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Perrigo unloads US supplements business to contract manufacturer

Perrigo has unloaded its US supplements business, with International Vitamin Corporation stepping up as buyer. The deal was seen by one observer as another step in the concentration of US-based...

Guest Article

Navigating complex global rules for soft drinks

For soft drink and fruit juice manufacturers looking to expand into new geographies, understanding global regulations is vital. However, this is no mean feat.

Corn preservation method alters growth performance in pigs, finds Chinese study

Pigs getting a diet with organic-acid preserved corn have higher feed intake and boosted performance, say researchers.

Doctor's Best sold to Chinese company, extending trend in industry

The Doctor’s Best brand of supplements has been sold to a major Chinese ingredient manufacturer, which is part of a trend in the industry, one observer said.

Tip Top dips into China ice cream market

Will Hokey Pokey be a hit in Hangzhou? New Zealand dairy cooperative Fonterra is hoping so, as it tries out its Tip Top ice cream in the Chinese market through...

China tipped for beef boom

A respected brokerage is betting Chinese companies with access to overseas beef supply will make strong profits by importing and selling the red meat this year.

China: Can invasive weed become cattle chow?

An invasive plant becomes a sustainable ingredient when used as an alternative in dairy cattle feed, find scientists.

China

CFDA rapped for loopholes and politically incorrect practices

China’s anti-corruption agency has published a report that highlights a raft of alleged failings by China’s food and pharmaceuticals regulator identifies widespread loopholes and derelictions of duty in its practices....

The Craft Beer Clan of Scotland

‘Our quest: To share the finest Scottish craft beer:’ Brewers eye up potential of exporting to Asia

Scotch whisky’s revered reputation is providing an opening for a new wave of Scottish beverages in Asia: craft beer.

Ongoing US lawsuit may add wrinkles to proposed Syngenta, ChemChina sale

An ongoing lawsuit regarding GM corn may add some challenges to the potential sale of Syngenta to ChemChina, says expert.

Changing supply chain

Interconnected diets: Two thirds of crops we consume are result of ‘food globalisation’

'Foreign' crops dominate national food consumption patterns and farming practices, according to new research that finds nearly 70% of fruit, vegetables, legumes and grains in an average country's diet originate...

Artifacts suggest China was brewing beer 1,000 years before Stanford archaelogists once thought

The recent discovery of archaeological artifacts in China suggest that the native Yangshao people may have concocted a beer recipe roughly 5,000 years ago, pushing back the advent of barley...

Hong Kong freezes poultry trade over bird flu fear

Hong Kong has suspended live poultry imports to control the spread of a serious bird flu outbreak after samples from Tuen Mun tested positive for the H7N9 strain.

Japanese consumption, Chinese growth spur global demand for probiotics

Probiotics manufacturers are increasingly witnessing the rising importance of Asia-Pacific as growing awareness of the health benefits of “good” bacteria continue to drive global growth.

Nestlé brings global brands to video in Alibaba anniversary tie-up

Nestlé and Alibaba Group have launched an e-commerce and marketing campaign to bring the Swiss corporation’s brands from overseas markets to China as its celebrates 150 years in nutrition. 

Shanghai officials eye completion of extensive food safety database

Supermarkets will take the lead in a process to merge Shanghai’s various food-monitoring systems into one network in a bid to improve safety management, according to officials.

China direct

NGO accuses China’s water bottlers of depleting Tibet’s resources

Campaigners have rounded on China’s bottled water industry, which they say threatens Tibet’s water resources in a region where glaciers have melted substantially over the last three decades.

Preloaded: Medical macro-nutrients show diabetic benefits

The first clinical study testing medical nutrition therapy as a treatment for gestational diabetes has yielded positive results for Swedish biotech firm Indevex, demonstrating that its patented ‘Preload’ macro-nutrient blend...

‘Major surge’ in US and China wheat stocks predicted by FAO

US wheat stocks are set to grow, according to new forecasts from the United Nations Food & Agriculture Organization (FAO).

China

Sports supps summit aims to bring clarity to byzantine regulations

At a size of US$74m with a growth rate of some 14%, one would imagine that the sports nutrition market in China is growing quite nicely. In fact, it is...

China’s Maling enters beef industry

Huge profits and game-changing scale predicted for a Shanghai pork firm seeking to enter the beef industry through a 50% stake in one of New Zealand’s biggest meat processors. 

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Companies must act now to prepare for new Chinese rules in spite of grace period

The Chinese government has announced the introduction of a one-year grace period for Cross-border Ecommerce (CBEC), which includes imported infant formula and dairy products. 

China’s new dietary guidelines advise lower meat consumption

Beijing is now encouraging Chinese consumers to reduce their meat and egg intake through new dietary guidelines that are also designed to help the environment.

C&C continues beer expansion in China with Tennent’s distribution deal

C&C Group has signed its fourth strategic partnership in recent months with a new distribution agreement with Vandergeeten to distribute its Tennent’s portfolio in China. 

China direct

China displaces America as world’s most attractive food export market

China is now the most attractive export market for food and beverage companies, according to an analysis by Deloitte and a Spanish business school that assesses destinations with the best...

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