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Chinese now make up nearly half of Aussie university’s oenology places

One Australian university has seen an almost three-fold increase in Chinese enrolments in its winemaking courses over the past five years.

Australian growth drives positive Hilton trading

International meat packing business Hilton Food Group has reported a solid trading update, driven by strong growth in Australia.

Fonterra optimistic as milk price increases

Fonterra Co-operative Group has increased its 2016/17 forecast Farmgate Milk Price to NZ$6.15 (US$4.31) per kgMS.

Australia

Reasons for buying free-range eggs: Assumptions turned upside-down

The decision to choose free-range is more likely to be based on a perception that the eggs are more nutritious than concern for the welfare of the chickens that laid...

This week Down Under

Will AmazonFresh disrupt Australia’s bricks-and-mortar market?

After months of industry speculation, American e-commerce giant Amazon has finally confirmed that it will expand into Australia. On arrival, its presence has the potential to shake up the Australian...

Mondelēz invests $2.9m in Cadbury 'Spider' production in Austrailia

Mondelēz Australia has invested around $2.9m in its Hobart, Tasmania, factory to produce two new lines – Cadbury Dark Milk and Cadbury Dairy Milk Marvelous Creations Spider – with new equipment.

Sales of sugar-containing sports drinks facing a ban in some of Australia's leisure centres

Stopping sales of 'unhealthy soft drinks' in Australian sports centres leads to increases in purchases of healthier beverages and the same level of total dollar transactions, claims new research, with...

Australia overhauls meat quality assurance scheme

Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA) has integrated its red meat and livestock quality assurance programs in a bid to improve them for the “future prosperity of the red meat and...

Female path to middle age obesity can be mapped out in twenties: Australian research

New Australian research shows that rates of weight gain are established by the time women are 18-23 years old - meaning data taken at this age could identify those who...

The sativa saga: Part 3

A novelty in Australia, hemp oil is nothing new for Kiwis

Last month’s decision to allow the sale of hemp seed for human consumption might have delighted Australian manufacturers that had hitherto been unable to stock their products on grocery food...

Sativa saga: Part 2

Farmers plan huge cannabis expansion to cash in on hemp foods ruling

When he heard the news that a council of antipodean ministers had decided to permit the sale of hemp seed as a food last month, Harry Youngman thought: “At last,...

Probiotic proliferation: Australian and New Zealand consumers increasingly open to new health benefits

Australian and New Zealand probiotic product launches have rocketed by 200% in the past three years, with immunity claims becoming widely accepted by consumers alongside traditional gut health benefits.

The sativa saga: Part 1

Cannabis crusaders cheer after 19 years of dashed hopes

On Friday, April 28, Australia—and to some extent New Zealand—witnessed the birth of a brand new industry segment, when a council of ministers agreed finally to permit the consumption of...

China direct

ChemChina poised for swift completion of Syngenta deal

Now with the support of some 82% of Syngenta shareholders, ChemChina’s US$43bn bid to take over the Swiss pesticides and seeds group appears to be heading for fast completion.

Fonterra introducing trial hi-tech local weather stations for dairy farmers

Fonterra farmers in New Zealand will test new weather technology that the dairy cooperative hopes will bring greater precision.

Australian chicken giant to create 400 jobs

Poultry producer Ingham’s Group Limited will invest AU$70m ($51m) over a three-year expansion plan that will create 400 jobs in Western Australia.

Energy drink 'risk' revealed for teenagers with genetic heart disease

Caffeinated energy drinks can trigger serious cardiac events in young people with a genetic heart disease, Australian researchers claim.

Australia

Lab-made seaweed and lobster shell jelly may soon be a lunchbox staple

A jelly snack made in a lab from seaweed and lobster shell and designed as an alternative to dairy products is gearing up for a launch early next year.

Hot topic

Australia exhibits 3D printed meat - in pictures

Scientists and trade body Meat & Livestock Australia have unveiled a groundbreaking 3D meat printer that makes edible protein from liquid offal and mince. 

Global campaign marks the return of the Australian kingfish

The world’s biggest full-cycle commercial kingfish producer is preparing to launch a global campaign to introduce the fish typically used in sashimi to a broader market.

Most NZ fish oil supplements meet label claims, oxidation levels: GOED analysis

Testing of 47 fish oil supplements purchased at retail in New Zealand shows that 91% met EPA/DHA label claims, according to strict GOED standards, while most also met regulatory limits...

Targets set to enhance Australia’s animal export trade

Improving transport infrastructure and enforcement of animal welfare are two of the strategic priorities outlined in a comprehensive Australian Farm Institute report on enhancing the country’s livestock export industry.

Fonterra’s ingredients business keeps up with vast region’s fast pace

When I speak to Fonterra’s Hamish Gowans, he had just been asked by a potential customer if the cows that produce the milk for the New Zealand dairy ingredients co-operative...

Murray Goulburn to close three facilities

Murray Goulburn Co-operative Co. Limited (MG) has announced it is closing three of its facilities after an asset and footprint review.

Navis Capital acquires large NZ egg and feed producer

Private equity firm, Navis Capital, has taken a majority stake in New Zealand’s integrated animal feed and egg production businesses, Mainland Poultry.

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