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The Hills CEO: Shipping cider to England is like selling sand to Saudi

The Australian cricket team will not be the only Australian icon on British shores this northern summer. The Hills Cider Company, South Australia’s largest producer of artisan ciders, has sent...

Soapbox

Review offers chance to co-operate with global complementary community

As Australian authorities review the way they regulate complementary medicines, they could uncover a real opportunity to implement more harmonisation between countries. It just needs to be found if this...

Finnish dairy Valio seals Australian lactose-free milk powder distribution deal

Finnish dairy Valio has sealed a deal that will give Australian manufacturers "easy access" to its low-lactose and lactose-free milk powders.

Region in focus

This week Down Under

Consumer confidence highest in six months

Aussie dairy Lion opens 'largest specialty cheese facility in the Southern hemisphere'

Australian food and beverage firm Lion has opened what it claims is now the largest specialty cheese manufacturing facility in the Southern hemisphere.

Australia

Australians still suspicious of long-life milk, survey reveals

Australians still haven’t got a taste for UHT and long-life milk, even it if is widely consumed by much of the rest of the world, and is especially popular among...

Fonterra's impact on New Zealand dairy industry competition to be investigated

The New Zealand Commerce Commission is to investigate Fonterra's impact on competition in the country's dairy sector.

Feature

Farmers now trading water on their mobiles in South Australia

Ten years of drought isn't a good thing. It doesn't help the bottom line of farmers or the health of a river system. It does, however, get a lot of...

Soapbox

Body of endocannabinoid research makes compelling case for wider use

An exciting new area of research involves the endocannabinoid system (ECS) and the phyto-cannabinoid cannabidiol (CBD).  

NZ’s Saudi agri investments ‘compensation’ for sheep ban

New Zealand’s investments in Saudi Arabia’s agricultural sector have come under scrutiny following revelations they may have been intended as compensation for a ban on live animal exports.

Taura Naturals & Welch’s concentrate the nostalgic taste of Concord grape in versatile ingredient

The flavor of Welch’s famous Concord grape no longer is limited to juices, jellies and purees, but can now be found in concentrated fruit pieces and pastes that can easily...

News in brief

Fonterra doubles grated mozzarella cheese production with plant expansion

Fonterra has completed construction of a new plant at is Clandeboye site - an investment that doubles its production of individual quick frozen (IQF) grated mozzarella. 

Australia

Victoria sets out agenda to reduce its salt menace

The total number of deaths caused by high salt intake in Victoria is six times higher than the Australian state’s annual road toll, according to its health promotor.

Single multivitamin-mineral dose may boost mood in older people

A single dose of a multivitamin and mineral and herbal supplement may reduce stress in healthy older women, says a new study from Australia.

Australia

Gender stereotype holds true: Mothers do most of the shopping

In the wake of Mother’s Day last weekend, it is worth reflecting on research that has confirmed how many more women than men buy their household’s groceries, with mothers the...

Murray Goulburn dairy farmer owners back plans for AU$500m IPO

Murray Goulburn shareholders have voted in favour of listing the dairy cooperative on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX).

China

China to dominate world wine consumption; Australia has most to gain

Asian countries led by China will dominate global wine consumption in the next three years, leading to dramatically changing markets that will see Australia among the main beneficiaries.

Australia

Off the grog: Australian drinking now at a 50-year low

Australians are drinking less alcohol now than at any time in the last 50 years, according to official figures. 

New Zealand treating 1080 infant formula contamination threat as 'live': MPI

New Zealand is treating the sodium monofluoroacetate (1080) infant formula contamination threat - detailed in blackmail letters to Fonterra and Federated Farmers - as "live."

Australia

Revolutionary transport model could save cattle hours in road trains

A new tool is helping reduce the cost and time of transporting cattle in Australia, which can account for up to 40% of the market price.

Australian ‘True Aussie’ quality campaign boosts exports

Australia’s push to re-define its agricultural produce under a unified name - ‘True Aussie’ that signifies products are clean, green and safe - is helping the country’s meat exporters, claim...

Australia

Unique meat plant waste system hailed as green vision of the future

A green energy initiative by the Japanese meat processor NH Foods at its Oakey Beef Exports plant in Australiahas been hailed as a “poster child” for food producers worldwide.

Australia

Australian wine seeing record growth in China and UK

Australian wine exports to China are continuing to recover, and in some quarters are even experiencing record sales, according to industry figures released this week.

New Zealand

Student investigates 400-year-old herbal text for modern lessons

The University of Canterbury’s school of health sciences is conducting ground-breaking research into a Renaissance medico-pharmaceutical text that could hold invaluable recipes for healthy nutrition.

Clinical trial proves effectiveness of 'sleep promoting' night milk powder: Synlait

Synlait Milk has commercialised a "sleep promoting" milk powder, produced using milk collected from cows in the hours of darkness, following a clinical trial.