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China and Argentina agree landmark beef deal

Argentina is celebrating the renewal of a beef deal with China, despite a crackdown on antibiotics contamination which saw a large shipment of its meat destroyed by China.

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Indonesia sees spike in foreign F&B industry investment

Foreign investment in Indonesia's processed food and beverage industry is expected to have topped US$1bn in the first half of this year, marking a substantial improvement over a difficult 2015,...

Danish farmers benefit from booming Chinese demand

A drop in Chinese pork production, generating more demand for pigmeat imports, is a boon for Danish pork farmers who are ready to double exports to China.

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Market update: Oz cattle prices at a six-year high following drought

July has seen Australian cattle prices increase 29% year on year to reach a six-year high, driven by tight cattle supplies. 

Australian wine and crackers buyers buck decline in cheese sales

Cheese sales may be gradually declining in Australia, but market research suggests that certain consumers remain devoted to local brands.

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Commodity update: Indian pepper prices continue to surge

Indian pepper prices have surged in recent months, up 13% since the beginning of February and 7% since the start of the year. 

Fonterra predicts reduction in milk collection

Fonterra Co-operative Group Limited says there is no change to its forecast farmgate milk price, and that less milk is being produced globally.


Supply restrictions cause sucralose prices to spike

Chinese sucralose prices have been rising sharply this year due to supply restrictions. According to Mintec, the commodities analyst, they increased 47% month on month in June, and 56% from...

Russia eyes sausage trade with China and Japan

Russia is looking to export sausages and processed meat products to Japan, South Korea and China, according to the Meat Processors Association of the Far East. 

Iraq has ‘chronic’ bird flu problem

Iraq’s inability to tackle the cause of bird flu means the deadly virus  is likely to spread across neighbouring countries, according to an expert on animal diseases.

This week Down Under

Superfoods viewed as ‘edible insurance’ by wary consumers

Australian consumers are initially skeptical about new superfoods but still consume them for a bit of "extra insurance" for their health, according to research.

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Delayed Indian monsoon causes guar gum prices to rise

Indian guar gum prices have risen 17% month on month, supported by the delayed arrival of the monsoon, which in turn has delayed sowing of the new guar crop. 

Food service industry now India’s third biggest service segment

India’s food service industry must face up to a variety of issues from multiple taxation to limited foreign exchange benefits if it is to capitalise on its position as India’s...

Predator-free New Zealand is critical to the dairy industry: Fonterra

Fonterra has welcomed the New Zealand Government’s ambitions to make the country predator free by 2050, saying the ‘hugely significant goal’ is shared by the dairy industry.

UK-China free trade agreement of ‘great interest’ to meat sector

A China bilateral trade deal offers "great opportunities" to the UK meat industry, according to The International Meat Trade Association (IMTA).

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India’s chicken market nervous over US imports

Senior figures in the Indian poultry industry are pushing the government to impose sky-high taxes on US chicken imports.

UK reportedly exploring free trade agreement with China

British Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond is rumoured to have started negotiations with China over a multi-billion pound free trade agreement (FTA), only possible once Brexit is realised. 

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Restacking BRICs: Chocolate makers to rethink future growth markets, says Euromonitor

Euromonitor International has pinpointed several promising chocolate markets that may help manufacturers offset slowdowns in traditional emerging markets such as China and Brazil.


Canny brands should use strategic smarts to topple top tipple

When it comes to Australia’s overall liqueur consumption, one brand towers over all the others: Baileys Irish Cream, which is more than three times more popular than second-placed Kahlúa, and...

Egypt named one of ‘10 emerging markets of the future’

An influential new report has identified Egypt as one of the “10 emerging markets of the future” though its food industry is predicted to see a dramatic change in fortunes...


Sesame prices and production in the doldrums

A local decline in production has seen Indian sesame seed prices rising 17% since lows in March this year. Prices are currently up 11% since the beginning of the year,...

CFSI poised for food safety advances - GFSI

The annual GFSI China Focus Day had ‘unprecedented’ support from government and engagement from the private sector, according to the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI).

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Food safety MOU starts first Food Integrity Conference

Chinese representatives from Foshan city have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on food safety with the Asia Pacific Centre for Food Integrity (APCFI).


Multiple cereal benefits uncovered in first-of-its-kind study

A first-ever scientific analysis of different types of breakfast cereals and their impact on the health of Australians has found positive benefits for body weight and nutrition, regardless of the...

Figures show sustainable palm oil boost

There has been an increase in commitments made from RSPO (Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil) members towards certified sustainable palm oil, new figures reveal.

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