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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).

ADB agrees loan intended to boost China’s domestic milk supply

The Asian Development Bank has issued a US$125m loan to Inner Mongolia Saikexing Breeding and Biotechnology Group to and expand the domestic supply of milk in China.

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Fonterra cuts time to get UHT products to China by two-thirds

Fonterra’s project to align and enhance its supply chain from New Zealand to mainland China has seen a reduction in the time it takes to get UHT products to market from more than 100 days to 34.

Yili and SIG Combibloc launch yogurt drink with juice balls that explode in your mouth

Yili has partnered with SIG Combibloc to launch two Baoquzhu UHT yogurt drinks, packed in CombiblocSmall 250ml.

Could fortified beer and lassi tap into Asia’s soaring protein demand?

Asia’s demand for protein is soaring, but is the Indian market ready for protein-fortified beers and lassi? 

Mezzan buys majority stake in Saudi’s Al Safi for $24m

One of the Gulf’s biggest food and beverage companies has completed the acquisition of 70% of Al Safi Food, effectively granting it a local platform to manufacture and distribute food and beverage products in the Kingdom. 

Saikexing secures $125m to expand in China

China’s number four dairy farming firm Saikexing has secured a $125m loan to reduce environmental pollution, improve food safety, and expand the supply of milk within China.

Logistics the biggest headache for India’s food and drink SMEs

Logistics infrastructure is the major stumbling block hampering the efforts of India’s food and beverage SMEs as they seek to expand and tap into growing consumer demand, business leaders have warned.

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Fonterra adds to share dividend

Fonterra Co-operative Group Limited has confirmed it will pay a further NZ$0.10 ($0.07) per share on its previously announced 2015/16 forecast dividend of NZ$0.40 ($0.29) cents per share.

Commission releases draft report on Fonterra’s base milk price calculation

New Zealand’s Commerce Commission has released its draft report on Fonterra’s base milk price calculation for the 2015-16 dairy season.

Consuming foods with plant sterols plays a role in managing heart health, says Nestlé Malaysia

Studies at Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) and the UKM Medical Centre show that Malaysians in their 30s are now more likely to have arteries similar to a person aged 70 due to their lifestyles.

Camel milk producer given VAT exemption for trade with GCC

Dubai-based camel milk producer Emirates Industry for Camel Milk & Products has been awarded a VAT exemption certificate by the UAE’s Ministry of Economy, which the company hopes will help it increase exports of camel milk to other Arab countries.

Fonterra generates fertilizer from wastewater

New wastewater treatment technology at Fonterra’s Edendale site in New Zealand is turning dairy waste into fertilizer that is being used on local pastures. 

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Midfield Group and Louis Dreyfus Company Dairy Asia to create dairy plant in South Australia

Australian agribusiness Midfield Group and merchants Louis Dreyfus Company Dairy Asia Pte Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of Louis Dreyfus Company Asia, have announced a joint venture for the construction, development and management of a dairy processing plant and related commercial activities.

FrieslandCampina Asia retains social responsibility practices award

For the second year running, Dutch dairy company FrieslandCampina has picked up the 'Best Use of CSR Practices' award at CMO Asia's 6th Best CSR Practices Awards 2016 in Singapore. 

Australian Natural Proteins to supply pasteurized milk to Fiji

Australian Natural Proteins is planning to expand its operations into Fiji to create a dairy and associated fresh milk production facility.

Australian wine and crackers buyers buck decline in cheese sales

Cheese sales may be gradually declining in Australia, but market research suggests that certain consumers remain devoted to local brands.

Greiner signs joint-venture in India as it pursues eastward expansion

European packaging major Greiner Packaging will expand in India after forming a joint-venture with local partner Century Ultrapack, one the leading providers of plastic packaging to the Indian dairy industry. 

Fonterra predicts reduction in milk collection

Fonterra Co-operative Group Limited says there is no change to its forecast farmgate milk price, and that less milk is being produced globally.

YouGov names Almarai as Saudi’s favourite brand

Local dairy major Almarai was named Saudi Arabia’s favourite brand in the YouGov 2016 Mid-year BestBrand rankings, alongside Emirates airline in the UAE and Facebook in Egypt.

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