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Authorities hunt for contaminated pig meat in Hong Kong

Hong Kong authorities have identified the distribution of pork from contaminated imported pigs, which were sent to more than two-dozen retailers across the city.

Global health & wellness investment activity ahead of 2015

The food and nutrition space is vibrant and in rude health according to latest merger, acquisition and investment figures globally.

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Sainsbury’s taps into China’s love of British products through Tmall

Supermarket chain Sainsbury’s will double the number of its products available on Alibaba’s Tmall online platform in a bid to grow its business in Chain.

Eurofins to expand Chinese food testing lab

Eurofins has said it is ‘on track’ to complete the expansion of its main Chinese food testing laboratory in Suzhou, during its first half year results.

Pro Mach to expand in North America and China following Zarpac acquisition

‘Customers are looking for a full service partner to simplify line development, achieve optimum performance, reduce risks, simplify line control, and better manage costs throughout the design, build, and production...

China and Argentina agree landmark beef deal

Argentina is celebrating the renewal of a beef deal with China, despite a crackdown on antibiotics contamination which saw a large shipment of its meat destroyed by China.

Chinese group pays $239m for Australian vitamin firm

Shanghai Pharmaceuticals Holding Co Ltd and private equity firm Primavera Capital is to buy Australian vitamin manufacturer Vitaco Holdings for US$239m.

Danish farmers benefit from booming Chinese demand

A drop in Chinese pork production, generating more demand for pigmeat imports, is a boon for Danish pork farmers who are ready to double exports to China.

Chinese halal meat business helps employ 10,000 families

One of China’s biggest producers of packaged halal meat products is bringing meat factory jobs to one of the country’s poorest regions in a deal with local government that includes...

Chinese region: One-in-three adults overweight and one-in-seven obese

The regular intake of meat and alcohol are among the primary nutritional factors causing one-in-three adults in a Chinese province to be overweight and one-in-seven obese, new research has found.

Beans distributor reveals plan to tap into China’s coffee-shop culture

Gourmet coffee wholesaler DTS8 Coffee Company has plans to expand into the world’s fastest growing coffee-shop market by acquiring existing coffee chains. 


Supply restrictions cause sucralose prices to spike

Chinese sucralose prices have been rising sharply this year due to supply restrictions. According to Mintec, the commodities analyst, they increased 47% month on month in June, and 56% from...

Chinese fund eyes Australian investments to supply home health market

A Chinese investment management company will establish a specialist food and agriculture fund worth up to A$1bn (US$760m) in Australia to establish a vertically integrated supply chain between the countries....

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Home food delivery apps ordered to shut down

Shanghai authorities have shut down four food-delivery platforms that sell home made food after finding their unlicensed home kitchens to be potentially unsafe.

Russia eyes sausage trade with China and Japan

Russia is looking to export sausages and processed meat products to Japan, South Korea and China, according to the Meat Processors Association of the Far East. 

Kraft brings Planters Peanuts to China’s competitive snacking nuts market

Kraft Foods has officially introduced its Planters Peanuts brand to China for the first time. 

Mondelēz adapts Milka to local tastes for China launch

Mondelēz International has tailored its Milka brand to Chinese tastes ahead of September launch for the power brand in the emerging Chinese market. 

UK-China free trade agreement of ‘great interest’ to meat sector

A China bilateral trade deal offers "great opportunities" to the UK meat industry, according to The International Meat Trade Association (IMTA).

Chinese meat giant enters the digital space

One of China’s largest agricultural and meat conglomerates has entered a deal with the country’s leading e-commerce and cloud computing company to get a digital edge on its rivals....

China’s delivery platforms get new food safety regulations

Food sold online will be governed from October by new food safety regulations that will bring strict penalties for violators, the China Food and Drug Administration has announced.

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Formula scandal sends Fonterra’s Beingmate into the red

Fonterra's Chinese business partner has seen healthy expected profits turn into substantial anticipated losses for the first-quarter of the financial year after a milk powder scandal.

General Mills: 1,100 jobs under threat from plans to axe lines in Brazil, China and US

General Mills is set to close production lines in Brazil, China and the US - with the potential loss of almost 1,100 jobs - as part of plans to improve...

UK reportedly exploring free trade agreement with China

British Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond is rumoured to have started negotiations with China over a multi-billion pound free trade agreement (FTA), only possible once Brexit is realised. 

Market Insights

Restacking BRICs: Chocolate makers to rethink future growth markets, says Euromonitor

Euromonitor International has pinpointed several promising chocolate markets that may help manufacturers offset slowdowns in traditional emerging markets such as China and Brazil.

Chinese firms boosting nutrition market share by shopping overseas

Strong demand for healthcare products and growing recognition of overseas brands is driving more Chinese companies to find overseas corporate targets, according to market intelligence provider CCM .

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