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Craft-beer start-up has eyes on expansion from Adelaide to Asia

A home-delivery craft-beer service is helping put independent brews in the hands of ale lovers around Australia.

Mintel report shows Chinese energy drink consumption increased by 25%, four times more than the US

A new Mintel report shows that Chinese consumers drank an additional 545m liters of sports drinks in 2015 compared to the previous year, a 25% volume growth.

DKSH acquires China e-commerce distributor eSweets

Market expansion firm DKSH has acquired a majority stake in online premium confectionery distributor Shanghai Sweets International (eSweets).

Ireland making headway on China beef deal

The Republic of Ireland has welcomed “very positive” talks and “constructive engagement” with China over plans to open the market for beef exports.

Revealed: How Traditional Chinese Medicine plant compounds kill cancer cells

A complex mix of plant compounds derived from Traditional Chinese Medicine works to kill cancer cells, and researchers from Australia have shown how.

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Market update: Edible oils in China

Edible oil consumption has increased in China at a compound rate of over 15% since 2005, according to a new report on the market. 

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China ramps up inspections of regional food safety authorities

Beijing will send inspectors to provincial governments to review their food safety records as part of a wide-reaching annual assessment of progress.

Answer on the way for Chinese investigation of US DDGS?

An ongoing anti-dumping and countervailing duty probe into the US DDGS exports by the Chinese may soon produce a preliminary response.

China direct

Hongkongers warned to avoid unhealthy mooncakes

Hong Kong authorities have warned the public against buying mooncakes with high levels of sugar, fat and sodium ahead of the Mid-Autumn festival later this month.

Chinese craft breweries look to Australia for premium water supply

Chinese brewers have been courting a water producer from Australia in a bid to create tastier craft beers.

UK-China probiotics centre plans GM research

The UK-China Joint Centre for Probiotics Research is focusing on specific probiotic applications, and plans to use GM techniques to engineer highly targeted microorganisms to fight specific pathogens.

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Markets update: Chinese garlic prices remain firm as yields decline

Chinese garlic prices continue to remain high, up 30% since the start of the year due to a decline in yields. 

ADB agrees loan intended to boost China’s domestic milk supply

The Asian Development Bank has issued a US$125m loan to Inner Mongolia Saikexing Breeding and Biotechnology Group to and expand the domestic supply of milk in China.

Alkaline water brand could increase health benefits of milk powder

High-quality drinking water from Australia is being touted as a perfect companion product to help quench China’s thirst for “clean and green” infant milk powder.

Special edition: Animal husbandry: genetics, nutrition and management link

Consolidation, genetics and nutrition improved the Chinese dairy industry, is the focus now on beef?

A focus on improving genetics and nutrition has grown the dairy industry in China, but efforts have lagged in beef production, says expert.

WutsupBaby’s line of infant and quinoa toddler cereals to cross the Pacific

Quinoa is what’s up in WutsupBaby’s line of infant and toddler cereals. It has won over East Asian consumers, reflected by its 10% revenue increase in the past 10 months....

China aids exports to Iraq

One of America’s biggest poultry firms has secured exports to Iraq – thanks to help from China. 

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Fonterra cuts time to get UHT products to China by two-thirds

Fonterra’s project to align and enhance its supply chain from New Zealand to mainland China has seen a reduction in the time it takes to get UHT products to market...

Yili and SIG Combibloc launch yogurt drink with juice balls that explode in your mouth

Yili has partnered with SIG Combibloc to launch two Baoquzhu UHT yogurt drinks, packed in CombiblocSmall 250ml.

Asian food and beverage margins at risk due to rising sugar prices

Asian sugar production is expected to see its first deficit in over five years after a drought last year prompted by El Niño-induced pulled output down to a five-year low,...

Chinese beef acquisitions in Uruguay as Beijing dangles free trade deal

The purchase of a Uruguayan beef processor by a giant Chinese industrial conglomerate looks well-timed as China dangles the prospect of a free trade deal before the Latin American nation. ...

China direct

China’s Cofco shores up second European agribusiness deal this year

Plus: ADB agrees loan intended to boost China’s domestic milk supply; and Chinese garlic prices remain firm as yields decline.

Quality quest: China interested in ‘clean’ aspect of Australian feed barley

China is showing increased interest in Australian feed barley as buyers seek out clean, disease-free grains, according to an industry expert.

China probes Jiangxi-reared pigs after Hong Kong steroid detection

Investigations into the health of pigs exported from Jiangxi are underway after Chinese authorities blocked trade following a warning from Hong Kong’s Food and Environmental Hygiene Department (FEHD). 

Infant formula sales slump at Biostime but firm bullish over future growth

Sales at Chinese infant nutrition firm Biostime dropped by 14% in the first half of 2016 to RMB1.46bn (US$220m), with the Biostime brand – which accounts for 86% of the...

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