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Companies must act now to prepare for new Chinese rules in spite of grace period

The Chinese government has announced the introduction of a one-year grace period for Cross-border Ecommerce (CBEC), which includes imported infant formula and dairy products. 

This week Down Under

Study: Dairy avoidance in Australia is reaching dangerous levels

One in six adult Australians choose to avoid milk and dairy, three-quarters of whom do so to relieve cramps, bloating or wind.

Indian brands give multinationals a run for their money

Homegrown brands dominated over their foreign counterparts in India’s fast-growing Rs2.5tr (US$38.2bn) packaged food market last year. 

Fonterra forecasts higher milk price

New Zealand dairy cooperative Fonterra has announced an opening forecast Farmgate Milk Price of NZ$4.25 ($2.86) per kgMS for the 2016/17 season, an increase of NZ$0.35 ($0.24) on the forecast for the current season.

Yogurt market can hit $1bn by 2021 in India: Report

International dairy companies can tap in to a growing demand for yogurt in India, according to a recently-published report by TechSci Research.

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Kiwi whole milk powder prices buoyed by reduced Chinese stocks

New Zealand whole milk powder prices increased by 7% in May over the corresponding period last year, driven by decreased supply and increased export demand from China. 

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Usana’s China operation given permits for direct selling expansion

Global nutrition company Usana Health Sciences has received approval for its China subsidiary to expand its direct selling operation to eight more provinces and municipalities within the country.

Australian dairy industry gets nitrogen cash boost

Australian dairy is one of four agricultural industries that will benefit from a government-funded Rural Research and Development for Profit project to improve the efficient use of nitrogen.

Do fermented foods contain probiotics? Not necessarily, says Ganeden

Fermented foods such as sauerkraut, kombucha, kimchi and yogurts containing ‘live and active cultures’ are healthy and tasty, but they are not necessarily packed with probiotics, says Ganeden Inc, the Ohio-based firm behind one of the best-known probiotic strains, BC30 (Bacillus coagulans GBI-30, 6086).

Fonterra seeing rise in demand for organic milk

Fonterra says increased demand in the marketplace for organic milk means prices are higher for farmers supplying it to the New Zealand cooperative.

Study says probiotics relieved stress for medical students at exam time

A probiotic given to Japanese medical students during the run-up to nationwide medical school examinations reduced stress among the students, according to a study in Applied and Environmental Microbiology, a journal of the American Society for Microbiology.

China’s Fuyuan taking over Burra Foods

Australian dairy ingredient processor Burra Foods has announced a change in shareholding in the company as part of its plans to improve market access and raise capital to expand its processing facility in Korumburra, Victoria.

Lallemand joins forces with Nutritech in New Zealand

Vitec Nutrition, Lallemand Animal Nutrition’s New Zealand entity, is to merge with local player, Nutritech International, to become the dominant supplier of animal nutrition technologies in that market.

Marina launches ‘SunStar’ in combidome carton bottle

SIG Combibloc: ‘Investments in Iran should start to prove easier in the future’

Investments in Iran should start to prove easier in the future, according to SIG Combibloc as it partners with Zarin Jam Marina to launch 21 varieties of its SunStar beverage in combidome cartons, across the Middle East/Africa (MEA) region. 

IDFA predicts 'bright future for US dairy' as TPP will lift Vietnam export tariffs

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) will create new export opportunities for US dairy exports to Vietnam. 

Digestive issues attributed to lactose intolerance may be caused by A1 beta-casein protein, suggests study funded by a2 Milk

New clinical research – funded by the a2 Milk Company – lends credence to its claims that many consumers who believe they can’t tolerate lactose (milk sugar) should really be blaming their digestive discomfort on the A1 beta casein protein in milk products instead. However, more human data is needed before this moves beyond the realm of theory into fact, says the National Dairy Council.

From science to shelves: the development of MacuView

Study says MacuView helps with eye health and AMD

A recent study published in the Journal of Ophthalmology has shown the benefits of consuming a dairy drink, MacuView, containing lutein-, zeaxanthin- and DHA-enriched egg yolk.

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French dairy’s Chinese joint-venture could boost Sodiaal’s fortunes

Candia, a French milk producer, has joined Zhejiang International Business in a joint-venture which it hopes will deliver EUR145m (US$161m) in sales of branded UHT milk and baby milk in China by 2020.

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Chaotic distribution system provides fertile ground for fake formula

Chaotic sales channels are to blame for Chinese counterfeiting scandals such as the recent case involving 22,600 cans of fake milk powder produced and sold under the brands of US infant formula maker, Abbott, and Chinese infant formula maker, Beingmate.

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Thousands of cans of Chinese fake formula still unaccounted for

Food safety authorities are scrambling to locate an estimated 3,300 cans of fake infant formula masquerading as popular domestic and international brands after nine people were arrested for their roles in the latest food scandal to hit China.

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