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Australia

Microbe pair hold key to boosting feed crops

Scientists have identified two microorganisms that can build bigger and more resilient feed crops, potentially boosting farmers’ bottom lines by millions of dollars.

This week Down Under

Could Australia be hamstrung by earlier WTO country-of-origin ruling?

Could Australia be hamstrung by earlier WTO country-of-origin ruling?

Australia

Small increase in grape prices gives beleaguered wine growers hope

Though 85% of grapes for the 2015 vintage were harvested at a loss, Australian winemakers have been applauding a small increase in average wine grape prices over the last year.

a2 Milk Company rejects Dean Foods, Freedom Foods takeover bid

The a2 Milk Company (a2MC) has rejected a joint takeover bid by Australian firm Freedom Foods and US dairy giant Dean Foods.

Coca-Cola pulls Fanta advert and app after Australian watchdog rules they were directed at children

Coca-Cola has withdrawn a Fanta TV advert and mobile app, after Australia’s advertising watchdog ruled the campaigns breached advertising guidelines.

Australia

Brand names can't trump supermarket cheese hegemony

Australians still enjoy their cheddar. Market research by Roy Morgan Research shows that almost 85% of Australian shoppers buy some kind of cheese at least once each month

Fonterra slashes workforce by more than 500 'to remain strongly competitive'

Fonterra, the world's largest dairy exporter, is reducing its workforce by more than 500 in the face of falling milk prices.

New Zealand

Grocers dismiss latest call by academics for nutrition tax as ‘lunacy’

While imposing health-related taxes on less healthy foods might spare thousands of New Zealanders from early deaths, doing so would also put staples out of the reach of many New...

Australia

Wine consumers tend to change habits after buying from the cellar door

A visit to a winery's cellar door has a lasting effect on consumer behaviour inside, and can even influence buying habits for months afterwards.

Sanger Australia merger comes amid cattle trading boom

Bindaree Beef, the Inverell-based Australian meat processor, has merged with marketing and logistics company Sanger Australia.

Neighbouring Fonterra and A-ware plants get the royal treatment at opening

King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands was on hand to officially open Fonterra's first wholly-owned and operated European ingredients plant. 

This week Down Under

Victoria urges other states to form national ban on powdered alcohol

Victoria urges states to join it in national ban on powdered alcohol

Volac and Wilmar feed fats JV bolstered to go beyond dairy and Australasia market

Volac and Wilmar are scaling up an existing joint venture in feed fats to target both a broader range of livestock production and more regions.

Telling the story behind Australian wine will boost standing in global markets, says Wine Australia

Global perceptions of Australian wine fall short of the high-quality reality, says Wine Australia, as it prioritises increasing appreciation of the country’s products.   

Soapbox: Guest article

Quality is more than compliance

The provision of high quality products is fundamental to the goal of the complementary medicines industry of enhancing consumers’ health.

This week Down Under

Rosacea trials show significant improvement after Kiwi honey treatment

Rosacea trials show significant improvement after honey treatment

Australia

Coles 'the biggest winner’ after $12m fine for conduct with suppliers

The Australian food industry backed a decision to compel Coles, the supermarket chain, to pay A$12m (US$9.1m) to suppliers, who can now leave Coles’s supply chain programme without penalty....

Down Under

Fsanz reviews areas of nutrition and health claims standard

The antipodean food regulator, Fsanz, has called for submissions on a proposal to address issues identified since the nutrition and health claims standard was gazetted.

Australia

Volunteers required for exercise test. Reward: 3D-printed chocolate

Melbourne researcher Rohit Ashok Khot has found the sweetest way in the world to get people to exercise: he rewards others with chocolate treats made on a 3D food printer....

This week Down Under

At least idle Australians know how to snack well

At least idle Australians know how to snack well

New Zealand

Epilepsy patient gets special dispensation to be treated with hemp oil

Though its hemp oil has not yet been approved as a medicine in New Zealand, one American supplier has been granted special permission to supply cannabidiol (CBD) oil to a...

Australia

Team looks for evidence that high-fibre diet can help asthma sufferers

Believing that simply by eating more fibre asthma sufferers could control their condition better, researchers in Australia are now preparing to prove their theory.

This week Down Under

US winning in game of catch up with trans fats, say Aussie grocers

US winning in game of catch up with trans fats, say Aussie grocers

Australia

Lidl prepares for Oz entry as grocery self-regulation comes into law

Budget supermarket Aldi has beaten Woolworths to become the first chain to sign up to a new self-regulating guidelines as they were made law in Australia today. 

NZ paid Saudi trader $3.4m not to sue

Scandal around payments by New Zealand to a Saudi animal importer deepened, as details of an additional US$3.4m transfer emerged, allegedly to prevent a lawsuit.

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