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'Barrels are bullshit' says next-gen Aussie cooper with eyes on Asia

While wine barrel innovator Flexcube is targeting New World wineries in the Americas for half of its international sales, the Australian company has not forgotten about vineyards across the Asia-Pacific...

Heavy metals from China's farmland put consumers in Australia at risk

The risk of consuming harmful heavy metals by eating produce from China’s heavily polluted farmland is now so great that one Australian industry body has warned a parliamentary inquiry due...

China to keep up high grain production tempo

China will continue to maintain a high rate of self-sufficiency in major grain output in order to achieve its food security target over the next decade, according to an official...

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DPHP found in tubed drinking glasses

Drinking straws shaped as glasses have been recalled in more than 20 countries including Ireland because Di(2-Propyl Heptyl) phthalate (DPHP) was detected.

Pollution

China in a battle to save its farmland

Mainland China has a nation-threatening soil pollution problem, with areas equivalent to double the size of Spain covered in polluted soil, a government survey has revealed.

Fake duck blood investigation leads to more Chinese consumer anger

The exposure by a Chinese newspaper of a family-run business that has been selling fake duck blood laced with artificial additives has brought about a fresh wave of concern among...

Malaysian agriculture minister unaware of post-MH370 Chinese boycott

The Malaysian government has agreed to form a special committee to study the economic impact on trade and investment with China following the disappearance of Flight MH370 last month.

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British organic body inks partnership for certified China exports

Britain’s Soil Association Certification and China’s organic certification body, the Organic Food Development Centre (OFDC), have entered into a unique partnership that is hoped makes it cheaper and simpler for...

Fresh from Smithfield buy, WH Group readies for biggest IPO in a year

Chinese pork producer WH Group, which last year bought US pork giant Smithfield Foods, hopes to raise more than US$5bn in what would be the world's biggest initial public offering...

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DSM in negotiations to buy Chinese vitamin C manufacturer

DSM has ended speculation about acquiring Chinese vitamin C supplier Aland by acknowledging it is in talks with the firm, but asserts no deal has been signed.

China driving global beef growth

Market fundamentals remain very positive for the global beef industry, with the Chinese market leading worldwide demand.

M&S to change approach to China by seeking JV partner

Marks & Spencer no longer plans to open wholly owned stores in China, making the British retailer the latest in a long line of international chains to be seeking a...

Heinz updates barcode readers to prevent infant formula export errors

Heinz has installed “advanced” barcode readers at a British infant formula plant to ensure the premium products it manufactures for Chinese consumers aren’t confused with the standard powder destined for the...

'Trade conflict turned business partnership!' China ends EU wine war

China has agreed to end its year-long investigation into subsidies on and alleged dumping of EU wine exports in a move that will relieve France in particular.

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Firmenich bolsters Asia-Pacific presence

Firmenich, the largest privately held flavour and fragrance company, is ramping up its Asia-Pacific presence as it banks on the region’s increasing awareness of health and wellness.

Baby food boom in China is emptying Australian supermarket shelves

Australia’s baby food industry grew by 9% in value in 2013, thanks mainly to growing demand from China’s expanding middle class for safe and quality milk formula, said a new...

US firm hopes deal will open up market for californian wines

VATS the way I like it! Constellation Brands inks China wine deal

Constellation Brands has signed a long-term strategic deal with China’s VATs Liquor to develop the world’s best-selling table wine Robert Mondavi in the country.

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Nestlé S Korean JV approved, opens new Chinese safety centre

The European Commission has approved the creation of a joint-venture between Nestlé and South Korea’s Lotte Group under EU merger regulation. 

Dutch dairy sector has 'a lot of knowledge to share' with China

China and the Netherlands have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) that will see the Asian country glean dairy industry know-how from the likes of FrieslandCampina.

China lagging behind US in terms of sustainable agriculture

The urea input costs per unit of pork production in China is 3.5 times what it is in the US, according to data by Rabobank. 

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FONA opens innovation centre in Guangzhou

Flavours manufacturer FONA International has opened new innovation centre in Guangzhou, China.

NZ Prime Minister has his work cut out in China

New Zealand’s reputation in China as a provider of safe and quality dairy products has taken a heavy blow in recent times, a new consumer confidence survey suggests.

Feature

China’s meat majors focus on convenience as incomes rise

There was a time when convenience for China’s meat-eaters was a bag of frozen pork dumplings. But today the offerings of convenience meat products are exploding across the aisles of...

‘Hedonic Expectations’: How to drive healthy drinks sales in China

The Chinese place more trust in big beverage brands to deliver safe products, link ‘naturalness’ to single-flavor varieties and are increasingly willing to pay more for quality, safety and nutrition.

China needs hybrid imports to support its growing food demand

China’s ability to feed a growing population will depend on how it can drive the development of its hybrid model while ultimately relying on the development of its agricultural system,...

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