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Carlsberg breaks ground on Burma's 'first international brewery'

Carlsberg’s CEO says his firm remains well-positioned for future growth after breaking ground on Burma's 'first ever' international brewery and starting construction on another facility in China.

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Benecol arrives in the Philippines

Raisio’s Benecol partner, Kalbe International, has launched Benecol smoothies on the Philippine market. 

Fonterra disposal practices probed over 'Lake of Buttermilk' concerns

An investigation into Fonterra's buttermilk disposal practices has been launched in New Zealand in response to concerns about the size of a dumping site dubbed the 'Lake of Buttermilk'.

McAloo Tikki enters row as another Indian JV starts to fall down

The humble McAloo Tikki, McDonald’s' cheapest and most popular sandwich in India, is at the centre of a row between the multination’s regional office and one of its disgruntled joint-venture...

Murray Goulburn proposes $405m takeover of Warrnambool

Murray Goulburn has challenged Canadian giant Saputo’s attempted acquisition of Warrnambool Cheese and Butter (WCB) with an offer that, if accepted, would create one of the largest Australian food and...

Stevia Corp. inks deal with Korean food ingredients maker

With its eye firmly on the Korean food market, US-based sweetener major Stevia Corp. has inked a memorandum of understanding with Taekyung Nongsan, the Korean food ingredients manufacturer, to grow...

Hershey adapts China brand Lancaster to US tastes

Hershey has launched Lancaster Soft Caramel Cremes in the US, six months after the company initially introduced the product in China. 

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Retail travails: Wal-Mart's troubled times in India

Wal-Mart will split from its joint-venture with Bharti following a torrid time in Indian retail. We look back over the last six years for the company.

Indian retail

Frustrated Wal-Mart lays consumer ambitions to rest with JV break-up

Wal-Mart appears to have lost patience with its fraught ambition to enter Indian consumer retail, after deciding to buy out its local partner, Bharti Enterprises, from their six-year-old joint-venture.

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AAK opens Shanghai innovation centre

AAK has added China to its list of innovation centres around the world, after opening a new facility in Shanghai.

Saputo looks set to acquire Australian dairy Warrnambool

Canadian dairy giant Saputo has signed a deal that could see it acquire a 100% stake in dairy processor Warrnambool.

Danone seeking €200m damages from Fonterra over WPC recalls

Danone has confirmed that it is seeking around €200m ($270m) in compensation from Fonterra to cover the costs associated with the infant formula product recalls it ordered in response to...

Food texture analysis firm sees strong growth in Asia

Stable Micro Systems, which designs and manufactures texture analysis equipment, has launched a Video Capture and Synchronization machine, which can be used in food laboratories.

Hershey marks biggest outlay in Asia with $250m Malaysia plant

The Hershey Company will make its single largest investment in Asia with a new factory in Malaysia, a country the firm says gives it a strong route to 25 markets...

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Fonterra appoints new Apac head

Fonterra has announced the appointment of a new head for its Asia-Pacific, Middle East & Africa business unit.

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Mrs Bector’s investor 'looking to divest stake in biscuits business'

Rumours persist that one of India’s leading bakery and condiments companies is looking to sell off the controlling stake in its biscuits business to private equity investors.

New Zealand scientists unveil the future of fishing

A unique collaboration in New Zealand between the government, industry and scientists has resulted in the birth of a new technology that is expected to radically change wild fish harvesting,

Fonterra, Danone in talks to resolve WPC botulism dispute

Fonterra has denied it has “any legal liability” to Danone in relation to its recent whey protein concentrate (WPC) contamination scare, despite being in talks with the French dairy giant over...

Mondelēz takes trademark appeal to High Court

Mondelēz International has appealed against the New Zealand trademark authority’s decision to OK rival Whittaker’s registration of its Berry Forest chocolate bar, despite protestations that it is too similar to Mondelēz's own...

Urban, young office workers in Asia could energize cereal bar category

The cereal bar category in Asia is on the cusp of a boom with young urbanites a ripe target, particularly in India, says an analyst.

'Dynamic and interactive' event returns to Cannes, France

Food Vision 2014: Summit returns to inspire food business leaders on innovation, consumer engagement, R&D

Innovation, sustainability, cutting-edge food science, and changing consumer behaviour will drive William Reed’s Food Vision event, with the programme offering food science through the focused lens of commercial interest to...

Parle returns to carbonated drinks with India’s first fizzy coffee

Twenty years after it exited the carbonated soft drinks business, Parle Agro has now revealed it will return to the market with a coffee flavoured fizzy drink—a first for the...

Shareholders give go-ahead for Smithfield-Shuanghui deal

By calling it a “great transaction” for shareholders, farmers and agriculture in the United States, Smithfield Foods chief executive Larry Pope couldn’t have been more ebullient now his shareholders have...

French health claims consultancy wins government backing in South Korea

French health claims consultancy and contract research organisation (CRO) Nutraveris has returned from a trip to South Korea where it participated in a French government trade mission.

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PepsiCo eyes expansion with new AMEA CEO

PepsiCo has appointed a new chief executive officer for the Asia, Middle East and Africa (AMEA) region as it aims to bolster penetration in the region.

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