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Battle of Spring Gully should serve as a shot across Oz industry's bow

As the distraught head of an iconic family-owned brand looked up to reporters, saying he had no idea why Spring Gully had seen a sudden 60% collapse in sales, many...

Lindt to seize on Singapore’s premium chocolate cravings with DKSH deal

Premium chocolatier Lindt & Sprüngli has reached a deal with market expansion services group DKSH to strengthen its position in the Singapore where demand for premium chocolate is rising.

Opinion

Supermarkets milking the limelight in latest dairy price war battle

Just as Woolworths announced in Australia this week that its third-quarter revenue had risen 2.5% largely due to increased sales of milk, its arch rival, Coles, revealed it had signed...

Natra poised for ‘awakening’ Chinese chocolate consumption

Spanish chocolate and cocoa processor Natra has opened a sales office in Hong Kong in anticipation of a boom in Chinese chocolate consumption.

AB InBev indicates further China growth

Buoyed no doubt by new premier Xi Jinping’s seemingly positive approach to the presence of international businesses in China, Anheuser-Busch InBev has indicated it plans to make further inroads in...

News in brief

PepsiCo moves into football sponsorship

Hot on the heels of its sponsorship of the Indian Premier League cricket tournament, PepsiCo has now announced a one-year partnership with the Asian Football Development Project (AFDP).

Mocon establishes first certified package-testing lab in Australia

Mocon has partnered with an Australian firm to create a new certified package-testing laboratory.

Company update

Nestlé Japan 100 years on: wasabi KitKats and nutrition on wheels

A great deal has changed in Japanese society since Nestlé opened the doors to its Far East division for the first time 100 years ago. And as the company moves...

Cadbury India discounts Toblerone to grow premium category

Mondelez International’s Cadbury India has introduced a two-week promotion on Toblerone in most modern retailers in a bid to grow the premium chocolate category.

Intellectual property

Wilmar secures IP rights to grow China’s rice bran production

Wilmar and RiceBran Technologies have announced a series of licencing tie-ins to develop rice bran and its derivatives in China. The venture will seek to develop the human food ingredient...

Nestlé brewing hot cup of promise for Chinese coffee growers

An agreement between Nestlé and a local government in China’s Yunnan Province will accelerate the development of the coffee industry in the country, the F&B company has predicted....

Wal-Mart to continue China investment despite feeling the pinch

Wal-Mart has announced plans to invest RMB500m (US$79.8m) to upgrade its Chinese stores. The statement comes in a bid to play down local media reports that the company’s growth plans...

Supermarket wars

Woolworths waiting for approval to cut out the dairy middle man

Should it be given the go-ahead, a new trial in New South Wales’ Manning Valley will see a supermarket dealing directly with dairy farmers for the first time ever in...

Chinese dairy safety concerns 'adversely affected' 2012 results - Mengniu

Chinese dairy giant Mengniu has reported a drop in both revenue and profits for 2012 – a result it has attributed to continuing consumer concern about the quality and safety...

Inaugural Food Vision heralded as success by global food industry – organisers commit to return in 2014

Following a highly successful inaugural summit last week, organisers William Reed Business Media have confirmed that Food Vision will become an annual event, returning to Cannes, France, in March 2014. 

Fonterra reports 'strong' H1 performance on back of Asia, Latam sales growth

Fonterra has reported an earnings before interest and tax (EBIT) increase of more than 25% for the first half of fiscal year (FY) 2013 – a result it has attributed...

Case study: Firmenich

An unconventional approach to capture the flavour of China

According to Pierre-Alain Ceralli, Firmenich’s vice-president for flavours in China, the country now represents 20% of the total flavour industry’s potential. Furthermore, as China transforms its economy from export-led GDP...

LycoRed expands China sales team as Changzhou operation beds in

With its China business approaching its first half-anniversary, global premix supplier LycoRed has been recruiting senior business development staff for its food and beverage fortification business in the country. ...

News in brief

Ingredion out to make a name at FIC

Global ingredients major Ingredion has launched its brand across the Asia-Pacific region with the company appearing at the Food Ingredients China 2013 show in Shanghai this week.

News in brief

Sunwin ships major EU stevia order

Chinese Stevia extract supplier Sunwin Stevia, has announced it has delivered 5,100kg of stevia to a single European customer.  The orders called for delivery of several different grades of bulk...

Increased NZ-US dairy trade would be ‘damaging’ to US sector without reforms - farming coalition

Increasing Fonterra-dominated New Zealand’s access to the US dairy sector through on-going Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Free Trade talks would be “damaging” to producers and processors in the country, a coalition of farmer...

Supermarket wars

Crafty Coles' property plan leaves Woolworths with egg on its face

Some say it was sneaky, others say it was shrewd, but whatever the motivation, the latest stunt by Coles against its super-rival Woolworths has set the cat among the pigeons...

News in brief

Taura to launch URC BakeFruit range in Asia

New Zealand’s Taura Natural Ingredients plans to launch a new range of concentrated fruit pieces for bakery and foodservice operators in Asia. The products will fit in the premium category...

Growth market

FMC to expand global production by one-third with new Thailand plant

Eager to move forward with supplying the fast-growing Asian market, food technology major FMC has broken ground on its major new microcrystalline cellulose (MCC) manufacturing facility in Rayong, Thailand, through which...

Done deals

Kraft signs up with Australian cheese major for pan-Asia distribution

Warrnambool Cheese and Butter Factory (WCB) and Kraft Foods Australia have announced the start of a long-term partnership under which Kraft will produce specially formulated cream cheese under WCB's Sungold...

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