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One in five Beijingers is obese

One in five Beijingers is obese

Hershey bets big on China’s e-commerce boom

Hershey has earmarked China’s thriving e-commerce channel as a future growth driver despite setbacks in the country’s overall confectionery market.

China, India, Brazil and South East Asia in high spirits for liquor, says spiritsEUROPE

Growth for spirits lies in export markets such as China, India, Brazil and South East Asia as EU consumption slumps, says trade association spiritsEUROPE.

Safety and higher milk yields the aim of new animal nutrition R&D complex in China: Cargill

US agribusiness giant, Cargill, has opened an animal nutrition technology application center (TAC) in Hebei, China, which it said incurred an investment of $6.2 million

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FTA will have bigger benefit for China than Australia, critics say

FTA will have bigger benefit for China than Australia, critics say

China will account for nearly 40% of all food processing machinery by 2019

Global demand for food processing machinery will rise by 7.6% per annum to $73bn in 2019, according to The Freedonia Group industry research firm.

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China to bolster regulations after spate of substandard imports

China to bolster import regulations after spate of substandard imports

Chinese dairy giant Yili in Europe on 'world benchmarking tour'

Executives from Chinese largest dairy Yili travelled to Europe this month as part of a "world benchmarking tour."

EVT launches 3D Robotguidance for gingerbread

‘China is still one of the biggest markets for vision systems’

China is still one of the biggest markets for vision systems, says EVT (Eye Vision Technology) as it launches the EyeScan 3D for its image processing software.


Police ramp up operations to tackle smuggled meat mobs

Chinese police have detained 17 people after they foiled a gang that had been smuggling beef from Japan.

Benecol enters China

Finnish food-agriculture giant Raisio has launched its cholesterol-lowering, plant stanol-based Benecol brand in China in a powder form via mostly medical channels in its big coastal cities.

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Nestlé strengthens Chinese ice cream business with $16m investment

Nestle has moved to strengthen its Chinese ice cream business with investments totalling RMB100m (US$16m) at its plants in Tianjin and Guangzhou. 

General Mills launches Yoplait brand in yogurt-hungry China

General Mills has launched the Yoplait yogurt brand in China - a move described as a "major milestone" for the US food giant.

Kaneka loses CoQ10 infringement case; ordered to pay €80,000

Global CoQ10 leader Kaneka has lost a longrunning patent infringement case against French and Chinese suppliers and ordered to pay €80,000 in damages by a French appeals court.

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$50m donated to boost productivity in emerging countries

China donates US$50m to develop food supplies in emerging countries


Nestlé: China’s children are lacking a balanced diet

A lack of dietary variety is creating nutritional imbalances in a large number of young children in urban China, a Nestlé-sponsored study suggests.

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Xi orders greater vigilance over public safety


China now world’s second most obese nation

Now with one in every four people in the country being overweight, China has placed second in the list of countries with the largest number of obese inhabitants, leading analysts...

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UC Davis signs deal to establish Chinese food safety center

The University of California Davis (UC Davis) has signed an agreement with officials from a Chinese city to coordinate research and training activities in food safety.


Party over for infant formula firms as China’s remarkable demand slows

The “easy money has been made” for Chinese and international infant formula companies as they prepare for the rush for powdered baby food to tail off over the next five...

Indian dairy Amul to offer cooperative expertise to Mongolia

Indian dairy giant Amul has partnered with the Mongolian Institute of Technology to help develop an "effective milk procurement system" in the country.

Leading emerging countries match poor nutrition patterns of the West

For consumers in newly wealthy countries like China and South Korea, nutrition is not improving at anywhere near the pace their nations’ economies are growing, a leading think tank believes. ...


Can China’s new farm strategies boost food and nutrition security?

China will only manage to feed itself if its policymakers continue to shift their ideals from self sufficiency towards a heavier reliance on international trade and stronger property rights for...

Bumper Chinese maize crop to have 'bearish' impact on global feed grain market

Chinese imports of maize are expected to be cut from three to two million tons in 2015/16, reports the grain market analysis division of a UK agriculture research agency.

Chinese team show potential of curcumin for E. coli control in pigs

A new study shows curcumin is effective in improving the immune status of weaned piglets, and could be part of a producer’s toolbox in a shift away from antibiotics.

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