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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.

Small businesses and social scientists must collaborate for a sustainable food chain

Food labelling and ethical certification aren’t as effective as we think - for a sustainable food chain, small and medium businesses need to team up with social scientists to create...

Europe increases pressure on Thailand over illegal fishing: 'Yellow card' update

The European Union (EU) will make a decision on whether to ban fish imports from Thailand by December, while the EU gave out ‘yellow cards’ for illegal fishing to Comoros...

Evonik to ramp up amino acid production capacity in Asia

Evonik has revealed it is planning further expansion at its methionine production site in Singapore.

Dateline Southeast Asia

Consumer awareness driving sea-change in modern slavery

AsiaInspection has released an authoritative white paper on modern-day slavery, a practice which the auditing and inspection company called “a highly disturbing reality that is woven into nearly every supply...

Ending world hunger is ‘linchpin’ for sustainable development, says FAO chief

Food security, nutrition and sustainable agriculture are vital to achieving the entire set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030, FAO director-general José Graziano da Silva has warned.

Fonterra lifts FGMP forecast after increase in global dairy prices

Fonterra has increased its farm gate milk price (FGMP) forecast for the 2015/16 season following a recent lift in global dairy prices. 

Recruitment's war of attrition

With three out of 10 food industry jobs becoming vacant each year in Thailand, companies face a significant challenge in finding staff, and then retaining them in an employees' market.

MENA’s Aussie meat imports soar 11% in a year

Australia’s meat exports to the Middle East are booming, up 11% year-on-year in 2014-15 and up 5% in the first six months of this fiscal year alone, according to the...


Anti-dumping: Will Tate & Lyle pull the trigger on Chinese sucralose?

Concerns are mounting within China’s sweeteners industry over the risk of Chinese sucralose becoming a target for an anti-dumping investigation by the US or EU, according to industry sources.

News in brief

Nutreco: new Indonesian premix plant on stream

Nutreco’s new €15m animal nutrition facility in Indonesia has come on stream, with the feed giant saying the move bolsters its position in the region. 

New Zealand

Seadragon sets out to breathe fire into Kiwi fish oil

The town of Nelson will welcome New Zealand's first omega-3 fish oil processing plant in December. Campbell Berry-Kilgour, sales director of Seadragon, who hopes the facility will fill a definite...

Fonterra 2014/15 milk price calculation gets final Commerce Commission approval

Fonterra's milk price calculation for the 2014/15 has been given final approval by the New Zealand Commerce Commission. 

Fonterra further reduces GDT dairy commodity offering forecast

Fonterra has further reduced its Global Dairy Trade (GDT) offering forecast in anticipation of a fall in milk production.  

Probiotic specialist brings Mitsubishi's 'immunobiotic' ingredient to US market in gummy form

Florida-based probiotic specialist Viva 5 Corporation has launched an ‘immunobiotic’ ingredient in a gummy delivery system for the US market.

Big in Japan: Pretz to launch in US market

Pocky Sticks maker Ezaki Glico will release another Japanese snack, Pretz, on the US market.

Mumbai bans meat

Mumbai has banned slaughter and the sale of meat, following a demand from the strictly vegetarian Jain community, sparking outrage among meat-eaters already upset by a permanent beef ban imposed...

China moves to reduce the number of domestic infant formula products

China has revised legislation to further reduce the number of domestically manufactured infant formula products.

AstaReal announces plan to further expand US astaxanthin facility as finished product brand hits market

Astaxanthin manufacturer AstaReal has announced plans to further expand its production facility in Washington State and has followed other producers of the carotenoid into the direct-to-consumer finished products market.

Kuwait fish boycott drives prices down

Kuwaiti consumers boycotting fish in protest at unprecedentedly high prices have forced market rates down, and drawn support from government officials.

FAO plans water usage database to improve productivity

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is developing an open-access database to measure water usage in the Middle East and North Africa, to improve water productivity and reduce scarcity...

China direct

Economic slowdown now squeezing margins in China's agri-sectors

China’s devalued currency, in tandem with its slowing economic growth, is already putting pressure on the operating margins of the country’s food and agri-business (F&A) companies.

Fonterra forms Ethiopian JV to launch its first African consumer product

New Zealand dairy giant Fonterra has partnered with Ethiopian manufacturer Faffa Foods to launch its first African consumer product. 


Biosecurity plant to produce 50m sterile flies a week to wipe out pest

Upgraded biosecurity measures to combat fruit fly will be introduced in Australia, bringing added confidence to international trade markets.

No decision on South Korean cartel ruling appeal yet: Cargill

Cargill has not yet decided if it will appeal a ruling by South Korea’s competition authority claiming the firm was part of an animal feed price rigging cartel over several...


Australia to lead worldwide task force to save endangered honey bees

To help address the growing threat of dwindling honey bee populations, Australia’s government research organisation is leading a global initiative to investigate the causes of their decline. 

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