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Danone to swap Dumex China infant formula unit for larger stake in Mengniu

Danone plans to use proceeds from the proposed sale of its Dumex China infant formula business to increase its stake in Mengniu.

Emerging markets

‘India’s first aerated chocolate’: Mondelēz brings bubbly platform to fastest growing emerging market

Mondelēz International has launched what it claims is India’s first aerated chocolate by bringing Cadbury Dairy Milk Silk Bubbly to the world’s fastest growing chocolate market.

Indonesian-sourced tuna linked to Salmonella illnesses

Osamu Corporation is recalling all of its frozen tuna sourced from one processing plant in Indonesia because samples have been found to be contaminated with Salmonella.

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Iggesund Paperboard to open sheeting and warehousing facility in Taiwan

Iggesund Paperboard will open a sheeting and warehousing facility in Taiwan at the end of July 2015.

a2 Milk Company rejects Dean Foods, Freedom Foods takeover bid

The a2 Milk Company (a2MC) has rejected a joint takeover bid by Australian firm Freedom Foods and US dairy giant Dean Foods.


KonaRed looks to Pacific neighbour for new coffee fruit market

Hawaiian antioxidant juice manufacturer KonaRed is moving into Japan with its nutritional supplements made from the American state’s indigenous coffee fruit.

Fonterra slashes workforce by more than 500 'to remain strongly competitive'

Fonterra, the world's largest dairy exporter, is reducing its workforce by more than 500 in the face of falling milk prices.

Japan signs Alga Tech deal

Alga Technologies, an Israeli-based astaxanthin producer, has signed a deal to supply Fujifilm in Japan with AstaPure, which will be used in the firm's Astalift skin care products.

Special edition: Product Inspection

Tomra: ‘Emerging BRICS markets provide opportunities but very different challenges’

Tomra Sorting has launched three products to market in the last three months as it claims the emerging BRICS markets provide new opportunities but also very different challenges.

Beijing Angus beef processor arises amid demand for premium

China’s taste for premium beef has transformed one of Beijing’s rural districts into a breeding base for one of the country’s key processors of premium Angus beef.

Almarai profit up 22%, but subsidiaries lose US$87m

Saudi food producer Almarai announced a 22.4% rise in profits to reach US$141m for its second quarter, with increased sales, but also a US$87.5m write-down of its subsidiaries.

Seaweed feed firm generates €1.4m in funds to hike capacity

An Ireland based macroalgae derived feed ingredient firm has raised €1.4m in funding to significantly boost production output.

News in brief

Diet Pepsi with aspartame will be available online when recipe switches to sucralose, says PepsiCo

While Diet Pepsi will go aspartame-free in August, PepsiCo says fans of the original formula should still be able to buy it online.

Sanger Australia merger comes amid cattle trading boom

Bindaree Beef, the Inverell-based Australian meat processor, has merged with marketing and logistics company Sanger Australia.

Neighbouring Fonterra and A-ware plants get the royal treatment at opening

King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands was on hand to officially open Fonterra's first wholly-owned and operated European ingredients plant. 

Volac and Wilmar feed fats JV bolstered to go beyond dairy and Australasia market

Volac and Wilmar are scaling up an existing joint venture in feed fats to target both a broader range of livestock production and more regions.

Fighting food scandals

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.


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...

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