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HK consumer survey finds sizeable sugar rush in traditional desserts

The amount of sugar in a small bowl of sweet soup in Hong Kong should not be under-estimated, according to tests conducted by the region’s Consumer Council and the Centre...

China's food sector: Is there room left for the little guys?

China may have opened up its economy even more in the last several years but it's not as if the floodgates are wide apart. Much of this "openness" is actually...

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China proposes tougher penalties in food safety law draft

Chinese officials have published a draft revision to food safety laws that stipulate stricter online food sale rules and stiffer punishments.

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Starbucks appoints insider as new China chief

Starbucks China has promoted Belinda Wong to chief executive as the company prepares to double its store count by 2021. 

Agilent launches application kit to screen for veterinary drugs

Agilent Technologies has launched an application kit to screen for 189 veterinary drugs regulated by the Chinese Ministry of Agriculture.

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Walmart invests in Chinese e-commerce with $50m New Dada deal

The world’s biggest retailer will make a US$50m strategic investment in New Dada, China’s largest local on-demand logistics and grocery e-commerce platform

IBM and Walmart use blockchain technology to track China’s pork

US technology and retail giants IBM and Walmart, alongside Beijing’s Tsinghua University, will put Chinese pork on a blockchain in a move to bolster food safety and traceability. 

IBM and Walmart to boost traceability with blockchain

IBM, Walmart and Tsinghua University are to work together on a 16-week project to improve the way food is tracked, transported and sold to consumers across China.

China does best at reducing Asian hunger; India and Pakistan languish

China has the lowest level of malnourishment of all Asian developing countries, while only three nations are hungrier than India, according to the latest Global Hunger Index report, which put...

‘Exceptional growth’ in Australian wine exports to China

China becomes top wine export market for Australia

China has become the top market for Australian wine exports (by value), thanks to the middle class’ increased interest in wine and the benefits of the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement. ...

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China and Europe increasingly working together on food safety – EFSA

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and the China National Centre for Food Safety Risk Assessment (CFSA) are to sign an agreement on food safety next month.

Brazil’s BRF to invest $20m in China’s Cofco Meat

Brazilian meatpacker BRF SA – one of the country’s largest food processors – has agreed to invest $20m in China’s pork company Cofco Meat Holdings and form a strategic partnership.

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Efsa prepares to announce China collaboration

The European Union’s food-safety watchdog is expected to formalise its relationship with its Chinese counterpart in November.

Hong Kong still prosecuting only very few food safety complaints

Fewer than 3% of complaints against Hong Kong food vendors have end in prosecution this year, at a time when reports of food-safety violations are increasing.

Academic puts China’s economic cost of ignoring food safety at $750m

A leading academic has put a cash value on the economic costs China will face this year through food-safety issues in agriculture.

Government trawlers help Chinese firms to enter omega-3 krill market

As global krill oil major Aker Biomarine awaits regulatory approval for its new Superba 2 product line in China, increased consumer demand for omega-3s is bringing increasingly more local suppliers...

Atria hails ‘huge opportunity’ with China

Finnish meat processor Atria has unlocked China’s pork market and hopes to export pig meat to one of the world’s most coveted, cash-rich markets by 2017.

Cofco institute partners with Australian food innovation centre

Monash University has struck an agreement with the Nutrition and Health Research Institute in Beijing that will pool technical resources, market intelligence, regulatory command and delivery platforms between Australia and...

Academic puts China’s economic cost of ignoring food safety at $750m

A leading academic has put a cash value on the economic costs China will face this year through food-safety issues in agriculture.

China issues disease warning to Australia

A stern warning over disease control has come from an inspection boss at one of the largest ports on China’s east coast, which is ramping up preparations for importing live...

Aker files patent suit against new Chinese krill oil competitor

Litigation in the krill sphere continues to proliferate, with a new suit from Aker BioMarine against Chinese firm Luhua BioMarine. 

Fast growth for Chinese functional drinks, but still a long way to go

Functional drinks sales in China have seen growth far in excess of the wider soft drinks industry over the last five years.

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Market update: Fishmeal prices fall as season end nears

Chinese fishmeal prices have fallen by 9% in the last month due to a decline in domestic demand as the summer season for aquaculture approaches an end. 

China’s restaurant chains show good revenues in growing market

China’s organised food-service industry has been growing at a rate of over 11% over the last two years and was worth more than RMB3.2bn (US$480m) in 2015.

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Shanghai gets tough with lifetime bans for food-safety violators

Shanghai has announced it will hand out new penalties to food-safety violators, with some crimes even leading to life bands from the food industry.

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