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Operational efficiency key to driving down India’s packaging costs: PepsiCo exec

Reducing the amount of packaging can only improve gross margins to a certain extent, with most MNCs in India now turning their attention to achieving greater operational efficiency, according to a PepsiCo...

Australia

Pirate Life making waves in Australian craft brewing circles

Building an efficient packaging and distribution plan before opening its doors is proving as important as making a high-quality product for one of Australia’s fastest growing craft breweries. 

Profits triple at leading Chinese poultry firm

One of China’s leading poultry firms is reporting a bumper first half for 2016 thanks to domestic and export demand for its cooked poultry products. 

Ginger nanoparticles could help alleviate inflammatory bowel disease: Study

Edible ginger-derived nanoparticles could alleviate symptoms of Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, the two main forms of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), researchers claim.

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Kiva releases cannabis chocolate bars despite difficulty imposed by state regulation

The increasing demand for consuming cannabis through confections has pushed the California-based Kiva to launch its first CBD chocolate bar line. 

Dateline Southeast Asia

Philippines grocery retail market ‘stands out in Asia’

Backed by solid economic growth, increasing incomes and strong domestic demand, the Philippines stands out as one of the top burgeoning retail markets in Asia.

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Fonterra adds to share dividend

Fonterra Co-operative Group Limited has confirmed it will pay a further NZ$0.10 ($0.07) per share on its previously announced 2015/16 forecast dividend of NZ$0.40 ($0.29) cents per share.

US beef growing in Japan

US beef exporters continue to gain market share as they battle with Australia for dominance in Japan, despite the favourable tariffs enjoyed by Australia’s producers, according to trade data.

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Thai functional beverage firm takes US$4m stake in coconut processor

Thailand functional beverages manufacturer Sappe has taken a 40% stake coconut processor Coconut Factory Co Ltd for US$4 million. 

Mondelēz warns multinationals to reposition during China’s economic slowdown

Multinational companies should reconsider their business strategies amid China’s economic slowdown, Mondelēz China president Stephen Maher told the audience at the recent Food and Beverage Innovation Forum in Shanghai....

India

Paper Boat invests in R&D for more trendy beverage flavours

Hip beverage brand Paper Boat has budged INR130m (US$2m) for research and development at a new science and technology facility in its native Bangalore.

Huhtamaki snaps up second Indian packaging company

Finnish packaging firm Huhtamaki has acquired a majority stake in Valpack, a privately held paper cup manufacturer based in Mumbai. 

Wild Himalayan fruits provide nutritional and nutraceutical opportunities: Study

A study of wild edible fruits found in the Himalayas indicates they are a rich source of antioxidants, with researchers concluding they can help meet the nutritional needs of the...

Australia

Coopers signs exclusive Australian Open beer supply deal

Australia’s biggest independent brewery has won the right to be the exclusive beer provider at the Australian Open for the next five years. 

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Herbalife gets green light to expand China operations

Herbalife has won approval from China’s Ministry of Commerce to operate in three additional provinces in the country.

Nutrition products to help Himalaya hit US$1bn target by 2020

Bangalore-based firm The Himalaya Drug Company is expanding its “wellness and nutrition” offering as it seeks beak through the US$1bn revenue barrier by 2020.

Saudi merger turns Foodpanda profitable in Middle East

Global online food delivery company Foodpanda has announced a deal to merge its Hellofood business with HungerStation in Saudi Arabia to create a market leader in one of the world’s...

Mezzan reports slow growth ahead of Saudi JV

Kuwait’s Mezzan Holding, one of the Middle East’s biggest manufacturers and distributors of food and beverages, has reported in an increase in second-quarter revenue of 2.4% over the same period...

Fathima pursues aggressive growth with seven new retail stores

Abu Dhabi retailer Fathima Group will invest AED200m (US$55m) to open seven new hypermarkets in the next few months as part of an aggressive expansion strategy in the GCC and...

Chinese boom and Mexican gloom for US pork

Exports of American pork enjoyed solid growth in the last 12 months, but business with Mexico, a key US pig meat market, continued to wane.

Global health & wellness investment activity ahead of 2015

The food and nutrition space is vibrant and in rude health according to latest merger, acquisition and investment figures globally.

Australia

Winery wastewater problem solved by ‘internet of things’

A water-treatment company is using the “internet of things” to command an army of bacteria in the battle against polluted winery wastewater.

China direct

Sainsbury’s taps into China’s love of British products through Tmall

Supermarket chain Sainsbury’s will double the number of its products available on Alibaba’s Tmall online platform in a bid to grow its business in Chain.

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Midfield Group and Louis Dreyfus Company Dairy Asia to create dairy plant in South Australia

Australian agribusiness Midfield Group and merchants Louis Dreyfus Company Dairy Asia Pte Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of Louis Dreyfus Company Asia, have announced a joint venture for the construction,...

Pro Mach to expand in North America and China following Zarpac acquisition

‘Customers are looking for a full service partner to simplify line development, achieve optimum performance, reduce risks, simplify line control, and better manage costs throughout the design, build, and production...

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