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Biosecurity plant to produce 50m sterile flies a week to wipe out pest

Upgraded biosecurity measures to combat fruit fly will be introduced in Australia, bringing added confidence to international trade markets.

This week Down Under

Almonds become Oz's most valuable agri-export after California drought

International buyers have swooped on this season’s Australian almond crop, generating sales expected to surpass A$800m (US$570m) for the first time.

Lewis Road Creamery partners with premium Kiwi brands to extend flavoured milk offering

New Zealand dairy Lewis Road Creamery has extended its flavoured milk offering after the success of its collaboration with a popular Kiwi chocolate brand. 

a2 Milk Company takeover talks with Dean Foods 'ceased': Freedom Foods

Freedom Foods has "ceased detailed discussions" with US dairy giant Dean Foods on their failed joint bid to acquire the a2 Milk Company (a2MC).

Australia

Oz nutraceuticals exports grow by over one-third in last two years

Australia’s natural health lobby has welcomed the latest data that shows Australian complementary medicines exports to Asia have more than doubled in the last year.

Great expectations for Russian and Ukrainian wheat, rain helps Australian crop

The production estimate for the 2015/16 global wheat crop is 720.3 metric tons (Mt), according to a report from the International Grains Council (IGC), released late last week.

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Australia to lead worldwide task force to save endangered honey bees

To help address the growing threat of dwindling honey bee populations, Australia’s government research organisation is leading a global initiative to investigate the causes of their decline. 

Fonterra boosts Chinese kids' milk presence with 'ultra-premium' Anchor launch

Fonterra has moved to strengthen its position in China's kids' milk market with the launch of a vitamin-enriched "ultra-premium" product.

This week Down Under

Research backs belief that tomatoes can trigger gout

Gout sufferers who maintain that eating tomatoes can cause their condition to flare up will likely welcome new University of Otago research that has, for the first time, found a...

Fonterra launches New Zealand yogurt pouch recycling scheme

Fonterra has partnered with recycling firm TerraCycle to launch New Zealand's first recycling programme for yogurt pouches.

News in brief

Tecpro Australia redesigns Turbodisc tank washers

Tecpro Australia has re-designed its Turbodisc range, for small and medium process vessels, reactors, driers, granulators, storage tanks, tablet coating machines and IBCs.

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Organic food trend sees demand for certification expertise increase

More than half of the world’s organic agricultural land is found in Australia, and the company responsible for certifying producers there sees demand soaring as organic food prices increase.

Wrigley pushes to up permitted level of Ace K for gum in Australia and NZ

Wrigley hopes to bring Australia and New Zealand's rules on levels of Acesulphame Potassium in gum in line with international standards.

'No further' takeover talks with Dean Foods and Freedom Foods: a2 Milk Company

The a2 Milk Company (a2MC) has had "no further communication" with Dean Foods and Freedom Foods since it rejected the takeover bid tabled by the pair.

Russia lifts 2013 botulism scare ban on imports from Fonterra plants

Russia has partially lifted restrictions on Fonterra dairy imports implemented in the midst of the 2013 whey protein concentrate (WPC) botulism scare.

Australia

Study gives model for water rights trading prices

A study of the price irrigators are willing to pay in the world’s most established water market could help establish new markets across the globe.

This week Down Under

Australian wine boxes feeling similar pinch to market for bottles

The proportion of Australian adults drinking wine has been in decline for some years, including the Aussie wine cask, whose popularity is also dropping.

Australia

Chance finding sees high-fat diet triggering dangerous gene activity

A surprise discovery in fat mice will lead to novel treatments for obesity and type-2 diabetes in humans, according to new research from South Australia.

Fonterra 2014/15 milk price calculation gets NZ Commerce Commission approval

Fonterra's farm gate milk price (FGMP) calculation for the 2014/15 season has been given the New Zealand Commerce Commission's stamp of approval.

This week Down Under

Powerade still winning in race for sports drink supremacy

Powerade still winning in race for sports drink supremacy

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Two new barley plant genes discovered

A group of international researchers have discovered two new genes in the barley plant that will shed light on the history of agriculture and also bring new capabilities to barley...

Curcumin for sports nutrition? RCT supports role for pain reduction after heavy exercise

Supplements of curcumin, the yellow pigment that gives turmeric its color, may reduce pain associated with exercise, and perhaps boost performance, says a new study.

Fonterra slashes milk price forecast to account for supply demand 'imbalance'

Fonterra has slashed its farm gate milk price (FGMP) forecast for the 2015/16 to account for the current "imbalance" in supply and demand.

Australia

Supplements industry applauds regulator’s move to cut red tape

A move by Australia’s natural supplement regulator to cut redundant red tape has met with approval from the industry.

special edition: Protein

Entrepreneur's frustration in marketing cheap protein for India's poor

There’s no shortage of children in India in need of cheap, high-quality and—crucially—vegetarian protein. Trouble is, there’s a chronic lack of companies wanting to produce it, and governments to promote...

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