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North Korean Emmental production training reports 'not true': French college

French training institute the National Dairy Industry College (ENIL) has rubbished reports it has agreed to school a North Korean delegation on the art of cheese making.

Halloren targets Thailand and Korea for export growth

German confectioner Halloren believes its best growth prospects lie in the fast growing markets in Thailand and Korea as well as North America amid intense competition in its home market.

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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. 

S Korea makes commitment to help develop emerging fisheries

South Korea’s government has committed to help developing countries to address serious issues related to fisheries and aquaculture as part of an agreement with the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation....

AB InBev splashes $5.8bn cash on Cass, buys South Korea’s No.1 brewer

Anheuser-Busch InBev will pay $5.8bn for South Korea’s largest beer player Oriental Brewery and says the deal provides a platform to export brands including Cass more widely.

Probiotics may benefit energy metabolism in obese people: Human data

Daily supplements of probiotics combined with an herbal preparation may improve obesity-related parameters, according to a new study from South Korea.

Food and grocery keen to tap into new Aus-Korea trade deal

The news this week that Australia and South Korea have reached a free-trade agreement is a “tremendous shot in the arm for Australia's food and grocery manufacturing sector”.

Yeast hydrolysate shows weight management potential in obese subjects: RCT

A hydrolysate from spent brewer’s yeast may help reduce body weight and fat levels in obese men and women, says a new human study from South Korea.

N Korea food security still dire although harvest is up for third year

An assessment by two United Nations agencies shows that staple food production in North Korea has increased for the third year running. 

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TNO eyeing S Korean research base

One of Europe's leading food research institutes has signed an MoU with the South Korean government under plans to relocate its research centre to South Korea.

Taiwan finds banned colouring agent in olive oil imports

Taiwan will introduce tighter checks for makers of olive and grape seed oils after some batches were found to be contaminated by the country’s top food safety watchdog.

Taiwanese seriously concerned over food safety, survey reveals

Around 80% of Taiwan's citizens are concerned about food safety problems in the wake of recent scandals, according to the results of a survey released this week.

Lotte eyes ambitious overseas growth driven by China

Korean confectioner Lotte is aiming to increase its overseas sales six fold in the next five years led by growth in China, India and Russia, the firm said in its...

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S Korean police net ring smuggling diet pills containing human flesh

South Korean police have arrested two Chinese students for selling “diet” pills found to contain human flesh.

Samjo starts up new plant with eye on China’s bakery market

Korean food firm Samjo Celltech is set to begin production of sauces and seasonings at its new plant in the Chinese city of Weihai in eastern Shandong Province, the company...

Stevia Corp. inks deal with Korean food ingredients maker

With its eye firmly on the Korean food market, US-based sweetener major Stevia Corp. has inked a memorandum of understanding with Taekyung Nongsan, the Korean food ingredients manufacturer, to grow...

Rampant mislabelling of beef in Korea

In South Korea, more than 75 tonnes of US beef was passed off as coming from other countries over the first eight months of this year. It is said the...

French health claims consultancy wins government backing in South Korea

French health claims consultancy and contract research organisation (CRO) Nutraveris has returned from a trip to South Korea where it participated in a French government trade mission.

Five Korean foods most in danger of extinction

Five traditional Korean foods have been listed in the Ark of Taste, an international catalog of heritage foods that are in danger of extinction. 

Starch scare fallout still lingering in Taiwan

The starch-based food scare that hit the headlines around Southeast Asia last month, is continuing to impact on Taiwan’s food industry, with both chain retailers and individual vendors still suffering...

NZ-Taiwan trade deal seals immediate elimination of tariffs

A newly signed economic agreement between New Zealand and Taiwan will see the elimination of tariffs between the two countries, initially covering Kiwi exports worth around NZ$450m (US$356m).

Taiwan testers refute Singapore bubble tea chemical claims

Taiwan’s government has claimed it is still trying to obtain details on the tests conducted by Singapore authorities that led to the city state banning several brands of bubble tea ....

Functional confectionery opportunity for aging S Korean population, says Leatherhead

South Korea has one of the lowest birth rates in the world and confectioners must think about how they can cater to an increasingly aging population, according to Leatherhead Food...

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Bubble tea brands banned by Singapore for unapproved chemical content

Singapore food inspection authorities have withdrawn 11 starch-based products from Taiwan - mostly tapioca starch balls used in bubble tea - from sale after finding they contained amounts of an...

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Biova egg membranes get preferred distributor for Japan and Tawan

Biova, the water soluble egg membrane supplier, has finalised an agreement with Maypro Industries to be its preferred distributor of its ingredient portfolio in Japan and Taiwan.

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