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Halal food manufacturers are destined to appeal even to non-Muslims

Halal is no longer the sole domain of Muslims, and is instead “a new culture many countries are keen to embrace” as they seek healthier and more sustainable food supplies.

FOODEX JAPAN 2017

Japan going bananas for Philippine food exports as trade chiefs eye record business at FoodEx show

The 17-strong delegation of Philippine food firms showcased at FoodEx Japan this week is targetting record total sales topping US$28m from the four-day event – with banana-based products booming in...

FoodEx Japan 2017

Functional soups: The next big business opportunity for food and nutrition firms in Japan?

Functional soups featuring botanical and herbal ingredients such as ginger, ginseng and cordyceps are ripe for new product development in Japan, with the ageing population a particularly lucrative target market.

‘It’s been a great year for beer exports, but we can certainly do more’: BBPA

British beer exports to China up 500%

British beer exports to China have increased by 500%, according to figures published by HMRC, while beer exports overall rose by 6% in 2016.

South Asia radius

Food processing minister resumes crusade to charm foreign investors

India’s food processing minster has returned home after a trade tour to Japan, where she met executives of close to a dozen food companies in a bid to attract them...

Dairy Association of Sri Lanka formed

The formation of The Dairy Association of Sri Lanka took place in February.

Thailand’s top three supplement and functional food trends as beauty bubble begins to burst: Infographic

Healthy ageing, natural supplements and personalised nutrition: these are three emerging trends in Thailand offering ample opportunities for industry growth.

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a2 Milk Company buys shares in Synlait

Australia’s a2 Milk Company (a2MC) has announced it will acquire approximately 8.2% of the shares of Synlait Milk Limited.

Ifad boosts prospects for Cambodian farmers by easing access to credit

The United Nations’ agricultural funding agency will provide more than half of the US$62m set aside to expand commercial agricultural markets for 75,000 smallholder households and developing better links between...

Kiwi supplement and health food firms targets for Chinese takeovers as dairy deals come under increased scrutiny

New Zealand supplement and health food manufacturers are likely targets for merger and acquisition activity over the next year, with private equity firms, notably from China, increasingly looking to splash...

First wave of food and nutrition experts confirmed for Food Vision Asia summit

A stellar line-up of speakers has been announced for the second Food Vision Asia summit being held in Singapore – while  food start-ups and entrepreneurs are being urged to enter...

Australia

Woolworths relies on food sales to claw way back to respectability

As Woolworths’ fortunes continue to improve, the supermarket chain is now reporting that food sales had been driving its rebound.

Manchester United and Malaysian Halal ecommerce retailer kick off global partnership deal

Manchester United and Aladdin Group, the owner of Malaysian Halal ecommerce retailer AladdinStreet, have signed a global partnership deal. 

Politician plugs Irish beef in Dubai

Premium Irish beef has benefited from government support in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) after Ireland’s Minister for Agriculture Food and the Marine, Michael Creed, helped secure endorsement from one...

Aussie dairy majors endure a rollercoaster week

Dairy industry boardrooms have seen some turbulence over the last week, with two majors announcing widely differing commercial fortunes, and one formula maker facing the future with a very different...

Australian pork processor invests $14m to grow exports to SE Asia

An Australia pork processor that supplies meat to Southeast Asia will undergo a major expansion to become one of the biggest facilities of its kind.

Baby water boom? This could be the next untapped market for firms in China’s infant nutrition space

There are “huge opportunities” for sales of baby water products to soar in China, with consumers extremely concerned about mixing infant formula with polluted tap water, analysts say.

South Asia Radius

India predicted to attract more than $30bn in investment

Indian food processors are on track to tempt US$33bn in investment and generate employment for almost 10m in the next seven years.

VIDEO: Talking trends – Chr. Hansen on the probiotics and healthy dairy boom driving growth across Asia Pacific

Probiotics, functional dairy and natural colours – combined with Asia’s rapidly changing lifestyle and health needs – are among the top factors driving industry growth in the region.

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Tetra Pak and Lahore University sign dairy sector agreement

Tetra Pak Pakistan has joined forces with Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) to sign a dairy sector agreement.

China direct

Dairy firms missing out on retail as China's cheese market booms

China’s cheese manufacturers are missing out on an important market segment as they vie for position in a lightning-fast cheese market. 

China direct

Analyst: Chinese vit. A prices doubled last year and will remain high

A tripling of the price of vitamin A in China in early 2016 led an overall increase of almost 99% for the year.

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.

Aussie chemical-free water treatment cleans up Thai sugar processing

Computer-generated frequencies are being charged through wastewater to help sugarcane-processing plants in Thailand meet environmental standards.

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