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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.

Vitamin D cuts asthma exacerbation by 74% in children: Review

Vitamin D supplementation may cut the risk of asthma exacerbation in children but it does not impact respiratory infections in healthy children, a review has found.

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.

BrandHive agency founder to lead conference stream at Vitafoods Asia

Jeff Hilton, the healthy lifestyle branding guru, has been invited lead three sessions at Vitafoods Asia in Hong Kong next month.

Global turmoil hits food company share prices

Turmoil in global financial markets has hit food companies’ share prices and could directly impact exporters, according to a leading analyst.

China Direct

China to stay top grocery market, though rise eclipsed by others

Chinese grocery sales will grow from US$1,119bn in 2015 to US$1,491bn in 2020, an increase of around one-third.

Dow brings PacXpert to China and South Africa

Dow Packaging and Specialty Plastics has revealed it will bring PacXpert flexible packaging technology to China and South Africa.

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Coffee making inroads on China’s tea hegemony

Tea has a long history in China and is still the country’s most popular drink, but coffee is catching up slowly but surely, a new report from Canadean has revealed....

Eastern promise: Cargill pins aquafeed growth hopes on Asia

Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) certification for Cargill’s feed mills in Central America underlines the continued importance of the region to Cargill’s aquafeed business. However, it is the fast-growing Asian region...

China

China looks at more ‘creative’ ways to boost farm production

China’s State Council has unveiled guidelines to increase agricultural production to promote more secure food supplies as the country modernises its agriculture system.

News in brief

UK ingredients player expands to US, questions Chinese quality

UK-based ingredients distributor Direct Food Ingredients has opened an office and warehouse in Los Angeles where it will focus its activities in nutraceuticals and sports nutrition and push its quality...

China to blame as Hershey reports Q2 loss of nearly $100m

The Hershey Company reported a net loss of almost $100m for the second quarter of 2015 - a result "adversely impacted" by its performance in China.

China direct

Child obesity has already doubled this century in Beijing

Child obesity has already doubled this century in Beijing

Australia

Partial to 32kg of chocolate a year, Aussies told they must eat better

Around two-thirds of Australians are obese and consume on average a quantity of chocolate each year equivalent to a passenger’s first-class baggage allowance on long-haul flights, Csiro, the country’s government...

China

China’s beef industry holds ‘great potential’ for investors

China’s beef market will have great potential over the next decade, with its stakeholders expected to play an increasingly influential role in the global market, according to Rabobank.

Prebiotics improve gut microbiota in obese kids: Study

A prebiotic-rich diet may shift the gut microbiota profiles of obese children to a more beneficial profile, regardless of whether the obesity was related to lifestyle or genetics, says a...

The promise of premium: AB InBev confident in Chinese beer strategy

AB InBev says its premium and super-premium strategy in China is paying off, with the brewing giant building the category to meet ‘pent up demand.’ 

Mead Johnson Nutrition to pay $12m to settle SEC China bribery charges

Mead Johnson Nutrition has agreed to pay $12m (€10.9m) to settle a US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) investigation into the "promotional practices" of its Chinese business.

Chinese scientists detect melamine in white gold using real gold

Chinese scientists have developed a method to detect melamine in milk and infant formula using gold nanoparticles.

Blendhub Corp. to open 40 factories in the next 3 years as processed food sales reach $8tn in 2016

Blendhub Corp. has set up its third Portable Powder Blending plant (PPB) in Mexico, after Spain and India, as it plans to open 40 factories in the next three years...

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Grandparents largely to blame for China’s spiking childhood obesity

Grandparents largely to blame for China’s spiking childhood obesity

Danone to swap Dumex China infant formula unit for larger stake in Mengniu

Danone plans to use proceeds from the proposed sale of its Dumex China infant formula business to increase its stake in Mengniu.

Smart Wine Bottle tackles counterfeit in Chinese market

A ‘Smart Wine Bottle’ is being used to help a wine company ensure its authentic products are reaching consumers in China, rather than counterfeit goods.

China overtakes US to become ice cream market 'powerhouse': Mintel

China has overtaken the US to become the “powerhouse” of the global ice cream market, says Mintel.

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