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China could be self sufficient in grain by 2024, say officials

An official report has predicted that China will develop its own "rice bowl” to remain close to self sufficiency in the main crops at a time of great food uncertainty...

New TCM collaboration will bring more Chinese remedies to European market

A new collaboration between SU BioMedicine and Diapharm will drive growth in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) in Europe by managing the registration and marketing of high quality Chinese products in...

Teaching the world about wine: Wine & Spirit Education Trust wins Queen’s Award as Chinese market grows

China’s thirst for wine and spirits is accompanied by a passion to learn more about products, according to the Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET).

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IPO-headed Cofco leads China’s ‘friendly’ charge against west

China will compete with the rest of the world in a “very, very friendly way” as its corporations continue to buy up western food companies, the head of a state-owned...

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India and China drive world’s rise in packaged water consumption

Emerging countries are driving a trend that will soon see packaged water overtake fizzy drinks.

China considering ban on infant formula advertising: Reports

China is considering a ban on the advertisement of infant formula, according to reports from the country. 

Carlsberg boosts Chinese beers and flagship brands with full Wusu ownership

Carlsberg says it is building both local beers and international premium brands in China, as it gains full ownership of Wusu Beer Group.  

Rising productivity in China's swine sector to support better feed demand in 2016

The Chinese pig sector’s demand for feed will remain under pressure for the remainder of the year but is expected to be higher in early 2016, said Rabobank.

First shipment of Australian SADA Fresh milk arrives in China

SADA Fresh, the milk brand created by the South Australian Dairy Farmers Association (SADA), is set to debut in China.

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Wacker opens PVAc production plant in Nanjing

German chemical major Wacker Chemie has opened Asia’s biggest food-grade polyvinyl acetate (PVAc) production plant for solid resins at its Nanjing site in Jiangsu province. 

FrieslandCampina, Huishan Dairy establish Chinese infant formula JV

Friesland Huishan Dairy - FrieslandCampina's newly established Chinese infant formula joint venture - will introduce a new brand in China "in the near future."

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Regulator: Food complaints double to half a million last year

China’s food authorities received over half a million complaints in 2014—double the number that was lodged the previous year.

New web portal aims to ease entry of US-made supplements, foods into Chinese market

As the middle class continues to grow in China, penetrating this market becomes a priority for US brands.  Negotiating that bewildering process may have gotten a little easier with the...

China

GNT signs China distributor for anticipated Asian growth in colour

Food colouring major GNT has appointed AAFUD Group as its distributor for the Chinese market as as it looks to ramp up its presence in Asia-Pacific.

China

Acasti awarded Chinese krill patent as it eyes Far East expansion

Canadian biopharmaceutical krill oil research and development company Acasti Pharma, which is working on the commercialisation of new forms of omega-3 phospholipid therapies for the treatment and prevention of certain...

Green tea packs a stronger punch in China with new Bacardi spirit

Bacardi claims to have made a “breakthrough” in spirit production technology with a new liquor named TANG, that is distilled entirely from green tea leaves.

Fonterra acquires 18.8% stake in Chinese infant formula partner Beingmate

Fonterra has acquired an 18.8% stake in its Chinese infant formula partner Beingmate for around US$550m.

Folic acid may help reduce stroke risk: 5-year study

A combination of folic acid and the medication enalapril may be more effective in reducing the risk of stroke in adults with hypertension than the medication alone, according to large-scale research...

China 'unaware' of NZ infant formula shipment stopped at border over 1080 threat: MPI

China is “unaware” of any consignment of New Zealand infant formula being held at its border in response to the 1080 contamination threat, says the New Zealand Ministry for Primary...

Briefing

China’s make-or-break year for food safety reform

We are now in the third month of what could be a landmark year for food safety in China. 

Ferrero plans first factory in ‘strategic’ Chinese market

Ferrero plans to manufacture in China to heap further pressure on chocolate market leader Mars.

APIs in banned sex supplements sold openly online says regulator

Tests show Viagra and Cialis APIs present in over 100 brands of bogus ‘sexual enhancement’ pill.

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Ecolab positive over China’s food safety progress

China is making progress as it sets out to improve its failing food safety record, according to hygiene services major Ecolab.

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ConsumerLab takes its ingredient safety reports to China

ConsumerLab.com (CL) has launched a Chinese-language service, cn.ConsumerLab.com, to help consumers in China evaluate the safety of food products.

Lutein/zeaxanthin may boost retinal sensitivity for people with early AMD: Long-term study

Two years of supplementation with lutein and zeaxanthin may boost macular pigment optical density (MPOD) and retinal sensitivity in people with early age-related macular degeneration (AMD), says a new study.