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Ageing, fattening China witnessing shift towards chronic diseases

Ageing China witnessing shift towards chronic diseases

Dateline Southeast Asia

Aggressive food marketing throwing up weighty problem in Philippines

Aggressive food marketing throwing up weighty problem in Philippines


'High-speed households’ suggests a Chinese two-speed economy is coming

Despite the recent slowdown in China’s economic growth, a vibrant group of high-speed households there will rapidly increase their spending between 2015 and 2020, according to a major new survey.

UK is biggest online grocery market after China

The UK’s online grocery market – valued at £9.57bn a year – is the globe’s second largest after China and is poised for further rapid growth, predicts the grocery think...


Coles 'the biggest winner’ after $12m fine for conduct with suppliers

The Australian food industry backed a decision to compel Coles, the supermarket chain, to pay A$12m (US$9.1m) to suppliers, who can now leave Coles’s supply chain programme without penalty....

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New products failing to come to Indian market due to regulatory delays

New products failing to come to market due to FSSAI hold-ups

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One in five Beijingers is obese

One in five Beijingers is obese

Scientists discover how to make sustainable palm oil profitable

Scientists have found an ‘optimal point’ at which switching to sustainable palm oil production methods actually becomes profitable.

China will account for nearly 40% of all food processing machinery by 2019

Global demand for food processing machinery will rise by 7.6% per annum to $73bn in 2019, according to The Freedonia Group industry research firm.


Lidl prepares for Oz entry as grocery self-regulation comes into law

Budget supermarket Aldi has beaten Woolworths to become the first chain to sign up to a new self-regulating guidelines as they were made law in Australia today. 

Chinese dairy giant Yili in Europe on 'world benchmarking tour'

Executives from Chinese largest dairy Yili travelled to Europe this month as part of a "world benchmarking tour."

Consumers care about how products are produced and their environmental impact

APP reports an increase in the availability of PEFC certified products, following certification in Indonesia

Asia Pulp & Paper Group (APP) has announced an increase in the availability of PEFC (Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification) certified products, following certification in Indonesia.

Neogen taps into expanding Indian food testing demand

Neogen Corporation has acquired the assets of a food testing lab in southwest India adding the market is ‘extremely attractive’ because of the expanding middle class.

Region in focus: Dateline Southeast Asia

Malaysia facing digestive health time bomb

Malaysia facing digestive health time bomb

Nutricia NZ blames 'ongoing' fallout from Fonterra botulism scare for 2014 loss

Nutricia Limited, Danone's New Zealand infant formula business, has reported a loss for 2014 - a result it attributes to the "ongoing" fallout from the Fonterra botulism scare....


Poor returns blamed on increased VAT after vending machine sales drop

Japan’s vending machine stockers have been seeing sluggish fortunes over the last year as overall sales dropped by 5% last year, down from 2013’s US$42.9bn.

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$50m donated to boost productivity in emerging countries

China donates US$50m to develop food supplies in emerging countries


Less naysaying and more action for complementary health research

Sometimes it’s hard to do right for doing wrong, and Marcus Blackmore must think that is the lot he must suffer after his company, Australia’s leading natural health and supplements...

Seaweed in focus

What will it take to make Indonesian seaweed competitive?

Indonesia has ambitious plans to add value to its seaweed industry – but its success could depend on the outcome of an ongoing tug-of-war between industry and government.

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This week Down Under

Food standards watchdog finds no safety issues in GM corn strain

Southeast Asia

FAO ties up with Ikea to boost forestry certification in Vietnam

The Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations and commercial partner Ikea of Sweden will work together to promote forest certification schemes to develop more sustainable plantations in Vietnam. ...

Indian trade

South-South trade will be key to feeding Southeast Asia

With regional soymeal demand expected to grow by two-thirds in the next five years, investment in growing “South-South trade” is vital for shoring-up Southeast Asia’s feed supplies, says Rabobank.

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China direct

Xi orders greater vigilance over public safety

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Dateline Southeast Asia

FairPrice extends waste-reduction pilot

Beverage bites: news up to May 29, 2015

Suntory goes shopping, Lipton launches festival, and more beverage bites

This week PepsiCo's Indra Nooyi was ranked #15 on Forbes’ Most Powerful Women list; while research said teens are ditching beer in favour of energy drinks. Meanwhile, Lipton is preparing...

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