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Aussie infant nutrition firm Bubs targets Asia growth after stock market flotation

Bubs, an Australian infant formula and nutrition firm, has launched on the Australian stock exchange after raising $5.15m in a share deal.

China direct

Chinese dairy shoppers becoming less satisfied with their milk

Customer satisfaction is on a downward spiral among Chinese dairy consumers, according to the latest national research report on shoppers’ attitudes to liquid milk, which also highlighted how the public are now demanding higher-quality products.

Bank of China and Fonterra sign deal

Bank of China New Zealand has signed an agreement with New Zealand dairy cooperative Fonterra that establishes a RMB 1.5bn (NZ$300m, US$213m) multi-currency bank facility including a Chinese currency component.

Valio eyes China expansion outside of its infant nutrition base

Finnish dairy firm Valio is seeking to expand out of its infant nutrition base in China by exporting lactose-free milk powders. 

Probiotics have a ‘positive effect’ on stress and anxiety: Meta-analysis

Probiotics consumption may have advantageous effects on mental health by lessening the psychological symptoms of perceived stress, depression and anxiety, according to a new systematic review and meta-analysis.

Opinion

Ethical certification promises much - but it's been a tough year

Back in 2014 I interviewed Hans Jöhr, who at the time was corporate head of agriculture at Nestlé. We had a (refreshingly) open discussion about certification schemes. Some of them are “cheating consumers” and “cannot help farmers be better farmers per se”, Jöhr told me, as he elaborated on the comments he’d just made to a few hundred people at a summit in London.

New Zealand looks to dairy boom in 2018

A new document from New Zealand’s Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) says dairy export revenue is set to boom in 2018.

News in brief

Ari Mervis appointed CEO and MD of Murray Goulburn

The chairman of Murray Goulburn Co-operative Co. Limited (MG), Philip Tracy, has announced that the board of directors has appointed Ari Mervis as the new CEO and MD of MG and MG Responsible Entity Limited.

BioGaia expands in Japan with new probiotics deals

Swedish probiotics supplier BioGaia has signed two major deals in Japan with Nippon Kabaya Ohayo Holdings Inc. 

Fonterra to expand mozzarella production with new plant

Fonterra has announced it will be constructing a new mozzarella plant to meet growing customer demand.

Infant nutrition research must focus on Asian needs: Prebiotic review

There is an urgent need for more research on infant nutrition that is centred on South East Asia, with the vast majority of published studies focusing on the western world, a new paper states.

IFCN workshop looks at Indian dairy challenges

The fifth IFCN Regional Workshop was held recently in Anand, India, with 50 experts from various backgrounds in the dairy industry contributing.

China infant formula uncertainty claims another victim: Murray Goulburn and Mead Johnson deal scrapped

Australian dairy co-operative Murray Goulburn and Mead Johnson Nutrition have scrapped an agreement signed in March to supply infant formula to Asia.

Fonterra’s ingredients business keeps up with vast region’s fast pace

When I speak to Fonterra’s Hamish Gowans, he had just been asked by a potential customer if the cows that produce the milk for the New Zealand dairy ingredients co-operative are fed on grass. 

Milk containing only A2 protein doubles disease-fighting antioxidant GSH: Study

Cow's milk containing only A2 protein has been shown to increase the antioxidant glutathione (GSH) that may help strengthen the body's disease-fighting power. 

Valio to sell lactose-free milk powder in China

Finnish dairy company Valio has started exporting lactose-free consumer milk powder to China.

No quick fix for New Zealand earthquake recovery

Farmers impacted by the earthquake earlier this month in New Zealand have been warned that recovery is going to be a long-term process.

Vinamilk farm first to achieve EU organic standard in Vietnam

Vinamilk’s Da Lat Organic dairy farm, located in Lam Dong, is the first organic dairy farm in Vietnam to be certified to a European standard.

China

Another dairy importer suspended as officials target Australian firms

In a further sign that Chinese authorities are strengthening their supervision of imported infant formula, a major Australian manufacturer with a 100-year history has seen its Chinese business registration suspended.

Fonterra’s increased milk price is good news after earthquake, says DairyNZ

DairyNZ chief executive Tim Mackle said Fonterra Co-operative Group’s increase of its 2016/17 Farmgate Milk Price is great news for farmers.

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