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Red meat sector welcomes TPP Agreement signing

The signing of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement in New Zealand has been dubbed “a significant step towards reducing the amount of tariff and non-tariff barriers on red meat exports”...

Nestlé debuts alcohol-inspired sake KitKat in Japan

Nestlé Japan has added Nihon-shu, aka Japanese sake, to its KitKat regional flavor line.

Morinaga expands in SE Asia through new Singapore subsidiary

Morinaga Milk will establish a subsidiary in Singapore to capitalise on southeast Asian demand for infant nutrition.

US cattlemen: TPP vital to reach world’s middle class

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) has said the swift implementation of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal is crucial to help American beef reach the world’s growing middle class. ...

HKScan plans growth in Asia

Meat manufacturer HKScan is seeking to boost exports to high-growth countries like China and Japan and hopes the launch of its Hong Kong office will be a springboard for a...

Anellotech and Suntory to open 100% bio-based plastic test facility in 2016

Anellotech, a sustainable technology company has entered into the next phase of partnership with Suntory Holdings and will start construction on a testing facility (TCat-8), at the end of January.

Restauranteur pays $117k for endangered fish in final Tsukiji auction

The sale of a bluefin tuna for JPY14m marked the end of a long-running and beloved tradition at Tokyo’s Tsukiji fish market this week.

Omega-3 not omega-6 linked with lower depressive symptoms: 2000-strong Japanese study

Even in countries with higher fish intakes, omega-3 may lower depressive symptoms, according to Japanese research in over 2000 people.

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Toyo Ink Group to expand into packaging with DYO Printing Inks acquisition

Toyo Ink Group is to acquire 75% of shares of DYO Printing Inks in Turkey to expand its inks and coatings in the packaging market, including materials for food packages.

Avantium & Mitsui to launch 100% biobased packaging in Japan to coincide with Tokyo Olympics

Avantium has signed an agreement with Mitsui & Co. (Mitsui), to commercialize 100% biobased chemicals FDCA (Furan-2,5-dicarboxylic acid) and PEF (polyethylene furanoate) in Asia.

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Japanese coalition compromises on planned food tax hike

Japan's ruling coalition partners have agreed to a to exempt food products from a planned tax hike in 2017, when general consumption tax will be increased by two percentage points.

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Nissin buys Jinmailang out of Chinese noodle joint-venture

Nissin has ended its joint-ventures with Jinmailang so it can focus on supplying premium products to the Chinese market.

EU could soon ease Fukushima produce restrictions

Japanese media have reported that the European Union may no longer require radiation screening for some food products imported into the bloc from the beginning of next year.

Far East digest

Taiwan court’s decision to clear ‘tainted oil’ chief provokes backlash

A not guilty decision by a district court in the trial of the heads of a food giant embroiled in a tainted oil scandal has prompted a boycott of Ting...

This paves the way for mass personalised nutrition, say researchers

What’s better for blood glucose levels, sushi or ice cream? It depends who you are, say researchers

Blood glucose levels vary widely across individuals even for the same food, say researchers who have developed an algorithm to calculate the ‘right’ diet – paving the way for mass...

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Japanese firm finds way to turn textiles into noodles

Japanese textile company Omikenshi will move into the health-food business and plans to use its its cloth-making technology to turn trees into noodles.

Nestlé to introduce Gold KitKat in Japan for $16 a bar

Nestlé has launched a one-finger KitKat made with edible gold leaves at its Chocolatory boutiques in Japan.

Oman and Japan create $400m food investment fund

Oman and Japan have agreed to form a US$400m investment fund focused on food and agribusiness, aimed at boosting the industry in Oman as well as Japanese exports.

Ishida bags Almarai poultry project, makes sales at GFM

Almarai has installed a 37,000 bird-per-hour poultry processing line from Ishida, the Japanese firm announced, as it revealed it also made an on-floor sale at Gulfood Manufacturing.

Far East digest

Wide-ranging B. longum BB536 study shows multiple benefits for elderly

A nationwide survey of middle-aged and elderly Japanese consumers has found that those who take probiotic milk have better bone health, are less prone to some diseases and remember more...

Far East digest

Hi-tech farming: NEC's use of data analysis to grow farm yields

NEC Corporation, the Japanese IT and networking technologies company, has developed a solution to analyse large-scale farming as part of a corporate programme to help increase agricultural efficiency.

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Ishida Europe leak detector minimises spoilage in pre packed cheese

Ishida Europe has launched a leak detector to minimise spoilage in pre-packed retail products, such as hard, soft and grated cheese.

Far East digest

Less health risk for overweight Koreans than those who are underweight

Overweight Koreans may live longer than those who are underweight, possibly due to better awareness of the risks they faced, research has found.

Far East digest

Japan joins Oman in setting up food and agribusiness fund

Japanese institutions will join Oman’s biggest sovereign wealth fund in setting up a joint US$400m fund to invest in food and agribusiness.

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Farmers get TPP concessions to boost chances deal being ratified

In a move to placate farmers worried about the impact of increased imports as a result of the recently agreed Trans-Pacific Partnership free-trade agreement, Japan will be allowed to return...

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