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China enacts ‘toughest food safety law yet’

After months of proposals and briefings, China has now revised its food safety laws for the first time in six years. 

Chinese firm creates 50 UK jobs

Chinese food manufacturer Freshasia will open a new production facility in Little Melton, south Norfolk, creating more than 50 jobs, thanks to securing investment from a number of funders.

Mars opens center to address food safety risk portfolio

Mars Incorporated has opened a pre-competitive research and training facility in China to address food safety.

Huishan Dairy 'taking legal advice' after Chinese milk safety alert withdrawn

Chinese dairy Huishan is "taking legal advice" after the withdrawal of a food safety alert relating to a batch of its fresh milk. 

Syntax China to sell Michelman HP Indigo presses

‘Rapid development of Chinese digital printing market’

Michelman has signed a distribution agreement with Syntax Technology, in Beijing, China, to sell its HP Indigo presses.

Far East digest

New policy will wipe out 80% of infant formula produced in China

China’s tough new “one brand, one formulation” policy for its infant formula market will eliminate over 80% of domestic products currently on sale, according to government calculations.

Yili and Cornell University partner to develop cheese product for China

Yili has signed a research agreement with Cornell University that will see the development of a cheese product for the Chinese market. 

Iodine excess linked to thyroid disease in lactating women

Excessive iodine intake may cause thyroid disease in lactating women and should be monitored as closely as deficiency, Chinese research of 343 women has said.  


Food safety violators could face new beefed-up economic restrictions

A tougher food safety law will come into effect in China next month to bring more stringent sanctions for violations, including economic penalties, while defending whistleblowers more stridently.

Yashili set to acquire infant formula business from parent company Mengniu

Chinese dairy Yashili has agreed to acquire infant formula business Oushi Mengniu from its majority shareholder, Mengniu, for around $165m.

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China beer market is declining but individualization and online purchases have risen

The beer market in China has declined recently but individualisation and people buying their beer online has risen in the country, according to Thomas Delory, global procurement team leader, Packaging...


Anti-dumping: Will Tate & Lyle pull the trigger on Chinese sucralose?

Concerns are mounting within China’s sweeteners industry over the risk of Chinese sucralose becoming a target for an anti-dumping investigation by the US or EU, according to industry sources.

News in brief

Food Industry Asia signs agreement as part of Global Food Safety Partnership

Food Industry Asia (FIA) will scale-up food safety capacity building in ASEAN and China after signing an agreement with the World Bank for the Global Food Safety Partnership (GFSP).

China direct

The natural super-sweetener the Chinese are protecting jealously

China’s fierce protection of its indigenous luo han guo vine fruit may be about to bear fruit as demand for mogroside, a natural sweetener made from it, soars across the globe....


Trade and the changing business environment

The way consumers and businesses interact is changing. Digital technologies, the “electricity” of the twenty-first century, for example, allow relatively small businesses to operate internationally. 


Reports: Chinese formula company snaps up Swisse in A$1.5bn deal

Australian vitamins and supplements manufacturer Swisse has reportedly been bought by Hong Kong-listed infant formula maker Biostime.


S Australia strengthens China ties through Adelaide food export park

In a further example of tightening food industry trade links between Australia and China, a South Australia-Shandong consortium has agreed to build an A$70m (US$50m) agricultural consolidation park in Adelaide...

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Half of Chinese consumers use internet to order groceries

Almost half of Chinese consumers say they are already ordering groceries online for home delivery—at 46%, this represents nearly twice the global figure of 25%.

Alfa Laval to supply two $9m edible oil refining process lines in China

Alfa Laval Food Technology & Life Science segment has won a $9m order to supply two process lines for edible oil refining in China.

China moves to reduce the number of domestic infant formula products

China has revised legislation to further reduce the number of domestically manufactured infant formula products.

Chinese drinking yogurt growth 'illustrates the scale of opportunity': Tetra Pak

Growth in demand for drinking yogurt in China "illustrates the scale of opportunity" such products present, says Tetra Pak.

China direct

Economic slowdown now squeezing margins in China's agri-sectors

China’s devalued currency, in tandem with its slowing economic growth, is already putting pressure on the operating margins of the country’s food and agri-business (F&A) companies.

News in brief

Chinese-based, packaging equipment manufacturer in $5m US expansion

Tech-Long USA has announced a $5m expansion in Gwinnett County, Metro Atlanta, Georgia, creating 130 jobs over 10 years.

China direct

12.5% of beverages failed Chinese inspections in first-half of year

More than one in 10 drinks on sale in China did not meet national standards in the first six months of this year, China’s food regulator has announced.

China and Russia likely to put 'considerable pressure' on H2 dairy sales: FrieslandCampina

Lagging Chinese demand and the impact of the Russian embargo are likely to put "considerable pressure" on FrieslandCampina's sales in the second half of 2015.

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