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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. 

China lifts temporary ban on British cheese exports

The UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has welcomed China's decision to lift the temporary ban applied to British cheese exports.

Mongolian dairy probiotics may alleviate allergies: Mouse study

Probiotics isolated from Mongolian dairy products could alleviate allergy symptoms through intestinal immunity and helper cell balance, research using mice has suggested.

Soapbox

Light at the end of the tunnel for China supplement importers

The regulatory management of China’s dietary supplement industry has always been a controversial issue, especially over the last six years. 

China

China can’t get enough of Australia’s organic produce

Plagued by food contamination scandals and environmental issues, the Chinese middle class is now more eager on certified organic food imports.

Soapbox

Why didn't Sir Alex Ferguson shift his Bordeaux at big-bottle auction?

As Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson auctioned part of his fine wine collection through Christie’s in Hong Kong last weekend, the absence of his sizeable Bordeaux stock was especially...

Anti-extravagance and acquisitions in Asia rock global spirits market

Asia’s role in the global spirits market has surprised analysts over in recent months, with moves to curb extravagance in China, Suntory’s acquisition of Beam in January and Emperador’s winning...

China cuts number of permitted imported infant formula brands to less than 100

Just 94 foreign infant formula brands have so far been given approval for sale in China under new regulations - down from reportedly more than 800.

One-third of Chinese infant formula production permits not renewed: SFDA

Production permits held by more than one third of China's infant formula manufacturers have not been renewed, following a six-month campaign to boost the standard of domestically-made products.

Agriculture

FAO and partners unlock carbon finance for herders and grazers

Poor land management has left large swathes of the world's grasslands degraded—an environmental problem with direct implications for livestock-dependent communities. However, a project has now succeeded in developing a means...

China

US supplements economy loses $8bn due to Great Wall of Regulations

The United States alone stands to lose over US$8bn in dietary supplement exports to China as a result of the burgeoning market’s onerous regulatory environment.

Comment

China is missing a trick by regulating midsize firms out of the market

Pacing through the hall of last week’s Fi Asia-Vietnam trade show in Saigon, something seemed very different. 

Bright Food to acquire controlling stake in Israeli dairy Tnuva

Chinese dairy giant Bright Food looks set continue its international expansion after agreeing to acquire a controlling stake in Israel’s largest dairy, Tnuva Foods.

Chinese UK cheese export ban will be 'lifted soon': Defra

Two weeks into a Chinese suspension of British cheese exports, the UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has little to say on the issue but believes the...

Analysis

Australian wine exporters really need to up their game in Asia-Pacific

The recent trade spat between Indonesia and Australia, which comes on the back of the southeast Asian nation’s objection towards its southern neighbour’s move to implement plain packaging of cigarettes,...

US ice cream firm voices 'disappointment' in China dairy export support

Ice cream manufacturer High Road has expressed its "utter disappointment" in a US system designed to help dairies in the country meet new Chinese export rules.

RPC to acquire ACE in China

RPC Group will acquire ACE Corporation Holdings Limited for $301m, with the deal expected to be complete by June 2014.

News in brief

Denmark and China sign food safety MOU

The Technical University of Denmark (DTU) and the China National Center for Food Safety Risk Assessment (CFSA) have signed a memorandum of understanding around food safety.

Digging into innovation & NPD with Datamonitor consumer

Black cereal: How to make a splash in China

Black ingredients are considered healthier in China and black breakfast cereals are making a debut splash in the market; a trend Western companies should take note of, says a Datamonitor...

China slaps temporary ban on British cheese imports

China has slapped a temporary ban on the import of British cheese after health officials from the country identified several hygiene issues at a single UK dairy.

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AFA to expand in China amid increased foreign competition

AFA Systems whose clients include Kellogg’s, ConAgra Foods, Kraft Foods and Nestle is looking to expand in China.

In pics: FAO recognises traditional farming in China, Korea and Iran

Six traditional farming systems in China, Iran and South Korea known for their unique characteristics and approaches to sustainability have been designated Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems (GIAHS) by the...

China faces growing beef shortages in spite of government efforts

Faced with a long-term decline in cattle stock and a widening gap in productivity compared to other producing countries, the Chinese beef industry is having a difficult time catching up...

News in brief

China poised to be world’s second biggest processing tomato producer

China is quickly gaining on Italy as the world’s second-largest tomato producer for processing, while California leads the way at number one.

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