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Kiwi whole milk powder prices buoyed by reduced Chinese stocks

New Zealand whole milk powder prices increased by 7% in May over the corresponding period last year, driven by decreased supply and increased export demand from China. 

China calls for lower meat consumption

Chinese people need to eat less red meat, a leading Chinese government health agency has recommended in a landmark review of the country’s eating habits.

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Cash in one’s chips: The humble potato’s new Asian markets

Potatoes: like dairy not the first global staple you think of when it comes to Asia, but that doesn’t mean to say that there isn’t a growing market for spud-based...

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Chinese pork prices surpass five-year peak

Pork prices in China increased by 48% April over the same month last year, according to commodities analyst Mintec. 

DSM to expand hydrocolloids business in China

Ingredients supplier DSM is planning two major plant expansions in China to boost its gellan gum and pectin capacities. 

Chinese consumers getting healthier as appetite for Western QSR drops

Chinese consumers appear to be falling out of love with Western fast food after a McKinsey & Company survey revealed a significant drop in customers between 2012 and 2015.

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China slams reports that companies are selling human flesh to Africa

Chinese food companies have not been selling human meat as food in Africa, according to a top government official who dismissed Zambian media claims as “malicious slandering and vilification”.

China to pump $100m into Russian rabbit complex

JSC International Rabbit Company and China Nuclear Industry 23 Construction Co are to join forces to build Russia’s largest rabbit meat complex. 

Food safety concerns raised in market access spat

China’s WH Group's progress has stalled in its home market, despite international successes, due to the country's tough approach to food safety.

The continuing rise of China’s vitamin A prices

China’s vitamin A manufacturers got a further boost after Zhejiang NHU, one of the country’s production giants, once again raised its sales price for the vitamin. 

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Usana’s China operation given permits for direct selling expansion

Global nutrition company Usana Health Sciences has received approval for its China subsidiary to expand its direct selling operation to eight more provinces and municipalities within the country.

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Top official gets tough on food safety during inspection tour

One of China’s most senior legislators has called on companies to follow food safety regulations, while also instructing government officials to deal harshly with transgressions.

Investor takes Cyanotech to task over astaxanthin supply

An investment firm that now owns almost 13% of the stock of Cyanotech is announcing an effort to push the company to speed up the process of bringing additional astaxanthin supply...

Miratorg eyes on-trade expansion with meat supplies to McDonald’s in China

Russian agricultural holding Miratorg is hoping to start supplying meat to McDonald’s outlets in China, according to CEO Viktor Linnik, who added that this could be an important part of...

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Beijing releases reserve pork

Chinese news agency Xinhua revealed that Beijing has released 3.05 million kilograms (kg) from its frozen pork reserves into the market in an effort to ease pork supply pressure and...

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Chinese scallop prices soar after EU lifts import ban

News that the European Union has ended a 19-year ban on imported Chinese scallops buoyed prices by 23% in April.

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KFC follows up robot store concept with finger lickin’ nail polish

KFC has been on an innovation offensive in greater China over the last couple of weeks. After news emerged that its concept store in Shanghai was staffed by voice-activated robots,...

HK scientists find probiotic mix's benefits in liver cancer treatment

Hong Kong researchers have developed a novel probiotic mixture that may have potential therapeutic effects on liver cancer.

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Adam Equipment targets Asian lab balance market

Adam Equipment has targeted exhibitions in Asia to meet existing distributors and understand the markets better.

New corn policy could prompt shift in Chinese agri-production

By cancelling the corn temporary purchase and storage policy after eight years, Chinese authorities may have precipitated a seismic shift in the country’s corn and its deep-processing industries through this...

Aussie winery finds success from ‘cellar door’ sales approach in China

Establishing cellar doors in China to provide a winery experience directly to consumers is proving a successful formula for a South Australian wine company.

China’s pork imports booming

China’s pork imports more than doubled in March 2016 as environmental regulation slammed the brakes on domestic production for the country’s largest producers.

China's youth obesity prevalence grows from 0.03% to 17.2% in 30 years

China is paying the price of adopting a western lifestyle with soaring childhood obesity, according to a 29-year study of nearly 28,000 children and adolescents. 

Cambodia’s first abattoir readying the starter’s gun

Cambodian meat distributor SLN Meat Supply Pty has told GlobalMeatNews it will start operating a major industrial slaughterhouse this summer.

How to shut down the illicit ginkgo trade

Research into the adulteration and poor manufacturing practices of ginkgo products has highlighted the need to reign in unregistered food supplements containing the botanical. 

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