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Industry reacts strongly to Labor’s plan to cut natural therapy rebate

Australia’s complementary medicines industry has warned the opposition Labor party that its new policy to cut the rebate for natural therapies was a “false economy” that would only succeed in...

New Asean headquarters ‘critical’ for DuPont’s nutrition business

DuPont is the latest multinational food player to expand its presence in Singapore with the opening of new full-service regional headquarters there, once again demonstrating the city-state’s growing importance in...

‘There’s an opportunity to broaden the appeal of energy drinks’: Thailand’s Carabao on potential of UK market

Asian energy drink Carabao has launched in the UK, and while it admits it’s a competitive market, it still sees significant untapped potential beyond the niche categories of ‘lads, high-octane...

Farmed shrimp can thrive on soy and canola meal blend: Malaysian team

A vegetable-based diet protects shrimp growth and feed utilization, say researchers. 

Bundaberg Brew CEO talks about making it big stateside from Down Under

An iconic beverage in its homeland Australia, Bundaberg Brew became a little hidden gem when it came stateside. With a new deal with Safeway and Albertsons, the company wants to...

Fonterra’s new cheese slice line expansion officially opens

Fonterra has officially opened its new slice-on-slice cheese expansion at Eltham, New Zealand, with the plant now able to produce enough cheese to fill more than 3bn burgers each year.

Artifacts suggest China was brewing beer 1,000 years before Stanford archaelogists once thought

The recent discovery of archaeological artifacts in China suggest that the native Yangshao people may have concocted a beer recipe roughly 5,000 years ago, pushing back the advent of barley...

South Asia radius

HUL spins off foods and refreshments division into separate businesses

India’s biggest consumer goods company has split its foods and refreshments businesses into two separate divisions in a bid to stave off rising competition from domestic rivals.

Philippine halal law to drive meat export growth

Outgoing Philippine President Benigno Aquino has signed into law a consolidated measure on halal exports, which may help boost the country’s meat exporters in the Middle East.

Es Koyama Japan wins packaging hat trick at The Academy of Chocolate 2016 Awards

Chocolatier, Susumu Koyama, owner and chef of Patissier Es Koyama, (formerly Chocomania) Japan, has picked up a hat trick of awards in gold, silver and bronze for its packaging, at...

Australia

Patties receives takeover bid from PE firm

Pattie’s Foods has received a A$230m bid from private equity firm Pacific Equity Partners to take over the Australian packaged food major.

Pakistan launches its biggest halal plant

Pakistan’s largest conglomerate, the Fauji Group, has launched the country’s biggest halal abattoir, meat processing and exporting unit near Port Qasim, Karachi.

Sparkling future for Iranian soft drinks, if economy holds

After several years of hardship the Iranian soft drink sector is heading back towards stronger growth – but remains under threat from economic uncertainty, according to a Euromonitor report.

Myanmar’s fast-food industry attracts US attention as sanctions ease

US fast-food firms could flood into Myanmar after the easing of US-imposed sanctions to improve bilateral trade and allow more financial transactions to take place.

Nuscience in Asian poultry deal as rebound seen in India’s chicken and egg prices

Feed ingredient supplier, Nuscience, is eying up chicken producers in Nepal, Sri Lanka and India through a new distribution tie-up and says growth has returned to India’s poultry sector. ...

PFP mulls Malaysia for new seafood processing plant

PFP Group, a major Thai frozen-seafood processor, expects to open a halal food factory in Malaysia after it concludes negotiations with an unnamed local partner.

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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Solar project gives ray of hope to struggling Australian grape growers

A renewable energy project in Australia’s largest grape growing region is giving struggling vignerons a sunny alternative.

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Cash in one’s chips: The humble potato’s new Asian markets

Potatoes: like dairy not the first global staple you think of when it comes to Asia, but that doesn’t mean to say that there isn’t a growing market for spud-based...

DSM to expand hydrocolloids business in China

Ingredients supplier DSM is planning two major plant expansions in China to boost its gellan gum and pectin capacities. 

China to pump $100m into Russian rabbit complex

JSC International Rabbit Company and China Nuclear Industry 23 Construction Co are to join forces to build Russia’s largest rabbit meat complex. 

What will global beverage consumption look like in 2021? Region by region data

Unprecedented growth for Asia beverage market

Asia’s beverage market will experience unprecedented growth, taking two-thirds of global incremental consumption by 2021, according to figures from Canadean.

GNT opens colours base for GCC market

Global colours major GNT Group has opened an affiliate office in Dubai to service GCC countries which, the company says, are “becoming aware of the need for real colour solutions”. ...

dispatches from Analytica 2016

Shimadzu unveils mid-range ICP-MS

Shimadzu has launched its ICPMS-2030 to the European market at Analytica 2016.

Gulf food companies see declines in first-quarter figures

Savola Group, Saudi Arabia’s biggest food producer, reported a 80.3% fall in first-quarter net profits, missing analysts’ forecasts and after an exceptional gain made a year ago.

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