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Baby food boom in China is emptying Australian supermarket shelves

Australia’s baby food industry grew by 9% in value in 2013, thanks mainly to growing demand from China’s expanding middle class for safe and quality milk formula, said a new...

US firm hopes deal will open up market for californian wines

VATS the way I like it! Constellation Brands inks China wine deal

Constellation Brands has signed a long-term strategic deal with China’s VATs Liquor to develop the world’s best-selling table wine Robert Mondavi in the country.

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Nestlé S Korean JV approved, opens new Chinese safety centre

The European Commission has approved the creation of a joint-venture between Nestlé and South Korea’s Lotte Group under EU merger regulation. 

Dutch dairy sector has 'a lot of knowledge to share' with China

China and the Netherlands have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) that will see the Asian country glean dairy industry know-how from the likes of FrieslandCampina.

China lagging behind US in terms of sustainable agriculture

The urea input costs per unit of pork production in China is 3.5 times what it is in the US, according to data by Rabobank. 

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FONA opens innovation centre in Guangzhou

Flavours manufacturer FONA International has opened new innovation centre in Guangzhou, China.

NZ Prime Minister has his work cut out in China

New Zealand’s reputation in China as a provider of safe and quality dairy products has taken a heavy blow in recent times, a new consumer confidence survey suggests.

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China’s meat majors focus on convenience as incomes rise

There was a time when convenience for China’s meat-eaters was a bag of frozen pork dumplings. But today the offerings of convenience meat products are exploding across the aisles of...

‘Hedonic Expectations’: How to drive healthy drinks sales in China

The Chinese place more trust in big beverage brands to deliver safe products, link ‘naturalness’ to single-flavor varieties and are increasingly willing to pay more for quality, safety and nutrition.

China needs hybrid imports to support its growing food demand

China’s ability to feed a growing population will depend on how it can drive the development of its hybrid model while ultimately relying on the development of its agricultural system,...

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Perfetti Van Melle signs Chupa Chups licensing deal in Greater China

Dutch-Italian confectioner Perfetti Van Melle has signed a licensing deal with brand extension agency Beanstalk to growth the strength of its Chupa Chups lollipop brand in Greater China.

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Lifting one child policy could boost whey protein demand: Volac

The infant nutrition sector could become the largest single market for whey protein if China abolishes its one child policy, says Volac.

No GM staple foods approved in China, says agri minister

China has not given any approvals for the commercial production of genetically modified staple foods, the country’s agriculture minister has said.

China’s growing appetite fuelling Australian red meat exports

China’s consumption of lamb and beef has grown explosively over the last 12 months, making it one of Australia’s top red meat markets, an industry official said.

Mead Johnson awaiting conclusion of SEC China 'expenditures' probe

Mead Johnson Nutrition is still waiting for the outcome of a US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) probe that could see it penalized on home soil for alleged promotional payments made by...

China’s food safety lapses create a halal opportunity for Malaysia

China’s food safety issues and the subsequent turn by middle-class consumers towards quality imports have made it a hot market for Malaysia’s halal foods, according to a top Malaysian government...

New bird flu strain poses no threat to poultry populations

Human patients infected with the A(H7N9) strain of avian influenza are not able transmit the virus to animals, including birds, according to the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation....

Something like a phenomenon: Bakery in China

The bakery sector in China is a social phenomenon - considered by many as a trendy, Western sector, says a Shanghai-based consultant.

Two in three Hong Kong nutrition labels breaking guidelines

Nearly two-thirds of nutrition labels on a range of small pre-packaged food and drinks in Hong Kong are breaking trading guidelines by not being easy enough to read.

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Chinese chestnut major buys French company to conquer Europe

One of China’s biggest processed snack and frozen foods companies has acquired a majority share of an EU counterpart in a move that it says is to “achieve a strategic...

Puratos: Wild berry bakery fillings on trend

Puratos has added wild berries to its bakery fillings range to align with consumer interest in nutritional tasty ingredients and move away from watery, cultivated berries.

Danone struggling to claw back China share after last year’s issues

In spite of its increasing investments in China, European dairy major Danone is still yet to see signs of any recovery in baby formula growth and market share in China.

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Glut of unsold Chinese sucralose impacts outlook at Tate & Lyle: 2015 sucralose prices 15% lower

Tate & Lyle says it predicts a substantial deterioration in sucralose pricing owing to a glut of unsold Chinese sucralose which has forced it to reduce pricing in recently renewed...

Danone to double stake in Chinese dairy Mengniu

Danone is set to increase its interest in Chinese dairy manufacturer Mengniu to almost 10% in its latest bid to capitalize on the "high growth potential" of the country's chilled...

Rabobank: China to enter second agri boom on back of new gov policies

While agriculture in China has grown quickly over the last 35 years, a new report suggests the flurry of government policies since new government leadership assumed office in 2012 will...

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