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Australian Natural Proteins to supply pasteurized milk to Fiji

Australian Natural Proteins is planning to expand its operations into Fiji to create a dairy and associated fresh milk production facility.

Eurofins to expand Chinese food testing lab

Eurofins has said it is ‘on track’ to complete the expansion of its main Chinese food testing laboratory in Suzhou, during its first half year results.

BREAKING NEWS

RSPO lifts IOI's suspension

The Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) has lifted the suspension of Malaysian palm oil supplier IOI citing "good progress" made by the group.

Barry Callebaut gears up for India ‘premiumization’ with chocolate academy

Barry Callebaut has opened a chocolate academy in Mumbai as it anticipates growth in India’s premium and gourmet chocolate segment.

Malaysian halal e-commerce site eyes global expansion

Aladdin Street, a Malaysian halal-focused e-commerce site, will expand to Singapore by the year-end, with further international growth in 2017.

Nestlé announces new $43m Philippines plant to produce Milo ingredient

Nestlé’s Philippines operation is investing PHP2bn (US$43m) in a new plant south of Manila to manufacture a key ingredient for its popular Milo fortified chocolate drink. 

Chinese group pays $239m for Australian vitamin firm

Shanghai Pharmaceuticals Holding Co Ltd and private equity firm Primavera Capital is to buy Australian vitamin manufacturer Vitaco Holdings for US$239m.

Dateline Southeast Asia

Coca-Cola fined following health inspection at Vietnamese factories

Coca-Cola Beverages Vietnam has been fined for various violations, including the manufacture of food supplements without the required safety certificates, following an inspection carried out by the health ministry last...

Australia

Craft brewery launches beers aged in Barossa Valley wine barrels

A series of craft beers aged in barrels from the Barossa Valley will be launched by Pirate Life Brewing this month.

Mondelēz appoints ex-Wrigley boss as India MD

Mondelēz International has named the managing director for its India business months after inaugurating a chocolate plant in Andhra Pradesh that will be its largest Asia Pacific plant.

CPF Foods to end migrant abuse in Thai meat sector

Poultry business CPF Foods has partnered with the Thai government to tackle mistreatment of staff in the poultry industry, following modern-day slavery claims at a separate chicken farm. 

Chinese halal meat business helps employ 10,000 families

One of China’s biggest producers of packaged halal meat products is bringing meat factory jobs to one of the country’s poorest regions in a deal with local government that includes...

Rockmelon linked to Salmonella illnesses - FSANZ

Australian authorities are investigating an increase in Salmonella illnesses with a link to eating rockmelons.

Beans distributor reveals plan to tap into China’s coffee-shop culture

Gourmet coffee wholesaler DTS8 Coffee Company has plans to expand into the world’s fastest growing coffee-shop market by acquiring existing coffee chains. 

South Asia radius

DuPont develops ingredients for pre-packaged rotis in India

A “packaged roti” for a market that has been turning its back on homemade breads in favour of more convenient products with longer shelf-life is now available from a range...

News in brief

Vizag lab is opportunity to improve South Asian footprint - TÜV SÜD

A TÜV SÜD food testing lab in India has been accredited for three years.

Chinese fund eyes Australian investments to supply home health market

A Chinese investment management company will establish a specialist food and agriculture fund worth up to A$1bn (US$760m) in Australia to establish a vertically integrated supply chain between the countries....

China direct

Home food delivery apps ordered to shut down

Shanghai authorities have shut down four food-delivery platforms that sell home made food after finding their unlicensed home kitchens to be potentially unsafe.

Simon Westaway named CEO of Australian Livestock Exporters Council

The Australian Livestock Exporters Council (ALEC) has appointed Simon Westaway – a political communications expert – as its new CEO.

Kraft brings Planters Peanuts to China’s competitive snacking nuts market

Kraft Foods has officially introduced its Planters Peanuts brand to China for the first time. 

Chocolatier named New Zealand’s most trusted brand for fifth year

Porirua confectionery manufacturer Whittaker’s has been named New Zealand’s most trusted brand for the fifth consecutive year, in an annual survey commissioned by Reader’s Digest.

Meat smuggling undermines livestock trade in Southeast Asia

The common market launched on 1 January by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) has so far failed to promote a sustainable increase in legitimate intra-ASEAN meat and livestock...

Mazola signs UAE distribution deal as GCC consumption grows

Global cooking oil major Mazola is placing its focus on expanding even further into the Middle East’s growing non-retail sector by appointing Farm Fresh as its new distributor for food-service...

AIS claims Middle East’s biggest food plant after opening extension

One of the Middle East’s biggest food importers has unveiled the region’s largest production factory. The new Arab & India Spices plant in Ajman was built with an investment of...

YouGov names Almarai as Saudi’s favourite brand

Local dairy major Almarai was named Saudi Arabia’s favourite brand in the YouGov 2016 Mid-year BestBrand rankings, alongside Emirates airline in the UAE and Facebook in Egypt.

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