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Irish producers show off clean, green image in fight for ME share

Ireland’s government food industry promoter has said it hoped that the Emerald Isle’s strong reputation for farm provenance would boost sales in the Middle East as it launches a new...

Japan ‘meat day’ looms – sales boom expected

Butchers, supermarkets and barbecue restaurants in Japan are gearing up for the national meat trade’s busiest day of the year, dubbed ‘Meat Day’ – on 9 February. 

Good year, bad year: 2016 was challenging for RSPO; Will it fare better in 2017?

The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) faced a number of well-publicised challenges last year. Consumers remain confident in the scheme, it appears, but can the same be said for...

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Market update: Palm prices fall after sharp end-of-year rally

Palm oil prices fell in December as a result of end-of-year profit-taking following a sharp rally in prices throughout 2016. 

The most innovative Chinese foods in 2016

From baby water to black cereals and even beauty-enhancing juices, innovations in China’s food and drink market were particularly dynamic in 2016.

Guest article

Top 5 yogurt brands in Singapore

Yogurt is enjoyed by almost all age groups across all regions, and endorsed now more than ever due to its probiotic benefits and nutrition value.

Oysters behind norovirus outbreak in New Zealand

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) in New Zealand has warned people not to eat certain brands of chilled oysters as they may be contaminated with norovirus.

Apac embraces healthy diets with organic dairy foods and drinks

Asia-Pacific’s organic dairy foods and drinks market is growing at a rapid pace due to its enhanced nutritional profile and its role in the act of sustainability.

China likely to demand more cereal from Canada: new report

The latest report from The Conference Board of Canada showed that commodities and consumer goods, such as cereals and nuts, will likely to see rising demand from China in coming...

Salmonella outbreaks from undercooked eggs and meat sicken 70

More than 70 people in an Australian state have been sickened by Salmonella in five outbreaks linked to undercooked eggs and meat.

PEZ primes for China entry

PEZ is preparing to enter China later this year as it announces a string of dispenser licenses for 2017, including Super Mario and Transformers.

Tuatara: ‘We’re changing the shareholding, not the recipe’

DB Breweries buys New Zealand craft brewery, Tuatara Brewing Company

Heineken subsidiary DB Breweries has bought New Zealand craft brewery Tuatara Brewing Company. 

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Brazil presents new market for Fonterra mozzarella

New Zealand dairy giant Fonterra has moved into the mozzarella market in Brazil with its extra stretch Individual Quick Frozen (IQF) mozzarella.

Dateline Southeast Asia

Cambodia calls on Thai halal expertise to boost homegrown industry

Having risen to become one of the world’s biggest producers of halal food, Thailand is now seeking to invest in halal production in neighbouring Cambodia.

Meatless market: Vegan product launches double in just two years

Over recent years, the number of vegan food available in Australia has been soaring, to the point that last year witnessed a 92% increase in new product launches compared to 2014.

Food Vision Asia returns to Singapore for three-day event on the future of food and nutrition

Following a highly successful inaugural event in 2016, Food Vision Asia announces its return to the Grand Hyatt Hotel, Singapore, from April 25-27.

Waste not want not: Why more needs to be done to maximise the functional food potential of by-products

The functional food and nutraceutical opportunities offered by agricultural waste products in developing countries are not being fully exploited, meaning vital nutrients that could be of immense health and economic...

Dateline Southeast Asia

Indonesian manufacturers say growth will outpace official predictions

Indonesian food and beverage companies have voiced their hope that 2017 will be a better year for business while the government has set higher targets for growth in the segment...

Japan's tax diversion scheme lifts wagyu beef sales

A scheme by Miyazaki Prefecture, which offers local wagyu in return for tax payments to its municipalities from residents in other parts of the country, is supporting regional livestock farmers...

GCC fast-food boom sees two-thirds of diners eating at QSRs

The GCC’s fast-food segment was worth more than US$20bn last year, making it one of the 20 biggest quick-service markets in the world, and is expected to grow by nearly...

UAE awarded top spot in rankings of halal food ecosystem

The UAE has come first in an authoritative new ranking of global nations with the best developed halal food ecosystems.

New smartphone app measures water stress of grapevines

Grapegrowers in Australia are trialling a new smartphone app that helps them measure the water status of their vines. 

US meat industry wants Asia deal as Trump kills TPP

The North American Meat Institute (NAMI) has called on President Donald Trump to negotiate a bilateral trade deal with Asia after he withdrew from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

Australia’s generations of fast-food fans

Generations Y and Z are still markedly more likely than their seniors to eat at big-name fast-food chains, though the rate they visit them is in slow decline—perhaps due to...

Ready-to-mix market to see double-digit growth in wealthier India

India ready-to-mix food market has been predicted to be worth as much as US$284m by 2020, an annualised increase of 15.7% fuelled largely by the increasing disposable income of a...

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