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Consumers ‘leanwashed’ by belief that exercise is key to weight loss

Food companies are responsible for “leanwashing” consumers by persuading them that a lack of exercise, rather than an unhealthy diet, is the primary cause of obesity, a Hong Kong-based researcher...

AB InBev to sell SABMiller’s stake in Snow to China Resources Beer

Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev) has agreed to sell SABMiller’s stake in China Resources Snow Breweries (CR Snow), the company behind the Snow beer brand, to China Resources Beer.

Cash available for NZ-China dairy research

New Zealand Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce has announced a call for proposals for three multi-institution New Zealand-China Research Collaboration Centres to be supported as part of the new...

Chinese authorities split over antibiotic overuse

China’s top regulator for food safety has said overuse of antibiotics is a “prominent problem” for the country’s meat industry and has called for agriculture and meat processors to do...

News in brief

Korea to ramp up food exports in wake of FTA with China

South Korea’s government will provide more support to farmers and food manufacturers to achieve its goal of exporting US$8.1bn in food and agriculture products this year.

Hong Kong gets a taste of Northern Ireland

Hong Kong and Macau are the latest destinations to have been added to Hannan Meats’ growing portfolio of international markets. 

Veolia to build two waste water treatment plants in China

Veolia Water Technologies has won a contract with Bacchus to design and build two wastewater treatment plants in Tianjin and Chengdu, China.

HK study casts doubt on safety of vitamin C for liver cancer patients

Taking high doses of vitamin supplements could hasten the development of cancer, according to researchers in Hong Kong who found that antioxidants can speed up the growth of malignant cells....

China’s meat firms invest in pig herd growth

Nearly 25 million pigs will be added to China’s herd between 2015 and 2018 by a handful of leading companies in investments worth RMB70 billion ($10.74bn).

China losing taste for salt, though average intake is still sky high

While China’s salt intake dropped by over one-fifth in a decade, it is still one of the world’s heaviest consumers, according to a Unicef-backed study that also found the country’s...

Nestlé results show Maggi incident still hurts

Nestlé’s still suffering from its Indian Maggi noodle recall and has lost touch with the Chinese consumer, hitting growth for the global food and drink manufacturer, according to market analysts....

Kombucha market to grow 25% each year to 2020

The kombucha market is poised for huge growth by 2020, growing 25% each year, according to a report from MarketsandMarkets.

Exclusive interview with DSM president André Bos

Made in China: DSM talks vitamin C price pressures

Increasingly strict environmental rules and rising manufacturing wages in China coupled with declining prices is sending ripples across the vitamin and mineral industry. We ask the president of Dutch multinational...

Feature

Seaweed: An ocean of opportunity

Overlooked for so long, seaweed is finally becoming big business.

Russia creates pork hub to target China

Two Russian companies plan to create a pig breeding cluster in the far east of the country within the next five years, designed to have a capacity for 1.2 million...

China’s massive foodservice industry drives global disposables growth

Asia-Pacific will outpace overall growth in the global foodservice disposables market, according to Technavio’s latest report on the segment.

Meat firms should target China’s tourists

Hotel chains like Hilton, InterContinental and Sheraton and airlines like Air Asia, Air China and Cathay Pacific have been busy expanding their operations in China to capture the rise in...

Asia-Pacific catching up fast on new supplement launches

Emerging markets have been witnessing rising demand for dietary supplements as increasing disposable incomes and a desire to take on elements of a more Western lifestyle have become apparent. 

Traders pound USANA's stock over slowdown in China sales

USANA Health Sciences reported $232.6 million in net sales in its fourth quarter, a 2.1% year-over-year increase. That amounted to $1.83 in earnings per share, but these figures disappointed analysts,...

China’s first welfare code for feed lots, slaughterhouses due in June

China will have its first draft animal husbandry and slaughtering standards code by June, according to the Chinese Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA), which is working with 30 domestic livestock breeding...

Bucha wants to bridge sweet fizzy beverage drinkers to kombucha

Washington-based American Brewing Company started with beer and expanded its product line to include kombucha. Its brand, Bucha, has been credited as one of the fastest growing breakout brands in...

News in brief

Ingredion makes acquisition to develop Chinese starch business

Ingredion has signed an agreement to buy Shandong Huanong Speciality Corn Development Co. to expand its speciality starch business in the Far East.

China

Authorities outline plans to boost sustainable farming

Beijing has released a policy document to show how state authorities aim to encourage sustainability in agriculture through improved efficiency and environmental protection.

China direct

Court rules six-winged chicken posts harmed KFC’s reputation

Three companies have been ordered to pay 600,000 yuan (US$91,200) to KFC for using social media to spread false rumours about the international fast-food chain in China.

Syngenta supports $43bn sale to ChemChina

Syngenta announced Wednesday that it is in favor of a $43bn purchase offer from ChemChina.

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