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Scientists devise new test to identify gutter oils faster

A Hong Kong university has figured out a new way to screen for so-called “gutter oils” quickly while identifying edible oils that are safe to eat.

Nestlé to open $120m food processing plant in Dubai, creating 400 jobs

Nestlé is investing $120m in a 175,000m² manufacturing facility in Dubai to produce Nescafé coffee and Maggi products, creating 400 jobs.

Cargill disagrees with South Korean feed cartel ruling

Cargill may challenge the ruling of South Korea’s competition authority that claims the company was part of an animal feed price rigging cartel over a number of years. 

Insect protein market has enthusiasm & sustainability – now it needs a business plan

The insect protein market has been relying on its youthful enthusiasm and faith in sustainability but it needs a solid business plan to move forward, says Invenire as it seeks...

Hershey bets big on China’s e-commerce boom

Hershey has earmarked China’s thriving e-commerce channel as a future growth driver despite setbacks in the country’s overall confectionery market.

Remote tech: Nestlé sharpens competitive edge for out-of-home coffee

Nestlé has developed coffee machines with more interactive interfaces that can also be adjusted remotely, enabling better control on tailored drinks for food service.

Safety and higher milk yields the aim of new animal nutrition R&D complex in China: Cargill

US agribusiness giant, Cargill, has opened an animal nutrition technology application center (TAC) in Hebei, China, which it said incurred an investment of $6.2 million

NAN PRO-3 formula 'cleared' following insect larvae complaint: Nestlé India

NAN PRO-3 follow-on formula found to contain insect larvae was only contaminated "when moisture entered the packet," says Nestlé India.

India

Hindu leader outraged by Amrut whisky’s ‘highly inappropriate’ name

Hindus have lashed out at the name of India’s first single malt whisky, according to one self-styled “statesman”, who branded Amrut—which, as amrta, is also the sacred nectar of immortality—“highly...

Heinz left red-faced after QR code on ketchup bottle links to porn site

Heinz has apologised to a consumer in Germany after he scanned a QR code on a ketchup bottle and it took him to a porn website.

Scientists discover how to make sustainable palm oil profitable

Scientists have found an ‘optimal point’ at which switching to sustainable palm oil production methods actually becomes profitable.

Barry Callebaut to set up Indonesia compound plant to supply biscuit maker GarudaFood

Barry Callebaut has announced it will establish a chocolate plant on the premises of Indonesian biscuit firm GarudaFood to supply it 10,000 metric tons of compound chocolate per year.

Chinese dairy giant Yili in Europe on 'world benchmarking tour'

Executives from Chinese largest dairy Yili travelled to Europe this month as part of a "world benchmarking tour."

Consumers care about how products are produced and their environmental impact

APP reports an increase in the availability of PEFC certified products, following certification in Indonesia

Asia Pulp & Paper Group (APP) has announced an increase in the availability of PEFC (Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification) certified products, following certification in Indonesia.

EVT launches 3D Robotguidance for gingerbread

‘China is still one of the biggest markets for vision systems’

China is still one of the biggest markets for vision systems, says EVT (Eye Vision Technology) as it launches the EyeScan 3D for its image processing software.

NZ paid Saudi trader $3.4m not to sue

Scandal around payments by New Zealand to a Saudi animal importer deepened, as details of an additional US$3.4m transfer emerged, allegedly to prevent a lawsuit.

WGS and geographic mapping traces outbreak source to India

Whole Genome Sequencing (WGS) and geographic mapping clearly improves source tracking and surveillance of foodborne outbreaks, according to researchers.

UPDATED: Next hearing set for June 30

Hearing set in Nestlé Maggi ban case

Nestlé India’s court case to challenge the ban on Maggi noodles has been heard today (Friday) with the next hearing set for the end of the month.

Australia

Coopers poised to sign NY craft ale distribution deal for Down Under

Riding high on continued growth in its traditional Australian beer segment, Coopers Brewery in Adelaide is now about to brew and distribute one of America’s leading craft beers, Brooklyn Lager....

India

Maggi: Regulator to test other brands' noodles as outrage grows

India’s food regulator will test all brands of instant noodles, pasta and macaroni that contain Tastemaker masala in the wake of what has been labelled by observers as the highest...

News in brief

Nestlé strengthens Chinese ice cream business with $16m investment

Nestle has moved to strengthen its Chinese ice cream business with investments totalling RMB100m (US$16m) at its plants in Tianjin and Guangzhou. 

General Mills launches Yoplait brand in yogurt-hungry China

General Mills has launched the Yoplait yogurt brand in China - a move described as a "major milestone" for the US food giant.

Winston Lee: 'We're caramelizing milk and sugar together and then culturing it'

Tarte Asian Yogurt CEO: 'Greek has 47% of the market; we’re going after the other 53%'

When Winston Lee started pitching Tarte Asian Yogurt to retailers three years ago, the market had already hit peak Greek, he says: “Buyers were already looking at what's next after...

Nutricia NZ blames 'ongoing' fallout from Fonterra botulism scare for 2014 loss

Nutricia Limited, Danone's New Zealand infant formula business, has reported a loss for 2014 - a result it attributes to the "ongoing" fallout from the Fonterra botulism scare....

Insect claim consumers declined to provide NAN follow-on formula for analysis: Nestlé India

The Indian consumers behind claims insect larvae were found in a pack of NAN PRO-3 follow-on formula “declined” to provide the product for analysis, says Nestlé India.

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