitoa site due to increased demand

Due to demand for whipping cream, Fonterra’s plan to increase production at its Waitoa UHT facility by 2018 has been brought forward to February 2017.

Gochujang is the next big thing in hot sauce, says Chung Jung One: ‘A lot of foodies embraced sriracha, but now they are saying, what’s next?’

While Sriracha is now a must-have item in any self-respecting foodie’s pantry, Gochujang sauce is rapidly joining it as the hippest new addition to Americans’ hot sauce collections, says Daesang...

Winemaking becomes art at Aussie eccentric’s cellar door

A leading Australian winemaker will soon open a cellar door that promises to thrill all the senses to improve his bottom line.

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Cargill hopes to become Philippines feed leader with new plant project

Cargill has begun construction of a new premix feed facility in the Philippines which has been designed to expand the company’s animal nutrition capabilities and meet increasing local demand. ...

Holista CollTech sets out to develop world’s first low-GI noodles

Malaysian-Australian collagen-based ingredients specialist Holista CollTech will conduct joint research with Wing’s Food Products, a major Canadian noodle manufacturer, to develop the world’s first low-GI noodles.

Special Edition: Grain market movements

CRM strikes cautious note over La Niña, forecasts ample feed wheat from Australia

La Niña will be the key driver of grain markets in the coming months, says a leading agri-commodity analyst. 


Businesses invited to gain from lobster production breakthrough

Australian companies are being offered the opportunity to collaborate with the University of Tasmania to scale-up and commercialise its rock lobster aquaculture systems and related technologies. 


Excellent year for Aldi as Woolworths sheds $1bn in sales

Australian grocery buyers have spent almost A$1bn less at Woolworths over the past year, and took the savings to Coles and Aldi, market research has found.

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