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ADM sells stake in GrainCorp; completes revamp of Ukraine oilseed plant

Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM) has sold its stake in GrainCorp Limited soon after separately reopening  its oilseed processing facility in Chornomorsk in the Ukraine.

China’s tiny baked goods category now ripe for foreign investment

Though its baked goods market is 125 times smaller than its counterpart in Europe, China still holds enormous potential for businesses exactly because of this low per-capita consumption.

Some RSPO members are ‘first-class hypocrites’: The scathing personal view of palm oil boss (who also happens to be the organisation’s co-chair)

RSPO co-chair and boss of Malaysia’s United Plantations Berhad, Dato’ Carl Bek-Nielsen gave a measured address at the opening of the organisation's RT14 conference in Bangkok.

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Cake Concepts takes Japanese idea to develop Fun Cakes and sponge pancakes

Cake Concepts has taken an idea from Japan and adapted it to American and US tastes to create a niche market in the bakery industry.

India

Arjuna launches Ayurveda-based clean-label preservative

Kerala-based botanicals major Arjuna Natural Extracts will launch a range of preservatives that the company says will appeal to the clean-label food fixation of millennials by combining herbal extracts with advanced technologies. 

Despite recent surge, halal market still has huge long-term potential

Global sales of halal products have surged in recent years, yet the potential for further growth, both in Islamic and non-Islamic countries, remains vast.

Malaysia

PureCircle begins work to double stevia production capacity

Natural sweetener major PureCircle will build a new processing plant that will double its capacity to produce a proprietary stevia leaf extract. 

News in brief

New baking enzyme being mulled by the Australia-NZ regulator

The antipodean food regulator has sought public consultation on an application to allow the use of a new enzyme as a processing aid.

Exclusive interview

DuPont's Asia nutrition boss: Dow merger will make us faster, flexible and more efficient

In the first of a two-part interview, DuPont’s Asia president for health and nutrition Dr Li Yongjing discusses the initial turbulence created by the ongoing merger with Dow, and explains why he believes the new relationship will make the firm better equipped to deal with Asia’s fast-moving emerging markets.

Reformulation of discretionary products would have limited impact

Reformulating products such as biscuits, confectionary and sugar-sweetened beverages would have only a “small to moderate” impact on the diets of Australians, while simply telling people to eat less is “unsustainable”, an international diabetes conference has heard.

News in brief

Indian ingredient firm Roha opens German base

Indian-based ingredient firm Roha has continued its global expansion by opening a German office to increase technical and consumer support in Europe. 

China’s fragmented bakery market likely to consolidate: Mintel

China’s fast-growing bakery market is likely to experience consolidation as larger players develop, analysts at Mintel have suggested.

China direct

Hongkongers warned to avoid unhealthy mooncakes

Hong Kong authorities have warned the public against buying mooncakes with high levels of sugar, fat and sodium ahead of the Mid-Autumn festival later this month.

Singapore and Malaysia lead the way with voluntary GDA labelling roll-out

‘Significant progress’ has been made in rolling-out voluntary Guideline Daily Amounts (GDA) nutrition labelling in Asia over the past four years, but more work is needed to educate consumers and emphasise their benefits to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

Natural ingredients in India: The four hurdles facing suppliers and manufacturers

Indian food manufacturers face four fundamental hurdles when it comes to expanding their use of natural ingredients, in addition to the extra cost that they can incur.

India’s food trends: What’s hot and what's not

Indian consumers are increasingly aware that all fats are not bad, are demanding more products that offer “complete wellness” and are becoming increasingly opening to exploring alternative proteins and natural sugars.

South Asia radius

DuPont develops ingredients for pre-packaged rotis in India

A “packaged roti” for a market that has been turning its back on homemade breads in favour of more convenient products with longer shelf-life is now available from a range of baking solutions by DuPont.

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 operational efficiency.

India

Potassium bromate banned following bakery investigation

The long-running potassium bromate in bread affair seems to have reached a conclusion, after India’s food regulator banned the chemical—a common bakery additive.

Eating cereal fibre could reduce heart disease & cancer deaths – analysis

Regularly eating cereal fibre could reduce the risk of heart disease-related deaths by up to 18% and cancer mortality by 15%, a new analysis claims.

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