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China tops RASFF notifications by country of origin

China topped the RASFF notifications by country of origin with 413 last year, followed by Turkey (201), India (199), Spain (166) and USA (164).

UK is biggest online grocery market after China

The UK’s online grocery market – valued at £9.57bn a year – is the globe’s second largest after China and is poised for further rapid growth, predicts the grocery think...

This week Down Under

Rosacea trials show significant improvement after Kiwi honey treatment

Rosacea trials show significant improvement after honey treatment

Nestlé India gets go ahead to export Maggi noodles

Nestlé India has been allowed to export Maggi noodles by the Bombay High Court but the product will remain off shelves in India.

El Niño set to disrupt key commodities in 2015

El Niño 2015 is underway and set to hit wheat, coffee and sugar cane production leading to volatile prices, warns a Rabobank report.

China direct

One in five Beijingers is obese

One in five Beijingers is obese

Dateline Southeast Asia

Malaysia’s baby food market closes in on half-billion-dollar value

Malaysia’s baby food market closes in on half-billion value

China, India, Brazil and South East Asia in high spirits for liquor, says spiritsEUROPE

Growth for spirits lies in export markets such as China, India, Brazil and South East Asia as EU consumption slumps, says trade association spiritsEUROPE.

This week Down Under

At least idle Australians know how to snack well

At least idle Australians know how to snack well

South Asia radius

State stops junk food around schools in latest post-Maggi safety move

State stops junk food around schools in latest post-Maggi safety move

China direct

FTA will have bigger benefit for China than Australia, critics say

FTA will have bigger benefit for China than Australia, critics say

Special edition: Immunity

Pre- & Probiotics market snap-shot; ban to cost €1.5bn by 2020 in EU6

The EU’s ban on prebiotics and probiotics as marketing tools has cost the market €500m and will cost a further €1bn by 2020 according to Euromonitor International data – and...

Dateline Southeast Asia

Age causing diabetes to soar in Singapore; some groups not managing it

Age making diabetes rates soar in Singapore; Indians and Malays not managing condition properly

China will account for nearly 40% of all food processing machinery by 2019

Global demand for food processing machinery will rise by 7.6% per annum to $73bn in 2019, according to The Freedonia Group industry research firm.

This week Down Under

US winning in game of catch up with trans fats, say Aussie grocers

US winning in game of catch up with trans fats, say Aussie grocers

China direct

China to bolster regulations after spate of substandard imports

China to bolster import regulations after spate of substandard imports

South India radius

India’s diabetes rate has jumped 123% since 1990

India’s diabetes rate has jumped 123% since 1990

Neogen taps into expanding Indian food testing demand

Neogen Corporation has acquired the assets of a food testing lab in southwest India adding the market is ‘extremely attractive’ because of the expanding middle class.

Nestlé India to destroy Maggi noodles worth $50m

Nestlé India is destroying Maggi noodles worth an estimated Rs 320 crore (US$50m, €45m) which is stock withdrawn from the market.

Far East digest

One in four Taiwanese elementary students either obese or overweight

One in four Taiwanese elementary students either obese or overweight

Region in focus: Dateline Southeast Asia

Malaysia facing digestive health time bomb

Malaysia facing digestive health time bomb

This week Down Under

Government consults public on new country-of-origin system

Government consults public on new country-of-origin system

South Asia radius: Region in focus

Maggi wake: Companies in flurry of action to put affairs in order

Maggi wake: Companies in flurry of action to put houses are in order

Japan

Poor returns blamed on increased VAT after vending machine sales drop

Japan’s vending machine stockers have been seeing sluggish fortunes over the last year as overall sales dropped by 5% last year, down from 2013’s US$42.9bn.

Whiter than white? EU rejecting ‘unbleached’ yellow konjac

Europe needs to be educated on ‘unbleached’ yellow konjac, says Indonesian supplier with sulphur safety concerns.

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