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Lupin added to mandatory allergen labelling list

Lupin has been added to the required list of allergens that have to be declared on labels in Australia and New Zealand.

Nutritional ingredients firm Barentz International expands in Vietnam amid rising APAC sales

Dutch ingredients firm Barentz International recently has opened its first office in Vietnam, on the back of 15% annual Asia Pacific growth.

French yeast giant Lesaffre establishes APAC hub in Singapore

Lesaffre, a 164-year-old French company specialising in yeast and fermentation products, has officially opened its regional expertise hub in Singapore, consolidating its different APAC business streams.

Bakery China 2017

China to familiarize Western market with ‘pinyin’ baked treats

China’s diverse bakery industry – encompassing bakers of traditional ‘pinyin’ (literally translated as ‘Chinese style cakes and snacks’) and producers of modern items like croissants and waffles – is growing at a rate that far exceeds most other segments.

Food Vision Asia 2017

Social science: The world's big 'metatrends' define global tastes

Nutritional biochemist and food marketeer Rachel Cheatham looks at five of the biggest global food trends based on her analysis of social media reporting.

This week Down Under

Australia finds 1/2m new weekly bread shoppers in a year

Australia’s ultra-competitive bread market has picked up nearly half a million new customers in the last year, with almost 11m shoppers now spending an average of A$8.20 (US$6.16) each on their weekly loaves, buns and baguettes—though specialist shops have been losing share.

Dateline Southeast Asia: Halal

Mindanao eyes US Islamic trade, though it must first tailor standards

The Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao’s advance on the global halal market continues as it prepares to sign an agreement with Islamic authorities in America.

Cargill, General Mills and Unilever agree to fortify flagship wheat flour brands with vitamins and minerals in India

Major brands and millers have agreed to fortify wheat flour with iron, folic acid and vitamin B12 under India’s drive to boost nutrition levels through a mass fortification programme. 

Almarai, ADM ‘preparing bid’ for Saudi milling monopoly sell-off

Almarai is rumoured to be among the companies in line to bid for Saudi Grains Organisation’s milling monopoly.

VIDEO: The top consumer trends driving business innovation at Ingredion

Ingredion may be best known for its clean label products, but according to the firm’s president for APAC and EMEA, there are a further three key trends driving business innovation at the company.

ASIA'S FOOD LEADERS VIDEO SERIES

VIDEO: Asia is still the growth engine of the food world, Singapore CEO

Better productivity, more reliable logistics and enhancing export oppotunities - these are just three of the key benefits of Commonwealth Capital's new $70m manufacturing site in Singapore.

Africa and Middle East love sweet bakes, but want sugar reduction: DuPont

South African, Egyptian and Saudi Arabian women see the appeal of healthier snacking options, but sweet baked snacks remain more popular.

Danisco cleared to release five bakery enzymes by Indonesian regulator

Indonesia’s food watchdog has approved five DuPont Danisco range of bakery enzymes, giving the ingredients access for the first time to Indonsia’s sizeable flour milling industry.

Ülker in talks to secure MENA rights for McVitie’s

Ülker Bisküvi Sanayi A.Ş is in talks to acquire rights to McVitie’s products in Middle East and North Africa.

Lotte to face 'severe consequences' if it allows US missile system, warns China

China’s state media outlet Xinhua has urged Lotte to reject a US missile system on a golf course owned by the Korean conglomerate or face "severe consequences".

Hong Kong’s Swire to double down on Chinese bakery investment

Cathay Pacific’s parent plans to nearly double the size of its retail bakery business by 202, to become one of the biggest bakers in China.

Expert panel established to drive forward India's national fortification plan

The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has set up a panel of doctors and research scientists to prepare the final version of its food fortification laws – a move that would facilitate the inclusion of micronutrients to several food staples.

SPOTLIGHT JAPAN

Have a break...have a Kit Kat sushi

Japan is known for its love of weird and wacky Kit Kat flavours, but Nestlé might have just taken the biscuit with its sushi version.

Australia

Fsanz puts cereal enzyme application out to consultation

An application to allow the use of a xylanase enzyme as a processing aid for cereals has been put to public consultation by the antipodean food regulator.

ASIA'S FOOD LEADERS VIDEO SERIES

Video: ‘We’re investing where the market grows…and that’s Asia’

Distributor Jebsen & Jessen has been splashing the cash in Asia, having recently opened in its first ingredients site in the region – a $17m joint venture malt processing factory in Thailand alongside supplier Muntons – as well as spending a further $1m on a series of innovation labs.

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