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FDI in Indian food processing netted 43% growth last fiscal

India has already attracted over US$180m in foreign direct investment in the new fiscal year, and has been witnessing growing interest from foreign food companies, according to the food processing...

Japanese frozen beef tariff rise causes US rift

Japan’s decision to increase its tariffs on imported frozen beef imports has caused anger in the US.

Sanyuan and Fosun to acquire St- Hubert healthy-spreads company

Beijing Sanyuan Foods Co. (Sanyuan) and Fosun Group (Fosun) have agreed to jointly acquire Brassica TopCo and PPN Management, the controlling shareholders of St- Hubert.  

Scotch whisky sector calls for a trade deal with India

The Scotch whisky sector wants a reduction in the 150% tariff that India imposes on imports of its products in any bilateral trade deal the UK seeks following Brexit in March 2019.

North Korea faces worst food shortage since famine of 2001

North Korea will face its worst drought in over 15 years if rains do not improve soon, the Food and Agriculture Organisation has warned.

China direct

Consumers now look for healthier and premium products, survey finds

Chinese consumers have become more selective in their spending this year due to pressures at work and tightening household budgets.

Chinese demand continues to boost Australian wine exports

Australian wine exports to China continue to grow, with exports to the Greater China region growing 33% in 2016-2017 and exports to mainland China up 44%.

Dog days for canine meat traders amid changing Chinese attitudes

Last month massive crowds once again flocked to Yulin, in south China’s Guangxi province. Each year, on June 21, the city celebrates a dog meat festival that also attracts much...

FoodPro / AIFST Convention 2017

It’s a case of when, not if, grocery e-commerce will start to soar in Australia

Australia is primed for e-commerce food sales to take off – but the big question that remains is which outfits are prepared to pump in the investment to make it possible?

Up and down year for Australian farming due to changeable climates

Australian agricultural production has experienced a variety of mixed results, according to “agricultural census data” released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics for the 2015-16 season.

Fast food franchise wars in China

Hua Ke Duo's black sesame sprinkled buns and chilli pepper flavourings are Chinese, but the hamburgers are bigger than those at McDonald’s. 

Russia eyes Chinese poultry trade as shortages loom

Russia is planning to promote exports of poultry and pork to China and has already started talks with the Chinese government to increase exports beyond their current low volumes. 

Dateline Southeast Asia

Australia sets sights on Southeast Asian fruit markets

Australia’s international trade mission hopes to make a bigger dent in Southeast Asian fruit markets, where demand for its produce is continuing to grow on the back of targeted promotional...

International probiotics experts and global firms to feature at first Probiota Asia summit

A world-class line up of international probiotics experts will feature at our first Probiota Asia summit, to be held in Singapore in October.

This week Down Under

CCA defends Coke No Sugar against Woolworths and Domino’s decisions

Coca-Cola Amatil has voiced its “disappointment” at Domino’s’ decision not to renew its contract with the Australian bottler, and defended Coca-Cola No Sugar after Woolworths decided to defer stocking the...

India to become world’s largest producer of milk by 2026

Milk production is expected to accelerate worldwide especially in India where it will grow 49% by 2026, contrasting with the steady decline of milk consumption in developed markets like the...

Asia scoops ice cream growth boost as West turns to East for flavours

Food historians credit China with inventing ice cream and Marco Polo for bringing it to Italy. Skip forward to the 21st century, and the rate at which Western ice-cream makers...

Ingredient exports to benefit under EU-Japan trade deal

Last week the EU and Japan agreed to a bilateral trade agreement, which will set significant duty-free quotas on EU exports of ingredients such as starch, butter, whey and processed...

East is eden: Middle East ripe for chocolate growth amid volume declines in the West

Euromonitor International suggests the Middle East offers opportunities for chocolate manufacturers seeking to drive value growth.

China direct

Time for Chinese convenience stores to form distinct identities

Chinese convenience store chains need to look at ways to differentiate their stores from those of their competitors in a market that has witnessed double-digit growth over the last five...

Korea tops the world in online grocery sales

South Korea has been shown to lead a number other developed economies in terms of how widespread online grocery shopping has become there.

China and US celebrate reopening of beef market

US beef is back in China after a 14-year hiatus and senior meat figures including agriculture secretary Sonny Perdue marked the occasion in quintessentially American style: by eating a giant...

New Zealand opens FTA talks with South America

New Zealand has launched talks with four South American countries and red meat exporters to create a free trade agreement (FTA) in the wake of Donald Trump’s Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)...

Vitamin D deficiency during pregnancy does not affect babies’ cognitive function: Indian study

No correlation has been found between expectant mothers’ vitamin D status during pregnancy and their babies’ cognitive function in childhood and adolescence, according to an Indian study.

Changing consumer demands fuel new innovations in coffee and tea

New varieties of coffee and tea drinks are putting a spin on Asia’s staple beverages, thanks to consumer demand for new flavours and concepts.

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