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Ingredients in focus

DSM’s innovation expansion mirrors Singapore’s new might as a food hub

Asia-Pacific food companies have developed a greater focus on innovating over the last few years, said DSM’s regional human nutrition head Pieter Nuboer at the opening of the company’s new...

Australia

Research finds what makes a supermarket super

Australia’s 14m grocery shoppers have some strong ideas when it comes to choosing which supermarket to shop at. Among the factors most likely to influence their decision are food safety,...

Asia-Pacific

Nestlé’s Nandkishore to retire as regional head

Nandu Nandkishore, Nestlé’s executive vice-president in charge of a super business zone comprising Asia, Australasia and Africa, has taken early retirement after a long career at the company. 

Event preview

Asia Choco Cocoa Congress 2015: Sourcing cocoa for Asia’s choc boom

Multinationals chocolate companies and the public and private sector will come together this week to assess the future of cocoa sustainability in Asia and how to capitalize on rising chocolate...

Harmonised Southeast Asia regulation complete by end of year

The Alliance for Southeast Asian Nations’ (ASEAN) harmonised health supplement framework will be up and running by the end of the year after over ten years in the making. ...

Carlsberg boosts Chinese beers and flagship brands with full Wusu ownership

Carlsberg says it is building both local beers and international premium brands in China, as it gains full ownership of Wusu Beer Group.  

Rising productivity in China's swine sector to support better feed demand in 2016

The Chinese pig sector’s demand for feed will remain under pressure for the remainder of the year but is expected to be higher in early 2016, said Rabobank.

Guest essay

The outstanding India-IRRI partnership

At the time of establishing the International Rice Research Institute (Irri) in 1960, Dr Sterling Wortman of the Rockefeller Foundation seriously considered India as a potential location for the institute....

Chocolate heavyweights back Indonesian sustainable cocoa program

Mondelēz, Mars, Nestlé and Barry Callebaut and Cargill are backing a three-year sustainable cocoa program in Indonesia, which aims to reduce poverty and greenhouse gas emissions.

News in brief

Kagome snaps up Tasty Bite in bit to return to US

Japanese food processor Kagome will acquire Tasty Bite, the ready-to-eat Asian meals manufacturer for an undisclosed sum. 

Further Asian infant formula recovery drives Danone Q1 sales boost

Further recovery of Danone's infant formula business in Asia drove a 4.8% like-for-like increase in Q1 group sales, the French dairy announced today.

News in brief

DSM named ‘Company of the Year’ by the Islamic Food and Nutrition Council of America

The Islamic Food and Nutrition Council of America (IFANCA) has recognized DSM’s Halal compliance, implementation and program of label control by naming DSM its Company of the Year.

Australia

Back to the future: When hi-tech turns to old-fashioned viticulture

A South Australian vision of a vineyard of the future is already producing results in viticulture today.

Ajinomoto denies Splenda buyout rumours

Ajinomoto has denied claims published in the UK’s Telegraph newspaper that it was eyeing Tate & Lyle’s Splenda sucralose business.

Australia

Government’s energy white paper meets with food industry approval

The Australian Food and Grocery Council has welcomed the release of the government’s energy white paper, which emphasises the length to which Australia still must go in improving the competitiveness...

“Bamboo Water can reach the amazing eco and health conscious movement on our planet”

Not just for pandas: Could Bamboo Water be the next ‘superdrink’?

Bamboo Water could harness the neglected nutritional properties of bamboo leaves to create a drink that is both healthy and ecologically sustainable, says the co-founder of Bamboo Beverages. 

Turning Japanese: Tomra to target food processors in Japan with sensor-based sorting and peeling tech

Tomra Sorting Food is stepping up its focus on Japan by launching a Japanese-language website.

China

Wacker opens PVAc production plant in Nanjing

German chemical major Wacker Chemie has opened Asia’s biggest food-grade polyvinyl acetate (PVAc) production plant for solid resins at its Nanjing site in Jiangsu province. 

Indonesia

Barentz acquires Indonesian distributor Astabumi

Netherlands-headquartered Barentz has acquired PT Astabumi Ciptadaya, a leading food and nutrition ingredients distributor in Indonesia after receiving a capital injection to accelerate expansion. 

News in brief

IOI Loders Croklaan-Kerry JV to manufacture lipids in Malaysia

A joint-venture between IOI Loders Croklaan, a Dutch oils major, and Ireland’s Kerry Group will manufacture nutrition lipids at a factory in Malaysia for the global market. 

April 8, 14:00 CET: Experts debate hot issues in NutraIngredients omega-3 forum

Omega-3 hits €25bn but can it keep growing?

Are omega-3 fisheries really under threat? How many functional foods have cracked omega-3 blockbuster status? How is the sector recovering from the ‘Brasky effect’? How are developing markets developing? How...

Beverage Bites: news up to April 2, 2015

Coca-Cola Life hits Australia, Suntory’s cool ice cubes, and more beverage bites

This week Molson Coors acquired an Indian brewer, while Heineken announced a global reshuffle of its business. Meanwhile, there’s a new Life down under… read on for more nuggets of...

Rexam jumps on ‘fantastic’ opportunity for beverage cans in India

The beverage can remains a ‘novel’ form of packaging in India, according to manufacturer Rexam. But having seen a 72% increase in sales volume in 2014, the company predicts the...

Special Edition: Global Feed Regulation

‘Reforms release a pressure valve of red tape’ - Australian feed sector awaits additive gold rush

Australian feed manufacturers are expecting a glut of feed additives to enter the market following on from a decision to remove any registration requirements for such products in an effort...

Dutch feed player expands production capacity in Vietnam

De Heus, in its strategy to be a leading player in the Vietnamese feed sector, continues to enhance its production capacity in that Asian country, with construction of its seventh feed...

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