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Cross-border sales boom through China’s Tmall Global

Cross-border online shopping by Chinese consumers has surged this year, with half a dozen Australian brands making particular headway after putting in a strong performance on Alibaba Group’s Tmall Global e-commerce...

What cheese choice says about Aussies

New market research shows that three quarters of Australian shoppers buy cheese each month, with block cheeses alone accounting for more than half of the market. 

Australia invests $5.3m in R&D projects on Shiraz terroir

Wine Australia has today announced a six year, $5.3m AUD ($4m USD) R&D investment that will look at Australia’s unique terroirs and how they influence wine style and quality. ...

New Zealand

Study lifts lid on how much alcohol branding kids see on sports TV

Kiwi viewers can be exposed to four alcoholic drinks brands every minute as they watch sport on the television, leading some children to assume that drinking alcohol was “part of...

Sell-up: Analysts predict more gloom for infant formula firm Bellamy’s as shares slump continues

Replacing CEO Laura McBain hasn’t seen the end of financial turmoil at Australian infant formula manufacturer Bellamy’s with shares continuing to slide amid gloomy forecasts from analysts.

Australia goat prices move from ‘strength-to-strength’

A relatively good balance between the Australian and US dollar during 2016 fended off a price pinch for goat meat exporters hit with trade decline.

Chinese dairy group opens South Australia formula facility

The first stage of Blue Lake Dairy Group’s A$65m (US$48.8m) processing plant at Tantanoola in South Australia has been officially opened.

Australia

Vineyards test virtual gate in a bid to keep grape pests out

Software initially developed to safeguard the Canadian poultry industry is now being trialled by Australian wineries to help keep pests and diseases out of premium vineyards.

Shares down as Bellamy’s returns to trading

There have been changes at Australian formula makers Bellamy’s as CEO Laura McBain has stepped down and been immediately replaced with former COO Andrew Cohen taking over in a temporary...

Australian price watchdog needs more ‘teeth’, says beef body

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) should be given more powers to collect accurate data on the meat industry, the Australian Beef Association (ABA) has claimed.

Australia

Summer heat not to blame for rise in salmonella from free-range eggs

Free-range eggs do not pose a greater risk of Salmonella contamination in hot months compared with other seasons, according to Australian researchers. The findings have shattering a supposed myth that has linked...

New Zealand sheep milk PGP program kicks off

Building an environmentally, socially and economically sustainable industry to meet the growing demand for sheep milk products is the goal of a new sheep milk Primary Growth Partnership (PGP) program...

Catch 22: Sustainable fishing produces massive carbon emissions

Whilst smaller scale sustainable fishing practices protect the oceans from depletion of marine life, they are vastly more detrimental to the environment, say researchers

Australia

Kids following 'European model' three times less likely to binge drink

Children given sips of alcohol by their parents are much more likely to be drinking full measures by 16, but less likely to binge drink, according to a study of...

Aussie Manuka honey found to have same anti-bacterial properties as famed NZ counterpart

Like its more popular New Zealand version, Australian Manuka honey has also been found to contain powerful antibacterial properties, leading to hopes it could tap into the lucrative medicinal honey...

Australia turning more vegetarian in bid to battle the bulge

The number of vegetarians in Australia has risen sharply over the last four years, especially in New South Wales, where there has been a 30% growth in non-meat diets in...

Exclusive interview

How Australia’s omega-3 map will feed frenzied fatty acid research

“We are building it while we’re flying it,” says William Harris, the distinguished American omega-3 researcher, of a mapping project to find out the true level of omega-3s in Australians’...

University uncorks major winery expansion in South Australia

Plans for a major expansion of Australia’s biggest teaching winery have been released for the first time.

Australia

Wineries race to the sun in bid to cut power costs

Dozens of wineries in South Australia have been harnessing the sun’s power for purposes beyond growing grapes.

Australia

Enzymes key to why some crops can weather extremes better than others

Research to develop food crops that produce bigger yields and cope better with drought has identified a key enzyme that might explain why sorghum and millet are more productive and...

This week Down Under

Cider sales boom as festive early-adopters swap brands

Cider is not only Australia’s fastest-growing alcoholic beverage by far, its consumption also spikes dramatically during the southern summer months, market research suggests.

Australian meat chief targets China and Saudi in 2017

The CEO of the Australian Livestock Exporters’ Council (ALEC) has targeted market “diversification” as a key meat industry priority for 2017.

Wet weather puts Australian wine in good stead for late 2017 vintage

A wet winter and a cool spring has Australia well placed for another strong wine vintage—albeit a little later than in recent years.

ACCC accepts Spencers action to tackle oregano fraud

Spencers is to have one sample of its oregano tested annually for three years by an internationally accredited lab to address adulteration concerns.  

Soapbox

Every bit matters: Why we need to talk about excipients

The food industry is experiencing growth in the demand for natural products, as people become more savvy and selective about what they put into their bodies. Consumers are willing to...

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