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Authorities ‘fully alert’ to wanghong food risks

Shanghai’s food watchdog has been clamping down on the sale of wanghong—or food endorsed by high-profile bloggers and celebrities on the internet. 

Interview

Indian plant central to Naturex drive to boost emerging markets

Having first gained a foothold in India with its acquisition of Roha in 2012, Naturex has cemented its position in the local fruit and vegetable powders market by being ahead...

China direct

Most Chinese ‘fake news’ stories involve food safety

Most fake news stories in China concern food safety, according to a online verification team set up by Tencent.

Cargill JV opens $100m oilseed plant in north China

Cargill has opened an oilseeds processing plant in northern China that it has built in partnership with New Hope and Hebei Bohai Investment Group.

FBIF 2017

TCM heritage and modern innovation: Firm secures sales success through supplement and functional food expansion

Harnessing the heritage of Traditional Chinese Medicine with modern supplement and functional food trends can help Chinese companies boost growth at home and across Asia – providing it is backed...

New Zealand ‘front of mind’ for online Chinese food purchases

Kiwi food and beverage companies are poised for further success in China, where consumers increasingly favour products with natural ingredients, according to a report by Mintel.

FBIF 2017

Chinese millennials: How food and beverage firms can drive sales to younger consumers

Food and beverage manufacturers should shift their focus from items for household consumption to those suitable to be eaten on the go if they want to build brand loyalty among...

FBIF 2017

Why third and fourth tier cities are crucial for MNC growth: Mondelez China boss

Multinationals striving for growth in China need to better target third and fourth tier cities by improving distribution and building relationships with local retailers.

FBIF 2017

China’s food and nutrition battleground shifts to functional products and e-commerce platforms

China’s food industry can no longer rely on vast volume growth from mass market items and will increasingly have to focus on innovation around personalised, healthy and functional nutrition products...

Bruker opens demo facility in China

Bruker has opened a demo facility to support China’s scientific research community.

China’s fast-moving cheese market has massive scope for growth

China’s booming cheese market was worth around RMB3.3bn in 2015 and continues to grow at an annual rate of 20% according to new market research.

Beyond Burger goes beyond borders, taking meat-free patty to HK aisles

Beyond Meat, manufacturer of the “first refrigerated plant-based burger to sit in the meat counter” in America, has chosen Hong Kong as its first international export destination.

China direct

State Council repeats calls to get tough on food safety

China’s top lawmakers has again voiced its determination to beef up food-safety supervision this year, and ensure food quality meets “international levels”.

Six-legged superfood: Beyond the protein

Insect protein: that’s the way bugs are usually referred to when applied as food. But it is also an understatement. The nutritional profile of edible insects is much more complex...

US and China to ‘flesh out’ beef deal

White House representative Sean Spicer has confirmed Chinese president Xi Jinping and US President Donald Trump did discuss expanding beef exports, amid rumours China has relaxed restrictions on US beef.

Of thousands of HK food samples, just a handful failed safety tests

All but four out of 9,200 food samples tested for adulteration by Hong Kong government’s Centre for Food Safety in the last year have been found to be satisfactory.

Whisky on first UK freight train to China

The UK’s first rail freight service to China is to start its 7,500-mile journey today, carrying British goods including whisky and soft drinks.

Chinese authorities take to social media to reassure anxious consumers

China’s food regulator has outlined the measures it has been taking to promote safety in the wake of numerous adulteration scandals.

China direct

More and more Chinese going nuts in backing healthy snacking

Snacks are increasingly being seen by Chinese consumers as a healthy pitstop between meals, and losing their reputation as indulgent alternatives to traditional meal times.

Nestle seals joint venture to improve nutrition among Chinese stroke patients

Nestle Health Science and the Chinese Stroke Association have entered into a collaboration to help stroke patients swallow with less difficulty. 

News in brief

Construction underway for new Firmenich plant in Zhangjiagang

Firmenich has begun construction of a new flavours plant in Zhangjiagang that it hopes will cut supply times for customers in its second-biggest market. 

Chinese winery sets sights on ‘feeding own market’ with Aussie grapes

China’s third biggest wine company could soon become the first ever to vertically integrate its production between Australian vineyards and its home market.

China direct

Barry Callebaut targets China’s premium market with ‘refreshed’ range

Chocolate and cocoa supplier Barry Callebaut has increased its number of product lines available in China after seeing sales of its gourmet range doubling over the last four years.

Hong Kong restores Brazilian meat trade

Hong Kong is the latest key importer to have lifted a ban on Brazilian meat, after China and Egypt eased restrictions earlier this week.

FrieslandCampina comments on China Huishan Dairy crash

On March 24, the Hong Kong Stock Exchange postponed the trading in shares of China Huishan Dairy Holdings Company Limited after an 85% drop of its share price.

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