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Chinese GMO firm could face off against Monsanto in US

Origin Agritech is the latest Chinese agricultural biotechnology company to seek its fortunes overseas as a means to get round a local ban on genetically modified produce when it launches...

Danone sells scandal-hit China formula unit to Yashili

One of France’s biggest dairy companies has unloaded its failing Chinese infant formula unit to Yashili in a deal worth US$159m

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Tim Tams on sale across Australia despite Coles price row, insists Arnott's

Arnott’s has sought to reassure retail customers and consumers its popular Tim Tam biscuits are available across Australia despite its pricing spat with supermarket chain Coles.

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Blackmores launches fortified superfoods range

Australia’s biggest health foods manufacturer has launched a new line to tap into an exploding consumer trend for natural superfoods.

Australian consumer watchdog finds Arnott's Biscuit sat fat claim misleading

Arnott's Biscuit has agreed to remove a "75% less saturated fat" claim from packs of its Shapes Light & Crispy after the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC) found it...

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e-Commerce start-up brings Ayurvedic formulation to an app

SastaSundar.com, a digital healthcare marketplace, has launched a customised supplement that is formulated for a range of conditions based on a consumer’s responses to an app questionnaire. 

Fitch: Long-term restructuring forces Chinese grocery chains to delist

The trend for China’s grocery retailers to delist is a reflection of the long-term restructuring needed by the industry to address a rapidly changing market, according to Fitch.

Tetra Pak & DeLaval to raise the number of dairy cows in China from 45% to 60% by 2020

Tetra Pak and its sister company DeLaval, part of Tetra Laval Group, have signed a five-year agreement with the Dairy Association of China to train 150 Chinese dairy farm managers...

Nestlé to introduce Gold KitKat in Japan for $16 a bar

Nestlé has launched a one-finger KitKat made with edible gold leaves at its Chocolatory boutiques in Japan.

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Named chains among those found to be selling unsafe sweets in Delhi

Large chains were among the retailers found to be selling substandard sweets after a Delhi raid found that at least 16% of products it tested did not conform to regulations.

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Coopers launches home-brew range in international styles

Coopers Brewery has launched a range of home-brew beer extracts under the Thomas Cooper label to tap into the fast-growing global trend for craft beer. The ingredients are already online...

Krones celebrates 100th order to install ErgoBloc L. machine in South Korea

Krones is celebrating after receiving its 100th order to install its ErgoBloc L. machine at FINE Bio for CSDs and still water, at its facility in Kirisan National Park, South...

Feed producer gets US$100m from environment-minded PE firm

KKR has invested US$100m in China’s biggest aquatic feed manufacturer at a time when the consumer freshwater and seafood market is growing faster than other protein segments in the country....

Oman and Japan create $400m food investment fund

Oman and Japan have agreed to form a US$400m investment fund focused on food and agribusiness, aimed at boosting the industry in Oman as well as Japanese exports.

Ishida bags Almarai poultry project, makes sales at GFM

Almarai has installed a 37,000 bird-per-hour poultry processing line from Ishida, the Japanese firm announced, as it revealed it also made an on-floor sale at Gulfood Manufacturing.

Palm oil producer launches peatland protection project in Indonesia

A palm oil producer’s pledge to rehabilitate peatland in Indonesia will provide momentum for industry-wide change, it says.

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Danish probiotics major signs JV in Korea

Biocare Copenhagen, a Danish probiotics company, will enter the Korean market through a partnership with local health food manufacturer and distributor Health Balance.

Asian sweet maker opens manufacturing hub

Asian sweet maker Mushtaq Sweet Centre has opened a “bespoke” manufacturing hub in Birmingham after securing funding from Barclays.

Dateline Southeast Asia

Cargill ramps up business and CSR activity in Vietnam

Cargill has announced the construction a US$30m animal feed mill in Binh Duong province as part of a series of investments in its Vietnam operation.

UK makes sustainable palm oil strides – but will it make its 100% certified target by 2015?

UK palm oil imports were 72% sustainable in 2014 – up from 55% in 2013, according to an annual progress report from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA).

Infant formula sales drive a2 Milk Company to revise full year outlook

The a2 Milk Company (a2MC) has revised its full year outlook on the back of booming demand for a2 Platinum infant formula.

Fonterra to sell 50% stake in DairiConcepts to US partner Dairy Farmers of America

Fonterra is to sell its 50% stake in DairiConcepts, its joint venture with Dairy Farmers of America (DFA), to the US dairy giant.

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Cost cutting drives General Mills to shut NZ manufacturing plant

General Mills will close its East Tamaki plant by the end of the year as part of an international restructuring process in the face of the company's dwindling international performance.  ...

South Asia Radius

FSSAI returns to court in bid to reinstate Maggi ban

In the latest twist in the long-drawn-out Maggi noodle saga, India’s food regulator has petitioned the Supreme Court to quash an earlier ruling to lift a ban on the popular...

ADM expands feed premix production in China

ADM has opened a premix plant in Nanjing, making it the agribusiness group’s third livestock industry targeted facility in China. 

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