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Delivering appropriate food from farm to fork, safely and in time, is no mean feat in parts of the world with poor infrastructure and extreme weather conditions. It requires close cooperation between actors at every stage in the chain.

Pecans: America's forgotten nut?

Pecans are not top of mind for US manufacturers and ingredient players but the antioxidant-rich nuts can move way beyond the famous pie, says the head of Georgia’s Center for...

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UK think tank denies Malaysian palm oil conflict of interest accusations

The Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) has said categorically it does not accept state money, following accusations by a Malaysian media outlet that the UK think tank is in bed...

Australia

Oz government should copy UK’s practice of sourcing local produce

Australia should follow Britain’s lead and put in place a plan to source government-procured food from local suppliers and producers, said AusVeg, the national peak industry body for Australian vegetable...

Naturex appoints Olivier Rigaud as CEO

26-year food ingredients veteran Olivier Rigaud is the new CEO of French herbal extracts leader Naturex, moving from tate & Lyle, where he has been the chair of Specialty Food...

Commentary

Only 2% of Indian produce stored in adequate warehousing

Almost none of India’s fresh fruit and vegetables are stored in suitable conditions after harvest, leading to wastage of produce worth almost half a trillion rupees each year, logistics experts...

Australia

Power paradox: Gas export growth will hammer domestic food output

The recent surge in the price of domestic gas will lead to a long and deep malaise for Australia’s food production and processing industries, according to an authoritative cross-industry report...

Insight

ANZ Bank accused of abandoning farmers after splitting with sugar firm

Early this month, in what looks like a failed attempt to save its reputation, Australia‘s ANZ Bank severed its ties with Phnom Penh Sugar, a company accused of a range...

New sustainable palm oil manifesto accused of greenwashing

A new sustainable palm oil scheme has met with criticism from environmentalists claiming that it actually allows deforestation, rather than stopping it.

Insight

Turning tables: NGOs commend multinational for transparency in Myanmar

In a rare move, NGOs and rights experts commended Coca-Cola for a report it has submitted with the US State Department regarding its responsible business practices in Myanmar.

China

Abbott and Fonterra to join forces in widespread China expansion

A US-based infant formula major and New Zealand’s biggest exporter have joined forces to build up to five dairy farms in China to secure supply for China’s newfound voracious appetite...

India

India leapfrogs EU as world's dominant milk producer

India is now the world’s biggest milk producer, having overtaken the European Union over the last 12 months, according to the latest edition of the government’s annual economic survey.

Protein-rich wheat could open new markets

Australian high-protein wheat could be ‘industry standard’ in 10 years

Australian scientists are close to releasing a new batch of protein-rich wheat suitable for harvesting in low-quality soil, giving growers in Australia and parts of China and Africa—the opportunity to...

Australia

Tough year has seen veg growers’ profits plunge by more than 90%

Australian vegetable growers are continuing to do it tough, with average profits plummeting, according to the latest data released by the Australian Bureau of Agricultural Resource Economics and Sciences (Abares). ...

Philippines

'Aquatic chicken' could feed billions around the world

A common fish that was said to have fed thousands in biblical times could feed billions of mouths in the future as food stocks struggle to keep pace with population...

Palm oil plantations threaten water quality, warn researchers

The expansion of oil palm plantations may also pose a threat to water quality in fresh water streams that millions of people depend on, according to new research.

India

Government to crack down on produce hoarders in bid to curb inflation

One of India’s most senior politicians has urged state governments to take a tough stand on hoarders, who he claimed are behind the continuing price spikes of staples like onions...

Insight

How companies should act to stamp out fishing slavery in Thailand

If modern-day slavery is ever to be eradicated from Thailand’s food sector, companies and supermarkets must set out to make their supply chains more transparent—a move for which there seems to be...

Heliae enters joint venture to produce astaxanthin in Japan via hybrid algal technology

Astaxanthin has been a red-hot ingredient in the United States for several years and demand is ramping up worldwide. To meet that demand in the Japanese market, Heliae, an algae...

Southeast Asia

FAO urges smallholders unite to improve conditions, sustainability

Indigenous peoples, local communities and private smallholders should actively form producer organisations, according to two new reports promoted by the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation.

Analysis

No rice stock shocks yet in spite of El Niño

In spite of fears that El Niño will deliver a possible monsoon failure in India and Southeast Asia, the fate of existing rice stocks have failed to perturb the market....

China analysis

Low margins put off leading wine brokers despite boom in imports

Although China wine market has been booming for some time, the low prices charged by online importers means few leading brokers and retailers have been tempted to enter the business.

EU tomato import rules change to incorporate variety

New EU import rules for tomatoes will take into account different varieties rather than just standard round tomatoes when it comes to calculating customs rates.

From the Vitafoods Europe 2014 vault

Mooted novel food changes will open exotic fruit doors in EU

Exotic and functional fruits and vegetables like cashew nut fruit, chu chu and their extracts are set for an easier passage into European Union markets if mooted simplifications to EU...

Southeast Asia

WTO approval means Philippines can maintain high rice import duties

The Philippines’ special treatment in rice, which allows the country to keep high duties on rice imports, is expected to continue after the World Trade Organisation’s Goods Council approved the...

Australia

Company fined for selling honey that does not come from bees

An Australian company has been fined after the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission for misleading consumers with a brand of honey that was mainly comprised of sugars derived from plants.

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