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Fonterra’s increased milk price is good news after earthquake, says DairyNZ

DairyNZ chief executive Tim Mackle said Fonterra Co-operative Group’s increase of its 2016/17 Farmgate Milk Price is great news for farmers.

Chinese confections and snacks compete for sweeter spot on e-commerce during Double 11

Alibaba, China's largest e-commerce platform, reached record sales of $15bn during Double 11 this year, prompting domestic confectionery and snack brands to step up their web strategies. 

European-style cured ham builds momentum in China

A leading pig breeder from China is launching European-style premium cured ham products to shield it from future falls in hog prices. 

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Vitamins, supplements and intelligent ageing

They say that grey hair is a symbol of wisdom. This is so true as many Australian seniors are now taking a more proactive approach to their own healthcare by...

Government subsidies underpin Turkey’s export charge into Gulf

Turkey is looking to become a dominant player in food processing in the Middle East on the back of its halal expertise, alignment with regional tastes, market proximity and competitive...

Bio-tiful Dairy working to expand awareness of kefir in the UK

Kefir is starting to take a hold in the UK, and Bio-tiful Dairy has recently expanded by introducing its products into foodservice with its Kefir cultured milk drinks and two...

Safer fruit and veg target for Bangladesh project

Improving the safety of the Bangladeshi fruit and vegetable sector is the target of a SWITCH-Asia project which runs until the end of 2019.

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Coca-Cola Life launches in the United Arab Emirates

Coca-Cola has launched its stevia-sweetened Coca-Cola Life in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). 

The top trending Ayurveda ingredients right now…and why they are destined to remain niche products in the West.

Tulsi, ashwagandha and cardamom are three of the hottest Ayurvedic ingredients right now, but the likelihood of them gaining mass appeal in Europe and the US is limited by scepticism...

Australia

Aboriginals and Torres Strait islanders fail to meet dietary norms

Aboriginal and Torres Strait islanders are not consuming enough of the five major food groups and too much sugar and other discretionary foods, according to figures released by Australia’s official...

Australia

Fruit juice brands fighting for share in shrinking market

With packaged fruit juice consumption in freefall in recent years, the number of Australians who opt for it has plummeted by 1.3m people since 2012, when over 35% of the...

World Meat Congress 2016

China’s meat demand ‘higher than expected’

China will continue to import huge quantities of pork despite its stagnant economic growth, analysts at the World Meat Congress stressed. 

Walmart Foundation tackles food safety in China

The University of Arkansas has received a $2.3m grant from the Walmart Foundation to fund projects involving the poultry industry in China.

Australian grocery sales still slowing yet industry remains positive

In what is beginning to feel like déjà vu, retail sales growth is once again expected to remain positive, despite a modest slowdown heading into the December quarter. 

Rapid anaemia tests in rural India aim to boost iron and folic acid supplementation

Rapid detection anaemia tests are being rolled-out in Uttar Pradesh, India – a region where as many as one-in-two women are anaemic.

Chongqing: The beef capital of China

An ambitious Chinese provincial official wants to displace imported beef with home grown product.

China’s pork imports boom, but EU share slumps

China’s pork imports continue to gather pace despite the European Union’s (EU) market share falling in the world’s most coveted pig meat arena.

USDA: China’s soybean imports, feed use expected to increase

Feed and protein meal demands are set to increase China’s soybean imports to a record level, says USDA attaché group.

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Italian and Chinese officials discuss beef safety

Experts from the Italian Ministry of Health and China Food and Drug Administration met to discuss Italian agro-food products last week.

Market research confirms emerging Chinese consumer trends

Nearly half of Chinese consumers now consider themselves to be “adventurous” when it comes to trying out new food and beverage products—a substantial increase over the respondents to the same...

Coca-Cola Ginger launches in Australia

Coca-Cola hopes its new ginger flavor will attract occasional and lapsed Coca-Cola drinkers back to the category. 

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Market update: Palm oil prices increase after production losses

The price of palm oil has increased by 12% since August due to a decline in production coupled with high demand. 

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Indian non-profit opens food safety and quality control lab

An Indian not-for-profit organization has inaugurated its second Food Safety and Quality Control Lab (FSQC Lab) in Lucknow.

Water sourced from plants: Premium in Australia; precious in India

AquaBotanical – a water sourced entirely from fruit and vegetables – is currently sold as a premium brand in Australia. But the brand’s potential is much greater, according to its...

China's food sector: Is there room left for the little guys?

China may have opened up its economy even more in the last several years but it's not as if the floodgates are wide apart. Much of this "openness" is actually...

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