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Asian condiments: Pepper, coriander, chilli prices up; ginger dropping

Pepper prices have declined year on year, supported by ample production volumes seen in Vietnam for the 2016 crop, with early production estimates at 160,000 tonnes, sharply up on the year. 

Dubai’s $44bn industrial strategy targets food sector

Dubai wants to become a key food distribution and production hub for the Middle East, as part of its new 2030 Industrial Strategy which aims to add US$44bn to the...

Ethical labels worth $2bn in UAE market

Sales of products with ethical labels of some sort reached more than US$2bn in the UAE last year, according to Euromonitor, with recycling and preservatives the main areas of focus....

South Asia radius

Doubled Indian tomato prices deliver surge in puree and ketchup

Demand for tomato puree and ketchup has surged by 40% in just the last month due to surging prices and a trend towards easier-to-cook meals. 

New Chinese guidelines recommend reducing meat consumption by half

The Chinese government has detailed a plan to reduce its citizens’ meat consumption by half, leading climate campaigners to cheer a policy which they expect will go a long way...

French MPs drop palm oil tax - but accuse producer countries of blackmail

French politicians have dropped the proposed palm oil tax, leading some politicians to say the country is being blackmailed by producer countries. "We are legislating with a knife at our throats," said one....

China angry with US over WTO poultry dispute

China is upset with the US after it asked the World Trade Organisation (WTO) to check if China complied with a 2013 order to reform its anti-dumping duties on chicken...

298 studies reviewed

Omega-3 intake map shows vast deficiencies & health risks

A new world map of omega-3 levels shows consumption is too low to prevent cardiovascular and cognitive health issues, in many places.

Australian cattle killed with sledgehammer in Vietnamese abattoir

‘Abhorrent’ footage aired in Australia shows what is believed to be cattle unlawfully exported to Vietnam being bludgeoned to death with a sledgehammer.

Corn preservation method alters growth performance in pigs, finds Chinese study

Pigs getting a diet with organic-acid preserved corn have higher feed intake and boosted performance, say researchers.

KKR buys stake in Indonesian poultry major

Singapore-based agri-food company, Japfa, which focuses on supplying protein staples to emerging Asian markets, has announced the purchase by a global investment firm of over 10% of its interest in...

Thailand

JJ-Muntons joint-venture inaugurates Chonburi plant

JJ-Muntons has opened a new 3,000 square-metre manufacturing facility in Thailand, which features one of the world’s biggest vacuum driers.

Singapore

C&C ties up third Asia-Pacific distribution deal in two months

C&C Group has announced yet another new distribution partnership to distribute more of its portfolio brands in Asia with the signing of an agreement with InterBev in Singapore, a subsidiary...

Dateline Southeast Asia

Indonesia’s sugar shortage could cut production over Idul Fitri

A shortage of sugar may force some Indonesian food and beverage companies to cease production ahead of the Idul Fitri celebrations, the chairman of the Indonesian Food and Beverage Association...

News in brief

Norway joins the move to 100% sustainable palm oil in Europe

Norway has become the latest country to sign the Amsterdam Declaration which aims to see 100% of palm oil used in Europe certified sustainable by 2020. 

Valleyfresh puts down KSA roots

Australian produce distributor Valleyfresh has announced it will open an office in Saudi Arabia in a bid to expand its operations and strengthen its relationships in the Middle East.

Food security bleak, says NGO report

The outlook for food security in the Middle East is not hopeful, but growing pressure may start to force policy change across the region, according to the International Food Policy...

Consumers seek Ramadan bargains as UAE ups subsidies

Saudi, UAE and Egyptian shoppers are prepared to switch brands for a bargain even as they increase their food spend during Ramadan—a time when the UAE Ministry of Economy pays...

China: Can invasive weed become cattle chow?

An invasive plant becomes a sustainable ingredient when used as an alternative in dairy cattle feed, find scientists.

Confectionery accounts for 1% of food with sustainable palm oil label

Confectionery products account for 1% of total packaged food that carries a sustainable palm oil label, according to new ethical labels data from Euromonitor.

Pakistan cuts duty for meat industry equipment

The Pakistan government has reduced custom duty on machinery imports used in the livestock and meat industry from 5% to 2% to encourage investment in the meat industry.

IOI damage raises questions about RSPO standards

The damage caused by IOI’s deforestation and peatland drainage is “far greater” than that detailed in the complaint that led to the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil suspending the supplier back in...

Meat & Livestock Australia rebukes criticism of ‘world-leading’ program

Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA) has hit back at criticism from the Australian Beef Association over its meat quality program.

Changing supply chain

Interconnected diets: Two thirds of crops we consume are result of ‘food globalisation’

'Foreign' crops dominate national food consumption patterns and farming practices, according to new research that finds nearly 70% of fruit, vegetables, legumes and grains in an average country's diet originate...

EU states sweat on Japanese beef trade approval

Seven EU member states are eagerly awaiting approval from Japan to increase its imports of European beef, following its recent restoration of trade with Italy.

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