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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.

Cost, cynicism and frustration: Malaysian government launches own palm oil standard

The Malaysian government has launched its own sustainable palm oil certification standard – but will this add to or detract from sustainability and transparency efforts in the sector?

Southeast Asia

Rabobank: Cheap crude oil will hit SE Asia’s oil palm fortunes

The last year’s dramatic oil plunge, and with it expectations that crude prices will stay low, will continue to have a wide-reaching affect on the global food supply chain, not...

Australia

Grocery spending expected to continue slowing well into 2015

After a Christmas period that saw stronger retail sales than expected, growth in Australian consumer spending is expected to slow into 2015, according to the most recent Deloitte retail figures.

Australia

Greens and growers wade into country-of-origin labelling debate

An influential industry group has added its weight to the push by the Australian Green party for clearer country of origin labelling on food, claiming the current system does not...

News in brief

China opens doors to all US apples, ending 2012 ban

China’s food watchdog will allow the import of all US-grown apples in a move that could be worth US$100m a year to the American apple industry. 

Opinion

On the spike: The curious case of a contaminated sports supplement

‘Don’t take sports supplements, they can’t be trusted’ was the takeaway message from Welsh track stars Rhys Williams and Gareth Warburton after the recent UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) tribunal agreed steroids...

News in brief

China's agriculture smuggling seizures topped $7.2bn in 2014

Chinese customs seized more than 210,000 tonnes of smuggled rice in 2014, worth over US$200m, according to officials.

South Korea

Soy sauce major Sempio fined for monopolising distribution

South Korea’s biggest soy sauce company has been fined by the country’s monopoly commission for engaging in unfair business practices.

US and Brazilian soy gains ensure security of supply but China still holds sway: analyst

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has raised its forecast for projected global soybean crop output to 314.4 million tons, up 1.6m on US and Brazilian gains in its World...

China

China eyes potato cultivation as possible solution to low agri-yield

China’s central government is pushing potatoes to be its fourth-biggest staple crop after rice, wheat and corn following a policy announcement by its vice-minister for agriculture.

GLG Life Tech unveils new stevia variety with higher natural Reb A content

GLG Life Tech Corporation has announced another milestone in its effort to breed new cultivars of the stevia plant. The company has developed a variety that expresses higher levels of...

Review of the year

Asia-Pacific in 2014: A year of scandals, soul searching and success

The last 12 months have been turbulent for much of Asia-Pacific's food industry, with regulations, legislation, markets and partnerships continuing to develop in the latest step in the region's economic...

Japan

Japanese ‘mega potato’ wiped out by McDonald’s' Far East spud shortage

McDonald’s customers in Japan are facing life with smaller fry portions to go with their red snow crab croquette burgers as the company attempts to sort out problems with the...

Saudi $52m donation helps WFP resume Syria food aid

The World Food Programme (WFP) has restarted its support for 1.7m Syrian refugees following a US$52m donation from Saudi Arabia, along with funds from other governments and donors.

Trends for 2015: Asia's mixed bag

Infant food manufacturers will be celebrating in China as the impact of this year's loosening of the one-child ban is felt; meanwhile, traffic-calming measures in Manila continue to prevent goods...

FAO: Poor countries must unite to secure food supply

The head of the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation has urged the world’s poorest countries to work harder with one another to be able to develop in time to meet...

‘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...

China’s meat producers seek more export opportunities in Russia

Five more Chinese companies have filed requests with China’s General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ) to export meat products to Russia, as China’s meat sector sees growing...

Analysis

Malaysia's $72m 'Beef Valley' plan results in just 20 head of cattle

It was meant to be Malaysia’s Beef Valley, but now it’s not even Beef Alley, according to an online new investigation into the National Feedlot Corporation’s 2,000ha farm in Negri...

Australia-China

First winery begins shipments under Aus-China organic joint-agreement

A South Australian winery has estimated that having full organic certification alone could help grow its exports to China by one-quarter.

'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. 

Pakistani food company and NGO team up to improve slaughterhouse standards

A collaboration between a major Pakistan food company and local non-governmental organisation (NGO) aimed at improving the country’s slaughterhouse standards is set to expand sales abroad.

Petition to limit palm oil attracts more than 50,000 signatures

More than 50,000 people have signed an Italian petition to limit the use of palm oil in processed foods, organised by food news and campaigning organisation Il Fatto Alimentare.

‘Palm oil free’ products could face legal challenge, say lawyers

Food manufacturers and palm oil producers could have a legal case against companies labelling products ‘palm oil free’, according to Paris-based lawyer Anne Bourdu.

China

US health foods body adds weight to China regulatory reform debate

The US Natural Products Association has joined industry body the US-China Health Products Association in calling Chinese food regulators to change their definition of dietary health supplements to give importers...

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