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DuPont introduces new enzymes for bakery

DuPont has been granted approval for three bakery enzymes used as processing aids in Japan.

WATCH: First packaged edible insect snack for China to be launched

A chip style snack made with silkworm powder is to be launched in China, in what is believed to be the first edible insect-based packaged product to go on sale...

This week Down Under

Adelaide restaurant joins researchers to study native foods

An Australian university and a foundation started by a chef with an interest in native ingredients have joined forces in a project to develop the native food industry for the...

Cracka Wines to be first Aussie company to crowd-source equity funding

An Australian wine retailer has set out to raise A$5m (US$3.8m) by crowd-sourcing equity funding from its customers as it embarks on expansion into sales in Asia.

Singapore seeks to level playing field for SMEs to tap into functional foods trend

New guidelines have been launched in Singapore for food manufacturers seeking to develop food products with approved health and nutrition claims.

Push to make green farming profit started in New Zealand

A sheep and beef cluster is part of a government-backed project in New Zealand to improve Northland farmers’ agricultural productivity, environmental sustainability and profit.

China and US celebrate reopening of beef market

US beef is back in China after a 14-year hiatus and senior meat figures including agriculture secretary Sonny Perdue marked the occasion in quintessentially American style: by eating a giant...

New Zealand opens FTA talks with South America

New Zealand has launched talks with four South American countries and red meat exporters to create a free trade agreement (FTA) in the wake of Donald Trump’s Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)...

Charoen Pokphand to build pig farm in China

Agribusiness conglomerate Charoen Pokphand (CP) is building a pig breeding farm for 500,000 pigs in remote western China. 

This week Down Under

David Jones to go ‘foodie’ across Australia

Australia’s oldest department store chain will invest A$100m (US$76m) into gourmet foods over three years in a bid to attract foodie shoppers.

Changing consumer demands fuel new innovations in coffee and tea

New varieties of coffee and tea drinks are putting a spin on Asia’s staple beverages, thanks to consumer demand for new flavours and concepts.

Six top processing, packaging and manufacturing trends set to shape foodpro 2017

Australasia's largest-of-it's-kind food processing and manufacturing show foodpro returns next month, so we've been getting the lowdown on six of the top industry trends that are set to star on...

Market update

Indian spices to be worth $18bn by 2020

Currently worth some US$6.2bn, India’s market for spices should spike to US$18bn by 2020, according to a new report. 

Probiotics powerhouse: China sales outstripping global average as DuPont reveals 50% surge

DuPont says its probiotics business in China is booming, with sustained growth leading it to double capacity at its specialist Beijing production and packaging site this year.

South Asia radius

Sri Lanka suffering after drought and heavy rains hamper crops

Sri Lanka suffering after drought and heavy rains hamper crops.

Calbee resumes potato chip sales in Japan

Japan’s largest potato chip producer Calbee (with a 73% market hold) has restarted sales of the country’s most popular snack it suspended in April due to a severe potato shortage....

Industry big-hitters to address 50th AIFST conference in Sydney

The Australian Institute of Food Science and Technology will host its 50th Annual Convention next month with the boss of Bega Cheese and the country’s national science agency delivering keynote...

Australia

Scientists want fund to develop ‘digital paddocks’ and wipe out pests

Australia’s leading agricultural scientists have called on the public and private sectors to establish a A$100m (US$76m) agriculture fund to future-proof Australian farmers against looming shocks like climate variability and...

This week Down Under

Food industry now accounts for a third of all Australian manufacturing

Australia’s A$126bn (US%96bn) food, beverage and grocery sectors’ value to Australian manufacturing has increased by nearly a third over the seven years to 2015.

Functional foods for the elderly could be the next big growth opportunity for Singapore firms

Functional foods for Asia’s ageing population have been identified as a core growth opportunity for firms in Singapore, with multinational outfit DSM, the government, market analysts and SMEs joining forces...

News in brief

TNA opens new Tokyo office

Processing and packaging major TNA has opened of a new office in Japan to host local technical support and sales staff.

Australia

AFGC names new chief executive

Australia’s food industry representative body has promoted from within to replace Gary Dawson at its helm.

Australasia's ‘one-stop’ manufacturing event foodpro set for bumper 50th year

One of APAC's biggest food manufacturing events, foodpro, returns for its 50th year next month with organisers announcing all exhibitor space has sold out. 

Australia’s golden grapes rebranded for traditional Koreans

Australian grapes are back in demand across Korea, after a joint rebranding and promotional campaign helped take the stigma out of the Thompson seedless grape’s unusual colour.

Dateline Southeast Asia

Indonesia launches web monitor to keep check on food price inflation

In a move designed to help keep food prices stable and inflation in line with official targets, Indonesian officials have launched a website to monitor the prices of the 10...

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