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General Mills spends big on Asian product development

In a move to channel more investment into its growing Chinese market, food major General Mills has opened its first major technical centre outside of its Minneapolis headquarters. 

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China to champion food safety liability insurance

China’ s Food and Drug Administration has revealed that it is working on a food-safety liability insurance programme in high-risk industries, such as those involving dairy and meat products.

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Cash for Ash: Coke offers Chinese workers 'environmental hardship allowance'

Coke is offering an 'environmental hardship allowance' to staff in China as it tries to attract and retain talent, the Times of India reports.

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Abbott and Fonterra to join forces in widespread China expansion

A US-based infant formula major and New Zealand’s biggest exporter have joined forces to build up to five dairy farms in China to secure supply for China’s newfound voracious appetite...

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New draft law is a step in the right direction for supps exporters

A recent draft reform of China’s Food Safety Law, which is now available for public comment, is a great improvement for supplements exporters who have been increasingly frustrated at the...

Australia

SWOT analysis exposes Asian opportunities for Australian exporters

The Australian Food and Grocery Council has published a series of reports that it hopes will deepen the manufactured food industry’s understanding of the opportunities that exist within Asia....

Want Want China to add some 50 products to its snack line in 2014

Chinese snack titan Want Want will extend its product line this year after strengthening its position in China.

Norovirus risk from Chinese strawberries warning

Strawberries from China will be subject to stiffer checks for norovirus and hepatitis A at EU borders, following an alert about contaminated produce from the EU's Rapid Alert System for...

Asian investors plough $106m into ambitious Chinese dairy Huaxia

A coalition of Asian investors is ploughing US$106m (€77.7m) in to Huaxia Dairy Farm to fund an expansion of the Chinese company's farming and processing operations.

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China leads world beef market’s return to better days

Chinese beef import volumes remain historically high, but still a long way behind last year’s stratospheric growth.

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After much waiting, China establishes long-chain omega 3 guidelines

China has finally published official dietary reference intakes (DRIs) for EPA and DHA omega 3 fatty acids—a move that is expected to help thousands of its consumers who are at...

Chinese organic dairy Shengmu launches expansion-driven IPO

Shengmu Organic, China's largest organic dairy player, is seeking to raise up to HK$1.3bn (US$169m, €124m) through an initial public offering (IPO) of shares in Hong Kong.

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Low margins put off leading wine brokers despite boom in imports

Although China wine market has been booming for some time, the low prices charged by online importers means few leading brokers and retailers have been tempted to enter the business.

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Bright Food eager to snap up more big international acquisitions

Unbowed by the decision by credit agency Moody’s to downgrade its outlook last month to “negative” following the recent near-billion-dollar Tnuva buy-in, Bright Food is now said to be looking...

China Meat Association outlines state of industry to Congress

The pace of change in the Chinese meat industry is rapid, with both demand and prices up, and modernisation continuing apace, the president of the China Meat Association told delegates...

Australia-China

Scientists link poor nutrition with chronic diseases for first time

International research involving the University of Adelaide has shown for the first time that poor nutrition, including a lack of fruit, vegetables and whole grains, is associated with the development...

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Ammeraal Beltech opens China facility

Ammeraal Beltech has opened a manufacturing facility in China. 

2014 SPECIAL EDITION: DAIRY PRODUCT QUALITY TESTING

Fonterra never checked Sanlu's dairy products prior to deadly China melamine crisis, study warns

Decentralized milk supply chains were largely to blame for the melamine scandal that bankrupted China’s Sanlu in 2008, but its partner Fonterra's experience ‘did not appear helpful’ in stopping deadly...

Chinese xanthan gum prices hit all time low

Xanthan prices continue to be very competitive, guar prices remain steady and cassia prices have escalated owing to a reduced crop in India, according to a hydrocolloids analyst.

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Nestlé opens third China R&D centre

Nestlé has officially inaugurated its latest Chinese research and development facility, in Dongguan, Guangdong province.

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Walmart to triple spending on food safety in China

Walmart China will significantly increase its investment in food safety to more than RMB300m (US$48m) between 2013 and 2015. Previously, the retailer had announced investments of RMB100m for the same...

A metropolitan detox: Broccoli could be 'frugal, simple and safe' way of reducing risks of air pollution

Daily consumption of half a cup of a broccoli sprout beverage increased participants' ability to excrete the carcinogen benzene and lung irritant acrolein, according to research in China.

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China honoured for halving its hungry in less than 25 years

China was one of the countries honoured this week by the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organisation for having halved the proportion of its hungry citizens since 1990.

Asia-Pacific

New trends report highlights differences in food habits across Apac

The way consumers in the Asia Pacific region choose, purchase, prepare and share food experiences is being reshaped this year, according to market research published by public relations agency Weber...

US university creates curriculum for Nestlé training center in China

The University of Wisconsin-Madison, US, will develop the curriculum for a $400m Nestlé dairy training center in China.