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‘No palm oil’ label battle won’t start trade or court war: Malaysian minister

The Malaysian government says it is assessing what action it should take to address ‘no palm oil’ labels in France and Belgium, the legal grounds for which have come under...

Fonterra slashes forecast FGMP again as volatility continues

Fonterra has slashed its farm gate milk price (FGMP) forecast for the 2014/15 season to NZ$4.70 (US$3.63, €2.93) - the third such reduction since it was first announced in May.

'Dramatic' carrageenan supply chain shake up as Indonesia eyes domestic processing

Indonesia plans to process half of its seaweed domestically by 2020, meaning the carrageenan supply chain could see massive geographic diversions in the future. 

dispatches from European Bioplastics conference

Indian distribution deal for NatureWorks’ Ingeo resins

NatureWorks and Northern Technologies International Corporation (NTIC) are to collaborate on marketing and sales in India and countries including Bangladesh, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

Medical food to grow by 30% as firms learn how to appeal to patients

New analysis from Frost & Sullivan has found that the global medical foods market will grow by one-third by 2018, with Asia-Pacific driving this surge. 

Heinz opens infant cereal plant in China

Heinz has opened a major production plant in southern China for its infant cereal and snacks business, keeping a paramount focus on safety and quality.

Australia

Aussie vitamin container seals place at World Packaging Design awards

Australian natural health major Blackmores has won three categories at the Australian Packaging Design awards for their bulk pack design, and will now progress to the WorldStar packaging awards.

Tetra Pak and Nestlé scoop ‘Best in Asia’ awards

Tetra Pak Thailand was awarded Green Company of the Year and Nestlé was recognised as a CSR Advocate at the Asia Corporate Excellence & Sustainability Awards (ACES) 2014 organised by...

RPC Group to expand in China & India following €386m Promens acquisition

RPC Group will acquire Promens Group (Promens) for €386m (£307m), with the deal expected to close at the end of March 2015.

New Zealand

Opening of biggest manuka plant reflects growth in honey's popularity

New Zealand’s biggest honey plant has opened its doors to help ease pressure on one manuka producer by tripling its production.

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Wipak Group expands in China

The Wipak Group has expanded in China, opening a factory in Changshu near Shanghai.

India

India’s ‘blue revolution” needs port infrastructure rethink

Showing a renewed focus on the fisheries sector, India’s government is preparing to launch its “blue revolution” programme as a means to revitalise the industry. 

China-Australia FTA will provide fillip for Aussie organics

Last week’s free-trade agreement between China and Australia will potentially complement existing agreements between the two countries by boosting access for Australia organic wines, dairy products and possibly meats to...

Australia

Australia’s biosecurity could be in for a shock

European honey bee colonies wiped out and an invasion of a devastating wheat disease are just two of the potential biosecurity threats facing Australia, according to a report released by...

IFF expands emerging markets footprint with new state-of-the art facilities in Indonesia and Chile

International Flavors & Fragrances (IFF) has opened a state-of-the-art flavors creative facility in Jakarta, Indonesia; and will open a sales office and applications laboratories in Santiago, Chile, on November 26.

Yili to invest NZ$400m in New Zealand dairy projects

Chinese dairy giant Yili plans to invest NZ$400m in a series of processing and packaging projects at what has been dubbed the “world’s largest integrated dairy base.”

dispatches from Emballage 2014, Paris

Zip-Pak targets India and emerging market growth

Zip-Pak is putting its efforts towards emerging markets such as India and revealed it has just picked up two major customers in the country.

“This is a good move for Raisio. They are the correct parent of this niche brand.”

Raisio brings cholesterol-lowering Benecol home for €90m

“J&J should have sold it 10 years ago,” is one analyst’s appraisal of Finnish agro-food giant Raisio’s buy-back of the licensing rights to its cholesterol lowering, plant stanol-based Benecol brand today,...

Inflation from China-Australia trade deal could temper benefits

The China-Australia free-trade agreement might significantly improve market access for Australian processed foods to China but, according to one minister, it could also prompt price inflation to hurt domestic consumers.

Mining tycoon Gina Rinehart invests AU$500m in infant formula venture

Australia's richest person Gina Rinehart has committed AU$500m (US$433m) to a project to produce infant formula Down Under for the lucrative Chinese market.

Soapbox - Guest viewpoint

Maintaining standards as market demands natural medicine discounts

Through the gradual process of rationalisation, corporatisation and sophistication, the world’s supplements manufacturers are now bringing an unprecedented level of competitiveness to the industry.

Gulfood Manufacturing 2014 special edition

Sidel partners with Sayeed International in Pakistan

Sidel announced it has signed a partnership with Sayeed International, an industrial packaging company in Pakistan, at Gulfood Mannufacturing 2014, in Dubai.

Huge influx of Chinese capital coupled with threat of violence seriously destabilizes maca trade in Peru, expert says

Soaring demand from China and an extremely steep rise in prices has distorted the market for the Peruvian botanical maca to the point where non Chinese buyers have been all...

DFA and Chinese dairy Yili to establish US milk powder JV

Dairy Farmers of America (DFA) and Chinese processor Inner Mongolia Yili have agreed to form a joint venture in the US to produce milk powder. 

News in brief

Zacpac opens $22m plant near Australian Gold Coast

Australian packaging company Zacpac has opened a $25m AUD ($22m USD) manufacturing facility in Stapylton, Queensland.

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