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Organic watchdog celebrates accreditation milestone

China is now home to more than 10,000 food companies with green accreditation, according to new data. 


New Hope in line for Moy Park takeover

China’s biggest chicken supplier has been linked to a potential acquisition of Britain’s Moy Park.

China will overtake the US as the largest dairy market by 2022

China will overtake the US as the largest dairy market by 2022 whilst India takes fourth place from 2021, according to research by Euromonitor International.


Brazilian chicken suppliers under investigation for suspected dumping

China is investigating allegations of illegal dumping by Brazilian suppliers of broiler chicken onto its market.

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Health, wealth and internet forcing instant noodle-makers to rethink

China’s appetite for instant noodles has been shrinking sharply in the face of growing popularity for food delivery and better awareness of healthier foods.

Richer Chinese making dent in established organic markets

Chinese demand has been fuelling growth in the global organic food market, which is predicted to grow to a value of nearly US$190bn by 2021.

Food delivery apps record fastest growth in China’s online market

Heavy discounting by start-ups backed by internet majors Tencent and Alibaba have made online food delivery the fastest-growing online segment in China.

UK and China sign £200m pork export deal

The UK has signed a new export deal with China to supply pork products.

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Chinese retailers jumping on blockchain to safeguard against scandals

China’s second-biggest e-commerce platform has been using blockchain technology to help consumers track the provenance of some of the meat products available on its site.

Doubling Chinese stores looks like a bold move by struggling McDonalds

McDonald’s will almost double the number of its stores in China in a shift of focus away from big cities to less-developed urban areas.

Ecolab takes advantage of consumer attention on food quality

Ecolab is planning to expand its food safety business from southern China to the northern part of the country.

Novolex sells Chinese paper subsidiary to Aussie packaging major

Detmold Group has agreed to buy Heshan Innopak from its American parent. 

Grain exporters warned of tighter controls at Chinese ports

Australian grain exporters have been told to be wary of tougher new grain import standards as Beijing implements a raft of agriculture reforms. 

Asian big-box retail continues to grow despite threat of new formats

Large-format grocery retail will grow at an average of 3.5% a year from 2016-21 in Asia, according to new figures released by IGD. 

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Contaminated Dutch eggs found in Hong Kong

Samples of Dutch eggs containing unsafe levels of the pesticide fipronil have been identified by authorities in Hong Kong.

Early-life exposure to famine increases risk of dyslipidaemia in women: China study

Exposure to severe famine as a foetus or infant significantly increases the chance of having dyslipidaemia in adulthood for women, analysis of people affected by the Chinese famine has revealed...

Far East liquor firms top list of most valuable Asian F&B companies

Baiju liquor producer Kweichow Moutai has been named Asia’s leading food and beverage manufacturer in an analysis of market capitalisations in the region.

Chinese officials crack down on food-safety rumours

Chinese food inspectors must become more transparent in a bid to control food-safety rumours circulating on social media.

Nestlé backs breastfeeding drive in China as government vows to hit 50% target by 2020

Nestlé in China is backing government drives to increase breastfeeding by holding a number of public events to coincide with World Breastfeeding Week.

Sanyuan and Fosun to acquire St- Hubert healthy-spreads company

Beijing Sanyuan Foods Co. (Sanyuan) and Fosun Group (Fosun) have agreed to jointly acquire Brassica TopCo and PPN Management, the controlling shareholders of St- Hubert.  

Starbucks buys back its eastern China operation in record deal

In the biggest single transaction in its history, Starbucks’ American parent has bought up the remaining shares in its eastern China joint-venture. The deal now brings all stores in the...

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Consumers now look for healthier and premium products, survey finds

Chinese consumers have become more selective in their spending this year due to pressures at work and tightening household budgets.

Social media war erupts over Chinese halal delivery service

China’s ambitions to be a halal meat power have been questioned in a social media storm over the use of halal marketing by one of the country’s leading food delivery...

Hypertension risk soars in ‘metabolically healthy’ overweight Chinese adults

Overweight or obese Chinese individuals — even those with a healthy metabolic phenotype — have a significantly increased risk of hypertension compared to those within the normal weight range....

Yakult begins work on sixth China factory

Yakult is to begin construction of its sixth plant in China to increase production of its probiotic milk drinks.

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