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China seemingly backtracks on tougher e-commerce rules providing a boost to supplement and food firms

China’s Commerce Ministry appears to have halted plans for more stringent cross border e-commerce rules, meaning many goods will still be regarded as personal trade, rather than for commercial distribution. ...

US-China trade war threat analysed

The threat of a trade war between two of the world’s most powerful countries China and the United States is low, but analysts warn it could dramatically damage pork trade....

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ADM to ramp up feed production with new production lines across China

Two new feed production lines will bolster Archer Daniels Midland’s China footprint at a time when demand for protein is growing rapidly.

China could retaliate to US posturing as trade crisis brews

A trade dispute hovering between China and America has the potential to become a fully fledged trade war, especially while western trade ministers grapple to find ways to ward off...

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Selling mandarins to the Chinese: Israeli growers target Far East

Israel is set to tap into the world’s biggest citrus grower’s own market with the Jaffa Orri, a new brand in the Jaffa family, at a time when China is...

Sweet potato and weight loss: Food firms urged to exploit 'new business opportunities'

Sweet potato supplementation significantly reduced obesity caused by a high-fat diet and also had beneficial effects on liver and kidney functions, a new China study showed.

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Shanghai tackles food safety with live-streaming app for kitchens

Customers can now watch how dishes are prepared and cooked in the kitchens of thousands of restaurants in Shanghai, as a citywide programme to install a surveillance system continues to...

China’s hunger for Brazilian beef eases drop

Early trade figures for the start of the year indicate Brazil’s top beef markets, Hong Kong and China, eased the burden of falling sales over January and February.

Ingredients firm to build massive animal feed factory in China

Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) Company is targeting Chinese growth with plans to build a new animal feed factory in central China and add aquaculture production lines to another factory in...

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Pork over-capacity making things too uncertain for Smithfield growth

Over-capacity in the world’s biggest pork market has prompted the chief executive of WH Group to exercise caution over expanding its Smithfield’s pork processing operation in China.

Why schizophrenia may be the leading health consequence of the Great China famine

A new systematic re-analysis of prenatal exposure to the Great Chinese Famine of 1959-61 suggests that schizophrenia may have been the leading health consequence.

Gluts, shortages and looming penalties: China’s carbohydrates markets

China’s sweeteners market has seen great disruption recently, at a time when environmental policies have been limiting production.

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Chinese meat major refocuses on established markets from emerging ones

New Hope is anticipating a fourfold rise in business after announcing plans to expand into new established markets as part of China’s “Belt and Road” initiative to promote exports.

PureCircle cleared of 'forced prison labour' accusations

Stevia maker PureCircle today (Tuesday) said it would “leave all the options open” as to whether it would seek compensation after it was “cleared” following a dispute with the US...

‘It’s been a great year for beer exports, but we can certainly do more’: BBPA

British beer exports to China up 500%

British beer exports to China have increased by 500%, according to figures published by HMRC, while beer exports overall rose by 6% in 2016.

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China’s food-safety watchdog chief: ‘We could do better’

China’s food regulator has acknowledged that it still faces severe challenges in maintaining food safety, even though it has seen improvements in recent years.

More than 30% of calcium intake for Chinese pregnant women coming from supplements or fortified foods

Calcium tops the list of minerals consumed by pregnant Chinese women via supplements and fortified foods, followed by Zinc and then Iron.

Cathay Pacific introduces craft beer best drunk at 35,000ft

Airline Cathay Pacific has launched Betsy Beer, the ‘world’s first' hand-crafted bottled beer’ that has been brewed with consumption at 35,000ft in mind. 

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Slingsby Gin gains recognition in China

Slingsby Navy Strength Gin distributed by Spirit of Harrogate has been recognized by the China Wine & Spirits Awards (CWSA) for Best Value 2017.

Baby water boom? This could be the next untapped market for firms in China’s infant nutrition space

There are “huge opportunities” for sales of baby water products to soar in China, with consumers extremely concerned about mixing infant formula with polluted tap water, analysts say.

Shanghai to test officials and food staff to hammer home new laws

Food safety officials and industry staff in China’s commercial capital will start being tested on new food safety laws, according to officials from the Shanghai Food and Drug Administration.

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Death by 1,000 regulations: China’s policy of legislative attrition

China accession to the WTO was granted in 2001 and built on the foundations of the previous generation's great sacrifice during the industrial and agricultural revolutions, and the great economic...

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Dairy firms missing out on retail as China's cheese market booms

China’s cheese manufacturers are missing out on an important market segment as they vie for position in a lightning-fast cheese market. 

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Analyst: Chinese vit. A prices doubled last year and will remain high

A tripling of the price of vitamin A in China in early 2016 led an overall increase of almost 99% for the year.

Nutraceutical benefits of Chinese artichoke underlined for people with diabetes and CVD

The nutraceutical and health benefits of Chinese artichoke have been emphasised by new research, which for the first time highlighted nine compounds with important biological activities.

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