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Cargill registers concern with palm oil supplier about child labour allegations

The Rainforest Action Network (RAN) has accused Cargill of using child labour in its palm oil supply chain – and Cargill says it has registered its concern with supplier KLK.

Japan remains undecided on lifting US wheat ban after GMO scare

There are no clear plans yet to lift Japan's ban on US western white wheat, a Japanese government official says following a meeting between its ministry and the USDA last week.

RSPO commends members on quick action to quench fires

Five RSPO-certified palm oil producers accused of contributing to Indonesian forest fires have submitted digital images of their plantations in an effort to clear their names – and the RSPO has commended them for fast action.

Market research

Western tastes give pizza a bigger slice of China's prepared foods pie

Ready meals will continue to lead the prepared meals market in China, but pizza is expected to show the fastest growth up to 2017, according to a new report by Canadean. 

'Irresponsible marketing to children' complaint forces Kellogg Australia to pull TV ads

Kellogg has pulled LCMs and Coco Pops television adverts in Australia after the Advertising Standards Bureau (ASB) upheld a complaint from the Obesity Policy Coalition (OPC) that the marketing irresponsibly promoted high sugar products to children.

Sunfield Australia slammed with A$48,000 fine for repeated undeclared cake allergens

Australian bakery Sunfield and its director have been convicted and fined for repeatedly selling cakes containing undeclared food allergens.

Analysis: GrainCorp takeover

All deals destined to go ahead as Australia surveys new Asian age

Now the ACCC, Australia’s anti-trust commission, has given the green light to ADM’s proposed acquisition of GrainCorp, foreign interests will control all major grain handling facilities and grain ports in Queensland, New South Wales, South Australia and all but half of Victoria, should the deal reach its conclusion.

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‘Milk protein products offer safe haven for embattled Chinese’

Last month, Arla Foods Ingredients launched its new Nutrilac Natural Improvers range together in both Europe and China. The idea was to provide natural and functional proteins derived from milk to enhance the bakery process while still being able to list the ingredients on the pack as simply “milk protein”.

ACCC legal action lands Australian supermarket Coles in court over 'deceptive' bread claims

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has begun legal proceedings against supermarket chain Coles for alleged false, misleading and deceptive bakery claims.

Africa, Asia to lead rise in global sugar demand through 2021, report says

Rising demand in Asia and Africa will drive significant growth in global sugar consumption, according to a new Rabobank report. The report, Global Sugar to 2021, projects global sugar consumption to grow from 166 million tons to 203 million tons in raw value by 2020/2021.

Japan blocks wheat imports after illegal GMO crop scare in US

The Japanese government has placed a temporary ban on Western White wheat imports after unauthorized genetically modified wheat was found growing in the US.

Egg and dairy free demands mount on top of gluten-free, says Foodstuffs New Zealand

Sales of gluten-free bread and cereal in New Zealand are surging, but consumers are increasingly demanding egg and dairy free options too, according to grocery distributor Foodstuffs.

ADM edges closer to A$3.4bn GrainCorp takeover

ADM will put forward a third, higher bid of A$3.4bn ($3.5bn) for Australian bulk grains specialist GrainCorp after a full financial review of the company.

China 'sparked idea' behind whey protein bakery improvers: Arla Foods Ingredients

China was part of the inspiration behind the development of whey protein bakery improvers, a senior manager at Arla Foods Ingredients says.

High fructan barley holds wholegrain promise, says CSIRO

A barley variety high in fructans and positively linked to improved gut health holds promise for wholegrain foods, according to the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO).

Australian tastes

Milk bars losing out to servos as Australia gains a sweet tooth

Supermarket service stations are gaining ground on corner shops, and baked staples now losing out to chocolate and confectionery, according to new research from Australia.

LOOKING TO SPUR GROWTH IN AUSTRALIA?

‘Surprising’ opportunities for breads and rolls in Australia: Analyst

There is huge potential in sliced bread and rolls in Australia as consumers look for cheap and easy lunch options in the wake of a turbulent economy, an analyst says.

Asian tastes

Interview: How flavours of Asia differ between markets

FoodNavigator-Asia reported this week that New Zealand’s Taura Natural Ingredients is getting ready to launch a new range of concentrated fruit pieces for bakery and food service operators in Asia.

News in brief

Taura to launch URC BakeFruit range in Asia

New Zealand’s Taura Natural Ingredients plans to launch a new range of concentrated fruit pieces for bakery and foodservice operators in Asia. The products will fit in the premium category and will be specific to the niche.

News in brief

McCain buys A-Pac rights to Sara Lee brand

McCain Foods has completed the acquisition of Kitchens of Sara Lee (KOSL) Australia from Hillshire Brands in a deal worth A$82m. 

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