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Nestlé lodges patent for lactoferrin diarrhoea supplement

Diarrhoea can be reduced via supplementation with milk protein, lactoferrin, according to a Nestlé patent published this month by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).

Shareholders give go-ahead for Smithfield-Shuanghui deal

By calling it a “great transaction” for shareholders, farmers and agriculture in the United States, Smithfield Foods chief executive Larry Pope couldn’t have been more ebullient now his shareholders have...

China bans import of Australian chilled beef

China has moved to ban the imports of chilled beef from Australia citing food safety concerns, according to media reports in China and Australia. 

China milking global dairy market as supplies falter at home

With dwindling domestic supplies, China’s move to buy up huge quantities of milk from international markets is having a significant impact on buyers in other countries, while also bolstering dairy...

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Cargill opens poultry plant in Anhui

Cargill has opened a new poultry operation in the eastern Chinese province of Anhui that will cover each stage of the poultry supply chain. 

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Prof: 'GI can be more powerful obesity-fighting tool in Asia than the west'

Prebiotics and other fibres have a big role to play in curbing spiraling obesity, diabetic and pre-diabetic rates in emerging economies like India and China, according to one respected nutrition...

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Plunging profits at home are forcing Chinese distillers to look abroad

With domestic sales of alcohol slowing as a result of China’s campaign for frugality, some Chinese beverage companies have been looking overseas to boost their sagging returns. 

Fast food sales continue to decline as Chinese economy slows

Major international fast food brands continue to suffer from declining sales in the Chinese market, with Yum! Brands notably reporting a 10% drop in sales over August. 


Chinese fake seizures prompt Red Bull response

Red Bull insists it watches the Chinese market closely to guard against fakes after authorities arrested 13 people in August and seized thousands of counterfeit energy drinks, as an analyst...

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Forget China, flavour firms should bank on Southeast Asia for growth

Flavouring companies looking to expand across Asia should forget China. That’s the point San-Ei Gen’s David Tan was making as he spoke to FoodNavigator-Asia during Fi Asia-Thailand in Bangkok, adding...

European probiotics start-up making waves in China

Belgian probiotics player Vésale Pharma has made its first steps into the Chinese market with inking a distribution deal in pharma channels.

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'Tesco failed to understand the Chinese consumer'

Tesco’s decision to step back from going it alone in China was because it failed to understand the Chinese consumer and how unsuited they are to its so-called “secret weapon” –...

Nestlé Kit Kat tie-up wires into Chinese Android appetite

This week’s launch of the new Google Android 4.4 Kit Kat and Nestlé’s tie-in chocolate Android robots is a marketing move worth millions and could help the Kit Kat name...

Challenges remain as China's Bright mulls deal with Israel’s Tnuva

Chinese food giant Bright Food Group is poised to begin negotiations for a deal to buy Tnuva Food Industries, Israel’s largest food company. 

Benecol yoghurt’s Hong Kong launch is first step into coveted China

Raisio has just launched its Benecol yogurt drinks line in Hong Kong, its latest push to broaden its reach in the emerging Bric markets. Wing Kee Produce will act as...

China's snack market promise

The Chinese snack market is growing rapidly, says Canadean market research firm with cakes, pastries and sweet pies performing particularly well - but multinationals need to observe local customs.

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15 dead, 26 injured from Shanghai seafood plant ammonia leakage

An ammonia leak over the weekend at a Shanghai seafood refrigeration plant has killed 15 workers and injured 26 others, of which five are critical.

Kiwi officials ramp up charm offensive in wake of Fonterra scare

New Zealand officials have launched a charm offensive on two of the countries where the Fonterra fallout has been most widely felt.

€200m Singapore herb maker defends TCMs amid Chinese contamination busts

The world’s biggest manufacturer of Traditional Chinese Medicines (TCMs) outside of China has defended the quality of the sector as contaminated products continue to raise red flags with regulators in...


Fonterra's problem lies mainly in how it communicates with the Chinese

The longstanding dairy relationship between China and New Zealand ought not to have worked so well, but it has, and will continue to, in spite of two substantial safety scares...

China can't keep up with demand for beef, exporters line up to fillet

Rising incomes, dietary changes and increasing urbanisation are behind China’s newfound appetite for beef, with consumption expected to grow by one-quarter over the next 10 years.

One-third of Chinese faced with excess aluminium consumption

Alum-based baking ingredients are to blame for almost one-third of Chinese people consuming quantities of aluminium above the recommended maximum safe level in their diets, according to new research.

China launches anti-dumping probe into Indian preservative imports

China's Ministry of Commerce will launch an investigation into Indian imports of tert-butylhydroquinone (TBHQ), a preservative that is widely used in the food industry. 

China’s milk formula pilot scheme ignores the real food safety issues

A move by Chinese authorities to begin a pilot scheme that will eventually require all baby formula sold in the country to be distributed by pharmacies or equivalent stores has...

UK busts more contaminated Chinese herbal medicines; ‘We are fed up’ says industry

The UK has issued yet another contamination warning against Traditional Chinese Medicines (TCMs) claiming to treat conditions like menstrual pain and hair loss – leaving the local industry exasperated at...

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