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Agriculture

FAO: Asian farmers bear the brunt from the world’s natural disasters

Natural disasters caused US$28bn in damage to agriculture in Asia in 2014, making it the the world’s worst hit region last year with farmers bearing the brunt.

Fonterra acquires 18.8% stake in Chinese infant formula partner Beingmate

Fonterra has acquired an 18.8% stake in its Chinese infant formula partner Beingmate for around US$550m.

Lights, camera, action! a2 Milk outlines its US game plan at Expo West

Digestive issues after drinking milk are often attributed to milk protein allergy (which can be severe) or intolerance to lactose (milk sugars). But what if both of these have been...

News in brief

Ishida to hold world exclusive preview of leak testing system

Ishida Europe will hold a world exclusive preview of its leak testing system for trays at a series of demonstrations at its UK HQ from April 14-30.

Mars plans $160m plant in ‘high priority’ Indian market

Mars will construct its first confectionery factory in India, producing Snickers and Galaxy.

India

Ficci: India could grow its Asean trade by US$26bn this year

India’s exports to Asean grew from US$44bn in 2010 to US$74bn last year, according to a government official as he outlined the region’s growing importance.

Fastest flow wrap machine in the East? LoeschPack touts hot seal speed merchant for Asia

LoeschPack has introduced a horizontal flow wrap machine with hot seal capabilities that it claims will help confectioners protect product integrity in hot climates and pack at greater speeds than...

Australia

State awards grant for Australian seaweed harvesting facility

The South Australian government has awarded a A$360,000 grant to the Gather Great Ocean Group to help establish a South Australian seaweed harvesting site at Beachport and a processing plant...

Singapore

Fuji to develop oils for Asia in new Singapore research hub

Edible oil manufacturer Fuji will use its first research centre outside of Japan to focus on products formulated for the Asian market, the company said at its ceremony in Singapore. ...

Taiwan

Cypress ties up with Connell Brothers for Taiwan distribution

Connell Brothers, Asia-Pacific’s biggest ingredients distributor, has announced that it will exclusively represent Taiwanese nutrition company Cypress Systems in its home market.

China

AB-Biotics to launch gastropaedriatric probiotic with Derbycare

AB-Biotics, the Spanish biotech company, and leading Chinese women and infant nutrition player Derbycare will launch a gastropaediatric health product in China this year.

Australia

With record results at home, Blackmores to bolster key Asian markets

Blackmores, Australia's leading natural health brand, announced record profits for the half-year while putting in place new provisions to ramp up the retailer's presence in Asia.

MULTINATIONAL CLAIMS WORLD'S FIRST 'EDIBLE WEARABLE'

Dole develops ‘wearable banana’ snack gadget for Tokyo Marathon

Dole Japan has developed a 'wearable banana' for the Tokyo Marathon that tells runners their time, tweets, heart rate, and doubles as a nutritious in-race snack.

Japanese C-store sales boom fires Monster Energy's international turnaround

Monster Beverage Corporation CEO Rodney Sacks hopes the company's recent deal with Coke will fire further international growth in markets including Japan, after its international arm returned to year-on-year earnings...

Australia

Industry applauds new food code, but does it go far enough?

Australia’s food and grocery champion has applauded the release last week of a new government code of conduct that will govern it.

Southeast Asia

Positive sentiment hints Asean economic bloc is starting to take shape

What would Asean look like if it were re-imagined as a single bloc, and what characteristics would it have if all 10 countries were aggregated into an economic unit?

Asia-Pacific

Apac colourings market growing by almost 5% annually

Asia’s food colourings market will grow to over half a billion dollars by 2019 at a time when India is struggling to break away from the synthetic products it traditionally...

Snacking power house talks about ‘regional jewels’ at Packaging Innovations 2015

Developing markets account for 44% at Mondelēz International with plans to expand into more ‘white space’

Mondelēz kicked off the Packaging Innovations tradeshow at the NEC in Birmingham, UK, today talking about its developing markets and ‘regional jewels’.

Australia

Complementary health comes in from the cold

Complementary medicine may have been welcomed back to the fold after an official review panel added a new chapter on alternative health to the landmark discussion document on healthcare deregulation...

Mead Johnson to expand US infant formula capacity to meet online Chinese demand

Mead Johnson Nutrition plans to boost its US infant formula manufacturing capabilities to supply the e-commerce channels opening up between the US and China. 

Wake up and smell the coffee pods: Coffee shop culture leads to sales boom

Coffee pods are driving growth in the ground coffee sector, says FMCG market and shopper intelligence firm IRI, thanks to cheaper coffee machines and the popularity of the coffee shop...

Carlsberg announces new CEO; Russian market puts pressure on full year results

Carlsberg’s CEO and president Jørgen Buhl Rasmussen will retire from the group in June, and will be succeeded by Cees ‘t Hart (currently CEO of the Dutch dairy giant Royal...

Too broad vs. too limited: Can the sports nutrition industry climb out of regulatory purgatory?

A European Commission report due in July this year should bring legal clarity to the current regulation obscurity that surrounds the sports nutrition market, according to a paper by the...

Coca-Cola Amatil invests in 'exciting' Indonesia as group predicts return to growth

Coca-Cola Amatil will devote more energy to its Indonesian business - a bright spot in its 2014 full year results - hoping strengthened market leadership in the country will help...

Rexam to build two Indian beverage can plants

Rexam will build two beverage can plants in India, starting with an initial investment of £50m ($77m) in Sri City.