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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.

Fears of Indian mango shortage after only 50% of crop is harvested

India’s national fruit may break the bank later year with mangoes for domestic consumption in short supply owing to significant crop damage and rising export orders.

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FDI, combined with agri reforms, is the way to fix Indian supply chain

Everybody goes on about India’s vexing issue of food storage, FoodNavigator-Asia included. The trouble is nobody has done much about the problem in generations, and there’s little in the way...

Malaysian agriculture minister unaware of post-MH370 Chinese boycott

The Malaysian government has agreed to form a special committee to study the economic impact on trade and investment with China following the disappearance of Flight MH370 last month.

Biggest Gulf grocery retailer LuLu prepares to enter Malaysia market

The Middle East’s biggest supermarket chain will open for the first time in Malaysia when Abu Dhabi-based LuLu opens six hypermarkets in the country. 

Asia produces nearly half of world’s greenhouse gases from agriculture

Developing nations in Asia are responsible for 45% of the world’s greenhouse gases, with overall emissions from agriculture, forestry and fisheries doubling over the past 50 years, according to new...

AIG launches new tool to measure impact of recalls

American insurer AIG has launched a new tool to measure the financial impact and frequency of product recalls for food and beverage businesses in Australia.

News in brief

DSM opens its first premix plant in India

Dutch life science company DSM has opened a sizeable new plant in Gujarat to produce its Fortitech premixes in Vadodara, Gujarat. At an investment of US$10m, it will be the...

Up to one-third of Indian grain being lost to substandard warehousing

India needs around 43m tonnes of additional warehousing and storage capacity if it wants to reduce the amount of food grain that is at risk of being damaged by poor...

Mars to source cocoa from India

Mars follows in Cadbury footsteps as it looks to source cocoa from India, a crop that still only accounts for a tiny fraction of world production.

Food Vision 2014: Bridge knowledge gaps, overcome change and work sustainably

What is the future of food? Simple communication of complex advances will be crucial, as well as picking up the pace amid a global population boom to feed the world...

News in brief

DSM in negotiations to buy Chinese vitamin C manufacturer

DSM has ended speculation about acquiring Chinese vitamin C supplier Aland by acknowledging it is in talks with the firm, but asserts no deal has been signed.

Sustainable palm oil sales continue to rise

Sales of Certified Sustainable Palm Oil (CSPO) for the first-quarter of this year have reached a new high. 

Coles admits to misleading campaign during AU$1 milk wars

Supermarket giant Coles painted a misleading picture of the dairy industry via a social media campaign at the height of the A$1 milk wars last year, Australia’s top consumer watchdog...

India’s tea industry gets a new code

The Tea Board of India has announced a new set of guidelines for Indian tea growers under a voluntary code, with an aim to improve the quality of tea produced...

US claims India has put up walls in food trade

A new report from the Office of the United States Trade Representative has claimed that India’s policies in the food sector are posing significant barriers to trade between the two...

Naturex battles botanical adulteration with supply chain security

High-priced botanicals like bilberry and saw palmetto continue to attract counterfeiters and adulterers, meaning supply chain integrity is more important than ever, the world’s biggest herbal extract player has said....

General Mills ramps up palm oil pledge to consider deforestation

General Mills has strengthened its pledge to source fully traceable palm oil by next year, with explicit focus on counteracting deforestation.

China lagging behind US in terms of sustainable agriculture

The urea input costs per unit of pork production in China is 3.5 times what it is in the US, according to data by Rabobank. 

Orkla the latest major to pledge more sustainable palm oil sourcing

Norwegian consumer goods giant Orkla, which also owns Indian brand MTR Foods, has committed to using palm oil from sustainable sources in a move which Greenpeace says should coax other...

Saudi must look east for grains

The contribution of agriculture to Saudi Arabia’s gross domestic product was last measured at 2.49% in 2010, according to the World Bank. Moreover, it is set to drop even lower...

Dairy in the desert

When it is said that a cow should consume three litres of water for every litre of milk it produces, how is arid and water-starved Saudi Arabic able to command...

Pakistan eyes UAE market for export growth

Pakistan’s food exports to the UAE could potentially triple to US$1.2bn from last year’s US$400m because of local demand for the country’s products, Pakistan’s ambassador to the UAE, Asif Durrani,...

Putting the chai into Dubai: Rise of the world’s tea re-export capital

The order given by Dubai’s ruling sheikh in 1959 to dredge the Creek, the water channel that flows into the heart of what was at the time a sleepy fishing...

Dubai takes first step to become halal hub

With the international halal market worth over US$1tn, Dubai is moving ahead with long-hatched plans to position itself as a global halal hub. 

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Ritter Sport injunction impacts Ishida sales

Ritter Sport has delayed buying a second piece of machinery from Ishida following a legal battle with German consumer group, Stiftung Warentest.

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